The Voyage to Sweet 60s and Hawaii

January 2017 was marked our official entrance in the train of wisdom-Chuck has turned sixty with grand celebration gathering friends and family all over the country. The abundance of mesages of love and sweet memories was overwhelming. The highlight was of course a surprise visit by Chuck’s parent Ed an Jane who as always brought with them energy and good luck. Full family gathering at our favorite Gainesville restaurant Mildred’s Big City, the home of infamous Vesper Martini, created a memory for the next decade.

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Big Family Portrait

Family and friends all over the country have helped me to put together surprise movie for Chuck-filled with images, audio and video messsages for his Big Sweet 60 Bday. The local crowd has filled out house with laughter and good music to enjoy sweet parfume of brisket and ribs from the Big Lee’s Barbecue and good old scotch and bourbon collection. We live to deliver on longevity and healthy food!

After a week of work in ICU we packed luggages, youngsters (Eddie and Nino) and “older kids” (Emel who just graduated from UF!) and set to fly for family voyage to Hawaii and Annual Meeting of Society of Critical Care Medicine at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Winter Warmness In Virginia

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Charlottesville, January 1 2016. For reasons unspeakable in public Charles Hobson and I have decided to cancel our glorious plan for New Years Eve Ball Dropping Party in Gainesville and head towards Virginia to greet-and-meet with grandparents, aunts and cousins.

Warm and humid, mostly gray yet still beautiful Virginian hills and alleys proved to be a good choice. We flew to Dulles International Airport and drove through the Northern Virginia after making some funny faces…

We did some great things:

I started my tax return with TurboTax as last year I was one of millions whose identity was hacked! I love love turbotax-as experienced home-grown self-made tax filler it is far better than any accountant I had in my life time.

We stayed in Boar’s Head Inn, a colorful and old-worldly University of Virginia Resort. Afternoon cookies and tea and rock-climbing wall were the highlight of the three-day stay. Bonus was on-demand movie The Martian that entertained all family and particularly Eddie and Chuck.

For me most surprising was the day trip to James Madison’s Montpelier. I have discovered an amazing couple James and Dolly Madison, that was by far the most fascinating Founding Father for me. The passion, conviction to serve bigger cause and intellectual power of Madison resonated with my inner self. If you have a moment read remarkable short book by his personal slave, Mr. Paul Jennings, who wrote one of the first published book by freed slave, A Colored man’s Reminiscences of James Madison.

And of course with the abundance of food, friends, love and family we emerged into 2016 healthy and happy with resolutions, dreams, fears and hopes. Stay tuned!