My Friend John

exercise, Experiences, fitness, Hiking, issues, Media, Memoirs, writing
. . . by depending on the kindness of his friends. John is just about finished working on a video for a friend. He doesn't get paid for this. It is a labor of love and wishes that his friend would pay him something for his work. It took just about the whole day to finish this video. He chose to work out of the local Barnes & Noble where it was warm and he had access to a free WiFi, coffee, and he could read all the newspapers for free. and he spend it at the local Barnes and Noble. The baristas are kind and let him stay as long as he wants. Plus, he can read all the magazines and books he wants or work on one of…
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Trestle Bike Trail

exercise, health, Hiking, travel, writing
Today, I’m hiking the Washington Secondary Bike Trail which passes thru Warwick, RI and the segment is called the Trestle Bike Trail. It goes from Cranston, RI to the Connecticut border. It is part of the East Coast Greenway which connects Maine to Florida. It is named for the abandoned rail corridor that was served by the Providence, Hartford, & Fishkill Railroad back in the 1870’s. Parts are already built and comprise roughly 19 miles, more are in the planning stages. The hike meets my daily requirement of exercise, fresh air, and mental fitness. The trail passes through beautiful countryside complete with woods, lakes, bridges and more countryside. It also passes though towns andit gets very urban as it approaches Warwick and Cranston. I have been able to walk several…
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Trapped in a movie

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If you had to be trapped inside a movie for 5 days, which movie would you pick? Being trapped inside a movie for 5 days would allow me to live my fantasy life and still come back to real life. So I would choose a movie that allows me to try different things for 5 days. It is very difficult to pick the right movie as I have so many favorite movies. Since I like sci-fi a lot, my pick is "Total Recall" with Arnold Schwarzenegger (1990 movie). The movie is a non-stop action, thriller movie that has a lot of characters, scenes, and scenarios which means I would never run out of things to do in 5 days.  The synopsis of the movie is that Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a construction worker in the…
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Visiting Southern California

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Every time I visit Southern California, I find that I’m attracted to the area. There is so much to do and so much to see that I could easily spend months exploring all there is to see here. I usually spend a couple of weeks visiting my son in San Pedro and we usually explore all the places and amenities that are to experience in Southern California. This last time, I have been already close to 3 weeks and I have seen the beaches, the mountains, the trails and downtown Los Angeles in all its glory. The beaches are something to experience at least a couple of times for each. Starting with Redondo Beach, Hermosa, Manhattan,Venice, Santa Monica, Sunset, Topanga, Malibu, Huntington, Carrillo, Junipero, Seal Beach, Newport, Laguna, Corona del Mar,  and…
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Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center

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The Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center In San Pedro, California is great for the incredible views and great for the numerous walking / hiking trails. Be prepared to climb several hills and appreciate the incredible view. A beautiful park, tucked away in the hills - I only found the trails by accident and after several walks around the playing fields and the children’s playground. This park is in my opinion a locals only park. If you don't live around San Pedro, you wouldn't even know it is there. Not off any major street. It’s tucked high up in the hills and has great views of San Pedro, Los Angeles pier, Palos Verdes hills, Catalina island, and the Pacific.
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Ryan Park Outing

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This new park in North Kingstown called Ryan park is quite big and has a lot of trails to explore. It has taken me several times to travel all the trails in the park. You have two parking lots and there is no connection between the two. There is alsoa ,ot of trail systems which you need to explore over several outings. The third and last outing to this park enabled me to admire all the glory of Ryan park. The trail I took is on the northside of Ryan park and runs the length of it. At the end, I had to know which trail to take to end up at the lake and the little bridge over it. I must have walked about five miles that day and…
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Fisherville Hike

fitness, health, writing
Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge – That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? Well, the title is well deserved. It is wild and tucked away with no signs pointing the way – A true refuge from civilization. I had planned to walk the refuge this early this morning but fate had another plan. First, I couldn’t find the refuge on the maps. Then, when I finally found the road to it, I found the road impassable and risky. I finally opted to park the car at the crossroads and walk to the entrance about a mile in. The road I walked on was a dirt road, washed out by the rains, with deep gouges on the sides, and it went downhill sharply for about a mile. Finally, I found the entrance and the parking…
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Disruptor

industry, Media, technology, writing
I have been watching the way a new company, with new ideas, seems to invade an industry, and within a couple of years the industry has changed or merged with another to give rise to a third industry. The nimble companies have survived or grown to be the leaders of the new industry. TO SEE MORE . . .
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Exploring Tikal

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During my travels to Guatemala, I spent 3 days visiting the ruins of the Mayan city known as Tikal and the town of Santa Marta in Guatemala. First we flew to Santa Elena, then took a bus to Tikal. The ruins of this Mayan city sit in the middle of the jungle north of Guatemala close to the border with Mexico and British Honduras. This city was complete with two temples at either end of a city square the length of many football fields.  For the next two days, we spent exploring the ruins. Walking up one of the pyramids was fun, hard exercise, and exhilarating at the same time. You could sense the amount of time these pyramids have been in existence and what they have witnessed. A civilization's rise,…
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