Friday, July 14, 2017



Competed in a Poetry Slam.  This pretty lady sat beside me and announced that she was inspired by my blog to move into a van and take to the open road.  I have a lot to answer for.

You will recognize my old friends Laurie and CB.  We spent a whole day making this truck comfortable to camp in.  She insisted on plexiglass windows and a shaded roof strong enough to sleep on.

Breaking camp, I share a goodbye meal with Laurie and Kat.  We are headed in three different direction
My first stop is only 20 miles away, camping with an old friend in this lovely spot with a view of Mt Humphrey. (12,633 ft--highest point in Az)

Then on toward Santa Fe, I pause for the night near the border with New Mexico.  Every exit usually offers little roads into the desert--away from the interstate noise.

Arriving at my friends place near Santa Fe.  He has 5 acres.

That's him on the right--Bushrod, my oldest friend--40 plus years. You may recognize Debora and CB from our last campsite who arrive shortly afterwards. (everyone travels separately--the only way to feel free)

Once settled in here, CB gets busy recording a new musician. (Simon) If you are unfamiliar with his hobby of recording musicians?  Click here for a sample of his fine work.

This was an ego boosting moment: In Sam's club I was surprised when this guy called my name and said " I recognize you from the movie". Without Bounds

Enjoyed an amazing experience of virtual reality..

and  an outdoor symphony.---they played all the 4th of  July favorites.

Attended a session of professional poets in this building and afterwards witnessed this dragon tearing its way out of the building.

CB found a musician on the plaza--brought him to the studio on his scooter.
The guy , Ricky,  a singer/songwriter/musician was a terrific guitar player and seemed deeply grateful that someone with the CB's skill and equipment would polish his music and provide him with a demo record he can use to promote himself.

Bushrod and I got to work equiping my van with solar power. (200 watt panel costs $250.)

Ah but this controller costs $300

and these two batteries $400.  Someone gave me the inverter.  So there you have a good solar system for a thousand dollars.  Should be good for 10 years service. ($8 amonth)

The heartbeat of Santa Fe is the Plaza.  Here's a selfie of me and a scientist from Los Alamos Laboratory that I engaged.

And over there, a musical duo named "HALF A SHIPWRECK".  I recruited them for CB to record.

A block away is the most astounding art exhibit I've ever seen:  giant art works by great artist from the past from one of the premier galleries in the world---The PRADO museum in Madrid, Spain.
They are of course copies---but I could not tell. Here's Adam and Eve.

This is Bosch's vision of hell.
There must hve been a hundred of the finest art in human history--free to all--outside in the shade of a churchyard.

RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES:  TWO WEEKS OF MY LIFE--- scanned for you.  In the grand scheme of things, it amounts to nothing perhaps, but I enjoyed it.  Are you enjoying your life?