I live alone with my once feral cat, here in Ventura, CA.; about 55 miles NW of Los Angeles & some 20 miles South of Santa Barbara. I am on permanent disability from the County, where I worked for 17 years, due to back injuries & surgeries, Neuropathy & currently dealing w/ the 4th recurrence of cancer. As my Username might suggest, Nature & Music are 2 of my strongest passions. I enjoy reading both Fiction & Non Fiction as well as Bios & Auto Bios. I am learning to paint with oils, from PBS(thank you Bob Ross!) & I am reading a book on how to write a screenplay. I have 3, what I consider to be very interesting ideas for a screenplays. But time will tell. My oldest niece sold her first ever screenplay for 10 grand, so I figure, why not try! But my natural talents lie, not with the pen or paint brush, but rather, with my guitars, piano or the drums, which I played for some 30+ years. As far as cooking, I am more than a TV Dinner guy, but less than a Chef ! I fix what I enjoy & enjoy what I fix, most of the time! I like to BBQ & most often, of thw weather does not allow a BBQ, I marinate, then sear Top Sirloin, any steak, then put on a rack in the oven & finish it that way - less fat & more juicy & flavorful. I don't fry a lot, but when I do, I use little Olive Oil. I love flour tortillas & always have them on hand; for soft tacos, burritos, quesadillas &/or nachos & a fave is M/Waved bacon with salsa in a warmed flour tortilla. I can also eat them warmed with lo fat margarine.