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Trip Start Sep 29, 2007
Trip End Dec 01, 2007

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

I need to back up a bit, add some photos of the boat I am now intending to buy. I am leaning how to import pictures, The computer is starting to act-up. This probably a result of the bumps, I have a weak connection and the electrical accessory that over rides the battery is showing signs of a short. Thats the bad news.
The good news is, I am sitting in a beautiful house, inhabited by people I would have never guessed to be the leaders of the Episcopal Church in the area as they are very approachable and open minded. Mark is a Minister of the Episcopal Church and his wife is an RN and works locally. I am trying to set up a picture of a Minister's house that does not immediately scream Religion. The house its self is located on the Delta, in a valley which is probably below water level. Mark, when I first met him was unassuming and was easy to talk to. I am what I would call myself a searcher of God, if there is one. I was up front with Mark on the way up here and he was very understanding. From what I knew of Mark, is a Minister. He also told me that he was a Lt.Colonel in the Air force, and was a navigator for many years. Mark is best described as a modern Renaissance Man, as was obvious when I first arrived at his home. The first thing he did, which I would never believed was offer me a beer, brewed and labeled at the Parish. How can I refuse, and I asked for a small amount, as I am not a drinker. No big deal, I just know I have the Gene.
Mark produced a bottle from his refrigerator and poured me a little. I sampled the beer as one would sample wine, first looking, then smalling, then tasting. The smell and color reminded me of a beer I used to drink at a place called, "Gorky's" on 8th street and San Julian, in LA.
The place is now closed down, due to the name. The brewery was located on or close to the border on both Central Division and Newton Division and the majority of the police officers who wrote tickets, focused on the place which served awesome Russian food along with good beer and great entertainment. The pressure was intense, and myself and my few select friends who frequented the place were labeled, "Communist's" for being there off duty and on. The owner treated us great, and didn't understand the stigma. I tried to get people to lay off and try the food. Some did and changed their mind after meeting the owner who was in fact a Republican. One particular individual who was adamant about closing down this, "Commie Front," was Abe Barron, a on time roommate of mine, who harassed the restaurant relentlessly. I don't like speaking ill of the dead (Abe died in a traffic accident a few years ago) but he and his ignorant, uneducated cronies, were probably responsible for the failure of the restaurant. It is interesting that I have seen tables and stools from Gorkys, as far as 29palms, in small coffee shops.
Back to Mark's beer. It had a red consistency, and the smell immediately brought the former memories back to me in a flood. The taste was just as good and I alternated between smelling and tasting for several minutes.
I have a lot more to write about mark and his wife Susan, and there hospitality, but there is a boat to negotiate and pictures to upload.
A few pointers to travelers who stay in peoples homes who do not know you. The first is to volunteer to do whatever is needed to do around the house and I intend to rake some leaves as soon as I am done. The second is technology, and we all must admit, even the most honest of us, that we would love to look in the medicine cabinet, just because. I will admit that but I do not. When I had a few houses, I entertained occasionally, and someone suggested that if you are having a house party, carefully fill your medicine cabinet with marbles. I never did it but people do do it. Another point about that is that if you have any criminal tendencies, if you take anything or take advantage, you are ruining a good stop and rest place for others. Last point, I today's techno world you are probably being filmed. I am not saying that most people haven't thought about these things but don't. Be a good guest, and wave at the camera's a lot.
I still want to talk in depth about the history of the Delta, as I have tons if info I want to hare, but I will stop now and give you some pictures.
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