BLOG 227–Experiences or Things?

With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.

*** The joy I am experiencing in life is a marvelous thing!
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*** Hit by two trucks, one involving a 37-day coma, I remain happy.
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*** Thanks, my wife, Beth, for editing and adding to each weekly blog.
*** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
*** Secrets to unfold and good news!


It’s a matter of challenging myself, YES.
Always remember that life experiences are much more important than “things.”
The Boulder Juggling Festival was upcoming.
Shall I make the drive?

Here it is >>
The more challenges you have, the better your life can be!

The answer I came up with was “YES!” I will miss Beth much, but I will see how I do. We must never forget this is our only life; we must face challenges and do as many “new” things as possible. I am 64 years of age now; I continue to try new things all the time.
As long as you don’t harm yourself–get out there and do it!
When you choose experiences over things, your brain will think differently than when you buy something. Use experiences as chances for personal growth and development. Every day try and find a way to have even more experiences. It doesn’t matter how big or small; make sure you apply yourself and create new things daily.
Now is the time, do it now as opposed to later.
You will find, with time, that experiences bring more joy to your life.
Read more books, and challenge yourself more often.
Expand your abilities as much as possible.
Expand your mind!

Not only do experiences bring more joy into your life, they also help us enlarge your horizons. For example, interacting with people from different countries and cultures to our own gives us a sense of outlook, remembering that the whole world doesn’t center around us and where we are from.

What new stories are you ready to write?

Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have a unique ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking.

They are so interesting, challenging, and essential on our path to joy, happiness, and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.
Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.
I hope to inspire you with my words.
Words have power.
Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
At any age, you can (and should) make changes to make your life better.
How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible, determines everything in your life, and it all derives from your quality of thinking.


Just as positive words can make someone smile, and a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real time. You have this control!
You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — Your Thinking —and that’s where motivational quotes come in!
To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity to improve and get closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it!

Self-talk is so essential—THINK RIGHT!
Motivational words, yes, they are just words.
But they are positive words; they will keep you on track.

Don’t forget that you are only as young as the last time you changed your mind!
Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement.


“Everyone has different life experiences, making them who you are.
Your experiences are strictly yours.
And mine are just unique to me.
Make new experiences all the time.” 
Kit Summers
“I’ve never attended culinary school, but I love cooking.”
Keshia Knight Pulliam
“The only source of knowledge is experience.”
Albert Einstein
“Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.”
Rita Mae Brown
“I didn’t fail.
It was a learning experience.”

“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.”
John Keats
“Experience is the teacher of all things.”
  Julius Caesar
“Every experience, good or bad, is a priceless collector’s item.”
Isaac Marion
“Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside.”
Karl Kraus
“Learning from experience is a faculty rarely practiced.”
Barbara W. Tuchman
“Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is more intellectual play.”
Immanuel Kant
“Learn from every mistake because every experience, particularly your mistakes, is there to teach you and force you into being more of who you are.”
Oprah Winfrey

“Life is a journey with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy.” Anonymous
“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”
Oscar Wilde
“Every experience makes you grow.”
“Fill your life with experiences. Not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”
“A mind stretched by a new experience can never return to its old dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes



Each week goes by so quickly, don’t you think?
And time is going faster all the time.
Do you keep track of what you do each day?
Do this for a few weeks, and you will see your time differently.

6/24–Working on a new rabbit hutch, the biggest I’ve seen. Like many projects I do, I had no idea how to construct the hutch; once I started, I figured it out, and things fell into place. The eleven (yes, that many) bunnies seem to love their new abode.

As I’ve said, we spend so much time in our homes. I want to make it into a paradise that Beth and I both love and want to spend all our time here. Is this something you could do to the place you call home? If you make your home that fantastic, you will never have to “get away” or vacation.

6/25–Finished the big hutch and put the bunnies in. It was funny; they started doing backflips because they loved their new home. Like I am doing for our living situation, I want to provide a place for the rabbits to live in that they love.

Found a little nest in a tree–with an egg in it!
We put the nest right back so Mom would not miss it.
Also, we saw a couple of ladybugs (ONE WAS A GUY!) making more bugs (or, is this too personal?)n

Today I started to prepare the van for the big trip to Boulder. I look forward to being behind the wheel and traveling again (I will miss Beth, though.)

6/27–Woke at about 1:30 am.
With a kiss and hug for Beth.
By 2 am, I was on the road.
I was making a good time. I had put in many miles since I started driving. I soon saw the big city arch of St. Louis and thought of McDonald’s.
While driving, I was in the left lane, with much traffic on the freeway. I looked ahead and saw that my route was coming to an end. I put my turn signal on, and there was a big truck to my right; I thought he would let me in.
With my lane ending quickly approaching, I pulled to the right, and he was still there and did not allow me to get over after all. So, we collided, and my heart sank. After that horrendous collision with the guy, I thought my van was done with.
The two cop cars were there quickly; I waited and sat in my van for a while. One of them gave me a traffic ticket on top of all, what a terrible thing. They stopped traffic and let me drive to an exit off the freeway.
Surprisingly, I did not even think my van was drivable as I exited the freeway. I thought the cops would be there soon to help me, but looking around, I saw they had disappeared.
I called Beth to let her know what had occurred; she told me calming words that helped. What a wonderful thing being married to this woman.
I called Cindy Marvel in Boulder and told her of my predicament. She told me about Jessica Hentoff in St. Louis. Jessica said we had once met at the home of Michael Moschen, who was living in New York City at the time, many years ago.
This is about Jennifer and her circus interest >> 
Do you know of Michael Moschen?
An excellent juggler he is.
Here is his marvelous triangle routine >>
I wanted to have my van checked out to ensure it was safe to drive. Jessica knew of a mechanic/friend; she gave me the address, so off I went. Jessica met me there. The guy checked out the van and said I should be safe. That gave me a smile, but my van looks far from spectacular.
Jessica said she would be busy taking some of her students to lunch, and I could go to her house and meet Peter Kenny, who was staying with her. My van still seemed to drive all right, so off I went to meet Peter.
Surprisingly, Peter had a prosthesis for a leg. I thought he might have lost his leg while pursuing some circus tricks or rigging; he said he was born that way. Later Peter took me to dinner, and we talked much. A brilliant man and I enjoyed our in-depth conversation while consuming a delicious meal.
Peter has worked at some circuses and is a very strong man; I’m sure he did good work. He ended up going to work at an agency in New York City dealing with money; he was just temporarily staying with Jennifer. Interestingly, from circus to wall street, he did have stories to tell.
Peter is a healthy man who is in great shape. He told me he used to be a fat and out-of-shape individual. I was surprised to hear these words being uttered by the man. He has been living a better life and eating healthily for years now. 
In talking with Peter, it sounded like he has many books in his brain that could help people. I gave him a copy of my book, Accident, and let him know how and why I put this book together. I am hoping that, right away, Peter will get his books going.
Is “your” book started yet?
Can you juggle?
Peter did not know how to juggle!
So, I went to my van and got scarves to teach him.
After a quick lesson, he was keeping up 3 scarves well.
Next, come the machetes.
Another student, under my tutelage (that’s the first time I’ve used that word, feels good to use new words), I’ve taught hundreds now.
6/28–Jennifer has a spare bedroom where I slept for the night. I awoke at about 4 am; that’s sleeping in for me. Peter was up at about 6am. I got a shower and was ready to depart. You will see a photo of Jennifer’s fantastic land and pond in a photo with these words.

A long freeway drive, mainly flat. I keep my GPS on the dash with Velcro. Sometimes, when I hit a bump, it falls and I have to find it on the floor with my hand. This happened a few times, and I make sure no one is near me when I search for it. I think I did a little swerving while retrieving the GPS.
I had a smile on my face as I was cruising along, thinking of when I was traveling like this and living in my van for 6 years. And many parts I do like, yet, there are awful parts, too.

As I was traveling, I saw that a cop was behind me. Then he turned out his lights to pull me over, which I immediately did. He told me a call had come in that someone was having trouble driving; I guess that was what I was called about?
The cop and I talked for a time, and I let him know I had not been drinking, and he was alright with me getting back on the road. We had a friendly conversation.
Then, while I was getting gas, and another cop connected with me there. As before, he said I seemed fine and let me go with no ticket or anything.
I guess the call goes out to all cops in nearby states.
Another cop pulled me over. This one was less nice than the first two. He told me a call came in that I was all over the road. I explained again what had happened. He had me do a breathalyzer test for alcohol, and, of course, it came out fine. He wanted to do a walking and balance check; I told him of my brain injury and that I could not balance well. Yet, he still checked.
He said he had been tracking me for a while, I know I was driving fine, but he still said I was not staying in my lane. Of course, I could not argue with him about that, and he would not hear. At this point, I was just embarrassed and wanted to have things concluded.
The first two cops let me go without a ticket. 
Yet, this mean cop wrote me up and gave me a ticket.
Strangely, he thought I could not drive, yet let me get back on the road again. What was he thinking? Did he want to make a few hundred dollars by giving me the ticker?
The roads out here have little as far as exits go. I finally found one, and then after searching for a while, I found a spot where I spent the night.
After awakening, the harsh reality of what had happened yesterday hit me like a ton of juggling balls (or a ton of bricks, the same weight, many more balls.) As I awakened slowly, I wondered what the future would hold.
Just editing this brings back terrible memories.
Depending on my GPS to get me back on the road, off I went. I found out it was only about 2:30am. I got back on the freeway, where, gladly, there were few cars or trucks.

Having difficulty seeing, the drive was slow, and I had to be precise. Being upset and tired, I just wanted to give up. But, with Beth on my mind, I had to, have to, continue. I’ve talked about dealing with change much in the past. I feel this is one of my more significant changes.
I set the GPS for McDonald’s, where I knew I could be warm and use their wifi and plugin. Also, I had time to spend meeting with Cindy tomorrow at about 8:30. I did purchase a sausage biscuit, which I consumed slowly and enjoyed each bite.
6/29–Morning time at a new location. Looking out the van window, I see the sun just appearing. 8:08 already; I must get on the road. Then, after thinking (do you ever do that?), I realized I was still going by east coast time, so I had an extra two hours.
I went to Cindy’s, where I had been before. Right away, I noticed that her growing things were taking off. I stayed with her before and did much work on the house and land. Maybe I’ll make time to help out how I can.
I am writing my blog at McDonald’s right now. I left my van off with Tires Plus to have them look it over thoroughly. I have a lifetime warranty with them on the wheel alignment; they should do well with my wheels. McDonald’s is a couple of blocks away, so here I am.
This is better than imposing on Cindy to come and retrieve me to bring me back later to pick up the finished van. I could take a walk or do any other number of things. That goes back to “experiences,” yes?
Tires Plus worked on my van for some hours and discovered several things.
There is an oil leak, and the rust under the van is much.
They only charged me about ten bucks for all that work, which was excellent.
6/29–The people at Tires Plus discovered that my van had many rusty spots on the underside and an oil leak to boot. I’ve had the van for many years, which has served me well to travel in and as a home. But, I think it is time to retire this old friend.
Do you have a vehicle you are not using I could take over for a low price?
It does not matter how it looks; it just needs wheels.
I can go anywhere to pick it up; just let me know.
Please help if you can.
Cindy has her Juggling Festival this weekend,
I have my Costco membership.
She asked about going to get food for the festival from Costco; as we did.
Later I went to the Circus Center with Cindy to watch and help with her act. She does excellent juggling; I gave her some advice on performance which should help.
I am hoping I can get enough jugglers together to run my juggling workshop on Monday and Tuesday, the third and fourth of July. Like most people would have those days off, I hope to have many to work with in the workshop.

6/30–Last night I awoke early and had yet to learn what time it was. It could have been 1am or 4; I think it was closer to 4. Anyway, I was awake for the day I was. Some of my time devices are still set for east coast time, so I did no know the correct time. Nice to see the sun’s light slowly envelop the earth.
They are working on my blog this morning on Cindy’s back patio. I see many bikers out riding, runners putting their feet on the pavement to get there, and dogs walking their masters. Boulder has many young people who like to keep in shape; that’s always good to see. Did you do your workout today?
I can work on this blog offline, so here I am.
I will put more in throughout the day.
And what time did you awaken today?
My blog will be posted at about 6pm today, as usual. This week I did get much material together for your eyes to ponder. Do you like how I write?

Currently, I am editing and finishing this blog while in the room where the juggling festival will be going on. There are already many here throwing things in the air (and, for some reason, onto the ground, too.)

“Make” a great week for yourself.

Try something totally new for you–make a new experience.
(then do the same, weekly, for the rest of your life.)
You can find so much more in life than you currently live.
Do something new daily, then keep doing it for the rest of your life.
Next week I will write more about my trip to Boulder, which continues; hope you enjoy.


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