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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! For now, I’ve returned from my Joiyssey to participate in the "revolution":I’ve been at many Occupy sites across the country:1st in D.C. Freedom Plaza I faced & challenged racism/white supremacy, sexism/patriarchy, classism, heterosexism & eventually was kicked off the island; then I offered workshops as I drove to CA:“Anti-Racism Geared for White Occupiers”; “NO DRONES” "Successes and Pitfalls of OWS"

Monday, June 13, 2005

truck trouble - the mechanical kind....

i have a little truck trouble tonite - i notice the plastic tank behind the cab is suddenly empty - or i suddenly notice it's empty. i check the oil & see it is not showing up on the dip stick - i'm at a rest stop in the beautiful moutains, about 30 miles from the nearest town. do i keep going? do i try to buy oil from a passer by? do i wait until morning?

i curse myself for not getting an oil change before i left oakland....grrrrr.... no one comes by, no one i want to approach that is. i decide to go for the 30 miles.

i make it to the flying j, rae's favorite truck stop. i buy oil & have to ask a small scrawny white boy for help lifting my cab - it weighs a TON & i can't lift it by myself. i start adding oil - it is about 2 1/2 quarts low. i have to ask someone if they know what is supposed to be in the plastic tank - no one knows but someone guesses radiator water.

i find the isuzu manual & sure enuff, it's the anti-freeze. i have to buy it & add it. now i'm worried - i do NOT want engine trouble, especially w/other folks treasures on my truck. the young man urges me to wait until tomorrow to start out - he says the road is desolat from here to laramie, 100 mile stretches with no one! my kind of road in the u.s.a.

i decide to head out & get an oil change asap. fingers crossed! peace, sam

shooting stars, cheyenne and counting

another INCREDIBLE shooting star - this one is much brighter than last nite - it must have entered deep into the earth's atmosphere because it is a brilliant streak that ends in a flash almost. the moon is barely visible, making the stars intense again all nite.

wow - so far many positives, only a few shakes of the head and one more fuck you! i stopped in laramie at the espresso shop & two people talk to me about bush - both say they're scared & they're happy i'm travelling. i give them codepink info & head off to the library.

when i fuel up, several truckers come over & bad mouth bush some more. i tell everyone to call their senators & congresspeople as soon as possible & as often as possible to tell them to vote against the patriot act. maybe they will.

i can only use the library for 30 minutes - at least they don't take my i.d. i have tons of email to catch up with, as well as this journal - can't get the machine to print this, only the title comes thru so i have to send it to myself until later. i head out thru wild, wonderful, and way too republican wyoming.