Felix Wong, Stacey Collver

Northern California Visit

During the holidays I got to spend almost a week with family and a few old friends. I spent virtually the entire time in Stockton where my parents live, but also got to spend half a day in the Bay Area.

Here are a few things I got to do:

  1. Visit with parents, brothers, sisters-in-law, and nephews, including my new nephew Matteo.
  2. Help my mom and dad with about 30 issues on their list, mostly dealing with computers and electronics.
  3. Run, including setting a couple of Strava course records in my old neighborhood.
  4. Visit with Bandy, my bud from high school, in Stockton. While enjoying frozen yogurt outside, we encountered our high school friend Tongly. Neither Bandy or I live in Stockton anymore, but Tongly does and he was getting his cell phone serviced next door when we ran into him.
  5. See my brother and sister-in-law’s new home. They live in a nice place in Danville now.
  6. Visit with my friend Stacey who is a double lung transplant recipient. She received her transplant in 2004. Her ability to breathe has been diminishing each year but she is on the list for a second transplant, so there is hope.

While Stacey and I were visiting, her mom Laura made us a delicious lunch of orzo salad, pizza, and fruit and yogurt. Also, Stacey made me do pull-ups as shown in the following video. She has unique ways of getting me to exercise (e.g., doing 2013 pull-ups on New Year’s Day in 2013).


Stacey said it was the record number of pull-ups for her apartment, but it is quite a ways off from my personal record shown in the video below.


Unfortunately I did not have time to visit any other friends in the Bay Area I would have loved to have seen, but it was a good trip nevertheless.

family Christmas dinner
Christmas dinner with my sister-in-law, brother, nephews and parents.
Frosty the Snowman light at my parents' house.
Frosty the Snowman light at my parents' house.
Tongly Loth, Bandy Nuon, Felix Wong
Bandy (center) and I ran into Tongly, an old high school friend, while having frozen yogurt in Stockton.
blue Raleigh mountain bike, SUVs love Terrorist Oil bumper sticker
The blue Raleigh mountain bike I rode in college was in my parents' garage, still sporting a "SUVs love Terrorist OIl" bumper sticker.
turquoise Bay Area Bike Share bicycles in Redwood City
Outside of the Redwood City Caltrain station were these turquoise Bay Area Bike Share bicycles. Maybe one day I will try them.
Stacey Collver, Laura Fairchild, lunch
Stacey and her mom Laura in Stacey's apartment. Laura made us a delicious lunch of orzo salad and pizza.
Felix Wong, Stacey Collver
Felix visiting with Stacey in her apartment.
telephone booth, floor underneath, Denver International Airport
My flight arrived at the Denver airport late and I missed the last shuttle. So I slept underneath this telephone booth at the airport for a few hours.