BC: Hey man, I'm Jason, glad to meet you !
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1: "We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have." FREDERICK KEONIG | tTHIS IS MY STORY JASON Z. GANS I was born on November 6, 1970
2: This is my Mom and Dad Shirley and Sheldon And we had a wonderful dog, Timmy
3: These are my grandparents and parents, when all were young The Slaters- Vera & Hank The Gans- Rose and Nat My Mom and Dad met in 1955, when both flew in the Air Force | And FIVE of us lived in this big OLD HOUSE IN BELVEDERE, CAL.
4: ME AT 3 AND MY FAVORITE "MOUSEY"
5: ME and Jeff with Grandma on Belvedere porch | "MAKE HIM LEAVE ME ALONE" | I AM READY NOW !
6: IT WAS A GREAT HOUSE TO GROW UP IN ! | I LOVED OUR WINDING STAIRS | 1970 | 's
7: "Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE | MICHECO helped MOM manage 3 wild boys while Dad was away | We had great views, but the only flat land was this patio
8: Hanauma Bay in Oahu
9: "Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are." DESMOND TUTU | We went to Hawaii every year before I was 10 because my Dad had a consulting office in Honolulu. His secretary there found houses for us to rent over the Xmas holidays
10: MORE OF THOSE GREAT HAWAII YEARS | Jeff and I could find then, quiet beaches in Wailea | Mom had curly hair that year, on top of the old volcano on Maui
11: We went to small secluded beaches all over Oahu and Maui
12: DAD WAS GONE ALOT IN THE 1970's His firm grew to over 50 with 4 offices around the country. BUT he almost always came home for the WEEKENDS AND WE DID LOTS TOGETHER.
13: "Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE | WE: * RENTED HOUSE BOATS *WENT BOATING in our own boat up the Sacramento Delta; to rope swings & beaches * WENT TO MUIR BEACH WITH HARUO [our Japanese Houseboy] *WENT CAMPING in our VW camper
14: We spent many holiday meals with the Haywards at heir house or ours, Richard and Miles Hayward were good friends | We ate, we drank, we played pool at our pool table on the top floor
15: Greg was "Big Bro", 8 years older than me, Jeff 2 years older
16: Already away from home most of the time, we all did get together for holidays AND...... .> | 1980 | 's
17: ...IT WAS A GOOD TIME | Greg and Mom were great cooks, and they taught me to cook, and appreciate good food and wine.
18: 's | 1990
20: NO LONGER KIDS EACH OF US BEGAN TO MAKE LIVES OF OUR OWN | Prom CHICO then to San Lewis Obispo [SLO] to a BIOLOGY major and a hockey freak ! | My restaurant job in SLO | 1990 | 'S
21: WE ARE ALL ONE FAMILY JUST DIFFERENT | BUT WE ALL CAME TOGETHER FOR THE HOLIDAYS. | Vacations are with less than 5. | EACH of us went away to our own school | Dad first took me to CHICO in 1990
22: AFTER THIS WE HAVE FAMILIES OF OUR OWN.....
23: BY 1995 WE 3 IMPLODE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY ME to SEATTLE, Jeff to Los Angeles, Greg to Portland | ....AND PLACES OF OUR OWN
24: HELLO TO NEW VIEWS AND...... | ....HILLTOP PRIVACY & A SWIMMING POOL | AND DAD's GULLAIN BARE' MADE THE STEPS IN BELVEDERE TOO DIFFICULT........>
25: >....SO THEY SOLD THE BELVEDERE HOUSE AND MOVED TO NOVATO | Goodbye harbor views | SOLD | AND WE VISIT ON HOLIDAYS | Hello turkeys !
26: AND SO WE COME THE END OF THE FIRST CHAPTER IN THE STORY OF JASON Z. GANS
27: STICK AROUND FOR CHAPTER TWO I'M FULL OF SURPRISES ! I MAY POP UP ANYWHERE, AT ANY TIME