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Monday, September 21, 2015

"My last hurrah, life going full circle..." (Kimo's world special edition from Buffalo, N.Y.)

James "Kimo"Rosen is a retired Professional Photographer
 living on the Garden Island of Kaua'i
 with his best friend Obama Da Dog.
Rosen is currently on a sojourn
in Western N.Y.
This blog also appeared in the forum section
 of the Buffalo news 'Everybody's column'on 09-19-15;
Because of this Letter my high school photography teacher and mentor saw my letter
and sent me a friend request on Facebook. I accepted with tears in my eyes, 
chicken skin and goose bunks. 
Kimo's world #89
My last hurrah, life going full circle
Cousin takes me to Niagara falls
after not seeing her in over 23 years.

The expression goes, Life is short, if nothing else it sure goes by quick.
Rosh Hashanah 5776
(Jewish New Year)celebration
at my sisters

I left Buffalo back in 1976 at age 20 and have not returned for a casual visit since, only for funerals and one Bar Mitzvah.

I wanted nothing more to get out of Buffalo in my youth. I went to college in California, had a career as a professional photographer and publisher in Alaska along with odds jobs as a fisherman and cannery worker.
My mom on the left
with her sister's Mary,
Evelyn and my
Grandmother (Bubby)
back in 1929...

I moved in 1999 from Alaska to Hawaii for many reasons--one being life is short  and I wanted to experience as much as possible in life, which goes so quick, like a blink of the eye.

Like many getting older I developed a few health issues and thought Hawaii would be the perfect place to retire and call it the winter of my life.
Reunited with my nephew
 Jason after many years.

Fast forward to now, visiting the remaining family and friends I have not seen in 30-40 years. I am calling this sojourn, 'my last hurrah."

Buffalo has changed, I have changed and now see why so many call Buffalo home. 
 Life it seems has just come  fill circle, It sure feels good coming home!

Go Bills!

Photo below  
My friend Richard Fudeman whom I hadn't seen in 23 years took me to the New England Patriots Vs. Buffalo Bills football game at Ralph Wilson stadium. Last game I went to was 41 years ago with dad, may he rest in peace.
Thank you Richard!!!!

Final score Pats 40 Bills 32... ;-(

This same blog ran in Everybody's column in the Buffalo News on 09-19-15
Sister Linda, Shark girl and
yours truly on the Erie canal
Hana Hou, (Encore) memes created by James "Kimo" Rosen


Bettejo Dux said...

via Buffalo news article;
"So perfect but don't get carried away. Come home little rabbi, come home. All's quiet on the Pacific front. Getting ready for a trip on my bucket list. To sit at a table with Richard Dawkins..."

Rema Murphy said...

You deserve all these blessings, Jim.

Anonymous said...

I'm SO happy for you that you finally got off this rock and went East...
I'm so happy for you you got to reunite with family, friends and your mentor etc.