THE SILENT WAR

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Who wants to live forever? ~ Freddie Mercury (and Queen)

The United States of America has done wonderful things since the end of WWII. Capitalism is responsible for part of the success and it’s also partially responsible for the silent war.  We’re beginning to see the effects of the silent war every week.

The greatest generations, those who fought WWII benefitted the most from the rise in technology. In the early 70s, there was a movement called “ZPG”.  It stood for Zero Population Growth.  Someone smarter than I looked at the growth rate of the U.S. in the late 1960s and early 1970s and predicted that at our then current rate of reproduction, it would not be long before the American lifestyle would become unsustainable.

Many people who would have died from artery disease

In 1972 Americans were advised to limit their families to 1.5 children. This was a plan that would provide for a balanced growth rate.  Those born in the 30s and 40s were in their golden years when America was in the early stages of technological health inventions.  Many people who would have died from artery disease are living longer due to statin drugs which actually clean the inner lining of your arteries.  (Its side effects notwithstanding).

Then chemists started playing with our food. Why?  As our population grew, we could not tolerate the waste that was taken for granted in the 40s.  Cows that use to get sick would be disposed of.  Now in some countries, cows are fed anti-biotics (as well as steroids) to keep cattle production up to meet demands.  Ironically, in the 60s ground beef was 69 cents a pound. Today that same pound will cost you roughly $6.00 dollars a pound.  Sure you can find it watered down with more fat for $5.00 a pound but do you really want to consume something that is 20% saturated fat?

Just as our life expectancy was growing, a new silent warrior invaded us that consisted of “Partially hydrogenated soy bean oils and High Fructose Corn Syrup”. Yes the same drive to keep up with our population’s demands is killing us silently in the form of pancreatic cancer, lower digestive tract cancer and Mesothelioma and other lung cancers.

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People didn’t die from these forms of death in the 19th century.  Sadly, the people that will die from chemical induced cancers are those who are forced to live on fast food.  Former governor Mike Huckabee has a saying: “If it wasn’t a food 50 years ago; don’t eat it.  The problem is, even the foods we grew 50 years ago are grown faster and are having their genes modified.  (GMOs).

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Just look at Barry Bonds before and after Steroids.  The same thing is state of the art technology in the food industry.  We won’t discuss poultry.  I’m not a PITA nut, but anyone with 2 eyes and a heart can see that what we do to chickens is by far the most inhumane.

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Don’t Eat Fish.

 

I see too many otherwise healthy people dying in their 60s. 20 years ago, that would have been unheard of.  We had made it to a point where Americans expected to live far into their 80s.  Life was a moral decision in the 90s.  Who would want to live into their 80s or 90s?  The Rev. Billy Graham has been saying for 10 years he’s ready for God to take him home.  In the graphic, notice how the growth rate leveled off in 1980.

The Average life expectancy of an American stands at 79 years. (If you trust the current administration) Many of those in grave yards are registered democrats voting with absentee ballots.  In 1960 it was 70.  We still trail Japan.  I guess we gained 8 years.

I guess the only question is: “Are they worth it”?

 

 

Git Right With Jesus

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The Following is an excerpt from the “Article Happy Ever Afterlife”

on 3/26/2016

I need to post it for future reference for the Salvation Of your Spirit.  This was following a sentence that talked about my brother’s unexpected sudden death on 11/1/2016.  I started the paragraph with, I only hope he had gotten right with Jesus.  It’s a phrase you hear down south as in: “Boy you need to git right with Jesus”.

CONTINUED FROM ORIGINAL ARTICLE

(Translated: he had read the bible and heard the gospel, confessed his sins, repented from his digressions, proclaimed Jesus as his savior and was baptized in water).  From my decades of studying the “Holy Bible” those are the various “conditions” that constitute “Belief”.  You might have seen the guy with the big sign that says “Go Niners” on one side, then on the other it says “John” then some numbers.  It’s a bible verse.  He usually has season tickets in the end zone.

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I’m sure if you’ve ever heard just one verse quoted to you from a bible thumper it wasn’t from Peter in Acts 2:38 saying to those that wanted Jesus dead then said oops we wacked our savior. What should we do? In Acts 2:37 Peter told those ignorant Jews that wanted salvation: “Repent (turn away from sin) and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness.” (Baptism is a symbolic plea to The God of infinity to be spiritually born again) *You’re gonna get wet.  Baptism is from the Greek word Baptisma which translates to “submerge”. (Not sprinkle)

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It probably wasn’t Mark 16:16 either where Jesus (Also the God of infinity) said: “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved but he who has disbelieved shall perish”. Oh oh; there’s that word baptize again.

 

You probably weren’t aware of what the Apostle John wrote to all Christians in his first letter (1 John 1:8) when he wrote: “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.

You can find many other references that explain what this “Belief” is. But my point was not to write an article that says: “If you REALLY BELIEVE then you’ll…”  That’s like a wife saying: “If you REALLY LOVED ME you would buy me diamonds.  Please don’t get me wrong.  Getting baptized alone won’t save you.  Believing that Jesus is the Son of God won’t alone won’t save you. (Even the demons believe).  Confessing alone won’t save your spirit. Repenting is good but that in its self won’t save you.

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To save you 40 years of study, those 3 verses from the New Testament are examples of “belief”. Why is that important?  Because; the sign you’ve seen so many times is from 4th book of the New Testament, The gospel of John.  It’s from the 3rd chapter and 16th verse which reads: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”.

It’s election season. How many candidates have you heard say: “Yes I said that but that clip was taken out of context”.  If you study the bible it’s important that you read James’ letter to the 12 tribes of Israel.  In the 2nd chapter and 19th verse James says: “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder”.   Are demons covered under the same verse of “Belief”?

In this chapter (James 2) James is teaching what I’m trying to pass on to you, the reader. In fact James, the earth brother through Mary, of Jesus, goes on a Holy rant.  All of the one liners that radio evangelists use or even churches that are more interested in your “Love gift” (Money) than they are your eternity will fall back on one verse that is not taken in its full context.  “Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have ever lasting life”.  This verse is true and captures the beauty of salvation.

A DAY CALLED EASTER

WHAT IS IT REALLY? (Just another manmade Holiday.)

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And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. ~ Luke 22:19-20

2016 years ago Jews celebrated Passover. It was in remembrance of God’s Angel “Passing Over” the homes of the Jews that believed and had put a mark in blood from a slaughtered spring lamb on their door post.  This was the 10th and deadliest of the 10 plagues on Egypt to force Pharaoh to Let His people go.  It was the death of the first born. This happened in 1300 BC.

You can see the similarities between Passover and Easter. Both required the blood of a lamb.  It’s also important to note that the Jews saw Moses as a powerful man of God.  In a way, he was seen as a “Savior”.

If you fast forward 1300 years we come to the birth of Christ.  The Jews of the time were expecting Moses V.2 and looking for a “powerful” leader like Moses.  When Jesus started his 3 years of teaching, he taught peace.  He wasn’t like Joshua, a fierce warrior.  He taught the Jews to love their neighbors and pray for their enemies.  This was not the image the Pharisees had.  The prophecy of Christ’s birth are many in the Old Testament. (Somewhere around 352) You can start with Isaiah 7:14.

In Matthew 5:17 Jesus said: “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill”. Jesus (God in the flesh) became the lamb.

On the other hand, John writes from the Island of Patmos in the book called “Revelation” that Jesus will return and there will be Justice. Man will see the “other side” of Jesus. On a personal note, I believe this will happen in our time so “get right with Jesus” (see yesterday’s sermon)

As for Easter, know that it’s a Sunday when Christians celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Also understand that Jesus (as with Christmas) did not say: “Pick a day in spring and remember me”.  No.  Read the top paragraph again.  In the book of Acts Luke wrote in chapter 20 verse 7: “When we gathered on the first day of the week to break bread…”  Yes this is a partial verse as it goes on to talk about Paul’s plans for travel the next day.  But this is the only reference in the New Testament as to when the original 1st century church took communion.

In Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth in chapter 11 verse 26 Paul instructed: “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” So Easter should be practiced every day.  Some consider the blessing of your meal a form of remembering Christ.

Many churches hold communion on various Sundays of the year to remember the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, but as you see in Acts 20, Paul said they got together on the first day of the week or Sunday.

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Finally Easter Eggs

 The tradition was started by Christians in Mesopotamia (Modern day Iraq) where they would take eggs, color them red (for the blood of Christ) and remove the contents. This would be indicative of the empty tomb.

As for the bunny?  Go ask Santa Clause.

HAPPY EVER AFTERLIFE

 

“HAPPILY EVER AFTER” in the afterlife

I have to address this to the baby boomers that have made it this far. (Anyone born between 1946 to 1964).  Chances are you went to bed to stories of lost children or a damsel in distress that was rescued by a hero and in the end: “They lived happily ever after.”  If you’re not a boomer, “who knows what you were told”?

Do you have any Idea how much that quote programmed your head?

On this Easter Weekend I’m here to tell you that there is no real happiness on this planet or in this physical life. The term “happily ever after” is short for “living happy forever after adversity”.

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In this life adversity is an ongoing presence. If it’s not in your life, you’re hiding from it.  If you live in the Middle East or the western European states, you’re not living so happily ever after the bombings and shootings.  It’s the nature of the incarnate world.

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THE TEST

Two days ago I had a diagnostic scan for a possible Abdominal Aortic Aneurism (AAA). “Why”?  I’m not 65 yet, nor do I smoke.  I’m not even 60.  On November 1, 2015 my brother died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 65 from an AAA.  He woke up, emptied his bladder, went back to bed and didn’t wake up again.  “Ya never know. Ya know”?

To quote Robert Lamm:

“Does anybody really know what time is?

Does anybody really care?

If so I can’t imagine why.

We’ve all had time enough to die.”

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My only hopes are that, (as they say down south) “he was right with Jesus”. (Translated: he had read the bible and heard the gospel, confessed his sins, repented from his digressions, proclaimed Jesus as his savior and was baptized in water).  From my decades of studying the “Holy Bible” those are the various “conditions” that constitute “Belief”.  You might have seen the guy with the big sign that says “Go Niners” on one side, then on the other it says “John” then some numbers.  It’s a bible verse.  He usually has season tickets in the end zone.

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I’m sure if you’ve ever heard just one verse quoted to you from a bible thumper it wasn’t from Peter in Acts 2:38 saying to those that wanted Jesus dead, then said oops we wacked our savior.  What should we do? In Acts 2:38 Peter told those ignorant Jews that wanted salvation: “Repent (turn away from sin) and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness.” (Baptism is a symbolic plea to The God of infinity to be spiritually born again) *You’re gonna have to get wet.  Baptism is from the Greek word Baptisma which translates in English to “submerge”. (Not sprinkle, and yes God can save whoever He wants for what ever reason He wants)

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It probably wasn’t Mark 16:16 either where Jesus (Also the God of infinity) said: “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved but he who has disbelieved shall perish”. Oh oh; there’s that word baptized again.

You probably weren’t aware of what the Apostle John wrote to all Christians in his first letter (1 John 1:8) when he wrote: “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.

You can find many other references that explain what this word “Believe” is. But my point was not to write an article that says: “If you REALLY BELIEVE then you’ll…”  That’s like a wife saying: “If you REALLY LOVED ME you would buy me diamonds.  Please don’t be mistaken.  Just getting baptized alone won’t save you.  Believing that Jesus is the Son of God alone won’t save you. (Even the demons believe that).  Confession alone won’t save your spirit. Repenting is a good start, but that in its self won’t save you.  Doing all of them shows your belief and because God shows grace to those who believe, you will be welcomed.

God’s grace is the only thing that allows you into “Paradise”.  If you come to my house and I let you in, it’s my grace that allows you in.  If I say: “You need to take off your shoes before you come in” that does not mean that if you show up at my house with your shoes off that I have to let you in. (That would be works) Without my permission or grace, you have no right or “entitlement” to enter my house.

To save you 40 years of study, those 3 verses from the New Testament are examples of “belief”. Why is that important?  Because; the sign you’ve seen so many times is from the 4th book of the New Testament, the gospel of John.  It’s from the 3rd chapter and 16th verse which reads: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”.

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It’s election season. How many candidates have you heard say: “Yes I said that but that clip was taken out of context”.  If you study the bible it’s important that you read James’ letter to the 12 tribes of Israel.  In the 2nd chapter and 19th verse James says: “You believe that there is one God.  Good!  Even the demons believe that—and shudder”.   Are demons covered under the same verse of “Belief”?

In this chapter (James 2) James is teaching what I’m trying to pass on to you, the reader.  In fact James, the earthling brother of Jesus, through Mary, goes on a Holy rant.  All of the one liners that radio evangelists use or even churches that are more interested in your “Love gift” (Financial donation) than they are your spiritual welfare will fall back on one verse that is not taken in its full context.  “Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have ever lasting life”.  This verse is true and captures the beauty of salvation.

Let me ask you just two questions.

Would you agree that: “Whoever possesses a valid driver’s license may drive a car?  Yes it’s true.  To get a driver’s license you have to take a test and get 80% correct.  Then you have to find a car and go for a ride with a brave soul from the DMV or MOT (for my readers across the pond).  The original verse is true but it’s not as simplistic as it sounds.

If I say: “Whoever pays the taxman shall not go to jail but shall be allowed to work another year until it’s time to pay the taxman again”.   Most of us would agree?   OK, let me talk to my fellow Americans.  Next month the taxman cometh.  Do you know how much to pay him?  Do you have your W-2 form or your 1099 form with your 1040 form filled out correctly?  You can’t just send the IRS (Taxman) some money in an envelope and move on?

Many Radio preachers say: “You are saved by Grace through Faith and not by works.” (Ephesians 2:8)

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Believing” in Jesus is the same principle. In that same book of James, (Chapter 2:18) he says: “You have faith and I have works.  I’ll show you my faith by my works”.  James later in the chapter goes on to say: “faith without works is dead.”  (Let me paraphrase) If you see a homeless person freezing in the cold, do you look the other way?  If you “believe” in Jesus, wouldn’t Jesus give him a blanket or take him to a shelter?  If you turn your eyes away is that “believing in him”?  How can you claim to believe, yet let a brother freeze in the cold?

BACK TO THE ULTRASOUND

In closing

I still haven’t received an official “reading” on my ultrasound test but it doesn’t matter anymore as I believe in Him. (The God of infinity) I’m not perfect but I try to walk the talk.  On this Easter holiday remember; our time here is short.  King Solomon used the term a vapor. “Happily ever after” is a myth we tell our insecure children at night.  It helps keep the boogie man away.

You’ll never know when you’ll wake up, empty your bladder and then go back to bed and not wake up again. OR even worse; wake up and face judgment.

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Jesus paid the ultimate price for you. He was tortured and executed because our creator wanted to give us imperfect humans a chance at an afterlife.  Why would you let it go to waste?

 

10 THINGS FROM THE 21st CENTURY I WOULDN’T MISS

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10.  CAMERAS on Cell phones.  The phone is a nice safety feature especially while traveling and you need to call your auto club to change a tire.  And of course quick access to 911.

9.  OBAMACARE What are insurance companies going to do after the party is over?  I will not miss the $6000.00 deductible.

8.  TSA strip searches and exposure to radiation.  We need to learn from Israel.  We need to interview more 20 year old jihadists and less 80 year old white ladies.

7.  Government Corruption yes, the IRS and homeland security should be hit with RICO laws. (Racketeering influenced Corrupt Organizations) This would also include political PACs.  A financial fund that is allowed to support certain candidates.  It’s a slap in the face of a law that limits individual contributions to $2,700.00 per individual.  This was a great Idea in an attempt to keep elections from being “bought”.  Political PACs have no restrictions so “Big Money” is allowed to influence (There’s that word again) your vote.  In 2009 the head of the SEIU, Andy Stern was asked while entering the White House: “What are you here for today?” His response was: “I’m here to collect on a deal”.

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6.  $3.00 Coffee – How many years did we drink coffee out of the can?  I wonder how much a shot of espresso is in Italy.  All Starbucks did was gave Folger’s a chance to increase the price of “non-premium” coffee.

5.  Political Correctness – Just look at Donald Trump and ask yourself why he’s so popular?  I think consciously hurting someone’s feelings is wrong.  Today the word Black can label you a racist.  I think you have to use the term “African American”.  So get it straight “Whitey”.

4.  Electric Cars – Sure I’m for alternative energy but don’t you have to pay for Electricity? (which has an effect on the environment as well)  Fossil fuel is like cancer.  There are companies that have too much to lose should it be done away with.  Think of the Million dollar scanners that would not get sold if something like “Aloe Vera” cured cancer?  GE would not let that happen.

3.  Millions of Taxpayer dollars being wasted on “Global Warming”. Most hydrocarbons do not come from semi-trucks on the road.  A majority comes from active volcanoes and methane comes from your dinner.  Get rid of subsidies for corn as a fuel.  Not only is it a waist of taxes but it has raised the price of meat.  Talk to me when you can explain what melted the last two Ice ages.  Let me know when China and Russia are willing to show some concern.

2.  RAP/Kanye West – Sports used to be the dream for underachievers but that required a high level of discipline such as Jerry Rice demonstrated.  Jerry Rice was every 49er rookie’s worst nightmare.  Not many athletes were as dedicated to such a strict workout routine as Rice. (Even when Jerry Rice was at the top of his game).  San Francisco paid big money for future replacements for Jerry Rice and most of them faded away out of frustration of trying to keep up with the greatest athlete in sports.

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Then spewing filth to a drum machine became much easier and attractive. Rap is not poetry, it’s more of a “jingle.” It doesn’t need to be clever.  The more crude it is the better.  It started in the 20th century, but gained legitimacy when Run DMC did a version of “Walk this way” with Aerosmyth.  Soon, music was optional, then a beat was optional then it morphed into filthy loudmouth rants that degrade women and appeal to those who can’t speak a sentence with 2 syllable words.

1.  SOCIALISM & Barack Hussein Obama – The United States has been fighting a battle of socialism for 7.5 years now.  An argument can be made that it actually started in 2004.  Not only are we fighting against a socialist president, but in a Hitleresque fashion, we’re fighting socialist professors in expensive colleges.  It’s no wonder the socialist, Bernie Sanders is campaigning for free college. (You get what you pay for, or should)

 

The current administration embraces taking money from achievers and giving it to under-achievers. I’m not talking about social security as that was a government imposed retirement account.  It was a Ponzi scheme as it was designed to pay off 10 years after the average lifespan of the average American.  So when it started, they calculated that pay offs would be rare. (Assuming you would be dead). Socialism is a guise for communism.  The only difference is socialism gives you the illusion of freedom.  Communism uses the power of totalitarianism.  Do it or die.  By the way; Communism and Socialism have failed in every country trying to impose it.

 

10 THINGS I MISS FROM the 20th CENTURY

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Fresh Milk – Milk used to be a liquid that came in a sterile bottle from the dairy.   It would mysteriously appear on your porch.

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 Mail boxes at my doorstep.  You never had to walk 2 blocks to get your mail.

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When athletes didn’t use Performance Enhancing Drugs. (Steroids) Record books didn’t have asterisks next to the player due to congressional allegations.

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Cars that looked like the company brand. (When a Buick looked like a Buick) Now every car looks like the bastard child of a Prius.

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Safe Neighborhoods that weren’t gated. You could leave your doors unlocked and your kids knew that the street lights were their curfew. 

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Drive in Diners (Not junk fast food holes)  A&W Root beer Drive ins were fine.  At least the meat was cooked in the same zip code.  They had Jukeboxes and pinball machines.

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Movies like Casablanca that didn’t require special effects and gratuitous sex.  Actors actually had to study acting. 

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 Schools that educated the student; not public hangouts that passed even the dumbest of Obamas for the federal dollars.

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A healthy respect for the Holy Trinity. (GD was not allowed on TV, let alone cartoons) Politicians didn’t drop F bombs.  

 

3 Magical Moments

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In My Life ~ so far

PREFACE

Saying when my kids were born, or being baptized and born again are too easy. I might add that I have baptized others which was wonderful, but it wasn’t a “Magical” moment.  Perhaps it was the most important thing I did but for this blog entry, let me share three things that I will never forget.

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Sometimes, the cosmos aligns just right

1  In 1975 I was driving my 1968 MGC-GT from the San Francisco Bay area to my new home in San Diego. I had just put brand new speakers and a stereo system in this British Sports car the size of a Volkswagen. Driving with the speakers past 5 was like wearing headphones. Sometimes, the cosmos aligns just right and you receive an experience that gets tattooed into your memory. I had started my climb up Grapevine hill north of L.A. County around 4:00 PM in early spring. (The sun set closer to 5:30). I had hit the summit of the Grapevine just as the sun was going down. What was once a blue sky, was now turning pink.

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I had bought 4 new audio tapes for the ride. I went into the climb listening to the first Montrose album. It was loud and rocked my dendrites and neurons with incredible perfection. Finally, it was time to unwrap the last tape. I had not heard anything from the album, nor did I own any albums from this artist as they were known for one of the best-selling albums in history: “The Dark Side of the Moon”. I had made it to the top of the mountain and slipped into the tape player: “Wish you were here”. By this time the sun had set even further and the horizon was pink and the sky was purple. After the intro lead guitar was over, sunset had occurred. The driver side window had stars while the passenger side (Pacific Ocean side) was deep purple. The stereo was at about 7 and I felt like I was having an out of body experience. I felt like I was having a wonderful hallucination. I was not expecting this perfect alignment of sky, stars, sun and sound. You had to be there. Sometimes God gives us a wink and a smile.

18 Years Later

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2  In 1993 I was living in the city of Angles. Yes I had a condo in Marina Del Rey. There’s a saying in L.A.: “You’ll never know who you’re going to run into so always dress attractive and keep head shots with you”.   I always dressed like myself. Black James Dean Motorcycle Jacket, faded Levis 501s and a black mock turtleneck shirt with Hi-top Basketball shoes. Typical Ramones attire. My favorite restaurant in L.A. was Edie’s diner on Admiralty Drive. I was walking east on the marina side of the street and who do I see waiting to cross the street? I was stunned and I’m sure it showed. I stopped to process what I was witnessing. She stopped in between parked cars and noticed me staring at her. She flipped her hair back from in front of her face, waved, smiled and gave me an unexpected wink. I just stood and watched as Kim Basinger crossed the street and headed towards what was then the Double Tree Hotel.  As I continued to walk away, I looked back only to catch her looking back at me.

Years later, I would learn that she had just done a recording (singing) on an Ozzie Osbourne track. And yes; She was just as beautiful in person as on the silver screen.

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3  In 1995 I was camping near Lake Tahoe at a location known as Emerald Bay. We had a tent and a nice campfire. Sitting next to the warm campfire in a lawn chair, I let my head recline to stare at the stars. The moon was not out and we were miles from south shore Lake Tahoe making the whole universe visible. While gazing at the constellations, I noticed several shooting stars and one bright star that seemed as bright as Venus. Only I knew where Venus was. Then in less than 2 seconds this star made 2 moves that defied astrophysics. It made a figure 4 maneuver and disappeared. No, I don’t do drugs. It was there, then it went one way, hung a sharp right then another sharp right turn and it was gone. It was my only UFO sighting.  Bill Byrnes would go on to say that Lake Tahoe is right smack in the middle of the UFO triangle on the west coast which goes from area 51 to Edward’s Air Force Base to Mt. Shasta.

Remember, tomorrow is not promised

I’ve had many “Wow” moments in my life. Too many to recall. Things like meeting the late Dr. Stephen Covey or Neil Young. I’ve even seen a flock of flying fish.  I saw a Poseidon missile come out of the ocean less than 50 yards from me. I’ve heard a bullet whistle by my ear and lived to tell about it and I saw Troy Tulowitski do an unassisted triple play. WOW. I could go on. I’ve been blessed.

Warren Zevon recorded his final album while letting Mesothelioma take his life. But he said two extremely profound lines amongst many, but the two I will always remember is a dying man saying that when he wakes up in the morning he says to himself: “I guess I made it another day.” Then as fans were sending him mail telling him how they were moved by his decision NOT to do the Chemo and Radiation therapy. Warren said: “I think it’s a sin to not want to live”.

Remember, tomorrow is not promised and comes with problems of its’ own. Yesterday is history and you cannot change it. Today is the day you can make changes that determine your future.

Don’t fear judgment day. Fear today! ~ Ace Andres   

THE CRAPPY CHILDHOOD

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And its’ unintended consequences in adulthood

 

OK, on a scale of 1 to 10; a one is growing up in a war zone. A zero (0) would be any childhood that included physical or sexual abuse. Verbal abuse would be in the 1 category yet negative adult symptoms will manifest.

A 10 would be growing up a Kennedy or Romney. Aupaires notwithstanding, I’m sure Mitt was around for each child and was strict yet never let his kids down on Birthdays and Christmas. (Again, LDS practices notwithstanding).

Let’s throw out the extremes and go with the 4 to 6 categories. A 4 would be kid with a dysfunctional parent or both.  In my case, I had a dysfunctional parent which led to her death. *Note – Timing is everything.  To quote my best friend: “When your mom died, you just disappeared”.  I was 11 when Mutti checked out leaving me to grow up in the what many would refer to as the “formative years”. Father knew three things, how to run a nightclub, cook gourmet meals and watch baseball.  Setting up a household was NOT a strong prowess.

5s have evolved over the years. In my youth, a stay at home mom was the norm.  Now a stay at home mom means she’s either really wealthy or a crackhead on state aid.  Stay at home moms don’t make category 5.  I would guess category 5s have at least one parent that cares.  If 2 parents are involved, one parent goes to the PTA meetings while the other lives in denial. 5s get half the cool stuff that comes out.  Instead of an I phone, they probably have a pre-paid phone.  The 5 grows up wondering when the parents are going get divorced.

The category 6ers are slightly better off than the 5ers. They have two parents that are dysfunctional yet both want to see their kids raised and wait until the youngest is 18 before manifesting the mid-life crisis.  Psychologically, the 6er may be worse off than the category 4.  The 6 child is growing up in a somewhat leave it to beaver house but they feel that something’s wrong.  They know they’re living a lie.  One or both parents must resort to vices to stay in the relationship. The 6er is not fooled.  Yet he’ll get a car on his 16th birthday, but rarely a parent that says: “I love you”.

THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

I show gratitude every day that I’ve been blessed with free will. An adult can choose to learn from his parents’ lack of parenting skills.  At some point you become an adult when you realize that your parents were immature adults perhaps as messed up as you.  If you lost one or both parents at a young age, you lost unconditional love at the same time.  This will haunt you the rest of your life.  You will probably marry young (and immature) to have someone/anyone who will be there for you.  Many times one of you will be the enabler.  Once financially mature, don’t be surprised to see yourself spending $200.00 on that G.I. Joe you never got in 1966.  *THIS IS IMPORTANT In many ways, we as adults will covertly try to be the parents to both our children as well as our “Inner-child” (sorry for using that rhetoric)

I had a theory that the 80/20 rule applied to raising kids. And I’d say this applies to 80% of kids in the 4 to 6 categories.  Children learn 80% of what they know and do from watching their parents.  If the parents can do it; everybody must be doing it.

Hide your vices if you can’t give them up.

20% of the kids in the 4 to 6 categories think for themselves and learn from 80% of what you say to do and not do. These children are rare.  Again, free will has much to do with these kids.  And as prefaced, I use to think this way.

Kids will grow up in mostly one of three ways.

1  Those who use free will to their advantage. Usually we see this in the self-motivated individuals that recognize what their parents were doing was not serving them well or they had respect for their parents achievements and success and trusted their advice.  Love is the motivator.

2  Those who go with the flow and grow up to be replicas of their parents. Some never leave the town they were born in.  They feel they can only rise to the level of their parents’ success.  Maybe, with interest in personal development, a growing child will question why they are doing what they’re doing then graduate into the previously mentioned group who exercise their free will.

3  Sadly, the underachiever that sees what he or she wants to see. If mom smokes pot and has a paradigm that everybody does it and: “It’s cool once you turn 18” it’s only grooming or even more precise, sentencing, the underachiever to failure.  If not corrected and shown parental love this kid will become a burden on the tax payer.  If this kid comes from a category 5 background, hopefully rock bottom will be what it takes to turn around the youngster.  Hopefully the youngster or adult can survive “rock bottom”.

In closing, some of you may be saying or thinking: “Yeah I can see that” or “This guy is full of crap”  I would say you are both right.

CONCENTRATING ON SURVIVAL

Keller Ave

 

Some near death experiences you can never shake. I spent a day riding Helicopters.  Rushing from one to another.  One had a warning light which forced us to make a hard landing. There wasn’t much I could do but hold on.

I heard what I mistook for firecrackers. Then I heard a whistle next to my right ear and my knees knew just what to do.  On my way down I told my senior officer to get down. (He hadn’t heard the bullet and thought nothing of the fire crackers) I would go through a minor stage of PTSD about a half an hour later.

I’ve been in two major car accidents and one near miss. That thing about your life flashing before your eyes didn’t happen to me.

BUT !!!

When I was 18 I was living on Greenridge ave. in Oakland California.  It’s just next to Keller ave which takes you up to “Skyline” blvd.  My first skateboard was run over by my brother in law when I was 11.  With one of my first paychecks, I stopped at Sears and bought a “Makaha” skateboard.  It was pretty cool for the time. (1974?)  It cost about $15.00 as opposed to the $200.00 boards you can buy today.  It was cheap, making my near death experience all that much nearer.

Makaha

So in an effort to prove my skating abilities (and to see if I still could ride a board) I went about 1/3 of the way up Keller. It didn’t exactly look like Powell Street in San Francisco but looks are deceiving.  I had two great things going for me.  I had brand new trucks and wheels on this little 18” board and NO CARS turned onto the road I was on.  But I had one very formidable foe ~ “Gravity“.

At first it was amusing and quite fun. Then as I picked up speed, the fun turned to horror.  My wheels started vibrating and making a dull roar. Before I knew it, I was flying down this mountain road.  As with the first near fatal accident I was in, there was a moment when time slowed down.  My mind realized that I was going so fast that if I tried to abort this act of stupidity, I was E.R. bound or worse, morgue bound.  I was in too much danger to be scared.

Have you ever been there?

So as I was nearing the bottom, I could see flat ground. What was amazing was that the angle of descent, didn’t stop until I got to a flat surface.  It went from about a 30 degree incline to nothing in about 10 feet.

I thought I was out of the woods once I hit flat land. Then I realized that a busy cross street awaited me at the bottom.  So almost without thinking, I made a left turn and slowed to a stop on a back street that paralleled the busy street.

Exact words to self: “THAT WAS STUPID”. To this day I have never had to endure such constant fear combined with self-control.  I refused to panic and I did not.  I knew if I didn’t make it, there was not going to be a happy ending to this story.  To this day I have visions of the Wild World of Sports downhill skier biting it as he approached the jump.  That’s what would have happened to me only I would have hit a parked car or lost my skull to road rash.

God was with me. 

 

SEX THRU THE EYES OF SURGERY

laparoscopy romeo-and-juliet

 

I use to be a surgical first assistant.  I worked with one of the pioneers in Laparoscopic surgery at Stanford University Medical Center.  His name was Arnold Kresch MD (R.I.P) Arnold died of pancreatic cancer.  A silent cancer that doesn’t manifest until you only have 3 months left to live.  “Arney” and I were close.  I held the scope and camera while he used the forceps and laser.  I know my way around the inside of a woman’s abdomen quite well.

 

After Dr. Kresch died, I went on to work at dozens of Bay Area hospitals. Although my prowess was orthopedics/Sports Medicine, I had a personal interest in GYN surgery.  From a clinical POV I found endometriosis one of the most interesting diseases that afflict many women.  So my ability to hold a camera and endoscope made me quite a sought after commodity at Stanford University.

 

One issue that confronts those who work in women’s medicine is how mundane sexual exposure becomes. In short: “A vagina is a vagina”.  Only once did I allow my personal feelings to enter my clinical mind, but I always put my professional attitude before my natural God given inclinations and I washed thoughts of any involvement from my mind. I got the thought out of my head and went back to seeing the vagina as just something connected to the uterus. I quickly got to the point where I saw surgery as auto repair except the oil was red, the water pump was the bladder, well you get the idea.

LUST & PROCREATION

 

God created men and women with reproductive organs that secrete hormones which often influence the brain. This accounts for Las Vegas weddings, teenage pregnancies and sadly “rape”.  I do have spiritual theories on homosexuality but I consider them (for the sake of this article) to be outliers.

 

How does “Porn” become “Parts?” A lot has to do with, as I said before, with your POV (Point of View).  When sexual organs no longer become a source of stimulation; the POV looks to a higher source for sexual gratification.  I think this is the POV most couples should have in mind before choosing to marry.  I know there must be a genetic desire for procreation. Procreation done in the right way for the right reason is a very exciting thing.  Creating another human is as close as we will come to being a deity.

 

There is a fine line between lust and the stimulus for procreation. Lust cannot sustain a relationship.  Love enables you to be supportive when the lust phase of a relationship has worn off.  After your mate has put on 20 pounds the first year of marriage, the lust factor will diminish.

 

Many make the mistake of thinking an “oil change” (another sex partner) is the answer; however it’s a myth based on an attempt to replicate the excitement of virgin lust. The cycle soon repeats (especially if you haven’t changed) and it’s back to wash, rinse and repeat.  It’s not long before one realizes that a new sex partner is not the same as a new “first time”.

SEX & THE AFTERLIFE

 

I would presume that in the afterlife we will not be concerned with anything physical. It’s ironic because when we enter the corporeal world, all we know is the physical.  We show emotion when we find the feeling of lying in a diaper full of feces and urine unacceptable.  Our empty stomach makes us cry for nourishment.  On the other side I would presume we will have an avatar that resembles a body.  We’ll probably communicate telepathically.  I doubt/hope we do not have pain receptors which means the only way we will be able to hurt someone would be emotionally.

 

If the “near death experience survivors” (NDErs) are correct, inflicting pain is not practiced on the other side. They return feeling a type of Love they cannot describe.

 

If the bible is correct, there is another place on the other side where pain is practiced in abundance. I can’t tell you for sure what determines where you will eventually end up.  All I know is that if you’re a Christian;

Love God with all your heart, mind and soul and treat your neighbor as you would yourself!