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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…

 

 

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In a Social media world full of visual presence, the art of literary expression seems to be fading.

The majority of my self expression these days is done through visual Instagram posts but as i write this I am inspired to tell the SxSW story by the dimly lit austin river walk.

As I enter downtown Austin 7 patrols have the road blocked as they are arresting some trouble makers. Proceeding through checkpoint Charlie, I go 6 blocks up Lamar and find a quaint dark side street to set up camp.

Soon as I shut off the engine, the car is still vibrating as a train roars 10 feet behind me. Ok, let’s try this again. I go further up the street and discover something special. An air stream camper surrounded by what appears in the dark to be some lovely garden landscaping. There is a short path over to a shipping container food both with a ladder to the roof. “This will work”, I say to myself. “What sun rise view will delight me in the morning”, I wonder.

I begin my trek towards the music in the air. First stop, Alamo theatre district. Very similar to my college town Haymarket. A few block further to the river and I find a nice hill with benches to rest and write these thoughts down. On one side of me, two high school girls are making out. On the other, a woman with a few health issues in her 60s with a German Shepherd is smoking a joint.

Music from the main stage is below in front of me. Over my left shoulder another band is playing on a paddle boat as it approaches.

The music at this stage comes to a stop and the departure of the crowd tells me it is time to search for the next stage. Time to cross the river and see what we will find next.

I have spent most of the past year building up the Helping Hands Network in East Texas and now it is time for a road trip to visit some of the areas established in the past.

 

Over the weeks leading up to my trip I restored my ’85 Mercedes 300DT enough that it would make another 1500 mile round trip to visit my family in Nebraska. It was still lacking air conditioning, cruise control, a rear shock and had a damaged front sway bar but I had confidence in it.  I prepared to be on the road for a few weeks, made all the necessary arrangements around my home and with work commitments and packed my bags.

 

The morning I was going to load up and leave, my main work partner, Greg, sent me a text asking to help him with some last minute small jobs before I left. He picked me up and took us to one of our clients who just happen to have a 2006 Honda Element for sale. On the way there Greg explained that he appreciated that I do not raise my labor rates and that he purchased the Honda Element for me to drive so I would have a safe vehicle. He would take care of the insurance and registration if I did all the mechanical and cosmetic maintenance.  It was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me.

Honda Element

 

The Honda needed fluids, new tires/bumper/windshield, a tow bar and a serious bath. It had been stored in the deep woods for years without a cleaning and had a thick layer of mildew all over it. We spent the day getting all the paper work together and cleaning it.

 

I left Hawkins, TX  on Friday afternoon and made it to the Northeast Texas boat races by sunset. Lake Crook north of Paris was the site of this years party. The campground was completely full of fancy trailers, campers and boats with massive engines. I heard loud music and followed it to the far corner. When I arrived, there were people dancing and drinking around their ATV’s as a band played. There boats and campers all around and the band was being powered by a portable power station trailer. The gates were closing at 11 so I walked around looking at the boats and then left at 10:45 to continue down the road to Tulsa.

Boat Races

 

I stopped at a rest area just south of Tulsa around 2am. This morning, July 29, was the Tulsa and OKC Choctaw Pow-wow’s so I went and explored the grounds before continuing on my journey. I get so upset when visiting these large commercialized pow-wow’s that are nothing like the authentic private ceremonies you find deep in Indian country. Hopefully there will be a traditional gathering along my path through Sioux land in the days ahead.

 

I arrived in Omaha around 4pm and did a quick tour of visits at all my local hangouts. It was nice to catch up with so many of my friends. One particular couple, the Valgora’s, have spent the past 25 years opening their doors to those in need and I always make it a point to visit and remind them how much their efforts are appreciated. Unfortunately on this visit they were at a movie and could not be reached in time.

Many of my friends met up with me at the evening dart tournament so I signed up to compete. I was partnered up with one of my best friends lady friend and we were able to win our way to first place and some nice cash.

 

After the tournament I continued on my way to a rest stop in Lincoln to get some sleep. The next morning I picked up some food and went to one of the best workout areas in town, Holmes Lake. On this morning the Cornhusker State Game Bike Races were happening so I was surrounded by yoga lovers as I did my routine.

Holmes Lake

I then went to my favorite meditation gardens in the middle of town. Lincoln has one of the largest networks of Gardens in the world event though they only grow 8 months out of the year.

 

Sunken Gardens

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I toured some of my favorite hang out spots like the Haymarket, University Campus, Antelope Park and then headed for the State Games Dart Tournament where several more of my friends would be. There are even BMX and Remote Control Vehicle complex’s! (pictured below)

 

 

My final destination in Lincoln would be Pioneers Park and the Buddhist Temple for a Sunset meditation. Just two more examples of how many amazing places there are to enjoy in this fabulous city.

 

 

I finally concluded this leg of the journey by arriving at my mother’s house in Grand Island for a good nights rest. My brother, his wife and their 1 year old were staying at the house as well while they were waiting for their new house to be ready. It was a nice surprise to be able to spend the entire time with all of them as I repacked for the next leg of the journey through my ancestor’s Indian land en-route to the Black Hills.

 

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*This is such a detailed description of life at Spiritual eco communities like Standing Rock, that I just had to re-post it.

In only a few months, a small encampment of a few Lakota people dedicated to protecting the Missouri River from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) became the center of international attention, swelled to house up to 14,000 people at its peak in early December 2016, and was supported entirely by volunteers and countless donations of both money and goods.

Many people from around the US and beyond traveled to North Dakota to support this fight for indigenous sovereignty, treaty rights, and environmental justice. Residents of the resistance camps existed within a capitalism-free zone, where nothing was for sale and everything from delicious meals to winter camping gear to expert medical care was available for free.

I first visited Standing Rock in early November 2016, and returned to spend five weeks in late December and January volunteering as a white ally to the indigenous “Water Protectors.” I spent my days splitting firewood, cooking meals, installing woodstoves, doing small carpentry projects, shoveling snow, sharpening chainsaws, doing dishes, and—on one rare occasion—livestreaming footage of police violence from the frontlines. During both visits I lived at Oceti Sakowin Camp, the largest of the three Water Protector camps and the location closest to the front lines of the fight against the pipeline. Oceti Sakowin is made up of many smaller camps organized by tribal group and other themes, and I quickly found a home at Two Spirit Nation, a community of two-spirit, queer, and transgender Water Protectors from many different indigenous nations, as well as their non-indigenous allies.

Most of my observations here will center on the deep winter weeks at Oceti Sakowin Camp, when nighttime temperatures regularly hit -25 degrees Fahrenheit, daytime temperatures sometimes failed to creep above zero, and cold winds whipped the open plain. The gift economies of direct action camps and festivals are easier to fathom in warm months, but during this period we all depended on the gift economy for our daily survival in a very real way. It’s notable that as of my departure in late January, not one person had died at the camps—compare this to large urban centers in cold states that see regular deaths from hypothermia among the houseless population under similar conditions.

Lin Migiziikwe Gokee-Rindal, an Anishinaabe Water Protector, was impressed with the collaborative culture at the camps. She reflects that she was “touched and inspired by the ways in which the people showed up for each other and how people in close proximity quickly became family. In harsh conditions and under extreme circumstances, a culture of mutual aid and a framework of traditional Lakota values…led to a thriving and close-knit community.”

What did this gift economy provide for us?

Housing. The winterized camp consisted of many army tents, wall tents, tipis, yurts, and a few tiny houses and RVs. Nearly all were heated with woodstoves, sometimes supplemented with small propane heaters. Most people slept on cots padded with several sleeping pads. You had to know someone at camp to get housing easily, but in an emergency you could spend one night in the warming tent maintained 24 hours a day near the Medic station. Arctic sleeping bags and endless piles of blankets were readily available for free if you hadn’t been able to bring your own. Residents in each structure took turns stoking the woodstove throughout the night.

Food. Some camps had their own kitchens that would cook two or three meals a day, but there were also several public kitchens in the camp that would feed anyone who walked in their doors looking for food. All the kitchens were staffed entirely by volunteers and stocked with donated ingredients. Meat is a staple of the Lakota diet, and I ate many meals of deer, buffalo, and elk meat donated by local hunters and ranchers. Sometimes we’d get a chance to eat Indian Frybread Tacos and other local specialties. At Two Spirit Nation, we had two sizable tents full of canned goods, granola bars, butter and cheese, pasta and crackers, tea and hot cocoa, meat and fish, and endless boxes of winter squash and root vegetables. Much of it was from organic farmers from Maine to Oregon, who had donated their extra crops to support the cause. Even in late January we still had enough food to feed our 15-person camp for another few months…or at least until the first real thaw, when all the frozen meat and produce would go bad.

Water. When it never gets above freezing, liquid water becomes a commodity. A heated water truck would make the rounds of camp most days, and small groups with access to a car would fill up five-gallon jugs offsite. The trick was keeping them unfrozen, so we usually kept them in the living spaces, which we heated around the clock with woodstoves. Melted snow was used only for dishwater, since persistent rumors circulated about harmful chemicals being sprayed in the atmosphere over our camps (as of this writing, there is no reliable scientific evidence to support this).

Sanitation. Oceti Sakowin Camp boasted two composting toilet tents. Each large army tent contained 15 stalls, with two attendants supervising them 24 hours a day. The attendants kept the tent heated with a woodstove, and changed the compost bags when the bucket in a stall got close to being full of sawdust, toilet paper, and human waste. One side of each tent was reserved for “Moon Stalls” where tampons, pads, and baby wipes were always available in each stall. The toilet system was one of the most organized parts of the camp, although exactly where our compost was going to go after it left camp in those nice biodegradable bags remained somewhat mysterious.

Security and Fire Response. An indigenous security team equipped with two-way radios monitored the two gates of camp 24 hours a day, and did patrols around camp. A second Women’s Security team was formed in response to several assaults at the camp, and maintained a safe housing space for women and two-spirit people. Three or four times during my stay, we woke in the middle of the night to people yelling “FIRE!” and rushed to the scene of a blazing tipi or shack, probably set afire by poor woodstove management. While these fires were too far along for our small fire extinguishers to make a difference, there was usually a person in full firefighter gear present who could probably have rescued anyone stuck inside. While the victims of these fires generally lost everything, they could easily get a new set of winter clothes and a new arctic sleeping bag from the donations available in camp.

Medical Care. The Medic Wellness Area boasted winterized yurts and tipis for doctors and street medics, herbalists, bodyworkers and acupuncturists, midwives, and mental health workers. All these services were available at no charge. A licensed doctor was usually on duty in the medical yurt, and there were free-for-the-taking stations for herbal tea, fire cider, basic medical supplies, hygiene items, and condoms. At the time when I departed, three healthy babies had been delivered at camp, and the medics had handled countless front-line injuries from rubber bullets, chemical weapons, concussion grenades, and water cannons.

Fuel and Firewood. Firewood was consistently the most sought-after commodity in camp. Somehow regular deliveries of whole logs consistently showed up, and each camp would send a few people with a chainsaw and truck or sled to get wood for the day. The general rule was to cut enough wood for your camp, and then cut some more and leave it for people who didn’t have a chainsaw. We all split the wood back at camp, and took turns stocking all the heated structures for the day. Every Saturday a propane truck arrived and filled our empty canisters with fuel for cooking and heating. I suspect these deliveries were paid for out of larger donation funds administered by Oceti Sakowin Camp or the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Winter Gear. Endless bags of donated clothing and bedding arrived at Standing Rock during October, November, and December. Much of it was unsuitable for arctic conditions, but there was enough high-quality gear to outfit the winter crew of Water Protectors (about 600 people) several times over. Anyone could visit the donation tents at any time and take anything they wanted.

Tools. Each smaller camp had an assortment of tools, and there was also a large construction building that would loan out any power tool you could think of as long as you left your ID with them as collateral. They provided everything from electric drills to ladders to chainsaws to a sewing machine. They also had 2x4s, particle board, and screws that you could ask for, and they’d give you what you needed if you could show them a sensible construction plan and materials list.

Spiritual Leadership and Ceremony. There were a few heated gathering spaces of different sizes that hosted everything from daily prayer circles to a huge Christmas Eve dinner with traditional singing and drumming. There were also several sweat lodges that any indigenous spiritual leader could use for the traditional Lakota Inipi ceremony of prayer, healing, and purification.

Use Your Imagination… The abundance of physical donations led to a lot of things being creatively repurposed. My buddy and I cut up donated sweatshirts to make crocheted rugs for the living spaces, and unraveled donated sweaters to produce yarn to knit extra-warm wool underwear. I pulled from the scrap pile outside the construction building to build shelves in our living space, and countless donated blankets were used to seal out the draught in winterized tipis. Whatever you needed, there was probably a way to make it with the tools and materials available at camp.

The gift economy at Standing Rock manifested itself according to the principles of indigenous culture. The Lakota people name generosity and compassion as two of their core values, and I saw those values in action every day. Much of the system depended on each group taking just enough for their own short-term needs, and leaving the rest for others. At home my instinct is to stockpile what I need for my own survival (two years’ supply of dry firewood, etc.), but that sort of strategy has its roots in the questionable idea that individual survival is possible without collective survival. In the capitalist economy of mainstream culture, it’s common for one household to thrive while an adjacent one is struggling to meet its basic needs. Houseless people freeze to death huddled next to spacious and luxuriously heated buildings inhabited by more “successful” folks.

In contrast, at Standing Rock we defined success as our collective survival. Therefore we took just the firewood that we needed, checked on the elders every day, brought food and coffee from our kitchen to the compost toilet attendants, and helped anyone who asked us for assistance. This culture of abundance seemed logical and easy in a situation where our needs for survival were simple and a steady flow of money and donated goods was pouring in all the time. I couldn’t help but wonder what it would take to create a steady-state gift economy, which could exist without these flows from the outside capitalist world.

When I finally left Standing Rock my friend and I stopped at a co-op food store in Minneapolis to obtain some much-dreamed-of fresh vegetables to munch on. It was such a shock to be asked to pay for food again. It made me wonder what it would take for our larger society to turn its ship around and set a course for a more generous and compassionate form of economy. It seems that these values arise in us spontaneously when a natural disaster hits and we are suddenly in a survival situation, such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans or Hurricane Sandy in New York City. The rest of the time, our whole economy depends on a me-first, get-ahead value system based on competition and survival of the fittest (or, in a rigged system like ours, the most privileged). When luxuries and conveniences become symbols of status, we tend to become self-serving.

When people become passionate enough about collective survival, luxuries and conveniences lose their appeal. How can we help each other prioritize our collective well-being? How can we encourage ourselves to expand our definition of “the collective” to include the Lakota concept of “all my relations”: the four-leggeds, the winged ones, the stone people, the star people? When we listen to the prayers of indigenous people and orient our values in this ancient way, the path to a truly sustainable gift economy can unfold before us.

For further reading on pre-colonization economic history and gift economy theory, see The Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein.

Murphy Robinson is a wilderness guide, hunting instructor, and founder of Mountainsong Expeditions in Vermont. She lives in a Tiny House on a community organic farm in the mountains. You can contact her through her website, www.mountainsongexpeditions.com.

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*turn on our social media alerts to follow the action live. 360 videos and event highlights are starting around noon Saturday and continue until Sunday night.
Saturday morning 9am: 

Boarded the train for 100 mike journey into Dallas. I could feel the stress from home melting away. A train ride is much simpler and more enjoyable then flying and more scenic than a cruise boat. Each have their benefits but for a short journey, the train is the way to go.
11am – Arrived downtown and boarded city train to Fair Park.

11:45? – Arrived at Dallas Earth Day.

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.

FOX Produces Reality Web Cam Based Social Experiment UTOPIA

FIRST 30 DAY REVIEW

WATCH LIVE & View current residents: http://totalreality.tv/utopia.php

or http://www.utopiatv.com and get 4hr rewinds on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8eZTehtrNg

& view the CrewTopia Month 1 video: http://www.utopiatv.com/news/detail/1246/the-ultimate-utopia-video-recap-1

FOLLOW with chat via: https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/#UTOPIA

Utopia

Written by Tim Frentz (Author “Life’s Little Secrets) – The following first 30 day review comes from an experienced survivalist, spiritual guide and eco community consultant who has participated in multiple Utopian communities. Tim is an applicant in consideration and will be visiting Utopia in October until hopefully he is invited to stay as a community member.

Read more about the Helping Hands movement founder,  Tim Frentz, at: http://netvibes.com/HelpinHandsNet

THE REASON FOR THIS BLOG POST is to help promote and educate community living by keeping the viewership as high as possible during the life of the UTOPIA project. At a time where population growth is out of control and the USA civilization is on course to self destruction without a paradigm shift, a return to rural living using sustainable practices is crucial.

Tim Frentz leads a movement called the Helping Hands Network, which brings all these concepts together among those whom want to improve their lives and any others looking for guidance. In this blog, Frentz adds commentary and suggestions of how to improve on the current cast members actions.

We should all thank FOX Studios for investing over $50 million dollars into a project which has the potential to improve the flaws in the current status of United States culture.

The first few weeks of the project showed just how vast modern day personalities and beliefs really are. The producers have purposely chosen a mixed group in attempt to show a real scenario where drama and conflict would exist.

A perfect cast of peace loving know-it-all’s would make a great show and be very educational to the viewers with the rapid level of community bonding, however, the lessons to be learned by the chaos and conflict of the current cast has a vital role to play as well.

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1st 30 DAY REVIEW

DAY 1 – 8/29/2014

Not allowing the purchase of finished goods and limiting Pioneers to raw materials and bulk food stock would be much more interesting and educational to the viewers. It would really help the ratings! Not to mention, the participation in capitalism with an outside entity creates conflict over time which tugs at the Utopian dream.

We have already seen extremely heated debates with physical force directed at the destruction of the canned food surplus by Red and Dave because the options are left open. The more options they have, the more disagreement there will be! There has also been violence caused by the use of alcohol.

The attempt to obtain tools and needed items by trade with neighbors should be made before paying retail prices for new items!!! 

The idea of exploring and gathering in a Armageddon scenario is much more appealing. Starting the community with enough food rations for 30 days for 15 people should prevent purchase of additional food but this cast shows an accurate census of how the current US culture thinks. 2/15 of the cast makes attempts to create solutions out of resources available before running to spend money at a store. About the same % of Americans have been conditioned by marketing to think the same way. Our Elders are sickened by the younger generations ignorance and creation of waste.

TOPICS ADDRESSED IN MONTH 1:

(Topics may have been discussed on web cam feeds but not on final edit Episodes on TV)

Rules

Water Conservation (rain barrel collection not discussed)

Natural Resource access (wind and water energy not discussed)

Food Growth (permaculture basics were not discussed in regards to water flow and garden design until Bella started reading about it in week 2) Plants are to be started in portable pots in a green house setting. Make a starter green house and move mature plants into permanent spots with raised compost nutrient rich soil. Mediterranean climate in the canyons is going to wipe out a majority of the sprouts!

Food Collection (fishing & hunting conservation is not discussed. Nut and fruit tree’s are mentioned on web cams but not in the Utopians minds enough. There is very little talk about foraging.)

Food Nutrition (Grocery shopping and $25-50 delivery fee’s cause the biggest arguments in early weeks. Calling a friend to place BARTER ads for neighbors produce on CRAIGSLIST is an obvious choice not being considered so far. Hosting farmers market booth’s during the Utopian Experience days should be a no-brainer.)

Shelter (weather and climate not discussed in episode one)

Microwave Radiation (research proven medical studies and relation to increased % of population infected with related cancers. Bella does warn them eventually.)

Time Management / Roles

Democracy (Rotating government and leadership at least gives them better understanding of what does or does not work.)

Sleeping areas and personal space (Production refused Bella the right to sleep outside due to a Mountain Lion being tracked in the area. Hopefully producers will agree to allow UTOPIANs to sign a release waiver in order to allow similar future freedoms.)

Finances

(Bartering is addressed on web cam chat when Bri shops for a Rooster but it is not in the front of Utopians minds as much as it should be when talking about shopping mostly because THEY DON’T CARE. Most of the Pioneers will all be gone by the time the money run’s out anyway.)

$197 spent for hoses, spray attachment, sprinkler & a circular skill saw!!! Natural irrigation via wood channelling and proper sponge soil creation would void the need for hoses and sprinklers.

$149 on 2 stage water filter to filter fluoride that may or may not exist in their water. (Public water could be used for any non drinking and cooking water. A natural water filter can be made on site to purify rain water collection in addition to boiling and treating with UV light for all drinking needs without spending $149 in normal conditions. Unfortunately, Clarita is in a drought and Utopia did not start with a water tower full of fresh water so an inline filter on the plumbing is a good investment AFTER they have earned spending money.)

$663 to run gas from main into the Barn (Due to the need for a certified material installer. Again NO RULES in Utopia so no building codes should be enforced but it is understandable that production is under a microscope by local authorities to follow their rules.)

DAY 13: AND THEY FINALLY HAVE their first formal organized meeting!!! FAIL…

Day 19: AND they finally have an over priced computer that could have been delivered via Craigslist for $150 on night 1.

Animal Use

Cat talks (Cats control vermin population but Utopians consider it as an indoor pet with a needed litter box instead of keeping it outdoors)

Cow diet (Need fed based on forage/meadow grazing with very little dry hay/alfalfa. They aerate and fertilize the soil while leaving waste nutrients for the chickens to follow in behind for maximum Crop Growth) FOX brings in a VET before improper care leads to a sick cow.

Cows are voted off UTOPIA on day 18. UTOPIAN cast did not include a competent cow care giver so they are in talks about how to maximize their value. Cash sale pre or post birth, barter for goats plus cash, slaughter for food. Somehow, the Utopians are talked into keeping the cow’s even though they can not afford to feed them. Viewers cry abuse, but in reality cows can take care of themselves just fine and the Utopians do keep spending money on their needs BUT it is not a wise financial decision. Viewers please stop screaming cow abuse.

Oat Barley v. Alfalfa v. other options

Chickens (Mobile tractor coop for insect control and garden compost nutrient production is in progress. However, Bri is too distracted by her toys to educate Bella on proper chicken etiquette. Chickens need moved one at a time to grazing if done forcefully. They will return willingly to their coop at night and do not need forced. Moving chickens without a mobile coop cost the residents a lot of eggs in the first weeks.) They still need a net above the grazing area to stop owls and hawks. Josh mentions this on day 15.

http://www.geofflawton.com/fe/59960-feed-chickens-without-grain

Day 13: Bella fails to educate on Chicken Cow relations. Cows completely digest organic matter and chickens feed off the remaining nutrients. Hex blows up at Bella with miss information that there feed taints eggs for 10 days (according to RED). The group trusts advice from one local farm store merchant and a neighbor (Lefty) without being open to higher knowledge in global Permaculture. The group needs a permaculture expert like me ASAP so they are not so easily led in the wrong direction.

Horse ($2000 purchase vs. leasing options for pure recreational purpose)

Goats v. Pigs (trade for a cow severally limits methane production, compost and hog feed resources)

COMPOSTING FAIL!!! (Free graze the cattle and 90% of your compost problem is solved. Barn at night only and mix compost into pasture soil daily. There is enough meadow for one cow if they are fenced in and given one side of the pond all to themselves.)

Skilled Trades (Utopian handymen rely on outside hired help instead of trusting their own abilities and creating parts out of raw materials)

Trash / Waste Management (Disease control)

DAY 17:

Group decides to have one dictator (final decision maker) with 3 day limits. Random pick the order. Hex is now in control then Bri. Nikki may never get her chance. Humorous that everyone in the groups acts like they are immune when the reality is that they could be evicted at any time.

DAY 18:

Don’t dump out raw milk because a fly is in it. Save it for me because my immune system is plenty capable of handling it…and so is yours!

FINALLY, 18 days late on clipping the chickens wings!!! Cow’s are on the way out. UTOPIA is about to lose it’s primary source of SOIL COMPOSTING. Unsure how much top soil is around but the driveways and main meadows show very unhealthy rocky soil which need’s the cow manure to rebuild it’s nutrient base for future crop growth.

$75 is not very much money to place plastic sandwich bags with water around the property to control the fly problem according to AARON.  (omg…really?) Again, he is making a financial decision without the group. I cover natural pest control’s in my book “Life’s Little Secrets” here: http://wp.me/p13eVj-y9

$125 to the Vet $150 for groceries ($50 delivery fee EVERY WEEK) $51 for 17 plates instead of asking a neighbor for some free ones!

$475 for a computer you could get for practically free on Craigslist. (I trade and repair outdated laptops and I get them for the cost of shipping all the time)

DAY 19: Sept 16, TUE

UTOPIA Experience is conceptualized in the meeting (All UTopians skills on display in REN-Fest WanderLust Style)

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Producers make the major mistake of NOT opening voting on primetime. No mention of texting or calling in to vote the next eviction. They choose to go with the internal UTOPIAN voting only apparently this round which will not help increase their ratings. YOU must make the viewers feel like we are part of the show with as much interaction as possible!!!    😦

DAY 20:

A dead tree is shown behind the barn but no one has addressed chopping and stacking wood for heat furnaces using the oil barrels. Water catching systems are still not discussed and rain is in the forecast. Compost straw is being hauled off site instead of building green house soils.

They need a Craigslist errand person outside the complex to go around and barter the things they have to offer for the items they need but no one has addressed it yet. I could of had a great laptop for only $75 worth of trade, at the gate within 12 hours of being approved if I was a current Utopian and allowed to call my local network team.

*IF each UTOPIAN’s profile was connected to a live cam channel that followed them around specifically as much as possible, that would increase paid subscribers astronomically.

RED tells Amanda some basics on raising cows and chickens with their basic diet needs. He still has some to learn about Permaculture principals and composting for gardening but he and Bella have the most experience. Red thinks you rake and dry manure but for soil building compost you pile, mix, cover and turn it every few days for 2 weeks and then spread it out. Amanda continues asking Red for his review of others participation.

Josh continues thinking he needs to call a plummer or other trade specialists instead of doing things like UNCLOGGING THE SINK by himself.

The group don’t know toothpaste is simple baking soda. $1 worth lasts 1 person a full year!!!

The $149+20 delivery water filter is returned now that money is short. They can make one themselves for those that it matters the most too. A basic pitcher filter is only $15 and will remove ABOUT 50% of the Clarita public water Chlorine and fluoride particles. But it will always taste like chlorine. THEY need rain or permission to forage a nearby stream so they can get some fresh water.

Day 21

Ruler Change Meeting. Bri passes her turn to Bella. Bella declares ALL woman combined dictatorship.

Day 22 Friday 9/19

Computer arrives. How will they handle scheduling for use of it. How much negativity is this going to cause? Now that it is obvious to all that they are about out of money and food, tempers get out of control.

Day 23 SAT

5+ show up for boot camp at 9-10:30am

30 some show up for the Utopia Experience Fest

4 stay for Yoga

“The Experience” shows that it is possible to sustain the cost of monthly utility expenses with income from a monthly Ren Fest type of business. If the Utopians can come together to live off grid without water and power bills, they would not have to base their Utopia so strongly on making money. Unfortunately the current cast is mostly made up of city slicker who don’t imagine the possibilities of living without money.

 Day 24 SUN

New Utopian Ernie, 39 from Oceanside arrives. Brings more experience with plumbing. Voting on eviction did not happen first and viewers are confused.

Day 25 MON

My warnings about the garden being damaged by wildlife/nature by not starting in Greenhouses (controlled environments) went un-addressed and this day they discover Deer eating everything.

Budget meeting – 20% taxes ; 30% growth & savings ; 40% bills ; 10% personal spending ;

Teams are finally formed (House, garden, barn)

Rumored that 2 new come in Tonight or Tuesday and then NEXT Tuesday, they finally vote out someone. Looks like one forced (voted) eviction per month may be the trend, in addition to those who leave voluntarily.

RED goes financially independent and sets his own timebomb for being voted off.

$1000/month for COW FEED!!! Not including shots etc. The cow is not able to sustain itself off the lands meadow and it needs to be traded for a goat. They also need to contract a deal for free milk/cheese as part of the trade. They can not afford cattle.

House budget. HOT Water $350-700 heater plus $300 shower & tub. Tankless estimate according to Josh is $1200 BUT production must not be letting them order off eBay and Amazon because you can get them for $100-200. SOLAR IS BEST AND FREE.

http://tinyurl.com/o5x6kx3

IDIOT Josh is clueless on Solar water heating and ridicules Nikki.

Day 26 TUE

They show enough 2×6 and 2x10s to build the greenhouse today and “Contractor” Josh has left them uncovered in the weather to warp. His IQ is shrinking every day.

Leadership meetings lead to voting project managers. Bella refuses to participate and does not oppose Hex being put in place as garden manager. No one opposes Bris for Barn and no one opposes Josh for construction. Kristin goes unopposed as internet project leader with Chris and Nikki as helpers and replacement web team.

Day 27 WED

new government with Mike (the joker). Bella is talked into staying by production likely because they don’t want to have to replace more people then they can avoid. (travel costs for new Utopians adds up)

Day 28 TR 9/25
voting is finally opened to viewers and viewers get to pick one of 3 Utopians to be placed on the shortlist by SAT morning 9/27. A few days later, the Utopians will vote from the selected 3.

*The process should be held every 2 weeks. There is an abundance of current Utopians who are lazy and not making an effort to educate and improve for the benefit of the community and it would be more enjoyable to watch as well as more educational if the slackers were removed quicker in a bi-weekly process.

Calf born and several of the cast start talking about selling them before they even care for the calf.

Day 29

Calf watch day mostly

Day 30 SAT 9/27

Bri selected as internet and Utopian choice for eviction. Aaron and Red are 2nd and 3rd finalists for the first eviction vote.

DAYS OF IMPROVMENT

Day 33 TUE 9/30

Green Houses and HydroPonics are again addressed and may be brought up for group vote soon.

RED tells everyone he is ready to leave and Bri is saved. She is guaranteed to be out next unless someone else walks out before then. Really hope a bi-weekly eviction process is put in place to keep the attention of live stream viewers.

TELEVISED EPISODEs REVIEW

#1 – the editors fail to introduce the key concepts to survival like rules on burning wood and foraging outside boundary lines to satisfy dietary needs. Electricity and plumbing is mentioned but they do not cover enough detail.

#2 – again electricity is filmed but no explanation of why a trench needs to be dug and where the cable wire is coming from. Why are the Pioneers not trading for goods and foraging for food. Tell the viewers what is hidden around the compound to increase the suspense. Will the Utopians figure out what resources are right under their noses? Is the water from a well or is it tainted public flouride & chlorine? Is the pond connected to a natural spring or is man made? Will there use of it for irrigation deplete their fresh water supply?  Stay tuned…..

#3 – there is a big buzz about the episode 2 ratings being low. Will this experiment survive more than 7+ episodes (>30) some days?) If the producers could get even one celebrity to accept the challenge of living in this Utopian scenario for a full 7 days, it would grab the attention of more viewers. The projects start time is perfect with the arrival of fall and more people retreating indoors from cooler weather. If they could even get a couple people of interest to take a 24 hour challenge every few weeks, this project will have the ratings it deserves.

#4 – There still is not enough focus on the replacement and eviction process. Viewers comments on social media agree that the members who do not show serious efforts to learn rural living basics and improve their flaws need replaced every 2 weeks. If more qualified Utopians are not allowed into the experiment at a bi-weekly rate, the project will not achieve UTOPIA within the 12 month goal because too many of the current problem causing Utopians will still remain. There are plenty of better applicants (like Tim) waiting to get their call!

MEET THE PAST CAST:

missing Pioneer #16 Andrea Cox – Violated Mobile Phone and Communication policies before Day 1 – http://www.ebuzznew.com/utopia-reality-show-contestant-booted-before-filming-begins

Pioneer Dave: 32 NY Big City Nomad. Trying to recondition from a past in crime & prison rehabilitation. Full of love but mentally unstable. Emotional challenges come from being raised without loving parents and other absence of healthy role models in his youth.

Pioneer Jonathan: 44 TN Pastor.  Brings a strong christian religious presence but accepts others spirituality. Lists enemies as non believers which needs deeper definition. Brings peace and calm to the chaos. Great at avoiding confrontation to minimize the feeding of chaotic fires.

Week 2 Replacement Rhonda: 48 Politically driven. Offensive minded. Out spoken. Willing to work hard but has trouble taking advice. Voted out mostly due to her strong personality but apparently a rule was made that the pioneers were immune from being cast out this week and ONE of the two new-comers had to be voted out after only 5 days. Several of the pioneer 14 have less to contribute to the health of the community.

Week 4 Pioneer RED: Volunteers to leave to get home to family and his commitment to the Blue Grass Boys on the Discovery Channel . An actor with previous engagements and opportunities on TV should have never been selected in the first place for the Utopia project. He occupied nearly 5 weeks of opportunity others like me would have used more productively for the benefit of the project and viewers wanting to learn how CoHo living really works.

What Have I learned so far from these early Utopians?

there is a Documentary called Serious Disclosure from Bella

Without internet access to research and verify facts, misinformation is leading the society a muck due to their in-experience in many basic survival skills. (15 days of par treatment and under use of animals for 1 example. The land is also only being utilized at around 60% efficiency.)

EASTER ISLAND – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Island  Day 15 (one of the first spiritual enlightening discussions lasted only a few minutes between Nikki and Bella)

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SUMMARY

It is early, but so far barely 3 or so UTOPIANs have shown the ability to survive a full year in this scenario without outside reliance for food and resources. Very few show the ability to live among the others peacefully. So far, many of the UTOPIANs spend their free time sitting around arguing instead of planning and doing physical chores to improve the health of the community. Apparently there is a restraint by the producers that is preventing them from gathering food surrounding them freely.

It is unfortunate that there are indeed rules in UTOPIA. The California regulations on fire codes and building permits and inspections have been discussed as reasoning for setbacks and inability to enjoy bonfires etc. 

Why was (RED – from the Blue Grass Boys on Discovery Channel) chosen? There should be a restriction against selecting an actor. DeDecker has modeling experience on TV’s Skin Wars but at least she’s not a regular actor on the show. https://twitter.com/DedekerWinston/status/496076641458999296

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WHAT WOULD I DO DIFFERENTLY:

If I was there already, I would have proposals for several improvements brought to the groups attention including;

– an educational hour with rotating teachers and topics related to improving the health of the community. (I would hold a short TED talk time during the Farmers Market/Utopia Experience to bring a new attraction to the group and I would also add it to the dating auction portion of the website for income during the week)

– more structured planning and summary meetings on Mondays & Fridays.

– I would offer to build & run a greenhouse and nursery business to generate revenue (Revenue is their #1 priority after survival. They wasted most of their start up capital like children would but were saved by helpful neighbors who paid to attend a weekend festival event for a couple weeks to build their savings back up.)

– make benches and other wood creations to sell (Carvings etc.)

– a water wheel for butter churning and power (if the source is from a stream but it appears to be on an electric pump which limits the options)

– crop watering around the pond swell.

– proper Permaculture for water conservation, food production, animal grazing and naturally filtered drinking water.

– I would teach and learn new yoga practices with Nikki (and flirt a little I’m sure)

– I would also learn and teach new fitness workouts with Aaron and get some rec time like soccer or Frisbee with him to keep encouraging the others to stay more active.

– I would bring my harmonica to the band

– I would help organize all the groups skills together in one unified event day to raise revenue. Invite local farmers to gather and host a farmers market. (We do Community teaching and Ag days and group lunch on Saturday’s at most CoHousing Eco Village Communities)  *Day 19 they finally come up with a similar idea with a RenFest twist. *Day 27 Josh finally points out the idea of hosting a farmers market.

It causes me pain to see enlightened and self educated pioneers being shun by their tribe. Bella struggles with communication skills and I could help her ease her troubles in many ways. I know Nikki would have welcomed my Reiki and partner yoga efforts during her bodies painful dietary times. My training in meditation will help heal such pains quicker through hypnotic practices. Aaron would appreciate my participation in sporting games, recreation, edible plants, and additions to his workout routines.

Everyone would enjoy my 37 years of adventure stories around the campfires and my experiences with problem solving in similar situations that they are currently experiencing. I also have a built successful money making ventures based on virtual business plan concepts which is a primary current struggle for them to generate income.

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WHAT WOULD Frentz’s PROFILE SAY?

Name: Tim (Yogi Gardener)

Age: 37

Occupation: Helping Hand

Vitals: single

Habitat of Origin: Wandering Nomad Yogi

Detailed Occupation: Multi Business owner, board member and Charity Founder, yogi, pro dart player

Skillset: Fitness, Survivalist, Handyman, Farmer/Permaculturalist, Tech guru, teacher, life coach, cuddler

Sign: Leo

Expressed in Emojis: YinYang, Sri Yantra, CoExist

Most Likely to: Connect with Enlightened Utopians

Natural Enemies: Violence, disrespect

T’s Utopia: Colony of Ants like my Wilson/Lambrecht elders in Cather’s “My Antonia”

WHAT WOULD BE IN TIM’s BOX?

Trail Mix and wild rice

SEEDS

Lemon (if no lemon tree’s)

Tea

Water testing kit

UV Light for water purifying

YOGA Bible (notes) for Nikki

Solar Charger, black shower bag

White head wrap, Black head wrap, stocking hat

Work gloves

Small Tarp (white for marker board)

Notebook

Bible (my current book manuscript in progress)

Baking Soda

Sun Block / oil

Leatherman and Multi function swiss knife

Stripped screw remover

Medical & duct tape

dry erase markers (white tarp for marker board)

a few more tools not on site

darts to entertain the group

bug net & hammock

bag of dried fruits

small soccer ball / hacky sack

tin/alum foil

Baking Soda Deodorant

induction burner (uses very little electricity vs. all the expensive natural gas they are burning instead of creating with the cow manure)

37 years of knowledge

EVICTIONS

For the first eviction round, the rule was that one of the new residents must be voted out and all the original 14 are safely immune. We are told there is no rules but the original Utopian 14 do not even consider voting out their weakest links among themselves before considering casting out one of the new-comers who were only with them 5 days.  It’s impossible to fully know a member’s potential in only 5 days and be forced to vote between 2 of them.

Will the same “rule” be in effect at the end of week 4???? The Utopians got to vote the top 3 possible evictions. The viewers got to decide the tie breaker. Viewers voted for Bri but the cast voted for RED because he wanted to leave.

The present cast of UTOPIANs would be very challenging to co-exist with but I’m looking forward to the chance when I get called up.

Out of 317 million in the US, only a few thousand have signed up for UTOPIA and less than 40 or so will make it through the selection process. Out of that 40, only a few of us have a moderate level of experience living in sustainable Co-Housing type Utopian communities.

CONTACT the Cast/staff:

http://www.utopiatv.com/contact-participants

Utopians@UtopiaBusiness.com

@UtopianPioneer

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Utopia-Pioneers/620879118032637

http://theutopiapioneers.com/password

https://twitter.com/pirarobizarro

https://twitter.com/hippykid/

https://twitter.com/utopiatvusa

http://loveablescoundrels.com/

APPLY for a visitation passport:
http://www.utopiatv.com/news/detail/619/namaste-utopia-is-open-for-business

MORE INFO:
http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/fox-gambles-on-big-bold-and-expensive-vision-of-utopia-1201288541/

*Currently Frentz is doing a series of book promotion events with award winning Artist/Publisher HART FISHER around SoCal and any further review comments on the Utopia project will be limited to availability. For more info on Frentz’s current project while awaiting his invitation into UTOPIA please follow AmericanHorrors.com social media and the Helping Hands Network social media.

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Welcome home!
Where the energy is drawn.

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Where the love creates the wind.
Where 20000 souls combine happiness.

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Where life is full.
Where peace is never ending.
Where LOVE builds a halo around all.

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Where music soothes.
Where crystals & sage lift the spirit.
Where hugs & ohms manifest peace.
Where prayer bells & such open hearts.

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Where hippies, yogis & others enlighten.
Where violence & sin is prevented.
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Where nature is king, lord & the divine.
Where life is perfect & tears are made of joy.

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Where it is the way it is!

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I have always wanted to make it too the national gathering but I seam to be at the furthest point away when it is time. If it is in PA then im in LA. When it is in Montana then I am on the east cost or Texas.

Finally, in 2014 I was layed over in Nebraska and the gathering was near Salt Lake City. It was as close as I was ever going to get and rideshares were abundant so I pulled the trigger.

My mom wanted to go to a festival in Omaha so I replied to a few ride offers on the rainbow forum that were leaving Omaha the day after the Celebrates America fest featuring Blues Travelers and Sugar Ray. My previous visit to this event was rained out and this show was again in jeopardy with a 70% chance of storms. The park sits on a massive hill reaching 150 yards wide by 400 yards long and with the stage at the bottom it forms the perfect amphitheater for over 25000.

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After a night of enjoying fireworks, music and lovely ladies, we checked into a nearby hotel. In the morning I loaded up with food and supplies from the hotel buffet and hugged everyone goodbye.

I had not been able to find much public info on my driver but her communication had been fairly punctual with minor worrisome delays. Once I heard from her, I was able to send everyone on their way. There is always a bit of stress in these moments, especially if your backup ride does not have a mobile phone and is venturing 140 miles away.

My ride showed up punctually as I watched Brasil sneak by Chile in the mornings cup match. The wonderful miss Kira was waiting in the parking lot dressed in athletic tie dye. Her modelesck 5’5 frame met me with a hug and gorgeous smile. It was going to be a very enjoyable ride. Just when I thought the energy was peaking, Kira informed me we were waiting for another goddess from Kansas.

Kira shared the history of her moves from Omaha to Pittsburgh to Brooklyn. Her family was now following to Pittsburgh to be closer to her and others. She had timed the move so she could go to the gathering and then help drive them from Omaha to Pitt upon her return.

As she continued to speak I couldnt look away from the amazing spectrum of neutral colors gleaming in her eyes and a tiny little hoop piercing on her lower lip.

As we entered our 20th minute of chat a small SUV with Kansas plates pulled up and TWO beautiful college girls in sun dresses appeared from the back seats. Layce was near 5’10 with a slender light skin and dark dreads and her friend Bella was a bit as shorter with died lavender hair with a thin build and light complextion.

Layce’s mom was a free spirit and encouraged the girls to take the journey before committing to summer job committments so she drove them up from Topeka to catch our ride.

They piled in back while I took shotgun and we were on our way. As we traveled across Nebraska, the girls revealed a lot about their personalities. Kira had 7 national gatherings and nearly a hundred road trip adventures in her pocket so she played the leader position well for our group. Layce was a bit shy at first but grew as we went along. She would continue to have a timidness about her but I wouldnt be suprised if at some point she just let loose once we got to the forrest destination. Bella had taken a few road trips and we relied on her to start up conversations each time we went through more than 30 minutes of silence.

By nightfall we had reached the Rockies and found our way to Kira’s friendly home where we would be sheltered for the evening.

Our host, David, was a computer programmer and fit the description fairly well but also benefitted from the outdoor life of the average Boulder resident. His wife, Jackie, was an athletically built plant biologist whom had so much positive energy that you could see a white lining if you squinted at her just right.

After we made our introductions, I found my way to their balcony to pray and meditate as the sunset over the mountains. I enjoyed a certain cloud in the shape of a walrus in the western sky as it changed colors with the dimming sunlight. I continued writing and reading as I waited for dinner plans to be announced.

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Our hosts wanted to show us their neighborhood health food pub called Southern Sun. I spurged on a humus reuben and salad loaded with too many veggies to name. Every bite was out of this world and I enjoyed praying and meditation with the infinite flavors shocking my system. Unfortunately Bella was turning out to be full of frustration for all the wrongs in the world and in her youth she has not realized how to control her vocal volume and mannerisms. Far too often up to this point Bella continues her negative rants not understanding she is in the company of several enlightened spirits whom understand her complaints and are aware of their needed solutions. I pray she soon discovers that her quiet voice is just as powerful in our company. It was a very challenging 2 hours of blocking her out while moving about to observe the nearby art while savoring each bite.

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Once back to the crib we played a card game they called defense where the last person stuck with a card bought a round. By 2 I found my way to a couch and fell asleep watching a flick on my phone.

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Shortly after I awoke, Jackie followed and set me up with a bike for the day. I started with a 10 mile ride down Marshall Creek road passed a bunch of old mining and farming antiques and cabins. Then I circled around some ponds and explored a cave before soaring 40 mph down a 2 mile return which led me to the perfect street for a morning bath.

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As 10am approached for the Netherlands Mexico game, I rolled on towards downtown. The trails were nicer then their roads and nearly one third of the traffic was on foot or bicycle transport. As I entered Pearl street flashbacks of Santa Monica overwhelmed my vision. It was so similar that if I didnt identify the familiarity I would have thought I was experiencing dejavu.

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I enjoyed a few street performances including a Caribbean yogi contortionist, African drummer and a Didg player. There were so many to choose from that it was halftime before I made it to O’Neils.

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After the Mexico defender ruined their countries hopes in the 92nd minute, I went to an art walk 3 blocks over and then cooled down in a swimming hole.

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I had almost 2 hours before the Costa Rica game so I took the Boulder Creek trail 4 miles east and experienced several serene sights including a rock sculpture where rocks were set on top of iron beams. I also found some sand volleyball and an observatory where you could look under the water at the trout.

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I returned to O’Neils to watch Costa Rica pull off their shootout win over Greece while munching a salad and then went swimming again. I then started biking Boulder Creek up the mountains.

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I didn’t plan on doing it when I started the day. I was only going to go to the base of the first ridge but once I reached it, the incline was so gradual that I kept going about 4 miles up and over the first 6 ridges.

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I found the perfect rock and sat in the river to work on some writing until the sun set leaving me enough light to find my way to the Chautauqua music hall.

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Through out the past few days I had been exchanging messages with my first true love. When I was 16 I met Samantha while swimming in the Red Cloud Nebraska pool during a Wilson family reuion. We spent all day and night hanging out with my family while getting to know each other. We exchanged numbers and kiddy pecks on the cheek.

Over the next year we wrote every few weeks and I would return to visit her several times including a sleep over when she moved further away to Smith Center Kansas. One day the letters stoped coming and my next one was returned to sender. When I called the number was disconnected so I drove down and found the house empty. A neighbor told me they packed up and left overnight.

I made up some note cards asking for anyone who knew her families whereabouts to call me but never heard back. After a month with no replies, I started calling listings with her name in Tucson. She had told me her grandparents were there so I hoped I would find them. I didnt know it then but they were her mom’s parents and she never mentioned their last name.

Every few weeks while I was at college, I would search her name and pray I would find her. Still no luck and years started rolling by. Every month for 18 years I struck out searching. Finally one day in 2012, I got a friend request on facebook from her under an alias.

She had found our letters and pictures and couldnt stand not knowing if I would ever forgive her. She told me that she was in a coma and had to be transported to a larger city and her mom moved to be there. Her mom didnt think our friendship was serious enough to call me and by the time Sam recovered she was afraid I had moved on and didnt want to deal with my posssible unacceptance.

18 years later we finally picked up where we left off but she had just reached a serious level in her relationship with a possesive guy and she didnt want to jeopardize it by texting too much. We exchanged messages a few times and when ever I was coming to Denver, I would let her know. She was never able to come meet me because her boyfriend was not willing to go and would get furious if she tried to leave.

Finally, 20 years after our last hug, we were getting together at the  Chautauqua orchestra.

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Once Sam arrived, I biked down to the car and loaded up the bike before walking her and 6 yearold Serenity up to the concert hall. We sat in the very back to chat and catch up.

She drove me back to the apartment and we exchanged kisses and tears of pure bliss.

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My Rainbow family loaded up and we were on our way. As I was getting settled for the final 9 hour drive Sam sent me one of the most loving texts of all time expressing her excitement to be with me again.

Signal was spotty along the way but every chance I could get I was checking world cup updates and uploading my stories. The sun was just setting as we entered the state park near Heber Utah.

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Once we found a parking area, we sorted our gear and got in line for the shuttle. The girls filled in the last few spots of a truck bed so I went over to a minivan. The driver was to the point, yelling “put your shit on the roof and get the fuck in”. Several people hesitated but I was getting the feeling it was a long walk so I tossed up my small bag and snuck back in the corner with my pack. I should of done it the other way around because my money and important items were now in jeopardy on the roof as we traveled over a very bumpy road. As I entered the van a caring brother gifted me a pair of thermal pants after hearing I didnt have any with me.

It was a 15 minute ride and along the way we picked up people until we were to the point where there was a second layer laying on top of us. Amongst the dogs and dirty hippies who showed little respect for their body, two brothers caught my attention. Next to me was a 30 something bearded brother from New Orleans and across was a teenager who looked and talked like Napolean Dynamite. I told NOLA about my fall stay to help repair central park after Katrina.

By the time we pilled out of the van it was dark and I couldnt find Kira so I walked up the entrance and back playing Marco Polo until we heard eachother. We passed several camp villages and went about 10 minutes until we hit the end of a trail and put up the tents. It was nearing 11 so Kira let me bunk with her and the other girls went out and found some cuddling buddies.

On the morning of Monday July 1st, I jogged a mile further out of the grounds and found a watering hole. When i got back Kira was ready to move. we packed up and moved Kiras tent to the other side of the rainbow grounds to an area above Kids Camp. We went past a trade circle where there was a enormous amount of jewelry and other items. It was the second day on the gathering Calendar and already there was 15000 people with campsites as far as the eye could see stretching like fingers out from the center circle peace pole in a massive meadow.

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Kira found some friends to camp by way up on a mountain side. We leveled a spot out but it was still pretty slanted so sleeping was not going to be great. After everything was together, I sorted my day and night bags and then walked with Kira until she found her friends.  I wandered out on my own and found a Indian Krishna camp serving great rice dishes and soups.

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They didnt have any need for volunteers at the moment so I went up to Granola funk to help build the theatre stage and do some writing.

Granola funk is where the artistic crowd hangs out at night with a different themed show every night from the 1st to the 5th. This year it was designed like a TV.

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At sunset I went to Kirshna camp and ate dinner and that was followed with a prayer and song service with sitar music. To finish the night I went and danced around the drum circle.

 

PART 2

https://freehelpinghands.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/welcome-home