Paul's Charmed Life!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
Trip End May 16, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Maine
Sunday, October 14, 2007

"My passion should be clear, and please know it runs deep within all levels of my consciousness. I feel it. I feel everything."  - Alyssa Milano
The Ying & Yang of Life!
Seeing all things in Black & White!
"Luke....May the Force be with You!"
Good & Bad!
I live a Charmed Life! I am extremely lucky in that my "Dark" days do not last long. Every Cloud has a Silver lining! That's easy for me to say. I don't have creditors lining up at the door (at least not yet-they'll have to find me first), or a child that has just been diagnosed with an incurable disease, or a best friend who has just died of cancer. I live a Charmed Life!
This posting is coming sooner than later due to the dark nature of my last email/posting. But that posting/email still did serve it's useful purpose for some of you. Coming, it seems, at just the right time to get you through some rough times, or as one of you put it..." I never thought I'd be so damn happy to be screwed up....".
Why do I have a Charmed Life? ....Because I Believe It.
As a teenager, I, like probably every other teenager out there went through a difficult time. One day, riding my bike home from my after school job decided that I didn't want to live anymore and would ride through the next intersection (red light) without stopping (we didn't wear helmets back then). I didn't have much chance of being hit as traffic was light. But then this realization hit me...."I was ALMOST perfect!". I would be perfect...if I wasn't conceited. Throughout my life I have had this thought. I usually joke about it. Those of you who know me would most probably not consider me conceited (but then maybe you do). I often (OK...Always) acknowledge my capabilities. Some might take it as conceit. I usually downplay my accomplishments.
So why then is my life so Charmed? Most people will acknowledge that they have strengths in certain areas, but completely suck in most other areas. I started off by saying "I was ALMOST Perfect", jokingly that is, and things started materializing in my life.  I didn't have the highest grades in school...wasn't that great at fixing things...I was normal. I studied for my accounting degree and had "just" a passing grade in most classes. Started having kids...with no past experience...and raised them using my intuition as to what I should do. I didn't need any "so called" experts telling me how to raise my kids. Then people started telling me what great kids I had. I knew that, and said it (...and all parents should say that about their kids). They do turn out as you expect them to. My knowledge expanded. My mechanical abilities grew. I can fix most anything ( least my kids still think so). From the responses I'm getting from my emails(writings) it seems that I can write. I also take amazing photographs. That's not me talking...I'm highly critical of everything I do. Some internet test says I have a high IQ.
Why is my life Charmed? I had a few dark days. Wrote and sent out my last posting. Then I drove to Bar Harbor, Maine. It was dark and cloudy when I got up in Twin Mountain, New Hampshire. I had planned on staying 2 nights but changed my mind. Not long after leaving the campground it started raining. It rained all day. But driving through Maine was the exact opposite of my drive through Vermont. The fall colours exploded in the falling rain. There was a sense of renewal in the dying days of fall. Each town I drove through had old, character buildings that just stood out in beauty. I stopped at a Maine visitor center and it was raining cats & dogs. I continued on to my destination in Bar Harbor. I arrive at the campground, still raining. Discuss my car problems with the campground attendant. He tells me to set up my trailer than come back and he'll make some phone calls to local mechanics. It's late Friday and most places are closed on Saturday. The campground is also closing on Monday for the season (I have to get my truck fixed Monday and move on).  I drive to my camp spot and it stops raining. Set up my camper. Then I decide to go see the campground attendant. It starts raining again. He calls the Ford dealership in town and they might be able to squeeze me in on Monday. I talk to someone there and they tell me to drop my vehicle off first thing in the morning. They make no promises. During the conversation with the campground attendant they can think of a local tow truck operator/used car salesman/mechanic who fixed another traveller's vehicle but they can't remember his name to call him. I thank them for the assistance and drive into town to do some grocery shopping. I pass a road that sounds familiar from the conversation with the campground attendant. I turn down it...and lo and behold "Bradford's Towing"...just who they wanted to refer me to. I stop to the owner about my truck problem...come in first thing Monday morning and they'll get right to it. They also have a loaner vehicle so that I have something to drive while I'm waiting (that wouldn't have happened at the Ford Dealership).
So that's why I have a Charmed Life!  I had a feeling that something wasn't right with my truck...I checked...and yes there was...but I can get it fixed before I got stranded. It stops raining when I need it to. I had a "Signpost" telling me who the best person to contact to fix my truck. I had a beautiful first day in Bar Harbor...unseasonably warm weather. Today it's cooler and windy. A hint that I should stay in, start my blog and write this.
I have numerous other indications that I have a Charmed Life. Thoughts...facts...whatever you want to call them that my life is going according to plan. I started by sending my comments/trip log to a select few. Then I met an older couple and a couple of young women at the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. I was taking pictures when the older couple asked the young women to take their picture in front of the lighthouse. As most people do, they got right next to the lighthouse. They were tiny in comparison to the whole lighthouse in the picture. I had once read that if you get closer to the camera, the people look bigger next to the landscape item. I passed this information on to the other people. They took another picture and were amazed at the results. I chatted for a while with the gentleman. One of the young women from Provo, Utah (Ally) overheard my conversation and was interested in following along in my travels. She asked if I had a blog and I indicated I had planned on starting one but hadn't. I had been too busy travelling and taking pictures. So, another "signpost". My blog is up now and it is accessible to everybody who comes across it. My message can now be read by the masses. That will be handy when my book gets written. What better way to get the word out. Maybe Oprah will invite me on to her show to discuss my book. Guess I should get to writing it.

My book will be called:  "What? Is! The Meaning of Life."
Remember - "Think It? Feel It! Live It."
This is the motto from the business I thought to start up for my photography and writing. What? Is! Inc
The email address is
There will be a website as soon as I figure out how I want it to look.
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