End of Summer 2021, the 3 Amigos were trying to figure out one collective activity where everyone will enjoy and remember.
I quickly suggested, “Roadtrip to the Beach? Wifey replied with a question, “Again?”
My second suggestion, “Hiking on rugged Ocean rocks and cliffs? Son replied, “But Mom will just stay in the car…again.”
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 😔.
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.”
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.
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
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.
Immediately they both said, “Yes!” It’s unanimous. Goodwill Scavenger Hunt won. Everyone were so excited.
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.
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.
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.
Life is about creating as many happy moments that becomes lasting joyful memories no time, circumstances and people can ever erase.
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.
So, please don’t throw in the garbage old usable things. Donate them. Also, they may be Tax deductible.
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?
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.
Surfers Turf, Santa Cruz is not only known for its awesome Surf Breaks but also for its beautiful haunting Sun-kissed Beaches.
Winter, Monarch Cove at Natural Bridges State Beach provides Haven and Sanctuary to migratory Monarch Butterflies.
Thousands of flickering orange wings surrounds tall Eucalyptus Trees. Monarch Butterflies when bunched together looks like bouquets of orange blooms.
Blessed with many days of sunshine, Santa Cruz is playground and getaway for both tourists and locals.
It’s the perfect Postcard of the California Dream.
Wonder and amazement? Yes, and a lot of awesome more.
Families come to Santa Cruz to make happy memories. To enjoy what Life, Sun and Summers have to give.
Lovers come to Santa Cruz for romance, Sunsets and sizzling secrets.
Friends come to Santa Cruz for excitement, thrill and relaxation at the Boardwalk, beaches and outdoors.
Hollywood love Santa Cruz.
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.
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!
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.
Once in every decade, they look for a new member to play with forever. Sometimes, the replacementis 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.
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.
Isn’t that why travel, weekends and vacation are so important?
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.
“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.
Rage and Acting Out ranging from rudeness to assault have been more frequent because of the Pandemic and Weaponized Politics.
Mask Mandate is the number one explosive trigger of Adult aggressive behavior and tantrums. Second, delayed gratification or refusal of service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Difference with more Indifference equals Outbursts, Burn Outs and Exodus. The damage, irreversible and unrepairable to some.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Terrorism both from the Virus and from People are causing everyone to change either into being their best selves or worst selves.
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.
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.”
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.”
I’m always at the stores and didn’t notice there’s actually an LOL Section.
These can be found where the Mugs and the Motivational Frames are.
Mugs are the best. They are cheesy, hilarious, flowery, blunt, positive, intriguing, provocative. It becomes however we interpret their “words of wisdom and inspiration.”
Funny and fun when it does the opposite effect, meaning, message and reaction. Feel Good and Adorable Irony Word Salad.
If we want to give a not so obvious, subtle but highly effective brainwashing hint, a morning coffee Mug is the perfect gift.
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.
Add, exchange, omit words or join group of words together and boom! Instant Scandalous Shockers.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yep, there’s people who easily get into our nerves. They buzz, annoy and sting like bees minus any sweet honey for consolation.
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.
There’s always an explanation for our behavior, physically, psychologically or emotionally.
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.
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.
With great words comes great responsibility. Right, Uncle Ben?
Ok, time to finish my second cup of coffee and head to work. I’m hyper and awake enough.
“I didn’t quite understood until I was ready to understand.”
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.
One Day of Tragedy brought all of America to Unite regardless of their Beliefs, Culture and Ethnicity.
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.
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.
Please remember the important lessons of 9/11.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“Hell NO” to the likelihood of multiple preventable Emergency Disaster Activations and Paralysis of California’s Economy and Healthcare Systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To others, Sickness and Death are not real till it becomes close and personal.
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.
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.
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.
Imagine, even roughly 19 million Californians just doing whatever they want in a Pandemic Surge? It’s Doomsday scenarios in a matter of months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How California would end 2021 and experience 2022 depends on the result of the recall.
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 value my life. I value my family, my community and my country. So, I’m voting “NO” to the Recall.
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.
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?
Is there any difference between Birds Beach, Seals Beach and Human Beach?
Yes, there are contrast and differences with some commonalities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No Distancing among circles. Distancing among strangers. Everyone, No Masks. It’s the Outdoors!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Same Hiking Trails at Wilder Ranch State Park, just different views, observation and experience 1-2 blocks away. Amazing.
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.
Definitely, we will come back more prepared. I heard, there’s a Shark Beach. That would be “Jaws Dropping.”
Fall 2021 begins September 22. Should I wait to experience its magic?
Should I wait to see it’s beautiful colors of orange, yellows, reds, greens and purple?
Should I wait to smell its fragrance of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and of course …pumpkins?
Should I wait to taste its delicious food and beverages like Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Spice Latte?
Should I wait to experience the unique blend of Happiness that it brings?
No, Nah, Nada, Nevah…on waiting!
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
Have you been to a restaurant where the owner personally meet, greet, takes you to your table and serve you your food?
Have you been to a restaurant that feels like you’re part of their family though a total stranger?
Have you drove 1-2 hours just to satisfy a food craving that has no other substitute anywhere?
Have you been to a restaurant where the food taste and looks gourmet and beyond Zagat rating yet at a very affordable price?
Have you been to a secret garden where the ambiance seems to have been created just perfectly for you?
I’ve been, twice. It’s called The Haute Enchilada Cafe and Gallery at Moss Landing, California.
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.
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.
We’re lucky to walk-in twice without reservations and be accepted. The others after us, not so much. 24 hour reservation is needed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That is something money can’t influence nor how many followers we have. Not everything revolves in Social Media.
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.
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.
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.”
You know the world is messed up when Squirrels are eating Doritos, an addicting delicious junk food.
Sunday, wife and I drove to Bixby Bridge. We were very surprised the Squirrels just keep going to any tourist near them.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“We are the Guardians and Protector of all Living Creatures. Remember our purpose. Remember how it felt to care.”
My family's unwavering belief in me makes me feel that I can do anything, be anything. This blog is about the people that made a difference in my life and the many journeys we made together. Because of them,I get to dream again...and those dreams, they remind me each day that life is a gift and a blessing. A blessing that is full of goodness, joy and hope.