Jim's Trek V, my exercise journey now on my Schwinn 170 from Tampa to parts unknown...

Monday, September 30, 2013

Day 69 - (AD 292) - Jim's Trek Part II - The Sequel - 21.8 Miles - 5,700+ Miles on My Schwinn 150

Good Day,

This morning I completed my cycling on my Schwinn 150 in two parts. During the first part I was called to my Dentist's office to fit my new crowns.  I completed the second part after I got home with my new teeth. I cycled 20.7 miles without and with my teeth...and no I do not have dentures. Sometime last night, at supper, I must have swallowed one of my temporary crowns. Praise be the new ones had arrived.

And today I have passed the 5,700 mile mark. I have cycled, since December 2, 2012, 5,718.9 miles. My return mileage, from Seattle to Tampa is now clocked in at 25.6% of my total Trek thus far.

This morning after my 20.7 miles I am now located on CA-18 S and I am coming up on Rabbit Ranch Airport. This is a privately owned airport and just west of Lucerne Valley. I wonder if there is any connection to the Chicken Ranch.

And this will be the next Supreme Court concern and pending ruling - Is Ted Cruz constitutionally capable of becoming a President of the United States? I am not siding with one who reads Dr. Seuss in the workings of our government's business but I am definitely interested in the possibilities and/or probabilities.

Quoting from Angie Drobnic Holan's article published on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 in the Tampa Bay Times,

Cruz -- full name: Rafael Edward Cruz --was born in Canada in 1970 because his father was working for the oil industry there. The senator’s recently released birth certificate shows his mother was born in Delaware and his father was born in Cuba. The Cruz family left Canada a few years later. Cruz grew up in Texas and graduated from high school there, later attending Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Wonder on which side of the fence Mr. Trump will perch himself?

I am still waiting on the fix and return of my PC. Two weeks has caused a long withdrawal period. But to top it off I am still looking at a house that is awaiting an interior reconstruction. This hoarder is becoming antsy..

Be healthy and enjoy,


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Day 68 - (AD 291) - Jim's Trek Part II - The Sequel - 21.8 Miles - Phantom Roadway?

Good Day,

Today's cycling on my Schwinn 150 added another 21.8 miles to my Trek. And this morning I cycled up 640 calories. Chalk that now to 5,698.2 miles in 291 days. The news is that since I stopped my diabetes medication I have now maintained an average fasting blood sugar of 101.8 ml/dL.

On my virtual Trek I am now located on Air Base Road and Air Expressway. I am somewhere between the George AFB, Victorville and the intersection of Phantom Road. How apropos...a road that does exist while a virtual Trek that doesn't. (The B-marker marks my spot.)

I am a wee bit late writing up my Trek today, even though I did commit to and complete my actual exercise this morning. This afternoon I spent babysitting my grandson and assisting with the new house move.  I think I did enjoy the babysitting a bit more...than just writing.

And the drag continues.  I am somewhat frustrated that my regular PC has not been returned. Even in this day and age of electronic database updates and frequent changes, a supplier of a required part makes the mistake and sends the necessary component to an old, old address of the computer builder. I am currently experiencing a shade of keyboard withdrawal.

Bill Briggs of NBC News, September 28th article 'A different person': Personality change often brain injury's hidden toll definitely hits close to home. I wonder if there is a thought of a corresponding idea and process of the possibility of introvert versus extrovert changes. Interesting article.

Harvested a bunch of Scotch Bonnets and now looking for recipes to make sauce. I do like spicy and hot additions to most of my meals.

Be healthy and enjoy,


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Day 67 - (AD 290) - Jim's Trek Part II - The Sequel - 21.3 Miles - On El Mirage Road in California

Good Day,

This morning cycle jaunt on my Schwinn 150 was 21.3 miles and I burned 617 calories. I continue to cycle even to the chagrin of some naysayers who predicted that I could not do it. My Trek has continued now for almost 290 days since December 2, 2012. And this is the actual physical and real part of the Trek.

Today my virtual Trek has me just located on Avenue P, not in D.C. but in the desert in California. The highway is also appropriately named El Mirage Road.

Only 2,519 more miles left to return home. And the rain is back here in Tampa...and more exercise on a moving day.

Our new Vanderbilt afghan is beginning to take shape. All colors have been chosen, and we're psyched. The quilting continues on our new Tampa Kaleidoscope quilt. We really shocked how large this new quilt construction will be.

Be healthy and enjoy,


Friday, September 27, 2013

Day 66 - (AD 289) - Jim's Trek Part II - The Sequel - 20.8 Miles - Somewhere in The Desert in California

Good Day,

Today I finished another 20.8 miles on my cycling Trek on my Schwinn 150.  This morning I am located somewhere south of the Edwards AFB.  I have just turned right off East Avenue E on to 140th Street E.

Yes this appears to be a virtual trip in the California desert, and I am 166 miles from my next Interlake address goal.  In Tampa the humidity is down and the sun is now out, for some time.

My current stats and personal successes -
  • Location – Somewhere near Rosamond Dry Lake Bed,California
  • Sequel Distance – 20.8; Total 1,315.2 miles
  • Grand Total Miles – 5,572.3
  • Calories Burned - 618
  • Weight – 164.2 lbs; Total Loss – 6.6 lbs
  • Belly Measurement - 33"; Total Loss - 11"
  • Blood Sugar - 84 mg/dL
  • Blood Pressure – 118/76
  • BMI – 22.9
I am riding my Schwinn 150. My Schwinn 150 is made by and is a product of  Schwinn Fitness, a division owned by Nautilus, Inc. of Vancouver, Washington. The outdoor Schwinn bicycle line is owned and a product of Dorel Industries of Montreal, Canada.  I did not know that Mr. Pee Wee Herman, and to think that I may have walked on Green Avenue when I lived in Montreal.

My viewing this morning was the 1946 Colonel Effingham's Raid. Nothing ever changes... The plot involves a retired career Army colonel who returns to his hometown in about 1940, starts writing a column in a local newspaper and takes on the corrupt local politicians to not replace the historic county courthouse.

And does anything ever change? Politics and green eggs and ham.  Maybe the self-identified gatekeepers should elevate their education and levels of understanding to the extent of Dr. Seuss.  I was wondering about paramecia, and then I thought "Why bother?"

Be healthy and enjoy,


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Day 65 - (AD 288) - Jim's Trek Part II - The Sequel - 21.0 Miles - Near Lancaster, CA on My Schwinn 150

Good Day,

I cycled 21.0 miles on my Schwinn 150 this morning. I have now completed 1,377.2 miles on my return journey from Seattle back to Tampa. To date the Part II of my total journey has increased to 24.4% of my total journey. And this morning I burned 657 calories, and I'm sure I'll eat them back on today.

I am headed in an easterly direction on CA-138 E, also known as W Avenue D. I'm just about to come on to the intersection at 60th Street W. I am northwest of the City of Lancaster which is within the Antelope Valley region and California's High Desert. The population of Lancaster is somewhere about 157 thousand.

One of Lancaster's claim to fame - One of the three musical roads in the world. An excerpt of Gioachino Rossini's William Tell Overture, tar and bumps. The other two are in Japan and maybe that is Part III.

I wonder... Just thinking that if it would sound like Chopsticks should a bicycle travel over the musical groves?

And of course I am still follow The West Wing as my video companion to my Schwinn 150 cycling. Did I mention that I watch a movie or video series without commercial break as I am cycling? This helps me to commit myself to a continuous stream of cycling without any audible or mental interuptions. It definitely works for me.

This morning's lesson from the annals of The West Wing: Should you want someone to shut up and if you want them to curtail their negative politicking, create a bogus award and present it to them in a quick and sweet ceremony; the Francis Scott Key Key Award. (Season 4, Episode 18, Privateers...)

And I did it again, but this time I caught my error without having created too much of the ensuing Vanderbilt afghan band. It is a simple process but I have to keep focused between the single and the double rows. The re-constructed band is now 23". (Each inner band of this original design is projected to be 50".)

The quilting to our Tampa Kaleidoscope is looking great.

Be healthy and enjoy,


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Day 64 - (AD 287) - Jim's Trek Part II - The Sequel - 20.5 Miles - Cruising in California on My Schwinn 150

Good Day,

This morning I finished 20.5 miles on my Schwinn 150. The 5,600 mile mark has now been reached. My total miles as of this 287th day of cycling is 5,613.3. My next Interlake address goal is 209 miles away. I still have 2,677 miles to go to return home to Tampa, Florida. All-things-being-equal this Trek on my Schwinn 150 is turning into a short exercise and body changing jaunt of just about 8,300 miles, give or take...

Currently I am heading in a southeasterly direction on CA-138 E/270th St W/W Ave C-6/Lancaster Rd toward Pacific Crest Trail.  Google Maps' photo-cars have taken images at night.  The resulting photo on my notebook is not to bright.  I just lightened up the image to realize that I have to be wary and careful of on-coming 18-wheelers.

J&B's new plantation is filled with fruit-bearing papaya trees. Just made myself a papaya, banana/strawberry yogurt smoothie. Also tried my hand at a Sum Tom.

I do not think that I will, even though I am probably lying, ever eat at a fast food restaurant ever again... Follow this link...Fast Food Fancy.

I have decided to become a weather prognosticator. Today is Day Three and there are only 37 days and nights left to gather up the gopher wood here in Tampa. We've been having a H2Ocane without the winds, just the water, the thunder and lightning. Slight breeze though. I wonder if I can use the Cypress wood in the back yard?

While I'm on this stream of thought, my question is... when do those without any reasonable level of education or common sense always think that it is their God-given (or Allah-given) right to foist their segmented and biased learnings upon other persons and relatives? There has to be some inverse correlation between the levels of fanaticism and the degree of education. I think I'm going to have some shrimp for supper.

Politicians can be now and should be assimilated and likened to anything beyond the philosophy of Dr. Seuss. Ted Cruz, born Canadian and now American at 42 years, with baccalaureates plus from Princeton University, Harvard University, and Harvard Law School is now brilliantly presenting the credibilities of the constituents who elected him to the US Senate. Horton hops on Pop. Cruz in on Green Eggs and Ham and waste the citizens funds and time.

Well I finished the first band of my Vanderbilt afghan. A beautiful 8 ½" by 50". I then realized I had made two distinct errors, errors to my eyes. I unraveled 42" and continued again.Our quilting pattern, on our longarm, for the inner top of Tampa Kaleidoscope really looks slick. Don't forget to check out Afghans SB and Quilts SB for our progress and updates.

Be healthy and enjoy,


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Day 63 - (AD 286) - Jim's Trek Part II - The Sequel - 21.0 Miles - Frazier Park, California

Good Day,

Today is my 300th posting of Jim's Trek.

This is the journey that I began on December 2, 2012; a journey both real and virtual. The ultimate goal of my Trek on my Schwinn 150, a stationary bicycle, was to begin and continue an exercise regime that would, hopefully, realize me some benefits. And this morning I topped, or should I say I bottomed out another one. My fasting blood sugar count recorded in at 80 mg/dL. And my other success is the fact that I have lost 11-inches on my waist measurement.

Jim's Trek is my journal, recording both my real exercise and the results...It is a physical, mental, and virtual Trek that provides me with the reality and illusion of goals that I can physically and mentally reach while I exercise. Jim's Trek is not a presentation of a sham. The virtual corresponds with the reality. The physical results are the proof.

And today I completed an addition 21.0 miles on my Schwinn 150. I am averaging about 1 hour and 6 minutes every day, and today I burned 651 calories. To date since December 2 I have clocked 5,593.3 miles.

This morning I reached the Village of Frazier Park which lies within Cuddy Canyon inside the Los Padres National Forest in California. I am still on my return Trek from Seattle, Washington to Tampa, Florida. The population of Frazier Park is about 2,700 and the elevation is 4,639 feet above sea level, just a wee bit higher than my physical location in Tampa. I now am within 230 miles of my next and 31st Interlake address goal location.

After 15+ years having been diagnosed as a Diabetic, I can honestly say that I have been able to "beat" the odds. Coupled with my regular cycling on my Schwinn 150, a reasonable diet, and NO diabetes medication for the last 63 days, for all intents I do not record a regular diabetes threshold. This morning this is the message I received:
You have indicated that your Fasting Blood Glucose is 80.

Congratulations! Your blood glucose level is within normal limits and you do not have diabetes at present.
I am not a doctor. I am a 61-year old retired English Teacher and Banker, but logic would tell me that an average fasting blood sugar count of 103.5 mg/dL for the same period of 63 days, without any diabetes medication, certainly warrants some note. I wonder if there is a doublespeak oxymora somewhere within the careers of English Teacher and Banker?

I think I am going to construct a "Doggy-Treadmill" for Radar. I figure that while I am on my Schwinn 150 he can trot and gallop beside me in order to burn the excess energy that he keeps bottled inside...And that would tend to me chasing him through the backyards and yards of our neighborhood. And he is a good looking, smart, little DEVIL-Dog.

Be healthy and enjoy,


Monday, September 23, 2013

Day 62 - (AD 285) - Jim's Trek Part II - The Sequel - 22.0 Miles - On The Road in California

Good Day,

This morning I decided that I would break the 21.7 mile repeat. I cycled on my Schwinn 150 22.0 miles. It just didn't make sense to do less.

I am heading east on Forest Highway 95/Hudson Ranch Road toward Forest Route 9N27. Guess I will be continuing to follow Forest Highway 95 for a bit and a couple of days.

Okay call me a rube from Florida, (I've lived here long enough but definitely not a redneck), but if there wasn't a paved road with a painted line down the center of the image I certainly might expect to see a rancour of cowboys come riding over the hills.

My current stats -
  • Location – Hudson Ranch Road, California
  • Sequel Distance – 22.0; Total 1,315.2 miles
  • Grand Total Miles – 5,572.3
  • Calories Burned - 651
  • Weight – 165.8 lbs; Total Loss – 5.0 lbs
  • Belly Measurement - 33"; Total Loss - 11"
  • Blood Sugar - 89 mg/dL
  • Blood Pressure – 125/83
  • BMI – 23.1
And he did it again! The little bugger shimmied out of the double supposedly secure and my ingenious harness contraption. But before he could bound off and start his catch-me-if-you-can marathon I flew through the air and grabbed him in a flying tackle. Boy was he shocked! And after scolding him, the next I knew was that this little scamp of a devil-dog was snuggled up in my lap for the remainder of the evening.  Radar - 6; Jim - 1. And if anyone has any idea for a good and secured harness for Radar, one that he cannot slip backwards out of, I certainly would appreciate any thought.

Have you ever had the issue of an unseen gnat buzzing you incessantly? They have one goal in their minuscule and boring little life, to try and bite you to obtain some sort of sustenance to feed and regenerate its tiny existence. And they can be a bother when they feel a connection. But a quick flick of a hand sends it into the oblivion of never-never land.

Back to my cycling on my Schwinn 150. Next goal just around the corner, 5,600 miles.

Be healthy and enjoy,


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Day 61 - (AD 284) - Jim's Trek Part II - The Sequel - 21.7 Miles - Brown Everywhere on My Schwinn 150

Good Day,

And once again, this morning I cycled 21.7 miles on my Schwinn 150. I wonder if there is any significance to the fact that these last four days I have stopped, without any purpose at 21.7 miles. I wonder...

I am now located still on CA-33 S/West Side Highway, but I appear to have added another virtual/real highway, the CA-166 W. I am heading south and I did travel through the City of Maricopa. It looks like I will be trekking through some similar landscape for the next couple of days.

The question this day is do we need to listen to the voices of the few? No. Do I listen to the ranting of the insignificant single ones? No.  I do think that there is merit in a single voice with well-thought out ideas, but... is there any worth of a waste of grey matter over the rant of a nondescript Internet tap? No.

And I created a double harness for my Houdini rascal Radar.  Will this work?

My companion this morning is The West Wing. Thank you Netflix. President Bartlet has just been re-elected and the pace of the story lines do not stop. This is a good companion to my cycling as it keeps my mind focused.

And a new crocheted afghan has begun.  Stay tuned to Afghans SB for upcoming details. We will be checking and updating our Quilts SB schedule shortly.

Be healthy and enjoy,


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Day 60 - (AD 283) - Jim's Trek Part II - The Sequel - 21.7 Miles - Still in California on My Schwinn 150

Good Day,

This morning's cycle miles totaled 21.7; grand total now 5,528.6. I am still located on CA-33 S/West Side Highway and it certainly looks dry.

Apart from my exercise this morning on my Schwinn 150, Radar was able to Houdini himself out of his harness. Another hour was spent traipsing and running around in the neighborhood chasing after that dog. And he managed to slip out of the new strait jacket harness that I had just bought. I am now going to create my own combo-harness-strait jacket. I have taken two of his harnesses and have made a contraption of straps and buckles. We'll see if he can outsmart me the next time.  The score now is Radar - 6, Jim - 0.

This morning's viewing while on my Schwinn 150 was a James Bond movies. I think I mentioned it before but a movie with more action appears to cause me to cycle at a quicker pace than one that is less strenuous. This morning I actually burned more calories, 643, than I have when watching a more sedentary-type show. I wonder if this could be attributed to the fast pace and action scenes?

My Sea Foam afghan has been completed and my detailed and final write up can be seen at Afghans SB. I have now gathered the colored yarn for the next project. Stay tuned.

The quilting and the binding and our label have all been finished for Blumish Two.  Stay tuned to Quilts SB for my pending write-up. Next on the progress schedule is the quilting of our Tampa Kaleidoscope.

Our Blumish Two and Cosmo's Moon are now being readied to be shipped to Portland.  Both have been accepted as finalists at the 2013 MQX Quilt Festival - Pacific Northwest.

Be healthy and enjoy,


Friday, September 20, 2013

Day 59 - (AD 282) - Jim's Trek Part II - The Sequel - 21.7 Miles - 33" at 5,500 Miles on My Schwinn 150

Good Day,

Today I cycled another 21.7 miles on my Schwinn 150. I am now located at CA-33 S/West Side Highway and heading toward Lerdo Highway. And if I don't want to read Herman Melville's Moby Dick I just do not pick up the book.

This morning I topped 5,500 miles; that plus another 6.9. I had to look at myself in the mirror and realized that there has definitely been a body reshaping over these past 282 days. I began my Trek with a 44" waist and this morning's measurement realized a 33-inches. Hot damn! This cycling does work...over time. Isn't that correct, Ishmael?

And there is now 316 miles, both actual and virtual, remaining until my next Interlake address goal. Definitely the challenge to myself, Cap'n Ahab.

Just found out that I will still be without my PC until about Monday or Tuesday next week. I didn't realize exactly how much I do work, even with five blogs, on my desktop.

Learned about blocking afghans yesterday. Will have to schedule time to do both Double Entendre and Sea Foam to apply techniques. Our Blumish Two is just about completed and it is look pretty sweet. Check both Afghans SB and Quilts SB for updates and progress.

Be healthy and enjoy,


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Day 58 - (AD 281) - Jim's Trek Part II - The Sequel - 21.7 Miles - Have You Seen Kecks Corner?

Good Day,

Has anybody seen where Kecks Corner has gone? Population...well, there ain't any. This morning my 21.7 miles on my Schwinn 150 has me on CA-46 headed south east just past Kecks Corner, California. Seriously, where have all the people gone?

Today I can say that my 5,485.2 miles on my Schwinn 150 has definitely produced some results to this senior's body, that's if I am now classified as a senior. Hell, I noticed yesterday at the barbershop that on my next 62nd birthday my hair becomes less expensive.

My viewing pleasure on my Trek this morning was, and is continuing to be, The West Wing. It is a wonder that I never got involved with this show the first time around. It certainly is a good show just for a mental stimulus and acumen. The intelligent banter and repartee with the visual "walk and talk" pacing of the show can definitely wake me up in the morning. I have now watched episode 68, number 3 in Season 4. Only 87 more to go.

Question - Today is Talk like a Pirate Day... So who's got it wrong? What happened to Gasparilla held at the end of January beginning of February. So why was it set on June 6, 1995 by Misters Baur and Summers.

Last night supper was at Yummy Noodle House on Waters Avenue in Tampa. It is one of three Yummy restaurants in Tampa and the food is very, very good. Our table had dumplings, Shrimp dumpling soup, Beef on noodles, and stir fried Chinese Broccoli. And my blood sugar count this morning clocked in at 82.

Be healthy and enjoy,


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Day 57 - (AD 280) - Jim's Trek Part II - The Sequel - 22.1 Miles - Shandon, CA on My Schwinn 150

Good Day,

And yes I am definitely late posting to my Jim's Trek blog tonight... But I did do my cycling this morning, and then I had to deal with  the electric company, pool pump, PC, and reconstruction issues. Better write late than never.

My 22.1 miles today on my Schwinn 150 has me now located and headed east on CA-46 E toward Hopper Canyon Road. I am situated on the road on the northern outskirts of Shandon in the County of San Luis Obispo. The population of Shandon is about 1,300.

I have now completed 5,463.5 miles of this crazy Trek on my Schwinn 150. Did I mention that I also take The Pack for an afternoon mile walk at least about five days a week. Calculating the total Pack miles, I would figure that I have also walked an additional 200 miles.

I now have about 360 miles to go to get to my next and 31st Interlake address goal. And I just found out that the pool pump on the house was also fried due to the Tampa Electric power surge. Damn! I should have been born long before Thomas Edison...and then I would only have to worry about starvation or freezing to death. It has become a running joke when one calls TECO, the electric company that serves the Tampa area. Apart from listening to a fembot repeat menu choices you are now transferred to different departments and/or agencies dependent upon what part of the electrical peice of the product is involved. Today it was five bloody departments!

Be healthy and enjoy,


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Day 56 - (AD 279 ) - Jim's Trek Part II - The Sequel - In California on My Schwinn 150

Good Day,

This morning on my Schwinn 150 I am surrounded eerily by six pairs of eyes. The Pack has increased by two: Mox, Harbor, Radar, Bella, Tinker, and Max. One hundred and ten pounds down to 10. And I cycle my 22.1 miles eagerly.

Reality check - a dude (of sorts) on a Schwinn 150 cycling, ringed by eager canines. Virtually, I am cycling on in California on Godfrey Road, and I come to a junction, San Marcos Road and Nacimiento Lake Drive. I take a right-hand turn on Nacimiento Lake Drive, and I am headed in a southeasterly direction towards Paso Robles. I am so glad that I can speak Spanish. ¿Sabes el camino a Paso Robles?

Check-in stats -
  • Location – Nacimiento Lake Drive, California
  • Sequel Distance – 22.1; Total 1,184.3 miles
  • Grand Total Miles – 5,441.4
  • Calories Burned - 615
  • Weight – 164.0 lbs; Total Loss – 6.8 lbs
  • Belly Measurement - 34"; Total Loss - 10"
  • Blood Sugar - 85 mg/dL
  • Blood Pressure – 110/71
  • BMI – 23.0
The West Wing has also become another habit, but I at times cannot separate reality and imagination. My current episode "The Black Vera Wang" causes me to think on the question of whether and taking into account the incident yesterday in DC at the Navy Yard, we are at peace or are we at war?

And while I am thinking...supposedly VGER, aka Voyager I, has left our Solar System. Okay I can buy that, not that I am in any way or strength fielded in the studies of astrophysics or space flight. But if the thing-a-ma-jig on the Voyager I, which was launched by NASA in 1977, and which was supposed to be able to measure the actual exit from our Solar System, broke in 1980, how the hell can we tell? My binoculars cannot see that far.

And this is what was served for supper last night. Check in at Jim's Gotta Eat for details. I'll be posting soon.

Be healthy and enjoy.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Day 55 – (AD 278) – Jim’s Trek Part II – The Sequel – 22.3 Miles – 5,400 Miles and 30th on My Schwinn

Good Day,

This morning I completed my 22.3 miles on my Schwinn 150. This now means two more of my goals have been achieved today. One, I have now clocked over 5,400 miles on my Schwinn 150, actually 5,419.3. Two, I have reached my 30th Interlake address goal. I am still in California.

I am now headed southeast on County Road G14 or on Interlake Road. I am just to the right of the San Antonio Reservoir. And I am feeling damn good! My next and 31st Interlake address goal is somewhere in the vicinity of an area southeast of Los Angeles...and that is all I will tell.

This map is a current routing of my return Trek from Seattle to Tampa that I have cycled so far. It is my route from Interlake Avenue in Seattle, Washington to Interlake Road in Bradley, California.

And I do not like to harp on about medical issues but I just thought that it was sort of a hoot that today I had two appointments; the front and the back doors.

But I suppose I could go on about the physical ailments in this house... My prime PC has not been returned. The water pump on the pool stopped working, and the house still resembles the set of an upcoming episode of the Some Far East Hoarders Textile Reality Show.

There is now one more row of single chains to complete the border for our Sea Foam afghan. Blumish Two quilt is undergoing a thorough review of all starts and stops.

Check out the October 7th scheduling in Orlando at Florida Cabin Fever...

Am reading a book by Jack Foster "How to Get Ideas". On Page 70, "Of course you are in a rut. Admit it...And because you are in a rut, every day your five senses are recording the same things they recorded yesterday - the same sights, the same feelings, the same smells, the same sounds, the same tastes...But please, today, do something. Something different..."

The art of Guisseppe Colarusso. Something different, something to think about. Cyclopsufficient.

Be healthy and enjoy,


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Day 54 – (AD 277) – Jim’s Trek Part II – The Sequel – 22.0 Miles – Headless to Jolon

Good Day,

My 22.0 miles this morning on my Schwinn 150 has me located somewhere on County Road G14, also known as Jolon (pronounced He-lone) Road. Obviously I am en route to Jolon.

And I have only about 21 miles to my next Interlake address goal point. But I definitely have to be careful to avoid encountering the headless ghost of Alice Halloran as she searches for her head and her baby Clara who were killed in a tragic accident of 1898.

And tomorrow I will clock 5,400 miles and I will be able to check off my 30th Interlake address point in my overall Trek.  This is Jim's Trek.

The West Wing, 60th Episode - The US Poet Laureate, introduces Laura Dern as a character.  There are at least four other sub-plots continuing and interconnecting as Sorkin would have it.

The border of Sea Foam is nearing completion... It looks like I will have to block the Sea Foam afghan.  A review of Blumish Two is currently underway as we have decided to add part two of the quilting pattern to this new quilt.

Be healthy and enjoy,


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Day 53 – (AD 276) – Jim’s Trek Part II – The Sequel – 22.2 Miles – Greenfield, CA on My Schwinn 150

Good Day,

Today I completed 22.2 miles on my Schwinn 150. This morning I am located on the road headed south on US-101 S. I've just cycled through the City of Greenfield, the Broccoli Capital of the world. And I just discovered that approximately 80% of the lettuce in the United States is grown in this area and the Salinas Valley.

My total mileage is now 5,375 miles on my Trek from Tampa to Seattle and back. This is my 276th day of cycling on my Schwinn 150. And this morning I burned 632 calories.

I am continuing to use Chains. Thank you A for turning me on to this user friendly online "to-do" capture tool. I create a To-Do, aka a Chain, and I simply fill a circle each time I accomplish something or anything specific to a single Chain. I am some what anal about scheduling myself, but this is more-or-less "Hey-I've-done-it!" tracking. And it is visual... And from someone with a Masters degree in Organizational Management, this is pretty slick. I always like learning something new. Check it out at Chains or the URL https://chains.cc/.

I'm getting more and more frustrated as I wait for the re-construction of the walls and the kitchen due to damage of the broken water pipe. I'm thinking about putting up a tent in the backyard and just disappear and vegetate, in some sort of strike and protest, not that it will do me any good. I must learn patience...I think.

And September is still Piano month. This a good way to expend some of my pent up anguish and frustration.

This morning's episode of The West Wing, Abbey, the First Lady's birthday. Celebration and I got to wondering if The West Wing is just a night-time soap opera, so-to-speak... or did Aaron Sorkin actually pen something a wee bit different.

Be healthy and enjoy,


Friday, September 13, 2013

Day 52 – (AD 275) – Jim’s Trek Part II – The Sequel – 21.7 Miles –Still in California on My Schwinn 150

Good Day,

And all I can say is Damn! And I'll say it again. Damn!

While I was cycling this morning, our most reputable and considerate electric company, Tampa Electric Co., sent through a tremendous surge of electricity that disabled and stopped, albeit for a short minute, all electrical instruments and appliances in the house. And after everything was back up and running, after the split moment, one of the five drives in my main PC was gone. Yes it is under warranty, and yes it can be fixed...BUT...and Damn.

I was in the middle of collecting notes and information for three of my blogs: Jim's Trek, A Genealogy Hunt, and Jim's Gotta Eat. I was also working on my draft of the CSHOA Newsletter. My PC is in the shop now for at least a long weekend. And yes I am using my Sony VAIO.

I did complete 21.7 miles on my Schwinn 150...and to KCL, the mileage check up of my Schwinn 150 is doing fine and dandy. 5,352.8 miles, my total miles to date, and if anyone asks I can and do reference a number of my files that I do keep in my Google Drive in the Cloud.

This morning my Trek on my Schwinn 150 has me located on US-101 S, the Bracero Memorial Highway, halfway between Chualar and Gonzales.

And today is Programmers' Day, as well as Peanut Day. I think that I need to try one or more of the 105 recipes from George Washington Carver's 1918 "How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing It for Human Consumption."

And this morning's episode of The West Wing, The President meets with a shrink and Taiwan is set to test some missiles.

Be healthy and enjoy. I'll scream some more in private.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Day 51 – (AD 274) – Jim’s Trek Part II – The Sequel – 21.5 Miles – Prunedale, California on My Schwinn 150

Good Day,

21.5 miles this morning on my Schwinn 150… Is this getting boring or what? Yes and yes, but I am committed to the cycling. 21.5 miles in 1 hour and 10 minutes. This morning I continue on the CA-156 W and the US-101 Highways and I’m headed south.

I am located just in the northern jurisdiction of Prunedale, California. The current population is about 17,600 and Prunedale was originally named for its plum trees… But they died soon after due to poor irrigation and fertilizer. (And I hope the sign has been changed.)

My next Interlake address goal is now 87.0 miles away and I am averaging now 19.4 miles per day.

Is it necessary to advertise the degree of my religious affiliation on a backpack?

When watching The West Wing episodes while I am cycling I sort of get lost between my real and virtual worlds and have to stop and think as to whether I am existing in a real or transitory world of the Bartlet or Obama administrations. I am not truly a political person but, though I really could be, it is really strange when the real and virtual worlds seem to coincide.

I wrote up my 5th posting to Jim’s Gotta Eat, Guisado de Pollo. Today I’m trying to write up an enhancement of a Greek Salad and a quick Guacamole.

The perimeter border of our Sea Foam afghan has now increased to two inches. The first run of quilting Blumish Two is nearing completion. Both projects are turning out the way we envisioned. Follow our progress at Afghans SB and Quilts SB.

Be healthy and enjoy,