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Sunday, August 31, 2003

Distractions and Detours

After the events of the last few weeks, Iím trying to get back into a comfortable rhythm. Being focused and calm is really difficult when I have so many thoughts swirling around my mind. In the past Iíve mentioned my interest in meditation and Iíve been experimenting with several techniques suggested by my doctor and friends. The process of focusing on clearing the mind has beneficial effects that linger long after the 20 minute exercise. Even if I meditate poorly, for the rest of the day, it leaves me in a state of mind where Iím noticing and letting go of some of the silly thoughts that sidetrack and detour.

Iím still exploring the world of amateur radio and I was pleased to find that my neighbor across the creek is also a HAM. I spent a couple of hours yesterday asking questions and clearing up some misconceptions. Till now I havenít found anyone else close by who could walk me through some of the techniques. I have to admit, itís a silly hobby for someone who is kind of shy and isnít into small talk. I have however applied to participate in the Sky Warn Project which may give me some reason to actually use my equipment. Till then, Iím being kind of quiet.

Looking forward to some cooler weather in the months ahead. Itís been extra hot this summer and Iíve spent way too much time inside vegetating .


I was wondering why my rain gage wasn't detecting some of our recent thunderstorms.  Took the thing apart and found a nice wasp nest built in its internal mechanism. Got stung once but all things considered, I got off easy.



July 8, 1967 - Sat

I worked almost a full day so right now I'm pretty tired.  It's getting to the point where I almost enjoy the work.  I get a satisfaction out of the companionship of the job and doing something useful. (The money helps a bit)

I've been thinking a lot about this hippie jazz but when it comes right down to things, it's no big deal.  There are no hippies around Coronado so I might as well start my own hippie movement.  I wish I could find one to talk to.

There is one thing that I can't go along with and that's the money thing.  I like it too much to give it up. However, I do go along with all their other ideas.

July 12, 1967 - Wednesday

I haven't been doing much lately except for a bit of skin diving.  I've been thinking quite seriously about buying a V.W.  By this Friday I should have earned over $400 so then I will seriously get down to looking.  I plan to do most looking on the bases around here since many military men get in a bind at this time of year (being transferred & all). Four hundred isn't very much but when they're moving in a week they tend to lower the prices.

July 13, 1967 Thursday

Today I went to the optometrist because of my head aches and eye strain.  I have 20-20 vision however I do have an astigmatism along with a little trouble reading close print. I will have to have reading glasses. I really don't mind.

I started my search for a car today but for my money I shouldn't have much luck.  I'll just have to keep it up for a while.


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