‘Tis The Season 2021

From The Editor

Aloha!

As 2021 comes to a close, now would be a good time to reflect on all that has happened in the last year. From an attempted coup to a resurgence of Covid. As we always do, we hung together and weathered the storm

Here in Hawaii it looked like we dodged a bullet. But alas the Delta variant knocked us for a loop and sent our economy into another tailspin.

This time of year is when we should pause, be thankful for what we have, and celebrate with our family and friends, in person if possible.

So my friends, be safe and be well. Health, happiness, and prosperity in the coming year.

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In This Issue:                                                                                             

–Down The Road     

-It’s Not Over ‘Till It’s Over                                                            

–I Never Knew I Needed This

-Free Stuff

 

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Down The Road

The Next Adventure? Maybe

 

2022 Jayco Pinnacle 32RLTS

Ever thought about living on the road? For me, some of the best years were those spent travelling the country in a 1969 VW Bug, a truck, and, the biggest adventure of all, on my Harley.

The events of the last few years have amplified the meaning of time and how precious it is. Every day wasted can never be recovered. So, if you have a dream and it’s strong enough, there is no better time than the present to start planning and working toward its implementation.

Living full time on the road is a pretty big decision which will require many important discussions between my wife Kathy and myself. But if we decide to move forward on this it will be sometime in early 2025.

I have been doing a great deal of research regarding equipment, logistics, and the many details, big and small, that need to be ironed out. This is all part of the fun and mystery.

After extensive research I have decided that a Jayco Pinnacle 32RLTS fifth wheel is the best choice since it offers all the comforts of home in a well thought out package. This, coupled to a Ram 3500 Heavy Duty truck will provide the ideal combination for this very big adventure.

Pinnacle Interior
Pinnacle Floor Plan

 

Ram 3500 Heavy Duty

I would like to set a goal of touring 49 states in 48 months. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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It’s Not Over ’Til It’s Over – The Continuing Pandemic

Aloha,

Well, THIS caught my eye. I was hoping that by this time, December 2021, I would be able to write an article about “Whew, that was close! Now we can get back to normal.” If only. . .

This last almost-two years has been unbelievable – impossible to describe easily or painlessly. From one level of stress to the next, smothered in conflict, heartbreak, and sadness, and just plain denial when it’s gotten to be too much, we’re in danger of sagging. We never give up, but we may sag.

The uncomfortable reality is that it’s not over yet. We still must take control of how we internalize all of this negativity, find ways to lift the heaviness, and, depending on our circumstances, keep moving on to the best of our abilities. That’s the key; we must keep moving.

So when I came across the following article from the Cleveland Clinic dated September 13, 2021, I thought that the advice presented was extremely helpful. I will summarize some of the main points in the article, but I suggest that reading the entire article would be even more helpful.

The article presents 10 ways to manage stress as the pandemic lingers:

  1. Take (some) control
  2. Be in the present
  3. Stop comparing
  4. Keep moving forward
  5. Take a break from decisions (my favorite)
  6. Find silver linings
  7. Connect
  8. Find new ways to de-stress
  9. Work through your feelings
  10. Get help if you need it

I hope these topics have piqued your interest to read the full article on the Cleveland Clinic site. Think of it this way, if nothing else, reading through the material will keep your mind busy for awhile. It feels validating, at least, to know we’re not alone in this discomfort. Personally, the 2 points I find the most helpful are to Connect and Keep Moving Forward.

Together we will make it through. Here’s to a new year with new beginnings.

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I Never Knew I Needed This

DeWalt 20v Inflator

Did you ever go out to your vehicle only to find that a tire was low on air and you’re miles from the nearest service station? Or ever want to use your bicycle only to find the tire deflated from lack of use?

There are dozens of portable compressors out there but I found this one to be particularly powerful and effective.  I don’t have to drag out my big compressor everytime I want to top off the tires on my vehicles or bicycles.

DeWalt 20v Tire Inflator

I thought the package was a little expensive but after using this tool for a few months I wonder how I got along without it.

JP

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Holiday 2020

A Note From The Editor

Aloha!

The election is over so, let’s kiss and makeup, ’cause the year ahead is sure to be challenging and it’s gonna take all of us to pull together and weather the storm. Good riddance to 2020!

Hawaii has suffered more than most. We have been great in protecting ourselves from “The Virus” but in the process our economy has been ravaged and I am sure many other areas that rely heavily on tourism have also experienced a big setback.

This time of year is when we should pause , be thankful for what we have and celebrate with our family and friends, even if that means doing so from a distance.

So my friends, be safe and be well. Health, happiness and prosperity in the coming year.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

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In This Issue:                                                                                             

–A Tale Of Two Drones                                                                       

–On Being Mindful

-Traveling To Hawaii

 

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A Tale Of Two Drones

Mavic Mini and Eachine E58

I always wanted to get a drone. Over the last few months I have had plenty of time on my hands and took the opportunity to learn something new. So I went ahead and got two drones.  A not very expensive Eachine E58 to learn and practice with and a not so inexpensive Mavic Mini.

The Eachine cost under $75 so if it crashed (which it did several times) it was not a crushing loss. It is very durable and was able to fly again even after quite a few mishaps. It was O.K. in light wind but became unstable in higher winds. If I knew then what I know now I would have spent a little more and gotten the GPS option. But not having GPS really improved my skills.

Eachine E58 Pocket Drone

After feeling more confident with my piloting skills I went ahead and purchased a DJI Mavic Mini with the Fly More option which includes multiple batteries  a charging pack, prop guards and a nifty carrying case. Although not a commercial level drone it is certainly not a toy. This package cost just under $500.

DJI Mavic Mini
DJI Mavic Mini Fly More Package

Flying this drone is a pleasure even in pretty high wind. Very stable and responsive to the controls. Both photos and videos are of very high quality and add a whole new dimension to digital photography.

Sunrise Out Our Back Door
Maui’s Pali Coast

In the process of learning these new skills I discovered that there is a whole culture surrounding these photography tools. There are quite a few lucrative commercial applications for skilled pilots, these include: real estate photography, outdoor home inspections, construction site surveying, wedding photography and more. To fly commercially you need to obtain a special license.

If you would like to get into this, there are plenty of YouTube training videos as well as high end professional training.

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On Being Mindful

Little Things Make A Big Difference

In a previous post I referred to the overwhelming negativity and divisiveness we’ve all been battling this year.  As 2020 unfolded, with “all that’s gong on” I made a concerted effort to continue to pursue new ways of dealing with the world around us.

To make positive changes in my health, I joined NOOM * and, over a period of several months, have slowly and steadily lost 20 lbs.

To make positive changes in my attitude, to soften the urge to become cynical and depressed, I’ve adjusted my expectations of “what should be” to more helpfully, “what is really true?”

*Noom is a psychologically-driven digital weight-loss program that uses an app to deliver support from certified health coaches. Cognitive behavioral therapy, a type of talk therapy used in clinical psychology settings, is the basis behind Noom’s weight loss program

In the midst of these lofty efforts, I’ve discovered a new (to me) book to inspire me along the way.

Feeling Good – The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns, M.D. The subject of this book is understanding how cognitive therapy can help you adjust your mood, to see the world around you in a different, more hopeful light.

I hesitate to over-simplify the concept; it’s really so profound. But I will simplify the theory here that applies to not only lifting you out of depression, but also helping you make clearer, more sensible choices in general, including eating. Take a look at this handy table presented in the book.


According to Dr. Burns, this table outlines a technique that can be used to restructure the way you think about yourself when you have goofed up in some way. The aim is to substitute more objective rational thoughts for the illogical, harsh, “distorted” or “sabotaging” thoughts that may appear when a negative event occurs. The technique I’ve taken from this is to observe the automatic thought and ask yourself, “is this true?”

Remember this example just touches the very tip of a comprehensive and complex therapy process. The goal in this book is to substitute distorted or sabotaging thoughts to treat depression; but the very same cognitive therapy concept is present in the NOOM program for losing weight and another book that supports NOOM’s approach, The Beck Diet Solution by Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

Dr. Beck’s book describes a program that teaches you how to talk back to your sabotaging thoughts in a convincing way, by questioning your automatic thoughts and asking yourself, “is this true?”

For example, when you hear a little voice in your head say “oh, just eat it; it won’t matter” you’ll be able to tell yourself, “yes, it does matter. . . I want to be thin. . .every time I eat something I’m not suppose to, it makes it more likely that I’ll give in again in the future . . .etc.” You learn how to replace your “distorted” thought with a more rational, helpful thought, leading to healthier actions and attitudes.

Lots of food for thought. Pun intended.

This approach of asking myself “is it true?” has prevented many an immediate meltdown this year. Some of the meltdowns come later; we do what we can! But I’m enjoying the fact that I’m not taking as much as personally as I used to. Baby steps to sanity.

Looking forward to 2021 – wishing everyone moments of sanity and more moments of health!!

Kathy B.

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Traveling To Hawaii

Aloha

If you are planning to travel to Hawaii in the near future, Please be aware of the following requirements:

  1. You must receive a negative Covid test from a  trusted partner 72 hours prior to arrival.  If not, you  may be forced into a strictly enforced quarantine until you do.
  2. Masks and social distancing are required when out in public. This requirement will be enforced.
  3. Everything is in flux. Check before you book your hotel and flight.
  4. So far, thanks to our rules, we have for the most part dodged this bullet. That can easily change if our rules are not followed. We do not have the medical infrastructure that exists on the mainland. A serious surge in cases could easily send us back into lockdown, devastating an already ravaged economy.

We welcome you with aloha and hope that you can respect our culture and rules with your own aloha. I am attaching a link with up to date information on travel rules.

Travel Rules & Restrictions

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Twelve Christmas Classics

Our musical Christmas card to you, our readers. May your days be merry and bright, your nights filled with stars and wonder and the New Year one of prosperity and dreams come true.

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The Christmas Song-Nat King Cole
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Traditions of Christmas-Mannheim Steamroller
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The Little Drummer Boy-The Original Harry Simeone Chorale
Christmas Tree
O Tannenbaum-The Mantovani Orchestra
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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas-Kenny G
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Silver Bells-Elvis Presley
three-wise-men
The First Noel-The Mantovani Orchestra
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Adeste Fideles-Nat King Cole
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Mary Did You Know-Kenny Rogers & Wynonna Judd
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Hark The Herald Angels Sing-Mannheim Steamroller
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Silent Night-Elvis Presley
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Auld Langsyne-Jim Bajor

Peace

 

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