Month: January 2014

Free Computer Classes

If you are interested in website design, San Diego Community Education offers many free classes.  I just enrolled in Web Specialist. It covers the new html 5, Css3, and a few other items.  The class is long (4.5 hours twice a week but 6hours at home).  It also lasts until June.  At the end you do earn a web specialist certificate. By the end of the class I should be able to create my own blog page (using code). 

I’m familiar with html and have created webpages… back in the 90s.  Now its time to update my skills to a professional level.

Modern Free Education

This facility was opened Fall2013

The SDCE facility North Campus is brand new, and next to the old one.  It opened last fall.  The room I’m using boosts large all in one Macs.

PBS link to Sherlock Holmes

PBS link to Sherlock Holmes

There’s many video versions of Sherlock Holmes- the great British Detective of the 1800s.  As a preteen I gobbled up the intelligent, well written stories.  I identified with the misunderstood detective and learned the importance of deductionAs someone who has read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s entire Sherlock Holmes collection (twice)- I can confidently say that the PBS version, Sherlock, is the most accurate..

The PBS series, Sherlock takes place in modern day London and does not copy Doyle’s stories.  This actually works in its favor in two ways. 

1) This decreases the risk of inaccurately portraying a well read classic.

2) Avoids the ever daunting task of creating a film that is better than a book.  Money grabbing producers, take note:  PBS’s choice to not copy Doyle’s stories is an admission to the PBS viewers, that the pleasure and beauty found in reading a classic can never be replaced by a film.  

The network series accurately extrapolates the essence of Doyle’s characters, and applies it to modern mysteries. Its an unadulterated portrait of the characters’ manners and personality.The beauty of this is found in the details, for one, Holmes’ questionable sexuality. Kudus to the network for hinting at Sherlock’s preference for men.  Although hinted in the original stories, modern day TV heroes are not allowed to be anything less than raging manly men.  PBS chose accuracy over ratings.

I truly believe that had Sherlock and his friend Watson lived today they would act, think and solve just as they do in the PBS series.  For this, the PBS Sherlock series has properly earned the title Masterpiece.



I shout, hoping my dad’s lost dog will hear. How will I ever manage to find here in this field?

Hidden Valley Nature Reserve

The nature reserve near my parents house- just one of places their dog may be hiding.

I got in my car and searched for her.  No, she wasn’t my dog, she was belonged to my parents.  My mom was at the time was in ICU, unable to breath.  My dad, overwhelmed (his wife was in the hospital and his mom died the day before).  I couldn’t let my dad loose his mom, his wife, and his dog in the same week!

I prayed to God to help. I got in my car and drove on the road around the field.  Nikita is black and the field brown- I should be able to see her right?
“Have you seen a black dog on your walk?” I ask a senior strolling by.
“I see lots of dogs and coyotes, that’s why I keep this big stick with me for protection”
“But did you see a black dog?” I beg.

The search continues.

I drive a half mile more, do a different hill.  I get out of the car and climb the hill, hoping the height of it will give me a better view of the area, and perhaps help me find the dog.  I slowly climb up.  A couple are walking down the hill, and they have a dog with them.  Could that be Nikita?  The dog walks so calmly next to the couple- it probably belongs to them.  Just in case I shout one more time, “Nikita!!!”  The dog starts running 400 feet down the steep hill.  It’s ears are pinched up against the head from the wind, the tail slaps back and forth.

OMG I hope this is Nikita, otherwise I have a huge black dog that’s about to attack me!.  I run towards my car and open the door.  If it isn’t Nikita, I’ll need somewhere to run to.  If it is Nikita perhaps she’ll jump right into my car.

The dog jumped into the car.  It was Nikita!  The day is saved!

What unusual places have you found your pet?

Walking dead

I walked toward the hospital to visit my Abuela (grandma).  In the hallway a nurse hovered next to me.  She had angels’ wings.  She turned to me and smiled with rosy cheeks and brown eyes that glistened with blue eyeliner.  It was my Abuela. It occurred to me that she is dead.  Then I looked at the hospital patient directory and saw she was in room 19. She must be alive!  I entered the hospital wing. 

A nurse began chatting with me. “Your grandma is okay at the moment.  She will look beautiful in the casket’. 

“She wants to be cremated, her priest said its okay”.  I answered.  

“Oh,” the nurse continued, “then I will sit there when they scrape the flesh off the bones and grind the spine and I can help”.

I woke up crying, and remembered my grandma died last week.

Do you have dreams of people who have passed?

I’m a what?!

6 months ago I entered a derm’s office, and was told I needed to have my “interesting” small skin bubble biopsied as a precautionary measure to avoid basil cell skin cancer.  A combination of vanity and fear of an impending scar resulted 6 months of  excuses to not rebook a biopsy appoint.  Then, 3 months ago I negotiated a deal with myself: I’ll – find a dermatologist with a longer, more experienced reputation  who may have more nibble and less scaring techniques.

Thursday January 16th,

My husband accompanied me for emotional support.

The doctor walked in, heard my concern and shouted, “That’s ridiculous, who told you that you need a biopsy?”

She then did a complete body exam to assure there were no other “places of interest” (BTW: if you burn super easily, have lots of freckles or red hair its recommended you get a complete skin check yearly to examine any new moles, freckles or any new growth).

She started at my scalp, and I pointed out the on and off again itching I’ve head behind my ears. Then, once she got to my hands, her eyes lingered a bit longer on my knuckles,

“Your a gluten sensitive person” she declared.

“I’m a what?” I asked for clarification.

She pointed to my dry skin, “you have scaly skin and the wrinkles of your knuckles are raised.  Gluten molecules get trapped in the folds of the skin of people with Gluten Intolerance.  Its a condition that gets worse as people age.  Your skin will get better when you change your diet.  Do you have digestion problems?”.  She then printed out information on Gluten Sensitivity, freezed the “place of interest” and said goodbye.

I entered the doc’s office expecting a scar, instead I got an explanation to the heartburn and stomach cramps I’ve been experience for the past two years.