Tuesday, August 02, 2011

August 2011

Welcome to the Month of August- I did my stretches, yoga, ran a mile, core trainer, and lifted weights.
I went for an evening walk listening to Astro 7b lecture.

Tuesday 02- I did my stretches, lifted dumbbells, and rode my bike.
I went to Yucca to pick up my eyeglasses and stopped in at WalMart and then Staters to do a little shopping.
I ended up at the Harley shop and purchased a sissy bar, a bracket to hold it on the bike, back turn signals, a windshield that clips unto the handle bars; it should all be delivered to the shop on Thursday. Weren’t cheap; I told the parts guy to tell me how much it was and I'd tell him if she's worth it. But now my good friend Kelly won’t be sliding off the back end of the bike when I give it gas.
I got caught in the rain on my way back but I mostly outran the storm before it hit my house. I did get a little wet.

Wednesday 03- I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, core trainer, and ran a mile.
Dropped by Linda Sibio’s house to take over a Neighborhood Watch Manual I printed up earlier in the day. I stayed for a spell yapping with Linda and Blake about their art projects they are involved with. Mighty fine stuff!

Thursday 04- I did my stretches, yoga, lifted dumbbells, and ran a mile.
The water in my batteries was getting a little low so I filled them all up with distilled water.
The parts guy at the Harley shop said that most of the parts are on back-order, dang.
I went for an evening walk listening to an Astro 7B lecture.

Friday 05- I did my stretches, lifted weights, core trainer, ran a mile, and punched the bag some.
Updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.

Saturday 06- I did my stretches and ran two miles; I actually got up earlier than I normally do and it was still cool outside.
I got the Harley out and went for a short cruise around and picked up my mail. When I got home I gave the bike a good washing. She looks mighty pretty now.


Sunday 07- I did my stretches. Taking a rest today :)


Monday 08- My Birthday- 60 years old!
Since it’s my birthday I decided to run a mile for every decade, so I jogged six miles (I’m a slow jogger)! Also I rode my bike and did all my regular exercises: various stretches, yoga (cobra, child, cat-cow, frog?, and another I don’t know the name of), dumbbells, weights, punching bag, 10 full sit-ups, 10 pushups, core trainer (I can only do 5 pull-ups right now), 20 leg extensions, 20 leg curls.
I usually jog everyday and mix up my regular exercises from day to day. I try to take Sundays off. It all takes about an hour and a half to complete. Today it took me over three hours!

(picture of Linda Sibio above)

I went over to Linda’s to water her yard before going over to the community center to participate in our new Neighborhood Watch’s first meeting. It was masterminded by Linda Sibio, a local artist, and she put everything together and gave a great presentation to about twenty local folk. We elected her president, Nancy as secretary, Steve Tuttle as block captain, and I as treasurer. The meeting went very well with Linda having everyone introduce themselves and say a little about who they are; it was fun. Linda adjourned the meeting after we decided to leave open the date for the next meeting depending on when a police representative would be available to attend.

(picture of Joey and Piper below)

Then a bunch of us caravanned over to Piper’s house in the town of Joshua Tree for my birthday party. We got there around 7:30pm and it finally broke up about midnight. The party was the best I’ve ever had for my birthday. There were lots of folks showing up, most I didn't know, some brought gifts! Joey brought his guitar and we both played a little on it. Terry brought his and played for a spell. I know Piper put a lot of effort into it and I really appreciate that! I love all the new friends I've made and I thank Piper for inviting her friends into my life :)
I will remember this for as long as I live, especially the candles that re-light after blowing them out. Piper swears she didn’t know she bought the wrong ones. So here we are with 60 candles ah flame and everyone giving me birthday wishes before I could blow them out. Finally with the last wish done the candles were burnt over half way down and I tried to blow them out. Blake and Joey started helping me blow. We had to start pulling the candles off by hand putting them in a glass of water. The cake tasted like wax after that but Piper had cherry pie and ice cream on hand. Then I opened my gifts, I was a little embarrassed because I’m not used to this much attention, but I stuck it through and survived :)


Tuesday 09- I did my stretches and ran a mile- boy I’m really dragging from all the stuff I did yesterday on the 8th!
Mostly all I did today was do a little reading of a few short stories I picked up for free on my Kindle Reader.

Wednesday 10- I did my stretches, yoga, lifted dumbbells, core trainer, punched the bag some, and ran a mile.
I rode the Harley into 29 Palms; got gas, stopped by Desert Cycles and got me a helmet to replace the one Mac lent me. Then I went to Stater Bros to get some supplies. I almost didn’t have enough room on the bike to carry everything because I had an extra helmet to stash somewhere.
After I got back and everything put away and my shorts back on I got a call from Linda at the Harley Dealership in Yucca saying some parts I ordered finally came in; one part was the windshield! I drove the bike to Yucca and went to the parts desk and told them that I’ll take the windshield now but I don’t need the other parts yet until the rest of them come in. I took the windshield out to the bike and with a little effort and a hex tool that was provided put the windshield on the bike.
I stopped off at Home Depot to pick up a lock for the bike to replace the one Mac lent me. Unfortunately they only had Master Locks. I bought one anyways, I can always use it somewhere around my property, and will look elsewhere’s for one more appropriate.
The drive home was much nicer with the wind not blowing in my face at 80MPH.

Thursday 11- I did my stretches, lifted weights, core trainer, and ran a mile.

Friday 12- I did my stretches.
Because of a dentist appointment today 11am I went to bed early, about midnight, only to wake up at 4am. Dang! I just laid there for a spell before I decided to getup. Because of this I was tired, dragging my body around all day long.
I got to the dentist early, 10am, and filled out all the dang forms. Expecting him to pull some teeth I had a lot of anxiety, which is probably why I couldn’t go back to sleep last night. He didn’t pull any! He told me that the process takes about a month. Dang I wanted and was ready to get it over with that day! I went back home after stopping off at WalMart and Staters.
Ruth Denison over at the Dhamma Dena Desert Vipassana Center called telling me she has computer problems. For her I make house calls; she’s 89 years old. She had forgotten much of what I taught her about files and cut and paste. She recently, in May, had a fall and broke her shoulder. I didn’t know about this and almost kiddingly poked her in the arm but stopped when I noticed the sling; she went on to tell me all about it :) One thing she learned of importance from her fall was about breathing. A certain kind of healing breathing that you take a breath but not really take a breath but you breathe all the same at a level of consciousness where you are aware but not- I guess like the state between awake and sleep. But I do believe it is directed towards the pain at a transcending sort of way.

Saturday 13- I did my stretches, yoga, dumbbells, core trainer, ran a mile, and punched the bag some.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
I went to WalMart to check on padlocks for my Harley. I need to give Mac his back. I picked up my mail on the way back.
Called Family and Friends throughout the day when I had the chance.
I was yapping at Kelly on Skype when she developed a chocolate craving, so at 7:30pm I picked her up n the Harley and we rode down to Staters where she went on a chocolate shopping spree. We eventually ended up sitting at a table at Jack in the Box yakking and drinking Cokes. I didn’t get home till after 11pm.

Sunday 14- I did my stretches.
In the evening I went over to Linda’s to water the yard. Blake was there painting the porch and we yakked for a spell until I had watered everything real good.

Monday 15- I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, ran a mile, lifted weights, and punched the bag some.
I played with computers today switching out the SSD and RAM memory from one Dell Min9 that was running Win7 to another that was running Ubuntu. The switch went without a hitch and now I have Win7 on the Dell with the built in camera and Bluetooth and Ubuntu on the other.

Tuesday 16- I did my stretches and rode my bike.
Linda Sibio came by to pick me up to take pictures of a dog over at Stella’s. The poor dog was abandoned and Linda and Stella are trying to find a good home for him. I took a bunch of shots and Linda settled on two of them that I emailed to her later on in the evening.

Wednesday 17- I did my stretches, yoga, lifted dumbbells, core trainer, and ran a mile.
Mac called to ask if I could fine the receipt for the battery I bought for his wee little car and if I’d go down to WalMart with him to get it replaced because it is dead. I said sure, found the receipt, and waited for him for over an hour and a half to show up. Instead of driving his truck but Mac came and brought his whole family in the wee little car. We spent most of the day getting there and back and I waiting for them to get done shopping; I wasn’t a happy camper! But he is my friend :)

Thursday 18- I did my stretches, lifted weights, and ran a mile.
I loaded up Win-XP on the other Dell Mini 9…
John Massey my neighbor came by to say hi. He just arrived back from Oregon where he was living for the past few years. He says he’s back to stay this time. He even bought a new truck!

Friday 19- I did my stretches and ran a mile.
I went to the dentist. Not much fun today :(
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.

Saturday 20- I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, ran a mile, and lifted dumbbells.
Brian and Naomi dropped by for a visit. It was mighty hot outside and they didn’t stay very long. They had a whole bunch of little girls plus their own in the back of their SUV. It seems that the kids had a sleepover and were all excited to be riding around the desert. Kid LOL!

Sunday 21- I did my stretches. My day off from exercising!
I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately everyday….

Monday 22- I did my stretches and ran a mile.
The temps got to 110 degrees and it was mighty hot outside.
A Red Racer Snake ate the baby doves I was posting on YouTube for the past couple of days. After the last video I took of the remaining baby the snake came back later and ate him too- I'm feelin mighty sad :(
Here are the videos:






Tuesday 23- I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, punched the bag some, lifted dumbbells, and rode the bike.

Wednesday 24- I got up really late did my stretches and ran a mile in 106 degree temperature! I’ve ran in hotter weather but not in a long while. I did okay and feel fine.
I’ll probably just kick back the rest of the day to read so I’m going to post this to my journal; they’ve been getting kind of long recently.

Thursday 25- I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, lifted weights, ran a mile, and punched the bag some.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.

Friday 26- I did my stretches and ran a mile.
It’s been really hot these last few days with temps sometimes over 110 degrees.
I went to 29 Palms with Kelly where we did some shopping for our supplies.

Video of Saturday's Storm that Blew My Hat Off!


Saturday 27- I did my stretches, core trainer, lifted dumbbells, and ran a mile.
Before I went to Potluck a storm passed by and I videoed it as it blew off my hat; I feel like such a dork sometimes :P
Potluck was today and I made my turkey stuffing. Over 15 hungry folks showed up! Dyane Carrol stirred up Sloppy Joes and a strawberry pretzel dessert that was mighty fine. Dorothy Jacobsen brought a marvelous potato casserole. Cal Myers had his fruit platter eaten all up by us. Chris Jonas made his famously fantastic macaroni salad. Marie Morrison cooked her delicious barbequed beans in a special secret sauce that was handed down from many generations of Morrisons. Rose Manish simmered some corn to perfection. Ruth Maltron sliced up some pudding bunt cake. Mary and Chris Koval brought fruit juice, blue jello, and spaghetti for us to enjoy.
I took leftover to Kelly’s so she could enjoy it too.
Watched Nova online “Hunting the Hidden Dimension” about Mandelbrot Fractals. I’ve seen it before but it was worth the re-watch.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/hunting-hidden-dimension.html

Sunday 28- I did my stretches. It is my day off from exercising.
I watched lecture 1 of MIT Introduction to Biology.

Monday 29- I did my stretches, yoga, and ran a mile.
I watched lecture 2 of MIT Introduction to Biology: Biochemistry 1.
At 6pm I went to a Neighborhood Watch officers meeting at John’s house. Only a few of us officers showed up but it was enough to get some business done. I had earlier printed up a telephone list of members that Linda emailed to me and we passed them out to everyone.
Kath called to say her new Toshiba laptop was malfunctioning. I had her bring it over. I spent about two hours getting some of the crap off and tweaking it till I fixed it; seems she had a computer expert messing around with it.

Tuesday 30- I did my stretches, lifted weights, punched the bag for a spell, and rode my bike.
I watched lectures 3 and 4 of MIT Introduction to Biology: Biochemistry 2&3. I am really disappointed in the video because whoever was filming didn’t show the slides but focused on the teacher pointing at the slides with a laser pointer which was useless to me in understanding what the teacher was trying to convey. I’m bummed at this because I would think this to be very crucial, especially in the beginning, to demonstrate the complex structures of the amino acids and other chemical processes for our understanding.
Because her tire has a flat I drove Kelly down to her mailbox so she could pick up “some important stuff there” she said. When we got back to her house I filled the flat with air to find the leak; a screw was the cause. I will fix the tire tomorrow.

Wednesday 31- I did my stretches and ran two miles.
Kelly never did get in touch with me to fix her tire so I imagine it is still flat.
I watched lecture 5 of MIT Introduction to Biology: Biochemistry 4.
Good Bye to August you’ve been a mighty happy month!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

July 2011


Welcome to the Month of July!Most days I’ve been writing my so called book so I haven’t done much more than that on those days…..
I did my stretches and ran a mile.
Went to Kelly’s to bring her an electric fan, a radio, and some fruit I had in the fridge.

Saturday 02- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, core trainer, and ran a mile.
Very hot and muggy all day; woke up early and it looked like fog outside.
Had dinner at Linda’s

Sunday 03- I did my stretches.

Monday 04- I did my stretches, lifted dumbbells, core trainer, and ran a mile.
Went outside at 5am and it was sprinkling, got back in bed and went back to sleep.
I would have gone to watch the fireworks at the Marine Base but the local FM radio station said they weren’t having them this year.

Tuesday 05- I did my stretches, yoga, and ran a mile.
I talked to Kelly and she said she could see the fireworks at the base from her house yesterday. Dang, I’ll never trust that radio station again!
I washed my clothes by hand and no longer than 15min after I hung them out to dry did a thunderstorm come and rain down upon them :(
I went to the Joshua Tree National Park with Linda. We hiked around on some trails and chased a hawk while trying to photograph it. Then we went to this really neat Japanese Teriyaki place in 29 Palms and I ate with chopsticks after Linda showed me how.

Wednesday 06- I did my stretches, lifted dumbbells, and ran a mile.
It rained again!!!

Thursday 07- I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, and rode my bike.

Friday 08- I did my stretches and went for a mile run.
I went to the Joshua Tree National Park with Linda again and climbed around some rocks and boulders.

Saturday 09- I did my stretches, lifted dumbbells, and ran a mile.

Sunday 10- I did my stretches.
I listened to Astro 7B lecture as I went for my evening walk.

Monday 11- I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, and ran a mile.

Tuesday 12- I did my stretches and ran a mile.
I went to Yucca to do some shopping at WalMart and Staters. I stopped off at the Optometrist and ordered two pair of glasses to replace the worn beaten pair I’m currently wearing. The woman there was named Donna and she helped me pick out what frames and shade of lens for my sunglasses.

Wednesday 13- I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, core trainer, and went for a mile run.
A dove died on my front yard and the other doves were just hanging around waiting for it. I went over to the body and it appeared to have just died. I picked it up with a shovel, dug a really deep hole, put the dove in and a big cactus on top. The other doves must have approved because they waited till I was done and then flew off.
I went for a night run.

Thursday 14- I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, and went for a mile run.
I watched a Red Racer snake crawl onto a shelve and over to my window trying to get in. He didn't see me sitting outside in a chair right by the window. When he finally saw me he went very still. I talked to him saying it's okay to be here but only eat the rats and stay away from the dove eggs. It was strange that the end tip of his tail shook back and forth like some nervous response while he sat very still as I talked to him. Of course I know they don't understand a word I'm saying but I do think they pick up on my mood. The Red Racer has been hanging around my home ever since :)
Basically I finished the main structure of the book; like I laid down the keel and put up the planking and made it waterproof. Now I need to put in the electrical, plumbing, decks and rooms before it can set sail….
I went for a night run!

Friday 15- I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, lifted dumbbells, and ran a mile.
I listened to Astro 7B lecture as I went for my evening walk.

Saturday 16- I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, and ran a mile.
Linda called at 5:30pm inviting me over for dinner; ate trout with portabellas and salad.

Sunday 17- I did my stretches and went for a mile run.

Monday 18- I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, core trainer, punched the bag some, and ran a mile.
Chris came by to drop off groceries from the USDA food distribution- he said 118 folks showed up.
I got a call from the Donna the optometrist saying my glasses came in and are ready to be picked up. I drove the Harley all the way down there; 40 miles round trip, only to discover that only one pair came in. Dang now I’ll have to make another trip, but I was nice to Donna and said thank you.
Linda called me to come over to help her move some furniture.

Tuesday 19- I did my stretches, yoga, and ran a mile.
Linda Harter gave me a surprise birthday party! Terry, Piper, John, Linda Sibio, and Blake sang Happy Birthday to me! We had a vegetarian dinner that Linda and Piper work very hard preparing. Blake made these fantastic tacos that were to die for! I didn’t get home until 2am and I think that was mighty awesome of everybody!!!

Wednesday 20- I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, lifted weights, and went for a mile run.
Helped Linda fix her place some and then we went to eat at the Japanese Teriyaki place in 29 across from the Jelly Donut- Mighty fine food!

Thursday 21-
Kelly called asked me to ride with her to her doctor in Desert Palms. We got back 6:30pm after having some kinda sandwich at the Kabob shop by WalMart.
I then drove over to Linda’s to help her secure a few spots that the dirty rats were using to get into the attic of the house.
Wow I didn’t do my stretches today!

Friday 22- I did my stretches and went for a mile run.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
Kath came by to pick up her laptop I repaired for her.
Kelly prescription all day didn’t come. Waste of time, but went to park.

Saturday 23- I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, and ran a mile.
Helped Linda-

Sunday 24- I did my stretches.

Monday 25- I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, lifted weights and dumbbells, ran a mile, rode my bike, and punched the bag some. I did the whole thing!
Kelly came by and we went Rite Aid. Burger King. Shopped at Staters.

Tuesday 26- I did my stretches, yoga, and ran a mile.
Finally I got a day off and away from everyone so I did what I like to do and that’s play with my computers. I bought this Mid M009 7” Android 2.2 Froyo tablet running a VIA VM8650 800Mhz processor about a month or two ago; hell maybe three or four I forget, on eBay for $80.
Anyways I wanted to try some new firmware on it to make it run better. Well I went to a site called merimobiles.com a very helpful site. They had one (M7 for $75 shipped) just like the one I bought on eBay (I thought) and did what the site said and it turned my tablet into a brick; oops! My fault! I found that I had the tablet with the green LED and not the blue one like the tablet on their site; I guess that matters a lot :)
So I hunted around online for another firmware update for my cheap tablet. These updates are custom done by hackers (there are good ones- the other’s are scum) who try to gain more speed and get rid of unwanted crap that the manufacturer puts on these while also keeping up their device updates. You really can’t do stuff like this on an iPad (and I wouldn’t want to on mine) because it’s all proprietary and besides that Steve would probably sue you. The site where I bought my Android tablet on eBay of course wasn’t any help. So I searched and searched and finally found one that might work called Uberoid V6. I had to change the Changelog thingy in it three times and it seems that changing it to option 8 worked, not great but it worked; I can try the others later.
It booted up just fine. Dang, when I put in my Google name and password and it synced all my contacts- the other build from the manufacturer didn’t. I have my Kindle, DropBox, Google Docs, but Skype didn’t work (figures). It’ll play Flash but I think I’ll just use it for email and to surf the web in places where the environment is hostile to my iPad. Aw such fun for $80!!!

Wednesday 27- I did my stretches and ran a mile.
I helped Linda work on some of the last minute things she needs to do before she rents it out. We also went for a short walk down Snake Canyon where we saw two snakes (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus - Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake). Linda walked right by one and was lucky it didn’t strike her; in fact it just ignored us, but the second one was a little more active so we made our way cautiously back out of the canyon and to the truck.

Thursday 28- I did my stretches. I just was too dang hot and tired to do my run today.
Linda had a small party before she left. Piper, John, Terry, Pauline, and Linda Sibio came.

Friday 29- I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, core trainer, and ran a mile.
I haven’t heard from Kelly for almost two days and thought I’d better check up on her. I drove over and she was happy to see me. It turns out that her internet connection was fried and I stayed around until it was fixed.

Saturday 30- I did my stretches and ran a mile.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
I went to Potluck at 4pm. We dang near broke fifty folks showing up! Dyane and her mother Dorothy made up some fantastic potatoes au gratin and a pineapple cake with lemon frosting, yumm!!!!!
As you can see by the happy grin on this guys face in the picture that it was mighty good food too and there was plenty of it for everyone!


Sunday 31- I did my stretches.
A bad storm blew through here at 3:30am this morning causing the power to go out for around 12hrs (of course I wasn’t affected because I’m totally on solar power). The dang lightning struck so close to my house it knocked me out of bed. I went outside to see what was going on and when I saw a lightning strike just in the field north of my house about 500 feet away I went back inside after I regained my vision to hide under my blankets :)