On Saturday, 07/03 a friend and I went to the V2 Nail Bar & Salon for some pre-holiday primping. She had a pedicure and manicure, performed expertly by Veronica, who has been at this location for some time now. I had a manicure by the "artfully good" Tammy. She did a wonderful job of decorating my nails in red, white & blue. She is quite artistic.

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(photo taken at Petco Park Special thanks to photographer, DA)

I was showing my hands to everyone! It was fun. So, for a special occasion or just to do something nice & fun for yourself, go see Tammy. She does this freehand so it may take a little while longer, than a usual manicure, but it is worth it. This is a really nice salon and I would certainly recommend it to anyone.
They are at 900 F St. Ste. 133, SD 92101 They are on the north side of the street, between 9th & 10th. the phone number is: 619-255-8442.

Try it, you'll like it.

Visit their website: http://www.v2nailbarsalon.com/

Now back to the regularly scheduled program!! American Independence Day, Fourth of July, is a special holiday and it was a special celebration this year for a family who have lived here for 22 years. A young couple immigrated to the United States (they took the legal route) from Senegal, looking for a better life. The husband was a writer and crossed swords with the government. He was a 'target' the government wanted to put on trial. His young wife was an activist. Government corruption and authoritarianism, underlie a facade of peaceful transition of power. It was difficult for this young couple to accept the fact that their lives were in danger and it was a challenge to prove their need for political asylum. Once that was accomplished, they settled in Garden Grove, CA. The wife spoke very little English (she spoke French). Classes at a community college changed that and she eventually became a high school teacher who was respected and loved by her students. The husband obtained employment at the newspaper, The Orange County Register. After 8 years, he quit that job, becoming an author of several "true" fiction (stories based loosely on factual events & persons).

They held on to their Muslim beliefs, though quietly because they loved the USA and did not want to 'rock the boat'. They had 3 children, 2 girls, 1 boy, and led a rather quiet life. Their children will be heading out into the world making their own choices (none of them chose to become Muslim nor do they practice any religion). The reason for this year's special celebration of Independence Day is that both parents finally became American citizens. A family of true believers in 'truth, justice and the American way' of life.

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July. Every American citizen can/should/did celebrate this day because of Patriotism, also: Baseball, hot dogs, applie pie & Chevrolet!!!!!

So long

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