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Homeward Bound

This morning the freeway was closed on my way to the airport.  Accident, lots of police black and whites.

All of my flights have been changed, so I have a layover in Dallas / Fort Worth in stead of Chicago. Hmmmmm

But, now I am well on my way back to England and home.

I miss California and my friend already, and I shall, always.

But, there is no place like home.  I guess.  😊😊😊😊

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Make a New Plan

Never let failure break your heart, tomorrow is another day.

There comes a time when one needs to close the book on the past.  Things have changed for me – or rather I have admitted to myself that the world has changed around me.  More than that, I have accepted that my whole world was nothing more than a fantasy of my own creation.  My innermost wants, needs, desires, lusts, and obsessions have turned out to be nothing more than a chimera.

Reality has set in, and accepting reality has been a painful experience for me.  I feel very much a complete failure.

For months I have been trying to maintain an illusion, and taking this vacation in California has shattered my illusions.  I have realised that I can never have the life I thought I wanted, that I can never have the relationship I thought I wanted and needed.  I have admitted to myself that I have been trying to change reality into a fairytale.

Trying again and again to change what is into what I want is insane.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  –  Einstein

Therefore, what I need is a new plan.

The snag is, I don’t have one.

The upside is, I have realised that I’m a the bottom of a deep hole, and it’s time to stop digging.  My Life may feel like utter hell right now, but I’ve been here before, and I know that I can find my way out of here.

All I need to do is work out where the road out of hell begins.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

 

Head Injury

NOT DOING SO WELL TODAY

Well I’m temporarily staying in the Holiday Inn and Suites in Brea, Southern California, instead of with my friend.

This is because I got very upset, and then very drunk.  As part of that whole sad event, I fell over and hurt my head pretty badly.  Blood all over the place.  Right now I have 5 stitches on the bridge of my nose, and a gash on my forehead.  This is not how I wanted to spend my vacation.

It’s all my own fault.  I hope to make a speedy recovery, and have the stitches taken out in a few days.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

au revoir England

Life is a journey ~ enjoy the ride.

At 06:00 Greenwich Mean Time (UTC) this morning a car is picking me up to take me to the airport.  I fly out of Newcastle upon Tyne at 09:35, and eventually land at John Wayne airport in Orange County, California at 20:32 local.

Last evening I had some strange misgivings about this whole vacation.  Ah well, I can always spend a few weeks on a long solo road trip.  I do like to spend some quiet time just looking at the sky.

This was the view I had from the garret early this morning.

Here it’s a nice day right now, but we’re due for some brutal weather soon.  Mostly, I’m glad that I’m not going to be here to suffer through it.

My teddy bear, Marmaduke, so wanted to come along that he tried to hide in my bag.  I’m sad for him that there just wasn’t the room this trip.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

maybe next time Marmy

Marmaduke home alone

Marmaduke has seen me looking at the internet ~ making plans for this year’s Christmas and New Year Holidays.

As I’m not taking him to Barcelona next week he’s worried that I won’t be taking him along this Christmas, so he’s been making his own Christmas plans.

Where ever Marmaduke is thinking of going for his Christmas Dinner, I’m thinking of a Christmas Caribbean cruise~ providing I can find the right girl to take along.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Barcelona

The haunting of history is ever present in Barcelona.

Despite just having returned from a four-week vacation in the USA, I’ve now booked flights to Barcelona, to see a very close friend.  I fly out there On September 26th, and come back to England on September 29th

The journey from Newcastle upon Tyne, to Amsterdam, to Barcelona, is about 11 hours each way, and the flights are costing me about $400.  Add in hotels, taxis, meals, and the like, and this will easily be an $800 / $1,000 short break.

Barcelona is a fabulous city, which I’m only visiting for two days on this trip. I ‘m going a long way for only 2 days, but what price on friendship?

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Jet-lag

With air travel there is no distance, there is only time.

Air travel, especially long haul flights, can be very exhausting.  Getting to the airport 3 hours before the flight, endless queuing, cramped seating back in coach / economy, noise, dry air, and airports are just horrible places to spend much time…  But it’s only recently that I’ve become prey to terrible jet-lag, which mostly affects me when I’m flying from west to east

There are some things that will reduce the effects of jet-lag, paying for a better seat, not drinking on the aircraft, and sleeping as much as possible on the journey.  Melatonin helps too.

However, following my last trip to the USA, I have been wrecked for a week with jet-lag.  But it’s all worth it when one has a great time on vacation.  (And, I don’t do business travel any more.)

The best thing of all is seeing wonderful sights and creating great memories.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Vacation

We see the same moon, you in your world and me in mine.

The reason I haven’t posted anything for a little while is that I’m vacationing in; California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.

I won’t be back in the garret until Sunday September 10th.  Look for some very cool posts from me right after that.

Take care everyone.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net 

Hotel California

I haven’t been feeling so well for a couple or three weeks.  Perhaps I need a sunshine vacation.  Anyhow I like this Eagles track.

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Please listen responsibly.

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Scenes on Sunday # 7

‘scape pictures.  Seascapes, cloudscapes, landscapes, cityscapes, roadscapes….

All the pictures were taken with a compact LUMIX Panasonic DMC-AS3 camera.  This camera is so lightweight, small, and smart it’s brilliant for taking along on roadtrips, for long hikes into the mountains, or just for stuffing into your purse.  These shots are of the Integratron and environs, Joshua Tree, California..

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liebster-12pictures by jack collier

& the lovely girl riding shotgun

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