Monday, June 29, 2020

summer spot, brella and playbook



I finally finished tweaking the summer-orientation parking spot and moved the Nash. That’s my 5x8’ cargo trailer in the back.

I found the mouse nest in the Ford. I really need to get back in the habit of carrying a camera in my pocket. But then again, who would want to see a mouse nest? I use the passenger footwell for storage. The nest was under the stuff, made mostly from the saddle blanket and paper towels, in a bundle of rope. Sure looked comfortable.


Out the back window.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has a 450 page how-to manual on crisis communication. More than 180 people contributed to the CDC manual, including experts from the CDC, American Red Cross, FBI and EPA as well as federal and state health departments.
“The fundamental principles behind good public health communication are almost stunningly simple: Be consistent. Be accurate. Don’t withhold vital information, the CDC manual says. And above all, don’t let anyone onto the podium without the preparation, knowledge and discipline to deliver vital health messages.“
“They compiled a list of pitfalls to avoid—a list that has begun to look a lot like the administration’s playbook.“
No wonder more and more people are losing trust in the current president. One of the many things I do not understand, is how is it possible that this has taken so long.

I found the above article on the Washington Post website. Since I am not a subscriber, I pulled the text from the page’s source code. Please find a similar article and read it, no matter which tribe you are a member of.

Another Washington Post article is ‘Let’s make sure this crisis doesn’t go to waste’ Again, find a similar article and read.
“First, let’s finally make the investment in public health that’s been so lacking. To get ahead of the next pandemic, we need to invest not only in the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration but also the National Institutes of Health, which funds the research behind new medicines and vaccines.”

“Second, we’ve ignored too many of our infrastructure needs for too long. The coronavirus crisis has exposed the many ways in which the U.S. medical grid is unready to meet the challenges of a fully globalized world.”
“Third, despite all the double talk coming from the White House, it is clear our strategic supply chain is inadequate.”

The “How Tea Party Budget Battles Left the National Emergency Medical Stockpile Unprepared for Coronavirus” article gave me some insight on why we did not have needed medical supplies in stock.

Those who believe the false rhetoric of the current president and people like Rush Limbaugh are being mislead. Go ahead, confirm or disprove this statement.

Wow, this is so far out from ‘simple living and simple travel.’ Sorry. I’m very upset with all these needless deaths. Please bear with me. I made my point and will ease off for awhile.

I like to think the guy who invented the umbrella was going to call it the ‘brella,’ but he hesitated. Andy Field, comic


Another one from Dianna’s folder. The photo was labeled ‘indentity.’

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

May sixty minutes sixty years— 3495 minutes
May Triple 18—upper: 5770; core: 4650; legs: 7415

Be curious about everything,
because curiosity generates questions.
R.S. Karachi


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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

grateful, mice, new solar, sandisk and the roof


As I walk around and see so much, I realize that at some point, I will never experience them again. Coming across a single colorful wildflower. A pair of ravens flying in sync. Sitting outside in the evening with a friend, talking, sipping wine. Drinking a cold glass of water. All such things strengthen my resolve to be grateful and not take things for granted. Surviving my BMT gave me this second chance at life with all its stellar moments is a most thankful bonus. I’m smilin’.


Antlers are just starting to grow on the bucks.

The last three summers I had no trouble with rodents getting into the bags of cracked corn and scratch grain. Not so this summer. A mouse chewed a hole in a bag of cracked corn and had ready access. A couple days later, there was another hole in the same bag only a few inches away. A maze reject?
I generally keep M&M’s dry food and the birdseed bags in my truck. Can you make a guess here? A mouse got into the Ford and chewed through the birdseed bag. Guano. Also chewed a hole in one of the saddle blankets I use for seat covers. Guess he was going to settle down and build a nest.
Then it was the Nash. All of my staples of grains, nuts, seeds, etc. are either in the freezer or in glass jars. I had ONE small, unopened bag of granola in the drawer under the fridge. I live in 152 sq. ft. with two felines. And now a mouse!? Maybe I should get a boa.

In a novel, a guy’s girlfriend called his cat, Allergies. Yep, she was.


My Eton solar radio could not pick up NOAA weather in Timberon. It was my 3rd Eton and I’m done with them. Pretty much whenever I’m thinking of purchasing something, I open a browser and type in, ‘top rated’ of whatever the item is. From the list, I choose one. I went with a Running Snail radio (FM, AM, WB and flashlight). It charges with a solar panel, hand crank and USB. Works well. I really need NOAA weather in the mountains, and now I have it again.


I wanted a player smaller than my iPod to clip on when I’m outside doing chores such as polishing the Nash and waxing the Ford. Again, I did the ‘best rated’ thing and from the list I chose the SanDisk Clip Jam 8GB. This model SanDisk can hold 2,000 songs and has good fm reception for NPR. Albums can easily be selected & dragged from a Mac. At times I connect it to the Nash’s radio and play it through the house speakers. I was surprised and pleased with the size of it. The online image is different. The SanDisk is a keeper.

The Nash’s roof rubber was lookin’ dried out. I cleaned it with Spic & Span, let it dry, and sealed it with Protect All Rubber Roof Treatment. The next day I gave the rubber another coat of Protect All. I hope to add another coat of sealer every other month til October. It would be nice if I never let the rubber dry out again. I generally take better care of my stuff.

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

April sixty minutes sixty years— 1860 minutes
April Triple 18—upper: 1920; core: 1960 legs: 3000

Inhale the future, exhale the past.


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Thursday, April 30, 2020

bondic, PCO and incentive



Yep, neighbors are starting to come around.


I think I was listening to Pandora when a commercial came on about Bondic. I only listen to Pandora for two months in the winter when I have wi-fi from the Nash so I stick with the free version, with commercials, but at least they tend to be different. Anyway, the product sounded good so I ordered a starter kit. Bondic is a LED UV plastic welding unit. It is not a glue. Shortly afterwards, the frame of my off-the-rack reading glasses broke. I sanded the surfaces, squeezed on a small amount of Bondic, focused the light on it for 3-4 seconds, held it together for another few seconds and the glasses were as good as new. Didn’t even bother to sand the weld. The kit went into the bottom galley drawer where some tools and fixit type things reside. I only used the kit once so far and it worked as advertised. It’s a keeper.

After cataract surgery, 20% or so develop posterior capsule opacification (PCO). PCO occurs because cells remaining after cataract surgery grow over the posterior of the capsule causing it to thicken and become slightly opaque. This means that light is less able to travel through to the retina at the back of one’s eye. Sight can become blurred and cloudy, or one may have problems with bright lights and glare.

  PCO can be treated by a low risk, quick, painless laser treatment called Nd:YAG posterior capsulotomy to correct the problem.
The procedure is performed in the outpatient clinic and only takes 5-10 minutes. The ophthalmologist focuses the laser exactly onto the back of the lens capsule in order to cut away a small circle-shaped area. This leaves some of the capsule to keep your artificial lens in place (like a cuff around the lens or a bezel around a cabochon), but removes enough in the middle to allow the light to pass directly through to the retina.

I was reading a novel and one of the characters was wearing a shirt that read, ‘Save the planet cuz I still live here.’ Wish more people would think this way.


Anyone know what this plant is? They break through the soil in late March and by June, most have turned dark brown, dry out and look dead.


Over the winter I kept up on my monthly 60-for-60 and 1800 rep challenges. But I gradually lessened the intensity over the weeks. Not good. If I had only stuck with at least medicine-ball routines (grasping the bells of a dumbbell). When I started working on my acre again, it was an eye opener. I had lost most of what I gained last summer. My fault, just being a wuss. I looked back to a couple of photos on my “Here’s a little story” page (09/2016). It was the incentive I needed.
The weakness I’m coming back from now is nothing compared to the weakness I came back from then. Upped the intensity of my workouts and have been makin’ good progress lately. Sometimes all it takes is a picture.

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

March sixty minutes sixty years— 1800 minutes
March Triple 18—upper: 1880; core: 2935 legs:

One’s vibe attracts one’s tribe.


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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

back to the lifestyle and intermittent fasting


I’m back in Timberon. It feels good. Well, not so much being back in Timberon, since I no longer like it all that much. But back to the lifestyle. I need the parks for my annual social-fix but I need to find some place other than the parks from mid-Feb to mid-March. I’m maxed on the parks by the middle of February and it is too cold to go back up to 7,000’ with just solar power.

It’s pretty quiet, having no close neighbors. Deer come by most days and I’ve heard some wild turkeys but have only had one come near. More should be coming by soon. Birds are at the feeders and sprinkled grain. Some hummingbirds have found their feeder.

A couple weeks ago, a realtor put a for sale sign on the next lot. Guano. If that sells, I might go back to hard-wall camping off the grid, but at this time, that could be problematic. We’ll see. The realtor is asking $10,000 for the acre. The county’s assessed value is around $4,500. Someone’s going to get taken.

I found the lifestyle that I get the most from. Being on a piece of property I own up in the mountains; living in my little cabin on wheels. Nature and solitude recharges me. I can’t say for sure, but Meadow & Mesa seem to enjoy being back on their home turf. We had one spout of hail which they did not like and too much thick mud, which I did not like.

With the markets as they are, I certainly will not be looking for a larger piece of property with a better location this year, or probably a couple years. When I get back what I lost, I’ll get serious about moving.

The last few months, I seem to be seeing more humor as I go about my days. Whether I’m watching nature, my pets, listening to public radio or SiriusXM 148, reading a book, whatever. There is rarely a day that I do not chuckle at something, or smile, bark or laugh. It’s uplifting. Maybe because it is so spontaneous. Lighten up and experience more of life.

Be with people who make you laugh.


I have been carrying one of these in my pocket, along with a pen, for years. I find these so useful. Never leave home without one.
Go to youtube and type in this title or URL.

How to Make a Quick and Easy 8 Page Mini-Book From One Piece of Paper
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21qi9ZcQVto

I’ve heard of intermittent fasting for quite some time and finally decided to see what is being said about it. First off it is not true fasting, which is just water. I mentioned my 28 day fast back in the 70’s on one of these pages. Be that as it may, it looked like a good thing to try. I’ve been doing it for a while now and plan to continue with the eating pattern.

I read articles from the Harvard Health blog, WebMD and Health Line.
As you probably know, IF is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting (allowing all kinds of drinks) and eating. It is not a diet. IF does not specify which foods should be eaten and which should not. It asks you to limit the hours when you eat and restrict yourself to liquids the rest of the hours.

Many do IF to lose weight. I most assuredly did not want to lose any weight but unfortunately I did lose a few pounds. Might have to start eating some higher calorie, but still nutritious foods. Bummer. I started doing it for the cell repair potential and other health benefits for my body and brain. I’m feeling pretty good.

I started with a 10 hour a day period for eating and 14 of pseudo fasting. It took a week to get used to that and I had to figure out the specific hours in which to restrict my eating. After a month I went to 9 and 15 for the next couple months. Then I was starting to not feel all that hungry, so for the last few months I’m doing 8 and 16. This feels the best for me. No hunger and feeling rested and energetic.
IF is a keeper.

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

February sixty minutes sixty years— 1900 minutes
February Triple 18—upper: 1820; core: 1860 legs: 2935

Don’t talk about it—just be about it.


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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

sportpet, driver safety, do the math and ESPP



I got tired of trying to get Meadow and Mesa into their individual fold-down carriers. They still make like flying squirrels with the new carrier but it’s way easier. This is a SportPet Designs Foldable Travel Cat Carrier, size XL. It folds down to 5”. The carrier also comes in one or two smaller sizes. It sure got comments at the Vet.
One can easily take the door off and set it up as a cozy spot for their cat/s to sleep or hang out.
The new carrier along with two Vet visits only cost me $1560. What a deal.

I guess Vehicles for Charity is the organization that handles donated vehicles, such as from NPRs Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program. They sent me a letter stating that my 2004 Ram 1500 was sold for $2,000. The new owner got a good deal with the new trans, brake rotors and other parts.

A few years ago I took an online driver safety course recommended by GEICO. The course wasn’t through GEICO, many insurance companies offer discounts for taking a driver safety course.

I taught Motorcycle Riding and Street Strategy up in Utah for four or five years, so I have a good knowledge of safe street strategies. Even with this knowledge base, over the years, I felt it would be smart to take a refresher course. I do not have that know-it-all mindset when it comes to driving—I’m a good driver - I’ve been driving for years - I don’t get in accidents. If people with this mindset took an online driver safety course, they’d probably find it an eye opener, and might save a life.

Anyway, I got an email from GEICO stating that my discount would be expiring soon unless I took another driver safety class. I chose the online AARP Driver Course. This course focused more on senior drivers and current car technology. I’m a big fan of these informative courses; cannot see how one could go wrong. Take one.

Picture a cartoon that depicts a sitting cat with a raised paw and a mouse facing him, holding a revolver. The cat looks down and says, Six bullets, nine lives. Do the math.

On Weekend Edition, I heard about a free economy book. Economy is something I have little knowledge of, so I looked into it.

“Economy, Society, Nature: An introduction to the new systems-based, life-friendly economics (World Economics Association Books)
‘Economy, Society, and Public Policy is an outstanding resource for teaching economic principles to students who will not major in the field. It provides an accessible yet comprehensive introduction to the economic ideas that are essential for understanding policy.’
The Curriculum Open-Access Resources in Economics Project (CORE Project) is an organization that creates and distributes open-access teaching material on economics. The goal is to make teaching material and reform the economics curriculum. Its textbook is taught as an introductory course at more than 300 universities.”

Sounded really good. Then I ran into a snag. Economy Society and Public Policy (ESPP) from The CORE team offers the book free for reading online. There is not pdf download. Guano. Doesn’t work with my present lifestyle. One can purchase the book for $46. I’ll have to think about it.

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

January sixty minutes sixty years— 1800 minutes
January Triple 18—upper: 1920; core: 1900 legs: 1885

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life:
music and cats. Albert Schweitzer


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Thursday, January 30, 2020

a grain of salt


All I am trying to get across on this page is to accept statements while maintaining a degree of skepticism about the truth. Simple. But in the current political situation in this country, exceedingly important.

(‘Take with a grain of salt (or a pinch)’ comes from the fact that food is more easily swallowed if taken with a small amount of salt.)

A while back, I heard a clip on National Public Radio of the current president attacking two of his opponents about the homeless situation on their home turf.

Three years ago, being a listener of NPR, I learned to question statements coming from White House. So I questioned what was not said in his homeless statement. What about the homeless situation in cities overseen by his own tribe? I then googled the homeless situation in Washington D.C., his own turf. I was not the least bit surprised. Look it up.

Partial truths can skew the true story.

If I hear a politician discrediting her/his opponent, I’ve learned to take it with a grain of salt. Then I see if there is evidence that supports such statements.

Open your browser and type in these keywords, ‘documented false statements coming form Trump’?
Did you catch that? Documented.

Did you not take The Tax Bill with a grain of salt? Did you look up who benefited the most?

I definitely favor one tribe, but that is not what I’m addressing here.
When it comes to current politics—stop and think, question, research and assess what members of both tribes are saying.

I might have already written on another page that more than half of NPR listeners hold a college degree. We do not like to be snowed.

‘Make America great again’? Is that the phrase? The actions of the current administration do not jive with those words.
Why have so many world leaders lost faith in the U.S.?

I wonder if more people listened to National Public Radio, American Public Media and the like, and truly listened to what was being said, might we not start to make progress in solving the mess we are in?

It is not about which tribe one belongs to. It’s about both tribes starting to work together so they can get back to governing this country. And maybe, Make America great again.

There is a vast amount false or misleading claims equating to disinformation out there. Take what you hear with a grain of salt (or a rock of).
Don’t be taken in. Always look for the facts behind the statements. Often, they are not there.

There are millions of people who do not do this. Be one of the others.

Then there’s Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. Good grief.

We need changes. What mindset would lead to changes?

If one reads this and blows it off—they might be part of the problem.

If one starts off a conversation on politics with mentioning the opposing party in a negative way—they are likely part of the problem.

I wear a ring in an ear—Not my nose.

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

December sixty minutes sixty years— 1820 minutes
December Triple 18—upper: 1835; core: 2405; legs: 3430

If you feel you have come to the end of your rope
tie a knot and hang on.
Then start pulling your way back up.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

winkler, smokey and the solstice



Another one from Dianna’s folder

Met up with my favorite winter acquaintance and had some good talks and laughs. Simple pleasures.

I also met a couple from Wisconsin who travel south for the winters in a Holiday Rambler Class A, towing a Mercedes Benz Smart Car. Had two good, informative conversations with them. I need talks like this. They lent me a DVD of the 1988 miniseries, Lincoln, with Sam Waterson and Mary Tyler Moore. I remember Moore from the Mary Tyler Moore show. This is the only time I saw her in a drama, that I can remember. Mary Tyler Moore gave an absolutely stellar performance as Mrs. Lincoln. I do not think anyone could have topped it. He facial expressions nailed every scene. I was thankful that I was given the opportunity to see this performance.
When they were leaving the park, they gave me a package of Dove dark chocolate. This candy is now a staple in my freezer. I take them one-a-day, like a vitamin. Thank you so much. They also gave Meadow & Mesa a gift, a bag of Friskies Party Mix treats. M&M love them. I generally buy Temptations chicken flavor treats. I’ve tried something new from time to time, but M&M never liked any. Glad we now have a 2nd option.

I like Henry Winkler; he comes across as a good person. And granted, I’m only judging this from listening to him, the couple times he was on NPR’s Wait, Wait.
He said, ‘I live by two words - tenacity and gratitude. Tenacity gets you where you want to go and gratitude doesn't allow you to be angry along the way.’
I thoroughly enjoyed both times he was on. Wish I had more opportunities to listen to him. Maybe I will order a season of Happy Days. Or Not.

‘It’s alright, mate. It’s just Smokey’s (the cat) sense of humor. Whenever anybody sleeps in this room he likes to get up on that beam up there, and just as you’re dropping off and all’s right with the world, leap onto your stomach.’ Frank Legg

Once again, my favorite day of the year came around—the winter solstice. I started out with 40-minutes of exercise, including one of my favorite HIIT routines, 20-minutes of stretching, breakfast and an hour’s walk.

I added something to my solstice tradition. Buying myself gifts. I might have occasionally done this in the past but as of 2019, it will be a given. I wanted to add a touch of style. For some things, it does not take all that much. Something to wear when going into town. Hence, a pair of Dockers black, cap-toe dress shoes and two white button-down shirts. Now it’s leather footwear (one needs two types) for most things and athletic footwear (pretty much synthetics) for exercise, walks, hikes and the like.
I also wanted a heavy, wool, knee-length overcoat. I went into all the clothing stores I passed, but none carried overcoats. Bummer. Guess I’ll order one from the web once I get back up to Timberon. Maybe Lands’ End Wool Overcoat, even though it is not 100% wool and it does not look all that thick. Dark charcoal or navy?

As you know, I always purchase a good bottle of wine, and as a treat to look forward to each evening, limit myself to one glass a day until it is gone. With the first glass of this cabernet sauvignon, I watched a DVD that I’ve been saving. Simple pleasures.

I bagged the cow and pig meat based diet on the winter solstice of 1970 and started on my plant based diet—49 years. Not bad.

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

November sixty minutes sixty years—1820 minutes
November Triple 18—upper: 2120; core: 2705; legs: 3985

Keep life moving forward, looking backward
is only for time travelers.
Rachel O. Washington


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