Jennifer and I went up to Watts Winery on Hwy 4 east in Lodi, and the corner with Locust Tree Road, and admired the pirate Bootlegger yard sculpture, and the delicious wines in the tasting room. I liked the Sauvignon Franc, and the rose surprising to me, non rose drinker much of the time. Jen bought a bottle of their Old Vine Zinfandel. They also market Upstream wines, and our reason to visit, the art gallery in the tasting room. Suggestion came from Inner City Productions Michael Newman, at his recent Jazz event in Stockton at the University Waterfront hotel. Inner City is holding a jazz and art event at Watts Winery, September 28. Well, I will be out of town, in Boston that weekend, but Jennifer will be on site, with a few of my art pieces, but also feature artist Ed Cesena of Modesto, artist Robert Kelley of Stockton. The Tasting Room is open Fridays and weekends and by appointments. We met Craig Watts and his wife, really fun conversation. Hope to have my art show there more often. The winery hosts other events throughout the year.
Look up Watts Winery on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wattswinery/info
Are our county’s attorney using the theory that those who seek help from a psychiatrist for any reason (they don’t know yet) are of lesser value than those who don’t? Be an interesting admission by the government if so. In this instance, in federal court in Fresno, in civil rights lawsuit seeking settlement with Stanislaus County, employer of Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies serving an eviction employing murder victim locksmith, working under their direction, attorneys for the county seeking mental health record of the locksmith, to prove their contention he is responsible for his own death, while shot by 3rd party being evicted, along with one of the deputies directing the eviction. So, he’s competently disengaging a lock, the job contracted for, but crazy to trust the deputies knowing they were at risk or not, such they know they are going to be shot, by a man who can’t see through the door who he’s shooting, because the locksmith is with the guys evicting him. This was on county time, and would seem a rather odd employer evasion of workers compensation and liability issues for on the job risk.
The case relates to a shootout in Modesto in April 2012, in an eviction Ca. Link is follow up story this week by the Modesto Bee http://www.modbee.com/2014/09/15/3540424/modesto-murder-victims-psychiatric.html?sp=%2F99%2F1571%2F&ihp=1
http://james-christiansen.fineartamerica.com for viewing more Jim Christiansen art images.
I recently printed up 24 Tee shirts, in various sizes, at the instigation of my girlfriend, Comedian Jen Eros, shipped in time for the 34th Annual San Francisco Comedy Day in Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate park, thinking we might be able to sell some at $20. Well, sold out before we left Modesto, but delivered some to friends at the event. Reception of the image, such it made comedians laugh, I may be making up some new shirts when I return from Boston October 2. Apparently this design from my original painting of the Stockton-Modesto 209 comedy scene, makes people smile.
Call to Artists. 75.00 this year to register for Stanislaus County Artist Open Studio. Open Studio weekend is April 25 and 26, 2015. Early registration for artists is October 5, reduces entry to 65.00. Online link to register is
I am one of those people, who paid off the 30 year mortgage. Two houses on one lot. And today, landlord obligations and neighbor have me hobbling over on sprained ankle to see about some new posts for the fence, something I can do and not leave to my property managers. Met up with my fellow construction and development project manager friend from my last job, over the weekend, at music event, where I got to note I was doing pretty well since mental health drafted me, and had this little project to attend to. And, while I’m at it, take care of fence post here where I live at mom’s house, also paid off, as part of my rent. Taking 38 days off due to injury on some of the household projects has taken its toll on my room, the garage/studio, yard work. I still managed to get us to the store for groceries, strained the ankle again to get the car fixed walking to from the 1.0 miles to the shop as part of my physical therapy. Festival has new rule, no volunteers or crew over 55 on ladders….
Life here at the garage studio, laundry room office, dining room gallery is pretty good. Shows the expansion of my range living here at Mom’s house, where it started with just the spare bedroom. I hadn’t wanted to move in, but was prevailed upon to do so in 2001 due to problems with bipolar. When I lecture on mental health recovery, some of what I get into is “other people’s problems” That’s a big part of mental health, including how you live with others, get through to family that you can still do things, actually getting better. You learn to teach them how to notice, as you learn to notice that same thing yourself. . I’ve been lucky though, moving in with mom, may not be ideal in my vision, but the tradeoff has worked out as we’ve lived now over a decade with it. My house gets the rent I needed to pay off the mortgage and pay my bills, and I was here for mom’s heart attack and adjustments to her life in the octogenarian age group. She quit driving a couple years ago. Glad my girlfriend took it upon herself to get us over the staying over at mom’s house, as she credited with saving mom’s life with the cardiac 911 call.
With my sprained ankle done falling off a ladder at a festival, I was unable to get some my festival volunteers to pay attention to some things they needed to do for me, vis a vis the injury, and what needed to get done I couldn’t get done. And I had to remember they’d never done these tasks before. This gave me some insight into some things I know frustrate my mother. Interesting with the injury, to have to use the walker for while, the cane, the handrails, go slow, and racing each other on canes around Savemart, gives me a new appreciation for the ADA handrails and standards I built into our projects, and leaves little sympathy for Ripon and Manteca on the lawsuits they have going on. I am sympathetic to the onerous penalties, but in each case the standards clearly not done and I’ve been out of the business over 13 years and had 20 years of standards to build to before that, and so this should have been accomplished so lawyers not feed off it.
The routine here, is I get up, make the coffee, read the newspaper, let 2 cats in and out, and then mom up for coffee, and cereal, read the paper, and the two feline vultures descend and wait on the cereal bowl, Cindy first, and always leaves a little bit for Sam. Then Cindy is back up on the couch, taps mom on the shoulder while staring at the Modesto Bee, signal for treats, and always from Mom’s left side. To the right on the floor Sam awaits patiently, and the split of Whiska’s treats thrown, usually in equal quantity, after mom takes her pills. Routine every morning. At night, they know with the first glass of red wine for the cardiac patient, same routine. I’m lucky to live here, return the favor when I couldn’t do it for depression reasons, to try and keep the household afloat. But understand the annoyance on healing time warning of “at your age” yet to be 60, healing would take longer and watch for clots. Understand how my dad felt at near same age to be listed “elderly” at 61 on his cardiac evaluation from the set of heart attacks that knocked a 220 pound man to 125 at death at young age of 62. The evaluation to see if my former CEO and Stanford MBA who had worked since childhood could get a smidgen of his SSA benefit before early retirement eligibility at 62. He collected 8 months. I am currently on a diet, not just ankle rehab.