A View Through December of 2011

So, the year has come to a end. Well, that has prompted me to start a new project.

End of the month videos.

Over the past few months I have really taken to shooting and editing video. My photo skills are 'alright' at best and I just like looking at my video's more than my photos. Plus, Liz is a very gifted photographer and most of the things she takes pics of and posts on her blog, I video. It works out nicely in my opinion.

Below are some things I shot, random events, moments, food we made, people we eat it with and one very nerve wracking moment that ended up being one of the best moments of my Korean life. And before you ask questions, just know that I spent four straight days practicing for it but there is no way I could have winged it.

...get Lost my friends.


Grandpa Ratto

{From the San Fransisco Chronicle on November 30th, 2011.}
  Raymond Angelo Ratto Sr. Sept 19, 1927 - Nov 26, 2011 Beloved husband for 48 years of the late Irene Ratto, he is survived by his angel Eleanor Camicia, his seven children Raymond Ratto Jr., Paul Ratto, David Ratto, Suzanne Walling, Thomas Ratto, Margaret Ratto-Young and Joanne Lippi, 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Ray was the beloved son of the late Antone and Johanna Ratto, brother of twin Edwin Ratto, Len Ratto and sisters Catherine Buchl, Joan Ciccarelli and Anne Gangl, as well as his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brothers John Ratto, Antone Ratto Jr., Frank Ratto and sister Adelaide Ciccarelli. Ray was born and raised in Alameda and graduated from Alameda High School in 1945. 

     He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a lifelong farmer and part of the 100-year-old family business Ratto Bros., which is still in existence today. In his earlier years, he volunteered with the Boy Scouts and was a member of St. Joseph High School's school board. He was a member of the Ligure Club, Grandfathers Club, the 100 Club and Native Sons of the Golden West Piedmont Parlor. Ray truly embraced the community of St. Joseph's as an usher and active parishioner. More than anything, Ray cherished his family and friends. He was a loving, caring, generous and wonderful man with a welcoming heart. He always had a positive outlook on life, told a story with a twinkle in his eye and had a great sense of humor. He loved farming, traveling and fishing. He held an important place in his heart for his special needs twin brother, Eddie, and those who care for him.

Just over two weeks ago the Ratto family laid to rest it's patriarch, my Grandpa Ratto.

For me, mere words cannot express my love, gratitude and overwhelming admiration for this wonderful man, but here goes: he was a man who loved to live life, and gave his everything to the people around him. He woke up at 4 a.m. to start the day and rarely had a night without some occasion on the calendar. And he always did it with a wink and a smile. Because of this, he is loved by countless masses of people.

Grandpa Ratto, you were, are and forever will be, the greatest man any of us have ever known. You were the definition of a blessing in someone's life. You shall be missed. 

Here is some footage the family asked me to take and put together to commemorate Grandpa Ratto.

(I humbly ask that comments only be directed to him and not the video making itself. It is not an art film nor is it intended to entertainment so please only share this link with friends and family of Grandpa Ratto. It is merely one small thing we, as a family, can look to and remember this uniquely wonderful man by. Thanks.)

...get Lost my friends.