Sunday, June 18, 2017
In Ancient Roman religion, Sol, is a solar deity.
God of the sun.
In Hebrew, it means Peace.
The man, SOL KRAVETZ, whom I grew to admire and appreciate, transitioned from this world on June 8th, 2017.
He was 92 years BLESSED.
So, his name fit him just fine.
I met Sol at Sunrise Senior Living.
I have been a volunteer at the residence since 2010. As a result, I've seen many, many residents come and go.
Some pack up and go on to another similar residence.
And even more go on to another dimension.
My interaction with Sol was a little different than what I experience with most residents.
It was more personal.
During each of my twice monthly visits, I'd sit and enjoy a spirit-filled lunch hour with him. We'd talk about whatever came to his mind. I could always count on at least one topic of conversation every, single time: Angela Lansbury.
Sol worked many years as a teacher and eventually a Principal. He told me
He talked to me about living in Brooklyn as a boy.
About moving to California.
About his brilliant, older brother, Nathan.
About joining the military and being stationed in France for a bit. He even learned some French back then, too!
And traded cigarettes for candy!
He told me about meeting his late wife, Joan, on a beach.
And that his greatest regret was not treating her as well as he should have.
He told me about his intelligent, goal-driven daughter, Lauren.
And about his daughter, Harriet, who caused him much worry during her youth.
As fate would have it, both of his daughters proved themselves to be faithful daughters who made sure he was comfortable.
He often told me that "Harriet does everything for me. I don't even know how much I pay to live here."
I'd tell him, "You don't need to know how much you pay. You don't need to think about much of anything any longer, except enjoying every, single day."
He'd voice his bewilderment regarding his grandson, Tyler's, lack of interest in learning to drive. The young man eventually got his driver's license.
He'd talk about his older grandson, Austin, being quiet around him.
He'd talk about the boys' father. And I'll leave it at that. :)
One of my fondest memories with him was searching the internet for a new wedding band. He told me he wanted one to let everybody know he was a married man and in love with his wife. I suppose he was adamant about telling me that because I often teased him about hookin' up with one of the ladies in the residence. Lol
On his birthday, Harriet gifted him with a gold band, and he wore it every day afterward. Proudly, might I add.
Last Sunday, June 11th, I attended Sol's burial.
Being there was a privilege. Being asked to be a pallbearer was even more so.
I even was allowed to shovel dirt over his casket. I had never seen such an act done by mourners at a funeral. But then again, that was the first Jewish funeral I had attended.
After the funeral ceremony, I joined the family at a restaurant reception.
In the photos, he appears:
I was asked to stand up and share with the guests how Sol and I came to know one another. And I did.
Well, I want the world to know I'm hella happy to have met Mr. Sol Kravetz.
And that's Kravetz with an "e." :)
Friday, June 9, 2017
It's 1:36 AM and I've got a slice of apple pie, compliments of Costo, in the oven, heating up.
Why am I eating dessert at this ungodly hour, you ask?
Because I want to!
No, seriously, I'm awake asking myself what I deem the million dollar question:
Honestly, in my day-to-day life I observe people breaking their backs (some literally, but most, figuratively) working to earn as much money as they can.
But for what?
This exclusive club?
Really, once a person obtains any or all these things, is he/she automatically happy?
Well, we know the answer to that question.
Yet, folks damn near kill themselves to get their hands on these things.
Well, for me, I simply pursue a life of spontaneity, nature, food, friends, family, and just enough money so that I never have to
That's what "it all" a.k.a. life means to me.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
We're getting prepared for Season 19! Season 19!
I climbed aboard the BB train back in Season 14! Tons of folks have come and gone since then, but I still find that meeting new houseguests is a hoot!
Heck, being reacquainted with old houseguests ain't too bad, either! :)
"The Ball Smashers"
The summer of 2017 is about to get HELLA HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
I can't believe how quickly the time has flown by!
I recall him droppin' from the womb back in 1995!
He's now a whopping 22 years blessed. And a college graduate!
BRAVO, Jordan! BRAVO!
I'm sure his mom and brother are as proud of him as I am!
I hope and pray he lives his life as FEARLESSLY as humanly possible.
'Cause livin' without fear of new experiences and challenges seems to lead directly to one helluva great and fulfilling ADULT life!
Again, BRAVO, Jordan!
Monday, June 5, 2017
Since I work out at a few, local parks (North Hollywood Park pictured above), I notice that any number of fellas do the same thing.
What I like most is that everybody helps everybody. I mean, if someone doesn't know how to do a muscle-up, someone who does happily demonstrates how to do it.
Mike, 27, "Mr. Blond Ambition," was there the other day, killing time until he had to train a client at a nearby gym. Unlike me, he does both gym and outdoor workouts. Straight outta Idaho, Mike plans to take over Hollywood in film and television.
Another great dude, David, 44, stopped by the other day and worked on some gymnastic moves. I think it's great that at damn near 50 he's learning gymnast routines. Age is truly nothin' but a number.
The allure of bright lights brought 19-year-old Grant out to L.A. from Oklahoma to make a name for himself as a singer/songwriter. It'll be interesting to see how he fares in a city teeming with only a million, other singer/songwriters!
Tony, 26, all the way from Australia, is going to have to return down under in just a bit because his Student Visa has run its course. He has been here in L.A. for two years. He thought he was gonna make a real go out of Jiu Jitsu, but that hasn't quite panned out. I wish him well.
Lastly, Raul, 24, is determined to whip himself back into his usual, fighting shape. He primarily works out at home, but from time to time, he comes out to the park. This particular day, the turkey was at the park knockin' off a community service obligation (thus the plastic gloves). Gotta follow the rules of the road, folks! Lol!
For me, I couldn't imagine working out anywhere other than outdoors. I truly love being out in the sunshine. In fact, when it's an overcast day, I don't feel like working out at all.
Gimme sun...or...gimme ice cream, a comfy couch and a television!
Well, well, well, it appears I haven't posted a dang thing since May 23rd.
Well, I'm BACK, BEOTCHES! Haaaa!
Truth be told, I've been running around, trying to do as much living as I can before Season 19 of Big Brother begins. I mean, not traveling the world or anything, but Cali living!
I've got a few more activities I'm determined to do before year's end.
Skydiving is tops on the list! I've been wanting to do it for ages, but have never really looked into it. Well, now the time has come. I'm gonna research taking that leap in mid-to-late September or so. I think the experience will be awesome! And scary as heck!!! We'll see what we see!
I also wanna drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. Perhaps to San Francisco. Or wherever my heart desires! It's a dang shame, though, that I've lived here in Cali for 17 years and have never visited San Francisco yet. I've been to Sacramento, but didn't have time to visit San Francisco during that trip.
Well, the Summer of 2017 is a new day!
I'm gonna enjoy every, single moment!!!!