Rose Owl

Hello Friends,

Christmas is just a few days away and my dad and I really hope everyone enjoys their time with their loved ones. It’s a beautiful time to coexist with family to express all the joy, happiness and love within us.

For this week, we will share our last post for this year since we will be out of town for a while. First, I’d like to say that time really passes you by when you’re having fun! It has been 3yrs that I first made my blog/page, and throughout my mini expedition, I have met some interesting people and friends along the way. I hope the internet still exist next year so I continue writing on my site. You can also check all the post I have written on the right column. Also, if you get a chance to check out the website on a computer you should! I had someone send me a message telling me how she didn’t know the website on the computer and the website on a phone could be any different. Yes, there are some differences for sure! But here are some links from the past years that I’ve written during the holidays. Click on them if you have time to waste!

http://www.princelinus.com/blog/2016/12/19/merry-christmas

http://www.princelinus.com/blog/2016/12/21/happy-new-year

http://www.princelinus.com/blog/2017/12/2/3-more-weeks-for-new-year

These next upcoming days strike a nice balance of celebration and jovial festivities. With New Year creeping up, I am forever grateful for another great year in the books and eager to welcome 2019! And you should too!

Some semi disappointing news. My dad opted out to take me to the park because his buddies from college were in town. I was a bit upset, but I also understood where he was coming from. I haven’t seen my childhood friends since I left the lonely streets. I would love to hang out with them someday, especially Layla. Do you remember her?

http://www.princelinus.com/blog/2017/8/20/august-thingies?rq=layla

I gave my dad permission to go, but begged him to be back early. I get worried when he gets home late because I get these ideas that something bad happened to him. I don’t know what I’d do without him :(

Dad - “Linus, I’ll be back early, don’t worry about it. Plus, these friends have taken care of me before and I am sure they will do the same if need be. I haven’t been out for a long time and I’ll be honest, I’m really not in the mood, but I haven’t seen my friends in years and they are in town!”

 
 

Me - “Ok that’s great to hear. But if you need anything, just text me. I’ll be playing with my Ipaw all night.

Dad - “Sounds good. I’ll send you updates with a picture so you know I am ok.”

Me - “Yea! That’s smart!”

I couldn’t imagine how it was back then without telephones. I would be sooooooooooo stressed and worried. Telephones have facilitated the way we communicate very effectively. Keeps people in check!

Dad -”But first I am going to get a haircut.”

Me - “Dad, I can cut it for you. I pawmise I won’t mess it up and you won’t need to shave it incase I do….”

From the long hair..

 
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To short hair in a flash! Dad wasn’t too happy about his new look! I apologized and he quickly forgot about it.

 
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Me - “Dad I see you. If I had you that close, I would be licking you and kissing you until I ran out of saliva. It’s a way of life for us puppies!”

 
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Dad - “Easy now, keep your distance big guy. We don’t kiss friends or just anyone.”

Me - “I know, I said if I was there. I wish you listened more!”

I can’t believe my dad never listens to me especially with his big ears. You would think otherwise but nope. Incredible.

 
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Dad - “Linus, thanks for letting me go big guy. I’ll admit, when the clock hit 8pm I began to get a little anxious. I feared I wouldn’t have enough time to grab an Uber and make it back to the library before they closed.”

Me - “So you bought them a drink and ran away to the library?”

Dad - “Yes and no. I talked enough sense into myself that bizzarrely I lost my mind. I was so confused after talking for so long that I wasn’t sure what I was doing anymore or what to say. I had to think quick. I refreshed my mind and explained in details of my fantasy. A story about a young man and an implacable mountain he needs to climb in order to get rid of his fear of sand. Like the Tenere portion of the Sahara, the largest desert in the world, he felt he was going through dark nights of the soul. In order to weather the storm and soften his heart, he had to let it all go. All of it.”

Me - “What in the world are you talking about dad??”

Dad - “This. 2018. Second 00:15 - Minute 03:30”

 
 

Me - “Just remember dad, difficulties are welcomed not to obstruct, but to instruct.”

 
 

Because it’s our last post before the year ends, we wish everyone an amazing Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We leave with this in mind…

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” - Rob Siltanen

And that’s a wrap!

Until next year my friends,

——}—@

Sincerely, Linus

Cinnamon Punch

Hello Friends,

I was chatting with dad about our plans for next week and he mentioned he wants to take me to the park. I got so excited I almost chewed his face off.

 
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Me - “Hey dad, I was wondering something. You have been going to all these places since July and now you are here with me which I am really happy for, but are you going to sit down all day and do nothing? Or do you plan to work?”

Dad - “Go multiply yourself Linus.”

Me - “I would, but you sent me out of commission the moment you ordered my treasures taken off.”

Dad - “..…..Hey Linus, I heard your Ipaw is falling apart, is that true? What are you going to do about it?”

Me - “Yes it is but I think it will last 1 or 2 more years. I hope, that way you don’t spend your money on another phone and you can save for your next big project.“

Dad - “I hope so too. Phones are expensive. Geez, you are expensive!”

Me - “I’ll try not to pee and poop as much anymore so you can save on trash baggies ok? Would that help? Anything you want dad, you got it. So what’s been on your little mind?”

 
 

Dad - “I asked myself the other day, “Where do you go after this?”

 
 

Me - “After what? What are you talking about?”

Dad - “What do you think? Fried chicken? I take a trip to a city I’ve never been before to see if I find something that sparks my fancy. Where did I want to go? No idea. Anywhere I thought. Anywhere to keep me distracted from the ignorant stories my mind made up. I go on a short walk to ease my mind with the hopes of creating some inspiration in my ideas to change the world. Rain was heavy, it was cold and it was dark. It’s not my favorite time of the year as I prefer the warmer weather, but we sometimes never see rain around here so it’s good to get it once in a while. Plus, the smell of wet dirt is so relaxing to me in the most strangest way possible. I wanted to find a place along the street to sit with someone and eat corn. That’s what I was looking for.”

 
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Weird, I thought. But let’s hear the rest of what dad has to say.

Dad - “I walk slowly to make up my mind as fast as possible in what course of action I want to take in the city. Should I go for coffee? Ice Cream? Mangos? Watermelon? Immediately, I sense no urgency in returning where I live, so technically, I had all night to figure it out. But where do I live? I don’t even have a home anymore. I live inside a van now. I suppose I’m quasi-homeless. As I slowed my pace even more, my eyes widened when I spot this cool cat approaching me with his cool denim jacket, something I’ve wanted for a while. Amused by my presence, especially because I don’t look like a local, he smiles and tells me, “Whats up brother?” I reply “Whats up sister?”. I sense he wasn’t too happy after what I had called him. “I’m not your little sister!” he replied with anger in his voice. “Nor am I your brother” I replied with some humor inside. He stares at me for about 10 seconds and walks away.”

Dad - “I continue to walk about a quarter of a mile when I begin to think that I am the only person in existence here in the city. Semi urgently, I’m surveying the area in hopes of finding a place I can sit, have a drink, and not think of anything anymore. My feet are tired and I am getting soaked. 1hr later, and I’m still struggling to find a place to sit, decompress and chill. I check my maps on my phone and realize I’m pretty far from where I parked my car. Battery low, but I wasn’t worried. ‘I’ll ask people for directions’ I thought. To think of it, I almost wished my phone turned off.”

Me - “Soooo?? I don’t get it. Is there a conclusion to this story?”

Dad - “After walking for another hour, a total of 3hrs , I begin to wonder if Im heading in the right direction. Then it hits me, ‘which way is the right direction? Do I know? Does anyone know?’ Immediately I take my notepad out of my 5th pocket and write, “Flamingo Fun”. I think I have a great idea Linus.”

Me - “Ok, you’ll need to tell me in details someday because you really threw me off this time, dad.”

Dad - “I’ll show you one day. One day.”

A touch of confusion is how I felt after dad shared his story. I find it amusing how he managed to find his way back to me with all the confusion running, or should I say, walking, through his mind.

Nevertheless, I reflect during the times my dad was away and it’s eye opening how lucky I am to be with him. I almost forgot the feeling of how much he appreciates me for all the moments that I make him laugh. Of course, he also makes me laugh and gives me a reason to live another day. If not, I would probably run away. Ok, probably not but I’m sure it would cross my mind…..multiple times.

Me - “Hey dad, come here and give me a hug.”

 
 
 
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Dad - “By the way, the girl 2 houses down from us is always asking for you. What should I tell her?

Me - “Show her this video. She’ll understand.”

Dad - “Big guy! Ok ok”

 
 

Until next time,

Linus

Pepe's Pancho

Hello Friends,

Wow! Christmas, my favorite holiday, is almost here! Followed by New Year!

Let’s recap what happened last week with the story.

1 - My dad decides in Vegas to go visit the Nam with someone special.

 
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2 - He is confused in life? Typical dad.

 
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3 - His friend Pancho also comes along for the ride? Confusing.

 
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Let’s see what the finale of this story has in store for us.

Dad - “Linus, like I mentioned last week, Vietnam was truly a once in a lifetime, incredible experience. Even after our shaky moments, we managed to let those bad feelings go away and began to gain some positive traction. It seemed we were becoming more friendly towards each other as time progressed, and it began to feel like we knew each other for a long time. I was excited for us, and she was melting my heart the way she expressed herself to me.”

 
 
 
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Me - “That’s great to hear dad. Am I finally going to have a mom?…So what happened?”

Dad - “Well, during our trip, she had the chance to meet my friend Pancho. You see, Pancho was, is, one of my best friends. We have known each other since we were kids and I would be heavily upset if anyone spoke bad about him. Personally, he felt like a part of me and we shared a unique relationship with one another. Pancho was a charmer too. He found ways to get inside peoples brain and get them all happy and excited. He knew exactly what places to touch in a conversation that got everyone wanting more.”

Me - “Wow! He sounds like a cool lad and a good friend to have! He must have been quick with a quip to be liked by so many.”

Dad - “Yes he was. His winning personality also made him irresistible in the most modest way. The problem was that whenever someone met Pancho, it instantly became harder to break into deeper more meaningful relationships without extreme effort. ”

Me - “So she didn’t like Pancho? Or what was the problem?”

Dad - “Linus, it was at the airport where she confessed Pancho was not a friend she wanted in her life. It wasn’t someone that could satisfy her needs in life, concrete evidence Pancho was no longer useful for her. She admitted he wasn’t tall enough or strong enough the way she likes her friends to be. She was looking for someone with a larger heart, bigger charm and possibly a darker side to them. That was her dream, so she said. I should have caught this since the beginning since her jokes and comments were very transparent in conveying this message. So blind of me not to see it. Now, it may have not been 100% true, but like they say, there's always a nugget of truth behind any good joke. I can only imagine he couldn’t penetrate enough into her thoughts to convince her otherwise. Maybe if my friend was Jorge, it could have been a different story. Who knows. Linus, she simply got bored with him. Bored with us.”

 
 

Me - “Wow. So dad, what happened to Pancho? Did you also abandon him?”

Dad - “Linus, no way I would ever leave my friend Pancho behind.”

Me - “Nice! Good for you dad! Way to hold your ground. I am sure you will find someone that will accept you and Pancho for what you 2 are. And it’s ok. Remember, you come first because you are all that's left when all the other people call it quits.”

 
 

Dad - “I just couldn’t believe how important those things matter to her. I guess we all have different priorities and needs. My opinion of her had changed dramatically after all her comments, but I am over it now. I have forgiven her for any hurt she caused us. We moved forward and we both still miss her soft, and gentle ways. Pancho and I are actually meeting up this weekend to kick some soccer balls around and play with each other. I am excited.”

Me - “But dad, you always told me that someones opinion of you doesn’t have to become your reality.”

Dad - “I often said that, and it is true. I realized one night in Vietnam that the purpose of my life was to place everyone ahead of me no matter what opinion I had of them. I can tell you by experience that the effect you have on others, is the most valuable currency there is.”

Me - “Dad, be happy you spent those beautiful moments with her. She sounds like an amazing person and you can’t trade that time for nothing.”

Dad - “Of course. Like I say, happiness is a way of life, not a destination. It’s like when I see you, and it makes me smile ear to ear.”

Me - “Dad! You always find something nice to say to me. Just because you are nice to me, I won’t bite you as hard next time we play together, ok? I wish she comes to visit you one day so I can meet her too. She sounds incredible.”

Dad - “She is incredible. And I hope so too. Dreams.”

 
 

Me - “One last thing, can I get a little puppy sister? I feel lonely sometimes and I’ve always wanted to have a little sister to protect her from bad doggies and bad people. Please! And you can giver her a name too.”

Dad - “I’ll think about it. If we do, her name will be Danusha… And she is going to be your little angel.”

There we have it folks. Another story of my dad losing in life. Classic.

 
 

December is tomorrow and I am so excited!

Happy Friday!

Sincerely, Linus