The Magic of Mushrooms

by carbonboy on November 19, 2017

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I have been back in Piney Point two months and two days since leaving California. I returned at the absolute best time of the year – but now winter is coming.

Winter sucks! I may move to Florida to ride it out. More on that later.

For the time, I decided to cut myself from cable TV. Bottom line: I don’t miss it at all.

To be fair I have Netflix and Amazon Prime. I favor Netflix with all the BBC content, over Amazon Prime. The Magic of Mushrooms documentary awed me!

Today was a gloriously sunny, breezy day in Piney Point. I opted to get the axe out and chop up some downed branches in the back, and haul them to the fire pit on the beach.

I spent a little time looking at nature at a macro level in the forbidden forest that borders my house. It was amazing!

 

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Healthy Quasi-Asian Food

by carbonboy on November 17, 2017

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So, I googled “Is Chinese food healthy” and basically the overwhelming hits were (for American Chinese) “no fucking way.” The crappy oil and high sodium content topped the list, with calories exceeding the worst junk food coming in third.

But what if one used a healthy oil, Jasmine brown rice and organic chicken breast? Throw in carrots, broccoli, red onion, red cabbage and lots of fresh garlic. Add some bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and sliced black olives. Season with black pepper, cayenne pepper and crushed red pepper. To add to the quasi-element, mix in a tiny bit of sweet & sour sauce.

It is so simple to take bad food and transfer it into good food!

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Morning Start

by carbonboy on November 16, 2017

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Being home “free to do what I want, anytime I want” (thanks Tom Petty) would seem to conflict with the routine of a daily habit. But habits and discipline are essential elements of maintaining that freedom. So . . .

My mornings start with a mug of strong black coffee, 15 grams of dark chocolate (70% cocoa) and a sliced banana. I drag myself out of bed to gather these three essentials and then rush back to the warmth & comfort the bed offers until my thermostat kicks in at 7 a.m. to warm up the house.

As the caffeine kicks in, I check email, finances, weather and relevant news until my bathroom warms up. I plan my day the old-fashioned way by writing it down in my Mastery Journal (google it), then using an iPad app to do a 10-minute meditation. I am a lifelong skeptic of meditation, but slowly coming around to its benefits.

I am also a skeptic of fads diets, but adopted my own hybrid to start my day. Less the honey, there is enough scientific evidence of the health benefits of the following. Here’s the combo I mix in 8 oz. of water.

2 tablespoons of Montmorency cherry concentrate
1 tablespoon of organic lemon juice
2 teaspoons raw organic apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of raw unfiltered honey

As this is an acidic mix, a good water rinse immediately follows to protect the teeth!

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Decluttering My Life as an Aerospace Contractor

by carbonboy on November 11, 2017

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I generally leave with 1 suitcase; come back a year later with 2! A nice mix of Nautica, Chaps, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein off to Good Will for a 2017 tax write-off. Shoes and pants next!

 

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Tomorrow the Weight Bench! My attitude seems adjusted already, with a plan to clean the house!

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High-intensity interval training (HIIT) improved age-related decline in muscle mitochondria. 4 minutes on a stationary bike – 3 minutes off – 4 repetitions – 3 times a week! I can do that AND throw in some weight training on the off days! Here’s a link to the article: goo.gl/CFb82g

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The Return of Winter

by carbonboy on November 10, 2017

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Oh, this is going to be tough – substituting a mild Southern California winter for a moderate one in Southern Maryland. I am not ready, but thankfully 10 days of mid-fifties sunny days lie ahead after this first winter blast from the artic. I so miss California!

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Fried Health Food?

by carbonboy on November 2, 2017

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OK, I am back at home in Maryland, and ironically, it has never really been home, as I rarely live here. But it is the only home I have.

I succumbed to the local seafood method of preparation: frying. For the record I did not deep-fry and used a good quality olive oil AND had some great stir-fried fresh veggies as counterbalance (asparagus, red/orange bell peppers, onion, garlic, shiitake mushrooms and black olives). Add a little Jasmine brown rice and red wine, and dinner is served.


I am still convinced that the threat of these dumb-ass terrorist is infinitesimal relative to the crap Americans eat every day.

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De-cluttering my Life – Selling my Bling

by carbonboy on October 29, 2017

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I bought this watch and much more a decade ago to impress a woman that I fell in love with in Korea. I used to wear the Breitling, until I got a sports watch. Since, it’s all been sitting in a safe at my house. Tonight, it all goes up for sale in eBay. Getting rid of the little clutter is easy. Anybody in need of a chain saw or 1000-watt generator?

 

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My neighbor’s driveway on Lighthouse Drive

by carbonboy on October 27, 2017

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Wish I had an interest in holiday type stuff.

But I don’t!

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October is the Perfect Month in Piney Point

October 22, 2017
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I learned this a decade ago – no wonder why they have the Oyster Festival this weekend. Today was perfect – 75 F and sunny – but I was amazed of all the bird shit on the pier. So I headed to the enchanted forest for a bit of relief. All is well!

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Simplicity One Chair Legs – too Whimpy

October 1, 2017
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Ha – the two wood-gods that monitor here will chuckle (or cringe) when they see this photo. Modeling in Autodesk Inventor has its limits – a real prototype has its merits. I discarded the idea of carbon fiber legs in the prototype Simplicity One Chair, as they were too costly and too light. But one-inch […]

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Piney Point Beach

September 24, 2017
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Ha – I’ve been home a week and have yet to take a walk on my beach. It is still too hot and humid to enjoy it. October is the only perfect month in Piney Point, Maryland, and I am looking forward to it.  

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The Gift of Life, it’s a Twist of Fate – It’s a Roll of the Die

September 17, 2017

It’s a free lunch, a free ride But nature’s got rules and nature’s got laws And if you cross her look out! It’s the monkey’s paw. I drove twelve hours today, with lots of pit-stops to handle the fatigue. I was hoping to report this was my first cross-county trip without seeing any road-side accidents […]

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From the Ozarks to Appalachia – Crossing the Mississippi to Memphis

September 16, 2017
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Well, my observation of a year ago still applies – Arkansas has the worst roads in the country, and if one thinks humidity is humidity, regardless of where it is, one is wrong – it’s worse in Arkansas. Nothing against the good folks living there, but this is the quintessential flyover state!   It’s day-three […]

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From Gallup, New Mexico to the Flyover States

September 15, 2017
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Day-2 was ten solid hours of driving, and no particular fun. Nothing to report, except a good authentic dinner at Abuelita Rosa’s Mexican Restaurant in Shawnee, Oklahoma, our stop for the night. The real tedium begins tomorrow. One question – who or what makes these vehicles? I want one, and want to move to Enchanted […]

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Get your Kicks on Route 66

September 14, 2017
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We left the suburban wasteland of Eastvale at 7 a.m., which was too late, as we already had to fight traffic on I-15 at the 60 Freeway, I-10 and I-210 exchanges. A bit of stress was relieved when at the steepest part of the El Cajon Pass, the BMW handled the load of the U-Haul […]

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On the Road Again

September 13, 2017
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Well, the Chinese Investors at Mooney International pissed away about fifty million dollars on the ill-fated M10, but I had a very good year, and had my vision restored to 20/20 by one of the best eye surgeons at UCLA. I don’t want to leave, but it is a perfect time to move on. Back […]

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Leaving the Suburban Wasteland

September 5, 2017
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I can’t imagine why Eastvale, CA was voted the best city to live in California. There’s no community here – no kids in the streets, and the only time you talk to your neighbors is if, by chance, you are taking out your three (garbage, yard & recyclable) waste bins out for Friday pickup. I’d […]

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Advice Heeded

September 4, 2017
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I am rewriting our business plan today and picked up an old book by Hugh MacLeod titled: Ignore Everyone – And 39 Other Keys for Creativity. He summed the book up quite nicely!

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