As 2020 draws to a close, I am grateful to be sitting by the fire anticipating a hot pastrami sandwich for lunch, a warm bath, and an afternoon movie. Amy, the cat, is kneading my arms, one at a time, and negotiating a tummy rub. Delia, the dog, is perched on her favorite couch pillow protecting a tennis ball that she has not destroyed…yet.
It has been a difficult year for America, but not for me. I have tried to be productive. I had work when work was hard to find. I have not been able to travel, but I have found time to read, listen to music, and watch movies…at home.
Thanks to Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, I have been able to stay in touch with family and friends. I posted many pictures this year and shared the posts of many other people on my Facebook Pages. All the thumbs up, hearts, and comments are appreciated.
After several years of blogging my childhood memories, I finally got around to collecting a few of them into a book. Belvedere Street deals with my earliest days in East Oakland, living at my great grandmother’s house, because both of my parents were working six days a week at movie theaters. My next volume will cover the years that I spent living on a drive-in theater in Davis. There is always work in progress.