Quick Synopsis, for my new readers

If you went back and read the first post it would clear up a few things.
I lived in Bellingham WA. I got a divorce two years ago. The X was awarded the house. He immediately quit making payments. It sat empty for months. I moved back in. When I had to move out, I put my stuff in storage, packed my car, and took off down the road. I Planned on heading East, because the weather was starting to get warm. Then I found out that my friend might be closer to death than I realized, so I headed for Carmel. He was staying at his bosses place (Clint Eastwood). When I got as far as San Jose, I learned that he had died. I stayed in the Bay Area for awhile visiting a lot of my friends. Then to TX for my daughters Birthday.
I guess the really short version would be to say I’m traveling for up to a year.

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June 8th, 1968 …

June 8th, 1968 is the day we left Puyallup, WA to go to Syracuse, NY. My dad went there to get his PhD. We were there for two years.

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Kansas

Tried to leave for Kansas on Sunday, but started feeling too sick, so I crawled back in bed. It took me till Tuesday to get out of there. We were so excited to see each other we talked, and talked till wee hours. Dawn had to work Wednesday morning, so I slept in. Thursday, was her last day, do I went with her, so we could play in Wichita after work. Unfortunately, when we got there, she tried to prop a door open with a wedge shaped door stop, but when she went to kick it snugly under the door, the gap in the door was so large, that the wedge kept going, and so did her foot, but not her toenail. It caught the edge of the door, and ripped almost off. She didn’t scream, but I did. OMG, she was in so much pain, I could feel it, and it was making me sick to my stomach. She wrapped it in masking tape, and finished her day. At noon, when she got done, she called and made an appointment to see the doctor. We went grocery shopping on the way home, and managed to fit it into my MINI, even with all my stuff! I took pics of the Dr removing the left side, of the big toenail, of her big toe, on her left foot. If anyone would like to see the pics, I’ll send them to you. I know, I’m weird, the pain I couldn’t handle, but the bloody procedure, was no big deal.  

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Porsche Rally

Well, I thought it might be good to write about last Saturday, before the next one rolls around.It was an early morning (for me), I got up around 6:30 that’s a.m…..yes, in the morning! Anyway, I had to be to my friend’s house by 8am, to get to the Rally before it started at 9am. We all met at the Porsche Dealer:

5924 West Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75093

From there we all took off in line. Here, let me show you!

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Backtrack

OK, this one’s going to be a long one, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the read :}~

After leaving Antioch, a friend of mine let me stay at a house, that he was watching for awhile, while the owners were out of town. It was, an absolutely beautiful house, in Los Gatos. There were only two things wrong with it. First of all, it was spotless! Both Pookie and I struggled with this. I held my breath the whole time I was there. Secondly, it was nowhere near any stores. Anyway, we stayed there for a couple of days, till I could decide what was next.

Since I still didn’t know whether Glen had really died, or if his parents were just playing a really cruel trick on me, I decided to go find his death certificate. I drove down to Monterey, to the courthouse. Found out I had to go to the ‘Records’ office in Salinas. I got there in plenty of time, but discovered it had not been filed yet. This did not help. They gave me the number for the health department. I called. By the time I actually talked to someone, only to find out I had the wrong number. It was after 4:00, so it was too late to call. At this point, I didn’t know what to do.

I went back to Monterey where there are several dive shops. I was told by a friend of mine to try a product that is sold at dive shops, that would surely help my plugged ear. I got there with 10 minutes to spare, before they close, at 6pm. They were closed. I was not a happy camper, since I was now out of time to go to any of the other dive shops. I pondered what to do, for a very long time. Finally, I stopped at a Subway Sandwich shop, and bought dinner. Then on to find a motel. I looked up dog friendly motels, and found one for $44. I was almost checked in, when they said “Just one adult?” I said “Yep, and one little doggie” He looked at me funny and said “What?”I said “Just me, and my dog!” He said “We don’t accept dogs here.” Ugh! This day was not getting any better. I got back on my phone, and found a motel 6 a few doors down, that also claimed to accept dogs. This time, I brought my baby in with me. We stayed there for the night. I still wasn’t sure where I would go the next day, because I never heard back from my friend that I was hoping to go see in Denver. We slept in, then went to another dive shop. I sat for a long time trying to figure out which direction I would go. Finally, I started driving.

I called my Aunt, to see if she was going to be around. She was a bit surprised, but said I could stay the night. Then we decided I should go ahead and stay another night, so we could do a couple more things. We had a great time! We discovered we have a lot in common, and a few things that are very different.

Then Saturday morning, I was off to Lakewood, NM. That’s where my friend Peggy’s mom lives. I got there by 12:45 am her time, one hour later than CA. We had a great time, just taking the doggies for walks, and driving around, eating at buffets. On Monday, I went to the chiropractor. She did a great job, and only charged me $38. Even though it was my first visit!!! I went back again on Tuesday, and she didn’t charge me at all. She called it a tune up. She is an amazing person. We hit it off right away, because we’re only 6 weeks apart in age, and because she had just read a book about a woman, who had sold everything, and started driving around the country with her dog. It was a bit different story, but similar enough, that it really struck her. Then we went over to the vet, and made an appointment to get Pooka’s teeth cleaned, and her shots caught up. While she was there, I had them pluck her ears, trim her nails, express her glands, etc. They called me to let me know she had a growth in her mouth, and asked if I wanted it checked for cancer, or if I just wanted to keep an eye on it……yah, right. On Friday she called, and let me know it was NOT cancerous. That was a HUGE relief for me, as you can imagine. $531.37 later! :0

Wednesday, I left for Sunnyvale, TX where a friend if mine (Rick) lives. He said I could stay with him. He also said I could do some work for him, so I’ll be doing some painting tomorrow. On Wednesday, we arrived to his house, at the exact same time, as he had just gotten off work. He has a swimming pool, so I’m a happy camper. Friday, he left to go to FL to help a friend of his with his house. He came back Sunday evening.

My baby, Sarah made a wish a few weeks ago. She wrote “26 more days till im 21! 🙂 wish my mom and dad were here to spend it with me”

That’s why I haven’t been writing. I didn’t want to ruin the surprise. I wanted to make sure she was around when I got there, though, so I called her bf Nathan, so he could make sure she stayed around, and didn’t make out of town plans. I left Sunnyvale, TX around 8am. I got to Rosenberg, TX by 12:35pm. No one was there. I texted her, and called and texted Nathan. No response. I thought hmmm, I wonder if Nathan forgot! The neighbor saw me hanging around, and asked if I was Sarah’s mom. I said I was, and she said. “They went to Galveston to the beach!” I said ‘How far is Galveston?” “An hour and a half” she said. I thought hmmm, bummer! She said ‘Hang on, let me see if I can get a hold of Nathan’s sister Alyssa”. Lucky for me, (and Sarah) she did. I was QUITE relieved! They were there in about 15 minutes. Then Sarah and I went in my car, and Nathan and Victor (Alyssa’s husband) went in their car, and Alyssa rode with Victor’s mom, his two sister’s, and 3 little kids. Yes, we drove an hour and a half, to a beach (not Galveston), and OMG!!! I’ve never seen a more disgusting beach. It was FILTHY, and crowded, and I had already driven 5 hours to see her, but it was her birthday, and I wanted her to get to do whatever she wanted. I don’t think she was much more thrilled about it than I was, so we stayed a couple of hours, then she and I left. We were going to go home, and grab a quick shower, then go out to dinner. I was going to take her, and Nathan. When we got to her house, there wasn’t a way to get in. We texted Nathan’s mom, and she popped over, and helped us break in. I took a quick rinse shower, and we visited with his mom (Mary) for a bit, then left to go find an Indian restaurant. We have one in Bellingham that we like to go to together. We finally found the closest one, that had five stars. Turns out it’s closed on Mondays 😥 So the next one we called first, and got there 45 minutes before they closed. It was good, but the food we usually order, we get in Medium heat. At this place, it only came in HOT. We got it anyway, and although it was good, it would’ve been better a bit less hot! It was REALLY fun so see, and to hang out with Sarah. It’s been a year and a half, since I’ve seen her. Can’t wait to see her again in August, and to meet my granddaughter. After dinner, we went back to her place. I took about an hour nap, and left about 1:00 am. I arrived back in Sunnyvale, by 6am.

Rick wasn’t feeling well, but we went out and did some errands anyway. By 2pm we were both exhausted. He went in to take a nap. I started working on my blog, and setting up an appointment for a two and a half hour test, for a job with the TSA, which I applied for last fall, and they finally got back to me. I had given up. I hope the job doesn’t start till after October. I’ve got places to go, and people to see! Mom will be happy if I get it though, because it’s for the Bellingham Airport. At the time, it hadn’t occurred to me to apply anywhere else! I’m kind of liking Dallas so far though. It’s kind of spread out, but there are a lot of new-ish areas, and lots and lots of men wanting to meet me :}-

OK, enough for now. I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, so I’ll fill in, if I think of anything I’ve left out. Good Night. I have to work in the morning :0

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Early May

Yesterday (May 11th) I drove down to Oakland to see my buddy Peggy. I’ve known Peggy for 37 years. We sat out by the pool at her tennis club (Oakland Hills Tennis Club). Then we went back to her place. She has moved since my last visit. Her new place is really cool!!! Anyway after that, she took me to an Indian restaurant, in Berkeley. Restaurants are especially difficult right now with my ear all plugged up. It’s pretty amazing how much fun we always have together. Just being silly and talking. Even when it’s been a few years, and things have changed in our lives, we seem to just pick up where we left off. I think in some ways our friendship is even better now, because we have matured (though I REALLY hate to admit that, since I’ve always fancied myself to be a Pipi Lomgstockings, or Peter Pan type), and communicate so much more clearly.

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Antioch to Oakland, and Happy Birthday to Karen!

Thursday, 5-10-12 I drove down to Oakland to see my buddy Peggy. I’ve known Peggy for 37 years. We sat out by the pool at her tennis club. Sunbathing has always been one of our favorite mutual past times. We’re really good at it :}~ Then we went back to her place. She has moved since my last visit. Her new place is really cool!!! Anyway after that, she took me to an Indian restaurant, in Berkeley. Restaurants are especially difficult right now with my ear all plugged up. It’s pretty amazing how much fun we always have together. Just being silly and talking. Even when it’s been a few years, and things have changed in our lives, we seem to just pick up where we left off. I think in some ways our friendship is even better now, because we have matured (though I REALLY hate to admit that, since I’ve always fancied myself to be a Pipi Longstockings, or Peter Pan type), and communicate so much more clearly. I stayed there Thursday night, but Danny, her bf just finished cutting an album (he’s a Jazz & Blues Musician), and needed his space. He was exhausted. It actually worked out well, because I needed to go back to Antioch, to say a proper goodbye to Karen and her family. I left without notice on Thursday. Even though I’ve felt pretty sick a lot of the time I’ve been here, it’s been really great to just hang out. It’s been even longer between visits with Karen, than with Peggy.

Karen and I used to do lip sync together (30 years ago). Yes, you read that right. Lip sync. We always had such a great time. We did it almost every weekend for awhile, and always made it into the semi-finals. The very last time we did it, was at a  Finals in Mt Vernon. We knew we wouldn’t win, because there were acts from all over the state, and lots of them. It was crazy! Plus, the act I was doing, I had placed third out of three acts in Bellingham, and it was a song no one had ever even heard. I kept hoping maybe Karen would at least take fifth, since there were five places to be won, so when they called a different act I was disappointed. I held out a little hope, that she might take third, or fourth, but figured I was just crazy to think she would place, at this point. Then we thought it was weird that the best act (besides us of course), only took third place. When they called her name for second, I was elated! I couldn’t believe one of us had placed, let alone taken Second. It was perfect, and we finally felt like the contest was fair. I think Bellingham got sick of us, so they always gave the prizes to the other acts. Maybe just to get more people to come back since we were pretty much a sure thing. I was so excited that one of us had placed, that I almost didn’t hear them, when they called my name for First!!!! That’s right! I took First place!!! I was so blown away, and unprepared for it, that I did a REALLY bad encore! Yes, first place was to do their performance again! I was almost in hysterics with disbelief and rapture. All evening we had been telling everyone that we didn’t expect to win, we were just there to have fun. It was the Icing on our Lip Sync Cake. Good memories, like that are so much fun.

Anyway, In the morning, I head back to Oakland for some more fun in the sun. Danny will be gone all day, so we have the day together, without worrying about anyone else.

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