Trained lion

Thoughts about "Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell

I was lying awake in my bed when the thought occurred to me that we are as far from 1984 as when George Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Mr. Orwell came up with that title by reversing the last two digits of the year when he wrote the book, 1948. We have come a long way since the book was written and the year 1984. Fortunately, most of Mr. Orwell's predictions have not come true, at least in the U.S. True, there are some countries that do have a sort of Big Brother, but even China has relaxed their totalitarian rule to an extent. The only country, in my mind, that fits his model would be North Korea, but even they are finding it hard to keep to that model in this day and age.

See what happens when you can't fall back to sleep.
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Trained lion

Well, it is done ...

and I just bought an 88' long mobile home.

Cost was $18,000 and it was made in 1995. Lot rent is $475 per month. It needs a bit of cleaning but otherwise is in move-in condition. It is located just down the road from where I used to live and the new addy is 260 Marshall Mill Rd., Lot 15, Malaga, NJ. Note that this is NOT the mailing address, as I had to get a P.O. box. If you want my snail mail addy please PM me.

I should be moving into the unit in about three weeks or so.

So the lion has a new den. :=3
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Speed run to AC 2019

How to make the 342.6 mile trip from South Jersey to Pittsburgh, PA and Anthrocon in 10 minutes 6 seconds In actuality the trip took me exactly 5 hours, which was surprising and the time-lapse was one frame every second. The camera used was a GoPro Hero7 Black mounted just under my rearview mirror.

The bridge I crossed, at the 45 second mark, is the Walt Whitman bridge, from Gloucester City, NJ to Philadelphia, Pa.

Other info is in the description for the video.

Enjoy the ride. :=3

Sad news.

At 2:16p this afternoon (Saturday, May 25, 2019) my brother Karl called to tell me that his brother-in-law had found my father dead on his couch.

He had someone visiting him, but she thought he was just sleeping. That means he probably died peacefully in his sleep. He did have a pacemaker installed due to a slow heartbeat.

My dad was 86 and would've been 87 in November. And less than three weeks to Father's Day. |={

I last talked to him on Tuesday. I will be headed to Florida tomorrow morning and I have no idea of how long I'll be there.

This is one very sad lion.
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Trained lion

I've done dood it, again. :=3

For the second year in a row, and only the second time I've tried it I've written over 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo. This time 50,184 words, and I've got plenty of more pages to transcribe from my hand printed notebook into the computer.

For the record, it took 143 hand printed notebook pages to equal those 50,184 words.

So I'm a wiener, er, winner. once again.

Update on publishing

Many people have warned me away from pursuing this deal, including my lawyer.

To that end, I will NOT pursue this avenue any further.
Thank you all for your advice and concern.
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I just got off the phone with a publisher. That's right, a publisher!

My book, Travelers In A Magical Country, has been accepted for publication!

Now begins the process of going through the process to get the book actually published!
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Fund raising for a new place to live.

As reported before, on May 15th I lost my house of 12 years due to foreclosure and lies.

I am trying to buy a used mobile home, that is already sited in a mobile home park. To that end, I've started a "GoFundME" campaign to help me raise the money at ,

If you can help me raise the money needed to buy the mobile home and allow me to move into it I would be forever in your debt.
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Updates on my situation.

If you want to send me mail directly, use this address:
Don Miller
c/o David Hill
C-11 Country Club Estates
248 Harding Highway
Newfield, NJ 08344-9753
This will ensure your letter/package/etc. will be sent directly to me.

I'm still looking for a more permanent place to stay, as I know I will eventually wear out my welcome here.
In that vein, I have found a used mobile home for sale, relatively cheap compared to a new one. It will cost $7,500 and the lot rent will be $600. I will be able to afford the lot rent, but the home is beyond my means at this point. Rental properties (houses/apartments) are in the $1200 and up range/month, and my credit rating and eviction will be going against me landing a rental.
So, with no small amount of trepidation and reluctance, I am asking for donations so I can buy the mobile home and get myself settled in less than a month or so.
If you are willing and find me worthy you can send your contribution to lionking (a) snip dot net via PayPal.
I know there are those out there that I owe a substantial amount of money to, because of my actions of four years ago, and I understand if you are unwilling to help at the present time.

Other than that I'm in a holding pattern.
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Not good news :={

Before I get to the meat of the post, let me tell you I am okay and doing as well as can be expected.

As some of you know I was evicted from my home on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

This came as a shock, as the person that was living with me said he had things under control and we had at least to August.

The buck stops with me though, and my failure to pay the mortgage going back to 2008.

Right now I'm living with u_t_tiger and I'll post an address for him later, but, for now, you can keep sending mail to my normal address and it will be forwarded here.

I'm not asking for monetary assistance, as I owe too many people money already, due to what happened in 2014, but if you wish to help me you can send me money via PayPal to lionking at .

I hope to get more permanent living arrangements in the near future, so not to put too great a strain on UT's and my friendship.
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