Category Archives: December 2010

cemetery run 2010 – part two

The second part of our annual cemetery run included a trip to Inglewood Park Cemetery and Riverside National Cemetery. They’re a couple of hours apart (in good traffic), so it was a long day. Fortunately, it was a beautiful day until about 3:30 in the afternoon when it started turning dark and chilly. We survived.

First stop – Inglewood Park Cemetery.

My brother Gary is buried here, as are my Auntie Eleanor, Auntie Ethel, Uncle Willy and cousin Ceresia.

Gary William Johnson lived 22 days. He was born prematurely and, 57 years ago, his internal problems couldn’t be corrected.

Minda Ceresia Barrett, my cousin, was three months old when she died. She’s buried seven spaces down from Gary.

Eleanor Cradic, my aunt, was only42 years old when she died from cancer.

Ethel Keddy, my aunt and Eleanor’s sister, also died from cancer. Eleanor and Ethel were both my dad’s sisters (dad also succumbed to cancer).

Willis Keddy, my uncle, was Auntie Ethel’s husband.

Two last headstones… Judy Ann Bilbrey is buried next to Gary, and we’ve always decorated her grave as if she was a member of our family. In all the years we’ve done this ( we’ve only missed a handful in 57 years), her grave has never been visited or decorated by anyone other than us as far as we know. That’s sad. So my family “adopted” her so that she wasn’t completely alone and forgotten.

Gayle Lynn Bremer is on the other side of Gary and, like Judy, has never been visited as far as we know, so we “adopted” her, too. (we finished decorating both graves after we to0k these pictures)


Now… the second half of part two: Riverside National Cemetery. We have three family members buried there:

My dad, Glenn Eldon Johnson

My cousin, Clint Smith

My cousin Larie’s dad, Clarence Woelke (aka Chip)

(all three graves were decorated after these photos were taken)

As we left Riverside National we stopped for a short visit with the geese (we forgot to bring them bread!) and then headed home.

cemetery run 2010 – part one

No, it’s not a marathon conducted in a cemetery (I was recently asked if that’s what the cemetery run was). Each year at Christmas time we visit the family graves at five cemeteries – Desert Lawn, Riverside National, Inglewood Park, Forest Lawn Cypress and Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills – and decorate them, some years elaborately and some years not so elaborately. This year was a little of each.

The first part (one of four) was a few weeks ago when we met up with cousins Chuck & Larie and my Uncle Buddy at Forest Lawn Cypress, where my Grandmother, Granddaddy and Auntie Brenda are buried.

Grandmother’s grave:

Granddaddy’s grave:

Chuck at Auntie Brenda’s grave:

Uncle Buddy, Larie and Chuck at Auntie Brenda’s grave:

After the decorating was finished we headed over to Knott’s Berry Farm for lunch at TGI Friday’s and some wandering through the shops. Chuck and Mike were pooped out so they found a comfortable bench to rest on while the rest of us shopped.

It was the first time we’ve gone cemeterying (yep, I made that up) with relatives and it was fun. We’re looking forward to another cemetery run with Chuck, Larie and Uncle Buddy in the future.

a geocoin goes to angel stadium

A while back I posted a geocoin’s day at Dodger Stadium and, if you remember, the little guy wanted to go to major league baseball stadiums all across the United States. This past Wednesday he got to go to Angel Stadium.

I must say he was just as excited about visiting Angel Stadium as he was on his Dodger Stadium visit. These photos prove it:

First the little guy tried on the Angel ball cap; he’s just a wee bit too small to wear a size 649 1/2 cap.

Then he decided to sit on an Angel ball statue and sun himself (it was a beautiful day):

Then he saw Mickey Mouse and all bets were off… he was all over Mickey:

on his chest

on his nose

and on his hand

About this time he spotted the Angels car and he wouldn’t stop whining until we took him over to have his photo taken with it:

We had a great time with the little guy and we’re going to miss him when we drop him off in San Francisco.

lafd wtc memorial geocache

This is a piece of the World Trade Center at the Los Angeles Fire Department Training Center:

“The 23 ton, 28 foot tall, trident shaped piece of  the World Trade Center’s South Tower is a monument that is intended to ensure that we in fact ‘NEVER FORGET.’ This structural member of the building was presented to the LAFD in 2002 as a way of saying thanks for the assistance that our members provided to the Fire Department of New York, FDNY, during the 2001 disaster.” (this information is from

Here’s Mike with the LAFD World Tade Center Memorial cache:

We had visited the memorial in 2002 and intended to come back to find the cache, which was hidden in 2006, but never made it back until now.

Time flies.