After reading over the blog I last sent, and hearing from Chris Myers on how I could be less depressing in my writings, I have changed my focus–you will notice a change in what you are reading. Thank you, Chris, for helping me get back in the right state of mind.
Just to make sure it was not broken they took several xrays, and it wasn’t, which I knew. As I wrote in my last email, such a strange injury, I’ve not had anything like this. He gave me a prescription for antibiotics and sent me on my way.
- My father died when I was only six years old. He worked for the Oregon Fish Commission. They had rented a helicopter and pilot and the were looking for log jams on a river. The pilot did not see some high electric wires, they hit them and fell to the ground.
My older brother was taking a bus from San Diego to Baker, Oregon. Because of drugs he was doing so well mentally. No one knows why, but he got off the bus and was hitch-hiking. He stepped in front of an oncoming vehicle and was killed.
About five years after my older brother was killed, my younger brother (who was living in Eastern Oregon) and my older brother’s son were off-roading in a truck. Drinking beer, no seat belt, they rolled the truck, both killed.
About two years ago my mom died from an infection. I never saw life without my mom around, so it affected me deeply and for a time I was devastated
My sister and I never did connect well. After the death of my mother she does not want to connect at all with me now, so another loss.
- There is a cool breeze blowing through the trees.
- Tall trees are all around, beautiful to look at.
Birds in the trees are making their bird noises.
Above the trees a partly cloudy sky is overhead, sun popping through now and then.
There are strips of grass down by the lake, you can see my juggling clubs in grass in the photo.
- Some trees are felled nearby, they just leave them as they return into the Earth.
- I am sitting at a picnic table typing these words to you (with a smile on my face.)
- A honking goose just flew overhead.
- Went for a long bike ride.
- Gathered more firewood.
- Cut my hair (have an electric buzz cutter, I simply put my head down and make sure it all is the same length, turns out nice.)
- Juggled by the lake.
- Read a National Geographic Magazine.
- Wrote these words for you.
- Danced a jig.
- Cleaned my windows in the van.
Made exquisite meals for myself.
My future plans are to visit Gregory at Gballz company while on my way up to see Albert Lucas in Branson, Missouri for a time. Then on to New York City to work with
In the 1970’s, when I was working on and learning so many new tricks–under the leg, behind the back, over the top–there was one trick that was difficult to name. On this trick, while juggling three clubs, the club is thrown between the legs, from the front, so that the club travels over your hip or shoulder to be caught with the other hand and back in the pattern. A long wording, so I decided to give it a name.
In 1976 I went to see a performance of Ice Capades, mainly to see the phenomenal juggler Albert Lucas, who performed in the show. He does the trick I wrote about in the previous paragraph. Not only was he making the juggling throws with that trick, he was skating in a spread eagle and moving while performing the trick. Right then and there, I decided to call the trick, “Albert throws.” Now, all over the world, people are calling this trick “Albert throws.”
Happily married to Ruth for over seven years, they are great together.