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I forgot to mention about the time my father was in the army, just after WW2. He was in the personal guard for Emperor Hirohito in Japan for a while. He was given a doll by the Emperor personally, which is still in the breakfront of their house.

Also, my cousin is here and reminded me of how my father was always filming movies when we were kids. He was joking about how they actually found one video filmed by someone other than him and how unusual that was.

I'm sure there's a lot more I can say about him. I'm going to try to say some things at his funeral tomorrow morning.

My father

Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:24 pm
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I know I haven't been posting much here but I wanted to post here. Yesterday my father, Stanley Volin, died. They said it was cardiac arrest. He didn't have any heart problems, but he was getting pretty old so I guess it was just his time. The funeral will be Monday morning at 10:30 (I'll know more when I get to NY. I'm flying there now and using in-flight internet).

Getting a flight was a complete nightmare since many airlines can't be bothered to offer bereavement fares (Virgin America, I love you guys, but $700+ round trip != "low fares" so saying you don't offer it because you offer low fares to everyone is total B.S.). Even the ones that do charge too much ($745???). United might have been better but I didn't have the info on the funeral home to give them. So for now I got a 1 way flight for about $300, which is what I normally pay for round trip:P.

I probably got a lot of my love for audio from him. He used to work as an engineer for radio stations and then was a recording engineer for Decca Records. When Decca moved out to L.A. he was married with kids and his radio license had expired so he went to work for the phone company as a repairman, which he did until he retired. I wish I'd been able to talk to him more about how I want to go into audio programming, but he'd gotten confused in recent years so it was hard to talk to him about things like that. He always had a LOT of records he kept in the basement.

He also was a travel agent in his spare time for years (we went on many trips and cruises at a discount when I was a kid). He even wrote a book, "How to Become a Spare Time Travel Agent", which he self-published and sold himself for years. I guess I got the writing from both sides. I wanted to teach him how to sell it himself on Amazon but he never really did much with computers after giving up webtv.

He was a great guy, and very easy-going. Everyone liked him, and he will definitely be missed.

BTW, Val, my white siamese cat, is named after a little white stuffed cat he gave me on Valentines Day when I was 2 years old. I still have the original Val.

My brother is getting married in 3 weeks and it's too bad he couldn't make it, but as a friend said he'll be there and will probably appreciate it more from where he is.
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  • 23:14 is back from teaching my first class. I think it went well! #

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  • 15:21 I'm at Art Institute of California - Los Angeles (2900 31st St., Ocean Park Blvd., Los Angeles). 4sq.com/b79cDS #
  • 17:23 had orientation for my new pt job, teaching an Intro to Programming (C++) class at the Art Institute of CA. This should be interesting. #in #
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  • 17:21 guesses the cats must be getting used to the earthquakes around here. They didn't even move. #
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  • 15:09 This was a mistake. Apparently people w/ day jobs have the day off:p. (@ Costco w/ 3 others) 4sq.com/6qcVQF #
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  • 21:46 is taking advantage of the fact that there isn't class to wake up for tomorrow because of the holiday. #
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  • 17:36 wows. What a monumental waste of time. Spent an hr being told why I should pay for their premium recruiter services. Didn't even validate. #
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  • 14:52 just registered for DSP Applications of Communication Systems & Writing the Science Fiction Novel (Online). That finishes the certificate. #

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  • 18:59 I just ousted Aaron as the mayor of Fu's Palace on @foursquare! 4sq.com/cQ4klU #
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  • 11:54 I'm at Los Angeles Federal Credit Union. 4sq.com/bQpjJu #
  • 21:47 I just ousted @dooleynoted as the mayor of Liquid Zoo on @foursquare! 4sq.com/auw1P8 #
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  • 17:11 I'm at Ralphs (3827 Culver Center, at Venice, Los Angeles). 4sq.com/72rj0k #

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  • 18:07 whews! Another class done. One more left for the certificate in Digital Signal Processing! #
  • 21:25 www.signmeupkaraoke.com (@ Liquid Zoo w/ @dooleynoted) 4sq.com/auw1P8 #
  • 23:19 Finally going to see Rocky Horror out here. (@ Nuart Theater w/ @dooleynoted) 4sq.com/8Ll7RG #
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  • 10:04 made it just in time for the FragDolls women in games photo shoot. #
  • 10:08 E3 final day (@ Los Angeles Convention Center w/ 60 others) 4sq.com/2HqG8o #
  • 10:55 aws. Kinectimals is adorable. You play a cute lion or leopard cub. #
  • 11:28 is going to have to get The Sims 3 console. Not that this is a big surprise when I own pretty much every Sims game ever made.;) #
  • 12:06 just saw another very cool real guitar controller, Heromaker from Peavey. It only has sensors on 1 string now & might need to make it all. #
  • 13:16 just watched someone demoing Disney's Epic Mickey. That looks very cool! #
  • 15:06 likes Sonic Colors. Fun, theme parkish feel & not difficult to play/figure out (like a couple of earlier Sonic games were). #
  • 16:41 saw the Lord of the Rings War for the North demo. Looks a lot like Dungeon Siege in the LOTR universe. VERY nice. #
  • 16:43 sighs. I left early and rushed home to get a tech support request in to IBM before 5, only to find out they don't go by Pacific time:P. #
  • 20:49 thinks the cats are happy. Lots of new bags to lie on (including 1 giant one) & Val thinks the Powergig wristband is the Best Toy Ever. #
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  • 12:39 E3 day 2 (@ Los Angeles Convention Center w/ 148 others) 4sq.com/2HqG8o #
  • 13:39 is on line to see the pro stuff coming from Harmonix. Should be VERY interesting. If only they had an office in L.A. I'd love to work there! #
  • 14:19 has got to get my hands on one of the Fender Stratocaster guitar/controllers they're coming out with! A REAL guitar w/ extra tech added. #
  • 14:22 is definitely getting Rock Band 3 & the midipro addon (you can hook up any midi instrument). It actually teaches you guitar/keyboard parts. #
  • 14:53 also likes their Dance Central & hopes they add 80s music when it comes out, #
  • 15:06 can see Puzzle Quest 2 is at least as addictive as the 1st. And Amazon e-mailed this morning that it's shipping sooner than expected. #
  • 15:46 hmms EA Sports Active 2 now has its own sensors and will be on all 3 consoles. Interesting. It's definitely one of the better exercise games #
  • 17:21 Powergig is pretty cool but Harmonix will probably eat their lunch w/ Rock Band 3. It doesn't care which string you use. #
  • 17:25 needs to check out FreeRealms when/if I have free time. It looks interesting. #
  • 18:05 BIG/WIGI Party (@ Zucca Ristorante) 4sq.com/99twLo #
  • 23:17 I'm at Hotel Figueroa Pool (Figueroa and Olympic, Los Angeles) w/ 3 others. 4sq.com/bEFsA2 #
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