Goodwill Scavenger Hunt

End of Summer 2021, the 3 Amigos were trying to figure out one collective activity where everyone will enjoy and remember.

1930’s Silver and Glass Carafe. $9 at San Francisco’s Goodwill. We placed it in our living room to remind us always that happy treasured family memories are everything.

I quickly suggested, “Roadtrip to the Beach? Wifey replied with a question, “Again?”

Can you spot the Carafe? My Wife asked me, “How did you find it right away?” I replied, “How can you not? I saw it right away, or may be it called me right away. But I immediately took it.”

My second suggestion, “Hiking on rugged Ocean rocks and cliffs? Son replied, “But Mom will just stay in the car…again.”

Wife was so happy. Found this vintage copper cookware for her that she now uses in her territory, the Kitchen.

I threw my third idea, “How about travel to Hawaii? My co-workers highly recommends it, and no testing needed nor quarantine?” Wife and Son roared a point, “Too much money Sir and we do not want to get sick with COVID.” So, that’s 2 versus 1. Bye Outside Travel. Sad Face 😔.

Can you spot the vintage copper cookware? Scotts Valley, CA Goodwill.

Proving his point, Son showed me a video of a very crowded airport where people are waiting in long lines for hours. He said, “See this people trying to go back from Cancun? And you also want us to go there? You’re crazy Dad.” I watched the madness in the video and replied smiling, “You’re so right, and I am crazy to suggest Cancun.”

Vintage Car Lighter next to a Silver and Glass Sugar Container. If the metal is heavy, it’s likely real old metals. And yes, it’s Google certified.

He knows I hate crowded places. It’s stressful and I get very uncomfortable. Packed airports are worse because they are the perfect Viral Medium Petri Dish for COVID. Wasn’t this the mode of entry of the Pandemic last year? Air Travel spread swiftly the droplet airborne infection to every corner of the World.

Christmas Reindeer, had to get this one, the holidays are coming.

Wife suggested, “Malls or Shopping Outlet?” I immediately replied, “Hell to the NO.” Malls and Outlets full of people makes me anxious. Its like being in a caged human zoo. With the community Delta Variant everywhere and anyone, it’s easy to shift to panic mode.

Crowdphobic, COVIDphobic, Deathphobic, Claustrophobic, it’s all of the above

Someone’s garbage, other’s gold. No shame in going to Goodwill and Salvation Army. It’s fun and we actually help people because the sales goes to charities. Like Salvation Army helps rehabilitate people that has jail history and give them jobs. Our Donations do turn to kindness and hope for those who need it. A second chance to start a new life. Many People do make mistakes and are capable of changing. Marina Goodwill.

My last suggestion, “Hey, how about Treasure Scavenging Hunt to the Goodwill Stores for vintage finds along the coast we love going for roadtrips? It’s two in 1, Shop and Outdoors.” It sounded like a winner and my hopes were up to the moon.

Wife freaked weirdly. She wanted to check the place even if it’s too out of nowhere, but first to bolt out when she saw how crowded it was. Son and I stayed and pretty much checked all the bins without gloves. I told my Wife, “Hey, we are already here, I’m making the most of it. If we get sick of COVID, it’s meant to be.” She totally missed out the fun bin diving. Salinas Goodwill Outlet, items sold by weight, excitingly so cheap.

Immediately they both said, “Yes!” It’s unanimous. Goodwill Scavenger Hunt won. Everyone were so excited.

Someone took time to make this playlist. So I’m going to listen to them. Son asked curiously, “What’s this?” Told him, “It’s a cassette tape, and with a tape recorder, it’s how we listen to music in the 80’s. He then said, “Oh, you mean it’s Antique. Okay, let me buy this for you.” Cost 75 cents, including the leather cassette container.

Wife made a map from Marin County to San Francisco, San Mateo County to Santa Cruz County and Monterey County to Rural Salinas. Took us 3 days to visit them all, and a lot of getting lost here and there.

There’s a kind of rush when we get to relive the past with actual things of the past. Nostalgia brings back the beautiful and the cherished that we have long forgotten in our hearts. We need to find ways to be in love and be happy again. We can find them if we really want to. Carpenters Vinyl Record, my favorite among all the 50 cents records I got. Goodwill and Rasputin, Santa Clara County.

Vintage Treasure Finds, Check! Great Outdoors Adventures, Check! Happy Summer Memories, Check!

Antique Pyrex Finds from Salvation Army San Jose.

This is one of the most beautiful, unforgettable Summers we ever had. It is the Summer we felt more closer and appreciative of one another. COVID, Toxicity and Politics never had a chance to ruin it. We chose to celebrate Life and Seasons no matter what. Time has never been more urgently precious.

High End Used Designers at Wasteland San Francisco. Too expensive but Son wants to just see it. We bought nothing, it’s almost the same price as Brand New. So, we shopped at the awesome cheap store across it..:Goodwill of course!

It is the Summer we are more than just a Family. It’s the Summer we became great friends, sharing, discovering and experiencing each other’s hopes, hearts and dreams.

She hit the 45 milestone. Speed limit automatically resets to 45 or slower at 40’s. It’s up to the celebrant to try accelerating back to everything youthful, vibrant and amazing. So she did. So we did. Just needs a lot of hard work and determination. Never take for granted being young and being able to do incredible things whenever we can. Creativity and Adventure don’t get old.

Life is about creating as many happy moments that becomes lasting joyful memories no time, circumstances and people can ever erase.

This was my incentive for driving the Family to our Goodwill Roadtrips. Ocean, Beaches and Breathtaking Outdoors. Just between you and me, I got the invincible winner’s trophy. Carmel Coast.

Oh, what’s a Goodwill? It’s a Store that sells donated stuff that others don’t want anymore. The income goes to creating jobs and helping people.

Plastic Flower arrangements are best recycled. We need to care about our environment. We need to care of what our world will be in 10 years. Laziness and Inconvenience versus Doing Something Really Important and Heroic. Seems like the right thing to do.

So, please don’t throw in the garbage old usable things. Donate them. Also, they may be Tax deductible.

$45 Antique wood cabinet from Salvation Army found a new home. It’s my Wife’s side table in our bedroom.

Someone’s trash, is another person’s treasure. And we get to make our World a better, kinder, environment friendly place. Now, isn’t that a win?

Son found this $1 glass Bear for himself at Mountain View Goodwill. It’s now displayed together with his prized Collectibles of Pop Funkos and Anime Figures. He has been buying and selling on Ebay since the Lockdown. COVID made him a little entrepreneur. He even prepares the orders in between online classes. Don’t know how he does it, but Generation Z’s are truly talented, resilient and imaginative. They will become the much improve, accepting, happier version of their Parents just observing how they perceive and navigate through life and society.

When we see the value in things, it becomes valuable. If we see trash, it becomes trash. The mind and heart can turn anything insignificant to something beautiful and priceless.

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Santa Cruz, The Lost Boys and Us

Surfers Turf, Santa Cruz is not only known for its awesome Surf Breaks but also for its beautiful haunting Sun-kissed Beaches.

4-Mile West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. The Beach makes us forget the World and it’s worries. In a way, we all are Lost Boys and Girls just trying to hold on to what keeps us feeling young, happy and free. The thirst and hunger are unquenchable.

Winter, Monarch Cove at Natural Bridges State Beach provides Haven and Sanctuary to migratory Monarch Butterflies.

They look like Stained Glass Art Windows of old Church Cathedrals.

Thousands of flickering orange wings surrounds tall Eucalyptus Trees. Monarch Butterflies when bunched together looks like bouquets of orange blooms.

Monarch Butterflies are the Ballerinas of the Sky. The wind and the million leaves, its orchestra.

Blessed with many days of sunshine, Santa Cruz is playground and getaway for both tourists and locals.

The Lighthouse.

It’s the perfect Postcard of the California Dream.

A Surfer is one of the luckiest person in the World. They get to do what they love in absolute freedom. They are the most alive and most chill among any of us.

Wonder and amazement? Yes, and a lot of awesome more.

Take pictures but never forget to enjoy the moments.

Families come to Santa Cruz to make happy memories. To enjoy what Life, Sun and Summers have to give.

A Bridge once connected two young lovers. Then a massive wave broke the land bridge, separating them from each other. So the boy and the girl both learned how to ocean surf so they can see each other anytime. Nothing can break true love. They also discovered Surfing.

Lovers come to Santa Cruz for romance, Sunsets and sizzling secrets.

Fountain overlooking the Surfers’s Lookout. Surfers have died for their passion. They get to live to the fullest.

Friends come to Santa Cruz for excitement, thrill and relaxation at the Boardwalk, beaches and outdoors.

Never forget to have fun. No age limit in that. Just make sure your heart can take it.

Hollywood love Santa Cruz.

Us is irresistibly creepy and scary.

Remember 2019’s horror movie Us? It’s about a family whose beach vacation was turned into terror and massacre when their doppelgängers appeared to replace them and their friends.

There is a scene of abandoned cars and dead bodies on the street at the 4-Mile Drive. On one end, it leads to the Beach Boardwalk, the other, Natural Bridges. A must scenic experience by car or foot. Oh, Nudist can be spotted here too. They enjoy the attention. Hello, this is California, we let people be themselves, clothe or naked.

A Door at the Beach Boardwalk allowed our Monsters look-alike to escape the Parallel World beneath. So, anyone that acts Monstrous today, likely is from the Underworld. Brilliant!

Santa Cruz remained welcoming and friendly to anyone before and after COVID. It’s why we love to visit it whenever we can. It’s refreshing to see a place still full of positivity and happiness. A parallel World to that we are witnessing in the News.

And when the Night comes, The Lost Boys comes out to party with the warm blooded Humans. The Boardwalk, Beach and Surf are their favorite hang for fun and feeding.

1987, I was in High School when I saw this Teen Vampire movie. It was the Twilight Saga of the 80’s. Never imagined I get to walk and experience the Boardwalk and everything Santa Cruz as many times as I want. Life becomes the movie.

Once in every decade, they look for a new member to play with forever. Sometimes, the replacement is sudden. Young Vampires are foolish. They will watch the Sunrise on a dare knowing fully they’ll combust. Sounds familiar? The resemblance to present cult-like fanatic groups so stunningly close.

Freedom can be achieved in many peaceful ways. The World is huge, we all can share it. Let’s not be greedy. Let’s not be Vampires and Parasites.

Eternal Youth, Fun and Friendship Bites. Enjoy them while we’re young. Have them while we can. They’re never enough. Having the best time of our lives will never be enough.

A beach lover’s quick fix, a day or night in Santa Cruz is all we need to replenish our hearts to feel young and alive again.

Isn’t that why travel, weekends and vacation are so important?

We make our dreams happen by doing them every chance we get. No one lives forever unless we join The Lost Boys.

Recapture and Live the best version of ourselves because we can. We don’t wait. We make our own dreams come to life in the present.

SoCal…SoAlive…SoUs.

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NO KINDNESS, NO SERVICE

“I will do everything to keep him safe, alive and happy. I will try everything to make sure he has a future and still has a Planet to grow and enjoy. I will change and be better so he can thrive and prosper. I am Parent. It’s what I must do.

I need to be better for him. I need to be selfless and kind, for him. I need to try harder for him.

Rage and Acting Out ranging from rudeness to assault have been more frequent because of the Pandemic and Weaponized Politics.

Who hasn’t yet? Photo from the Wall Street Journal, 9/16/21.

Mask Mandate is the number one explosive trigger of Adult aggressive behavior and tantrums. Second, delayed gratification or refusal of service.

A caring Employer will do this for his employees. However, it’s 1 in a Million. If our Government and Employers really want to show appreciation and gratitude to all “Essentials,” give us a National COVID Holiday Rest. One day is all we ask in 365 days. We don’t need anymore empty words and Bullshit. Obviously, I’m mad too for being told to suck it up. Aren’t you?

Whether it’s proof of vaccination or employees being required vaccination to continue working for the their own safety, their co-workers and customers, COVID Vaccination will soon emerge the top cause of people snapping and throwing outbursts.

Insurrection Part 2 will happen anytime from now. It’s the most terrifying of all the Acting Out. People are willing to Kill, Die and Take away the rights of the rest. People are willing to overturn the Nation’s Democracy so they can replace it with something that is Supremely Evil and Self Serving.

Airlines, restaurants, stores, schools, trains, buses, hospitals and clinics, every customer driven workplace, it’s employees have been on edge. Employee’s fear, anxiety and stress of possibly being hurt, insulted, of being a victim of something unknown and unimaginable are at it’s all time high.

This strikes deep among Health Care Workers who experienced them. Everyone is vulnerable. Anyone can be a victim. Propaganda called them Heroes but these Heroes have been slapped, spitted on, traumatized in so many dehumanizing ways. No PPE’s or Plexiglass can prevent Human Attacks. Code Silver? Code Shit? Dock, run, roll over.

Work PTSD is real and prevalent. It is however ignored or covered up with empty superficiality by those who could have made working situations better. Victims remain unprotected victims.

Where else can you find a Society in the World that will harm Women and take away their rights? All Pregnant Women has a Bounty Price in Texas, U.S.A. The moment they violate it’s anti-Abortion Law, they can be hunted down like animals with a monetary reward for the bounty hunter.

Ever wondered why the News does not mention much if something is being done to help the employees heal and overcome their trauma? It’s because nothing significant is being done.

Do Teachers feel safe? No, they are scared for their lives and safety. Is this what we do to our Heroes? If Parents and Governors keeps threatening them, soon their won’t be enough teachers. Parents will be forced to do Home Schooling or On-Line. As Dangerous as the Delta Variant are Furious Parents. But Karma will happen to those who inflict suffering on others. Just too slow. Very slow. Photo from NBC News.

Difference with more Indifference equals Outbursts, Burn Outs and Exodus. The damage, irreversible and unrepairable to some.

The plane ticket does not say, “Beat and hurt your airline crew whenever you feel like it.” So Flight Attendants are being taught to defend themselves from violently insane passengers. When your job becomes hazardous, it makes people think if it’s worth the sacrifice. Unfriendly and Hostility are the New Normal for people that works in Service Oriented Work Places whether land, air or sea.

Anger and meanness have been noted among fellow employees. Selfishness and unreasonable bad attitude has also increased in every work settings. The more busy and short staffed, the higher the incidence.

A passenger beats another passenger then the airline crew. Be ready for anything when traveling by air. Bring Pepper Spray. Might save your life.

Employees are also more unsatisfied and angry to their employers for not hearing them and placing them at risks of COVID or for being required to follow infection control COVID mandates.

The longer the COVID Surges remain, the more Kindness and Patience will disappear. Being Humane is endangered towards extinction.

Many don’t seek help and justice for fear of Retaliation. Not all of us are brave. It’s like David versus an Army of Goliaths.

Our RNA and DNA did mutate, and it’s because of People’s Attitude and Actions, NOT the Vaccine.

If I’m wrong, then we shouldn’t be easily angered, agitated, mean and destructive towards one another.

A fence is placed around the Capitol to protect Democracy and everyone within it from its own Citizens. Madness is allowed to create more fear and chaos. Photo from NPR.

Short Fused? There’s a reason why. Never random. Never blameless.

Realization, acceptance and control helps us from doing or saying things we will regret and can never take back.

Direct Dangerous Verbal Confrontations Between Pro-Mask, Anti-COVID Parents and Ant-Masks, Don’t Care About COVID Parents are happening all over the country. This is the kind of violence our children are witnessing in our schools. It’s a big shame. Parents have become Bad Role Models. Freedom versus Public Safety? Freedom versus Life of a Person? WTF is happening to us all?

I can tell you that I have mutated. I’m not the same before and during this Pandemic. If I’m not careful, I may no longer recognize who I am several years from now, that is if I make it that far.

COVID Disease will change everyone Physically, Psychologically, Emotionally, even Spiritually year after year. It’s called Evolution.

The Truth, people are just turning their backs away and allow this kind of incidents to happen. So now you know what the so called “Heroes” of this Pandemic have endured. There are no words really to describe how we actually feel. Photo from WebMD.

The Terrorism both from the Virus and from People are causing everyone to change either into being their best selves or worst selves.

A young innocent restaurant hostess just doing her job was terrorized and assaulted by an angry customer for asking the customer’s proof of COVID vaccination. If this is how we treat our workers, there may hardly be any in the next few years. Workers will shift jobs where they feel safe, valued and respected. Only half of the restaurant workers have returned to work since this lockdown. Now they have a reason to never go back. Our Young Generation are quickly learning, assimilating and changing because of our Bad Examples and Behaviors. One day, they will look at Adults as dangerous enemies. And aren’t we already?

At the end of this Pandemic, “if” it ends, two kinds of Human Analogy will evolve, Angels and Monsters. Which one will we be? Deep in our hearts, we already know.

“Some people come into the hospital and do worse than they would outside because they realize outside, they will get arrested and be held accountable. However, when they come into the hospital, they don’t.” Mawata Kamara, R.N., S.F. Bay Area

Two kinds of Divided Parents have evolved because of the Endemic COVID in America, the one that will do anything to protect their child from sickness, disability or death and the one that will do anything for their child to be free. Both, their intentions are good, but the outcome neither will win. Until we get it together, everyone loses. Photo from The Atlantic.

Terrorism comes in many forms but basic are fear and harm. If we experienced either or both, then we have been terrorized. If it’s a repetitive pattern, then it becomes an abuse. And we are Victims of our Abusers.

“If being Nice didn’t work, let’s try Spicy Honesty and Raw Accountability.”

COVID Hospitalizations are now Preventable. No more 100% free Emergency and Critical COVID care. Long Term Hospitalized COVID patients will be in debt for a very long time paying their copay alone. Healthcare Systems have been charging millions to insurers, and insurers will collect this time in full force. Health is Wealth will never be more clearer. Most People can’t afford to be sick anymore. People will pay and be responsible for their choices.

Kindness is a must, not optional. So, NO Kindness, NO Service. People and establishments have equal rights to refuse care and service. Isn’t that what Freedom and Democracy means?

Related Truth:

Adults Are Throwing Tantrums—in Restaurants, Planes and at Home. Blame the Pandemic.

NYC restaurant hostess attacked after asking diners for proof of vaccine

The teacher is now viewed by a small, loud contingent not as a public servant but as a public enemy.

Newcastle’s NHS heroes subjected to more attacks for asking people to keep wearing face masks

‘Physically and emotionally exhausted:’ This is how flight attendants are really feeling right now

Unruly airplane passengers are straining the system for keeping peace in the sky

Half of Texas’ nurses experience workplace violence. A Texas lawmaker says it’s time to protect them

Parents Are Tired of Waiting for Vaccines for Their Kids. So They’re Lying.

Republicans seethe with violence and lies. Texas is part of a bigger war they’re waging

Texas now has abortion ‘bounty hunters’

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1 American Dies of COVID every 60 Seconds or Less

JHU COVID Data: 1,823 U.S. Deaths from COVID today, 9/15/21. Translation: 1 American dies of COVID every less than 60 seconds from a preventable disease.

America is very much at War with Death and Disease with no Peak in sight, and it’s in every community in America.

Rural, Urban, Remote, COVID Death has all reached them. No place to run or hide unless we live in Space.

We don’t want to see nor care because it’s not our Family, but this could happen to anyone of us. Just a matter of when. Photo from The Washington Post, 9/15/21

Americans are dying because no hospital will take them- Vox News, 9/14/21

The Alarm has been blaring for the past 2 months that children can die. It is happening now. Photo from The Washington Post, 9/15/21

We call 911. No available ambulance. We head to the Emergency Room, there is a long line outside it’s doors with wait time of unknown hours. We got an Emergency Room Bed but need to wait 24 to 100 hours for an I.C.U. or Medical-Surgical Bed. Why? Because all the Hospital Beds are already taken by COVID Patients who generally occupies the bed for 1-4 weeks.

There may be physical beds but no medical staff, so the beds becomes useless.

We think we will get an I.C.U. bed because we have a life threatening Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis, Heart Attack, Stroke, Sepsis, Renal Failure and Respiratory Distress from COVID. That thinking is gone when Hospitals are overwhelmed above capacity and understaffed. We could be Intubated hooked to a Ventilator Machine and still wait in the Emergency room for indefinite hours. We could die in Emergency Room and still no I.C.U. Bed available.

All over the World, once a love one goes to the hospital or a facility for COVID patients, it may be their last time to see their families. Bodies are cremated because COVID dead bodies can still spread the disease. Photo from the Washington Post, 9/15/21

When everyone is Emergency, everyone becomes Non-Emergency. Meaning, everyone needs to wait. Emergency Triage is activated. Rationed care implemented. People with small chance of survival will be left alone to die. Neglect and Critical Care Delay becomes Normal and Acceptable in Emergency Disaster Situations. Many will be saved but some will die. We may die. Our Family and Friends may die. No exemption during a Statewide Outbreak.

The Death and Disease Dance never Stops.

In a Crisis situation, Health Care Systems are Free to do what is necessary just like People are Free to do what they want. It’s called Freedom, something that is loudly and violently “emphasized,” for the last 19 months.

Live our retirement bucket list in the present. Many will not reach 62 years old. I have accepted that reality, so did my wife. We’re just lucky so far, but it’s really the Vaccine Miracle that kept us from harms way. And yes, God said, “It’s not your time yet.”

Estimated time from 911 call to body bag for severe, terminal COVID averages 2-4 days with the Delta Variant. This means, we have less that 48 hours to do our last wishes and say our goodbyes.

We try to live a life of less regrets. We try to live a life fuller and happier than yesterday. Now may all we got. The clock is ticking.

I don’t want to be the one that ruins someone’s dreamy fantasy bubble, but if that saves one life, then this post is worth the time.

I can’t imagine a World with nothingness. I don’t think it’s even worth surviving if I am all alone. Death may actually be more merciful.

It’s never a waste when the intention and outcome are good. It’s never a waste when it’s about real people in real danger.

A million death by 2022. Is this okay? Photo by National Geographic.

At a certain point, it was no longer a matter of if the United States would reach the gruesome milestone of 1 in 500 people dying of covid-19, but a matter of when. A year? Maybe 15 months? The answer: 19 months.– The Washington Post, 9/15/21

In 19 months. How about next year?

We are living a nightmare that is preventable but we made our choices. Everyone can land in a body bag because of COVID. The longer the surges, the closer the chances. For now, the Death Roulette is spinning, but it stops every less than 60 seconds to claim another American. Who’s next?

Related COVID Coverage:

670,000 flags on the National Mall pay tribute to America’s devastating COVID-19 losses

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Eat Local, Dream Local, Stay Local

Staycation is the new Travel Adventure Vacation and Destination 2020 and 2021.

We all have our Travelogue Stories to tell. Some planned, others by surprise. All, a discovery of something beautiful, amazing and delicious that we already have locally.

Local Apricots by Monterey County. Sweetest I tasted in 5 years.

This is my second Summer and Fall Staycation, and I feel absolutely blessed. Not only is it more relaxing, I also felt that I was able to enjoy more of life and precious time by experiencing more frequently things me and my Family love of doing together.

Organic Strawberries. It’s sweet too, unlike the ones I get in groceries.

So I’m yes for Eating Local. I’m yes to Dreaming Local. It is the best way to Live More.

I get it, we all have our so negativity on the restrictions, lockdowns, mandates and stupid Politics and Indifference, but I’m tossing all that toxicity to the deepest parts of the Ocean.

I grew up eating Marrachino Cherries in a bottle. Imagine my reaction when I ate the fruit for the first time. Something popped for sure! Fresh is Best.

Why should I let negativity drown me when I have a choice to just relax under the Sun and indulge on my favorite food overlooking the most wonderful view in the World?

Toss Greens overlooking more greens …and blues. The eating experience is like no other when I get to sit next to a cliff with the warm Ocean Breeze giving me free facial massage.

And if I did it, so can you, that is if you haven’t done it yet already.

Today’s Menu: Think Differently. Feel Differently. Live Differently.

“We can go there,” says the Son to his Dad. So they did, again and again and again. No limit to where our Staycation will take us. So, let’s go Buddy. Stop procrastinating.

Staycation is max 5 Stars Review on Deliciousness. It’s full of joyful, rich, Wellness giving nutrients.

“Life’s too short to waste on complaining for every little thing.”

Peace ✌️✌️✌️and Love ♥️♥️♥️.

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Can’t Say It? Mug It.

I’m always at the stores and didn’t notice there’s actually an LOL Section.

NOT ON MY DAY OFF! Outdoors and Nature helps me relax. It heals back all the energy and joy I lost at work. It’s not a want. It’s a need.

These can be found where the Mugs and the Motivational Frames are.

Let’s not stress the Bride. Lock all rooms and keep him away from all the Bridesmaids.

Mugs are the best. They are cheesy, hilarious, flowery, blunt, positive, intriguing, provocative. It becomes however we interpret their “words of wisdom and inspiration.”

So many “Almost Doctor” out there. Facebook, Podcasts, Tik-Tok, Tweeter, You Tube and the Dark Web has tons of them. We call them “Influencers.” We don’t need a degree to influence people to take harmful, non-Scientifically proven drugs nowadays. Primary Care Physicians and Web MD are no longer the trusted source of Medical Information for many.

Funny and fun when it does the opposite effect, meaning, message and reaction. Feel Good and Adorable Irony Word Salad.

Love is never to the moon rocket ship all the time. Let’s be honest, that’s too exhausting. No one lives on constant love struck euphoria. To miss, excites the heart more.

If we want to give a not so obvious, subtle but highly effective brainwashing hint, a morning coffee Mug is the perfect gift.

Eventually, it sank into my Brain. Mindfulness works.

So if you want a diamond ring, find a mug that says, “Diamonds are forever,” or “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.” Don’t worry Guys, we are still our Gals BFF. And aren’t we more dazzling than Diamonds? Well, my Wife said I am. So I believe her. Ask your wife, I bet she’ll say you are dazzling too.

10 years ago, may be. 20 years after? I don’t think so. But, I’ll take the compliment. Or is it a hint to diet seriously, work out more and loose weight? Mirror, mirror on the wall, thanks for the reality check. People who cares are not afraid to tell us the truth.

Add, exchange, omit words or join group of words together and boom! Instant Scandalous Shockers.

Pervert? Offensive? Degrading? Predatory? Racist? Demeaning? This belong to the sick in the brain section. Some mugs need to be separated.

Husbands, instead of waiting by the exit doors for your wives, get some fun mug for yourselves. Time for some coffee mug intervention. Stop using those chipped and stained ancient mugs. Live a little. Pamper yourself. Haven’t you earned it?

Not really and the ride is crazy unstable. Sometimes the ride can be fun, but it’s very unpredictable. Also has zero gravity drop zones and many 360 degrees loops. If it plateaus, that’s the only time we get to enjoy and relax. We should warn people turning 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and so forth of what to expect. It’s what friends do.

Honest, direct, open minded NO Shit and NO Non-sense are the funniest and the most real from my POV. It relates to my World where BS is a regular attitude and behavior.

It’s better to hear the truth than look like a fool or people laugh at us behind our backs. So if I have visible Booger on my nose or a green salad on my tooth, tell me. We can LOL it for sure, and I’ll be thankful someone is concerned enough to save me from embarrassment.
No I’m not. Who made this up? Besides, to feel special should be everyday, not only for one day.

Toxic People, Evil People, One Word, “CANCER.” And like CANCER, we need to cut them off, tune them out and delete them from our lives. If we can’t escape their presence, we change how we react and think around them.

Anger and Hatred are forms of CANCER.

Society and People’s expectations. Only if it’s a Two Way Street. Only if it benefits are fair, just and mutual. We don’t have to please anyone anymore unless we want to and not because we have to.

I tried until I realized I was being stupid, naive and just being used. I don’t have to “Stay Golden” to please others, but I can be Golden for myself if I want to. Saying NO to pressure.

Think it but don’t say it? Or Say it but be ready to rumble? Good, close Friends can joke, laugh and be real among themselves, but never among acquaintances, the sensitive and co-workers. Not worth the hassle and stress.

I can see my wife giving this to me. And we would LOL together. I would even use it everyday just to make me smile. Also to remind me, “Think before you say it.”

Yep, there’s people who easily get into our nerves. They buzz, annoy and sting like bees minus any sweet honey for consolation.

Are we a Bother or a Brother? Does our presence makes people feel positive and happy or brings unhappiness and negativity? We can always improve. No one is perfect.

We want to point a problem but don’t want to hurt the person’s feelings? Here’s a good one, “I need ——- to focus.”

Anything in excess is addiction. We stop abruptly and we go on withdrawals. That includes eating delicious sweets. I know, because I love sweets. Yes, I have a sugar problem.

If we can’t focus without alcohol, we have a drinking problem. If we can’t function without coffee, we’re caffeine addict. Okay, I admit, I’m a caffeine junkie. I’m working on it.

There’s always an explanation for our behavior, physically, psychologically or emotionally.

No wonder we’re all HYPER and JUMPY.

Then there’s that Mug that we hope our heart will always be because it is the key to everything, our joy, our peace, our love. It’s stillness and contentment. It’s the perfect Mug to stay humble and appreciative.

Gratefulness is Greatness. Gratefulness is Happiness.

Words are not just a words when it becomes our way of thinking and doing. They are powerful motivators of change or catalyst of destruction.

It’s Herbal and Legal. More CBD please.

With great words comes great responsibility. Right, Uncle Ben?

Full of people was fun Pre-COVID. Today, it’s called “Super Spreader Events,” and “Being Irresponsible,” when the Delta Variant is 9 times more infectious. Just restating creatively Science.

Ok, time to finish my second cup of coffee and head to work. I’m hyper and awake enough.

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9/11, Please Remember and Relearn Its Lessons

“We need to revisit the past no matter painful to remember who we were then. Perhaps, it is not too late to save ourselves and one another.”

We did it then until we didn’t. Can we do it again? Can we set aside personal differences and anger to unite for our Nation? We are at War with terrorism from within. We need to unite again to end it, or else the misery, suffering and death will never end.

“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols — they are children of the same foul spirit, and it is our continuing duty to confront them.” – President George W. Bush, on his speech at Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville.

A True American President is a President for all. So when he called all Americans to unite, they all did. It was a time people take pride of being an American. People from other countries felt that great love, sacrifice and pride too even if they are not living in America. It’s the very reason many chose to leave all behind and be a part of the noble, beautiful, inspiring American Dream and Hope. I did. Photo from The Washington Post.

“I didn’t quite understood until I was ready to understand.”

One Day of Terror United All to a common tragedy. People lost friends and family that can never be replaced. 20 years to them is like yesterday. It’s horror and pain that never goes away. They just learned to cope and live with it. I can’t begin to imagine how it feels to relive the wounds of it all over again year after year.

So, I’m reopening my mind and heart to remember the important Lessons of 9/11. Its Lessons are haunting because the present needs it direly. I will relearn. I will be better. I will try.

Some died right away. Some slowly burned to death. Others jumped to make their death instantaneous. Many were crushed to death or buried alive. It was a Nightmare no one saw coming. It was a Nightmare no one should experience again.

One Day of Tragedy brought all of America to Unite regardless of their Beliefs, Culture and Ethnicity.

Hundreds on Firefighters died that day. They chose to save as many lives as they can knowing each time they save someone, it could be their last. These are our True Heroes of 9/11. Don’t forget them or their families. Let their death mean something. Let us learn from them what being Selfless means. It’s not too late to save our Nation and its people again.

I stayed till 1 A.M. today watching National Geographic’s 9/11: One Day in America and it touched my heart to a point of crying. My wife was also emotional when she saw the heartbreaking, horrifying events captured and recounted by the survivors.

4 Presidents joined together United with one Hope and Prayer for America and all Americans, President Biden, President Obama, President Clinton and President Bush. If we voted and believed in them, then we will do the right thing. Photo from The Washington Post.

It was a time one took immense pride in being an American. It was a time, America had one heart United because of their genuine love for country and one another.

People grieve to this day because it was personal. It is was and is Terror within our homes, families, friends and community. We are still living a different kind of Terror today, with real dangers, with real deaths, with real terrorists. How to heal, forgive, how to move on and come together, these are the lessons for those willing to learn.

Please remember the important lessons of 9/11.

We Honor them by changing to be better.

Please remember who we were and how we can again become One United States of America.

Let their lives, and those who sacrificed mean something.

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Why I’m Voting “NO” to the Recall of Gov. Newsom of California

18 months of dealing with a deadly virus is too long of a torment to any Bedside Healthcare Provider. The likelihood of extending the trauma indefinitely will cause long term irreparable mental, physical and emotional damage, at least to those who had to face the disease and death repeatedly.

“Healthcare Providers had been pleading to people to care since our first COVID Surge but we ignored them. We’re on our 4th Surge heading towards our 5th, and we are still ignoring them. When it’s our time to plead for care, they may no longer be there, or at least half of them.”

She left Nursing a months ago after 18 years of bedside critical care, and 1/3 of her peers did the same because COVID Burnout finally broke their mind, heart, body and spirit. In the end, they choose to live for themselves. They chose Freedom from a different form of slavery and abuse. Our lives are worth more than $10,000 sign on bonus. So is our Freedom.

Bedside Hospital Care and Brain Drain Crisis has already began in areas of the country where COVID surges in hospitals has been non-stop and their Nurses unheard and abused. An Exodus of Nurses have left their profession or shifted to fields less dangerous and traumatic since 2020. More will leave in the next 5 years. Rationed Care will become a normal event in hospitals every “Surge Season” where staffing will be inadequate.

Burnout, so they leave. There is a deeper reason than “Burnout” why Nurses are leaving a profession they love. And the Pandemic Surges just triggered it. Management and CEO’s need to listen and genuinely care. Photo from USA Today.

We can’t manufacture experienced medical professionals who are willing to put themselves and their families safety at risk every time they go to work. Their Freedom to live, their free choice to pursue their own mental and emotional well being will create a emergency shortage of Nurses America hasn’t seen in the last 2 decades.

When people gets overwhelmed, their survival instinct kicks in to save what’s left of themselves. So they leave and move on to something better, safer, happier. More Nurses are realizing they do have choices and options just like any other free American. Photo from USA Today.

So, I’m voting “No” to the Recall of Governor Newsom of California. I’m saying “NO” for California becoming the next Super COVID Florida.

Exactly, “If You Call Us Heroes.”

“Hell NO” to the likelihood of multiple preventable Emergency Disaster Activations and Paralysis of California’s Economy and Healthcare Systems.

Who would be next?

California, the most populace State in America of more than 39 Million people can become the next Super COVID Florida in the next several weeks. Last day of Recall Voting is Sept. 14, 2021. That is less than 1 week away.

This is the future of California if the main Republican contender wins. It will also be the possible future of America on the next Presidential Election. Is 2 years of division and loss not enough? We want extend the death and destruction for several more years? Photo from San Francisco Chronicle.

Many Californians have no idea of how much of their lives and State will change this September. Many are oblivious that their fun, laid-back, happy California Dreams are being gambled and threatened.

Yesterday, I did my long walk in my city. What I saw was concerning. Business shut down and homelessness are everywhere. Saw this Homeless Man sleeping at the Park. The longer COVID remains uncontrolled, we will have more unemployment, more homelessness, more people suffering, more people being angry and losing their humanity.

California has a double edge sword recall law that can potentially place the State in the top 1 of all 4 COVID Major Horror Categories: Most Daily Infections, Most Overwhelmed Hospitalizations, Most Daily Deaths and Most Pediatric COVID New Cases and Hospitalizations.

The dead are getting younger, soon it will be the youth and children. The guilty will never find rest because no one can escape their conscience.

Close to 1,500 Americans per day are dying from the deadly Delta Variant. Around 10,000 Americans died this week from a preventable sickness. Many are acting like this is no big deal. Some even laugh, throw insults and verbally threatening those trying to keep everyone around them safe by promoting CDC recommend mask wearing and vaccinations.

Americans have died and will continue to die of another disease or trauma because all beds were and are taken by COVID patients who are mostly unvaccinated. Their Freedom cost the lives of others. Is this fair? Is this right? Is this even Humane? Is this what we will see more this long dark Winter? Someone needs to be accountable for unnecessary deaths and loss.

To others, Sickness and Death are not real till it becomes close and personal.

What’s happening in Florida is quickly happening in other States like Idaho.

Florida is the No. 1 State in everything wrong about where the Pandemic direction is heading. It’s Governor continues to take away Florida’s Light at the End of the Tunnel by promoting No Masks, No COVID Vaccines, No Social Distancing mandates particularly in schools that has unvaccinated innocent children.

Okay? How can the Republican Governor say he’s “not responsible” when he mandated “No Mask” in schools? It’s amazing how Governors do something harmful and washing their hands of accountability at the same time. Voters, we have the power to change. The Abuse and Threats can end. They can be held accountable.
Events like this are happening in parts of the country where surges are also happening. On one spectrum, their healthcare systems are begging for help, on the other, reckless super spreader events. People are tired, frustrated, disappointed. More will stop helping, caring, listening and just save themselves.

California can easily replace Florida from its No.1 COVID spot by end of 2021 if the next California Governor has the same mindset and Political agenda like Florida Gov. deSantis.

Newsweek Headline. Result of Rationed Care because of Staffing Healthcare Crisis.

Again, California is the most populated State. Power in Numbers. Storm-like Surges in Numbers. In the wrong misguided hands, many Californians can be used and turned into an unstoppable bioterrorism human army not just within California but all over America. This possibility should scare all of America.

SF has very high vaccination rates and it’s businesses, pro active in ensuring their customers and staff are protected from the more infectious Delta Variant. The City is still suffering. Downtown SF will never recover until the COVID threat ends. COVID and Politics took the heart of San Francisco.

Imagine, even roughly 19 million Californians just doing whatever they want in a Pandemic Surge? It’s Doomsday scenarios in a matter of months.

It’s here. But sure, let’s all enjoy life like there’s no tomorrow without infection control mandates.

The Recall was intended for good use, but the unhappy some and bad Politicians are using it to serve their selfish motives. They are using the Recall as an opportunity to stop if not reverse all that the Democratic Gov. Newsom and many of the Californians have accomplished which are: Most COVID Vaccinated State, Least New Daily COVID Cases, Hospitalization and Deaths, Most Free of COVID Fear and Restrictions.

Until COVID and the Political War are over, no one is truly free. We can shout we are, but it won’t change the fact that someone owns our mind, life and health. Freedom is not real when our decisions and beliefs are controlled by someone or by something.

Governor Newsom is the only Governor who took a definitive brave stand of enforcing mask mandates in schools from day one to preserve the life and health of all Californians and prevent potential School disruptions because of the on and off COVID school outbreaks.

He made one mistake last November for having a dinner party outdoors with no mask and distancing. Is that really the reason why we are recalling him? There is a huge political plan that is being manipulated that all Californians will pay big time including their lives and health. Why are we being sacrificed for the political greed and ambition of the few? Why is injustice tolerated in the land of Democracy?

Governor Newsom’s purpose for following CDC COVID guidelines is to make sure California will not have a lockdown again, that businesses and employment remains operational.

If we are really listening to the Republican Recall Governor candidates messages and intentions for California, we all should be scared if one will win and take hold of California. Regardless of political affiliations, we all will suffer for it. No discrimination nor special privileges.

Californians have enjoyed their Summer this year freely, safely unlike the Delta Variant COVID devastated States like Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Idaho and Florida. I know, because I was one of the Californians who get to appreciate Summer with Family like it was before COVID. We didn’t have to be scared anymore. We were and are free. Freedom is real and honest.

It’s open but no people.

The leading Republican Recall candidate to possibly replace Newsom is already announcing his top priorities once he sits in power: NO masks in schools, NO on COVID vaccines, No on Scientific Evidence of CDC approved COVID safety mandates. Basically it’s NO to going back to a safer, less terrifying normal.

Scenes of Caution in my City, Many are wearing mask even outdoors and we have one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. Same people who took the pandemic seriously got the vaccine, keeps wearing the mask and will get the booster. Perhaps, more undecided will finally consider vaccination but how many are undecided among the 75 million unvaccinated Americans? 35 million? That leaves 30 million getting sick and be the sources of new mutations in the next 5 years.

All these translates to Fires of COVID Hell consuming all Californias. So, on top of the Drought and Wildfires, we will have Wild Uncontrolled Endemic Surges.

President Biden is correct, “COVID isn’t a Game.” Many GOP Governors and their supporters right away were outraged. Why? We and everyone whose lives had been played, sacrificed, lost should be the ones in outraged. We are all pawns, used without remorse to an Evil Game that is nothing to do with our freedom, our best interests and our survival.

Both the vaccinated and unvaccinated will suffer the outcome of the future Surges. Both Republicans and Democrats will experience the effects of the disease on people and economy. Young, old, children, everyone.

Those who pushed for the Recall did not realize that there are more that wants Gov. Newsom to continue doing the good and for California to be better. Many are standing strong with him. People want to feel safe. People want to live. So they too are fighting for their Freedom and the future of their children by choosing “No” to the Recall.

How California would end 2021 and experience 2022 depends on the result of the recall.

Real People, not Actors are sleeping on shaded streets and outside buildings that were closed since last year’s first lockdown.

We need to stop being angry to one another. It’s exactly what the self serving, evil Politicians are trying to accomplish in preparation for the next Presidential and Senate Elections. We all are just Human Shields to their ambition and arrogance.

I need to live long enough for him. A Parent will do anything to protect his or her child. Wouldn’t you?

I value my life. I value my family, my community and my country. So, I’m voting “NO” to the Recall.

All Californians payed a total of $276 Million hard earned tax payers money because some people find the CDC COVID mandates inconvenient. Freedom of some cost the Freedom of all. To pay $7 dollars each without our consent, isn’t that taking away our Freedom? I did not sign for this recall. I did not choose the recall. Did you? Photo from ABC 10.

Life and Safety are more important to me than Freedom because Freedom is worthless if I’m dead or those I love are dead. Same goes if many in my beloved State are dead.

The lies and propaganda started again before Recall Election Day like the Presidential Election last year. Really? Is it that hard to grasp majority wants to end this sickness, death and economic paralysis? Is better really hard to believe?

I dropped my Ballot today and my wife’s, not just because we want to but we need to with a sense of Emergency. May be it only takes two votes more to keep our life and sanity intact. I’m done with the downplaying of this virus that killed more than 700,000 of my fellow Americans. Aren’t you?

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Birds Beach, Seals Beach, Human Beach, Any Difference?

Is there any difference between Birds Beach, Seals Beach and Human Beach?

Birds migrate from one country to the next, one continent to the next, but Birds never forget to return home. Is it because of how they were created? Or is it because so much love, understanding and acceptance were given that their hearts have never forgotten? I don’t know. Not a Bird.

Yes, there are contrast and differences with some commonalities.

He hikes with me, not just because he wants to, but he knows it makes me happy. He is one of the most caring and generous person I know. I didn’t read Fatherhood 101, so I’m thankful he turned out to be a better person than his Dad is. He is teaching me kindness. He is teaching me to be happier again. He reminds me to try to enjoy life and care less of what people may say. There are so many things Parents of Generation Z’s can learn from their Children that the previous generation and Society failed to teach. Adults think they are the experts in success and happiness. We are not. Children are. The Youth are.

Birds Beach has lots of flying, diving, tweeting, singing, pooping. Life is communal, crowded, but everyone gets along. Sharing is normal. Watching each other feathers are normal. Trust is natural. No Social Distancing, No Masks, Birds don’t have to.

When Humans are not allowed to disturb their home and sanctuaries, all living creatures thrive with so much abundance, beauty and freedom.

Seals Beach has lots of sleeping and relaxing. Life is laid back and no worries. Sun Bathing is a major lifestyle.

Ever now and then, a few wakes up, looks at each other and talk Seal language. Some just stare with droopy eyes looking startled or confused. Few would swim into the ocean to cool off or find food to eat. Also crowded. No Distancing, No Mask. They don’t have to.

Seals do fight and bite sometimes, but Seals quickly kiss and make up. They don’t hold grudges.

Seals mind their own business. No gossips. No exchange of destructive opinions. Instead, they’d rather doze off and dream. No wonder they don’t have facial wrinkles despite of all day Sun and no Sunblock.

The secret to their ability to sleep easily and looking so relax? Distance from people and not worrying. Distance from technology, detachment from anything material and capitalism. I’m envious. Who wouldn’t? Perfectly pristine.

Human Beach always moving, changing. People come and go. Some stay for awhile to enjoy the Sun, Sand and Surf. Others pass by for pictures then move on.

Human Beach can be peaceful and fun. Can also be anxiety provoking. Socialization can be sensitive and cautious, or extreme, too much and reckless. Human Beaches varies from place to place depending on Human thinking, attitude and behavior.

Humans tend to stay within their circles. Trust is not normal, it’s earned. They hardly talk or socialize with other humans they don’t know. May be an eye contact, a smile or a friendly greeting, “Morning,” when in close proximity to one another.

Fern Grotto Beach

Some Humans are curious, restless, adventurous, brave and daring. They would swim waist deep on waves 4 feet high or higher. They would go past safety markings and climb sharp rocks that looks dangerous. Others enjoy Nature from a distance, content on where they are. These are the Humans that can keep still. They are either the calm ones or the cautious ones.

My son and I were sitting on the top of the rocks, about 12 feet above the water. Few minutes later, the cold ocean water splashed on us both. Shocked, surprised, our expressions must be priceless. People behind us saw what happened looking shocked as well. I see their expressions, but no words. People started to stand up and walked away. I laughed it out. Son laughed too but pointed out it’s my fault we got wet, “Dad, why did you ask me to sit next to you, you got me wet.” My response, “Well, at least we’re both feeling refreshed. And wasn’t that fun?”

No Distancing among circles. Distancing among strangers. Everyone, No Masks. It’s the Outdoors!

I should have gone down just to see how it looks like but I was content from where I was. May be next time.

Humans like Social Media. They like to scrutinize other people’s lives. Gossip is a past time. Taking Selfies are both talent and skill. Humans are opinionated. Their words can be used as a weapon because they’re powerful. Their words can also bring people together and heal.

A rock bridge with arch. When the World was young, continents where connected with land bridges. It’s how people first traveled, not for enjoyment but for living and survival.

Human Beach has trash. Some visitors leave them. Perhaps the waves will just wash them away or gets buried in the sand. May be a genuine Nature Lover will pick the trash and dispose them properly.

Not a single trash in this Beach. How? No Humans are allowed.

Luckily, Human pooping all natural is never allowed nor accepted in these beaches. That would be mega gross. No Porta Potty except at the hiking trail entrance.

Submarine Rock

The 3 Beaches have one beautiful treasure in common, the Ocean. It’s blue, it’s vast, it’s relaxing and it’s wonderful. The Beaches shares the Ocean equally.

The Ocean is always free. Humans decided it needs entrance fee in some Nature Parks and Beaches for maintenance and upkeep. Fair enough. Provides jobs too.

For a moment, it was just me, him and the Ocean we both love.

Same Hiking Trails at Wilder Ranch State Park, just different views, observation and experience 1-2 blocks away. Amazing.

Abandoned Railroad Tracks in the Santa Cruz County Coast. Each track leads to a different Beach Destination and Adventure. Experiences never the same from one hiker to the next, one traveler to the next. It’s what makes this place special.

We didn’t finish the trail. Too long, no water. We skipped the visitor center information. It wasn’t a planned hiking. I just stopped where I first saw many cars parked from the roadside.

My General Rule: More Cars means More Adventure and Scenic Views.

I needed a few hours of Outdoors and Nature after working the Labor Day Weekend. My wife noticed the difference pre and post hike me. She was right. She’s also observant. Very curious and observant.

Definitely, we will come back more prepared. I heard, there’s a Shark Beach. That would be “Jaws Dropping.”

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Fall Magic Came Early

Fall 2021 begins September 22. Should I wait to experience its magic?

Same Tree from last year, just feels different this year. Not every Holiday and Season will be the same. Time, people, events…something always changes.

Should I wait to see it’s beautiful colors of orange, yellows, reds, greens and purple?

Same Decors. Different arrangements. Same Season. Different moments.

Should I wait to smell its fragrance of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and of course …pumpkins?

Indulge on what inspires you.

Should I wait to taste its delicious food and beverages like Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Spice Latte?

Been savoring Fall’s yummy concoctions for the past 2 weeks. Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Creamer, taste the same as the $5.25 per Grande size Starbuck’s store version. Fall flavor 4 less.

Should I wait to experience the unique blend of Happiness that it brings?

It’s not just about me when it comes to sharing happiness…so from the outside, I hope it brings to the viewer the joy and warmth I’m enjoying from the inside.

No, Nah, Nada, Nevah…on waiting!

I can stay in the dark, hidden, trapped, sad, angry, be a victim of people and circumstances…

So, at 5:45 A.M., I turned on our Fall Tree lights because I want to, I need to, I love to. Early Bird gets to catch the first batch of magic.

No one should wait for their magic to happen. With what is going on in our homes, community, country and the World, we need all the magic we can get…now!

…or I can step into the light and try mending the broken best parts of me.

18 months of the Pandemic taught me to live in the now and make my dreams happen with a sense of urgency.

“We’ve lived several months of Emergency Disaster. Some places still do. Knowing another Emergency is just around the corner, waiting for what matters and what’s important shouldn’t have to wait. Should be just as emergent.”

Fall Gnome sitting on top of a Holiday Truck. We bought the truck last Christmas. A bit of creativity, it becomes a Fall Harvest Truck.

I should have done them sooner and more, but I’m grateful because God gave me plenty of chances to bring to life many of what my heart has always wanted.

The signs are not random. They are meant to open our eyes to the things we missed or will be missing. Many didn’t get to live their dreams because they waited too long. Many didn’t get to share more of their light and joy because no one took the time to show them that they have it all along. To care and be kind…it’s in our DNA. To be grateful for every blessing no matter small…also in our DNA. We can be better.

I choose to celebrate Life bigger, sooner, longer, deeper, more spontaneous because I don’t know what happens to me and those I love next week, next month, next year.

We like a window with a nice, good view, people also like to watch from where they are standing a view that is nice and good. If only everyone gives back, the view will be equally beautiful on both sides. Another Season, another chance. Will it be different this time? I really don’t know. I hope so.

This is my truth. Don’t care if it’s weird. Don’t care if it it doesn’t follow the norms. At the end of a dream, who felt happier, won. Who missed it, lost. And I’m tired of losing. I needed more wins.

Life has never been more urgent. No more waiting for good things to simply happen.

Home is where my Heart is okay to be happy. Home is where I get to create stories where anything is possible. Home is where my inner light is welcome to shine honestly. Home means I don’t have to choose because Home understands and welcomes all. Magic is Home Sweet Home.

“I almost ran out of flicker to my flame. Then God showed me how dark, sad and cold it already is. My fire is taking baby steps. I’m not as young, patient, tolerant and forgiving as I used to be. I needed more time to heal. The wounds, too scarred, too deep. I needed more time to forgive and be braver on happiness. The hope, that my flame will burn brighter to light every corner and every room in my mind, heart and soul.”

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Haute Enchilada Cafe and Gallery

Have you been to a restaurant where the owner personally meet, greet, takes you to your table and serve you your food?


I love food, food loves me. It’s another World of Adventure and Stories. So sit back, chillax and let me tell one of my yummy love story. Once upon a time…

Have you been to a restaurant that feels like you’re part of their family though a total stranger?

The Mother and her Lion. Who protects who? They protect each other.

Have you drove 1-2 hours just to satisfy a food craving that has no other substitute anywhere?

The Mermaid and the Fountain of Youth. Nope, did not wake up the next day looking like I’m 21.

Have you been to a restaurant where the food taste and looks gourmet and beyond Zagat rating yet at a very affordable price?

Taste buds extravaganza, Pescado Cubano, a freshly catch Fish of the Day encrusted with crushed pistachios and pumpernickel mounted on black beans, serve with plantain croquettes stuffed with aged Mexican cheese generously drenched in avocado tomatillo salsa and cream. I’m drooling again just writing this.

Have you been to a secret garden where the ambiance seems to have been created just perfectly for you?

Under grand chandelier surrounded by million flowers. Lights, camera…eating time.

I’ve been, twice. It’s called The Haute Enchilada Cafe and Gallery at Moss Landing, California.

Superb Empanada. Thin buttery crisp with perfect blend of salt, spices, and hint of fruity sweetness.

The Haute Enchilada Cafe is a non-pretentious food haven. It’s serious great food everyone will have an equal opportunity to enjoy. Seems unbelievable in a World full of fancy, even intimidating, uncomfortable, too formal Resto Bars and Restaurants.

Relleno de la Paz, brings back the delightful joy of Fall, bite after bite. Chile Pasilla Pepper roasted and stuffed with caramelized onion and plantain mash drenched in pumpkin raisin pipian mole sauce finished with cashew cream. Special Gourmet food at the price of the usual generic restaurant food. That’s a delicious deal.

Here, customers dine as they are in their most comfortable clothes. No need to impress anyone. Just the Kitchen chef eager to impress each and every customer.

House Margarita…refreshing, strong, guaranteed to relax the restless, tired traveler.

We’re lucky to walk-in twice without reservations and be accepted. The others after us, not so much. 24 hour reservation is needed.

Great Food with Great Ambiance and Great People are hard to find. So to find one, jackpot!

A large group of people walked-in after us. They we’re turned down even if the woman with them said, “We’re always here.” The owner wasn’t impressed a bit to bend the rules. She said no.

Vintage, rusty, one of a kind Artistic details everywhere. Then there’s the priceless Art Gallery by the Patio Garden. No entrance fee.

This gem restaurant observes COVID CDC mandate of distancing and mask. So, one can eat without worrying about the Delta Variant landing on one’s food, nose or mouth.

A banquet awaits at the open secret butterfly garden. From the road, no one would suspect such a wonderful place exist.

The Haute Enchilada owners does not compromise their staff and clients safety for money. Quality never compromised for quantity. This rare character alone makes the people behind this food treasure destination deserving of this post. Well earned and yes, I’m still feeling lucky and thankful to celebrate my wife’s 45th Birthday there.

My wife’s Chinese Zodiac is Dragon. Mine’s Pig. So it’s obvious who’s the boss. Behind the scenes, we’re like Cat and Mouse sometimes. Marriage is a lifetime of both amazing and crazy adventures. Another story, another day.

No, I didn’t tell the owner of my wife’s B-day to enter. Somehow, she just saw in our eyes we needed a moment of joy, romance and a bit of magic.

God bless our dreams and hopes when our intention is good, true and pure. He doesn’t compromise too, he is God after all.

Destiny, instinct, connection, whatever it was, it made our dream come true. And yes, we drove almost 2 hours with traffic on a hope. And hope happened.

So much magic and beauty. How the plants and flowers were clustered and group together, a living, constantly changing Nature Art.

A special place deserves more than the usual ratings and reviews. It deserves to be shared and remembered by heart in a personal way because it did the same to the story teller.

“I only see you.” So romantic the flowers seem to float on air. Or was I seemingly floating on air? I only drank water, so it’s not the alcohol. Enchantment is intoxicating.

That is something money can’t influence nor how many followers we have. Not everything revolves in Social Media.

Cherubim playing at the Garden. When one let go of their phone and start noticing the World around them, one can hear the Cherubs’ singing, whispering, laughing. Could be the Carb high too.

In this restaurant, no one cares if we are an Influencer or deep pocketed. What they do care is for us to have an amazing time and take home a happy, delicious memory.

Food is happiness and beautiful chemistry. Food is Art and Life. Food connects the senses to create the perfect love story between the dish and the Food Lover. It’s unique. It’s personal.

Travel without great food is just travel. After a while, we forget them. Travel with great food is an experience and it becomes an unforgettable memory.

Garden Strawberries. No room for dessert though. So full, tummy, eyes and heart.

Dessert Story next Food Adventure. It’s sweet tooth divine and will be worth the wait.

“There are foods to sustain life. There are foods to feel alive. We need both to live happy and healthy. No compromise.”

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Squirrels Eating Doritos

You know the world is messed up when Squirrels are eating Doritos, an addicting delicious junk food.

Good Food can be be Bad Food both in excess and when loaded with artificial chemicals. Our groceries have isles of them. My favorite, White Cheddar Jalapeño Cheetos.

Sunday, wife and I drove to Bixby Bridge. We were very surprised the Squirrels just keep going to any tourist near them.

It is hard to find a place of solitude, when in a tourist spot, so I improvised. Tiny hill across Bixby Bridge overlooking Carmel. Most crowd at the side overlooking Big Sur.

The Squirrels were so friendly. Too friendly. They would stand up and stretch their arms and hands like waiting for tourists to hand them something. Wasn’t money for sure.

The smell of cheese flavored Doritos were too hard to resist. It drew them out to join the feast. Squirrels are rodents like mice and like Jerry the cartoon mouse, they love cheese. Who wouldn’t? It’s yummy.

Then I saw a woman feeding them Doritos. First 1-2 Squirrels came out of their homes, then I saw about 8, could be more. They were everywhere.

“Sweetie, didn’t mom and dad warned you to stay away from the big bad wolf?” The World has lots of them. Freebies and Goodies are never free. They could be a lure to something dangerous.

Squirrels are so cute and adorable. It’s very easy to get excited and just feed them anything edible for fun, pictures and videos, when it’s actually harming them. Could even kill them. All that salt and chemicals. If people can develop obesity, high blood pressure, Diabetes, even Cancer because of chemicals, salt and sugar, I’m sure Squirrels are just as susceptible to diseases if not more from eating unhealthy, processed food.

They may even ride in a stranger’s car for chips and crackers. Too trusting and innocent like children. The World has changed a lot, Stranger Danger has never been more important to teach our kids. Even naive adults needs to be reminded to be cautious and be careful. Predators comes in all kinds and forms. Real life has its Horrors.

Would I see them again on my next visit to Bixby Bridge? I hope so. This time I’ll bring a sign, “Please do not feed the Squirrels especially chips.”

“You and I are the smart ones,” says the lady behind me. While everyone is flocking on the other side. Two strangers ventured on the opposite direction away from everyone. They get to see and experience something uniquely beautiful and different. Delta variant safer too. Yes, I don’t usually wear mask outdoors anymore so I keep my distance. Bigger distance, the better!

What we do with Nature and it’s living creatures has an impact. They could do good or harm. We could help with their survival or destroy them. People need to assume some responsibility and accountability both for Nature and the future generations. They too deserve to live, thrive and stay healthy. Not just us today.

Just because we can doesn’t mean we should. Leave Nature alone as uncorrupted, undisturbed, unexploited the way we saw them. Never okay to keep destroying our World and everything wonderful in it. DO NO HARM is UNIVERSAL.

And if we can’t really help it, here is what Google recommends:

In a setting without any human interaction, squirrels enjoy nuts, seeds, tree flowers and tree buds from a variety of trees including butternut, cedar, dogwood, elm, hackberry, hemlock, hickory, maple, mulberry, pine and spruce. They also snack on mushrooms and fungi from time to time.

Take care of Nature right and Nature will guarantee to stay by our side and take care of us for a very long time. Abuse Nature and it’s wrath will be upon us. They already are from hurricanes, floods, Earthquakes, wildfires, severe droughts to widespread disease infestations and deaths. Earth is dying. It doesn’t have to.

I guess we can still feed them, just feed them what their usual Nature diet that is all natural and organic. Yes, organic. Don’t panic, Whole Foods has them, most groceries do.

Tower of Rocks beneath a forgotten coastal trail. Someone built it in perfect balance in the hope it gets to protect everything and everyone behind it. A Hero is a person that will risk his life to save others. The same Heroes have been fighting. We need reinforcement. We are at War with Terror, whether it’s a treat to Life or Democracy. And the Enemies are winning.

“We are the Guardians and Protector of all Living Creatures. Remember our purpose. Remember how it felt to care.”

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