BLOG 97—Remaining in Florida
The Wanderings of Kit
(Do you wander or just wonder?)
With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life. By writing this blog I want to inspire you to see your life in a different and/or better way and find joy how you can.
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*** 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 WANT TO TAKE YOU AWAY WITH ME
ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!
INTRO TO THIS WEEK >>
So sorry, I did not keep track of my days and missed publishing my blog yesterday, Friday, as usual.
Already getting colder here in Orlando, I might mossy on down south again in Florida, I like the warmer weather.
WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! >>
Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking. This is why I find them so interesting, challenging and important on the path to joy and happiness.
Inspiration >> The process of being mentally stimulated to do a certain thing.
I hope to inspire you with my words.
Words have power.
You see, the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determine everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.
When you change the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!
Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or, a well-timed humorous quote can make someone laugh, our own 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!
Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!
I hope the words I pick do help you.
BE INSPIRED BY THESE WORDS >>
From my book series, “Beyond Your Potential”
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR MIND, USE IT RIGHT!
For many years, the consensus was that if a person sustained a brain injury, that their brain would not be able to operate normally again. The general thought was that once a brain was injured and it could not heal, but in more recent years, doctors and researchers have found that the brain can be amazingly resilient.
In my case, I have found that my brain and thoughts are actually much clearer in some aspects, and that I have a newfound perspective on the world. In fact, this book may not have existed if I still operated with the same thought patterns I used before my accident. YES, THERE IS MUCH HOPE FOR A BRAIN INJURY VICTIM.
My brain experienced substantial trauma during my accident, and was sloshed back and forth in my skull. I have since discovered that our brain has so many neurons that when some neurons are damaged or die, other neurons can take on their functions.
For your brain, you need to keep adding new knowledge and skills throughout your life to take full potential of your brains possibilities.
YOU MUST KEEP LEARNING AND GROWING YOUR BRAIN FOR YOUR ENTIRE LIFE.
Your brain’s structure changes throughout your lifespan. Scientists no longer see the brain as an organ that is “hardwired”, and therefore inϐlexible. All the thoughts you think, all the experiences you have, all the love you show, all the changes you go through, actually shapes your brain by creating new neural pathways. Your brain is learning and therefore evolving all the way to our last breath. It is a truly amazing organic machine.
Now, it’s time to get out there and do something incredible that you can rejoice in!
MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>
12/5—Drove into Naples Florida and went to a park. A lot of grass, a lot of palm trees, a lot of sunlight. The temperature right now says it is 83 degrees.
Ate a big salad, did some juggling, did some reading – a happy boy am I.
Up north where I was in Pennsylvania, the temp is in the forties and fifties. So glad I came down here, wish you were with me.
I found an interesting place to head toward. On the west coast there is a small town call Boca Grande. So I’m going over there.
As you might be able to tell, I like small towns much better than big cities. Each small town is unique, where each big city is always the same. Same shops, same businesses, same people?
On the way, I stopped by Charlotte Harbor State Park. Walking on one of the trails, right away mosquitoes were attacking me. I decided to return to the van and, at times, I had to run to get away from the little buggers.
I do have some insect repellent in the van, but didn’t feel like putting it on and returning out there, so, on the road with me again.
It ended up there was a $6 toll to get to Boca Grande. As I said before, I’ve been to so many nice places that are very nice. Six bucks is not much, but I’d rather not pay a fee to see something. Yes, I’m cheap, but I’m smiling.
After I started driving again, oh, I discovered that the little mosquitoes got me much–I’m one big itch.
Did you know, mosquitoes have a liquid they put in your skin to make their blood-sucking-needle go in easier? It is this the initial liquid that makes you itch. So remember that the next time the little vampires go after you!
12/6—Drove through the town of Venice, did not recognize anything. I lived in this town back when, at the young age of 19, I was juggling instructor for Ringling Clown College back in 1979.
I remembered nothing of the area. I talked with someone who told me the building for the clown school was demolished and replaced with housing. So, can’t test my memories for anything around here.
I started driving up the coast.
Sooo many vehicles!
Sooo many people.
I had to get away.
So, I picked a town near the center of the state and here I am.
12/7—You might think I eat tacos all the time. Just about once a week, tonight was once. They’re really quite tasty, and good for me too. When we’re together I’ll make tacos for both of us!
Slept at the library last night, very quiet and nice. The library opens at 10, and now its 8, so I have time to spend. Had a few projects on the van. It rained last night so I couldn’t juggle on the grass.
I was surprised that last night got cold enough to warrant getting out of my sleeping bag for the warmth. So, I have two blankets and my sleeping bag, so I’m warm enough to get down to zero degrees.
As far as a sheet to cover me in sleep, I had someone sew a sheet so it’s like a sock around my body. That way, I don’t have to wash my blankets very often, but I wash my sheet every time I do a wash.
So, my plans are to meet with my juggling friend Randy Cabral in Celebration Florida on Wednesday. I had some items from Amazon mailed to his abode. It is Monday and only a two-hour drive away from here. I will definitely visit on the West Coast of Florida and see what I can find.
My only cost is fuel when I drive somewhere. I have plenty of food to last me a few weeks, and I carry seven, one gallon containers of water. You see, the longer I can stay put, I have no cost whatsoever. So, here I am!
Most every Library has a grassy area where I can juggle.
I have 100 books in the van to read.
I still have plenty to keep me busy well staying put.
I found that you can’t be anywhere near the coast in any part of Florida. Just too many people too many vehicles, I had to get away. So aim for the town of Wauchula, in the middle of the state.
Yes, tacos again tonight, so delicious. You see, I have cheese and salsa in the cooler and it will eventually go bad, so I have to eat them up. No no no, I don’t mind at all.
Right now I’m in the town of Wauchula, a nice small little town. I went directly to the library, which closed at 5. he will reopen tomorrow a 9 a.m.
The library is on a busy street, so I parked behind the building at as nice small Park. I will sleep here tonight, should be nice and quiet. Goodnight for now
12/8-9—At another library the night and then in the morning.
What a fun day today. Some items from Amazon came in and my juggling friend Randy Cabral said I could use his address to mail them to. So the items came in and Randy and I met with Bob Whitcomb add celebration Lakeside Park.
We did some juggling we did some talking—was great to see my two friends. I remember Bob as being a big guy. At one point, he said, he’s who he was up to 444 pounds. He had some surgery on his stomach and at this point is down to 222 lb. I’m quite impressed, he looks great. You really did a good thing for himself.
Bob, to my right, used to weigh 444 pounds!
Like me, Bob lives in his van. A smaller o ne than than mine, it has worked for him for over a year now. He’s not performing very much right now, but he is figuring other ways to do things.
Both Bob and Randy are good with their minds. They figure out other ways t do things, such as shows, such as they are each working on performing virtually.
Yes, it’s a new and different world we’re in right now.
I still don’t think I like it as well as the last we had.
Will humans have to wear mouth coverings for the rest of time?
As you know, we’re in the town of Celebration, Florida. It’s a beautiful little town, laid out nicely and well-kept. My old juggling friend, Dave Finnigan, lives here. He was busy today and could not join us at the park.
I repeat, what a nice day I had today.
Right now it is 7:43pm. About a half-hour ago I was parked and settled in a residential area, but not near a house. I guess someone didn’t like that and a cop came on my door.. She said I could not sleep where I was parked, so I moved on. Of course, like all cops, she asked if I had any weapons. I asked her, “Why would they have any weapons?”
Tomorrow morning I was planning to go to I dentist and on the way stop at a McDonald’s to get on their Wi-Fi. So I simply parked at the back of the lot at the McDonald’s and I’m here for the night. The road out in front has quite a bit of traffic. This traffic noise will be less and less as the night comes on. Hope you sleep well tonight.
12/10–7:42am at the moment. The dentist opens at 8:00. This tooth is funny, so I have to see a specialist. You see, during the day the pain is not there, during the night it comes on, much. So, hoping this dentist can find which tooth it is and I may need a root-canal.
I found out from the dentist that one of my molars in back has infection. The tooth has to be removed. I am taking some antibiotic right now, she wants me to finish the bottle then return for the extraction. So, some days to spend around Orlando, oh boy.
Tonight I finished up the scrumptious tacos. This Taco week was fabulous. Tonight I finished up the cheese and salsa and only two tortillas are left. So it worked out perfect. Now I will have to do the same thing next week–ha-ha.
Tonight I was careful where I parked for sleep. I am with a nice park to my left side, to my right is a closed down business. So, I won’t be disturbed tonight as I sleep away.
There are many busy highways around Orlando. The place I found to park is quiet and away from traffic. Simply a great place for sleep tonight. Hope you sleep well.
And, by the way, I built this van so I can have two single beds. So, you are welcome to join me anytime you want to in my travels!
How about this – I’ve not shaved for a week now. The beard is starting, where will it go?
12/11—Today I went to a dentist and it looks like I’ll need to have a tooth extracted. It is one of my molars, in the back of my mouth, so, having it missing will not be seen. Later I will have an implant to fill the void.
Initially, I went to a normal dentist how about this problem. They wanted 85 bucks test to diagnose me. Then, it would have been $1,200 you have a tooth taken out.
So, I went to a community health center and their offices and patient areas we’re nicer than the other doctors. My cost, $35 for the initial visit– and that is all– there will be no charge to take my tooth out. A much better deal, I think, what do you think?
Most of the night I have been awake. I will be doing my shower outside the van at about 4am. Just getting this blog prepared and edited for you so I can send it right away this morning. I promise you, I will keep better track of the days and get future blogs out on Friday.
I’m lonely out here, I would love to hear from you.
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MY CHALLENGE FOR YOU THIS WEEK >>
Start learning a new language, how about Japanese? Learning a new language will streach your mind and thinking in a good way.
I’ve been writing back and forth with Alice.
She is planning on joining me as I am traveling.
I will let you know more later.