Gratitude Challenge, Day 16 of 100 The Plug-in Fan

One of the nice things about Alameda is that we’re spoiled.  We’re use to 70 degrees in July, when it gets into the 80s we complain about the heat, and when it gets into the 90s like today, we go out of our minds. The eight to ten days a year we get into theContinue reading “Gratitude Challenge, Day 16 of 100 The Plug-in Fan”

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Gratitude Challenge, Day 15 of 100, Living in Alameda

While I can give you at least 100 reasons as to why I’m grateful to live in Alameda, today’s high of 82 and low if 64 is reason enough.  All of us locals thought it was hot, some thought it was unbearable.  While we thought we were suffering,  San Ramon, about 30 miles away wasContinue reading “Gratitude Challenge, Day 15 of 100, Living in Alameda”

Gratitude Challenge, Day 14 of 100, The 1400

Tonight I’m grateful for The 1400 Bar, Grill, and Pizza.  Two Alameda High classmates of mine, Yanni and Mike opened it up 10 years ago this month.  I’m grateful that has bee a great Alameda establishment, a great place to get a meal, and great place for my son Phil to work.  Right now, withContinue reading “Gratitude Challenge, Day 14 of 100, The 1400”

Gratitude Challenge Day 13 of 100, Alameda Tongue Twisters Meeting

Tonight I’m grateful for Alameda Tongue Twisters.  This is the club that Valerie, Tyree, Kevin, Eddie, and I, along with 16 other people chartered in August 2011.  We meet every Tuesday and tonight and talk about everything under the sun.  Bill practiced a eulogy that he beautifully wrote, that he will deliver at a serviceContinue reading “Gratitude Challenge Day 13 of 100, Alameda Tongue Twisters Meeting”

Gratitude Challenge Day 12 of 100 Staying Sane During the Pandemic

March 10, 2020, that was the day that I called on a customer in San Mateo and then met Gina and Ed to visit our San Quentin friends for our weekly Speechcraft session.  I remember seeing a hand sanitizing station when I walked into my customer’s office and felt it would be a good ideaContinue reading “Gratitude Challenge Day 12 of 100 Staying Sane During the Pandemic”

Gratitude Challenge Day 11 of 100 Oakland 88 Toastmasters

Today I’m grateful for getting the final planning done for tomorrow’s Esteemed Oakland 88 Toastmasters.  As Vice President of Education for the club, my job is to work with the Toastmaster of the Day, who serves as MC of the meeting to set up the program. Since I’m the Toastmaster this week, it’s been myContinue reading “Gratitude Challenge Day 11 of 100 Oakland 88 Toastmasters”

Gratitude Challenge, Day 10 of 100 Golf on TV

Today I’m grateful that I could watch Round #3 of the PGA Championship which is being played at beautiful Harding Park in San Francisco.  Dustin Johnson who’s built like a tight end is so good it’s unbelievable.  While Johnson is leading the tournament, his one stroke lead is far from safe.  Brooks Koepka who wonContinue reading “Gratitude Challenge, Day 10 of 100 Golf on TV”

Gratitude Challenge Day 9 of 100, Grocery Shopping

Lucky’s was crowded today, everyone masked up, all of us doing our best to social distance.  A little bit uncomfortable and kind of a hassle.  That’s what I’m grateful for today.   The mundane sometimes inconvenient act of grocery shopping.  The chore that’s sometimes just another task on the to-do-list that we want to check off.Continue reading “Gratitude Challenge Day 9 of 100, Grocery Shopping”

Gratitude Challenge, Day 8 of 100, Maitland Market

Greetings All!  Today I’m grateful for Maitland Market, located at 109 Maitland Dr, Alameda.  Why do I love Maitland Market?  It’s just a convenient place to go when you need what you need. I was out for my walk today on that part of Bay Farm Island and decided to just pick up a sandwichContinue reading “Gratitude Challenge, Day 8 of 100, Maitland Market”

Gratitude Challenge Day 7 of 100, Toastmasters Leadership Club

Today I’m grateful for the excellent Toastmasters Leadership Club meeting that we had tonight.  TLC is a mix of past and current District officers and newer members who have been in Toastmasters for a short time.  Tonight we heard a speech from a member who joined about a year ago to improve her English, whichContinue reading “Gratitude Challenge Day 7 of 100, Toastmasters Leadership Club”