A Note

Volunteering at the dog shelter has been occupying way too much time as of late. I’ve been scratched and nipped, I have felt uncomfortable, sad, angered, frustrated… but I also have felt love, hope, joy, excitement, and happiness. Cleaning up dog excrement may be far from glamorous… but it is completely honest. Opening gates and leashing dogs you don’t know or trust can be nerve wracking the first times you do it, but if no one walks the dogs, what chance to they have of not going mad, or finding homes? Heck, even most of America’s most hardened, incarcerated, criminals get an hour of yard time a day, and most of the dogs at the shelter did nothing wrong, they just happened to get lost, misunderstood, old, under-trained, or circumstances changed in their owner’s lives that forced them to give them up…

When I volunteered yesterday, I was delighted to have received a thank you note and picture of two elderly dogs that found a new home a few weeks back… I was also elated to have a terrified dog want to spend time with me (in her kennel) wagging her tail the whole time… I was overjoyed to see video of a dog that was too scared to come out of her kennel walking around and moving freely in the yard after one of the key volunteers carried her there. 

It really is a tragedy that so many shitty people are in the public spotlight, humans who are the furthest thing from positive role models in my opinion. Most of the time doing “good” work is thankless. At the shelter, 95% of the time we never hear from the people that we help or see pictures of the happy dogs in their new homes. [Though maybe I’ll start implementing a new idea I just came up with… creating fantasies of receiving letters and pictures directly from dogs who I feel like I may have helped improve their lives while at the shelter or by finding them a new home.]

We all matter. Everyone. All creatures are part of the greater WE. I grew up being told that WE are all God’s creatures, and that we should treat others the way WE would like to be treated. WE should treat others the way WE would want others to treat OUR mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, friends, or pets. Have I failed at this at times? Unquestionably yes, but we/I are/am flawed, and today and tomorrow are new opportunities for all of us to become better.

Regardless of whether or not WE receive thank you notes, WE can all choose to make a positive difference, to matter, WE can choose to help, to improve the lives of people in and out of our communities, or animals, whether it is when WE are being paid to do jobs, when WE are volunteering, or even when WE are just walking down the street.

It really does cost nothing to be kind and decent, but it really is worth so much. Thank YOU for every selfless, positive, and amazing thing you have done in the past, that you do today, and that you choose to do tomorrow.

– Quiche Out

Episode Two – 2 Million

Yesterday, Tuesday at 3 PM, episode two was launched on Brat’s YouTube platform, and I am happy to announce that Russell Fitzroy has made his 1st appearance.

I do not exactly know which episodes he will be in from now on other than the finale, but he will be throughout. A new episode released each Tuesday at 3PM, for next few weeks.

  • 16 hours after being posted, Episode Two already has 700,000+ views…
  • Episode One, released last week, has over 2 million…
  • And the Brat channel now has 2 million+ subscribers! — Congratulations Brat!

Link to the A GIRL NAMED JO playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVewHiZp3_LN8GHyhsDprhPwu9dJX9CgN

And if you’re only initially interested in seeing my character/work, in episode two, you can see that here on an unlisted YouTube video… https://youtu.be/gLoo4Jedu4Q

– Quiche Out

https://youtu.be/gLoo4Jedu4Q

Last Night @ Gardenia

I got to Keri Kelsey’s open mic at The Gardenia late and was called up to the mic right after Karen HernandezDori AmarillioMichael Saucier did such a kick-ass, jazz instrumental session, that I didn’t want to get off my bar stool, personally, thinking that the evening could have ended perfectly right then.

However, I did get up…

On that bar stool I had a few ideas of what song I’d sing, but changed my mind on the fly on my walk over to the piano with my iPad, quickly searching for and selecting another song, only to change it once again after I put my electronic tablet down in front of Mike Farrell who was back at the piano. He is one of Hollywood’s go-to pianists for many of the singing or music-based TV shows…and has played with/for many well-known bands and singers.

Although I really didn’t want to get up, once the music started and I started singing, it truly felt awesome, at the very least it was a selfish joy to sing with such talented, world-class musicians playing behind me.

– Quiche Out

One For My Baby
by Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen

Tom Kiesche at Keri Kelsey’s open mic.
1/16/2018 The Gardenia – Hollywood, CA

with world-class musicians
Mike Farrell – piano
Dori Amarillio – guitar
Michael Saucier – stand up bass

Right Direction (thx!)

I can’t do it without help! Thank you! To all that read, purchased, shared, told friends, reviewed, and helped along the way! Thank you! Thank you! June was best sales month yet! Hopefully soon it starts getting noticed.

Thank you for helping this book/story gain traction up the hill. Still a long way to go!

If you’re interested in receiving a signed copy directly from me. Direct message me. $19 shipping, tracking number, and tax included. If you want it faster priority mail $22.

Link to book on Amazon: Park Ranger Park https://www.amazon.com/dp/1541243919/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdb_WuOvzbFA3T024

– Quiche Out

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1541243919/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdb_WuOvzbFA3T024

Chantry Flats, Sturtevant Falls

If you’ve been reading me you’ve seen dozens of pictures of hikes off of Chantry Flats, especially to Sturtevant Falls… well, today I’m posting a few more.

This morning was a glorious time to hike, not at all hot, not cold, just right. The water level was enough to get the bottoms of our boots wet upon a few crossings, and the falls roared with cascading water.

This is one of my favorite hikes, one of the hikes that started me thinking of the story of Park Ranger Park years ago…

Today along our trek, to the falls, and then looping above the falls, we tracked a number of things that I thought would be fun for anyone reading the book, though I know the paperback was just released on AMAZON and the Kindle isn’t due out till Feb 10th.

HOWEVER, maybe after you see this blog post, and then read the book later, you will realize why I took certain pictures… although most of the shots are obviously just for fun.

Take a hike, read a book… maybe bring Park Ranger Park to a waterfall with you, and read it there.

– Quiche Out
LINK TO paperback version (Park Ranger Park) on AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Park-Ranger-Tom-Kiesche/dp/1541243919/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

LINK TO pre-order KINDLE (Park Ranger Park) on AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NBW7FT5

LINK TO paperback version on CREATE SPACE (Park Ranger Park): https://www.createspace.com/6808363?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026
 

 

 

 

 

Free in LA (Pasadena)

Today Fe & me went to JPL. Free thing to do while in town. All ages.

Interesting. Nerdy. Fascinating. Inspiring. 

A few week waiting list. Sun, steps, and some walking.

But you get to keep the pass & lanyard.
Link: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/tours/views/index.cfm

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a NASA Center in Pasadena, Calif. managing robotic spacecraft in the exploration of Earth, the solar system and the universe.

– Quiche Out
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/tours/views/index.cfm