Saturday, October 03, 2015


This evening I watched a Steven Spielberg directed movie, "Empire of the Sun." Nobody tells a story as good as Spielberg. This film follows Jim, a young pampered 10 year old boy who is separated from his parents at the beginning of WW2. "Jim" shows that he has an unconquerable spirit in the way he endures five years in a Japanese internment camp.

Spielberg gives us insight into the suffering of people under tyrannical Japanese military rule. And we are there when Jim finds his parents at war's end in a relocation center. Jim and his parents hardly recognize each other. Oh how my tears flowed at that scene!

Bike shop
My electric bicycle went into the shop for repairs this week. The bike needed a new rear tire. Also, the connector to the battery needed replacement.

It was during my bike's time in the shop that I realized how much I love to ride that bike. Much more than I enjoy driving my car!

Driving my bike is much more convenient than driving my little Honda FIT car. My electric bike zips all over the City of La Mesa. I really missed my bike while it was in the repair shop!

Aging and balance
Slowly but surely, my body is losing the ability to balance easily with my bike. Even the act of putting my leg over the bike during mounting is becoming unsteady.

I hate this physical decline. In fact, I dread it. Exercise specifically to enhance balance for seniors helps some. But not much.

One thing that I found out for sure. I should NOT walk while wearing my eyeglasses. In fact, I would go so far to state that it is dangerous for me to walk while wearing my eyeglasses.


  1. Years ago, I lived next door to a lady who had spent time in a Japanese camp.
    Later, while in University I briefly boarded with her and her husband. She never spoke much of her experience, but it was pretty dreadful. She always felt very lucky to be alive.

  2. I love my bike too George. I don't have an electric one, just a 7 speed cruiser type bike. Great exercise. Be careful don't want to fall and break something.

  3. George , I have the same issue of safety while wearing glasses. See this link for the reason why we elderly have this issue, and kind of a work around.. Sure miss you blog, from way back in the Santa Rosalia days. You followed where I had gone, but you did it so much better with your living the local life. Keep us updated on you bike. Any thoughts to having 3 wheel in the back?

  4. Hi, George. I, too, wonder about a bike similar to yours with three wheels? Seems like it would be more stable. So far I don't have the problem with my glasses; can't see beyond an arms' length without mine! Have a good day, and please keep talking to us. Oh. Re the war story. A nightmare, as are all war stories. Imagine all of the stories that are happening in real life right now. All those people running from war. A sad state of affairs.

  5. We have Japanese - Canadian friends whose parents and older siblings spent many months in an interment camp for Canadians of Japanese decent right here in Canada. Conditions were not much better than in a POW camp and they had their assets and property stolen from them by the Canadian government.

  6. My husband started falling when riding his bike....not good. He finally went to a trike and rides every day and I don't worry about him falling. We just have to keep aware of when we need to move to the next step as the years move on.

  7. George, I converted the front wheel of a trike to electric, added disc brakes horn and lights to it and my 82 years young uncle loved it.