Sunday, August 26, 2007


We went on our second outing with the club and took a tour of the Belmont
Shores, Los Alamitos bay area and the Long Beach historic homes area. As about 20 vintage MG's went up and down Ocean Avenue you have to know that we drew a lot of looks. Many wanted to know where the show was! It was a lot of fun and a beautiful day. We had some lunch and then went on a boat tour of the Naple's area. We got to see the front doors of the multi-million $ homes instead of the garage door view you see from the street. What fun!

This looked like fun, They havewalkway all around the island so you can look up close. I guess at Christmas there are lights all over the homes and their boats.

This is how the other half of California lives. Statistics say that the middle class in CA is shrinking and soon it will be the upperclass and the class that serves them or class warfare, which ever comes first. We have plans to retire somewhere other than Southern California.

The little cruise was great, were in an
little electric boat not a gondola and the homes beautiful. We got to know some other folks in the group and they all seem very nice. We sat with a younger couple at lunch and the talk was all about love of British cars. His wife and I spoke about obsessions!

Our next trip in September is a Mini GoF (Gathering of the Faithful) in Big Bear for two nights. Mr Bankerchick and I have our reservations and are ready to go. It should be a great opportunity to meet and get to know other folks with some of our interests.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Face Off

Sarge Charley tagged me on this and at first this was the only Picture I was going to Post, of me, however, at the bottom of this post I will post a real recognizable picture of me. But first the meme.

I have to answer the following questions:

Title: Bankerchick Scratchings

Name: Kate - That's all you are going to get for now

Country: United States

Occupation: Banker My title is AVP Learning and Development Consultant


Birthday: 07/25/1947

Favorite color: Pinks and Roses for clothes, Warm sunny colors and Green for outdoors and indoors.

Favorite drink: Right now, Starbucks green tea frappaccino, Nestea diet white raspberry ice tea, and water.

Favorite fruit: Watermelon, bing cherries and any type of berrie

Favorite dessert: a Berry Cobbler or pie with ice cream

Hobbies: Travel, I've been to Greece, Turkey, England, Japan and Hawaii in the past 40 years, as well as all over the country. I craft for projects, such as my daughter's wedding in 2005 when I did the flowers. I also read in my spare time, science fiction, biographies, historical novels.
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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Saturday Photo Hunt Two in Santa Barbara

DD1 and new SIL in 2005, Two starting out on a new life together.

Saturday in Santa Barbara

photo: Ray Ford-Santa Barbara IndependentThis is a photo of the Zaca Fire which has been burning since July 4, in the mountain areas around Santa Barbara, lots of ash has been falling on the town. But no danger to Santa Barbara itself.

We usually come up to SB to visit DD1 every month or so, however, it has been awhile as they have moved to a larger apartment and bought some new furniture and we were waiting until it was ready for them to show off. It's a larger place and very comfortable and with two extra bedrooms and twin beds, (the old Ikea couches) I don't have to sleep with Mr. Bankerchick on a double futon. Very nice, we both got a good nights rest. DD2 is up here for the day too, so as Mr. BC likes to comment, "it's nice to have us all under the same roof again!"

SIL likes to cook so we had a cheese strudelie sort of dish for breakfast and it was delish! Went together very fast with the premade filo sheets and was especially good with the fruit compote DD1 made from Nectarines and white peaches, Yum.

We are going downtown to wander the shops, haven't done that for a while, it is a great downtown....and have some lunch and then decide what to have for dinner. We drove straight from work last night and arrived in time for some wine and good conversation, and we will leave early Sunday a.m. to beat the traffic back home. A great weekend.

Mr BC had to drop Gwennie the Pooch off at our favorite Kennel Friday afternoon, and that was a trauma for him, tho hopefully not the pup. It is the same place where we have always boarded the creatures, had them groomed and now Gwennie is taking training lessons there every Monday night so while she will be tired on Sunday night, she should have had a good time as she is well loved by the folks who work there. She was swept off and taken to the back to show off as soon as the paper work was completed, with her nub of a tail wagging fast.

I promised a review of our Anniversary outing and I can say without hesitation, WICKED was just as great as the review and DD2 has said. I splurged for tickets and we were sitting row D center. We were so close we could see them spit when they sang. Good music, a great story about the wicked witch of the west before Dorothy landed on her sister in OZ. She really was not so wicked as you would think. It's the other side of the story. Very Fun. The restaraunt Pizza Company CA. in San Gabriel was nice but the food was not as great as it use to be, sometimes you can't go home again, but the sound track of our 'courtin days" was on XM radio station playing in the background, with Wolfman Jack did take us back. We drove by the church we were married in and wallowed in nostalgia. Mr BC gave me a 3 diamond necklace for "yesterday, today and tomorrow" and I gave him his IPod he has been hungering after but would not buy for himself. A great day and a great anniversary!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Happy Aniversary

Mr Bankerchick and I are heading out to a matinee of Wicked and dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Reviews to come.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Photo Hunt: Row

Trying to: get your ducks in a row. Mr. BC took this at our local arboretum and this duck was having trouble getting in a row because she was too busy trying a paper plate on for a hat. She is having fun with the paper plate, but isn't a shame that someone tossed it there for the duck to find. So much for nature's beauty!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Since I am about to embark on my 41st Year of Marriage on August 12, I thought I would find 13 statements about Marriage from other points of view and other times and places.

1. Man's best possession is a sympathetic wife.
Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC), Antigone
By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
3. Never marry but for love; but see that thou lovest what is lovely.
William Penn (1644 - 1718)
4. Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
5. I pay very little what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Mansfield Park
6. I wonder, among all the tangles of this mortal coil, which one contains tighter knots to undo, and consequently suggests more tugging, and pain, and diversified elements of misery, than the marriage tie.
Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)
7. A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
Andre Maurois (1885 - 1967)
8. A simple enough pleasure, surely, to have breakfast alone with one's husband, but how seldom married people in the midst of life achieve it.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

9. Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might be found more suitable mates. But the real soul-mate is the one you are actually
married to.
J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973), Letter to Michael Tolkien, March 1941
10. All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership.
Ann Landers (1918 - 2002)
11. I used to believe that marriage would diminish me, reduce my options. That you had to be someone less to live with someone else when, of course, you have to be someone more.
Candice Bergen (1946 - )
12. A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.
Dave Meurer, "Daze of Our Wives"
13. A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
Mignon McLaughlin

Friday, August 03, 2007

How Bored are You?

Akelamalu posted this from Josie Two Shoes at Picking up Pieces who invited anyone who wanted to have a go to copy it, so here goes.....

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? No I don' t think so, I almost ended up as a Suzanne, my name was shortened to Kathy and there were 5 Kathy's in my classes and 4 Linda's (must have been a popular post war name.) I would have been a unique Susanne.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? This is hard, I can't remember, Mr B cries at any sad movie.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? I have a unique signature but the rest of my handwriting is getting sloppy.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Pastrami, I don't eat it much anymore, bad for me
2 daughters grown, DD1 an attorney, and DD2 a student, and a son-in-law, husband to DD1.
6 WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Yes because we would have similar interests.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Only when I am at home complaining about work, politics, or Dick Cheney.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? No everyone in my generation usually had them taken out after 2 bouts of tonsilitis, now it is not the thing to do, apparently we need them. When I was growing up you never had them taken out in the summer as they thought it might lead to Polio.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? No, it's right up there with sky-diving,
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Cheerios with blueberries
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Physically no, but I am always telling everyone to snap out of it. I can take a lot. I do not cry easily.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Coffee Fudge this week!
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Whether they are smiling, then their shoes.
15. RED OR PINK? Pink to maroon, I have the coloring for it.
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? We probably all say weight, but I particularly hate the skin tags on my neck. Uggggly!
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My mom and dad, they have been gone now several years
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? I am wearing pink panties and barefoot, It is hot tonight!
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? . Green seedless Grapes.
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Listening and watching Dr Who.
22. IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Indigo Blue, It just sounds more interesting than Blue
23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Turkey and dressing, gingerbread, mowed grass
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Someone looking for a new hire in my class.
25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Absolutely Akelamalu is one of my favorite reads, my kind of person.
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Basketball in person, not on TV. The winter and summer Olympics
27. HAIR COLOR? Too reddish not enough blond, this time. I am not sure what the real color is as the roots are more gray than anything.
28. EYE COLOR? Brown very brown, can't see my pupils very well.
30. FAVORITE FOOD? Where do I start or stop? Sweets
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings but I like good
sci fi.
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? The Last King of Scotland, very interesting. 33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Pink to match the underwear!
34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Winter in California is much better than Summer
35. HUGS OR KISSES? For the general public Hugs, lots of kisses for Mr B and the pup.
36. FAVORITE DESSERT? Pumpkin Pie, practically any pie, I like them instead of cake for my birthday. My mom made the best pie crusts.
38. LEAST LIKELY TO BLOG THIS? Not sure about this either
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Jean Plaidy's Katherine of Aragon, I got interested in her watching THE TUDORS on cable, and John Berendt's THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS, it is about Venice, he also wrote MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL.
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? A commercial for Dell
42. FAVORITE SOUND? Children laughing, and the tip tap of Gwinnies nails on the hardwood floor.
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? The Beatles....then. The Rolling Stones
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Istanbul, Turkey, we started a cruise of the Greek Isles there. Next would be Japan, both worlds away.
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Falling down and breaking bones just before Christmas, You have to be special to do something that stupid. I don't stay angry long and I am very forgiving.
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Saint Luke's Hospital in
Altadena, California
47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? I would be happy if anyone on my list would do this
48. WHAT TIME IS IT NOW? 10:08 pm Pacific daylight time

Ok blogging buddies, if you have nothing better to do, or want to save this for later copy and paste it when/if the mood takes you. Be sure to let me know so I can check it out.