Thursday, April 30, 2009

More Family Fun

Easter at the Shisley home is always fun. The family came over and we had the usual Easter Egg coloring contest. Past years while Steven was on his mission he was always the judge. Now that he has returned I am the judge and for some reason my eggs always win.

Danior was having lots of fun.

On April 17th I had my 50th birthday. Sue planned a small get together with some of our closest friends and the family. Rebekah seemed to like the cake.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

So Many Years

Last Friday I turned 50 years young. Sue invited a few of our closest friends over for a little get together, along with the family. We had a fun time. Thanks to everyone that came over. Here is a short recap of the good and bad for each decade:

1950's - I was born and lived in the 50's for less than a year. We lived on Clarendon St. in Woodland Hills. No memories as I was very young when I was born.

1960's - Great childhood. My parents treated me with love and kindness. I started swimming with a team and spent many weekends at swim meets. In Elementary School I started to play the flute. I aslo played on t-ball teams. Great decade.

1970's - mixed events. In the first half of the decade my parents split up and my dad died in 1976. We moved to Granada Hills after AI graduated from El Camino in 1976. Hard times were afloat. I was active in school bands and the ECR swim team. Met a gorgeous blonde in high school and married her in 1979. Drove a hot 1968 Camaro, oh how I wish I still had that car.

1980's - great decade. Focused on raising the family. We lost our first daughter, Robin, during childbirth in 1980. Katy was born in 1981, Brenda in 1982, and Steven in 1985. We moved in to our house in Woodland Hills. No money for the entire decade. Graduated from CSUN with a degree in accounting and became a CPA. Started working with Pacific Theatres in the accounting department.

1990's - good decade. Focused mostly on raising the kids and building a carrier. Still no money. No time for anything. Just work, work, and more work.

2000's - good decade (so far). Changed jobs which was way past overdue. Katy got married and had two kids (so far). Brenda got married. Steven went on a mission. Sue and I went on our first cruise for our 25th anniversary and have been hooked ever since.

So far I have no major regrets in life. Only real regret is staying with my Pacific Theatres job too long. I have three incredible children and two wonderful grandchildren. My wife is the most wonderful, loving, giving, kind, beautiful, thoughtful, caring, fun woman in the world. I have a good job. I feel the love of my Heavenly Father in my life. I am ready to enjoy the next 50 years. My goal is to live long enough to bankrupt the Pacific Theatre's pension fund.

I bestow my love to all my friends and family.


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bank of America Woes

A few weeks ago we lost our Becky, our premier banker with B/A. In the bank's wisdom, they eliminate the premier banking group and put me back with 1) the regular banking, or 2) the investment group. Don't really know which since the bank has yet to notify me the premier banking group no longer exists. I know because Becky and I talked. Let's look at these two options logically. 1) Taking something away from a valuable customer is never a good way to run a business. Now that I do not have someone to help me with my banking needs, why would I be incentivised to stay with B/A? 2) Putting me back into the investment group, the Merryl Linch team that ran that company into bankruptcy, is not exactly the group of people I want managing my money.

Case in point. Instead of calling Becky to renew Steven's CD we had to go talk to someone at our branch. Seeing how we both work everyday that only leaves Saturday available to do such. We went in the bank for a simple 20 minute transaction that ended up taking 1 1/2 hours. The fellow had no idea what he was doing and had to get his manager at least five times. Then somehow B/A managed to get my profile messed up and had the wrong SS number. Would they believe me to fix it? Heck no. I had to drive all the way home, get my SS card, and drive back to the bank. One might ask why not believe the customer when he tells you they are wrong. I think I gave him my ID 4 times. He then wants to verify my SS number so he says it loud enough for everyone in the bank to hear it. He kept saying how he was concerned about security and wanted to make sure everything was right. He said, for example, they need 2 sets of ID's to set up a new account (in this case a new CD). I said, but....., with your concerns about security, why didn't you ask to see the social security card (for Steven's account). They believed Steven when he said what his SS number was but would not believe me when I told them they had mine incorrect. That is how someone opened an account under their ID while using my SS number about two years ago. That person had picture ID, not in my name of course, and since B/A took her word for the SS number without verification her fraudulent activity got pegged to me.

I hope Becky lands a new job quickly with a local bank. B/A's days of having my money may shortly coming to an end. Only trouble is that most banks aren't much better. Too many "non-thinkers" is these position.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Family Fun

I am a little late but here are a few pictures from Rebekah's birthday party. Mike did the bbq cooking and just could not wait to taste his masterpieces. He is the best Barbeque-er in the family.

Robert's mom Lenore enjoyed holding her great-grandson Jonah.

Rebekah opened her presents. Can you tell if she liked the Little Einstien's computer from grandma and grandpa?

We recently had a great visit by Sue's niece, Jen and her three children Eli, Aive, and Caroline. the kids were so sweet and well behaved. Here they are watching TV with Rebekah. Thanks Jen for the fun visit. Come again soon.

Jonah is getting bigger and cuter. Grandpa is his favorite.