This afternoon Michele and I ran down to Rancho Mission Viejo for the rodeo. We had a great time. I also had the opportunity to pick up a Longboard Cowboy t-shirt for my friend Blair up in Tehachapi. I mean, he is the original Longboard Cowboy. Supposedly he's going to tie up the horses soon and come down and surf with me again. I hope so. Here's a vid: OC Rodeo from Dharma Bum on Vimeo.
In the spring of 1995 I moved to Phoenix, AZ. I was only there for about a year and a half but I made some really close friends (Fr. Jerome before he was a man of the cloth, The other Jerome and Mark Wag's) who I still talk with and see regularly today. More importantly I came back from there with my soon to be wife Michele. It was a wonderful time that I think about often. Lots of growth happened out there for me and some major turning points in my life took place in that desert town; Michele, starting the business, etc. Whenever I hear certain music like Chris Whitley, The Bodeans, The Drakes or the band in the video attached, I get sent right back there. We have some great sunsets here on the pacific ocean...but there's something about desert sunsets that stick with you. I miss them.
"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part
limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and
feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical
delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for
us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few
persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this
prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living
creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." - Einstein
So I'll save you the trouble, we are in a recession. This means it's time to work harder and smarter to survive the impending storm that is sweeping down on us at a rapid rate. So what do my employees do? Anything but work. It's a miracle we're still in business....