CLASS OF 1973
Blackford High SchoolClass of 1973
San jose, CA
Rogers Middle SchoolClass of 1969
San jose, CA
Amber Drive Elementary SchoolClass of 1967
San jose, CA
Scott Lane Elementary SchoolClass of 1967
Santa clara, CA
James D. Phelan Elementary SchoolClass of 1967
San jose, CA
Life My husband Eric and I own a house not far from Blackford where we live with our three cats. It was handy for getting to my parents' house in a hurry when needed during their final years. With the economy the way it is, I was laid off from my programming job of 14+ years in Oct 2003 and couldn't find another job. My skills had expired. These days, applications programming is mostly done in other countries. At the advice of a career counselor at De Anza, I've switched career paths to one that can't be exported. I spent two fun years working as an IT intern at NASA/Ames while I carried a full load of classes at Foothill College. All that hard work paid off! I was employed as a IT Technician with Microsoft and Cisco certificates from Foothill under my belt. That lasted until a double concussion from an auto accident affected my memory and I lost some skills. After 18 months of attempting to recover, the company was upgrading all department staff and I was let go along with another employee with less than optimal skills. Update: a temp job I got in October 2014 turned out to be the perfect job for me. They desperately needed my special skill set of easy-to-follow documentation (a coping method for my damaged memory) and the skills I had already relearned. They added a new position for me and I've been working as a Help Desk Tech ever since! The City of Sunnyvale is the best place I've ever worked. I plan to retire from here when I turn 67. You may not know I'm an amateur artist. I create a Christmas card depicting my hubby and me with our current pets every year. My latest art is a design my high school slumber party friends (plus a few) and I wore on t-shirts for our getaway to the woods in Corralitos in September 2007. Twelve "Boomer Babes" made the trip to celebrate a group birthday. Two years ago, 10 of us went to Disneyland to celebrate turning 50 along with it. What a blast! You can see the designs on my webpage. I'm proud of them. We don't have kids of our own, but I absolutely adore my nephews and I'm very proud of the fine young men they've become. I contributed a lot of silliness to their childhoods and it shows! Every kid needs an adoring auntie to take them fun places, spoil them and teach them to sing in munchkin voices. I've also contributed to the lives of my cousin Judy's orphaned sons as much as possible. Eric and I consider Brandon and Jonathan to be "our boys". I'm proud of all our young men! Both are married now. I got to be mother of the groom for Brandon. What a blessing these young men are to us! I'm a great-aunt! My two nephews have three little boys between them and a baby girl born on Labor Day 2016. Yay! More little ones to spoil! I took classes in voice-over at a school in Sausalito for years. I had so much fun with it! If you visit Musee Mechanique on Pier 45 in SF, listen to "The History Of Amusements" near the carousel display. I'm several of the voices making comments over the photos. The voice-over quest is on hold for now. Eric and I spend our vacations going on tours of air & space museums and show caves around the US and visiting his family in Kansas. Love the history of the planes! Love those cave formations! Love the in-laws, too. Life is so much slower there, it's refreshing. Our visit in July 2007 got Eric in the local paper for a restaurant review. We had lunch next to a bunch of young Amish families (yes, Amish in Kansas) in a new cafe that offered jalapeno burgers. Eric loves jalapenos and was delighted. Opening lines: Local boy moves to California and develops a taste for jalapenos. In prior visits he had to put his taste for spicy on hold..." lol One place we've visited and enjoyed so much that we will visit again when possible is The Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas where they've collected an incredible amount of space artifacts from the US and around the world including rocket engines, V1 and V2 bombs (disarmed, of course) lunar landing backup units and a backup Sputnik. There's so much there we have to go back to see it all. The other place that awed us was the National Museum of the US Air Force near Dayton, Ohio. Eric loves warplanes. Our visit hooked me on them, too. We went two different days and still haven't seen it all. In September 2009, we explored as much of Arizona as we could in 8 days after seeing the Blue Man Group in Las Vegas. Great show! We were amazed by the beauty in AZ. We were awed by Meteor Crater and Grand Canyon. Being a rock hound most of my life, my personal favorite was the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert. It was hard to leave the pretty stones there but I managed. Kartchner Caverns was the cave tour for the trip. We highly recommend it. Pima Air Museum was one of Eric's favorites. Both Kartchner and the air museum are in the south-eastern corner of AZ, not far from Tombstone. We finished up our trip by traveling on Route 66 back to Nevada for the flight home. The Road Kill Cafe in Seligman is a great place to eat. March 2012 we celebrated ou...Expand for more
r 20th anniversary a few months early by spending a week on Kauai. We were overwhelmed by the beauty everywhere we looked. I'd love to retire there but I'm not sure Eric's on board with that. Our favorite memory on Kauai was the laughing thrush that made us laugh along near our vacation rental. Eric recorded it along with the hundreds of birds at dawn one morning for our personal environmental soundtrack. More recently, we did a road trip up to Yellowstone and then across Wyoming through Badlands, S. Dakota, Nebraska and down into Kansas to visit the in-laws and bring home some large items of Eric's that we couldn't bring on a plane. It was starting to snow in the North when we were in Yellowstone so we came back through Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and the Southern California desert. We need to go back to Yellowstone to see the things we ran out of time to see. It's incredibly beautiful there and the geothermal features boggle the mind in their diversity. My sister and I went on the 2016 Flower Power Cruise. What an amazing time we had! Rock bands from the '60's and early 70's mixed in with thousands of people wearing tie-dye, enjoying live music from morning until the wee hours in the Caribbean! It was the best time ever! We had so much fun that we booked separate for the 2017 cruise before we docked. Her husband is going next year now that he knows it won't be a ship full of old screaming girls, teehee! My hubby wasn't into rock of that era so my roommate will be one of my cousins. Tickets are nearly sold out already and the cruise doesn't leave until the end of February. I'm really looking forward to it. The Blackford class of '73 40th reunion was so much fun. I'm counting the days until our 45th. Hope to see all of you then! School I didn't feel like I fit into school very well. It's a blessing that kids today are screened for learning disabilities and given help and meds if they need them. I don't know how many people (other than Karen Pruitt) were aware of the struggle I had with school. I used to make her look at the back of my final report card every year to see if I'd been passed to the next grade. I was afraid to look. By high school I figured out how to "play" the system. It wasn't until I studied early childhood education at West Valley that I discovered my difficulties were known disorders, which I've now overcome. Knowledge is power. All things considered, I've done pretty darn well with life! College Thanks to learning disabilities, I never was on the track to university. It took me years to figure out what I could do for a living that would pay a living wage. First I attended West Valley taking general ed and all the Drama classes available. Then I got an Early Childhood Education certificate only to find the two years of intensive schooling only got me a minimum wage job. After being burned by my first full time pre-school teaching job, I took the county's entry level clerical test and got hired at Valley Medical as a file clerk. After a few years my ability with the computer inspired me to attend De Anza to take programming courses at night. Nine years after that I got my AA in CIS. I chose business applications programming rather than system programming (AS in CIS) partly because of my LD with math and partly because I'd noticed a high layoff trend in the industry for the higher paid system programmers. I was employed steadily for over 15 years until I was laid off in October, 2003. My programming career had evaporated. Back to school and an internship at NASA/Ames got me a new career in IT. There's just something about computers that attracts me. Maybe growing up around my dad's career with mainframe computers has something to do with it. Ever since he made a printer hum a tune and print a mermaid for me when I was 5, I've thought computers were cool. Now I'm the primary IT Helpdesk Technician for the City of Sunnyvale. Eric was forced into early retirement after he was caught on the wrong side in the split between HP, Inc. and HP Enterprise. He is still trying to decide whether to keep looking for work or accepting early retirement and being my house husband. I think we're leaning toward looking at both of us retiring, if we can swing it. I know I'm tired all the time. My sister and I went on the inaugural Flower Power Cruise in 2016 as a reward to ourselves for clearing out our parents' house and had so much fun we went again this year and are going again next year. We have now met several band members from back in the day and most of them sound just as sweet as they did! Most of the bands eat right next to us. They also love the cruise because it's a ship full of friends we haven't met yet, mellow and happy. There are a few replacement band members, of course but they still sound the same. This year, Florence from the Fifth Dimension sat next to me for the concert that followed theirs! Wow! She's 77, sings as well as ever and is still dancing on 3" heels! Amazing! It's totally worth the money.
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