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

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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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March 2016 2 of 2

Wednesday 16- 79 to 54 degrees and sunny.

I went shopping with Sherry while Cassie got to play with her friends while we were gone. We had lunch at the Chinese all you can eat place and we both got pretty stuffed.


Thursday 17- 80 to 50 sunny.

I worked on garage replacing the lattice panels that was damaged by the storms we been having with 4X8 plywood panels.

I drew a birthday cake.


Friday 18- 86 to 54 hazy

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 an eye.

I replaced another lattice panel with plywood.

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

I continued editing chapter 6 and posted chapter 5 on FaceBook for my friends to read.

I read a little of Chapter 9 of the Geology book.

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

I played my guitar for a spell


Saturday 19- 87 to 59

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 my hand.

I worked on getting chapter 6 and posted it to FaceBook when I was done editing it. I then began on Chapter 7.


Sunday 20- 82 to 57

Day off!


Monday 21- 72 to 48

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

I went shopping at WalMart and Home Depot.

I met Troy, John and Gary when I stopped to check out little car they had to see if they wanted to buy Jimmy’s little car.


Tuesday 22- very windy!

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 two people looking at each other.

Because of the wind I stayed inside the rest of the day editing and then posting on FB Chapter 7 of “Desolation”


Wednesday 23- still windy.

I did my stretches.

I worked most of the day finishing my Federal and State Taxes. The IRS kept rejecting my 1040 six times because of errors I made on the form 8962... and a few others here and there, but I got them all filed electronically...

Worked on Chapter 8...


Thursday 24- 78 to 49

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 the man in the Moon.

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

I am still reading Chapter 9 of the Geology book.

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

I played my guitar for a spell





Friday 25- 81 to 56

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 spaceship going to the Moon.

I replaced another lattice panel with plywood.

Watered all the outside plants.

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

I rode my scooter down to Lear Ave to pick up a package left there. I got down to the mail box and noticed that the back tire was a little squirrely and was low on air. I rode it back home very slowly and will filled it up with air on Saturday.

I edited chapter 8 and posted it on FaceBook for my friends to read.

I continued reading Chapter 9 of the Geology book. Got caught up on my astronomy book.

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

I played my guitar for a spell


Saturday 26- 82 to 49

I did my stretches.

I drew a UPS truck driving on our dirt roads.

I went to potluck and brought rice and cookies. I also brought a dozen eggs for the kids to dye them for Easter, something the community center does almost every year, but I didn’t know I was supposed to boil them first. I met Trevor, Jodi, Dave King and we chatted for a spell while the kids colored all the eggs except mine.


Sunday 27- 81 to 50 wind is starting to blow.

I did my stretches.

I worked of the garage getting it ready for the high winds predicted tomorrow.

I rode the scooter down to collect my mail at Lear Ave. to pick up another package. This time the scooter’s tire held air.


Monday 28- 71 to 46 and very windy!

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

I had just gotten done with my exercises when the winds started to really blow.

I drew my bedroom.

UPS delivered the Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit--Clear Case Edition.


Tuesday 29- windy with rain.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, and took Cassie for a one mile jog. This is all the exercises I did today because of the rain.

I hopped on the scooter to go down to my mail box on Lear Ave to pick up the

book “Programming Arduino Getting Started with Sketches” I had ordered.

I drew me riding my little scooter to the mailbox.

Finished reading chapter 9 atoms, elements and minerals of the geology book.

I hooked up the Raspberry Pi 3 and booted it to Noobs and got online, but I couldn’t get the Bluetooth keyboard working. I’ll have to check into that later.


Wednesday 30- 65 to 46 still windy.

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 some cactus flowers.


I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie. On my jog I saw some kinda smoke way down on Winters road near Lear Ave… but before I got over the hill and saw the smoke I heard some loud booms…

Because I am on solar I wouldn’t have known unless someone told me later in the evening that all the electric went down in our area and in 29 Palms.

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

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

I played my guitar for a spell


Thursday 31- 73 to 53 windy.

Not feeling well today... must be my allergies kicking in because of all the wind.

I drove to the post office to pick up a package and then went to Burger King and had a double cheese burger. After I pigged out I went to Stater Bros and got a few supplies.

I drew a person wearing glasses.

I continued reading chapter 10 about volcanos of the geology book. I started reading “Programing Arduino: Getting started with sketches” by Simon Monk.

I played my guitar for a spell



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


Oh sweet child my Amberlyn, pouty lips ride above dimpled chin... rosy cheeks that grace the day, that’s my bonny Amberlyn.

She wears no makeup painted upon her face, why conceal such beauty that would hide beneath, she’s as genuine and fresh as a mountain stream that runs its course into the raging seas.

Yellow threadbare dress hangs down to her skinny knees, it flutters in the summer breeze, plain and simple for all to see, that’s my bonny Amberlyn...

A tattered felt hat reigns up high on pixie ears where flowers rest, patches adorn old denim vest, a small gold chain holds a peace sign between modest breasts, the calming smell of jasmine completes her scent.

She masters each obstacle that stands in her way, to save the Earth she likes to say, with all her effort she’ll embrace that day, cause that’s how I’ll always remember my sweet sweet bonny Amberlyn.

~RD



Brittle leaves once green and glittered with shine, now colored to golden reds and yellows have now fallen away, to float so lightly to the ground on a harsh winter’s day. Hedgehogs nestle in nests built of twigs and leafs cuddling their young, waiting through winter’s fury for the warmth of the sun.

The creek is now frozen, there’s snow on the ground, the night has grown silent, cause the snow dampens the sounds.

An owl swoops in searching the night, upon barren branch it perched in the haloed moon light, alert is heighten as wide eyes seek, small prey that stay hidden and not wanting to be eat, to starve off hunger and last through the cold of another winter’s day, the owl moves on, the hedgehogs are safe.

The sun makes its appearance, the air begins to warm, white snow has melted that once covered the ground, is finding its way to the creek that now babbles on. The wait for spring is not far away, as sprouts crack through once frozen earth to give birth to a new day.

That day has arrived, spring has appeared, with chirping of birds and buzzing bees, life has arisen and flourishes in the trees, that are now covered in their new shiny green dress, and the hedgehogs with their young have come safely out from their nests.

~RD


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March 2016 1 of 2

March 2016


Tuesday 01- 84 to 54 mostly sunny.

I was doing my stretches and yoga when Sherry called to say her car still wasn’t working after a friend charged her battery last night. I asked her if I could come by and see if I can fix it. I checked her battery with my voltmeter and it registered at 12.24 VDC, but when I had her start the engine it dropped to 11 VDC and died. I brought my truck around and jumped start the battery and got her engine started. I wanted to see if she had a bad alternator so while the engine was still running I disconnected the battery and the engine kept running, meaning that the battery was bad and not the starter or the alternator, but I wasn’t sure that the alternator was actually charging the battery. This I did later when we put the new battery in and the alternator was charging the battery at 14.5 VDC.

We went and picked up the new battery, had breakfast/lunch/dinner at the all you can eat Chinese Restaurant and went shopping at WalMart while Cassie played with her friends Barney, Abby and Willy in Sherry’s backyard.

On the way back home I saw a large meteor streak across the sky 45 degrees overhead towards the northeast while I was headed north. It was a bright green in color leaving little puffs behind.


Wednesday 02- 86 to 56 and hazy.

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 yin yang symbol.

I drove to the post office to pick up a package. Went to Stater Bros Market to get a few items I didn’t get yesterday at WalMart. I had lunch at Burger King.

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

I completed chapter 7 in the Geology book.

I played my guitar for a spell doing some new stuff I made up.

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


Thursday 03- 82 to 55 with evening winds.

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 clock.

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

I started reading Chapter 8 of the Geology book.

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

I played my guitar for a spell


Friday 04- 81 to 54 with a bit of wind coming out of the northwest.

I got up and called Jimmy and Clarice who were in Yucca Valley and on their way to their cabin. I would meet them there and help unload the trailer full of furniture and nicknacks they were towing. Then me and Jimmy loaded the trailer up with old tires that their evicted renter, and probably their last renter, had been collecting on the property. When we were done we visited and jawed for a long spell catching up on our lives. Jimmy and Clarice will take the old tires to the community clean-up in Sunfair on Saturday.

I then left and worked on my yard tossing a whole bunch of junk away and cleaning up a pile of broken glass out of windows frames someone had brought over ten years ago without asking me if I wanted them. Kinda like, “Here’s some windows for you,” and just dropping them off.

I worked on Chapter five and posted Chapter two on FaceBook for my friends to read.


Saturday 05- 75 to 57

I went to Bonnie and Larry for dinner. Bonnie cooked up some mighty fine spaghetti with garlic bread that I consumed greedily.


Sunday 06- very windy!


Monday 07- 54 to 42 degrees, wind and rain


Tuesday 08- 67 to 43 with wind.

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 woman’s profile.

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

I read continued reading chapter 8 of the geology textbook.

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

I played my guitar for a spell


Wednesday 09- 78 to 47

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 my bedroom.

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

Around 11pm I saw some red flashing lights over by my neighbor’s house that I believed to be from emergency vehicles. By the time I got my paints on and jumped into the truck they must have left because there was nothing to be seen of them when I arrived.

I read more of chapter 8.

I did some editing of my book.

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

I played my guitar for a spell


Thursday 10- 81 to 57 very nice!

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

I went to the post office in 29 Palms to pick up a package containing a rubberized cover for my Galaxy Tab 3 and then did a quick stop at Stater Bros to do some shopping. I brought home some chicken for me and Cassie to eat.

I drew a pyramid and some squares.

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

I read more of chapter 8...

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

I played my guitar for a spell


Friday 11-  76 46 wind and rain.

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

And then the storm passed through.

I did my taxes... what a darn hassle!


Saturday 12- 71 to 42

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 rocket to the Moon.

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

I’m almost done reading chapter 8 in the geology textbook.

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

I played my guitar for a spell.


Sunday 13- 73 to 54 and hazy.

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 guitar.

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

I finished reading Chapter 8 of the Geology book.

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

I played my guitar for a spell


Monday 14- very windy!

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes, but Cassie and me didn’t go for our one mile jog because of the high winds.

My friend from overseas called 5 minutes after I sent them a Skype message. So I thought they called because of the message, but they haven’t been on Skype for months and just happened to call me!


Tuesday 15- 73 to 46 degrees and hazy.

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 St. Peter's Cathedral in London (I did it from memory from when I was there in the late 70’s and what I drew don’t look nothing like it)

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

I finished editing chapter 5 and started editing chapter 6. I also posted chapter 4 on FaceBook for my friends to read.

I started reading Chapter 9 of the Geology book.

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

I played my guitar for a spell.


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