October 2016

October 2016

Saturday 01- very windy.

yard

Sunday 02- windy again today but not as bad.

Last week I was helping out a friend pick up a generator on the west side of Border ave. We drove up to the house and there was lots of barking from behind the fence. The lady who lives there must have had 10 to 15 Siberian Huskies and all were friendly and wanted our attention. I stuck my closed hand in between the gate rails and was licked by everyone of them.

I took Kelly to WalMart, Home Depot, and I got gas at Arco.

Monday 03- kinda out of it for the next 3 days. All I remember is working in the yard on these days. What hit me was I almost called Sherry about something, maybe to go to the store or something and completely forgetting she has passed.

Tuesday 04-

FedEx

yard

Wednesday 05-

Yard

Fixed cord to saw.

Thursday 06- 83 to 58 degrees.

Had a nightmare that helped me get out of my slump.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for about three minutes.

I drew a woman’s face.

I went to Stater Bros.

I stopped off at Sizzler to tell our favorite waitress April of Sherry’s services. She was shocked that Sherry is gone and hugged me.

Then on to Bank of America to cash check, WalMart, and Home Depot to get paint for floor of cargo trailer.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I read “365 Starry Nights” trying to catch up to October.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell.

Friday 07- 82 to 60 degrees and partly cloudy.

I did my stretches, yoga and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

I drew a house in the mountains.

I painted the first coat of paint on the floor of my cargo trailer.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I read “365 Starry Nights” I fell so far behind, but I’m catching up.

I went outside around 8pm to watch the Draconid meteor shower, but the skies were overcast and decided to call it quits after half an hour.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell

Saturday 08- 90 to 59 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted lite weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew

I painted the second coat of paint on the floor of my cargo trailer.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I read “365 Starry Nights” just two month to catch up with.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell

Sunday 09- 92 to 62 degrees.

My day off... I did my stretches and took Cassie for a morning and evening walk.

Monday 10- 93 to 63 with a nice evening breeze.

I did my stretches, lifted lite weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew

I did my stretches, lifted 5lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I finally got all caught up reading “365 Starry Nights”.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell

Tuesday 12- 89 to 62 degrees

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

My brother wasn’t feeling good and went to his doctor. They kept him overnight for observation. So I spent the day sticking around the house in case he called needing me.

Wednesday 13- 90 to 60 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

The hospital decided to keep my brother for a bit longer until they find out what is wrong with him.

Thursday 14- 91 to 62 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted lite weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew

I worked in the yard throwing stuff in the dumpster. Sadly my swimming pool I bought two summers ago was trashed by the UV rays and the desert heat; that went into the dumpster too. I kinda burnt myself out working and took Cassie for an evening walk and just rested the rest of the day.

Friday 14- 90 to 62 degrees.

I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

Continued to work in the yard. Lots to clean up.

Saturday 15- 89 to 60...

It was a very nice service Sherry's family put on for her. Meeting all these friends, family and her coworkers who knew her and loved her. Many stood up and spoke about her, even I, telling story after wonderful story of Sherry's life. I felt after I left the service that I finally had some closure. I'll always think about her, but in a better state of mind without sorrow; she was a magnificent person...

I put up a video on my FB page that Sherry's Niece made. If you haven't, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r32cIfI8Gqo

Warning: be prepared to cry when you watch the video.

Sunday 16- 90 to 60.

I did my stretches, lifted lite weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Mostly worked in the yard.

Monday 17- 87 to 59.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a morning and evening walk.

Roger Smith dropped by after the USDA food distribution and jawed about the community center and the goings on there.

Tuesday 18- 83 to 53.

I did my stretches, lifted lite weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Wednesday 19- 79 to 58 degrees and a very nice day it was!

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a morning and evening walk.

Simi stopped by to pick up a book he lent me and we sat around yammering for a spell.

I have a long ways to go working in the yard all day.



Thursday 20- 85 to 62 degrees.

Post office to get my packages I ordered from FreedomPop, Staters to get supplies, then to the 99 cent store to pick up Kelly some Halloween treats. I left them on Kelly’s door because she, her dogs and cats and car were gone. Maybe she left for good.

Friday 21- 85 to 59.

I did my stretches, lifted lite weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Sami came by with some 6 glass bricks I wanted. As we were sitting there jawing there was a truck towing a water trailer coming up the road. All of a sudden the trailer’s axle came off with both tires still connected and rolled down the hill. The driver tried to tow the wheeless trailer to the side of the road, but the truck’s back tires started digging in and had to stop. Sami and me walked on down to the bottom of the hill to help the driver move the axle over to her trailer that she unhooked. She said she knew someone with a flatbed that will come out to move it later.

My Brother Kevin was released from the hospital and is home now resting.

Martie, Sherry’s sister, called tell to say she was bringing Barney down tomorrow. I told her I’ll be down there with bells on to take him to his new home with me and Cassie.

OnTrac was supposed to deliver a package today and like usual they didn’t... said it was the wrong address. I called Amazon and complained again. The rep called OnTrac who said it was too far for their driver to go. I told the rep that last time they said I turned down the package. The rep called OnTrac back and had them schedule a delivery for Monday.

Saturday 22- 91 to 62 degrees.

I got up and did my stretches and got Cassie in the truck for the ride to Sherry’s house in Yucca Valley to pick up her boyfriend Barney to live with us. As I drove with Cassie towards town I noticed that the water trailer the lady left behind was still there. I am thinking now it may be a traffic hazard and someone could plow into it in the night.

Sunday 23-

I woke up wondering what Barney liked to eat and was thinking about calling Sherry to ask her. Dang, I never thought things like this would happen to me. I must be getting senile.

I did my stretches, lifted lite weights, yoga, took Cassie and Barney for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes. I was a little concerned that Barney wouldn’t keep up with us on our jog. If he couldn’t we’d all walk back to the house. Barney was out there sniffing the ground back and forth as we jogged; I guess that’s a hound dog’s nature. Seem to me he really liked getting out jogging and howling at nature.

Monday 24- rained most of the day with lots of lightning.

I did my stretches and took Cassie and Barney for a walk.

OnTrac finally dropped off my package just as it started to sprinkle a little

Started to rain and then a lightning storm came and knocked out the internet and cell phone service in our area. I had to look around for Barney who had decided to take cover under a desk inside the garage. I found him shivering and brought him inside to calm him down. Cassie was oblivious to the lightning and thunder. One struck so close I could swear it hit the house.

Tuesday 25- a little windy after the remainder of the storm finally passed through.

I did my stretches and took Cassie and Barney for a mile jog.

I called Mojavewifi to see when the internet would be up and I got a recording saying it might be down for folks and the are working with Edison and the power outage to get it all fixed. No problem, I’m getting a lot of work done on my books.

Wednesday 26- a nice sunny day.

I did my stretches, lifted lite weights, yoga, took Cassie and Barney for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

My neighbor Stevie stopped by with her kinda sort of granddaughter; she’ll have to wait until Stevie’s grandson gives her a ring, and we were yapping about this and that and I asked about her internet. She said it has been up with no problem after the storm. I called Mojavewifi and Tina said they have a repair guy come out by 2pm tomorrow.

Well it's been over five days since that lady left her water trailer almost in the middle of the road. I got a little mad when I seen a few cars almost hit it and one car went off the road to avoid the trailer. In the evening when I walked the dogs I opened the tank and drained out about 250 gallons the lady said she had in it. Later when it was empty I cut the tie downs and rolled the water container off the trailer. Then I used the two long 4x4s that tank sat on to use as levers to pivot and tipped the trailer off the road. It was kinda heavier than I thought and kept slipping towards the burm as I lifted it. I finally get it to its tipping point and let it go. It fell off the road and not on me.

Thursday 27- 79 to 60 and sunny.

I did my stretches and walked the dogs.

I went into Yucca to get a blood test at the lab down there. I stopped in and they said it would be a two hour wait. So I filled up my truck and a five gallon of gas and went to WalMart to get a 5 gallon propane bottle and some supplies. I even stopped off at Staters Bros to get some chicken for me and the dogs.

Jeff and Robert from down the street came by and I asked them to help me get the little bit of the water trailer still sticking out off the road. They were more than happy to help.

Joe from Mojavewifi arrived to put in a new receiver that most of blown out during the lightning storm last monday. I am back online again!!! Yeah for me! I did get a lot of editing done on my book “Desolation” while internet was out.

My dear old friends Frank and Mary came by to tell me they were moving up here for good... I think that’s great! Now I’ll have someone up here to bug.

Friday 28- 87 to 62 with some very nice clouds.

I did my stretches, lifted lite weights, yoga, took Cassie and Barney for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Saturday 29-

I made two trips giving Mary and Chris a ride to Potluck; Best yet... ate too much!

Sunday 30-

Got sick stuffing my face yesterday and then today with potluck leftovers.

Monday 31-

Felt better mile jog with the dogs

Upgraded my Raspberry Pi 3b OS from Raspbian to Pixel... now I am having trouble with the date and time shows February 2016 no matter what Linux commands I try to change it. Went to online forums and other folks are having problem... looks to be wireless. I will try Ethernet connection tomorrow to see if that corrects it.

I took apart a broken Timex battery operated alarm clock. One of the leads came undone, but it is late and will have to wait until tomorrow (have to save my batteries charge for tonite)

From the very smallest quantum to the stars in all the galaxies in our universe we are connected. There are many levels to our existence. Every man, woman, child, dog, cat, bird, insect, tree, blade of grass, bacteria and virus; all living and the nonliving, the intrinsic quality of belonging in the moment are linked together, entangled .

***** Stuff I Wrote this Month******

There are some very nice folks out there in the world... finding them is kinda like buying a carton of eggs; you just have to sort through them all first and toss out the cracked ones ;)

~RD

From the very smallest quantum to the stars in all the galaxies in our universe we are connected. There are many levels to our existence. Every man, woman, child, dog, cat, bird, insect, tree, blade of grass, bacteria and virus; all living and the nonliving, the intrinsic quality of belonging in the moment are linked together, entangled .

~RD

I don’t mind helping people who are trying to help themselves, except for the ones trying to help themselves to my money.

~RD

Scientist say they found a Dyson Sphere: Nah...

Dyson Sphere; is the great stuff of  science fiction... you just never know what you’ll find out there in the universe. Think about this... the Earth is growing much more silent now that we are using less open broadcasts like AM radio and broadcast television. Everything is becoming more digital and compressed as the Earth grows silent. Someday the noise of Earth will just blink out and will no longer be heard in the vastness of space. So what should we be looking for when we seek out advanced civilizations?

~RD

The Truman Show (my thoughts)

The perpetuated lies defined Truman's reality as he knew it to be. As it is in our own realities we are being manipulated and fed through mass media and false belief systems.

I think most of us hide behind the convenient illusion of time instead of living in the moment.



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September 2016

September 2016


Thursday 01- 108 degrees

I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog. I did try punching the heavy bag for a little bit but it hurts my right arm that I believe has tennis elbow or some such, so I’ll just discontinue boxing for the two weeks I am giving my right arm time to heal.

I swept the bedroom and bathroom floors.

I went over to Sherry’s house with Cassie to do a poop patrol and helpout.

I did my stretches, and went for my one mile evening jog with Cassie.


Friday 02- 104 degrees; nights are finally cooling down some at 71 degrees.

I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog. We found a bunch of nails again on the road of Borland Pass. This is the fourth time in the past two months. I picked them all up.

Needing some fresh fruits I went to Stater Bros again. I found out this morning that Monday is Labor Day and wanted to beat the holiday crowds that usually show up.

I did my stretches, and went for my one mile evening jog with Cassie.


Saturday 03- 106 degrees.

I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

I got a call from Sherry’s friend Kathy telling me that Sherry was taken to the hospital after Kathy called the paramedics when she found her in respiratory distress. Sherry told Kathy to have me pick up a bag of dog food and ten 25 pound bags of cat litter. Kathy also told me there was no rush, that there was already enough to last over a week and she would be feeding the dogs. I told her I’d pick some up on Wednesday and do the poop patrol and change the water for the dogs.

I did my stretches, and went for my one mile evening jog with Cassie.


Sunday 04- 101 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench without the weights... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

I tried to call Sherry’s cell phone and it went right to message. Kathy told me later Sherry had turned it off because she had a very hard time talking on it.

I started writing a new book called “Upon Ashen Roads”; I do this when I am stressed.

I did my stretches, and went for my one mile evening jog with Cassie.


Monday 05- 96 degrees!

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

I did my stretches, and went for my one mile evening jog with Cassie.


Tuesday 06- 95 to 69 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

On our jog we met a man driving by and he stopped to chat for a spell. His name is Brett and he is staying at the first house on Winters Rd about a mile east of me. Brett told me that the previous owner, John, had been in the hospital and passed a few months ago. Brett’s friend had bought the place, but he couldn’t take the heat and asked Brett to stay there and fix it up. I kinda knew something was up a six or so months ago when I drove by and saw two women cleaning out the place.

I did my stretches, and went for my one mile evening jog with Cassie.



Wednesday 07-

I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

I went to Sherry’s house to take care of the dogs. I went out and bought 50LBS of dog food and nine bags of 25LBS each of cat litter (found out I was shorted one bag and went back and got a refund for it). I did the poop patrol, changed the water and fed the dogs.

Kathy called telling me that Sherry may not be coming back home for a long time. The hospital is going to move her to a skilled nursing home with rehab this Saturday. I will wait until they get her all settled in at the nursing home and then go down there for a visit.


Thursday 08-

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

Medical canceled Kelly’s benefits because the paperwork she was supposed to fill out was never delivered. Her car is in the shop being fixed and she needed a ride to the Welfare office in Twentynine Palms. We stopped off afterwards to get falafels at Palm Kabob House on Adobe Rd. Very filling and tasted great!


Friday 09- 100 to 74 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

Kathy called to give me an update on Sherry and it doesn’t look good, but we can only hope for the best and see if Sherry how she does in the skilled nursing home and rehab. Kathy said she wouldn’t be able to take care of Sherry’s critters for two weeks after the 21st. I told Kathy I’d come by every other day to feed the critters as she already had a friend who said the same. We will coordinate the days in the coming weeks.

I did my stretches, and went for my one mile evening jog with Cassie.


Saturday 10- 103 to 75 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

Kathy called to tell me Sherry, my best friend up here in the desert, had passed away in her sleep around 2:30PM. I told her I will call her friends to let them know. I feel very very broken....

I did my stretches, and went for my one mile evening jog with Cassie.

I wrote a poem for Sherry and posted it to FaceBook: The dreaded news came much sooner, my shock unexpected, the die has been cast, phone calls to be made. The day drew weary, the sky has dimmed, there was so much to say, fond memories to share, of friends who we knew and places we’ve been, but not a word to be heard from the other side of darkness.

I took Cassie for a night run up the hill and back. This seemed to calm my mind along with the writing.


Sunday 11- 101 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

On our jog Cassie saw a white truck parked up at the top of the hill that looked like the county truck Sherry drove and Cassie dragged me over to it. Finding out it wasn’t Sherry’s Cassie laid down in the shade of it while I talked to the driver. His name was Jeff and lived down east of me. He’d stopped to get cell reception as he can’t from his property.

I did my stretches, and went for my one mile evening jog with Cassie.


Monday 12- 100 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

Worked around the yard throwing crap I don’t need into the dumpster.

I did my stretches, and went for my one mile evening jog with Cassie.

I put my phones to record messages only... just don’t feel like talking to anyone right now.


Tuesday 13- 110 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

I did my stretches, and went for my one mile evening jog with Cassie.


Wednesday 14- 104 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

I tinkered and got my Honda generator running again.

I did my stretches, and went for my one mile evening jog with Cassie.


Thursday 15- 96 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog, but had to cut it short because there was a black but more bluish in color Toyota Tacoma like Sherry’s personal truck parked across from our jogging path on Borland Pass; kinda freaked me out and Cassie was dragging me to it. I decided to walk Cassie back home in the opposite direction.

I did my stretches, and went for my one mile evening jog with Cassie.


Friday 16- 98 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a short walk.

I had to go to town to get supplies.

I asked about AEDs (Automated Electronic Defibrillator) at WalMart, no one knew what I was talking about not even the assistant manager. One salesperson asked if it was the thing you stick in your thigh; an EpiPen. I explained what the were and the assistant manager said management would get back to me by phone with an answer. I thought it was strange that a store the size of WalMart wouldn’t have a AED.


Saturday 17- 100 degrees and Sunday 18- 103 degrees

I did my stretches and took Cassie for her morning and evening walks.


Monday 19- 101 degrees with lots of humidity.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile jog.

I went to mail off birthday cards. On the way back I talked to David, Jeff, Mike, and Dawn about Sherry. Our little community flew the US flag at half staff today in remembrance to Sherry Rotruck and her volunteer work she did at the USDA food distribution and helping out local residents in need. I thought that was mighty nice of them and took a picture of the flag.

I went for an evening mile job with Cassie.


Tuesday 20- rained and drizzled all day long.

I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog. It had just began drizzling when we started our jog.

I just got word that services for Sherry Rotruck will be held on Saturday October 15th at the Yucca Valley Community Center from 1 to 3pm in the Yucca Room.


Address: 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284


Please pass this on to all of Sherry's Friends


Wednesday 21- rained all day

I did my stretches. It stopped raining for a few hours and the ground was firm so me and Cassie went for a one mile jog. I heard the electricity has been out for several here and there beginning sometime yesterday when a power pole was struck by lightning somewheres in Landers and got a call earlier today telling me their electric is still out.


Well we needed the rain and there hasn't been any heavy showers that I know of.


Thursday 22- sunny 85 to 56 degrees and windy, lots of wind.

I did my stretches and Cassie and me went for a one mile jog.


Friday 23-

I did my stretches and Cassie and me went for a one mile jog.

It is cooler outside and I was able to work in the yard all day.


Saturday 24-

I did my stretches and Cassie and me went for a one mile jog.

I went to Potluck.


Sunday 25-

I did my stretches and Cassie and me went for a one mile jog.

I worked more in the yard

Me and Cassie went for an evening mile jog.


Monday 26-

I did my stretches and Cassie and me went for a one mile jog.

Yard moved trailer with only a few dents made along the way.

I went for an evening jog with Cassie and I twisted my right foot and limped back home. Now I can’t lift weights or jog! I think my right arm is slowly healing and getting stronger though.


Tuesday 27- 80 to 69 degrees... partly cloudy.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk... right foot still hurts.

Kelly car is in the shop getting fixed and asked me for a ride to her Doctor’s appointment at 2:45pm in Rancho Mirage. I didn’t get back home until 8pm after shopping at WalMart.



Wednesday 28- 87 to 67 with some evening clouds.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk. My foot still hurts but is feeling better than it did yesterday.

I did some more work out in the yard throwing stuff away. The cleanup is finally coming along quite nicely. While I was cleaning up the yard I was reinstalling Windows 7 on my HP laptop that didn’t like the new Win 10 special upgrade they just released.

Took cassie for an evening walk.


Thursday 29- 92 to 69 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted light weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for one minute. (trying to get back into lifting weights slowly as not to hurt my right arm as it heals)

I did my stretches, lifted 5lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.


Friday 30- 91 to 71 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile jog.

Kelly frantically call me to say Edison disconnected her landlord’s bootleg electric setup and now has no power. She called around and found a friend who happen to have a generator she could borrow. I drove her over there to pick it up. I also got a five gallon can of gas from my house and an extension cord to plug into her refrigerator until I can get a male to male cord and plug it into a wall socket and power the whole house.


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Gosh how I gonna miss Sherry... We've been friends since I moved up here. The past few years we would get together twice a month or more so Cassie could play with Barney, Willy and Abby while we went shopping and had linder (lunch and dinner) as Sherry would call it, usually at the Sizzler.


She would always stop by on Saturdays in her County Truck doing her rounds. She would give Cassie treats and we would talk for a spell. One Saturday in July when I was still taking my EMR class Sherry showed me her right leg was swollen. We had studied up on this in the class and told her to go see her doctor right away. She got a second opinion and finally saw her doctor who gave her Lasix to reduce the water she was retaining and she seem alright after that for a while.


Towards the end I took her to her doctor and the ER down at Desert Regional a couple of times when both legs were swollen; Kathy and Jan Bonner also took her on her many trips down the hill to her doctor and ER. All the ER did was stabilize her and send her back home which kinda pissed me off (there's more to that story). September 03rd Kathy found her in respiratory distress and called the paramedics. They finally admitted her to a hospital room at Desert Regional that evening. I took care of Sherry's critters when Kathy couldn't. Kathy also told me Sherry had turned off her cell phone because she couldn't talk and mostly slept and didn't want visitors. Later in the week, Wednesday it was, Kathy called telling me that Sherry may not be coming back home for a long time and the hospital is going to move her the a skilled nursing home on Saturday 10. I was thinking that once she had gotten settled in I'd go down there for a visit at the nursing home, but that dreadful call came at 3pm on Saturday 10th telling me Sherry had passed around 2:30PM...

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***** Stuff I Wrote this Month******




The dreaded news came much sooner, my shock unexpected, the die has been cast, phone calls to be made. The day drew weary, the sky has dimmed, there was so much to say, fond memories to share, of friends who we knew and places we’ve been, but not a word to be heard from the other side of darkness.

~RD


Art can be just a few lines drawn here and there, but it's really how our minds perceive them. If we just take our time to ponder and imagine, these little lines drawn on a piece of scrap, can tell us wondrous stories... and a peek into the mind of the artist.


~RD


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August 2016

August 2016


Monday 01- 112 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted the 20lb weights, took Cassie for a one mile jog.

Cassie and me out for a ride this evening on my new Sondors Ebike


Tuesday 02- 109 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Wednesday 03- 112 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

We went to Sherry’s so she and I could go shopping while Cassie played with her friends. We did shopping and had linder (lunch/dinner) at the Sizzler.


Thursday 04- 109 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Friday 05- 104 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for her morning and evening walk.


Saturday 06- 105 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, took Cassie for short walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Sunday 07- 108 degrees.

I did my stretches and yoga. Took Cassie for her walks.

Tonight I sat in my camping chair under a beautiful starry night. I was looking through my Celestron 15X70 Skymaster binoculars watching as the waxing crescent Moon sank behind and beneath the San Bernardino Mountains near to the west revealing pine trees and boulders on the ridges. I then turned to see Mars in Scorpio where it outshines Antares which is sometimes mistaken for Mars; it’s a good time to compare the two.

I alway find it hard to find the constellation Hercules, but I then recall it is between Corona Borealis and Vega; here you will find M13 the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules. In my 15X70 binoculars it appears as a tiny dust ball. In a decent telescope you will see somewhere around 300 thousand stars. M13 is 25 thousand light years away.

Later, I was looking for the coathanger asterism in the constellation Vulpecula when a meteor flashed across my binocular lens and it was the only meteor I saw tonight. The coat hanger asterism lies about four fingers at arm's length from the Constellation Aquila towards the bright star Vega. I like the coathanger asterism because it’s sometimes hard to find.


Monday 08- My Birthday! 105 degrees.

I did my stretches and lifted the 20lbs dumbbells and took Cassie for a walk.

I spent some time on FaceBook replying to all the birthday wishes my friends posted there.

I’ve been recently looking for a travel trailer and maybe do some traveling. I went to Yucca Valley to see one, but it wasn’t what I expected. We talked for a spell about the trailer and other things and I told them it is my birthday today. The lady who was selling the trailer, and her Mom and Dad sang happy birthday to me! I taken by their kindness I gave the lady a signed copy of “Azure Sea of Dreams”.

I then went to WalMart to get my haircut and a roasted chicken to share with Cassie.

Tonight was hazy with the smoke from the Pilot Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains. I smelled it last night around 1am and went outside to see if it was a nearby house on fire, but didn’t see any signs of a fire at all. Also the Moon seemed brighter tonight as it shined on the suspended smoke particulates, so the seeing wasn’t all that good. I did see three satellites; one was a tumbling piece of space debris.

I noticed that Cassiopeia was up way to the northeast. By following a string of stars, about a fist length from the brightest pointy tip of the sideways “M” southeast (at this time). And as you follow these stars you have to drop down a bit till you find three stars in a straight row that almost lead right to the Andromeda Galaxy. I always use this method when seeing is poor to find the galaxy, but I am sure there are other better ways of finding it. You can actually see the Andromeda Galaxy on a clear night with the naked eye if you don’t look straight at it and use the rods of your eyes instead of the cones. This technique is called Averted Vision. The Andromeda Galaxy being 2.4 million light years away is the farthest object you can see with the unaided eye.

I was about to go back inside when a very bright orange yellow meteor zipped out of the southwest almost making its way to Cygnus before it vaporized leaving behind a very nice translucent tail to rapidly fade into the darkness.

The winds have shifted and I can smell the fire again. I am wondering if my CERT team will be activated.


Tuesday 09- 106 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for her walks.


Wednesday 10- 104 degrees.

I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a mile jog.


Thursday 11- 105 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk and then went to my Doctor’s appointment. The Doc is setting me up for all the test and shots I need for the EMT class I may take next spring semester.

I stopped at the Health Club and registered for their Silver Sneaker program that my new health insurance covers.

We actually had a cloud burst a little after 2pm and it rained for about fifteen minutes. Pretty cool to go out there and dance in the rain.

Cassie and I sat outside and watched the Perseid Meteor shower. I couldn’t stay up late because I had an appointment to go purchase a cargo trailer in Redlands and had to be there before 1pm.


Friday 12- 108 degrees.

I woke up early, took Cassie for a walk, and then drove down to Redlands 80 miles away to pick up a 6X10 cargo trailer that I will convert into a travel trailer. I was worried that I’d have trouble driving up the 62 hwy grade, but with one eye on the temp gauge and going a bit slower up the hill than I usually do I didn’t have any problems. It looks much bigger in person than it did online.

I took Cassie for a nice long evening walk.


Saturday 13- 109 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Sherry dropped by to say hi to Cassie and while we were yapping Roger Smith stopped by and we yapped some more in the heat blistering Sun beating down upon us.


Sunday 14- 111 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, yoga, took Cassie short walk (it was 101 degrees by 10am), core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Monday 15- 113 degrees.

I did my stretches, worked out with the 20lb dumbbells and took Cassie for a walk.

Did some cleaning around the house; even with the swamp cooler pumping away it was still too hot to do much of anything.


Tuesday 16- 109 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a short walk, too hot already this morning when we got started.

I drove to the college to check out the textbook for the Medical Terminology class. I decided right then and there that it would be too much added on to what I want to do to get my already written book “Desolation” edited and published.

Went to Stater Bros while I was out and picked up some chicken for me and Cassie.


Wednesday 17- 108 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, went for a one mile jog alone; just too hot (103 degrees) for Cassie to come along and I don’t think she minded one bit, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Thursday 18- 103 degrees.

I did my stretches.

Got a call from my Stepmother’s friend Smita telling me my Stepmother had passed away. I called to inform my Sisters of her passing. I wrote a poem for my Stepmother Aki who we all loved. She had made the decision to discontinue her chemo and went into hospice, so her passing was expected but still saddening.


Friday 19- 109 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I then went down to Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage to have lunch with my sister Leeanne and our very good friend Robin. I found out after a few miles from my home that the air conditioner on the Cougar was not working and I was cooking all the way down to Rancho Mirage where it reached 114 degrees that day. I made it okay but felt a little off. We ate at the buffet and yammered on and on about this and that... getting up to date on things. We stayed there yakking for almost two hours until I started feeling out of sorts and decided it was time to say our goodbyes. I got out to the car, opened the door where a blast of hot air hit me and the insides were like a oven and I was the turkey needing basting. The steering wheel was hot to the touch all the way back home. I had to drive with the windows open, which wasn’t much help seeing it was over 110 outside. I had planned to do a little shopping when I got to Yucca Valley, but only got gas and drove on home. I was still sweating and that’s a good sign, but once home and out of the car I ran water from the garden hose all over my body to get me cooled off.

Only after the sun went down did I take Cassie for a walk.


Saturday 20- 107 degrees.

I did my exercises and took Cassie for a walk.

Later in the evening when it was cooler we went for a mile run.


Sunday 21- 93 degrees and cloudy; a few sprinkles in the morning!

I did nothing except take Cassie for her walks.


Monday 22- 101 degrees.

I did my stretches, core trainer, weight bench, and punched the heavybag for three minutes. Too hot for a walk or a run for Cassie and I decided not to go myself.


Tuesday 23- 99 degrees in 29Palms and 114 in Palm Springs.

I got up early and did my stretches.

I took Cassie over to Sherry’s to be among her own kind for a few days. I spent the day taking Sherry to the doctors and then to the ER at Desert Regional and didn’t get back home until 10:30pm. I left Cassie there for a ‘stay over’ and will pick her back up on Friday.


Wednesday 24- 101 degrees with haze.

I did my stretches, weight bench, yoga, went for a mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

In the evening I rode the Sondors electric bike 6 miles!


Thursday 25- 103 degrees and hazy.

I did my stretches, yoga, went for a mile jog, exercised with the 10lbs dumbbells, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Friday 26- 100 degrees with clouds here and there.

I did my stretches, went for a mile jog and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went to Yucca Valley to have some lab work done for the EMT class in spring semester. This is just in case I want to take the class I have to have it done.

I then went to WalMart to get a few supplies.

Cassie was staying at Sherry’s and I went to pick her up and have spaghetti that Sherry cooked up for me and Kathy that was mighty good.


Saturday 27- 93 degrees.

I did my stretches and me and Cassie went for a mile jog.

I went to Potluck and got pretty stuffed on the mighty fine grub there.

Venus Jupiter conjunction... I've been watching these two grow closer every night and thought I'd take a few pictures.


Sunday 28- 99 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a morning and evening walk.


Monday 29- 106 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a morning and evening walk.


Tuesday 30- 107 degrees.

Went to Sherry’s and dropped Cassie off there so I can go to the lab in Yucca Valley to have some blood work done for the EMT registration requirements. I did some shopping at WalMart and then back to Sherry’s to help clean-up her yard (poop patrol)... I bought two California burgers at Carl’s Jr and some ice cream from Stater Bros to share with Sherry.



Wednesday 31- 103 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a short walk before I had to go to town in Twentynine Palms: Post office to pick up two packages, Stater Bros. to get a few things I missed yesterday and then on to the ER at hospital for a chest X-Ray; another EMT registration requirement.



***** Stuff I Wrote this Month******


Passive are the shallow waters, which runs beneath the realms of mortals, a sea without sympathy that observe our plight, as we silently slip beneath a shroud of darkness and into an abyss of eternal light.

~RD


They say if one door closes another opens... sometimes we may linger a little longer than we should... in a memory of what once was and seemed to always be, but now recognizing it never really was. Feeling not abandoned, but alone, yet smiling at your good fortune. I am comfortable with my solitude, but I still find myself standing in some damp darken corridor of my mind wishing this sealed door in front of me just might open a crack... allowing a small ray to bleed through, a bit of that sunshine of bliss I used to bathe in with thee, to shine upon my soul, to brighten these darken corridors of my mind once again...

~RD


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July 2016 3 0f 3

Friday 15- 109 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, yoga, went for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Saturday 16- 117 degrees.

I woke up late and did my stretches, lifted 20 pound dumbbells, yoga, went for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes. It was too hot for Cassie to go outside.

Movie night! “Ace in the Hole” (1951) starring Kirk Douglas as a 20 minute hard boiled egg reporter who lost his job in New York and is now stuck in a small town newspaper waiting for a big news break.


Sunday 17- 112 degrees.

I did my stretches.


Monday 18- 107 degrees.

I did my stretches and then went to Copper Mountain College to pick up a packet, but the lady who hands out the packet wasn’t there. I will have to try again tomorrow.

I went to Sherry’s to pick up Cassie and Sherry made some mighty fantastically fine spaghetti which I ate two plate full and took some home. Cassie is on a diet and ain’t gonna get any.


Tuesday 19- 111 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I went to the college and picked up the packet for EMT, but the lady there said she didn’t think I’d have time to get all of what is required done before the start of the semester on Aug 15. There’s a full physical, a whole lot of shots, a background check, lab tests...


Wednesday 20- 116 degrees And Thursday 21- 117 degrees.

I did my stretches: too hot to do anything else...


Friday 22- 116 degrees.

I woke up early and went for a mile run, core trainer, punched the heavybag, and worked on the weight bench. Cassie isn’t feeling well and I had her stay inside while I did my exercises.

Linda’s car broke down on Coyote road and I went to help.


Saturday 23- 118 degrees Sunday 24- very hot indeed!

I didn’t do much these two days I can remember... just too dang hot to do anything.


Monday 25- 114 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile jog.

I am turning 65 next month and have to setup a provider with Medicare. I’ve been looking at two programs and decided on the one called Scan. I called the sales rep Christie and she asked to met me locally. I needed to do some shopping at Stater Bros so I told her Burger King would be just fine, but I needed an hour to clean up. She said that was perfect and she could wrap things up with her client she was with now. We met an hour later at BK and I signed up for the Scan program which gives me gym privileges at the local health club right there at the shopping center.

Tuesday 26- 113 degrees

I got up early and did my stretches, weight bench, went for a one mile jog with Cassie, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Sonors Fat Bike arrived and I started to assemble it.

Lenovo Yoga 11E arrived and I got it all fixed up with the latest updates.

Went to take Cassie for a walk, but the delivery person left the gate open and she was gone like a paycheck in Vegas. I could chase her down and I knew if I paid her no attention she’d come back. So I went back to working on the bike. She came up to me in fifteen minutes and licked my leg.


Wednesday 27- 117 degrees

I did my stretches, exercised lifting 20lbs dumbbells, and took Cassie for a mile jog. Stayed in the house the rest of the day to keep cool.


Thursday 28- 116 degrees.

I did my stretches, core trainer, and went on a mile jog with Cassie.

I posted this on FaceBook seeking friend’s opinions:

The Fork in the Road


I've been busy the last couple of weeks trying to decide on a few things. It’s also been very hot here. There are two things I need to decide between doing: should I continue on the path towards EMT or get back to what I was doing before I took the EMR class; I was writing poems and books. I have 8 books self-published on Amazon, another I’m still editing, and I need to do a rewrite of them all, weave them altogether until I feel comfortable, re-publish and then sink a few bucks into promoting them.


The EMT part of my problem is that it’s something I’m interested in because I like helping people, but I am going to be 65 on the 8th, so to what end will the EMT be helpful... I really don't need a job in it. The EMR class gave me enough knowledge to save lives and get the patient ready for transport.


My biggest problem is that I can only focus on one Big thing at a time; I tend sink my whole being into these “Big Things”... little things I can deal with mostly, but it’s EMT or rewriting my books :)


I am not trying to impress you, I’m just trying to make you see my problem... kinda like using you as a sounding board. That's what people do, that’s how we help each other. Writing this to you helps me put this all down into words and is already helping me come to a decision. The fall semester starts Aug 15 and I won’t be able to take the EMT class this fall, but maybe a medical terminology class and then EMT come spring semester, so I need to come to a decision.


Friday 29- 116 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile jog.

I spent two hours writing my friend Ami-Ven a birthday story. She has been doing this on her blog for many years for her friends, so the last couple of years I decided to return the favor.


Saturday 30- 114 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a morning walk.

I went to the community Potluck and we all got pretty full on the mighty fine grub everyone brought. Charles called to say he couldn’t make it that his car broke down in Yucca Valley at the Big O Tire. I went after potluck to give him a ride home.


Sunday 31- 112 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

Charles called to ask if I’d pick him up and take him down to Yucca to pick up his car; I said yes and drove him to Big O where they had fixed his car. It turned out to be a bad alternator and needed to be replaced.


Goodbye July. You’ve been a very interesting month with the EMR class where I met new people and found that I still had it in me at the college level.



***** Stuff I Wrote this Month******


A young Ami Ven went on a ski trip with her family to the Rocky Mountains. While the rest of her “expert skiing family” went off on the ski lodge’s many trails and ski runs, Ami, being this was her first time skiing adventure was forced to take a one-hour instruction class with a bunch of little kids. Her Mom, being a very protective Mom, had put so much insulation between Ami and the elements that she became so stiff she kept falling on her behind trying to learn the maneuvers their instructor was teaching. The younger children in the class seemed to enjoy Ami’s antics persistently laughing at her when she fell. To make matters worse after the class was through she was restricted to the Hansel and Gretel ski trail.


She went up and down the trail a few times. It was made easy to get back to the top grabbing onto the continuous rope-tow connected to a large red spinning wheel at the summit and a smaller one at the bottom.


The Hansel and Gretel ski trail was yellow taped off so the young skiers wouldn’t wander off trail, but one section of tape had been torn by a deer during the night’s heavy snowfall and was missing. This is where Ami made her grand exit from the beginner’s trail and out into the freezing cruel wilderness of the Rockies.


After a spell Ami noticed the rope-tow wasn’t where she expected it to be. She called out for help… nothing… she yelled… not a sound… she screamed until her lungs almost froze from inhaling the frigid dry air… growling, snarling, and yelping sounds came from the tree line just above her; a pack of wolves! The pack started slowly down the snow packed ridge towards her carefully sniffing the air.


Ami made a run for it and skied down the steep mountain slope as the wolves gave chase. Missing this tree and that rock, Ami thought she might have a chance of getting away, but a large boulder was planted right in her path and what she saw beyond it was a great fall of hundreds of feet and unquestionably death.


The wolves now had her encircled where she stood in front of the giant boulder with her ski poles pointed at them as they snarled, and snapped at her and each other. The alpha-male decided he wanted first pickings of Ami and turned towards the others with raised hair and yellow teeth showing. So fierce was the alpha’s glare that a young male skittered off whimpering with tail between his legs.


As the alpha-male was about to make his leap onto a frightened Ami, he suddenly stopped. There was a rumbling, the ground shook beneath Ami’s feet, and then darkness.


It was cold and dark and the back of her head hurt. She didn’t know how long she’d been out or which way was up or down, at least at first. She took her glove off and felt around. Ami discovered she was in a small crevasse of the boulder. Her back was against it and she could feel where it slanted up. She continued searching and felt something like a rug was lying next to her; the alpha-male!


He wasn’t moving. His head was buried under the snow of the avalanche that apparently struck them. Without a thought, Ami dug out the head of this wild creature of the mountains. His breathing was faint, but he was alive. She pulled him next to her to keep them both warm.


When the wolf finally woke he growled and snarled at Ami as she was petting him. He then settled down for a little while as Ami talked soothingly and continued petting.


“Okay Mister Wolf, we need to get out of here before we use up all the oxygen.”


With her broken ski pole she began digging into the snow above and next to the boulder. She kept clawing and digging at the packed snow to get free. Then the wolf figured it out and together they both dug and clawed until finally they broke through to see the brilliant blue of the mountain sky.


“Now don’t you eat me Mister Wolf,” Ami said knowing the wolf wouldn’t understand, but really, really hoping he would not eat her.


The wolf was the first one out and Ami could hear the growls of the rest of the pack. Maybe she should just stay here, she thought to herself.


The alpha-male came back to look down into the hole they had dug and gazed deep into Ami’s eyes. It was then she knew it was okay to come out.


She worked her way out of the snow refuge that had protected her and the wolf and into the daylight and brisk mountain air. The pack then surrounded her as before, but this time there wasn’t any snarling and snipping, they just stood there panting as the alpha-male came up to her. He nudged Ami along in a direction of what would turn out an hour later to be where she had left the Hansel and Gretel trail. It would have been a sight to behold seeing this young girl surrounded and protected by a pack of wolves, but no one saw, no one would ever know. Ami believed no one would believe her story and left that part out as her concerned mother attended to the bump on the back of Ami’s head.





Ami came back to the ski lodge the next season. She was eighteen now and could come and go as she pleased. The lodge had only one cabin available far from the others and she rented it for the weekend. She continued her ski lessons that day. She mastering some of its skills and progressed past the Hansel and Gretel trail and onto an intermediate one.


She was very tired that night and went to bed early, but was awoken a few hours later by an insistent scratching at the cabin door.


To be continued?



The Fork in the Road


I've been busy the last couple of weeks trying to decide on a few things. It’s also been very hot here. There are two things I need to decide between doing: should I continue on the path towards EMT or get back to what I was doing before I took the EMR class; I was writing poems and books. I have 8 books self-published on Amazon, another I’m still editing, and I need to do a rewrite of them all, weave them altogether until I feel comfortable, re-publish and then sink a few bucks into promoting them.


The EMT part of my problem is that it’s something I’m interested in because I like helping people, but I am going to be 65 on the 8th, so to what end will the EMT be helpful... I really don't need a job in it. The EMR class gave me enough knowledge to save lives and get the patient ready for transport.


My biggest problem is that I can only focus on one Big thing at a time; I tend sink my whole being into these “Big Things”... little things I can deal with mostly, but it’s EMT or rewriting my books :)


I am not trying to impress you, I’m just trying to make you see my problem... kinda like using you as a sounding board. That's what people do, that’s how we help each other. Writing this to you helps me put this all down into words and is already helping me come to a decision. The fall semester starts Aug 15 and I won’t be able to take the EMT class this fall, but maybe a medical terminology class and then EMT come spring semester, so I need to come to a decision.


What is Art? It’s more like what you believe Art is to you. I believe Art has many mediums an artist can use to express their creativity and depth of feeling. What a spectator sees as Art is up to that individual's tastes and their acceptance to new ideas. Art may hang on private walls, hotel lobbies, or foyers of museums gathering dust or be as fleeting as a mime's antics in a park. Great art is what makes you suddenly step back in awe, to ruminate on the artist's message, to rip apart your ideology and lay it bare before you like a blank jigsaw puzzle you need to rearrange to become whole again.


~RD

July 2016 2 0f 3

Monday 11- 104 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for mile jog.

In class we did a simulated extraction from a car and also a medical emergency.

I took Cassie for her evening walk.

I studied for my hands-on exams.


Tuesday 12- 106 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

In class we started our hands-on exams with the Medical Emergency. I believe I did well. Tomorrow we will have the other hands-on tests that I keep practising in my head and watching the videos over and over.

I went to Stater Bros to get back my $45 they overcharged me for the two chicken hindquarters. I didn’t notice the overcharge until I got home

On the way home I was pulled over by an officer of the law for speeding... 74 in a55mph zone. I really didn’t noticed I was speeding because my mind was on other things like the on-hands exams of today and tomorrow, but I do believe him. He was very kind and since I wasn’t an ax murderer he let me off with a warning. He said he just wanted me to get home safely. I did have to sign the warning and he asked if I would display it in my car to remind me not to speed, because the next time he wouldn’t be so kind. I have the warning displayed on my visor now.

I took Cassie for her evening walk.

Linda came over to have me look at her Kindle Fire and see why it’s not charging. It was a bad USB cable and I gave her a new cable for it. She also gave me some avocados.

Wednesday 13- 107 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

It’s the last day of class and we had to pass three hands-on tests to get my EMR certificate. I was quite nervous, but passed all three. The three hands-on tests were; coming on scene with a victim lying on the floor... what steps do you take; how to correctly and quickly hook up an oxygen cylinder to a regulator, connect it to a non rebreather mask and apply it to the patient’s face; demonstrate correctly how to save a patient with a cardiac failure using CPR, face-to-mask, bag-valve-mask, OPA (oropharyngeal airway), use a suction device, and AED (automated external defibrillator). I think I did good. I had already received an A on the online test portion.

I went to the end of class barbecue at 5:30pm and mingled around with my classmates until 8pm. Everyone was dang happy the class was over, especially me.


Thursday 14- 108 degrees.

I did my stretches and got ready for me and Cassie to go visit her doggie friends at Sherry’s while her and me go do some shopping.

I had to take a friend to the ER down at Desert Regional in Palm Springs. I sat in the waiting room for two hours observing the sick people and the medical personnel working. I was talking or being talked to by a crazy person I was trying to get away from. Then to top it all off there was a young man, nicely dressed, but with gang tattoos, having been escorted outside by security. The guy wouldn’t leave and got down on his knees and was yammering something to the sky. The security had him there for almost an hour until police arrive. Then after another half an hour they handcuffed him to a wheelchair and brought him into the ER. I didn’t find out what his problem was because I had to deal with the guy who said he was good friends with the John F Kennedy. I didn’t get home until after 8pm. Sherry said it was okay if Cassie stayed with her dogs for a few days so she could lose a few pounds running and romping around.




...and the universe opened up before him, a rift between life, physics, and of what is, was, or will be. Into the dark abyss he spiralled seeing gray shapes of his past as if watching some bizarre silhouette puppet show being played out before him. Down down down he went legs and arms flailing as he tried to control his descent. Time had no place here, an endless nothingness, an intimate relationship with infinite realities yet to be born.


~RD


Old friends are little treasures we safely tuck away, unlike like our enemies we keep at bay. Old friends are always ready, and never lost, unlike money or old shoes, old friends are neither spent nor ever tossed. They be here for us and us for them, when the time is right they just show up, and that’s just the way it is.

~RD


Sometimes you have to devote your whole being when your journey suddenly ends at a crossroad. Deciding which road is a detour, weighing your odds for this road or another. Standing at the precipice of your destiny, the harsh cold forbidding winds of fate blowing hard against coat and hat as you lean in and take that first step forward.

~RD


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July 2016 1 0f 3

July 2016


Friday 01- 102 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Studied and finished Chapter 26 and its quiz and then began chapter 27.

Saturday 02- 106 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I went to the community first Saturday breakfast. I got there around 8am and started taking folk’s vitals for my EMR class. I needed to fill out the whole sheet with vitals for twenty some people, I had seven left to do and I got them all filled out and done.

I finished chapter 27 and all the quizzes. Now to work on the acronyms they use in the EMS field.


Sunday 03- 104 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I had to do a couple of rewrites for class. I started trying to remember all those darn acronyms.


Monday 04- 106 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile run.

I did some studying of them acronyms, but I’m about burned out on the whole EMR studying thingy that I’ll just spend a little time on them today and do something other than studying and maybe play the guitar or whatever; besides I finished all the chapter tests... I just have the hands on test to complete and I believe we’ll be studying these in the rest of what’s left of the class.

I took Cassie for a nice long walk.

The internet went out so I ended up studying the EMR book anyways.


Tuesday 05- 105 degrees.

I did my stretches and me and Cassie went for a mile jog.

I went to class and we practiced bandaging and placing a patient on a backboard.

I took Cassie for a nice long walk.


Wednesday 06- 101 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I arrived at class at 8:20am. We trained on providing oxygen to a patient via HVM and NRM.

I went to Stater Bros to do some shopping but they overcharged me $45.00 for two chicken hindquarters. I didn’t notice the overcharge until I got home. I called them up and they said no problem just bring in the receipt. I will also bring in the now empty box of chicken too, just incase.

I took Cassie for a nice long walk.


Thursday 07- 105 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile jog where she slipped her collar and ran off. Gosh, all these thoughts went through my mind about having to chase her down and missing class until I got her back, but I just sat down and called to her and she finally came to me. I petted her and told her what a good doggie she is.

I made it to class on time.


Friday 08- 103 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I studied for my hands-on exams.


Saturday 09- 101 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I studied for my hands-on exams.


Sunday 10- 105 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Studied...


Ami-Ven's Birthday

A young Ami Ven went on a ski trip with her family to the Rocky Mountains. While the rest of her “expert skiing family” went off on the ski lodge’s many trails and ski runs, Ami, being this was her first time skiing adventure was forced to take a one-hour instruction class with a bunch of little kids. Her Mom, being a very protective Mom, had put so much insulation between Ami and the elements that she became so stiff she kept falling on her behind trying to learn the maneuvers their instructor was teaching. The younger children in the class seemed to enjoy Ami’s antics persistently laughing at her when she fell. To make matters worse after the class was through she was restricted to the Hansel and Gretel ski trail.
She went up and down the trail a few times. It was made easy to get back to the top grabbing on to the continuous rope-tow connected to a large red spinning wheel at the summit and a smaller one at the bottom.
The Hansel and Gretel ski trail was yellow taped off so the young skiers wouldn’t wander off trail, but one section of tape had been torn by a deer during the night’s heavy snowfall and was missing. This is where Ami made her grand exit from the beginner’s trail and out into the freezing cruel wilderness of the Rockies.
After a spell Ami noticed the rope-tow wasn’t where she expected it to be. She called out for help… nothing… she yelled… not a sound… she screamed until her lungs almost froze from inhaling the frigid dry air… growling, snarling, and yelping sounds came from the tree line just above her; a pack of wolves! The pack started slowly down the snow packed ridge towards her carefully sniffing the air.
Ami made a run for it and skied down the steep mountain slope as the wolves gave chase. Missing this tree and that rock, Ami thought she might have a chance of getting away, but a large boulder was planted right in her path and what she saw beyond it was a great fall of hundreds of feet and unquestionably death.
The wolves now had her encircled where she stood in front of the giant boulder with her ski poles pointed at them as they snarled, and snapped at her and each other. The alpha-male decided he wanted first pickings of Ami and turned towards the others with raised hair and yellow teeth showing. So fierce was the alpha’s glare that a young male skittered off whimpering with tail between his legs.
As the alpha-male was about to make his leap onto a frightened Ami, he suddenly stopped. There was a rumbling, the ground shook beneath Ami’s feet, and then darkness.
It was cold and dark and the back of her head hurt. She didn’t know how long she’d been out or which way was up or down, at least at first. She took her glove off and felt around. Ami discovered she was in a small crevasse of the boulder. Her back was against it and she could feel where it slanted up. She continued searching and felt something like a rug was lying next to her; the alpha-male!
He wasn’t moving. His head was buried under the snow of the avalanche that apparently struck them. Without a thought, Ami dug out the head of this wild creature of the mountains. His breathing was faint, but he was alive. She pulled him next to her to keep them both warm.
When the wolf finally woke he growled and snarled at Ami as she was petting him. He then settled down for a little while as Ami talked soothingly and continued petting.
“Okay Mister Wolf, we need to get out of here before we use up all the oxygen.”
With her broken ski pole she began digging into the snow above and next to the boulder. She kept clawing and digging at the packed snow to get free. Then the wolf figured it out and together they both dug and clawed until finally they broke through to see the brilliant blue of the mountain sky.
“Now don’t you eat me Mister Wolf,” Ami said knowing the wolf wouldn’t understand, but really, really hoping he would not eat her.
The wolf was the first one out and Ami could hear the growls of the rest of the pack. Maybe she should just stay here, she thought to herself.
The alpha-male came back to look down into the hole they had dug and gazed deep into Ami’s eyes. It was then she knew it was okay to come out.
She worked her way out of the snow refuge that had protected her and the wolf and into the daylight and brisk mountain air. The pack then surrounded her as before, but this time there wasn’t any snarling and snipping, they just stood there panting as the alpha-male came up to her. He nudged Ami along in a direction of what would turn out an hour later to be where she had left the Hansel and Gretel trail. It would have been a sight to behold seeing this young girl surrounded and protected by a pack of wolves, but no one saw, no one would ever know. Ami believed no one would believe her story and left that part out as her concerned mother attended to the bump on the back of Ami’s head.

Ami came back to the ski lodge the next season. She was eighteen now and could come and go as she pleased. The lodge had only one cabin available far from the others and she rented it for the weekend. She continued her ski lessons that day. She mastering some of its skills and progressed past the Hansel and Gretel trail and onto an intermediate one.
She was very tired that night and went to bed early, but was awoken a few hours later by an insistent scratching at the cabin's door.

June 2016


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June 2016


Wednesday 01-

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

Help Linda with swamp cooler at her house


Had to go back and install new pump at Linda’s house.


Thursday 02-

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells and went for one mile jog with Cassie.



Friday 03- 105 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, core trainer, went a round with the heavy bag and went for a mile jog with Cassie.


Saturday 04- 110 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

I took a whole year for me to understand what the Lake Fire experience really meant to me personally. It was finding friendship. Where a group of folks came together and with the training we had pulled off


Sunday 05- 110 degrees or more

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Monday 06- 109 degrees.

I did my stretches and went for a mile jog with Cassie.

I finally finished reading the entire textbook “Emergency Medical Responder” textbook so I can be ready for my summer EMT class on the 13th at Copper Mountain College.


Tuesday 07- cooling down.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I spent the rest of the day just mellowing out after reading the whole EMR textbook.


Wednesday 08-

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a short walk because we are going to Sherry’s. Cassie gets to play with her dog friends and me and Sherry will go shopping.


Thursday 09-

I took Cassie for a walk.

I have a doctor’s appointment at 9:45am and everything checked out okay.

I stopped off at Stater Bros to get a few things I missed at WalMart yesterday.

Friday 10-

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Saturday 11- heating up.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog.


Sunday 12-

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Monday 13- 98 degrees

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile jog.

It is my first day of my EMR class and I feel like I am already behind.

Kelly called me to say that her dog Sitch had passed on and if I could bury him. I told her that for fifteen bucks the Animal shelter will cremate him and I will give you the money to have it done. I went on to say that I am getting too old to dig deep holes in the ground. I took the scooter over and brought her some bread and a few other things she was low on.

I took Cassie for a mile jog.

Spent the rest of the night working on homework.


Tuesday 14- 100 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I went to EMR class and we learned, among other things, the correct way to remove gloves.

I went to Stater Bros and a woman collapsed of heat exhaustion in checkout line 2. I went over to see if I could help but there were two nurses and one EMT already there.


Wednesday 15- 93 degrees.

I did my stretches, core trainer and took Cassie for a walk.

In class we practiced head and chin tilt and chin thrust with the manikins.

I began studying and finished another chapter quiz and after taking Cassie for a mile jog. I then finished chapter 5 quiz... I need 3 more chapters and a unit quiz to do before the 19th... Yikes!

Ha! I am in the same class as Teresa and boy it is really a fast and involved class. I haven't been to school in a whole while and when this class came up I jumped at the chance to join... I forgotten over the decades that a summer class is a whole semester crammed into a month. Teresa even has a hydraulics class in the evening. She drive home after the 9-12 EMR class and drives to the college class at around 6pm I think. She looked mighty tired today, but she is a real trooper. Me, I'm lucky that I read the whole textbook before class began or I'd be way behind.

Thursday 16- 98 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a walk with Cassie.

I went to class and played with dummies giving them air. I don’t have to go until next Monday! Now to get going on the the quizzes. I need to finish chapters 6-8 and then the unit quiz before Sunday at midnight.

I took Cassie for an evening mile jog.

I finished quizzes to chapters 6 and 7 of the EMT class.


Friday 17- 100 degrees

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I finished chapter 8 and the quiz and then did the unit quiz.

I too Cassie for a mile jog.

I started chapter 9 and watched all the videos.


Saturday 18- 99 degrees with mid afternoon clouds.

I did my stretches, core trainer, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I finished chapter 9 and 10 quizzes.

Movie night! Me and Cassie went to the community center to be with friends and watch “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” starring Tura Santana.


Sunday 19- 103 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells, and went for a one mile jog with Cassie.

Studied chapter 11 and 12 and finished chapter 11 quiz.


Monday 20- 118 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a walk with Cassie.

I went to class and we practised breathing on dummies.

I took Cassie for an evening walk.

I went to the AHA website, took their courses and passed their test with only 2 questions wrong. I got my AHA CPR Certificate.


Tuesday 21- 113 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a walk with Cassie.

I went to class and we practised compressions and AED on dummies.

Finished Chapter 12.

I took Cassie for an evening walk.

Studying chapter 13.


Wednesday 22- 110 degrees.

I did yoga and took Cassie for a walk.

I went to class.

I took Cassie for an evening walk.

I studied and finished chapters 13 and 14 quizzes.


Thursday 23- 112 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I went to class.

I finished chapter 15 and took the quiz.

I took Cassie for an evening walk.

I started chapter 16.


Friday 24- 109 degrees...

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I finished chapter 16, took the quiz, and then took the midterm test.


Saturday 25- 107

I lifted weights and took Cassie for a nice walk.


Sunday 26- 106 degrees and hazy.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile run.

I went to redo the Midterm Exam (you get two chances). I had only missed a few questions but wanted better. Unfortunately I accidently clicked on the Final Exam for the class. I spent a scathing four hours completing the test of two-hundred questions and missed thirteen of them which I found out later wasn’t that bad, an A. The time was up would be up at midnight to redo the Midterm, but I was too tired after doing the Final Exam to really care. At least I don’t have to worry about doing the Final Exam at the end of the course.



Monday 27- 106 degrees and overcast.

I did my stretches and jogged a mile with Cassie.

I went to class, went back home, studied, walked Cassie, and then studied some more.



Tuesday 28- 108 and cloudy.

I got up earlier than I’ve been getting up because of the heat. I did my stretches and took a hose shower (the water was lukewarm) and then took Cassie for a walk. Way too hot even in the mornings to do any kind of rigorous exercises.

I went to class and passed the AHA hands on part so now I am certified.

After class I went to Stater Bros to get some supplies I was running low on.

I studied all day on chapter 21 and took the quiz. I also took Cassie for her evening walk.


Wednesday 29- 112 degrees.

I am really dragging this morning. I did my stretches and took Cassie for her walks.

I went to class and took some more vital signs... I still need a bunch more.

I took Cassie for her evening walk.

I finished chapter 22 and took the quiz. I started doing chapter 23.


Thursday 30- 103 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I went to class and we had a lecture on splitting. Also how to roll a dummy supine from a prone position and secure it to a stretcher.




***** Stuff I Wrote this Month******


Swift are the clouds that lick the skies above, quick are the birds who fly through their tapestry, brilliant are the colors as the Sun sinks into the sea, lovely are the stars as they deflect darkness from our lives, beauty is the warmth I feel from my beloved sitting very closely by my side.

~RD


Life is about being creative




Avoiding toxic people




Living in the moment




Being happy with less




And be free to Dream of faraway places beyond imaginary borders... to be forever unbounded.




~RD



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May 2016


Saturday 07- I just got back from a month's stay in Torrance... I had to take care of my Dad and Stepmother who are 93 and 92. I finally convinced them to sell their house and go into a rest home (a lot more to the story)... So they're in a very nice rest home being taken care of and the house should sell for a nice price so they won't need to worry about the future.


Sunday 08- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Monday 09- I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I worked in the yard getting most of the large pieces of wood from my old roof of some 20 years ago into the dumpster for them to pick up tomorrow; fill the whole dang dumpster to the top.


Tuesday 10- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew something: my home.

My HP laptop froze on startup after doing a Microsoft Security Update. I tried several different ways to get it going, but none worked. Thankfully I am good at keeping things backed up and decided to do a clean install and wipe the whole drive. Took awhile to complete, but now I can give it away to my Dad.


Wednesday 11- I did my stretches, too hot to go for a jog with Cassie.

Went to sherry’s house and we did our shopping whiles the dogs chased each other in the backyard.



Thursday 12- I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I worked in the yard and around the house fixing this and that.

I was going to edit a chapter of “Desolation” but found out MS Office for my Mac had expired... I decided not to mess around with anything else and bought a year’s subscription to MS Office 365. I had to reinstall the whole program over again, but this version is a bit better than my old 365 I had on my Macbook Air.



Friday 13- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.



Saturday 14- I did my stretches but it was too hot for me and Cassie to go for a jog.

Got to work clearing up the remains of the old roof out back... still a bit more to do.

I edited Chapter 11 of “Desolation” and posted it to FaceBook for my friends to read.

Took Cassie for an evening jog when it wasn’t so hot.


Sunday 15- I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile jog.

Cassie and me went for an evening jog.


Monday 16- I did my stretches and took cassie for a walk.

I continued to cleanup the yard raking up all the little pieces of splintered roofing wood and nails putting them in the dumpster that is quickly running out of room.

I took Cassie for an evening walk.


Tuesday 17- I did my stretches and took Cassie for a short walk.

I went to WalMart... got a haircut there and did some shopping.

Worked some on the edit of chapter 12 of “Desolation”.

I thought it over and decided to take the Emergency Medical Responder class at the college on June 13th. It’ll start at 9am and go until 11:45am 4 days a week for a month. I just felt I needed this class.


Wednesday 18- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew something: a strange looking face.

I practiced my guitar for a short spell.

Edited chapter 12 of “Desolation” and posted it to FaceBook.

I finished reading chapter 10 on volcanism and extrusive rocks.

I started reading April’s chapter in “365 Starry Nights” and have a ways to go to get caught up.


Thursday 19- very windy!

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a mile jog with Cassie.

I drew something: a park ranger, well it looked like a park ranger when I got done.

I spent most of the day trying to register for an Emergency Medical Responder Course at Copper Mountain College. I made up my mind to just go for it and attend the class late last night. It’ll be for only a month; June 13 to July 13, 4 days a week Mon-Thurs from 9am to 11:50am. I'll have to radically change my sleeping habits for this class... can't be 10 o'clock Bob anymore for a spell. I went through the online enrollment and had to print out a worksheet I had to fill out, take a picture of and then email it back to admissions. I called admissions and they got the pics of the worksheet, but now I need to send them a copy of my AA degree to satisfy the reading 51 requirement, so I sent her a picture of my AA. She said she will email a form so I can take this “one class only” without having to go thru anymore requirements. So I had to print that out too and sign it and take a picture and send it back to them. That’s how we do online registration now a days. I bought the textbook on Amazon; set me back $120 some dollars. I still need to purchase a manual blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, and a pen light. Now the funny thing is that I now have an educational email address and the college uses Outlook 365, so when I went to check if there was any email a notification popped up saying since I was a student I could get MS Office 365 for free; I wish I knew that a few days ago when I paid $69 for Office 365!


Friday 20- I started changing my sleeping habits by waking up at 7:30am and will continue doing this until I finish the class on July 13th.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew something: a profile of a man’s head.

I was supposed to have my textbook for the EMR class delivered today, but it never came. I paid extra for the one-day delivery and called Amazon and got a refund for that.

I edited and posted chapter 13 of “Desolation” on FaceBook.


Saturday 21- I did my stretches, lifted the 20lbs dumbbells and took Cassie for a mile jog.

Movie night!!!

Cassie and me will be there again to see all our friends and eat popcorn, hot dogs wrapped in bacon in a bun covered in that hot mayonnaise they have there, let's not forget those tit cookies, and stand around yammer on and on and laugh about how bad the film was (the last movie "Mesa of the Lost Women" was bad, very bad... only 1 star out of 999 votes on IMDB, but it was well worth braving the cold winds that night to be with the desert folks under the starry night skies that I love. Unfortunately it was a full Moon that night, but fortunately the Moon, Mars and Saturn danced together making a nice little triangle for us all to gaze upon and wonder what it's all about... the movie I'm talking about, not life.



Sunday 22- I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk... my day off.

I edited and posted chapter 14 of “Desolation” on FaceBook.


Monday 23- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I edited and posted chapters 15 and 16 of “Desolation” on FaceBook for my Friends to read. This is the first edit of the book and I expect there’ll be a lot of errors to correct.


Tuesday 24- I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and a mile jog with Cassie.

Finally everything came together; my book for the class and the pump up blood pressure thingy and stethoscope came from Amazon after many delays. Then I made two calls to the college and they said the messup was on their side and I was able to enroll in my EMR class.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I started reading the EMR textbook and will continue to read it until I am done and before the class begins on June 13th.


Wednesday 25- windy with rain!

I did my exercises.

Went shopping with Sherry while Cassie played with her friends Willey, Barney and Abby.


Thursday 26- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

UPS deliver my kit for the EMR class.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.


Friday 27- I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells and went for one mile jog with Cassie.


Saturday 28- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Sunday 29- I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.


Monday 30- I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a mile jog with Cassie.

My current Amazon Prime account is due to expire on June 06, but I found out that I can get a student Amazon Prime account for 6 months for free and then continue for half price. So I sent them my college student email address and all is well.

I went for a evening mile jog with Cassie.


Tuesday 31- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


***** Stuff I Wrote this Month******


Two versions of the same poem below... one was too long and one that just didn’t say enough...

Long:

On the deck of subtle sorrows, be cast upon the seas of darkness, to sail blindly before the winds of treachery... stormy weather has prevailed.

Though strength is now our greatest weakness, to plow corporate fields for paltry rewards. They subjugate our populace for their corporate pleasures, and drag us under to dance as puppets, to that same old tune as was played before.

They squash and plunder all creativity and imagination, until their coffers are filled high with greed and hatred, until the planet’s resources are all dried up, and our free will that once was, is no more.

So please spare thy simple requests of absolution, spare us all your idiosyncrasies and delusions, that floats along with the rising tide, but share with us your reflections of independence, share with us your pride and sanity, wipe that sweaty corporate grime off your brow, or ye shall be doomed to a voyage under tyranny.

I claim to have no quick solutions, but to spit in the face of freedom’s aggressors, and ask ourselves are we to blame.

~RD

Short:

On the deck of subtle sorrows, be cast upon the seas of darkness, to sail blindly before the winds of treachery... stormy weather has prevailed.

So please spare thy simple requests of absolution, for ye are doomed to a voyage under tyranny. Though strengths are now our greatest weakness, to plow corporate fields for paltry rewards. They subjugate our populace and bring us under, to dance as puppets for their corporate pleasures, and plunder and squash creativity to overfilled chests of greed, until freewill is no more.

I claim to have no quick solutions, but to spit in the face of freedom’s aggressors, and ask ourselves are we to blame.

~RD



I stopped watching the Network News a long time ago. I don't want to be fed, I want to absorb the news from different sources, but it's all the same, it never changes, 10, 20 years, 40 years... it's all the same BS: wars, murder, rape, lost dogs... it never changes... you can still see the graffiti written on the walls of buildings and passageways in Pompeii; a city that was blasted off the face of the Earth almost two thousand years ago..

~RD



If there are any intelligent minded elected officials with a bit of common sense left in our Congress, they must have been squashed by the rhetoric of radical zealots, out spent by the greed of the money grabbers, or just bored to tears by the stupidity and ignorance of everyone else surrounding them.

~RD





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April 2016

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Friday 01- 77 to 55 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew a picture of me in the desert.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I continued reading chapter 10 about volcanos of the geology book.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie. shooting

I played my guitar for a spell


Saturday 02- 81 to 57 nice weather.

I woke up feeling ill. I believe it’s my allergies acting up again. I did do my stretches, but that’s about it.


Sunday 03- 84 to 56

I’m still not feeling all that well, but it is my allergies and I can work through this.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Monday 04- 87 to 61

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew something a face of a woman.

I spent the afternoon cleaning up the yard. I got the dumpster almost filled with all the junk I collected over the years.

Hopped on scooter and went to mailbox to pick up a textbook on weather I ordered.

I read a little bit of the geology book.


Tuesday 05- 87 to 63 sunny.

I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

Worked in the yard digging up a whole lot of rotted plywood that originally came from the old roof I replaced when I first move out here.

I drew a house on a mountain side.


Wednesday 06- 88 to 57

Me and Cassie went to Sherry’s. We went shopping while Cassie got to play with her friends in the backyard.


Thursday 07- 79 to 66 degrees, some rain here and there but mostly sprinkles.

I did my stretches.

Worked out in the yard Generator cord broke, cut saw power cord with saw.


Friday 08- 69 to 55 rained most of the day.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

FedEx delivered a package containing a used laptop I aquired.



Saturday 09- 72 to 53 cloudy with spots of rain.

I worked in the yard and totally filled up the dumpster with most of the old roofing plywood from when I replaced the roof in the summer of 1997.

I edited chapter 10 of “Desolation” and posted it on FaceBook.


Sunday 10- lots of rain all day long.

I started editing chapter 11 of the Geology textbook on Igneous rocks.


Monday 11- I did my stretches, lifted weights, core trainer, went a round with the heavy bag and went for a mile jog with Cassie.


Tuesday 12- 80 to 51 degrees and mostly sunny.

I did my stretches.

I got a call that my Dad in Torrance saying he needed me to come down there to help. I talked to him about a plan I had already came up with when I was out there in October... selling the house in Torrance and finding a rest home for him and my Stepmother who are both in their early 90s. I said, “you can’t take the house with you so you might as well sell it and use the money to have a better quality of life in your final years.” He agreed with me.

I called Sherry to ask if I could leave Cassie with her while I am gone. She said she’d be glad to and that every time I leave Cassie there for a week or so that her dogs lose weight; Cassie likes to run around a lot.


Wednesday 13- 82 to 57

I dropped Cassie off at Sherry’s and will leave early tomorrow morning for the two plus hour drive to Torrance.


***** Stuff I Wrote this Month******


I am trying to do what I have to do, I already did what I wanted to do, so now when I get to doing what I was supposed to be doing in the first place I'll get to what I needed to do when I'm done doing that.

~RD


This poem I almost didn't share.

I feel I should/must maintain some sort of balance between good and evil, love and hate, greed and charity, life and death or become dull in my writings... good doesn't always prevail over evil. If I wrote about unicorns and fairy-dust all the time, I and everyone else would become bored:

Dreadful sobs of tormented sorrow pulse heavily from painful chest within, deepest are my rage of delusions stemming from Original Sin, that foul and noxious putrid odor that darkens what moral soul I have, sordid spittle from temple’s pulpit hides reality from those who seek, so blind are the lost and faithful who follow set path like timid sheep, those who came forward, honest and weak, those who had faith in what they believe, that the skies shall just open up as if to suck up their sins, I will cry for the passing of all my dear friends...  never to see them... never ever again.

~RD



Hoofprints in the sky

What happened to the unicorns prancing merrily in the heath, they been gone from the paddock, missing from the moor, are they hiding in the hinterlands because they come to us no more. Pixie rings and fairy dust, magic wands we use  to track, but they have taken to the skies and they are never coming back. With careful eye to see their path, a great labor we shall undertake, to look beyond the mountains, above the fairy dale, and if we are very lucky, and fate is on our side, shall ye see upon a cloudy day their hoofprints in the sky.

~RD




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