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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.

Vegas fireworks partyVegas Fireworks

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!

 

 

I have compiled video to go with this blog. View it here:   https://youtu.be/1T69qjxgcxU

I’ve been following renewable energy trends for 20 years. Products and prices are always changing so I am creating this blog source to help organize everything in one source.

I’m always spending time looking for different schematics and the best prices for products and I want to help everyone save time on their searches as well.

Please comment below and help contribute to the search for the best relative information.

 

FIRST, we need to divide the schematics by category.

  • Small Range Solar Only
  • Small Range Wind ONLY
  • Small Range Solar & Wind Combined
  • RV travel OFF Grid
  • Mid Range System with EV charging

 

Here are the best sources I found to gather the following information.

SOURCES

TechDirectClub.com – Parts Supplier & 48 volt video guides.

YouTube – AverAge Joe – Jehu Garcia – Will Prowse – Jay Summet

Mobile-SolarPower.com has great videos and diagrams.

Forum: BuggiesGoneWild & TechLuck

Dan Fink info@otherpower.com

Ed Toribio Kearney Wind (Nebraska Green Energy)

CFRA cfra.org/clean-energy

057Tech.com/Solar (Amazing details on a HOME Tesla Module power station)  186kwH STORAGE!!!

 

 

 

POWERWALL (24v or 48v)

24 VOLT OPTIONS  (12 volt is a waste of time. Don’t even consider it.)

https://www.mobile-solarpower.com/2000-watt-24v-solar-system.html

https://www.mobile-solarpower.com/tesla-solar-battery-diy.html

 

Here is the start up cost of my system.

$200 (2) 100 watt solar panels in 24 volt

$100 Solar panel mounting hardware & wiring

$200 40A Tracer BN4215 Charge Controller

$600 3.5kwH 7S Leaf Modules plus accessories ($70 per module @ 500w each)  $140 per 1kwH

$58 Victron battery Protect

$228 2.5/5k RELIABLE Pure Sine 24v Inverter

$75 300w used Grid Tie Inverter

$20 misc wiring & hardware

$$1500ish   TOTAL!!!

 

 

SOLAR PANELS (Great info sites include Energy Informative.org and AltE Store.com)

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Buy on Amazon or Local (Texas GoTreePower.com) – Target Price is .85 per Watt

Amazon has….

$100 – HQST 100W 12v Mono 42×20″ 17lbs. AND 24v 270w mono $265 ; 300w $325

eBay has…

$200 – Fred180v 200w +25% 12v Mono 59×27″

$123 – RenewTopSolar 160w 12v Mono 58×26″

$20 10awg Cables 10ft. Red/Blk w/ M4 connectors – Amazon ($16 on eBay)

$16 8 z Brackets with bolts – Amazon

$12 double cable ABS box for roof penetration

$4 /ea. MC4 Y connectors

$25 – 10ft. Super Strut Rail & strut nuts & bolts

 

-Charge Controllers

$283 60A MPPT PCM60x Maximum Solar Taiwan – w/ Monitoring Software

$199 40A MPPT Tracer 4215BN w/ Meter.

If you wish to use this controller to charge exotic/strange voltage lithium battery banks (such as a tesla/nissan leaf battery), you can change the charge controller parameters manually with the mt-50:

  1. Go to the main menu and select “4. Control Para.”. In this menu, use the arrow keys to navigate around and see the current charge profile parameters. You need to arrow up first and start changing your settings with the lowest voltage setting which is “Discharge Limit”. If you do not do this you will get “PARA ERROR” messages.
  2. If you want to change a parameter, hold down the “ok” button. If it asks for a password input, leave it blank and hold down “ok”. You will see the number flash, and you can use the arrows to change the parameter.
  3. When you are done editing the parameter, press “ok” and it will ask you to save the settings. Press “ok” again. You need to repeat this process every time you change parameters on a screen (so you can only edit two parameters at a time).
  4. When you are done editing, use the navigation arrows to ensure that all changes have been saved.
  5. Connect your system to solar power and watch the charge voltage. If it charges up to the charge limit voltage that you programmed, you are good to go.

 

-Batteries  

Sources: kit.com/Jehu/ – BatteryHookups.com – TechDirectClub.com – EVwest

Jay Summet playlist – https://youtu.be/J1rrgxM9Nn8

Side Project – https://youtu.be/bAv2QZdqc5s

Great video source is DIY Solar w/ Will Prowse. He has several video’s that explain the details of using a Tesla Battery in a DIY application.

$490 (shipped) [Quantity of 7 Nissan Leaf modules] 57aH 3.4kwH 330 cells @ Tech Direct Club in L.A. CA ($70 per 500wH) [est. $140 per 1kwH]

$1150 (pickup) 250aH 5.2kwH 444 cells @ HSR Motors in NC

*Tesla Modules require a BMS board conversion. Look at HSR Motors for details.

 

JeHu Battery Solution Kit (est $572 per 1kwH)

$1000+ for 1.75kwH ($3 per cell + wrap, $72 box, $200 for 25 board kits, $50 BMS, $? state of charge board, +$$$ misc plus labor)

 

Nissan Leaf 24v Series of Videos – YouTube Jay Summet

 

Nissan Leaf 24v Configuration by youTube Side Project

https://youtu.be/bAv2QZdqc5s

 

This is what I choose.

My 24v setup with Tracer Controller, Victron BP, MT50 control

My 24v setup with Tracer Controller, Victron BP, MT50 control

 

Here are most of the items I ordered pre installation.

Here are most of the items I ordered pre installation.

$490 Leaf G2 bundle – $70 /ea. module x 7 from Tech Direct Club  [est $140 per 1kwH]

  • These Leaf batteries have a smaller variance of useful voltage but if you balance your energy input with your consumption, that will not be a big factor. For my initial tests, I only have 2 [100 watt] Mono Solar panels bringing in an average of 30 volts of charge which results in .1 of a volt of storage being added to the battery bank PER HOUR with 0 draw on it.
  • On the consumption end, I have my office equipment drawing .25 volts per hour. So if I want to be off grid completely this helps give me a more accurate idea of how much more input to add to the system.

$60 BMS full kit (circuit board, BMS, quick disconnect w/ 16″ cables, hardware) [NO VIDEO’s Showing how to customize this for 6s 24v yet but I got it just in case something is posted or in case I decide to up the system to 48v with 7s.]

$30 LCD display (NOT NEEDED) It is not color and the function buttons are hidden behind the casing so I am returning it and installing a simple $14 DROKing.com monitor in the slot.

$25 Side Panel Controller Box for BMS & Display

$30 Screws, bus bars, cables, bolts

$15 All thread bars

$0 salvaged wood for frame and handles

$0 TAX $0 SHIPPING +$30 discount coupon!

 

 

 

OTHER OPTIONS I CONSIDERED

-Power Out Inverter

*$80 24v/12v 1.5/3k Pure CHANGI

*$135 24v 2/4k Pure CHANGI via BangGood (1 universal outlet w/ multi function display)

$989 ALL IN ONE – Inverter/Charger/Grid Tie 600 watt Sigineer APC6048D 24v

$126 24v 1k/2k GIANDEL Pure Sine outlet power inverter w/ Remote on eBay *open box

$298 24v 2.2/4k GIANDEL Pure on Amazon

$228 24v 2.5/5k RELIABLE Pure Sine on eBay *live auctions

$196 24v 2.5/5k Bang Good

 

-Grid Tie Inverter

$100 Bang Good 600w Pure Sine  ($89 on Amazon) 12v/24v variable

$115 600w Pure Sine on Amazon

 

 

48 VOLT OPTIONS

Sources: beginningfromthismorning.com – TechDirectClub youTube

 

Charge Controller

$283 60A MPPT PCM60x w/ Monitoring Software Maximum Solar Taiwan

 

Batteries  48v

Nissan Leaf Setup (Guided by Tech Direct Club)

$650 FOR the G1 65% LIFE UNIT ASSEMBLED plus $100 SHIPPING or

$799 FOR the G2 75% LIFE UNIT ASSEMBLED plus $100 SHIPPING or

$490 for just 7 Modules 3.5kwH via Tech Direct ($70 per 500w module)

$20 BMS Board

$30 BMS Display

$8 rubber feet ($2 each)

$20 All thread .25 x 120 SAE 20 inch (4 bars @ $5/ea.)

$5 Rubber Terminal Boots – Amazon

$salvage Plywood Base, bolts & rope handles

 

Inverters

$212 KR Power 48v 2/4k Pure

 

WIND ONLY SYSTEM  (Currently researching!)

 

REVIEWS:

Top Rated Global Turbines – http://www.bettergeneration.co.uk/wind-turbine-reviews.html

Wind Turbine Parts List

-1kw Bergey Excel $1150

-800w Turbine  ? no source yet

-600w Turbine ? no source yet

-400w Wind Blue $580 http://www.windbluepower.com/Breeze_High_Wind_Generator_Kit_p/cy-high-kit.htm

Primus Air30 $880 from http://tinyurl.com/kjl5c5g

http://tinyurl.com/peegqu5

*Kill switch ($10 Radio shack), rectifier ($10) and Fuse Circuit 12v50A Breaker ($5) included with most turbines

http://tinyurl.com/nplmcwr

 

* I recommend  YouTube: AverAge Joe

 

-Tower

SALVAGE VALUE  (I recommend getting an old tv tower from nearby for $75ish) I currently use 2 inch round pipe with support fasteners attached to my 2 story deck framing.

 

-Stop Switch

$128 eBay: StellaVolta (Can be auto triggered by the auxiliary function on some charge controllers. *Not the Tracer Series unfortunately)

$2 – 30A Inline Fuse

$10 – 4 fuse Holder Box

 

-Charge Controller

$199 40A MPPT Tracer 4215BN w/ Meter.  This controller has great reviews for smaller applications. The MNF rep does not recommend it for Tesla Modules at this time. There is no auxiliary feature to program the Wind Turbine stop switch remotely or automatically.

From eBay: DomiTronic

 

-Power Out Inverter

$50-150 12v basic 1kw/2kw

 

-Grid Tie Power Inverter

 

 

-Wiring

$40 – misc wiring – Wire and Connectors (MC4 connectors $1/ea. ; 6g $.89/ft ; 8g $.68/ft)

http://www.freesunpower.com/wires_cables.php

 

Vertical Axis Turbine vs. Horizontal

Compare here: http://barnardonwind.com/2013/02/23/why-arent-vertical-axis-wind-turbines-more-popular/

 

SMALL RANGE SOLAR & WIND (still researching)

WindSolar Schematic

REC VEHICLE TRAVEL OFF GRID

(Research in progress)

YouTuber – DIY Solar Power with Will Prowse is great for RV and Tiny Home Applications

 

OTHER PRODUCTS TO CONSIDER

$199 40A MPPT Tracer 4215BN w/ Meter.  This controller has great reviews for smaller applications. The MNF rep does not recommend it for Tesla Modules at this time.  Buy from eBay: DomiTronic

If you wish to use this controller to charge exotic/strange voltage lithium battery banks (such as a tesla/nissan leaf battery), you can change the charge controller parameters manually with the mt-50:

 

SOURCES

EV West is great for Electric Vehicle Focus but they also share their Solar Powered PowerWall Schematics.

https://www.evwest.com/catalog/schematics.php

 

YouTuber – DIY Solar Power with Will Prowse is great for RV and Tiny Home Applications

057Tech.com/Solar (Amazing details on a HOME Tesla Module power station)  186kwH STORAGE!!!

 

 

 

MID RANGE GRID TIE w/ EV Charging

 

POWER WALL

I have not done a project of this scale yet so I do not have detailed notes but I am providing the schematic to benefit anyone looking for this setup.

The EV West YouTube Videos show some great details on this setup.

https://www.youtube.com/user/evwestdotcom/videos

 

INDEPENDENT SOLAR HOT WATER SOLUTION

$290+ TechLuck.com Water heater controller

 

 

Time to pack up! Whenever going on an extended trip, the fridge has to be emptied of perishables.
2019-03-29 Fridge Cleanout

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

mountains

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.

day3

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

day 3 neighbor

day 3 suculants1

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.

day 5 acro

 

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.

day 6 rock garden

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.

day 8 farmers

From there we went downtown to the Renegade Craft fair.

day 8 market all

 

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.

2019-03-29 recycle

 

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.

2019-03-29 bracket

 

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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2019-03-29 park

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.

2019-03-29 park all

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

2019-03-29 float

 

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.

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My very first SxSW was in 2010.

For most of 2008 and 2009 I was in the upper Midwest involved with renewable energy projects and a few charity programs. This led to some press for the Helping Hands Network which eventually led up to our SxSW invite.

The adventure began when I was invited to speak at a Tech Conference in New Orleans as part of the VoDoo Festival and then that same group invited me to SxSW.

I was given an upper level pass for tech, film and music access over 14 days. Only talent, staff and VIP’s had more access. It allowed me to get the full experience from inside any regular event I wanted to go to.  I quickly learned that the music was mostly newer groups looking to get record deals while the big name groups stay away until the Austin City Limits festival. This swayed my focus towards the Tech presentations during week #1.

Right away I learned that anyone can use Tweet Deck to monitor hash tag updates on most any tech related presentations. Between Tweet Deck and live streaming there is a limited need to even attend the presentations. This allowed me to attend one topic forum while following a second online at the same time.

As Tech week winded down, I started to review all the amazing film options. It is quite the challenge to organize all these events you want to see and an even bigger feat to make it to them on time when they can be several blocks apart.

The point of my story is that the films are educational and they are the main reason I like to return to the festival. Unfortunately in 2019, films cost $16 each without a $825 FILM PASS!

 

Now, on to the 2019 experience!

I stayed home and worked during Tech week. Anytime I was able to be at my desk, I turned on Tweet Deck and followed the action. SxSW also streamed a live feed on their YouTube channel that I monitored. I enjoyed some interviews with the Beastie Boys the most. As Film weekend arrived I loaded up the car and headed for Austin. I loaded the live stream and listened to it during the 5 hour drive.

My first stop after arriving in Austin is Texas Bar and Grill for a dart tournament.

2019-03-26 Darts

As I looked around at the competition it became apparent that I had the highest average in the room. I just needed to avoid two of their top players getting partnered up. It was a good event with a trips pot exceeding $2200. Everywhere I compete there are always some variations in rules or tournament structure and Austin has something I have never experienced before. Normally if there is an odd amount of entries, the tournament director asks for any volunteers to sit out or the director will sit out to keep the teams even. This Austin event is unique because they instead draw for a random player to get to play on two teams. This ultimately could lead to a player getting both first and second place prize money if all goes well.

On this night, I got a newer player for a partner and one of the top Austin players got to be the lucky odd player with two partners. In addition, both of that players partners had more than double the average of my partner. I kept the games close but I eventually ended up in the top 8 and missed out on being drawn for any of the bonus prizes.

On a positive note, I was done by 11pm and had time to cruise around the party scene downtown if I wanted. I chose to head for my camping spot and call it an early night.

I camp in front of a yoga retreat that has a small park just south of the river. As I arrived I was shocked to discover that the park had been sold and it is now fenced in for a beer garden. In past years I was able to do a workout on the padded roof of a food camper in the park but that had all changed. I was now forced to site outside this wall and meditate while facing the sunrise behind a locked gate.

 

The first scheduled event of the day was the documentary “Community First” which started at 11am. Community First is a community that started as a vision by Alan Graham to feed the homeless through a mobile food delivery service he calls Mobile Loaves & Fishes.

I packed my travel bag and hit the road on the scooter. First stop was breakfast and a cleanup then I headed over to the river trails to do another short workout until it was time for the film. There was a relaxing blues band playing on the bridge so I stayed there and did another workout.

2019-03-26 scooter

As 11am drew near, I headed over to the theater. It was $16 for a mid day film but at least part of the money was going to a great cause. I can’t believe people shell out $825 for a pass and still only go to just a handful of events. They probably average paying closer to $80 per film! SxSW administrators definitely need to restructure their financials.

I knew a little about the Community First village from my Co-Housing community based newsletters so I was excited to see a more in depth follow up. ( http://MLF.org & http://CommunityFirstTheMovie.com )

I had no idea that it started out as a mobile food delivery service (Mobile Loaves & Fishes / MLF). I also did not realize that it has grown at a very rapid pace and expanded to offer several income generating trade skills for over 500 people while removing them from homelessness. It is an amazing story that started around 1998. I have been slowly forming a similar movement and the MLF model is the perfect example for our Helping hands Network. They are 10 years ahead of us and if HHN just follows similar goals, we hope to be promoting similar results. If you are ever in Austin, please let me know and I will go tour Community First village with you.

2019-03-26 Community

After the film we had a Q&A with the Director, Layton Blaylock. Layton made a comment about being inspired to promote the amazing example of MLF in order to encourage other Community projects to form. As a CoHo consultant on many projects, I felt obligated to speak out so I stood up and introduced myself and assured him that his work was being noticed and consultants like me are following these examples.

After the Q&A, Layton’s wife approached me to have a chat and the lady sitting beside me also introduced herself. They were both interested in my projects and the lady beside me was the Chief Officer of the MLF. Amber Fogarty, MLF CEO invited me to follow up and visit during their consultant weeks. This will be a great project to be more involved with so I told her that I would go tour the village as soon as I can and get back to her. I had other plans to have some nature time on Sunday on my way home so I was not sure if I could make an appointed time.

After the film, I got on the scooter and cruised 6th street for lunch. West 6th street is your Irish St. Patty’s day headquarters and home to the average 30-50 something crowds. It is where I most enjoy the atmosphere. As you travel east down 6th street it becomes more gangster and grunge until you reach the river bend and dip south into Hipsterville. In past years there has been a wonderful Latino festival along the river on the final Saturday but the date must have changed this time around.

Every where you look there are bikes and scooters. It is cool to see people exercising and minimizing the use of gas vehicles. I recommend everyone watch season 22 episode 5 of South Park to get a good insight parody of the situation!

I went in to the convention center to check out the gaming convention and see who was performing on the free music stage. It was an entertaining MidEastern rap group. On my way out I met this wonderful group going around to educate people on the Honey Bee becoming endangered.

From there I completed the trail and bridge around downtown and back over to the park around the Palmer Events Center. This is where there is the biggest stage with some of the better known bands. There is also a workout station that I enjoy to balance out the lazy part of the day.

 

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To end the day I headed back to play darts. I forgot to ask where the Saturday night event was so I ended up in the wrong place and arrived to the proper tournament too late. I hung out for awhile and then went to play cards instead. The cards went my way and I made enough money to pay for the whole trip.

2019-03-26 poker The next morning I planned a visit to the Hamilton Pool caves to hike and do my morning yoga workout.

 

I discovered that the park has limited parking so it has to schedule $11 reservations and charge a  $15 day fee. The reservations are booked full for most weekend days and there are very few week days even open so any visitors traveling through the area will hardly ever get to experience the area unless you get dropped off outside the entrance or ride a bike and talk your way in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My next stop was to try to drive around Willie Nelson’s Luck Ranch. I was just hoping the gate would be open because I always wanted to visit but I have never been able to get an introduction into the proper circle. I was going to be limited to just flying a drone over head for the time being. Upon my arrival, the gate was in deed closed. I sat in the driveway a few minutes planning my next stop in hopes someone would come greet me or enter through the gate but to avail. I proceeded to drive up to the highest point surrounding the ranch so I could get a nice aerial view and take this picture of the Luck Ranch sign which mimic’s the Hollywood sign. (top left corner)

2019-03-26 Willie

My next stop was to find food and brush my teeth. Around the next corner was a nice taco shack and my quest was successful. I met a wonderful traveler with a very similar life to mine named Demetri Triant while waiting for our food. I also coordinated a visit with one of my cousins who lived a few blocks down the road. We had last met when we both lived in LA in 2013 so our reunion was long over due.

2019-03-27 Jen

It was getting late by the time we were done talking so I had to skip trying to sneak into Hamilton pool and the route to Community First village was 3 hours out of the way so going back through to the East edge of Austin was not going to be possible. It was time to head back to our projects at the Hawkins Learning Center.

 

 

———————- BELOW ARE SOME PreTRIP NOTES ——————————–

 

**NOTE TO SELF – bring the scooter AND the cable lock….  😉

WATCH LIVE! 

https://www.sxsw.com/live/

 

WILLIE’S PRIVATE PARTY

http://luckreunion.com/

2019-03-15 (1)

 

COMEDY SCHEDULE!

https://tinyurl.com/y2lvmhkw

 

FILM SCHEDULE!

Community First, A Home for the Homeless
Director: Layton Blaylock
Community First, A Home for the Homeless, is a feature documentary about a totally unique concept for mitigating homelessness. Conceived and created in Austin, Texas, Community First! Village is truly transforming the lives of homeless people. (World Premiere)

 

I Am Richard Pryor
Director/Screenwriter: Jesse James Miller
I Am Richard Pryor tells the life story of the legendary performer and iconic social satirist, who transcended race and social barriers by delivering his honest irreverent and biting humor to America’s stages and living rooms until his death at 65. (World Premiere)

It Started As a Joke
Directors: Julie Smith Clem, Ken Druckerman
It Started As a Joke documents the decade-long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. The film celebrates Eugene’s unique brand of humor and reminds us of the healing properties of comedy – even in the most challenging of life’s circumstances. (World Premiere)

 

Jezebel
Director/Screenwriter: Numa Perrier
A true story. In the last days of her mother’s life, 19-year-old Tiffany crashes with five family members in a Las Vegas studio apartment. In order to make ends meet, her sister, a phone sex operator, introduces her to the world of fetish cam girls. Cast: Tiffany Tenille, Numa Perrier, Stephen Barrington, Bobby Field, Brett Gelman, Rockwelle Dortch, Zoe Tyson, Dennis Jaffee, Jessa Zarubica (World Premiere)

Amazônia Groove
Director/Screenwriter: Bruno Murtinho
Leaving Belem and crossing much of the Para State Amazon region, its towns and riverside villages, Amazônia Groove reveals artists and their traditions, faith and mysticism, music and life that pound in the northern region of Brazil. (North American Premiere)

Bluebird
Director: Brian Loschiavo
Discover the origin stories of megastars like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift while following emerging singer-songwriters as they chase their dreams inside The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville’s accidental landmark that has altered the course of music history. (World Premiere

The Mountain
Director: Rick Alverson, Screenwriters: Rick Alverson, Dustin Guy Defa, Colm O’Leary
A well known physician, in the decline of his career, takes a young man on a desperate tour of rural mid-century hospitals, advocating for a new controversial procedure. Cast: Tye Sheridan, Jeff Goldblum, Hannah Gross, Denis Lavant, Udo Kier

 

Cobra Kai Season 2
We are proud to present a special screening of the second season ofCobra Kai, the hit YouTube Premium Original Series, starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. Exclusively premiering at SXSW, YouTube and Sony Pictures Television will screen the first two episodes of the second season followed by a Q&A panel with series stars Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso), William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) andMartin Kove (Kreese) along with the Cobra Kai series creators and executive producers Josh HealdJon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.

 

How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs
Director/Screenwriter: Joe Bob Briggs
America’s drive-in movie critic uses 200 video clips and photos to tell the 500-year history of the American redneck in a multimedia comedy performance

The Trial (United Kingdom, U.S.) 
Director: Johanna Hamilton
Meet the lawyers tasked with defending 9/11 suspects against the U.S. government.

 

 

 

The Beach Bum
Director/Screenwriter: Harmony Korine
The Beach Bum follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his own rules. Co-starringSnoop DoggZac Efron, and Isla FisherThe Beach Bum is a refreshingly original and subversive. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Stefania Lavie Owen, Jimmy Buffett, Zac Efron, Martin Lawrence (World Premiere)

 

The Highwaymen
Director: John Lee Hancock, Screenwriter: John Fusco
The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. From director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), The Highwaymen stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson in the untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde. Cast: Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, Kim Dickins (World Premiere)

 

Pet Sematary
Directors: Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, Screenwriter: Jeff Buhler
Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King. The new Pet Sematary trailer premieres online tomorrow! Click here to be one of the first to see it. Cast List: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence, Hugo Lavoie, Lucas Lavoie and John Lithgow

 

Autonomy
Director: Alex Horwitz
A feature documentary about the emerging technology of self-driving vehicles and the big questions they raise: what is control and who do we become as we relinquish it to machines? (World Premiere)

 

 

 

Friday 3/15/19

FILM

Richard Pryor Documentary Premier

 

OTHER

Irish Music @ BD Rileys & the Convention Center

 

Saturday  3/16/19

FILM

 

OTHER

https://tinyurl.com/y6f25nn7

 

2019-03-15

Sunday

Register online Saturday night!
Camping near Hamilton Pool ($11 online advance registration required ; $15 per car at gate) Construction delays. Registration in 9-1p and 2-6pm slots only!  THIS SUCKS but the beauty is worth it. We will see if I get kicked out for trying to spend the whole day on Sunday.  https://parks.traviscountytx.gov/parks/hamilton-pool-preserve

23 miles west of Austin on Hwy 71

**CHECK out Willie’s Ranch as I drive by….

 

 

 

 

 

1/23/19 – On my way to volunteer at PCB / Mexico Beach Florida with sponsor Dehning Enterprises (Ryan Dehning). If you have any remodeling needs in the Lincoln Nebraska area please look up Dehning.  😉

pcb funding flyer

 

1/24 – I spent the day researching what is really going on behind the media cover up in the disaster areas.

Here are the links of the day.

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1894395817265015?view=permalink&id=2027406497297279

https://www.technologyprofitfilter.com/blog/new-year-new-perspective

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/24/687729891/struggling-here-with-just-living-in-the-aftermath-of-hurricane-michael?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20190124

https://www.wjhg.com/content/news/About-11000-volunteers-from-southeastern-states-assist-in-Hurricane-Michael-recovery-process-through-Helping-Hands-program-499599081.html

ChipleyPaper.com

https://m.facebook.com/groups/694808767556389?view=permalink&id=757950227908909

 

In summary,  i’m discovering that USDA issued checks for repairs but they can not be cashed until the government shut down opens the USDA offices.

 

FEMA issued $425 checks (1x only) for emergency food and utility bills. They also provided labor forces to install tarps over as many damaged roofs as possible but they only last until a strong wind takes them down again. It is the best short term immediate repair at least. There were hundreds of thousands affected by this storm so the few FEMA trailers that were available were dispersed quietly to prevent large scale chaos.

Locals are forced to stay in hotels because they have limited utility service and holes in their roofs. This has driven up the room prices while limiting space for construction workers. At the same time, campgrounds are closed due to damage or the government work shut down so there is limited camping for workers in RVs.

 

Insurance companies are denying a lot of claims citing a flood insurance loop hole and they are setting $15,000!!!! deductables which leave owners without enough money for the actual repairs.

Without places to stay within budget,  there are not enough workers so people have to wait so long that they are just giving up and moving away. I’ve been told people are scheduled 8 months out from a work date!!!

1/25

Today we traveled over the central and eastern disaster areas.

I have explored a lot of natural disaster areas over the years of volunteering but this is the largest storm in US history on a scale of hectares affected. Everywhere in aprox. a 100 mile wide by 300 some mile area north rectangled zone had major infrastructure damage. It is just mind blowing. If you ever watch war films you can visualize the imagery.

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There are a lot of people from the Wewahitchka area sending me information and stories about damage that can not be repaired. There are so many different reasons.

We spent about an hour talking to people at the library where FEMA had a command center set up.

 

We visited two county building commission offices and got liscense applications and packets in order to contract full roof replacements.

By mid day I had not received any leads on qualifying volunteer projects and Ryan was not able to get a liscense until completing an exam which would take at least a week so we decided to head back west tomorrow.

1/26

We spent the day in Biloxi MS and set up a plan to get Ryan’s paper work done so I would be able to update all the people who told us they were interested in our help.

1/27

Heading back to my TX office to regroup at the Hawkins Learning Center!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is one of those days where so many thoughts have pilled up that I struggle to focus on the tasks ahead. As quickly as possible I must begin writing anything and everything on my mind in an attempt to move forward successfully. Skip the long morning workout, avoid TV and social media. Get a cup of hot tea and some fruit and get outside to a nice creative space in the garden.

I am constantly battling between the nomad world and the world of the capitalist. I’m a starving artist, a missionary with a lifetime mission, and I find that I am actually at war with myself more than any theoretical opponent. In this day and age, I must clear my mind from time to time to increase my strength.

One half of my world is fine with living in nature and spending months in between the solitude leading an army of volunteers to make a positive change. The other half begs me to maintain a fort with tools and treasures in order to provide stability. I can not live happy and healthy in one world without the other so I choose to live in balance. Yin and Yang. Back and forth I march, doing the best I can to please those who support me.

I live the dream. The dream that I am walking the world in a time before the industrial revolution where living among nature was all there was. A world where possessions where few and money did not dictate how we lived. A world where you could just gather your food and enjoy time with friends and family without despair. Perhaps the dream lives me.

I have a life partner who is happy with my efforts to build the financial wealth needed to provide shelter and security. I also have supporters who are happy to see me venture the world leading efforts to make positive change.

Recently I have been focusing on strategic moves that make progress on both fronts.

To progress in the capitalist war, I have established a permanent center of operations in Hawkins Texas. A center that invites the community to gather and learn about positive subjects. I share knowledge on health, fitness, art, spirituality, gardening, renewable energy and other positive topics. This center offers communal gardening, art studio space, fitness room and a gallery to aid in raising money to offset the $800 a month in expenses.

To keep moving forward in my nomad battle, I must continue creating works of art and increase efforts to promote them in order to survive.

For years I lived with no worries, no bills, no “To Do” lists. I lived the dream.

And now….

I need to…..

  • give my loved ones some love ( I realize I am lacking in this because of the stress I’m attempting to release by posting this blog.)  xoxoxo
  • review and edit a land lease for the center
  • promote remodeling and computer / phone services to generate income to pay for the center
  • promote the center to connect with members who will make financial contributions to support it (Any artists, gardeners, fitness students, nomads in the Hawkins area?)
  • setup the lower level of the learning center
  • complete the final edits on a 10 year writing project (Life Wisdom) and get it published
  • write a 6 minute short story about my life and audio record it for a Tyler Texas story telling event deadline
  • sell tons of antique furniture and art in our inventory to relieve some of the financial burden
  • go spend some volunteer time at the mission around the corner
  • go for a jog around the lake down the street
  • ????  I know I’m forgetting a few things”

 

 

 

This is an on going investigative report. Please help me tally the positive versus negative actions and add any missing facts in the comments section so I can add them to this story.

As reported and cited by CNN.

[https://www.cnn.com/2013/07/04/us/donald-trump-fast-facts/index.html]

WATCH Fahrenheit 11/9 and gather your own supportive opinions.
fahrenheit 119
June 29, 2015 – NBCUniversal says it is cutting its business ties to Trump and won’t air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants because of “derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants.”
July 8, 2015 – In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Trump says he “can’t guarantee” all of his employees have legal status in the United States. This is in response to questions about a Washington Post report about undocumented immigrants working at the Old Post Office construction site in Washington, which Trump is converting into a hotel.
July 22, 2015 – Trump’s financial disclosure report is made public by the Federal Election Commission.
August 6, 2015 – During the first 2016 Republican debate, Trump is questioned about a third party candidacy, his attitude towards women and his history of donating money to Democratic politicians. He tells moderator Megyn Kelly of Fox News he feels he is being mistreated.
August 7, 2015 – The controversy continues, as Trump tells CNN’s Don Lemon that Kelly was singling him out for attack, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
September 11, 2015 – Trump announces he has purchased NBC’s half of the Miss Universe Organization, which organizes the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.
July 16, 2016 – Introduces Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate.
September 13, 2016 – During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office is investigating Trump’s charitable foundation “to make sure it’s complying with the laws governing charities in New York.”
October 1, 2016 – The New York Times reports Trump declared a $916 million loss in 1995 which could have allowed him to legally skip paying federal income taxes for years. The report is based on a financial document mailed to the newspaper by an anonymous source.
October 7, 2016 – Unaired footage from 2005 surfaces of Trump talking about trying to have sex with a married woman and being able to grope women. In footage obtained by The Washington Post, Trump is heard off-camera discussing women in vulgar terms during the taping of a segment for “Access Hollywood.” In a taped response, Trump declares, “I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.”
October 9, 2016 – During the second presidential debate, CNN’s Cooper asks Trump about his descriptions of groping and kissing women without their consent in the “Access Hollywood” footage. Trump denies that he has ever engaged in such behavior and declares the comments were “locker room talk.” After the debate, 11 women step forward to claim that they were sexually harassed or sexually assaulted by the real estate developer. Trump says the stories aren’t true.
November 8, 2016 – Is elected president of the United States. Trump will be the first president who has never held elected office, a top government post or a military rank.
November 18, 2016 – Trump agrees to pay $25 million to settle three lawsuits against Trump University. The deal keeps the President-elect from having to testify in a trial in San Diego that was set to begin November 28. The settlement ends a suit brought by Schneiderman, as well as two class action suits in California. About 6,000 former students are covered by the settlement.
December 24, 2016 – Trump says he will dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation “to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President.” A spokeswoman for the New York Attorney General’s Office says that the foundation cannot legally close until investigators conclude their probe of the charity.
January 10, 2017 – CNN reports that intelligence officials briefed Trump on a dossier that contains allegations about his campaign’s ties to Russia and unverified claims about his personal life. The author of the dossier is a former British spy who was hired by a research firm that had been funded by both political parties to conduct opposition research on Trump.
January 20, 2017 – Takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts during an inauguration ceremony at the Capitol and delivers an inaugural address centering on the populist themes that fueled his candidacy.
January 27, 2017 – Trump signs an executive order halting all refugee arrivals for 120 days and banning travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. Additionally, refugees from Syria are barred indefinitely from entering the United States. The order is challenged in court.
February 13, 2017 – Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigns amid accusations he lied about his communications with Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak. Flynn later pleads guilty to lying to the FBI.
February 28, 2017 – Nominates Neil Gorsuch to replace late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
March 4, 2017 – Alleges on Twitter, without offering evidence, that Obama wiretapped his phones ahead of the 2016 election. “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
March 16, 2017 – The Trump administration releases its budget blueprint, with increases in funding for the military and cuts for agencies including the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture.
May 3, 2017 – FBI Director James Comey confirms that there is an ongoing investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during a hearing on Capitol Hill. Less than a week later, Trump fires Comey, citing a DOJ memo critical of the way he handled the investigation into Clinton’s emails.
May 19, 2017 – Departs on his first foreign trip as president. The nine-day, five-country trip includes stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, a NATO summit in Brussels and a G7 summit in Sicily.
June 1, 2017 – Trump proclaims that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord but adds that he is open to renegotiating aspects of the environmental agreement, which was signed by 175 countries in 2016.
July 7, 2017 – Meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in person for the first time, on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany.
August 8, 2017 – In response to nuclear threats from North Korea, Trump warns that Pyongyang will “face fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Soon after Trump’s comments, North Koreaissues a statement saying it is “examining the operational plan” to strike areas around the US territory of Guam.
August 15, 2017 – After a violent clash between neo-Nazi activists and counterprotesters leaves one dead in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump holds an impromptu press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower and declares that there were “fine people” on both sides.
August 25, 2017 – Trump’s first pardon is granted to former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt for disregarding a court order in a racial-profiling case. Trump did not consult with lawyers at the Justice Department before announcing his decision.
September 5, 2017 – The Trump administration announces that it is ending the DACA program,introduced by Obama to protect nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. Trump calls on Congress to introduce legislation that will prevent DACA recipients from being deported. Multiple lawsuits are filed opposing the policy in federal courts and judges delay the end of the program, asking the government to submit filings justifying the cancellation of DACA.
September 19, 2017 – In a speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Trump refers to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” and warns that the United States will “totally destroy North Korea” if forced to defend itself or its allies.
September 24, 2017 – The Trump administration unveils a third version of the travel ban,placing restrictions on travel by certain foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. (Chad is later removed after meeting security requirements.) One day before the revised ban is set to take effect, it is blocked nationwide by a federal judge in Hawaii. A judge in Maryland issues a similar ruling.
December 6, 2017 – Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announces plans to relocate the US Embassy there.
January 11, 2018 – During a White House meeting on immigration reform, Trump reportedly refers to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.” He reportedly says that the United States should get more people from countries like Norway.
January 12, 2018 – The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump had an alleged affair with a porn star named Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels. The newspaper states that Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, arranged a $130,000 payment for a nondisclosure agreement weeks before Election Day in 2016. Cohen denies that Trump had a relationship with Clifford.
March 13, 2018 – Trump announces in a tweet that he has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and will nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Tillerson’s replacement.
March 20, 2018 – A New York Supreme Court judge rules that a defamation lawsuit against Trump can move forward, ruling against a July 2017 motion to dismiss filed by Trump’s lawyers. The lawsuit, filed by Summer Zervos, a former “Apprentice” contestant, is related to sexual assault allegations.
April 9, 2018 – The FBI raids Cohen’s office, home and a hotel room where he’d been staying while his house was renovated. The raid is related to a federal investigation of possible fraud and campaign finance violations.
May 7, 2018 – The Trump administration announces a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal border crossings. Sessions says that individuals who violate immigration law will be criminally prosecuted and warns that parents could be separated from children.
May 8, 2018 – Trump announces that the United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. “This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” he says in remarks that, at times, misrepresent the international agreement’s provisions.
June 8-9, 2018 – Before leaving for the G7 summit in Quebec City, Trump tells reporters that Russia should be reinstated in the group. The annexation of Crimea in 2014 led to Russia’s suspension. After leaving the summit, Trump tweets that he will not endorse the traditional G7 communique issued at the end of the meeting. The President singles out Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for making “false statements” at a news conference.
June 12, 2018 – Trump meets Kim in person for the first time during a summit in Singapore. They sign a four-point statement that broadly outlines the countries’ commitment to a peace process. The statement contains a pledge by North Korea to “work towards” complete denuclearization but the agreement does not detail how the international community will verify that Kim is ending his nuclear program.
July 16, 2018 – During a joint news conference with Putin in Helsinki, Trump declines to endorse the US government’s assessment that Russia interfered in the election, saying he doesn’t “see any reason why” Russia would be responsible. The next day, Trump clarifies his remark, “The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.” He says he accepts the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the election but adds, “It could be other people also.”
August 21, 2018 – Cohen pleads guilty to eight federal charges, including two campaign finance violations. In court, he says that he orchestrated payments to silence women “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office.” On the same day, Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort is convicted on eight counts of federal financial crimes. On December 12 Michael Cohen is sentenced to three years in prison.
September 5, 2018 – The New York Times publishes an op-ed by an anonymous Trump administration official who claims that there is an ongoing effort to thwart the president’s worst impulses. Trump says the person who wrote the piece is “gutless.”
November 20, 2018 – Releases a statement backing Saudi Arabia in the wake of the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Virginia resident, killed in October at a Saudi consulate in Turkey. Khashoggi was a frequent critic of the Saudi regime. The Saudis initially denied any knowledge of his death, but then later said a group of rogue operators were responsible for his killing. US officials have speculated that such a mission, including the 15 men sent from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to murder him, could not have been carried out without the authorization of Saudi leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
December 18, 2018 – The Donald J. Trump Foundation agrees to dissolve according to a document filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. The agreement allows the New York attorney general’s office to review the recipients of the charity’s assets.
This is an on going investigative report. Please help me tally the positive versus negative actions and add any missing facts in the comments section so I can add them to this story.

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I was recently asked by local media to give some input on the current status of recycling. I know most of my readers like to get updates on GREEN issues so I am sharing my letter with all of you as well.

Here is what I had to say.

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Thank you for asking for my input on the current state of recycling.
I coordinate park cleanups and recycling drives north of Tyler in the surrounding areas north of Tyler State park…
I really encourage you to include an early paragraph in your article that explains that the root of the recycling problems in Texas originate from political candidates driven by funding from those who insist the possible recycling incentives actually be re-directed to other programs that benefit industry growth.  Thus there has never been and may never be any state funding to support and off-set recycling related businesses. Texas may be the only state to never initiate funding for recycling programs at the state level. Thankfully several cities step up and absorb some recycling program related expenses but this is always visible in the tax rates that pay for it.
Despite this main cause, Rivers Recycling in Liberty City pushes forward to provide the areas recycling services even though they barely break even financially.
The City of Tyler does a great job to process recycling and I encourage you to mention where they send their items and some of their financials.
Another key fact in your article should be to mention the global demand shift and the economic trends. It is more efficient and profitable to produce most manufacturing and packaging from new/clean sources than it is to deal with recycled vendors so the majority of purchasing agents for recycled materials represent only companies that have a GREEN Policy where they feel it is their ethical duty to use recycled material sources at a premium cost.
The majority of USA recycling is shipped to international buyers. The largest buyer until 2016 was China.  China has now changed their national policies to discontinue purchasing most American recycling and other products partially in response to the current political cabinet’s trade war tactics. Every recycling facility is now nearly full to capacity and actually sending most of our nations reusable materials off to be incinerated or buried instead.
Their input on how their business model has been affected by all of this would be a crucial inclusion in any article as well.
We must do our part and reduce and reuse above all before recycling. If our articles and media posts do not highlight this need for a paradigm shift in our own habits, we are not doing our duty.
Those who ignore what is happening and refuse to change their buying habits in order to generate far less waste are abruptly destroying life as we know it. The world is being buried in trash more and more every day and the world portrayed in sci-fy films like Wall-E and Idiocracy are proving to become reality much sooner than anticipated.