Friday, October 12, 2012


7AM - Father's birthday
One hundred years ago today, my father was born in New York City. My Dad's name is Daniel Lehrer. He was born with a birth defect. The same defect that I myself have. A mis-formed aortic valve with only two flaps instead of three. This defect killed my Dad shortly before his 61st birthday. In those days it was not widely known in the medical world, that persons with this defect required antibiotics before a dental procedure.

My Dad had dental work in March of 1973. Because no antibiotics were required, he developed an infection in the area of his heart where blood exits the aortic valve. On October 3rd of that year, he died when a blood clot from that infection broke loose and lodged in his brain causing a stroke.

It baffles me why some of us live and some of us die. Is it luck? Is it destiny? I am guessing that I will never know the answer.

However I do know that we who live have an obligation to remember those who have passed on. Especially so on the anniversary of a hundredth birthday. Do your agree?

11AM - Diversion
You may recall that last year I had some difficulty with some friends at El Chaco. These friends depended on the diversion that alcohol brings. I am no better. I use the diversion that my love for movies brings.

How healthy is diversion? Is it possible to live a life as we are doing at El Chaco without diversion? I think that the answer to that question is: "Obviously not!" We would love to stay "in-the-moment" every instant of the day. But the truth is, this love is not possible. And that is why nobody does it.

Books, movies, alcohol. They appear to be all the same.



Location: El Chaco RV Park
Elevation: 15 meters