The Dream

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Folks I had a dream a few nights ago that really impacted me. I had a dream I was in Turkey.

I have done mission work for about 2 years and never have I ever had anything like this. In the dream I was in Turkey and it had people from my office mention something about an art galley. I could feel the culture shock within my dream. Also the team leader there was in a part of it and I was vlogging my time there.

So that does this mean I should pack my bags and be ready to move out?

Well, I think there is a bit more to this. Ever since I got started, I’ve sort of been “hard headed” toward the fact of being in Turkey. I’ve seen all the work the team does and hear about the ministry needs like the Ankara Refugee Project. I felt like everybody went to Turkey and I wanted go someplace that didn’t seem like everybody went to. I woke up from my dream and that mentality was gone!

This dream kind of reminds me of when I met my Youtuber friend, Chris Howard. The 15 minutes we were together felt like a dream (but I know it wasn’t because Chris broke a car vent cover in my car).

Also I been thinking  if I do go overseas, I want to vlog my entire trip, thus the vlogging part would make sense.

Going back to the art galleries. We want to start a gallery in Eastern, Turkey in the next few years.

Since I’ve been doing missions work I’ve never really had the clichéd term of “calling.”I thought of missions more of an opportunity God has given me. Thus I feel like this is God’s clarification of I need to stay focused on missions and reaching the nations.

In conclusion, Yes, I want to go to Turkey now. When will happen, I don’t know at this point, but It’s something I would like to make happen in the future.

As I like to say, Live long and prosper and may the force be with yall always!

25 Even more things you probably didn’t know about me

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Folks, there is a part three! So here we go!

(These are not exactly in order)

  1. My favorite fast food joint is Cook Out
  2. The only time I have ever been in the White House was when my mom was pregnant with me
  3. The only real concert I have fully attended was one for Weird Al last year
  4. I LOVE BBQ sauce
  5. I did taekwondo for a few years and actually made it up to red belt
  6. I cannot stand Justin Bieber
  7. I enjoy music mash-ups
  8. My favorite TV show theme song is the “A-Team theme”
  9. I tend to be a night owl
  10. I enjoy cheesey 90s worship music
  11. My favorite living president is Jimmy Carter
  12. My favorite president of all time is George Washington
  13. I am excellent with directions
  14. I love hats
  15. I prefer Chevys over Fords
  16. I memorized all the State Capitals when I was 7 years old (Thanks Leapfrog)
  17. I have won 3 three homeschool Geography Bees
  18. I enjoy documentary films
  19. I am a big fan of Ernest P. Worrel Movies and commercials
  20. I say the word “yall” quite frequently
  21. I’ve been a monster truck fan for 11 years
  22. I tend to like cats more than dogs
  23. My favorite cartoons are Tom and Jerry and Wile E. Coyote  & the Road Runner
  24. I enjoy Celtic music
  25. I have never been to Boston in the fall

Folks, I have a fourth one coming! Yes, You will learn a total of hundred things about me!

25 Things (Part 1)

25 More Things (Part 2)

As I like to say, Live long and Prosper and may the force be with you always!

25 More things you probably didn’t know about me

Hello and Welcome to the Captain’s Blog!

Not too long ago I posted “25 Things you probably didn’t know about me” Now I bring you 25 more! (Part 1)

(Once again these are all out of order)

  1. My least favorite move is Snowboard Academy
  2. I enjoy music from the 60s and 70s
  3. The first song I ever added to a custom Spotify playlist was “In the belly of a whale” by the Newboys
  4. My favorite movie is the Avengers
  5. I prefer Android over iPhone
  6. My favorite video/computer game is Midtown Madness 2
  7. I once did a bit of Civil War reenacting
  8. The worst thing I have ever eaten is a snail
  9. The farthest south I have traveled is about Mid-Florida
  10. I can’t stand city driving
  11. My least favorite video game is Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  12. I can play drums Terribly well.
  13. I like to freestyle rap
  14. I prefer colder weather
  15. If there was any place I would like to travel, it would be London
  16. I have the ability to sort of use Photoshop
  17. I have worked in a Missions office for a year and a half
  18. I once rode on a Camel
  19. I enjoy puns
  20. I don’t really like coffee
  21. Currently I am a financial Assistant in my office
  22. I don’t like driving stick vehicles
  23. My favorite social media site is twitter
  24. I once accidentally turned off the water for a McDonald’s store and a few days later, the regional office
  25. My favorite Beverage is sweet tea

Believe it or not, there is a part 3 that will published later this week!

As I like to say, Live long and prosper and may the force be with yall!


25 Things you probably didn’t know about me

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As 2016 progresses, I’m trying to think of video ideas. Probably some of the past blogs will be produced into videos. I wouldn’t be surprised if this post will inspire one.

Nevertheless, “25 things you probably didn’t know about me” will be just be some useless facts to get to know me better.

Let’s jump right in! (All these things are out of order)

  1. I was born at home and lived in the same house before I moved out
  2. The farthest north I have ever traveled is Niagara Fall, On.
  3. I once did an internship for a Congressman
  4. I was homeschooled from 2nd grade up till the end of High School
  5. The farthest west I have ever been is Las Vegas, NV
  6. I like to consider myself as a southerner
  7. I am more of a country person
  8. I did four years of old fashioned grammar classes
  9. My favorite places to go in Downtown Richmond are the State Capitol or the James River
  10. I’ve had an interest in videography for a few years
  11. I once shook hands with Mitt Romney
  12. My favorite food is Steak
  13. My dream car is a Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren
  14. I like to wear jeans year round
  15. My favorite YouTube Channels are Pun Diddley, Blimey Cow and Julian Smith (honestly there are so many to choose from)
  16. My first YouTube Channel was called “garrettandgarrett”
  17. I enjoy game shows like the Price is Right, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune
  18. I worked a whole bunch of years doing irrigation work
  19. I once dressed up in an orange jumpsuit and helped carry a cross around Washington D.C
  20. I once passed out on the front steps of the US Capitol (
  21. I have gotten into a bit of Photography and would like to do more of it
  22. I once got accidentally high after taking the wrongs meds
  23. My favorite song is Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley
  24. The first YouTube video I ever watched was “Evolution of Dance”
  25. I volunteered countless hours with the Republican party during the 2012 election

Honestly, there were so many that came to mind, thus I am gonna to release a sequel in the coming days.

I finished a project for one of my favorite channels, Pun Diddley.
It was certainly worth the months of work, but now I shall take an editing hiatus.

Thanks for reading today’s blog!

As I like to say, Live long and prosper and may the force be with yall!




Home away from home.

Hello and welcome to the Captain’s Blog!

Why do I always start out with, “I know I haven’t written a blog post in a while”…

Yes Folks, This still exists from my internship, thus I might get some use out it.

This evening, I weirdly had the urge to write a blog post which never happens. Maybe it’s because I’m switching gears the next few weeks.

Let me bring you up to speed on a few things

  1. I am still at Hillside Missions in Richmond doing finances
  2. I am not going to West Africa unfortunately due to lack of funds
  3. I have taken part-time work for the next few weeks

I am currently writing this from my parents house because my part-time job is doing irrigation work thanks to my dad.

Convenient? Well it’s not permanent work.

This is the season where we shut down irrigation systems.  The process is we blow air to clear the pipes from any water. My dad rented an extra air compressor thinking another guy would work for us, but due to other things, his employment did not work out. Nevertheless this gave me an opportunity to work for a few weeks.

I’m gonna add this work is a blessing to me. I was needing to look for work to pay my rent. I sort of procrastinated looking for part-time work around me. I actually worked the past few Saturdays at an irrigation job site surprisingly in walking distance from me.

Being a home isn’t exactly comfortable. I have to sleep on the couch and deal my crazy brother, but who said life was comfortable.

I would also like to thank the folks at Hillside for not being too unhappy at the last minute for the change of office scheduling.

God has provided for me the last year and a half and I know in his time he makes all things beautiful.

When God opens a door, you better walk through.

I would love monthly supporters to help me with rent, groceries,etc.

If you would like to support me, you can give with two ways:

  1. You can donate online

Go to
On the second page of PayPal, type in the box for “Chris McGowan”

add instructions

  1. You can mail a check.

The address is
Hillside Missions Organization.
8 East Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219

*Please do not put my name on the check, make it out to Hillside Missions. Instead place it on a separate piece of paper inside the envelope (this is done for tax purposes). Hillside Missions Organization is a 501(c)3 therefore all donations are tax-deductible.

Live long and prosper and may the force be with yall!

Hey, November is PCHanger month so go check out Luke’s videos!

Who knows…. I might make a day in the life of me video doing my irrigation work…



So… Plans have changed

Hello and Welcome the Captain’s Blog!
Let me bring you up to speed on a few things. First off, I have moved! I still live in RVA and work at Hillside Missions doing finances. I now have four new roommates. These guys are doing the internship program that I did last year. It’s been interesting living with these guys; nevertheless we have gotten along well.
It’s been a long time since I wrote a blog post. As you were very aware I was planning  a short-term trip to West Africa. Well I am afraid that is not going to happen.
The reason is because of lack of funding. You see, I couldn’t make it on the dates we planned for my externship. Because of this, team members were leaving the field and the people who saying on the field weren’t able to accommodate me.
I am not the happiest about the outcome, however I am trusting God.
I want to add for those reading who donated for my trip to West Africa; your money will not go to waste. It will be saved till another opportunity for an externship becomes available.
Where would I go, you ask? I don’t know. Hopefully in the next few days, my director and I can meet to talk about alternate places.
Finally, I am looking for supporters in two fields.  First, my office work. I work full time and I do not get paid. I need at least $400 a month. This pays for rent, food and stuff. I would love to have monthly supporters. My role in helping in finances is to process the support for team members on the field. It is not a hard job, but it can be tedious at times.
Second, my externship (to wherever at this point). I understand you would like a destination… but I don’t have one yet. I have to start the process of looking for one all over again which technically could take months.
I run on God’s time and He makes all things beautiful. Please pray for me as I work in the office and a door would be opened for my externship.

If you would like to support me, you can give with two ways:

  1. You can donate online

Go to
On the second page of PayPal, type in the box for “Chris McGowan”

  1. You can mail a check.

The address is
Hillside Missions
8 East Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219

*Please do not put my name on the check, make it out to Hillside Missions. Instead place it on a separate piece of paper inside the envelope (this is done for tax purposes). Hillside Missions Organization is a 501(c)3 therefore all donations are tax-deductible.

As I have always said since day 1 and probably continue saying, Live long and prosper and may the force be with yall!



I would love to have partners!

Hello and Welcome to the Captain’s Blog!

I know it’s been a while since I last posted something but I would like publish a copy of my support letter for my externship. I would love your partnership and prayer. God Bless, Chris

Dear Friend,

First, I would like to start this letter by saying what an amazing year I have had at Hillside Missions Organization. I have taken numerous courses on subjects such as church planting, world religions, discipleship, and much more. I have traveled to Tennessee, Massachusetts, New York City, plus multiple trips to Washington D.C. I have made quite a few friends, and gained interest in music such as Simon and Garfunkel and D.C Talk. One of the tasks I have had the pleasure in helping with is finances in the office. The highlight of my internship was drawing closer to God. God has blessed me with an awesome opportunity to learn the importance of missions and outreach towards unreached people groups.

I now have a new mission. I have a short-term externship to West Africa. Due to security reasons I can not specify which country. My externship will occur in October and last 6 weeks. While on my externship, I will be camping in the bush and surveying local nomadic people, helping with various projects in a school, and making videos for missionaries to send back to their home churches. This sounds so exciting (trust me, I am bouncing off the walls), but this cannot happen without your partnership.

My need is $4000. $2000 is for airline tickets and the rest is for various costs (food, translator etc.). Yes, that is a steep amount, of money but God is faithful. I have been very blessed over the last year living off of generous donations. If you would like to partner with me in this exciting journey, I encourage you to assist me in of the following two ways:

  1. You can donate online

Go to
On the second page of PayPal, type in the box for “Chris McGowan”

  1. You can mail a check.

The address is
Hillside Missions
8 East Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219

*Please do not put my name on the check, make it out to Hillside Missions. Instead place it on a separate piece of paper inside the envelope (this is done for tax purposes). Hillside Missions Organization is a 501(c)3 therefore all donations are tax-deductible.

I pray I can count on your support.

Christopher McGowan

And in that day you will say: “Praise the Lord, call upon His name; declare His deeds among the peoples, Make mention that His name is exalted.” Isaiah 12:4

P.S. On my trip I will also make a documentary of my travels, thus you can get a taste of my experiences.

Take a few minutes and read some of my earlier posts.

Also check out this traveling vlog I made last month. I wanted to meet a missionary friend of mine, but things didn’t go as planned.


Photo Friday!

It’s been a while, I know!

Captain america young

Umm… why am I posting a Picture of Steve Rogers? Because I really like the color grading. This was a screen shot from the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It almost looks like a painting.

I am raising support for my externship to West Africa

If you would like to partner with me for my externship, you have two options.

1. You can do online giving
go to
Please put in the box at PayPal for Chris McGowan on the 2nd page
add instructions

2. You can mail a check
Our address is
Hillside Missions
8 East Broad St
Richmond VA 23219

*Please do not put my name of the check, instead place it on a separate piece of paper inside the envelope. This done for tax purposes.

As I like to say, Live long and prosper and may the force be with you!


Favorite computer/video games

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When I was younger I played quite a bit of computer games on my computer and when I got a little older played on other people’s gaming consoles then my own. Today I don’t have time to play too many games, so I do apologize if these seem a little lame.

One of the people I follow on the internet is Josh Taylor. He is one of the Youtubers on the channel, Blimey Cow. Josh made a list of the top 12 video games. I was inspired make a list of my own.

12. Wii Bowling
wii Bowling

I am not the sporty person, but I could get into this! This was the first Wii game I played and have never stopped loving it! I have a secret strategy of getting the most strikes. Just make sure you have wrist strap on to have a ball at bowling.


11. Roller Coaster Tycoon 1 & 2

Thanks to my brother, I had a lot of fun with these games(and others as we will see). What is it we enjoy about Tycoon games? Is it the management aspect or is it building the rides. Building the rides of course!(if you had the money) I liked the assortment of the free parks in the second one, it made for more creative game play. After hours of staring at you screen, you will always have the energy to scream for more mayhem (also crashing the rides was fun).


10. John Deere American Farmer/Drive Green

These are a tie for the tenth place.  American farmer is an interesting agricultural game with weird character development. You have one guy who always complains and the guys whose elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top if you know what I mean. I actually never completed the game, but overall I enjoyed it.

Drive green was much more of a 3D game with a lot more interaction. You do projects like planting a field and gain Deere Dollars of you keep up a good pace. You can also explore the farm and go into the back woods and even find fossils! Both farming games are great!

9.Super Smash Bros Melee


This is probably one of my favorite fighting games. I am not a professional like my friend Gary, who competes in tournaments but it is sill entertaining. The music quite often will be stuck in my head. I like to play as Dr. Mario (there’s a back story to it) I do terrible but what ever, the point is to have fun!


8.Just Cause 2

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This is one unique game.  To be honest have never completed this game either. I have played the demo plenty of times on Gary’s Xbox. You explore the city while completing missions. When you complete the whole game, the world expands. We had a blast, maybe I’ll beat Just Cause 2, when I have more time.


7.Mario Kart DS/ Wii

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These two games are quite the racing games. Mario Kart DS was fun because you had all the fun of a Mario game on a portable device. It felt more realistic than the GBA version. The quality was good and the controls felt great, if your buttons didn’t wear out.

Mario Kart Wii was just an updated version of the DS. This game was better with multiplayer mode in my opinion. The courses were cool and the battle stages were pretty fun. Overall everything was fun and games, till you got hit with a blue shell.


6.Monster Jam Urban Assault

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I love Monster Jam (that’s another future post) and I enjoy their games but this one I played the most.  It’s fun and engaging. You race on road courses, play mini games, and do lots of freestyle. I always had a little tour series I would make up and would always get to Las Vegas at the end. The fun would never end!


5.Mario Kart Double Dash

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This is no doubt my favorite Mario Kart game out of the whole series. It’s the only one that two player mode could be on one cart, thus you worked as a team and not against each other in a sense. The courses were fantastic! It was an interesting move in the Mario Kart series. They haven’t gone back to that same format but it was good switch and always loads of competition.


4.Halo 3

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This is probably my favorite first person shooter game. The graphics and story are great. My favorite part is the multiplayer. If you have done multiplayer mode with me, you know what I always do. I will jump on a mongoose and non stop use the horn. I’m not the greatest at it(my little brother does better than me) but who cares?


3.Monster Truck Madness 2

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Monster Trucks! This game is just so freaking cool. You race around on courses and in multiplayer (which sadly I was unable to do) the trucks can do rumble courses based of WWE. I actually did more freestyle then racing. I would have all the trucks do a 15 minute freestyle with 5 minutes bonus time. I would score all the trucks and see who was the best. Another cool feature was saving highlights. Maybe one day I can make a montage of the best crashes.  Once again my older brother got me into this one.  Also the music was  pretty awesome. Who knew you could waste hours at a time with monster trucks.


2.Super Mario Brothers 3

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This is by far the best Mario game ever made! It’s fun and engaging, but most it’s just purely nostalgic. This is probably the most sensible game on the list. The levels are memorable. This game also has some of the best music of any game( you can tell I enjoy video game music). Fantastic is the one word that would Describe Super Mario Bros 3.


1.Midtown Madness 2


OH MY WORD! What a game, Mark!  I had so much fun with this game. The cars were amazing the graphics were alright, but the best part was the ability to download extra content. (I know, you can do this in many other games as well) This was another game my older brother got me interested. There is a cruise mode where you can drive around town. I probably played half of my childhood on this game. One of my favorite downloadable vehicles was the Knight Rider.
This car was indestructible , super quick, and my ticket to completing all the races.
Microsoft, you did something right, you developed in my opinion is the best game of all time. If you could make this compatible with the new Windows OS, THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!
This is why Midtown Madness 2 made number one on my list.


What are you favorite games? I’d love to hear from You! You can email me or facebook message me.

I am raising support for my externship to West Africa this October. I am in need of $4,000. On my trip I will be making videos for missionaries, helping out in a school, plus going around in the bush with team members.

If you would like to Partner with me, you have two options.

1. You can donate online.

Go to
On the 2nd page of PayPal, put in the box “Chris McGowan Externship”
add instructions

2. You can mail a check.

Our Address is
Hillside Missions Organization
8 East Broad Street
Richmond Va 23219

*Please do not put my name on the check, instead place it on a separate piece of paper inside the envelope (this is done for tax purposes).

I would like to thank you for taking the time and reading the blog today. Want to notified when I publish blogs? Subscribe on the right side and you will receive an email when I post new content. Check out my other posts as well.

Check out Josh Taylor’s Blog
Also Check out the Youtube Channel, Blimey Cow

As I like to say(weirdly), Live long and Prosper and May the Force be with yall!

I do apologize if there are any grammatical errors. I proof read this a dozen times.

Passing out at the U.S. Capitol

Hello and welcome!

Well… I had an interesting day, I passed out on the front steps of the US Capital.

Yes, you are reading this correctly. Please let me explain.
The reason we were going to the Capitol is for an event with Reverend Pat Mahoney. Subsequently, It was a hundred degrees out.
The event consisted of us laying a thousand flowers on the ground in front of the capital for the one thousand days Pastor Saaed had been imprisoned in Iran. We were dressed in orange and held up signs.

The day started in the morning already on the wrong foot when the car we were borrowing had a dead battery. The day before, Hillside wanted me to drive my car but I declined saying my car would never make it to DC. Well, since my car was the only car left, I grabbed my keys, said a prayer, then drove away( I would jumped the other car but we were running late) My car held up surprising well. We stopped in Fredericksburg for breakfast, where I got a chicken biscuit and a small cup of water. We hit the road again and eventually made it to DC. We missed our exit; however we ended up parking closer to the capital than the others.

The last time I went to the Capitol was July 3rd 2005. Our family took a trip to DC for the fourth of July and that evening we watched the rehearsal for the staged event on the lawn for the next night. Surprisingly 10,000 people also showed up.

Anyway back to today. We walked to the front of the capital and we help place flowers on the ground. Afterwards, I quickly grabbed a drink from a public water fountain. While I was drinking water, a thought came to mind. Usually when I drink water like this, my stomach will usually hurt. But I said, I would take a risk. I drank loads of water (which probably wasn’t the best thing) I then went back over the others.

Pat gives us the signs and starts taking to the press. I was standing for about 15 minutes when my stomach started hurting. I start feeling dizzy and told James I need to sit on the steps. I then passed out. From what other people told me. One person of the press saw my knees lock and started to say something to Pat. Then they heard a thud and I was down.

The US Capital is one the most guarded places on earth. Capitol police were watching us the whole time and when I passed out, they jumped on me quickly.

Meanwhile when I passed out, I fell into a deep, deep sleep which felt like an eternity and didn’t even feel the fall. Thankfully, I did not fall on the back of my head; I do believe I fell on my side for my elbow did hurt a tad later. Some people heard me moaning and thought I was having a seizure. Thankfully that never occurred.

I was only out for a few seconds when the police woke me up. I saw a few people standing around me. They ask if I OK. Then they asked me a few questions, with final one being, who the president of the United States was. I answered, Barack Hussein Obama. I think when people heard that answer, they felt little relived. They helped me up and put me in an air-conditioned van and gave me water. By this time I was back fully functioning but felt a little strained. The police asked me more questions and got information about me (Oh Joy). Some capital paramedics showed up and took my sugar level and blood pressure and all that jazz. It reminded me of the lady who passed out over ten years ago during when Regan laid in state in the capital. There was a memorial service and a person passed out. I remember the media saying that the people who responded to her were of then best in the business.

An ambulance arrived and they took me inside for further testing. Meanwhile outside the event was still happening. Alysha was trying to figure out what the EMTs were doing with me. She was in charge of the Hillside people participating at the event and she didn’t want to ambulance to drive off with me.

The EMTs wanted to take me to hospital to be further examination but I was hesitant. I knew I didn’t I have health insurance (Obama Care isn’t cheap). Thus I call my mom and ask for her opinion. We both came to a conclusion that I just needed water and no hospital visit should be made. The police put me back in the van when another Ambulance came and did more testing on me. Once again they were pushing me to go to the hospital. I said I was fine only a little dehydrated. I signed some stuff claiming that I could face death with my decision not to go to the ER.

The funny thing was the whole time since the police officer woke me up, I had a huge smile on my face and was laughing. I thought this was the funniest thing in the world. I just passed out on the front steps of the U.S Capitol.  All the emergency personal though I was weird but I think it was the joy of the Lord inside me. In fact one of the EMTs asked me what I was doing and I answered”I am standing for my faith!”

Once I was done with everything here, the event was unfortunately over. I thanked the EMTs and the Capitol police for helping me and their work. Then with the guidance of Alysha I made it to my car out front (I had given the keys earlier to Andrew) we drove to Alysha’s car then picked everyone up to head back to Richmond. We stopped at this burrito place in Lorton for lunch.

Since my car had no AC, I rode back with Alysha. I just really want to say, that she is like an older sister to me, in fact she reminds me of my older sister Rebekah. The way she was trying to talk to the police and negotiate with the EMTs was pretty much identical how Rebekah would have handled it.

We arrived back in Richmond where in about an hour there was an event with Ryan Keating, Kris’s twin brother from Turkey. Everyone there treated me like a super star. Ryan Spoke about what ministries they were doing in Turkey. To be honest it was hard to listen to him since the whole day’s events were swirling in my head.

Well that was my crazy day at Capitol Hill. Interestingly enough my younger sister passed out a week before at home. Also this week marks another “highlight” in my life.

As I like to say, Live long and prosper and may the force be with yall!


This was the only picture I took. My Camera went down with me. Thankfully it was not damaged.