On Top of California

On Top of California
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Surfing the chaos, continued

A lot of the people I meet here in Tahoe are the old hippies I thought I came here looking for, except they're still hippies.  The difference between us is I stopped being a hippie and a lot has happened since the 1970s.  So in Tahoe when I visit or go out, I hear a lot of reggae and oily blues music that I used to listen to, but today my YouTube playlist is full of electronica and Moby and soundtrack songs from CSI.

They still take LSD here too.  I even said to a guy, yeah I took a lot of LSD, but then at one point I realized, “I've gotten all I can out of this, I'm finished” and quit taking it.  He seemed to think that was an insult to him, I didn't mean it that way.  I wanted to go on and share my experiences living on a commune in Laguna with people who thought Timothy Leary was a kind of holy man and we took acid almost every day and to this day I have sensitivities that normal humans don't have because of those years because not only did we take LSD, but we then sat and meditated and prayed while on the drug, and the effect was phenomenal.  It gave me an overview of things that to this day is just how my brain works.  It also made me kind of not part of the rest of the human race, an effect that is much more obvious as I age. And age and age.

So I'm once again feeling like I have to move and then I tell myself, as do my friends on Facebook, you've found Paradise, who cares if you don't connect with most of your neighbors, that's going to be true wherever you go, especially now as you get old. 

Can’t wait to get into senior housing… at least I'll have a nicer apartment to be isolated in, or maybe finally I'll find others like me, maybe what I'm beginning to see is true.

Only the really smart people make it to old age.  If you are tired of your ignorant relatives who argue and drink too much, don't worry, they'll be gone soon and then you'll have your life to yourself.  

Learn to surf on top of the chaos...
Very true! No?
Happy Weekend Everyone!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Lake Tahoe will still be here when Santa Barbara is gone. Here we have rain, clean air, and instead of Oil Pipelines they are putting in more hike and bike trails. So, glad I did not move to San Luis Obispo last March, which I almost did, and I would now be breathing in oil... Truckee, Truckee, I am now among the Washoe...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Truckee Means 'It Will Be All Right'

The word Truckee means “It will be all right,” and comes from 1844, when the first US settlers crossed the Sierra here near Tahoe. They encountered a Native in Northern Nevada who said to them a word that sounded like, “Truckee, truckee.” He then drew lines in the earth, telling them there is a river on the other side of the mountains, full of fish,  Then he'd say Truckee, Truckee, and the travelers knew it meant, “It will be all right,”  The Native then guided the Stephens Party across the mountains and when they got to the river, they named it the Truckee. So Truckee, California, which is the town just up the road from here, is named for a word that means, “It will be all right.” A nice sensitivity for me to find as I learn about the place where I've moved. (Source: Sierra Stories by Mark McLaughlin)

Friday, May 1, 2015

People smile a lot here in Tahoe, even when they are not smiling. The lines and creases over the years give them permanent happy faces.