Monday, January 07, 2013

January 2013


New Years- a very nice day to start the New Year off with!
I did my stretches, yoga, ran a mile, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I spent much of the day on the phone jawing with family and friends.
I did my stretches, lifted 10 lbs dumbbells, and went for my evening walk with my backpack. A cold wind started to blow out of the northwest so I had to cut the walk short.
I posted my online journal to the Internet.
I did my stretches, lifted 20 lbs dumbbells, and went for my evening
I just watched "The Postman" (1997) and loved it. It's kinda long, almost 3hrs! I read the book many years ago and loved that too.

Wednesday 02- fairly nice day with not a cloud in sight.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran up the hill with 5 lbs, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I did my studies; a lesson in Beginning Latin book, and another in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: a house in the snow.
I did my stretches, lifted 10 lbs dumbbells, and went for my evening walk with my backpack.
I started chapter 7 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”, DNA.
I did my stretches, lifted 20 lbs dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I watched episode 16 of “Voyager”. They find humans on a planet in the delta quadrant and folks from 1937 held in suspended animation including Amelia Earhart.
I practiced on my guitar.

Thursday 03- sunny, cold, but no wind= a nice day.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I did my studies; a lesson in Beginning Latin book, and another in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: a girl sitting at a computer.
I did my stretches, lifted 10 lbs dumbbells, and went for my evening walk with my backpack.
I finished chapter 7 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”, DNA and its structure.
I did my stretches, lifted 20 lbs dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I worked on chapter 1 of book two editing, and completed it after my night run.
I watched episode 17 of “Voyager”. The Emergency Medical Program, the Doctor, has problems with reality when playing a holonovel in the holodeck.
I practiced on my guitar.

Friday 04- sunny but cold.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran up the hill with 5 lbs around in each hand, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I urgently needed to mail a letter, so I drove the scooter down to my mailbox on Border Ave. I was lucky the mailman was still there putting letters and advertisements in the boxes where I get my mail. I handed him my letter and was off on my way back home.
Jimmy called and we yapped for a short spell. He delivers large machinery to construction sites and was out driving somewhere to make a delivery something.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
I did my studies; a lesson in Beginning Latin book, and another in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: two castle towers with a gate between them.
I did my stretches, lifted 10 lbs dumbbells, and went for my evening walk with my backpack.
I started and completed chapter 8 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”, Lipids: their structure and functions.
I did my stretches, lifted 20 lbs dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I worked on chapter 2 of book two editing and clarifying some rough spots here and there.
I watched episode 18 of “Voyager”. Kes goes into premature mating season for her species caused by an anomaly in close vicinity of Voyager.


Saturday 05- a very sunny and clear day with a high of 47.
I did my stretches. I made a decision that I am going to start taking Saturdays as well as my Sundays off from exercising so that I will have two days to let my body rest and catch up. It will give me more time to do other work around my home that needs doing. My exercising takes around two hours a day to complete; that includes my evening walks and night runs along with my routine I do in the mornings.
I cleaned the kitchen very well. I also worked in the yard.
I worked on the Harley that won’t start, trying to figure out if I have a bad battery. I put the battery on a charger and will check it tomorrow to see if it will hold a charge.
I watched episode 19 of “Voyager”, they encounter beings that live in a forcefield in space that warps spacetime and the ship; everyone can’t find their way inside because the ship keeps changing.

Sunday 06- another nice sunny day with temps all the way into the low 50s.
I did my stretches.
Filled solar battery bank with distilled water and cleaned the connections.
Worked on the “Gross Polluter” (my truck)... It was having trouble starting and it turned out to be a loose wire to the battery.
It was supposed to rain this weekend but didn’t and I was holding off watering the plants; so they all got watered today.
I’m still not sure about the battery on the Harley. I’ll leave it on charge and check it again tomorrow; no rush on that.
I took a broom and dustpan and gave the whole house a once over.
Samsung finally came out with Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) for my Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and I happily installed it. I can now use Google Now which is really cool!
I watched season 2 episode 1 of “Voyager”, Chakotay faces a Kazon boy who needs to earn his name by killing him.
I updated my online Journal...

Monday 07- fairly nice day with not a cloud in sight.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran up the hill with 5 lbs, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I haven't been feeling up to snuff for the past week or so. I had to cut down on my exercising, the Harley now wont start, Huell Howser passed away yesterday (Really big shock), and then when I was coming back from shopping my car died in the middle of the intersection and I couldn't get it started back up... cars were honking at me. I tried to push it myself but I was on a slight incline. Yes, stalling in the middle of an intersection is not a very safe place to be during rush hour! A young woman came and then a man to help me push it off to the side of the road. Another driver named James came a little later to help and we tried to get it going again, but it was to no avail. I ended up calling AAA to come tow me home. A really nice young man named Tommy from Hill’s Towing came about forty minutes later. We went over the engine, like I did with James, trying to determine what was wrong, but found nothing we could fix on the spot. We ended up towing the Cougar to my home. I was totally burned out last night and ended up doing nothing but sulk... It is actually good for me to sulk because it gives me time to figure out what I need to do to set things straight. I did watch two episodes of “Elementary”; a new one and another I had missed when I was doing the National Novel Writing Month.
I never met Huell Howser, but I've seen his house and also most of his shows...He was only 67... it's making me think about reassessing my priorities... I think getting my 4 books published and printed are going to be at the top. I believe the only reason I'm procrastinating getting them published is the thought that they might be really really bad, but then I remember I am doing it because I liked writing and not for any financial gain or to become popular...

Tuesday 08- a beautiful day with temps into the low 60s.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran a mile and a half, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes.
I am feeling better today, little steps...
I got the Harley running. Looks like I need a new battery for it because it doesn’t keep a charge for more than a day and I’ll have to start it every morning until I do. I drove it down to collect my mail at Lear Ave. and then stopped off at Mac’s and jawed for a long spell. He had a can of Quick Start that I’ll use to see if the engine overturns; if it does it is the fuel system that’s the problem.
I watched “Mission Impossible 3” (2006) and thought it was rather well done and took my mind off things.
I watched season 2 episode 2 of “Voyager” Ensign Harry Kim awakens in another timeline on Earth.

Wednesday 09- another nice day but a little hazy.
I did my stretches and yoga. I’ve decided to take Wednesdays as a rest day along with Saturday and Sunday for a spell and see how that works out.
I'm going online and doing searches on the Cougar. I know it's in the fuel system now because I sprayed some Quick Start in the air intake and it turned over, so I know it ain't getting no fuel.
Called my friend Joel and he is safe and sound back home from surgery and doing okay.
On Monday when we towed the Cougar back we left it in a spot where it was blocking my truck, so I had to push the Cougar out of the way and all that really hard pushing around in the dirt tired me out.
I watched “Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol” (2011) and that was just as good as the one I watched yesterday night.

Thursday 10- a very cold and blustery day!
I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes. It was just too dang cold and windy to do any running, actually it was too dang miserable outside to do much of anything. I Spent most of the day doing research on the Cougar for parts and such.
I watched a movie called “The Lost Tribe”. On an island in the Caribbean is the missing link to humans and the Vatican sends a hit team to kill off the researchers, but everyone ends up dead. Later sailboat picks up a wounded man at sea who, in the dead of night sails the boat into a reef, sinking the boat and stranding everyone on the island. Weren’t that great of a movie but it had its moments.

Friday 11- cold bitter day. A cold bitter day it was. The kind of cold that seeps deep down into your marrow and lies silently waiting for the abyssal rest of eternity.
I did my stretches and went outside and came right back inside, dang cold out there!

I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
Linda H. came around my place at 6pm to drop off some baby back ribs she picked up at Vons. I ate a few and saved the rest for later. That was really nice of her :)
I watched a new episode of “Elementary” called “M”...love the show!

Saturday 12- very cold but sunny.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran up my hill carrying 5lbs, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
There has been a Homeland Security warning on Java for the last couple of days and I took it off all my computers. My computers and I didn’t even know it was gone after I took it off.
I watched season 2 episode 3 of “Voyager” Felix and Paris are both jealous over each other’s love for Kes.


Sunday 13- Still very cold and the temps got down to 11 degrees sometime this morning with a high of 38 for the rest of the day.
I did my stretches.
Stayed inside all day because of the cold. Messed around with the computers and cleaned the house some.
Remember those baby back ribs my neighbor Linda brought over last Friday? I ate the whole bunch of them... I'm probably going to hell they tasted so good!
I watched the movie “Outland” (1981) a Federal Marshal finds a drug distribution ring going on in a mining installation on Jupiter’s moon Io.

Here’s what may be the beginning to a book I might write:

A cold bitter day it was. Indeed, the kind of cold that seeps deep down into your marrow and lies silently waiting for the abyssal rest of eternity.
I got the early morning call on the scanner that a body was being retrieved from waters off the fishing wharf by pier 39. Being a freelance reporter for a local newspaper is how I make my way through life, writing about it is how I maintain my sanity.
I arrived and navigated my way through the lookie loos made up of Asian fishermen and white middle class  joggers, to the front where I flashed my press credentials to the officer standing guard; he knew who I was anyways but there is protocol we both have to follow.
One always notices, at least I do in circumstances like this, the silence which falls upon the scene at the first sight of the body; kinda like we all feel the impermanence of our own being. I don’t know if it’s true, but it is how I feel and I’ve been to many a scene like this one.
Her opacificated gray eyes matched the morning’s frigid sky she stared defiantly into as the three divers carried her small form from the bay’s somber waters. Little wisps of steam arose from the divers, like a thaw against the morning chill, as they place her body on top of what I knew was a bag.
I had taken discreet pictures of the scene leaving out any of the body; it’s not my way to focus on the morbid cravings of some who search the internet for such things. I feel it takes away what dignity is left to the victim and their family’s grief; plastering it all over the Internet is just plain sick, looking for it is even sicker.
The Medical Examiner kneeled down over the body with his back to me checking for any signs of life I guessed, turned to write something on a clipboard he had resting on his knee, then stood up and nodded to two ambulance attendants standing nearby. They walked over, zipped up the bag, tenderly maneuvered it onto a gurney and wheeled it off towards their vehicle; that’s the best time for me to get some pictures as they slide the gurney into the back, and I took them.
Now to start asking some questions of the men in blue. My first question would be, who was this young woman pulled from the murky waters of San Francisco Bay.


Monday 14- very cold and windy. Temps from 11 to 39 degrees.
I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes; too dang cold to do any running.
I got all cleaned up and ready to got to the Neighborhood Watch meeting at the community center, but when I went to start the my truck the battery was dead. That put a damper on my plans for tonight and I let Peggy know I wasn’t coming.
I watched season 5 episode 10 of “Castle”; Castle’s ex wife comes to take care of Alexus.
I watched season 2 episode 5 of “Voyager”; Chakotay meets up with his tribe’s Sky People.

Tuesday 15- still cold with a low of 19 and a high of 47; things are warming up.
I did my stretches, yoga, I ran up the hill with two 5 LBS dumbbells, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I took the battery out of the truck and put it inside to charge on one of my solar panels.
I spent the better part of the day working on my first book “A Little Desert Home” getting it ready for the final printing.
I watched season 5 episode 11 of “Castle”; a DJ is found shot after leaving a party where a cell phone is stolen.
I watched a movie called “District B13” (2004); had a lot of action with guys jumping around trying to recover a neutron bomb stolen by gang members.

Wednesday 16- a little bit warmer still, but windy and cold.
I did my stretches.
Worked on book.
Messed with computers.

Thursday 17- temps almost to 60 degrees!
I did my stretches, yoga, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes. Finally warm enough to get out to do my running... really missed that!
I did some cleaning around the house.
I drove the scooter down to Border to collect my mail.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack.
I worked on my book throughout most of the day spending perhaps about five hours editing. I have four chapters done.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I watched season 2 episode 6 of “Voyager”; Kes meets some of her kin on a space station that belongs to the companion of the caretaker who brought them it this part of the galaxy in the delta quadrant.

Friday 18- temps finally into 60 degrees, yay!
I did my stretches, yoga, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
I rode my scooter to Lear Ave to get my mail.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I worked on the book throughout the day again and finished all the way up to chapter 8.
The end of Microsoft’s discount Win8 is January 31 and it goes from $39.99 to $199. So I thought I’d give it a try... I bought it around 10:30pm and it was finally fully installed by 4:30am... I was too darn tired to mess with it and went to sleep.

Saturday 19- another fine day with temps in the very low 60s.
I did my stretches and went for a short walk.
I worked on Windows 8 getting the feel for it. I do believe that it is really a social media GUI laying on top of Windows 7... I don’t see any anti-virus program running...
I called family and friends.
I finished editing chapter 8... very slow process.
I watched an season 5 episode 10 of “Fringe” called “The boy must live.”

Sunday 20- temps still in the 60s with lows into the high 30s.
I did my stretches and went for a short walk.
I worked on the truck cleaning all the battery cables and fittings and re-installing the battery; works really fine now! I also cleaned up the shop area and tools while I was out there.
I finished editing chapter 9... I think...
I watched season 2 episode 7 of “Voyager” Seska lures Voyager into a trap to steal its technology.


Monday 21- nice day.
I did my stretches.
I hopped on the scooter and drove down to WalMart to fetch me a battery for the Harley. I was going to do this at the Harley Dealer but I forgotten they are closed on Mondays. I did some shopping while I was there and at Stater Bros.; there is only so much you can carry on a little scooter.
I met a couple of interesting folks, street people I guess you’d call them, in front of WalMart. One was a young man called Forest who had all his belongings in a shopping cart that was connected by leash to his dog. He wore a hat that had all kinds of pins and buttons the same as his Levi jacket. He held up a sign that said smile. One lady didn’t like him there and called the police saying he was asking for money from shoppers. Forest was upset and was yelling at the lady saying he didn’t ask for any money. I told him to calm down and walked him away from her to over down by Staters Brothers where the guitar player was. We stood and yakked for a spell. I went in the store to buy supplies and when I came out, both men were gone... maybe the police came and ran them off or they went off to better hunting grounds. I found them very pleasant to yap with.
When I got back home, Linda H. and I drove around the back areas in our community to document all the dumping going on.
I watched season 2 episode 8 of “Voyager”; on a planet to retrieve needed material for the warp engines the away party gets captured by the police of a corrupt oppressive government.

Tuesday 22- even a better day with temps almost into the 70s!
I did my stretches, yoga, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes.
I drove around in the “gross polluter” my truck, picking up large rocks on the side of the road to use in my yard. I found a really large one and I should have left it there but I had already moved it into the road so I was committed to lifting it onto the back of the truck; hopefully my back doesn’t hurt tomorrow. I did some work around the yard cleaning up here and there.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack.
I finished editing chapter 11.
My brother Kevin is helping edit book one of the sci fi trilogy I wrote and has finished 3 chapters.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I watch season 5 episode 12 of “Castle”; the creator of College Girls Gone Wild is found dead strangled by a 44d bra in the woman’s bathroom stall at a nightclub.
I watched season 2 episode 9 of “Voyager”; Torres reactivates a robot that they came across floating in space and she reactivates it...

Wednesday 23- mostly cloudy but nice.
I did my stretches.
I worked on the Cougar getting the back seat removed so I can get to where the fuel pump is and remove it by cutting out a bigger hole than what is there. There was all kinds of junk under the seat: Zippo lighter, old Cds, sunflower seeds... Yuck!
I replaced a fuse that was blown on the truck and was able to plug in the air compressor into the cigarette lighter and pump up the tires that were low or flat: wheelbarrow, bike, truck, spare tire...lots of tires.
I got the new battery ready to put in the Harley, but it said to trickle charge it for 3-8 hours and I’ll have to do that tomorrow before I install it.
I watched a movie called “District 13: Ultimatum” (2009); lots of jumping around much like the other the first movie. I thought it was very well done and held my attention.
I didn’t work on editing the book today because I needed a break from it.

Thursday 25- cooler and cloudy but still nice outside.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes.
I worked on the Harley for 5 hours installing the new battery which I found out had the battery posts opposite than the old battery had them, making it so the +- cables couldn’t reach their proper posts. I had to exchange one cable for the other so they would reach... undoing the two nuts that held them on, in very tight places, was a major pain in the butt. I finally got it all back together and crossed my fingers and turned it on hoping what I did wouldn’t blow something up; it started right up!!! I had checked the size and the AMP hrs of the new battery, but I never thought to check to see where the +- poles were; I just assumed that they were all standard...
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack.
I finished editing chapters 12 and 13 of my book...
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.

Friday 25- rain all day long.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran up my hill with 5lbs weights in each hand, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes. I was lucky that there was a break in the rain when I did the run.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells, but didn’t go for my evening walk because of heavy rain.
I finished chapters 14, 15, and 16... I’m done! Now gotta go update it and print out a few copies.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, but didn’t go for a night run because of the rain.
I watched season 1 episode 8 of “Alley McBeal”; Alley tries to tell a dirty joke. Also watched season 2 episode 10 of “Voyager”; to survive in the delta quadrant Janeway tries to form alliances.

Saturday 26- it mostly rained all day long again.
I did my stretches.
I cooked a rice and chilli bean thingy and headed on down to the community center. I was going to take the scooter because I didn’t completely trust the truck on starting, but it was raining so hard before I left I decided to take the truck and stay dry. Mary and Chris Koval created a chicken and vegetable Alfredo, super brownies, and Christmas cookies that were mighty yummy. Marie Morrison cooked up some fantastic scalloped potatoes that quickly vanished on the first round. Ruth Malton concocted a mello yello jello fruit salad. And finally Chris Jonas, the master chef among us, used his secret recipe learned from years of patient experimentation with different herbs and seasonings created the most perfect potato salad that had ever crossed yer lips. Not many showed up but for those that did we had a wonderful and pleasant time yammering away the hours eating our supper.
I got back home and called my friend Mike Long and we jawed for over an hour.
I checked my battery voltage and noticed that it was 11.74 volts when it should be around 12.5... something was wrong. I went out to the battery room with my voltmeter and found one of my four batteries is dead. I had to switch out the bad on and another and just run on two of the newest ones. Doing this I had 12 volts again, but not enough to run me through the night without harming the batteries. So I decided to run my laptop off its internal battery and use my cell phone WIFI hotspot connection to get me through the night.
I watched the last two episodes of “Fringe” and I believe that is the end of the show for good... I am sorry to see it go...

*** some stuff I wrote here and there ***

When I was a very young child I lived half a block from the ocean and was able to watch ships at sea from our home on Leland Street in San Pedro. I would draw pictures of the palm trees that grow along Paseo Del Mar, the backdrop of Catalina Island with the ships crossing in between. I always wondered where these ships were headed, what cargo they may carry on their lonely voyage to far and distant lands.

I spent many a day with the rain falling on calm waters when I was moored in Redondo Harbor.... kinda special feeling runs through you, a calm like meditation of organic oneness...

Dang, I can smell the sea and boats just looking at these. A boat in water has a special smell to it ya know

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Sunday 27- mostly sunny but with high winds.
I did my stretches.
I tried to reset the pump emergency button on the Cougar, but it still wouldn’t start. I charged up its battery with the truck’s and let it run for half an hour. I also ran the Harley for a spell.
I watched season 2 episode 12 of “Voyager”; Tuvok does a mind meld with a murderer and loses control.
I watched episode 10 of “Ally McBeal”; Ally has to defend a transvestite in court.

Monday 28- cloudy, cold and very windy.
I woke up really late not feeling very well, but I still did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes. Way too cold and windy to do my run.
I spent the whole day working on my first book and finally got it published at around midnight. What an arduous time I spent on the publishing website trying to get it to work for me.
I watched episode 11 of “Ally McBeal”; the firm is having a Christmas party.
I watched season 2 episode 13 of “Voyager”; Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres has to disarm a Cardassian missile she had re-programed years before to target Cardassian fuel depot, but it made its way with them into the delta quadrant and now has retargeted a planet with 2 million to destroy.

Tuesday 29- another cold and windy day.
I still feeling under the weather and only did my stretches.
Linda H. came by with some agave that she dug up from her yard for me to plant.
I went for my evening walk.
I watched season 2 episode 14 of “Voyager”; Q comes back.
I watched episodes 6 and 7 of “Numb3rs; first one was dealing with a train wreck, the second was about counterfeiters.

Wednesday 30- a beautiful day and the temps are in the low 60s!!!!
I did my stretches, yoga, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes.
Went out into the yard to do a bunch of work. I moved a whole bunch of wood away from the fence to clear a place where I’m planting the agave Linda H. brought me yesterday. I dug holes for the agave and placed them in and then I watered them real good.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack.
I watched two episodes 15 and 16 of “Voyager”; The Doc falls in love. There is a traitor on board and Tom secretly enlists to find who it is.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.

Thursday 31- drop dead gorgeous day!
I did my stretches, yoga, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes.
I did my laundry at Stoney’s and picked up my mail at both boxes.

I did my studies; a lesson in Beginning Latin book, and another in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: a woman standing

I studied “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”; How cells communicate.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run. It was such a clear night that after the run I got out the binoculars and stargazed for a spell.
Finished the chapter on beetles in the book “The Practical Entomologist”...
I practiced my guitar.
I watched season 2 episode 17 of “Voyager”; Two Voyagers caught in a spatial rift.

Goodbye to January a cold month indeed!
****** Something I wrote *****

Enjoy the Sunshine!
A day filled with sunshine, friends and a happy heart is never to be taken for granted; everyday is a gift, an opportunity to express ourselves of who and what we are.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

December 2012



Welcome to the month of December- a windy and cloudy day outside.
I did my stretches and ran a mile and a half.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.

Sunday 02- a bit windy but pleasant.
I did my stretches.
I went over to Linda H’s to pick up a barbecue she doesn’t want anymore. It’s kinda weather-beaten but I’ll see if I can get it working again. I also did some work on her MacBook.
I watched “Castle”

Monday 03- windy with clouds.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran a mile and a half, core trainer, lifted weights, and punched the heavy bag.
Guy with a gray truck was on the side of the road by the house west of me. He was calling a dog when I saw him. When the dog wouldn’t come to him he drove away really fast. He threw out a coffee maker onto the road; pissed me off!
The lady who lives in that house took the dog in when he left and was trying to call its owner from the numbers on tags. He came back an hour later and went to a house a half mile off of winters, and that's when I got the pics. 
Something ain't right in the head with this guy and I really don't want to get involved if ya know what I mean... Just knowing where he lives is good enough to keep an eye on him.
I went for my evening walk.
I did my stretches and did a night run.
I took a picture of the Moon rising and it looked mighty cool!

Tuesday 04- cooler and cloudy all day.
I did my stretches, yoga, lifted dumbbells, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs on each wrist, core trainer, lifted weights, and punched the heavy bag.
UPS delivered my ChromeBook today. When I received the package it was bent at one side and I thought it was damaged. It turns out Amazon put it in a large box and the box with the ChromeBook was okay. I spent most of my time getting used to it and discovering what it can do and what it can’t. It can’t do Skype so I’m looking for a work around for it until Skype gets it together. The browser works fine except it loses cache if you leave to visit another page for too long; Gmail will reload if left for 5min or so.  I think this is to conserve RAM..
I have Google Voice and was able to make calls to landlines no problem.
I watched Star Trek “Voyager” on Amazon Prime to see how it worked on Chrome, it played okay, but I should had tried something more recent that had widescreen..
I'm going to watch to see how Hulu performs.
So far it's been a good experience.
When you get your's plug it in first because it come with an uncharged battery (says that in Quickstart Guide) and when you hit start nothing happens. You will be surprised how fast it charges up!
I went for my evening walk.
I watched Star Trek “Voyager” on Amazon Prime to see how it worked on Chrome.
I did my stretches, lifted dumbbells, and when for a night run.

Wednesday 05- an alright day with lots of clouds.
I did my stretches.
I went to Yucca Valley to take care of some stuff I needed to get done at the bank. I stopped off to get a burger and coffee at Jack in the Box and then went to WalMart to get a few items. I dropped a few coins to the Salvation Army Bell Ringer and some more to the guitar player who hangs out there.
I was going to go to Home Depot to get a few things, but this long Marine convoy turned into the parking lot and I felt it’d be too crowded and decided not to go.

Thursday 06- clear and sunny day.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran a mile and a half, core trainer, lifted weights, and punched the heavy bag.
Bob Fenger called to chat for a long spell about all kinda stuff. He rebuilds pianos and leaves them around town for people to play. I plan on visiting him someday. He comes from Torrance just like me.
I went over to help Roger with a stuck garage door and did my laundry while I was there. We sat around and jawed at each other and when we had all the answers to the world’s problems my clothes were dry and I went home.
Several people called me and then Linda called telling me to come on over to watch Ridley Scott's film “Prometheus” with her; how could I resist. I thought it was great.
I did my stretches and went for a night run.

Friday 07- very nice and clear day!
I did my stretches, yoga, ran a mile and a half, core trainer, lifted weights, and punched the heavy bag.
I went to Dhamma Dena to work on their computers for a spell and helped someone set up an email account which they quickly forgot their user name, wrote down the password though. So when I had her go login again she couldn’t… I'll help her set up another new account some other day. Then I went to Linda H’s house to put new RAM into her laptop.
It was dark when I got home and didn’t go for my evening walk but fed the doves and quail.
I did my stretches, lifted dumbbells, and went for a night run.

Saturday 08- a very nice day!
I did my stretches and went for a short walk around the neighborhood.
I was doing work around the house inside and out getting things straightened up.
Sherry dropped by to chat and brought me some candy bars!
Linda H. called to ask if I wanted to go for a hike in the secret canyon and I said I did. Linda has this thing about picking up trash when we hike and it ends up being put into my backpack to be hauled out; I really don’t mind.
I watched an episode of “Elementary”.

Sunday 09- another nice day with temps into the mid 60s.
I did my stretches and went for a short walk.
I tried to update the Copper Mountain Mesa Website, but where I have it registered didn’t do an auto-renewal and the site was down. I got in touch with them and said I wasn’t a happy camper. They put my website back up later in the evening and I’ll do the update tomorrow.
I mostly messed around the house cleaning this and putting away that.
I jumped on my scooter at 7pm and went to my mailbox on Lear Ave to pick up whatever mail was there. It was a cold and dark ride; gets dark around 4:30pm now.

Monday 10- the weather was a bit nippy later in the evening.
I did my stretches, yoga, lifted dumbbells, core trainer, lifted weights, and punched the heavy bag.
I had to wait around the house for UPS to deliver my new Celestron 15x70 SkyMaster Binoculars. Around about 2pm UPS drove up and I ran out to the truck and got the package in my little greedy hands; wonderful! I took them out, adjusted them, and had a look-see. Not as heavy as my other larger Celestron SkyMaster 20x80, but a lot nicer holding in your hands for longer periods and not tiring your arms.
I went for my evening walk.
I went to the Neighborhood Watch meeting at the community center, where I am the treasurer. We are still getting our bylaws together and I believe we accomplished that tonight at the very end of the meeting. We had a new member get up to tell us all about chemtrails and the new world order in the allotted 5 minutes. Peggy gave a talk and handed out pamphlets on the laws concerning off road vehicles. She also told us of some off roaders burning tires out in the desert where she lives. I as treasurer gave everyone the website to where they can get NHW signs and said I wasn’t going to be the go between of getting them. I also told them about my neighbor who had past away in 2009 and how I only found out about it last week. His place got broken into and things stolen.
Linda H and I went to her house after the meeting so I could help set up her new WIFI and iTouch. We watched some Masterpiece Theater movie about English elite and their servants.
Once back home I watched episode 3 of “Voyager” to get the English elite out of my system.

Tuesday 11- a really nice day outside!
I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs on my wrists, core trainer, and beat on the heavy bag for 7 minutes (I usually do 5).
I got restless and called Bob Fenger to see if he was home and if I could come over; he said okay. I rode the scooter the ten miles over to his house which I had to search for on Google Maps so I wouldn’t get lost. His house is fantastic! It is kinda like walking through a maze of neatly sorted "junk" which is to be used as building materials and art projects, with rooms here and there all under construction with an artist’s wild mind and innovations that would please any steampunk fan; he has a water distillery! His two dogs and cat were very polite and wandered about the openness of the house; by openness I mean you could be walking across dirt floor to reach the kitchen from the living room. We sat and jawed for a long spell in his kinda greenhouse room where an avocado tree and other fruit producing plants grow. He also showed me his studio where a couple of pianos sit waiting for the heavy touch of his magical fingers to move a mechanical lever causing a hammer to hit a wire to produce a musical vibration. Bob fixes pianos donated to him and the he places them around towns to be played by passers by. I really enjoyed my visit!
I did some work around the house and called my brother when I got back home.
I did my stretches and went for a night run.
I am writing this in Google Docs on my Google ARM ChromeBook.

Wednesday 12- colder and overcast all day long.
I did my stretches, yoga, lifted dumbbells, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs on each wrist, core trainer, lifted weights, and punched the heavy bag.
I drove to my mailbox and then to Kelly’s to drop off some of her mail that came to mine. I saw her dog Stitchy who had recently got a haircut and he looks like a whole different dog. All her critters were glad to see me.
I had to stick around my house today because Kelly is having an MRI at 12pm and need to be around just in case there are any complications (like last time) she will give me a call so I can help her.
I cut a bunch of wood to use in the woodstove; looks like a cold front is moving in.

Thursday 13- cloudy with lots of rain.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, core trainer, and punched the heavy bag.
It was raining and I couldn’t go anywhere anyways because I had to wait around for FedEx to deliver my new iPod Touch.
I put on the rainjacket that Linda H gave me and washed the Cougar in the rain. I then swept and cleaned my front porch.
FedEx arrived around 2pm and I stood in the rain chatting with the delivery guy who I haven’t seen in a good many months; we got caught up with each other’s goings on.
It rained all day and night and I didn’t get to watch the Geminid Meteor Shower. I kept going outside when I heard the rain stop, only to see heavy clouds and no stars. I did this until sometime after 3am when I finally decided it was a lost cause and went to bed. But in between checking the skies I got caught up with my astronomy reading and watched the newest episode of “Elementary”; I really like this show. I’ve had my 32” TV for a month now and haven’t watched anything on it. I guess I prefer to watch stuff on my computer.

Friday 14- cloudy skies and wind.
I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs on my wrists, core trainer, and beat on the heavy bag for 10 minutes this time! (I usually do 5).
The new ChromeBook had two crashes since I got it. It also did a weird thing when I was writing my journal in Google Docs; the tab I was writing in just hung and I wasn’t able to recover it. Thankfully Docs does an auto save every few seconds and I only lost a few words I was writing at the time. There is still no Skype for it and I have to switch laptops to yap at Kelly. Otherwise the experience working on the ChromeBook has been just fine. Google keeps updating the OS and the last one was last night and it seems to be more responsive and not caching and reloading the tabs so much.
The winds started blowing hard just after I finished my exercises so I worked around inside house most of the day. I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
I went for my evening walk, but did a short walk because of the blowing wind and cold.
I watched episodes three and four of “Voyager”.
I did my stretches, lifted dumbbells, and since the wind died down I went for a night run. The sky is still cloudy with no stars.
I practiced my guitar.

Saturday 15- a nicer day than yesterday, but with a lot of wind.
I did my stretches, core trainer, lifted weights, punched the heavy bag, and ran up the hill and back carrying 5lbs in each hand.
I did some cleaning around the house and yapped with family and friends on the phone for a long spell.
Peggy Lee called to tell me our special meeting with the ORV guy will be on Monday at 6pm. Then we went on to have a long talk about everything and anything.
I went for my evening walk.
I watched episode 5 of “Voyager”.

Sunday 16- a very sunny day and my batteries got all charged up by the Sun!
I did my stretches and ran a mile and a half.
I called and yapped with family and friends that I didn’t get around to yesterday. I always try to touch base with everyone at least once every two months and I fell a little behind lately. Maybe I should try writing them letters too... just a thought.
I was almost out the door on my way to Dhamma Dena to work on their computer when Linda H called to ask if I wanted to have lunch at her house; that sounded good to me! We had lasagna with a side of steamed vegetable which was mighty yummy. She also found a nice shirt for me at the thrift store in JT that fit.
I got to Dhamma Dena around 4pm. Now that I have the Admin password I updated the firewall that kept nagging to be. The Norton antivirus came up with errors everytime I tried to open it, but the system reports that virus protection is current. I will contact the lady responsible for maintaining their computer and ask her if I can remove Norton from the system and use another program.
My doves and quail were waiting for me when I arrived home.



Monday 17- nice and sunny but a little nippy. I could see the clouds trying to come up over the ridge and flow into Morongo Valley.
I did my stretches, lifted dumbbells, yoga, core trainer, lifted weights, and punched on the heavy bag.
Chris J stopped by with my USDA groceries. He said 84 folks showed up for the distribution.
I drove the Cougar down to Stater Bros in 29 Palms to get some supplies. It turned out to be $105 when I got done! It didn’t seem to me that I bought $100 worth of stuff, but I did. I even had to go back in the store again to buy bread I forgotten to get the first time.
I went for my evening walk and was halfway through when I heard noise down at Biker Ron’s old house, he’s the one who passed away in 2009, so I ran back to my house and jumped in the Cougar with my camera. I started taking pictures when I drove up and one guy said “Hey there’s someone taking pictures of us”. He turned out to be with the guy who came up here with Biker Ron’s mother last week, and everything was cool.
Linda H came by with a chair she didn’t need and dropped it off. We carried it to my patio until I can decided where to put it.
Our community had our first ORV meeting to address the off road vehicles that are ruining our precious desert. Philip M. Klasky and Victoria Fuller from the ORV Watch organization came and gave a very informative presentation. We are not against ORV, but we are against those who ruin our beautiful desert and tread upon our lands unlawfully. The meeting lasted for an hour and a half and was well attended with around twenty folks showing up. Everyone got to have their say; one woman told about being harassed by ORVers after she called Code Enforcement to asked them not to ride on her property and in the wash where turtles lay their eggs. Her home was visited late in the night with ORV circling her property. I think it is very un-American to try to silence somebody who is trying to uphold the law.
Peggy was the one who organized the meeting has assumed the leadership position for now. We decided that we will communicate online and setup our goals we want to achieve and tentatively have a meeting along with the Neighborhood Watch on the second Monday in January at 6pm. It was a very successful meeting.

Tuesday 18- windy, cold and raining.
I did my stretches, yoga, lifted dumbbells, core trainer, and punched the heavy bag. Linda H came by with a table that I can use next to my bed instead of the little folding table I have there now. It is a little too big, but I can move my heater over five inches and it should be okay. Until I move the heater it is a little cramped in my room.
There’s not much I can do outside except get wood for the stove, feed the doves and quail, and then stay inside.
A nice lady of 87 years old called from Yucca Valley asking my help with her VCR or computer (she wasn’t very clear which one), she had a DVD from her son-in law about her daughter who recently passed away. She said she used to read my column in the Hi Desert Star faithfully every week until I stopped writing it a few years ago. I told her that I wouldn't be able to come down until after the holidays, but she might find someone who might help at the Yucca Valley community center right around the block from her house. I told her I would keep in contact with her to make sure she got somebody to help her watch it.

Wednesday 19- very cold but sunny. It is officially winter; my cement pond froze.

When my cement pond freezes I can officially call this Winter at my home!
It's winter!

I did my stretches, yoga, ran three miles today with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavy bag for ten minutes.
I had to cover all my plants because the temps are going to be in the 20s at night for the next few days.
I went for my evening walk, but a short one because of the cold wind.
The wind was blowing pretty hard and I decided now to go for a night run.
I watched episodes 6 and 7 of “Voyager”.

Thursday 20- very nice and sunny with no wind, but still cold.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran up the hill with five pound weights, core trainer, and punched the heavy bag for ten minutes.
UPS brought tin of cookies and candy that was sent by my very good friend Carolyn S. The cookies didn't make it into the night :)
I went for an evening walk.
I did my stretches, lifted dumbbells, and went for a night run.

Friday 21- the world didn’t end and the weather was just fine outside!
I did my stretches, yoga, ran three miles today with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for ten minutes. It seems like ten minutes is starting to be the norm on the heavybag.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter. I started a Neighborhood Watch section on the website.
I did my studies; a lesson in Beginning Latin book, and another in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: a strange face of a person.
I did my stretches, lifted dumbbells, and went for a walk with my backpack. I trying something new by doing dumbbells before my evening walks and night runs.
I studied “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies” and finished chapter 3. I read and got caught up on my astronomy.
I did my stretches, lifted dumbbells, and went for a night run. There was a large ice ring around the Moon; meaning there is a lot of moisture in the atmosphere and we could get rain later in the week.
I practiced my guitar.
I am trying to get things back to normal with my studies and guitar, and seeing that this is the winter solstice it seemed like a good time to start again.
I watched episode 8 of “Voyager”.

Saturday 22- sunny and nice.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran one and a half miles with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for ten minutes.
I yapped with Kelly for a spell. She is doing fine but will have to wait until sometime in February for her surgery.
Linda called to come over to change a couple of electrical wall switches. Simi was there when I arrived. It was good to see him, but I wish he’d start wearing shoes instead of sandals during the winter. Linda gave him some bean soup she had made before he left. I installed the switches and we went on an evening walk together. She treated me to some of that bean soup for dinner. She had a movie called “The Ides of March” (2011). It was supposed to be an action packed movie it said on the cover, but kinda dragged here and there; it did get better at the end.
When I got back home I did my stretches, lifted dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I did my studies; a lesson in Beginning Latin book, and another in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: a hideous face. I also started reading chapter 4 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”
I practiced my guitar and tried to remember a song I had written but had forgotten many years ago.


Sunday 23- another fine day!
My day to rest up; I did my stretches.
I drove my scooter to both mailboxes; an eighteen mile trip there and back.
I called a few folks and a few called me.
I did my studies; a lesson in Beginning Latin book, and another in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: me on my scooter riding to my mailbox.

Monday 24- getting a little overcast and cold.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran three miles with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for ten minutes.
I did my studies; a lesson in Beginning Latin book, and another in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: Santa in his sleigh with his reindeer.
I called a few family and friends most of the day. Jimmy called telling me he and his family are coming out to the desert on Thursday and for me to drop by; I will :)
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack.
I studied and finished chapter 4 “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.

Tuesday 25- it was so overcast that you could hardly make out the Sun as it tried to shine through the thick layers of moisture settling over our area; didn’t look good for the Conjunction tonight.
I did my stretches. Because I got up late and had to get ready for a party at Piper Cort’s, I didn’t have time to do any exercises.
My long time friend Larry Carlock called to wish me a Merry Christmas, which I thought was mighty nice.
I finally got all my music equipment; two guitars, mic and stand, and an amplifier  into the Cougar and set off for Piper’s house around 2pm.
I walked into the house where Joey was tending a roaring fire going in the fireplace, Michael Bays and Robert Fenger were seated at the dining room table, and Piper was ardently working at cooking our Christmas dinner. Joey and I took turns strumming his guitar he had laying about on the sofa. Piper called out, “Dinners Ready, Help Yourselves”, and we all got plates and filled them up with roast beef, mashed potatoes, candied yams, and many other fine fare. We all got in discussions of this and that and conspiracy theories galore; which was fine with me because I love to listen to others view besides my own. 
I kept going outside to check on the Moon and Jupiter everytime Robert went out for a smoke, but it was ever so cloudy we could only get glimpses of them. We all traded gifts; I took pictures of Piper opening presents from her daughters. We had coffee and sat around jawing for a long spell until we all decided it was time to head on home after such a wonderful meal.
I got home around eight and was able to finally take a picture of the Conjunction!
I watched episode 10 of “Voyager”.





Wednesday 26- cold, cloudy, and breezy!
I did my stretches, yoga, ran three miles with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for ten minutes.
I did my studies; a lesson in Beginning Latin book, and another in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: Boats sailing.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack.
I practiced my guitar.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I began studying chapter 5 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”



Thursday 27- a little warmer, but a few clouds.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran up the hill and down carrying 5 lbs in each hand, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for ten minutes.
Jimmy and Clarice came up for the weekend and are staying over at Stoney’s. Scott and Sandy showed up too. They brought peanut butter chocolate balls! We shot at some clays with shotguns for a spell until it started getting dark. I got some really nice pics of Crepuscular Rays through clouds before I left.
I got home in time to do my stretches, lifted 10 lbs dumbells and, went for my evening walk with my backpack.
I did my studies; a lesson in Beginning Latin book, and another in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: a woman standing.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack.
I practiced my guitar.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I ended chapter 5 and began studying chapter 6 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”
I did my stretches, lifted 20 lbs dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I practiced my guitar.
I watched episode 10 of “Voyager”.

Friday 28- a nice and sunny day and not that cold.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran three miles with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for ten minutes.
I went to visit Jimmy and Clarice. They were already outside shooting clays and I joined them for a short spell before I had to leave for a lunch date.
Again, I got home in time to do my stretches, lifted 10 lbs dumbells and, went for my evening walk with my backpack.
I did my studies; a lesson in Beginning Latin book, and another in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: a woman’s face I think.
I finished chapter 6 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”
I did my stretches, lifted 20 lbs dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I practiced my guitar.
I watched “2010” and then episodes 11 and 12 of “Voyager”.

Saturday 29- a really nice day outside.
I did my stretches. My body has been telling me the last few days to ease off on all the exercising I’ve been doing. So I’m going to take a few days off and then do light exercises for a while.
I heard shotgun blasts and I knew that Jimmy and Clarice were outside shooting at clays again. I jumped on my scooter and arrived just as they had finished and starting to pack it all up and head on home. I helped them get it all squared away in their SUV. We all hugged and said our goodbyes. It was really nice to see the two of them again.
I got back home and cut up a bunch of firewood for the stove; looks to be mighty cold tonight and the next few nights in the foreseeable future.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
I also messed around on FaceBook for a long spell.
I went for a short evening walk.
I watched a new episode of “Fringe”.

Sunday 30- cloudy but not that bad of a day.
I did my stretches.
I drove to Stater Bros in Twentynine Palms to pick up a few items like comfort food: Entenmann's Classic Buttermilk Doughnuts (So yummy that they even have their own FaceBook page).
On my way back home I dropped off a package for Kelly that was sent to my mailbox by mistake.
I called family and friends just to let them know I’m still corporeal. It was time for me to just stay inside and stay warm and cozy as the flames heated the house while I watched a Movie “The Next Three Days” (2010) starring Russell Crowe. It was really suspenseful and I found myself gripping onto my pillow. To calm myself down I then watched episode 8 of “Alley McBeal”, and episode 13 of “Voyager”.

Monday 31- a very nice but cold day indeed for New Year’s Eve!
I did my stretches, yoga, ran a mile, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes. Like I said I’m going to take it easy for a while and cut down a little on how much I exercise.
I spent much of the day on the phone talking with my Brother and other folks yapping about the New Year coming up; probably do the same tomorrow.
I went on a short evening walk.
I spent a lot of time on FaceBook yammering with my friends here in the USA and also in faraway places. It was a lot of fun as we all celebrated together the New Year as it came in halfway around the globe: India, Copenhagen, Philippines, Asia, Middle East, the whole dang world! It always amazes me how much we are alike in many ways, how much we have in common. The world has a new society now, a new nation that has arisen not in the physical sense, but as electronic pulses traveling at the speed of light that knows no barriers, has no borders, and grows exponentially for the betterment of humankind; this is the new world of Social Networks, born from the Internet, and we are its citizen.
It was time for me to go for a night run and bring in the New Year! I been doing this for a few years now. Just before midnight I start my run up the hill in front of my house and by the time I get to the top the New Year begins. My friend Vicki wanted me to video my run and post it on FB. I told her it’d be dark, but others want me to do it too. Here’s my run into 2013: