Potpourri Kaleidoscopes Slumgullion Stew And Life

What do all these things have in common? They are all perfect descriptors of life! A mixture of color, shapes, tastes, experiences, take your pick. Life is all that and more. Ask me! I know. It beautifully describes mine.

Being first from my hometown to go to Vietnam

I could talk about my musical experiences during high school years which garnered me the very first Vocal Music Scholarship to College in the history of our school. There were other music scholarships for instruments but not voice.

Being first from my hometown to go to Vietnam. Not necessarily a choice, although I was within a few miles of the Canadian border as an alternative. From Hawaii to Vietnam I have often compared from paradise to hell!

When this floundered a doughnut business was created

Meeting an Ecuadorian beauty in College resulting in a wedding. Living in Ecuador, creating a small import/export business with Christmas figures made from bread dough. 

When this floundered a doughnut business was created and the first of it’s kind. All by accident mind you. A monopoly for many years until returning to the U.S. just ahead of a total economic collapse of the Ecuadorian Sucre against the U.S. dollar.

This awakened an interest in coffee far more profound

Coffee shops created along with the doughnut shops made me aware of coffee as never before. Now it was getting fresh roasted beans, grinding, blending and serving espresso from a real espresso machine.

This awakened an interest in coffee far more profound. This led to researching the coffee world of which I really knew nothing. Beginning with learning the value of freshly ground coffee as opposed to a bag of ground coffee was a surprise. 

Next came buying fresh roasted coffee to grind at home. Of course a small espresso machine had to follow. This led to working with a local coffee roaster, and my very first experience with freshly roasted, freshly brewed, single origin Kenyan AA coffee…without cream!

Returning to Ecuador I determined to have my own home coffee roaster

For at least 40 years I drank my coffee with cream. Even the good stuff because I didn’t know any better. Taking one taste of the Kenyan coffee, not roasted or brewed by Starbucks, was a total revelation! No cream in my coffee since.

Returning to Ecuador I determined to have my own home coffee roaster and have been roasting green coffee since. 

The recumbent bike was the strangest thing I had ever seen

Around 1997 I realized I needed to get more exercise. One of our sons was selling a mountain bike in a garage sale so I bought it. The first trip was a half mile to a Winn Dixie supermarket and back. With legs feeling like lead I barely made it. Great recall remembers laughing how in a few weeks this would be a piece of cake.

What it turned into was buying a Canon Hybrid and riding the roads with several other bikers with road bikes and one recumbent. 

The recumbent bike was the strangest thing I had ever seen. Talking with the owner at length he described the many benefits, not the least of which was my greatest problem…the seat! The recumbent seat was 14” wide for starters. The riding position was sitting up like in a lawn chair. 

The pedals were positioned to the front instead of underneath the seat. The weirdest thing to get used to was the tiller steering. My friend talked about building his own first before buying a factory made bike. I was hooked.

Long story short I built my own frame from two old road bike frames

He brought his homemade recumbent for me to test ride through the hills of North Central Florida. Believe it or not there are some. These were to same roads we rode on a regular basis for 35 miles. On my bike at the end of the ride I was tired. On the recumbent I was ready for more.

Long story short I built my own frame from two old road bike frames. Then used the components from my Hybrid plus some additional items for brake bosses, and longer cables for the gears. Buying a used seat from my friend I was off to the most comfortable rides ever. Many 100 mile rides and even more 60 mile rides.

So in 2015 when Trump made it real I was sure he could win

While I have never met one of our presidents the elections were always interesting. The disappointment always came after the fact when they never did the things they promised. So when Donald Trump made noise in 1988 about running for President, I knew then that if he did I would absolutely vote for him. He was not a politician and I was certain that would make a huge difference. 

So in 2015 when he made it real I was sure he could win! History was made in November of 2016 as he won the election. All the lies, malice, RINO’s, never-trumpers, pundits, naysayers, attempts at impeachment, Russia plots, and a media that was completely corrupt from the truth didn’t matter. 

Then came the China Plague, but it didn’t keeps us down for long

In less than 4 years POTUS accomplished more than any president did in two terms. Our economy soared. Unemployment crashed, especially for the marginalized groups. Bad trade deals like NAFTA were renegotiated in favor of the U.S.A. And our borders were being secured against illegal aliens and terrorists.

Then came the China Plague, but it didn’t keeps us down for long. Research showed that masks were totally ineffective, and that the virus was really no worse than any other. Deaths were counterfeited to raise the numbers to create fear. 

Then came the elections of 2020 and the great attempt stealing the election

All the bogus health organizations bent on creating a global takeover towards The Great Reset, kept the fear level high to gain control of the Public. National shutdowns, created a global economic crisis along with forcing people to surrender there rights to freedom.

Then came the elections of 2020, and the great attempt at stealing the election by the Globalists, leftists, liberals, socialists, communist factions. All BIG TECH, FAKE NEWS MEDIA, FAKE SOCIAL MEDIA began censoring anything that was Pro-Trump. 

Writing is the best weapon I have to use

Major news about the Biden family’s involvement in racketeering using the Biden Vice-Presidency as a leverage for favors and money was completely squashed. It would likely have meant expulsion as a candidate to say the least. It surely would have been impeachment material!

Many articles were written during the 2016 election and after defending issues over illegal immigration, the Dreamers, Travel Bans against nations not friendly with the U.S., and so much more.

Keeping a Cornucopia, Kaleidoscope, Slumgullion Stew type of writing

Writing is the best weapon I have to use. Finding a medium where it will not be squashed, censored, deleted, or in any way kept from being read is the challenge. Of course none of my articles have really been radical enough to draw the attention of censorship…yet!

Keeping a Cornucopia, Kaleidoscope, Slumgullion Stew type of writing may keep the attention of those factors at bay. It’s you, the reader looking for something real I hope to attract. Life is far more than a bowl full of cherries, as one ultra famous personage once said. The variety is what makes life so delicious.

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Alan is retired and resides in Quito, Ecuador. Writing is a passion which has resulted in two eBooks thus far, with more in the works. Married 47 years with four sons and 13 grandchildren, provides potential grist for the mill! Alan is a charter "Boomer", a Viet Nam veteran, committed to roasting his own coffee and writes about whatever pops into his mind. He loves to build and ride recumbent bikes, play racquetball, writes almost daily, travels Ecuador, and talks to anything that does not move fast enough! The twinkle in his eye is a combination of the sun, and an active sense of humor. His desire to encourage others to write is being answered through his articles on the Internet.