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Wed Aug 1 = Nathina of Casio in Waco, TX is magic. When I called her about my HR-100Tm printing calculator locking up when I selected any PRINT function, it started working. I had already tried resetting it multiple ways and times.
- I projected budget through end of September and made a phone call to someone who said they were interested in buying some of my desert land. I think they just want cheap land... not my game.

Thu Aug 2 = I found out about the OptumCare Community Center by listening to Health Futures with Bob Roth on KFNN. I recorded his weekly shows while I was away on my trip. I phoned the community center and found that it is open to the public free of charge.
- Around noon I lay in the sun for 10 minutes on a side for a total of 20 minutes.

Fri Aug 3 = I don't know why my brain works the way it does, but it missed a day, as it occasionally does. I don't think it's dementia, because I have always been that way. All night, in my mind, was planning on taking Arlette to her doctor's appointment tomorrow. It was today! I got up with my SleepBot alarm at 10:45. That's when I was supposed to be picking up Arlette. I realized that after I drank some morning water and checked my wall calendar to confirm that today was Friday.

Sat Aug 4 = I have enjoyed my week off from comedy.
- For diet and meals, I tried an experiment to see if I can improve my chronic urgent BMs: I ate only odd day meals for five days, ending yesterday. Today starts five days of only even meals.

Sun Aug 5 = Tonight I did my first performance back home in Phoenix by hosting Insane Off Main at
COMS
Comedy Off Main St, a comedy club in Mesa, AZ
. Good to be back in the groove.

Mon Aug 6 = Around noon I lay in the sun for 10 minutes on a side for a total of 20 minutes.
- Tonight I made my first appearance at The Loft Again, 15015 N Cave Creek Rd, only a few miles from my house.

Tue Aug 7 = Tonight I was back at Dos Gringos for my 43rd appearance there. Since there were not manny comedians there Jill gave us longer times and I did 6:21 minutes about being old and
Stan
Stanley, my older brother who was a retired as a machinist for Eaton Corporation in Hutchinson, KS until he succumbed to a three-week bout with Myasthenia gravis in March, 2018
and his duplex.
- Most of the night my bowls were in an uproar.

Wed Aug 8 = This morning I reduced my Rockwood drip interval from 7 days to 3.
- My BMs these days are usually urgent; sometimes good, but mostly a little or lot loose. I know you wanted to know that.
- My comedy tonight was my 29th appearance at Toso's where we were given 10 minutes and I did 9:02 of being 76, xxx, Waning Prowess, Stan's pills, his Duplex, my collision with a Dumpster, Tomatoes and T-Shirts.

Thu Aug 9 = This afternoon I had an appointment for getting my finger prints taken for renewal of my Level One Finger print clearance, which I need as a volunteer for
Duet
The organization I support and through which I take non-driving seniors shopping and to their doctors' appointments
. They do criminal background checks and a whole bunch of other things.
- Comedy was at Improv Mania in Chandler

Fri Aug 10 = The neat analog thermometer/hygrometer/time/moon phase clock in my lab has been stopped for months due to a depleted battery. Tonight it did no good to put in a new battery, so I zapped the clock with 2 V from my power supply. The clock started working and continued after I installed a fresh (Dollar Tree, of course) battery. We'll see how long it lasts. I am trying to install new batteries and reset all the clocks that need them now upon my return from the road trip.
- Around noon I lay in the sun for 10 minutes on a side for a total of 20 minutes.
- I found out the hard way this afternoon, by driving 12 miles, that the OptumCare Community Center closes at 4 rather than 5, as it says with a Google search. I suggested the correct time with Google and, surprise, surprise, it was corrected immediately.
- About 7:20pm tonight I couldn't keep my eyes open paying bills, so I went to bed. Slept for almost 2 hours then got up and continued with my bills. I also uploaded a picture and video from when I killed at The Winners Circle in Salisbury, MA.

Sat Aug 11 = My Casio HR-100Tm calculator started working a couple days ago and is still working. We'll see how long that lasts. Since I got home it has been locking up with an error anytime I put it in any print mode.

Sun Aug 12 = I hate foam soap to the point that today I measured it. Foam soap contains 1/30 (3.3%) of the soap of the same volume of liquid soap.
- I prewashed my van's bugs and wheel covers today and then ran it through my favorite no-touch automatic car wash, which has an undercarriage rinse and air dry. Before I did I checked the forcast and weather radar. About three minutes after I exited the car wash bay, and while I was wiping the rear view mirrors and visiting with a Mexican, it started to rain. Of course! I knew the rain was going to be brief so I pulled into one of the empty self-service bays and proceeded to buff out my headlights. Perfect timing. By the time I had finished the headlights the rain had quit.
- Comedy tonight was the first time since my trip at the Phoenix Center for the Arts' Third Street Theater. Good to be back.

Mon Aug 13 =
Stan
Stanley, my older brother who was a retired as a machinist for Eaton Corporation in Hutchinson, KS until he succumbed to a three-week bout with Myasthenia gravis in March, 2018
had a small Securian life insurance policy so today I phoned and got some information about receiving my half.
- Tonight's comedy was my second appearance at nearby The Loft Again.

Tue Aug 14 = Around noon I lay in the sun for 10 minutes on a side for a total of 20 minutes.
- Tonight's comedy was at Dos Gringos in South Tempe. Jill, the porducer, liked my set. I started off with Avery and Bill's Juul and worked into my new NikeAirs, VanStarting and T-shirt routines.

Wed Aug 15 = I went over to
George & Cindy
my younger brother and his wife who live in Mesa, Arizona
's for lunch and to tie up some loose ends from
Stan
Stanley, my older brother who was a retired as a machinist for Eaton Corporation in Hutchinson, KS until he succumbed to a three-week bout with Myasthenia gravis in March, 2018
's estate.
- This evening I did comedy at Toso's, on west Union Hills, a little shopping and a gym visit which earned me my weekly protein frosty.

Thu Aug 16 = This afternoon was my first shopping trip with my new shopping neighbor under the auspices of
Duet
The organization I support and through which I take non-driving seniors shopping and to their doctors' appointments
. Willie is a charming lady. I think we are going to hit it off well.
- Comedy was at Improv Mania in Chandler, folowed by a gym workout on the way home.

Fri Aug 17 = I talked
Cindy
my younger brother George's wife
into buying a ChromeBook, since she has no computer at this time. Tonight she bought one at Walmart. CONGRATULATIONS, CINDY!
- For comedy tonight I got to The Highside Bar early. When Rob, the host informed me that the evening was booked, and not an open mic, I felt badly leaving, but I had a lot of things to do. On the way home I stopped by LA Fitness for my weekly heavy torso workout. Then home to replace the fitness video on my Press Kit with a more recent one from last month.

Sat Aug 18 = Around noon I lay in the sun for 10 minutes on a side for a total of 20 minutes.
- After checking out all the comedians appearing at the valley's comedy clubs, I went to the show at Comedy off Main St; in Mesa. The audience gave little response to the comedians. Good thing it wasn't me behind the mic.

Sun Aug 19 = Under the auspices of
Duet
The organization I support and through which I take non-driving seniors shopping and to their doctors' appointments
today I took Selma to her doctor's appointment way out in east Scottsdale. She is a delightful person - obviously from Brooklyn, who enjoys game shows.
- This evening I hosted Insane Off Main, an open mic show at Comedy off Main St in Mesa. We had 19 comedians and a few non-comedians for our audience.

Mon Aug 20 = This afternoon, under the auspices of
Duet
The organization I support and through which I take non-driving seniors shopping and to their doctors' appointments
, I took Selma to her doctor's appointment way out in eastern Scotsdale.
- Tonight was my first time at Tukee's Sports Grille in south Phoenix. The neat thing about the show is that we got 10 minutes each! I did some of my old man introductory stuff as I usually do for my first appearance at a venue.
- After the show I went across the street for a light, fast arms workout.

Tue Aug 21 = I think I figured out MailChimp. I started with 233 subscribers in my PHX list, added 38 and ended up with 271 (233+38). The campaign for Sunday's New Faces show was sent out to 271 contacts, what I expected. My total email contacts with MailChimp are now 341. I have an additional 253 in my computer that I have not yet needed to upload to MailChimp.
- My van overheated just as I arrived at Dos Gringos to practice my Hurt Hand routine for Sunday. After my appearance there, the van had cooled off enough for me to add a gallon of water, courtesy of Dos Gringos and their big gallon pitcher. That diluted the antifreeze, but should be OK.
- On to Grand Avenue Pizza for my first appearance in six months, where I again practiced my Hurt Hand routine for Sunday.

Wed Aug 22 = Today I recharged my Remington F5-5800 shaver. The last charge lasted from 4/9/18 to today (Unless I missed a charged) That would be 136 days; 19 3/7 weeks or 4.5 months.
- Around noon I lay in the sun for 10 minutes on a side for a total of 20 minutes.
- I went to Dr. Travis Lamb, my dertomologist, for my 6-month skin check. I fessed up and told him how, every four days, I lay out in the sun for 10 minutes with a bubble reflector. He said it is most important that I never burn.
- The rest of the day, I stopped by Joann for some water soluable self-adhesive fabric stabelizer to use with my light-weight T-Shirts, trimed my beard to 1/8", took a bath,

Thu Aug 23 = Today I took a grand tour of Sky Harbor Airport. There were about 50 people in about three groups. We each wore very comfortable and lightweight headphones and followed our tour guides all around Terminal 4, aboard the sky train over a runway etc. Very interesting.

Fri Aug 24 = I have started figuring out how to contact some cruise lines about doing comedy aboard one of their ships. I figured the first step would be to contact some local travel agencies, which I have done the last few days. Jennifer of Terra Travel phoned me back with some phone numbers. Thank you, Terra!

Sat Aug 25 = Don't send money to anyone using Walmart to Walmart unless you are prepared to wait in a slow line, not use your Walmart Bluebird card and to risk your checking account. I sent Tom Paris of the Savannah Comedy Review money for his November 10th competition. Walmart accepted my debit card, but did not ask for a PIN number. Stupid and insecure!
- I misplaced about 10 of my tickets for tomorrow's show at Stand Up Live in Downtown Phoenix, so I printed tabs for the remaining four ticket blanks I had on hand. That ought to do.

Sun Aug 26 = Around noon I lay in the sun for 10 minutes on a side for a total of 20 minutes.
- Tonight was New Faces at Stand Up Live in Downtown Phoenix. To update my Press Kit, I videoed my Hurt Hand routine. My comedy was a little dark so the audience didn't laugh as much as I had hoped. I sold three of my comedy T shirts... to the service staff, Missy, Atutmn and Carlos... and they wore them during the show! Neat, hardworking bunch of young people.

Mon Aug 27 = Tonight was my second appearance at Tukee's Sports Grille; in south Phoenix.

Tue Aug 28 = This morning I checked my van's radiator. It was full of coolant but the expansion reservoir was empty, so I filled the reservoir with antifreeze up to the minimum mark.
- I researched alternatives to my very expensive ($40 each) Belkin Wemo Insight plug switches and found the Gosund Mini Smart plugs for $8.50 each if bought by a 4-pack.
- Tonight was the debut for my new Steve Talker routine at Dos Gringos and Grand Avenue Pizza. I am trying something new:
  1. Write my ideas out on 1x4" cardstock tabs
  2. Sort the tab ideas on my kitchen counter
  3. Go through the routine and rearrange the tabs as necessary
  4. Record the routine into my ICD voice recorder
  5. Send the recording to Rev
  6. Twelve minutes later, the transcription was completed as a word processing file at a cost of only $3.00

Wed Aug 29 = This afternoon I made my first visit to Terry Peters, my new dentist. He offered an excellent first-visit deal to former patients of Jeff Kronh who retired.
- This evening I did my Steve Talker routine at Toso's Bar & Restaurant ; not far from home.

Thu Aug 30 = Before venturing out today I added 5 oz of antifreeze to my van's coolant reservoir to bring the level up to Minimum.
- Around noon I lay in the sun for 10 minutes on a side for a total of 20 minutes.
- This evening I did my Steve Talker routine at Improv Mania in Chandler and then at The Woodshed in Tempe.

Fri Aug 31 = This evening I went to Stand Up Live; in downtown Phoenix and saw the headliner, Lavell Crawford, a Black comedian who had the place rocking for 1 hour and 23 minutes.

Sat Sep 1 = This afternoon I took Willie shopping at Winco under the auspices of
Duet
The organization I support and through which I take non-driving seniors shopping and to their doctors' appointments
. On the way to her house I got my tire pressures and tread wear checked at my nearby Discount Tire.
I emailed a cruise line about doing stand up comedy for them. I doubt that anything will come of that.

Sun Sep 2 = This evening I hosted one of the best Insane Off Main Open Mic shows yet at Comedy off Main St; in Mesa. There were 16 enthusiastic audience members, and I tried to apply some of the things I learned from a chapter I had just finished about hosting comedy shows in Mastering Stand-Up: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful Comedian by Stephen Rosenfield.

Mon Sep 3 = Around noon I lay in the sun for 10 minutes on a side for a total of 20 minutes.
- On my way to do comedy in South Phoenix, I stopped by Home Depot to get a key made for
Stan
Stanley, my older brother who was a retired as a machinist for Eaton Corporation in Hutchinson, KS until he succumbed to a three-week bout with Myasthenia gravis in March, 2018
's house and then to the post office to mail keys to the property owner to be so they can let an insurance inspector in if necessary.
This evening I did comedy at Tukees and Devil's Advocate; my first time there in a year.

Tue Sep 4 = I took my van to C & R Tire for a check up and oil change. Due to my travels, my last time there was in June. Kile, a new guy there, was very helpful.
- This evening's comedy was at Dos Gringos and Grand Avenue Pizza.

Wed Sep 5 = OptumCare has a cool community center 6 miles from home for the 55+ crowd. They offer many programs for socialization and being active... free of charge. Their small fitness center's pneumatic machines have yellow buttons on the handles to instantly change the weight which registers on digital displays. Today was my orientation. Very interesting.
- Tonight's comedy was at Toso's Bar & Restaurant, followed by The Woodshed in Tempe.

Thu Sep 6 = I met Stan Kowalski at the Moon Valley LA Fitness who could not say enough good things about Dr. Perkins in Sun City where he got his cataract surgery.
- On my way to do comedy I stopped by The Tempe Improv for a supply of New Faces ticket blanks for my appearance on the 27th because I had run out. Thanks, Chad!
- Comedy tonight was at Improv Mania in Chandler and Spinelli's Pizeria in Tempe. My previous appearance at the latter was back in March before leaving on my trip.
- As of this evening, it may be the first time that I have made nine comedy appearances in a single week; more precicely, in five days.

Fri Sept 7 = My full day started by taking taking my van to the best car wash in the area: Motor City Auto Wash. It is touchless, has an undercarriage rinse and air-dry blowers... all for $6 on a credit card. I happened to catch a guy there who may be the owner. He gave me a free upgraded wash when I told him that my last time there, the undercariage rinse did not work.
- Next stop was to take Shirley to her doctor's appointment under the auspices of
Duet
The organization I support and through which I take non-driving seniors shopping and to their doctors' appointments
. During her appointment I did some of my Slow, Heavy Arms Workout at the Deer Valley OptumCare Community Center, my latest new gym.
- I got home in time to sun at "noon," for 10 minutes on a side for a total of 20 minutes, legs facing south.
- My pack of four Gosund Mini Smart Sockets arrived today and I got them working, via the SmartLife on my phone. With them I can now control my post fans and white noise machine by voice commands with my Echo Dot, along with the Belcin Wemo units I already have.
- I got my Solla 60 w LED flood lights installed as indirect lights this evening. It was kind of a job, figuring out where to place the old, malfunctioning ones and the three new ones they sent me. With the three old ones, only 25 to 50% of the LEDs are working. The new ones are not daylight, my preference, but probably warm white instead. Of course nothing is perfect. The glass of one of the new ones was shattered due to a combination of poor packing and UPS carelessness, so I removed the broken parts and put it on top of my office torch lamp. It is no longer waterproof, but who cares since I am using it inside.

Sat Sep 8 = According to tracking, my Amazon package with a 4-pack of Gosund Mini Smart Sockets is lost on the receiving dock at the Phoenix Post Office. Today I tweaked the Smart Home Smart Plugs that I already have, to be a little bit more functional when controlling them through my Amazon Echo Dot.

Sun Sep 9 = I have considered repainting my van's bumpers, as they are faded and pretty blotchy. Or maybe getting someone to do it for me.
- Tonight I appeared at Infuse Open Mic at The Phoenix Center for the Arts.

Mon Sep 10 = I made the September 2018 issue of Senior Life with Kiteboarding comedian keeps everyone laughing. Check out the cover and page 13. Thanks for the neat article, Muffy Berlyn!
- This morning I adjusted my computer's mouse pointer to the largest and black. Hopefully it will increase my effeciency.

Tue Sep 11 = I got up to pee at 7am so phoned Brake Masters and arranged to take my van for a checkup at 3pm today.
- Around noon I lay in the sun for 10 minutes on a side, for a total of 20 minutes.
- At 3pm I took my van to Brake Masters. The major thing that Dave found there was the transmission needing service. He said they would not touch it due to its fickel factor and recommended I take it to a good transmission shop... so I drove over to Ken's Transmission. My transmission was overdue its 30k-mile service anyway. Phil, there, said to bring it in tomorrow first thing in the morning.
- At LA Fitness I gave by beard its weekly 1/8" trim, a day early, and did a light torso workout because I will not have a vehicle tomorrow.

Wed Sepp 12 - Early this morning I took my van into Ken's Transmission for service. I had Phil drop me off at Fitness 1, where I did a slow, heavy legs workout and then caught the city bus home. My first ride on a Valley Metro bus. The driver was a nice guy and very helpful to a newbie.
- Back at home without my van, I phoned Ryan Johnson, Improv Mania's week-end show producer and host for their Thursday night open mics. He gave me some good things to think about for my comedy.
- This evening, I made six batches of my famous Protein Frosties and paid my bills.
- For about six months, I have been getting along with only one remote control for my Channel Master DVR with no idea where I had lost the second remote. Today I found the lost one... on top of my stereo amplifier... in plane sight all the time. Boy, do I have tunnel vision!

Thu Sep 13 - This morning I suffered from an acute case of analysis paralysis, considering a snake bite and bug bite stuff. The field was clouded by delivery or costs, how many to a pack, length of delivery time or store pick up. The whole thing was absurd and did not amount to a hill of beans, or rather, a few dollars.
- I picked up my van from Ken's Transmission with a freshly serviced transmission and a new upper tranny colling hose that doesn't leak. Phil there said the tranny was in good condition.
- I love to be first... I was THE FIRST and, so far, the only member to fob in or to enter the new Anytime Fitness a half mile east of my house. The people there were great: Everything is brand new and the place is great with all their TIs (Tenant Improvements). I told them that, when I get too old to drive, they'll still see me as I toddle there from my house.

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Fri Sep 14 = Did I foul up my sleep last night! I got up to pee at 4am and decided, due to the time zone difference, it was a good time to call KWCH TV 12 in Wichita Kansas about appearing there to plug my comedy. Two hours later I was back in bed after streaming some of their TV. I also called Eaton Fidelity about a Securian insurance policy to make sure it is the benefit that they already paid.
- This afternoon I went to the little Optum Care gym where I did the first part of my heavy torso workout and got a machine fob. That little device helps you keep track of your settings, weights and reps for each piece of their high-tech equipment. Since I vary my workouts, it may not be too useful, but at least I will try... and it is good for my techie brain.

Sat Sep 15 = I phoned the Shillelagh Vapor Shop in Hutchinson, KS to discuss the final details for my headlining there at The Dirty Leprechaun Lounge next month.
- Back here in Phoenix, I found that someone might be interested in buying one or two empty lots I own out near Wittmann on 151 St, so I started the process of locating a realtor to work with me in that area. I found several who are familiar with the area and live out there.

Sun Sep 16 = Today I figured the final word on the horrible foam soap issue. Foam soap yields 3% of that of liquid soap by volume and approximately 30% per squirt from a dispenser.

Mon Sep 17 = I spent quite a bit of time today organizing and contacting Wichita, KS TV stations by phone and email for possible personal interest appearances for my comedy performances in the area.

Tue Sep 18 = GOLD! This afternoon Jim Grawe (GRAY WAY) of KPTS PBS TV scheduled me for a taping of One on One with Victor Hogstrom while I'm in Kansas next month. My half hour interview will air in the spring. I'll keep you posted.
- This evening I ran across a One on One interview with Jill Docking, former Kansas Second Lady, wife of Tom Docking the Lieutenant Governor of Kansas from 1983-87. TOM WAS MY STUDENT in fifth grade at Pershing Elementary School in Arkansas City (that's pronounced, "Are KANSAS" cuz it's in Kansas) in 1965. Unfortunately he died at 63 from cancer about a year ago.
- I joined Doctor on Demand on my
XPS
Dell XPS-13 computer with 13.3" touch screen, 60WHr Integrated Battery, Windows 10, Intel 7th Generation Core i7 CPU, 16gb memory and 1TB SSD
and installed their app on my on my smart phone. I will be traveling a little more relaxed on my cross-country road trips, knowing that if I have a medical concern I won't have to go through the horrors of an emergency room. Also, there is no co-pay with my insurance.
- My order of 50 new T-Shirts Logo arrived today from Design A Shirt, so this evening I processed it... took about a little over two hours to get them all checked in, folded and in their respective storage bags.

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