Archive for the ‘Misc’ Category
We began our cross-country journey last Tuesday afternoon, in Savannah, Ga. The marathon drive ended this afternoon near San Francisco, Ca. Along the way we passed through countless cities, counties, and towns. Some of those locations had names that were a little bit off center, such as Crazy Creek, Flat Top, and yes, even Pixley (as in the county seat from TV show Green Acres).
We stopped very little other than to eat, purchase gas, and sleep. So there was very little time to take decent photos. We did, however, snap a few shots while driving.
The Mojave Desert is a favorite of ours because there’s always something new to see (yeah, right). The plant life there is low to the ground, well, with the exception of a few oddball, gangly shrub/trees that are definite proof that Dr. Seuss was in charge of developing the seedlings back when the place was under construction.
Starting in the Sierra’s, wind farms are plentiful. Thousands of windmills are scattered everywhere, and they are huge, as in high-rise huge.
We’re extremely fond of the California scenery.
Almond groves in the San Joaquin Valley stretch as far as the eye can see, in all directions
Driving through the Sierra’s. Please excuse the bugs on the windshield. They were plentiful.
Trains stretch for miles throughout the desert.
To give you an idea just how expansive California ranches can be, well, see for yourself.
*By the way, I believe our decision to relocate to California officially ended the drought. It rained today as hard as I’ve ever seen it rain anywhere on the East Coast. A true downpour. Flooding in the streets and surrounding areas…that kind of rain.
To further enhance our welcome back to California, we had a flat tire on the UHaul trailer (during the rain storm).
I hope our furniture arrives to a better welcome.
Still… We’re back!
A few days ago several writers answered my call to help our grandson, Tyler, on his quest to compete in the World Kickboxing Association’s North American Tournament 2014.
It was just 13 months ago when Tyler first began martial arts training. In the months since, he’s won the Ohio state North American Grappling Association (NAGA) championship and the Abu Dhabi World Submission Fighting Championship. Tyler has also won several other competitions, including USKS Superstars and the Grand National 2013. In addition, he recently received a nomination to the 2013 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He’s scheduled to be inducted in the very near future.
Since Tyler is relatively new to the sport, rising so quickly to earn top awards, he hasn’t been around long enough to secure the large sponsorships his competitors enjoy. Therefore, to help with the expense of traveling to and competing at the World Kickboxing tournament, Tyler, his family, and his coaches and trainers are actively seeking donors and sponsors.
So I had an idea…turn to the writing community. As a way to show my appreciation to donors, I’ve offered to run ads on this site for each person who contributes. A $50 donation receives four months of ad space for your book (normally, a $140 value).
I’ve always said that writers are some of the best people in the world, and here’s more proof to back that statement. The writers below each donated to Tyler’s tournament travel fund, and their ads and links are listed in the right sidebar of this page. Please do click the links to pick up a copy of their books. They appreciate your support, as do I.
*By the way, in case you’re curious, this website receives thousands of visitors each day.
To the writers listed below, Tyler and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your generosity means a lot to us.
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Again, if you’d like to help out, you can do so by clicking either of the following links, and then contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your ad placed here on The Graveyard Shift.
Paypal (The link to the left takes you to Tyler’s website. Once you’re there please scroll down for the Paypal link)
Thank you so much. I appreciate your support, and I’ll do my best to make you proud!