December 23, 2018

The Day before the night before Christmas.

The day before the night before Christmas not a creature was stirring; not even my house. Because I live in California, I felt obligated to say that. Earthquakes depicted in the movies are one of the biggest fallacies in entertainment history. The majority of the time it’s over before you realize what it is.

The last time that I experienced an earthquake that I remembered was the Northridge Quake on January 17, 1994. I was living in Los Angeles and it was a 6.4 on the Richter scale.

November 28, 2018

A Special Kind of Sadness

My emotions took off on schedule heading for success. They reached a cruising altitude of happiness and I settled in for the ride.

I took off my shoes and began to nap as I sped to my destination. The flight was unusually calm and the flight attendants began to move throughout the cabin with the beverage cart.

The Captain came over the PA System and invited me to kick back and relax, but I couldn’t. When we left the airport I thought that I knew where we were going and it’s like I got on the wrong plane.

December 19, 2018

Grateful

During the holiday season it’s easy to forget about what we do have and get trapped by what we don’t have or compare what we have with other people.

Comparing ourselves to other people is a dangerous game! Don’t play it! You will lose. Like gambling in Las Vegas, the house always wins.

November 5, 2018

The scenery changes faster when you’re moving.

I experienced a phenomenon in Texas that I had never experienced before. I would be driving on the freeway through torrential rain and a few minutes later I would drive through an area where it was bone dry. If you have never experienced it before it’s remarkable! Pouring rain one minute to extreme dryness a few minutes later.

Part of the reason for this was because I was moving at a high rate of speed. When you move; your scenery changes faster. If you’re stuck in a place where it’s pouring rain literally or figuratively then move.

It has been said that time moves at a slower rate when you’re moving.

October 8, 2018

Happy Native American Culture Day

Government offices and banks are closed today in observance of a man who was arguably one of the greatest con artists in history; Christopher Columbus. He is credited with discovering a land that wasn’t lost, misnaming an entire ethnicity and introducing disease to a foreign country.

Today I choose to celebrate my own Holiday; Native American Culture Day to recognize the contributions of a people who have been mistreated, misrepresented, misnamed and had their land taken away from them.

I celebrate the people who gave us the Code Talkers that helped the United States prevail in the War.

Native Americans, this is your day! Today is my attempt to return part of what was taken from you.

October 4, 2018

Gravity always wins

Welcome back. I’ve been gone for a while. You’ve been on my mind. Quite a bit has taken place since we last spoke.

I am trying to get my side hustle on as a travel writer and consultant for Senior citizens and physically challenged travelers. Bottom line; I want to see the World on someone else’s dime. That would be a nice gig!

In the meantime, I have an idea for a book that ties into the theme living with a disability. I believe that I have a tentative book title, but I’m open to suggestions.

September 17, 2018

Pursue your passion.

Several decades ago I learned something about myself that has served me until today. As a young disc jockey the way that most of us got new music before it was available was to join a record pool.

The disc jockey would pay a monthly fee and get new music or promotional product from the leader of the record pool. The product that we got was determined by the relationship that the pool leaders had with the record labels.

I was told by other DJs that that was the only way to get product from the record labels. So, I set out to bypass the record pool and get my records directly from the label.

I pursued this route and ended up getting far more product than I had ever gotten as a record pool member.

I am pursuing my fledgling career as a travel writer with the same determination.

Pursue your passion in spite of those who tell you that it can’t be done or its never been done that way.