David Padilla

Profile Updated: December 26, 2017
Residing In Forest Hills, NY USA
Spouse/Partner Shelley
Occupation Retired
Children Jessica, born 1981
Military Service US Navy  
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Lived in 20+ cities across the US and traveled to over 25 countries on business/vacations since leaving high school and serving 5 years in the USNavy. I visit Albuquerque on a fairly frequent basis, but call New York City my home the past 7 years.
Let's see if I can remember events/accomplishments :
*Graduated Valley High School (that was a biggie).
*USNavy for 5 years and never saw a ship! (can't tell you what I did or have to shoot you) I also worked at Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs if that's a hint.
*Sued the USNavy and won, so we could have Beer machines in the barracks overseas. :-)
*Hot Air Balloon Pilot since 1974, with my own Balloon "Tequila Sunrise " N2411Z
*Ran the Original Breakfast Buritto family food stand at the Albuquerque Intl Hot Air Balloon Festival for 33years. We were selling breakfast Burittos before McDonald's or Blake's. Since 1973/74. Not there anymore:-( .
*interviewed on Good Morning America during Ballon festival in 1982 for the best darn Breakfast Buritto ever!
*Married my Beautiful wife in 1979.
*Brought our beautiful daughter Jessica into the world in 1981.
*Traveled the USA and world 1969 till present. Going to Quebec in November for 17 day cruise to Bahamas. The world never runs out of places to visit. Making up for non-shipboard time in the Navy, like this way better not so much work.

*Attended the 50 Year Reunion of Valley High School
Go Vikings!

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Mar 12, 2018 at 9:19 AM

Wishing you a Happy Birthday..! Hard to believe it 7+ decades for all of us.

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Posted on: Dec 26, 2017 at 2:29 PM

Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!

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Posted on: Dec 26, 2017 at 2:14 PM

Thank you everyone for the Birthday Greetings. Having experienced 71 birthdays I can say it warms the heart to know there are friends from high school remembering for some 53 years now! I wish us all a very prosperous new year and another great year till our next birthday. I feel like I can now say that I am about one year past my "best used by date". Próspero Año Nuevo, From New York City.

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Dec 25, 2017 at 10:16 AM

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Nov 18, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Happy Birthday David!.. and many many more...??

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Apr 02, 2017 at 9:46 PM

Happy Birthday Pat... From another Padilla! Hope your birthday was wonderful and full of joy...! Here is to celebrating all year long.

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Dec 20, 2016 at 4:04 PM

I know that I have been in New York loving Italian food for too long now...

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Aug 24, 2016 at 9:36 AM

Leslie, thank you for bringing Tommy back into our thoughts. I too remember vividly that morning at Garfield! Tommy's memory has stayed with me all these years. Again thank you for thinking of all of us with this fond memory of a friend!
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Apr 01, 2016 at 2:12 PM

Happy Birthday Pat! Enjoy your day!

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Jan 21, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Thanks to all for the Birthday and Holiday greetings! I'm back in country and it was nice to receive the greetings. It is a nice feeling to make it through and into another year. 69 years down and many more to go, I hope! Never dreamed I would make it this far, but still dreaming.... Hope all of us see many many many more years.

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Dec 25, 2015 at 2:33 AM
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Nov 24, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Happy Birthday David H.
I didn't realize you are older than me. My birthday is next month....:)
Hope your birthday is special and fun.

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Sep 08, 2015 at 9:46 AM

Happy Birthday and kudos for your Army Service and hanging on with NCR so long. I had similar career wit Navy then DEC as Field Engineer then Tech. Sales for 22 years.

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Apr 16, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Happy Birthday Christine, missed you at the reunion.
Hope you have a beautiful day!

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Apr 07, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Happy Birthday. Pat! Wishing you the best birthday ever!

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Apr 06, 2015 at 10:55 AM

 . . . . Living "LA Vida Llena" (emphasis on llena! )
This all started on Friday with PASSOVER lunch with Jessica & Scot (daughter & son-inlaw), at VEGA MEXICANA bar & Grill, then Friday-night Seder w/Family in Scarsdale NY, Saturday-Night Seder w/friends in Valley Stream NY, and Easter Sunday Breakfast at The T-bone Diner in Forest Hills.! 
All in all great food starting with Margaritas and table side Guacamole & Flautas then onto Bitter herbs, chopped liver, deviled eggs, Gelfeltefish and creamy horseraddish from London, w/Salmon, Turkey and Brisket, stuffed cabbage and yes breakfast of Egg - white Western Omelet (watching my cholesterol) and least we forget desserts. Scots delicious home made Macaroon almond cake with individually placed sliced Almonds (Thank you Jessica). Jelly Rings, Kosher Honey Cake from Sarges Diner on 3rd Ave, Manhattan, with Hagendaz Vanilla ice Cream. Note there were many other choices, too numerous to mention but none the less delicious like the Margaritas at VEGA, the Cabernet from South Africa, and cheese Danish from the Growers Market in Forest Hills NY. Thanks to my mother for Passing onto me her ability to eat anything/everything without issue!
I guess I best up my 2+ miles/day walk to something much higher for a bit... Happiest of Holiday to all of you and I hope you enjoyed your Holiday weekend.
As much as I love NM, this is another reason I love living in NYC, so many things to do with family and friends...

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Posted: Oct 08, 2014 at 9:35 AM
Me in the late 70's after USNavy and a few good single years...
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Posted: Oct 02, 2014 at 3:22 PM
1987, Shelley and I visiting Albuquerque and family.
Posted: Oct 02, 2014 at 3:09 PM
This was my Hot Air Balloon, flew it in the Albuquerque Intl Hot Air Balloon Festival from 1977 for 20+ years. It was also known as the Official Digital Hot Air Balloon.
Posted: Oct 02, 2014 at 3:05 PM
Wife Shelley, daughter Jessica and her spouse Scot. Taken same weekend as the reunion.
Posted: Dec 20, 2016 at 3:58 PM
Posted: Dec 20, 2016 at 3:58 PM
What a real day Viking looks like... Kinda scary.