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 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

OMG – I Can’t Believe It – I was a Tourist in Hawaii Yesterday

Even though it was raining, I decided to go out for a stroll from where I was staying at the Aqua Ohia Hotel in Waikiki. Just after crossing the street of Kuhio Avenue, and to get out of the rain, I found myself walking through the International Market Place, an indoor-outdoor shopping mall.Tourist Stan in front of banyan tree

Something caught my eye and I stopped to look through the store window. I looked at a t-shirt display inside the window. I thought – “What a cool shirt! Maybe I’ll go in and buy it.”

Then, out of the corner of my eye, I also saw a glimpse reflection of myself in the glass.

It hit me! My breath sucked itself right out of me.

Oh my god, I could not believe what I was transforming into.

A TOURIST!

Yuck!

But I wanted to buy that shirt. I avoided my own eye contact and walked into the store. I made a bee-line straight to the pile of shirts with the same saying on it of …

“I got lei’d in Hawaii.”

I whiffed through the pile but there weren’t any XXL’s!

What? Oh … NO! It can’t be. My first chance to go to tourist heaven seemed to dissolve as if I was part of a surreal mirage.

But then … I was saved …!

… when the store salesman … explained to another customer about … these fine and extra silky – just got in & brand new – shorts with 92% coconut fibers. Coconut fibers? Holy, leapin’ crap! That’s something I must have!

I jumped at the chance for tourist redemption and immediately tried on a pair, knowing the whole time, if there was even a remotest chance for a fit, I was going to walk out … a full-fledged vacationer-traveler who buys stuff that he doesn’t need and may never use!

WOW!Lei'd Stan

Later, I put on my lei and felt that … like I had just been lei’d.