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 10 – Christine – Data Manager Best Western International in Mesa AZ

Like usual, on my journey to discover people adventures, or to meet people, make new friends and see if I can help make a difference in their lives, it’s happy days and I love it. For some strange reason I took my car to Earnhardt Toyota to have it serviced.

I took a seat next to two women, one who was texting on her mobile – do women do anything else these days?Stan Christine and Dawn

On the other hand, the second woman – Dawn – seemed to be upset … so I left her alone.

Christine smiled and seemed friendly … so I asked her how long she had lived in the area. She answered – almost 24 years. And she liked most about the area was the weather.

Sometimes the weather where Christine grew up (in Massachusetts), it was terribly icy, snow and cold and she really does not like the cold weather. She prefers to be warm, even though in the summertime, it gets a little bit tough.

About what she likes at works, Christine replied, “It’s complicated.”

She works for Best Western International. She runs the department that handles all electronic rate distribution for over 4000 Best Western Hotels worldwide. Her department makes it so that you can book Best Western Hotels online. They handle all of the electronic rate distribution so that you could book one of their hotels on bestwestern.com or on Expedia or through a travel agent. They handle all of those electronic connections. They don’t do the coding because they have proprietary applications that connect to the different networks so it’s really just more data entry and data management.

She likes least about her job is sometimes it’s frustrating for her because they don’t always have the newest technology in the company; and there’s a lot that they could do faster and easier if they had the money to really upgrade the technology.

Christine seemed to think it was okay, yet hard that she needs to drive over 50 miles each way to work, but she loves what she does and “I love the people I work with so it’s worth it.”

When asked – if you found something where you could make as much as or more money, would you keep your job?

She thought she would keep her job even if she could find another job closer because she really does love the company and the family atmosphere there. “I love the team that I work with.”

But … what if you could stay home and still earn that type of money?

“I don’t think I’d like to work at home. I’m a person that enjoys being around people and I get energy from the people I work with, so I don’t think I’d like working at home.”

What about being ruler of the world for one day? What rule would she enforce?

Christine said, “I think I have an answer. I have worked with people with disabilities for many many years and I think that if I could make any magic happen in the world for one day, I will want people to see the potential and how wonderful people with disabilities can be and give them every opportunity to thrive and be the best people that they can be.”

US Adventure – People Exploration – Day 17 – Diana – Restaurant Worker Extraordinaire of Waikiki, HI

There’s no doubt that I’m feeling especially good and very happy. For a couple of days, I was tired from the flight to Hawaii, but now that I have my total energy back, which I attribute much to the nutritional supplementation I follow daily, it’s again a natural easy flow for me to meet people everywhere. You know I’m going around the U.S. And I’m still just at the beginning of a long trek across the 48 states, plus Hawaii = 49.

My mission – meet people, make friends and see if there’s a way I can help make a difference in people’s lives.

Tonight, at dinner I met Diana …Diana and Stan at Da Big Kahuna

who bent over backwards to bring me what I wanted – after a cold rainy day … well, cold for the western slopes of Hawaii.

Diana has been in the city for only one year and she lives in Hawaii Kai. She found out quickly that at Da Big Kahuna Restaurant – she likes to give great customer service and she likewise discovered, people respond to you friendly if you’re friendly to them initially.

She went on say that something to something different has something different. It sounded tremendously profound, but I could not interpret, so if you’re keen on what it means, please allow me to be the first to know.

The worst part of living in this area is that all the time there are drunk people around, and that it is expensive to live in Hawaii. And then, there is the homeless. She.

If she were in charge of the world for one day, or ruler, she said she would enforce the edict that everyone would have to walk a mile in everyone else’s moccasins.

What she would like more of – Time – like she spends too much time working. She needs time to travel around the world. And have more money which would give her more time … if there was a way to work less, yet make a lot more money. Diana said she would like to do that as a way of making smart money. One way that … less is more.

US Adventure – People Exploration – Day 16 – Peterson – Dermatologist of Thousand Oaks, CA

When you’re feeling good and happy, it’s easy to meet people from around the U.S. I know I’m just at the beginning of a long trek across the 48 states, plus Hawaii. My mission – meet people, make friends and see if there’s a way I can help make a difference in people’s lives.

At the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, I had arrived early (about an hour and a half early) and so many people were gathering already at the gate of departure. I took a seat next to a gentleman who was a photographer of some sort based on the type of tripod he had with his gear.

Peterson and StanWhen I asked him his name, he said Peterson and I was going to call him that (though I’m usually on a first name basis with nearly everyone I meet) … and just now, I learned that is his first name.

He said he had been at a photography workshop on the Havapai Indian Reservation. I guess it was good training and he learned a bunch. So okay, what about what do you do for a living?

It was a short but pleasant reply – “I’m a Dermatologist.”

He said he had his practice in Thousand Oaks, CA. He thought the city was a great place to raise a family, and it’s green and lush and the people are the very best.

What he liked best about his practice was the people and the variety of things he gets to do.

But what he doesn’t like is that he hates dealing with those insurance companies.

As fas as being ruler of the world for one day – “I would change human nature.” He would make it happen for one day that there would be less selfishness and more caring for others.

US Adventure – People Exploration – Day 16 – John – Retired Shipyard Worker of Hawaii

It’s a great feeling to be on a mission to ‘meet people, make friends and see if there’s a way to help make a difference in people’s lives.’ I saw a sign at the side of the road advertising — “Lychee”. I wondered what it was.John and Stan2

So I stopped along the route of Highway 83 on the windward side of Oahu Hawaii. That’s where I met John who was selling lychee along the road. I think it was called Kamehameha.

Anyway, he Lives up the hill about two miles away. His wife was sound asleep in the BMW they were driving. She was supposed to be bagging more lychee to sell. They were selling the fruit for donations to a foundation affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

lycheeI learned that lychee is sweet and crispy fruit that many people enjoy eating it fresh. It is protected by a bumpy, leathery rind that is inedible, but for me this rind easily came away from the juicy flesh of the fruit, which is translucent and a pearly white color.

John’s retired, after working for 33 years in the shipyard industry as a metal worker and then another 12 years in education. About his retirement – he likes free time and traveling.

About Hawaii – he likes the people, the climate, the rain, and the patient people who are waiting on the side.

John said he wouldn’t want to be a ruler or dictator or to make anyone or anybody do anything for any days.