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Well, 14 years ago today I was diagnosed as a Type 1 insulin dependent diabetic. 30 years old and I get Juvenile Onset diabetes. Talk about hitting puberty late. Sheesh. (-: 99% of Type one diabetics get it younger than I did. I’m a genetic sport, a throwback, a knock off, an oddity.

14 years of extra living so far. Not bad, not bad at all. I’ve had a battery operated pancreas for the last 6 years now. Minimed insulin pump. Much much better than shots.

I can still remember the doc telling me that I would have to take shots the rest of my life, or die. And me, with a phobia for needles. I’m over that now, at least giving myself shots. Still hate getting shots from someone else, or, ugh, giving blood, shiver.




We went camping this weekend up at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. It was a fun time. My parents will know exactly where Nora and Molly get the “climb on Everything” gene from. We hadn’t even unpacked the car yet and the girls were up on a tree.

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Having to make reservations, paying $35 a night for a tent site, and being amongst a lot of other people isn’t what I think camping should be. However, it’s the cost of living here in California. Which, truth be told, is one of the best places for the kids that we’ve ever lived, and we’ve been around a bit. That said, Big Basin was a really beautiful area. Being up amongst the redwoods is pretty neat. The forest giants can be anywhere from 1000 to 2000 years old. Older than most of the castles we visited in Scotland.

What’s really strange is how much being up in the Redwoods reminded me of Scotland. The look and feel of things was eerily similar to some of the areas we wandered around in half a world away.

It’s interesting to watch Molly and Nora interact. It took Nora to lead across this log bridge (15 foot drop onto a rocky stream). She went across on hands and knee’s to make sure it was doable, but there was Molly 5 feet behind, walking upright. A “if you can do it I can do it better” smirk.

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We took two tents with us. One for the girls and one for us. Notice, Megan “The Teenager” didn’t go with us.

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We had a pretty good time. We’re definitely planning on going again. Next time we’ll take an air matress to sleep on. Sleeping on the ground was a little bit too hard on Roberta.  Here’s a couple of shots from around the area.

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One of the roads throught the campground area.

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Here’s the creek behind our tent site.

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Well, I just made reservations for Saturday night. Yes, reservations. Welcome to California.

Anyhow, we’re going to take the girls up to a place in the Redwoods called the “Big Basin Redwoods State Park“. We plan on trying our hand at some Tent camping. Sadly we haven’t taken the girls camping since they were toddlers. Pretty sad really. It’s definitely time to give it a go.

Will update afterwards.

Here is a picture from the visit the USA web site.

Big Basin State Park


The season has started here in Monterey. The season of all kinds of things happening every weekend. It’s the season where it’s not “is there something to do this weekend?” but rather “which of the half dozen events do you want to hit?”.

Last weekend we had the

Just to name a few. Roberta and I ended up going to the Carmel Art Festival for a few hours. It was a lot of fun wandering around the open galleries and checking out the different events.
Roberta took a picture of me hanging out with Einstein at the event.

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The rest of the summer will be like this. One event after another.

This year I’m looking forward to the Carmel Bach Festival, MotoGP, all the car events in August, plus whatever else comes along.

Welcome to Monterey. It’s busy time.

Contrary to all of the “We’re All Going To Die!!!!” beating of the chest, whinging, and moaning, the world really is doing pretty well.

I’ve seen these statistics before, but here’s a great video of them. Take a minute and check it out. It’s amazing what’s happened in only 200 years. Average life span nearly doubles for one thing.

Sure, we have a long ways to go, but we’re not doing to bad as a species, normally.

FYI: If you didn’t know already, I’ve been ex-communicated from the Church of Global Warming and their screaming rants on how we’re all going to die.

Well, I guess it pays to be patient. I just picked up an Alpinestars Black Label One-O-One motorcycle jacket in red and black for $50 of a military kid shipping out.

Even matches my Red and Black R6.

  • 1.2-1.4mm full-grain leather for excellent abrasion resistance.
  • Removable CE certified elbow and shoulder protectors.
  • Zip operated ventilation.
  • Removable quilted vest.
  • Strategically placed micro perforated leather.
  • Rear stretch panel.
  • Adjustable waist.
  • 2 external pockets and 1 large internal pocket.
  • Back protector compartment with a foam back pad (CE certified RC back protector available as accessory).

Today marks the first day that WW1 has fallen from living memory. The last living person known to have been a combat veteran in WW1 has died.

Claude Choules has died at the age of 110.

Féadfaidh na gaoithe i gcónaí a bheith ag do ais

Fair Winds and Following Seas.

Note: Choules and his wife Ethel were married for 80 years, until her death aged 98.

The papers were all finally signed on Friday. I’ll continue to be employed at least another 6 months. Good thing they signed the contracts Friday, cause today my badges expire and tomorrow I would have been outside the gate staring in. Nothing like waiting till the last minute eh? Welcome to working for the Govt.

Anyhow, to those that asked, we’re once again employed here in Monterey til November at least.

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