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.

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.

Steak and lobster response to a cupcake situation

I’m trying a new humorous way to say “You might be overreacting”. I find myself caught up in watching what I say in a self editing mode. Here’s an example. Several years ago a friend said “There’s a chink on my hood” I replied “That’s no way to talk about asians”. ” No…I was driving behind a gravel truck and a rock hit my car”. I need to give myself and my thoughts a break. I edit myself and I choose to stay away from salient subjects. What’s left to share? what I saw in the sky or what I ate for lunch. Yep

Atacama Momma


  • EVERYONE HAS THAT FRIEND WHO SAYS “I THINK WE SHOULD GO TO…”  THIS TIME IT’S A DESERT I NEVER HEARD OF. CHILE’S DRIEST PLACE ON EARTH. THIS AREA IS SO VAST AND INTIMIDATING THAT I BEGAN THINKING ABOUT SURVIVING IF I GOT STUCK OUT HERE. MAYBE A DAY IF I WAS A WARRIOR.  LAND MASS REQUIRED 0400 AM CALLS TO BEGIN TRAVELING TO LAGOONS, VOLCANOES AND GEYSERS.  DRIVING INSIDE A CRATER TAKES ALL DAY AND MONUMENTAL BOMBASTICAS CREATED FROM EXPLOSIONS MILLIONS OF YEARS AGO ARE MIND BLOWING.  OUR BASE IS SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA OR AS A GUIDE SAYS  “ITS THE TOWN LIKE THE MOVIE FOOTLOOSE”. NO MUSIC NO DANCING.  I FOUND OUT LATER THE TOWN NEEDED A PURGE FROM THE BOLIVIAN BLIZZARD THAT SET DOWN AND CREATED COKED OUT ZOMBIES. BAD FOR TOURISM I WOULD AGREE.  SALT LAGOON FACT 160 GRAMS PER LITER OF WATER RIVALS THE DEAD SEA. AND A CRUST FORMS  OVER YOUR WHOLE BODY IN SECONDS ONCE YOU EXIT THE CHILLY WATERS. 12000 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL YOU CAN SEE  3 OF THE 6 SPECIES OF FLAMINGOS. THE ANDEAN THE CHILEAN AND JAMES.  THEY EAT ABOUT 17 HOURS A DAY AND SOME FLY TO CANADA AND BACK.  I THOUGHT EAGLES WERE BAD AZZ NOW ITS THE BRINE SHRIMP EATING PINK FEATHERED BIRD THAT TAKES THE CAKE.  THIS PLACE  IS HUMBLING AND EVERYDAY SPENT HERE LEAVES YOU IN AWE…ATACAMA.