Category: Road Trip

Broken, Busted, But ready to do it again.

This scrap of note was found in my draft bin. Just sticking it out there as a reminder of how I felt coming off the AZT.

Day 3, my last day on the Arizona Trail.

I unpacked my bags off the bike and was able to get my bike on my rack. I had to have help using my tie down straps. My hands were not functioning well. Hand strength was something of a sore subject. I didn’t have much in the ring and pinky department. Kendra had to thread the come-a-long strap so I could ratchet my bike in place. The previous night I had dumped my regular glasses on the trail so I was left with only sunglasses.
My fingernails were dinged up and needed cut. I didn’t have the strength to trim them. I had to put the trimmers on the counter and then insert a nail before pressing down with my palm. This got the job done but made for ugly nails. I had issues controlling my body temp at night. This might have something to do with the abundance of iodine I was taking. This was all in the name of pure water. Well, water that was good enough to keep me hydrated.

Sea to Summit Bicycle bar bag.

Frank Lloyd Wright Origami Chair

Back in 2006 my wife and I went to Las Vegas for wedding video training. This was a long road trip with a few sweet stops. We stopped by Frank Lloyd Wright’s western headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. This was the first time for me to sit in a Frank Lloyd Wright Origami Chair. The other name for the seat is the “upholsterer chair”

One day I would love to own a pair of chairs like this. The comfort factor was nice.

Texas Road Trip & Sugar Problems

So sweets are a problem….  a seriously huge problem. Plain sugar, sugar substitutes or anything that has a huge glycemic index will cause you problems.  So choose your poision in the form of sugar or sugar substitute, they will kill you.

There off my soap box now.

This week’s forecast is set for travel with a chance for answers:

Tuesday – We drop off our little crew with family in Port Lavaca.  They are amazing and the kiddos love it there. So thankful we have them in our life and our kids are so loved by so many.

Wednesday – Austin, Texas is the home of N4H Research.  Glen R. Luepnitz, Ph.D. is the man with the plan. He holds a doctorate in Nutritional Counseling and that is really cool. I’m going in to pick his brain on nutritional oncology. That would be the type of oncology that does not involve chemotherapy.

Thursday – The Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas will be our destination.  Stanislaw R. Burzynski, M.D., Ph.D. is a cancer mad man. This is a good thing. 10 years before I was born he  identified naturally occurring peptides in the human body which he concluded control cancer growth. He found that there is a marked deficiency of these peptides in cancer patients. My M.D. Anderson oncologist doesn’t care what causes cancer and only has one way to fix it…. Chemotherapy.

Friday – Well that is up in the air. We are hoping to get into Dr Hammond’s office in Dallas.  He reads the RGCC Blood test and dissects what works best in the body.  I had blood sent to Greece in September and it was tested against a board of chemos and natural substances that kill the cancer in my body.

I’m really looking forward to getting into Hammond’s office. His office has real promise in my world.

We will keep you posted on what is going on this week and how the travels are going.

Take care,

Derrick Perrin

Derrick Perrin - 1992

Cold ride home – Basketball trips

Here comes a throwback story from my childhood.

Back in the spring of 1992 I was an 8th grader and my brother James was  completing his junior year of high school.  Snoop Dog had just made his debut in the radio-rap world. My family has this thing for basketball and we were pretty good at it. James was invited to play in a high end league based in Houston, Texas. The basketball kids were the best of the best from the south east Texas region. Any given Friday night you would walk into a gym and there would be division 1 college scouts sitting there waiting to pick the next crop of freshmen college b-ball players. The logistics of getting out of school in the afternoon and making it to Houston on time were rough. We were prepared to hit the road running when the last bell rang. It took about 3 hours with no bathroom breaks to get there in time for James to walk in for the last 5 minutes of warmups.

To get ready for the trips I would have my pillow and blanket packed in the car so I could sleep on the way up. Once in Houston the games were always entertaining and worth watching. We would hit up Ninfa’s Restaurant and head back on the same night. That is right 6 hours of driving for a one hour basketball game. Did I mention we had a thing for basketball in our family? The end payoff for all the travel was a basketball scholarship that covered Jame’s full ride through his undergraduate degree and priceless family memories. The Houston basketball league trips evolved into a family road trip to Arizona. That trip will be its own blog post or quite possibly its own blog.

Plymouth Sundance Duster

Well back to the quick trips to Houston. One night riding back I woke up between El Campo and Victoria and being a smart ass kid I popped off to my brother who was driving. I asked, “Hey James do you think it can get any colder in here?” He didn’t say anything. He just reached over and turned the A/C on to max. My mom loves the cold so there we went down the road in a meat locker. I had my blanket and pillow and it was still not enough. Being the little brother you take crap to prove you are man enough to hang out with big brother and all the perks that come with that. So I just sat back and figured, If he can take it, I can take it.

The next 2 hours home were bitterly cold. I shivered, I shook, but I did not break.  I’m not sure if there was a true winner of the cold weather stand off, but we have a story to tell because of it. I was so happy to get out of that car and get into my warm bed.

Well that is the way I remember it.




Going to Houston and were going to have a good time

So we are packing for a trip to MD Anderson and we are taking the kids with us to Houston.

The doctors in Lymphoma say clots are common but want me to have it checked out just for fun. So we are headed to Houston and will be back in Corpus Christi late on Tuesday.

I’m shooting a commercial on Wednesday in Corpus Christi and then will be shooting a pharmaceutical video in San Antonio on Thursday. This is looking like it will be a good week…. well minus the blood clots in my arm.

We will keep you posted.

Blending in Bucces


We are on our way to Houston and had to stop at Buc-ee’s. We always do. This was a different because of my diet. I eat, uh I drink my meals these days. After looking all around the parking lot we had no luck finding a power plug to run the blender. My mom asked and we were granted access to the plug in the center of the store.


So we blended two smoothies why the customers scratched their heads.

Sorry folks no samples today

Super Dude – Grason


Meet Grason out 6 year old. He loves his Henry Bear (dressed in red short sitting in lap) and wearing super hero capes. This cape is a new one made by his Gramsy.

Each time we visit my Doctor in Wimberley we take time to enjoy the surroundings and swing on the rope.

It was a long day but a good day.

Yoakum Trash


Yoakum, Texas I don’t think you have a grasp on what recycling is. If a refinery dropped this much oil on the ground the E.P.A would slap them with a huge fine. Why are you enabling you citizens to do this? When it rains where does this oil go?


I would quit recycling if this is how bad it makes a city look.


Maximizing my Tripod


I’m on an interview shoot today and find myself out at a cemetery. Remember, we get paid to tell the entire story ?  So once upon a time there was a Dryer, TX and I’m shooting video near there today. I came with the interview tripod and now need my low profile tripod. I find the Sony F’S 100’s philosophy of giving you a tripod mount on each side of the camera very nice. With a flip of the plate I found a new way for my Tripod to rest on 3 legs/arms.

San Antonio Video Shoot


#vscocam shot after my video shoot in San Antonio, Texas. Must get a bite to eat and head back to Corpus for an edit and the a crowd funding campaign shoot on Friday morning.