Monday, November 22, 2010

California

7AM - The beauty of California!
During the past two days, a rain storm swept across much of Southern California.  This morning that storm was gone.  When Little Mavicita and I looked out from our Holiday Inn window, the view of the San Gabriel Mountains was gorgeous.  The storm had covered the higher elevations of the range with snow!

In the pic below, we believe that Little Mavicita captured Mount Baldy in the San Gabriel Range.
San Gabriel Mountain Range
Mount Baldy-center right

12 Noon - Visiting our homes with Dave
A strange thought came to me this morning.  I wondered if my son Dave would enjoy visiting the homes here in Southern California where he lived when he was a boy.  Coincidentally, if I travel westerly from my hotel in the City of Ontario, I'll come to each of the three homes my family lived in from 1964 to 1976!

My thinking is, when I am at each of these homes where son Dave lived as a boy, I will take the pics that I carry of Dave and show him his home from years ago!  I know that this is a strange idea.  But that is what I am thinking, and that is what I did!

City Terrace
So, off I drove going west on Interstate #60, the Pomona Freeway.  In addition to the homes where Dave lived, I also stopped to visit the home where I was born in East Los Angeles in the neighborhood called, "City Terrace".

My mom and dad bought their City Terrace home in 1936, the year that they were married and paid $3,500 for the house.  I was born in 1937 and lived there until I got married in 1963.  There was a two year interruption when I served in the US Army, 1960-62.

My City Terrace home had about 950 square feet, two bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room, dining room, kitchen.  When I was a young boy, ice was delivered for our ice box!
4178 Woolwine Drive
My home for 25 years - 1937 to 1963

Monterey Park
When I got married, my wife and I lived in an apartment behind East Los Angeles Junior College.  We both earned about $4,800/year and banked one net income for a whole year.  With that money we put a down payment on a lovely home in Monterey Park and partially furnished the home too.  2052 Clover Drive cost $22,500 and had a monthly mortgage payment of $122.

Clover Drive had 1,600 square feet, 3-bedrooms and two baths.   We lived in Monterey Park from 1964 [the year Dave was born] until 1969.  My youngest son was born here too.
2052 Clover Drive
Our home from 1964 to 1969

Hacienda Heights
In 1969 things were going good for me.  My Uncle Seymour and his partner Del split up.  I had been working for Seymour and Del since 1965.  Their company was growing like gangbusters.  After Seymour took off, Del made me a 10% partner in the company he now owned called "Punch Press Products" located in the Vernon section of Los Angeles.  Del promoted me to Plant Manager, and with that promotion came a $4,000/year raise!  With this money, we could afford a bigger and nicer home.

16477 Santa Bianca Drive in Hacienda Heights was just being built in 1969.  We called it our "new, new, new house!"  Santa Bianca had 4-bedrooms, 3-baths and is a two story house.  We paid $32K for this home.  Each weekend we would all pile in our car and go see our new house under construction.

Santa Bianca was in a fabulous neighborhood.  My son Dave made wonderful friends there that he would remember for the rest of his life.
16477 Santa Bianca Drive
Our home from 1969 to 1974

Showing Dave's pics to houses!
You likely are thinking that I must have a screw loose to be going around flashing pics of my dead son Dave to homes that he used to live in years ago.  I have to admit it is a very strange idea.  But it is an idea that is strangely comforting to me.

A guy like me whose son kills himself, is entitled to engage in strange and bizarre behavior!