The Speeding Ticket

Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | Daily

I got a moving violation citation on my way to work today. I was on Highway 111, on the way in to Palm Springs. I saw the motorcycle officer pointing his radar gun right at me. There was no time to react. I was definitely going over the speed limit, so I was at fault. I was hoping I'd get off with just a warning, but it wasn't to be. It made me grouchy all morning and a little into lunch until my friend Ana helped me feel better.

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Christmas Carols

Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | Childhood, Daily, Memories

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Lately, I have been listening to Christmas music on the way home from work. A local station plays Christmas songs from 6 to 7 pm each work day. It's an oldies station, so they play lots of classic Christmas music; stuff I used to listen to with my parents growing up. It's really nostalgic to hear those songs. I love Christmas Carols. They make me happy and warm inside.

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My First Passport

Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | Travel

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Last Saturday, I was thrilled to receive my first passport in the mail after over six weeks of waiting. I was very anxious to seen mine since Toni had received hers in only two weeks. Toni will be going to Rome and Athens next Spring with her school. Unfortunately, I don't have any trips planned, but I wanted to make sure I was ready when I do plan one.

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I was very impressed with how nice the pages in the latest passports are printed. The American Bald Eagle is one example of the fine graphics in our passports.

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Tony Bennett at Pechanga

Saturday, 3 Nov 2007 | Entertainment, Family

Last night, Toni and I had the pleasure to hear Tony Bennett live at Pechanga Resort & Casino. It was our first time at the Pechanga concert venue. It was smaller, nicer and much more intimate than we had imagined. I would gladly go there again for a show in the future. Tony Bennett puts on a wonderful show with a small band of extremely talented musicians. He still has it after all these years. He is so personable and entertaining. He had his daughter Antonia on hand to sing a few songs. I could see how proud he was of her. His delivery and timing is spot on. I love the sound of his voice. He sings the standards with ease and style. We were moved to tears by the emotion he conveys through his singing. He truly is a legend.

After the concert, we walked to the casino coffee shop and had a nice dinner. It was so nice to attend a concert so close to home. I'm so used to driving over an hour to get home after most concerts. Pechanga is only about 10 miles from home. We had a great time and would love to see Tony Bennett again if the opportunity presents itself.

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