Hello and Thank You for visiting this web page.
To you who have found my web site I am flattered and I am humbled by your interest in my journey. IF I do not share my journey with all I am able to share it with it just becomes one man doing his thing in a vacuum. IF one story I tell .. IF one adventure I share .. IF one photo I upload .. IF reading along with me in some small way helps one of you to have a better day .. I am so pleased.
My writings were originally titled, “For What It’s Worth” or FWIW named after the song written by Stephen Sills of the rock group Buffalo Springfield (1967) with the unforgettable line .. “Something is happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear”. When I received my calling to travel to India on May 12, 1990 .. and during all of the events that followed I realized that indeed .. something was and something still IS happening here in my life and what-it-is ain’t always exactly clear to me. I have hand-written over four hundred (400) pages about my India travels at a time expenditure of six to seven hours a page. Many of you reading along here received those early writings painfully xeroxed and snail mailed from India.
During my life I have met many unique individuals whom I have come to know on a personal level. I would be remiss if I did not name my webmaster .. Andrej .. who has made this website become a real and a living part of our lives. I say ‘our’ because I want all of you to feel a part of this. I will never be able to thank you enough Andrej!
The common bonds that I have with the many unique individuals surrounding me have become our common strengths and set into motion opportunities that .. on our own .. would not be available to us. MANY of my allies are active in various ‘Twelve Step Programs of Recovery’!
TOGETHER WE CAN DO WHAT WE CAN NOT DO ALONE ..
Join me as I now seek out the new and reacquaint with the old.
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Now let me explain my names.
I currently am using five (5) identifying names* in conjunction with myself. Will more follow? Who Knows. Does the Shaddow know? I just dated myself back to my birth year of 1936 and all of those old-time classic radio programs in the United States. I am NO Spring Chicken sport’s fans. I have entered into my eightieth (80th) year of living.
* I do not use my given name of 6. Stewart.
Here are the five (5) names* that I am calling myself .. 1. Cap .. short for Little 2. Captain 3. Bobba Caps .. 4. Baba Kaps .. and 5. Kanbaatar ..
I will begin by explaining my most recent ‘nickname’ .. 5. Kanbaatar .
I now have a residence in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia and I have adopted a Mongolian ‘nick name’.
My primary ‘nick name’ is 1. Cap with a ‘C’. When I first arrived in Mongolia I was given a name-tag that read Kan .. So it looks to me like C in English is a K in Mongolian and the P is an N in Mongolian.
These two photos were taken in Mongolian Gers ..
Add-to-the-mix .. The National Hero of Mongolia is Chinggis Khaan (1162 to 1227) ..
As Kan I consider myself to be a Little Khaan .. not the GREAT KHAAN shown above!
The final-touch to my Mongolian name comes from the Mongolian word baatar which is pronounced as you would say .. “I mixed up some pancake batter.”
In Mongolia the word baatar is a multi-faceted word that is used like we use adjectives in conjunction with the names of people .. places .. animals.
The National Capital of Mongolia is Ulaanbaatar. A prominent city and province in the North of Mongolia on the International Border with Russia is Sukhbaatar .. There was a man named Damdin Sukhbaatar .. there are fictional characters Orkon Baatar and ‘For Baatar ‘. I cannot find documentation but I have been told that the word baatar also can be used to mean a warrior.
So to my name Kan I have added the Mongolian word baatar ..
Thus I am .. giggling and smiling all the time .. 5. Kanbaatar ..
Now I want to explain my first and my life-long original ‘nickname’ of 1. Cap. My formal given first name Stewart is the maiden name of my maternal grandmother.
When I was two weeks old I was crying due to severe colic. In response to my crying.. my father said to my mother.. “What does our little 2. Captain want?” .. and I became their Little Captain.. later Cappy.. and finally just Cap. Only one human being .. my maternal grandmother .. has used my proper name Stewart commonly.
Onward to 3. Bobba Caps and 4. Baba Kaps.
This journey of Bobba and Baba begins with a (tongue-in-cheek) spiritual seeker ‘Gimmesome Roy’ a young man made famous by the children’s poet Shel Silverstein. In his poem .. ‘The Search for the Perfect High’.. Shel’s spiritual seeker Gimmesome Roy goes to Nepal to seek spiritual advice from the famous Guru Baba Fats.
I became so amused with .. and intrigued by .. Baba Fats that in early 1991 I decided to establish a writer’s name of 4. Baba Kaps. I also use 3. Bobba Caps.
The word Baba is Hindi in origin and is used to address an elder male whom one holds in high regard. When a beggar man in my beloved India looks up at me from his place on the sidewalk in one of the Indian cities and looking-me-in-the-eye mutters the word ‘Baba’ I can not refuse his request for a rupee or two or even ten. In Hindi or in sanscrit, the letter ‘C’ is replaced by the letter ‘K’ .. thus Cap becomes Kap. So it is properly Baba Kaps not Baba Caps.
Where does the word Bobba originate?
This is simple. Say the word Baba to yourself. The word Baba sounds to me like I am saying Bobba. So until I began to learn the Hindi language I was thinking people were calling me Bobba.
When I write about Bobba and the Bobbsey’s I mean myself (Bobba) and all of my traveling items which I call the Bobbsey’s after the Bobbsey Twins books of the 1930’s.. twins .. Bobba and the Bobbsey’s..
I can’t speak for you BUT I AM HAVING FUN.. I AM HAVING THE TIME OF MY LIFE here in my eightieth (80th) year ..
Last but my-oh-my NOT least is my Sweetie .. my Significant Other .. my Better Half .. Patti ..
Patti is .. among many other things .. my one and only major Proof Reader ..
I hope you enjoy my adventures.
1. Cap .. oops .. 2. Captain .. oops .. 3. Bobba Caps .. oops .. 4. Baba Kaps.. oops .. 5. Kanbaatar ..
More Smiles ..