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I have been staying close to home here in Ventura and have been loving the house I rented last December, even harvested some yummy veggies in my garden! This was before Steve came along. He's just about 11 months old, (not the two years I originally bargained for), an already about 70 lb. Vizla Hound. I adopted him from the National Search Dog Foundation from Ojai, right here in the county. A flunkie from the program to train dogs for rescue, he has some training and is learning fast. My biggest challenge is keeping up with his exercise needs as my health limits my sprinting and ironman abilities. We've been using the WalkyDog which hooks to my bike and is amazing! Still a challenge and a bit dangerous but it's doin the trick. But if you find yourself out and about on Ventura's Westside, break wide! ;)
Earlier in the year, I decided to stay off the road and keep my bus "Patience" parked, except for a few regional, quick weekend trips. We've had a great time with the bus this year and at this point in my life, I think I'm about done with her. I will be selling my bus and moving on to something more manageable for me. I have had the bus for 12 years and it has just become too much of a burden to bear alone with my health issues and such. I'm not giving up, just movin forward. I am hoping to find some cool band or famliy that can make as many amazing trips and memories as I did aboard the 1971 GMC Bus. She's been wonderful and I've seen almost 25,000 miles of US roads and 8 of her National Parks in my cozy home on wheels. She has kept me safe and with the exception of only a couple dates over the years, had gotten me to the stage on time.
So it's been a great summer but I am ready for the fall with it's rain to water plants and yard. Hearty homemade soups with bread from the breadmaker and early morning coffee at Surfer's Point with Steve the dog. So, with lots of fodder for some new music, I am snugggling up with my laptop to try and bring some of what's swimming in my head to the page and then to sound.
I have also started a chapter of Americans For Safe Access here in Ventura. I have been involved in the medical marijuana movement since the early 90's, thrilled to be able to get active again here in Vemtura. I am so excited to see the kind of interest and enthusiasm about protecting patient rights, educating the community and defending safe access to medical cannabis for patients and caregivers. Please read more about it, they are an amazing national group and the largest patient advocate organization in the country. Look for the Medical Cannabis page here on my website for some really excellent info I'd like to pass along.
So, basically, that's what I'm up to, playing lots of music around locally, crafting and working in the family business during the day for my mother at tthe canvas shop in Oxnard. I'd love to hear from you if you read this far, I am always flattered when I see you and you tell me you've been keeping up. Fare you well, may we meet again soon!