Thursday, June 15, 2017

HOW TO HAVE FUN WITH YOUR TRIBE

YOU CAN DO THIS!  YOU CAN JOIN US HERE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL FOREST AND PLAY.

People kept rolling in to join us in this free camping place.

for a morning philosophical discussion,


to  practice their flute playing

or create an impromptu band,


or help me put a hitch on my van,

or take a morning walk

to the very top of a nearby hill

Or take an archery lesson from Tracy

who is obviously very good at it.

As is Stephen with his air rifle.

One day we threw a pot luck.


Two nights CB hosted an outdoor movie.


Often we show each other our lifestyles techniques. Meet JR, a very efficient traveler

living very comfortably in this well engineered space; says he does not want anything bigger; feels splendidly free to move about the country.

One night we all went to open mike night at a comedy club.  That handsome performer is none other than CB our host with the most.

And to my utter amazement, that is our very own Debora on stage amusing the crowd.


Afterwards we went dancing.  Here's Laurie and Debora rocking the house.

And then one night we went to a poetry slam.
Here's Tracy reading her work.
And when the judging was over, this old man was declared the winner from a field of 12, 
performing his origional poems THE DANCE OF TESTOSTERONE and THE DANCE OF ESTROGEN.

RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES:  OH SWEET PEOPLE--HAVE I PERSUADED YOU THAT YOU TOO CAN  ESCAPE DRUDGERY AND DEBT TO LIVE A BETTER LIFE.  Freedom is possible and friends are available to play with.  If you have an income stream of $600 a month,  a paid-for car, some imagination and a bit of courage you can join the million of us already on the road enjoying the free life.  Mobile tribes are different from other tribes in their transitoriness.  They appear and disappear like whirlwinds but oh what a whirl.  For a period of time "mobilites" leave their solitude to :draw near to their fellows
engage at a more intimate level
play with more gusto
show their best selves
align their energies with others
AND THEN THEY DISAPPEAR TO DIGEST THE INTENSITY AND AWAIT ANOTHER WHIRLWIND








Thursday, June 08, 2017

LOOK WHAT ROLLED PAST OUR CAMP?

WHEREVER I CAMP---VERY QUICKLY--BECOMES THE CENTER OF MY WORLD.  Here is a particularly lovely, remote and somewhat mysterious campsite in the national forest of the highlands of Arizona.  When the temps reached 90's in Cottonwood, we hitched up and climbed up, up, up till we reached 6,500 ft elevation and a wonderfully cool environment.  So easy for us mobile people!  (we are keenly aware that "for every thousand feet you climb--4 degrees are left behind.  Keep on climbing and it for sure you'll reach the perfect temperture')
At first it's just CB and I

We invited more and more of our friends to join us,

and soon we  were a dozen strong temporary tribe.

Then one day these guys showed up nearby---assembling about fifty of these strange carts.  Can you guess what this was all about?

I knew instantly because I had pulled one  of them some years ago in Wyoming.

Soon, about 400 people showed up, most of them teenagers, camping in a nearby meadow. They are here to reenact a famous event in Mormon History:  the trek of the Mormon Handcart Pioneers.

It looked something like this as a caravan of approximately 100 carts traveled together.


About 3000 people in separate caravans of about a hundred carts made their way from Iowa or Nebraska (where the railroad ended) to Salt Lake City--a distance of about 1300 miles.  Hardships and bitter weather killed a few hundred.  Read about it here.


Each cart was pushed and pulled by a team of people.  Each individual ws allowed 17 pounds of personal stuff. The carts carried about 250 pounds each but were capable of 500 lbs when necessary.
I ran alongside several wagons asking questions like WHERE YA GOING?  They would answer: "Home" or "Salt Lake".  One group let me help push the cart.  I think these reenactors traveled about 25 miles.  (It cost $30,000 to pull it off---and they do it every 4 yrs)  

RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES:  The Mormons  added interest to our stay here---2 weeks. 
Additionally we twice loaded up a group and went to town and did a bold thing--which I'll detail in a separate post.
Most people know nothing about Mormonism but I have made a point of studying this strange religion.  The strangest thing about it is that it is a scientifically provable fraud dreamed up by Josep Smith in the 1830's BUT DESPITE THIS, A STRONG VIABLE CULTURE HAS BUILT UP AROUND IT.  It claims 15 million members but experts suspect that only about 5 million take it seriously.  Twice I have addressed ex-Mormon groups in Utah.  Ex Mormons get together and discuss the harm of being indoctrinated in it--how it damages their lives and how happy they are to have escaped. The groups call themselves simply LDX. 
To see the scientific evidence that Mormonism is a giant fraud click here .
To educate yourself on the subject click here
To be honest with you, I believe the religion I was brought up in -Southern Baptist- is also a giant fraud.





Monday, May 15, 2017

WHAT DO DRIFTERS DO WITH THEIR DAYS

HAVEN'T POSTED IN A MONTH. Here's what I've been doing:
Tooth troubles drew me back to Yuma and to my Mexican dentist-Dr Rubio and his team. They have worked with me for years to save my teeth.  This visit required some heroism on their part and I'm happy to say that they came through-- and saved a tooth for me. I'll tell the story in a future blogpost.

While in Yuma, I camped as usual in the Paradise Casino parking lot.  That's my trailer across the way on the left.  This gentleman and I had the lot almost to ourselves.  Of course I engaged him. He is an artist, fresh from several months in Baja California.  We had fascinating talks.  He lives in the mountains north of Taos in a cabin.

Here's a sample of his work.  
Headed East, I camped again at  exit 119 near Gila Bend an excellent mid point place to pause and consider my options.  I have no urgency.  

How wonderful to while away a day thinking and walking the very road where Butterfield Stage rumbled by in 1857-1861.
That sign says: Travel caution
Smuggling and Illegal Immigration
May be encountered in this area.
Nearby, a small forest called to me and I went inside.

Try responding to your "calls" sometime and expect as I do to be surprised by something.
This day I am surprised to find baseballs scattered all around on the ground.  Don't know why, but I gathered an armload of them to give away to kids.  (There are plenty left--stop and get yourself some: Left side of the road; southeast side of the forest)
Here's a whopper of a surprise at exit 102: The largest solar power plant in the world.  About 4 square miles and more than a million mirrors. Read about it here.  
Better pictures here
Here's what's amazing about this plant:  IT CONTINUES TO PRODUCE POWER FOR 6 HOURS AFTER THE SUN SETS.

I decided to go to Tucson--for the Folk music festival.  Settled myself at the Desert Diamond Casino.
This pretty lady who lives in that Van rolled in to join us.
She completes a happy trinity.  We have discovered that three people can be very satisfying socially.

At the festival we were mesmerized by this group; The Saguaro Sunset Trio.
After their performance I invited them to be recorded at CB's ROLLCHORDING STUDIO.

Also invited this charming old cowboy singer/songwriter.

The Folk Festival was terrific fun.  Amazingly it is held  in downtown Tucson.
And is free to the public.
Sure enough---on Monday night the Trio shows up at our rigs in the Casino parking lot.

And for several hours they played their hearts out--recording 10 songs for CB to work his audio magic with.  CB's Airstream trailer is sound friendly because of its curved construction.


Next up was the cowboy singer/songwriter and his sidekick.
Check out CB's Rollchording studio here  or FB.com/RollChording or just Google "RollChording". Be sure to click on "WATCH VIDEO".( CB has outdone himself)
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES:  To be comfortably mobile is wonderful----BUT IT ISN'T ENOUGH!!
YOU'VE GOT TO BECOME A MEANING MAKER or you will descend into depression.
It's easy enough:  You start by surveying your fascinations. (some things fascinate you--some don't)
  I've already covered the subject of how to make meaning:: Click here .
CB has found one of his fascinations:  RECORDING MUSIC.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

LOOK WHAT YOU CAN BUY FOR $180.

HAD TO GO TO  PHOENIX FOR MY ANNUAL EXAM.  ---A  2 day process this time.
For $ 110.00 shuttle cost and $60 motel cost and $40 food cost I could do it the easy way.
But wait!  The cost to drive down and back would be about $30 (not pulling my trailer) If I could find a place to sleep for free, I would be $180.00 ahead.  I love this sort of challenge:  Watch the master FRUGALIST at work.  I'll show you how to adapt and a better way to spend that $180.00.

Asked and received permission to park behind the American Legion. (I'm a vet)  Shuffled my stuff to one side, made a flat space in the back of my truck, got out a piece of memory foam and sleeping bag that I carry---

and voila--made a servicable bed--loved the adventure of it all--slept soundly-- saved $60.


Back with my friends parking free of charge near Cottonwood, Az--enjoying this grand view of the famous Mogollion rim. (pronounced MO' GHEE ON).

I get to spend time with my friend Joyce who visited for a few days.  Here's her wonder dog Thorn when given the order to clean up the area, picking up trash and amazingly, depositing it in the trash can.

One day we walked a lovely trail from Old town. (the Jail trail)


One day old friends Chris and Melissa stopped in to chat.  This amazing couple has chosen early to live a life of adventure.


One day my friends Laurie and Lisa took me on a mystery food "crawl".  They insisted that I be blindfolded.


Some miles away they lead me into a restaurant famous for its....


FRENCH FRIES!!-- They were delicious.

We had a chicken entree somewhere, then topped off the mystery food crawl at an ice cream place.


One day, I found myself parked beside my ex--Diana-the world adventurer, master photographer and famous blogger of a million hits:  Check her out here. She invited me on a hike...

 called the teapot trail.

One day a balloon carrying 14 people...

landed right outside my window.


We all watched them pack it up. (iin less than 15 minutes)


Parked nearby, these four ladies in four different rigs, typlify a new breed of women: Indipendent, bold and fascinating. What they are looking at ....


Is this Drone--an incredible piece of machinery operated by a lady named Ausia, a world famous you tuber called RV pandamonium. Check her out here (It cost about $700--weighs about 2 pounds--will fly for 20 minutes with a range of a mile--sends to the operator a picture of what it sees and at the mere push of a button will return to the feet of its master,)


RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES:  THE EVENTS PICTURED ABOVE TOOK PLACE OVER  A MONTH OR SO.  The money I saved during that ONE NIGHT of frugality in Phoenix sustained me for this whole month's adventures.  I HOPE MY POINT IS OBVIOUS:  MONEY WELL SPENT CAN BUY A HEAP OF ADVENTURES.  I ALSO HOPE I HAVE ILLUSTRATED HOW IMPORTANT ARE FRIENDS FOR THE GOOD LIFE.


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