Head’s up!

It’s not the first time I’ve dreamt about something falling out of the sky towards me. The dream I had the other night would have been beautiful, if not for being scary.

I was at someone’s house in a gorgeous little HOA. Every lawn was perfectly manicured, a small picket fence wrapped around the front of each yard. Each house was a little bungalow beach style place with bright colors and there were thick branches from old growth trees hanging down over the roads.

I got upset with someone inside the house we were visiting and I stormed outside. It was dark out, no moon was visible. The warm glow of street lights cast odd shadows because of the tree branches. But that wasn’t the only light.

The drive I was standing in was a corner lot. Down one side of the road were these brightly colored, brightly lit things bobbing ominously in the front yards of many of the homes. They looked like giant, inflatable monsters looming over the homes. I stared at them in confusion, trying to figure out what they were when I hear this noise above my head. Lights appear in the sky, swirling in bright colors over me.

As I watch the lights over my head, something starts to take form. A white school bus, covered in a twist of glowing colors falls out of the lights and crashes into the ground beside me. I didn’t bother moving because I could see where it was going to land. Even after it’s plummet, it still glowed with the light from above. I look back up to see something else materialize. I dive out of the way just as a classic VW Beetle tumbles down after the bus.

I run down the street, away from the inflatable monsters. The road in this direction lead to the community pool. As I jog through the pool deck, dark figures appear and swarm me. I duck and roll out of their grasp and continue running. A friend must have heard the commotion because just as I jump over the low white gate of the pool, she’s there with the car.

I dive through the window and we escape the figures that ran after us for a few more yards.

And that was it. That’s what I remember.


More than meets the eye

You know when you have those dreams that leave you feeling weird and uneasy? That was last night. First I was dreaming about a sword fight. The blades were so thin and razor sharp that it looked like both people were waving around plastic swords. I commented on this at one point and it was explained to me that they were very rare. Only one man in all of Japan had mastered their creation. The dream then flips over to a different one.

Now in our house and Ethan is playing with some toy robots that he found, only one of them isn’t a toy. It comes to life like a mini transformer. It cannot speak, almost like it’s an infant. We’re not sure how to take care of it though, or what to do. If we call the wrong people something bad could happen to it. I go out to our gardening shed while we think about it and find a little baby humming bird. In my mind, I knew it wasn’t. It was large and fluffy and just hovering in space like something pretending to be a baby humming bird. Like someone that knew penguins were fluff balls before becoming sleek and waterproof, therefore all birds must be like that.

I reached out and picked it up and it’s wings kept flapping. It didn’t seem real. I held it gingerly by the long beak and observed it in utter confusion. Terry came out and looked at it over my shoulder. He wrapped his hands around it and I started protesting. The fluff started to fall away to reveal a small black bundle. The bundle moved. It was a fairy, wrapped tightly in a cloak. Terry grabbed a bottle and stuck her down inside if it. This made me very upset. He argued that there was enough air inside for her to breathe for a bit until we could figure out what to do.

Don’t TOUCH it!

No one was expecting the scream that split the air that night. We reacted immediately, everyone abandoning their stacks of migrating product. We all arrived at some point of the aisle around the same time.

Pam was frozen with a horrified expression still gripping her features as she pointed. Frank and I exchanged glances and I stepped forward to move the yellow packaged box that still rested on the shelf. And burst into pearls of laughter.

Sitting on the shelf, burried beneath Little Tykes lawn mowers…. was a used condom. Just chillin’. Waiting to be found by our unsuspecting Pam.

“Are you FREAKING kidding ME?!” she cried.

“Clean it up Jen,” Frank told me with a shit eating grin.

“Oh no. You be the manager Frankie boy… that falls on you to clean up the filth in your store.” I retorted.

“Used? How? When? Who?” someone else commented.

“Yep, that’s most of the interogation words. Some questions are better off unanswered though.”

Needless to say, with a very, very thick stack of paper towels and a plastic bag, we cleaned up the mess. We granted Pam her request to move aisles, and were able to carry on with our night.

Ah… remodling days at the Bradenton Toys R Us… way to keep it classy B-town.

I do what I want!

Obviously, my father was a headstrong man. He didn’t follow the rules even if he was aware that rules existed. When we first moved up to Black Mountain, the little brown house we lived in was in an HOA. Now that I work in the industry, I can’t imagine how many fines my father must have racked up for the poor owner in the year that we were there. Surprisingly enough, he rented to us again after a couple of years… in the SAME community.

The brown house had this nice back porch that had warm Southern exposure. You could stand on our deck and look out over the mountains. We had a humming bird feeder and a regular bird feeder as well. Only as the days went on, the bird seed in the yard below the deck started to attract some unwanted neighbors.


These rats were pretty big. Not the giant sewer rats from New York, but definitely their second cousins. They would come out in the afternoons and raid any birdseed that had fallen through the day. My brother John lived up the hill from us at this time. He and my dad put their heads together and decided to come up with a solution.

John would come over in the evenings with his .22 rifle and take pot shots at the rats. He did this for a week and took out quite a few of them. He’d shoot the rat and my dad would go down and toss it beyond the bushes. There seemed to be a never ending supply of them though, and it wasn’t doing the job fast enough.

So Old Red Socks, after having a few beers, came up with the best way to get rid of them all at once. He got up early one morning and drove down to the gas station. He returned with a couple of five gallon jugs of kerosine. – I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this.-

The rats lived in the bushes that grew over the fence. The barbed wire fence kept our community separated from the pasteuer beyond. The fact that this fence didn’t belong to my dad (nor the bushes) meant anything to him as he liberally doused them all with the kerosine. John came down and we were all outside as dad lit the fire.

The flames easily reached ten feet at times as dad threw more kerosine onto the already burning fire. I went without eyebrows for a good month afterward. It’s hard to say what my neighbors thought, though one of them obviously called the fire department because eventually they came along.

My mom brought me inside as they took care of the burn with my dad. In the chaos of the day, nestled by the steps of the deck, I found 2 adorable field mice taking cover from the fire. I quickly grabbed my bug cage and picked them up. I wanted to save them. To my heartbreaking dismay, they ended up suffering too much smoke inhalation and they died before the day was out.

It may have been unorthodox and illegal… but we didn’t have any more problems with the rats after that. The barbed wire fence held up pretty well all things considered. It didn’t have to get replaced and the bushes died out, leaving an even nicer open view beyond the deck.

We’re not alone

I love the feature that allows me to schedule my posts. That way I don’t have a bunch of them exploding upon the internet at once. The only time this isn’t convenient is when I happen to mention a time or something. Such as this morning. It’s Sunday… it’s early. I’ve just let the dogs out. I could go back to bed, easily. I can generally fall asleep within moments of my head hitting the pillow, even when I’ve already been up and moving around. It’s my super power. But I always feel like I’m missing out on my day when I sleep for too long. Not that I can do a whole lot when there are people still snoozing in the house, but I can sit at my computer.

I often joke that we have faeries in the house when things go missing. Mischievous, playful and sometimes vindictive, they steal and hide away your belongings. We’ve seen quite a bit of activity lately. I’m not an organized person per say, but I am consistent on where I tend to put things. This is how I know I’m not just crazy. On second thought, redact that last statement.

Last night as I stretched out in bed, the dog started digging on his pillow. There was no apparent reason, he just got the urge to dig. So I got up, walked over, and popped him lightly on the nose and made him lay down. I climbed back into bed and was just closing my eyes when out of no where I smell maple syrup. I had barely a second to contemplate the aroma when I hear a small child’s voice say “hello”. I stretched to look back toward the door. It didn’t sound like my son, nor was it directed at me. It was out in the hallway at the dog’s level.

Figuring the fae’s conversation with the canine was none of my business, I shrugged and rolled over to fall asleep.

I suppose that I really need to get my butt into gear to get the house cleaned up and start leaving some offerings. There are still a couple of things that they’ve hidden so well I’ve resigned myself to them being gone for good.

The List

So here is the bucket list. I’m sure it will be ever growing and ever changing as life progresses.

Generally in Life

  • Write and publish all of my books
  • Work on Web comic with Nikki
  • Renovate a travel trailer to live in while building dream house
    • Then take that travel trailer around on adventures after
  • Own my own home near Asheville, NC
    • I’ve dreamed of a multi story home with a hobbit hole base it would have Victorian touches throughout.
    • A front deck overlooking the mountains.
    • Outdoor kitchen with grill, smoker, pizza oven.
  • Gardens to have around the home:
    • English style in front
    • Japanese garden in back
    • green house with flowers
    • enough veggies for the home
  • Farm life
    • Alpacas for yarn
    • ducks for eggs
    • highland cows for milk
    • goats for hiking
    • gypsy vanner horses
  • Learn to play instruments:
    • the ukulele
    • the banjo
    • the violin
    • the piano
  • Learn other languages:
    • Spanish
    • French
    • Gaelic
    • Japanese
    • Dutch
    • German
  • Take up photography and sell prints
  • Paint and sell prints
  • Screen printing of shirts and sales
  • Learn woodworking and make furniture and walking sticks
  • Learn leather working for gear and costumes
  • Learn to sew:
    • Custom clothing for hiking
    • cosplay
    • every day use
    • purses
    • backpacking Gear
  • Learn to dance
  • Train a search and rescue dog
  • Train an adventure cat
  • Become a park ranger or nature conservationist
  • Watch a meteor shower
  • See the aurora borealis
  • Layout in complete darkness to watch the milkyway
  • Learn the trick to bonsai and terrarium care and growing

Adventure and Outings in the US

  • Visit Biltmore estate
  • Cruise Mississippi River in steamboat
  • Attend Mardi Gras
  • Go hang gliding
  • Go parasailing
  • Learn to Rock Climb
  • Hike/backpack/camp/Climb/Kayak /Raft
    • Every public trail in WNC
    • The Appalachian Trail
    • The Pacific Coast Trail
    • Redwoods National park
    • Yellowstone
    • Grand Tetans National Park
    • Mountains to Sea trail
    • Continental divide trail
    • Zion national park
    • West Virginia Quiet Zone
    • Acadia national park
    • Denali national park
    • Rocky Mountains
    • Haleakala national park
    • Glacier national park
    • Black canyon Colorado
    • Pony express
    • Arches national park
    • Natural Bridges Utah
    • Sawtooth mountains
    • Olympic national park
    • Garden of the Gods, CO
    • Climb Devil’s Courthouse
    • Climb El Capitan
    • Climb Half Dome
    • Raft Rio grande
    • Raft and Hike Grand Canyon
    • Kayak around the Florida coast
    • Kayak around NC coast
    • Kayak around Maine coast
    • Kayak around the Puget sound
    • Thor’s well Oregon
    • Virginia natural bridge
    • Coyote gulch Utah
    • Witches Gulch Wisconsin
    • Alice Lake, Boise, ID
    • Kayak Cape Flattery, Washington
    • Kayak Crater Lake, Oregon
    • Maquoketa Caves, Iowa
    • Cathedral Caverns, Alabama
    • Mammoth Caves, South Dakota
    • Bat Cave, North Carolina
    • Linville Caverns, North Carolina
    • Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
    • Lizard Lake, Colorado
    • Handies Peak, Colorado
    • Watkins Glen State Park, NY
    • Slot Canyon AZ
    • Antelope Canyon, AZ
  • Take a hot air balloon ride over:
    • Appalachians
    • Grand Canyon
    • Lake Tahoe
    • Vermont in fall
  • Bungee jumping
  • Road trips and Drives:
    • Route 66
    • Pacific coast highway
    • Entire Blue Ridge Parkway
    • Hwy 179 Arizona
    • Hwy 163 Utah/Arizona to see Monument Valley
    • Covered bridges in new Hampshire
    • Last Dollar Rd, Colorado
    • Hwy 410, Washington
  • Visit lighthouses through new England
  • Watch the stars at the Mauna Kea observatory in Hawaii
  • Go on a whale sighting tour
  • Learn to ride a motorcycle
    • Tour of San Francisco
    • Key West
    • New England
  • See wild ponies in assateague island
  • Visit Atlantic City boardwalk
  • Waterfalls to visit or climb
    • Niagara falls
    • Shoshone falls, Idaho
    • Rifle Falls, Colorado
    • Crystal Mill,  Colorado
    • Havasu Falls, Arizona
    • Seven Falls, Colorado Springs
  • Ski/Snowboard:
    • Sun valley, Idaho
    • Green Mountain, Vermont
    • Denver, Colorado
  • Hot springs:
    • Hot Springs, North Carolina
    • Yellowstone, Wyoming
    • Umpqua
    • Conundrum Hot Springs, Colorado
  • Train ride:
    • Cass Railway
    • Mount Washington cog, New Hampshire
    • Great Smokeys
    • Silverton, Colorado
    • Tweetsy Railroad, NC
  • Run a 5k, half marathon, marathon and ultra marathon


Out of US

  • Travel by rail across Canada
    • Hike the Bruce trail in Canada
    • Banff national park Canada
    • Cliffwalk Vancouver Canada
    • Englishman river falls British Columbia
    • Kayak around Vancouver Island, BC
  • British Isles
    • Train ride across Britain
    • Rocky perch kilchurn castle Scotland
    • Isle of Skye, Scotland
    • Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Loch Ness, Scotland
    • Fingal’s Cave, Scotland
    • Visit London
    • See Stonehenge
    • White Cliffs of Dover in England
    • Giants causeway in Ireland
    • Dark Hedges Road, Ireland
    • Visit the Irish Castles
    • Dublin, Ireland
    • Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
  • South America
    • Backpack through Patagonia Argentina and Chile
    • Mt Fitz Roy Argentina
    • Take the train to the clouds in Argentina
    • Torres del Paine Park in Chile
    • Marble Caves of Patagonia in Chile
    • Nazca Peru
    • Inca trail to Machu Pichu Peru
    • Galapagos Islands
  • Europe
    • Check out Amsterdam
    • Visit the Swiss and the French Alps
      • Matterhorn
    • Kayak around Svalbard, Norway
    • Explore the Norwegian fjords
      • See Alesund
    • Crystal cave and Kirkjufell Iceland
    • Santorini, Greece
    • Kayak around Sermiljik Fjord, Greenland
  • South Pacific
    • Karijini national park Perth Australia
    • Sydney, Australia
    • Climb the blue mountains in Australia
    • Melbourn, Australia
    • Climb Saint Mary’s Peak, South Australia
    • Waterfall Beach, Australia
    • Bora Bora, Tahiti
    • Fiji
    • Palawan, Philippines
    • Backpack through all of New Zealand
      • I may have to upgrade this one to one day move to New Zealand to just experience everything. I’ve been in love with it since I was a child
      • Glowworm caves, New Zealand
      • Kayak around fjordland, NZ
      • Devil’s Punchbowl, NZ
  • Asia
    • Kayak around the island areas
    • Gyokusendu caves in Okinawa
    • Mt. Fuji Japan
    • Tokyo while the Cherry blossoms bloom
    • See Kyoto and Nara Japan
    • Bamboo forest Japan
    • Athirapally India
    • Chinnakanal tea fields
    • Travel the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
    • Backpack through Har Ki Dun
    • Backpack through lower elevations of the Himalayas – see Everest base camp
    • Taktsang Palphg Monastery
    • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
    • See the Bagan temples in Burma
    • Lantern festival in Thailand
    • Backpack on a motorcycle through Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore and Taiwan
    • Danxia land formation China
    • Tianzi mountains Hunan China
    • Beijing, China
    • Glass skywalk in Tianmen China
    • Walk as much of the Great Wall of China as allowed

So many dreams

I have a list as tall as a redwood of all the things I want to do in life. The prospect of so many things thrills ama terrifies me at the same time. How can I possibly prioritize all of these things. If I can’t find enough time in a day to complete everything I set out to do, how can I table all of my dreams in only one mere lifetime? Not to mention, I’m in no way am affluent person. How can one experience these adventures on a pocket lint budget?

I suppose step one is make the dreaded bucket list. Do I put all of these hopes in writing? I feel like if I put them on paper and never accomplish them that somehow I’ve failed. I tend to set myself up for quite a bit of failure… do I tarnish all of dreams by making them public?

Everyone always says they just need to win the lottery. I say it quite often myself, but I don’t even care about that. The money is only the means to satisfying my wanderlust and adventure. I’ve supressed it for so long. There’s always responsibilities, work, family… but my family would love these adventures, and work…. well why can’t I make this my living? I just don’t know how. I know people do it. But I am a meek introverted person… where do I even begin?