My backyard and my aquarium. 

I’ve been here a thousand times over the last 30 years. I skin dive and scuba off the rocks. I know every fish, their parents, their grandparents, and their great grandparents. I know when and where I’ll see them. And I know their names too. In an hour and a half, I can see a hundred thousand fish every morning before I show up for work. I’ve seen Giant two hundred pound Sting Rays, Lemon Sharks, Nurse Sharks, one thousand pound Manatees, schools of 50 or so… hundred pound+ Tarpons, Octopuses, Lobsters, Eels, Starfish, Whelks, Electric Stingrays, ten pound Scorpion Fish, thirty pound Baracudas, Queen Angel Fish and Queen Conchs, and Sea Turtles. 

I follow the Jetty (giant rocks piled up 30 ft. high) out for half a mile to its tip. If the wind and the tide are right I hardly have to swim. The wind and the current will push me all the way out, and as I round the tip, I catch the the incoming high tide ride back into the cut and right back to the opposite side of the rocks where I started from.
Sometimes instead of sealife, I hunt for Shells a mile and a half down the beach. You have to know where they gather. I no longer tell people where my spots are. Every time there’s a storm you wait a day for the visibility to return and it’s a whole new ballgame. You can stuff your pockets to the brim with a hundred perfect shells in less than an hour. Each one is an architectural masterpiece. They are all empty, cleaned and polished. There are hundreds of species, Cones, Turkey Wings, Olive Shells, Whelks, Scallops plus many unique species of Coral. There’s also small polished bits of colored glass that look like Gem stones. It’s all Treasure to me. And I never keep them I bring back every one of them. One night I pulled my car right up to the water and emptied all the boxes in my trunk into the ocean. I must have had five thousand perfect Shells. Why stop the fun when everyone can find them if you return them, right. It’s great hunting for them. Besides, if you ask me, (and I have a story I’ll tell you to prove it some time) it’s Bad Luck if you don’t.

So what do I do when the weather is bad and you have no underwater visibility, why surf, of course! Ok I never learned to stand up but Bogie Bording and Body Surfing is damn close and almost as fun. Yeah I know there’s no surf in Miami but when the wind kicks up there’s plenty. Even when it’s barely blowing it’s possible to catch waves with your body. I can catch one foot waves, why? Because I love getting stuff for Free and you catch little waves the exact same way as big waves. And they’re a lot easier to walk back out to catch another one. I’m like a dog chasing a stick out there. Some guys get to ride 90 ft. waves. We don’t have them on Miami Beach but we have something else…Hurricane waves. I went out the morning after Hurricane Wilma. There were dozens of surfers. I had fins. The wind blows the beach sand so hard it stings, leaving the beach looking like the surface of Mars. As soon as I swam out (without getting hit in the head by a surf board), nearly past the break line, I found myself looking up at surfers twelve feet above me on waves the size of a two story building. I’m getting the fuck out of here, was my first and last thought. I turned immediately and kicked hard as I could for shore. I caught a great wave that damn near tore my fins off and rode it half way back. EXCELLENT!, I thought. I did it! There were four high school guys sitting on the beach as I came out holding my fins watching me and the surfers. They all started clapping for me. I’ll never forget that day. I’m not bragging cause I was scared out there, but like I said, I surf too. Everything in life is relative. A lot of it depends on what your used to. Ya know what I mean? Ya know what I mean?

And, just hanging out, sitting, walking or even driving around on Miami Beach ain’t bad either. All the people are in a good mood, for a change. It’s like there’s just something else, it’s practically indescribable, in addition to the view, all that fresh air and Sunshine. Little kids freaking so happy squealing, and running in and out of the water, no one cares what they look like and everyone is in swim suits and almost nothing. I can’t tell you how many beautiful girls modeling clothes I’ve seen in that spot or girls posing for pictures let alone the gobs of them just being themselves laying in the Sand, Soaking up the Sun and playing in the Surf with all the Ships Sailing by. At that spot huge Cruise Ships and Commercial Steamships pass by just a hundred yards on the other side of the rocks in the Cut. 

Oh and there’s the model on the Jetty, see I wasn’t kidding. They’re all over the place.


Thank you for letting me bloviate.
JK

Solar is right here right now! It’s REAL!

Westward Look – High Desert Gem

When your passionate about your profession, it’s hard to take a vacation. My destination? my hometown Tucson, Arizona. My hotel, the Westward Look, in my humble opinion, the best hotel in Tucson. Nestled at the base of the surrounding Catalina Mountains it’s situated at the entrance to Pima Canyon.

In the foothills with it’s lush high desert flora and fauna you look straight up 6,000 ft. from the desert floor to the snow capped peaks. The sounds of desert birds, trickling water as the wind whistlesd through the giant thousand year old Saguaro cacti dotting the little canyon was simply a step away from my beautiful quarters to my balcony. Whatever time, morning, evening, during the full moon, in the middle of the night, it was there in all its grandure. I loved that view.

I was born in Tucson when the population was 80,000. Even though it’s grown to a million you can easily find your way back to this desert city and relive the same delightful feeling that you only get from nature and everything it offers.

Like a kid again as soon as I saw the sign, “Stables,” I jumped for the chance instinctively. My reservation was at 8am. No stinking pony ride for me. The was the real thing, I ran full out, galloping as fast as my horse would go. Two lovely girls met me at the valley stables just below the Hacienda del Sol, the old 1940’s girl’s school for the rich girls from the East. The little canyon we rode in was covered with mesquite trees, thousand year old  creosote bushes, jumping cactus, and an arroyo wash with its precious water from the snow melt on the Catalina’s towering above us. A Bobcat den was hidden in a overhanging outcrop just above us where she and her kitten stayed safe. Even our conversation seemed something special when as we walked the horses peacefully through this high desert collection.

An hour and a half later we dismounted at the stable and I was off in my rented BMW with the top down, windows up and the heater and music turned up. Driving back to the hotel to one of three deep  pools then a jump into the jacuzzi then the pool then back. Time for breakfast, steak and eggs over looking Tucsons 4 surrounding mountains ranges into the distance all within 30 minutes. Three of which were snow covered. Add 30 min. and you could be in Mexico. Throw in the history, the wildlife, the food, all my friends, my family and you had one happy camper in Bldg. 1, Room 347 on the incredibly groomed desert grounds of the Westward Look. 

On top of all that I just happened to show up during the world famous Tucson Gem and Meneral show. They had the best of it right in the hotel in a private showing.

Thank you Lord for this vacation and thank the staff of the Hotel for one of the best vacations I have ever had, right at home. If I told you the price you wouldn’t believe it, even the car.

Oh and just before my 2 week stay in Tucson, I stopped in Phoenix and bought enough solar panels for 1,000 homes at, you guessed it, “the world’s lowest prices,” ever paid.

TK U

JK

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      On the road to another multi megawatt purchase.

      We don’t sit around in a house and broker modules. We buy it up lock stock and barrel ourselves.

      Most importantly we go see it. WE INSPECT IT AND TEST IT! We use Fluke meters, pyronometers, and an IV current voltage tracer to establish the integrity of the module and its maximum power point. No one else does this. We take along an expert, not me, but famous highly respected PV professionals to help. We don’t mess around. On this inspection we’ll have eleven people. We don’t check just a couple modules we randomly select multiple pallets and test hundreds of modules!

      Tomorrow we will be counting thousands  of pallets inspecting tens of thousands of Grade A brand new modules. If it works out, it’ll be more of the same: business as usual for our excellent friends and clients. Over 350,000 followers and recipients of our weekly newsletters. That means you sir! Thank you for making these trips possible. 

      And, be sure to share the results of your efforts proving solar electric energy is affordable and the best life style around!

      You know it wasn’t always this hard for us to be found. For years we were the number one unpaid add on Google’s first page for almost every single PV related listing even for “Solar Panels.” Then someone put thousands of back links on our website linking us to over 3,000 X-rated sites and Google banned us completely. They said it must have taken someone months to do that. We went from No. 1 out of millions to non-existent on Google. Oh well who said life is fair.

      Anyway, please be sure to send in your stories and pictures to prove it to the few non believers that still might exist out there.

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      JK

      Solar energy use is fascinating.

      I’m honored to get so many emails and phone calls from so many bright people. I love answering your questions, when I’m able to, and helping you get what you need, or whatever I can do to assist you on your projects. Solar energy use is facinating stuff! Everyone I know who gets it, as they say, stays into solar once they get into it.

      Maybe you got started when you were a kid and you were in awe the first time you saw a radiometer (a simple evacuated light bulb with 4 black and white panels balanced on a needle spinning like crazy just because they were next to your desk lamp (an excellent diversion from doing your home work). Until someone like your dad or big brother told you how it worked it was really magic and then still pretty cool after that. Your friends loved it too. It was one of those things you had to show them.

      I get dozens of calls and emails every day and if I could I’d answer every single one my self. A lot of people are surprised when I answer the phone, it’s that I just can’t help myself. Or, that they get a long personal email response, it’s just fun. And oh man some of the conversations they are so interesting! I get communications about solar energy from all over the globe everyday now. A few hours ago it was Peter an ancient customer from Cambodia, we talked about not just solar but since I also love people, geography, and nature I wanted to know everything about Cambodia. He loves living there. I asked what do you do in Cambodia for fun? He described the incredible temples, indigenous tribal people, and “great food”. I asked, ” what countries bordered Cambodia?” Vietnam and Thailand, wow I thought. Then he described things regarding the Khmer Rouge and how the dictator Pol Pot burned all the banks and tried to turn the whole country and economy into an agrarian society. One day he announced the Americans were coming and we’re going to bomb the country and he gathered up all the people into camps and the mass killing began. He said everyone over 40 knew someone who had been killed many were family members. “He was their Hitler” he said. Alot of the kids today however, were unaware anything had ever even happened.

      Anyway, he and his wife were on the way to a fantastic eco resort there in the Cambodian Jungle. Probably was going to use solar for that. I sold Peter dozens of inverters with back up battery chargers 60 Hz 220 Vac I had gotten for practically nothing at, yeah you guessed it probably, “the world’s lowest price ever”. They had a lot of daily power outage problems and a inverter/charger with an automatic transfer switch is, of course, the only way to go. You don’t even need solar panels. But if you want a a really efficient silent independent PV system an inverter/charger with utility or generator back up is the best system you can buy. That was back in 90’s. Now 30 years later he needed solar modules. Said he saw the new GCL modules and he knew I had always had great prices
      prices on solar panels so he decided to call. You know I guess there are a lot of people out there that are reluctant to buy from us but should be buying from us based on our prices. Maybe it’s me and my big mouth that keeps them away. A little more Humility might help John. He sort of reluctantly asked if I had any more great deals on 50Hz 220 Vac inverter chargers and I do, Louis (my good friend and solar designer of almost 15 years just found a big batch of them in Guadalope of all places left over from a French Gov. project there with several containers of Trina modules to boot.) We already got the Trina’s shipped to Miami. So yeah I said to Peter, “we sure do. Their’s a whole trailer of them!” And, they’re dirt cheap and not the old size of 600 watts but 2,500 watts or so. “What a coincidence, we both probably felt simultaneously.

      I have lots of conversations like this every week, and sometimes every day. As my friend Cele Peterson once told me, “Remember Johnny, God’s in control.” Hallelujah to that! (Bet you didn’t know Hallelujah is a Jewish word, it’s Hebrew!) You never know what’s going to happen, right?

      From Wikipedia:
      The first part, hallelu, is the second-person imperative masculine plural form of the Hebrew verb hallal. However, “hallelujah” means more than simply “praise Jah” or “praise Yah”, as the word hallel in Hebrew means a joyous praise in song, to boast in God.

      Oh yeah and it’s pronounced Alleluia.

      Huh!

      Thank you for reading my blog.
      John

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