US Adventure – People Exploration – Day 25 – Dominic – Medical Student of Albuquerque NM

It is so exciting to meet new people, but I did take a couple of days off after I returned from 8 fantastic days in Hawaii. Please forgive.

So back to it. With more energy than ever!

Going to 50 states is really big deal to me and restarted my never ending search of trying to find amazing people to talk to. I know I usually don’t have to look very far, and since I was driving cross country (heading through Iowa, Wisconsin Dells, then upstate New York) I started slow, but still feeling my way – more than looking for people. I let my intuition run wild … and stopped off at to continue my mission to – Meet People, Make Friends and See if I can Help Make a Difference in People’s Lives.

After stopping at a mechanic’s shop in Payson, AZ, I continued on going east on Highway 260. Even though it was almost noon, I was still trying to wake up. I downed about a quart of my nutritional shake (loaded with a steady picker-upper of Mochatonix), I passed a scenic spot of Mogollon Rim Visitors’ Center. Something strong struck me, told me I HAD to turn around. I made a u-turn the first chance I had … and went back to the center.Dominic and Stan

I parked and strolled out to a vista point lookout deck at the rear of the visitors’ center (which was locked tight). Looking out over the great view of forests and mountains at an elevation of 7,500 feet, that’s where … I met Dominic.

We talked about his journey, in which he was heading back to Albuquerque, having just come from Phoenix where he had been scoping out Naturopathic colleges that he could continue his progress in the medical field with the hopes of becoming a Physician’s Assistant. Dominic has also been looking at the University of Arizona Medical School in Tucson.

Why a P.A.? And not a full doctor? Dominic said that there was too much schooling involved and it would take far too much patience for him. Plus the cost of the education. Then the long term rigorous on the job training to get fully skilled as a physician. I understood … it’s a battle to achieve such a goal.

What was it about the future that he saw in being a PA? He gave a quick answer in that it was engaging with people, and in helping them. And not so much about the amount of money he would be making. Not much about the money.

But what would he do if he was ruler of the world for a day? Dominic would declare a holiday for everyone, but they would have to take the day and seriously look at how they could take full responsibility for their own health. Dominic – “It’s important for people to take responsibility for their own health. They need to do it for themselves, not let someone else manage it for them.”

What’s great about Albuquerque? It’s a great area for any and all outdoorsy sports people. Plenty of camping, fishing and hunting. “Let’s go,” he said.

I think Dominic would also be open to talk with successful mentors who could show him how he could make more money without devoting a lot of extra time to the business. There’s always excitement about ‘living the dream’ that could come to anyone … just by turning spending into earning.

US Adventure – People Exploration – Day 11 – Joe of Joe’s Barbershop Barstow, CA

In my new unending search of trying to find amazing people to talk to, and I know I usually don’t have to look very far, and since I had wanted to get a haircut I started looking for a barbershop as I drove down the main street in Barstow, CA. I was secretly looking for an usual barber who would tell some great stories while he cut my hair. Also, of course, I needed to continue my mission to – Meet People, Make Friends and See if I can Help Make a Difference in People’s Lives.

Stan and Joe the Barber in Barstow CA

I think I was fortunate in that I just so happened to walk into Joe’s Barbershop and met Joe – but he told me I’d have at least an hour and a half wait he was so backed up with reservations.

I hate waiting and he takes reservations. I thought that … if he’s in so big a demand, he must be some type of unusual character and maybe he’d be worth the wait. In just a few seconds while making my decision, I learned that Joe would stay open for 2 hours after normal shop hours just so he can take care of customers. I’d be back for a cut.

Joe started being a barber here in town about in 2000 okay. “Yeah,” he granted like with almost a Southern drawl, “the best part of my business is the great clientele I got here in Barstow.”

What’s the worst? About your business? Joe thought for a second or two; then, “Well, the worst part of this work is telling people I ain’t got any openings for them.”

What about being Ruler for a day – Joe? He would have all the people give him $1 of their money and for that he would give them the day off so they could go spend and enjoy time with their families. So Joe would tell everybody in the world to give him $1.

The follow up question came – so … “If you had 7 billion dollars from everyone on Earth, what would you do with it?” Joe said that he would invest half of it, then spend a little bit here, spend a little bit of it there; and give some to charity.

The chief of police here in Barstow sitting in another chair nearby said that he might have a good time with Joe, but Joe muttered something about that Barstow’s Chief … is a bad influence on him.

We all laughed, but I felt there was considerable truth in that last barely audible statement. I left the barbership wondering how I could ever help Joe or Barstow’s Chief of Police. Huh?

US Adventure – People Exploration – Day 21 – Steve of Poolman Company at LA Fitness in Casa Grande, AZ

In my new perpetual search of amazing people to talk to, I took off today and landed in Casa Grande, AZ. And since I enjoy working out at LA Fitness, I sauntered in anticipating to do some swimming and some heated pool relaxed exercises. Then also to continue my mission to – Meet People, Make Friends and See if I can Help Make a Difference in People’s Lives.

I was totally relaxed with the bottoms of my feet being massaged by the jets of the heated pool jacuzzi. That’s when I met Steve.Steve and Stan outside LA Fitness - Casa Grande

He seemed like a happy man when I joked that he should be careful or he might fall into the heated pool. We laughed and he told me that he had been with the Poolman company for a little over 4 months. And what he liked the most about his job was – “Communication.” Giving the best of customer service in dealing with people was at the forefront of Steve’s mind.

The part that he didn’t like was the “Elements.” He admitted not being very fond of the heat that is present for usually 5 months of the year in desert Arizona.

Speaking casually, Steve said that he has lived in Casa Grande for 18 years. He’s married and has four kids.

If he ruled the world, even if it were only for one day, Steve would firmly advocate that common courtesy would rule the day. He would demand an all out peace if he were ruler of the world. And maybe he would also require that everyone should ride a Harley Davidson motorcycle at least once during the day.

Steve would really like to have more time, less stress along with more money. With more money, he would utilize his talents as a lay youth pastor more often. He looked off to the distance as he considered the dream-like anticipation of helping youth evolve into conscientious upstanding adults.

Also, of course, Steve would like to have more time to spend with his wife and kids. And he was truly open to talk with successful mentors who could show him how he could make more money without devoting a lot of extra time to the job or business. He was excited about ‘living the dream’ that could come to him … just by turning his spending into earning.

US Adventure – People Exploration – Day 19 – Mylene & Rob – Entrepreneurs – at Honolulu Airport, Hawaii

It was a great 8 days in Hawaii, but I must continue my mission to – Meet People, Make Friends and See if I can Help Make a Difference in People’s Lives. I had to be on my way – more people to make friends with.

I got to the Honolulu airport hours early, and for some strange inexplicable reason, I walked over and sat down near gate 15. I would board at 18. Some power led me to take a seat there. Whenever I have those intuitions, I don’t question, I simply ‘go with the force flow’.

I took off my shoes and looked around – feeling inside amazed at how I pulsed high with excitement — I knew something special was coming my way. I wasn’t there long before Mylene and Rob walked into my life.

WOW! An incredible couple!Stan, Rob and Mylene in Hawaii

Mylene is self-employed as a tax accounting specialist and has done income taxes for elite clients people for 17 years. Mylene was a dedicated tax auditor for the infamous IRS 10 years.

And Rob is also self-employed as a freelance Uber driver after having been a video editor for 25 years – 10 years with CNN and another 15 with Fox News. Going for freedom and a change of career emphasis, after he was laid off, Rob has taken on a new perspective in giving personal service by Uber driving.

When they were asked what they liked best about going off for a break from where they live in Fullerton, CA, but about to move to Huntington Beach, Both – love the warm Aloha spirit. Rob – Besides, it’s so laid-back. Both – Plus, the weather. Mylene – Paradise scenery. Rob – The beaches. Both – And the fantastic people.

They mentioned that they had been at the Spam Festival in Waikiki – What did you think of the event. The music was great and the food was incredible. Rob remarked, “That ukulele girl.”

As ruler of the world? Mylene – Clean water for everybody. And healthcare for everyone, especially mental health care.

Rob – More friends and happiness in the world.

About what she would want more of – Mylene – “Freedom of time to do whatever I want.” She went from being employed to self employed, and now she has about 400 clients so she has 400 people who love what she does for them.

Inspired by the book written by Derek Rydall EMERGENCEWe talked about many things – our lives, hopes and dreams.

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US Adventure – People Exploration – Day 9 – Marsha – Restaurant Waitress – Loading Dock inside Colorado Belle – Laughlin, NV

On my mission to – Meet People, Make Friends and See if I can Help Make a Difference in People’s Lives – I wanted to stop in Laughlin because I didn’t really want to stop in Las Vegas.

I had lived in Las Vegas some years back for about 5 months and there was nothing there to attract me to come back and see if it had changed any. Ya see – I’m not a smoker, nor a gambler. I’m not like to have nothing to do and I’m not bored enough to gamble or drink and sit around smoking. I like to work and be productive. Oh well …

Marsha Stan and Jerri Rae
Marsha, Stan and Jerri Rae

I met Marsha at the Loading Dock Restaurant where she worked as a waitress. She has been in Laughlin for five years and she worked as a bartender at Harrah’s for all of those five years … until 2 days prior.

She started by saying that a long story might be good for my blog thing.

Years back, Marsha lived in Panama City, on a beach in Florida, where she owned a construction company for 23 years. They were General Contractors on the beach at the time that the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill happened. She had a 30 man crew in the water in the bay building a marina.

Because of the oil spill – “I lost a million-and-a-half dollars. I lost my house, my company, my equipment and everything went down the tubes.”

Marsha still haven’t got any settlement from British Petroleum. She is currently still fighting with them for a settlement. She settled for $0.50 on the dollar which was $750,000 and they gave her a 10% down for income tax seven years ago but she hasn’t seen a penny since.

It was very very very devastating” … but she and her husband are still going to continue to fight for their settlement with British Petroleum. “Everyone along the Florida Panhandle has suffered greatly.”

Why here in Laughlin? Her husband said after work in 45 years out in the hot Florida Sunshine – all he wanted to do was deal Blackjack and be in an air-conditioned Casino for the rest of his life … and that’s what he does.

If you were ruler for the day…? “If everybody just for one day would be kind to each other. That’s what I wish.”

If she got the settlement or when she gets it, she plans to retire and moving to Florida where her two kids live. But no grandkids, because she says both her children are driven.

The reason that she’s going to go back to the South to live – Marsha says she thinks there’s a true difference between southern hospitality and and the way people in the west behave.

Note: I personally feel that if you’re nice to people, they are nice in return. It doesn’t matter where you are. ~ Stan