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When You LEAST Expect It, or Simply, Thank You!

Howdy Folks! Your DIY Animator, Artist, Podcaster, Comedian, Writer, and Musician here!

Firstly, to better understand just what kind of “head space” is necessary to generate the above headline, we should take a meander through the context from which it springs.

Can I Just Be Real Right Now?

Although residents of the wind swept terrains and scrubby backlands of my origin, find that those who opt to take up residence in more affordable “trailer parks” are actually “doin’ it smart”, otherse here in the Northern coolness, of fog enshrouded Northern California, trailer living barely passes for “not homeless”.

Presented by: Athena Stanford with Stanford Realty Group, a full 15 THOUSAND dollars more than a BRAND NEW, from the factory in 2019, mobile home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, 1680 sq ft

Granted, when 587 sq ft mobile homes are being sold for $97k, and 1200 sq ft homes are going for a cool 440k to 1.4 MILLION, one would think that the particular disparaging attitudes of the “wealthy donor class” would soften somewhat when applied to anyone still attempting to CONTINUE living here. When the line between “wealthy and welfare” has become so glaringly LARGE and seemingly insurmountable as to be a “modern American pariah caste system” in the birthing.

Here, in the eastern part of the San Francisco Bay (called East Bay by locals), and after a scant few years since consolidating my overall footprint, I could not have pictured a future where this is where I would be. Mind you, I am not referring to my physical and socio-economic state, rather, I am referring to my mental, spiritual, and developmental state. My emotional awareness, seems to hover somewhere between “awakened” and “doomed” most of the time, and is another story entirely.

Victoria Ramirez from the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office and Garrett Hamilton with the Yolo County district attorney’s office join a guided tour of the Tenderloin in San Francisco last month.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

The present time and place is the cause behind most of my daily head-scratching.

What I am experiencing here in CA, is vastly different from my experiences ranging as far east as North Carolina, all over Texas, the Cedar Rapids/ Iowa City area, & the Albuquerque, Ramah, and Four Corners regions of New Mexico, is the facts that I am forced, DAILY, into the role of “dumbfounded witness”, to some of the most absolutely absurd situations I have ever NOT wanted to see. I can barely begin to describe many of them without abject disbelief.

Needless to say, there is a lot of ‘armchair activism‘ going on around here as well, and I am not blind to the irony of pointing that out in a personal blog, however, can bear witness to 2 years in this eastern bay area, and I have yet to see activists passing through the parking spaces of the trailer parks in order to right any of the hundreds of violations, stamp out any slumlord fiefdoms, or offer any occupational training or aid. Contrary to what my Texas relatives believe (and thry believe it 100%), CA has not handed me any free money checks as of yet, although I might not so no to one.

Sticker Mule Tip #2,524: Do not try using an old analog film camera to record your next Facebook Live video. by Sticker Mule
Sticker Mule Tip #2,524: Do not try using an old analog film camera to record your next Facebook Live video. by Sticker Mule
When you have a system where inequality is rising – and where some groups are perpetually overrepresented at the bottom of the income and wealth distribution, even when they follow the standard prescription for realizing the American Dream – it’s a recipe for a politically and socially divided nation,” said Cornell sociology professor Kim Weeden, director of the school’s Center for the Study of Inequality. 

Ok, Now The Praises

Within a context of deprivation, hustle, and homelessness all around, I had an opportunity to mentor, through a website called Veterati.com. Veterati is a mentorship system that is FREE to veterans who transitioning from the service, as well as unemployed veterans, to help them land better employment after active duty.

“I met Jason Madden through Veterati, a veteran entrepreneur who helps veterans explore the possibility of opening their own businesses. Jason is also a podcaster, and perhaps, someday, I will get to shake his hand in person, beyond the phone and internet friendship we already have.”

A. Blumberg, Veterati mentee
Ep #10 - Interview with Co-host Jason Madden: Meet your hosts part 1  by Doin' the Thing Podcast • A podcast on Anchor

Ep #10 – Interview with Co-host Jason Madden: Meet your hosts part 1 by Doin’ the Thing Podcast • A podcast on Anchor

Jason Madden is a serial entrepreneur and Alternative Career coach. In this episode we talk about Jason’s experience in the military from his time in the Marine Corps as a grunt, to his time as a Counterintelligence Officer in the Army. We then pivot and talk about how big transition to civilian life, entrepreneurship, and how he helps others do the same! Jason’s website is: https://jmadden.esourcecoach.com, and you can connect with him on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-madden/; https://instagram.com/esourcecoach?igshid=1c4ws1pieyf1p; https://www.facebook.com/jmaddenesourcecoach/

He has been truly steadfast in his mentorship! You can find out more about Jason on his website, as well as listen in to an interview by The Break It Down podcast, hosted by Pete Turner, another veteran who isn’t just chasing his dream, but making it happen! In fact, Jason referred me to Pete Turner for podcasting advise.

Break It Down Show

Break It Down Show

World-Class guests, riveting conversations, the Podcast you’ve been waiting for

https://www.breakitdownshow.com/

I interviewed Pete for my podcast, In The Fighting Hole this last spring, and you can listen to it using the link below. Pete has been working hard to be the best at what he does. Thank you for the advice and feedback over the last year!

Breaking The Veteran Success Down With Pete Turner

Breaking The Veteran Success Down With Pete Turner

I got an opportunity to interview Pete Turner, the host of TheBreakITDownShow.com, recently. A little About Pete: Pete Turner is a cultural expert with years working in the most dangerous and culturally challenging environments on earth. His stories and lessons inform leaders, to leverage existing cultural patterns. These smooth cultural paths leads to accomplishing goals with less chaos and cost. Much more than handshakes, Pete displays how how he successfully interacts within any cultural environment…

https://www.spreaker.com/user/a_yobi_b/pete-turner

After launching In The Fighting Hole, the 1st of it’s kind for the Marine Corps League and the Marine For Life Program, that was aimed at transitioning Marines who might like hearing other careers from people successful in them, I met and interviewed Donnie Biovin. He is a Marine who is demonstrating the ‘hard charging ethic’ unique to Marines. Thank you Donnie for motivating me to do more and be more.

I also met Adam Braatz, as a critic of one of his infamous articles about aging veteran organizations. We went around and around, but kept our interactions respectful and deep. We didn’t pull any punches while acknowledging each others positions. A former Air Force drill instructor, he was recently voted the most influential veteran advocates on the web and my interview with him will be dropping soon. Thank you for helping me see the depth of the veteran crisis in America. Thanks Adam!

Mike Francis has helped me more than any Marine I have ever met. A dedicated Marine Corps League and American Legion member, he served in EOD while active. I cannot say enough about this man, he is a Marine’s Marine, and I count myself lucky to know him. Semper Fi Marine, you exemplify what a Marine is in my book, thank you!

Another Marine veteran, Donald Hester, Commandant of Marine Corps League Detachment 1155, restored some faith inhumanity through a suprise gift that, well, his gift really helped me to stand firm when everything seemed quicksand around me. Thank you Don!

It goes almost without saying, for those of you that know me well, that Scott and Ginny Platsky have ALWAYS been available for advice, mentorship, an ear, and feedback since I first met them. Thank you for always being ‘family’!

Fact is, I predict that Jason, Pete, Donnie Biovin, and Adam Braatz, who just launched his podcast, Vet Pivot, will be 4 among the most influential veteran advocates and resources of the 2020’s, so start keeping an eye on them now!

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Podcast | Vet Pivot

Podcast | Vet Pivot

Vet Pivot is home to the Veteran community podcast. Host’s Matt and Adam, former drill sergeants turned career transition experts for current and former military weigh in on critical topics facing service members today.

https://www.vetpivot.com

I would be remiss if I also didn’t give a shout out to Andrew Seimer, a key player in Inventive, a group that that bridges gaps in technology, educates, incubates,and is, without a doubt, invigorating his community. They also offer a Veterans Scholarship Program. Andrew gave me an ear when I needed it, and good advice. Thanks.


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Custom Software Engineering – Real Experts. Experience the Difference.

We are a full service consulting and training company specializing in: custom application development, software and team auditing, legacy and cloud migrations, IT Strategy, web and mobile development, continuous integration/continuous delivery, corporate training and full stack development bootcamps for people who want to learn to code and become software engineers.

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Thanks to all of you, and since my 1st visit with Jason, I have:

  • Launched several websites of varying degrees of success,
  • Gained confidence and momentum through podcasting and audio production,
  • Matured in networking, & the use of web dev tools
  • Gotten past the “sick at my stomach” period every time I opened up WordPress,
  • Discovered FedVTE, “The Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) provides free online cybersecurity training to federal, state, local, tribal and territorial government employees, federal contractors, and veterans”, course catalogue here
  • Gained new levels of self-awareness and confidence,
  • Started doing stand-up comedy,
  • Discovered a talent at art, specifically oil pastels,
  • Launched YobiWorks, DBA, and a Patreon account
  • Have begun work on 2 animated cartoons,
  • Received a 30×40″ oil pastel commision,
  • Putting in a bid for a 20×40′ wall mural,
  • With editing education from my partner Sabrina, written two manuscript outlines and working on a 3rd,
  • Started the process of a fundraising program for PTSD research,
  • Started work on a grant application to Housing and Urban Development, to obtain property and move on a mission to end veteran homelessness with Felix Guillory, one of the last of the “Frogmen” and co-head of Americare Community Services, Inc.,
  • Kept my head up despite all the obstacles, and stronger for the ones to come!

FedVTE Login Page

The Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) provides free online cybersecurity training to federal, state, local, tribal and territorial government employees, federal contractors, and veterans.

https://fedvte.usalearning.gov/

Services and housing for Veterans and their families | AmeriCare Community Services

Services and housing for Veterans and their families | AmeriCare Community Services

AmeriCare’s services target population consists of homeless and low-income Veterans, service-disabled Veterans, justice-involved Veterans, minority and women Veterans, Veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI or other combat injuries, and substance abuse.

Services and housing for Veterans and their families

Again, thank you!!!

PETE, Donnie, episodes are dropped! Adam, your next buddy!

Now, I’m not going to embarrass Jason (Jase) Mosely, who has a keen mind and intellect, and will go far. I will, however say,

“Thanks Jason! I forget just how much of a difference genuine words of gratitude can make in someones life. I appreciate the compliment, especially when it’s so easy to get lost in the “busy”.


Thank you Veterati! THANK YOU to the team. None of this forward movement would have been possible without y’all! Keep up the good fight! YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

MENTORS. The key to your dream career.

MENTORS. The key to your dream career.

Veterati is a free mentorship platform for Service Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses to access unlimited mentors. Our mentors are successful professionals volunteering to serve those who have served our country. Our mission is to transform job search from a painful experience into an inspiring journey through the power of mentorship.

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On holiday in Florence (Firenze), Tuscany, Italy, where there was a lot of street art and graffiti, however most of it was extremely good, including this simple one that, to me, tells a powerful and strong story. by Nick Fewings
On holiday in Florence (Firenze), Tuscany, Italy, where there was a lot of street art and graffiti, however most of it was extremely good, including this simple one that, to me, tells a powerful and strong story. by Nick Fewings
**Personal Note: want to give a shout out to Sabrina Siebert, the most amazing partner I could have ever wished for! I am continually amazed to know that  every time I see her smile, or hear her laughterSelect YobiWorks- Sabrina & Adrian Lake Ansa at Tilden Park, that she is in love with, and in-step beside me, as we travel down life's trails!  IT is important to SHOUT OUT our partners and loved ones who stand with us through life as often as possible! No praise of any situation would not be possible without her staunch critiques, and praises of my engagements! Thank you Yum!**

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Vocal Performing Arts Collaborative Workshops, Projects, and Fundraisers

Today from 2 PM to 6 is the 1st collaborative workshops in conjunction with Find Your Art Day!

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I ARTED update: service series , new ‘legs’, HowlWurks

I got 10 bucks to paint, so I am a ‘professional artist’s now? Just marking the moment, share my goofy joy with me or I am SURE there is an EXCELLENT article with just the perfect method to make $$ blogging for only 9.99 coming up to read any second now…

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This gentleman at 7-11 was kind enough to allow me to take his photo knowing my hope was to paint it. Been trying to catch…
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I am not finished setting up the “store”, so my apologies for any confusion. I do plan to allow people to purchase, or commission artwork.…
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I mean like sign up?

Like it so far? Consider donating a buck!

I’m an artis, of course I am broke! Help me grow!

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CARTOOn sneak peak!

Here are some characters from the animated short storyboard, The Cave 2.0, after the sitting in the cave there is a brief view of Astrothane, the Galatian. That has been phased out. We meet Meh though.

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Veteran suicides up to 21 per day! When will this trump the wall?

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/what-the-white-house-needs-to-know-about-rising-veteran-suicide-numbers?_amp=true

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A new Podcast from a friend and mentor of mine, Jason Madden! It sounds very interesting!

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Ever Have A “Jerry McGuire” Moment?

Go ahead and listen, while you read. These guys, well, they feel it for sure.

I had a “Jerry McGuire” Moment.

If you haven’t seen the movie, Jerry McGuire, the painfully handsome, yet somehow relatable role played by Tom Cruise, was up late one night, when an epiphany, you know the kind, born from lack of sleep, and generally unhealthy habitual schtuffs, where one enters a realm where patterns of illogical groupings start asking you if they really are that “illogical” as they are herded together by the dive bombing of maniacal “thought kamakazi”. Thusly, the aforementioned shapes that, through pure happenstance, somewhat resemble the word, “AHA”, are suddenly of “like mind”, so to speak, and the whole insane, inane, or billiant process “narrows” it’s illumination upon a set of potential circumstances that could, if some cleanly-pressed, purely non-circumstantial dominoes could only fall at the right time, making life much, much easier,…but hey have to fall in just the right wa-

AHA!”,the solution path lines up…if only, someone, could just start,…. the 1st one falling….


…Clearly something is being set up here…

*I really enjoy throwing odd things into experiences that I think “tweek” it up to a level I can at least chuckle at when I am editing. “Oh SHEEEEOOOT! We Need Brains, Cause We Ain’ty Got None” on the left here is a prime example of things done to entertain myself, and if you know WHY I do it, it’s easier to enjoy, right? Be sure to leave feedback ,and I am happy to curate my weirdness to meet requests!~ Yobi

A Bad Kid Production


So, what does he do about this epiphany?

Why, he writes up a motivational manifesto, like one does, naturally! He then runs enough copies to leave everyone, the best “number” in my book , in the company their own copy and momento of the moment. Finally, he generously placed each, in a mailbox, to await their imminent discovery, upon the arrival of the “soon-to-be-eager” reading of eyes.

Feeling good about himself, Jerry basks in the self-satisfied glow only a ‘true believer’ can feel after explaining to backsliding sinners how,

um, excuse me, but…salvation begins with NOT walking down the path that leads to the eternal fiery pits of hell, Yes? OK? Great! Thank you!”,

Only to reconsider the implications of his chosen method of intervention, upon glancing behind him to discover none have yet enjoined with his journey on the ‘righteous path’, where, by all rights, at least one, should already be,… everyone should be finding, …should be following,…right on his “holy heels”…

oh, damn

Paraphrased for brevity…
toilet diving GIF
Yep, the question is, do we know it’s a toilet before the jump, or after coming up for air”?toilet diving GIF

AND?

Fair enough. I bring this all up because it occured to me as I was plodding through old files on my laptop to make room on the hard drive for new files (same as the old files), exactly how much in my life I put so much value on things that don’t really affect anyone else, but me.

Yes, and I actually BELIEVE in what I have surmised throughout my studies and expierience. Yet, over and over again, I tread the self same “new, old ground” that I always have. Very much like Jerry’s “certainty” that all his co-workers would simply see themselves reflected in what he had written. Off course all would understand his intent because it would shine through, straight through the eyes, and onward into their acknowledging heads. Jerry remembered too late that most everybody is far too busy thinking about themselves to see the “unviversal him”, and connect with his heart!

In New Mexico, a “burner community kerfuffle” emerged, as they seem to, like re-occuring rashes, that was splitting the group up. I had loudly proclaimed my neutrality, and as it happened, the split was essentially between all of the friends I had!

A puppet and a kangaroo fighting by Frank Busch
A puppet and a kangaroo fighting by Frank Busch

I couldn’t just sit and watch and listen as everything we had worked towards melted into so much bacon grease. So I wrote an open letter. Below is that open letter from 2014. **YOU DO NOT HAVE READ IT TO GET THE THRUST OF THIS ARTICLE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE NOT INTO Operational dynamics. If you are a dork like Mio, then yeah, read ON, Raver**

What was the outcome? Good question! I moved before it resolved. I had a date with destiny in the Bay Area and had to get a move on! I shared this to say, if you have something to say, say it.

Decide what you want to be, and go be it!’

The Avett Brothers, “Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full of Promise
If you feel the desire to write a book, what would it be about? by Glenn Carstens-Peters
If you feel the desire to write a book, what would it be about? [or a manifesto, hmmm? by Glenn Carstens-Peters

What is important is that you, not me, not him or her, not them, YOU, are the only one who can be perfectly you.

Me

NOBODY’s perfect, Yobi!”

“Really?”, lol, this pic cracks me up! HAhahaha…..ahem…yeah,anyhoo,

I respectfully disagree. If you are the only example of you that exists in the universe, then by DEFINITION, you are a perfect example of you. The inescapable truth of this is absolute, “you do you, yep you guessed it, PERFECTLY!

Let that sink into your brainpan today, and this weekend, as long, or short as ya want, of course, I’m only saying It certainly helps me, as I recriminate, discriminate, and punish myself in my own million perfect ways. Let it stew if you can. Just don’t forget to taste the concept again if you ddo recall and the flavoring has seemed into the idea. We can agree then, that your at least perfectly able!

“What does that mean, exactly?”

EXACTLY. Carry on!,

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diving kayak dive GIF
To release is to receive. Both pain and pleasure. by Ali Yahya
To release is to receive. Both pain and pleasure. by Ali Yahya

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Another Cave 2.0 Livecast In The Can!

This Livecast on Castbox.fm, we are loading up our Cut out characters into Harmony 17 for rigging them into the digital framework for animation…

At least, we will try! Listen here:

https://castbox.fm/vb/193263488

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