I am 56, married to Dave (who will be hereafter referred to as Mr Pie) for 37 years. We have three children, #1 son, age 36, #1 daughter, age 27, and #2 daughter, age 24. Mr Pie and I live in Anaheim, California, two miles north of Disneyland in a little house with a big backyard. We like to garden and we have two older cats, so the yard is a Good Thing.
I love my camera and I love my computer.
Most of the time.
Today I’m still in the process of recovering everything that I lost when my computer crashed on Saturday evening. Didn’t lose and photographs, thank Cod, but lost every driver for every device, al added software, and many links. One of my email accounts only receives, and does not send mail yet. Stupid Outlook Express.
I did get the Webcam working again so I can talk to daughter #1 in Seattle and daughter #2 in Toronto. #2 is in Toronto in rehearsals for Disney’s cruise ship The Wonder. She was hired to play Alice and Mickey, and to dance in the shows.
They train in Toronto.
In January and February.
For a cruise ship that operates in the Bahamas.
Makes perfect sense.
Daughter #1 is having “baby dreams”. She is married, they’re talking about having kids, but were not going to rush into it. Her husband has asked us to move to Seattle, so that their children will know their grandparents. We clarified this, and they are not looking for built-in babysitters, although we will do that sometimes. So, our son-in-law wants us to come and live next door to them… which we are looking into right now but can’t move until Mr Pie retires, which is a couple of years away.
And then there’s my dad, who is 88. Do I just move away from him, leave him in Claremont in that retirement center with all the old people dropping like flies and making him depressed? My sister and one of her daughters visit him fairly often. When I talked to her my sister told me to take him with us; she was angry with him because of his “girlfriend”. He isn’t allowed to have one, according to her. I’d rather he had a nice one because I know he misses Mom and he’s lonely. This gal is a stinker, what we used to call a prick tease. She’s about 18-20 years younger than he is, divorced, and plays the “you want it too much” game with him. Just like my cat. We think she wants his money, even though he claims she has a pot (we think it’s only conditionally hers, part of the divorce settlement) but he doesn’t have quite enough money to offset the loss of hers if she loses it by remarrying (not sure if there was a time limit, like before age 70), and she’d have to take care of him to boot.
I don’t like her because I don’t think she treats him very well, pushes him away every time she gets him really interested, but I want him to be happy and he seems to have a good time up until she pulls the rug out from under him. Again. I think it’s happened three times now. My sister just hates her. There are a couple of ladies closer to his age at his retirement center who are really cute (even though they’ve stopped dying their hair blond like the girlfriend) and nice, and intelligent and funny. I’d like him to consider one of them as a girlfriend.
#1 Son lives nearby, in Garden Grove. He lives with a bunch of techno-geek friends, a creative and entertaining bunch of guys. They come over once in a while and we feed them and they regale us with stories about the old Disney, Warner Brothers and MGM animation studios. They attend a lot of conventions for sci-fi and Star Trek and Comicons.
My sister lives in Temple City, niece #1 is currently attending LaVerne College and lives in Monrovia, and niece #2 is at Yale on a full scholarship.
So, that was a boring beginning but if you slogged through that you get a gold star, and I can start telling some of the stories I need to get written down because you know the basic cast of characters and some of the drama.