Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Trapped in Paradise (or San Francisco) thank you Audi

Did you ever see that movie "Trapped in Paradise"? I’m still stuck in San Francisco! My car is back at the dealership after making it just past SFO before having another melt down yesterday (same thing happened on attempt one on Saturday). Of all the places to be stuck for the holidays San Francisco is as nice as it gets. I miss seeing the So Cal crowd for the holidays but it looks like I’ll be up here at least another day and then I’m buying myself a car for my present if I can’t get mine back this week.

You know what is funny I thought I had the miracle when I started it up on Sunday all the warning lights were off and everything seemed fine, so I took it for a test drive around Highway 1 and got to the Muir Woods turn off and there was this big rainbow and so I parked my car and took some pictures of it and then drove back to San Francisco and no lights came on. So I said to myself let’s hit it and I made it two blocks and back came the lights and I just kind of sighed and turned around towards the dealership again. I am getting to the point now where I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry or what. There are a few good things about this though, #1 my family is all at my house right now and I’m not, #2 I might not make it home for Christmas and will have mostly avoided my family, #3 I got to ride the ferry across the bay with probably the most beautiful night San Francisco skyline scene I’ve ever seen, #4 that rainbow was a full arch so I bought a lottery ticket and maybe that’s where my luck will go! It was only there for a few minutes and it dumped some rain and then the clouds blew away and left just the sun. Not a bad day considering, there is still something weird about being alone at Christmas in a different city with nothing familiar and running out of clothes to wear. The whole thing is a little bit of a downer, but I’m staying positive and enjoying what I can when I can.

I think the dealer is sick of my car, they won’t even call me back today I’ve called three times this morning already. So far I have handled it all in a very zen like manner, but it’s been going on for 26 days now and I’m not sure I can maintain this level of patience for much longer!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Gary Neale Fauskin - Gone but not forgotten

Gary Neale Fauskin

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M.D., F.A.A.P.
We are sad to announce the sudden death of our beloved Dr. Gary on February 27, 2008. Born in Fargo, ND, he joined the National Guard, then became a 1st LT. Lab Officer in the Air Force. He earned a B.S. degree from ND State College, B.S. in Medicine at UND., MD at University of Texas Southwestern, Internships and Pediatric Residency at Cedars Hospital, LA. He was an active Pediatrician from 1963 to 2006. Gary lived all of his adult life in California. He was in Pediatric Practice in El Cajon from 1986 to 2003. He worked for Mt. Health Services and Southern Indian Health until his retirement in 2006. Prior to 1986, he was a Pediatrician in Redondo Beach for 20 years. Gary was in the Dept. of Pediatrics at Grossmont, Alvarado, and Scripps East County Hospitals. He was an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD and the College of Osteopathic Medicine. A member of SENTAC, American Academy of Pediatrics, California Medical Society, LA Pediatric Society, San Diego County Medical Society and a reviewer for the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. He was published 15 times in various medical journals. He was also a member and past 2nd Vice President of the German American Societies. Gary met his wife Lana Ettelson Fauskin at Redondo Beach Medical Clinic in 1974. They formed a close friendship and became partners in life and business in 1977. He is also survived by sons Michael Thomas, James and Eric Fauskin, Jeff Ettelson and daughter Laura Drobnick; granddaughter Jennifer Fauskin; grandsons Matt and Neal Thomas and Levi Ettelson; step-granddaughters Alicia and Cirse and five step-great-grandchildren. Gary was a true renaissance man with many varied interests and talents. He played guitar, bass, banjo, piano and accordion. Loved the Big Band sound and belonged to the Germania Choir. He published pen and ink sketches and had a passion for cooking. His recipes can be found in "Gourmet," "Bon Appetite," and "Sunset Magazines." He was featured many times in the food section of several newspapers. We will miss his special smile, wry sense of humor, wisdom, good food and music. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, March 8th, at 3 p.m., German American Societies, 1017 South Mollison Avenue, El Cajon. Interment will be at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.