…and like the wind, her hands were gone,
but the burning on my chest persists
from that final caress.




I bid you greetings from the confines of my humble abode and the comfort of my sofa.  I’ve actually got a stream of ice water going through this handy dandy polar device,which replaces the old school method of putting a bag of ice on the knee, as I write this.  I’ve been down for about a week and half now recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.  There’s really not much else to tell other than that.  I suppose I could explain the GIANT incision on the left side of my knee.  The debris and osteochondroma removal from my knee was fairly simple.  My ortho doc told me right before surgery that he wouldn’t be able to get one of the osteochondromas with the scope and he’d have to make that extra incision.  Considering I’m sick of the running pain, I said go for it.  The only downside is that it’s going to make my recovery a bit slower than normal from a range of motion stand point.  Hopefully, once I have the stitches removed on Friday, I’ll be able to move a little more freely on my left leg.  Until then, I’m the slow poke walking in front of you with one crutch.

I’ve included pictures for your viewing pleasure.  Hahaha.  Like I said, all is well.  Just enjoying the couch for a while, and being taken care of.


Recovery Update: 9/19/2016

Sorry it’s taken me so long to update.  I have been couch bound while recovering from knee surgery for the last 11 days.  I’m beginning to get up and at ’em, but my body still feels like it needs sleep.  More on that in a different post, though.

From a flood/recovery stand point, it appears as if things are still at a stand still at my grand parent’s house.  They are currently waiting on the local government to decide whether any areas will have to raise their houses.  If that happens, their recover efforts will take a big hit.  The early calculation is that it would cost approximately $20K per foot to raise the house, and with the flood stage hitting their house at just under 5 feet, that would cost them anywhere from $100K or more just to raise the foundation.  This makes even the idea of rebuilding a lingering question at this point.  More to follow on that.

A little farther down south, and my parents are currently in the cleanup/ rebuild process.  They will not be required to raise their house.  So, that’s been a saving grace, at least.  They finally got the house dried and the insulation put back up.  Some drywall is up, and they hope to finish this week.  I’ll add those pictures once complete.  The “trash pile” which contained 20-30 years of possessions was finally picked up yesterday.  Though it’s sad to see everything officially gone, my parents can finally stop looking back when they see that pile and start looking forward.  My mom reports that the sandbags are slowly but surely coming up.  It’s a work in progress, but it is progress.

I’m sure the updates will be slower in the coming weeks, but I will continue to update until things are complete.  Thank you all for your concern, prayers, donations, and thoughts.


Flood Update: 9/8/2016

​I never wanted this to be about me.  Without the media, though, the size and scope of what this became would not have happened.  So, thank you to Ashley Cullinane at CBS4 Local, KFOX-TV, KTSM El Paso Proud, and now 24th Press Camp for getting the message out there.  We were able to fill a 17 foot truck on the first haul and a 20 foot truck on the second haul.  I cannot express just how much this meant to my family, friends, and community.  The Fort Bliss and El Paso communities have been beyond amazing.

A few more thanks need to go out to Christopher Moore with Embattled Warriors, Joe McIntyre, the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association, Lisa Aurich and the employees at Sport Clips El Paso – The Fountains at Farah, St. Michael’s Catholic Community on Fort Bliss, Tia Cindi Sarabia Alvara and the El Paso Executive Women’s Lions Club, and the multitude of family and friends who gave us donations.  There are so many that I can’t name them all.  Kind of like a Grammy speech….. you know who you are.  😉

This recognition shouldn’t be mine…. this should be everyone who contributed.
Thank you all so very much for your generosity and loving spirits.  God Bless You, All!
A special thanks goes out to my wife, Cecilia Sarabia-Wilkinson.  Thank you for your love, support, and reaching out to everyone you know.  Thank you for not getting too mad when I had to move your car out of the garage.  LOL.
I am very blessed to be around so many incredible people!