- The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or just wonder?)By writing this blog I want to inspire you and show you that–YES, YOU CAN > >• Change your life at any time to make it more magnificent!• Live with little money and still have an excellent life.• Be able to live life getting very little sleep.• Live ANYWHERE in the world and still make your life a fantastic event!• See experiences that will add to and make your life better.• I want to inspire you as to the wonders of the earth.• Perhaps this is my new “gig”, traveling the world doing the same?Design the life YOU want to live, NOW, then live that life.******************************
************************Remember, to read past blog posts, go to http://kitsummers.com/blog/***If you are reading this through Facebook, I can send you the blog by email, which can have more photos. Sent me an email and write “email blog” as the subject and write your name. Send email to >> email@example.com*** If you are not my Facebook friend, yet, please befriend me.***The freedom I am experiencing in my travels is a marvelous thing.***Going where I want, when I want and seeing wonderful places and people.***I will have places to show you and tales to tell.***I will have secrets to unfold and good news!I’m glad to take you on my journeys with me!****************************** ********************************************** ****************Do you use your brain right?Your brain is the ultimate computer. It contains more than 10 billion cells. Messages pass from one nerve ending to another at up to 280 miles per hour going through your brain in nerve-wires.Your brain holds miles of wiring. A computer with some of the same capabilities would weigh over 10,000 tons. (Yes, you are smarter than your laptop.) Like your computer, stay connected to power by eating right.If a computer is disconnected from its input and output, it’s useless. Your brain is the same way; we need our nervous system to tell the body what to do. Program it properly.You have to program that computer for success. For myself, after my accident, the software was still good, but the hardware had to be retrained. In my retraining, I found out that our brains are much faster than a computer.Compared to a current computer the brain seems much slower. With their advanced speed and accuracy, computers can out-calculate us any day, but no computer can help a robot to walk, to swim, or to juggle (at this point, anyway).Computers have a long way to go to catch up with us in thinking ability and memory. Any memory system, be it a biological system such as the human brain, or an electronic system such as a modern computer, must perform four functions.Computers, like our own brain, use input, output, information processing, and storage. Disconnected from input and output, a computer’s control unit would be useless.Similarly, your brain depends on nerves that wire it to the body’s sensory organs and muscles.You have more input into your brain programming than you imagine, train it right.==============================NOW TO MY DAILY EVENTS >>5/31/2019—Back in my home city where I grew up and spent so much time—San Diego, California. But, currently, I just want to get back to the mountains, return to the wilderness.I decided to go and see Balboa Park, where I did so much performing. They had a new thing going on, “Food Truck Friday”. Of course, it was Friday and on the main drag there was a roll of food trucks each with a different cuisine.I did see one juggler, Kenny Shelton, I gave him some suggestions for improving his show and making more money.Tomorrow I will be returning to Balboa Park to see a Facebook friend, Kim Ransom. It took a while to find a location to park and sleep right outside the park. There are so many apartments in the area all the sparking spaces were taken up.Finally, I found a spot and pulled in. It’s a handicapped spot. I had qualified for disabled parking with all my accidents. Yet, when someone might come and investigate my van they will see my unicycle on the back. So, a handicapped man with a unicycle – hmm. I don’t miss-use the privilege, just when I need.So, the night is coming. I will be sipping my glass of wine and gently go off to sleep. Hope you sleep well tonight yourself.June 1, 2019—Slept surprisingly well last night. When I awaken I never know what the time could be, 2am or 6am or ? It ended up that it was after six in the morning, so I slept quite well. I quickly packed up and drove over to Balboa Park, where I am meeting Kim later.Today is the day for the 5k running race in the park, so many runners walking around (hasn’t started yet.) I would join them, but with my asthma, I would last about 100 meters. As you know, I used to love running daily and did. In high school, my fastest mile time was under five minutes.Just got back from an early morning walk through the park. Balboa Park is huge, I just went through a small segment. Of course, with so many trash cans, I picked up trash on the ground where I could a placed it in a trash bin.Wildlife—I saw wildlife! Up at the koi pond, I saw some very large koi fish. Also at the pond, I saw numerous ducks. They seem to eat the grass from the lawn. Then I came upon a mama and her tiny five ducklings, who were also eating lawn and bugs.Saw two squirrels who seemed quite tame, with so many people around they have to be used to humans. I had nothing with me, but it seemed they would have loved to get some food from me.So, if you look, you can find wildlife in cities of the world. Most of the time I would rather be in the wild without humans (except you, of course.)I met with Kim Raskin, what a wonderful lady! We had a Japanese lunch in the Japanese gardens, then went exploring the park. We think the same on many topics, talked with delight today with Kim.Kim and I attended the same high school, her five years ahead of me. So, of course, she is five years smarter than I am?Because wind affects the juggling of scarves, I taught Kim to juggle in the van while sitting. That is the first time I have taught someone that way. It was hilarious. Yet, she did learn and says she will stay with her new skill.6/2—Did some and editing at a McDonalds with their free wifi. I was going to stay parked there and sleep, but I looked up and found a local park where I got some shuteye. Very quiet, a nice sleep for me last night.6/3-5—Connected again with my old friend Diana Navarro. Am staying with her and her husband Ed and a few of her kids who are still around. Five kids and 19 grandkids, a big family.Diana’s son, Seth, wanted me to acknowledge him, so—Hi Sethy.While staying with the Navarro’s, I am still sleeping in my van. Sleeping and working in my van, as you know, I am so comfortable and know this is my home.Ed knew of a trustworthy mechanic who is working on my van now. It had needed some work on the underneath/steering system. At Pep Boys they wanted to charge me over $1000, about $500 here, that makes me smile. Noe at amrautovista.com did superb work and things turned out great.So strange not to have the van for a night. They had needed to keep my van overnight to finish up. The van is such a part of me now, to be without was troubling.When I went in to pick up my van yesterday he told me of some other issues with the underside and the steering system. The total now comes to $1,400. I will have to put it on a credit card, but yikes, where will the money come in from?Yet, you know me and know that I always find a way, which will happen this time, too.With them keeping the van overnight. I feel such a loss without my van, it is such a part of me now. I knew this work needed to be done, finally doing it I am.6/6—Feel kind of strange today. I actually asked myself, “What are you doing living in a van and traveling?” I think I just need to get back to the wilderness. It’s a strange feeling, like I am wasting my life away or something. You tell me, am I?6/7—The van turned out great and will keep me going and able to write to you. Picked up the van this morning, feels great to be getting back on the road.Just wondering what direction will be next for me. I was going to head north along the Pacific coast, but I had set up to present my juggling workshop right before the Boulder Juggling Festival, which takes place on July 5-7. So, looks like I will be taking a slow drive northeast to Colorad0, next.I have until July 2 to be in Boulder, so, I think I will just meander my way there. I saw the south national parks in Utah with Tina, I think I will stay to the north and go to some national forests. Forests I have been to in the past have been spectacular. Perhaps I will even see a wild animal, a bear or an orangutan?What fun I am having, wish you were here with me.****************************** ***************Did you meet my challenge for last week?Pick up trash where you can and dispose of it right.Together we will make the world a better place.Just today I saw a bag laying on the ground. I picked it up and filled it with other trash. Do you do the same? Together we could make the world a better place.My Challenge for you to meet by next week >>Keep a smile on your face for most of the week—make it a new habit in your life.This will make others feel better, and, more important, make you feel better.June 7, 2019
The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or just wonder?)
By writing this blog I want to inspire you and show you that–
YES, YOU CAN > >
- Change your life at any time to make it more magnificent!
- Live with little money and still have an excellent life.
- Be able to live life getting very little sleep.
- Live ANYWHERE in the world and still make your life a fantastic event!
- See experiences that will add to and make your life better.
- I want to inspire you as to the wonders of the earth.
- Perhaps this is my new “gig”, traveling the world doing the same?
Design the life YOU want to live, NOW, then live that life.
***Remember, to read past blog posts, go to http://kitsummers.com/blog/
***If you are reading this through Facebook, I can send you the blog by email, which can have more photos. Sent me an email and write “email blog” as the subject and write your name. Send email to >> firstname.lastname@example.org
*** If you are not my Facebook friend, yet, please befriend me.
***The freedom I am experiencing in my travels is a marvelous thing.
***Going where I want, when I want and seeing wonderful places and people.
***I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
***I will have secrets to unfold and good news!
I’m glad to take you on my journeys with me!
Yes, welcome to California. I had needed gas so I went to a station. $4.19 per gallon was the price, twice the price of what I paid in some states. I will have to limit my driving, I do have my unicycle and bicycle, but hard to pull the van behind me on these.
One good thing about this area is more people use their turn-signal. It really bugs me when people do not let you know what they are doing by using their turn-signal. I hope you do.
Doing what you want to do is an incredible thing. Yet, you must direct your path and your intensity must burn. Back when I juggled I learned to push myself toward the best I could be. Now I try and use the same drive toward all that I do. It is almost a meditation to drive yourself this way. Ultimately, you will learn to meditate your every action.
Once you are able to use this drive, your life can be uplifted and happiness will result from your efforts. I am completely happy, you see. Are you? Everything dies and changes, find happiness as often as you can until then.
I’ve lost much in life, and, almost my life, a few times. What remains is changed, but I can direct how my thoughts go. I am, and you should, be happy—without reason—and do it as often as you can. You have that control.
You can look out and see the bad, or you can see the joys in life. How we look out at the world and our life affects our entire existence. Have a happy heart and look out at the world seeing the splendors of your existence. If you can do that, it makes for a magnificent life.
I often say to myself, “It doesn’t matter, nothing matters”, then I go on to the next thing. Do not make negative or bad things too big in your life. See the good, and then make more good happen for yourself and others. Things are not, “that important.”
Do not resist life, flow with it and try and direct your path toward better things. Just smile and do your best—always. This everlastingly keeps a smile on my face.
Habits—We all have them. Good or bad, we each manufacture how they will be in and affect our life. Bad habits can be changed into good, or dropped altogether.
Mediocrity—so many people aim for that in their life. This simple thing keeps them happy, they do not see that they could have far more than that if they go toward excellence. You have to change your habits of acting, of thinking, of dreaming, and, perhaps, how you see the world, to make a better life.
To go beyond this mediocrity you must learn to give FULL attention and detail to whatever you are doing, and every time.
Life is how we see it. Look for the bad and you will find much. Look for the good and you will find much more of that.
NOW TO MY DAILY EVENTS >>
May 24—Sent my blog off to you this afternoon before I knew I would not be in a wifi area. From Las Vegas I went to see my Facebook from Cole Wagner who is near Yucca, Arizona.
Directions from him had me go on I-40 to Yucca, Arizona. I was told to take the turnoff for Alamo Road, which turns into a dirt road after three miles. A pretty good 20 mile dirt road it was.
Cole said at mile marker 23, look for Six Shooter Road on the right, which I found, then to go to Juniper and go left (all dirt roads, by the way.) Then he said his land was the first driveway to the left.
This is where things got dicey. The driveway had a one-foot mound of dirt to drive over. Then wound around a few different ways and I saw no tire tracks, so I thought it was wrong. Back I went out to the main dirt road to look elsewhere.
What a great adventure I am on.
Twice I almost got stuck in a “wash” (a wash is where, when there is a lot of rain the water follows a track across the road and leaves soft sand/dirt that you can get stuck in.) Scared me, much.
So, I did not know what to do. I decided to drive 15 miles out to a town and hoped my phone would connect from there—it did not. But someone there let me use their phone to call Cole.
I had Cole meet me in a little while at Juniper and Six Shooter Road, somewhere my GPS could get me to. I drove there, parked, and waited for awhile. I saw a man walking toward the van on the dirt road. I said, “Hi, Cole.” He got in and he directed up to the first place a saw, with the big dirt mound at the beginning. His trailer was back in a ways.
Earlier when we talked on the phone he told me there was a food-bank in Yucca, so I stopped by on the way. I told them I was traveling and have a family of four (which I did, previously, so I was not lying.)
They gave me much—including a huge box of potatoes and box of tomatoes and two big slabs of meat—all for Cole. He looked skinny and looked as though he had not been eating. So, I made Cole happy right away.
As you can see from the photos, Cole had an accident with his truck because of a bad foot and crashed into his trailer. I found out it has been this way for about four months. I could not have this and had to provide answers.
There were things under the truck that needed to be removed, we had to lift this truck. Cole said he has four jacks to lift vehicles, but none of them worked. So, I got mine out and we got to work.
Because I did not want to be the cause of anything bad, I did not do any of the placing of the jack or lifting with it, but I helped how I could.
It took awhile, but we finally got his truck free, after four months of being stuck there. My good deed for the year.
May 25—One night parked in my van at Cole’s place, then it was off to the next wander. I think I may have been here when I was age 14 and in the Boy Scouts, but was not sure. Joshua Tree National Park was awaiting.
Names intrigue me. I found out the “tree” was named after the Joshua of the bible, because it looks like the plant is reaching up and praying to God? The name stuck.
And, right before you enter the park you have to go through the town of “Twenty-nine Palms.” I was told that whoever discovered the area counted the palm trees and there were 29. Funny way to name a city.
Where I had my house and raised my daughters, Jasmine and April, I grew vegetables each summer. At one point I had 33 cucumber plants. So, I am going to have them rename the town where I lived, “Thirty-Three Cucumbers.”
Typing to you right now offline and battery power. There are toooooo many people here in Joshua Tree National Park. I’ve written before that I like less people, so many makes it not so nice, like being in a zoo or something. Right now I am parked at an area where you can take walks and there is a picnic area.
There is currently no more parking available, full up with 44 cars (I grabbed a space and hour ago.) So, there must be at least 150 people out looking around just in this small area. I had forgotten it was Memorial Day weekend (get it, “Forgotten-Memorial”?) that is why there are so many folks here.
The desert park of Joshua Tree, about 792,510 acres, lies between the Mojave and Colorado deserts. Where they converge you will find this area that was designated as a national monument in 1936, then a national park in 1994. Nice rock formations and plant varieties.
Learn more about the park here >>
I went to see about doing some hiking myself, where I saw it is over boulders and you know me and boulders. With my vision difficulties and trouble with balance, it is just not safe. In my teens I remember I would run and dance on boulders and jump from one to another. Yes, the days of youth.
Planning to stay here tonight and perhaps tomorrow night, too.
Yet, changed my mind >>
- Too many cars.
- Too many people.
- Dark clouds rolled in.
- All the campsites were full.
- A strong cold wind started.
- Reasons to stay—NONE—off I went.
5/26—I ended up driving to a Walmart, very quiet, where I spent the night. I saw there was a Pep Boys nearby, and my steering seemed to be pulling to the right, but it might have been the wind, so I had them check. The van continues to get a little over 15 miles per gallon and is running excellent.
They did discover there is something in the steering that is stuck, so the alignment could not be set right. They could not loosen it. They used oils and loosening agents, nothing worked. I was told it needs a new one, $1200 cost and then I can have it done. Yet, where will I get the money?
I met “Atlanta” there at Pep Boys who was behind the counter. This pretty lady knew her stuff well and helped me with a smile. I told her about my weekly blog and she wanted to get on the list to receive by email. So, like you, another reader.
5/27-29—Stayed with my old friend Diana Aguilar-Navarro in Vista for a few nights. We lived near each other in the 1980’s; like a sister to me she is. I saw her raise her young boys into successful men, great to see.
Where to next?
Where to next?
At a Walmart again last night. Usually I park on the side or in back because of traffic and noise. Here was limited people and quiet, so I just kept to the parking lot. Slept well last night. As I’ve written before, most Walmarts allow people to park over night and sleep.
A little further south lives my friend, Daniel Powell. We graduated Point Loma High School together and lost touch for many years. After high school he went into commercial real estate. A millionaire before the age of 30, he is living the life that “’he” wants.
A bit disorganized, I’ve been helping him how I can to get things together and going. He had planned a trip to the UK that will last for a month, which he organized some time ago. He leaves tomorrow morning and is not packed, I am pushing him to get it done. I will be driving him to the airport. Seems that he does not really want to go now, but, oh well.
It appears that life frustrates Daniel and he’s bored. He has a Sprinter Van ($100,000) he can live in, I suggested he hit the road and rent out his house (he could make thousands each month with this magnificent home in Solana Beach.) I believe he will love life on the road and his spirits will change.
With traveling I find that I am completely happy, always seeing new things and meeting interesting people. I see how I could continue to do this until I die (or, perhaps I won’t die?)
The secret to happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, it is developing the capacity to enjoy what you have now, which could be less?
And, like me, Daniel is alone and looking.
Any free and single ladies out there who want to travel?
Perhaps be a co-pilot with either me or Daniel?
Any females want to be with a millionaire?
Or, with me, a hundredaire?
5/31—Last night Daniel and I went to the local town. There was music and art shows at many shops. Daniel owns a shopping center property there, we hung out for a while. Food and drinks were abundant, so we did. After awhile I was feeling quite “happy” (if that’s the right word to use for drunk?)
Some of the new friends I made were the enchanting Sue Carr (see suecarr.com) and the posh Monica Simone (see westelm.com). Lovely ladies were many at these events (it drove me crazy—smiling as I type.)
Awoke and there was no clock to see what the time was. As you might know, I do not sleep very much, between 3 and 5 hours a night. Ends up that it was about 2am when I got up and took a shower.
Daniel does not have any wifi at his house, he just uses his phone for all his internet needs. So, this morning I am writing to you and editing past writing on this current blog, all offline.
Just dropped Daniel off at the airport. The airport is near Ocean Beach, my old home town. What’s strange is I do not know what to do or who to go see. I am awaiting two pieces of mail, should arrive today and/or tomorrow.
Also, there is supposed to be a juggling club meeting at Balboa Park, I will be there for that.
Cloudy and cold today here in SD. I remember, most morning clouds are all around, slowly burn off as the sun makes his shine.
Did you meet my challenge for last week?
“Make three news friends by next Friday.”
One is Cole Wagner.
Another is lovely Atlanta Lyles.
Third is classy Monica Simone.
My Challenge for you to meet by next week >>
Pick up trash where you can and dispose of it right.May 31, 2019
- The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or just wonder?)By writing this blog I want to inspire you and show you that–YES, YOU CAN > >Change your life at any time to make it more magnificent!Live with little money and still have an excellent life.Be able to live life getting very little sleep.Live ANYWHERE in the world and still make your life a fantastic event!See experiences that will add to and make your life better.I want to inspire you as to the wonders of the earth.Perhaps this is my new “gig”, traveling the world doing the same?Design the life YOU want to live, now, then live that life.***************************************************REMEMBER, TO READ PAST BLOG POSTS, GO TO*** >>***http://kitsummers.com/blog/***If you are reading this through Facebook, I can send you the blog by email, which can have more photos. Sent me an email and write “email blog” as the subject and write you name. Send email to >> email@example.com*** If you are not my Facebook friend, yet, please befriend me.***The freedom I am experiencing in my travels is a marvelous thing.***Going where I want, when I want and seeing wonderful places and people.***With this blog I want to help open your mind to more of the splendor of the world.***I will have places to show you and tales to tell.***I will have secrets to unfold and good news!I’m glad to take you on my journeys with me!*****************************************I used to have a talent of being an exceptional juggler, have you seen >>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZALVajgH6QThen my first accident >>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr8QFnD1yGc&t=16sA strong curiosity brought me to where I was and am now.I remain playfully and passionately curious about most everything in this life we live.Anymore, I have no “special” talents, but I have a great curiosity about the earth and life here. I wonder how bats fly, what worms eat, why people yawn, how light is processed in our eye, why some people can do splendid art and some can’t (me).Remember back when you were young all the curiosity you had, what happened to it? I find that bringing on a great curiosity makes the wonders of the earth stand out.Being relentlessly and randomly curious about everything around us is something that each of us can push ourselves to do, every moment of our life. Bring back that curious nature, bring back that play and joy – it will add much to your life.*******************************5/18-19—Not much to write to you about in the last week. I have continued to be at Las Vegas Circus Center, helping how I can and spending time. Michelle and Brand Hunt are the owners and are excellent hosts for my time here.Brand has built such a great training center for circus. They have not even had their big “Grand Opening”, I believe this place will be very successful.Brand has done excellent with his other business, which brought in the money so he could build the circus center. Take a look >> crankuptheamps.com5/23—Finally back on the road again. I had been waiting for some mail that was supposed to come into Las Vegas Circus Center for me. It was supposed to be here today but did not arrive. I have missed being on the road, in my adventure, so I am having Michelle forward the mail to me to San Diego and I got back on the road.Off to Costco first for a gas fill-up, $83 later I am smiling as I see a full gas gauge. Whenever I go to Costco for gas I go inside for “sampling”. There were about ten spots to “sample” the food, good stuff. I go front to back and try each, then on return, I do again. So, that was my dinner tonight.Had to drive for a while to finally get out of the LV area. As you might know, Las Vegas is down in a valley. I left in the afternoon, so, of course, there was much traffic.I took the turnoff to go see Hoover Dam, but then I thought, Oh Damn!, I don’t want to see a man-made dam. So, I turned around and headed down the road.Taking highway 93 south to Kingman, AZ in the evening, I saw a turnoff, “Kingman Wash Access Road”, and I knew it was for me. I got onto the dirt road and drove a ways from the freeway, back into my zone. Away from people and traffic, on my own again. But, of course, I always treasure being with you.Sitting here typing to you, while eating chips and salsa and seeing wilderness out the windows, makes me happy again. Anymore, I can only spend so long in a city, then I must move on. Most all cities are the same, I like nature much much better.5/24/19—As you know, I lost my wallet last week. I heard that in Arizona you can get a license for a low price of $10. Also, my van is due to be registered again, which would be able $70. So, I got a new drivers license and also registered the van in Arizona—who would ever think—all this for a low price of $68.94. Then in the future, I can do the annual registration over the internet. Seems that I always find a way.Did you meet my challenge for last week?My Challenge for you to meet by next week >>Make three news friends by next Friday, I will.May 24, 2019
The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or just wonder?)By writing this blog I want to inspire you and show you that–YES, YOU CAN > >• Change your life at any time to make it more magnificent!• Live with little money and still have an excellent life.• Be able to live life getting very little sleep.• Live ANYWHERE in the world and still make your life a fantastic event!• See experiences that will add to and make your life better.• I want to inspire you as to the wonders of the earth.• Perhaps this is my new “gig”, traveling the world doing the same?Design the life YOU want to live, now, then live that life.******************************
*********************REMEMBER, TO READ PAST BLOG POSTS, GO TO*** >>***If you are reading this through Facebook or at my website,I can send you the blog by email, which can have more photos.Sent me an email and write “email blog” as the subject.*** If you are not my Facebook friend, yet, please befriend me.***The freedom I am experiencing in my travels is a marvelous thing.***Going where I want, when I want and seeing wonderful places and people.***With this blog I want to help open your mind to more of the splendor of the world.***I will have places to show you and tales to tell.***I will have secrets to unfold and good news!I’m glad to take you on my journeys with me!****************************** ***********Just sent the last blog off to you. Hardly hearing from anyone about my words. I am Facebook friends with many authors and writers. How could I improve my prose?I do know that good writing is a matter of heavy proof-reading and editing. I go over my material numerous times to get the best words to you.Accepting ChangeBy losing my wallet and by going through my accident some years ago, I came to realize how much I had lost, and then, how much I have gained. Every change we go through, good or bad, we learn from.That is, if we look for the learning that can be gained from the experience. I am almost glad the accident happened; I have grown and learned so much through every accident and damaging thing that has occurred.Life is a series of endings and new beginnings. Many people get stuck at an ending, get depressed, and find it very difficult to let go and move on.My juggling and past life were gone, time to get on with other things. We have to learn from what happens and then move on to better times. You can do this; I’m here to help. See change as a good thing.Make the Change—We can all change; many of us (like me) have to. It is even possible for a cigarette smoking, out of work, overweight, fifty-three-year-old man, who is not physical and doesn’t work out, to change, dramatically. We have to face it, change is good for advancement.Yes, you can change. Not changing or challenging ourselves is a way of not growing. Each of us in this world has to see that change is good for us. Help others, as much as possible, to get through their changes. See that, everyone, at times needs help, we are all the same.We are not DifferentIn going through my big change, some people around me were unsure of how to act toward me. These people didn’t know how different I might be. They didn’t seem to know at what intelligence level I might be or what emotions I might have at the time.People who have suffered brain injury are as different from each other as people are who have not suffered a brain injury, don’t classify everyone the same. Also, many people are afraid that what has happened to others might also happen to them.Some people are uncomfortable with hearing about our loss and particularly the anger of our change. Help these people learn about you, as you learn about them. Help people move forward toward their success.What’s Holding You Back?Challenges and changes are a way of life. From when I first attempted to ride my 14-foot unicycle to pole vaulting over 18 feet to juggling machetes to walking across a 15-foot bed of hot coals, I’ve welcomed challenges in my life.Many people try their hardest to avoid challenges and change.They don’t take any chances, so that way they avoid any change in life. These people like to play it safe and just stay within their comfort zone. The people who have really accomplished much and excelled in life have taken chances and continued to advance throughout their entire lives.Along with success, these people who have also had a tremendous loss. Your risks and chances can be controlled though; don’t just try something without doing some research. Growth is an ongoing process. Change is good for advancement.You Can Do It, Too!Some of the most successful people in the world have gone through a terrific amount of change. In order to change, we have to see what is holding us back, see what keeps us stuck, and then we have to get out of our comfort zones. We can’t worry about things that “might” happen, but deal with them as they do come up. You make your world, be it a heaven or a hell.============================== =====Now on to my daily journal of the excellent trip I am on.5/10/19—Just sent my blog off to you, and a long one it was. Did you read the whole thing? Or did you just look at the pictures?After one day, I had enough of Las Vegas. After all, just another big city. So, I looked on freecamping.org for somewhere to get “away”. I was sent to Lovell Canyon Road, and lovely it is.(I’m glad you like my blog, Liisa, as I like you.)I took Route 160 west out LV and turned right on Lovell Canyon Road. Did not see anything for some time, then I started seeing campers pulled a ways off of Lovell, their campsite for the night.I saw on a sign that there was a campsite in five miles (not that I need a campsite to camp.) The road started to get a little dicey, with the rains last night making puddles, so I picked a spot and here I am.It is Friday, I have until Monday when I told Brand I would be back to Las Vegas Circus Center (LVCC). Brand owns and runs this fantastic place. The reason I am staying around is LVCC has a juggling meeting on Wednesday night, I said I would teach a class on 3 ball tricks, so I will.I just wonder how long I can last up here in the woods. As you might know, I get bored easily. But, I have weights to lift, bicycles and unicycles to ride, shoes to run, juggling stuff to throw, things to work on on the van, and, of course, we can’t forget the beer and wine. So, how long will I last?I must say, I love being out in the woods where I don’t have to put up the window covers to block out the light, at, for instance, a Walmart. And, the quiet right now is amazing, yet, I would rather here birds and animals (especially, elephants.)I still keep the van very clean and organized, with a home this small it is something that you MUST do. Dishes get washed as soon as they are used. Everything is kept in its place and expertly clean.Also, I floss and brush every night (no, not my toes, my teeth.) And, I shower every few days, too (BTW, how do you “take” a shower? Where do you take it to?) I know it is awful to smell like yourself, seems kind of dumb that people think that. Do you want to smell my feet?5/11—Stayed laying in bed until the sun was partially up, nice.My favorite, potatoes, and onions with ketchup for breakfast, nice.As the sun is just coming up, already getting warmer, nice.Typing to you this morning, nice.Well, should be a “nice” day, yes?Lovell Canyon was a good get-away for me. Did some biking, juggling and unicycling, a good time. Overnight and some of the next day was a fantastic getaway.5/12—Found and stayed at a Walmart to the south and west of Vegas. There is somewhere I can plug in and charge my things. Writing to you at 4am, now.Met today with Rejean St Jules, another excellent juggler who changed careers, like Anthony Gatto. For a time Rejean was in real estate, not he is buying, fixing up, and selling furniture and special things. Enjoy Rejean’s old “excellent” juggling act >>Kind of a slow day. Basically, I am just waiting for some mail to arrive from New Orleans mailed by my friend Kyle. And, of course, teach the juggling class Wednesday night.I found out that they do not allow overnight sleeping at this Walmart. But someone told me I could park overnight at Lowes. I will do that or simply park in a residential area. I’ll let you know.So many people around me, and, of course, you are my friend. But felt very lonely and sad today. Still getting used to this new life on the road.Had to go.Last night I drove out to the wilderness yet again. I can only take so much in any city. It was evening and starting to get dark and I went to Red Rock Canyon. So close to Vegas (about 15 miles), yet so different. Wish I had more time to explore, I may have to return. Take a look >>5/13—Today I met with Dick Franco for breakfast at the Circus Circus casino. We talked for three hours, a great talk.I first met Dick in 1976 when he was in San Diego to practice in the nice weather before his first big “gig” as a juggler in a circus tour. He practiced daily, I was there practicing every day alongside this magnificent juggler.You jugglers might now know, Dick had the last name of “Francis” at birth. He changed his last name because “Franco”, which sounds more European and also because there is that guy who writes books who uses his original name.At age 67, Dick is retired from juggling, after advancing the juggling world much. He has developed many companies, one of which he buys and sells classic cars all over the world. A happy guy is Dick.Here is Dick, enjoy his work >>Like Anthony Gatto and Rejean St. Jules, Dick is very inventive and has taken his drive toward juggling success and gone in other directions. I guess that is like me and my company, summerssalsa.com5/14—As you might remember, I had taken my van to a Pep Boys about the front end, when I drove on bumpy dirt roads something didn’t sound right. That Pep Boys gave me a quote of over $4,000, I could not believe it. They wanted to change many things—shocks, struts, my underwear and more.Today I went to a different Pep Boys and let them know my circumstances. They come back with a quote around $300—I was so happy. They repaired/replaced the Moog Idler Arm and the van is back to being excellent.These guys also let me know I need to replace my tires. So, I went to the place where I bought the tires, Costco, and was told the tires are good for another 5,000 miles, that news also made me happy.Right now it is 7pm and I found a place to park a half-hour ago. I do not like to park in a residential area because it might scare people, unless I find a place with few homes. What works better is to find a business/office area, where I am parked on the street.In Vegas, there are freeways going all around the city. Because of noise, I find a location away from busy roads for a quieter night. There are a few vehicles passing by, but it will become less and less and night falls (boy, I hope it doesn’t fall on my head—that would hurt!)I remember Las Vegas back in the 1970s and 80’s, there was just one main road going through – Las Vegas Blvd. Yet, the town has grown in size by at least a factor of ten.(Miss you, Tina.)5/15—Slept well last night, not the usual for me.Wondering where I will be going next?Should I come and see you?Then I connected with my Facebook friend who lives near Yucca, Arizona. So, going to visit Cole Wagner.5-16—Last night I was at the juggling club at the LVCC. There were about ten jugglers there and things went very well as people advanced. Yes, new friends were made. I sold books, that made me happy.This afternoon I met with my old friend Vladik Miagkostoupov. An excellent juggler, watch him here doing a new “goulish” act, you will see some amazing juggling >>His two daughters were with him when we met. His 3-year-old was cute, his 7-year-old could already juggle and do other circus things.Vladik’s father is a performer who I met many years ago. Vladik still speaks Russian and is teaching his daughters, it’s kind of cute. Here is more on Vladik, an amazing man >>Still out at LVCC awaiting a package in the mail. Should be here tomorrow, or the next day.5/17/19—What a day. I heard much about The Valley of Fire near Las Vegas, I finally had to go. About 70 miles away, I had made most of the drive last night.Kept looking for a turnoff to take to get off the main road, but could not find. I ended up at a big truck stop, with a lot of trucks there. You may not know, many truck drivers keep their engines going all night as they sleep, I guess they are hard to start up. Yet, the noise.It was hard to find a place in the back where I would not hear the noise. Eventually, I found a place and parked for the night. Got some sleep.TROUBLE>Before I left I reached in to get my wallet where I keep it in the van, it was not there! I checked many more places, could not find—oh no.As I have written before, when something bad happens, I don’t get upset, I search for solutions, first thing. I just know that I will always find a way to make it.I keep minimal cash in my wallet, most is keep in the van. I only have one credit card in my wallet, others I keep in the van. I keep a record on my computer of each thing that is in the wallet, with account numbers, expiration dates, and the code for the card, and the phone number to call about the missing card. This is something I suggest you do, too.Driving into the valley early, being the only one there, was intriguing. The whole park is kept very clean and nice, had a great drive through. Took many pictures, included are a few. But, I could not capture the true magic of the place, watch this film to see.This film captures the true beauty of the valley >>Incredible views.Back and LVCC again, this is an incredible place. As word spreads, I know that more and more and more people will be here to do circus and to work out.My Challenge for you to meet by next week >>May 17, 2019
The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or just wonder?)By writing this blog I want to inspire you and show you that–YES, YOU CAN > >Change your life at any time to make it more magnificent!Live with little money and still have an excellent life.Be able to live life getting very little sleep.Live ANYWHERE in the world and still make your life a fantastic event!See experiences that will add to and make your life better.I want to inspire you as to the wonders of the earth.Perhaps this is my new “gig”, traveling the world doing the same?Design the life YOU want to live, now, then live that life.***************************************************REMEMBER, TO READ PAST BLOG POSTS, GO TO*** >>***http://kitsummers.com/blog/***If you are reading this through Facebook or at my website,I can send you the blog by email, which can have more photos.Sent me an email and write “email blog” as the firstname.lastname@example.org*** If you are not my Facebook friend, yet, please befriend me.***The freedom I am experiencing in my travels is a marvelous thing.***Going where I want, when I want and seeing wonderful places and people.***With this blog I want to help open your mind to more of the splendor of the world.***I will have places to show you and tales to tell.***I will have secrets to unfold and good news!I’m glad to take you on my journeys with me!*****************************************Just sent the blog off to you. Hardly hearing from anyone about my words. I am Facebook friends with many authors and writers. How could I improve my prose? I do know that good writing is a matter of heavy proof-reading and editing. I go over my material numerous times to get the best words to you.I have many new people receiving this blog, I wanted to let people learn of my background >>And, I thought getting hit by a truck back in 1982 and resulting 37 day coma was my big life-change. Little was I to know that things would start getting worse and worse beginning in 2009 –changes were on the way.There were many hard lessons learned through these things that happened.>>> The changes in my life started piling up.>>> My trust in and respect for people was diminished.>>> My future looked bleak once again.>>> I was leading a lonely life.>>> Finally, in 2011-12, magnificence came back into my life.You will see that I went through hard and tragic times, but also took a five-month trip away, first driving across the country, then going to Australia for a month then New Zealand for a month. That brought joy to my life, which made all the bad all right again.Also, I met Tina; we connected very well and are both happily in love. Additionally, my mind focused on finishing this series of books to help you in your life.Right now, I must say, this book is written to advance your life, not to tell you the difficulties I have gone through. As you read this book be open and looking for ideas to benefit you.I am hoping to pass some lessons learned on to you. I chronicled the following as things were occurring. The ensuing list of events is unedited, written at the time it was happenings.April 3, 1982 – Performing as a headliner at Ballys Casino in Atlantic City, I had hit the big time! After nine months of performing there, I was crossing a street while in a terrible rainstorm and I was hit by a truck. After going through a 37-day coma, I had to relearn to do everything physical again. I knew what today, I had to retrain my body again. No, I am not “back”, I will never be as I was. Can things get any worse?The end of June 2009 – Over the summer of 2009, my wife of 23 years took my two daughters and left: the death of my marriage and family was around the time of Michael Jackson’s death. A comparison I have thought much about. I’ve been devastated at the break-up of my family. Still crying daily and it’s already been a year out.Cannot understand why I cannot deal with this change. Actually, it seems much more devastating to me then getting hit by a truck. We were good together for many years, then, when our daughters entered the picture, my wife’s focus seemed to go totally toward them. I found out that a relationship can be one of the most difficult things that a person does. Can things get any worse?August 3, 2009 – Driving while crying, not a good combination. I was thinking about my family loss and crying a lot when someone was suddenly stopped right around a curve in the road in the middle of the road directly in front of me. I could not stop, and my van hit the back of their car. I later checked into it and the people in the other car did not get harmed; I cared. My van was totaled, and I have not had a vehicle for some months. I’ve learned never to drive when I am in that state of mind. Can things get worse?April 8, 2010 – With no van I was commuting by bicycle. With a smile on my face as I rode down Chichester Avenue, I saw a truck coming toward me as I was approaching an intersection that had a light. He got in the left-hand turn lane, thoughts flashed in my mind, “No, not again.” I saw him crushing me as my clavicle, my knee and three ribs were broken; and, as a result, more operations. First, my knee was put back together with two pins, and then a plate had to be placed in my shoulder. Some months in the hospital and rehab, again, oh the food . . . Once I got home, it was difficult because I was alone at that point, with no vehicle. Can things get worse?The middle of June, 2010 – Made payments toward the purchase of a van owned by Mohamed Elmani in the amount of $1,670, then he sold the van to someone else and disappeared. The DA tells me he left the state. Can things get any worse?End of June, 2010 – CJ and Michelle Jones, who were renting a room at my home, sold me their van for $600, I have signed receipts. Also, I had loaned them $300, I have receipts for this loan, too. They took the van and hit the road and never paid me. Can things get any worse?June 27, 2010 – Had some other unscrupulous people renting rooms from me (boy, I really pick-‘em), I did not see that coming. My wallet was taken from my house. I had gone to a debit machine with a renter because he wanted to borrow some money; I guess he witnessed me entering my pin number for the card. My two debit cards were used totaling an amount of $3,058.86. Police could not find the guy. Can things get any worse?August 16, 2010 – At 1:30am someone was in my house, I caught them, looked them in the eye. I went into the other room and called 911, the police could not find the perpetrator. Here is what was taken:Desktop computer, value $600Laptop computer, value $30032′ LCD Sharp television $500Philips DVD player $49.95Surge protector $20Cable for TV $50Cost to replace bedroom screen on the window where the thief entered my home $40Total loses $1,559.95Because of all I have been doing through, I didn’t care anymore if I got injured. I was going to go to the kitchen and get a knife to hold this guy until the cops came. Yet, I didn’t do that. When the cops arrived they did not find this perpetrator. Can things get any worse?August 28, 2010 – I was out watering my plants at about 7am. The guy next door, Craig, approached the fence and started telling me I could not talk to him ever again. He went on and on and on – I remained silent. Then he started threatening me and said, “How about I pick up this big rock and throw it at you?” – which he did throw at me. He hit me in the right clavicle area where I had surgery in April after getting run over by a truck. Of course, where he hit me in the clavicle area with the big rock hurt tremendously and hurts me still today, Monday. Perhaps it is re-broken? The throwing of the rock was witnessed by Richard Rodriguez, who lives across the street, and he called the police. The police came, and a report was written. Also, this “Craig” made a threat against Richard’s kids, asking Richard, out of the blue, “So, where are your kids now?”One scary man he is.There is past history with Craig. An ex-marine, he leads a strange life. We used to, somewhat, get along with each other. I’ve always tried to be friendly with him. Then he changed. Very angry, has no friends and lives alone, except for two dogs, in a house that has all the windows covered. A few weeks ago he threatened to jump the fence and come over, and, his words, “really mess you up”. I had hardly said a word to bring it on. I called the Trainer, PA police and they filed a report on this incident. Can things get any worse?September 2, 2010 – Just last night at 11:30pm I was awakened by a noise. They were very quiet, but I could tell that someone was in the house. I was silent while waiting to hear where they were, then quietly checked the other bedroom. In the morning, I found that they had entered through the window in the other bedroom, and then exited out the back door. If I had seen them I would have jumped them, at this point I don’t care what happens to me, I am sick of what has gone on. Can things get any worse?September 20-October 19, 2010 – The person who lives next door to me, Craig, had called the cops and told them I had threatened to shoot him with a gun (I did no such thing.) The police were at my door to escort me to see a judge. I was reeling with all these events, sent into a sad abyss. My mind and heart were looking down a path that was very sad.The judge read the charges:1) Terrorist threats with intent to terrorize another2) Harassment – subject other to physical conduct.3) Disorderly Conduct Hazardous Physical Offense.Shocked at these charges, there was nothing I could do; I was not allowed to say a thing! The judge announced that I was to go to jail for a psychological examination. Handcuffs were placed on my wrists and I was taken away in a van used to transport criminals. I had to suffer being in jail for a full month. You will read more of my jail time in chapter 27. Can things get any worse?November 5, 2010 – Out of jail now and having no vehicle currently, I rode my bike out to the bank and Wal-Mart to take care of some business. On the return, just a few blocks from my home, I somehow lost balance while riding slowly and fell to the side. My shoulder was hurt badly, but worse, my head hit the street when I went down. Right away I started hearing it—a sound in my ears like when you listen to a seashell. I later found out I would have this ringing in my ears for the rest of my life. I laid there for a time wondering what to do then slowly got up and continued the ride home. The next day I had someone take me to the hospital for an x-ray of my shoulder, which did not seem to be broken. Then, one week later I went to see my personal doctor. He suggested I get an MRI of my shoulder and a brain scan. It was just today, as I am writing this, that I saw him. The ringing in my ears continues, but, getting used to it, never having any silence is quite strange. Can things get any worse? – NO!Not a good couple of years, I guess things can get worse?>>> So far, total financial loses for the year is over $10,000.>>> Mentally, this year has drained me a great deal.>>> Feeling sorry for myself?I don’t think so, but learning how terrible some people and life can be.Every change and challenge I went through I told myself, “Oh, good, more material for my book”, but, a guy can only take so much. I do not live my life in fear of the next bad circumstance coming up, I live with joy about what I was experiencing and learning.A good life is a matter of how we deal with circumstances that come up, face those challenges, and then use this knowledge to deal with future changes. I’m actually glad I went through all these challenges because I can now use this knowledge to help you.My aim in life is to bring you to the next higher level in your life by applying and using the ideas from this book series.***********************************************************************************BACK TO THE TRAVELS OF KIT >>In the last blog post, I mentioned that I came upon some financial trouble and could use some help. The only people I heard from were Chris and Dena Myers, such good friends they are. Thank you for sending the financial help that you did, that helped.Kind of surprised me that I did not hear from more of you, at least to let me know that you could not help right now. Maybe no one is reading my posts?5/3/19—Did much driving today, might have been 455 miles. Heading to meet up with my friend, Daniel Powell, in Tucson. Which will be a quick and easy drive for me tomorrow, having put in so many miles today.Tonight I have found a quiet dirt road to park and sleep on. No one will disturb me (unless you come by, of course.) Will be quite dark, no lights anywhere around. I will sleep with a smile on my face.5/4—Roberta DolanaHad lunch today with my Facebook friend Roberta Dolana. A sexy 82-year-old beauty, such a good day. Roberta has a teaching system for young people to learn faster and better. I gave her some ideas to get her ideas to the right people to have it take off—hope it does.Daniel Edward PowellDaniel Powell and I went to and graduated high school together in 1977. Daniel has done very well in real estate, becoming a millionaire in his 20’s. He kept up with my travels through this blog and decided to meet up with me on his way to Philadelphia to see his daughter.He drove his hundred thousand dollar travel van out to Tucson and we met up at a Walmart.I had an appointment about the van for Pep Boys at 10am. When I went on dumpy dirt roads my passenger side front sounded like something was loose or something.While the van was being looked at off Daniel and I went to the weekly meeting of https://sites.google.com/view/tucsonjuggling. Great to meet new friends who juggle, a few of us already knew each other. Sold a number of books, a good thing.Back to the van to find out the bad news, I was told to fix everything would be over $4,000. Yikes! I made sure that was nothing that would harm me, and off I went after discovering that. There is nothing urgent, I will eventually get the repairs I need.Next—Saguaro National Park is in southern Arizona. Its 2 sections are on either side of the city of Tucson. The park is named for the large saguaro cactus, native to its desert environment. In the western Tucson Mountain District, Signal Hill Trail leads to petroglyphs of the ancient Hohokam people. In the eastern Rincon Mountain District, Cactus Forest Drive is a loop road with striking views of the desert landscape.Found only in a small part of the USA in the Sonoran Desert, the giant saguaro has a slow growth cycle and long lifespan – studies show that the cactus grows between 1 and 1.5 inches in the first eight years, flowers begin production at 35 years of age, and branches, or arms, normally appear at 50 to 70 years of age.An adult saguaro is considered to be about 125 years of age, and may weigh 6 tons or more and be as tall as 50 feet; a saguaro’s lifespan can be up to 250 years! Taking all of this into account, seeing the saguaros up close is even more impressive; and there are another 24 species of cactus found within the park as well!5/6 – 5/7—Was with Daniel, so I did not write the last few days. The camper/home he drives is different from mine, his is a Mercedes Sprinter van he paid $100,000 for. Inside is much bigger and he has everything. Yet, I like my home on wheels better that I purchased for $3,000 and fixed up myself.So, there are two Saguaro National Parks near Tucson, one to the east and one to the west. YesterdayDaniel and I went through the east park, today I did the west park by myself. Both are quite different.The east is much more hilly, the west is more desert-like. You can see from the photos from last week and this.For tonight I had found a Walmart to sleep at, but I am sick of sleeping at Walmarts. So, I did a search and found a local park. Looks to be that it is very quiet and will be dark. Should sleep well, if not awakened by cops. I will let you know.Awoken by a cop at 1am, wondering what I was doing there. After I explained things he allowed me to stay the night and I was able to get back to sleep. That is surprising because I can hardly ever get back to sleep and awakening.5-8-19—So, what to do today? There is a Phoenix juggling club that meets tonight. I have a location, but the source is quite old. I will let you know later.Went to Best Buy to have some things done to my computer and learning from them. I love improvements, as you know, received some today.The juggling tonight is in Encanto Park, which is in Phoenix. Before that though, I could not stay any longer in any city. I found South Mountain Park and here I am now. Typing and editing while at a beautiful park is much better than any city place.Desert all around me, I love it. I will do some hiking, some bicycling and take some more photos for you. Sounds like a good day to me.Right now I am at Encanto Park waiting for jugglers. I started the ten-mile drive over here in the afternoon. Right away there was much traffic, much like every other big city. One big traffic jam—YIKES! And, need I tell you, seems that every big city has massive road and bridge construction, it’s never-ending.BEING WITH AND IN NATURE IS WHERE I BELONG!5/9—On my way to Vegas I was passing Lake Mead, a national recreation area, so naturally, I had to stop. A large man-made (and mame-made too, I’m sure.) Not much to see here, I was just there briefly.Many of the parks I go to look too human designed. Or, there are too many humans there. That is how Yellowstone is—TOO many people and too “designed”. Old faithful was, well, faithful. But, I could have simply seen a video on the occurrence. Many videos of all the national parks, but some you do have to “experience” and take part in.Big Bend NP was that way for me. I went to this park a few times and loved every time. Each time was different, too.Every city I have to stay in I type into GPA “park” and find one away from traffic. Sometimes I get awakened by cops, but I just move on. Most of the time I can get good sleep even in a local park.The contrast in the landscape between Tucson and Phoenix is much. Tucson is very dry, no one had a front lawn—rocks and pavement served the purpose. As I got into Phoenix I noticed many homes with lawns, and the parks, too.Perhaps you know of my dislike of huge lawns that soooo many Americans have. Upkeep, chemicals, dead lawns—YIKES!If every person grew vegetables and fruit in their front and back yards we could have an abundance of food. And, it would not be much more work than a lawn. You pay someone to take care of your lawn, you could pay the same to have someone take care of your vegetable garden.Tomorrow is Friday, the day I publish my blog. I often wonder if what I am typing makes any difference in the world. Am I just wasting my time and no one is reading my words? Yet, I also do this for me to bring back great memories and experiences.Found a park to park and sleep in last night. YES, I was awakened at midnight – not by cops, but by a bit bolt of lightning and the resulting thunder sound. Then the rains started, kept me awake. Tina always slept great with the sound of raindrops dancing on the roof of the van, I had trouble, but eventually got back to sleep.My van needs some work, and, Dave, who I have gone to for many years for my auto work suggested going to Counts Kustomz in Las Vegas to get the work accomplished. I will let you know later how things turned out.It ended up that they could not help with my van, ooog. There I was, sitting in my van, ready to go, but where and would the van make it? At this point I almost had tears appearing in my eyes. Then I remembered I had looked up Las Vegas Circus Center and wrote down the address.Michelle and Brand Hunt are wonderful people, and their place to teach circus is huge. We have set up to have me teach at the next juggling meeting, next Wednesday. Until then I will be seeing other friends here and might head up to the local wilderness—I have to have my nature.Take a look >>lasvegascircuscenter.comFor the weekend I will be headin’ for the hills. Can only stay away from nature a few days at this point. Find me here >> https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lovell+Canyon+Campground…./@36.0852919,-115.0045288,4172m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c8a3f94bf5968b:0x661e7363c01510db!8m2!3d36.0597596!4d-115.5618941?authuser=0So, make your week a fantastic event!May 10, 2019