Dispatches from Ocean Paradise Women's Correctional

By: clearlakemike , 4:04 AM GMT on May 05, 2014

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Cloudy, cool-ish and depressing. Oy.






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Filthy Animal: The Sugar Bandit


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Pos­sum King­dom ain’t just a lake in Texas, or a creepy song I love by The Toad­ies. Aus­tralia is crawl­ing with them, and although we have con­cluded our series on the Paleo Way and fin­ished up with Food Preda­tors, I couldn’t resist post­ing this adorable photo of a pos­sum who broke into an Aus­tralian bak­ery and ate so many pas­tries that he could no longer move. Poor thing, this is how they found him.

Let’s take a les­son from nature. Click here for more infor­ma­tion on what sugar does to you. Have a good week­end, sweeties!




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Near miss near Ocean Paradise Prison!!





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Hawaiian Surfing Model Charged With Attempted Murder in Alleged Road Rage Hit and Run


If you are here or planning to visit here beware of this kind of thing on the roads here...happens quite often, imo. Just beware of the oncoming traffic at all times...especially at night or on the weekends in general. There are a lot of drunks on the roads here. Be particularly alert to the oncoming southbound traffic when returning from the National Park at night towards the north to the resorts. I also suggest you gas up and eat so you can avoid stopping in the Ka'u area. Very rough around the edges. Eat at Volcano village or stop in Captain Cook. There is virtually little police protection in the Ka'u district between the park and the South Kona district. The roads are very curvy and dangerous without lighting and very little shoulders. Cell service is spotty also. You are pretty much on your own in an area often referred to as "The Wild West".

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53. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
7:10 PM GMT on May 21, 2014
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52. clearlakemike
5:38 AM GMT on May 21, 2014
Have decided to hire a lawyer.
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51. clearlakemike
12:43 AM GMT on May 21, 2014
But all of the below is mild compared to the death threats, bodily injury threats...talking of hiring "hit men", possible computer hacking and on and on...there is no apparent concept of free speech here either. I would call this place a Thug-ocracy.
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50. clearlakemike
12:21 AM GMT on May 21, 2014
I wish I had $100 for every time I have had to hear f-word haole! I would have enough by now to pay off my underwater mortgage and probably enough to hire a container to ship my stuff off too. And then enough to hire a cleaning company on the other end to clean off the slime.
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49. clearlakemike
10:40 PM GMT on May 20, 2014
European this and European that....I am so sick of hearing that here too! Not that being called European is a slur, I am proud of my heritage. But the way and context it is used...over and over Ad nauseam!! Oy! I can't wait to get off this pile of sh*t. The piles of lava even look like dog doo after I hear this crap. I have trouble sometimes picking up after my dog!
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48. clearlakemike
9:57 PM GMT on May 20, 2014
Thank you, calpoppy. Oh, wish I was there in good ol' Calfiforn - i - a! lol Like Joni Mitchell sang a long time ago, I would even kiss a sunset pig...and that is saying a lot!!!! Sorry sunset pigs but you did earn a bad rep but the ones I experienced last year on Sunset were quite lovely! It was nice encounter. And I appreciated you and the tough job you do there!
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47. clearlakemike
9:52 PM GMT on May 20, 2014
There is a two-tiered system of justice here so I would think twice about coming here either for a vacation or god forbid, move here!! You are crazy, imo, if you move here and double crazy if you buy real estate here...either for investment/rental or god forbid, to actually live in!!

This of course, is my personal observation and opinion, but take it for what it is, a warning from me. BEWARE. of Hawaii Island. I can't speak for the other islands as each of these islands is a bit different and I haven't spent much time on the other ones in recent years.
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46. calpoppy
8:41 PM GMT on May 20, 2014
I wish I could give some good advise, MIke! What an awful situation, and what an awful person that is throwing slurs at you and G!!!! I think I speak for all of us here that we will be here to support you and G, at least let you vent out your frustrations, and we will listen :))
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45. clearlakemike
8:28 PM GMT on May 20, 2014
Now back to the real dirty laundry...the washer just stopped and I need to hang it on the line. Clean laundry now just wet!! lol
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44. clearlakemike
8:25 PM GMT on May 20, 2014
Quoting 42. sandiquiz:

The previous post makes me think that the situation has rapidly intensified... What does G say, he seems to be impervious to it all, or do they not call him names.

You know what I would say...call a solicitor....a home-moving solicitor. A caravan on the beach or a truck in the desert has to be better for your health!!


Thank you, Sandi. He doesn't like the slurs either. But being close to retirement with an underwater mortgage house in an undesirable location is a tough decision for him. If we walked away it would ruin both our credit at a time when we can least afford it. Easier to do that and start over when you are younger. But yes, I tried to get the caravan in the desert and G didn't help much with that. Anyway, sorry to drag my dirty laundry out here as I would much rather be out taking beautiful photos and such. But I get threatened when I am out and about also. So now I will also begin a boycott Hawaii campaign. Stay tuned or not. And hopefully, I will figure a way of this sh*thole financially intact.
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43. clearlakemike
8:17 PM GMT on May 20, 2014
I know that is two questions, lol...actually, I am in the process of getting the lawyer. (not laughing.) But any advice is welcome and of course, not required by any means. Or any response for that matter.
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42. sandiquiz
8:16 PM GMT on May 20, 2014
The previous post makes me think that the situation has rapidly intensified... What does G say, he seems to be impervious to it all, or do they not call him names.

You know what I would say...call a solicitor....a home-moving solicitor. A caravan on the beach or a truck in the desert has to be better for your health!!
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41. clearlakemike
8:00 PM GMT on May 20, 2014
Question of the Day? (and you don't have to answer if you don't want to...totally optional.) What would you do if you had neighbors that yelled homophobic slurs at you (most of you if not all probably wouldn't find this offensive or maybe you would, I don't know and that is not the issue at hand really,) and otherwise threatened you? Hire a lawyer? Does anybody know any good ones that are are no-cost or low-cost?
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40. clearlakemike
10:41 PM GMT on May 18, 2014
I never got out there to see the poppies when I lived in SoCal, calpoppy. I had thought I would be living there for a long time but G changed our plans, which I agreed upon, as I knew the new destination would also be nice. And I am NOT talking about Hawaii, lol...this has turned out to be a BIG MISTAKE as far I am concerned!!!! Eeew and ick!!! But Lake/Mendo/Sonoma County area of NorCal was wonderful.

I would have thought the recent heat would have fried the poppies also. The calpoppies we planted around our house along Clear Lake would dry up in the heat of the summer. Those African Aloe Quiver trees are amazing! Beautifully photographed too with the golden hour light and the surrounding rocks and grasses.

Yes, I did get the photo books. I have only opened one as of now. I opened the top book on the stack of four and it was...HAWAI'I...LOL I am very pleased with how it turned out. The colors and detail are very nice. The quality of the books is good.

Bug, no problem. Enjoy your time outside before the hot sweaty, buggy season. When I lived on the east coast when I was young we tried to escape to the Atlantic coast beaches on the summer weekends. Inland it was sweltering. I didn't mind the heat though. It was the cold I didn't like. Well, now I am chasing off escaped chickens again!! ugh...they eat the landscaping I worked so hard to put in here. It is just one nightmare after another in this sh*thole. Good news on the property values here though. Prices have climbed up a bit. Still a long way to go. And convincing G to move again will be no easy feat. Poor man...or poor me, lol.
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39. palmettobug53
8:51 PM GMT on May 18, 2014
Hi, Mike. Sorry I haven't been by in a while. I keep meaning to, then get sidetracked by one thing or another.

Just like I need to catch up on my gmail. Lord knows what my in box looks like. I'm way behind on emailing family and non-WU friends, too. I keep meaning to spend an afternoon or evening with that but something on TV will suck me in and, the next thing I know, it's bedtime.

We've been having some nice weather this past few days. Cool, with low humidity. I've been outside most of yesterday and today, taking advantage of the lower temps to get some yard work done. Once the summer heat and humidity kick in, all we feel like doing is just what has to be done and no more.

Oh, there goes my timer. I think supper is ready!
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38. calpoppy
7:35 PM GMT on May 18, 2014
Hard to believe that the poppies are still blooming in Lancaster!!! I have always found better places before you get to the reserve then in the reserve for poppies.

I came across these trees in some photographs, Quiver trees in Africa. They are an Aloe! Amazing photos of these forests.



Did you get your books from Flickr yet?
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37. clearlakemike
6:12 PM GMT on May 18, 2014
Sounds like the NUNUWU still has some bugs. Isn't all this supposed to make it more mobile friendly? lol Ah, well Rome wasn't built in a day they say...I like the new format on my large screen PC and also like the WU app on my iPhone. The one thing I do miss is seeing blogger's last four photos, if applicable, up on the upper right. One has to go to another screen and hunt for them in the WU photo search.
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36. sandiquiz
10:31 AM GMT on May 18, 2014
Sorry, a double click for posting comment gives you two,..... so let me see... double click to open comments, only a single to post.... Mmmnnn, confusing!
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35. sandiquiz
9:57 AM GMT on May 18, 2014
Is that unusual for this time of year there?

Yes, it is.... mid May temps are usually high 60's low 70's

According to my digital thermometer it is already 80 out there, and it is not yet 11 o'clock. I was gardening, but had to come in... too warm for me!
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34. clearlakemike
7:35 AM GMT on May 18, 2014
Hi Sandi, I use the WU app on my phone. G usually (almost always has the iPad tied up to his sound for music.) I did try it on Safari once but that was a while ago before NUNUWU. I use WU mostly from desk/lap top. Wow, it is warmer there than it is here!! lol ...at least at my elevation. It has only been in the low 70's. I think at sea level it is in the mid 80's. Is that unusual for this time of year there?
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33. sandiquiz
7:15 AM GMT on May 18, 2014
Happy Saturday evening or Sunday morning, whenever yo see this.

I have been meaning to ask you for days... do you use the WU app on your Ipad or get to the full site through Safari?

I use the full site through Safari and the last week I have found nothing opens, ie the links to blogs etc, unless I double click! A single click with my finger does nothing now... maybe it is Apple and not WU, but I thought I would ask, as you are the only other on I know who uses an Ipad to search WU more than a desk/ lap top.

Wonderful sunny, and warm morning here.... it got up to 30C yesterday, which is mid 80's! Too warm for me... and today is meant to be the same!
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32. clearlakemike
5:30 PM GMT on May 17, 2014
Briar, your cats are very dynamic!! I have discussed taking allergy meds with my doctor for the fountain grass that was allowed to spread out of control here. This past year after we got the otherwise welcome rain after two years of drought the fountain grass went crazy! I was sneezing my head off. As for the friendly colony cat he also sprays and scratches. Ok out on the lanai when he sprays the plants and scratches the old carpet out there but I don't wan't him in the house, lol. He follows me around like a second dog when we are outside and gets special attention including too much food the vet told me. He is the only one I will take to the vet and also treat for fleas, etc. I can barely afford to feed the others but I do.
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31. BriarCraft
10:33 PM GMT on May 15, 2014
RE: My Cat Saved My Son video

When I saw that on two different networks last night, I figured the YouTube video would not be far behind, but then I forgot to go look for it.

I love seeing courageous kitties putting the lie to the aloofness of cats myth. When a bond between human and animal forms, it is anything but aloof. Of my four cats: Gracie nags me to come to bed anytime I stay up too late and during the day, she follows me around like a puppydog; Charlie is the great protector and has chased dogs off the property; Kenny seems to understand that 3-legged Gracie might not be able to fend for herself so he has appointed himself to accompany her wherever she goes outdoors; and Wally is devoted to my DH.

One thought about the colony cat that desperately wants to be special to you, there is the potential for some bonding there. After I quit smoking, I developed a bit of a cat allergy -- me with 7 cats at the time! That's when I discovered the joys of Zyrtec. I still sneeze now and then and get itchy eyes on occasion, but it's worth it to me. That said, I'm betting on colony cat's ability to wear you down. He may not get to be an inside kitty, but sooner or later, I'll bet he manages to hang out with you on a regular basis and teach you just where he needs scratching.
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30. clearlakemike
5:29 PM GMT on May 15, 2014
By may standards, an unusually long period of disrupted trade winds is in store. The jet stream pattern across the central north Pacific has carved out a rather deep and persistent trough that will keep the subtropical high depressed. A surface low now 1200 miles northwest of the state will edge closer over the next several days, sending a cold front toward the islands.

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Seems unusually cloudy and with more rain for this time of year. Although not good beach/swimming weather, imo, we are getting rain and I don't complain. Free water and plants/trees need it.
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29. clearlakemike
12:34 AM GMT on May 15, 2014
Sandi, in reference to a question you asked earlier:

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On a side note, a friend of mine recently told me that half the high school children in his town are heroin addicts. The US is not only heavily armed but heavily medicated!!
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28. clearlakemike
5:53 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
Sandi, years ago when G and I used to hike on those hills in Big Sur and we first saw those lupines we initially thought they were Texas bluebonnets. They look very similar. We were wondering if someone had gone up there with lots of seeds and scattered them around !! lol calpoppy, these are the hills that get the rattlesnakes later in the heat of the summer, LOL. Yes, I love Big Sur also. And yes the Elephant Seals by San Simeon! Oh, I use to take that route sometimes driving to Palm Springs from SF and would camp along the ocean for a day or two. It is a spectacular and beautiful drive. Lunch at Nepenthe is fun also. But I only really enjoyed it when it was sunny. Then you see the colors of the hills and the ocean. Didn't care for the fog which is there often.

I try to do that workout once a week, calpoppy. And swim when I can. The closest safe swimming beach is 30 miles away, one way. Beautiful but I hate all the driving. And gas is so expensive here now also. It is a 50 mile one way drive just to get to a so-so Safeway, Costco, dentist, doctor and Indian chief! No freeway either...a twisting two lane road with drivers that don't understand the concept of pull-outs. California drivers were pretty good about letting faster traffic go around them (except on the freeways, lol.) Anyway, enough kavetching for today, lol....
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27. calpoppy
4:52 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
I love the area around Big Sur, those lupines are beautiful! I also liked to view the Elephant Seals down by San Simeon!

That is quite a workout you do!!!
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26. sandiquiz
12:46 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
I love the lupins (lupines?) on the cliff face. They remind me of woods full of bluebells :)

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25. clearlakemike
7:18 PM GMT on May 13, 2014
Thank you, Barb. Yes, except for the ringing in my ears I am feeling much better than at this time last week. Not sure what the ringing is about yet, though. I do listen to a lot of loud music, lol, but never before had the ringing. Anyway, I worked out yesterday for almost 3 hours. Did a 3 mile walk with the dog, rode my bicycle and some toning/resistance/weight training.

I have watched about a third of the video and enjoying it so far. I will have to try that farting noise trick on my dog. She is somewhat neurotic (gee, I wonder where she picks that up from, lol.) Whenever I start sniffing loudly and dramatically, like when I smell something burning (usually burning toast or something in the oven) she thinks it is about her and gets in my face and starts licking my nose madly.

Hope you are readjusting after your holiday. Coming back from holiday, especially a nice long one to an exciting destination such as yours is always a bit of a shock, lol.
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24. barbamz
6:17 PM GMT on May 13, 2014
Hey Mike, I hope you feel better? Sometimes a little funny animal video helps. All the best!

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23. clearlakemike
8:01 PM GMT on May 11, 2014
Hi Bug, yes, it is hard to put a positive spin on it...like putting lipstick on a pig, it is still a pig. Hope the dentist accepts your payment plan. Isn't there some sort of guarantee? Maybe time to try another dentist? I had a "filling crown" made on the cheap by a dental student that lasted longer than that!

Hope you don't have any more "surprises". I know the feeling. As for this albatross around our necks, this under water mortgage house, it may be a long wait....

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22. palmettobug53
3:35 PM GMT on May 11, 2014
Hi, Mike.

Swank area of town you live in. Rusty abandoned cars, escaped pigs, trash.

The sooner you get out of there, the better, but I know what it's like to be on a tight budget and taking baby steps.

Every time we get a little extra cash, something pops up to absorb it. I had an extra paycheck in April and wanted to look for a new living room chair for myself. Maybe that chest or console I've been wanting for the living room. So, what happens? Dental work is needed and my insurance won't replace crowns unless you've had them for at least 5 years. This one failed and it's only about 2 years in. I think I'm going to be talking to my dentist about a discount. Otherwise, he's just going to get a monthly payment until it's paid off. And I'm having to put off that new chair/console.

I just hope the fridge doesn't die on me Or the washer. Or one of the vehicles. It's always something.
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21. clearlakemike
5:21 PM GMT on May 10, 2014
Awww, Briar, those cats sound so sweet. We have one of the colony cats who so desperately wants to be a pet cat or inside kitty. I let him stroll in through the house for a few minutes a day despite being somewhat allergic to him, lol. We let him hang out on the lanai. He will let me hold him briefly.

Oh Sandi, yes indeed, the pharmaceutical industry is HUGE in this country. Very powerful. One of the ruling industrial complexes of the US. Most of the US health care system has been designed by and to serve it. If you were to sit down and endure an evening of American commercial television without a DVR you would be bombarded by pharmaceutical advertisements. If you were not sick at the beginning of the evening you might probably be at the end of the evening. Many of the meds do save and extend lifespans. And others make life arguably more enjoyable. Some people opt out and successfully live without the drugs...maybe using holistic and/or "natural" substances. Others, not so successful when doing that. Of course, a good diet and exercise, and managing stress is desirable also.

LOL, and yes laughter is also good medicine, calpoppy. Like the sun, it is also more or less "free". Don't tell Big Pharm that!! lol
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20. calpoppy
4:02 PM GMT on May 10, 2014
The WU sisterhood are very wise :)) That would be a good fortune cookie saying, LOL! Only a few would know the true meaning.

The positive thinking from Briar is helpful not only to you but to all of us who read it! We all need a kick in the rear sometimes to get us out of a hole that we dug.

Glad you got rain, and really glad you are doing better.

I thought pig escapes could only happen in the town that I used to work in, LOL! I had a customer once who had a buffalo take out his blue spruce, he came in to replace the tree, LOL!

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19. sandiquiz
8:28 AM GMT on May 10, 2014
Here's your other "concerned Internet sister", who has been nagging you for years!!

But I am glad the new meds have settled down within your system and all is beginning to be rosy again!

I read about folk like you and Bug, with the meds you are on, and here am I, on nothing but one garlic tablet a day, and only because I want to be! I sometimes think that the national health does not bombard us with meds because it costs, so unless it is absolutely necessary, like C's blood pressure tablets, we are not given any. But in the States the insurance pays for tablets, don't they? So are doctors giving you pills for this and that, just to get the cost out of the insurance?? Just wondering, that's all:)

Happy Saturday :)
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18. BriarCraft
6:55 AM GMT on May 10, 2014
Glad you continue to feel better and continue to get your face licked. Animals that form bonds with us are amazing in the degree of empathy they show. My cats, Gracie in particular, want to be close and surround me with purrs when I an upset or not feeling well. And it does make a difference, so I know what you mean about your dog's caring and encouragement to you. They may or may not know what is wrong, but they certainly know that something is. Take the loving and the good vibes wherever you can get them. Speaking of which, it's bedtime. I know that because one cat is nagging at me to come to bed and another is crouched by the bedroom door, waiting and watching.
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17. clearlakemike
2:52 AM GMT on May 10, 2014
calpoppy, yes, you take the 10 to the Finding Nemo Freeway, lol...

I am feeling better, Briar. It does make for a more positive outlook. I am working on getting out of this sh*thole. But when resources and money are thin then yes, it does take baby steps. And p-a-t-i-e-n-c-e...these things must be handled delicately. When I wrote that in the beginning of the week I was feeling really crappy. Glad to say that I seem to be bouncing back quicker than anticipated. And more good news, it just started raining! It has been very dry here the last month. So maybe can take that as a good omen also. Anyway, thanks for your sisterly concern, I appreciate it. I appreciated your blog on self fulfilling prophecy also very much. I still refer to it.

Also, all the garbage that the neighbor's escaped pig pillaged from other neighbor's garbage cans has all been cleaned up. Nice to walk down a clean street. And nice to feel well to walk down the street again. Dog is very happy! She has been amazing patient with me this week. I am always amazed how most dogs sense when you are not well and able to do the usual routine. Lots of face licking to help speed up the recovery process, for sure.
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16. BriarCraft
12:25 AM GMT on May 10, 2014
That binge-eating Aussie Possum IS cute. I find myself remembering some Alka-Seltzer ad campaign from ages ago, with different miserable-looking people groaning, "I can't believe I ate the w-h-o-l-e thing."

Dandy Sunset is awesome! I had to take time out from catching up with you to go comment/rate that photo.



Today, I deal with the third day of trying to switch over to a new med. It is giving me a flu type of reaction...fever, chills, intestinal upset. My skin was tingling the first day and I was fearing an allergic rash to breakout. I have been through it before several times. I like being outside and active. To be stuck in bed and/or the house not feeling well makes me question why I am fighting. I hate where I live. I don't have the physical or mental energy or money to move. But here I am waking up again and trying to make something out of the day. Maybe the energy and money will come. I just have to be be patient. And just enjoy the daisies amongst the garbage on the verges.

At the risk of butting in where I shouldn't (and maybe I am) or sounding like I disrespect your challenges (which I most definitely do not!), I have to say something. You simply CAN NOT just sit back and hope the energy and/or money will come to facilitate your life becoming better, Mike. Remember my recent WP blog about Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? If you feel you are defeated by circumstance and don't have the energy or money or will to make things better, it is unlikely the solution will come knocking on your door. I can't and won't begin trying to tell you what do to, but as your friend, I will tell you to do something other than give up! Start taking some baby steps toward creating a positive self-fulfilling prophecy. Now that you are adjusting to the new med, put your mind in gear and start thinking of ways to break out of the current negative cycle and work on a positive plan of action.

Okay, 'nough said for now. Sisterly nagging from multiple sources can be arranged later, in necessary. Take good care of you! There are folks who care!
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15. calpoppy
8:24 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
Mike, there are people who think you can drive to Hawaii, LOL!!
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14. clearlakemike
10:11 AM GMT on May 09, 2014
Haven't seen that programme but loved the original Avengers Tv series in the '60's lol

I wonder how many people think you can fly from MK to Nevada in less than a hour?

Have you tried out your butterfly wormhole in your garden yet? And gone to that distant planet you got the photo of.

I would like to go there. It looked very serene with nicely lit cities lol great photo!

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13. sandiquiz
9:09 AM GMT on May 09, 2014
Good morning, (OR Good Night, which ever applies)
Glad to read you are feeling better.

Do you ever see "Marvels Agent of Shield" on the TV? We have got into it after seeing the film Avengers.

The episode we watched last week was brought back to mind by the photo at the top of your header.
The agents were looking for some "bad guy" so they split up and went off to search likely venue. A couple of the guys were walking along a perimeter fence and in through a mesh door... the caption underneath said Milton Keynes Prison!! I have no idea where they were, but they weren't at Milton Keynes prison. It is only a quarter of a mile away from here and I drive past it most days. It is also a "high security" prison, so there is no way they could have "walked" in! lol
Also to stretch the story even further, they were suddenly recalled back to headquarters and almost immediately they were back in the plane flying over the Nevada desert! Probably hitched a lift with DR Who... as there is no way they could get from MK to Nevada in less than an hour... the time they specified it had taken them! lol
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12. clearlakemike
6:20 PM GMT on May 08, 2014
G'Day mates, I feel like the little guy who ate too many sweets at the bake shop last night...but without all the fun. So there you go.

Thank you, GG and calpoppy. Still dealing with the intestinal distress side effects this morning but it too hopefully will pass. Otherwise, don't feel like I have a low grade flu which is a good thing. Just got the usual hangover from one of the night time meds and another cop of coffee will probably get rid of that and help with the above, LOL.
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11. GardenGrrl
3:08 PM GMT on May 08, 2014
Ugh, new meds that 'el cure ya or kill ya. Hope you start feeling better.
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10. calpoppy
1:39 PM GMT on May 08, 2014
Not a good reaction to those meds!!! Glad you are out feeling better.

Love the Aussie possum pic!!! Poor little guy! They don't know how to handle excess.
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9. clearlakemike
1:43 AM GMT on May 08, 2014
Thanks, Sandi. I am happy to report that I am feeling a lot better, hooray. No fever, aches, chills, etc today. A little drained from the previous two days but I feel my energy coming back. Have been outside doing laundry and watering plants. Starting to get dry again here. Been about a month since we had a good soaking rain.

I stopped by your blog to peek at the collage but need to go back and spend more time. Was busy myself last week trying to get adminstrative stuff done in anticipation that I might not feel well with the new med. Glad I got those things out of the way so I could "enjoy" my sick days, lol.

Hope everything ok with you, C and Max.
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8. sandiquiz
8:35 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
Oh GG - that was one scary morning you had! Glad the outcome was positive, on both counts!

Mike, I am sorry things are being difficult for you... but laughing at a photo is a good sign, laughter is the best medicine they say!

Sorry I haven't been by for a week or two, April was so busy, and I am talking a while to get caught up, both with home and computer work!

Take care, and I hope you feel better soon:)
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7. clearlakemike
4:56 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
Life is a strange and mysterious journey, GG, and you expressed it very eloquently in your terms. Not to be facetious - at all - you should write more of your thoughts and observations if you are not already doing so. A Word Press blog? You described that encounter with the bunny spirit beautifully. Yes, I wonder why i have escaped death before. Is it just dumb luck?

Today, I deal with the third day of trying to switch over to a new med. It is giving me a flu type of reaction...fever, chills, intestinal upset. My skin was tingling the first day and I was fearing an allergic rash to breakout. I have been through it before several times. I like being outside and active. To be stuck in bed and/or the house not feeling well makes me question why I am fighting. I hate where I live. I don't have the physical or mental energy or money to move. But here I am waking up again and trying to make something out of the day. Maybe the energy and money will come. I just have to be be patient. And just enjoy the daisies amongst the garbage on the verges.

calpoppy, I burst out laughing when I came across that photo and it makes me laugh that you enjoyed it also!!!!! Yes, I know what you speak of. I am starting to get a collection of the rusty cars of Ocean View. More of a stark beauty than Hilo, and less rust here on the desert side, lol, but still interesting to me, at least. Next time Flickr has a sale on their photo books I will hopefully have enough to do a coffee table book of them!!! LOL Btw, my four books are due to arrive tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing them in their finished state. I enjoyed the "time travel" back into happier times making them.

The inmates are running the asylum here...it is hard to tell who is in or out. I just feel like the whole place is the prison. I am the one wondering how and when I will make the break out, LOL. The things you do for love...
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6. GardenGrrl
4:11 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
Oh my, ocean view seems very high end.
They have plowed over the wooded areas and fields that were here when we first moved here. Now they are raising up large white concrete warehouses. Cows and buffalo from the fields (yes there were buffalo a ways up) have been replaced by semi-trucks. My yard is becoming a crowded haven for critters.

Native Americans talk about spirit guides sometimes. How they show up in our lives with a message. Then again I suppose if one looks they could find a message and meaning in anything. Sort of like how sociologists can use statistics to prove almost any point they want.

Some mornings when I'm very tired and am running late for work I have to take the tollway. At 70mph it regains those 10 minutes of over sleeping or mindless puttering that happens when I am tired.

To get to the tollway I have to take a dark frontage road with a hairpin curve, cross under the busy over pass then speed along the other dark frontage to an on ramp.

Sunday, a bunny popped out in front of me right before the curve. I slammed on my brakes as it froze in the road. I looked it square in the eye as it just sat there still unblinking, un-moving. Watched it disappear with the hood of my SUV blocking the view.

Didn't feel a bump and was hoping very hard that it stayed between my wheels and the car missed. I felt really bad and quarreled at God or whoever that would put something innocent in front of me and I would kill it.

Very sad I got on the tollway. sped up to 70mph. Then the dang dest thing. I saw headlights in front of me. It was odd and hypnotic. I thought, "this is what the bunny must have saw before I hit it".

Then it occured to me I was about to be hit. I swerved. It missed. I'm alive. Some idiot was going the wrong way down this four lane north bound highway. I thanked the bunny. I thanked the bunny spirit a lot.

I don't know what makes my life more important than the lives I take to continue my existence. Sometimes it seems for every step I take, an insect, a plant dies. Everything I eat comes from something else's destruction. With my life, I bring death. But I also bear witness to all the beauty amongst the destruction and the macabre.

I'm a very dark person that chooses to seek the light. And maybe that is the only reason I am still here. To purge the darkness from my own soul. Why a Creator would give me this chance, I don't know. But it is a gift and today I am grateful.
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5. calpoppy
3:42 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
That hair and beauty picture just cracks me up!!!!! If that ghetto car was on the Hilo side it would be rusted into nothing in a short time, LOL! I wanted to do a calendar of rusty cars of Hawaii, they were always in areas that were so pretty and they had rusted to the point that you didn't know quite what they were! If it was done right, it could have been a best seller LOL!

Any break outs from the prison lately??
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4. clearlakemike
5:58 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
Sandi, thank you for the lovely quotes and mention of the daisy. We also have lots of daisies blooming here now and as far as I am concerned they are flowers. I try to walk among the beauty of them whilst not looking at the discarded beer cans, liquor bottles, motor oil containers, empty cigarette packs, piles of rubbish and assorted garbage strewn about the verges here in Ocean View.
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3. sandiquiz
9:05 PM GMT on May 05, 2014
That Dandelion photo is stunning!

"A weed is just a flower out of place" ~Donald Culross Peattie

"A weed is but an unloved flower". ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

And my favourite weed is the daisy... which we have literally thousands of at the moment decorating the grass verges around MK:)



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