It’s Been A While

Well it has been a while since I have written… My Mother passed away and that may be one reason, then there was the broken computer that Dell fixed and I’m extremely happy about that, then there has been this leg pain.. wholly cow it has hurt, it comes and goes but in the last 6 weeks or so I have only had a couple good days where it wasn’t a huge issue.. then there is this damn heat that I am totally tired of, right now it is humid so I sit and sweat, sleep and sweat.. well just about everything has sweating attached to it, but I’ll survive as I always do, life in the Desert has a way of testing your patience, you cuss the Summer and cuss the Winter and Spring and Fall are just way too short.. well any ways like I said Life goes on…


Dogs – And Fourth of July

The 4th of July is traumatic for many Dogs, all that high pitch whistling, loud bangs, explosions etc.. it’s just hell on their ears and their nervous systems, not all dogs panic, Freedom just barks at the high pitch whistling noises and sometimes at a loud explosion but overall he doesn’t panic, but many dogs are scared shitless and are ready for an trauma nervous breakdown, more dogs run away from home on Fourth of July than any other time, they are running from they don’t know and they are running to some sort of security somewhere unknown, so the 4th is a good day and night to bring the dog in the house so he/she doesn’t have to face the unknown all alone which brings me to Dog Owners leaving town and their dog for the long weekend. With all the noises and things happening that don’t happen on any other day of the year it can be very stressful for the dog to face it all alone, some people just throw and giant roaster pan of water and food out in the backyard and leave, we had a neighbor i n the rentals next door to us that left home for 5 days with their German Shepard tied up on a 15 foot or more leash, well he got wrapped up around a bicycle and couldn’t get to his water, it’s 115 degrees here during the 4th and he would have been dead by the time they had returned (this was day two of their vacation), Geneva and I heard the noise next door of him trying to get to his water dragging a bicycle around and coming about 5 feet short of the water bowl, we went into their yard and untangled him and moved all objects out of the circle of his leash, filled up his water bowl (he had plenty of food) and kept an eye on him until they returned, I told the young boy what had happened and instead of thanking us they put signs up on their gates saying Do Not Enter– Assholes !! if they ever pulled the same trick I was going to call Animal Control and let them handle it, and they did leave again but didn’t put the long leash on him..he was over the 6 foot fence with the greatest of ease–LOL, I said nothing. I know putting your dogs up in a Kennel can be expensive but if you can’t take your dog with you or afford a Kennel at least try to get someone to come over every day and check on their water and food, if you can’t do any of the fore mentioned Don’t own a Dog… the Fourth of July is Doggie Hell for many so don’t let them face it alone.

Dogs and Ethnic Cultures —- Americans, Brits, French etc., treat their Dogs as Family members, sometimes better than children, LOL (I think I’m in there somewhere) but then again to some cultures Dogs are food and then there are those who feel dogs should be allowed to wander the streets on their own, digging in trash cans and breeding at will, in Iceland Dogs are not allowed in City Limits, Sheep Herders have working dogs but that is it, when taking your dog to places International find out what has to be done to allow your dog into that country, I know Australia has some very strict rules and a long Quarantine, ask Johnny Depp he knows the particulars on that place. When people come to the United States and bring a dog into their home as a pet they should abide by our Cultural rules, if not they should not have a dog, we don’t like packs of dogs wandering the streets terrorizing children and other dogs and for the sake of all dogs stop breeding Pit Bulls, the Animal Shelter is full of them, and I for one am tired of reading where Pit Bulls attack other Dogs and Humans, killing anything they want.. just plain tired of it and so are a lot of other people, you put two Pit Bulls together you have a Pack with Pack mentality and you are responsible for their actions.

It’s Alive–LOL

I put a new (rebuilt) hard drive in my 14 year old Toshiba Satellite at the cost of $13.85, and it runs perfectly, wish I knew that 5 years ago when I retired the Ol thing, loaded up Windows XP and dug around the Software box for some programs that would work on it, I’m sure I’ll get some use out of again, hopefully for photo editing.


Anyways I thought it was some what Retro seeing it back to work, I actually worked two jobs to buy this Computer, $1200 was a lot of money and still is–to me at least.

Been Awhile – & it’s HOT HERE

Yes it has been quite a while since I wrote anything, things haven’t been that great. My Mother passed away Sunday – June 11, Her journey is over and as in most of her  life she is finally with My Father for eternity. I met my Son-in-Law in Tehachapi today for breakfast and sign some papers, he has been handling a lot for the Family, deeply grateful to him for that.

The temperature here has been scorching as has most of the South West, I read an article about a woman who lost her sandals while hiking on the Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley, she got 3rd Degree burns on the bottom of her feet, but I worry about what happened to her brain, who in the Hell hikes Mesquite Dunes/ Death Valley  in the Summer in Sandals?  Even if she hadn’t lost the Sandals it still was one of the dumbest things I have heard in a long time, very very stupid. Well I’m not going to say much more, it’s just too hot to sit here and type..LOL

My Photography

I seem to have lost interest in Digital Photography, Medium Format Film Photography to me is beautiful, it seems to have a life of it’s own that differs from digital Photography, I remember an old friend of mine named Don Springer, now Don loved good music, mostly Jazz, he lived for the sound or should I say the quality of the sound, playing records and using vintage tube type amplifiers and good quality speakers, that was Don’s life, I remember going over to Don’s apartment and he would have me sit in a special area in his living room where he had set up his speaker system to bring the best quality and separation to that one spot, that is how I look at Film Photography, the type of film used might have a special nuance of color or grain that even though digital tries to copy it, it just doesn’t seem the same, don’t get me wrong, I love a lot of digital photography but I feel like I need to find the sweet spot in what I am doing by using Film, especially medium format. I will continue shooting Digital but I really want to explore the film usage to a greater extent, looking for my own style within its usage….. The biggest drawback is cost, all those bad shots still cost money, so somehow I just have to stop making bad shots..LOL —- Life goes on… and on and on, oh by the way that reminds me, O’l Don passed away years ago, so I guess for some, no for all, life doesn’t go on and on and does have a end. ~Peace~

My Rant

Today the people of London are being subjected to Terrorism, my heart goes out to them and I hope my friend who lives there is safe. I’m sure the perpetrators were on some sort of USELESS WATCH LIST, they always are.

More locally, I have one of those damn blow up castles with little kids bouncing around in them right outside my back door, the next door neighbors have a large backyard and still decide to put the damn thing right next to the fence just next to my backyard patio. Freedom is going nuts at the screaming little demons… all I can think is — Wish I lived on a Sailboat, for both instances.

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This is the noisy Rubber Castle filled with noisy children, I’m thinking all kinds of nasty terrible things that have to do with a rubber castle flying away.

UPDATE: Seems around 2:30am Geneva heard a bunch of noise outside and the so called adults were enjoying jumping around in the blow up castle while under the influence of whatever makes you do stupid things, well when I got up at 4:30am the generator was still going but the Castle was a pile of colorful rubber, I wonder what the hungover kids will be saying to the little ones about the attack on the Castle walls.

Now for a more quieter moment, this is the child care center at our Community College, I take Freedom there for his walk on weekends.

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Sailing Videos

I watch a lot of videos on the subject of Sailing… My Favorites are:

Sailing La Vagabonde with Riley and Elayna

Two Young Aussies who make you feel quite welcome in their world, lots of good tips on sailing and sailing life, food, traveling. They both make you feel like your a friend sailing with them, now here comes the BUT — But they are upgrading to a Catamaran, with all the electronics and creature comforts of home, I’m not really sure if they will hold my attention when they move over to the Cat.

Another is Junkming with the junk-rigged Corribee Mingming, Capt Roger Taylor.

Roger sails Solo in his 21 foot Sailboat Mingming, Roger sails the Arctic Circle, no creature comforts, no electronics except a handheld GPS, no motor but his new boat Mingming II has a set of Oars, this is exciting sailing, man against the elements, 70 days at a time. Roger has written a few books about sailing in the Arctic, and if you like Whales you’ll enjoy his videos. His Sailboat is modified to have hatches in the roof of the cabin instead of a door at the Companion Way, this keeps water from coming into the Cabin during heavy storms, his safety modifications are interesting which I enjoy reading about, one of the videos I watched he was hit with a big wave and thrown out of bed only to break a rib and have to start sailing back home– a 6 week trip with a broken rib.


Mingming & the Art of Minimal Ocean Sailing: Roger D. Taylor