Month: June 2020

Santa Clarita Diet

You’re thinking the series with Drew Barrymore? Buzzer sounds. Nope. This was a real diet not some bloody mess of dysfunctional writers trying to shock and awe the viewing public. Yes, I watched a few episodes. It was OK. I liked Timothy Olyphant in the Justified and Deadwood series. Of course, Drew has been one of my gotos for great movies! But the Santa Clarita Diet was not for me.

However, the Forks over Knives and the John Mcdougall diet was on my radar. The gist is you can eat pretty much all you want. With the exception of all oils, dairy, meats etc. Potatoes? Sure. Pig out. Tortillas with refried beans, no oil? Yessiree! Heck, eat all day long with lots of starchy foods and don’t use the brakes. This diet is rumored to give your body energy and nutrition without all the fat. Supposedly, the protein from this plant based diet is enough.

What happened? Can you say Fire Truck and leave out “ire Tr”? Never again. At least for me. I was already at a marginal weight and started dropping pounds like a drug dealer running from the Feds. By the end of a month, I was easily 10 pounds lighter. Extremely tired, walking with a hunched over body from absolutely zero energy. Geesh. Can you say Zombie? (see earlier zombie posts…editor)

What the hell happened? Did I do it right? Was Johnny Carson back on the air? The world was upside down. At least for me. In my brain-clouded-foggy brain an idea began to form slowly – STOP! Yep. stop the diet. My first real meal after stopping was amazing.  The results from one sitting encouraged me. I was able to stand upright again. For a brief moment in time, while on the diet, I thought I would be going back to the oceans swirling mess of creation and lose all those wonderful years of evolution.

If you’re overweight or would just like to lose a few pounds, hey, give this a try. If you like the weight you’re at, eating healthy, enjoying life, stay the Fire Truck away.

Another day protecting the world from Zombies…

Yes. This month is my birthday. And what better way to celebrate than with good friends? Well, since you didn’t ask, I’ll tell you.

A birthday plus Zombies. I know, you’re thinking Zombies don’t exist. We’ve been telling you that for years Mr. CarlJasper. Well, I beg to differ. Some years back, during my early twenties, a friend had forgotten to check in with me one day during his breakup with his wife. I was worried and drove over to his apartment. Yep. He was home. Just staring at a record on a turntable while it played some tunes. For hours he stared at the same record, spinning. He was for all intents and purposes, a Zombie.

I tried to bring him back to earth. Slowly, his eyes began to focus. Fingers and toes started their gentle reanimation. Eventually, he returned to the living, unaware of his trip to nowhere. I know, you’re thinking, “Great Job CarlJasper! Saving the world one person at a time.” I humbly accept the accolades.

So, this month, to hone my Zombie hunting skills, I worked on skills with my friends Scott and Kimberly. To our right, was I believe the Archery Olympic team, practicing for another competition. Pretty cool, huh? Their Longbows were probably close to the price of my truck. EEK! But hey, competing, right?

Had a great time. I tried to shoot the birthday wish best I could. Results below.


books I read

Within the last few years, I unknowingly purchased a book from the dollar store, that would change me into a better person for having read it. In fact, the book I purchased was the fourth in a 13.5 book series. Which of course I didn’t know at the time. Thus started my addiction to a charming and thoughtful way of storytelling.

Darynda Jones has since become one of my favorite writers. She not only unfolds a story with witticism and characters that spring from the pages with love and laughter, she creates a world, a universe where they exist! The fourth book of the Grave Series is where I began my journey. For a buck no less…smile!

I even wrote a fan email asking for her to make sure the rest of the series would end up at Dollar Tree as well. A polite reply saying it was out of her hands was my reward. (smile) I managed to find most used at Thriftybooks online and a few on ebay.  When I finished the series, (sadly as I never wanted them to end!) I realized she had written other books. Go figure, a writer who writes more books?

I was delighted to find 2 of her new series, one being a trilogy called Betwixt and the other series Sunshine Vicram and immediately devoured them both. Happy to say her writing is amazing even though she broke my heart when she ended the Grave Series.

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