Yes, I probably am nuts but I do my best to stay mentally healthy. Unfortunately, my physical health hasn't always been great. In fact, I was diagnosed with glaucoma at age 39 which had already progressed and destroyed a part of my optic nerves in both eyes. It was weird and rare for someone of my age and ethnicity to have this problem. But have it I do...I've had 4 laser surgeries, 2 trabeculectomies and I've been using drops for almost 20 years. Not good- especially when the first doctor told me that this was, "very serious" and that I would probably lose my sight by age 55. Thank heavens he was wrong- nevertheless it's been a battle and one that I cannot win. It is a progressive disease and I am slowly going blind- the idea is to make it as slow as possible. I am incredibly fortunate that I found the Jules Stein Eye Center in LA and the remarkable Dr. Simon Law who saved my sight.
As we get older- and it's not for the faint of heart- some things we used to do we shouldn't do anymore. While riding my motorcycle and driving are fine- I can certainly see well enough to do both - I know I have lost some peripheral vision due to the disease. When riding a 1600cc motorcycle on the Southern California freeways this is not a recipe for a happy ending. After too many close calls (none my fault actually) I decided the smart move would be to sell the beautiful bike that I loved so much. I worried that a car (that didn't see me) would make a lane change on top of me and I just wouldn't catch their foolishness in time. Splat!
There is a silver lining though. The profit from the bike has enabled me to get a little travel trailer that will make these old bones happier than sleeping in the camper shell. Further, the elements will be easier to take. I camp year round and I do hit weather. Lastly, Lupita will travel in a bit more comfort. Here's a pic of our "Casita Suavecita". I pick up a new 2016 model on December 1 in Rice, TX.
This will mostly be a journal of my travels. I may include other items that interest me. Feel free to join in.