- Loving my journey around the world. Memories of driving through Colorado and Arizona still are at the tip of my thoughts. Sleeping in my van out in the forests, how pleasant. Clear and bright, you could see for many miles. Out there all alone on a road in the mountains, out of any views of any civilization, evoking a sense of mystery and wonder as I imagined myself as the only human within miles of the area, a nice feeling. In fact, while on this trip I am keeping my eyes open for a new area to live. Tired of where I am living now near Philadelphia, and, I’ve done San Diego, so not here. I’ve heard good things about living in New Zealand, could I end up there? Right now what appeals to me are in the mountains or woods somewhere, away from people. Not that I don’t like to be with you, my mind just likes the away-ness that the mountains provide. I plan on living off the grid, with solar and a water collection system, totally self-contained.Yesterday was Mary Ellen’s birthday. I called to wish her a good birthday, we actually had a nice conversation. It was like the old days when we were good together. I must say, I was quite full of anger after she broke up the family. In fact, I said right to her face, “You’re evil.” In the last couple of years she did do and say some very mean things. It was just hard to believe that we broke up after 23 years of marriage, yet, I see how that can be. Most friends I have contacted and/or met with here have been married two or more times. Yet, the couple who lives two houses down from me where I grew up and I went to visit, has been married at least 50 years? so I know it can work. Yet, their two kids have been married two and three times.The other day, with my friend, Chris, we made salsa. I made enough to give out to friends of mine, I recieved rave reviews (now, someone tell me, what is a “rave”) Planning to make more tonight, should be fun. Seems that I developed a good thing with the salsa.Enjoying having meals out with friends. The other night I was out with two lovely ladies for Mexican food. We had a nice talk as we talked about old times. The last time I was living in San Diego they were my neighbors. Now one is living away from SD, just came down to see me, the other lives in the same place. I was surprised at myself, I was attracted to the blonde and was stroking her leg under the table. She took my hand and we held hands for a time. And, I have been feeling like I could not attract any women these days, I guess that’s not true, was a nice feeling to hold hands. Yes, there is hope for future romance.Yesterday for lunch my friend Tom invited me to ride bikes over to Ocean Beach to have a meal and talk. So, waiting out front with my bike, Tom shows up driving a tandem. I quickly put my bike away and jumped on the back seat and away we pedaled. The restaurant was over-looking the beach and we had a good view, how superb. The shrimp taco was the best I have ever had. Tom is a fireman in Coronado, he rides his bike 20 miles each way to get there, impressive. Tom thanked me for getting him into biking back when we were in high school. I used to race and I kept my bike in top shape by constantly cleaning it and working on it. Tom and I rode with another friend up to Pine Valley, quite a ride back then.As far as eating my delicious shrimp taco, we all do it, usually we just scarf down food and don’t really enjoy it. With the taco I ate slowly and enjoyed every bite, much. If you take the time to really enjoy your meal it will add to your life. Rather then just eat to eat, make it an enjoyable time, you must retrain your brain to think differently about food. In fact, I just finished my daily salad, savoring every bite. Some years back I started eating a salad daily at 4m, a good habit to get into (now, do they have salad in Australia–come on now, just kitting around) I started this habit about the time I gave up drinking any and all soda. My eating habits are changing more lately, getting away from meat, dairy and prepared foods. Kind of fun to live a new life with new eating.In the last few days I went to the elementary, Jr. High and High School that I attended. I promoted my school assembly program. That is something I would very much like to get back to, speaking and motivating people. I am trying to set up to go to those schools the first week after I return, I’ll let you know..I just read what I wrote, seems kind of rambling. I will write soon, perhaps from the plane while flying over the Pacific. Next time the words will be more precise and descriptive.I care about you>>>>KitSeptember 20, 2011
- Today I rode a bike to the place of my childhood, the place where I grew up, OB (Ocean Beach, San Diego, California.) Everything is different, everything has changed, as I have. Talk about change, I feel that on this trip I have been changing. I am seeing and feeling what is important to me. The freedom I have been experiencing is a good thing. I like being with other people, but even with other people we are often alone. We must be comfortable with that. I’ve wanted to keep people I have known over time in my life still, but am seeing that people move in and out of your life, more will come, more will go. Fear of the unknown, I have none. Fear of death, this fear is not a part of me. I’ve lived my life and have tried add to people’s lives, which I think I have, satisfied with that. When death comes, I am comfortable. Nice to live life without any fears.Getting back to my ride. I cruised down streets where I used to play, passing a recreation center where I used to practice juggling. Then I got to Newport Street, the main street where I grew up (I actually grew up at 4522 Newport Street, up in the residential section.) You will find Newport Street here:I remember riding my 7 foot unicycle up and down Newport Street, hard to imagine. In high school metal shop class I had built a 14 foot unicycle, if you can believe it, I even rode that down Newport Street, ducking under power lines. (hard for me to even imagine that.) I talked with some shop owners who remembered me and my unicycles.Although this is where I grew up, I am beyond OB now. Not sure where I will end up spending the next segment of my life. It’s certainly fun to explore where I might want to end up. A tiny home on wheels is going to be my next place to live, I just don’t know where I will place it. I plan to build it myself when I return from down-under (does that mean we are up-over?) Here is the tiny home, hope you are as intrigued as I am:Write you again soon>>>>>>>KitSeptember 17, 2011
At Ocean Beach, where I spent my childhood
Should have stayed in the mountains of Colorado and Arizona longer, not sure what my rush was to get to San Diego. So, bored today, yet seeing friends. Had a lunch of Mexican food in my van today at the beach, quite nice.
My mom finally got a computer to use. I set her up on it, but she still spends time playing solitaire (by herself). While I am here I hope to get her using the computer much more, to advance her mind and such.
I will write you soon again with changes and advancements?The Best To You>>>>>>>>KitSeptember 13, 2011
Writing to you using my new Acer Laptop with a ten inch screen. What a wonderful machine, so light, so small, yet perfect size for travel. Only $248 from Walmart, I checked around the internet and looks to be a very good deal.What a wonderful last couple of days I have had. After leaving Boulder on Sunday evening, I traveled for a time and then found a place to sleep. I am sleeping in my van on a cot/bed, very comfortable. I shower when I stay with people, or, when I am on the road for a few days I will pop into a motel and use their pool for a swim (yes, a big bath.) Before I go in I put a small amount of shampoo on my head so that, once I am in, I can wash my head and body with it. Quite the life.On Tuesday night I got into Salida, a neat little town that has a circus school. I was two days early so I looked around the town for things to do. As you know, I ruined my other laptop and had no way to reach you. I went to the library in Salida to use their computer (bought my new Acer yesterday.) There was a nice old women seating next to me. We had a nice conversation and ended up going to lunch together, a nice talk with “Felice”. Felice happened to know Jennifer, who runs the circus school and set up the presentation. So, we went to visit Jennifer. Jennifer was able to set up a place for me to stay that night, Tuesday. After we talked with Jennifer I drove Felice home. When we arrived I saw two large deer to the side of the house–they looked like statues–then I saw them move. What a wonderful sight. After leaving off Felice it was off to meet up with Jennifer, who lead me to where I was going to stay that night. And, what a wonderful place it is. Lori and her ex-husband built this place into the side of a hill. Stones and wood prevail, large logs. With a horse pasture right out in front and a barn and large garden behind the house and up the hill, it is like paradise. Lori’s two kids were there, and, of course, I taught them to juggle.September 1, 2011
- The workshop in Boulder went quite well. There were only a few people who joined me, yet they were quite advanced in their skill level in juggling.Warren Hammond http://www.wix.com/jugglegod/warrendesign2Bekah Smith www.bekahjuggling.comare each excellent jugglers, They both told me they gained much from the workshop. Next it was south to Salida, Colorado for a workshop I was able to set up at a circus school for tomorrow night.
On the map, the road from Boulder to Salida, Colorado looked somewhat barren and boring, yet, what a fantastic drive. Mountains, forests, streams, small quant villages. Reminded me of Southern Germany. I love to drink fresh clean water from mountain springs. This is something I have not been able to do in years because of where I live. The taste of the water was so refreshing.Going forward on the road, off to the right I saw a dirt road that had a sign saying, “National Forest”. After driving some ways into the superb setting I parked under trees and saw no humans for the whole time I was there– no connection with my phone, my radio could not connect to any stations, no people anywhere. I am enjoying my solitude (wish “you” were here, though.) For that time I was hiking, reading and resting–how pleasant.Drove up on a mountain and found a nice location to park and sleep. Seeing the sun rise was a great experience.I stopped by Walmart to see what type of laptop computers they have. There is an “Acer” 10 inch laptop that would travel well (of course, from now on I will be extra careful if it is plugged in.) I think I will purchase one for my trip.Now I in a library in Salida writing to you. You will more of my journey soon again.August 30, 2011