Orchard Supply Hardware is closing it’s doors. I find this incredibly sad. It was purchased by Lowe’s some time back and Lowe’s has decided to shutter all the OSH stores. I’ve been shopping at our local OSH for 30 years, ever since we moved to this dusty town. I went to the store this morning to see what was left. Everything is 40-60% off but there wasn’t much left. I saw a few long-time employees slowly dismantling the shelving and one cashier surfing her iPhone. It was a sad sight. I turned around and walked out. I’ll miss you OSH. Say hello to Sears when you see it in the land of broken dreams.
What’s the significance of 40? That’s how may pounds I’ve lost! I started changing my eating in December of 2017 and as of August 31, 2018 I’ve lost 40 lbs! That’s about 2.9 stones for our British friends! This isn’t a diet. It’s a lifestyle change and has to be lifelong for me to keep the weight off.
So my rate of weight loss is 3 to 4 lbs per month. So at the 1 year mark I expect to have lost 52 lbs! Let’s hope!
Not all of it. But it may seem like it from the news reports. And the smoke in our area is intense. Please pray for the firefighters who are battling these blazes and for the people who have been displaced and lost homes.
Here is a map of the fires.
One of the discussions my wife and I have from time to time is that we don’t want to wait until “someday” to do things. Mainly travel and seeing the country. I remember my parents having the same discussions except someday never came for my mother. Mom and Dad got to travel a bit but didn’t get to see the country like they wanted. I’m making plans for an early retirement but again, that’s someday.
To help bring someday a little closer I have come to a decision. It’s not an easy one for me to make. If you know me or have read this blog much you KNOW how big a part of my life aviation is. For over 25 years aviation has been a part of who I am. But it’s not a part of who my wife is. And she’s an even bigger part of who I am. I have decided to sell my powered parachute and trailer and begin the process of buying a smaller travel trailer that I can tow with my truck. As much as I enjoy flying, I think I would enjoy weekend trips and camping with her even more.
I used to feel sorry for the pilots I knew that seemingly one day decided to just sell their airplane and buy a motorhome. I couldn’t understand their motivations. I remember declaring “I’ll never do that!” Well… I’m ready to do that. Now, this doesn’t mean we’ve given up our dream of big truck, big 5th wheel trailer to travel in full-time. That will still happen… someday. But for the here and now, we’ll settle for a somewhat smaller dream.
I just have to figure out how to break it to the guys at Six Chuter. They have been wonderful at helping me through every issue I’ve encountered and all issues appear to be ironed out now. Someone is going be buying themselves a wonderful machine! I’ll be coming up with a “For Sale” post on this blog soon.
So I’ve been going through some of the blogs and YouTube channels I follow. I’ve been enjoying all the amazing adventures these folks seem to have on a daily basis. So I want to tell you about my adventures this week! First of all, on Monday I got up and went to work!! Isn’t that amazing! It was so much fun I didn’t have any time to take any selfies. After an AMAZING day at work I went home and… ate dinner with my family!! I know, awesome right?!! We Netflixed and watched re-runs of Person of Interest which was AMAZING! But that’s not all, just before bed… I hope you’re sitting down… I took… A SHOWER!!
It was AMAZING!!
So yeah, my tongue is firmly in my cheek as I write this. It’s okay to have regular days. You don’t have to live up to the artificial expectations you see in social media. They aren’t having as much fun as they appear to be. You can have fun in the here and now and you don’t have to tell the world about it. (Even though I just did) ((Well, all 5 of the people who actually subscribe to my blog and have made it this far once they found out there’s no pictures)).
Get out of social media. Read a book. Take a walk. Just live in the moment and enjoy it. You don’t have to brag about it to your (so-called) friends. And don’t believe the hype you see on social media. It isn’t what it appears to be.
Happy to report that I am now 30 lbs lighter than I was back in December! The weight initially came off quickly but has slowed down in the past month. I’m fine with that as long as it’s a general downward trend! I’m anxious to see what the total loss is when I reach the one year mark.
Times have changed since I was first training to get a CCW here in my home county. At that time, only Arizona honored a California-issued CCW. Now almost half of the states in the US honor a California CCW. However, California does not honor ANY other state’s CCW permit. Hopefully this will change one day.
Map and statistics from Guns to Carry.