Thursday, January 31, 2008

Dear Auntie Leoning

In memory of my aunt, Leonila B. Castillo, Jun 1942 - Jan 2008.
Auntie Leoning (in the foreground) at my parents' wedding, May 1962. Another aunt, my godmother Auntie Pina, is right behind her, with my grandfather and mom following.

Dear Auntie Leoning,

I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to really know you as I grew into adulthood, but I do have fond memories of you from when I was little. You were stern and quiet, always neat and commanding of respect. I'll always remember your apartments, your stuffy, skyblue Oldsmobile, and your petite-ness. A highlight when I'd stay with you was the drive to Holy Angels for Sunday Mass, followed by a Big Breakfast at McDonald's on Serramonte Blvd. at Gellert.

The trees that overlook your old apartment balcony have grown really tall now and the Chinese Cemetary on Callan has been filling in over the years. I can't help but remember the little slices of my past spent with you when I pass those old apartments on Clarinada and Callan. It's a shame we didn't get to spend more time together. Now that I'm older, I think we have quite a bit in common.

With love,

Monday, January 28, 2008

Dear Don

I had many managers during my tenure at Pacific Bell/SBC/AT&T and I'll always count you as being one of the best. Always diplomatic and offering good advice and alternative points of view, it was a true pleasure working with and for you. You had a great sense of humor, and your big smile and laugh will be unforgettable. I hope your family and friends take comfort in their happiest memories of you during this difficult time.

Rest in peace, Don.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Happy New Year - It's tax season again!

How it comes with a quickness. Almost like seeing Christmas items for sale when Halloween hasn't even come and gone. The W2s and 1099-x forms are rolling in, signaling tax preparation season is here. I'm still waiting on a few things, the w2 from my old job and the 2nd mortgage interest payment form. Oh yay.

We always file on time and thankfully, get money back. But oddly, the refund is roughly the same amount that we owe in property tax. Plus, this installment of property tax is due on or before April 10, further encouraging us to file taxes early. Oh, and another thing. The first installment is always due on or before December 10 - just in time for the holidays!! Ugh. Isn't that funny?
Stars, Stripes, Lamp
On a different subject - not that I think anyone will read this - but if you've made it this far (thank you!) please vote. Just do it. If you haven't registered, duh, do that first. If you have registered already, you're halfway there! Don't forget to vote - in your local, state and of course this year, the national election. Check these numbers out. Even if you think you're throwing your vote away on someone or something that has a crap chance of winning - VOTE.