Sunday, September 12, 2010

547- "I FORGOT WHAT YOU LOOKED LIKE, Daddy...."....

A) Learned, as a kid, to develop my "memory bank" abilities by going over details in my mind of the day's ADVENTURES...knew, some way, that I could use that 'silly' attribute one day? And, yes, over the years, have developed that skill in becoming a published author many times...over 160 newspaper essays, national and regional mag articles! Worked...works! This "secret" to writing and speaking is yours for the development and use.
B) BUT....sometimes the "skill" has to be "turned off" when negative reminders pop up that you don't need and want for the moment...you can control it with a bit of practice.
C) Once, when little Sarah came out for her weekend "visit", she immediately said: "Daddy, I was trying all week, and I couldn't 'member what you looked like." Then she smiled. "But now I 'membered! Can we go on some really neat adventures this weekend?"
D) A-D-V-E-N-T-U-R-E-S!!!...little ron rascal introduced them to myself as a munchkin. And guess what? ADVENTURES play an extremely important role in my first novel, THE SERPENTINE BOND!........wait...and...read!!!
E) Hey, bloggers, what do YOU think? Go for it! Learn and practice YOUR OWN fine art of storying DETAILS in your own "Memory Bank" for later use.....

Saturday, September 11, 2010

546- BRUNO, CALIFORNIA...the NATURAL GAS CATASTROPHE This Week!....

A) An entire neighborhood in Bruno, during the night, was totally flattened, as a result, we assume, from a natural gas explosion....
B) One of my many goals in life has been to, during the summers, and even weekends, actually work at many, many different jobs for the experiences and to earn $$$ for more educations. That included a fast-food burger joint...picking peaches...gardening...lifeguarding...dipping ice cream and much more. So, one summer I did work at a large natural gasline company---with the crew's assignments to go over a thick booklet list of reported natural gasline problems and decide which ones to tackle for the day and week. There were, by the way in this Shenandoah Valley town, hundreds of leaks. I deciding at the end of the summer that this one town would NEVER get to all of them...only a few every week!
C) One day, a longtime employee and only me, were sent out to check a leak. As I dug, by hand, down towards it, gas began to spew straight from the road. Yes, I freaked out a bit. My colleague calmly picked up a water bottle and poured some on a small pile of dirt, forming mud! Then, he stuck it on and in the gas leak spewing out...stopping it. He was in no hurry or pressed to proceed further. "I'll call the office and get 'em to send over a backhoe. Just sit down and rest a spell 'til they get here."
D) During that summer, I began to ask questions, as usual, and discovered from other company employees there so much that ticked me off. I also began yet another research project for discovery on the natural gas system all across our America! And, yes, since came to the shocking conclusion some time ago that our country was just waiting for many towns to explode!...really. All across America? Tens of thousands of natural gasline pipes, I surmise, have been in the ground for way over 50 years or more...that's OLD pipes!!!
E) As a matter of fact, that same premise, about Natural Gaslines being so old and decrepit, has been included as one of many serious problems near the concluding chapters in that first novel of mine---THE SERPENTINE BOND!---that many towns in our country sit on the verge of blowing up! Hmmm...and look what happened this week...........