Tuesday, August 31, 2021


 Once again they extend the lockdown here in Bali. The restaurants on the beach can stay open so that makes it much easier on us. It does seem endless. We're forking out about all we can to help feed people. 

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Paying the Bill

Yesterday a few of us were talking and Gus (pronounced like goose) said that in Bali Hinduism one is thought to rack of a bill from the karma one has generated in this life. Then when one returns one can pay the bill. When one dies without any such debt, one is not reborn. He said that stories like this help us to think about profound matters.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Cambodian Government takes Covid Seriously

They're not fighting themselves there or anywhere in Asia. There are people who fall for the misinformation, but the governments are doing their best and there's no substantial resistance as there is in the poor, confused West. Check this article out.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Check it out

Birds in the Moon and other theatrical, artistic, and poetic presentations on August 28th and 29th in Berkeley.

Check out this message from Malcolm Margolin on what all is happening and so forth.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Frightening Messages

My sons Kelly and Clay and I send Marco Polo videos to each other. Marco Polo calls itself video walkie talkie. You send a message anytime and the other person watches and listens when they have time and responds when they want. Katrinka uses it to. We find it both saves time and increases communication. It's always convenient. No pressure. Anyway, Kelly left me two yesterday from Spokane.

Monday, August 23, 2021


 So far, I don't know anyone who's died of Covid. I know of some but not anyone I know that I know of. Almost all the positive cases here in Bali are with locals. I was talking earlier today with two musicians, one from here in Bali and one from Central Java. Both of them started telling me about the people whom they know who have died - four cousins, my uncle, friends, neighbors. 

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Mt. Shasta no snow first time


That's what I've read and heard but couldn't confirm.

Also read a prediction that if the drought continues, new dams are inevitable.

Friday, August 20, 2021


 My father was a realtor. Once he told me, "The only good business deal is one where both parties profit."

Thursday, August 19, 2021


Getting closer to the goal of generating more energy than it costs to generate it - and if they get there, fossil fuel use could be in time greatly reduced - and with other advances maybe the oil can almost entirely for lubrication. 

Dick Raymond was involved with fusion the last couple of decades of his life and he was always telling me they almost had it solved so I'm weary of getting my hopes up, but this looks more likely considering the source.

On a plan trip decades ago I sat next to an exec from one of the big chemical companies and he talked about how we had to get off of our reliance on fossil fuels and leave the oil for what it's most efficiently used as - lubricant. Back then the problem with fossil fuels was thought of as just being pollution. Climate change wasn't in the public square yet. Time to time I remember that conversation.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

UN Climate Report

IPCC - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change home page. Click on Working Group Latest Report. Synopsis: just some of us are facing doom right now if we don't act and others will follow if we don't act. Good luck to us all. 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Most Embarrassing Moment

 My mother Ahdel always thought of others first. She did not speak about herself much. Mainly she'd let others speak. She was an excellent listener. She was polite and proper yet behind it most tolerant and open. One day long ago at the train station, she saw an acquaintance standing by herself. Ahdel knew the woman's husband had recently died. She went up to the woman and feeling a little nervous and awkward, searching for the right words and tone, she said, "Grace, I'm so happy to hear about your husband." 

Then of course she recoiled at what had just somehow escaped her mouth, was mortified, and did the best damage control she could.  It would embarrass her to think about it for the rest of her life. 

Monday, August 9, 2021

Drier Sale

Before leaving Japan, Elin and I sold or gave away lots of stuff. We'd installed a drier to dry diapers and a fellow came over to buy it, another gaijin - foreigner. We made a deal that he would pick it up the day we left and signed an agreement. When I signed he said, "No - sign your name not mine." I said but your name's not David." "Well actually it is. Charles (or whatever it was) is my middle name." I then tried to sell him our car. When you bought a car in Japan back then, you had to spend a ton of obligatory money getting everything changed and spiffy - like a thousand dollars. And there's a fee that's high. So I told him he could just keep my car papers cause it already says it's his. He almost bought it.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Great nonZense

 I've been remiss in posting here. Too involved in silly Cuke Arhives stuff - and pointless music. Suggest you visit Saint Stupid's site. One of the truly wonderous offerings to come out of San Francisco.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Covid News

A Kaiser Health analysis of state data published Friday, July 30, found that the vast majority of Covid cases (between 94.1 and 99.85 percent), hospitalizations (between 95.02 and 99.93 percent), and deaths (between 96.91 and 99.91 percent) are among the unvaccinated.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Monday, August 2, 2021