Friday, April 30, 2010



this is the life that I have often envisioned...or possibly even dreamed of...of course it's not the same or quite as good as this future utopian dream...


there are many obstacles to this simple life..it could even be a hippy (sans hair) life style with no cars in this little community..but alas, there is Hedges where one has more danger of getting run over than being eaten by sharks...(even the 10 foot one that caught a few waves with us the other day!)








the best thing in the world...or at least my world for my own well being is a swim in the surf while a nice neighbor watches our Colin Murray Garvald!



It was really great visiting the doctor...so now I believe there is hope for us...
I want to talk about it but it's giving out too much info...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

it's frustrating when I do so much writing and then suddenly the screen is lost or the blog stares at you before the screen freezes up!
I was writing some eloquent poem and now the moment and everything that I was feeling is all gone... so much to say and yet when it's time to write it all...
it's all gone...
my issue right now is whether I can make it to Byron Bay for the ocean swim party
and rendevous with thousands of other ocean swimmers..
well now Colin beckons me to our Godess...

well, it doesnt look helpful for getting a lift to Byron... but maybe??

a lot has happened in the states and I hope Obama is doing the best he can...and we get some fruitful reforms instead of the status quo of letting the rich and corrupt get more so...

I hope theres a chance for americans but just in case Colin will have the option of growing up Aussie and eventually having the choice of where he wants to live!











while my honey and Colin are asleep





  • I have a little extra time to herbaflect (a new word for the urban dictionary?)



  • and think about the future...



  • I watch low tide exapnd the distance of the beach to sea...


so Ive had a little time to REM and feel rejuvenated enough to confidently write to you and future readers...LA helped me migrate this blog to a new computer system..Im still so intimidated by computers or anything that requires more than a couple of steps of thinking and doing in the middle(?)



we look at the sea before she finally beckons us to dance with her with a board, flotation or totally free before you are finally in her welcoming arms.... I went for a swim










I saw Avatar last night and wasnt impressed
with the very mediocre acting and the plagiarizing of a theme!
It was almost like watching Pocahontas with a futuristic view...
but the underlying idea of fleeing to a Utopian paradise
I wanted to write more as I was inspired by the theme of the movie that I hadnt
seen for a long time

Sunday, April 25, 2010

wow... came in 5th again in the surf swim
I realize that I could have had the surf with me if I played it right
and possibly could have come in 3rd...
Im thinking during the 15 minute endurance event
that I had a chance...
to place well
but I didnt have the eye of the tiger...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I'd like to swim in the Byron Bay Classic in the beginning of May...gosh...I forgot!
I need to ask LA how to get this blog to migrate to the new program since Im a puter illiterate!
so..when this swim is on..you might not be able to find out how I did in the race if it is not on the websphere! LA, it's taking so long to upload photos and especially videos. How might I speed it up?
How is Buffy? :)

"This is what we were thinking of as the helicopter hovered above our heels. Sharks occurred to us, but they didn’t occupy us. Around Shark Point and into Clovelly, the swell came from behind, picking us up as we pulled in towards the bar at Cloey, and throwing us forward. You’re pushing along, and you feel a following swell pick up your feet. Your toes rise higher than your body, you’re heading downhill, so your body accelerates. A supple body, too, melds to the shape of the swell. The swell travels the length of your body, for it’s travelling more quickly than you can possibly hope to travel, lifting your body as it goes, so that the highest point moves forwards, from your toes, up your legs, along your torso, past your shoulders, your neck, your head, and out your fingertips at the end of your outstretched leading arms. This, too, is where streamline and suppleness become all important, where it’s critical that the impedance to your progress through the water is minimised by a good torpedo body position. And the better your body can meld into the shape of the water, the more supple it is, then the more push you will get from that transient swell. That’s when you’re surfing at sea."





http://www.oceanswims.com/nsw89/090503.html

Tuesday, April 20, 2010



I am so frustrated…
I wrote some stuff so eloquently…and I thought it was saved..
I have my best thoughts in regards to the best race of this decade
The moment of happiness
And it all disappeared into cyberspace..
I will never be able to write it again the same way..
I want to tell you or even show you the picture of what I saw before
I won that race!
And this frickin computer wont cooperate because it’s so
I wish that my hard drive could work as efficiently
When she creates several blogs at once
And take care and school for a family of 6!
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master,
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

I am so frustrated…
I wrote some stuff so eloquently…and I thought it was saved..
I have my best thoughts in regards to the best race of this decade
The moment of happiness
And it all disappeared into cyberspace..
I will never be able to write it again the same way..
I want to tell you or even show you the picture of what I saw before
I won that race!
And this frickin computer wont cooperate because it’s so
I wish that my hard drive could work as efficiently
When she creates several blogs at once
And take care and school for a family of 6!
One asset I wish that I had…
but of course
A little herb does effect that…
But I wouldn’t be as creative with out it..
I almost feel guilty of letting for this very reason…

I believe the other day was one of the happiest days in a long time...

or at least the happiest moments when I won two swim events in the club championships on Sunday! I'll write more about those races when I have the urge...but it was one of the best feelings that Ive had in a long while...it was almost vindication for everything...

Ive just been taking it easy today resting on my laurels while I play with Colin during his waking hours! More and more he is becoming more intelligent every day and picks up new words and things that he discovers that he can do!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


cool....there are so many things to do and all I can say...


its almost 420 in oz!!!


so much to do!!...help build the lounge area for our newly remodeled surf club...

I always want to write more but Im afraid that Ill miss out on practicing the surf swim...

but a pic is worth a thousand words...and everyday colin is becoming more intelligent...

I think maybe he could become like Forrest Gump's son???

Im waiting for it to get published...

this computer is really slow...kinda like his owner is and keeps getting distracted so it cant focus on what it's supposed to do...while uploading video

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It's hard to believe that we were in another country and in less than a week we are back in Oz!! I miss this mistress of the sea more...
being gone from her only makes me apreciate how beautiful she is and so happy when Im back inside of my goddess...the goddess accepted my parents and the warmth of her helps me accept our inevitability of going back to this goddess...
she is where we came from and life formed...

Monday, April 12, 2010


well it's a few hours later and we have serious jet lag...



it will take hours for our family to recover!



but it's nice to be back in Oz with the mermaids!


now to go into a coma!



I was writing a bunch and of course it was erased while my wife ate a sandwich while waiting for our plane! it's nice to get to the airport early for a change spending our last newzealand dollars!

its 420 am and finally at the airport mcdonalds eating a bacon burger with the last kiwi money at the computer free to the public with my honey bugging me about the usual stuff... but it's nice to be at an airport early for a change!


Ill add some more pics when I get the chance...


I haven't been following the news in the states except for the usual

(this is colin checking out our bodet at the coolest bed and breakfast at warei (maori for warm waters)

it's hard to upload these little movies from my camera..

we have to wake up at 2am to catch the flight that leaves at 6!

Sunday, April 11, 2010



so we are already heading back to Oz after a nice little time in Kiwi land...




there was so much to see in the beautiful




land of two islands




but money is running outbefore I have to work for somebody...





hopefully no other places have burned down while I was gone...





or dealing with errant squirrels..




Friday, April 09, 2010


while my wife and Colin are getting ready
I have a few minutes to write to you in the Wayfarer motel computer
we are off today to Cape Reinga and drive parallel to the 90 mile beach
to the northernmost point of New Zealand...
yesterday we stayed at the most beautiful little bed and breakfast home
at Waurei meaning warm waters (Maori language)
with Jenny and Bob...
so far so good on this short little trip
because I can't afford to spend over a $100/night too long..
I have lots of pics to enter now that I have 3 cameras!
by the way, thanks for giving me a wake up call the other morning, Eliazar,
my Venezuelan cohort when we were teaching in Utopachi
in the beautiful Land of Enchantment!
it's nice to know that Rosemary (our teacher assistant) was thinking of me
(I heard she's afraid I'll come back!)



Cape Reinga is generally considered the separation marker between the Tasman Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. From the lighthouse it is possible to watch the tidal race, as the two seas clash to create unsettled waters just off the coast. The Māori refer to this as the meeting of Te Moana-a-Rehua, 'the sea of Rehua' with Te Tai-o-Whitirea, 'the sea of Whitirea', Rehua and Whitirea being a male and a female respectively

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

its funny about my life...
when I buy a new waterproof camera, the old one decides to work!
but it's a good camera and I miss it because I can immediately put the pics on this blog!
so Im waiting for this video to show up while I tell you that we are finally here in NZ with little Colin going crazy in the airport hotel...He is hilarious and really appears to be as smart as Forrest Gump's son!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

"Con’s of Bodysurfing
-The other afternoon I was out on a fairly crowded day, and it’s pretty clear that bodysurfers get treated like 2nd-rate citizens in the line-up. I got dropped in on, a lot. It was my wave, I was making the drop, and just ahead of me a surfer who thought I wasn’t going to make it looks me right in the face as he drops in to snake it. So it goes. I still got a ton of waves–mostly medium-sized waves that guys paddle for and just barely miss. And towards the end of the session, as people would notice that my rides were legitimate and weren’t just quick close-outs, I ended up getting a bit more respect. But I know I’ll get snaked again.
-The poundings can be downright dirty. As a thrill-junky, I don’t mind getting rattled, I think that’s half the fun, but holy crap can you get hammered. It’s all about the take-off, and the problem is two-fold. If you make the drop and take it too vertically, and don’t angle it enough to stay with the wave, you end up getting ahead of the lip. One of two things will happen. The first is that the lip will land directly on you, usually somewhere in your lower back, and the wave will violently try to rip you in half. The second thing that can happen is that you actually get fully in front of the lip, and it breaks immediately behind you. When this happens, you often times get fully launched out of the air….like, end up flopping your arms and legs around while you are airborne, as the wave throws you at its mercy. On one particularly memorable wipe-out I literally got water pushed under my eyelids while getting dragged under water. How’s that for the power of the ocean.
-I think a testament to the last statement is the fact that you get a ton more sand in your ass when you bodysurf. You just do.

As it says on Danny Hess’ website in his hand plane section, “I’ve occasionally had a bad time surfing, but I’ve never had a bad time body surfing.”

If you are considering giving it a go, I say do it. It’s incredibly fun. Fins aren’t too expensive, all the brands are pretty good. I’ve always used Churchills, for the almost two decades I’ve been bodysurfing, mostly because when I was a kid I saw Pointbreak and I thought the scene where the guy goes skydiving with Churchills was awesome. There are little mini-leashes that you can attach to your fins so that if they slip off your feet, they are still dangling around your ankle, which I think are a good idea. I’ve definitely had my fins ripped off my feet during some poundings.

Hope to see many of you out in the water, especially if you give bodysurfing a shot. "




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Monday, April 05, 2010


wow, I did my second patrol for one of my favorite surf clubs cept for the instructor that gave such a hard time getting my bronze...
knowing that I could have past the bronze a month sooner
just for the privilege of competing with surf lifesavers from all over Oz
about the same age as me...
as I fight hard against the aging process...
(
some of our young members eagerly swam out int their rescue tubes to a bloke and a neighbor of mine were in distress waving for a little help as the rip took and they lost their footing...they found their way back on their own with a little coaxing from our lifeguards
I watched our first rescue (almost) from the perch of the trailer... waiting for my chance to be a hero for a day...
while the news stations filmed our club just by chance....

Sunday, April 04, 2010

so Ive been hangin out with my new tribes...
and then I wake up a little early for the sunday morning swim race
after taking my son down first to the beach to wash off his dirty butt..
I was pleasantly surprised there was no poop on his bottom for the salt water to wash off today!!
I meet my beach tribe and see that Im start last today!!
Im strongly encouraged to take the power play...
but feel like I don't have the eye of the tiger to take the race!
so resigning to the fact that I have the largest handicap today!
with no chance of catching younger stronger swimmers that are starting more than a minute before me...
even this young amazonian ironwomen with incredibly long legs
running half a minute before me on the race...
I have no possible dream in this life of beating her in a swim race
let alone catching her...
I pass one other lady while she wants to finish last
and maybe get 15 seconds of her handicap for finishing 16th and last..
I hustle to see if I can sprint past this other old man for 14th
but Im marked down as 2nd last
with no chance of 15 secs knocked off my handicap
unless I chose the power play in 2 weeks
or in the last race...
aah to give it all to the race
while a wave catches and me and tumbles me along the sand...
not yet knowing how to master her...

the mistress of the sea talks to me
And invites me in
that evening while walking with the strong wind
With my little family
so I go for a swim....
and her gigantic waves look very intimidating
worried that she will smash me against the sand bank
I try to duck under her
But she sucks me backward
As I plunge down hard onto the sea
And then the sand….

My wife watches
And waits to see me come up…
My back aches a little now
As I pay my respects to my powerful mistress…

Friday, April 02, 2010

I was reading this other site that was coincidentally talking about what I was writing and thinking about the other day, and I realized that Im this kind of prograstinator...i

"The tense-afraid type
The tense-afraid type of procrastinators usually feel overwhelmed with pressure, unrealistic about time, uncertain about goals, and many other negative feelings. They may feel a sense of malaise. Feeling that they lack the ability or focus to successfully complete their work, they tell themselves that they need to unwind and relax, that it's better to take it easy for the afternoon, for example, and start afresh in the morning. They usually have grandiose plans that aren't realistic. Their 'relaxing' is often temporary and ineffective, and leads to even more stress as time runs out, deadlines approach and the person feels increasingly guilty and apprehensive.

This behavior becomes a cycle of failure and delay, as plans and goals are put off, pencilled into the following day or week in the diary again and again. It can also have a debilitating effect on their personal lives and relationships. Since they are uncertain about their goals, they often feel awkward with people who appear confident and goal-oriented, which can lead to depression. Tense-afraid procrastinators often withdraw from social life, avoiding contact even with close friends."


I guess subconciously, I am escaping my contacts and social life and my failures and delays..... and my honey does the same...so we say "Lord help us"...or universal energies help us....
but I think that my so cockeyed optimism helps me realize that slowly it can get better...
together mixed in with the guilt of not getting the paperwork even started to become an Aussie by descent...
knowing that I could be one of the happiest beach Rip Van beach bum over 50 on the beach!
there is my home that was almost destroyed but slowly and surely that is being taken care of...as will all the other things while I escape on my favorite beach in Oz...playing ping pong and drinking 4x beer on a Good Friday Avo with an Ocean St. mate...
but then the guilt that I should be with my family overtakes my concience and desire to be with them some...
my love for my son has helped me get up early with him and seize the day on the beach with him..

Thursday, April 01, 2010

I guess Rudd would have a similar reaction if he happened to live a long time with okies or razorbacks! ;)


Comedian Robin Williams says he loves Australia and has laughed off criticism from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, poking fun at him in the process.

Williams, recently in Australia voicing a character in the animated film sequel Happy Feet 2, has been in the spotlight for saying that Australians are just "English rednecks" on David Letterman's US talk show.

Mr Rudd took offence, telling Eddie Maguire's Triple M radio show: "I think Robin Williams should go and spend a bit of time in Alabama

(I wonder if Rudd would say the same about Oklahoma?) before he frames comments about anyone being particularly redneck."

Now Mr Rudd is in hot water with the governor of Alabama for that response.

But speaking to Hamish and Andy on Australian radio on Thursday afternoon, Williams laughed off the comments.

"Nice comeback, way to go K-Rudd, how's the food on the plane, good day," Williams said.

"I was just there for two weeks, every time I've been in Australia it's been wonderful. I love it down there. Helloooo!"

Williams said he had used the same line on stage in Australia, and no one had been "angry" about it then.

Asked how he felt about a prime minister on the other side of the world taking offence to his comments, Williams said: "I don't know it's interesting, maybe it's because Mr Abbott did well in the ironman."

Hamish and Andy told Williams they thought Mr Rudd was the only Australian offended, and Williams offered this apology: "Mr Rudd I apologise it's linguistics I would like to modify my terminology and say English Good Old Boy.

"If the term redneck is offensive forgive me sir ...

"Please let me come back to Australia without a cavity search, and if not I'd love to go to a strip club with you in New York."

Meanwhile, Mr Rudd's reference to Alabama and rednecks generated a terse response from Alabama governor Bob Riley.

"I'm not sure if Prime Minister Rudd has ever been to Alabama," Mr Riley responded in a statement.

"If he has, he would know that Alabamians are decent, hard working, creative people."

He also pointed to Australian company Austral's decision to invest heavily in Alabama.

"That's why Alabama is home to Australian companies like Austral which employs more than 1000 Alabamians at the world's largest aluminium shipyard," Mr Riley said