A “What?” Festival.

It’s been a blessing to visit friends on assignment in Wisconsin. I had passed through this state and now I got to visit for a bit. Fox River runs north which I am told is unusual. Lake Michigan does freeze and all kinds of fun stuff take place on the lake. Live bands perform at festivals on the ice. Perch taste better caught from cold waters. Wisconsin’s drink is the old fashion. Best ordered “sour with whiskey and olives”. You can also have it sweet with either rum or Brandy. Gas is cheap. Lawrence liberal arts college tuition is 42k. Dutch influences in the neighborhood include tulips and gnomes. Planter boxes outside the window sills. Little chute in Appleton, gets its name from the Fox River which releases water this way. Motorcycle enthusiasts and bikers alike frequently roam the highways when the weather is especially nice. Milwaukee assembly factory for Harley-Davidson may be one of the reasons. No graffiti, stray dogs or trash noted during my drives in a big ole Jeep. “We’re going to the Testicle Fest.” 5 bucks and all you can eat with a side of ranch or buffalo sauce. A gentleman I chatted with brought his own mustard. When in Rome. Ah and then there’s the cheese which can be extra squeaky. Thank you Andrea and Joey. Zaijian.

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BROKEN WRIST BRUISED EGO?

IT WAS AT LEAST 12 SEASONS SINCE I STRAPPED IN AND CARVED DOWN THE MOUNTAIN. I THOUGHT IT WAS LIKE GETTING BACK ON A BIKE. AND ALTHOUGH I FELL OFF ONE OF THOSE TOO I DIDN’T FRACTURE MY WRIST.

MY SKI BUDDY EVEN WARNED ME…. BUT I OFTEN HAVE TO PROVE TO MYSELF I’M STILL BRAVE AND HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO FACE MY FEARS. NOW AS I’M OUT OF WORK AND TIME TO THINK I HAVE STOP THIS BEHAVIOR. I NEED TO LOVE MYSELF REGARDLESS. I WILL ADMIT I WILL MISS THE ADRENALINE SURGE AND ASK GOD TO FORGIVE ME.

Hike It Up

THE MOUNTAINS HAS A LIFT FOR BOTH YOUR SPIRIT AND BODY. RIDE UP AND HIKE DOWN OR DO THE WHOLE THING. BEAR FLATS ” NO BEARS PLEASE”. EASY TRAIL MIX FOR THE FAMILY. THE PATH IS WIDE AND NOT TREACHEROUS. ASKED THAT NEXT TIME I GET INVITED TO BRUNCH AND LISTEN TO LIVE BAND. JK. ZAIJIAN.

Care Free

I’VE TOLD A FEW PEOPLE “THERE’S A LOT OF POWER IN NOT CARING”. THINK ABOUT THE CONCEPT. I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT ME. I DONT CARE TO LISTEN TO YOU TALK ABOUT YOURSELF INCESSANTLY. I DONT CARE IF YOU DONT LIKE TO DANCE. I DONT CARE THAT YOU WANT TO GET TO KNOW ME BETTER. I DON’T CARE ABOUT UNREQUITED LOVE BECAUSE ITS PAINFUL AND INJURIOUS TO MY SENSIBILITIES. ALAS NOT CARING HAS ITS LIMITATIONS. BUT I DON’T CARE. ZAIJIAN.

Hoppy Easter

The resurrection of Jesus. Opportunity to resurrect ideas, goals and relationships. But I need to do something different. To reset myself and truly appreciate at that I have and all that I am. As of late I have continue to pray for The Syrian people and for the severely mentally ill man I saw on Wilshire Blvd, who was nearly naked rifling in trash. His tattered and rip clothes representing his internal suffering. For my mother, who as a child, moved around a lot. A scared kid who had no say. A briar patch of sadness that I will hop out of. Zaijian.

Little Napa So..noma. I Petaluma

AN HOUR AND SOME CHANGE NORTH OF SAN FRANCISCO, YOU’LL FIND YOURSELF IN A STORYBOOK. NATURALLY I SAY TO MYSELF “SELF YOU NEED TO LIVE HERE”. NOT MOVE BUT LIVE HERE IN THE MOMENT. SPONTANEOUSLY YOU DEEP BREATHE AND NOTICE LITTLE BLACK BIRDS WITH CARDINAL RED RACING STRIPES HANGING ONTO REEDS AND THE VINES ON THE HILLS REMINDS YOU WHERE IT ALL BEGINS. DOWNTOWN SONOMA YOU CAN CUT THE SQUARE BY WALKING THROUGH THE PARK AND BEING ON THE OTHER SIDE IN 5 MINUTES. IT’S THIS FEELING YOU TAKE WITH YOU THAT I LOVE WHICH INCLUDE A DAILY JAUNT AT A NATURE PRESERVE WHERE THOSE BIRDS SAID HELLO TO MY SOUL. THANK YOU CYNTHIA AND PETALUMA.

ICELAND

10 DAYS OBSERVATION REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: COMPLEX LANGUAGE WITH 16 LETTER LAST NAMES. THIS ISLAND IS FOR LOVERS. WHY MIGHT YOU ASK! BECAUSE GEOTHERMICLY HOT SPRINGS ROMANTICALLY ENTICE COUPLES TO EMBRACE IN SULFUR LADEN MINERAL WATERS OF GLACIER BLUE AND TEAL. AN APHRODISIAC OF THE SENSES. THE CRISP WINDS FORCES ONE TO HOLD ON TO ANOTHER IN A QUEST FOR SURVIVAl…. NOT REALLY JUST SOUNDS NICE. HAVE THE RIGHT GEAR SINCE WEATHER’S NIBLE MIND CHANGES OFTEN. CANDLELIGHT IS FAVORED AT MOST RESTAURANTS HOTELS AND HOSTELS. VERY FEW POLICE ROAMING THE COUNTRYSIDE SO YOU CAN GET NAUGHTY IN BACK OF YOUR RENTED KIA IF THE MOOD STRIKES. THE LANDSCAPES SO MAJESTIC BUT NOT INTRUSIVE. AS YOU GAZE UPON IT YOU FEEL BLESS BLESS WHICH TRANSLATES TO BYE BYE.