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Ara.2 NM

Monday, July 29th, 2019

“The most spiritual men, as the strongest, find their happiness where others would find their destruction: in the labyrinth, in hardness against themselves and others, in experiments. Their joy is self-conquest… Difficult tasks are a privilege to them; to play with burdens that crush others, a recreation.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~

Ziggy 1 xxx

           Juvenile Delinquent…

I had a strangely funny thought that came upon me the other day not long ago.  As so much has changed since here now for two years [hard to believe!] and had to embark myself on some many different paths with the hope that they would merge and lead me to a common plateau, I thought of myself as "Ara.2"!!! It is true. I am the same person, I carry the same weight as I had before [not physically though having shed 48lbs and maintaining!], but the locks have been changed to keep me safe from anyone knocking. They are new doors which were non existent on the road as all the thresholds were wide open crossing them in multitude by an awaken curiosity. There is not much curiosity these days as I know, while being exposed, what awaits on the various landings I keep empty.

Karr Canyon xxx

     Only minutes away…

Ziggy 2 xxx

My main goal and I think I am doing a pretty good job at it, is a defense towards all negativity which would love to infiltrate my Life. Our Life. Ziggy and I… It is all over the place. If only one could flip the switch moving all this negativity on the positive stage instead! Why do so many have to stab everything around them? As little as I am on the Internet these days it seems that the “screen warriors” have multiplied ten fold. The wounds inflicted are the worse ever these days and hope you know what I am talking about. They have to hurt many, they have to no doubt bring up feelings of resentment, of wanting to get even, raising the temperatures of the mind seemingly too often boiling over with no accomplished results ever. Why? why? why?… More questions which will never be answered yet encompassing greed, ego… “Am I not always better than my neighbor? Don’t I stand taller? Look at me… my self importance is now so inflated and… we are all going to soon explode!” As I say jokingly… or is it? Should I profess that Society is mostly defective! Look around you. Mostly. Not completely. Can you handle the truth?

Traeger Grill xxx

Baby Backs xxx

Traeger pellet grill and the result… My latest addiction!

Life has been calm. It is a nice description. Calm! Peaceful… Much cooking even if only for one as my pellet grill has been a Life changer, house cleaning with Ziggy always thinking we are playing [!!!], drives up the mountains discovering more new roads and a daily morning workout which is the best thing I could have ever done for myself in parallel with a healthy diet. I am not trying to live longer, I am trying to live healthier. It is all good… It is still all new… to me!

Planet Fitness xxx

Every morning… Compliments of Medicare.

The calm however could be so quickly destroyed by outside urban elements if I let it. Something likely foreign to the many who have lived their whole Life in cities and end up being in the midst of the brouhaha. I often wonder how they do it? How do you do it? Barrage of noises, traffic, an atmosphere I cannot quite  define, only with the word "heavy". I have to fly as they say "under the radar" as much as myself have to mix in often if it is only for food shopping or a Dr appointment. I am lucky I live on the North end of town with a quick escape route to the mountains! A few actually…

Bean salad xxx

     The start of a Black Bean Salad…

Chicken Curry

                        The start of Chicken Curry…

They are little things which I project humor upon them. It is my only way to deal with them. Others sitting on the workout machines for half an hour using them as a seat to check their emails. These smart phones sure have disturbed in such a great scale our present society. A driver sitting in her car through the car wash tunnel whose cycle ended up fifteen minutes ago. I honk and honk as she finally gets off her phone and moves on… Funny, right? As we are then parked side by side drying our cars she apologizes, kind of, that she was on the phone and did not realize her car wash cycle had ended minutes ago. I could not reply. It would not have been nice. One more. No one knows what a stop sign is around here. Who goes first or who goes last… I have all day, I wait! I smile… I think about opening a driving school.

Blue Cheese Burgers 

     Blue Cheese Burgers…

Stay well, Ara and Ziggy

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