Social Media Retreat

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Facebook for quite some time now.  But this latest round of disclosures that Facebook has been sharing user private data with advertisers has really chafed my hide.  I’ve deactivated my Facebook account and will leave it that way indefinitely.  I’d like to delete it altogether and may some time in the future.  I HAVE deleted my Tumblr, Twitter, Gab.ai, and Pinterest accounts.   I’m not sure what all other accounts I have out there but as I find them I’ll deactivate them.  If Facebook is selling my data, I’m sure the rest of them are too.

The one social media account I will be keeping is my YouTube account.  I do like to share videos of my exploits from time to time.

That all being said if you really want to know what I’m up to just check back right here!

Life Is Short

I was reminded this week how short life really is.  If you have a brother or sister, hug them because they may not always be there for you to hug.  Same goes for your mom or dad or friends or dogs or anyone special in your life.  And like life, this post will be short.

Life’s Little Joys

We can’t always travel the globe when we like.  I don’t have the money for one, and secondly I have no time.  Personally I love to hike.  I don’t have much time for hiking either.  So I try to grab little moments of joy when I can.  Like the field behind the hospital where I work.

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Besides the verdant green fields next to the dirt farm road there is a low drainage canal full of trees and rabbits.  There is also the San Joaquin County Jail on the far side of the field to keep me company as I walk.  Under the trees there is a lush growth of miner’s lettuce.

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There is also an abandoned bridge here and paved roads that lead nowhere and are slowly disintegrating.  It’s a really interesting place to walk.  And peaceful.  And many days, that’s just what I need.

OSH Gone B’Gosh!

Orchard Supply Hardware is closing it’s doors.  I find this incredibly sad.  It was purchased by Lowe’s some time back and Lowe’s has decided to shutter all the OSH stores.  I’ve been shopping at our local OSH for 30 years, ever since we moved to this dusty town.  I went to the store this morning to see what was left.  Everything is 40-60% off but there wasn’t much left.  I saw a few long-time employees slowly dismantling the shelving and one cashier surfing her iPhone.  It was a sad sight.  I turned around and walked out.  I’ll miss you OSH.  Say hello to Sears when you see it in the land of broken dreams.

40!

What’s the significance of 40?  That’s how may pounds I’ve lost!  I started changing my eating in December of 2017 and as of August 31, 2018 I’ve lost 40 lbs!  That’s about 2.9 stones for our British friends!  This isn’t a diet.  It’s a lifestyle change and has to be lifelong for me to keep the weight off.

So my rate of weight loss is 3 to 4 lbs per month.  So at the 1 year mark I expect to have lost 52 lbs!  Let’s hope!

California Is On Fire

Not all of it.  But it may seem like it from the news reports.  And the smoke in our area is intense.  Please pray for the firefighters who are battling these blazes and for the people who have been displaced and lost homes.

Here is a map of the fires.

On “Not Waiting Until Someday”

One of the discussions my wife and I have from time to time is that we don’t want to wait until “someday” to do things.  Mainly travel and seeing the country.  I remember my parents having the same discussions except someday never came for my mother.  Mom and Dad got to travel a bit but didn’t get to see the country like they wanted.  I’m making plans for an early retirement but again, that’s someday.

To help bring someday a little closer I have come to a decision.  It’s not an easy one for me to make.  If you know me or have read this blog much you KNOW how big a part of my life aviation is.  For over 25 years aviation has been a part of who I am.  But it’s not a part of who my wife is.  And she’s an even bigger part of who I am.  I have decided to sell my powered parachute and trailer and begin the process of buying a smaller travel trailer that I can tow with my truck.  As much as I enjoy flying, I think I would enjoy weekend trips and camping with her even more.

I used to feel sorry for the pilots I knew that seemingly one day decided to just sell their airplane and buy a motorhome.  I couldn’t understand their motivations.  I remember declaring “I’ll never do that!”  Well… I’m ready to do that.  Now, this doesn’t mean we’ve given up our dream of big truck, big 5th wheel trailer to travel in full-time.  That will still happen… someday.  But for the here and now, we’ll settle for a somewhat smaller dream.

I just have to figure out how to break it to the guys at Six Chuter.  They have been wonderful at helping me through every issue I’ve encountered and all issues appear to be ironed out now.  Someone is going be buying themselves a wonderful machine!  I’ll be coming up with a “For Sale” post on this blog soon.