Terri Hanson Mead
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Terri Hanson Mead

Piloting Your Life: In-Flight Entertainment (Don’t Be Afraid of Creepy Kenny) (Oct 14, 2020)

Welcome Back My Courageous Passengers:

Last week I took a big breath and bravely ventured south to Palm Springs for a week with three girlfriends. We stayed at our timeshare at the Palm Springs Tennis Club and got very used to getting our temperatures taken, wearing our masks in public, and navigating a vacation during Covid.

It was remarkably low stress and just what we all needed.

Well, some parts were stress-free and stress-reducing like when we rented (through the Swimply app) a backyard and pool (twice) to enjoy a mask and stranger-free experience in the 100+ degree heat. A friend had used it here in Redwood City a few times for her kids and there were lots of options down in Palm Springs. It’s like an Airbnb for pools.

We needed the stress reduction after visiting something called Robolights in the Movie Colony area of Palm Springs, just around the corner from Frank Sinatra’s house. We had lots of clues that something was a little off with the guy (Kenny) behind this scavenger-art-meets-burning-man installation on a quiet residential street.

We arrived for our 2 PM appointment wearing masks and our newly acquired gloves as instructed by (creepy) Kenny. He had so many rules about what he expected from us that we should have ran. But no, we overruled our spidey-senses and I texted Zeke and Rei and told them that if they didn’t hear from us in an hour, to call 911.

As we walked through, I made note of all of the exits, took photos of where we were and sent them to Zeke and Rei so they would have clues as to where Kenny might be hiding our dead or kidnapped bodies.

We admired Kenny’s perseverance and creativity even if all of the so-called art was incredibly creepy. From a distance, things looked kind of normal, but up close, between the toilets and severed baby doll heads and used spray paint cans and old toys and vacuums, we really wondered what was going on inside the mind of the creator.

We got to what we thought was the end and met up with a very upset Kenny because we’d walked on a just-painted platform that wasn’t cordoned off. He insisted we wait 15 minutes for him to fix what we unknowingly ruined at which point I purposefully led us back to the entrance, retrieved the waivers we had signed while Jacqueline and Bonnie provided a financial donation.

We exited the property thrugh the gate we thought for sure was going to be locked and quickly drove away as Jacqueline texted a thank you note to him. And then blocked his number.

Later we all admitted we were prepared to jump the fence to get the hell out of there.

And then we went to a bar within walking distance to the Tennis Club.

It makes for a great story even if it was terrifying and Candice is going to be traumatized for life.

If you are thinking about going, don’t. Everyone we told about the experience (as we were trying to process it) thought it had been shut down by the city.

It was good to get away for the week despite the Covid risks. We took precautions, kept our distance, ate outdoors (mostly), and were able to relax. I played tennis daily and am feeling it.

But now I am in a better mental state to deal with all that is going on in the world, and what is yet to come in 2020. And, really, liver, shut up. You are fine. 2020 isn’t over and sober october is not for me.

And the winner is…Jennifer Piro (one of my investor gal pals). Congratulations Jen! Thank you to Amy, Barbara, Candice, Bonnie, and Donna for signing up for Discord and subscribing to my channel. I’ll be posting more PYL Bookclub questions and comments soon.

YouTube: Terri Mead

YouTube: Only 6 1/2 Minutes? Really?
I guess I shouldn’t complain given that my husband Zeke was willing to join me for a recorded conversation for my YouTube channel. I know he was wondering what I was going to ask him and he had good reason to be nervous. More in yesterday’s video. Enjoy!

YouTube: 40 Hours with Adam
Our son Adam surprised us with a 40 hours not last weekend but the weekend before. I couldn’t pass up the oppotunity to record a conversation about Covid in his house in San Diego, college in the age of Covid, and get a philosophy update from him. Check out Saturday’s video for all of this and more.

What’s my challenge for you today? Find 30 stress-free minutes to breathe and recharge. 2020 isn’t over and every day seems worse than the last. You’ve come a long way baby.

With much love and gratitude,


P.S. Take the controls and be the pilot in your own life. It’s a beautiful day to fly, and you are cleared for takeoff.

Song: Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

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Terri Mead

IT consultant, expert witness, YouTuber, helicopter pilot. Making the world a better place, especially for women. Award winning author of Piloting Your Life.