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Gang Of Four- Friday March 12

...at the LAX onward and upward.......wow what a trip....it was hard......to say the least.....in all my affairs....I am so tired right now that I will for sure sleep a bit.......can't wait to surf again, be nice to be home......all of it.....I was reunited with the "Gang Of Four" this trip, 4 of us were at Dad's memorial(the 4th was in New Zealand on a rock tour........I did see him before he left though)there is a fifth musketeer as well, not pictured here, he was probably 10 yards behind us in the Principals office, where we or at least me was coming from....I am not sure how old we were here, in this picture, old enough to be into mischief, but still young.......before we got into the drugs, what a time it was, this was for sure the 70's, and the "Gang Of Four" was just hitting stride.........I will miss the family, friends, and such......no more cold........back to nature soon enough....hard to believe that a plane stays in the air 15 hours....I've been on the current one for 13+ hours and it's the duty free announcement in chinese portion of this trip....it's funny, sitting on this plane...next stop the republic of china...and thinking about the "Gang Of Four"....when you're kids in school, the common bond is fun, and with us it was as much fun as possible...I returned to that philosophy about a year ago, and it still feels the same "fun"......I hope it never ends......saw a lot of old pictures of me, my family, my friends this trip.....at the memorial about 10 of my friends were there, 4 I've known 40 years + a few others over 30, and some from the past few years......I love my friends......if there is an internet connection in the Taipei airport I will up-load the "Gang Of Four" picture....

bye hoy

LaSt SuNrIsE oVeR cHaVeZ rAvInE tHuRsDaY mArCh 11th

...the last sunrise over Chavez Ravine......last day of cold.......lots of running around today.......late flight out.......it's been a really emotional trip.......draining really.......in so many areas........Los Angeles is a tuff town...hard to have a quality of life here.....so many people I know are struggling with the life stuff, and the economy sure isn't helping........LA ain't all surf & sun........be back to nature soon......away from the hype, the BS, the family & friends, all of it.......it's a nice place to visit, but I sure wouldn't want to live here......

nAp TiMe-->WeDnEsDaY mArCh 10th

...sunrise over Chavez Ravine.......beautiful.......the lights from dodger stadium line the hill tops in the distance......LA has it's moments.....it's dark-side, and all the rest of it........tomorrow it's a plane ride for 15 hours to Taipei....away from friends and family, but closer to home.......it is 45 degrees outside, way to f-ing cold for me......going where the climate suits my clothes......shorts, flip flops, and a t-shirt........it's so nice not to have 15 employees, 30 sales reps, and a bunch of overwhelming none-sense running around in my head.........employees are interesting, you pay them good(they think they are being exploited)and they work just enough.........to not get fired.......glad i am out of that......not to mention all the rest of it with the taxes, the hoops(you can not do anything in America without a "fee", "license", or a "permit" - from the cradle to the grave...and beyond)it's all structured just so, you can't get ahead........just treading water, sometimes weekends off, or 2 weeks vacation a year, paid if you are lucky, and the time off is spent catching up on rest from the grind........and the rest of the world thinks we have it good........sometimes a nap can do the trick.........forget the woe's and worries......and all the rest of it....

SuNrIsE mArCh 09-10 TuEsDaY

.......it's 430am and the jet lag has been on for 3 days, didn't have any this trip....until now.......weird really, I guess I was running on indorphins, sadness, anxiety, or some word we use to describe something that we feel. the word is not the thing.......as mr brick so eloquently use to tell me........when we use words to describe the indescribable, you dismiss it. I can not even begin to describe the sunrise at Nusa Dua, I couldn't do it justice......even a picture or video can't capture it, as it's a feeling...........through out my whole body......time stops......thought stops.....I am plugged into the world(not the rat-race, get to work before you're late, work 7, 9, 12, 16 hours, flip off the asshole who cut you off on the way home world) of nature..........being in the warm Indian Ocean, still dark as I paddle out, no other humans around, just sea creatures, dawn starting to break, the silence of the sunrise, the beauty of the clouds, the colors, the volcano's.......the tree lined mountains, the reef......alive, 4'-6' surf..........and doing this everyday......never the same, a new experience......every time.....i just laid out some components of a morning in Bali, but the feeling of being part of this is indescribable...........I love this world.......be back to it soon...........

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