Last night, I got an opportunity to see one of my friends from uCamps, Kylie, perform at the Village Theater and Art Gallery in Danville. Usually, I’ve seen them bits on social media and seen ads for her shows as well, but I’ve never got a chance to see them in person since most of them are in Southern California, where she’s currently resided. After seeing an ad for her performance in the Bay Area on Facebook, I knew that this was the perfect opportunity for me to see it in action. The performance consisted of songs written by her, and also some from The Voice’s Season 10 contestant, Ryan Quinn. All of the songs were awesome, but one of the best parts of the night was reuniting with old friends from uCamps that I haven’t seen in about three or four years. To top it all off, I was able to give her a bunch of my cards to congratulate on her awesome performance! When she got them, she was absolutely shocked and she asked, “Did you paint all of this?” Overall, I was so glad that I got a chance to see her performance in person and to give her my greeting cards in return! I hope her music career continues to develop for years to come!
Last night, my friend Justin and I returned to the Oakland Coliseum for our third consecutive A’s game this year, and also for the free Rickey Henderson jersey giveaway. Even though we managed to arrive at the stadium early, the lines were pretty long. At least we were able to get the jerseys! Although we lost twice to the Houston Astros the first two times, we were able to get a miracle win, thanks to a walk off homer by A’s LF, Khris Davis, and a final score of 5-3. Speaking of giveaways, even though I plan to sell my cards, I also plan to give them away for free, especially for people who never ask, so that way, they won’t feel left out. For example, after buying a used suitcase from a local garage sale, I was generous enough to return the offer by giving away some of my cards to the sellers. Whether it’s buying a card, sending a card to a love one, or giving them away to other people, the cards just keep coming around!
Yesterday during my grandma Rosie’s 85th birthday celebration in Fremont, about 30 cards were sold to friends and relatives, even though I wasn’t there in person. The most popular cards that were sold were the “Snowman” because everyone was thinking about Christmas in July and “God Bless” to honor the one year anniversary of Honesto’s passing. Overall, the card sale has started to increase since the Alameda County Fair, and we managed to raise $72 for Save A Tahanan Inc. I hope these card sales will continue to grow and I hope to create new designs for future cards!
A year ago today, the world lost my grandfather Honesto after being placed in hospice care for two weeks on his 88th birthday. During that time period, people came to see him on his final days from his closest friends and relatives, to fellow colleagues, and even those that never met him. During the Save A Tahanan’s 30th Anniversary BBQ back in September, we paid tribute to his memory with a memorial wall and legacy table, even though I wanted him to be there in person. In honor of him, one of my most popular greeting cards is entitled God Bless, with a blue sky and a cross to salute him and others who have gone before us, especially our fallen soldiers. We will never forget you Papa Honesto! RIP
Hope everyone has a great 4th of July! Thank you to all our men and women for serving our great country! Those who are doing fireworks or watching them tonight, please stay safe out there!