The Lifestyles of the Rich and....the Dead!

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

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

I'm going to do something completely different's not like any other day is ever the same. I'm writing my blog B4 actually heading out and doing stuff.
Newport, Rhode Island. The playground of the Rich and...the Dead. In the 1800s, wealthy barons with money to burn came to Newport to build summer "cottages". We have the 60-room Louis XIII-style Castle, appropriately named, "Belcourt Castle". Also, the 70 room local landmark built for Cornelius Vanderbuilt, "The Breakers", so named for its spectacular view of the Atlantic. And we must not forget the "Marble House", so aptly named for the 500,000 cubic feet of marble used in its construction. I could go on but I will let the pictures do the talking. But we must not forget my humble abode, "no-name". My home office on wheels. I've included pictures just so that you can see that my accommodations greatly exceeds these others in usefulness. I do not require maids quarters, nor a butler. I do not have the needs for gardeners, as I just pack up and leave when the grass gets too long. And the greatest benefit of all...I get to see the whole country with my home. Just think. The Rich...and the Dead from this era would have required to travel by train to get around the country. They might have had opulent trains built for this purpose, but they still were missing the lifestyle they were accustomed to. I have my nice down duvet and electric blanket. Surround sound system. Fully stocked kitchen. Library with 23 books. DVD Collection. 3 piece bath. Walk in closet...Not! And it all comes with me wherever I decide I want to go. I think the gypsies were on to something.
As I write these blogs I try and balance between the needs of those of you who just want the pretty pictures and travel diary and those of you on your own spiritual journey. Some days you'll get more of one then the other and vice versa. Hopefully I add enough levity in either format to ensure that it doesn't feel that you are sucking on a lemon. I want to talk about dreams. Just like Dr. Pausch. His video got me thinking. Which one of my dreams have been realized. In High School I kept on telling my friends that one day I would have a million dollars in my hands. And that dream did come true. For my birthday or maybe it was Christmas, all my friends pitched in and bought me a million dollar bill. I still have it. It was from the gag store (No...not the Mint)...but I do have my million dollars. Then there my other item on my dream list. I've always been a car guy. As most young boys, a Ferrari was the car to have, that is, unless your name was Bubba, then the "General Lee" from the Dukes of Hazzard was your dream car. Well, I realized that dream in January. When I was in Italy I got my Ferrari. Direct from the Ferrari store. I have it with me. Check out the picture. I am sure there are many other of my dreams that have been realized, but I won't bore you with the details. I just want to make a point, just like Dr. Pausch, that you have to be very careful in what you wish for. You never know how those "wishes" will turn out. It's all a matter of perception whether your dreams have been realized. You might have to wait 25 years to see that, yes,  that dream, that prayer, that pleading, has been answered in the way that benefits you the most. I still have my million dollars. In any other format I probably would have spent it on fast cars...and fast women! I can now bring my Ferrari wherever I go. If I so wish.
I learned a few lessons the day I went to Martha's Vineyard. I was worried that I would run out of gas. I kept on telling myself that Karma would take care of things and I wouldn't. Why else was there a backhoe at that gas station and that long detour where I was so close...yet still so far. I had a lesson to learn that day. That's a fear of mine that I continuously have to work at. What was the worst that could have happened? Call the car rental place and tell them where to find the Jeep? Walk for gas? Why worry. But I do. For a whole bunch of stuff. I guess that's why I have an anxiety disorder. I am working on it. I am also getting what I wish for fairly quickly these days. You all think my pictures are awesome because of something I do. Right? Well you are all wrong. It's all your positive comments that enable those pictures to happen. I don't have the ability to create those awesome landscapes all by myself. We all create together the views that I see. I wear glasses. I should be wearing bi-focals, but don't. The reason I take so many pictures is that I have a problem holding the camera straight. My horizon is always crooked because, with glasses, I can't look through the viewfinder properly to see the full horizon, so the pictures are crooked. So I end up taking 2, 3 or 4 pictures of the same scene. I also use the manual settings for  pictures to get the right effects. The exposure meter is in the viewfinder. Same glasses issue. So I'm reviewing my pictures a few days ago and "wish" I wouldn't take so many pictures of the same scene, but with the camera straighter or with the correct exposure settings. Well, guess what? On Martha's Vineyard I hardly re-shot scenes. I used my "feelings" to shoot the pictures. And I have some amazing shots...with the exception of the sunset (no...those are amazing also, just I have almost a hundred of those). When you're on a speeding ferry and getting thrown around you just take as many pictures as possible and hope for the best. My other lesson was that we have to explore a lot in life. I had no idea what the "Sanctuary" was but it ended up being the most beautiful place. I also had to trust in Karma for the Jeep rental. my blog from my first visit to Martha's Vineyard I stated I wanted to rent a Mini if I came back. I would never had taken a Mini on the road to the Sanctuary. And look what I would have missed out on. I am learning so many things on this Journey.
Those of you on a spiritual journey here may be wondering why I don't expand on certain topics that I bring up. But that's not my purpose. My purpose is to put the thoughts in your head and then you have to do the work to get more information. The right information. That's Right! Homework! There are so many authors out there with different "takes" on how to lead your life and have your dreams realized. They are all right and they are also all wrong. It's what feels right for you that matters. When I was at Barnes & Noble's last night I checked out the spirituality section, like I always do, to see which book "jumped" out at me. Well, what I found was a book that "debunked" the theory of "The Secret". I'm sure a lot of you heard about the DVD and book called "The Secret".  It was on the best sellers list all spring and summer. "The Law of Attraction!" This book is called "The Secret of "The Secret"". Of course I bought it. I thought "The Secret" was awesome, just like a lot of you. I had to find out what its detractors had to say. I've skimmed through the book a bit. More later on my findings. But the message here is that it doesn't matter what your dreams are, someone will come along and try and spoil your fun (or piss in your cornflakes).
And last but not least. I have finally contacted my nephew to get my website designed and up and running. The problem is I don't know what I want in it. This is where I'm asking for all your help. What would you like in my website? I'll have my pictures posted for viewing and eventually to purchase. I'll have spiritual messages. Information about my travels. My Book. I want it Inspirational! If anybody has any ideas, please send me an email or post a comment here. My nephew's business website is:
Check it out. He's designed some great websites.
Postscript-This is after my day out on the town. It rained. It was cloudy. I walked and walked until I could no longer walk. My Feet hurt! Newport is such an amazing town. Driving "through" town reminded me of Europe. Narrow streets. Amazing buildings. Sorry no pictures. I could have spent a week walking around. Or at least a few days driving a scooter. My truck is just too bulky. Then the Newport Mansions. The pictures barely show it all. I didn't go into any of the houses because they wanted $11 per house. Besides why would I want to view the gilded age in all its extravagant excesses.
Stay tuned. Same Bat Time! Same Bat Chanel! "Holy Rocket Ship Batman, did he just say that?" Yes...I am reverting to my childhood.
Have you ever heard that some people, when they die and come back to life, say that they saw a white light at the end of a tunnel and their whole life flashes before their eyes? Well...if that happened to me, all I would see are re-runs of TV shows!
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