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HIS SPIRIT LIVES ON! ... BONER, THE PIANO DOG ... November 27, 1994 ... February 20, 2010

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June 19, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada

One more day with the temperature at a hundred. The rest of the week it will go up to between a hundred and a hundred twenty so of course I wanted to get Mo out while possible. First we drove to Ikea to get a frying pan. That place is so not customer oriented! No bag (unless you pay) to take your stuff out, they make you do all the checking out by yourself, they stock only what doesn't sell online and now... no cash purchases!!! I told the women monitoring the checkout machines I need to pay cash and do it or else. She did the check out and then had to run to the office for a cash ok. This kind of shopping is happening because customers allow it. Mo was getting weak walking around. I was there with him on purpose because a walk today in the heat was not going to happen. But even inside was draining for him. The ride was very difficult for both of us as I have no air conditioning in the Traveling Piano cab. The heat was terrible.



After Ikea we drove to Spring Mountain Ranch as small state park we discovered a few weeks ago three miles past Red Rock. The world changed. The temperature was in the low eighties with a light breeze. We settled down in the shade of a mulberry tree looking out onto a field of thick lush grass with greenery all around, trees everywhere. Tall mountains filled the view in front of us. The only people there, a father and his little girl across the field. The air was filled with dragonflies and bugs of all kinds. By late afternoon the fireflies began to show with a gold shine. There were butterflies and a variety of birds. One bright orange Flamed-Colored Tanager hung out with us for hours. I had never seen one before. Mo and I we just sat and did nothing but look at all the nature in front of us for over three hours. It was a huge decompression in heaven.

June 18, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada

Last night, in the middle of the night, yesterday caught up to me with an incredible aching body, a headache, shortness of breath and zero energy. Once I feel back to sleep with some ibuprofen it was not until 3pm when I woke up. I needed that sleep but so much of the day was gone and I was going to go back out into nature as today was to be the most doable with the temperature. As I began to beat myself up I just told myself to get up and get out onto the street while still possible. While walking to the truck I saw it was a good thing I did not go to the dessert today. You could barley see the mountains because of wildfire smoke. Mo and I had a lot of fun on the street with the air and temperature, perfect.


June 17, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada

Last night I was feeling good. I was surprised I was able to do as much as I did today. It is the second day after a big day with the Traveling Piano and usually this is when the energy drop, the crash happens. Mo and I went to the Redrock Canyon overlook while the temperatures are reasonable and it was perfect. The wind was lush and heavenly. There was a truck parked in the one tree shade spot and so I just pulled in next to it to sort of intimidate them away. The truck gave us the shade needed until they left. It worked.In about five minutes they were gone.



It was a couple doing what couples do whenever no one is around and they are cheating on their wives, lol. After they left Mo and I had the place completely to ourselves to just enjoy and create music. People are afraid of the heat now and wildfire smoke from California was drifting in. The media weather hype has worked to my advantage many times. After about an hour people began to arrive for the sunset and we were ready to have a good time. I took Mo for a short walk up a path and had to stop several times to allow him to catch up with me. He is slowing down and down and down but we are still enjoying life and what we do to the fullest.

June 16, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada


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Las Vegas, Nevada


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Las Vegas, Nevada


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Las Vegas, Nevada


June 12, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada

This journey has turned me into a response-able activist. It has empowered me to speak my mind through the truth of spirit from personal experiences I have had with people we have met along the way. It is absolutely crucial that we "all" speak out loud and strong "now" and use words passionate and simulating. Our lives are at stake. The kinds of easily assessable weaponry used to shoot in eleven minutes... 1,000 rounds of gunfire into a country music festival to kill ya all, remember that... the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history on the Las Vegas Strip? Well, your republican politicians and their trump supporters just made it easier to have that happen again with the now fascist majority supreme court reversing the ban on bump stocks and rapid-fire gun accessories and the republican congress blocking any change concerning that. You had best stand up, speak out and vote against trump or else... you will not know what freedom is until you lose it.

June 11, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada


June 10, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada

Global Public Piano Player (yes, thats a thing) Tetsuo Toyooka... from Japan was on the Traveling Piano in the United States of America, Downtown in Las Vegas, Nevada on Main Street today with Traveling Piano Pup Mo! LOL. There are guys who network around the world to find and tell each other where there are public pianos to play and then they use the location as an impetus to travel. Then they log for themselves as a collection how many countries they have visited and played a piano in. Usually they are found in airports, hotels, sometimes on public streets and in parks. Tetsuo found me through a facebook group of these people. Even though I am not a "public piano" I will still share with any individual in public. His cousin who lives in Henderson next to Las Vegas drove him and brought a case of water for me to give to the homeless. She must have checked me out on Facebook. I was like, damm now I need to go give this out because after the sun hits it tomorrow the water will be hot and I cannot carry it up the stairs and back down to refrigerate it. The case was gone in less than ten minutes and driving through just a couple of streets.

June 09, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada

Ya know... we can all do whatever we can do. With the heat, using the Traveling Piano truck for homeless outreach is not possible as I broke the head gasket 2 years ago from stopping and starting in temperatures like this. (it is 110 degrees out my door right now) Mo cannot handle it and having been by my side 24 hours a day for over 14 years, I do not want to leave him home alone for hours at a time. My own strength and capabilities while heading towards 70 years of age... limited. But, when we go out for our short walks at night we still accomplish some love, compassion and care. I can no longer carry bottles of water on my back but we can still take out stuff like bags of chips and meal size "cold" peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Last night we did not have to walk any distance. About 20 of them were distributed in just a four block area from where we live. Want to help out with the ongoing costs? You all know I live with little income. Venmo: Dan Kean 215-639-9378 Paypal ...and... Spotfund

June 08, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada

Mo and I got up early in the morning to go have coffee with a facebook friend I've never met because I wanted to show him the Traveling Piano and what we do. By ten in the morning the sun is already too hot to do anything so we got there at nine. He is very connected with the arts here in Las Vegas and I wanted to ask if he might help with a place to stay in Utah for a few months so we can work and stay alive all three of us the truck, Mo and myself! He goes there often in the summer as he has a place. The temperatures downtown are now over a hundred every day and it is only the beginning of June. Mo needs to be carried up the steps because they are too hot to walk on. His legs collapse in trying to climb. Nothing came from the meeting. The guy has fixed ideas about what he does, why he does it, how things are done and why. I could feel there was no flexibility for my ways that make no sense for him. He has contributed to the Traveling Piano in the past. Who knows why people do what they do when they do it.

June 07, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada

PART B: Almost every night was pure hell, intense and torturous. My homework sessions would include crying from my mother's intense frustration and impatience and fear about my future. My brain would "freeze and turn off" in fear. It was not possible to think faster. The impending doom of knowing I would fail, that I was in fact a failure and the chaos that would result was unbearable. In school classes when a teacher would ask the class for an answer to a question... I would "always" go into intense hiding in my mind and try not be visible so I would not be called on. As a result there was no chance of every giving a correct reply. Mo has always responded in positive ways when given the needed time to do so.



It has always been a necessity. So I guess I have given him the patience I have always needed. Of course, I must allow for mistakes so he can choose on his own. There have been some close calls even close to death calls for example off leash as a result but, allowing the freedom of choice has always been worth it and has worked out. Trust and faith comes to mind here. I think all of everything in life wants to please. Our jobs are to give each other and ourselves and everything else the time needed to find the correct choices which includes whatever mistakes that happen along the way. That is what is meant by going with the flow, eh?

June 06, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada

PART A: I just realized something that Mo and I have in common. Ever since day one, when given a command he needs time to think. It is always like... I say something and there is a... beat one, two, three, four and then he responds. Otherwise, he is just not capable. He needs the time to think and choose for himself. It is because of early puppy trauma. Everytime abuse would happen after being born, his mind would "freeze and turn off" in fear. The same with me. Hardly ever am I able to respond on the spot to questions or statements put forth that need a quick, coherent and intelligent come back. The information always comes later, afterwards when it is too late.



Writing down my responses helps create a pace where I can think clearly of what I want to say. Throughout life I have always had to rehearse scenarios and the words I will use as a response. Even then, that has often not worked. There have been two primary reasons for this. One is my dyslexia. Two, I was totally traumatized as a child when being asked for homework answers. My mother (who's intent was 100% pure in wanting nothing but good for me) did not realize I had dyslexia and would lose patience while trying to train me to think faster. She did not have the tools to help and did not even know I needed tools or a special way to learn.

June 05, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada

For many people, if I do not fundraise in a way that fits into their mindset or conventional ways, for a reason that makes sense to them and/or convenience, they will not contribute. One negative mindset has been that I will not be successful and always struggling so therefore the contribution will go to waste. Often, they just do not want to relate. Really, they just do not want to give freely. Concerning other people's idea of success, what is success or, what connotate a struggle? The fact is... everything is a struggle if your mindset is oriented to "struggle." I have said many times, "acts" of giving are worth much more than the gift for me. Of course the bigger the gift, the more fun! Any outreach I have ever made for support, I have really needed... but even with that still, the physical need has been secondary. My success is in having people just "give" something, anything! It is all about the intent.



I enjoy gifts without obligation or expectation, unconditionally. I want the trust and relationship in that. Never, have I not returned a gift several times over in one way or another and that has been by nature but... not the point. Most people give because they can relate or are moved emotionally, or because they have been manipulated into giving or sold on something, many people need and want all of that. Many need to rationally justify why they are giving. Nothing wrong with that but my interest is in giving simply because I ask. Again, it is a matter of trust and generosity in relationship as well as support. The fact that the overwhelming majority of people cannot comprehend my thought process or do not want to... so be it. In looking back, I have survived and quite successfully in and for my ways. Now, in comparison to how and why others fundraise... is it about comparisons? Lol, fools compare.

June 04, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada

If it was not for strangers who took a stand for my self-worth as a gay man, they happened to be heterosexual, I would have committed suicide when I was eighteen years of age. The diocesan roman catholic church I trusted with my mind, body and soul threatened to toss me out. My family tolerated me as a sexual outcast. My community preferred that I simply did not exist. Hence the need to celebrate "Gay Pride" ...that of having a sense of one's own proper dignity or value, self-respect. I stand proud and strong for myself and all those needing respect to be who they are.Happy Gay Pride Month!

June 03, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada

I just added over 300 photos to this years gallery. Wow, yes I just did that... it took me by surprise, an impulse started it. The work is intensive as I must make thumbnails for all the photos, list them, upload them, check them, sort them... it is good I get these pictures online as they become immortalized in a way. And, there is an online copy on my own server that my friend Wes has run since day one. Funny thing, every time I have looked at the gallery since January, it was confusing me and I did not know why. Now I do. When I listed the photos my dyslexia was in play and I listed them all backwards! I do not think I've ever done that before and when I was viewing them, subconsciously I knew something was wrong. The Traveling Piano photos were all listed in their timeline and although the days were in line, the photos from each day we're listed from bottom to top verses the other way around. The Picture Gallery Archives can be found in the menu to the left of this link or just click here for the present gallery I just added to... 2024 Part 01 Click on any thumbnail to bring up the full resolution.

June 02, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada

The computer I use to do my work on is so backward now its use in the world is being phased out. To get a new computer,I need to get new software and learn to do things in new ways. Thats not going to happen. It is difficult enough for me to maintain memory and speed with the habits I have had for the last twenty years. Updating the software is not possible because of price. More than all of that... I pay for ownership not rental. Software is now done online with streaming payments and pricing piece by piece. I will not have that for my life. All of my information and everything about me what I do and how I do, my creativity online given over to a streaming service? Nope. Of course it will be safe and never used, lol. That is a marketing lie proven through the years.



Just like the ICloud storage concept. Never used it, never will. Again, I own my work, my life, my brain. The browser I use works for about 50% of the internet now. It is being phased out as all the other browsers I can use on my computer. My ability to travel the world on the internet, being phased out. This, because the internet is being controlled and manipulated for the self-serving profit of a few. And, because I just do not want my information to be tracked and used for the profit of others. The free flowing internet ended many years ago. For example, seeing information from Europe in a search. I use a VPN now and the address is usually running from Canada. This because the ISP I am using is on a public line easily hacked. I can still download media from the internet that new systems will not allow without monetization. Because of my using a VPN, search engines will only give me Canadian search results.



Facebook censors all news from America as a result. It is so messed up as in wrong. Most people cannot use or see the website now and with AI... the end is near for all of us. For me and my old ways... very near the end. It is ok and is my choice. One of the advantages of maturity is in the learning of what I can live with and without. Also, when to just stop and get off the technology train. I live a very well life with not giving Amazon any of my business. I've never used AirB&B in my travels. I do not pay for Netflix. If you do not start, you will not get caught in the traps they set to use you for profit in a way that you cannot let go of. They are really bad companies for me and I knew it from the start. Now with AI... while possible I will reject it in my life. AI is already beginning to phase me out of the internet world. So be it, I will not play into its hands.

June 01, 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada

I am the King of Parking, I am the King of Packing, I am the King of Cooking on a Small Burner with a Teeny Weenie Sink next to it and No Counter Space. Five gallons of soup with beans, fried sausage, fresh tomatoes, garlic, spinach, zucchini squash, carrots, corn, string beans, onion, celery, mushrooms, beef broth, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Yummer! (the only downer is it takes all day because of the lack of space) Also, I cooked more food for Mo to freeze and have. That would be fish, rice and carrots. Cooking for Mo has been working out for the good!