Right now my life is not good. I got some demons to slay and some amends to make. The next few months will be rough sailing then I should recover. A new me is being created as I type this. I’m not going to say much more.

I have neglected this blog too long and a lot of things have happened. Time to return to wordpress.

Right now I’m back in the real internet game. I just decided to renew my hosting account and am working to try to get my domain back to life. This means a real blog on my domain with full control, where I make the rules. The adventure started this morning.

Tiss the season when we get to listen to lies and carefully chosen words with hidden meanings and from those scraps we make a vital decision as to who we trust to run his country. Unfortunately the average voter is easily manipulated by this word game and politicians have mastered the art of pushing the right put tons to play on fears and predjudices of the population. In this fashion they have convinced enough voters to vote against their own self interests.

I guess I’m not qualified to be a Republican.

I don’t attend church, left organized religion behind decades ago. It does not mean I’m not religious, just that I see the various flavors (sects) to be a reflection of people’s own interpretation of God’s own word. Remember, the Bible was written by men, translated by men, editted by men, therefore it reflects the bias that man has imposed on it.

I’m educated, I have a degree and a lot of post graduate study. I read, a lot of things, knowledge is something I value. I question things, I use critical thinking. I even am pretty good at spelling. I can carry on a conversation without resorting to name calling when we disagree on a topic.

I believe in climate change. I see what is happening all around me and can see that man is contributing to this change. Man is destroying this planet, his greed and wanton destruction of the very mechanisms in nature that give us life is frightening. Man cannot live without clean air to breathe or clean water to drink, but we see man destroying these vital resources.

I believe we can feed the planet, if we want to. There should be no one person in this country or anywhere going hungry. We waste food, we use food to make fuel, we are letting profit define what we grow, we are letting monoculture crop production ruin the land vital to feeding people. We are poisoning the planet by using pesticides and other chemicals and creating genetically modified organisms that look like food, but our bodies reject as toxic. These genetic modifications are destroying nature, disrupting the food chain and making our heritage of food production impossible.

I believe in education, for all. I believe that an educated population will make wiser choices. Fear is driven by ignorance, understanding is driven by knowledge. We also need to allow for those who want to learn a trade, who want to be an artist, who want to be explorers, who want to be scientists, or who want to be philosophers. People must be able to pursue their dreams, for it is from dreams that discovery flows, and progress as a species blossoms.

I believe in the pursuit of happiness. Everyone should be able to be happy sometime. Let everyone be able to be married (I tried it once). Let everyone be able to worship their god, be they any sect, without being attacked. Freedom of religion also means freedom from religion, let no group deny a person this right.

I like women. I think women are wonderful. Without women I wouldn’t be here writing this. Oh, sure, they have tried to create babies in a laboratory, but are they human without a woman’s touch? Women are not just equal, in some ways they are superior. We should not subjugate women with laws that make them lesser than man. Equal pay, the right to control their own bodies, the right for them to care for their children, the right to be free from hate and violence. Women are the peacemakers.

I’m closing this thread for now, but I may revisit it soon. I hope you understand where I’m coming from. If you don’t, try a bit of thinking, try to look around and see what is happening, think about your world. Express yourself.

I know, I’m a bit late. May is National Bike Month. Get off your lazy ass and ride a bike.

This once a year event is next week. Free admission to the national parks, Time for another visit to Joshua Tree and/or Point Loma… then there is Death Valley (warm right now), or one of the many more parks California offers.

Last Sunday was a nice day in Los Angeles… it was CicLAvia. That is when for 5 hours the streets belong to bicycles over a 10 mile route. It was fun, it was more than fun. It allows the cyclist to mix and mingle, to explore neighborhoods, to listem to music, to see street art, to sample ethnic food, to see museums, to see places like Piñata alley, the Coca-Cola building, look at architecture, look at other bikes, and a whole lot more. The next event is on October 14th, 2012.. start planning now for the most fun on a bicycle, tricycle, quadracycle, skateboard, or any other way to travel except in a car, truck, bus or plane.  Imaget

I keep getting reminded that I am a mere mortal, and someday I might not exist in this realm, thus I needed to do some thinking about a ‘bucket list’

Yes, I’m thinking about what to include…1. There are some islands off the coast of Prince Edward Island. They are still part of France. They are about as far east as you can go on the North American Continent. I want to visit and take pictures.2. There is a bridge over the Penobscot River near Bucksport, Maine that has an observation deck on top of one of it’s towers, hundreds of feet above the bridge deck. I want to go there.

3. I’ve done this once in my life already, but still.. I want to watch the sunrise from atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.

4. I want to cycle along the California Coast from the Oregon border to the Mexican border.

5. I want to go to the only corner of the U.S. I haven’t been to in the Florida Keys.

6. I want to own another sailboat. Nothing makes you feel free like traveling under the power of wind. You become one with the ocean and the winds. Sailing to Catalina would do. Maybe renting a sailboat would work.

7. I want to fly an ultralight aircraft.

8. I want to fish for a whole month, and enjoy eatting the catch..

This is just the first installment. More to follow.

Today I prepare for tomorrow, as tomorrow will be my semi-annual trek to the big city. Tomorrow is CicLAvia, a day when bikes rule 10 miles of streets and various venues in Los Angeles. The trip entails a long ride by car (or maybe my truck) to the downtown area, the search for a parking place, and exploring the place for most of the day. There have been many articles on what to do there and I’m digesting as much info as I can find to make this a memorable day. One place that intrigues me is a place called The Pie Hole, a place for great pie in the zone between downtown and what is East Los Angeles. This year I plan on taking more pictures, and some video. Today I will service my cameras, pack some stuff, and ready the bike. I’ll enjoy the day, the mix of cultures, and a day free of cars in downtown Los Angeles.

More posts will follow the ride and a lot of pictures will be published.

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