Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday 21 st october 2017...a different kind of a day!!

This morning I went to offer my services at a book event for local kids...they had a children's author from Mexico city come to town she had already donated her book to all the local kids and was here to talk and sign..this is huge for the ids maybe the first book they have ever owned....



Scenes from outside whilst waiting for all the kids to arrive....



Inside the theater...

Took a short hike to another cross this afternoon
With great views of the local Pressa!!


Then this evening I went to this presentation..it was very interesting a lot of it over my head but very informative!!!

The End of Cancer, i3 - talk
Saturday, October 21, 5pm
La Casona, Salida a Celaya 77
$250 or $14usd
The End of Cancer, i3 - talk
By Robert Lerner
Can we be witnessing the beginning of the end of cancer? Not “the end” as in eradicating it completely from the planet as we’ve done with small pox and have nearly done with polio, because cancer is not an enemy from without, but rather an enemy from within, rooted in our very biology. But “the end” as in drastically minimizing its impact on our lives—through early diagnosis, less invasive therapies and vaccines. That’s right, vaccines, like the ones you got as a child against measles, mumps, whooping cough and polio.
If Dr. Nora Disis gets her way, soon you may be administered a vaccine that may protect you against certain common cancers, as an adult—kind of like adult vaccines against shingles—for dodging cancer’s bullet entirely.
i3: Ideas that Inform and Inspire is pleased to announce a presentation by Dr. Nora Disis on Saturday. October 21 at 5:00 PM at La Casona conference center on Salida Celaya (across from Luna de Quesa). Tickets are available online at i3SMA.org. or at the door. Admission: $250 pesos or $14 usd.
Dr. Disis is the Associate Dean for Translational Health Sciences in the University of Washington School of Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at UW, and a Member of the FHCRC. She is the Director of both the UW Institute of Translational Health Science and the UW Medicine Cancer Vaccine Institute. She is also the editor of JAMA Oncology.
Her special interest is in immunology and immunotherapy of ovarian and breast cancers. Her research involves investigating common molecular signatures among related cancers that can be targeted by T-cells of our body’s own immune system, that in turn trigger a cascade of immunodefenses that stop cancer in its tracks.
These vaccines are already available to people who have fought off cancer and been given a diagnosis of “no evidence of disease,” a diagnosis that inevitably comes with the warning that metastases are not uncommon, and recommendation that the patient undergo preventative therapies ranging from hormone therapy to chemotherapy. Now there’s another option: a vaccine, soon to be available as a preventative vaccine for a healthy adult population.
Cancer touches us all—directly or through the life of a loved one. Come learn about the latest in detection and treatment, from one of the World’s Best!

Yashi Kochi!!!!!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday 20th October 2017...a magical mystery tour and a story!!!

One of my tennis buddies, Steve, told me of a hike he took with a group on Sunday and showed me photos and I knew I wanted to go......Steve gave me directions but warned me it was way out in the boonies......

So this morning I packed up and off I went .....it was about a 35 minutes drive and once off the main highway on to gravel roads.....a pretty view on the way




 Then into a remote village...
 After asking for directions a couple of times I found a place to park and headed into the hills.


WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT???

See his bell??
 I tracked my route on my phone and with some luck came to my destination a small Pressa...quite lovely!!!

 Steve had told me that behind this Pressa was a hike into the canyons and rock pools but there were two choices of ways to go and this is the first one I took...it was fun walking on the dam walls...
 With good views looking back..
 After hiking just over a mile I realized this was not right so I turned around and came back and went the other way...
 after going over this bridge I headed into the slot canyon and after a few minutes came to these pools...
 You cannot tell but there a is a small waterfall coming through these rocks..

 I really enjoy taking reflections...
 So picture this..

Here I am sat on the rock below with that view....the sound of the waterfall, a sandwich, a lovely hot day and I recite my story for the event tonight....
 After lunch went a little further into the canyon...

 On the way back to Little Bluey...

I hiked 6 miles and it was such a great tonic to be out in the country with my thoughts.....

Tonight I went to the big theater where this event was taking place...



The theater was almost full and I was the 9th story on the calendar the first after the break.....I really know the story and think I did another good job of performing obviously my accent adds to the story....I received a good round of applause and lots of congratulations afterwards..it was a challenge but fun to perform.....

Yashi Kochi!!!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday 18th October 2017......a good day!!!

Just a quick post to tell you I won 125 pesos at poker this afternoon, always fun to be with the boys for fun and sometimes a few pesos....

Tonight was my time on stage at the story telling festival...it was held in a local restaurant and the committee underestimated the number of people who attended they had to turn people away......Gracie came to support me and thrilled to tell you that 4 of my students also came I was so happy to see them there...

Ten people performed and I was on stage last....some of the stories were really good and some not so....

Without sounding egotistical I think I nailed my story and received a good round of applause...I do not get nervous and just told me story........

Afterwards I was informed by the committee that I had been one of the two selected to tell my story at the big event on Friday evening..this surprised and pleased me........

Wish you all a great evening!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday 17th October 2017 ..a trip down memory lane!!!

So what were you doing 6 years ago today???

Me??

This is my post 17th October 2011!!!!

I stayed up a little late last night watching a movie and so slept in till almost 9am!!!!
This has been a really good place to park very quiet and safe and close to everything.
I decided after a few days of big cities and lots of sight seeing to have a short drive day find an RV park and mellow for the day which is exactly what I did!!
I am now in the State of
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in the beautiful town of
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This is mountain country and this is the start of the Sky line Trail which turns into the Blue Ridge Parkway which goes almost 500 miles into the State of Tennessee and is rated as one of the top scenic byways in America!!
I found a Passport America campground and it cost me 21 dollars…..I have never been in such a big park
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Over 450 spaces and ball courts, pools everything it is like a time share resort but most things are closed now but still lots of RV’s here!!!
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I arrived around 11am so I get my monies worth…. first on the agenda was laundry….nice machines so all I have now are clean clothes!!
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I knew I was going to cook so before I left this morning bought some pork and chicken and potatoes, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts carrots and turnips and spent a good two hours cooking!!  So now have about 7 frozen dinners prepared!!
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It was time for route planning and a nap!!
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Cleaned up the kitchen and went for a long walk down through the park and by the river!!
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Did not feel like a big supper so I had yogurt and then rice pudding!!!
Had a long hot shower and now have decided on a route!!
I was thinking of heading to the coast but too far out of the way so going to take the skyway all the way down to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.
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Map picture
Time for tea and a movie!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday 15th October 2017 Workshop weekend!!!


I enrolled in a two day storytelling workshop and have just got home..it was a great course run by two theater people from Chicago and the course was intense and I was out of my comfort zone for most of it but the final product I think is quite good.....the story has to be true and about myself and take about 7 minutes to tell...if you look back in my posts from a few days ago you can read the original story I wrote.

Below is the finished product and I performed it for the group and had good reviews from all.

Now I just need to hone the voice control and gestures and of course memorize it as no notes are allowed.

I perform on Wednesday in a local restaurant and if selected will perform again on Friday night in the big auditorium.....

It makes a change from all the physical stuff that I do most days to do this type of activity..I do not suffer from stage fright and I look forward to the event....

Wednesday is my English class night so I have invited my students to attend ..I will pay their admission and I think they may enjoy hearing 8 or 9 different storytellers...



Shattered dreams and a cup of tea!!!!

Like most young boys growing up in the working class area of the big steel city of Sheffield in central England I wanted to become a professional soccer player



I was a pretty good player but at 16 years of age I was told abruptly I would never achieve my goal of marching out on the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium and playing for England...

So I had to decide where my future would take me and what adventures along the way and at the ripe old age of 16 years I decided to become a Police Cadet I passed all the examinations and in September of 1964 was accepted as a Police Cadet with the
Sheffield City Police force.

The training was rigorous but fun and for 3 years I learned the ropes until at the age of 19 to complete the training I went away to an old Royal air force base where for 4 months we were treated like a recruits at a Navy Seal boot camp...one of my highlights was having 3 hair cuts in one day!!!!

The training was very physical and also learning the laws and procedures was a long and painstaking process we had classes that taught us to try to delve into the criminal mind.





After graduating from the Academy we were posted to various Police stations around Sheffield.

So here I was 19 years of age a raw recruit setting off for my first day as a Police officer.....My parents had gifted me with a 50 cc Honda scooter as a graduation gift and I was very proud of this machine........It was a chilly rainy morning when I reported to the Police Box, like the one you would have seen in the movie Dr. Who...it was 7am and I really did not want to leave my scooter in the open so across from the police box were rows of houses each house having a small covered alleyway leading to the rear entrance of the house and that is where I parked my scooter and went and did my first job directing rush hour traffic for an hour.



It was still raining so after the traffic control I came back to the box and decided I'd better go and tell the folks in the house across from the box that it was my scooter.
Picture this....here I am so proud in my uniform, bobby helmet, creases in my pants and shirt striding down the alley and at the corner I see the door to the back of the house is slightly ajar.....

I knock on the door and after a few seconds a man about 35 years of age appears and says hello to me.......I tell him that this is my very first day on the job and it is my scooter parked in his alleyway and is it OK..... he smiles and tells me sure any time you want to leave it there no problem...... and then he asks me if I want to come in for a cup of tea.......

We English folks are renown for our love of a good cuppa char, tea......the offer was tempting but as I told the man in the house thanks very much but not to today as I did not want to get into trouble.

He smiled again shook my hand and told me any time I was welcome for tea and I could always leave my scooter in his alleyway .

I continued the morning of my foot patrol chatting to shop keepers smiling at the kids crossing the roads and just generally feeling like I had finally arrived in this world with thoughts of playing football for England a distant memory.....

Now the police boxes are also where the patrol policeman has his lunch and later that midday I was in the box eating my sandwich and pork pie when there was a knock on the door.....

I opened it to see a middle aged lady obviously in distress crying and sobbing and telling me she had been robbed!!!!

OM Goodness not even 5 hours into my first day and I was about to handle a robbery...do this right I thought and instant promotion to the Detective division was on the cards...

I managed to calm the lady down a tad and asked where she lived and what had happened...she took me across the street down the alley where my scooter was parked and into the house where I had been invited for tea only a few hours earlier.....

She explained she had left home around 8am that morning and had just got back and found her door had been forced open and some money, jewellery and her radio stolen.....

I asked if her husband had been in at all during the morning but she told me he had died 4 years ago and that she lived alone.

I am sure my mouth dropped open and the look on my face was completely horrifying.....it quickly dawned on me that as a fledgling Policeman I had been duped by a very charming robber
and had even been invited in for tea........ I shuddered to think what might have happened had I accepted his offer........


I took all the distressed ladies details and informed her that I would do all in my power to try to catch this nasty man....she smiled.......... and said ….........dear would you like a cup of tea????


Yashi Kochi!!!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday 13th October 2017....wow!!!

I cannot take credit for this magnificent shot but wanted to share it with you!!!!



Gracie sent this to me she took it from her bedroom balcony this morning I told her she should enter it in the National Geographic competition!!!

I love the colors, the flowers in the foreground and the clouds in the back ground!!

Off to the gym have a safe and happy weekend!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday 11th October 2017....This and that!!!!

This is the rose outside my living room window....


You have often read about my gym sessions with Joe....I have been going to him for over 6 months twice a week for 30 minutes and he has helped me immensely... defined my upper body and helped me loose 10 pounds......I really like Joe as a trainer and a friend but his sessions are very expensive, really expensive and now my routine is mainly on the floor with free weights I can do them any where.....

Joe has been away for two weeks and my tennis buddy Steve, told me of the gym he goes to which charges 500 pesos a month with unlimited visits........

Well I went there yesterday and soon realized that this was the place for me when I saw this photo...



Please do not ask who is he!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  he is my sports hero!!!!

I did my complete workout and joined the club right away...I like that I can go anytime and the walk to the gym is the same distance as I was walking to Joe's.....

I wrote Joe and told him and thanked him and got a nice reply back......so my fitness routine will not suffer but my pocket book will benefit at least 3000 pesos a month!!!!

Tonight in my English class I invited two of my friends, Karen and Phyllis to attend..I had three students so I paired them off and they talked to my friends for nearly 45 minutes and then talked in the front of the class about their new friend...this went down really well and I know I shall do this sort of thing again!!  I have great friends....

I do believe if I searched my fridge I will find a nice slice of iced carrot cake and I k now where the tea bags are!!!

OH yes something else...

Three years ago I really went out of my comfort zone and signed up to enter a story telling  competition..usually if I cannot throw it, hit it or kick it I am not interested but  I did enter and the story had to be a true story about myself and between 7 and 8 minutes in length and then I talked about my Camino....

Well the International competition is here again next weekend and I have entered again...below is my story which I perform a week today and if selected get to tell again at the finals on Saturday...

So you want to become a Police officer!!!

Like most young boys growing up in the working class area of the big steel city of Sheffield in central England I wanted to become a professional soccer player



I was a pretty good player but realized I would never achieve my goal of marching out on the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium and playing for England...

So I had to decide where my future would take me and what adventures along the way and at the ripe old age of 16 years I decided to become a Police Cadet.

Fortunately I passed all the examinations and in September of 1964 was accepted as a Police Cadet with the
Sheffield City Police force.

The training was rigorous but fun and for 3 years I learned the ropes until at the age of 19 to complete the training I went away to an old Royal air force base where for 4 months we were treated like a recruits at a Navy Seal boot camp...one of my highlights was having 3 hair cuts in one day!!!!

The training was very physical and also learning the laws and procedures was a long and painstaking process we had classes that taught us to try to delve into the minds of criminals.

You know how the memory goes as we age... well I can still recite the definition of stealing which I learned in 1967.....don't believe me????

A person steals who without the consent of the owner fraudulently and without a claim of right made in good faith takes and carries away anything capable of being stolen at the time of such taking permanently to deprive the owner thereof!!!!

After graduating from the Academy we were posted to various Police stations around Sheffield and my post was West Bar.

So here I was 19 years of age a fledgling raw recruit setting off for my first day as a Police officer.....My parents had presented me with a 50 cc Honda scooter as a graduation gift and I was very proud of this machine........It was a chilly rainy morning when I reported to the Police Box, like the one you would have seen in the movie Dr. Who...it was 7am and I really did not want to leave my scooter in the open so across from the police box were rows of houses each house having a small covered alleyway leading to the rear entrance of the house.

I decided to park my scooter in the alleyway across from the Police box and go and do my first job...directing rush hour traffic from 8 am until 9am …..

It was still raining so after the traffic control I came back to the box and decided I'd better go and tell the folks in the house across from the box that it was my scooter and ask their permission to park in their alley.
Picture this....here I am so proud in my uniform, bobby helmet, creases in my pants and shirt striding down the alley and at the corner I see the door to the back of the house is slightly ajar.....

I knock on the door and after a few seconds a man about 35 years of age appears and says hello to me.......I tell him that this is my very first day on the job and it is my scooter parked in his alleyway and is it OK..... he smiles and tells me sure any time you want to leave it there no worries and then he asks me if I want to come in for a cup of tea.......

We English folks are renown for our love of a good cuppa char, tea......the offer was tempting but as I told the man in the house thanks very much but not to today as I did not want to get into trouble.

He smiled again shook my hand and told me any time I was welcome for tea and I could also leave my scooter in his alleyway no problem

I continued the morning of my foot patrol chatting to shop keepers smiling at the kids crossing the roads and just generally feeling like I had finally arrived in this world with thoughts of playing football for England a distant memory.....

Now the police boxes are also where the patrol policeman has his lunch and later that midday I was in the box eating my sandwich and pork pie when there was a knock on the door.....

I opened it to see a middle aged lady obviously in distress crying and sobbing and telling me she had been robbed!!!!

OM Goodness not even 5 hours into my first day and I was about to handle a robbery...do this right I thought and instant promotion to the Detective division was on the cards...

I managed to calm the lady down a tad and asked where she lived and what had happened...she took me across the street down the alley where my scooter was parked and into the house where I had been invited for tea only a few hours earlier.....

She explained she had left home around 8am that morning and had just got back and found her door had been forced open and some money, jewellery and her radio stolen.....

I asked if her husband had been in at all during the morning but she told me he had died 4 years ago and that she lived alone.

I am sure my mouth dropped open and the look on my face was gormless.....it quickly dawned on me that as a fledgling Policeman I had been duped by a very charming robber
and had even been invited in for tea I shuddered to think what might have happened had I accepted his offer........

I took all the distressed ladies details and informed her that I would do all in my power to try to catch this nasty man....she smiled and said would you like a cup of tea????

For the second time that day I declined tea in that house!!!!!

Back at the Police box I reported the crime and added there were no suspects..how could I to tell anyone what had happened I would have been the laughing stock of the whole station.

I was a bit of a flake for the rest of the day and on the drive home I thought I cannot tell anyone about what had happened to me.....

The weeks went by and I noted from the police reports that for the next several weeks over 30 house break-ins were reported each during the mornings and in the same area again with no suspects....but I sure knew what he looked like and did I scour every face I passed in those weeks ? You bet I did.....

A couple of months later I was enjoying my life as a police officer and I like to think I was pretty good at what I did......

One miserable rainy night shift I was in the Police canteen having dinner and reading the reports when I saw a face I immediately recognized......

The report said that Michael James Oliver, 35 years of age had been arrested that morning caught red handed breaking into a house on Cemetery Road.....he admitted to over 45 break ins and would appear in court the following day.

Mr.Oliver was later sentenced to three years as a guest in one of Her majesty's prisons....

If you are wondering NO I did not go visit Michael and sit down and have a cuppa with him!!!!!!

My career in England lasted 5 years I then I applied and was accepted for a position as a seasoned police officer in Bermuda where I spent 10 years......

To this day I still enjoy a good cuppa tea!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!





Saturday 21 st october 2017...a different kind of a day!!

This morning I went to offer my services at a book event for local kids...they had a children's author from Mexico city come to town she...