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So.. there I was… working on a 30 foot roof in near 0 temps and spine chilling wind, holding cold metal tools which numbed my fingers .. and I’m thinking I should have worn leather gloves instead of these rubber coated things that absorb the frost straight to my bones. After a morning of breathing constantly on my fingers it was finally time for lunch. As we pull in to park, there, laying on the ground in the stall, is the perfect leather work glove so kindly dropped from my guardian angel above. Inspiration to continue on and finish a day of helping others.




–work in progress–

BURNING MAN UPDATE (Why I did not go in 2011 but WILL in 2012 FOR 100% CERTAIN)

Why Not 2011?

– The Helping Hands Network had a flood of CAUSES in need that I had tasks outstanding for

– From 8/13-8/26 NO ONE returned my forum posts and emails to car pool

– My WEST Coast Semi ride connection just got a new boss and can not have riders for awhile

– I COULD NOT PLAN as needed to leave because I was in a committed relation for the summer 2011 and the girl requested I make more money to be with her (requiring a 3rd Job) and stop traveling as much. I missed Rainbow, Sturgis and ALL my summer speaking engagements and only visited family for 6 days in Nebraska! AND I put up with 60 out of 65 days of 100+ heat in NORTH TEXAS for her.

– I did not have everything listed on eBay and Craigslist for the Networks fund Raising Inventory

– I did not have staff fully trained in order to do my tasks while traveling

– I did not have my things packed for an extended trip

– If going 500 miles north of Vegas, I need to go a week early so I am there the full 14 days to benefit fully from the experience and I want it to be part of a larger trip to minimize travel expenses. I needed to go from Sturgis to Burning Man to L.A. then back to Texas and that was not possible because of waiting on a the lady friend at the time through June and early July.  8?(

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~2011 PLAN postponed to 2012 !!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A few weeks back I looked through the themed villages on the Burning Man website. I chose a few of my favorites and registered my contacts to stay in the loop on updates. The more I read about Burning Man, the more I convinced myself I needed to find a way to get there Aug. 28th to Sept. 5th.

I looked at car pool routes being posted and realized I could establish an outreach trip starting at the July Rainbow gathering; extending through California to work with mid July; Sturgis in August; Nebraska mid August; over to Nevada until Sept. 5th and then fly back to Dallas.

With my mind made up, I wrote a letter and applied for a sponsor scholarship.

Today my in-box brought me great news. I was awarded one of the scholarship spots with the agreement that I speak about the Helping Hands Network and the Renewable efforts of

Now, one step closer to introducing the Helping Hands Network to 50,000+ new friends in 2011, I am delighted to share the invitation letter with my friends. Hopefully some of you will join me 8/28-9/5 north of Reno.



Start planning your costumes and making a list of supplies!

You have been accepted to receive a super discounted scholarship ticket to Burning Man 2011. Thank you so much for wanting to
participate with the Burning Man event!

Read this email completely and carefully please!

This email entitles the person named in the subject line above to one $110.00 ticket for the 2011 Burning Man event. This ticket
is to be paid upon arrival to the event.

*Payment is NOT accepted in advance.
*You pay for your ticket when you arrive at Burning Man.
*Tickets can be paid for with cash, money order or cashier's check.
*To pick up your ticket, bring your acceptance letter (print this email), photo ID and payment to the Will Call window at the box
office, located at the gate to Black Rock City aka Burning Man.

That's right, you have all year to save up for your ticket!

You will be showing photo ID to pick up to your ticket, so if the name on your application is different than the name on your
photo ID, please let us know. We don't want you to have problems picking up your ticket!

**If you have an ID with an old address, you will need to explain that to the will call person checking you in, and recite your
new address to them so they know it's you.**

**If you do not have easy access to a printer and would like this letter to be mailed to you, please let us know.

Some other important things to remember:

If you have a friend or partner applying as well, they must complete
their own application under their name to be reviewed for a scholarship ticket. If only one of you has received this email, then
make sure the other person has submitted in their application.

Your discounted ticket is not transferable and only applies to the person mentioned in this email.
You should be 18 years of age or traveling with a legal guardian to attend Burning Man.

If we find that you have received a scholarship in the past, purchased a ticket for 2011, or have been given a ticket through
other means, you are not eligible for a scholarship ticket and it will be revoked. This  will also affect your future chances of
receiving discounted tickets.

**If you plan on arriving earlier than August 29th (the official start
date of the event), you will need to have special permission from a
Burning Man representative of the theme camp, art or other department you are working with. Do not contact the scholarship team
about permission to arrive early to the event. We do not have the ability to put you on the early arrival list.

Scholarship tickets are a privilege and with the acceptance of this
ticket come your responsibility to the Burning Man community.  Many scholarship applicants have shown interest in volunteering at
the event. Volunteering is an integral part of making this great event happen and a great way to meet burners from around the world.

Get involved pre-Burning Man!  Go to the website and read up on the departments that you may be interested in. Check out this
section: . Fill out a volunteer questionnaire and make contact with the volunteer coordinator
for departments that interest you.

Are you a completely overwhelmed newbie this year? Read the First Timers Guide: and the
Preparation section on the website:

The final step in the scholarship process is your feedback to us after Burning Man. We want to know how Burning Man has affected
your life and outlook on the future and how you affected the Burning Man event. Everyone goes around hugging people and spreading
"good vibes", but we want to know the deepest impact that you helped make, how you "really" got involved to help make this event
special for thousands of other people like you. A lot of people forget to do this when they get back from their crazy week in the
desert. Try not to slack on this one thing
we ask.

Please send your post-Burning Man reports to with the heading "post playa thoughts".  You can also mail
in a hard copy to the Burning Man address on our ticket page. We encourage creative submissions and have received awesome things
in the past.

Later on in the year you will be receiving a Survival Guide that
contains very important information vital to your experience at Burning Man and should be read completely and thoroughly. The Jack
Rabbit Speaks e-mail newsletter is also an important source of up to date information regarding Burning Man events in the Bay Area
and regional events all over the world. If you would like to receive the email newsletter go here to sign yourself up:

**A VERY important thing to remember: let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to use your scholarship ticket. Even if it
is at the last minute, we may be able to give your ticket to another worthy person. We understand if there is an emergency or you
just can't get the funds together, but if you simply flake out and do not let us know in a timely manner then you will not be able
to re-apply for a scholarship ticket in the future.

Thanks again for applying and wishing to participate. We hope that thi discounted ticket helps make your desert dreams happen.
Your applications have been a pleasure to read. It's great to hear from so many thoughtful people who will definitely enrich the
Burning Man community!

If you have any general event questions throughout the year, the nice folks at will be happy to help.
please feel free to email


Frog Gilmore

Participant Services/Ticket Minion
Scholarship Team
Burning Man 2011

So you say there is stress.

Stress from life. Stress from business.


It surrounds us all.

Vent it to the sky, moon and beyond.

Vent the stress so far away.

Yell it out, bang it out, kick it around!

So far away that when you come back down,

all that is left is PEACE and Focus.

Speaking of peace and time off. Yes take it. Appreciate every second of the peace.

Listen to every sound, smell every scent. Taste the calm.

You sound like you are doing a good job of remembering your roots.

You know business time is business time.

The best you can do is use your BUSINESS time as efficiently as possible.

KEEP the line and border strong between PERSONAL TIME and keep the sanity.

Whatever your hobby of choice, take time for it.

Take time for you.

Take time for your body and health above ALL.

Without body, there is no business.

Without business, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE LIFE!!!!

Find your center. Keep the balance.


and stretch like the yogi you are.

The business will be there waiting, always.

You may miss opportunity.

You may miss out on money, but what good is that if you have to use it to repair your damaged body.

You end up worse off in the rat race of time.

Time, IT will always be there for as long as the body, mind and spirit.

LOVE the body, mind and spirit, ALWAYS!

Here is the Table of Contents for the helpful articles you will find posted on:
Just click the magnify glass icon in the top right and put the key words in the search bar if the links are not active. You can also search by category on the bottom left. It takes a lot of time to keep this TOC updated so we hope to find a plug-in to list all our blogs soon. Message us if you know of one?We will add this as a page on the menu at the TOP of the blog soon.

Lincoln Nebraska helping construction friends, IRS collection victims, and promoting local Community garden events.
Northeast Texas to South Dakota to help rebuild homes.
Worked with great volunteer groups in Los Angeles. Weekly blogs share efforts with Community Garden Organization of Los Angeles County, Seed Bank of Venice, Youth Soccer league, Venice Boardwalk artists, Occupy LA and other fun causes. Find the links by viewing the category links to the left.
JULY 2011
Interview Log
Super Bowl Weekend in Dallas
Seed Swapping Info
Gun Rights for Protecting Our Wealth
Life in East Texas
Respect Fate
Great Green Seminars in Omaha
My American Idol Watch list
My Favorite Facebook Posts
Why 2007 Vehicles do NOT Like Biodiesel
Choctaw Casino Durant OK
Past/Current and Future Helping Hands Pojects
Making Money online in 2011
Landmark: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All (Publicaffairs Reports)
Life’s SecretsPassword protected for book buyers club
Over the next few months we will be re-releasing our pre 2010 blogs every few days… kinda like style!
HERE is what you have to look forward too… or you could visit the MySpace server at:

2009 (archived)
11/09 – New Orleans Volunteering ; Milk Safety ; Cigarette Ingredients ;
10/09 – Swine Flu Safety ; VooDoo Festival Review ;
09/09 – New Fundraising Items ; TribeCon Invitation ; New Orleans Sponsorship ; Sitting in the Dark IL ; TribeCon PR ; IL Fishing Cabin 4 SALE ; Teacher Appreciation Time
08/09 – Erhard MN Fire ; HH Press Interview ; H750 Project Pix ; Summer Travel Review ;
07/09 – Meet Rev. Dannie Patrick ; Who We’ve Helped ; Lincon NE ; Parent Appreciation ;
06/09 – Bethelem PA Nightlife Review ; World Peace Leader Visit ; Keepers of the Peace Story ; Pro Speach Writer ; Pocono Race ; Love of a Father ; Speach Outline ; Food Inc. ; Swine Flu ; Reincarnation Proof ; Stolen Van in AZ ; Near Death Experience #3 ;
05/09 – The Life of a Care Giver ; Court Violations of Parental Rights ; May Events Summary ; NYC Nightlife
04/09 – Helping in PA ; NY Life/Culture ; About Tim Frentz ;
03/09 – Wind Power Setup under $1500 ; ; HH Winter Review ; Indian Rez Cleanup
02/09 – John Trudell Help ; NRES UNO Presentation ; Internet Sales Tax Letter
01/09 – UNL Enviro Series ; Coal Sludge Spill Kingston TN ; Limit Lead in Your Water ; Who We Helped ; Bike Trail Petition ; NE Political Bills

2008 (archived at
12/08 – African Genocide ; Who We Helped
10/08 – VOTING Tools ;
09/08 – Who Owns Your Politicians ; Financial Crash ; 8 yr. Plan for an Honest President ; River City Booth
08/08 – The Rainbow Gathering ; Starving Artist Help ; NREA Press ; DB Help in MN ; NE Fair Booth
07/08 – ; Eco Communal Living ; Net Metering ; Facts (Food, Gun Control, Military Influence, Oil, Fed Reserve) ;
06/08 – Offshore Oil Facts ; Peaceful eGroups ; Omaha Arts Fest ;
05/08 – Climate Update ; Job Opp Western NE ; NREA Merger ;
04/08 – Green Burial ; Earth Day NE Events ; Oprah Big Give Review ; Free the Samon Protest ; Native Awareness Week
03/08 – Cancer Relay ; Visa Stock ; Good Deals ; Sponsor Letters Sent ; Days Secret (Pump Savings)
03/08 – Environmental Websites ; Smoking Related Links ; Green Volunteer Op ;
01/08 – Another World? ; ; Lakota Movement ; Recycling Contacts

2007 (archived)
12/07 – HH Marketing Services ; Survey $ ; Hydrogen Autos
11/07 – Black Friday Info ; Fundraising w/ MSN ;
10/07 – the Skinny on Ethanol ; About Tim
09/07 – Oil City Dart Tourney Results ; Soccer Training Openings
07/07 –
01/07 – Who We Helped ;

2006 (archived)
12/06 – ; ; Help A Friend VC ; Date Ideas (NE)
09/06 – MN Baby Fundraiser

Take a look at our FB profile to find the following GROUPS at: :

-Athletic Workouts
-Fun Events (movie nights / book club / nature exploring)



My first objective of the evening was to stop at the Sand Bar on Spring St. where a friend was bartending. The Sand bar was a great sports bar to watch the evening bowl game and get information on the hot spots around town.

Once I had my list consisting of Mojos, Fatty Arbuckles, Novel Savage, Phoenix Underground, Central Station, and the El Dorado Casino VIP Lounge; I was off the see what the New Year had in store for me.

Mojos had a small stage area in the back of the first level. The nights band was heavy metal rock so I quickly made my way to the second level. The club had poor lighting and was missing the required safety reflector tape on the edge of the very dark stairs. I actually missed a step and was lucky to catch the rail to prevent falling down 20 some steps. The dance floor upstairs was nicely designed with pearl tapestry walls and soft red neon. I am shocked they have not been shut down for all the drunks that have tripped over the dark awkward steps.

Fatty Arbuckles was under the bridge on the next block between Mojo and El Dorado casino. Fatty’s had the best band of the night. The DIRTFOOT band was a great Bluegrass band with a strong mix of soul. A local commented that another local band called The Stiff Neck Fools had a similar sound with a Reggae rock influence. I had spent months searching for this sound so I added their facebook fan page so I can catch one of their upcoming shows. DirtFoot was just invited to tour with Rev Horton for Q1 of 2011! I wish they would have been on the tour in November when I went to the Rev show in Kearney NE.  SNF played at Boomtown but I did not find that out until it was too late.

Check these bands out at: and

It was now 11p as I wandered into the Novel Savage. They are one of the main homes of the blues and open stage jams for Shreveport. Tonight they had a celtic husband and wife band picking some great strings. After a few songs I continued on to the Phoenix Underground to get my dance on.

At the Phoenix you have to wait in line forever to take an elevator to the basement club. It is very annoying so you think they would get a stairway in place to increase the amount of customers they lose due to the long wait. I cut in line to just get a quick look around for this review. The club was missing character. Everything was mediocre including the dancing. I was hoping to find a nice international scene and some UK techno but it was the same lame hip hop top 50 so I saved the $20 entry to use somewhere else. I quickly went over to the Sam’s Town Casino concert to be around the most people possible for the countdown. They had a nice jazz band swing the house. They took their break after the countdown so I headed to Central Station next.

Next stop was Central Station around 12:15. CS was the areas gay/bi hangout so I was expecting to get my techno grove on. The entry way to the station was a poorly designed gaming and quiet chat room. The next doorway led to a small dance floor with 1 mirrored wall and a projector image on another wall. I observed the crowd and then noticed a stairway on the far side going up to the second level. The next level has nice couches and chairs to relax and talk. Each room so far had its own bar. On the far side of the mingle room was a hallway leading to the final room. This was where the stage room was for Diva lip synching shows. I stayed for one show that had a Paula Abdul – Janet Jackson act and then went back downstairs to dance. Around 3am the crowd started to thin out so I headed back. CS was about 6 blocks from much of anything. Hidden under the interstate and railroad bridges, one needs a map to find it. There were some shady types in the shadows so I actually had to walk with my knife exposed to ward off anyone thinking of causing problems.



The El Dorado Casino was the last stop on the route. The lounge stopped serving at 2am but there were a few dancers left on the floor. I had enough lame top 40 American dance music so I hit the casino. It was here that I would soon meet one of the most attractive women I had ever laid my eyes upon. After all the wonderful nightlife up to the 3:30am point, it would be the next 6 hours that ended up being the best but that is a whole nother story.

After parting ways with my new friend I went and found a quiet lot to park in along the river and slept until noon. There are nice paved trails along the river and near the middle there is a full 3/4 mile 18 hole disc golf course! A local had an extra disc so I jumped in for a round before jogging 1.5 miles back to the parking lot.

I set up my painting supplies and spent the rest of the sunny day painting in the park. As the dark set in I went to the El Dorado VIP lounge to watch the TCU Horned Frogs beat Big Ten Champs Wisconsin earning TCU a share of the National Championship with a 13-0 record!

After the game I went to return my sketch book back to the van and noticed a crowd entering the Arts Theatre. I went over to get the scoop. It turned out that Al Green inspired the new wave sound of romantic soul in a man called Sir Charles Jones and he was in the building. This nice man had 2 extra tickets so I offered him $20 for one and went in. There were about 15 men and 300+ women. We were surrounded by swarms of amazing dancers. The MC was a famous comedian so between each opening act he would say a few jokes. The experience could best be compared to a day at a graceful southern Babtist church. As much as I enjoyed being welcomed into the circles of dance, the concert had to come to a close and around midnight we went our separate ways.

I would spend one last night camping by the river and wandering the casino before returning home the next morning. As I was preparing to leave I was approached by a man in his late 50s who was not enjoying life as a gambling addict. He lost his wife and job and was living on $674 of Social Security and food stamps. He was wandering the park searching for answers and a purpose. As I took the time to share my stories over the next hour he begin to weep with joy. He was looking for a reason to live and I reminded him of many. Together we came up with some ideas to join some social groups on and he promised he would try to read more “Happy Living” self help books to deter the depressed thoughts. I may not have cured my friends pain or given him complete answers but I am certain we prolonged his life. I just hope he continues on trying and calls upon our Helping Hands Network again when needed.