Friday, May 14, 2021

Sleeping When I Can - Pounding The H20

Whenever I'm Alone With You      You Make Me Feel Like I Am Home Again    Whenever I'm Alone With You     You Make Me Feel Whole Again        Whenever I'm Alone With You      You Make Me Feel Young Again       Whenever I'm Alone With You      You Make Me Feel Like I Am Fun Again      However Far Away        I Will Always Love You      However Long I Stay    I Will Always Love You     Whatever Words I Say    I Will Always Love You 

The Cure 1989


This past week flew by like a flock of migrating birds smelling warmer weather to the North. All of the clients I worked with were evening sessions. Before I knew it, my iPhone would read midnight.

I was so wired this past week for some reason. Just couldn't close my eyes and that morning alarm was a royal drag. Oh Well 

Wanted to share one little story about the cutest elderly couple. They have been "happily" married for 53 years now and have 18 GRAND CHILDREN. Their amazing display of affection towards each other was refreshing. Still referring to one as dear, its ok sweetie, and "He is still a very handsome man" when he explained his " disability" as the wife chimed in. They are the couple that gives us all hope. 

MAD Racing:

MAD Racing held its first event of 20BLK Jack and its been over a year since our last event. Not as rusty as I thought I would be but I made a few mistakes. Nothing major that effected the timing or outcome. Just those stupid little errors that go unnoticed but gnaws at ya after the fact. 

The racers were cagey after a year of sitting around or riding just to ride. So the prologue on the first day produced some high speed action and rowdy lines for time placement seatings. Sunday, Mothers Day, offered up a 3 stage race here in GJ, Colorado. Dog Skin 

By the numbers here, up from two years ago, 187 participants paid, 181 started the prologue, and 173 finished the aggressive three stage downhill Grand Enduro. Thanx to the COPMOBA non profit filling those volunteer spots, MAD Racing proudly donated $1,300 to COPMOBA for future trail maintenance, tools, etc. 

The weekend only produced two hospital visits. One guy with a face plant off a rock and thought he might have broken his jar. The other was this guy below with a pedal whip against the shin. Gotta Like That 


What a fantastic opportunity here and two lovely girl dogs supervising my every move. They were quick to remind me how their human does not do it that way. So Cute  

Lets start with the best supervisor ever. She watched my every move and patiently waited for another biscuit. She is the 13 year old seƱor of the tribe. 

Here she is with a treat in her mouth and ears flapping around with every chomp. She knew that I was a big old softy and would hand out treats like candy. 

And then smelling the empty hand for one more while her sister crunches away. Her sister is a funny little gal at the ripe age of 3. And she loved the freedom of backyard access all day. She checked in on me but was happy to bounce around the backyard. Owning The Perimeter 

I bid this job without considering my low back. Basically, refinishing this 20 feet by 10 feet deck. The wood was in pretty decent shape and still held its integrity. Unlike My Back 

These railings have beautiful grain and they came to life after receiving their first coat of goodness. Of course all the south facing boards were painted with a second coat.  

My poor baby soft hands ached on day number two but my right knee cap was beyond tender. I wear knee pads and all but my body just is not used to hands and knees manual labor like this. For a few hours, no worries. But for two days, yuck. 

However, the owners were so pleased with my work. After day one, they complimented my attention to detail and appreciated my thoroughness. I explained to them before they accepted my bid that I am a body worker and not a painter. But I am not a sloppy person by nature and cutting corners is lame. 

After the second coat was applied, this wooden deck shines like it has just been fabricated from scratch. Sanding down all imperfections was the key. The owners where also pleased after day number one when I asked them to inspect my work for any blemishes. " My goal is for you two to be satisfied all Summer while sitting out back here. Pick apart my work as I won't take it personally." I shared with them. 

But my first order of morning business before proceeding was hooking this gal up with a treat. And the wife loved my morning doggie update photos. Dogs, they can melt your heart. Good Dogs Anyway 

Again, I am thankful for the work but it kicked my A$$. The morning of day 2, I laid on the floor for about 20 minutes. Calisthenics, for get about it. Slowly stretching out, preparing breakfast and lunch, and then back to rolling paint. 


How ya like these??? They just turned up inside my bank. Super cool to be patiently standing in the queue in one moment and then in a Mr Rogers make believe day dream in the next. 

And our local cacti are about to burst with vivid desert color. Soon the pollinators will be happily buzzing around wildly. In fact, Hummingbirds should be making a scene any day now. Thanx Mother Nature 


My riding has fallen to almost zero. Kinda sad when I should be over 400 miles/643.73km for the month of May. But its just not the case. 

Last Friday, Mothers Day Weekend, I strolled on out to the Palisade Brewery to meet someone new. Insert the right eyebrow lifting here. A couple that I know raved over this person that I just gotta meet. You know how that goes. 

Part of me was rather hesitant because in the back of my mind, what if Triple J showed up. They have family in Palisade and just my luck, right. Actually, crossing paths with Triple J wouldn't be so bad. I wonder if they moved to Denver to make real money. I do hope Triple J is content and in a much better headspace these days. Call me crazy but what if. 

So this person comes up all friendly and what not and I knew in two shakes that this was a mistake. They were obnoxious as hell, way young, and I wondered what my friends thought of me in order of thinking this would be a match. It was very challenging for me to keep my composure and not just get up and leave. But damn I was becoming more annoyed by the second.

Out of the corner of my eye, this dazzling figure graced my way and I envisioned concupiscent desires in my third eye. The direct eye contact was piercing and I became mesmerized. While I was in my trance like state, my friends say," So Glad You Could Make It!! This Is Travis. Travis, This Is..." Flipping Stoked

The other yahoo was just a random friend and I was beyond judgmental. They were not the blind date and I am so thankful I didn't back hand this person and blow the whole evening. See, taking the higher ground pays off. Like WoW

Back to walking behind this sucker again. Sort of dreaded firing this beast up again as I was pretty burnt out by the Fall of 2020. But here I am again, walking behind this noise maker, and collecting some much needed cash. The income is good but the work so blows. 

My other part time job, here is a flywheel from inside a rowing machine at the gym. This was absolutely a two person task. Again, thankful for the pay check but I wanna spend every moment possible in the office. Humans Need Ortho

April was a solid month for trail running but I haven't been out for a good old american adventure during the month of May. Forced myself to hike the other day to simply clear my busy mind. Work Work Work 

Also, I sincerely apologies to each of you that I have fondly enjoyed following over the years. I am currently without wifi and have dropped off the blogging world. Sort of speak anyway. I have not devoted the time to sit and type and when I do jump on the net, updating this journal hasn't been a priority. Until tonight!!! Thank You WONMAN TODAY!!! Your comment on my last post struck a nerve and rejuvenated my spirit. Thank You 

Another fun project, that red pulley there went belly up. It amazes me how an engineer designs this magnificent machine on a computer but has no clue what might be involve when making adjustments or repairs. And why must they build these suckers with DIFFERENT sized screws??? For me to replace that one pulley, I used three different allen wrench drill bits. 

Anyway, this is my attempt to update my where a bouts, my trials and tribulations, and my inclinations and aspirations for building my practice again. I leave you with my goals and this one minute time lapse video from the window at KAFM. 


  1. Burn Some Calories
  2. Actively Pursue New Clientele
  3. Ride My Phuc-N Bike
  4. Keep My Head Above Water
  5. Compliment Others For No Reason
  6. Sunday Phone Calls
  7. Swim At Least Twice This Week
  8. Pull More Weeds
  9. Finish Painting The Trim
  10. Wash All My Windows For Seeing My Future  


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Another Calendar Page Flips Over - Happy May Flowers

Let's Get Down To Business Shall We       Its Time We Stop Playing Games      Let's Get Down To Business Shall We        Let's Quit This Lame Pretense       And Tackle This What Shackles Us All Of This Pressing Business       Well, Why Didn't You Tell Me That Things Had Gotten This Bad      I Was Off In My Own Little World      And I Couldn't See       Through Your Taichi        That I Was Being So Sad     Well, Why Didn't You Tell Me That Things Were Falling Apart       I Was Off In My Own Little World     And Didn't Discern        Your Slow Burn         Amidst All These Fluttering Hearts 

Wide Spread Panic

Written by James C. Dungan 1976


Colorado has produced stunning sunrises and sunset during the whole month of April. Ride after ride, trail after trail, day after day, beauty resurfaces in 360 degree enlightenment.

Found my legs about mid month. Powering my cranks with just more than my quads. The balls of my feet actually feel the pedals under them, my ankles revolve in full range of motion, both knees are in alinement, and my scrappy little butt cheeks are propelling my quads forward and engaging my hamstrings on the way back up. Raw Power 

Monday through Friday, I ride in solitude along the River Trail, mostly. The birds sing to me as I pass, the White Tail deer walk the shallow Colorado River banks without noticing my passer by actions, and the Bald Eagles produced two "healthy" baby eagles. Life Is Good 

The Above Photo, What Do You See?? Looking Forward To Your Imagine Running Wild And Please Leave Your Observations Below. 


Lifting has been mediocre at best. On the positive front, forgot how much one gains with the foam roller. My mobility and ROM has dramatically improved. And guess what??? My hips are in much better shape and my midnight sleep aches have magically gone away. 

Zero heavy weights have been lifted on my part. I choose to burn my muscle groups with rubber resistant bands and lots of controlled movements. Examples - I stand on a resistant band, cross the band in front of me, so looking at myself in the mirror, the band makes in X in front of my knees, I then side step 10 steps to the left, 10 steps to the right. 10 Happy Sets. Bench Press, just the bar, 20 reps, 10 sets. That Good Burn  


Mid week last week, packed up the automobile and headed east. The mountains were simply calling my name with thin air howls.

Wasn't planning on a trip to Marble but knew where I could sleep for free, hassle free, and plenty of spring water. 

And throwing a little plastic sounded rather attractive. Most of the course was bone dry and the wind was minimal. 

My putts were on fire!! Not the best day of driving off the tee box and the mid range was fairly accurate. 

But couldn't miss a putt. My putter hasn't flown that level in many moons. Wish I Knew The Secret

The below photo was home for the night. As you could imagine, peaceful as all get out. 

The mountain fresh air was flipping cold but clear as can be. Which totally caught me off guard. GJ's winter temperatures flirted with single digits and stayed below freezing for a high this past winter. Now, here in Marble, only 34F / 1.1C , felt icy cold to me. 

The evening sky was brilliant. Stars were stacked upon stars!! So many twinkling stars that picking out constellations was rather challenging. Dim to bright satellite raced south to north with a sporadic one mixing up the predictable pattern. 

The moonless night created an unforgettable three dimensional blanket of stars overhead. The kind of night were your neck hurts from starring up for too long.  

But dozing off under these conditions offered up a peaceful rest. Nothing better than waking to life with this view. 

The Poor Crystal River!!! Notice how the snow is almost gone, its early May, and this would be the run off of 20BLK Jack The weird thing to me, the water along the banks was warm. I anticipated the shock and loosing my breathe when I dipped my feet in. But Nope


I met a kid a few months after I moved here to GJ. He followed a lady out from Oakland California. We have always been friends and our lives intertwine like ivy in the redwoods. 

He went down the family avenue and has successfully raised two productive daughters. His oldest just completed her freshman year at Duke. Full Ride By The Way.

He reached out to a number of us and informed us that he was NOT allowed to throw a surprise birthday party for his wife. She turned the big 4-0 and wasn't game for a big party and all those accolades.

So the mass text went out, if we wanted to stop by their shop randomly, no gifts, wish the wife a happy happy, I made the adventure, so thankful I did.

And damn it was great!!! They both look amazingly healthy and content together. Two love birds full of life and they still have their whole lives ahead of them. 

I throughly enjoyed the random stray folks walking through their shop doors, the laughter that was shared by all, and watching the wife while shouting out, " And You Guys!! Just Happen To Be Stopping By!?!?" Classic 

The Next Day, Hung Out With This Guy. He was so excited to see me that he brought over a stick and his bear toy. At the same time of course. Dogs, just gotta love em 


Turns out, there is a way of streaming shows afterwards. If you would like to indulge , follow these easy steps - Thanx Perth!! 

#1 go to KAFM #2 click the ON-AIR tab and that drop down will give you about six options. Just click PLAYLIST #3 This loads the current play list. Across the top of that page, Click CALENDAR, navigate back to May 1st. #4 click the 3pm BLONDE ROOTS with DJ Dan Yankee. Dan Yankee also hosted the 6am time slot so only click on the 3pm show Blonde Roots. #5 you will then be on a page with only one song, Imagine by the Beatles. My email no longer works for logging in so I asked my buddy Dan to log in and add the Beatles. #6 Simply click on that PLAY BUTTON next to the date and time. Do NOT click on the Beatles. And DO leave your feedback here on this blog.


This link will begin with the Entertainment Calendar. I featured the 1960's TV show The Munsters!! Loads of music from that era. Such as, Donovan, Humble Pie, Curtis Mayfield, Outlaws, and 4 trivia questions as well. After you click on the play button, COUNTING runtime 03:03:07pm BEGINS Blonde Roots with The Munster's Original Theme Song. It is a hot and muddy recording by my standards but worthy of a listen. And I Thank You In Advance 


May The 4th Be With You,