Whirlwind Missions

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Tim A. Cummins @ 7:31 pm  

Just got back from Brazil! Ashley took me to the airport.

It was great to see my best friend Anthony Jacquin and our host Albert Dell’izolla!

I loved the flowers!

And the clouds!

Great to hang out with friends!
I slept in the hall to let other people escape my snoring.

This staircase made me trip almost every time. Can you see why?

That step that equals two steps always through off my pattern.
I thought this was funny.

I liked this sign. It reminds me of the firehose of positivity.

The wifi in the house we were staying got cut off. Lost my DuoLingo streak.

I met a lot of new friends.
The Brazilian national TV stations came to cover the event.

Cesar was a terrific translator!

I finally found a place just for me.

There were over 400 people at the conference.

I rocked.
Couldn’t believe the size of the coffee cups. What?!

It was a wonderful time with great people!

SO glad to be home!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Portuguese! Prep!

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:59 pm  

Studied Portuguese this morning. I’m pushing hard towards the end!

Another mighty cold day.

Just kidding! That’s that silly old centigrade.
Deposited checks for Whirlwind.

Went to the Post Office to mail a letter to a friend of mine in Peru.

Part of my prep for a trip is to put pictures of my daily Bible reading on my iPhone. I know I have a streak with DUolingo, but that’s nothing compared to my streak of daily Bible study. Years and years and years without a miss.

Went to the Dollar Tree to pick up some stuff for the trip.

Studied this poem today.

I added the rough copy of Story Tim to the little packets I made up for my friends in Brazil. I transferred the file onto the USB drive.

Also added a bio. There’s one on the USB drive, too.

Got pretty cold in my room today.

I did a promo in Portuguese for the Hypno Conference today.

I have sixteen packets.

They each include my 20 favorite podcasts from 2017, my new book Story Tim, ten of the original videos from Story Tim the series, over 1,000 of my witty one liners, aka tweets and gifts for all ages!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Portuguese! Fish! Wrapping! Packing! Pills!

Tim A. Cummins @ 11:37 pm  

Studied Portuguese this morning. I’ll be in Rio in a few days.

We had snow last night! Little visitors checking us out.

Cleaned my fish tank.

I enjoy preparing for a trip. Normally, I get a varieety of little gifts that I can give people. I like to wrap things with unusual paper. Today I used a Russian local paper. The candies are from Russia.

Got pretty cold in my office. Had to put the heater between my legs.

Lotta stuff.

Jesse helped me set up for international calling. Always great to have my phone work. Otherwise I feel pretty dumb.
He’s working on editing my book. What a job. It’s hard to catch everything. I’ll go through his version once before I send it to the coders to get ready for Amazon.
I’ve been gathering the equipment I need for this trip for several weeks. It includes the new video gear which is tiny, yet super powerful. Dig it. Most of this stuff is gifts. Which is typical for me.
Chose the shirts I’ll be wearing.
Listened to Cage the Elephant while I worked
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Worked on organizing Kathy’s pills.

Then putting a month’s worth in little containers.

Lots of stuff done today.
One full day left tomorrow. Then off to Brazil, yo!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Anthony! DNA! Podcast! Live! Mission!

Tim A. Cummins @ 11:05 pm  

I had a fun talk with my friends Anthony and Marcus in England today. We’ll see each other this weekend! AWESOME!

I was looking at the results of my DNA. Around seven generations ago I had an ancestor who was 100% Japanese, another 100% Algerian, another 100% Native American Indian. I find that stuff interesting.

Studied Portuguese! This weekend I’ll need it!

I released a new edition of Verbal Surgery -523- “Mind Makeup!”
Just click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to server and link on Facebook.

I scheduled four more episodes for while I’m in Brazil. They will release on the normal Tuesday and Fridays. Then I’ll put the link and promo info on Facebook. Worked out as a great strategy when I was in the UK in November.

I went LIVE on Facebook with the video version of “Mind Makeup.” Pretty funny stuff.

I’m down to the last few days. I still needed a nice shirt to wear with my suit pants. Got something good at Goodwill.

Also went by the Buford Highway Farmers Market for a couple of small things.

Went to the mission to work with the kids and hang out with the girls.

I got her a fire truck and some house slippers that looked like dinosaurs. What’s not to like? She loved them.
I’ve had some friends start to promote my new book Story Tim. Groovy!

Gassed up my car.

Got paper to wrap gifts. Still need to pack and clean the fish tank. I’ll start on those assignments today.
Admin duties now.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Editing! Portuguese! Jesse!

Tim A. Cummins @ 11:07 pm  

I’m fortunate to have Jesse proofreading my book Story Tim. I sent it to people with only one pass through. When I was reading it on my phone, I circled some booboos.

I sent out an early edition for reviews and proofing to friends and family.

Studied Portuguese intently. Pushing towards the last week. I leave this Friday. Unbelievable after all these weeks!

I don’t really consider a camera “field ready” until I have a UV clear filter over the main lens. That keeps any random dirt or object out.

I liked this shirt.

Great to spend time with Jesse! Always fun!

I think my daughter Ashley has skill.

Admin duties now.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Portuguese! Podcast! Story Tim!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:17 pm  

Worked on a new podcast on Saturday. Always GREAT when I get to hear myself talk!

It will release next week or so.
Dropped off a tripod to UPS.

I didn’t like the head. Wasn’t smooth enough.

Passed the Apple Maps guy. I’m a Google Guy myself.

Not my best night of video games. Lol.

I’m not even sure what I did to score 1.
I edited almost 100 pages of my book on Saturday.

I guess I’ve been studying Portuguese for nine months now.

I called Air Canada to verify my e-ticket #. Everything was cool. Amen!

My new favorite word.

Didn’t go to church on Sunday. Focused on work. I finished a first go through edit of my whole book, Story Tim! Awesome. I sent it to some friends to take a look at a review. Interested? email me at I’ll put you on the list. VerbalSurgeonTim@gmail.com

I just stopped to put a couple of other people on that list. Need their email address.

Finished reading the book Sleight of Mind. I liked it.

I called Air Canada to get the plane tickets confirmed and seats chosen.

Read some more.

Sent email to friends with the book.

Feels great and kind of astonishing to get that project done! Still needs more thorough editing and set in the format for Amazon. I saw companies on line that can completely code up the book for $49. Cheap. It just has to be in the Kindle friendly format.

Admin duties now.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Podcast! Portuguese! LIVE! Bank!

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:26 pm  

Released a new podcast this morning! Verbal Surgery -522- “Sloth Moss.”

Just click on the title and groove! Learn the best ways to get rid of bad behaviors!
Uploaded to server.

Link on Facebook.

Went LIVE on Facebook with “Sloth Moss” then recorded a new episode called, “Star Blind.”
Been practicing with the Vixia R80. Fun little camera! Here’s the first
screen capture that I sent wirelessly to my iPhone 7+.

Studied Portuguese. Brazil!

I’m concentrating on perfecting each skill chronologically now just as fast as I can.

My son, Jesse and I were looking at my 23 and Me DNA stuff.

I thought I was going to be 1 up. Couldn’t get it out. Too wedged in.
I got the SD cards in. Worked on getting them all formated properly.

Went to the Bank to deposit money for Whirlwind. Amen!

Did the shopping.

This could be an interesting New Year’s Resolution.

I worked on my Super Mega Placebo Mark II gag for the conference in Belo Horizonte. Hand them out. Tell them it’s a placebo. Then all the amazing things that will happen to them afterwards! Hilarious and powerful!

I decided to go with the Captain Crunch cereal “OOPS!” It’s the one that JUST has the berries. I loved the colors.

I got cute little Panda zip lock baggies to put them in.

Rainy day. Garbage day.

Admin duties now.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Portuguese! Vixia! Editing!

Tim A. Cummins @ 11:13 pm  

Studied Portuguese! I’ll be leaving for Brazil a week from tomorrow. Otimo!

Recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery. I’m steadily adding to my library so I can have them release when I’m in Brazil.

The Canon Vixia R80 came in yesterday! I got her charged up and working today. I’m looking forward to shooting with it.

I finished my book yesterday. I had been calling it “Quantum Metaphors” but I decided to make that the subtitle and the main title be, what it really is, Story Tim.

I’m working on editing the material. My goal is 25 pages a day. I’m trying to get it finished by before I go to Brazil. Big goal.
The 25 increment numbers show where I should be in my book.

Beauty is everywhere.

Filled up Ashley’s truck.

Low lying clouds.

Went to Azalea to work with the kids at the mission.

Made a video for my friend Alberto to promote the conference in Brazil next weekend!

Rainy weather getting home.

Worked with Vixia. I think that the live streaming option is still better with the iPhone. The Vixia has WAY better optics than the iPhone. It can zoom in to 25x. Iphone 7 plus has a 2x zoom. That’s is gigantic difference.

But the connectivity and the video of the iPhone 7+ is hard to beat when you can do everything pretty close up.

Admin duties now.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Portuguese! QM!

Tim A. Cummins @ 11:03 pm  

I was studying the operation manuals for the new camcorder I have coming. It’s a Canon HF R80. It promises to be ge a really nice piece of tech. I’ve shot with Canon cameras for over 20 years. They now can connect to my iPhone. I actually took this picture, after having adjusted the frame all without touching the camera. Then the picture was wired from the camera directly to my phone! The new video camera will be able to do the same thing. What!?

I recorded another episode today. I need five more before next Friday. Seems possible!

I finished the first draft of my book Quantum Metaphors.

As I prepare to go through it the first time, I may change a lot. Just see how I feel.

The sixty-fourth story. Then a bonus!

Played some Battlefront 2. Did great in this round.

It’s the best of 16 players.

I kept coming back to my book. I finally broke the 50,000 word barrier!

I took a picture of the last about twenty chapters so I could fill in the contents page.

Great quote from the book Sleight of Mind.

Ashley’s car is still getting the window fixed. I didn’t go into the mission tonight. It should be fixed by tomorrow morning.

Admin duties now.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Portuguese! Podcast! Mission!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:13 pm  

Worked on my book last night!

Ashley sent me a beautiful picture of Everly this morning!

Still studying Portuguese.
I’m trying to strengthen as many skills as possible.

Released a new episode today! Get moving forward with Verbal Surgery -421- “Goalitos!”

Just click on the title and GROOVE!
Link on Facebook.

My word of the day. I love the sound of it. Obstreperous.

Deposited checks.

Went by the church to pick up mail.

To the mission to help the kids! Ashley got a Redwood forest mural for her wall.

Just when I thought I’d seen it all.

Beautiful sunset.

I drove Ashley’s car to T&G mechanics tonight. Driver’s side window won’t roll up. I had to drive home with the window down. In this weather, that’s a challenge. I put on one of Penelope’s outfits on my head. Seemed to work pretty well.

When I got to T&G, I used the trashbags to secure the window. Not exactly theft proof. We got everything out of the car that was valuable.

Admin duties now and work on QM.

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