November 25, 2004
10119 South Blaney Ave #15D, Cupertino, CA 95014
In February, May, and September we visited Jill and Mike in Chandler, Arizona (three times in one year — a record for us). In May Jill graduated from ASU Law School, in July she took the Arizona Bar exam, and in October she found out that she passed. We’re very proud of all her accomplishments! She’s working for a law firm in Phoenix, and Mike is working for an architectural photography firm.
In April Dick and I flew first to Hamburg for a whirlwind weekend with my German relatives (Isolde Schenk and her family) and then on to Berlin, where I took a week of tutoring at the Goethe Institute. I came back home after Berlin, but Dick went on for 10 days in Italy. He met Ellen in Rome, and they did a two-week tour of Venice, Florence, and Rome.
In June we moved to another apartment in Cupertino. We get a lot of kidding about our nomadic life style. Yes, the address above has been our little home since June. The building we were in was turned into condos, and we didn’t think $800,000 was a reasonable price! We could have stayed until the lease ran out, but they kept offering us more money to move, so we finally gave in.
I’m still working for Mercury, which moved from Sunnyvale to Mountain View in June. After a break of two years, Dick decided to go back to a full-time job. His new company is Pillar Data Systems, which has close ties to Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle.
Tim and Liz moved from Santa Cruz to Albany (near Berkeley). Liz is taking photography courses at the Art Academy in San Francisco, and Tim is still doing website design and development. They still have Ellie Mae (dog) and Brownie (cat).
In August we went camping at Mt Madonna, a county park about an hour’s drive away. This was just one of many local activities we’ve done with the Livengood clan during the year. Rick is still at Intel and Ellen at IBM. Matthew was eight in July, and he’s in the third grade. He still likes his Yu-Gi-Oh cards, building models, science and math. He’s also a great reader and runner. Miranda turned five in June, and she’s in private kindergarten — really picking up on her reading, and enjoying all her friends and school activities. She says she wants to be a cheerleader in the years to come. The Livengoods still have their smallish cat who is an expert hunter (squirrels, lizards, whatever).