Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sandy Superstorm

a coworker told me he was in Coney Island and saw a guy -- a looter -- running with a wet tv 
(taken from a flooded store) down the street
he called out to him that the tv won't work -- 'it's wet homie!' -- 
'i'm gonna use a blow dryer on it' was the reply -- 
'it's salt water' --
'shut up!' .. went on his way with tv ..

a guy in Chelsea hardware store told me he has a friend who lives near the beach --
out in Ocean Port NY --
he encouraged him to leave as Sandy approached --
but.. since Irene was kind of a joke after all the hype -- he (this guy's friend) decided to 'ride it out'
the town is full of blue collar workers -- many of them retired --
lots of them also 'stayed put'
there are numerous one-story houses there -- built decades ago..
his friend has a 3 story house
the waves and flooding came
as water gushed in he rushed his kids up to the second floor
water quickly rise and began filling second floor --
he rushed his family up to the third floor
power cut out
he could hear neighbors calling out for help -- screams ..
many hours passed before his friend was rescued ..

today i heard from a Hoboken resident that 'price gouging' went on --
shop owners asking for like $50 for a pizza ..
now that the water's receeded
locals are posting papers around, raising awareness 
in aims to shut price-gouging shops down, put them out of business

far as my experience.. Chinatown grew steely grey as Sandy drew near -- 
a paddy wagon rolled slowly thru the abandoned streets --
a megaphone on its roof gave instructions in Chinese....

my guess was.. that it'd be gusty like Irene was -- maybe a lil' more -- then that would be that ..

lights flickered round 10pm -- then shut off.. 
power outage would last about a week till they came back on..

we've a gas stove 
as days flowed by.. drank plenty of tea.. lotta reading w/ candles..
shuffling round apt w/ flashlight.. catching up on rest..
i'd sold my phone to French friend just before the storm hit, so.... phoneless
finished two books, set into a 700-pager on WWII..

dark, warm fridge.. 
we'd stick milk out on the ledge to keep it cool..

a couple times we had 'mifi' cards -- which gave us wifi signal for a few hours before they ran out of batteries..

Chinese ladies hand-washed laundry in water cascading from open fire hydrant
streets at night were eerily dark -- no street lights -- no Traffic lights

most stores closed.. days drug on..
here and there a dark deli with darkened coolers 
huddled masses formed a line out their doors
cash exchanged for things 

branches scattered willy-nilly in streets, on sidewalks
blown-over whole trees, knockt-down signs, felled plywood scaffolding pieces, shredded awnings, debris strewn about, mattresses, knockt-over newspaper boxes, police caution tape, flares

while riding in the dark 
(rode bike up to apple store 60th St [my temp 'office'])
there'd sometimes be people with flashlights 
quiet cop cars with lights spinning occasionally rolled by on patrol

40th Street -- working traffic light -- street lights on, shops open, electricity, NYC as we know it

in Apple Store, would catch up with emails on a big glossy iMac
ride west on Central Park South to Whole Foods for din
friend in UWS -- charge devices -- steaming hot shower

cruising south ..  at around 41st Street you'd see the wall of dark ahead
zoom into the darkness -- law of the jungle -- sharpen up --
was that a pack of ewoks scurrying over there into alley?

giant trash trucks -- engines roar as hydraulics descend crusher --
crunching branches workers toss in 'CR-CRACKLE P-POPP!'

one night i got paid to be a 'look out' in a design house office,
which had an attempted break-in (smashed window) one of the first nights

my bro's buddy, after getting slammed by flooding,
local thugs smashed deadbolt and burglarized the place

when i was in Equinox uptown (Columbus Circle) 
people seemed pretty oblivious to what was going on downtown, 
the beaches, BK, NJ..
while waiting for my workout shake at the bar 
the giant flatscreen tv on wall showed scenes of flooded Hoboken -- yyoow

after the week off of work and a lot of weird experiences
news of power restoration in East Village came to me while i was eating a
massive pasta dinner with friends in Greenwich Village

I rode east through the thick darkness.. . .  .
saw a working street light! -- then another! -- lights on in buildings!
door to my apt swung open to a lightbulb ON in the kitchen!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

'The Elvis of Mexico'

just got back from LA

was over there for a wedding

the grand dad was a Mexican guy
at the wedding he showed me a black and white picture of himself walking down the isle
the picture was in a frame on a table with other pictures of relatives getting married
outdoors, in a field -- surrounded by majestic mountains under blue sky with a few white puff clouds
"The Elvis of Mexico" he said and laughed

and he did look like a Mexican Elvis in the picture --
like the whole world was an oyster in his bright, determined eyes --
as he strode down the isle, clasping bride's hand
what would the future hold -- the sky isn't necessarily the limit -- the possibilities are endless -- endless possibilities

what that picture must have stirred inside him
well into his seventies now

no longer trim and fit-as-a-fiddle, bursting with powerful energies of youth

a friend and i flew into Long Beach the day before
he was there at the airport, waiting for us

we drove in his giant Cadillac (automatic everything) into Orange

the window was down in the back -- i was breathing in the Pacific air and catching up online (iphone) -- so i didn't hear all they were talking about in the front seats -- caught bits -- he'd gotten in a lot of travel -- worked as a merchant sea man -- which ties to the military (not the Navy though)
he'd been around
(later i found out that he began his oceanic adventures with them when he was just 15 -- and went strong with them till 26 -- and on-and-off after that.. so.. saw a lllllot of places [has been to every country in the world except 3 [which are land-locked])

we pulled into a driveway, which had a big boat parked out front -- and a black horse in the side yard
rock garden.. sculptures of frogs..
inside, super high ceilings -- in parts felt like you were in a teepee

'this house has an American theme, my house has a nautical theme'
this wasn't his house; it belonged to his ex and her husband

many guns hung on the wall
and Indian (Native American) things: knives, tomahawks, musical instruments, feathers
next to the bigscreen TV stood a large, realistic sculpture of an Indian (Sitting Bull? Crazy Horse?)
beside to the lazy-boy reclining chair: a lamp, made with a long musket

the grand ma was in the kitchen, cooked us up a pasta dinner
we ate and ate

conversation led to motorcycles, he told us he used to ride a lot and why he had to give them up:

behind the wheel of a massive truck (image came to mind of an 18-wheeler -- driving it in the Cali night -- on the job, leaving the pier/docks -- young guy, making a buck, supporting his family)
the steering shaft broke, the truck was heading right for a cliff
it went over, into the water
the impact of hitting the water shot him from seat to smashing head on ceiling
he was knocked unconscious
the driver's side window was open
as the truck sunk under water
he must have floated out the window

came-to at the water's surface
saw the dock -- about twenty feet away
started swimming -- pain surged (neck was broken in three places)
switched to a doggie paddle

eventually latched onto a log (like a bumper log: bumps boats) to rest
a big boat came chugging by -- he called but they didn't hear
the wake sent the log bobbing up and down -- plunging him in and out of water

set to paddling again..

made it finally to the dock
a tough struggle, pulling him self up onto the planks
rose to feet
took a step -- kaboom! back down, passed out from pain

came to
ball socket in knee was dislodged: no walking
lunge to an army crawl
up slow incline
night now

see something.. coming towards..
something.. substantial, weighty
closer.. closer..
an unusually big one -- like the size of some sort of.. beast 'a mutant'
it stares -- beady eyes -- a menacing glare
he ripped a plank up from the dock
swings it -- swoosh!
the rat chomps the stick -- bursts it into splinters

he fumbles around -- finds a 2x4
another swing -- all his might -- smacks the rat hard in the face -- sends it spinning into the water
it starts paddling away, then swivels its head, a fierce glare mingled with a mischievous grin -
as if to say 'i'm gonna rally my buddies and we're coming after you' and it paddles off to dark waters

he crawled on, passing out at times
hears a vehicle, buzzing towards -- must be the guy on night watch
pulls himself up to his feet, uses 2x4 as a cane
golf cart buzzes into view
the night guard has one look at him -- covered in seaweed, blood streamed down face --
screams, jumps out of the cart -- the cart keeps rolling -- hits him -- knocks him down
passes out
regains consciousness -- yells at the guy

makes it to the hospital
extensive surgery -- surgeons flown in from Kansas
3 pins in neck

he also told us about a time he was buzzing around in a VW bug -- he and his buddy had just met some cute girls and they were all happy cruising to go meet up with them

a truck (coming in opposite direction) tried to pass a bigger truck
leaving his friend at the wheel with two options: a head-on or go over the edge of a cliff
the bug rolled and rolled
he crawled out out of the vehicle, crawled up the cliff, to where his friend laid

his friends bought him a leather jacket which said '9 Lives' across the back

another story was set in a pool hall
(he's an ace at billiards)

some dudes pressured him and two friends into a tournament -- 'i didn't want to play'

they insisted, they played, he.. won lots of cash from them

in the parking lot they grabbed them, 'they outnumbered us' and knocked his teeth out
'they made the mistake of having the name of their town on the back of their truck'
he rounded up some friends and they went to the town and hopped the bars til they found them
they beat the guys up bad and the one who knockt his teeth out he thwackt in the face with a pool cue knocking his teeth out 'like he did to me'

he put his hand in his mouth and removed the the whole line of his front teeth and showed me --
looks like a retainer, with a row of teeth attached to it

he got hooked on smoking rock when he was in his forties
at a party he looked over and there were nude girls diving and swimming around in a pool
he opened the screen door and they urged him to get high with them
for many years he traveled the world and got high and had various girlfriends
he also made millions of dollars dealing with Cali real estate

in his early sixties he quit drugs
cold turkey
'it was like you stick a fork in a turkey, i'm done'

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Sunday, March 4, 2012


just read an insightful book

by NY native Fred Bisci, PHD

there's a picture of him in the book

jogging on a beach -- this guy's in his eighties -- vital, alive

ran marathons -- and ultra-marathons

whatever he's doing evidently works

name of book is 'Your Healthy Journey' -- a thin, easy read

what follows are some of my fav excerpts (with some commentary at times)

book kicks right off with

"The United States of America, which has for many years been proud of its self-proclaimed status as the "greatest country in the world", is in a state of tragic decline. Walk down any street, peer into any store or cafe, pay a visit (Heaven forbid!) to an all-you-can-eat buffet at a Las Vegas casino, and all the evidence you need is there, staring you in the face."

"The remedy for this dreadful state of affairs is simple... because it can be stated in a couple of sentences: "Stop consuming toxic foods that are not suited to the biochemical make-up of your body, and instead return to a natural diet composed primarily of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts seeds and sprouts. Eat these foods in the correct sequences, and avoid over-eating."

he claims lots of wrong eating can be "ingrained habits"

picture a grandma* cooking up some big fatty dinner at a large family holiday gathering a bunch of courses -- some made with like sticks of butter thrown in, Crisco, lots of salt -- some of the stuff is fried -- an assortment of pies and desserts -- the ingredients are from some huge chain supermarket (processed foods line the shelves)

after eating it you're ready to curl up on the floor in front of the tv and nap

reason being your insides are expending all kinds of energy -- motors are whirring into overdrive -- to deal with the big heap of food in belly -- and chemicals brought in -- the liver and kidneys set to work -- onto the intestines -- lots of energy expenditure behind the scenes (*maybe you have a grandma who cooks healthy -- good for you! just, given the obesity epidemic in the U.S. over the past century, you catch drift)

the body has "an extraordinary capacity to adapt to the toxic foods and to desensitize itself, so that people are not aware of what's actually happening to them."

"Our desensitization can reach mind-boggling extremes: for example, a two hundred and seventy-five pound woman was admitted to the hospital after she complained about indegestion pains. Two hours later, she gave birth to a child."

"The standard American diet is one that we are all familiar with. People are consuming processed foods and drinks, such as pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, and soda; once in a while, because they think they should, they have a salad. Society is now starting to realize that this is not conducive to good health and longevity."

i won't get in to how a bad diet over time can coat the inside of organs (eg intestines), which impede the ability of these organs to absorb nutrients from food

he warns about "fad" diets (e.g. high protein, the Zone diet) -- which might have short-term results but are bad internally and in the long-run

if stuff is eaten in wrong order -- easier-to-digest food is held up and can shift to fermentation

addressing the 'why' of the masses bumbling along crunching Cheetos and gulping Starbuck$; why are so many people eating unhealthy foods with little-to-no nutritional value

"Examine the situation honestly and you will discover that most of your attitudes towards food are a result of brainwashing by organizations who want you to buy their products, and spend billions of dollars a year to ensure that you do."

"I believe that society is beginning to move in the right direction. What's happening today is parallel to the Renaissance in the 15th century, which was the beginning of the illumination of the mind. The peasants in Europe were kept under the dominion of the church aristocracy, and were not aware that they were being deceived by the information that was fed to them, and were being kept in darkness. They did not realise that they were being deprived of the sovereignty and freedom that was their birthright as human beings. They were really just beast of burdens that had most of the fruits of their labors taken away from them, and were convinced that this was their lot in life.

All this changed on the day that Martin Luther printed a proclamation and pinned it on the church door of Wittenberg Castle in Germany. He exposed and prevailing orthodox view and urged people and free themselves from the yoke of the church. He proclaimed that people were entitled to dignity and personal freedom, and as a result was excommunicated from the church. He encouraged individuals to seek to educate themselves so they could open their minds and become enlightened, and the aristocracy reacted by imposing severe restrictions and punishments on those who tried to do this.

Later, when Guttenberg invented the printing press, increasing numbers of citizens rebelled and demanded their rights and their own opportunity to learn how to read and educate themselves about different subjects that were needed for them to become enlightened human beings. Again, the land barons and the church tried to prevent this from happening.

Something analogous to this is occurring in our time. Those in positions of authority within the medical establishment and its collateral businesses are obscuring important information about the body's physiology that, if known by the average person, would transform his or her life. This information is to do with the human body's amazing, God-given remedial capabilities. The body has the ability, under the right circumstances (that we can create with simple lifestyle changes), to regenerate, heal, and prevent most of the diseases that afflict us today.

America has many of the best scientists and researchers in the world, and yet we are paradoxically one of the sickest industrialized countries. Just as people were kept in darkness until the 15th century, so too have we been kept in a certain amount of darkness concerning fundamental truths that should be part of our mainstream education in the field of health and wellbeing. However, I believe we are on the verge of a new era, for many well-informed people are now attempting to bring the information out into the open and into the mainstream...

... if you go back a few decades only, all of this was commonplace. When I was a little boy growing up in the 30s and 40s, the people I knew rarely got sick. We were... fed whole, real foods grown by my mother and my family in a very large garden. Whatever else we ate came from a store where the grains were whole and the fruits and vegetables were unsprayed and untouched - they still had dirt on them... We all grew up to be healthy young adults, until technology took us unsuspectingly into a new age of scientific processing and devitalization of our food.

... You walk into a huge supermarket with thousands of varieties of food available, and, if you have the money, you can indulge yourself without limit. However, the majority of these foods are processed, packed and, in the long run, unfit for human consumption. The transition has been so gradual that we have unknowingly slipped into this bleak situation. But we can break free of it. We can unmask the deceptions behind these foods, whose purpose is not to promote health and wellbeing but to enrich corporations.

What I would like to do in this book is to help you understand the appalling effects of our industrialized diets and show you how to change your lifestyle in a way that will make you a much healthier, happier, and more spiritually aware person."

"When you next go into your local supermarket, you may wonder if there's anything in the store that you can eat. The regrettable truth is that most of the shelves are filled with processed, unnatural products that do not qualify as healthy foods. When you clean out your mind, body and spirit, and your vision becomes clear, you will walk into a supermarket and instead of seeing a cornucopia of foods, you will see a row of inert products that have little or no vital force left in them."

for optimal health he's big on (in terms of food) what you leave out

(processed food, non-organic foods, dairy, wheat, rye, too much gluten, too much meat, alcohol, caffeine)

and what you put in (organic raw fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and sprouts)

Real, Fresh Foods

he doesn't advocate 'grazing' (snacking throughout the day) because you overwork the digestive tract -- constantly have it laboring

cooking food at high temps can kill off nutrients

steamed vegetables can be ok

don't eat more than 3 meals a day

let your stomach empty btwn meals

don't eat before bed

"more rapidly digested foods should be eaten first, more slowly digested foods second." ie drink a green shake, then eat a salad, then move on to a piece of fish

"Fruits should ideally be eaten on their own"

when eat right and at right time -- energy soars, mind clears

don't overeat

he promotes Quality over Quantity -- don't tax your system by hoggin' out

"I learned that systematic under-eating is the surest way of improving your health"

"slows down your metabolic rate"

key is eating nutrient-dense foods that deliver

exercise, rest, fresh air and sunshine are good

as clarification happens, the fog lifts, you'll be more in tune with your body

"When your body speaks, listen"

when you sleep your body repairs itself and cleans house

if you are eating right you don't need as much sleep because the body doesn't need much repair -- it is running like a well-oiled machine (Bisci goes on 2-4 hours!) (i recommend more -- good for the brain!)

aim for being alkaline -- rather than too much acidity -- lay off too much coffee -- too much acid ---- if you have too much acid-forming foods (proteins) minerals can get leeched out form the bones

don't have to eliminate acidic foods entirely -- eat alkalinizing foods first -- juices, salad - which will neutralize the effect of the acids.

a good way to add protein after a bowl of fruit in morning is to eat a handful of raw nuts

keep up your water intake - helps remove toxins from your system

drink 1/2 hour b4 meal -- an hour after --- not during meal tho

plant based diet -- with no overeating

Lifestyle change

supplements -- doesn't champion tham so much -- however B vites (B12) are upheld as well as vitamin D

chew your food thoroughly

"Humans only use 8 to 12 percent of their conscious brain. The purer your blood is, the better your brain is going to work. When you commit to a healthy lifestyle, your blood gets cleaner and your mental sharpness and spiritual clarity become elevated. You don't need to go to India and start chanting and meditating to raise your consciousness."

"Solid foods should be ground to the consistency of cream and thoroughly salivated before they are swallowed. The stomach cannot perform the functions of teeth; if the food is swallowed in chunks the stomach is absolutely incapable of dissolving it, and so only a tiny part can be absorbed. The result is that undigested chunks of food lie in the stomach, inert and heavy, and fermentation begins shortly thereafter, followed by flatulence..."

if food is wolfed down is won't assimilate properly ------ eat right and optimal absorption will occur

he writes about detoxification and cleansing

people new to healthy eating likely will encounter some headaches or other effects

some toxins include caffeine and nicotine, white sugar, heavy metals, acidity, salt and other condiments

"In Mexico, corpses have been found in the deserts that were untouched by buzzards and hyenas because these people had eaten such large quantities of hot peppers all their lives that their skins were actually too spicy for the scavengers to eat."

juices with all 3 meals if possible

get a juicer google 'Breville, Omega and Norwalk'

google E-3 Live


take systemic enzymes 45 min b4 meals

when ya wake up and when ya go to bed


"taking probiotics as a supplement gives you an edge"

Super green foods (e.g. alfalfa and spirulina)

Sprouts are good

Ionized water is best choice according to Bisci -- research

steer clear of pasteurized and homogenized dairy

get your sleep patterns under control

"Also, closing your eyes during the day and not moving (short napping) will revitalize your energy level."

food combinations

don't mix carbs and proteins

heh, think about American diet

sandwiches, burgers, wraps, pizza, meat n' potatoes -- all booted out the window

charts are laid out (in the book) -- they seem tough -- esp for someone like me who really enjoys eating

still, I like the idea of eating a diet comprised entirely of fresh foods that have no chemicals sprayed onto or into them -- I like working with the body -- streamline digestion -- not bogging it down with a lot of work -- I like clean blood streaming through a body that's functioning optimally on all levels

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  • excerpts in this blog post are from "Your Healthy Journey" by Fred Bisci