Saturday, March 09, 2013

March 2013



Welcome to the month of March!- the weather was so nice that I wore short pants for the first time since November.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, 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 was doing some work around the yard when Linda H. called to say hi. I asked her if she wanted to go on an evening walk with me and she said that would be cool. She brought me two books on the desert called “Desert Holes” by Pinau Merlin, and “Scats and Tracks” by James C. Halfpenny; I thought that was very nice of her to do :)
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 dog/cat thingy.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I finally finished chapter 11 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”.
I watched episodes 12 and 13 of “Numb3rs”: Noisy Edge, and Man Hunt.

Saturday 02- another beautiful day with short pants :)
I did my stretches, yoga, and light exercises.
I was watering my plants with a bucket I found on Linda’s and my walk yesterday, when Sherry drove up with lemon cookies from the Girl Scouts. We talked for a short spell and then she was off again on down the road on her assigned duties.
I went back to watering and listening to an astronomy lecture of matter/antimatter annihilation at the beginning of the universe; we are lucky there was more matter, but why was there more?

Sunday 03- nice warm breeze with a few clouds overhead...
I slept like a rock last night, falling asleep at my computer around 2am... waking at 7am... falling to sleep at the computer again around 8:30... and finally waking at 12 noon! I didn't know if I should eat breakfast or lunch :/
I called friends and family throughout the day.
I watched season 2 episodes 1 and 2 of “Numb3rs”: a Federal Judge’s wife is gunned down, and an attempted jewelry store robbery gone bad and the owner’s wife and daughter are kidnapped.

Monday 04- a very nice and sunny day!
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes.
I rode my scooter down to Border Ave to collect my mail. I saw Simi and Sandy there getting their mail, too. I remember it was Simi’s birthday tomorrow and since I wouldn’t be seeing him tomorrow I sang Happy Birthday to him today.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack listening to an astronomy lecture on the Hubble volume.
Lately I’ve been going to my camper after my walk that I have setup as a reading room for my Sky and Telescope magazines and other astronomy books. It is good to be away from any tech stuff and focus on my readings.
I helped Robert Tree Cody who was having computer problems.
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 with a volcano (must be Carolyn’s).
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run. Afterwards I went back outside for a short spell to do a little stargazing with my binoculars; it was a very clear night.
I rewatched season 1 episode 2 of “Sherlock: the Blind Banker”: about a Chinese gang smuggling of antiques into England. I was supposed to watch episode 1 but clicked on the wrong link; I’ll catch it next time.
I practised my guitar.
I started chapter 12 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Photosynthesis.
I started reading a “Desert Holes” by Pinau Merlin, and “Scats and Tracks” by James C. Halfpenny.

Tuesday 05- a nice day but a little breezy with temps into the low 70s.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran a mile, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I worked cleaning up the yard and watering a few plants.
I rode the scooter down to Lear Ave to get my mail there.
I wired the camper for solar and put a solar panel on top; now I have lights!
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack listening to an astronomy lecture on different geometries of possible universes.
I helped Robert Tree Cody on some questions he had on his laptop.
I did my studies; a lesson in Beginning Latin book, and another in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: an old man walking.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I studied “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Photosynthesis.
I practised my guitar.

Wednesday 06- another nice day!
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes.
I spent the better part of the day writing a letter for our community to send to our county supervisor requesting funds to repair our roof and such: “rural communities have been hindered from receiving block grant funds by the new county policy, which puts these funds in the hands of the large cities to distribute to whom they deem worthy. The Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association has for the past two years applied for these funds from the City of Yucca Valley; each time we have been told to apply again next year.” I have been in contact with a representative of the county and need to get the letter to her by Thursday.
UPS delivered a 32 Gig SD card that I ordered from Amazon at 2am Tuesday morning, dang that was fast.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack listening to an astronomy lecture on the geometry of the universe. I finished the lecture in my camper and then read my Sky and Telescope magazines.
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 looking dog/toad kinda thingy.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I studied “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Photosynthesis, light reactions and the Calvin cycle.
I watched an episode of “Sherlock: The Great Game.”
I practiced my guitar.

Thursday 07- mostly cloudy and cold all day long, but no rain until 2:45am Friday morning as I writing this now it just started.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for 2 minutes.
I messed around on one of my laptops that has Kubuntu Linux installed.
Linda H. dropped by with a roast beef sandwich she had leftover from lunch today; tasted mighty good. We talked for a short spell about the letter I sent to the county supervisor on behalf of our community center.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack and listened to an astronomy lecture on gravitational lensing. I read for a spell in the camper.
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 person with big lips.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I watched a rerun of “Elementary”; the one where the victim gets shot in both eyes, yuck!
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I finished chapter 12 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Photosynthesis, the steps of photophosphorylation.
I practiced my guitar.

Friday 08- cold, windy, and wet with rain.
Even though it was cold and windy I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran up the hill and back carrying 5lbs dumbbells in each hand, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes. The rain started again right after I got done with my exercises; lucky me!
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
The rain stopped for a spell and I rode my little scooter down to my mailbox on Lear Ave. to get a package that arrived today. It was an antenna for my MIFI mobile wireless. On the way back home it seemed that I was racing the rain behind me, and I pressed the little scooter as hard as I could and got home as it started to pour down on buckets.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells, but didn’t go for my evening walk. I did go out to the camper to read Sky & Telescope magazines.
I watched season 2 Episode 1 of "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia": that’s where he meets The Women.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, but didn’t go for a night run because of the rain.

Saturday 09- cloudy and windy, but not as bad as yesterday and no rain either.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran up the hill and back carrying 5lbs dumbbells in each hand, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for 2 minutes.
I worked around the insides of the house today, cleaning this and that and moving stuff around; kinda getting ready for spring cleaning I guess.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack. I noticed today that there are sprouts of green coming out of the ground all over. It looks to be that we will have a lovely spring here in the high desert. The large black ants are starting to build their mounds; I didn’t see many of them last year like I usually do in the past. I went and read for a spell in the camper.
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 Roman soldier wearing a helmet; don’t know where I came up with that one.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I started chapter 13 in “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Cell Division.
I practiced my guitar.
I will watch Episode 2 of “Sherlock: The Hounds of Baskerville" after I post this to my journal :)


***** Stuff I Wrote *****


I believe, and always have, that everyone is equal. That you have to stand up for your rights against those who would take them away and yourself for letting them.

Ripped from a body faded by hunger neglect I collapse... my spirit moves on...

Knowledge is to be clawed and fought for, ripped from pages of books, teachers and other visionaries, greedily devoured, consumed, processed and then shared among others.

The stars in the sky only sparkle for your eyes, while the Moon above smiles down upon filling your heart with shimmering silver. The Sun rises high jealous of the night sky to wash away the stars and Moon to be with only you, my dear sweet love...

I want to leave as little of a carbon footprint as possible and been off grid since the beginning of the 70s. I was listening to a radio talk show a few years back who said that solar was a waste of time and would never be useful... of course I laughed at him being that my whole house is solar electric and the radio I was listening to him on was powered by solar. It's really not how cheap electric power from a power plant is, it is what it burns and puts into the air that you and I and everyone else breathes...I do not want to be part of that if I can find alternatives :)

Don't be a follower, don't be mislead, find out the facts and use yer dang head!


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Sunday 10- a very nice sunny day outside with temps into the low 70s.
I did my stretches.
I spent a long spell out in my yard soaking up the Sun’s warmth and tending to my plants.
I called friends and family.
Linda H. called asking if I wanted to go on a hike and I quickly said yes. We drove to up towards Copper Mountain, hiked up winding trail to the side of a mountain and did a little rock climbing. What a wonderful time we had hiking and climbing around. We came upon some kinda burrow in a wash that could possibly belong to a tortoise or maybe a small fox den. There was lots of green plants growing here and there. We found two very large barrel cactuses hidden on the side of the wash and we wondered how they survived the off roaders who ride their vehicles over and through the desert tearing up the virgin soil. We picked up trash and put it in my backpack to take home to the trash.
I got home just before the sunset and fed the doves and sat outside with my binoculars looking for the comet, but it was a no show being too low on the western horizon. I think after the 13th of March it may be high enough, 10 degrees, in the western sky to see.
I watch season 2 episode 3 of “Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall”: Sherlock dies. It looks like the series will continue late next fall with season 3.

Monday 11- nice bright sunny day.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, 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 stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack.
Neighborhood Watch meeting; Linda Sebio called the meeting to order and passed around maps of our community so folks could voluntarily locate and mark their home’s location on the map. This would be used in case of an emergency so that fire department or ambulance services could find their house. The diaper dumper has apparently been tipped off we are looking for them and hasn’t dumped any diapers for the past month. The training for the CERT emergency response was tabled because Vern didn’t show, but we got a sheet passed around for people who wants to get involved. The neighborhood cleanup was tabled until we get more info for donation of dumpster, but we set a tentative date for sometime near the end of April. It was decided that I was to purchase 3 to 4 12x18 signs with the collected money we been saving.
ORV watch; a group of us will go out Thursday at 10am to find and map routes that Off Road Vehicles are supposed to take. We will take pictures to evaluate how well the trail and markers are maintained so ORV riders will know which routes to take.
The Board meeting: discussed the firehouse and who to rent it to, also legal and liability of those who want to occupy it. The Board thanked me for writing a request for funds letter to the County Supervisor. I mentioned the Neighborhood watch is trying to get things together for a neighborhood cleanup and that the event committee could help; the members of the committee agreed and will help. Vern showed up and told us that he can request the CERT emergency training to begin in April and we all figured that Thursday night at 7pm would fit in everyone’s schedule for the 6 week course. We will have a CERT signup sheet at Potluck and the First Saturday Breakfast.
90 year old longtime resident Earl Wilbert got up to tell us his history here in Copper Mountain Mesa going all the way back before the beginnings of the Association. Earl made an emotional plea of the board to stop talking amongst themselves and setup microphones so folks can hear. With heartfelt voice and tears, Earl said to a now silent audience that he doesn’t have long for this world and deeply loves our little community, and for the rest of us not lose our way and let the Community center go defunct. I told him that the community loves him too, and as long as I, the board members, and the folks in the audience were alive we wouldn’t let that happen. I had to yell this out loud so Earl, who is hard of hearing, could hear me; probably making a fool of myself in the process, but everyone clapped as I quickly sat down.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb 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: two birds on a tree.
I finished chapter 13 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Cell cycle and division.
I practiced my guitar.
I watched season 2 episode 3 of “Numb3rs: Assassin”.

Tuesday 12- a very nice day with temps in the high 70s.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran up and down the hill with 5lbs dumbbells, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes.
I was about to step out the door to ride the scooter to Twentynine Palms, when the phone rang; it was Linda H. asking my help getting a chair she bought out of her truck. I rode over and stayed for about an hour yakking with her. The chair was real leather and looks in good condition for the $25 she paid for it at a thrift shop.
I drove my scooter to Autozone and purchased a new fuel filter for the Cougar. I want to make damn sure it’s the fuel pump that has gone bad and not something simple. I then went to McDonalds to get me a few of them dollar cheeseburgers to take home. I stopped at the 99 cent store to pick up two bags to hold groceries and a few other items before I went to Stater Brothers to do my shopping. I would have taken the Harley, but the scooter can hold more and I had it packed to the max when I left to go home!
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack.
I was really tired from all the days doings and just chilled out. I did manage to watch season 2 episode 4 of “NUMB3RS: Obsession”: about a break-in at a pop star's mansion.

Wednesday 13- I believe it got up past 85 degrees today.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, 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 Cougar putting the new fuel filter in, but found that the guy at Autozone gave me the wrong one, dang. Since I had the fuel lines disconnected I decided to turn the car over to see if the fuel pump pumped any gas into a bucket I placed underneath; it didn’t. So now I know for sure it is a bad fuel pump.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack. I am listening to the first lecture of a UC Berkeley class called Geography 130: Food and the Environment. It actually sounds interesting. My brother Kevin is also listening to it and we plan on doing other courses together.
I finally found Comet PanSTARRS 45min after local sunset! I first sighted it through my 15x70 binoculars and then through a 4.5 inch reflector telescope. I tried to take a picture of it but it turned out poorly... Roger Smith was driving by and I enticed him with my telescope and binoculars to come look at it. Roger never seen a comet and I was more than happy to show him one. After he left, and since the telescope was all setup and I had the star charts out, I stayed out for a long spell looking at the night sky. I found three open clusters; M67 and M44 the Beehive cluster in Cancer, and M48 near the head of Hydra. M67 was very faint while M48 fell in between M67 and M44. M44 lies some 500 light years away and the other two about 1500 or so.
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 looking through a telescope at a comet.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I practiced my guitar.
I started chapter 14 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Genetics.
I watched season 2 episode 5 of “NUMB3RS: Calculated Risk”:

Thursday 14- getting hotter!
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran up and down my hill carrying 5lbs in each hand, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
A group from the Copper Mountain Mesa ORV Watch rendezvous on Poleline Road and Bourland Pass to go out amongst the wildflowers and other wonders of of our desert community to document how well the BLM is maintaining ORV markers and paths so ORVs will know where it is legal for them to ride responsibly without destroying the desert’s beauty. We also went to monitor destruction of the desert habitats, and garbage dumping; we took many pictures of this.
Linda H. and I went to Yucca Valley to get a few things at Home Depot and WalMart.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack. I listening to lecture 2 of Geography 130: Food and the Environment.
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 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I practiced my guitar.
I finished chapter 14 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Meiosis.

Friday 15- it almost hit 90 degrees!
I did my stretches, lifted weights, 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 watered the plants, especially the cactus and agave I recently planted.
I finally got around to building the bird houses. I built 8 under the eave on the west facing end of the roof.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack, listening to lecture 3 of Geography 130: Food and the Environment.
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 band member carrying a horn of some kind.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I started chapter 15 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Mendelian Genetics.
I practiced my guitar.
I started feeling a little bit of a sore throat and hope it goes away by morning.

Saturday 16- and Sunday 17- beautiful day outside but I am inside sick with the flu or some other evil pathogenic microorganism type infection. Mostly I just watched a few of my favorite programs: Numb3rs and Elementary... and called to talked to family and friends. It hurts to type right now :’(



Monday 18 through Saturday 23- well this is going to be the shortest week blog I think I’ve ever written. I have been sick all week with a really bad flu and didn’t feel like doing anything except sleep, cough, blow my nose, and watch a bunch of episodes of “Numb3rs”, “Castle”, “Elementary”, and a few really bad sci fi movies.
I did watch the original Godzilla with Raymond Burr. The part at the beginning of the movie when Godzilla walked from the ocean depths with his thunderous footsteps and onto the island scaring the bejesus out of the islanders and me when I was a little kid; it actually was the better of the scifi movies I watched.
I really didn’t feel like doing anything creative because of a continuous headache; I even stayed off FaceBook for a spell, or if I did go on I wouldn’t have any witty comments to offer.


I think it was Monday when I made a quick look-see outside that I startled a dove that was in my side porch. I would have thought nothing of this except that the dove fell to the ground about 50 feet away doing this “wounded bird routine” that doves do to draw predators away from their nests. I looked around, and sure enough there was a nest with one egg in it. They usually lay three eggs, so I checked the next day and there was one more and hasn’t been anymore. So it looks like we’ll have two baby doves in a few weeks.


My neighbor Linda Harter came by to check up on me and dropped off some zinc lozenges, a bunch of strawberries (that I couldn’t taste), herb tea bags, and a sci fi book. I thought that was mighty nice of her. I would have gave her a hug but I had her leave everything in my mailbox outside on the road; I don’t receive mail there but it good for drop offs like this and UPS.

I think it was Wednesday morning I woke up and found that my fever has broke and I may be on the mend from this really bad flu. I could stand up for short spells without getting dizzy and my sense of taste was coming slowly back. I thanked my friends on FaceBook who've been checking up on me, especially Hector Barrios... it can be kinda scary when yer sick livin' out in the middle of nowhere if ya know what I mean.

Thursday I still felt sick but not as bad as before. I did my stretches and yoga, but mostly stayed inside messing with my computers loading up new Linux OS like Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Opensuse and such trying to get my mind going again.
Friday I did my stretches, yoga, and light exercises. I still felt the flu but it has lessened its hold over me. I decided to take a quick ride to my mailbox on Lear 3 miles away, but the dang scooter took over ten minutes to start. It has been acting up lately like it has done before when the fuel pump died. I just don’t trust the scooter anymore.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
Saturday feeling much better, I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for 2 minutes. All these exercises were cut in half and done lightly.
I went to start the scooter to go to my mailbox on Border 6 miles away, but the damn thing wouldn’t start. So I fired up the Harley and drove that down there and back. I parked it and turned it off and I heard this click noise every 7 seconds... what the hell is that? I took the seat off to get to the electrical and found that it came from a tiny box. I disconnected the the electric plug to it and reconnected it and it started to smoke. Well I ain’t going to work on this right now until I give it some thought. I did go inside and called the Honda dealer about the Honda Scooter that seems to be a lemon and told him as much. This will make it the third time with the same problem and it only has 750 miles on it. He told me he will talk it over with his crew and come up with something, maybe even another bike.
Now I have no transportation of my own to get to town. I do have the truck, but it isn’t licenced. Two bikes and a car and all of them down; it’s like someone don’t want me out on the road.

***** Stuff I Wrote *****
Caught up in a hidden realm behind the veil of effervescent duality...
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Monday 25- a very nice day without any wind and temps around 70 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran up the hill and back carrying 5lbs in each hand, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes. I’m feeling better, but I’m being easy and cut down how many reps I do.
I worked on the Harley pulling wires here and there trying to figure out where the short is. I called my friend Mac who tried to talk me through some diagnostics over the phone, but decided that he needs to come with his equipment to do some tests when I am sure I’m over the flu. He also said I could borrow his little car if I needed it. That’s cool because I’ll need to get down to Autozone to pick up the fuel pump for the Cougar.
And that’s what I worked on next was the Cougar, cleaning out all the garbage that had fell under the back seat from the previous owner; Zippo lighter, $1.25 in change, a couple of music CD... I got the electric connection and the fuel line disconnected.
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 person standing.
I studied “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”:

Tuesday 26- another nice day.
I’m still feeling a little weak and just did my stretches and yoga.
I called the Rocky at Honda just before noon like he asked to give him time to talk to his crew about the scooter. He wasn’t there but at the Marine Base giving a safety lecture; figures. Chris the mechanic said he’d be back by 2pm.
I called back at 3pm and got ahold of Rocky and we talked about the scooter. He saying that I could trade it in on another model- I saying that it is a lemon and if I traded it in he’d have to sell it to some unsuspecting buyer. He agreed to call Honda to see what they want to do. I made it very clear that I don’t want this Honda Scooter anymore. He will have Austin pick it up on Wednesday.
I then decided to go to Mac’s and get the little car to drive down to Twentynine and get the Cougar’s fuel pump at Autozone. I drove my truck to Mac’s and we checked the oil and water on the little car and when we tried to start it the battery was dead. Well I don’t want to get stranded at Autozone and decided to charge it overnight. We sat around to yap for a spell drinking colas. Mac was going to Autozone for a part he needed tomorrow and will pick up my pump. When I got home I called Autozone and ordered and paid for it.
Kelly called me recently and will be needing a ride to the store soon. I said I would help her out again until she gets things together. But I need to get some vehicle of mine working!
I watched season 5 episode 18 of “Castle; The Wild Rover”: a body is discovered in a cake mixer and to save an old girlfriend Detective Kevin Ryan needs to return to his old persona he left 7 years prior as an undercover agent infiltrating the Irish Mob.

Wednesday 27- the temps got into the mid 70s.
I did my stretches and yoga.
Austin came by at around 2pm to pick up the lemon Honda Scooter with only 708 miles and a whole lot of pain and frustration on my part. Never did get a call from Rocky, but again I figured as much seeing he has to call Honda, so I’ll give him a little time and call him tomorrow to check up on any progress.
I watched season 2 episode16  of “Numbers: Protest”: a homemade bomb blows up an Army recruiting building.

Thursday 28- a little breezy but nice!
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran the hill with 5lbs in each hand, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I got a message from Donna the County Rep who said she will be at our community breakfast at 8:30am and at the board meeting on Monday at 7pm and will be happy to meet me... the 8:30
I called the Honda dealer to find the status of what we’re going to do with the Scooter. Rocky was out delivering a bike and would be back later. I got ahold of him at 4pm and their decision is still up in the air and may have something for me tomorrow.
Linda H. called to say hi and we chatted for a short spell.
I wrote many poems on FaceBook these last couple of days, but I did about four of them tonight.
I watched season 2 episode 17  of “Numbers; Mind Games”: A psychic remote views killings of illegal immigrants.

Friday 29- a little overcast but nice.
I did my stretches and yoga.
I went over to Mac’s to clean out the his little car so I can use it to take Kelly and me to the store today. I did a little work on his wife’s computer before I left. Mac gave me the fuel pump for my Cougar that he picked up for me yesterday.
I got to Kelly’s home at 1pm and she was ready by 1:20. I had to leave the little car running because I put Stop-Leak in the radiator and had to run it for at least half an hour; dang thing still leaks like a sieve afterwards, but not as much as before. We had to keep our eyes on the temp gauge all through our travels to town. We first went to get her sick cat some special food at a pet store by Vons. I treated Kelly to lunch at Sizzler for her birthday and gave her a little gift. She just had her back surgery a few weeks ago and is still having problems with pain. The device she had implanted into her back is supposed to relieve the pain. She carries a small magnet to put up to the device to shut it down when she walks through security doors at WalMart and other stores or she’ll get zapped. After lunch we went to Vons, then to WalMart, and finally to Staters Brothers market where she forgotten to hold the magnet to her device went we walked out and got zapped a good one. I drove her home and stayed for a spell yapping and petting her critters; I guess they were glad to see me.
I got home a little bit after 9 and started checking the internet out for how to install that fuel pump.

Saturday 30- still overcast but still very nice.
I did my stretches. I also watered all the plants while I was outside.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
I called the Honda dealer to see if they came up with anything on the lemon Scooter they sold me. We are talking about upgrading me to a Yamaha Zuma 50; if we can work out a deal where everyone is happy I’ll go for it, otherwise I may have to take Honda to court if they can’t work anything out with the dealer. Rocky said he’d call me on Tuesday.
I walked over to my out of town neighbors Mark and Gloria to say howdy. They are out here for a couple of day’s and bring me donuts when they come... got a couple of maple bars this time :)
I called a few family and friends while the rice and chili beans were cooking up to be ready for potluck at 4pm.
We had quite a few folks, about 30, showing up bringing all kinda of foods and cakes and other yummy things to stuff down our mouths. Annelies, who has my old job of writing for the newspaper, showed up so I’ll leave the writing about potluck to her. After potluck there was an egg coloring contest for the children being held outside. I stood and watched for a short spell as the kids colored the eggs and dropped a few on the ground; aww ya just have to love them kids :)
I got home around 5:30 to feed the doves. The mother dove is still sitting on her eggs in the nest and I do my best not to bother her. I called my Brother Kevin like I do everyday to jaw for a short spell.
I don’t see nothing much happening on Sunday except me working on the Cougar getting that fuel pump in and hopefully getting it running, so I’ll end the month of March with this post. If something interesting happens I’ll post a special update :)
Goodbye to March, you broke my two motorcycles... no actually you been a very productive month!

***** Stuff I Wrote *****

Oh my...trust is the last refuge, wall, barrier to fall; we then stand naked before our persecutor's lash; be it whip or tongue, to fend off without shield nor armor against those seeking our injustice by torment and silent pain.

Life is a gathering of unknowns...

Yellow petals dance in the cool ocean breeze, the smell of wet dirt, fresh cut grass and other growing things, honey bees be buzzing, birds are ah chirping, as butterflies flutter stretching their wings, all saying hello to me, these sights and sounds of a brand new spring...

Cast out from Hades hidden gates, to roam forever in silent space, adrift between beginning and today, dark depths of anger that must be stayed. Lust it be that he may roam around the center but never home. To live a life in this bitter realm between birth and death the great unknown. To cry these tears of love not won and shed those chains of earthly bounds. To climb to heights that yet be found whose loveliness in concept lies planted deep down; in dreams, a verse, a thought of joy, behold these words are just mere toys, to express oneself and relieve the pain, that seeps from memories unrestrained.


You walk through this wonderful garden of greens and grays with shades of golden veils with your eyes wide open to drink from the beauty inside your soul and cast it upon this garden of awe to become one...


A children’s poem need not be long
but it can't be very short
to get your message across to kids
it must contain those special words
that mostly rhyme with wart!


Some bleed the color of money and greed; don't let them infect you! Get your booster shot of Love today! It's the vaccine that cures many ills


I’ve been using the Samsung ARM ChromeBook, $249, for a few months now and use it as my main computer. It didn’t start off that way, but now I find myself going to that laptop more than my HP Pavilion DM1 Windows 8 laptop (I upgraded from Win 7 and what a mistake that was) I write in Google Docs now instead of MS Word 2007. This laptop also has less distractions and I get more done than on the Win 8.
It is still missing Skype :(
If Win 8 is the way Microsoft is headed in the future, I’ll switch to Chrome and Linux… Lubuntu runs just fine on my Dell Mini 9 :)


Yeah, I finally gotten over the flu last Monday, but been feeling really weak this week. The week I was sick went by in a haze of blurred black and white pictures; as if riding a wobbly carousel taken control of by some sinister evil speed junky whose main purpose for existence was to push and pull the brass speed lever either full or stop 
every few minutes...


An Ode to Bad Children:
There be evil dragonflies with tattoos of skulls and crossbones, on spider silk wings spun from silver and gold. They carry off bad children and other small prey, to far away places where ogres do stay.
There are no parents nor teachers, no school where ogres rule. No lessons to study; those are only for fools.
They are fed cake and candies with ice cream galore, donuts be plenty until they can eat no more.
Fattened now plump to the woodshed they’re led, to be stewed in a pot with a big copper lid. Seasoned by directions from a cannibal’s cookbook, stirred to perfection, then simmered until cooked.
The pot is now carried by kids kept as pets, up to the dining hall to be spooned out and et.
The porridge be eaten by pumpkins with hairy armpits, and leftovers be ground into tiny small bits. Those bits will be spread throughout these dark lands to drift with the wind and stain the white sands.
So be good you children, be true to your heart, or you may end being eaten to become an ogre’s foul fart :)


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Sunday, February 10, 2013

February 2013




Welcome to the month of February!- another 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 planted all the cactus that Linda brought over a few weeks ago. It took me a couple of hours doing that. They look mighty good out there by the west fence where all that pile of wood was I cleaned up.
I drilled a hole in the north wall to run AC out into the area in front. I got it all connected and working, but it was a pain getting through the thick stucco.  
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 man driving.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack. While I was walking I listened to an astronomy lecture on black holes.
I studied “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”; How cells are held together.
Started the chapter on butterflies in the book “The Practical Entomologist”.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run. The sky tonight was hazy like a light fog and no good for stargazing.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
I practiced my guitar.
I watched season 2 episode 18 of “Voyager”; Tuvok crashes on a moon and finds children there who tell him they were sent there to die.

Saturday 02- it was a nice day, but it rained a little bit late at night.
I did my stretches.
Naomi and her family came by to chat with me about the hereafter. They know I’m a lost cause but they keep trying.
I did a whole lot of work in the shop. I put up a plywood panel where some lattice had been falling apart. Now it is more enclosed and sheltered from the weather.
I called family and friends throughout the day.
I began to read up on how to create an ebook.
I watched season 2 episode 19 of “Voyager”; they come across a planet whose inhabitants went underground, because sun had flared, and into a dream state run by a malevolent computer.
Sunday 03- sunny and bright!
I did my stretches.
I mostly just kicked back today, worked in the yard some. Later in the evening I spent many hours really getting down to researching how and what I want to use to create an ebook; gave me a whopping headache.
To cheer me up I watched episode of “Ally McBeal”; the one where the baby was dancing.

Monday 04- a gorgeous day 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 watered my all my new plants and worked around the yard and shop. I re-hooked up the antenna to the TV and turned it on to see if it worked.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack listening to an astronomy lecture on... 10 to the minus 43 seconds after the big bang to 380,000 years after with the uncoupling of photons creating the CMB radiation.
I did my studies; a lesson in Beginning Latin book, and another in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: an old lady.
Continued reading the chapter on butterflies in the book “The Practical Entomologist”.
I studied “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”; hormones and receptors, and finished chapter 9.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I played my guitar.

Tuesday 05- a really fantastic 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 worked on the around the yard and watered the plants.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack listening to an astronomy lecture on... The Drake Equation.
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 walking a dog.
Continued reading the chapter on butterflies in the book “The Practical Entomologist”.
I started chapter 10 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”; metabolism: transferring energy and matter.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I played my guitar.
I watched an season 5 episode 13 of “Castle”; Beckett finds evidence that the senator, that she believes killed her mother, life is in danger.

Wednesday 06- nice day but windy later in the evening.
I did my stretches.
I rode the Harley to Stater Bros. in Twentynine Palms to do some shopping for supplies.
I watched two episodes of “Elementary”; The Red Team; The Deductionist.


Thursday 07- windy with a few clouds blowing in near sundown.
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.
Again I put up a plywood panel where some lattice had been falling apart on the south side of my porch.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack listening to an astronomy lecture on... The Hubble Constant.
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 dove.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I studied “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”;  
Finished reading the chapter on butterflies in the book “The Practical Entomologist”.
I got inspired by a friend’s seashore photo that I spent 2 hours or so writing a poem.

Friday 08- mighty windy and cold temps.
I did my stretches, yoga, ran up my hill and back with 5 lbs in each hand, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells, but didn’t go for my evening walk because of the high winds.
I did my studies; a lesson in Beginning Latin book, and another in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: the cookie monster; at least it looks like the cookie monster, it was supposed to be a woman’s head :(
The wind died down and I was able to do my stretches, lift 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I watched an episode of “Elementary”; A Giant Gun.
I studied “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Laws of Thermodynamics.
I practiced my guitar.
I started the chapter on Flies in the book “The Practical Entomologist”.

***********  stuff I wrote ************

The sea beckons with its endless flow of blue gowned goddesses dancing on shores of silver and gold.
Out we sail into its midst, on wind blown canvas played out by our fists.
Wrap another turn around the starboard capstan, casting our fortunes our fate to the ship’s hardy Captain.
The seas rise heavy, the ship heaves and toss, echos of sailors who had paid the cost, for a life worth living is a life worth dying, leaving widows at home and children ah crying.
Dread black fear now races the foredeck as sailors prepare to abandon the ship, but in seas such as these, if you’re not quick nor wise, find a selfish sea awaiting your demise.
With soft whispers coming from cold quiet lips, it’s the sea that now beckons from her dark silent depths.

So sad some folks live for ownership of the past when we should be building a better future for all our children and move on, hand in hand with one another together, to form a greater society of goodness for all of humankind.

Everybody adds something of value to our life path. Being vigilant to observe it in others and act upon it is an important virtue to cultivate in ourselves.




Saturday 09- windy and cold but not as bad as yesterday.
I did my stretches.
I called family and friends and mostly just chilled out.
I did a fresh reinstall of Windows 8 on my HP laptop to see if any programs left over from Win 7 from the first install was causing my laptop to run at high CPU percentages (Laptops are not supposed to run at 50% or more all the time). The fresh install was easy to do on Windows 8; there’s a little place you click from the menu to reset it to factory specs with the option of keeping your stuff and programs. I had already backed up my data with the first install so I went the other option of wiping everything off and starting anew, which is what I wanted. After the install and hours of updates from Microsoft my system runs just fine now. So my suggestion to any who are updating is to backup your data and do a fresh install.
I watched episode 8 of “Numb3rs”: thinks he might have put the wrong man in prison.

Sunday 10- still windy and cold!
I did my stretches.
I did a whole lot of work in the yard. There was a young couple that had bought property over 7 years ago and asked me back then to store some plywood and other building material temporally for them. I haven’t touched it for those 7 years waiting for them to get them. The tarp was rotted out that was covering it all protecting it from the elements... today I decided that 7 years was long enough and moved it all inside my shop where I’ll use it for my own purposes.
I worked on the my book and spent the whole evening getting it loaded up into the Kindle Ebook format. I finished it and will have to wait for up to 12 hours for it to publish so I’ll have to wait until tomorrow.

Monday 11- very windy and really cold!
I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes. Too dang cold run, and besides the wind was howling with dust and other little things that get stuck in your eyes.
Chris dropped me off a bag of groceries from the USDA food distribution. There was even a frozen chicken in the bag that I don’t know how to cook; I tried cooking it before and it tasted terrible.
I worked around inside the house where it was safe and warm.
At five-thirty I drove the little scooter to our community center for the Neighborhood Watch meeting and also stayed for the community board meeting. We discussed the diaper dumper who's been throwing adult diapers on Winters road for the past year and is dumping more of them now. We may start some kinda surveillance to nab the diaper dumper. I volunteered to write up a draft to solicit needed funds from one of the county supervisors. I didn’t get home till a little before 9pm; it was a cold and windy ride both ways.

Tuesday 12- a bit windy but a little warmer.
I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for 5 minutes.
I worked around the yard.
I made a big mess cooking the chicken that Chris brought over yesterday. It was still frozen and I thought I’d just take it over to Stoney’s and put it in the freezer there, but I thought to myself, “be a man and cook the darn thing up yourself”. I put it on the stove at low heat in a big pot and filled it part way with water. I got busy doing whatever outside and on the computer and forgotten about it until the smell of grease burning hit my nostrils. The pot had boiled over and most of the grease was on the stovetop. I burned my fingers twice trying to everything squared away. I then decided it was cooked enough to fry in the big skillet. I poured a bunch of vegetable oil, got it really hot, and toss a bunch of chicken parts in; I got burned again when the oil and water came popping and splattering out of the skillet. About that time Linda calls wanting to know if I wanted to go for an evening walk and asked me what all that noise in the background was. I got it all fried up before Linda arrived, but it was all oily from too much vegetable oil and some of the chicken broke apart in the skillet.
We had a nice walk of over two miles yakking all the way. Linda brought over more agave and cactus for me to plant.
After she left, I went back into my kitchen to see the mess I made; grease on the floor, on the stove, all over. I cleaned up a bit and sat down to eat my chicken that I spent so much energy to prepare; it tasted horrible with way too much oil dripping off of it. I will never attempt to cook a chicken again; I’d rather marry a woman and have her cook it up than go through this mess again... the poor chicken.
I watched season 5 episode 14 of “Castle: Really Star Struck”; a young woman from a reality show is found on a bus bench with a knife sticking in her.

Wednesday 13- alot nicer outside today.
I did my stretches.
I began cleaning the chicken mess I made yesterday. When I removed the top to the stove where all the tubes and stuff run, I found a half inch of chicken grease lying on the bottom that had boiled off the pot and flowed over inside the stove. More mess than I thought and I couldn’t believe all that came from one chicken. It took me a long time to get everything degreased and chicken free...

Thursday 14- very nice outside.
I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, ran the hill carrying 5 lbs in each hand, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for 5 minutes.
I rode the scooter to my mailbox on Border Ave.
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 young woman’s face.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack listening to an astronomy lecture on black holes.
I studied “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: oxidized vs reduced...are called redox reactions.
I finished the chapter on Flies in the book “The Practical Entomologist”.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I watched an episode of “Elementary: Details”: a detective on the force is being blackmailed.
I was online when a meteorite hit Russia! Russians were posting it on FaceBook and YouTube!

Friday 15- a mighty nice day with temps into the low 70!
I watched near Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 on NASA TV.
I lifted weights, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I worked in the yard and watered the plants.
I went for my evening walk with my backpack listening to an astronomy lecture on the expansion of the universe.
I watched season 2 episode 20 of “Voyager: Tuvix”; Nilix and Tuvoc become one person when they are transported together from a planet.

Saturday 16- a bit cloudy today but the Sun made an appearance later in the afternoon.
I did my stretches.
Sherry dropped by to jaw for a spell getting up to date on our friends doings.
I called Family and Friends here and there throughout the day.
I worked the yard planting more agave and cactus that Linda H. brought over last Tuesday.
Linda H. called asking if I wanted to go to the store with her and I said YES! I picked up the stuff I need that would have been awkward to carry on the motorbikes. I bought some lemon cookies from the Girl Scouts outside the supermarket; they were setup to take credit cards from a card scanner hooked up to an iPhone which I thought was very clever. After I ran around the store grabbing what I needed, I was standing in line to checkout when the cashier asked if I wanted to donate to the Heart Fund. I said yeah I’ll donate a dollar. Now I get preoccupied when I shop and hadn’t noticed earlier but when customers donate all the cashiers and box-people have these rattles and every time someone donates they all rattle them very loud. To say the least I was mortified by being the center of attention.  
Linda dropped me safely back home and I put all my groceries away. I then decided to do a fresh install Win7 on my Dell Mini 9 that is running Win XP. I spent the rest of the night messing installing that and MS Office 7 (mostly waiting for stuff to load or update)... it took my mind off them rattlers :)

***** Stuff I Wrote *****
I have been in love. I have been hurt by love. I've shied away for many years.
I wear the scars upon my somnolent brow for all of you to see.
I have been abandoned, I've been wronged, and I've also abandoned and wronged those who loved me. But I am wiser now and pray my fate to fall in love again.

I don't know about running my life like Bank of America...but Love is unbounded and infinite. You are welcome to withdraw all you can take. Those who take advantage of that love in ways that are deceitful and deceptive can go take a hike and need not visit upon my bank again :)

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Sunday 17- a bit cloudy and windy.
I did my stretches.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
I continued to install updates on the Dell Mini 9, but unfortunately it ran out of disk space. I thought I could squeak by on the 16Gigs on the SSD drive, but it wasn’t to be.
I went on EBay and ordered a rear rim with a tubeless tire on it to replace the wired rear rim on the Harley.
I got caught up with my astronomy reading.
I watched the movie “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (2003)... okay movie but a little corny here and there.

Monday 18- sunny but cold and windy.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes.
I decided to do another fresh install of Win7 on the Dell Mini 9 without Microsoft Office this time. I’ll use some other word processor that doesn’t take up so much disk space.
I rode my scooter over to Mac to pay him a visit. We yakked for a short spell and went for a walk around in his collection of junk and other riches in his yard.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack listening to an astronomy lecture on CMB.
I did my studies; a lesson in Beginning Latin book, and another in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: an old man.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I began chapter 11 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Cellular Respiration.
I practiced my guitar.
I began the chapter on ants, bees, and wasps- Order Hymenoptera, in the book “The Practical Entomologist”.

Tuesday 19- cold, cloudy, gusts of winds, with a chance of rain/snow..
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes.
The install of Win7 on the Dell Mini 9 and all its updates finally finished.
I worked in the yard getting everything ready incase it rains. There is a 60% chance of rain today and a 80% chance tonight of rain/snow.
I decided get out early before the weather gets bad and did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack listening to an astronomy lecture on the big bang.
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 young man.
It was mighty cold and windy, but it wasn’t raining so I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I began chapter 11 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Cellular Respiration.
I practiced my guitar.
I finished the chapter on ants, bees, and wasps- Order Hymenoptera, in the book “The Practical Entomologist”.

Wednesday 20- it snowed! I was dressed in my PJ's ready for bed when I thought I'd take a peek outside to see if it was snowing because it suddenly got kinda quiet outside... Sure enough it was Snowing and the temp was down to 28 degrees!!!! Needless to say I quickly ran back inside :)
I did my stretches and went for a short walk in the cold wind.
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 dog with a ball.
I went for a short evening walk in the wind and cold.
I continued reading chapter 11 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Cellular Respiration.
I started and finished the chapter on Minor Insect Orders, in the book “The Practical Entomologist”; it was also the last chapter in the book.
I watched season 2 episode 21 of “Voyager”: Janeway and Chakotay are left to live out their lives on a planet after being infected with a virus and Voyage is sent on her way home without them.

Thursday 21- cold, cloudy, and windy.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran up the hill and back with 5lbs dumbbells in each hand, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes.
Worked in the battery room changing out a bad battery for what might be a good one; we’ll see once I get a charge on it. I also fired up all my working vehicles and let them run for a spell.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack listening to an astronomy lecture on multi universes.
I haven’t been feeling very well these last few days but seem to manage getting my little projects done... yesterday and today I felt sick to my stomach, before this I was achy all over.
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 bug on a stem.
It was mighty cold and windy, but it wasn’t raining so I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I watched a new episode of “Elementary: Possibility Two”: A rich man feels that his DNA has been messed with to cause him to go senile and wants Holmes to investigate.
I’m still reading chapter 11 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Cellular Respiration; the Krebs cycle. It is a long and involved chapter and it’s going to take a while.
I practiced my guitar.

Friday 22- still dang cold and breezy.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran up the hill and back with 5lbs dumbbells in each hand, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for 2 minutes.
I still not feeling very well today. My friend Kula called and we yapped about her computer being slow and how to fix it and I mentioned my being nauseated. She thought it was the GMO wheat or something I’ve been eating. Tomorrow is potluck and I hope I’m feeling better by then.
Dell had a new download of the Chrome OS for my Dell Mini 9 and I downloaded and installed it. It kinda works okay, but the touchpad is messed up and the WIFI isn’t working.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack listening to an astronomy lecture on type 1A supernova.
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 bald guy.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I watched season 2 episode 15 of “Castle”: a daughter of a rich Egyptian businessman is kidnapped along with Castle’s daughter Alexis. Very intense!
I’m still reading chapter 11 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Cellular Respiration; pyruvate oxidation. I must stress that I really don’t fully understand all this but I’m hoping some of it rubs off.
I practiced my guitar.

Saturday 23- the day started out really cold and windy so I figured that it would be that way all day and decided to stay inside. Little did I know that it warmed up to 72 degrees... the winds were still high. I only found this out at 3pm when I went to water my friend’s plants while they are away on vacation.
I did my stretches and felt better today.
I cooked up some rice with chili beans for potluck.
I downloaded and installed Lubuntu Linux 12.10 (a lighter version of Ubuntu) on the Dell Mini 9 and wrote over the Chrome OS that was quirky. I still don’t have WIFI though and will have to look into that.
Before I went to Potluck, I went and watered my friend’s plants. One of her trees looked like it was on its last leg and I gave it extra water.
I arrived at the community center early but there were already a few cars there; always a good sign. It was Chris Jonas and his granddaughter Anna’s birthday; Karry Kearns brought a big birthday cake from Stater Brothers for the both of them. Before we all got in line for the food we all sang Happy Birthday. There was whole bunches of cakes, cookies and sweets things for us to eat this time. Desserts come in waves; sometimes there isn’t any desserts because at the last potluck folks brought too much, so I’m figuring that next potluck there’ll not be any or very little.
Ruth Malton brought cookies. Dorothy Jacobsen used her magic touch to create a wonderful chicken broccoli divan casserole and brownies. Dyan Carroll outdone herself bringing roasted potatoes, BBQ meatballs, and lemon bars that melted right in yer mouth and brought a smile to your face. Marie Morrison made a delicious red velvet cake. Weekenders Jenny and David Mason who’ve a cabin here for over fifteen years, came bearing BBQ Sliders that did exactly that; slid right on down to yer belly! Not to be outdone by Dyan, Mary and Chris Koval cooked up a feast of chicken green bean casserole, a Santa Fe turkey pasta casserole, and banana fig muffins. Rose Matich had some cranberry sauce to share with the desert folks. And birthday boy Chris Jonas made his world famous award winning macaroni salad. Well we all were mighty stuffed afterwards and lingered around for a spell swapping tales of this and that while dodging the kids playing on the floor with toy cars scooting around.
I got back home around 7pm and called my Brother Kevin like I do almost everyday to touch base. I spent the rest of the night working on my journal, getting it ready to post.

***** Stuff I Wrote *****
A thought; a memory from beyond forever which brings us to dance upon our fears and shout out at our demons to begone! Only then may we rise above the ordinary and drift among the stars.

I hear those songs and can also play them in my head like you. I also make up my own songs and play them on my guitar. I really don't listen to anything else; I think it takes away from our creativity... I made up a sign and put it up on my wall that says "CREATE"....

Microsoft is changing the way they sell Office. One is where you purchase Office 2013 for $140 and use it on a single PC; where on earlier versions you could put it on 3 computers. The other is called Office 365 which is cloud based and costs $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year.
I do a lot of writing and I use different computers to do so. I don't use a spreadsheet or any other programs included with MS Office 2007. I like MS Office but I feel that Microsoft has gotten (or have been for a long time) full of themselves. I also use Google Docs, but I prefer MS Office. I am not joined at the hip with Microsoft and will look for open source or comparable low cost alternatives (Not Mac, they're full of themselves too)... It is not worth it to me to have a word processor that costs me $10 a month (I wish I could earn that off of the stuff I write) when there are alternatives out there... the answer is a resounding no! I will not be upgrading to any new version of Microsoft Office.


Sunday 24- another cold and windy day.
I did my stretches.
I called family and friends and messed with computers throughout the day.

Monday 25- hey a really nice day at last!
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran up the hill and back carrying 5lbs in each hand, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I worked out in the yard watering and planting more cactus.
My good friend Andrew called and we chatted for over an hour; we always do a lot of philosophizing about everything when we chat.
UPS delivered the new tubeless tire and rim for the Harley! I measured and compared it to the one that is on the bike and it looks to be a fit.
I went for my evening walk with my backpack listening to an astronomy lecture on the cosmological constant; the universe is both homogeneous and isotropic at great distances (Like 3 to 5 million parsecs in volume).
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 clown with a whip trying to get a cat to jump through a hoop.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I continued studying chapter 11 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Chemiosmosis and Oxidative Phosphorylation...whew!
I practiced my guitar.

Tuesday 26- a cold and windy day.
I did my stretches.
I drove the scooter to pick up some bird seed at Gary’s Tires (yes they sell birdseed at a tire store) and fill up a gallon gas can at Valero gas station in Joshua Tree . This all took about an hour and a half and I decided to use this day as my day off exercising; besides it was cold and windy outside!
I did go for my evening walk with my backpack listening to an astronomy lecture on Dark Matter and Dark Energy.
I watched season 2 episode 16 of “Castle”: Castle goes to France to rescue Alexis from kidnappers. Yes it was very intense!

Wednesday 27- a little warmer and less windy day.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes.
I spent a whole bunches of time on FaceBook throughout the day with my friend Robin creating a place where our friends from long ago could hangout on FaceBook.
I went for my evening walk with my backpack listening to an astronomy lecture on the ripples in the CMB that may have been the seeds that formed galaxies.
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 horse’s head.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.
I continued studying chapter 11 of “Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies”: Transferring energy from food to ATP.
I practiced my guitar.
I watched two episodes of “Numb3rs”: episode 9 was about a sniper; episode 10 was about a dirty bomb.

Thursday 28- a perfect day!
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, ran a mile and a half with 1.5lbs around each wrists, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for five minutes.
I worked in the yard planting more cactus and watering.
I would have continued my day as usual, but I got a call from Iron Eyes Cody’s son Robert Tree Cody who was having problems with his computer. My friend Joel Levy was good friends with Iron Eyes, and when Robert mentioned he was having problems with his computer Joel had him call to me. So the rest of the day and into the night I was on and off the phone with Robert as I walked step by step through the process of recovering his system.
I watched episode 11 of “Numb3rs”: about a computer scientist who was stabbed repeatedly and his programs erased.

***** Stuff I Wrote *****

Like a sparrow's breath bursts forth upon a sea of flowers still, they are many but I am one, Living Wanting Waiting under the crescent Moons of Mars.

Beautiful and multifaceted in its complexity, the ephemeral snowflake is now but a dewdrop on my palm.

Life is so wonderful and yet mysterious that I love trying to express it with words

To walk with you in the twilight hours and hold you close with all my power. To speak your name and you answer back, I long for you my heart's desire.

We bind ourselves to those unending strikes against our inner soul, withheld we are from our true foundation by those enforcers of bitter wows. Cast off we must these false allegations, whose sanctions bring burden to our quest. Set free upon the world unbounded we fly we stumble from the nest.