My Trip to the San Francisco VA, Some Shopping and a Visit

Monday December 11, 2017 San Francisco CA.

Traveling in the wee hours

Today I had a doctor’s appointment in San Francisco at the VA. I hate the traffic going down.

So about 2 AM this morning I headed on down there to miss most of the morning commute traffic, which I did.

Not too many cars on the road.

Golden Gate Bridge

Here I’m just entering the Golden Gate bridge area around 3AM.bridge


Here I’m just starting onto the bridge. You can see the Bay Bridge lit up in the background, sorta.onramp


Since the bridge wasn’t full of traffic, I could take this photo crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Hey don’t expect things to be level when driving with one hand and shooting through the wind shield. It’s likely against the law too. :O)goldengate


Going down through the park

I take a right turn down through the Golden Gate Park, the first right by the old toll gates. This drive takes me along the coast line sorta and though some very expensive houses, just a few miles to the VA hospital. I parked at the bottom of the parking garage back in a corner. I had put a bed in the back of my station wagon so crawled in for some rest until my 10 AM appointment.

My appointment

I headed on over there about 9:30 and only had a short wait.

The lady doctor was alright, but the so called guru doctor I saw was hard headed. For some reason these guys just can’t get it through their thick skulls that corn can be a problem. They always want to test to try and find out what the problem is, not understanding it’s corn and the real problem is it’s in almost all our foods. For some reason western type doctors have a problem with corn being a problem and just can’t seem to get it. The results being patients can’t get any help from them.

Lady Doctor

The lady doctor was a bit better. I pointed out to her that she had no cure for me as you can’t cure what my body says it doesn’t like, only I can cure that which would be easy if it was anything but corn stuff. The real problem is its’ just real hard to get away from the corn that’s in our foods or used to process them. I let her know that if she wanted to help her corn patients she’d inform them about how to do an elimination food diet and last just before I left, I said to her. If you are a learner go to You Tube and type in, Bergman leaky gut. Watch some of his videos and you’ll be way ahead of all the other doctors around here.

Actually I understand

I understand some of the problem as you really have to have a corn problem to learn about how bad it’s in our system and all the ways corn can get you and all the other names they have for corn type stuff.

The man doctor doesn’t seem to want to go with the leaky gut thing and is trying to lead me off on some other stuff which requires drugs of course, but drugs is part of what causes leaky gut, so I’m not for it, at least not yet.

Continue treating myself

I’ll continue treating myself and decide in June whether I’ll keep the next appointment or not.

Tar for my hands

He did have a suggestion for my dry cracking hands which is to use tar on them. Says it helps keep the moisture in. I had him send me some so I’ll test that out.

I was out of there before noon and on the way home. I decided to try another route on the way home. I turned off on Lucas Valley Road which got me off the nasty freeway and onto a back road to Petaluma. It was slower, but much nicer than the freeway and scenic too.

Food processor

I stopped at Costco and bought a food processor to do some experimenting around with some soups. I thought it was a good deal. I paid 112 and later saw the same thing at Wally’s for 199. I wasn’t sure which unit to buy and finally decided to just go with one of them.

I stopped at a hardware store to get some hose clamps for my Toyota gas tank hook up.

Motorcycle crane

Then I drove to Harbor Freight to find some kind of boat trailer type winch so I can figure out my motorcycle crane I want to build for the back of my van. Of course they didn’t have the one I had decided on, but I found one I think will work.

I continued on home and stopped at John S’s to shoot the bull with him for a bit. I’ve been trying to encourage him to take a trip to the desert with me and said that little Honda 90 you have would work good for such a trip as I plan to get some kind of cycle soon for that, so let’s go.

I continued on home where I had to put all the stuff away and that was my day.

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A Dewy Day Slows Down My Repair Projects

Sunday December 10, 2017 Guerneville CA.

Too damp and wet to get started

My plan today was to do some work on the Toyota’s new gas tank mount and get the van’s belly pan bolted back on the van.


I went outside about 11:30 thinking the sun would be up and things would be warmed up a bit, but I was wrong. The sun was behind some big redwood trees and where I wanted to work was all dewy, meaning things were all wet and would stay that way until the sun came out from behind the big trees, not for awhile yet.

Waiting on the sun

I was cold so I went back in the house to wait for the sun to shine on things.

Prepping the car for a trip to SF

I also had to get my car ready for a trip down to San Francisco VA later tonight so I checked the fluids and removed my kayak from the car and put some sleeping stuff in the back of the car.

By this time the sun was starting to come into my work area so I took a break then went out to see if I could accomplish anything.

Toyota’s new gas tank

I needed to put a piece of gas hose on the new gas tank before I bolted it down as I wouldn’t be able to get to the clamp once I bolted it down.

Fogged my lens

When I got my camera out the lens fogged up right away so I couldn’t take any pictures for a bit. I put the camera in the sun and eventually took this one of the new hose on the gas tank.tankhose


Gas tanks bolted down

I was then able to attach the mounting straps.tank


Bolting the belly pan back on the van

Once the straps where tightened up I could see the sun wasn’t going to last much more than an hour, so I put that job aside as I wanted to get the van’s belly pan bolted back on the fan. It’s a fairly easy job, but one I don’t really like to do.

Here’s the pan that bolts under the van in front of the radiator.guard


Rework slowed me down

I had about half the bolts in when I realized I had a flange stuck on the wrong side of the pan, so had to unbolt things and start over paying closer attention to things this time. My fifteen minute job turned into an hour job and the sun went down too as I was finishing up, but I got  er done.

Clean sweep of the fridge stuff

I’d been looking at all the jars in my fridge of stuff that was old and I  can’t eat anyway because of corned stuff, like the vinegar in pickles mostly come from corn.

So I needed to get rid of all those things. I decided to take them all out to my enclosed garden and use it all for fertilizer, so I gathered them all up and hauled them out to the garden.  I’d say about fifteen jars. I unscrewed the caps and dumped the stuff in the garden around my plants and covered things up with some redwood mulch.

Letting nature help out

I decided to just leave the jars in the garden for now to let nature clean them up a bit. I thought that might be easier than dealing with them as dirty as they are now.

By now I was cold so went back in the house for the rest of the day.

That was my day for a cool one.  Cool around here is about 5o degrees F. today, not really that bad but with the dew it was penetrating.

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