Things I Don’t Have…

For the first time in a long time, this will be a post without a video (there are pics) and be mostly one of my monologues on life. I received a telephone call a couple of mornings ago from one of my dear dear friends, Emma. She is one of the sweetest, most kind, gentle people I know. Among other things, I could tell she was a little concerned about me. Those of you that know me a bit understand that I don’t live a particularly conventional lifestyle. To some I might even be a little deprived (not “depraved” you nuts!!!). So I looked around me (pics below) and decided to make a bit of a list of things I don’t have. (and maybe a list what I DO have)

  • car payment… I drive a 1994 GMC cargo van. Soon, it will also be my 365-day a year home. I have a queen size bed and will have a refrigerator, microwave, portable oven and cooktop, basically all the amenities of home. It’s paid for and very reliable. It’s never left me on the side of the road
  • mortage/rent payment… yes, that’s right, by technical definition, I am homeless. Although it is by choice, something most don’t understand WHY someone would choose this lifestyle. I guess first of all, it’s cheaper! Secondly, it’s very freeing. If I want to stay someplace, visit someplace, I do. No house or apartment to worry about. No checking to make sure the lights/heat are off, etc. I live where I am both physically and emotionally.
  • a lot of money… you would think with neither of the above, money would be piling up all over the place. It doesn’t. It’s my own fault, obviously, I’m just not good with money. But, I have made my peace with that and now embrace it rather than fight it. One distinct advantage is that if you don’t have money, you don’t worry about it. It’s almost weird how that is. I am a lot happier broke.
  • pressure to change things… since I’ve been a little “outside the box” most of my life, the pressures to change have pretty much disappeared. I do realize that a couple of people in my life would be happier if I were a little more conventional and wish that I would “grow up” but then again only growing old is mandatory… growing up is optional and an option I’m not willing to take right now.(Sorry, kids)

Things I Do Have…

  • friends… somehow, I have managed the most amazing, fantastic group of friends. They may not be large in numbers, but their friendships are amazing in closeness, camaraderie, willingness to sacrifice for one another, support. They are just the best group of people to call “friend.” Even this group is unconventional, spread all over the US and beyond. Some of these friends I’ve never even met face to face. Yes, I have online only friends, but I’ll put them up against any group of so-called “friends” Here’s a couple of my unconventional friends this morning… (don’t worry, I’m not talking to the animals….. yet)

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  • mobility… since I am “homeless” (I prefer the term “vagabond” or even “hobo”) I can go where I want to go, when I want to go. This morning I was here.

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  • a job… yes, believe it or not I am gainfully employed… with the same company since 2006. It’s maybe the only conventional thing I do… LOL. But then again, why not when you get to live around here!!!
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And, I guess finally, I have this (and eventually other) websites/blogs, etc. Hopefully you enjoy what you see here and it will continue to change constantly I hope.

Thank you everyone for your interest. Please let me know what you think by commenting below.

Joe

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Closer to Free

If you’ve read any of this blog, you know my love of “flash mobs”. I realize that there’s very little spontaneity in one. I know that there is a lot of practice and planning required. But, I love ’em. And I seem to especially love them when they have a purpose. Christmas flash mobs have always been number one with me… until now…

Below is my one and only, new, all time, forevermore (maybe),, flat out amazing flash mob. I ran across this as I normally do things… surfing the web. Random. Wasn’t “looking” for a flash mob, wasn’t looking for a touching story. This just came across my screen.

I think at this point… watch… feel… get a kleenex



So… what did you think? Agree? Disagree? Greatest ever? Of course, a lot of it has to do with the emotion surrounding the illness. I recognize that. But, I just thought that this one, kids, dancers, everything was just great. It’s from Yale New Haven Hospital and the website is here. There are some “backstories on there which I highly recommend.

Please leave comments!!!

Joe

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Drum (?) Solo (Sorry, It’s Been A While)

OK… so I normally have a let down after Christmas and fail to post for some time… once it was even a couple years. So this is quite an improvement, just 5 weeks or so without a post. In my defense, I’ve been busy? I had to return to work, since my “retirement” was cut short when all my money was levied for some past irresponsible behavior on my part. In all honesty, I have no one to blame but myself, but it sure did hurt!!!

Anyway, on with more about this post’s video. Apparently, it’s been around a very short time, with a posting date of 1/3/13… and more than 3 million hits!!! (seems like an awful lot in a short amount of time). At any rate, I saw it today and knew that this was going to be my comeback post!!!



I hope you enjoyed (or enjoy) the video… I love to read comments!!!

Joe

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My Christmas 2012 Post

Merry Christmas everyone!!! Yes, I’m not politically correct with “Happy Holidays” or otherwise. I’ve covered this in a previous post. Then again, those of you that know me, know that I am not politically correct in almost every aspect of my life.

There IS a flash mob at the end of this post. If you’re not into reading the usual Christmas message about me, the girls, the job, the dog… wait, I don’t have a dog, etc. then just skip to the bottom for the entertainment!!!

First of all, I hope the holidays have brought you, are bringing you, will continue to bring you the greatest of times with friends, family and loved ones. I also hope that sometime during the season you get to experience the joy of either giving to or receiving from a complete stranger some sort of season’s greetings. This year’s New York policeman giving socks/shoes to a homeless man on the streets is a perfect example of what I mean. It seems to me that was the “perfect” gift. The giver acted on his heart with no regard for himself or reward of any kind.

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I realize that most of my readers here are friends and family, but if you’re a stranger to me, first time reader, etc. the best I can do is extend my heartfelt gratitude that you’ve allowed this little piece of me into your life. If you do know me and I’m lucky enough to call you friend or have you as family, please know that I am so very grateful for each and every one of you for all you’ve done for me. The only possible “gift” I can give to you is my love and thanks.

Onto the less mushy stuff:

As always, the most important aspect of my life is my daughters. They have grown into such beautiful, caring, wonderful, intelligent, funny, amazing women. I am so blessed to have them as my kids and literally thank God every day for them. I will be “amending” this in a couple days with a current photo. I will see them both Christmas Day, so new photos will be coming.

As for me, 2012 has been quite a year. For those of you that haven’t heard, I retired 10/27/12… and, unfortunately, it looks like I will be UN-retiring for 2013…. hey… I had two months!!! There’s a lot of reasons for going back and probably a lot of excuses, but I’ll save everyone here the details. Suffice to say that I thought I had everything planned out and if you think God doesn’t have a sense of humor… Plan something and watch how things change!!!

If everything works out with my UNretirement, I will be going back to Motel 6, but I will no longer be working as a traveling relief manager. I’ve decided to take a little pressure off and work at one location only. That location, however, is Morro Bay, CA… you can’t get a lot better than that.

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Beautiful little town. The property itself is great with even greater people, so I can’t really complain. I’m also not going to be doing the 6 day work weeks anymore. My goal is 1/2 that (3 days/week), but we will have to see if that is going to happen.

I guess these things are supposed to cover health too. I’m still fat… and looking more like Santa Claus each year. I feel fine, taking high blood pressure medication, but otherwise healthy.

My “home” address will be changing and those of you that want it should drop me an email. You’ll find it somewhat surprising as it will be in South Dakota. I’m officially changing it for a variety of reasons, but the main one has to do with living full time on the road in an RV. That was my original retirement plan which has now been delayed. Don’t worry about sending things there, I get everything, just takes an extra few days (might wanna keep that in mind for date sensitive materials).

I guess that’s about it. Overall, everything is good. 2012 did throw a few curveballs, as I said, in the last quarter, but we’re going to survive just fine.

The last flash mob of this year is a new one, recorded less than a week ago (12/18/2012) in Northlands Mall in New Zealand. I picked it largely because it’s recent and maybe hasn’t been seen by everyone already. It’s a good one though so I hope you enjoy.

Merry Christmas everyone!!! Hope your holidays are the best ever!!!

Joe

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Newtown, CT 12/14/2012

I wasn’t going to do this here. The purpose of this site (in my mind) is to entertain, to bring smiles, to show positive things that I find. All that changed in Newtown, CT today. It’s not the first time, of course. It has happened before and unfortunately, unless someone does something… it will happen again. I have posted below a video of the President’s remarks.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, do not degrade this site or yourself by turning this into an individual or political blame game. This is a tragedy. An unimaginable tragedy to the families of the victims and to the victims themselves. There are no words or actions that will return the dead back to us. They are gone.

Something needs to happen. We all need to talk. Action needs to happen. I’m not sure what the action is, but something has to change. If we cannot protect our children, we are doomed. I believe the President responded today as a father, not as a Democrat or Republican or otherwise, but as a man. And that man is currently the leader of our land, whether you agree or disagree with him and his politics. I welcome, in fact I ask for comments, discussion, here and with others as to what can be done. Gun control? Better mental health? Lockdown all schools? I’m not sure of the answer. I wish I knew.

Here is the President of the United States:

I would never profess to know if prayer works. Selfishly, it brings me a bit of solace. If it does the same to you…. pray. Hug your kids extra tight (no matter their age). Make sure you tell them how much you love them. Protect them when needed. Help us all figure this one out! (I sure haven’t)

Joe

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‘Tis The Season – Part 3

Again, not exactly a flash mob, but I saw this today and knew it had to make my Christmastime posts. Now, it may have been Marie Osmond (if you remember “I’m a little bit country, I’m a little bit rock and roll) who first got me to lean a little bit towards the country side of things (Hey!!! she was CUTE!!!), but for whatever it’s worth, I am a little bit country still. I hope you can bear with the music long enough to make it through the end. The kids are cute and you get to see a little line dancing and everything!!!

Hey, it was either this or “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”. I assume we’ve all seen/heard that one enough! Like Joe Diffie says, “Merry Christmas Y’all and to Y’all a Goodnight”

Joe

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‘Tis The Season – Part 2.5

OK, so it’s NOT a flash mob, but I couldn’t resist. I was lucky enough to grow up in a time when my father had already served his country in Korea and was never all to Vietnam. Similarly, by the time the first mid-east crisis hit I was already too old. I can’t say I personally know what it’s like to be separated as a parent from your child because of war.

Get a Kleenex, this one is a tear-jerker… but like the title says “‘Tis The Season.” Hope y’all find it touching and find some time in your busy schedule to consider and reflect (pray) on the sacrifices being made by the men and women serving our country.

As always, love the comments!

Joe

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‘Tis The Season – Part 2

So here’s 2013’s 2nd installment of Christmas Flash Mobs. This song is “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” According to YouTube, this one is from 2011 in Syndey Australia.

Apparently, there was some confusion in the last video. I had at least one person saying that they had looked for me in the video and another who asked me what made it “my” flash mob. I guess what caused the confusion is my admission that I have now added “flash mob” to my bucket list. I want to be in one…

HELP ME!!!

If you have a phenomenal flash mob that I should use, let me know. My guess is the next entry will be my tasteless, disrespectful Christmas card… bet y’all can’t wait.

Joe

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‘Tis The Season – Part 1

I hope everyone is well into the Christmas spirit. Yes, I said “CHRISTMAS”. I refuse to change to Happy Holidays or some such silliness. I celebrate Christmas, specifically, not some generic unnamed holiday. I also have no problem saying Happy Hanukkah or Joyous Kwanza to anyone who celebrates those holidays. And to the Agnostics and Atheists… Sorry, dudes and dudettes, all you get is “Have a good day.”

This is my first Christmas flash mob of 2013. It’s not a repeat of last season and according to what I read was performed 12/18/2012 in a mall here in Southern California. Of the flash mobs I’ve seen… this is a good one!

By the way, I have decided that “participate in a flash mob” is going on my bucket list. I would love anyone’s help in that regard. I should point out that I cannot sing and I cannot dance… so something waaaaaaaay in the back will be just fine.

As always, I love comments!

Joe

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Do-Re-Mi Flash Mob

Those of you that know me or have followed the hodge-podge of blog posts in various places over the years should be aware that I love “flash mobs.” Obviously, they are well planned and organized, not the seemingly spontaneous burst of song and dance from random mall shoppers, airport travelers or just pedestrians in a park. Still, I admire them.

I really enjoy watching the reactions of all the people as they are first bewildered, then curious and then, if it’s working well joining in. This video has quite a bit of the bystanders

One of my “rules” is to never do Christmas stuff before December 1st so when I ran across this flash mob I was happy that I could post it today. Of extra interest to me was that this one kicks off with what appears to be a father/daughter… I sure wish I had the talent (both my girls DO have the talent) and the opportunity to have done something like this with them!

Hope you enjoyed it… I’m sure there will be some holiday flash mobs forthcoming.

Joe

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