What Dreams May Come – breaker breaker

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I seldom remember my dreams.  They fade as I wake, if I recall them at all.  Today I awoke remembering the dream that just ended, and it starred my old CB radio.

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I own a Cobra CAM 88 Citizen’s Band radio.  It’s a 23 channel, tube type AM transceiver, and I have a Silver Eagle D-104 power mic connected to it.  I bought the radio used in the mid-to-late 1970′s from my buddy Marc Cooper, who I believe got it from his uncle.  It’s probably a mid-60′s radio.

D104In my dream, I was showing the radio to a friend, and hooked it up to try it out. Now, I haven’t even turned on a CB radio in probably ten years or more, let alone keyed one up and talked.  But I did in this dream, and heard distant stations coming in by skip.  (skip is when a radio signal bounces off the ionosphere and travels much farther than normal.  When sunspot activity is high, you can hear stations from the east coast easier than you can hear locals.  High power amplifiers add to the noise factor!)

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July 5, 1994 – Communications Operator I

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I walked into the building at 7am, July 5, 1994, for the first time as an employee.  Communications Operator I.  Three months of training lay ahead, and a year’s worth of probation.  The place was the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, the room was in the basement, in a space originally designed to be a gymnasium / weight lifting room.  As of today, I’ve put in 20 years in that cramped space.

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#ThrowbackThursday El Paso Texas 1958

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Early to mid 1958, El Paso, Texas.  Dad is 19, and is stationed at Biggs Air Force Base.  Big Jimmie and Little Jimmie.

#ThrowbackThursday Woodlake California 1958

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Jimmie Joe Reeves, Sr. 20, Jimmie Joe Reeves, Jr. (me) not yet 1, Wanda Faye Bergman Reeves, 19

At my maternal grandparents home, outside of Woodlake, California

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Even just standing around can get you in the newspaper!

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At Gay Porterville’s rally Tuesday, June 17, I got caught in the newspaper’s picture.  This image appeared in the Porterville Recorder’s print edition today.

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See my Alternating Currents blog for the story of the rally, here.

The entire photo after the jump.

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President Obama signs June 2014 LGBT Pride Month Proclamation, City of Visalia to issue Resolution

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Once again President Barack Obama has done something certain to drive the wingnuts into even deeper fits of apoplexy. On May 30, 2014, he signed a
Presidential Proclamation — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2014.

The City of Visalia will be issuing a Resolution of Recognition of local Activities held in honor of LGBT Month at it’s Monday, June 2nd, 7pm meeting.  The City Council will present the resolution to Dr. Steve Palmer and Joan Palmer, co-Presidents of the Tulare-Kings Chapter of PFLAG.

In 2012 and 2013 Visalia issued proclamations declaring June of each year LGBT Pride Month in Visalia.  A change in the rules regarding Resolutions of Recognition and Proclamations in February 2014 resulted in this year’s presentation being a “Resolution of Recognition”.

The President’s Proclamation after the jump. The City’s Resolution after it’s presented on Monday.

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I’m entering William Shatner’s contest

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I first became aware of William Shatner in 1972.  I was in 8th grade, and  a new local television station was airing reruns of 60′s television programs, including a “Wagon Train to the stars”.  Every day after school I would get home, burn through my homework, and be ready to watch when it came on.  I would have watched it in prime time during it’s time on network television, but Dad had control of the one TV in the house, and he was a western show guy.  I never had a chance back then!

My teen years included daily sessions with Mr. Shatner and the crew, and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen each episode.  Bill has been a fixture in my life, and I’d love to have a chance to see him in person.

I live in Visalia, California, just down the road from property he once owned (or still does?) in Three Rivers.  I would hear stories from locals who had met him, and was always a bit envious.  (I’ve worked at the Sheriff’s Department 9-1-1 dispatch for 20 years, and got to hear some stories from the resident deputy and his wife.  Having him host a show about 9-1-1 was icing on the cake!)

At any rate, Mr. Shatner, I’d love to meet the man behind the characters.  I’ve heard it’s a great show, and I look forward to being in the audience.

Contact me, Jim Reeves,  at jim.visalia@gmail.com  I’m on Twitter as @KC6YRU, and have been a follower of Mr. Shatner on Twitter for some time now.

(fingers crossed)

Well, that’s a pain. Shingles remind me that the term “young” no longer applies. With little itches and random jolts.

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Last weekend I noticed a patch of red bumps on my abdomen, running towards my right side.  I thought “that’s a bit odd”, but random bumps pop up and disappear from time to time, and I dismiss them as they come and go.  These didn’t go, and became more pronounced, crowded, and demanded attention by being itchy.  I also began experiencing random jabs of pain, usually in my side. It made for an interesting shift at work last Monday, it was like someone was poking me in the side, and it didn’t matter if I was speaking on the phone or on the radio at the time.  Later that night/morning at home, I thought “shingles?”, and did a Google search to see if it might be what I was experiencing.  Well, symptoms matched, so Tuesday I went into the doctor’s office, and sure enough, the physician’s assistant said I had them.  Gave me a prescription for an anti-viral, and a freebee box of Lyrica, a pain medication.

From the Mayo Clinic’s website:

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso.

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you’ve had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles.

While it isn’t a life-threatening condition, shingles can be very painful. Vaccines can help reduce the risk of shingles, while early treatment can help shorten a shingles infection and lessen the chance of complications.

Wonderful.

After the jump, I’ll continue the story, with a picture of my rash.  If you don’t wish to see such things, stop now.  Otherwise,

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The Internet as Time Capsule

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My family has roots in Woodlake, a small community 20 miles northeast of Visalia. A while back  I joined a Facebook page “You know you’re from Woodlake if…”  Today, while scanning a picture someone posted, I spotted my mother.  She’s in a 7th grade class picture, taken on November 10, 1953.  She’s 14 here.  You can spot her in the back row, 5th from the left.  I’m amazed at how many of my nieces I can see in her face, looking out from 61 years ago.  What’s more amazing to me, is that in 4 years, she’ll be married and a mother.

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I thought WordPress would allow the image to be clickable to a larger version, but apparently not.  Here’s an enlargement of the section my Mother is in:

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Wanda Faye Bergman (later, Reeves) Top row, middle.

Throwback Thursday: July, 1958

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It’s July, 1958. El Paso, Texas.  “Big Jimmie”, as he will come to be called by his family now that he has a “Little Jimmie”, turned 20 this month, and is an airman in the United States Air Force.  When I selected the picture for this week’s “Throwback Thursday”, I noticed something I hadn’t seen before.  I’ve always seen him in pictures of me, and that gets truer the older I get.  Until today, however, I had never noticed my Mother in me.  I see her in this one, however.  Something in my face reminds me of her, and I wonder why I never noticed it before.  I also see many of my other relatives.  Or rather I see the common familial features we all tend to have as infants.  We might all look very different as we grow up, but you can certainly tell we’re all related in our baby pictures.

Oddly, it reminds me of how I first became aware of Keanu Reeves.

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