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Well, it’s been 9 days since I had to make a decision and put my dog Milo to sleep on Friday, April 2, 2010.

Mike and Milo

I might not have realized this the first few days after he passed – but I now know that time really does heal.

The first few days were the toughest, but at around the 3 or 4 day mark – life opened up some pathways and more smiles and good feelings crept back into my day to day existence.

At around 5 days – on Wednesday (4 days ago) I have to admit I started feeling really good and have since become energized and have a new positive outlook on life and all the great things happening to me!

I still do flash on Milo and have an emotional feeling rush through me on occasion – but boy – what a huge difference in how I feel overall!

So – while this is not intended to be a life lesson or advice – I will say this – always try to remember that while bad or difficult to handle things may happen and pain and suffering can really take over on a moments notice – that simply focusing on the good and allowing ourselves to be distracted will result in progress over time. Just letting time heal things will result in a better outlook.

So – with that said – I will now honor my buddy Milo with a memory – and describe the background of a picture I have been using on my web sites. It’s the above photo of me and Milo.

The story behind that picture is as follows…

I was living in Sherman Oaks, California at the time and I wanted to take some pictures of myself and Milo and use them to send out custom Christmas cards. I was hoping to have a California Poolside theme with Milo and myself.

I would usually tweak the pics in Photoshop and make a work of art out of them.

The above picture of Milo and myself was from that “photo session” where I was taking pictures of us together. The problem was I wanted Milo to wear the red stocking santa hat – but he wasn’t too fond of that and wouldn’t sit still or keep the hat on. I had to take a lot of pictures to get one of him with the hat on.

The above shot is NOT one of them. It’s an out take.

While it did not make the cut for the Christmas card – I did end up using it in other applications, most notably on the “who we be” page of Article Underground (who are these guys?).

And that’s the story of that pic of me and Milo.

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What’s on my mind today on this Easter Sunday?  The end… His train will leave on time.

Well, there is no easy way to say it BUT I had to make a difficult decision on late Friday afternoon and had to put my dog Milo to sleep.

Last Good Pic of Milo 3-31-10

While I knew he was not well since Tuesday March 30th when he started having trouble keeping food and water down. Despite that I didn’t realize it was as bad as it was.

On Friday April 2, 2010 after 3 days since Milo was still sick and could not keep water down – I took him to the vet again.

Tests revealed he was in really bad shape. He was suffering.

As the vet showed me the first set of tests I asked the vet “Is it reasonable to say this is the end?” and the vet said “Yes – it is.”

I was hit very hard and was not prepared for it.

Yes – he was sick, but for some reason I took Milo there thinking I’d be bringing him home with me.

It turned out things turned quickly and it was the end for Milo. 

I’ll write again soon after I can better organize my thoughts, but for now I will just say it was the right thing to do.

I’ll miss you Milo! You were a great friend!

> A Few Pictures of Milo <

This song has been in my head consistently strangely enough the past 2 days since he passed – it must be the song for Milo – it feels like it is… it’s His Train by Jason Falkner

“His train will leave on time”

Here are the lyrics and below that is a link to one of the services that offers free plays.

HIS TRAIN BY JASON FALKNER

Ryan calls me, says “You’d better believe it, I got the bug, gotta get out with my brother
And so he comes down from the small town, says he’s gotta move out of the boonies someday
And I smile to hide a sorrow deep inside
Because I know that he’s leaving I’m just now believing he’s got to find his own way

His train will leave on time (4x)

He ties his shoelace as a grin consumes his face, we’re out again in the town with intentions
And we’re the ones who say it’s all in fun when it’s understood that no good can be found here
And we talk about girls, what brothers don’t talk about girls
And it was best Christopher Walkin, he says “Go out and get ’em”, guess who’s the protagonist

His train will leave on time (4x)

And he confides that he wants to be well but he’s always done well
We’re not worried about that

His train will leave on time (6x)

His Train by Jasn Falkner at LaLa

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The View from my Desk Part 2 – daytime version

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Click to Enlarge. That’s where I am right now as I write this. It’s the view from my desk.

I was doing a webinar the other day with Brian G Johnson and as we were warming up before starting Brian asked me what the weather was like and I said it was warm here at the beach.  I had to clarify because he jokingly said I was on the sand with a Margarita. I corrected him and said Carrot Juice.

Oddly enough, earlier that same day on March 16, 2010 I had taken a picture looking out from my desk area.

It’s hard to put this into words and a picture really shows much better a representation of where I work than trying to explain it.

This is a nice clear day overlooking the Pacific ocean from my home office in my house here in Laguna Beach, CA

I’m about 4 blocks from the beach and about 6 blocks from Laguna Beach Village.

It’s a great place to live and work! The weather is the best anywhere and there is a good vibe here at Laguna Beach. If you’ve been here you know what I mean. If not – it is hard to describe.

For those of you unfamiliar with Laguna Beach – it’s right next to Newport Beach in Orange County California. It’s also where they filmed a show on MTV – Laguna Beach The Real Orange County.

We’re about 50 miles from Downtown Los Angeles and about 25 miles To Disneyland (Anaheim).

It’s a great place to live (and work!)

I have a nice little Canon camera I keep in my pocket and I take tons of photos. Some day I really need to get more of the photos out there where other people can see them! They are hidden on my hard drive.

Here is a shot I took on March 17, 2010 while walking with my dog Milo.

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Click to Enlarge. It’s at Crescent Bay Point Park in North Laguna Beach which is a great little spot to hang out and watch the sun go down. You can look down at the rocks and see sea lions and people on kayaks and surfing and all kinds of stuff.

I almost lived in a house a block away from the park, but as it ended up I am in a home a little further south and closer to “the Village”. Milo and I come out to the park all the time! It’s a favorite spot to walk!

It’s March and it is getting busy out here. Weekends especially.

Right now is the timeof year that it is starting to get more and more crowded here at the beach. Especially on holidays and weekends. Sometimes you can barely get from one end of the village to another without getting stuck in traffic. There are people everywhere. It can be a hassle, but it’s also cool to see so many different kinds of people visiting.

Well, that’s a peek inside my life and where I live!

Here is Part 1 – a shot at Sunset – have a look!

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Milo and and the Golden Fire Hydrant

Milo and and the Golden Fire Hydrant

We have fire hydrants made of gold here in Laguna Beach, California

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 Milo and the Golden Fire Hydrant

Here we have Milo in the Laguna Beach Village by the golden fire hydrant

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I was mesmerized by the high quality of this golden fire hydrant, located by the local water company office here in Laguna Beach.


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Picture of a Laguna Beach Sunset

I’ve been asked for a recent picture without sunglasses so I picked one out that was taken a few weeks ago when my Mom was visiting. She took this shot of me as the sun was going down.

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That photo is on my deck in front of my house overlooking the Pacific ocean as the sun sets. While not every sunset looks as spectacular as this one, I am still overwhelmed each day I catch the sun going down! It’s been about 10 weeks since I moved to Laguna Beach and while it does feel like home, I am still awed by how great it is here!

I really lucked out and got a great house in a very special place!

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The Canon PowerShot A650 IS is one hell of a camera!

I bought it about 6 weeks ago and I have been thrilled with it!

What is notable about the PowerShot A650 IS is that unlike it’s predecessor, the A620 which ALSO does not have the excellent SPORTS MODE from it’s predecessor the A95, is that the newest camera has IS – image stabilization.


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Moving Day Pictures

Here are a few pictures from the move to my new house in Laguna Beach. It’s been a great experience so far!

Mick 

My life is filled with chaos right now, but other than that it’s been terrific!

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Happy Holidays to all!

Best wishes for a great holiday season and a wonderful year in 2008!

See my Christmas greeting with pics

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On my walk with Milo this evening at around 4:30 – 5:00 PM we encountered a beautiful California Sunset!

I took around a 100 pictures – most of them turned out great!
Here is one of them! What a beauty!

Sunset at Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, California on 11-29-07

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