T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia survivor since November 2008. Allogeneic stem cell transplant survivor since June 2010. Leukemia can be successfully treated and cured. I'm proof! I'm also a Twin Peaks, Roads, and Renewable Energy geek.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Twin Peaks Season 3 Keeps Getting Better

Spoiler Alert! Stop reading if you haven't watched the latest episode.

I'm going to come right out and say it, episode 14 KICKED ASS! I have never had my eyes glued to a T.V. for a whole hour until that episode aired. I think Season 3 is going to answer a lot of questions that are still unanswered from Season 2 and "Fire Walk With Me."

First, we find out that Diane is Janey-E's estranged half-sister. We now know that Diane, Evil Mr. Cooper, Dougie Jones, Major Briggs, Bill Hastings, and Ruth Davenport are all connected. But, what I want to know is who manufactured Dougie "for a purpose" and why. 

Next, we finally find out what the "Blue Rose" is all about and how it got started. It originated from a conflict involving a person meeting her doppelganger. Could something similar happen again when Dougie/Agent Cooper meets his doppelganger? In addition, Gordon Cole tells us about the dream he had and his unusual encounter with Philip Jefferies at the FBI's Philadelphia office in 1989. I wonder who the dreamer of the dreamer is. I believe we are closer to finding out what involvement Jefferies has in all of this.

Truman's group takes a hike in the woods to Jack Rabbit's Palace. They find a portal in the woods (another vortex similar to the one Cole saw in Buckhorn) along with a naked woman lying on the ground. Major Briggs led everyone to this place. I wonder if this is the same spot where he disappeared in Season 2 Episode 10 (when Briggs and Cooper were sitting by the fire at the end of the episode.) If it is, I believe this portal is an entrance to the White Lodge. Briggs, after returning from his disappearance in S2 E10, told Cooper and Harry Truman that he believed he was taken to the White Lodge. When Andy disappeared, I believe he was taken to the White Lodge, as well. The Fireman shows Andy bad events from the past and gives him a "mission" to seemingly combat them. Who is the naked Asian woman?  This is the same eyeless woman that Agent Cooper saw in the building above the purple ocean in episode 3. She is of vital importance for some reason and must be protected. I find it curious that the noises she was making in the jail cell sounded very much like noises a monkey would make. Remember the monkey that whispered "Judy" in "Fire Walk With Me?"

The last awesome scene in this episode, that made my jaw drop to the ground, was the scene with Sarah Palmer in the bar. I'll bet the farm and say she's possessed. This was first noted in a previous episode when Sarah was talking to herself while leaving the grocery store. The question is: Is she possessed by an evil spirit? Watching her take her face off (like a mask) reminded me of the mask references in "Fire Walk With Me." It also reminded me of the scene of Laura taking her face off while speaking with Cooper in the red room in Season 3 E1. I noted something very interesting, though, right after Sarah "took her face off." I briefly saw a hand with a thick and dark ring finger. This is the same finger that wears the Owl ring.

Credit Showtime

This episode tied a lot of things together and has gotten my thinking cap really working this week. I can't wait for Episode 15...

#Twin Peaks Season 3 Episode 14
#Twin Peaks Discussion

My Reaction To Charlottesville's Violent Rally...

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#Charlottesville Riots
# Charlottesville Clashes
# Charlottesville Protests

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Solar Panels Have A Dirty Secret

I recently wrote a post about a Florida utility ramping up on solar. I was excited about it, but now, after a reading a new report, that has changed.

Solar photovoltaics may not be the environmentally-friendly way to produce electricity that it's hyped up to be. There is a dark side to it that is hardly mentioned: The disposal of the panels once they reach the end of their lifespan. The article below is an eye-opener, and it mentions that solar panels create much more toxic waste than nuclear power. This could become a major problem in the near future when older and recently produced panels need to be disposed of. It also mentions that the production of solar panels creates large amounts of carbon dioxide while increasing emissions of a dangerous chemical considered to be an extremely potent greenhouse gas. I think I'm going to have to reevaluate solar panels as a form of clean energy. Click on links to read both articles:



#Solar Photovoltaics
#Toxic Waste
#Solar Panels Reaching the end of their lifespan

Friday, July 28, 2017

Twin Peaks Season 3 Episode 11 Thoughts

Spoilers! Stop if you haven't watch this episode yet.

I know it's a little late for this post, but with me getting everything situated to move out of my house, I haven't had the time to post my take on this episode.

It started out great! We find out that Miriam survived the beating by Richard, excuse me, Dick Horne, and her trailer never blew up. Hopefully, we may see Richard's little ass get nailed in the next episode after Miriam goes to the sheriff.

In the last episode (10,) we saw Laura's ghostly figure in front of Gordon Cole. In this episode, Gordon and his team go to the site where Hastings and Ruth Davenport saw Major Briggs. This site was the location of a strange portal, maybe another entrance into the Black Lodge but very different from Glastonbury Grove. We see a Woodsman lurking around the portal. The others in Gordon's team see strange things as well. Gordon almost gets pulled into that portal, but he does not look surprised or terrified at seeing it. Maybe he's seen this before and knows what it is (He works with Blue Rose cases.) Then something terrifying happens. The same Woodsman enters the police car and blasts a hole in Hasting's head, killing him. Did he just get punished for bringing Gordon's team to the portal?

At the end, Cooper's (Dougie's) avoiding getting killed is pretty neat. Mike, in the Black Lodge, lures him into a bakery to get that cherry pie. It's this pie (envisioned by one of the Mitchum brothers in a dream) that keeps Cooper alive. Remember in a previous episode that Mike told him "You must not die."

#Twin Peaks Season 3
#Twin Peaks Season 3 Episode 11

Monday, July 17, 2017

Twin Peaks Season 3 Episode 10: I Really Hate Richard Horne!

You may have figured out that I am a diehard Twin Peaks fan. I love the new season, and my mouth drools every Sunday waiting for a new episode.

I'm also a Simpsons fan!

In the last post I wrote (about episode 9,) I was very happy with Lynch and Frost putting music cues in from the old seasons and "Fire Walk With Me." They did it again in episode 10 with a piece of "Stair Danger" and a cue that I believe was played while Laura was in Harold Smith's apartment in "Fire Walk With Me." Awesome.

Now to the real reason I wrote this post. The episode started off with bad-tempered child killer Richard Horne. I wonder how many viewers call Richard by the short name Dick. It fits him. I thought he was nasty in previous episodes. He's much worse in this one! After finding out that Miriam notified the sheriff of his involvement in the hit and run that killed a child, he breaks into her trailer, knocks her unconscious, turns on the gas in the oven, and lights a candle. The trailer never explodes, and we don't know whether or not Miriam died. The show already starts off with a cliffhanger.

The next scene with asshole Richard is when he goes to his grandmother's place (Sylvia Horne) and terrorizes her for money. By the way, Richard, you have a real piece-of-shit car! In this scene, we finally find out that Richard is very likely Audrey Horne's son. I seriously doubt that he could be Johnny Horne's son. But, with this series, we could be surprised later down the road. Since Audrey is most likely Richard's mother, the father is probably John Justice Wheeler from season 2. He and Audrey did have sex in that plane in Season 2 Episode 20. I have read in other forums that Cooper's doppelganger may have impregnated Audrey while she was in the hospital recovering from the bank explosion (which happened in the final episode of season 2.) But, I don't think that's likely. It would explain why Richard is so evil, though.

I would really like to see Richard get taken out in a future episode. I would laugh my ass off if he got killed by a Woodsman the same way the others were killed in episode 8.  Guys like Richard deserve it, or worse. What really bothers me is that there are people in the real world who behave just like him because of drugs. Nothing else matters to them. They willingly hurt innocent people without a care just to keep their drug habit going and get away with crimes. This is another reason you shouldn't do drugs, kids!

Enough about the low-life Richard. It was nice to see The Log Lady again, and I hope to see more of her in future episodes.

There are two new developments shown in this episode to get my thinking cap going again while I wait for episode 11: Laura Palmer's ghostly appearance before Cole and the picture of Cooper's doppelganger in the New York penthouse with the glass box. Who is the other guy with him? Is there a third person next to that guy?

Credit Showtime

#Twin Peaks Season 3 Episode 10
#Twin Peaks Music
#Richard Horne
#Drugs Hurt People

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Finally, One Florida Utility Believes In Solar

A while ago, I wrote a post regarding renewable electricity in Florida. I stated that it needed to improve drastically, especially in the solar area. It seems one power company in Florida, Florida Power and Light (FPL), agrees with me. While reading their latest Ten-Year Site Plan, I learned that the utility is planning to add a massive amount of solar to their energy mix.

I have always liked FPL because they believe in producing electricity using the cleanest fuels possible. They have shown interest in renewable fuels since the 1970's. They have never been a heavy coal user. In the past, they used mostly fuel oil and natural gas to produce their electricity. Today, they use very little fuel oil and natural gas makes up the largest percentage of their fuel mix. They produce 35% less carbon emissions as a result of their energy mix. Read more about it here: https://www.fpl.com/clean-energy/plant-projects.html

Another large part of their fuel mix consists of nuclear power. Even though it is carbon-free, I am not a fan of nuclear power. It is dangerous, expensive, and produces extremely toxic waste that is a challenge to dispose of.  FPL is planning to add two more units to their Turkey Point nuclear site, and I am NOT in favor of it.

Solar power is becoming a more significant part of FPL's fuel mix, and according to this website: https://www.fpl.com/clean-energy/solar/energy-centers.html , FPL is building eight new solar plants (74.5 megawatts each or about 600 megawatts total.) These plants will be completed and functional by early 2018. But that's not all. According to their Ten-Year Site Plan, FPL is hoping to have an amazing 2,000 megawatts of solar installed by 2026.

Today, compared to FPL, other electric utilities in Florida are pathetic when it comes to the use of solar power. I can't understand this because the cost of solar power has been drastically reduced in the last ten years. Duke Energy, the second largest electric utility in Florida, barely has any solar. But, in their Ten-Year Site Plan, they are hoping to change that, and, like FPL, they plan to add about 2,000 megawatts in the future. Copycats! Just kidding. It will be great to have two utilities in the state producing a massive amount of solar power.

Well Donald Trump, even though you frown on renewable electricity and don't believe in climate change, one utility in my state does believe in it. Florida is about to become a major clean electricity producer in the U.S. whether you like it or not, Mr. President.

#Florida Renewable Energy #Florida Power and Light #FPL #Florida Solar Power #Florida Solar Energy #Donald Trump and Renewable Energy

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

For Leukemia Patients And Drug Users

Watch this video I put on my Youtube channel. It shows 18 drugs that I took to achieve leukemia remission and treat some complications I encountered. If you're an oxycodone user, and want to get off it, this video may help as well.


#Leukemia Treatment #Drugs #Oxycodone #Addiction #Pain killers

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Twin Peaks "Listen To The Sounds" in Season 3 Episode 9

Before Twin Peaks Season 3 aired, I was hoping that some of the music cues from the original episodes of Seasons 1 and 2 plus "Fire Walk With Me" would be used in Season 3. Eureka! Some of them are in the new season with most of them showing up in episode 9, so far. Here they are:

Of course, the "Twin Peaks Theme" is used for the Season 3 episode intros.

Laura Palmer's theme plays in episode 4 when Bobby sees Laura's picture in the sheriff's conference room. It also plays in episode 7 while Andy waits for someone to meet him on the logging road. A piece of it also plays in episode 9 before it shows the Great Northern Hotel and Snoqualmie Falls.

A piece of "Dark Mood Woods" plays while Hawk approaches Glastonbury Grove in episode 2.

A piece of "Half Speed Orchestra 2 - Dark Forces" plays while Diane reads her text in episode 9. The long version of this music piece played while Agent Cooper and Major Briggs were sitting by the fire towards the end of Season 2 Episode 10. Hmm, interesting. Listen to the piece here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jIBV2w122c

Credit Showtime

Immediately after Diane reads her text in episode 9, a very short piece of "Slow Speed Orchestra 1 - 24 Hours" plays while Gordon's team walks to the morgue in Buckhorn.

Portions of "Deer Meadow Shuffle - Film Version" play in episode 9 when the police get Dougie's fingerprints on the mug and Ike the Spike leaves his hotel room. This cue played at the beginning of "Fire Walk With Me." Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJDpDWOcKYU

You can google search for the other cues.

Chills went down my spine when I heard these sound cues. I'm sure more cues will be played in later episodes. I'm hoping that my favorite cues "Stair Danger" and "Black Lodge Rumble" play in this season. I will be as happy as a college guy who just won free pizza for life when I hear them.

Watch some great clips from this wonderful show in my Twin Peaks playlist on my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC62528C3E0F383BF

#Twin Peaks Season 3
#Twin Peaks Music
#Twin Peaks Archive Soundtrack
#David Lynch
#Mark Frost

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Seven Year Bone Marrow Transplant And Eight Year Leukemia Survivor

Yesterday marked the seventh anniversary of the day I received my new stem cells from Marieke, a very generous and caring donor from Germany. This was also the day that my leukemia would finally be wiped out. As a result of this unforgettable and life-transforming event, I am cured. Also, to this day I am experiencing absolutely no physical complications from the transplant or Hyper-CVAD chemo.

To other leukemia victims, I hope that this strengthens your faith and hope. Keep it. It's the only way to beat this and other cancers!

#Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia #Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia #Leukemia Cure #Bone Marrow Transplant Survivor #Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant Survivor #Cured #Cancer Survivor

Saturday, June 10, 2017

More Vintage Florida Highway Signs From My Collection

While backing up my flash drives, I found a collection of old Florida highway sign photos which I may post on this blog in the future. Here's a few of them as a preview. Click on them to enlarge. If I don't get any feedback (look for my email at the right,) I may not post any more photos from my collection. I should note that I have very good photos to post further.

The first one is a neat Federal Aid Program sign I found in Tampa. Most people today would chuckle at seeing the "FAP" on this sign. Today, FAP stands for something else which I won't mention since this blog is not adult-oriented. There used to be a similar sign on Moon Lake Road in Pasco County (near Pasco-Hernando State College,) but it was removed before I had the chance to get a photo. That sign had S-587 on it.

These two photos of 80's era State Road 121 shields were taken in Gainesville a few years ago. They've been replaced.

I posted these S.R. 121 photos so that I can note an interesting feature about it that other Florida state roads don't have. It is a multi-state highway that runs from Florida to South Carolina. I believe, also, that this highway was either originally supposed to be U.S. 23 from Folkston, Georgia to Gainesville, Florida, it could have been state road 23 post 1940's renumbering (there are county roads numbered 23A, 23B, and 23C near S.R 121 south of the Georgia line), or it could have been old state road 23 before the 1940's state road renumbering. It's really hard to tell. Additionally, the highway could have been originally planned as U.S. 121 out of South Carolina.  If anyone has anything more definite, send me an email, and I will correct anything above if necessary.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Statistics

The National Cancer Institute has updated and current diagnosis and survival statistics of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (which is the same as Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.) There's good news and there's bad news. The bad news is that the number of cases is increasing for some reason. The good news is that the number of deaths are decreasing at a steady rate. I'm not sure if these figures include patients who undergo a stem cell transplant. Go to this website for more information from the NCI: https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/alyl.html.

#Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia #Current Statistics #ALL #Survival Rates

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Exposure To Cosmic Radiation Could Cause Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

I just read the article below about cosmic rays and the exact type of leukemia I had. I'm beginning to wonder if that's how I got it. I know that Earth's atmosphere and magnetic field does NOT prevent all cosmic radiation from reaching the planet surface. It's possible that it did cause my leukemia. If so, then this is amazing because of the possibility that cosmic rays from some distant star, nebula, black hole, or even another galaxy millions of light years away (the distance light travels in one million years) could have affected me so profoundly.


#Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia #T Cell #Travel to Mars #Cosmic Radiation #Causes of Leukemia