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Why Did I Start www.cellularsmartshop.com Continued Part 5

by John Mortensen October 28, 2018

Why Did I Start www.cellularsmartshop.com Continued Part 5

Why Did I Start www.cellularsmartshop.com Continued Part 5

To continue the story where I left off.

The people you meet

All of these people and all those mentioned in the story previously have made significant contributions in my life by watching them walk their walks of life. Everybody in the story is part of that. Again the list goes on with people I am meeting. From the Bonnie and her Husband who rented me my apartment in Homer to my new Homer yoga instructor and art gallery person Asia.

When I first got to town probably the third thing I did was find a yoga studio. I started going to classes at Many Rivers Yoga Studio and Asia was a teacher there and one of the first people I met in Homer. Asia is a really talented yoga instructor and I really enjoy her class. She is also a talented Artist and involved with Bunnell Street Arts Center and introduced me to the art gallery and the many wonderful events they host. Asia also helped me get my job in Homer that I have now by mentioning the opportunity to me in class one day. Asia gives a lot back to the community and her Husband Michael is a good guy.

The Kilchers

It has been difficult finding work in Homer. Everyone here does a lot of things. As I mentioned earlier. I worked as a laborer/carpenter a little bit for Shane Kilcher on his cordwood cabin and it is interesting how I met him and his family.

I was going to yoga one day again with Asia and there is young guy and his wife in the class. At the end of the class Asia often announces events at Bunnell Arts Center. I didn’t know this at the time but Nikos is a Kilcher who is another talented singer and artist from the Kilcher family and was doing an album release that Thursday night at the Bunnell that weekend. I decided to go as I try to get out of myself and do something new and different.

Originally before and when I was sick going through my chemo and radiation I would record the shows and sit home at night with my wife Jana and watch the TV shows Mountain Men with Tom Oar the Trapper in Montana and Atz Kilcher the Cowboy On Alaska the Last Frontier. When I was doing my search through the West I went to the Idaho Panhandle and stayed in Sandpoint Idaho and drove over through the Yaak Valley and Troy Montana to see where Tom was trapping. I didn’t look for Tom just wanted to see the area and what it was about.  Wherever I went in my travels I was looking at the weather and hunting and fishing to live Subsistence someday.

So I go to this event and see the whole Kilcher Clan is there and at the event which I did not know. So I sit down and don’t know anyone but Asia. As I am introverted by nature I hardly even look around and the show begins. I did not also know at the time that I guess the whole side of Atz’s family plays music and found out later that many of the whole family do. I had heard of his daughter but was not familiar with her music. Well Nikos, Atz’s son as I said before is a very talented individual also and is a singer songwriter. He was playing the guitar and playing multiple instruments and making music sounds with his mouth.

After the show had ended I am standing around like a third wheel and I see Atz. I walk up to him to shake his hand and say you know what, I have to tell you something. I used to sit at home and watch you on TV as I was going through my cancer treatments and you are the reason I visited Homer for the first time to check it out. You’re one of the reasons I live here now.

When I would watch Atz on TV I could relate with him and I didn’t know why. I thought he might be in the AA Program the way he talked and I like cowboys being from where I was. I always thought of myself as one because Las Vegas and Nevada was cowboy before it was The Entertainment Capital of the World. I have deep roots in the west and love and want to live that lifestyle.

So Atz gives me his phone number and tells me to call him and we will meet up and talk. It took me about a month and a half because I was fishing and trying to get my fish in and do my smoking and canning for the small steps I am taking towards the subsistence life. But I do call and we get together for coffee one morning. We go to KBay Caffe & Roasting Co. and talk for about an hour or so. Atz is an interesting guy and very smart.

Talented in 100 ways the whole family is so musical of course but I didn’t know that at the time. Atz was in Vietnam and was a social worker after he finished his college degree then became a music teacher. We talked about a lot of things and I finally begin to understand Atz’s spiritual side and what he had gone through. To get to where he was and that way; in what I could hear in his speech from working on himself and it resonated with me being in AA for so long. Spiritual journey was not in my vocabulary before I got to AA. If you would have told me 5 years ago that I would be living in Homer Alaska having tea with this guy I was watching on TV I would have told you were crazy. I started to learn and as I have gotten to know him a lot better now, how he had been growing up here with the younger years and hardscrabble life.

Read an Audible Audiobook

I know that also because I read his book using my method of wireless headset and audiobook with my iPhone walking to the ocean for my morning exercise. I told him if I would have been through what he had as a kid I probably would have been a serial killer. His book Son of a Midnight Land comes in 8 formats and editions but I always recommend an Unabridged Audible Audiobook and sometimes add the Kindle Whispersync edition if it makes sense. That is what I use and this is the link: https://www.amazon.com/Son-of-a-Midnight-Land/dp/B0797XNBK5/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=#customerReviews.

If you want to get to know someone read their book. I told him as we talked I was in contracting and was a project manager and had a business in Las Vegas that was still running at this time. I had worked on many major Hotel building projects. He said do you want to go to work here? I wasn’t sure but he said you can go to work on my son Shane’s place, him and his wife our building cordwood cabin. So I go to work out there on the Kilcher Homestead as a laborer/carpenter. Packing mortar made out of sawdust, sand, and lime in the cut split log walls. Re-packing it and stacking it in between the cut logs. Building wood scaffold and whatever else they ask me to do.

I got the opportunity to talk and work with Atz and Shane quite a bit. Good to learn about the family history and their lifestyle and the property and how it was and is used. This was so much fun to not be in charge, to just work and be a part of. I got to ride a four wheeler to work each morning out to a view that was incredible down muddy dirt roads every day. Shane and I watched as what looked like thousands of Sandhill Cranes migrate all in one day from the roof of the cabin. Got to watch them filming their show from behind the scenes. Did I tell you these guys are funny? Shane also took me on a tour of the homestead my last day there and was incredible. Again if you would have told me….

I am in awe of what God is doing in my life, putting in my path, and showing me so much. This whole process of going through cancer has completely changed my life. I would’ve never dreamed of doing what I’m doing now. I’m still working on my business www.cellularsmartshop.com at this time and now writing a blog. That’s God in your life; that’s the Apostle Paul talking to me 2000 years later every day, that’s cool.

It’s all good and the way I want today anyway. Lighter and leaner with less baggage as those before me have advised me. I like being light and lean today that’s the point of Taekwondo and you don’t have to be big strong or muscular. You have to be fast; speed and control are your power. You have to whip your kicks and punches with power and mental force. It is with many of the lessons I have learned from wrestling, martial arts, Judo, Taekwondo, and Jiu Jitsu, and that speed, agility, and power is the key. I can break boards and bricks with my hands. I can round house a masonry wall and put a crack in as I have done, my foot doesn’t break the wall does just like God continually breaks me.

Atz and I are friends today. He put me to work late last year on his Saw Mill Bucking Logs and Cutting Board‘s for material for his show to build with. I am getting to learn the skill I want for the life I want to live. We had lunch yesterday and I asked him if I could talk about him. I’m so grateful for Atz taking the time to show me anything let alone learning about a homesteader’s life from homesteader.

I have this crazy schedule 40 hours at my job and 30 hours on the business as I work from home on my three days off. It is not like work to me, like bucking logs or swinging a pick; so it is easier in some ways and harder in others. I always start Friday with the workout walk to the ocean, exercise, then yoga and chores all day. Saturday Sunday work on the business blog, store issues, the Internet issues of all kinds and product issues. I want to get healthy and slow down at a point and live the simple life I am striving for. I was reading Jordan Peterson's book last week and he said we have to make sacrifices for what we want. He is right and I am willing.

There is nothing like getting to the ocean on my morning walk. Getting to be there and experience waves crashing with the incoming tide. Foggy darkness over the whole coast. The wind blowing through and around me. Having the right clothes on and the right gear to be efficient with work and make you feel good. You don’t even notice any of the weather because you’re just so happy to be here. That’s the way it supposed to be. This is the only way you can heal mentally and physically. It is slow and hard but I believe.

George, Atz, and Tony are the ones who said that I should write my story, write a book maybe, and I am starting with the blog. I never did get that funnel in my stomach because I took the pain lesson. I have the right to clean my side of the street and die and that’s it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your time if you’ve read this and God Bless You.

John Mortensen




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