New drawing – Laini’s porch

Cali-Mex Dinner in California

Ordering carne asada, and a margarita!

Travel to Manteca

Today, I’m going to Manteca, California on a mission to recover a very large, antique desk for sale that’s perfect for the home renovation project I’m working on.  On the way, Im testing out my new Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and my new “No Google, no social networking, no tracking, no recording, all privacy”  configuration of the new phone, which is also a new account on a new carrier.

So far, the gorgeous countryside of Northern California, and the all pervasive smoke from the fires in NorCal, are the superstars of this trip.

Asian lady

Still messing with it

Drawing

This thing doesn’t exist

New Drawings

Really enjoying life

I’m too busy enjoying life to work very hard to on this website for free. But I am living a very interesting and experiential life, and I think a lot – probably too much. So I’m just gonna toss a bit of whatever I find interesting. Fragments, notes, links, pics, whatever…

Drawing again

Got a replacement stylus for my galaxy note 8, gonna start drawing regularly again

Thoughts on groups

Chillaxing in Tahoe

Well, Las Vegas is my home, but Lake Tahoe is my second home and I am taking full advantage of the cool mountain temperatures up here. Hope you are having a great summer too!

Daily Money

I can, quite easily, make enough on the poker tables every day, to SPEND WHAT I WANT

And that is so good@

May 2018 Market Outlook

Very interesting article today that lines up with my view of the markets:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-making-money-in-the-stock-market-just-got-a-lot-more-difficult-2018-05-14

Happy to live in Las Vegas

I’ve stayed in Vegas for up to 3 months at a time before, in my long card playing career. But this time, I have my own condo here, not just taking comp rooms from casinos. It has taken me a while to mentally internalize that .. I LIVE IN LAS VEGAS NOW, FINALLY!!

It’s taken me almost 10 years but I finally live here, in the most exciting, most card playing city in the USA.

I’m loving my life right now!! Established residence in Vegas, with a beautiful, young new girlfriend!! I havent been this happy in a long long time, if ever!!

I love you, Lyca!

View from TI

My new place in Las Vegas April 2018

Well I’ve got a new place to live now, in Las Vegas. Let me show it to you:

Enjoying life at TI

Right now I’m here enjoying life in Las Vegas. Currently at an outdoor bar at TI and the weather is incredible!!

Success in Las Vegas #1

I left Lake Tahoe April 10, 2018, taking my son with me to give my ex time, space and silence to complete a grad school paper.

I was in Reno 2 nights at the Grand Sierra Resort. I lost $800 playing blackjack then made $1200 on poker for a $400 profit. I then flew to Las Vegas for a week at the El Cortez. Once I was in downtown Vegas I bought in once for $300 and over the course of 3 days I worked that into $17,500 at the blackjack tables.

I’ve since had a set back of about $5,000 but I’m still hugey ahead.

I’ll keep things updated here.

Today starts the adventure of a lifetime.

New things are happening in my life. Great new things! First, I’m in love with a pretty young girl, and she with me. That’s just a joy, love is scary but so wonderful and just so natural and good.

Second I’m now officially living on the road, full time! Yep, I packed my bags and left Lake Tahoe for good, as far as having a full time residence here. I’m on the road to Las Vegas, next destination Philippines!

And to my sweet girl: I love you baby!

Life’s funny twists and turns..

Chris Salmon picture
Chris Salmon

I’m looking at a view that sums up my situation in a picture:

Chris’s Martin and Stratocaster

Two guitars and hiking boots, that’s me in a nutshell right now. I’m homeless and traveling light on purpose, so I can be free to travel the world.

Well, that sounds glamorous and it is happening eventually, but so far I’ve only made it to the home of my ex-wife and son, 7 miles from my old condo. However, this is working out well right now, because I’m fixing her house and all its many problems in return for rent-free lodging. Which is just how this has worked out, for several reasons.

The primary of these reasons has to do with my ex. I have been paying her child support, but until two weeks ago I paid her directly. She wasn’t reporting all of those because she’s so busy, but last week she filled out and signed an affidavit in front of a notary, her fingerprints and all, stating that I was totally paid up. We sent that to the State of Texas that day, Friday March 23.

Once the state processes it, taking 10 to 12 business days according to them, it should clear a $20,000, over 120 days late note the State has put on my credit report. As you can imagine, that is quite a drag on my credit score – and in the USA c.2018 your credit score is vitally important. How US citizens allowed three private, for-profit companies come to decide whether they can get a job or place to live is s huge untold story I’d like to cover at another time.

The point here and now, is that I can sit here and help fix the ex’s house until the erroneous child support debt that I don’t owe is removed from my credit report, and my credit is perfect. And in fact since I’m not paying rent but only for repairs and food, and I’m not spending really at all, I have paid all debts to zero and I’m putting about $1,200 per week from income into savings for my travels. And I can also even spend a little on some travel items I’d like to have: a macbook or other laptop with recording studio software, a Fitbit Ionic, a “Triple Threat” MIDI pickup/converter for guitar and associated software, an outboard controller and a/d converter.

I get a profit distribution every two weeks. Today is April 4, 2018, the next distribution check is Friday, April 6; the one after that is Friday, April 20. Between the two checks I estimate I can put $4,220 in savings. That’s not much, but it’s enough to move to Vegas and Airbnb and be fine for two weeks until another check comes in. If I stayed another 2 weeks after that, to May 4, I can put another $2400 into that stack. That’s a possibility, too.

I’ve currently got land worth about $730,000 up for sale. If that sold while I was waiting here at the ex wife’s house, that would really make the wait worthwhile, even if I waited all summer! But with ranchland and that much money, you never know when it might sell.

Other reasons I’m waiting here for at least 2.5 more weeks: I’ve gotten my mountain bicycle repaired, which I want to ride here then ship to Vegas. I’m also getting all my guitars re-setup, strung and strobed and straightened, so I can take one of my hotrod electrics on the road with me and play using the MIDI interface I will attach to it (see above: travel toys).

So, staying with ex and son makes the most sense for me right now. It’s just funny how things circle back as and how life’s twists and turns take you.

More hard sierras snowfall

Finally, Completely Free (for a while)

I’ve settled up with my ex-wife on all outstanding child support and anything else she wanted. And, I’ve got it all documented, signed and notarized and filed with the State of Texas. So I am officially free of any outstanding obligations to her or the Texas state AG’s office, my record is pure and pristine like fresh powder at 11,000ft. And that feels great!

Further, as of March 2nd 2018 (2 weeks and 4 days ago), I’ve successfully completed 2yrs of probation for a misdemeanor DWI arrest from Dec. 2012. Cooke County, Texas didn’t adjudicate that charge until 2016. I got two years probation that transferred to Nevada, which I just completed with a perfect record. Random drug and alcohol tests, home searches, monthly reporting, all the payments, fines, court costs, I’ve done it all 100% perfectly just like they wanted. And now it’s all done and I’m free! I wasn’t able to leave the state or the country for over 5 years, among other restrictions. But now I’ve paid my debt to society in full and I am FREE!!

And finally, the last thing on my freedom to do list, I’ve moved out of my rental condo at Lake Tahoe and all my material possessions I either gave away to my ex wife amd son, or put in storage. I’m down to a guitar in a gig bag, a big backpack and a rolling duffle bag. I’m now unbound to any location!!

This is the start of a new life for me. Starting a new life is something I’ve done often and I love it!

My first move is to Las Vegas for two to three months, to get lean and fit before I travel the world. And to make money every day at the poker tables of the city.

More on this later!! I’ll be moved to Vegas in ONE WEEK !!

Beautiful snowfall in California.

Crazy California Snow in Tahoe

Regaining the ability to calmly focus for long periods in 2018 techno-society

One thing I’m very excited about regarding my plan to travel the world, is finding time to focus. I want to get into the rhythm of other lives and cultures outside my own. I’m hoping I can break the stressful habit of over-worrying about current goals, challenges, and ambitions. Instead I would like to worry of nothing but something right in front of me, for no reason but that I’m interested.

Back in my 20s, I used to spend hours drawing things I could see, like trees and people. I haven’t done that in years, in part because I am always multitasking, and always have other things that are more important. That just about makes it impossible to sit on a riverbank with only natural sounds and make a detailed drawing of some part of nature. I’m sure others can do detailed, quiet work like that and deal with constant, unrelated interruptions, worries and thoughts. But I can’t do it. Or at least not for long!

I have a galaxy note 8 phone, which has a drawing stylus on it. I understand there are some good drawing apps out there to use with the Note 8. So I’ll be researching and testing those. I will make a lot of drawings as I travel and post them here for all to see.

Moving out of Tahoe – Plan to Wander the Earth

Yesterday and today are moving days for me. After 4 years, I’m saying goodbye to Lake Tahoe, Nevada. It’s been interesting and sometimes a lot of fun, but it’s time to make my goodbyes and leave.

My plan is to wander the Earth with a guitar, a rolling duffel bag, a carry-on backpack, and a satchel. First stop: Las Vegas, Nevada.

Why Las Vegas? I’ve been a long time member of Lifetime Fitness. I joined the South Austin club in 2012. They also have an absolutely fantastic facility in Summerlin, Nevada – one of the towns in the Las Vegas/Clark County metro area.

Summerlin is a very nice area, with a very nice casino, Red Rocks. They play poker there with a lot of tourists coming through to play. And Lifetime Fitness there has every free weight, weight machine, cardio machine, studio and studio class, spa facility, etc., etc., that one can imagine. It is HUGE, with a super nice, huge, pool and wet area in the back. Plus, all of Las Vegas us just a couple of miles away.

So after I leave Tahoe this week, I’ll be staying in Summerlin, going to Lifetime Fitness and exercising, riding a bicycle everywhere, and playing poker every day.

I will be posting here often.

Why I quit all social media.

I hit the “dislike” button on social media

Recently I closed all my social media accounts. There are many reasons why I did this:

  • I am not (currently) trying to make money from the internet. So, I get no benefit from attracting an audience on social media.
  • I have my own websites to publish whatever I wish, and don’t need social media to express myself.

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WSOP Online Poker in NV: No Fun, No Money

I play using the uber-hipster, totally original screenname “chrissalmon”

Since I live at Lake Tahoe (South Shore), I was hoping to find a place to play poker that didn’t require me to drive to Reno. Harvey’s Hotel and Casino here in Stateline has a poker room, but it’s only got the same 6 or 8 guys in it every night, who all know each other.  When you walk up you the table to play, you definitely feel like a combination outsider and meat being examined before put in the grinder.  Plus, you’re obviously in someone else’s social club when you’re at their table, the conversation detours around you as things and people you know nothing about are discussed.  Don’t get me wrong – they’re polite and nice and all!  But you just know that, well – you just don’t belong there.  They’ve turned to room into their little social club and strangers who swing by to play are there to help pay for their club.

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The first piece of new music in years.

Here’s a piece of music that is basically just a percussion framework to build on.  I’ve gotten WAY into Kpop lately and it has been super inspirational!  So I’ve decided to get back into regular music practice and composing.  This is my first little bit of music, it’s not much, in fact I don’t like parts of the bass line very much, but it’s a work in progress.

Don’t Believe Everyone Complaining About Twitter Harassment

There’s a strange Twitter scam being played on the public by some celebrities.  I’ve seen it 3 times in the last few years.  Only famous people do it, because only they would benefit from it.  I’ll tell you what I personally witnessed.  The first person I saw do this is a well-known pornstar, so let’s just call her that, because I don’t want to use any of these people’s real names.  I’m not trying to make a public splash with this, or get into a personal fight with anyone.  I just want other Twitter users to know this goes on.
So I was following Pornstar because I was a fan of hers before this.  This was when I first started using Twitter all the time, which was only a couple years ago.  Reading her tweets, she often got into fights with people harassing her.  Calling her names,

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