A huge sigh of relief...the retirement party I think went really well, the tables looked great, the decorations were great...the speeches were long but engaging and entertaining...the movie was perfect...
I had an epic fail when I forgot and put all the Hawaiian and Frank Sinatra music on my iPhone, which any normal person would not have been an issue, however, we are talking about the Carmelita, and HAD to have a stupid plastic frog that I put in the audio plug, that of course broke off! I forgot I did that....so I get to the venue...and BAM ... can't use my iPhone and I can't get the playlist from the cloud! Thankfully someone had a pandora acct and we got free wifi (shhhhh, don't tell anyone) and they saved the Carmelita's bacon!)
I was a stress ball until we got there and set up then it was a lot of fun! All dressed in Hawaiian theme...I was comfy in shirt, shorts and sandals! Perfect night. A big thank you to my partner in crime Jodie....
It is HARD to say good bye to your friends in a professional way...they will always be my friends, but I REALLY miss them at work. We have all been through wars together and high profile cases that kept us up at night and I will really miss them having my back...And I hope they had a GREAT time at their celebration ... I could not have been prouder listening to all the things people had to say about each one of you tonight... We are going to feel your absence for a long time.
I am trying to keep my healthy eating and walking up even in the stress of family stuff and the process of letting go...
Today I looked like a Vampire in my shadow! LOL Today...I passed my goal again...4,291 steps! As long as I hit the 3000 mark I am happy! That is about a mile and a half...building it up!
Today we found out that Retired Captain John Tomac passed away, luckily after a short illness. Its amazing to me that he retired in 1986! It sure doesn't seem like that long to me! I was working in the Fire Deparment then, but he was always nice to me. 25 years? Really? He still lived in town and had a rich, rich life! He never defined himself by what he did for a living!
You will be missed by those that admired you, knew you, and those you touched in your community!
Today I took an extra hour at lunch to be able to have a great LONG time to talk with my friend Maggie who is retiring this month on the 16th. We caught up, we talked about family, and history, and what she is going to be doing in retirement! Her life is changing up fast, she is also getting married again! Moving! And leaving behind some friends and her adult kids...all hard stuff. I am going to miss her silliness and her flare for the drama! She is an actress and I was lucky enough to see her in HAIR a few years ago! We vowed to keep up with each other and I sure hope we do!
We had lunch at the beautiful Japanese place on El Camino and the food always looks like art!
Most that really know me, know I have a hard time with change. Today, another huge change! Another friend retired...still feel abandoned when they leave...like it has some thing to do with me! what an idiot! LOL I am trying to be happy for the next stage of life...for new beginnings!
I was sad to hear you passed Buddah...Big Boo...but then I was so happy to hear you were laughing and telling stories with your son when you just slumped over...truly you died as you lived...happy. I honor your memory...you were a fun friend and co-worker...you were a REAL firefighter...the kind they just don't make anymore...RIP Dave Schmitz...
David Edward Schmitz Resident of Mountain View Died April 29, 2011 at home in Mtn. View, CA, at the age of 82 laughing and visiting with family and friends. One of six siblings he was born March 24, 1929 in Wabasha, MN, to John and Isabelle Schmitz. He graduated from St. Felix High in 1947. On Sept. 30, 1950 he married Donna Mae Paulson. They spent the first 6 years of marriage on a farm in Wabasha County. In 1956 they moved to Burlingame then on to Mtn. View where he joined the M.V. Fire Dept. After a 30 year career that he loved he retired as Captain, a position he achieved in 1974.
Family and friends were the love of his life. His favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing and spending time at his cabin in the Sierras. He was preceded in death by Donna his wife of 54 years, and John his brother. For the last two years he shared a loving relationship with Iva Schnell.
He is survived by 2 brothers Arthur and Howard, 2 sisters Marjorie and Betty, 4 children, Debra, David, Dawn and Douglas, 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Visitations on Friday, May 6 from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Funeral Service on Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, 96 W. El Camino, Mtn. View. Interment will follow at Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo.
I am in charge of doing the graphics for retirements...and I always seem to get really sad working on them, part of me today was just so sad that our department is no longer a real family like it used to be...and I miss all my friends that made it so damn fun!
Looking through all the photos, just makes me miss my friends that had a sense of humor, and when we didn't have to worry about PC crap! I haven't REALLY laughed at work in a long time...
I am putting together a powerpoint this time, it feel weird not putting together a book...but I do what I am asked to do...
The old photos are just wild! Brought me to tears a couple of times today!