Everyone should write about moving things that inspire them.
Everyone should write about moving things that inspire them.
too jaded to fight,
the day turned into darkness
and I might not sleep tonight
just some rhyming words that will convey
something important in a unique way
So much to do,
so much to write,
healthy and well,
I might be up all night
Is there any other way?
During the last year, I have used two different Brita, filtered water bottles and they have advantages and disadvantages.
In case you aren't familiar with Brita, they are a water filter company. They make filters for pitchers, sink systems and bottles. I've used their pitcher and it's pretty good, but this review is only about the two bottles.
First I purchased the hard-sided, black filtered bottle for about $17. I used it and I bought several replacements when I lost or broke them. I also returned a couple that became defective.
One time one of them lasted three months, so I used a replacement filter. The water tasted good, but I had to suck it out. In other words, it doesn't come out of the bottle on its own or by squeezing it. The filtered water needs suction to come out.
The black bottle is hard, heavy-duty plastic, but I found that it doesn't last longer. It's actually more prone to cracking and I accidentally broke several of them (e.g. when a bus hit me on my bike, when a guy driving the Walmart Zambroni ran over it, it fell out of my bike when I hit cracked roads, etc.).
Next I bought the soft-sided, blue filtered bottle for about $11 and I have liked it better. I like how I can squeeze filtered water out because I couldn't do that with the other one. Now I can dilute drinks (e.g. hot coffee and tea) with cool, filtered water and I can drink it sooner. I can also squirt the water on things (e.g. fire, wet stains, etc.).
As pictured above, the blue bottle came with a carrying handle. However, I didn't like it too much, so I took it off. I didn't like it because my fingers touched the bottle's mouthpiece when I used the handle. I tied a zip tie around the handle to make it longer and it worked a little better.
Both bottles fit inside a standard bicycle cup holder and I used them on my bike with and without a cup holder.
The black bottle holds 23.7 ounces of water and the blue bottle holds 20 ounces. Nonetheless, I didn't notice much difference. The black bottle has a longer, larger stem for the filter than the blue one, so you can't completely fill it anyway.
I give the blue bottle 8 out of 10 stars. The bottle is economical, convenient and well-designed and since it is made with lighter plastic, I probably don't have to worry about breaking it. I simply fill it with water, turn it upside down and squirt it in my mouth. Since I don't have to suck, it is faster than the black one.
I give the black bottle 6 out of 10 stars. It served its purpose and it was good, but a little pricey. Even though it broke and was damaged from time to time, Walmart understood about the returns.
I'd recommend either one of these bottles to someone on-the-go that wants pure water. The filters work well and they are convenient. Most of the water we encounter in America is clean, but sometimes we drink through dirty pipes and it's difficult to tell how bad they are. However, if you have a Brita filtered water bottle you can drink cleaner water anywhere because it changes ordinary tap water from a drinking fountain into purified water.
Do you ever feel strangely connected to a string of murders? I've been studying the ones in Paris that just happened and the terrorists were coordinated and obviously trying to send some messages.
In part, it was at a German-French soccer game and I am German. My best friend is Cambodian and it also happened at a Cambodian restaurant.
When we were kids, Charlie and I played on a soccer team together. My father was the coach and it was called the Eagles and the band's name was Eagles of Death Metal.
The "death metal" in the band's name is symbolic of the bullets that rained down inside the venue. The band is from California, so an attack on them in Paris, France sends a message to America and California as well.
I hate pizza because it has very little nutrition and is always made with poor ingredients and a pizza joint was shot up.
"Nice team" is a joke with no punchline and that was the name of one place that was attacked. Could this be a message to people that pretend they're nice?
Terrorists used semi-automatic weapons to shoot people and property in a restaurant called "Chime". You could say that they sounded the alarm or "rang the bell" there.
I am like a counting Voltaire on Twitter and elsewhere, which is the name of another place that was attacked.
There is no more El Bataclan on the right bank of the Seine river. El Bat-a-clan (God hits a clan?) could highlight and symbolize how the Bible says that there will be wars and rumors of wars. The Greek word "ethnos" in the passage refers to ethnic or tribal wars in the biblical end times. This is one reason why decades ago apologists predicted racial and religious fighting, not only in Africa and the Middle East, but also around the world and even in America.
One of the attacks was close to the Charlie Hebdo attacks. This shows some solidarity, I think.
The two explosions at the soccer field were three seconds apart.
Tonight's concert at El Bataclan was obviously canceled. The band that was supposed to play is called Deftones and they are from Sacramento, California. Sacramento is the capital and by economy, California has the 5th largest economy in the world and I ran for Governor or California in 2003.
"They are gunning down the whole world one by one" was a quote from Paris, France. "Gunning" has two meanings and one is to shoot with a gun, but the other means to open an engine's throttle and accelerate (e.g. to make one's heart race or hurry, by extension). The word "whole" has more than one meaning too. It can mean "entire" and it can also mean "balanced".
The Paris attacks happened 17 days before the COP21 global climate change meeting. Some are billing it as the last ditch effort of the climate change movement to do something before it's too late. Some people hadn't heard about the event, so it serves as free advertising.
Al Gore was in Paris ahead of the meeting. French president Francois Hollande was at the soccer stadium when the explosions went off.
Since ISIS claimed that they were behind the terror attacks, they were likely trying to bait France and their allies into entering a widespread war. Just like Christian theology predicts an end times war in the Middle East, so does Islamic literature. I don't know how much Muslims care about Christian prophecies (although they do honor the Old Testament prophets), I know they value theirs. They could be trying to make them happen (although they occur in seemingly unmentioned cities in the Bible). They might be fulfilling them by accident or as self-fulfilling prophecies too.
The only American citizen that died in the terrorist attacks was a student from Cal State University Long Beach. Her name is Nohemi Gonzalez and she was a Design student. Before I spent the last year in Hawaii, I lived in Long Beach for two years and I attended Long Beach City College. When I wanted to transfer to CSU Long Beach and complete my Journalism bachelor's degree, they told me that I couldn't because I already hold a bachelor's degree in Psychology.
I was supposed to visit Belgium on an international trip, but I sold the Eurail passes and airfare that I bought because I changed my mind.
One terrorist that got away drove a black, Volkswagen Polo car. I used to have a longsleeve, black Polo shirt. In fact, my father gave it to me. He likes that brand, but it might have been the only piece of black clothing that my parents ever gave me. It was gifted about a dozen years ago and I wrote it and washed it until it faded.
I've played soccer for decades and I have also coached it. I possess two soccer certification licenses in California, so I can coach club players again. My dad coached high school and recreational soccer for many years, boys and girls, and he has the most high school wins in San Diego county.
If I can think of other things that relate to the story or reality, I'll blog them.
I've had a mixed experience with Rayovac AAA rechargeable batteries.
During the last three months or so, I've returned the batteries twice because they stopped holding a charge. Both times, two batteries in the four pack immediately died even after charging them for 8-9 hours. The pack costs about $9 and Walmart will replace or refund them for up to 90 days.
My digital radio burned two AAA batteries every two days. However, my analog radio uses two AAA batteries every three days. I had initially calculated the money that I would save by switching to rechargeable batteries and I found that after two months I would break even for buying the charger that came with two AAA and two AA rechargeable batteries and a four-pack of AAA rechargeable batteries.
All of the products I used and tested were Rayovac because it was one of the least expensive brands (not by much) and I wanted to stick with one brand.
With the increased battery time for using the analog radio, I estimate the break even date could be three months (or right about now).
I'm a little disappointed about having to occasionally return the batteries, but I like the way that I'm not wasting space in landfills with the terrestrial ones. I hope the technology advances because I was very careful with these batteries and it seems like battery technology should be way past this point for many different types of batteries.
Using rechargeable batteries has prompted me to listen to my radio a little more often. There were times when I wanted to save battery power before, but now I treat it more like an iPod with a built-in rechargeable battery.
I've lived in Honolulu for the last year and it has been a unique experience. Hailing from San Diego, California and spending the previous two years in Long Beach, California, I have appreciated the cooler breezes and the cleansing rains. The warmer temperatures are welcome as well.
When I visited Maui a few months ago it was awesome. Lahaina looked intact and I visited a few old favorite places and found a few new places too. When I was 15 years old (1989), I visited Maui with my parents and my Asian friend Charlie Tang. I also visited Maui after graduating from San Diego State University at 22 years old (1997). It was my graduation gift from my parents. When I returned with my (now) ex-wife, we visited Honolulu and I was 30 years old (2004). I could have cut and run in 2011 or 2012, but I tied loose ends in San Diego, traveled and hit the streets of Long Beach for a couple of years and studied journalism and creative writing.
After waiting a decade, I returned to Hawaii in 2014. Now I've been in Honolulu for the last year, except for a visit to Maui and Molokai. It has been memorable and I will publish a book or two of poetry that was inspired while I was here. I'll also publish a book or two of short stories that I write in Hawaii.
I'm thinking that it would be exciting to live in Maui for a year. I could stay any amount of time, but that's probably just right for a few reasons. I think it would have everything that I need in closer proximity and I could be more productive and have more time to relax and connect with my body, nature and others. I used to like the Honolulu beaches a lot, but I remember even as a kid saying that I didn't like the island as much as other islands because it felt built up with big roads and stuff like San Diego had. The other islands have less and typically enjoy an even slower pace.
I get bored in the same place too long. The same routine irritates me too. That's probably why I do 20-some-odd things over and over, but I radically change the order and the time of execution, so they don't get old. That's fine and it works, but still. It's a great big world with lots of amazing things to do and see.
In a way, I think each island could be its own state. Living in Oahu, I see that everything in Hawaii is very Oahu-centered and mainly the Honolulu area. It makes sense because Honolulu is a densely populated tourist trap, but each island is unique. I think independent statehood would help them, but it might also bring unwanted government encroachment. Or who knows. Maybe they could get it right and be the perfect state.
The sharks are pissed. There have been shark and eel attacks in Oahu and shark attacks in Hawaii. Clearly they aren't content with their habitat and being nourished like they should. Human shouldn't be a part of their diet.
Since I don't really know what I'm swimming in, I'm not as excited to get in the water anymore. Especially when the waves are poor, which seems like almost always around here. I don't remember the surf being so bad, but I was smaller so maybe it just looked bigger.
Finally, and it's hard to say this, but I don't really think that mainland Americans should live in Hawaii; at least when it comes to me. That's how I feel. I think the US hastily made Hawaii a state under duress and some people are still pissed about it. So, not only am I typically of the "you don't want me here? okay bye!" persuasion, I have read the history of the island and the queen's plea for us to leave her alone. That was only about 120 years ago. We could make it right, but I doubt we ever will. However, what we do do is export the worst parts of American culture to them and pollute everything like crazy.
While I was inside McDonalds on my laptop, I needed to use the restroom. Since I was in the middle of listening to a song, I just brought the laptop with me to the urinal. I always take care to point the camera at my side, so nobody things that I'm in there to film anything or anyone. I rarely do this too.
While I was urinating, I noticed that somebody left the toilet behind me and to my left and walked out the door without washing his hands. I didn't turn to see his face though. After he walked out, another person walked in. After I finished, I recognized him as one of the security guards.
After I peed, I took my bottle to the water dispenser to refill it and an angry man approached me. He started off with ambiguous threats and I had no idea what he was talking about, so I told him that he had the wrong guy. Eventually, he became more specific and he accused me of recording him in the restroom. I didn't and I have never done anything like that, I stood up to him and vehemently denied the accusations.
This Hawaiian kid was probably 5' 9" and 250 pounds. He had soft drinks in both hands. After a minute of this bewildering banter, the security stepped in, apologized to me and the guy walked off. Tragedy averted.
It's hard to ascertain motive in these sorts of encounters, but it's hard to believe he didn't have a hidden motive. If you slow down, cooler heads usually prevail though. Sometimes I think it's good for people to see how an innocent individual sounds and behaves because all they have heard are actors.
The next encounter was in Safeway. I was using my laptop in the upstairs area with the tables while some lady talked or pretended to talk on her cell phone at the round table next to me by the railing. There were a couple of others up there too.
At first she didn't point it at me, but after a few minutes, I caught her doing it and I asked her not to. She was overweight or obese and obviously trying to flirt with me and I wasn't interested. Well, she took offense to this and called the police. She never identified herself. She was wearing a "Security" t-shirt, but a lot of people wear those.
I went inside and spoke to her boss. I told him the entire situation and got back on my laptop and waited for the police. Innocent people like the police and they also don't really mind cameras that much, but I digress.
Two cute little Hawaiian cops arrived. Seriously they couldn't have been more than 5' tall. They just stood there pretty much and the manager talked to her and asked me to leave so it didn't escalate, but he said that I was welcome to return and I said fine and left.
This woman angrily got in my face a couple of times and called the police all because I asked her to stop pointing her cell phone camera at me. I didn't raise my voice, touch her, threaten her, curse or do anything to provoke it too. It just goes to show that sometimes defense is the only offense, but once again I had to take a risk to take a stand.
The third encounter actually ended well. I was about to crash at a campsite and a Hawaiian guy decided to camp nearby and I thought he wanted to fight me. It was dark, but it looked like he was about 60-years-old and he said his name was Cy. I was listening to music and he started moving some things and seeming generally irritated, but he was okay.
When I discovered that he wasn't the third psychotic Hawaiian of the day and that he seemed intelligent and even interesting, I connected with him and we chatted for about 15 or 20 minutes about all kinds of things. He said that he was raised on Balboa Island in California and that he is half Hawaiian. He said he had been living on the street since he was 8-years-old.
Cy said that because he is a big lumbering Hawaiian guy that he tends to scare some people and he has to assure them that he is friendly. I have met some very large people that feel like they have to do that, so I understood what he meant. I wasn't afraid of him though.
A couple of good lines somehow came out of my mouth when I was talking to him. One was: You can't throw the first punch. The first punch is illegal, but the second punch isn't. I also told him to check out Maslow's hierarchy of needs because I thought he was a self-actualizer. That's a pretty amazing thing to be, especially for a homeless person.
When Cy said, "You have to watch your back," before we crashed, I laughed and said, "You have to make your peace and say if die tonight, then this is the night." And we slept, but when I awakened he was gone.
She is Lebanese and Armenian and she is likely other sorts of Arab too. She married an Armenian-Palestinian man, who is my former father-in-law, but I digress. She killed spiders with her bare hands! It was quite a spectacle.
The reason why I say I hate her is because she said I was no longer welcome in her house. Her daughter and I were going through a divorce and I stopped by her house to talk and she cut me off. I really thought that I was going to have this relationship forever. She is also the grandmother of our daughter Jordan, so being unwelcome in her home not only spoke volumes about her and her relatives and how they felt to me, but also about how the future of the relationship could take shape.
When someone says that they are not interested in your presence any more, you have two options: stay or leave. I prefer leaving because if you stay, you risk becoming a doormat for someone that didn't really love you to begin with.
I felt compelled to end my fast after I threw up a of water. I did it twice and once was on the night of the 5th day and once on the morning of the 6th day. I drank a lot of water, so I left a giant puddle in each store and I apologize.
I think I threw up for a few reasons, but mainly because of the dehydration and supplements. I'm pretty sure the turmeric, garlic and ginger supplements (all organic) that I took didn't go all the way down because I hadn't eaten in days and I was dehydrated. My insides might have choked it, so to speak and it could have dissolved above my stomach and made me feel ill. That's what it felt like.
Part of the reason why I couldn't fix the problem is because I didn't trust the water at the McDonalds where I was at. I found gum under the spout after I filled a cup and drank it, so I didn't fill up another cup, but I wasn't sure if it was under there for my first cup or not. It didn't spray funny, so probably not.
Since I was at Safeway when I puked the second time, I bought some organic food and ate it. Tofu, blue chips and bread. I brought honey and cinnamon for the bread, so I feasted.
Today I feel great. Leaner. Fine. The inside of my neck doesn't even feel burned like it normally would from stomach acid. I imagine this is because the organic turmeric and organic ginger helped it.
Good luck with your fasting and always listen to your body while you're doing it.
I began the fast at about 155 pounds and yesterday I was about 152. The scale said I was two pounds heavier than that both times, but I subtracted two pounds for shoes and clothing. I might be a little dehydrated, but I have been drinking copious amounts of water and I don't think I am. I'm not thirsty, my pee is clear and losing three pounds of fat in four days of fasting adds up.
I have been getting a little warmer at times and a little colder at other times. I tend to get cold inside places with cold air conditioning, so I sometimes wear a sweatshirt. I tend to get warmer when I'm exercising or a little dehydrated and it is remedied by drinking water.
My exercise regimen hasn't changed. I've been walking a lot, riding my bike and riding an exercise bike. I have also done some personal stretching and yoga to open my joints and increase my flexibility.
I haven't eaten anything and I have ingested organic coffee (Mt. Hagen), organic green tea (Bigelow), organic red teas (Yogi) and sea salt. I have also had a little vodka and some organic cinnamon, limited amounts of organic honey and three supplements: organic turmeric with organic black pepper, organic garlic and organic ginger. I consider all of these things (with the possible exception of vodka) very healthy. However, the acidity of the vodka helps offset the alkaline of the tea and it likely cleans inside of me (like rubbing it on a wound, for instance).
I haven't taken many pictures of myself and I haven't measured any of my limbs or anything. However, I notice more definition all over my body and I feel lighter and airy. My body has changed and it's shrinking every day. I'll take some pics soon and I imagine that however I am on Day 6 or 7 will be like the way I am after the fast due to water retention and food flowing through my body like normal.
On November 30, 2015, I am going to add organic-only liquids to my organic-only diet. I have one more month to finish the transition, figure out the best ways to do it and imbibe whichever non-organic drinks I want (within reason). There are many unique drinks in Hawaii, but most of them aren't organic, so this is my chance to try some of them before I give all of them up for good. However, I don't anticipate doing much "sampling" during the fast.
I stayed up all night one night and it was exciting. In fact, my body typically feels like it can stay up all night about one night a week. If I do that and either take a nap the next day or get a little extra sleep, I'm good to go. I'm curious about REM sleep and sleep deprivation and if I could sleep much fewer hours if I could just grab REM sleep a few times a day.
This week I met three Hawaiian people in one day that were very emotional and confrontational. Two of them wanted to fight me for no good reason and one opened himself up to me like he wanted to be my best friend. Ironically the most intimidating of them was the friendliest, possibly because he was the third and final one of the day to approach me and I stood up to him like I did the others and he didn't really want to fight me. I don't think the others did either, but they let their emotions carry them away.
I love Hawaiians, but some of them are emotional as a woman on her period. When they get that way, you really need patience and restraint to deal with them or it could end badly. In a way, some of them are suffering somewhat like some African Americans are suffering, but that's another story for another time.
I've written some poetry and stories and I hope to write more. Connecting online with a lot of people on social media is always interesting. I haven't played guitar yet, but I hope to play today. I've been listening to a lot of music and digesting a lot of news.
Some great personal things have happened during the fast, but I don't want to mention them here right now. I don't know if you'd call them "miracles" or not, but I have been blessed. However, it hasn't been easy and the blessings have come after hardships and suffering.
This is roughly the midpoint of my fast because it's day five (Thursday) and I will break the fast after day nine on Tuesday. There is a chance that I could break it very late on Monday night or very early on Tuesday morning, but it just depends on how I feel. That will be a literal nine days and Tuesday morning will be like 9.5 days.
After my fast, I will have fasted 11 out of 31 days of the month (for diet purposes, I count months through the 2nd day, not the last day). Next month, I anticipate fasting on November 8, 15, 22 (Sundays) and from about November 28 through December 2. As I get leaner, eat less and budget for organic food better, I anticipate my $315/month food stipend lasting longer and my fasting less. I can buy more food if I want, but I enjoy fasting and all of the benefits it produces.
Good luck with your fasting. It is the cure for obesity and lack of self-control.
and play games in the warm sand
At low tide, we would see sand dollars
and wade in Ocean Beach's tidepools
Laughing, dining, talking and riding,
we enjoyed each others' company
I'd hold her hand and love her,
protecting her with everything I had,
I'd give my life to keep her safe
and it wasn't a chore to be her dad
She was a light in the darkness and
I never imagined life without her,
but now she's gone and it's all over
like I've never seen or felt before,
such magnificent beauty and power
that I can't wait to behold and adore
I don't deserve anything or anybody,
in fact, I can feel totally worthless,
spiraling downward into the abyss,
does she really want to love me
and try to understand all of this
The mature pain in my head
likes to scream stuff at me,
but I keep pressing onward,
giving everything I have to see
I already feel her loving touch chilling me
During those years, very few people stressed the importance of reading the Bible in its entirety from cover to cover. It was never an assignment at any of the Christian schools I attended. In fact, when I was a child in church, I recall only one boy saying he read it and he was homeschooled and had no friends. Churches never told us to avoid reading the Bible like a regular book from beginning to end, but it was always more of an afterthought because hardly anybody did it. Perhaps it's because of its gruesome content or ill-advised demands.
The church sermons, class lectures and Bible studies that I attended used the Bible and I typically brought mine. At school and Bible study, I needed to memorize scriptures. However, only Miles McPherson (and possibly Ray Bentley) ever really challenged us to read the Bible from cover to cover. I started and I did it for a while before stopping, listening to parts of it and reading sections that I have either enjoyed or were curious about. Now I've read and listened to most of the Bible and I know that there is nothing in there that will change the way I feel about the Bible and my feelings about God. Another time, I can expand on that.
It's interesting that reading the Bible like a regular book is not something that American, 21st century, fundamentalist Christians in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s were typically doing. I doubt it's because people don't want to be held accountable for what they haven't read, but I think it's because there are mundane parts of the Old Testament that weren't written to modern Christians. I also think it's because many Christians are "nominal believers" (or lazy) and prefer doing other things.
When I attended church, Bible studies and Christian classes, I took copious notes. By writing what was said by hand or typing it on my laptop, I enhanced my listening skills and I obtained 10,000 quotes for a book that I published called, "10,000 Wise Quotes and Spiritual Sayings". It also showed me which pastors were full of substance and which weren't. Sadly taking notes in Christian churches looks a lot like studying the Bible at a Catholic mass. In my experience, it's uncommon and even rare.
I don't feel ashamed for not reading the entire Bible, even though some skeptics tried to shame me one time. It is a big book written to a lot of people over a long time. Some parts are exciting and some are boring. I studied it in several languages to learn what I wanted and needed to know.
Don't worry. If it was an authorization for war in Iraq and it was my job to decide, I would have read it all and voted no. As for the Bible, unless you accept unproveable claims by faith, I think the jury is still out regarding its authenticity and reliability; especially for afterlife claims.
I've driven across the continental United States five times and I've visited more than half of them. Each state is different with a unique feel. Some places are tropical, others are dry. In some regions, there is a conservative majority and in others liberals rule. Some cities are dominated by military families or government employees. Others have chosen to tie the success of their local economy to dirty energy like gas or coal or even "natural gas" obtained by fracking. Some cities have a lot of Mexicans (e.g. southern border cities) and some states have a lot of white people (e.g. Utah). Each one has an interesting and unique flavor.
Hawaii is unique for several reasons. It was created by volcanoes and it lies off the continental shelf, for starters. It also had nothing to do with America until the United States took over, erected military bases and voted for statehood. Americans like round numbers, so they probably preferred 50 over 49. Hawaii became the 50th state (and is the most recent one) in 1959.
Living in California, I thought it was interesting that there weren't hundreds of years of American culture there. This became more obvious as I got older, visited other states with more history (e.g. Virginia) and visited countries in Europe with much more history. In fact, California wasn't a state until 1850, so it has just 165 years of statehood, although the indigenous people were scattered throughout the state and the country.
Hawaii is actually a chain of islands. Some of them are well known and some are relatively unknown. Maui, Lanai, Kauai, Hawaii, Oahu, Niihau, Kahoolawe and Molokai make up the inhabited islands. The Leeward (also known as the Northwestern) islands that few people have heard of inlude Nihoa, Necker, French Frigate Shoals, Gardner Pinnacles, Maro Reef, Laysan, Lisianski, Pearl and Hermes Atoll and Kure. Some of them aren't much more than a large rock.
Hawaii is very different and some people that call Barack Obama a communist and an anti-American might not understand how different it is in Hawaii. Since the place is dominated by Asian immigrants and tourists and has a relatively new history, it hasn't been indoctirnated and set on a familiar course like the mainland states. Sadly the Hawaiians were displaced. Some of them carry paperwork and still get indigenous people benefits. There are very few black people here. Any sort of African American identity or uniqueness seems lost, especially in comparison of the way things were the last two years in Long Beach, California. Suffice it to say, you probably won't hear the next #1 Rap or Hip-hop album drop in Hawaii because that lifestyle doesn't really exist here.
Hawaii isn't just 2,500 miles from the mainland United States, but it's 2,500 miles away from the next habitable location. Guam and some little islands are found if you travel west almost 4,000 miles.
80-90% of Hawaii's population is Asian and from numerous Asian countries. Most of them have adopted some American culture. They dress and eat like Americans, for instance. It's interesting and sometimes disheartening to see people that your government overthrew now enjoying various parts of the gross American bounty and vices. It's awkward and disappointing too.
I think indigenous people complicate the homeless situation because some people think that residents should be able to sleep wherever they want because that's what they were doing before America came. However, the roughly 5,000 homeless people on Oahu are dominated by people from Asian countries.
Food is more expensive in Hawaii. The roads are in horrible condition. It rains all of the time and it leaves huge puddles. I think it would be fun to publish a book called, Puddles of Honolulu and I'm seriously considering it.
People are really nice in Hawaii (especially the service sector) and there are some great radio stations from various genres. Honolulu is also a great launching pad for visiting the other islands.
The weather is amazing because it never gets in the 50s and it rarely reaches the low 60s. In fact, it typically stays in the 70s and 80s and dips into the 60s every so often. As long as the wind isn't howling and the rain isn't pouring, it's very comfortable and a little more humid than I'm used to in California. Good luck.
As a person that cares about the environment, I have mixed feelings about protesting the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).
Living in Oahu, I hear about protesters on Mauna Kea, which is a dormat volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii that stands 13,796 ft. above sea level. They have been camping at the top and blocking construction. However, the government recently passed legislation to prevent them from camping there anymore, which resulted in some arrests (and the cases were dismissed) and more protests.
There are lots of important causes and reasons to protest. For instance, gas-powered cars, coal or contaminants in food are very destructive. Sadly, it takes a lot for Americans to protest anything, but these are Hawaiians, so it's a little different.
I respect the right to protest virtually anything for any good reason, but it would be wise to follow local laws and customs. In this case, a deal has already been made to build the telescope and it is just a matter of time before the project is complete.
There are arguments for and against the telescope, but I think it is awesome that it will be the most powerful one in the world. Perhaps things will look closer than the tiny dots they used to look like. Some Hawaiians recognize that they have a history of using the stars as navigation around the islands.
The arguments against the telescope center around the pollution from foot traffic and such and how they feel the land is sacred and shouldn't be defiled.
I hope everyone can be more proactive when it comes to things that need to be changed. I also love people that stand up for what they believe in. However, I think these protestors are barking up the wrong tree on this issue and they should either move on or use the legal system.
and I think, subconsciously
that I might come here for more
than just a cup of brown coffee
I admire your sweet beauty
and your precious subtlety,
your tan skin and long legs
are also very noteworthy
If I daresay you remind me of
a beautiful girl named Bethany
Bethany and I went out,
but we were so young,
hormones raging, having fun,
we did all sorts of things together,
from soccer and football games,
to funky dances and hanging out,
without trying she gave me a lift
I guess it was just her special gift
Twas a classic early high school romance that ran its radical course........
I have been counting my calories like I did when I wrote, Do the Math Diet. All of the calories I eat and burn each day are calculated in a spreadsheet and I do my best to create a calorie deficit or at least break even. When I fast Sundays, I say no to food and catch up on any calories that I could have burned during the week.
I'm fortunate enough to qualify for $318 of free food each month. About 15-20% of Americans do as well, but they receive varying amounts based on their income and location. I'm thankful for the assistance and instead of looking at it like "supplemental", I consider it the whole month's food allotment.
Last month in Honolulu, Hawaii, I fasted 14 days and I spent about $311 on food (some coffee and honey was unused). This month I'm anticipating $318 lasting about 23 days and I will fast eight days. I'm probably going to fast on October 18, October 25 and from about October 28 until November 3.
I only eat organic food and sometime in November I am going to begin only drinking organic liquids. I didn't think that I could make the change when I chose organic food in Long Beach, California because I used WiFi Internet cafes and restaurants that required me to buy something. Nonetheless, there are enough places around Honolulu that I can make a 100% organic diet work without compromising on liquids anymore. It isn't easy because I have to stock up on healthy, organic food from two stores and take it with me every day, but where there is a will, there is a way.
I'll maintain my weight until the fast at the end of the month. It's difficult to know how long it will last because I don't know how long the food will last, but I will probably lose about 5-6 pounds during 6-8 full days of fasting this month. I get the food allowance on the 3rd of every month, so I count months from those dates.
Since Americans are suffering from a worsening obesity epidemic, I think it would be wise for everyone to count calories, reduce caloric intake, exercise and fast. In fact, when people get a food allowance I think they should do what I've been doing: eat only organic food, fast weekly and fast when it runs out. I can probably do this for 6 months until I get really lean and then my body burns fewer calories.
I'm spending about $13/day on organic food in Hawaii. If I eat nothing 8 days this month, that means I will save about $104. Losing fat, saving money and reaping all sorts of benefits from fasting are powerful motivators. It also brings me closer in touch with the human condition and the suffering of those that don't have enough food or money (e.g. refugees).
Good luck in your dieting and your fasting.
in between the spaces
to familiar places
all for fun
all for one
apparently doin' it
like no one
I give it up
and want nothing
my will is ours
I flow with what's right
I seek to know what's best
I use all of my might
to perceive and invest
Managing my time
I never stop asking
one very important question,
what is the most important thing that I should do now?
and the other question,
why would i want to do anything besides play guitar?
and the ones
that we thought
would just fix it
and do it for us
can't do it now
democracy ran aground
like a frigate on a reef
and now it's US that need help
and a little bit of relief
if someone could unite us and help us
forget grudges and appreciate everybody,
reminding us of the essentials that we all need,
deciding to set aside materialism and greed,
coming together to intelligently proceed,
maybe people will pull through this transition
without falling prey to a war or a riot,
as a waning democratic world power
makes a tough decision and expects you to buy it
Turkey is a Muslim Arab country, but it also has a Christian and secular population. Some say more than half of the ancient Christian places mentioned in the Bible are in Turkey (e.g. Antioch, Ephesus, Sardis, Smyrna, Tarsus, Lystra, Philadelphia, Colossae, Pergamum, etc.) Therefore, it attracts Christian tourism, investors and such.
Turkey has been called the gateway to the east and it is a sort of crossroads. However, Turkey joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and it has been trying to join the European Union. However, it still has many changes to make on a lengthy to do list.
When I visited Ireland, I spoke to a frank Irishman in a hostel and he knew about politics and such. He said that they see Turkey as dirty Arabs, not Europeans and don't really want them in the European Union. I figured if this was the sentiment in Ireland, which is probably a middle-of-the-road country when it comes to European elitism, Turkey wasn't really welcome in the EU.
Turkey is a NATO member, but that isn't necessarily a good thing. Some Muslims think that having foreign, western troops on their country's soil violates their religion and that's exactly what NATO has done in many countries. It has put Turkey on the west's side as they play the middle.
Turkey is sort of a "swing state" in the war against ISIS. Their door swings wide open both ways. Terrorists are drafted by ISIS and flow through Turkey's southern border and into Syria. At the same time, at least US-led militants, munitions and supplies have flowed through Turkey's southern border and to the resistance fighting Assad in Syria and ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Some of the help has went to the Kurds that have possessed land in Turkey, Syria and Iraq.
Turkey has had back and forth relations with Russia, but in reality Russia could be their biggest ally. It is difficult to tell whether or not they understand it yet or not, but NATO will use them for western interests and the EU could indefinitely dangle them by a thread like a marionette. Meanwhile, Russia will be willing to pay them to use their airspace and bases, just like the west has done, but without any pressure to make changes or accept the unacceptable and without angering their Islamic adherents.
I don't think Turkey can play the middle forever. They could get fed up with Syria's unrest and find another solution to the conflict besides just ousting Assad. However, Turkey looks a little like Egypt to me. As long as western countries support Turkey with money, they will be influenced and controlled by western interests, but one day there could be a coup or a regime change and things could drastically change very quickly. That's what happened in Egypt. Enough people disagreed with the pseduo-democratic government that they were ousted as the US donated money and jets.
If Turkey closes its door to the west, it will make it more difficult for western forces to get to the battle lines in Syria. I don't think Turkey will close its doors to ISIS' recruits because they hate Assad (and don't care too much for the Kurds) and they think that ISIS has the best chance of overthrowing Assad. I also think that Turkey's government and general population have enough sympathizers with radical Islam that closing their doors to ISIS would cause more problems (e.g. domestic terrorist bombings, suicide bombers, etc.).
Bible scholars might wonder if the prophecy in Ezekiel 38 and 39 is about to happen and it might. The countries mentioned sound like the ones aligned today (e.g. Iran, Iraq, Syria and Libya) while Saudi Arabia watches and questions it. I didn't really see Turkey as a country that's on that team until recently when I realized that allowing thousands of radical Muslim fighters through your country is still siding with the radicals. However, even if the prophecy does occur, it might not happen like people think because it sounds like it involves a nuclear misfire or mishap. More on that later.
I knew a pastor that used to say he wanted to die in Turkey one day. When I asked him what he meant, he said that he wanted to preach there and be a martyr. He didn't have a deathwish or anything and I went to his church and Bible studies for a few years. I also rented an office from him, so we had a few conversations.
Southern Baptist pastors typically have a region that they focus on ministering to. It might be in Africa, Asia or Europe. They will plant a church there (often with a young US pastor from the home church until they raise up a local pastor and plant another church), visit, report to the home church and raise money, etc. It is part of church-building, but it means a little something different to each pastor. Some just like visitng the hot Kenyan sun once a year and spending time with poor village kids to give them used clothing that they will cherish.
Some Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) pastors like placing themselves and their influence in the most strategic, end-of-the-world location there is. Well, that's my ole pastor buddy from San Diego and he hasn't said much to me about it lately; which probably isn't good. In the same vein, Turkey does tend to weild very tight controls on the Internet, which is never the hallmark of a free society.
Updated: October 14, 2015, 9:14 p.m. Scroll up.
This is a list of vehicles that I've owned in the order that I've owned them. Below is a list of other vehicles that I've driven.
1. Toyota Camry
2. Honda Prelude
3. Acura Integra
4. Isuzu longbed truck
5. Toyota van
6. Ford Thunderbird
7. Ford Focus
For a limited time, I also drove a few other vehicles.
- My dad taught me how to drive a manual transmission with my neighbor Chris' Toyota truck.
- My dad leased new Mercedes vehicles throughout my childhood and most of my adult life, but I rarely drove any of them and I wasn't supposed to. My mom had a Toyota truck when I started driving, but I don't recall driving it.
- When I was 16 years old, I drove my aunt's manual, domestic truck in North Carolina. I think it was either a Chrysler or GMC truck.
- In San Francisco, California, I rented a Chrysler Sebring convertible and drove it down the coastline to San Diego.
- I used Car2go in San Diego, which is an electric car company that uses Mercedes cars.
- I rented a Daewoo in Israel for a week and I drove clockwise around the country.
- Someone in Oceanside, California donated a manual Volkswagen Jetta to the non-profit corporation that I directed, so I bought a battery for it, drove it to El Cajon Blvd. and sold it.
- Somebody gave me a Nissan Sentra and I drove it for one month until it died.
- In Honolulu, Hawaii, I rented a domestic convertible car for a week when I visited after graduating college.
- When I was 15 years old, my parents bought me a Honda Aero motor scooter and drove it around San Diego county.
- I've also driven a few moving vans around San Diego county and I've rented a few other cars on trips.
The Paleolithic diet (also known as the "Caveman Diet") focuses on consuming foods like eggs, nuts, seeds, olive and coconut oil, seafood, poultry and beef. There is no calorie counting and organic food has nothing to do with it.
The Paleo diet does not allow dairy, refined sugar, canola oil, salt or processed foods. If it stopped there, it wouldn't be bad, but the diet also doesn't allow any grains, quinoa, legumes (lentils, beans, peas and peanuts) or potatoes.
Meat is expensive, unsustainable and unethical. Do you really think that 7 billion people can eat meat and feed their animals meat all of the time? Not everyone in an ever-increasing population will be able to be carnivorous because it will take too many resources and it would be wise to wean the planet from meat and to better sources of nourishment.
Fish can be contaminated with high lead and mercury levels. Chicken and cattle are given steroid and antibiotic shots. These chemicals can be passed along to the consumer and cause anything from hair growth to a reduced response to antibiotics when ill.
Sweet potatoes are excellent for you. They provide fiber and vitamins with carotenoids and antioxidants. Russets also have protein and minerals and could be baked or boiled and eaten in moderation. They could also contain some trace nutrients that the body needs.
Beans are a great source of amino acid proteins, fiber, calcium and iron. They also require fewer resources to grow than animals.
Your body needs salt to survive. When it has enough salt, it functions properly and all of your organs work like they should. However, nobody really needs sodium chloride and everybody needs salt. If you completely removed sodium chloride (and the additives along with the granules) from your diet and only consumed sea salt, I think it would be difficult to overdose and your health would improve.
Whole wheat is a source of fiber, minerals like selenium and protein. It can also lower bad cholesterol levels.
Eating whole wheat and beans provides all of the amino acid proteins that the body cannot make without eating any meat, making meat an unnecessary part of the diet.
Organic food is better for the environment and the body. It is free from chemicals like pesticides and herbicides. Any sensible diet or dieter would eat only organic food.
Counting calories is an important part of dieting and maintaining your weight. If you don't count them, then you don't know how much you have eaten.
Butter is full of unhealthy cholesterol and saturated fat. The Paleolithic cavemen did not eat it and it is not on the diet, but it has been adopted into the modern Paleo diet.
I count my calories, eat organic food and stay away from non-organic food. Maybe that's why so many birds, bugs and bushes seem to like me.
I would never do or recommend the Paleo diet. In fact, I think it's a horrible diet and you should avoid it. It encourages ignorance, ignores organics, disregards cost and sustainability and it omits important, healthy foods.
I wrote a book called, Do the Math Diet. It's more like a lifestyle because you don't have to avoid foods, if you don't want to. You just have to count the calories that you burn and the calories that you consume. Of course, it would be wise to consume the right foods and exercise, but the key is to create a daily (or at least weekly) calorie deficit until you reach your weight loss goals.
but when you start falling out of balance
you start finding how you can be balanced
Balance isn't just standing on one leg,
but it's focus and perfection,
mastery and success,
everything and everyone,
letting them be,
while saying nothing and...
I estimate that I lost about 2,000 calories a day each day, so that would equal 20,000 total calories lost. That equals about six pounds. I weighed myself at the end and I was 154.4 pounds with clothes on.
My organic diet costs around $13/day on average, so fasting 10 days saved me about $130. It also saved me a lot of time eating, preparing the food and riding my bicycle around town to get it.
I'm going to maintain my weight for the next two weeks and fast again on Sunday, October 11. Each day, I'll count my calories and make sure that I burn and eat about the same amount and hopefully create a small calorie deficit. I'll probably also fast the rest of the Sundays in October and the last week or two of the month.
I've been able to stretch further and it has felt really good. Twisting releases toxins, so it's great for my body. I can reach further past my toes and twist left and write with greater ease.
I can see more definition in my legs, stomach and arms. It's good to be on my way to a goal, even though it won't be obtained over night. At this rate, I'll begin 2016 as a very lean, mean, fighting machine.
Good luck in your fasts and dieting. You have more strength than you realize.
September 30, 2015 Edit:
During my fast, I suffered through some leg cramps. They were mainly at night and in my left leg. I think they had to do with the pinched nerve in my back. Since I got leaner during the fast, my posture and related body parts and muscle groups have slightly shifted. Standing, sitting or sleeping the old way when my body was bigger instead of the new way, with a smaller, leaner body is something I catch myself doing and fix. It usually has to do with "tucking in my spine".
The news has been talking a lot about refugees lately, so while I was fasting I felt connected to them. Many of them are suffering with little or no food. In some ways, they are like me and I am like them.
I decided to take my organic turmeric, garlic and ginger supplements two or three times a day. Since I wasn't eating any food, those supplements helped maintain my health, reduce inflammation and strengthen my immune system. I buy the organic powder by the pound online and make my own gel capsules with it, so I know what's in them and they're not too expensive.
A few times I got cold and it was likely because of low blood sugar and being leaner. Even in Hawaii, it gets cold sometimes. Usually it's only cold inside some restaurants and in certain seats. However, when it's windy and rainy, it can also feel cold outside.
I had plenty of energy and not once did I avoid doing something because I was fasting. I might have ridden the exercise bike at the gym one hour instead of two hours though. I also enjoyed 20-30 minutes of yoga several times.
while tall palm trees
dance in the breeze blowing by
Downtown was beautifully quiet,
but it's beginning to bustle
Are you like me and
always on the hustle?
Play hard, work hard, rest hard
Like kids only know one gear,
racing through stuff without fear,
I don't enjoy wasting time either
Quickly thinking three steps ahead,
like a teacher in a crowded classroom
is a pretty good way to keep going
and never consider slowing down
I've been in Hawaii for more than 10 months and I'm fascinated by the weather. Coming from Southern California, I'm used to experiencing dry weather and rare rain. I'm also used to less humidity.
It rains all the time in Hawaii. However, it rains different amounts in different parts of the island. While I'm in the Ala Moana and Waikiki areas of Honolulu, I always see clouds moving along the mountains. Sometimes they're dark and they typically move fast from east to west.
I ride my bike around the island, so sometimes it rains while I am out. When it does, it usually doesn't last very long and it's more like a misty sprinkle. Once in a while, it rains hard and fast and several inches within an hour and stops and becomes sunny again.
The winds are often in the 15-20 mph range, so rain comes and goes quickly. Besides some small mountains, the island is relatively flat, helping the clouds scoot along and go back out to sea.
The rain cleans everything and makes the island green. It seems like about half of the island graciously soaks in the rain while the other half is like a rock, so it just runs into gutters, reservoirs and the ocean or evaporates.
Living in an environment like this takes some getting used to. Sometimes I get to my destination and I'm soaking wet and once in a while I have a cool mist all over my body. When there are huge puddles, I have to take other side streets and be extra careful. The roads are damaged and the rain collects in the holes, which happen to be in the bike lane (when there is one).
I have a backpack tarp that I use to cover my backpack as I ride my bike in the rain. I don't have an umbrella though. I'd rather just hurry than mess with one.
I like how the roads aren't as dirty here as they were in Long Beach, California. My feet don't get as dirty as quickly when I wear sandals and it's better for my body. It's probably cleaner partly because of the rain. However, I wonder how nourishing the rain (and the sun) would be if we could experience it falling on us without it first traveling through pollution.
Sadly after one large rain recently there was a large sewage spill in Honolulu and I went snorkeling around that time and I got a double ear infection. I thought I would be safe because I was with my experienced buddy and on the west side of the island and the spill was in the south.
People don't complain about the rain. They slow down a little more (if that were even possible) and have a little more compassion. Most cars go out of their way to avoid splashing me on my bike, but every once in a while some fool hits a giant puddle way too fast by me and splashes me.
2015 has been an exciting year. I started it in Hawaii and today is the first day of the fall season.
I don't get wasted, but I have known to toss a cold one back from time to time. These have been my faves this year.
Guinness - Ireland
Sapporo - Japan
Shock Top - Belgian White - US
Corona - Mexico
Red Stripe - Jamaica
Kona - Longboard - US (Hawaii)
Kona - Big Wave - US (Hawaii)
Coors Light - US
Budweiser - US
Stella Artois - Belgium
Sierra Nevada - Pale Ale - US
Samuel Adams - Rebel IPA Ale - US
Mickey's - US
Steel Reserve - US
Land Shark Lager - US
Primo - US (Hawaii)
Kirin Ichiban - Japan
but weird stuff keeps happening
Politicians say words with two meanings
and as the sun descends, the outlook is bleak
if leading didn't require
an open checkbook
So as they're unpopular and
worried about which watchers
know all of their shady deals,
It makes you smile and it makes you cry,
it tells a story without always saying why
Imagine how much control a DJ has...
I say yes, no and I'll hook you up,
but I think my heart needs shades of maybe
Why should I bother and
why should I trust anyone again?
Don't get me wrong, you're great,
every single one of you in your own way,
but what can I do and what else can I say,
it isn't happening for me, I don't feel it,
so I still just say yay or nay
It could take somebody deep, symmetrical and strong to captivate me
$225 paid for exactly 16 days of organic groceries in Hawaii. I also have about $40 of organic honey on hand that I will consume during my fast. I might only finish $25-30 of it though.
I will burn around 2,000 calories a day, so by the time I am finished I will have burned about 28,000 calories or 8 pounds. This will make me feel lighter on my feet and riding my bike up hills should be easier.
I might drink a beer or two during the fast. I feel like it detoxifies me, but I don't want to overdo it because being intoxicated is expensive, unhealthy and counterproductive. I have drank a beer or two on an empty stomach after fasting and not eating for days and it was good. If my pinched nerve, anxiety or inflammation acts up, I could take my cannabis medicine with no contraindications.
When I start fasting, I will write some goals and ideas. I will likely write several poems and a few stories and I will play electric guitar many hours during the fast. I will also probably ride my bike about 150 miles. It should be an exciting time as I excrete toxins and reshape my body again.
I am eating three cans of organic black beans today. Along with organic raisins, organic rice with quinoa and organic applesauce, I will be ready to start a 14 day fast tomorrow.
The sauna feels great any time, but I think it's especially purifying when I'm fasting. I want to go before during and after my fast, but not every day because it tends to dehydrate me and it can exacerbate inflammation.
Fasting is difficult and there are highs and lows, but it's always worth it. I never regret it. I always learn things and finish in a better place than where I was when I began.
Good luck with your fasting and your clean endeavors.
I sit and sweat
while heat melts
my hot body's fat
My skin's pores open and release toxins,
producing scents from days and years ago
Body temperature rises
and the heart speeds up,
along with my metabolism
Like a full body facial,
heat makes every pore
sweat like never before
And the soapy shower
all of the toxins for good
indicate it's fall, but it's actually still summertime
A bird with black and white spots
encompassing its neck clumsily noses around
while flies sporadically land on my salty skin
It is 4:20 in the islands and
strangers still smoke dynamite
Inhaling and exhaling
the deepest breath possible,
I exhale and taste burned fossils that were
lingering in the depths of my lungs
The calculator said a "normal" range for someone my height is 18.5 to 24.9 and it said that translates into weighing between 129 and 174 pounds.
One reason why I think the BMI is untrustworthy is because if I weighed 174 pounds, I would definitely be overweight. In fact, at 160 pounds I feel a little overweight now.
129 to 174 is a 45 pound range, so perhaps they should split it in half and move the upper half into the overweight category (e.g. 152-174 is overweight and 129 to 151 is normal).
In case you want to try the online BMI calculator that I used, here is the link.
My other option was to fast today and/or next Sunday and for about 10-11 days, so it evens out either way.
I'm hardly counting calories at this point. I'm just watching dwindling food supplies and looking forward to what's next. I'm not going to wolf it down too fast though. I just know I don't have to keep a close count right now.
Fasting is an exciting discipline and my body changed after I fasted for a week. It's going to change again for the glorious month of October. The new size medium t-shirts will feel a little roomier around my shoulders and biceps where they are extra tight.
If you fast, good luck. Feel free to tailor it or adjust it. I might even drink a beer or two on my fast. The old adage, "Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger" is a good truism.
I think getting drunk is a poor idea and can damage the liver and promote bad decisions. However, some studies have shown that is of little or no consequence or actually healthy for adults to drink a beer, shot or glass of wine each day. Anything that damages and cures is curious and alcohol has a large potential for abuse, but I think the positive effects are due to its purifying nature inside the body (e.g. vodka is a disinfectant for external wounds) and the way it relaxes people.
Getting to a goal is difficult and maintaining that level is hard as well. Life changes and moves fast, but few things in life come without hard work. I think the short-term and long-term benefits of fasting exceed the temporary discomfort, although being lean with rippling abs will certainly heap upon me a new set of problems. "You just can't win for losin'".
I'm fascinated with the way eating and fasting affects human health.
Some foods like organic honey, almonds and cashews are fantastic sources of energy. Since I switched to an organic-only, vegetarian diet in 2012, I have reaped many benefits. I also have a clean conscience because my diet doesn't involve killing animals and it is environmentally friendly.
Until the end of the year, I am planning to eat organic food and fast on Sundays. I'm also going to fast for a week or two a month.
I weigh about 155 pounds and I think I will lose 7-8 pounds a month. I don't want to get any leaner than 130 pounds, so I think I could achieve this weight near January 1, 2016.
When I fast, I drink lots of water and sometimes a little honey. I usually drink organic coffee and tea too. However, I don't eat anything and I like to make sure my last meal is something fibrous.
A lot of people are overweight and many people want to gain muscle. Losing fat is a great way to do both because when the body has less fat, it looks more defined and stronger. We all have abs that help us sit up and function, but most of us have a fat layer over them and cannot see them. Most people can workout their abs as much as they want and they will not see them because they're underneath fat.
I think the optimal body size for people is leaner than we think in America these days. Society has given us all kinds of messages, but people almost never see messages to eat less. More than half of Americans are either overweight or obese and that is going to cause all kinds of problems for them and society.
I enjoy fasting and I feel like it purges my body of toxins. I think it's worse for us than we realize to carry around excess fat. It's bad for our joints and it's not good for our organs.
Fasting is final and it's a quick, efficient way to lose fat and there is absolutely nothing more that you could do. (I'm not considering liposuction.) I feel good when I fast and great afterwards. My skin always looks better afterwards and I know my organs are happy to get a break from constantly working.
I'm going to see all sorts of health benefits as I become leaner and I already am feeling them. I can stretch further and I'm lighter on my feet.
I want to stay ahead of my laundry's shrinkage because I recently bought some shirts and underwear and I'd like them to last. I'd also like to comfortably fit into my skinny jeans and my new Size 28 bathing suit that I have never worn.
When I'm not fasting, I keep track of every calorie that I eat and every calorie that I burn. Since I naturally burn about 2,300 calories, that's my baseline, but I always ride my bike and burn about 40-50 calories per mile. This means that I burn up to 1,000 extra calories on my bike.
Since I've been fasting on Sundays, I have been trying to lose about a pound a week. Since I could easily lose two-thirds of a pound on Sundays, my weight loss goals for the week and month haven't been too difficult to attain. Adding an extra week or two of fasting each month will expedite it.
In the new year, my maintenance program might differ. At 130 pounds, I might only burn 1,800 to 2,000 calories on a regular day. Consequently, I might also look for a more balanced approach to my calorie consumption.
Good luck with your eating and fasting. Don't leave food in plain sight or eat it just because you saw it. Consider immediately breaking large portions into smaller portion sizes and rationing it for later.
so even though I'm alone,
it's like friends are here
as I go from station to station,
on my new analog radio that's
reminiscent of a 1986 one
Clean ocean breezes cool my skin,
by lights, palms, people and stars
and me on a beach by some cars
It might be Labor Day,
but it felt laid back today,
by the way,
do you know the time?
to write rhymes again
88 felt great and
it's hard to believe
that the low is 73,
but it's comfortable,
even with humidity
preparing for my buddy,
scaring up some money,
drinking coffee and honey
If everything were in order how would it be?
Sometimes meandering shows you everything,
so use your stomach muscles when you sing
and you could hear it all
and they flow from the left
as the skyline illuminates
the protected beach
Planes with red and white
flickering lights don't stop
taking off in front of me
Sitting where a centipede found me,
I'm not oblivious to my surroundings,
let's just put it that way
In about eight minutes,
I have to head back,
with my bladder full
and lots on my mind,
not just structure or her behind,
but what I should write next
as the people on earth burned things
it refused to give its nourishing rays
to such an evil, irresponsible people,
so it started sending its harmful rays
that began breaking down everything
And the wind blew the book shut,
but I opened it again and I kept writing
with the last four pages blowing against the back of my hand
Unfortunately, marijuana has been illegal in America after decades of lying to people and telling them it can make them go crazy and die. In the 1960s and 1970s, hippies smoked marijuana and brought it into popular culture. This made people associate pot with smoking, the 1970s era or something bad and taboo and not the medical panacea that it actually is.
Every day across America, hundreds of doctors recommend marijuana to patients with health ailments. These are licensed medical doctors that attended medical school and they have been writing medical marijuana recommendations for more than two decades. Oddly, it still remains a Schedule I drug.
America is experiencing a vaporizing boom in America because it's legal to vaporize tobacco in 50 states. However, some of those vaporizers are actually vaporizing marijuana and with people using so many different devices to ingest so many different chemicals (legal and otherwise), it's probably a miracle when a police officer actually stops someone and asks them what they're vaping.
I have tried, but now refuse to smoke cured tobacco or cigarettes. I think something in the curing process makes the tobacco unsmokable and I wonder how it would be to vaporize it after simply being harvested and dried.
There are many different cannabinoids in marijuana and I think that some strains are higher in CBDs than others. I think that different cannabinoids affect the body somewhat differently. However, they all seem to reduce inflammation, intraocular pressure and anxiety and could be used to relieve pain or stimulate bowels, appetitite or creativity.
I'm disappointed that marijuana isn't legal in 50 states and I think the system is broken. It's unfair to Americans to keep it illegal, legalize it for diseases, legalize it for common health ailments or make it recreationally legal depending on longitude and lattitude.
This translates into lawsuits and all sorts of hassles. The federal government needs to step up and be honest, but they've taken a very long time to do it. I think it only goes to show how they don't want to admit that they've been horribly wrong. The war on drugs has cost billions of dollars and thousands of lives around the world.
When marijuana is no longer federally illegal, thousands of government workers could lose their job or have less work because they depend on prosecuting and incarcerating people that are arrested with marijuana-related charges. However, it's something that has been happening in some states and will continue to happen as more states legalize pot.
We don't like to think about it, but anywhere in America that an illegal, medical or recreational marijuana user uses pot, he or she could be arrested and charged with federal crimes because marijuana is federally illegal. These charges (e.g. possession of a Schedule I drug) could result in an expensive, stressful lawsuit and even years in prison. This just isn't right.
to the ones that aren't doing their dream job,
but won't lose sight of their dream
To kids oozing with talent and ability,
like nobody else has ever seen
Reared and raised for this moment,
by design from the time of butterflies and bells,
flowers and powers, rebels and revelers,
cowards and liars, believers and baals
I busted some nuts
destruction and clarity
you've seen it
or something like it,
something is there
and you know it
Stare or look scared,
you'll see Walt
when the rift is repaired
So much spirituality
separates you and me,
if that was the end,
it'd be bittersweet irony
I have had lots of energy riding my bike about 10 miles a day in Honolulu. I also rode the exercise bike at 24 Hour Fitness for two hours yesterday.
I could have taken a nap yesterday because I only slept for about five hours the previous night. I slept about nine hours last night, so I could make up for it and catch up on my rest.
I have been staying hydrated with lots of water. I also drank some coffee today because it helps me stay alert and it is good for me. My instant organic coffee from Germany is excellent, but sadly I must drink the regular stuff at restaurants and cafes. I usually feel weird using their WiFi without buying something and some places (like some McDonalds and Jack N the Box restaurants) won't give you free hot water.
On Thursday morning, I intend on breaking the fast. It'll actually be seven days without food on Wednesday afternoon.
If you attempt a fast, I suggest drinking lots of water. If you fast longer than a day, consider ingesting some sea salt.
Obesity is an epidemic in America. People eat the wrong things and too much of them and they don't exercise enough. However, excess weight leads to heart disease, diabetes and the early breakdown of joints and tissues, so be proactive and stay in control. The optimal body type is likely different than the one in your head because we have been trained to think that being overweight is acceptable.
I noticed that drive an electric car. Please let me ask you some questions.
1. Do you know which type of fuel makes the electricity for your car?
2. How are rubber tires made?
3. Which is better for the environment, synthetic or non-synthetic motor oil?
4. What is plastic made out of?
5. Which fuel source does your home use?
6. How big is your family's carbon footprint?
7. How big is your congregation's carbon footprint?
8. How are you working to reduce it?
a captive like me?
We can teach you
how to love and see!
I used to watch grass grow
and way too much TV,
but now I judge others and
give weird freaks my money
and it makes me
and my family
feel warm and fuzzy
There is nothing wrong,
just everything from the beginning,
it'll all make sense after you die,
you'll see that we're J. Wenning
I was surprised to see your face
and as you unlocked your bike
you were awfully sweet
Your shy smile captivated me
as I drank your beauty
and your gentle way
just improved my day
Your tan skin radiated
as we discussed the rain,
but you were so humble
almost like you were in pain
I'm sticking with fluids like water, organic coffee and tea with cardamom pods. I'm also drinking some organic honey and cinnamon. This is one of two honeys that I bought at the Down to Earth health food store yesterday.
Now I have three different organic honeys with unique qualities. In a way, they are like different strains of marijuana.
I'm not pigging out on honey though. I just consume a few hundred calories a day with a squirt or a sip here and there. I think it is purifying as my body detoxifies.
I anticipate losing about 5-6 pounds on this fast. I imagine that the way my body feels on Day 4 or 5 will be the way my body will be a few days after I finish because of water retention and food inside my body. I recently bought some shirts, so it's comforting to know that as they shrink, I will fit into them well. I also have a Size 28 bathing suit that I'm getting closer to fitting into! I'm stoked on that and expect to be able to wear it soon.
I'll break this fast on September 3. That will be 7.5 days. When I'm finished, I will continue my weight loss program of counting calories and fasting.
I have lost weight with the Math Diet, which is counting my calories and trying to create a calorie deficit on a daily basis. Fasting on Sundays has helped and I've discovered that I exercise a lot and I need a lot of calories! In Hawaii, buying organic groceries for one active person costs about $500/month.
Fasting is healthy and it makes you feel good. There are too many benefits to list. You should try it. Just don't think that fruit juices don't have sugar added that isn't labeled. I used to do juice fasts, but I won't anymore unless I squeeze it. Ingesting table sugar is bad for you and definitely not what you want to do on a fast.
and she seems all too similar,
but something small has changed
because she only looks familiar
Spies walk around with devices,
acting casual in various disguises
If she came to the island just to see you,
what would she say and what would she do?
"Would it be my worst nightmare?
How would I be and what would I say?
Would I let them in and have some fun
or just wish that they would go away?"
Forgiveness and pain mixed, puddled and
trickled down the damned drain,
not once, not twice,
but again and again and again
Now you think it ran its course and
she's riding another horse,
so you're content on your path
We'll never forget how my heart jumped and raced
until I removed my sunglasses and realized it wasn't you,
but it was probably for the best because it was over
a long time ago and now I definitely need somebody new
cute round, red cheeks and clothes all over the place
A smile from her could light many mansions and the coldest crypts,
so she flashes one and starts shaking her butt and moving her hips,
deep blue eyes brightly glow and compliment her cascading hair,
as she prances around outside like she does not have a care
Sometimes I think she is the reason we fight wars,
to protect the freedom of strippers and voyeurs,
to preserve her great beauty and sweet innocence,
even if it might be temporary or only inside her fence
I hope to see her because I'm always happy when I do,
she makes me feel strong, sexy, warm and brand new
freedom and liberation every day,
when I see her, I know what to say
Storm clouds come,
but chimneys still burn,
so much to see,
so much to learn
What if I need her
or someone similar,
someone with a need,
but not a gaping hole,
trust and love,
but not a fucking mole,
it could be fun,
being treated like
a stripper pole
before you grab
If you hang on too tightly,
she'll tell you what to do
who you need next,
will become clearer
after leting got
you will know
who to bring
Out of 3-4 best friend candidates, Charlie Tang is number one because we keep in touch. I met him in elementary school when my parents introduced him to me. They helped a missionary bring his mom, dad and sister to America because there was fighting in Thailand. He is part Cambodian and part Thai and possibly part Korean or Chinese too.
Hanging out with Charlie was always fun. He was extremely nice and I was an only child, so I tended to be louder and more obnoxious. He was my wingman at the shopping mall and even at my first kiss when I met a girl in a pool on Maui when I was 15 years old. He helped keep swimmers out of the cave for a few minutes, so we could make out.
Charlie played soccer with me and we won a lot of games. He was very quick and he wasn't afraid to take on players for the ball. He also followed the coach's instructions well and the coach was my dad.
I'm impressed with the way that Charlie has gotten a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. He also works for a pharmaceutical company, he married a beautiful lady and had children. He really applied himself, worked hard and achieved the American dream.
When we were young, Charlie lived across town in El Cajon and his parents managed a donut shop and we'd visit and eat donuts. In adulthood, his family managed an Asian restaurant and we'd eat big, yummy meals there for free. I'd take him places like San Diego Chargers' games with my dad's season tickets, so I didn't just mooch off him.
To help his brother stay out of trouble and have a job, Charlie started a medical marijuana storefront in San Diego and it was cool. I'd go there on weekends sometimes and we'd hang out and talk. When I directed a collective, we talked business and medicine and everything in between because we were actually raised in conservative, Christian environments and attended Christian school and church together.
Now I'm in Hawaii and Charlie is still in San Diego. I've returned to some of the places that we visited when we were young. There is also a large Asian population here and while it's mixed and there are many tourists, it's likely at least 80% Asian people.
I'm thankful for the way my upbringing introduced me to different people and cultures. I was taught to never be racist and to love people equally despite their differences. As a unique only child, it's not that difficult for me and I wonder why it can be difficult for some people. However, as the world becomes smaller, I think people will love their country like family and other countries like their extended family members.
Today, despite any attempts by the media, Hollywood or the government to paint Asians or certain Asians in a negative light, I am not buying it. There aren't good Asians and bad Asians based on a line that someone drew. People that grew up differently can act and be different, but it doesn't mean they're all the same or that the way their government's leader or dictator feels represents all of them. Sometimes freedom of expression doesn't exist in Asian countries and people are afraid to stand up to injustice and the government. It still doesn't necessarily mean that they are all communists or evil or anti-religious.
1. Find a safe spot to change your bike's tire. Locate an air pump.
2. Get an adjustable wrench and a bike tube. A flathead screwdriver could help, but it's not essential. Make sure that you get the same size tube as the tire that you have and need. Some of the air valves have difference configurations (e.g. Schrader), so plan accordingly. Schrader valves are the most common ones, but the racing bikes have smaller valves.
3. Use the adjustable wrench to remove the wheel. There are two screws, one on each side of the tire. Turn them left until they almost come off and then you can remove the wheel.
4. Remove the bad tube and check the inside of the tire for sharp objects. Be careful, but don't skip this step. If something sharp popped your tube, it could still be inside the tire and you need to remove it or it could pop your new tube too.
5. Pump a little air into the new tube, but don't fill it.
6. Put the partially filled tube into the tire. Make sure that the valve stem is pointing toward the middle of the tire.
7. Put the tire and tube on the wheel rim. Slide the valve stem through the hole in the wheel rim. Work the tire around the rim and make sure it is tucked inside it.
8. Slide the bike's forks onto the wheel. Finger tighten the bolts and then tighten them with the wrench by turning them right (clockwise).
9. Inflate your bike's tire to the recommend air pressure. My 26" tires need 40 pounds of pressure and it is usually written on the tire. Good luck.
as I wait for the 52 bus,
remembering cell phone addiction
and how I'm free now
Hiding the flame from the wind,
I light the fire again
knocking down pins
Hurrying to wait,
in a dynamic state
Flip phones and fools,
sharks, tunnels and tools,
fires, liars and ghouls
A clean slate is where it all begins
I'm selling this book in paperback for $4.99 and on Amazon Kindle and .pdf eBook for $2.99. Enjoy.
I respect women and I appreciate the female form. I have always appreciated them and I know that when these women do this work it keeps a lot of guys out of trouble.
In the brief time that I've used myfreecams.com, these are the top models, but there are hundreds of ladies on the website that I have not seen. If you visit, be respectful and consider paying the $20 to be able to tip it to them and enable lifetime, premium membership features.
The models are in no particular order and this blog post is Rated R and intended for mature audiences. You can click on the pic to enter their room and you can connect on Twitter (although some of their accounts are private).
A few years ago I wrote a book called, Do the Math Diet because I discovered a great system that helped me lose weight. On this diet, I could eat anything I wanted (although I found it even more imperative to eat healthy food), but I just had to count my calories. Every day, I counted the calories I ate and the calories I burned and I made sure that there was a deficit. After several months, I reached my goal weight and I even defined my abdominal muscles for the first time. I felt great and I learned a lot about my body and health in general.
I will create a nearly 500 calorie deficit each day, at least on average. At the very least, there will be some daily deficit for 80 days and when I'm done, I might decide to go longer. I will count all of the calories in everything I eat and I will also count all of the calories that I burn during exercise. Since I only eat organic food and I live in Hawaii, food is very expensive, so I will definitely save a few dollars every day. Since I'm on a budget, that will be useful.
On a typical day, I burn between 2,600-2,800 calories. Sometimes, like when I practice yoga or ride the exercise bike for three hours, I burn about 3,000 calories. I do not intend on changing my exercising habits, but I will adjust the amount of food that I consume.
Right now, I weigh about 165 pounds and I carry about 13% body fat. I know this because two days ago they measured my body fat and weighed me at 24 Hour Fitness. Fully dressed after a large breakfast, I weighed 167 pounds and I had 13.7% body fat.
I do not have a goal weight in mind and I won't weigh myself very often. However, like usual, I anticipate immediately losing some retained water weight and I will not be carrying the extra food that I typically do as I digest it. Also, I anticipate losing nearly a pound from today's fast which began last night and ends tomorrow morning.
I will have plenty of energy because I will eat lots of food from the major food groups every day. My normal diet is very healthy and I eat things like bananas, raisins, whole wheat bread, tofu, honey, black beans, peanut butter, apples and applesauce, sunflower seeds and stuff like that. Sometimes I'll eat a little granola, tortilla chips, chocolate, carrots or yogurt. For the past three years, everything I have eaten has been organic and I will continue on that path. I do not trust food that hasn't been certified USDA organic because the government has approved unhealthy and harmful food (e.g. hydrogenated oils, mono and gi glycerides, high fructose corn syrup, etc.) and they shouldn't have. They also allow growers and manufacturers to use harmful, chemical pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and steroids. Those things are not allowed to be in organic food.
When I am finished with this diet in May, I will likely burn about 12 pounds of fat (which is roughly 500 calories x 80 days). I am not planning on fasting, but I might fast a little. There might also be some days when I create a larger calorie deficit. I anticipate my weight being around 150 when I am done. That will be a great body weight for me and I will look and feel great. I will also be in striking distance of 135-145 pounds, which might eventually be an optimal weight for me.
Wish me luck and good luck in your exercise and weight loss endeavors.
The comedy TV show Saturday Night Live has made me laugh a lot throughout the years. I know that not everyone thinks it's wholesome, but I tend to put no limits on comedy because I think it should fall under freedom of speech.
Since SNL is airing its 40th anniversary episode tonight, I decided to make a list of SNL cast members that made me laugh the hardest. It wasn't too difficult to choose them, but they reflect the years that I watched the show. In some cases, I liked and was more familiar with a cast member's movies (like Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase) than their acting on SNL.
Some people are saying that Head Coach Pete Carroll's call on 2nd down and goal in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl XLIX was a bad call. A few people are even saying it was the worst call in Super Bowl history and in the history of sports.
Despite what some people say, I think Pete Carroll made the right call and I have many reasons for my opinion.
In full disclosure, I am a San Diego Chargers football fan and I didn't really care who won the Super Bowl this year. Although I attended San Diego State University and I watched Marshall Faulk play amazing football in Jack Murphy Stadium (aka "The Murf"), I am not a college football fan and I have no opinion of Pete Carroll's coaching career or his teams. However, I have watched hundreds of NFL football games and I have attended countless Chargers home games because my father has had season tickets since before I was born.
The Seattle Seahawks were losing to the New England Patriots 28-24 with :26 seconds remaining in the game and Seattle had the ball at New England's 1 yard line. Quarterback Russell Wilson had just completed two passes, one for 11 yards and one for 33 yards and Marshawn Lynch ran it on first down and goal from the 5 yard line and did not get in the end zone.
On second down, with only one timeout left, the clock was moving and a pass was a good call. If Wilson would have thrown an incomplete pass, it would have brought up 3rd down and goal from the 1 yard line with about :20 seconds remaining in the game. That is a great position to be in. In four down territory, they could have ran the ball twice and even called a timeout in between runs, in case they didn't score on 3rd down.
If Wilson would have completed a pass without scoring a touchdown, Seattle could have called a timeout to stop the clock. At that point, the coach could have given Wilson two plays, so they wouldn't have had to huddle for a long time or rush in another play on 4th down.
In my opinion, Wilson made a terrible mistake and the Patriots' defense made a great play. If Wilson would have looked off Ricardo Lockette or pump faked, he probably would have gotten a different result. Instead, Malcolm Butler read Wilson's body language, knew where he was throwing the ball and picked it off.
Pete Carroll shouldn't be the scapegoat. Wilson could have made a better play. He could have ran it in or he could have thrown it to another receiver too. One yard equals three feet and Russell Wilson is almost 6 feet tall. Therefore, he could have fallen forward and scored.
Wilson should have seen Butler and he shouldn't have thrown the interception. If nobody was open, instead of making a risky play, he could have thrown it through the back of the end zone and he and his team would have gotten two more downs to score.
I think it's easier for fans to blame a coach than a player. Good coaches are often contrite and don't mind taking most of the blame for losses. However, I don't think Pete Carroll's call was bad. I think the execution of the play was poor and that Wilson needs to improve his game. Every star wants the ball when the game is on the line, but unfortunately not everybody knows what to do with it or has the ability to do what they need to do with it.
Since Wilson is just 26 years old, he will likely have many more opportunities to redeem himself. Hopefully he doesn't let this error become a stumbling block for future success.