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FRIDAY June 28th, 2019!!!

Time to pack up!

I’m on the home stretch of publishing my next book about all the gems of wisdom I’ve learned over 30 some years and this trip should give me the solitude I need to finish “LIFE WISDOM”.

 

 

SATURDAY

We checked in to our accommodations for the week and then headed to the La Brea Tar pit park. This is one of my favorite places in L.A. Today was Latin Music day at the Amphitheater so we had an extra special treat while enjoying the park.

To end the day we went to watch Aladdin at the Chinese theater. It is such a beautiful place to enjoy films.

 

SUNDAY

We try to make Sunday’s our extra spiritual morning and beach afternoon. We went to the Studio City market and then to explore Simon Rodia’s WATTS TOWERS before heading to Venice for the day.

We ended the day by going to a Studio City pub called “Darts Darts Darts” to watch the men’s soccer team get past Curacao in the Gold Cup quarter finals. Then we took a pizza back home to close out the night with a movie.

 

MONDAY

I spent the morning working on my book and this blog before exploring the neighborhood. Tujunga Ave. is a lovely area with wild plum trees and Mediterranean flowers everywhere. One thing that was lacking was the presence of Orange trees.

I found this amazing tree house. It was three levels and included some ornate features like wood shutters.

 

I eventually found my way to the park and got busy with a full leg workout. There are several nice body weight machines at the Woodbridge park. There was also an outdoor workout group for us to mingle with.

V on scooter

We then got on an electric scooter and rode around the hood. There was this lovely rose plastered wall with tile steps and beautiful flowers down the road.

V on scooter

 

TUESDAY

Started the morning with some blog updates while loading the Dart Connect stream on my phone so I could follow the first PDC qualifier while hiking.

While I got caught up on the blog and photos I watched the USWNT defeat England in the Women’s Wolrd Cup. After the game was over I went and explored the area around the Universal Studios on a BIRD scooter. I learned not to get within 2 blocks of their riding dead zones. It took me 10 minutes to cross a dangerous intersection by the interstate that was under construction and then the scooter shut down saying I was too far out of the riding zone. I couldn’t shut off the billing timer until I returned to the safe zone. It took another 10 minutes to cross the intersection again and then the scooter gps didn’t report accurately so I had to go another 10 minutes back towards where I started before it would finally let me log out. I ended up paying $12 for $4 worth of a scooter ride.

Don’t get even try to go close to the boarder if you are in this situation.

I went back to the apartment and rested before my Tuesday poker tournament. The Tuesday night game in Sherman Oaks is one of my favorites. It is a $50 entry and the pot usually reaches around $1800 making for good payouts.

Due to the 4th holiday the turn out was a bit low but I still got 2nd place and made $360 to pay for my trip. I have made money at this game all four times I have been able to go.

 

WEDNESDAY

Today I was getting ready for our trip to Vegas so I stayed close to the apartment. I watched more of the PDC qualifiers and the USMNT beat Jamaica to advance to the Gold cup final vs. Mexico.

I spent most of the day doing different work outs in the park and having wonderful conversations with new friends. I met this very interesting Russian born model, psychologist and spiritual life coach women named Nakita. I’m helping guide her on a quest to establish a Spiritual Center similar to what I am forming in Hawkins Texas.

I picked V up from work and we went to dinner with actor buddy, Rod. We went to this lovely outdoor cafe again Aroma’s. It is decorated very similar to what we want to do at the Edom shop with this amazing pergola.

After dinner, we headed up the mountain to do some exploring during sunset. We found some lovely abandoned areas with the remains of unique structures. A few areas around the parks were being zoned to allow new homes to be built which added this cool ambiance from having the combination of the two.

Clarita Canyon

THURSDAY JULY 4th

We got up at 6am to load up. By 7:30am, we were on the road to head for Vegas for the World Series of Darts and Poker.

If you are not on the road early, the sub 4 hour drive becomes a 5.5 hour nightmare. We dodged all of the traffic and made it in under 4 hours. We had one slight moment of excitement that was a once in a lifetime experience. We didn’t really notice but we drove just a few miles to the east of one of the larger earth quakes in California in the past 30 years. This 6.4 earth quake was just west of the interstate to Vegas.

When we arrived we did a lap around town before scoping out the PDC Dart scene at Mandalay Bay.

We then went to Excalibur and checked into our room. We went to the pool for a few hours before going back to the Mandalay Bay for dinner.

We went to the Noodle Cafe and the world #6 PDC dart pro, Michael Smith sat next to us with his family. I took a few pictures and told him “I enjoyed his game; it was nice to him; and wished him some straight shooting in the finals tomorrow.” Michael said thank you very much and told me he was feeling good as he shook my hand.

After dinner we spent $27 each and went to the pool party and firework show. It was midnight by the time we got back to Excalibur so we called it a night.

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FRIDAY

Started the morning by getting an all day buffet pass for $38. The food was worth it if you go for all 3 meals.

I spent the morning watching darts and poker at the pool. Then after lunch I hit the gym until 3:30. I did a little more writing and then headed over to the Rio to watch the WSOP Main event action and play a little poker.

Upon arriving at the Rio there was a line of poker players being escorted to a new table assignment so I followed them to the hot zone. We walked through the casino gambling hall and rounded a corner to the entrance of the convention center. As I continued down the hall more WSOP signs and advertising was on display. The hall opened up to a grand entry area that housed all the WSOP clothing merchandise. Beyond the grand entry was the first entrance to the biggest room called the Pavilion.

As I walked around the tables in the Pavilion I was able to watch some of the higher profile players including Norm McDonald, Kevin Pollak, defending champion John Cynn, Jamie Gold, Shaun Deeb and Jesse Sylvia.

I was near Kevin Pollak’s table when one or two players started standing up at each table and quickly headed for the exits. I couldn’t understand what the commotion was all about but a few seconds later people near me started pointing at the ceilings!

We were experiencing a slight after shock and the light platforms along with any other lose items were swaying back and forth. I was moving around stretching during the 3 seconds of the shake so I didn’t even notice it. The WSOP Director announced that the players were to take an early dinner break and return in 90 minutes for safety reasons. The dealers had to stay at the table and guard the chips during the commotion.

I wanted to get to the ESPN filming area known as the Thunderdome before the convention center was locked up. It was possible that the tournament may be suspended for the remainder of the night and I wanted to experience the featured tables in the Amazon room so I worked my way through the 4,000 some players to reach the Amazon.

I had to wait for the next person to open the door in order to gain access into the locked area. Once inside it was amazing. The featured tables were highlighted by neon signs and surrounded by camera equipment and video screens. I took some video and pictures and then explored the rest of the area while waiting for the tournament to continue.

WSOP thunderdome

I spent the rest of the night, until 1am, watching the featured tables with Jamie Gold and Jesse Sylvia. You can see me in the background of the day 1c programming on ESPN! Vanessa was keeping busy with some entertainment of her own.  😉

Vegas buns

I returned back to the Excalibur to walk Vanessa back to the room from the lounge she was relaxing in.

SATURDAY

The previous 2 days were so busy with the PDC Darts and WSOP events that I didn’t have much time to play any poker myself. I jumped out of bed at 7am and headed to the Excalibur poker room to get some action.

At 11am it was time to check out. We loaded up the car and headed to Red Rock Canyon park West of town.

We made it back to L.A. about 6pm and went straight to a pool party at the top of Laurel Canyon.

After the party we went to check in to our new accommadations where V will be staying in L.A. before hitting the road for filming.

SUNDAY

We started the day by watching the USA women’s national team beat the Netherlands in the World Cup final. We then went to explore another new farmer’s market. This time we were at a Laurel Canyon / Encino market.

Encino Market

After the market we went to the Mediation Gardens on Sunset. It is one of my favorite Sunday destinations.

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After the garden, it was time to head to a sports bar to watch the men’s Gold Cup final against Mexico.

Soccer party

We ended the night by going to stand up night at the Comedy Store on Sunset. A few well known comedians were on the line up.

I went straight to the airport after the comedy finshed at 10p. Unfortunately the traffic was extra slow and there were no delays on my flight. The biggest problem however was that I was in such a hurry, I missed a sign redirecting me between two terminals and the next thing I knew I was passing through a security exit. This caused me to have to start the check in process all over and repeat the previous 13 minutes of the journey. Once I arrived to the gate that was listed on my ticket, the gate display said Orlando instead of DFW. I asked the service rep and she explained that the gate was changed from 39 to 34. I then gave up because after all the delays, I was already 8 minutes past the final boarding time.

By the time I made it to gate 34, the service rep told me the flight was departing and I would have to get in line for a stand by ticket. I quickly met 4 other parties that were about to begin the same tedious game of stand by with me. We didn’t know it then, but we would be playing 5 rounds of this game over the next 10 hours. Our original flights were scheduled around midnight and finding an open seat on any other flight would be left up to luck due to others missing their boarding as well. LAX to DFW is one of the most highly demanded flights because they transport a large portion of international travelors.

This father, son, wife and their dog were first in line. Followed by a young girl wanting to transfer to a sooner flight, a young man traveling solo and then me. There was also this elderly Asian man who would ask the same question over and over each time we were transferred to a new flight and gate.

The mom, dog and son got on a flight at 6am. The young girl got a seat on a 7am flight. There were no seats open on the 8am and 9am flights. The father, the young man and I all finally got a seat on the 10am flight.

I made it to DFW at 3:30pm and there were no seats available on the 5pm flight but I was given the final available seat on the 9pm flight. The 5pm flight was canceled due to possible lightning and I quickly took the opportunity to make friends with a businessman who clearly had his life together. We discussed sharing a rental car and he picked one other businessman to join us. There was no sense in me waiting around the airport for another 4 hours with the high probablility that the flight would be canceled anyway.

It turned out that the other passenger fella lived next door to my most recent customer out in the middle of nowhere Ben Wheeler country side.

We dropped off the Ben Wheeler man at his house and then siad our good-byes at the Tyler airport bringing my July Los Angeles adventure to an end.

Stay tuned for my next journey. In late July and early August I plan on taking my bi-annual birthday adventure to the Colorado Rockies, Black Hills and Sturgis motorcycle rally!

 

 

Time to pack up! Whenever going on an extended trip, the fridge has to be emptied of perishables.
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This trip is happening in the middle of Tax filing time so the days leading up to departure were filled with office tasks and last minute paper work.

I was able to get everything packed in time to play a few hours of poker on my way out.

Leaving the wildflower bloom of Texas and heading to the Southwestern desert super bloom!

 

March 30, Saturday

I was traveling with Vanessa on this trip so we had a few extra fun stops planned. The Cubs were in town playing the Rangers but we were heading out late and didn’t have time to stop for some batting practice.

We wanted to reach Tucumcari, NM by 9pm Mountain time to check in to our cute little artsy hotel on route 66.

 

March 30, Sunday

 

Sunday morning we walked the art covered route 66 over to a nice cafe for breakfast.

Diner

It was then time to research Montezuma Castle National Monument, Havasupai waterfalls and other cavern crevasses for the days exploration on the way to Mesa/Phoenix for the evening.

Havasupai was too far out of the way but we headed for some other great areas. We went through Tonto Forest over to Roosevelt Lake and the Tonto Monument for some preserved cave dwellings.

We drove through a nice brief snow on the high bluffs and then entered the lovely areas where flowers were blooming.

 

 

Tonto

It was getting dark as we entered a mountain pass that followed the Salt River into the city. It was about 20 miles to the other side but as we moved forward the pavement stopped and the road got narrow as the guard rails vanished high above the river cliff so we had to turn around. Better to be safe when there is an easier known path. It would require us to back track 40 miles but at least we would be traveling 70 mph instead of 20. Either way, we were going to arrive at our hosts place around 830pm.

Phoenix pool

April 1, Monday

Time to head for the ocean!

Patton MuseumDesert

cute mnt home

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April 2, Tuesday

Started the first half the day recovering from the road trip with an extra long yoga session and workout. Did some beach prep and then worked on the blog, trip planning and taxes.

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The weather was too cool for the beach so I just walked around the neighborhood.

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April 3, Wednesday

Too cool and cloudy again so I just spent the day looking for poker and darts information and studied the transit options. Got my day planned out for Thursday. I went out in the evening to check out the general neighborhood. I passed a girl in her 20’s crying and asked if I could help her. Meculah explained that her friend couldn’t make it to pick her up and she was stranded 40 miles from her house. Meculah’s phone battery was dead and she didn’t have a backup battery or power cord so she was having a panic attack. She couldn’t look up travel options and didn’t know what to do. She walked back with me to get my power cord and we talked and did some meditation exercises to calm her down while her phone charged. I refilled her water bottle while she decided to pay for a taxi home. I gave Meculah some pointers on taking the transit options and then continued on my walk as her ride drove off.

When Vanessa got home I drove us around Mulholland Drive for a mini sunset adventure. We found a trail head but it would take me about 15 minutes on a scooter to get up the canyon so I’m not sure if I will go do it or not.

 

 

April 4, Thursday

Did a quick workout and then wrote down my transit details for the day. I decided to go explore UCLA and then hang out in Santa Monica and hopefully find a poker game. The weather was crappy so I didn’t get to work on my tan but I did get on a bicycle and got a good workout in. I biked all the way down to Marina DelRay while getting reacquainted  with the Venice life.

 

As I strolled Venice I was sad to see the House of Weird never recovered. It was a great attraction that has been featured on many films. Some of the people (attractions) have found new shelter and remain in the area panhandling on the streets.

 

One of my favorite things to do when I am in Venice is to work out. There is Gold’s Gym (Muscle Beach) and the Cirque Du Soleil training area with some great options to workout.

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April 5, Friday

I did my taxes most of the day and then went exploring on the bus to the Japanese garden and the Sepulveda water basin. I jogged around that area and then got on a bus north to the dart tournament at a Lounge called Tender Glow. The Basin park is a massive area where tons of people have parties. They bring bouncy houses and setup all kinds of cool decorations! It is such a large area that there are a lot of transients camping in the woods and even the parking lots are full of RV’s. Law enforcement just asks them to move their vehicles around each day. The views are amazing.

 

It was about 3 miles north and 3 miles east of home base so not too far. It still took 1.5 hours on two buses to get there though. I passed this really nice rock garden along the way.

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At the tournament I shot great but the competition was difficult. My partner was not as accurate as my opponents so I had to make sure I hit the winning shots on my first try. Eventually I missed a couple and was eliminated in 5th place.

April 6, Saturday

We went to Topanga Canyon for breakfast. The health food options are amazing and there are so many cool little cafes. I love relaxing in the canyons.

 

I got to visit one of my favorite areas. In the past I had been active on the Topanga Chamber and Earth Day Committee which led to me spending a lot of time there with my buddy Will Pallagi. We didn’t find the road to the party ranch we used to spend the night at but we did find the park where I was in charge of the recycling for the Earth Day festival in 2010.

 

We also stopped at few market shops and took some fun pictures.

 

 

From Topanga we went back to the Sepulveda Lake park to get some spiritual celebration time. There was a Hare Krishna color festival waiting for us. It is a time to dance, chant and sing while rubbing ceremonial paint colors on those around you as a blessing. It is messy but really exciting.

 

We closed the day out by going to the Pet Cemetery Movie. It was very scary and I had a hard time watching it. I had some ear pressure that was also causing me eye pain so I had to wear sun glasses and shut the bad eye quite often but I made it through it. The film had a new ending from the previous movie and it caught everyone of guard. Let me know what you thought of it?!  🙂

Sunday, April 7

Started the day by taking the colored clothes to the laundry mat while Vanessa made us breakfast. We then headed out to her favorite Studio City farmers market. The market is always an enjoyable way to spend the morning.

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From there we went downtown to the Renegade Craft fair.

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The location of the Renegade Craft Fair is in a park on the edge of China Town. It was a nice return to my past. This same park is where I enjoyed one of the funnest festivals ever. This is the site of where the Post-Burning Man L.A. decompression event is. You can read about that in my previous blog https://wordpress.com/post/freehelpinghands.wordpress.com/1227

Right next to the park was the warehouse district where there are amazing underground parties. I had another blast from the past vision in my head as we walked by the site of a High Times 420 party Will and I went to.

After the craft fair, we headed back through Topanga to watch the sunset on the beach in Malibu.

 

 

Monday, April 8

I left early with Vanessa and had her drop me off at the train station near her work so I could get down to South Bay as quickly as possible. I was going to go have lunch with one of my best buddies and former LA roomie, Sung. We have a ritual where we always hang at the Hermosa Pier and usually have drinks and lunch at this table over looking the beach.

The Long Beach train line is under construction so there is a major time delay due to a required bus detour. This construction really makes a metro visit from north L.A. to south L.A. unenjoyable. I left Woodland Hills at 9:30 and arrived at the Manhattan Beach station shortly after noon. It was so exciting being back in my old neighborhood. I walked around the soccer field on the way to Poliwog park where Sung was going to pick me up. Poliwog has a wonderful botanical garden to chill out in. I love reading and writing in this garden.

 

 

day 9 duck tanAfter lunch we went past Sung’s new house to get a tour and then he took me back to the train. I made it back to north Hollywood right on time and Vanessa picked me up to go to her birthday party at a Pizza cafe in Studio City.

Tuesday, April 9

I spent the morning doing some writing and house chores and then headed off to Runyon Canyon shortly after lunch.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 10

I went inland yesterday so today I am going coastal. I walked around the neighborhood on the way to the bus stop. There are beautiful gardens everywhere you look.

I got off the bus at UCLA to hike through the campus first.

As I waited at the bus stop I was approached by another wonderful adventurer.
(IG @StephanieByNature) Stephanie was trying to figure out the fastest bus or train route to the airport to catch a flight. We reviewed the transit maps together and exchanged contacts before boarding different buses. Once I was back on the bus I read about her adventures. She focuses a lot of energy on raising food and delivering it to people sleeping outdoors.

My next stop was the ocean to get some tanning in.

Day 11 beach

After my ocean fun, I headed back to Hollywood to meet Vanessa for a fun night at the Hollywood Improv for a ladies night special set. When we got out of the car I noticed we were in front of a store owned by one of my followers who actively comments on my adventures. (IG @Jannikolander)

Comedy Clubs are one of my favorite places to spend an evening.

Thursday, April 11

Today I followed the same path as yesterday but with a different ending. I moved past UCLA quicker so I could have more time at the mediation gardens.

I left the beach at 3pm so I could spend at least an hour at the meditation gardens before they closed at 4:30. This is one of my favorite garden parks in the world. https://lakeshrine.org/

Day 12 garden

After the gardens closed I headed over to Temescal Canyon for a sunset hike. This Canyon is one of my favorite hikes in LA because it has the least amount of people yet you get some nice ocean views and a stream trail as well. Head over to my youtube channel to view some of it.

day 13 temescal history

After sunset, I headed back by bus. It takes over 2 hours to complete the route going east to Sepulveda then north to Ventura and back west to Topanga north of the Mountain ridge.

 

Friday, April 12

I enjoy the Sunset/Beverly Hills/Temescal area so much that I wanted to spend one last day there with more time to go hiking. I had Vanessa drop me off at Sepulveda on the way to work and then I took the bus straight to Temsecal Canyon.

This time I hiked the east ridge to the boarder of Will Roger’s State Park until Vanessa was able to come join me.

We hiked the river trail for awhile and then it was time to head to my evening poker tournament. I won again and finished with a $250 profit. It was my last night to make some money and I finished below my goal for the week but I was ending the trip with more than I arrived with.

Saturday, April 13

South Bay is one of my favorite areas of LA and I have only been able to make it over there 1 time so far on this visit so today we are spending most of the day there.

It takes 1 hour and 45 minutes to go from Topanga down the PCH to Hermosa so you can not really do much else unless it is along the way.

We went to a Greatful Dead cover concert with the band called Cubensis. I try to catch one of their shows every visit.

Day 14 Cubensis

After the show we went for a little stroll and sunset on the beach.

Day 14 sunset

We closed the night out with a spiritual Kirtan and the Bhakti Yoga Shala. http://bhaktiyogashala.com/ 

Day 14 kirtan

 

Sunday, April 14

Sunday is a great day to be in LA. Some of my favorite things to do in LA happen on Sundays. I like to start the morning at the LA market on the way to the Agape Spiritual Center.

There is a center for day to day gatherings but on Sunday the celebrations are at the Saban Theatre. The theatre is amazing and the energy is so eclectic. Check out this video clip on my youtube channel. There is always several successful/famous people sitting around you or performing on the stage at Agape.

For lunch, I love going over to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Culver City.  This Hindu temple provides the most amazing vegetarian dishes for a very low price. ($6.95 entree’s and $2.95 sides!)

After lunch, we meditated in the temple as they prepared for Owner of the Ford Motor Company Foundation to arrive for a speech. Alfred Ford is an amazing inspiration and philanthropist. He has given a lot of his families fortune to spiritual causes.

Day 15 ISKON lineup

Then we went into the structure next to the temple which houses the Museum full of animated Vedic Diorama’s. It is only $10 for an amazing 45 minute tour through Hindu & Krishna history. Please check it out when you are in the area and make sure you give them some reviews on their yelp to help encourage more people to visit!

We finished our visit by participating in a fire prayer ceremony. This is a series of purification chants mixed with the burning of sacrifices like rice, sage, cedar, flowers, oils and other items. Check out the video on my youTube channel.

Day 15 ISKON fire

After we left ISKCON we went on our own little spiritual quest to harvest and bundle some sage. We know this amazing hike that is covered with white sage.

After such a full day, the time had finally arrived for me to depart back to Texas. I had to wait an extra hour and 30 minutes to leave because the flight crew was delayed. I barely made my connecting flight in DFW with just minutes to spare.

 

 

 

 

While opening the Helping Hands Network community learning center in East Texas, I was only 400 miles from New Orleans and the center of American Carnival celebrations. It is too much fun to pass up every few years.

 

I found a few scheduled poker and dart tournaments along the way and packed up Lil Blue, our 2006 Honda Element. I loaded up all our recycling to drop off a sorting center along the way.

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Once I arrived I went straight to the Friday night dart tournament location in the uptown district. It was a fun group of people and I made some money after losing 3 to 4 in the final.

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In between matches I was able to go outside and watch some of the parade as it passed by.

In the morning got breakfast and cleaned up along the way to midtown central park. The last time I was in the park was 2009. I lived in the park for a few months while helping with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The area I lived in was still the same for the most part. Some newer restoration has been completed on one of the Historical buildings.

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After my workout at the park, I cruised the midtown parade route.

 

The midtown parade had some great costumes and a big music stage that played all day.

 

After the midtown parade, it was time to head down to the quarter for the parade down there and some French Quarter fun.  The night hike through the park on the way back to the car was very enjoyable.

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The parade litter is so filthy it is worth sharing images to help everyone consider the consequences.

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I usually end my evening with a pass through Burbon Street that ends at the Harrah’s casino. The cards went well for me again and I made enough to pay for the entire trip.

In the morning I did a workout on top of the parking garage and then headed back to the Hawkins Learning Center project.

I was also able to time it just right to play a poker tournament at this amazing Baton Rouge Casino.

This month Helping Hands Network founder, Tim Frentz, publicly introduced the Hawkins Texas Learning Center fundraiser to the local community.

The Network set up a booth at the Hawkins Festival and representatives of local media interviewed Frentz to help us spread awareness.

The teaser and one FULL interview was released today on

https://www.facebook.com/empowermentcdc

Hawkins booth promo

 

 

I’m living near Honolulu for awhile so I’m writing about some of my highlights.

I arrived late in the night and went straight to bed. The birds and cool ocean breeze wake me up at 5:30 every morning so I get up and start stretching. I eventually work my way outside to a lava stone pad over looking the ocean waves as the sun rises. After a round of yoga, meditation and weights we go for a walk or jog. Playground equipment down the street provides hand stand and pull up bars and hopefully some soccer practice.

I’m wishing I would have brought the drone along to get some aerial shots but here is what I got to share….  enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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So far the wind is keeping the volcano ash, glass and gas toxins from circulating around Honolulu is large quantities. It was raining was I arrived and I am very cautious of the toxin content in the rain however. It is only a matter of time before I get enough exposure to confirm or deny any danger. Stay tuned…..

 

 

 

After morning workouts were complete we went to the Kaimuki district for lunch and shopping. I found a near perfect salad at the Big City Diner with a view of these wonderful murals. The neighborhood Goodwill had just what I was looking for. I picked up a $8 Pilate ball, $12 work boots, a $3 bamboo yoga beach mat and $3 ankle weights.

For the afternoon we went to the KKC (Community College) Succulent Gardens and Farmers market. And then completed the evening at a blow hole cove where you can do some dangerous undertow cliff diving.

 

 

 

 

Day 2 (WED 6/6/18)
Time to go get a bicycle. Found a few options on craigslist to go inspect.

First chance I get, I am going to go jog up this step incline crater called KoKo Head.

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Completed the days workout and then studied maps of the area until it was time to go for a ride. We drove to Waikiki for a walk and got an Acai fruit bowl and pineapple-banana smoothie for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Waikiki, we had to go on a scout near the KCC park again. I explored a Community Center and found some weight machines to use while Vanessa and the Producer did their thing. I used the free time to do more research on places to play darts and poker. I got some good replies and began planning everything. There are weekly dart tourney’s on Fridays at Y’s Sports Bar and poker at a few home games. I also got a reply confirming a 730p appointment to buy a decent $80 bike for $20.

After answering a few questions, I was given the location for a poker game that was ready to start and I headed over to play. The game was in a private condo of a high rise so I had Vanessa hang around until I gave her a safety call. Upon entering the condo I was greeted by a very friendly and beautiful Hawaiian gal. She explained the rules as she showed me around. The first room had a buffet bar setup, the second room had the NBA finals on a big screen with a full table of card players. A third room was setup for another table game and then there was a nice clean bathroom and a balcony (Lanai) connected to it.

First time players get a free $50 and you get another $100 if you bring a new player with you. You also can make another $1-200 on bonus hands. The cards were very favorable to me this day. I had a run of high pocket pairs with medium size pots. I played very conservative the first hour as I studied my opponents. One newer player with deep pockets decided to call my pre-flop $35 raise and then call another $130 raise to chase a flush while I was pushing with a top pair over the board. This $350 hand would be the only large hand I would lose. Shortly after, I hit quad 7s for $120 pot but when my opponent folded I assumed the $100 bonus would be dead and I mucked the cards. I then discovered that I would get the $100 regardless if I showed my cards. After 2 hours, Vanessa was ready to go to a Jazz Club for the evening and I cashed out with $103 profit.

 

 

 

We went to a fancy Jazz Club for the nights entertainment. The Blue Room was $23 to enter with a $10 min. purchase for a 60 minute set. The theme for the evening was Amy Whinehouse, which I have never really listened to. I enjoyed the experience but unfortunately my stomach as not right when we arrived and the music was not settling. The club had too many speakers and they were way too loud to enjoy the music. I prefer a calm soothing acoustic jazz experience in a small scratchy joint like the Zoo Bar in Lincoln Nebraska. My current situation was only made more irritable by the herd of cattle stampeding shoulder to shoulder in this Waikiki district. The human over population found in such a metropolis just makes physically ill regardless.

 

At the end of the night we went to pickup the bicycle. I assumed there would be a few repairs needed since the bike was only $20. The owner was a bit shady about needing a new tube unfortunately. This will be a difficult challenge for me tomorrow as I need to take the wheels off the bike with no tools and then I have to walk the wheels to a bike shop to get new tubes installed.

 

 

 

 

Day 3 (Thursday, 6/7)

I had to cut my workout short on this morning because we needed to leave by 9:15. We went to midtown for Vanessa’s first appointment. I meditated from the top of a tall building over looking the mountain valley. As I came down from my meditation I noticed a massive tree claiming nearly half the block next to me.

 

 

 

I hiked over and discovered this ancient Kapok tree covered in human waste. This tree has survived longer than most any other on the island and here it is being disrespected by people too self centered to keep the space manicured. It made me cry a little as I looked around for something to hold all the rubbage as I picked it up. After 30 minutes I filled a plastic tote with the help of 2 lizzards. I was tempted to dump it in the middle of the street to make a point but choose to set it on the corner for people to notice as they waited at the light. Hopefully a few of the 1000+ driving by were inspired to make a change. There is little to no reason for us to support packaged products in this day and age where everything is in such abundance that lightly used items are available in second hand markets. And what packaged items we do need to buy so badly, need to be responsibly biodegradable or mass recycled.

Islands especially, have no where to bury this trash so they burn it and recover a very small percentage for energy production. A much larger upcycle is present with the recycling process instead.

 

 

Our next few stops were at film & job site sets. It is always interesting to experience construction and film mixed together while in progress.

 

 

 

We then drove this long bridge road through a safe section of the volcano to go enjoy a few hours on Kailua Beach and pickup some things at the areas shops.

 

 

Day 4, Friday 6/8

My goal is to start working out shortly after day break each morning and have breakfast completed by 8am. I want to jog to the beach or other parks and start writing before the mid day heat. In the middle of each day I want to drive or bike around exploring and then play poker until I make $200. Te sooner I hit my $200 goal, the sooner I can get back to enjoying the outdoors.

Here is a image of my workout area in the back yard over looking the ocean.

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After my workout I took a skateboard over to the beach and completed the first 2 pages of the 2017 Helping Hands Comic. (Long over due I know!)

Skater Tim

 

This would be my first day to go explore on my own so I needed to get the bicycle tuned up. I was worried that the tire tubes would need replaced because the hand pump was not working. After I was done writing I took the bike over to a service station to use their compressor. Everything worked out great. Both tires ended up being good so I was able to start riding around. I lubed everything, picked up a new lock and some lights and started biking to the beach.

 

I enjoyed the Pan Pacific Festival and sunset at Waikiki before ending that at a blind draw dart tournament.

 

 

 

 

 

The tournament was very challenging because it was very crammed together plus it was handicapped against me and the throw lines were too far back. I struggled between the appearance of cheating as I stood in front of the line but at the actual correct throwing distance. My opponents knew why I was doing it but yet they honored the incorrect distance and just the psychology of the situation really lowered my accuracy. I compensated just well enough to win the tournament with a friendly lady who enjoyed her drinks while staying calm when the games were a bit hairy.

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Day 5 Saturday,  6/9

Today was a King’s birthday so there was a parade from the Palace to Waikiki. We enjoyed the parade and a larger farmers market and then walked around a nice art district.

 

 

We also found a Banyon tree that the locals use as a playground. Several people were taking turns swinging from the vines so we joined in.

 

 

 

When I was exploring yesterday, I found a great secluded park where people openly accepted pets and the clothing optional custom so I took Vanessa to hangout there until it was time to go to the evening dart tournament.

 

 

Day 6 Sunday 6/10

Spiritual Sunday is a good reminder to doing something extra spiritual. We used the day to explore some temples. On the way to our first destination fate steered us towards a nice hiking trail at the peak of the valley we entered. It was surrounded by a  Pacific Pine forest. I hiked until the elevation surpassed the Pines climate and it opened up to more of a brush vegetation. The path was constantly muddy because I was so high that I was in the rain clouds. I reached the summit and got a wonderful view of all of Honolulu on one side and the mountains valleys on the other.

 

 

We then spent a few hours eating our picnic lunch, reading and drawing at the Japanese Garden on the UH campus.

 

 

We closed the night with sunset at Bellows AF Base Beach and then watched the Han Solo Star Wars movie at the theater by our house.

 

At the end of week one, I have made $103 at poker and $35 at darts. I’ve spent $20 on food, $40 on supplies (Bicycle) and $11 on a movie.

 

WEEK 2 –

Day 7 Monday, 6/11

I was falling behind on my writing goals so I did a quick workout and then spent the first half of the day writing. Around 2p I headed to the beach and then over to poker for most of the day.

 

On the way home I took a road that follows the coast around Diamond Head crater. It was a very enjoyable path with amazing mega mansions. It is hard to believe that nearly 40% of them are vacant. You can even explore several lots where the original structures have been demolished. The expensive landscaping features are just left behind to give you the feeling that you are wondering around a park of some kind.

There is only one elevated climb for about a half mile and the rest of the way you can relax. Near the highest point you will see this lighthouse and a few grand entry’s like I have shown above.

Day 8, Tuesday, June 12 

Leg day workout! I shifted in to high gear soon after waking up. I skipped my morning yoga routine and went straight to the bike. By 7:30 I was biking 2.5 miles towards one of the highest peaks on Oahu called Koko crater. It was used as a military missile defense bunker at the top and it has a rail system that was established to haul supplies and soldiers up and down. It has been opened to the public to use as a training trail. Over 1,048 rail tie steps assist you on a climb to the peak. (images below from Google Images)

 

Once I reached the top I did a 15 minute meditation and 15 minutes of yoga while being surrounded by a group of college girls from Brasil. A few other yogi’s were also practicing near me and (IG) @YogiNja81 took this amazing picture of me below. The silhouette of a Brasilian gals hair blowing in the wind towards me while meditating makes a great picture.

For the evening, Vanessa and I went on a lovely wind down hike. We were joined by a lovely rainbow near us at the top of the Wa’Ahila Ridge.

 

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Day 9, Wednesday June 13

What a great way to spend my 21st anniversary of what I call “my second life”. On June 13th, 1997 I should have been killed when hit by a car while riding my motorcycle but higher powers spared me to continue inspiring others towards positive change.

After focusing on an upper body workout to start the morning, I committed 4 hours to complete some more writing goals before hitting the beach.

We finished the day with a light tower hike. It is about a mile long trail with a gradual incline that provides lovely cliff views.

 

Day 10, Thursday June 14

After stretching I began searching for a plane ticket back to Texas. I used the morning to get some more writing done and then went to the beach for awhile. The next 2 days we made reservations at a camp site on the northern shore so a few hours today were spent packing for our weekend adventure.

The drive around the north shore is much more enjoyable because there are far fewer buildings and people. The roadside however, has a large amount of abandoned vehicles.

 

The north shore is also home to several shopping centers where groups of ran down food trucks provide the locals a way to generate income. There are several within minutes of our campground. We loaded up on food just before checking in to our cabin.

The Lanei campground contained about 20 cabins and another 20 tent spots with several outdoor fresh water showers spread in between. There were two private bath houses with plumbing which help validate the $65 nightly fee.

Our #10 cabin probably had the best location out of all of them. Check out these pictures!

As the sunlight faded we enjoyed a walk on the beach and then settled in for the night. The cabin beside us had 3 ladies in their 30s and a mid aged man who enjoyed their alcohol under the stars. It was a bit breezy for me but we sat outside and watched the stars for a bit before going in to play a Hawaiian language card game. The sound of the waves and the cool breeze was so comforting that we were sleepy within minutes of starting a movie.

Day 11, Friday June 15

At times the wind and waves would wake us up. The view was so amazing that we could not help stepping out on the porch for a few deep breathes and late hour meditation.

As the sun rose, here was the morning view out the door.

The day was spent relaxing and doing yoga on the beach, swimming and laying around reading and writing. We went over to a food truck court and had some wonderful Thai food for dinner. The evening was a perfect repeat of Thursday night.

Day 12, Saturday June 16

More walks on the beach followed by short workouts and a little reading before packing up. On the way back to Honolulu we drove the rest of the way up the North Shore to the H2 expressway exit. We stopped at a farm fresh cafe and got an amazing veggie pizza and smoothie. I pulled over at a few beach areas along the way. One spot had some cliff jumpers surrounded by coral pool snorkelers. We also walked around Haleiwa waiting for time to catch up to us. I was going to a big $3500 dart tournament for the evening and Vanessa had fun night planned with the ladies.

 

I arrived at the tournament site 2 hours early to allow me time to play 10 games on a Dartslive rating card. It was a requirement to have this in order to play the event. The boards were unable to pair my card rating with the handicap software though so I still ended up borrowing the top rated card available from the event organizer.

I was fortunate to get paired up with a solid player. Paohoeo was a 5 foot, 120 lb. local from the Wahiawa area. He has lived here over 50 years and has watched the sport of darts evolve around him. The top pro rating on the Dartslive rating scale is 18. Pao (Peter) was a 5 and that basically means he hits what he is aiming at 1 out of the three darts.

I’m a 16-17 so we took both our ratings combined as a team and in comparison, all of the other teams had total’s below ours with the exception of one team. This would require us to give all the other teams a head start most of the tournament. The head start makes it very difficult for pro’s to win. Dartslive software also has created a shadow around the fair start procedure. Top competitions use a cork/diddle to choose the player who starts first in a tie-breaker game but this tournament allowed the computer to choose.

We won our first 3 matches with the help of a lucky finish. We escaped a very close game 3 where we played cricket with only points. A standard cricket game hits 3 marks on the 20 through 15 zone and the bullseye and the winner is the first to do that. The winner may be ahead in points if needed. In this game both teams closed the 20 & 19 zones. I closed the 18 and our opponent closed the 17. Our opponents remained slightly ahead of us on points and went most of the game without closing the 18. It was so close that I told Pao to never throw at the 17 because the Dartslive software stops the game at round 25 and it was likely going to come down to points. Our opponents gained a 100 point lead and threw at the 18 four darts in the final 3 rounds giving us the advantage. My very last throw of the game in round 25 required me to score over 100 to win. Two tripple 18’s equals 108 points and I was very fortunate to do just that to allow us to win the match.

We had a great run to the final 8 on the winners side before meeting Hawaii’s top ranked pro, Philman Reyes. The winner of this match would have a smooth path to the $1900 final. We split the first 2 games. Pao hit a perfect finish to win the first game of 701. Philman out shot me in the cricket game 2. We were awarded the start in game 3 and began with the advantage. I held my average and the lead down to the final rounds before having a twist of bad luck. I made a poor decision and slightly over corrected my final throw which allowed Reyes to take the win. My $550 for first started slipping away into the night.

We won our next match on the down side of the bracket and I began studying the other remaining 6 teams. The losers bracket format was only 501 games. All the other teams had low averages and I knew we would be giving up a large head start and I would need to throw near perfect to make it up. The next match had a player evenly matched with my skill level but he had a 43 point head start and won the start. We both rarely missed and took turns winning the first 2 games. He got the start in game 3 and his partner out scored mine just enough that I never got a shot to win. We both missed 1 dart in round 3 and he finished the game on 116.

It was a fun night with many new friends but I’m left with the bitter finish and lack of a Philman rematch to make up for my quarter final failure.

 

Day 13, Sunday June 17

We were so worn out that we took the day to relax and watch movies. We did take a nice sunset walk. It was a perfect cloud formation and the beams of light were amazing.

Day 14, Monday June 18

I twisted a muscle wrong during my workout so I spent most of the day writing and taking it easy. At the end of the day we went and hiked Kuliouou Ridge. You drive up the neighborhood and park on the street at the top of the valley and enter the trail there.

I could have taken better pictures but I was focused on doing a trail video for the YouTube channel vBlog.  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF934F9293E21137B

 

Day 15, Tuesday June 19
Spent the morning updating my WILL and organized videos on the youtube channel. Finally added the 360 videos from last week and promoted them on the Facebook group. Spent the afternoon writing some more.

Day 16, Wednesday June 20

Still recovering from some back pain. Went for a walk to the park and spent the morning writing. After a challenging poker day last week I convinced myself to avoid Monday’s game and go into today with a better attitude and larger bankrole. I was still feeling the disappointment from letting 1st place at Darts on Saturday slip away from me but I convinced myself to stay positive. I’m glad I went because I had a good run of cards and took down an extra $350 in pots. Every once in awhile you get that Ace-Jack TX Hold’em hand where the board runs mixed 8,9,10 and you get 2 callers chasing into a massive pot. The Queen turns to keep the flush alive while making our straight with the Ace as a river bonus. I put it all in to force out the flush draw and one caller with 10-Jack stayed in expecting a chop at worst. My night would be made if a non flush King showed up for the river and that was exactly what we were delt!!!  🙂

I left shortly after knowing a win like that would rarely come back in the same night. After getting home I was able to get a few more hours of writing done thanks to the rush from that success.

Day 17, Thursday June 21

Today I finally finished the 2017 edition of the Helping Hands Comic. Issue #13 is now available on Amazon. A sneak peek is also available here on the blog for our supporters.

I spent the day with Vanessa as she did her tasks. The bike tire was flat this morning so we stopped at a shop and invested another $17 for a new tube install. We ate a great salad and smoothie at a Vegan Peace Cafe and then went to a lovely hidden beach cove near the Ko Olina resorts. I about injured myself on the slippery reef rocks trying to lay down with a Tortoise. TAKE YOUR TIME & STAY LOW ON REEF ROCKS. The lava rocks especially have jagged Knife edges every few inches that will end your life quickly.

For dinner we went to a Sushi cafe where the items go around you on a conveyor belt. We spent the evening with another one of Vanessa’s amazing friends. They all have such interesting successful lives. Today’s friend was a Laker Girl alumni.

Day 18, Friday June 22

I try to start most days with a new exploration during a bike or jog after a brief lifting or yoga session. Today I went to a new beach called Kawaikui. It was one of the best yet. You start at a nice park with plumbing and showers and stone picnic tables and then you can walk about a mile along the beach behind nice mansions.

I did a bench workout and then jogged the beach. Along the way I found the best nomad shelter yet. This person found a great clump of tree’s to hide a large tent and several coolers. Most people would not have noticed the entrance. I found several nice teal rocks, coral and petrified walnuts. I also found 2 perfectly weathered limbs to use as walking sticks. One section lies behind a church that had organ music and a wedding service in progress. The best discovery was a black sand section. A black sand beach with very few reef rocks or large chunks of coral is very rare on Oahu.

Once I returned to the house I checked the latest youtube blogs that I like to follow.
Hall of Fame Poker Player, Daniel Negreanu has a great blog going during the WSOP. Today he posted a heart felt message about wanting to help more charitable causes after a big multi-million dollar win so we wrote him the following message. We have been on a mission to get more supporters of his caliber so it would be great to be on his friends list.

*CHARITY POST – So sorry to hear about that horrible beat today Daniel. That was the definition of sick…. to be near top stack with the best hand & suck a big stack all in just to be crushed on a 2 outter. I’m about to play a PLO cash game in Honolulu today and hope to avoid such a hit. I even feel bad when I’m on the winning end of a huge suck out.
I PLAY FOR CHARITY also. I have set up a national network where our supporters share stories about causes in need and then I direct the resources as they become available. You can read about our Charity at: wordpress.com/FreeHelpingHands and message me for more info. We have currently raised about $6k of $50k needed to purchase a community center property east of Dallas and that is our main cause this month.
I follow your path more than most because we share a lot of interests like soccer and Vegas life and healthy veggie eating/living etc. My life is basically the low budget grinder yogi version of yours. Hope to talk more with you about your Charity/Philanthropy goals soon.  Blessings.

I spent the afternoon starting comic issue #14. I’m way behind my writing goals at this point with only 3 days remaining on the island. I really hoped to have the next edition of “Life’s Little Secrets” ready by Sunday.

After the morning routine, I went to a beach further east of the house. This beach had the best stretch of soft black sand that I have experienced on Oahu.

After Vanessa was done working I took her back to walk the black sand beach at sunset before going to a dart tourney.

For the evening tourney my partner was a quite shy Japanese woman named Nao. She was calm and confident in her ability and only asked me what to aim at when our Cricket games were close. We only lost one game on our way to a first place finish.

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Day 19, Saturday June 23

We went to a flea market and did some urban hiking along the city marina.

I don’t write about food very often but I can’t close out this blog without talking about how many great health food options there are on Oahu. There are very few sources for junky fast food which allows for an abundance of these health cafes. On the days we were out for meals, we  would get veggie sandwiches, gourmet pizzas or fruit filled Acai bowls and smoothies.

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We closed out the night with a romantic gourmet pizza under the stars on the marina and then went to the new Jurassic Park movie.

 

Day 20, Sunday June 24

On Sundays we try to focus on doing something spiritual. My final full day on the island would be spent driving the east coast up to the north shore to go to the Buddhist temple with the highest praise. The Byodu-In temple is a shrine to the god of balance and equality. We had an amazing day of meditation. Check out these images.

There are more videos on my Instagram and Facebook. Including some 360 images. Enjoy.

We ended the night with a walk along Waimanalo beach.

 

Day 21, Monday June 25

Time to pack and go enjoy one last beach day. Heading to the airport at 7. I hope you enjoyed this photo journal adventure. Our last night was spent on a ocean cliff the locals call China Wall. It is a perfect spot to tan and jump into some deep waves.

 

I arrived home to some plants in need…

 

 

HHN is currently raising $50k to solve poverty problems in East Texas by establishing an educational Center for the Arts via https://www.gofundme.com/HawkinsIC

 

The Giving Pledge is the leading source of current information on large scale Philanthropy. https://givingpledge.org/

This Blog is our record of small details regarding the Billionaires efforts and interests as well as those of others not listed on the Giving Pledge.

 

The Helping Hands Network is often alerted to Causes in need and we use this master list to help match the Causes with the contacts listed below that can provide the help needed! 

 

 

 

Bill & Melinda Gates @BillGates — $28 BILLION

To the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To improve poverty. In developing countries, we focus on improving people’s health and wellbeing, helping individuals lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, we seek to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—can access the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.

*PLEASE share/post – #HHN is improving #poverty in East #Texas by raising $50k to establish an educational Center for the Arts via https://www.gofundme.com/HawkinsIC #Help #HelpingHands

 

Warren Buffett Warren@BerkshireHathaway.com — $27.5 BILLION+
To the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Susan Thompson Buffett FoundationSherwood FoundationHoward G. Buffett Foundation and NoVo Foundation.

*PLEASE share/post – #HHN is improving #poverty in East #Texas by raising $50k to establish an educational Center for the Arts via https://www.gofundme.com/HawkinsIC #Help – the #HelpingHands founder is a #Berkshire Stock holder

 

Jeff Bezos @JeffBazos —  $??

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/06/15/jeff-bezos-amazon-philanthropy/102896058/

 

Actress Jami Gertz and her husband Antony Ressler — $10,569,002

To the Ressler Gertz Foundation. Grants from the foundation include $1.7 million to the LA County Museum of Art, $400k to Cedar Sinai Medical Center.

 

Musician Herb Alpert –$9,104,829

To the Herb Alpert Foundation, which focuses on the arts, compassion, and well being.

 

Actor Mel Gibson — $6,853,020

To the A.P. Reilly Foundation, which he started to support Holy Family Church.

 

Director, Producer, Writer, George Lucas — $4,250,000 

To Lucas Film Foundation then granted to The George Lucas Educational Foundation with a mission to inspire and empower young people to become responsible citizens, compassionate leaders, and to live their dream.

 

Writer Nora Roberts — $3,000,000

To the Nora Roberts Foundation, which support literacy. Additional areas of focus are: children’s programs, arts organizations, and humanitarian efforts, with local organizations being its priority.

 

NFL Player Ndamukong Suh — $2,600,000

$2 million to the Nebraska University athletic department and another $600,000 to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering to endow a scholarship. It is the largest single gift ever from a former football player.

*PLEASE share/post – #HHN is improving #poverty in East #Texas by establishing an educational Center for the Arts via https://www.gofundme.com/HawkinsIC #Help – the #HelpingHands founder is a Husker Athletic alumni

 

MLB Player Lance Berkman and his wife Cara — $2,412,245

To The Lord’s Fund, a foundation they established.  Grants include $400k to Josiah Venture, a Christian youth movement in Eastern Europe, and $113k to Children’s Cup, a Christian organization focusing on “forgotten children” in Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and efforts are also underway in Vietnam and the Philippines.. Most of their giving is to Christian-based organizations.

Actress Meryl Streep and her husband Donald Gummer — $2,000,000

To Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, a foundation they established.  Grants include $100k each to Oxfam America and Partners in Health; $1,225,000 to Vassar College. Total grantmaking for the year was more than $2.1 million.

Television Producer Marcia Carsey and her husband John Carsey — $1,870,000

To Carsey Family Foundation they established. Grants include $250k to Media Matters for America, $100k to Institute for America’s Future, $50k to Progressive Talent Initiative.

Simpsons’ Co-Creator Sam Simon — $1,800,000

To The Sam Simon Foundation to “save the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people.”  The Foundation manages a number of programs including a mobile veterinary unit, dogs for veterans, and dogs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld — $1,766,000

To the Seinfeld Family Foundation that supports education, children’s services, health associations, and Jewish organizations; funding also for the arts.

Actress Barbra Streisand — $1,555,500

To the Barbra Streisand Foundation.  Grants are distributed to a variety of charities and causes including the Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program at Cedars Sinai, City Year, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, respectively.

Actor Matthew McConaughey — $1,537,292

To the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation that he established. Grants distributed include $88,000 to Communities in School Los Angeles West and $38,000 Communities in School Central Texas.

Writers Dean and Gerda Koontz — $1,500,000

To the Dean and Gerda Koontz Foundation. Grants include $750,000 to Canine Companions for Independence and $500,000 to Saint Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, CA.

Model Gisele Bundchen — $1,500,000

To the Red Cross for Haiti Relief.

Writer Isabel Allende — $1,017,247

To the Isabel Allende Foundation to support charities that empower and protect women.  Founded in honor of her daughter, Paula Frias who passed away at 28. Grants include $500,000 to Oritel, which provides human services for low income families and $30,500 to the Global Fund for Women.

Actor Alec Baldwin — $1,005,131

To the Alec Baldwin Foundation. Grants include $50,000 to the NY Philharmonic, $42,500 to Waterkeeper Alliance, and $250,000 to the Carol M Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Actress Sandra Bullock — $1,000,000

To Doctors Without Borders for Haiti Relief following the devastating earthquake.

NFL Player Eli Manning and his wife Abby — $1,000,000

To the University of Mississippi’s Ole Miss Opportunity Scholarship, which allows prospective students with an adjusted gross family income at or below $30,000 to attend the University of Mississippi.

Actress Will and Jada Smith — $900,000

To the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation.  Grants included $126,000 to the Lupus Foundation, $200,000 to the Baltimore School for the Arts, and $52,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner — $900,000

To Trust for Public Land to save the iconic Hollywood sign from being plowed under in order to make room for four luxury homes.

NBA Player Carmelo Anthony — $837,200

To Carmelo Anthony Foundation. Grants include $500,000 to Syracuse University and $302,000 to The Living Classroom Foundation.

Cyclist and seven-time winner of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong — $700,648

To The LiveStrong Foundation, which he founded to improve the lives of people with cancer.

Writers Jonathan and Faye Kellerman — $627,700

To Jonathan and Faye Kellerman Foundation. Grants include $175,000 for Children’s Hospital of LA, $150,000 to USC/Kellerman Endowment, $25,000 to Boston Institute of Music.

MLB Player Mariano Rivera — $627,500

To the Mariano Rivera Foundation. Grants distributed included $150,000 to the Church of God Prophecy and $50,000 to the Brooklyn Tabernacle.

Singer/Songwriter Taylor Swift — $625,000

$500k to Hands on Nashville the Community Foundation of Middle Tennesee for Nashville’s flood relief efforts (Nashville Rising);  $25,000 to the Wyomissing, PA school district for educational $100,000 check to rebuild Kids Kingdom, a playground in Hendersonville, Tennesee where she attended high school.

Daniel and Cara Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy) — $550,020

To Git-R-Done Foundation. Grants include $500,000 to the Child Advocacy Center and $525,000 to the Madonna Foundation.

Artist Jasper Johns — $500,000

To Low Road Foundation he established.  Grants distributed include $50,000 to the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Golfer Davis Love — $424,379

To the Davis Love III Foundation, which he established.  Grants distributed include $479,000 to the St. Presbyterian Church, $100,000 to Frederica Academy, $75,000 to Special Olympics, and $75,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Southeast GA.

Actress Victoria Principal — $342,665

To Victoria Principal Foundation. Grants distributed include $25,000 to Greenpeace Fund, $125,000 to Natural Resource Defense Council, $100,000 to Oceana.

 

UPDATED: 4/8/18

 

 

No, not that thing our leader talks about that is demolishing our nation’s tourism industry. I’m talking about a wall to keep an elderly family warm this winter.

 

Today we were told a story about an elderly Hawaiian in Texas that had no running water so she was driving back and forth 5 miles to the local lake to fill up buckets. Right away we went to meet her and connect her with neighbors that would deliver her water until the plumbing was fixed. Next, we removed the foundation covering, dug out the flooded rubbish, dried up the crawl space and found the ruptured pipes.

After a few attempts, we replaced the needed parts with success, loaded up to leave and went to update the nice lady. Lani Burns then takes me around back and asks “can you do anything about this?”

 

So, over the next few weeks will are raising money to cover the costs for lumber, insulation, plastic sheeting, plywood, screws, dump fee’s and volunteer lunches and transportation.

 

If you can help, re-share this flyer and/or paypal to: tfrentz@hotmail.com

Blessings to all,
T

 

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UPDATES:

On 2/1/18 we clear cut the tree’s around the work area and the local mission and churches submitted their first round of collections totaling $105!  Thank you to all those who are assisting this effort either by funding, volunteering or re-sharing on social media. Blessings.

 

 

2/13/18

We swept off the patio and delivered the first round of lumber.

 

2/16/18

Today we purchased materials and delivered them. We demolished the rotten soffit, installed edge metal trim, removed siding, removed the rotten materials, installed a brace to improve the wall stability and covered the wall with moisture barrier.

3/3/18

Today we were joined by FUMC Pastor Brian as we added some wall studs and framed in the first window. We are ready to insulate and sheet the first section on the far right.

 

 

3/10/18

This week we installed more wall studs, installed the first window, insulated and hung the first 10 feet of wall board with moisture barrier!!!

3/17

Volunteers from First United Methodist cleaned up the yard!!!

 

3/24

We replaced the 3rd section of the floor joist under the double windows. We are ready to finish the wall studs for the 3rd section and ready to frame in the double windows.

 

3/31 – This week we removed the last of the demo debris to prepare for the last of the framing. We then completed the framing and everything is ready for insulation and wallboard.

 

4/8/18

This week we prepped the windows, installed the insulation and covered up the wall with the wall board. One more work day left on this project. Next time we will install the siding and build the stairs.

4/14/18

We installed the old siding.

Here are 3 projects left that are waiting for volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, please message us to schedule a time. Debris needs removed. The air conditioner can be installed and the steps can be built.

 

 

 

EXPENSES

The following have sponsored this cause so far!

Peter Craine – www.crainerealty.net
*Interesting fact: Mr. Craine was processing the fact that he had just lost his phone and still opened his wallet while suffering the on coming panic attack. Thank you sir.

 

Greg Mordue – GM Construction http://GregMordue.wordpress.com

GM has been a HHN Corporate sponsor for over 2 years now!

 

Vanessa Price – Cade Republic
http://www.caderepublic.com/
Vanessa is distributing the flyer on the ground IN HONOLULU!!! Thank you very much.

 

Rose – Helping Hands Mission Coordinator
Thank you for submitting Lani’s Cause to us.

 

Helping Hand Hawkins Volunteers –

The local Helping Hand Mission volunteers have raised $145 as of 2/1/18

 

Zion Church Hawkins –

The local Zion Church has collected $10 as of 2/16/18

 

First United Methodist Church Hawkins –

The emergency support group coordinator at FUMC is Kathy Mordue. Their group has pledged to fund the remaining needs of this project! $500 was deposited 3/9 and it should cover the final costs. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FUMC! 

This week I have been given an opportunity to live the life of a media production worker. The details I can share are vague until after the production has aired but I can write a general summary of my time on the set.

 

I am blessed to be dating a special lady whom directs and designs sets and visiting her at work is very exciting. Some productions are in a location only a week which means 15 hour work days with little to no personal time. On short sets you are limited to your travel days, purchase runs and late night hours to do anything to relax but this production required her to be at the corporate studios for 5 weeks and on location for 12 weeks.

 

When she is on a long production like this, I get to travel to spend time with her. On a large set, I am able to join her as an assistant. The schedule for this production would have her doing orders, directing finish workers and staging the interior sets. The 6th day in rotation is a reveal day and usually results in a reasonable 8 hour work day for the design staff and a full personal day on the 7th.

Most staff set their tasks around the film schedule. Whenever production takes the day off, the set is referred to as dark and most departments get a personal day as well. It is scheduled every 7 days as much as possible to allow everyone to reset their energy.

I arrived on the night before a dark set. This allowed us time together to get me settled and acquainted with everyone at a time when they were not hurried by a deadline.

(more details on this story are published in my book, American Yogi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please share some of your favorites in the comments below. As I discover new explorers on social media, I will add them to the list below.

 

https://www.facebook.com/HastaAlaska

KombiLife.com

Hasta Alaska is the story of an English explorer named Ben who flew to Chile and has spent over 4 years road tripping all the way to Alaska in a VW Bus. He shares a video blog on youtube that does an amazing job of sharing all the details. His team has done such a great job, we hope to see more adventures from him in the future.

 

http://ModernMotoDiaries.com

Alex Chacon

https://www.facebook.com/ChaconAlex/?fref=ts

Alex has ridden motorcycles in a large portion of the world and continues on a quest to travel as many as possible.

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO9yxZFAdyyjRYGMh5Qp-eg

Long Way Around (& Down)

Ewin McGregor & Charley Boorman travel from England to New York and England to Cape Town Africa on motorcycles.

 

http://netvibes.com/HelpingHandsNet

Helping Hands Network

The story of the network has been growing since being founded in 2006 by Tim Frentz. YouTube videos, blog stories and digital Comic Books share the adventures of network members along their path to help causes in need. Short novels are being published soon to help tell the stories in more detail.

BACKGROUND STORY OF JAN PEREGRINE:

Hi, my name is Jan. 22 years ago I suffered a partial spinal cord injury from an unlucky fall in my parents’ home, bruising my spinal cord at the third vertebrae.

Since then I’ve learned to walk with a rolling walker, but after so many years muscle stiffness became more and more worse, which required greater dependence on a power scooter and home health aides. Nothing has been made available to regenerate my damaged spinal cord.

Very recently I was researching online about progress being made in spinal cord injury and one thing led to another. I made what looks to be my greatest discovery yet and it’s not a drug or surgery!

Intermittent Hypoxic Therapy (IHT) teaches your body to use less oxygen like athletes training for higher altitudes have been using for years to enhance their sports performance. For people with spinal cord injury, whether their injury is recent or old or partial or seemingly complete, clinical trials are showing that IHT will be a gamechanger.

IHT adapted to people with spinal cord injury stimulates your muscles and neurons into growing and making better connections. It may heal spinal cord damage fairly quickly!

Since I can walk with a walker and have full sensation, as well as excellent health, I believe I’ll respond very well to IHT and my physiatrist and nurse have given me to green light. The company Hypoxico found at hypoxico.com has IHT equiipment the clinical trials use and will allow you to buy or rent it.

I’ve asked many pertinent questions about how the spinal cord injury researchers are using the IHT equipment and would like to rent it (the mask must be bought) for a month for the safest and best results.

I need help with the money, especially since Medicaid is charging me for two social security checks because I had a scooter accident last June (it fell on top of me) and needed hospitalization and rehab for three months after my health care agency dropped me because they changed their accreditation policy.

The frigid temperatures make my muscle stiffness or imbalanced muscle tone from my injury much worse and so I’d like to order the IHT equipment as soon as possible. it should be noted that IHT will help a lot with my energy level so I can walk and exercise more, even if my spinal cord isn’t directly regenerated.

Thanks for reading my story and I hope you’ll agree that IHT is a very promising gamechanger that I’ve been waiting decades for. I’m excited to use it! I’ve felt like I’ve been living in  a prison that keeps closing in on me in spite of trying to heal my cord with nutrition and walking. That’s helped, but I keep getting stiffer.

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CAMPAIGN HOME WEB PAGE:

*See http://www.netvibes.com/subscribe.php?preconfig=7ff7586fc1cee505a4a388ecb342eb73&preconfigtype=tab

 

NEEDS

If medical insurance or medicaid has failed you. We want to hear your story. If you are a victim of a spinal injury and have research of your own to share, we want you to talk about it on our social media channels.

If you know someone who this campaign will benefit or you want to help with these causes, please click on the ASK 4 HELP tab at the top of our main page or directly contact us by emailing the director, Tim Frentz at tfrentz@hotmail.com.

The current needs for this campaign are limited to expense funding for IHT Equipment, travel and result tracking supplies. You may also help if you have contacts for these items directly to limit expenses.

VOLUNTEER

We could use assistance in Lincoln Nebraska at this time only but we hope to add more trial locations as this campaign spreads in awareness.

 

SUPPORT

We are now accepting donations to fund our volunteer efforts.  PLEASE DONATE directly to payPal ID: JanPeregrine@gmail.com

Thank you!!!!!!!!

 

BLOG UPDATES

https://freehelpinghands.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/spinal-injury-campaign-now-active/

 

Research on Hypoxia
http://www.medicaldaily.com/spinal-injuries-treated-hypoxia-what-promising-and-surprising-new-treatment-263872#.VqFSH144tDc.facebook

*Check back for updates soon.  🙂