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Alfreda Teresa Danoski was born at home in 1934. She was No. 5 of 11 children born to a typical Scranton, Pennsylvania coal mining family. Her father died with “Miners’ Lung” during his 47th year. Her mother passed from hard work during her 62nd! Although She spoke no English–and me no Polish–Thank Heaven I met her before she departed!
Because I have always had ‘a hankering’ for cooking, i stood in her kitchen to try to learn her recipes for her incomparable Polish cooking! …and she loved it!
     My name is Bruce. I was born in my parents home in Alameda, California, in 1930. My father and my grandfather were born in the same house! (I had a brother and a sister but they were born in Argentina. They both departed at age 85. He in California, she in Italy!)
Now it is my turn! And I am a better man than any of them! I’m writing this in my 86th year! But! Wait ’til you learn where I have been!
Schools? “Grammar and Junior High in Berkeley, High School in Alameda, Tucson and Yuma, Arizona, but I graduated from Campbell Union High School, in Campbell, California!
Since ‘travel’ seems to have been my way of life, I graduated on aFriday and joined the U.S.Navy the following Monday!
     Did someone say ‘travel’? Twenty-two years later, I had sailed six of the seven seas but never crossed the equator! In fact, I am frequently reminded of “The Ancient Mariner” and his “shoes and ships and sealing wax, and cabbages and kings”! That is, I have nothing to show for my years at sea except knots …at least a hundred of ’em!
Well, that’s not entirely true! My professional title encompasses “Maintenance Management”! That is …if you have it, I can fix it!
But, that’s enough of this fal-der-all! Let’s get back to Freda.
She told me she had never been out of Scranton except for a high school trip to Washington, D.C. I was sitting in one if my Aircraft Carriers when a shipmate invited me to accompany him home for the coming New Year’s Eve. Because he promised me a date, I accepted and met a Coal Miner’s Daughter named Alfreda Teresa Danoski! We were married a year later! That was back in 1958. It has been said that a sailor belongs in a ship and a ship at sea. Between our meeting and our wedding I was in Norway, Holland and Northern Ireland! It has also been said that ‘True love endures’. It sure as hell did for us! We had 57 wonderful years before our maker called her away. Now, she lies in a grave with our son in the cemetery behind the church in which we were wed! I have a home, an empty bed, wonderful memories, and reside in Mexico!
Wha… ? Did you say MEXICO? YES! And I have been here for 30 years!
Can you imagine living on a hillside overlooking the world’s richest sea? I do… In a house created by 3 sixteen-year-old boys, and me! A three-story house, that is! With a solid concrete foundation with enough ‘re-bar’ to build a couple of houses!
I may not have known what i was doing but the old man in the sea has met his match when it comes to me. My house aint goin’ no where!
Travel? Not me! I’ve already been there. China, Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Alaska, and the San Francisco Bay!
I’ve been to Napa, too … For some of California’s wine! But …did you know there are a host of wineries (“vinicolas” in Spanish) in Baja California? Don’t sell ’em short! You’d better try ’em first! About 75 miles south of the international border.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything on Kat’s Korner and I won’t go into all the reasons why, but part of it is writer’s block.  I sit and try and think of what to write, and the light bulb doesn’t come on!  I did receive my media credentials for the Baja 250, beginning and finishing here in San Felipe.  At first, the rumor was it was only going south, but the map shows it’s going south and north.  A little change this year (aside from the date) the media and registration will be held at the Rocodile on the Malecon.  February 25-28, with Contingency on the Malecon on Friday.  It should be a great race and Shawnee and Bill Bowden, Tina and David Dietrich with Wornout and I covering the race.  It’s going to be a blast!  Unfortunately, the Baja Sur 500 has been cancelled due to political reasons, which I won’t go into, but at least I went to the first one.  Contingency on Friday and the race starts at the arches on Saturday (early am for the bikes).

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Good afternoon or early evening everyone.  Haven’t been back on the horse full time yet, but I’m working on it.  These sunny days are great if only the cold wind would split.  I’m losing most of my blooms and I don’t like it!  However, hanging laundry to dry makes it worth it.  Heading to the Homeland tomorrow for a doctor’s appointment.  I hope to lines are not too long, however, it won’t be long before the new lanes will be open (Mexicali crossing). This should clear up the back up and wait times.  Okay, I just called the Municipal Delegation’s Office to find out about property taxes.  There have been reports that some taxes have been lowered and some raised quite a bit.  She told me, yes, they are reappraising properties at Rancho El Dorado and campos, but not in town. She said it was necessary because some folks were paying taxes on empty lots and have now built big homes. If you have any questions regarding your tax bill, you can go to their office, next to the fire department.  I’m glad they’re not doing it it town, however, Skooter wouldn’t let them in anyway.  Thursday afternoons at El Dorado Ranch, always at a different person’s home, there is a little get together with food and fire, if needed.  It used to be pretty much all Americans and now it’s pretty much all Canadians and a few of us Americans.  It’s a lot of fun and the food is always good.

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Happy New Year everyone.  I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything, but in that time, I’ve had three kids.  Two are now in college and one getting ready to graduate.  Not!  I simply took some time off until the writing bug came back.  Margaret Reisch Downing will also be back ~ tomorrow or Thursday, to be exact.  (It looks like Thursday as I didn’t get mine up yesterday).  I look forward to her writings as she’s very talented.  We’ve lost friends and neighbors during 2015 and met new friends and neighbors.  I stopped playing volleyball at El Dorado for a bit (cold wind – warm pool) however, I plan to start up again when we have sunny, sunny days.  A lot has happened since I last wrote.  I’ve been on a few desert runs; parties and a couple of trips down south. I am freaking out right now because I hit what I thought was “Save Draft” and I lost three paragraphs. Oh well; I was babbling on about what I’ve been doing so I’ll just give you a short recap.  Lots of Thursday evening get togethers with friends at the Ranch; desert runs, although I haven’t taken my Barney out this winter.  The battery is dead and it’s also too cold because you sit so high.  I plan to paint it the same color when it warms up and get a new battery for it.  We had a nice time Christmas Eve driving from the cop shop and all over town in rigs all lit up.  Judy and Dan Martin have been instrumental in keeping this Christmas Eve tradition going for almost twenty years. After the run, everyone met up at the Martins’ home for homemade chicken soup and chili and lots of other goodies.  It’s a great group and I’m glad to be included.  By the way, I’m uploading the entire album to Facelessbook, so you can see the photos not posted here.  #Bajakat!

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