Sunday, May 20, 2018

April 2018

April 2018


Sunday 01- Clear 84° | 63°
I did my stretches and jogged a mile and a half.
Easter Sunday I went to Joshua Tree Zine Fest at our Community Community...
I drove to my mailbox on Border Ave. to collect my mail.
I finished chapter 19 and started chapter 20 of the geology textbook.

Monday 04- Clear 84° | 60°
I did my stretches, yoga, exercised with the 20lbs dumbbells, and ran a good mile.
Continued reading chapter 20 of the geology textbook. I listened to two podcasts of Astronomy Cast.

Tuesday 03- Clear 82° | 61°
I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and jogged 1.5 miles.
I painted the whole guest trailer in Snow Coat... took all day, but I got it done. Now it’s all bright white.
I finished chapter 20 and began chapter 21 of the geology textbook.
I listened to 3 podcasts of Astronomy Cast.
Wednesday 04- windy Clear 86° | 57°
I did my stretches, yoga, and jogged 1.5 miles.
I went to Yucca to do some shopping at Staters and WalMart for supplies.

Thursday 05- Clear 88° | 64°
I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and jogged 1.5 miles.
I went to drive-in movie with a friend to watch “Ready Player One,” and “Tomb Raider.”

Friday 06- very windy Clear 88° | 64°
I did my stretches, yoga, and jogged a good mile.

Saturday 07- scattered showers 93° | 66°
I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, exercised with the 20 and 30 lbs dumbbells, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and jogged 1.5 miles.

Sunday 08- Clear 84° | 59°
I did my stretches.

Monday 09- Clear 87° | 57°
I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and jogged 1.5 miles.
I finally finished studying the Geology textbook.
I listened to 2 Astronomy Cast podcasts: 414 Navigating Far and 413 Navigating Near

Tuesday 10- Clear 91° | 55°
I did my stretches, yoga, exercised with the 30 lbs dumbbells, and jogged a good mile with Cassie.
I listened to 2 Astronomy Cast podcasts: 416 Fireballs from the Sky! and 415 Temperature of the Universe.

Wednesday 11- Clear 81° | 61°
I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and jogged 2.5 miles.

Thursday 12- really windy day- Clear 79° | 60°
I did my stretches.
I listened to 2 Astronomy Cast podcasts: 418 Error and 418: I’m a Teapot! And 417: Expectation Failed

Friday 13- Clear 72° | 54°
I did my stretches, yoga, exercised with 10 and 20 lbs dumbbells, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, rode my ebike 2 miles, and jogged 2.5 miles.
Worked on the Harley for a spell.
I listened to 3 Astronomy Cast podcasts: 421 Space Games! 420 FIRE! And 419 DragonCon 2016 Live – Rocket Girls.

Saturday 14- Clear 81° | 44°
I did my stretches, yoga, exercised with 10 and 20 lbs dumbbells, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and jogged 3 miles. Bike got a flat or I would have ridden it.
I got a call from my friends Wessel and Greg from Holland telling me that they are at the Denny’s Restaurant in Twentynine Palms... I jumped in my car and raced to meet the two of them there for dinner. We yammered on about things and times gone past... good times :)

Sunday 15- Clear 84° | 52°
I did my stretches, yoga, exercised with 10 and 20 lbs dumbbells, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and jogged with Cassie a good mile.
A friend dropped by to watch 3 episodes of “Lost in Space” on Netflix tonight.

Monday 16- Cloudy 78° | 48°
I did my stretches; to many particulates in the air to do any heavy exercising.
I worked most of the day securing my home from high winds gusting up to 60 mph at times.
A friend and I watched one episode of LIS tonight.

Tuesday 17- Clear 68° | 44°
I did my stretches, yoga, exercised with 20 lbs dumbbells, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and jogged a mile with Cassie.
Cassie got away, but I was able to get her to run home after me on the scooter.

Wednesday 18- Clear 78° | 44°
I did my stretches and jogged a mile with Cassie.
I drove on over to WalMart to replenish my food supplies.
Thursday 19- Cloudy 66° | 50°
I did my stretches, yoga, exercised with the 10 and 20 lbs dumbbells, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and jogged with Cassie a mile.
2Gig RAM  for Toughbook CF-30 I’m working on was delivered and rode scooter to mailbox on Lear Ave to get it. I installed it and the CF-30 runs mighty clean now.

Friday 20- Clear 81° | 52°
I did my stretches, yoga, and jogged with Cassie a mile.
Rode the scooter to pick up battery and parts for Toughbook CF-30 I’m working on. Testing it out now to see if the battery is any good.

Saturday 21- Clear 87° | 57°
I did my stretches, yoga, exercised with the 10 and 20 lbs dumbbells, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and jogged with Cassie for a mile.
New battery for Toughbook seems to be okay.

Sunday 22- Cloudy 91° | 63°
I did my stretches and jogged with Cassie for a mile.
I worked in the yard

Monday 23- Cloudy 93° | 64°
I did my stretches, yoga, exercised with the 10 and 20 lbs dumbbells, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and jogged with Cassie a whole mile.
I did searches on all my backup drives to collect songs I wrote and recorded. Went through some photos of friends from times gone past as I searched.

Tuesday 24- Cloudy 93° | 64°
I did my stretches... had a toss and turn sleep last night; probably something I ate.
I went to the post office in 29 and also did shopping at Stater Bros. there.

Wednesday 25- Cloudy 93° | 64°
I did my stretches, yoga, exercised with the 10 and 20 lbs dumbbells, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and jogged with Cassie for a mile.

Thursday 26- Cloudy 95° | 64°
I did my stretches and jogged two miles.

Friday 27- Clear 95° | 66°
I did my stretches, yoga, exercised with the 10 and 20 lbs dumbbells, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and jogged a mile with Cassie.

Saturday 28- Clear 87° | 57°
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a good mile jog.
I went to potluck:
Cal Mayers brought his son Calvin and daughter Tina along toting a tray full of assorted fruits to share. Chris VanNortrick stirred us up some veggie chili mac casserole along with a pumpkin cheesecake pie. Dorothy Jacobsen rolled up a bunch of spicy meatballs for us to enjoy. Dyan Carroll was busy in her kitchen cooking up an enchilada casserole, a chocolate pie, cauliflower with cheese sauce, and a very decadent southern sour cream raisin pie. Bruce cooked up some magical baked beans he said would sing to you when you get home. Yvonne Frances slid into the community center at the last moment with her yummy banana pudding. I brought my usual pot of rice which went well with the Dorothy’s meatballs. Birthdays this month were Tina Mayers and John Jacobsen. We would have sung Happy Birthday to them, but everyone was too busy eating the fantastic grub. I went for seconds and thirds as did everyone else.

Sunday 29- Clear 82° | 59°
I did my stretches and took Cassie and Barney for a very long walk.
Monday 30- Cloudy 77° | 57°
I did my stretches, yoga, exercised with the 10 and 20 lbs dumbbells, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and jogged a mile with Cassie and Barney.


**************** Stuff I wrote this month ****************

In my dream I followed a steep trail making my way carefully, climbing over boulders, scaling ridges, and traversing gullies and streams. Ever so slowly higher through the pass I climbed as billowing clouds before me grew ominously darker with turbulent black foreboding. With much arduous effort I finally reached the summit of a great mountain I fought. I saw a man standing alone before me, immobile, right forefoot at the edge of precipice, looking casually out at the wide expanse of mountainous ranges. Wind blown hail pelted him as his long black cloak rippled like the sounds of a gale ripping through sails of a mighty clipper ship rounding Cape Horn. Weaken by my climb, I clung to rocks and crevices as I slowly crawled to the foot of the man. Fighting the bitter wind, frost formed encrusting my beard, teeth chattering, and I could no longer feel my fingers as I reached out to grab onto this omniscient man’s ankle. He finally took notice and bent ever so slightly down to peer questionably into my face. Stunned by what I saw I lost my grip and was swiftly swept away to be thrown back down the mountain trail far from the raging madness at the edge of forever.
~RD
Yes Ariji, blood does not make a family. Family is sword. Forged in the fires of infinity from the finest metals, laid bare upon the hard anvil of sacrifice, pounded and folded over many times to remove impurities by the hammer of truth, then sharpened by time, honed to a razor’s edge, protecting the ones we love.
~RD
Whispering to a future whose burdens I will never bear. Whispers that glide upon waves of time, forever left behind... left behind... will I always be left behind? Written words gather, collects like dust on windowpane. Be it me or another, it doesn’t matter... it’s really all the same. Whispering to a future whose burdens I will never bear... did I make myself clear? Will they even listen, will they even care?
~RD
So symmetrical the tiny snowflake, so surreal the structure; fragile but firm, to drift from great heights falling upon my palm, then in an instant it’s already gone.
~RD

I have to laugh at myself when I look back on all the dumb things I did and all the crazy people I’ve met in my life... and you know what? I wouldn’t change a dang thing!
~RD

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