Aug 5, 2010
Tuesday, August 3rd.
Lets start this from Sunday, Aug, 1st: Woke up from a phone call from my brother in law "Dave",
who was down stairs, waiting to take me to the DFW airport at 6:30 AM. After 4 hours of sleep
(I never get enough sleep before plane rides). Dave is a wonderful person. He goes all out
to help other people. He picked me up from the airport 12 days before, and has gone all out
as a kind host, along with my gracious sister "Robin", and three of their five wonderful children,
which were fun to visit with. This trip was a great success largely due to these fine folks. My
Mom, gets a lot of credit as well, she went all out for me to have a pleasant stay. I constantly
brag about my mom, mainly because she is a good human being, and really cares about me.
Got to DFW in plenty of time, didn't get strip searched or my nadz squeezed like the forward
trip, so things were fine.
Got held up in Denver for a few hours, which caused me to miss my ground transportation
from Salt Lake City, to Logan, but it turned out ok. Damn was I sleeping on each leg of the
journey! Both times I was next to some kid but once the plane flew, I was in "Lala" land,
so i didn't have to talk to them. Frontier, is a comfy ride as far as fat tall guys are concerned
avoid AA and Delta, if you are a big dude or lady.
The drive back to Logan was pleasant, with a very nice bus driver, who was fun to
talk to. Big, happy, corn-fed redneck, He "was constantly parroting the "Rush Limbaugh" version of the "State of American Politics",
but was such a novice that I countered with my liberal political views about what we really
should do regarding Health Care, and he didnt notice that I was a bit of a Socialist, I
did agree with much of his agenda, but he barely understood it himself. We had a nice
time, and before I knew it: I was finally home after 12 hours of travel and waiting. Funny
how by focusing on what you agree on rather than dwell on differences, can make a
normally volitile political arguement into a pleasant conversation. Hopefully the dude learned
something new. I didn't.
Dropped off at my school, where I had my Kawasaki waiting in my classroom. I drove to
the "Crystal Inn", and landed a room for a total of 65 bones per night. It was a step up from the
neighboring "Super 8", but was only 10 bucks more, and served dinner, as well as a full breakfast
which included eggs and meat for once. The jacuzzi sucked in comparison with the "8",
but one has to experience different things on occasion. Next time, I will flee back to the
place with the superior Jacuzzi, no matter how bad the rooms stink in there!
Monday morning, I booked another day at the Crystal Inn, thinking that I might need two days to
find a new place to live. Within 20 minutes I found a wonderful loft in Down Town Logan Utah!!!
This one was the best out of the 5 available. It is huge! in comparison to the others. I have a
beautiful view of Main Street, with the Gorgeous Mormon Temple, and the Wasatch Mountains in
the background. The Tabernacle is in view to the far right. And the County Seat and Courthouse
is nextdoor to the left. But the most important thing to me is that I live nearly above
the excellent "Chicago HotDog Stand" that hangs by the courthouse each day. I know and love
the "Gwynn" family who runs the stand, and they do have the best hotdogs in the entire
county! So "Hot Dog Stand" front property is highly important to me.
And the list of positives goes on and on: I can walk the half mile to where I work. The floor I
live on is an Art Gallery in the hallway, with paintings on each side of my door.
The Apartment itself is considered to be "A Penthouse Suite", since it is much larger and prettier
than the others up here. With 12 foot ceilings, and three great windows in the main room,
and a large bedroom, with the same ceiling, I pay $450 per month! This includes all bills,
cept cable and internet. I can finally bank some money this year!
The loft itself is beautiful! Inside is painted a "Van Gogh" Yellow. The floor a greenish brown,
which will soon be partially covered with my big chinese rug, my mother gave me long ago. The
carpet is a nice one. I plan to have it cleaned before I bring it into this nice place.
Since I essentially live in an Art Gallery, and I am an Art teacher, it is only natural to do a
bit of Art . I will due a few paintings and sculptures soon, but I don;t want my writing or
music to suffer. I am so inspired here at this place, that I believe that I will be producing Art,
Writing, Music, on a daily basis, without all the hassels i used to have regarding my dog, llama,
saltwater fish tank, son, mean neighbors, ect. Here I want to just creat some new stuff!
and I have the confidence that it will be an Amazing year for creativity!!!! To further enhance
the creative process, I plan to do without Cable Tv or the Internet. I will stick to my big
Grundig, wooden, modern radio, which is far mor entertaining than the tube. I got plenty
of internet during the day, and if I need internet for auctions or something outside working
hours, I can take the laptop to a variety of places, the best and closest is "Cafe Ibis", which
will also serve you some mindblowing coffee! This Apartment, looks like 20's technology,
and I plan to keep it as it was 90 years ago. I can read while I listen to the radio. Why pay
80 per month for cable. I still have a tv and dvd player, I can still watch that shit on the
weekends or something. I can still check my email and facebook on my phone. Why
pay 80 bucks for cable tv and internet, when I dont need or want it? I would rather save
the money and winter in Hawaii or something.
I finally got to spend my first night in my new place. I did spend some time during the day
here. I inflated my airbed, but the sheets and blanket on, put the matching pillow cases
on my new pillows, (yeah, I know its gay), but I bought a new bed and accessories for
less than a hundred bucks, and it looks cool and modern), with the built in air-pump, I
managed to get a firm twin sized bed that sits pretty high off the ground, for cheap, and
its quite comfy. I brought my snake in from Logans place, and bought a big plastic truck
box, which will do for a boa habitat, giving her much more space, and wheels to pull her
cage along without bothering her. So my 12 foot cube like bedroom has my bed and the
boa cage, and nothing else, cept the "WINDOW TO NOWHERE". The window is in the buried
interior of these old bulidings, and has been closed to the top, bottom, side, and just exists
as dead space. In fact. The space that my bedroom window looks out of , sees a dead
land without much much light. I can see a blocked off door, 6 feet from my window,
but it is barred shut, with no place to step if some soul happened to open it. I cant see the
botttom of the space between my window and that door. There is another door on my left,
and its blocked as well. The light above is blocked also. This space is a perfect cave!
I plan to unlock this mystery later, but it does bother me that my window facing there has
no lock at all. My front door is impenetrable. but this mysterious space, which is enclosed
like a tomb, can be opened from the inside or the OUTSIDE! I am at the mercy of the
inhabitants of this large dark crawl-space. I look down from that window, and can't see
the bottom. No worries, its impenetrable. I do worry that "Princess the Boa" might
escape, since she isn't locked in, and might push the screen open and crawl down that
abyss, that must certainly lead to HELL!
\Tonight: Was the first time I got to experience the Loft and the various, sites, sounds, voices,
ect. which comprise the total experience, of living ground zero of a small old metropolitan
area. Approaching 9 Pm,, the traffic declined and the temp was getting nicer. I took two
trips to bring the groceries and cleaning supplies to this new place. After putting things away,
I was finally able to kick back and listen to the radio and watch the traffic and people for
a while. The view of the nearby mountains with the sunset reflecting off of them was
amazing! These mountains ,were reflecting the sunset which occurred over the mountains
across the valley, from the western mountains.
Once, darkness, and loneliness set in I was flying, sitting alone in a dark massive room, with
all giant windows open to the unknown. I kept the main lights off, cept a big lavender candle in
the privy, which provided me with enough light, Song after Song was brilliant on the giant wooden
radio, I surfed the internet with my phone, and practically did a victory dance, on the beauty of living
in a cool place such as this! The magic continued all through the night, I was longing to write
about it, but kept getting amused by one thing or the other. I couldn't get to the computer fast enough,b
but finially got to it before all the magic was lost. Unfortunately, By the time i got the computer going,
the magic was lost. I will try to add more and describe it tomorrow night, the colors, the feeling, being
there, sounds, ect..... They were spectacular tonight. I hope to learn more for there is always much
more to learn, And Learning, is what I live for. I can't imagine not having the passion for learning.