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Lee Israel Baker

Profile Updated: June 6, 2022
Residing In:
San Diego, CA USA
Spouse/Partner:
Gene (Bake)
Occupation:
Sportscard Shop (e-bay shipping /shop personality) As of Jan. 2022 ALMOST retired...working 1 day/wk
Children:
None
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Graduated "most all American"...went to Long Beach State for a few years then decide to become a "hippie" ( a bit of an image change). Moved to Bellingham, WA. (and surrounding area) and spent 22 yrs. as a Veterinary Tech. After 2 husbands and numerous adventures....wised up and moved to San Diego to be with family. Career change to the dental field (periodontics) and medical assistant to numerous doctors . For my 40th B-day sister and brother-in-law gave me the opportunity to go to massage school. Became a massage therapist for the next 15 yrs. Great run until my body gave out on me. Married for the 3rd and LAST time to Bake....as of now we have been married 21 yrs. and can still make each other laugh! WE own a sportscard shop (dying hobby) with our partner and good friend. Have a retail shop in S.D. and do over 1/2 our business on e-bay. I am the "mama bear" at the shop...taking care of the guys, baking cookies and making it a fun place to hang out, and do most of the shipping for e-bay. With economy, not sure how much longer we'll have the shop, but we'll continue with e-bay.

My siblings and parents are all down here now and we continue to have a GREAT family (extended as it is) and plan to enjoy each other for as long as possible.

The last several years have been challenging with health issues (joints seen to be giving out one at a time), but I have a wonderful support group with family and friends and it really helps to be stubborn and have good doctors!! After always being the one taking care of others, it was tough letting other take care of me. I am NOT a patient patient! All is GOOD and I should be dancing at the reunion and giving lots of hugs!!

Live a pretty quiet life now and enjoy my husband, flowers, baking, friends, cat and being able to move (like a lot of you, with the help of drugs...the legal kind). Love hearing about all my classmates and hope to see most of you at the reunion. Glad I knew some of you, wish I had gotten to know more of you! THANKS!

Do you want to NEVER hear from a Paly Reunion again?

No

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Posted on: Jun 07, 2024 at 4:45 AM

Thank you for your empathy for those of us who would like to be there and it just doesn't work. I'll be in California (a niece's wedding in La Jolla) in early October plus babysitting of grandchildren around that time (transition from summer to school year schedules). I just couldn't see squeezing in a trip for this event, as special as it promises to be.

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Mar 19, 2024 at 8:03 PM

WHOOOHOOOO...this time it's a WIN!!!! Good luck my friend, this time MORE people will come to their senses and vote ACE ALLEN!

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Feb 27, 2024 at 4:19 PM

So sad/glad that the passing of Steve has brought so many of our classmate together.   I wish I ahd known Steve better and had met his wife, Debbie.  He was loved by so many and that is truely a special gift.  May his memories live on and be remembered with a smile.

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Posted on: Sep 16, 2023 at 2:22 PM

You KNOW how I feel about you! THANK you for allowing me into your life dear friend. Enjoy EVERYDAY!! HUGS, Lee

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Posted on: Sep 16, 2023 at 2:20 PM

Hi Debi, sorry for the LATE B-day wishes....I seem to be running a bit slower these days. Hope life is treating you well and you are enjoying everyday!! HUGS to you, Lee

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Posted on: Sep 16, 2023 at 2:18 PM

Hey Gil, just checking in. I usually read and catch up on this site maybe 2-3 times a week....I am usually so overwhelmed that I can't respond! But, it is fun hearing what Paly Peeps are up too, even if I don't always agree with some of the views. Now to say HELLO to you! Have you had your recent surgery? PLMK how things are going....I DO care. Hope life continues to treat you fairly (as fairly as possible) and you and your lovely wife ENJOY each day (as best as possible). At least we are not in the "memories" section, as so many of our classmates. HUGS, Lee

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Aug 15, 2023 at 10:55 AM

Happy B-day to you on the 18th. We share the same day of celebration, although, I like to celebrate EVERYDAY. Hope this finds you and the family well. HUGS, Lee

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Jul 30, 2023 at 5:36 PM

Kathy, SO GREAT to hear from you. Trust me I understand being "booked" when it comes to family.....BUT, isn't it great that we HAVE family ?! Anywhoooooooooooooooo, give a call or e-mail bnlbaker@twc.com anytime and hopefully we can connect in the near future. Take care and I hope life continues to make you happy....except for the RA....wow, what a bummer! Are meds helping? It's a tradeoff. Due to years of anti-inflam's I now have kidney issues. Oh well, at least I'm still here! I work a lot on denial! Much love and hugs, Lee

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Jul 28, 2023 at 3:23 PM

Happy B-day sweet lady.....we REALLY need to connect....whenever you are ready

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Posted on: Jul 27, 2023 at 12:39 PM

Thanks for the "nudge" dear Roger. It is definitely time to catch up and participate. I love this site and hope you keep it going. I know it is not an easy job, but you do it so well!! I should just check in daily to see the haps, but I don't get on the computer every day. YEP, I am that out of touch with technology. Still don't have a smart phone (do have a flip phone...one that both my husband and I share), BUT we don't text. Still have a land line. For now this works for us. You can call ANYTIME. Over the years I have connected with several classmates and would LOVE to connect with more. San Diego is a beautiful place and anyone is welcome to come a knockin'. Bake and I are usually home. The pandemic kind of spoiled me for large crowds and "stupid" people. Guess I am getting grumpy in my old age. LOL
At lasst I wrote, I was getting ready for my 4th back surgery. I can't tell you how THRILLED I am with the results!! My x-rays are truly a site to behold...I am very proud of them.. I have a LOT of titanium holding me together.....BUT, after a long recovery and a NOT a very patient patient, this is the beat I have felt in YEARS!! Now if my hands would just cooperate. I am now an "arthritis making machine"....but so goes life. I will be 72 yrs. old in August and I am grateful of EVERYDAY !!

Thanks again to everyone that keeps this site going....Chessa, you are amazing. I wish I could participate with a word now and again and I will try to be better about it.

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Dec 10, 2022 at 12:25 PM

Posted on: Dec 06, 2022 at 10:53 AM

Hi everyone, so sorry it has been SO LONG since I have participated. I always have such good intentions, but then every time I read the messages to catch up, I get OVERWHELMED and don't know where to start. So, I am just going to jump into the "pool". My heart aches for Greg and his medical condition. I can't begin to express how much I admire his courage and strength.......I KNOW how hard it is to keep a positive attitude and keep fighting each and every minute of every day. Every time I start to post my "updates", I feel so silly complaining when others are so much worse off than I am. BUT, here goes. I am 24hrs away from my 4th back surgery. They have all been successful, mostly due to an AMAZING team of specialists. Along with the back surgeries, I have had numerous joints replaced over the years. Gues all those years of baton twirling (plus) finally caught up to me! I am NOT looking forward to this surgery as "they" keep referring to this one as a "major commitment".......if I had a choice it would be different. TIME to get out of this pain and move on! Temporary inconvenience, permanent fix! One step at a time! Now that I have whined, I just want to thank everyone for their positive thoughts and prayers......I WILL be fine....just have to be a patient patient.

Other than the surgery, my life is GREAT! I have a loving supportive husband and family that wraps me in LOVE. I have a wonderful house (all 1 level), big/fun yard full of flowers and plants, and 8 cats (7 outdoor/feral) and 1 indoor, ALL extremely spoiled! I live in San Diego with lovely neighbors and outstanding weather. I have a job I work 1 day a week (mostly) in sports. So, as you can see, I really have nothing to complain about!

THANKS to all of you that keep this site going, and a BIG HUG to each and every one of you!!! THANKS for listening. Peace out, LEE

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May 28, 2022 at 7:19 PM

Ashley, thank you for the update....I am beyond sad to know that the world has lost a truly bright star. I will continue to hold her in my heart and cherish the chats that we had in our adult life.....we had a lot in common. My love to you and the family that she loved so much! HUGS, Lee Baker

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Posted on: Dec 02, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Roger........We are ALL here for you and the family. It is just so weird to not see your daily post. We ALL weep with you today and for always. Please excuse the grammar....hard to see through the tears. HUGS, Lee

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