The IMM15 Broadcast and Auction has been moved to 8 PM Central Time.  I estimate the broadcast will last less than an hour since we will be using my iPhone and it will run down fast.

Join in the fun, join the bidding. It is for a good cause, The MODs Foundation supporting wildlife but also helping others. An approved 503 Charity.

Carlos and Donna Royal

We will try to broadcast the Wing Ding and Auction using my iPhone. A matching signed set of photos of Molly and McGee will be Auctioned off for the MODs Foundation Charity.

For details

Join the fun. We think the auction will be around 6:15 PM Central Time.

Carlos and Donna Royal

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How many times have you wanted to do or go someplace but didn’t and later regretted it? My son and I had this conversion last week as we reminisced about all the fun things we did together when he was kid.  “A lot of good memories,” he said.

Later after thinking about it, I sent him this text message.

There is a lesson to be learned from this conversation. Do fun things and you will have good memories.”

His reply: “That is a good lesson.”

Check the flights, scan the train schedules, book your hotel suite and join us for this fabulous event!

Create good memories!

Here are the links for the MOD Meet related sites and merchandise:

For all the meet information, registration, airfare, train, hotel and discounts, go to:

To purchase MODs tshirts, go to:

To purchase an “I need coffee…” mug:

For The MODs Foundation, and to make a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation, go to:

Time is going quickly and the hotel discount expires soon, so make your plans now to join us for a fun and fabulous weekend.

Post Note: After my son and I had that conversation we booked a fishing trip and bought tickets to an up coming Chargers football game. We decided to create more good memories together and see if going forward we can’t drop all the reasons why we can’t.

What I have found in life is there are always reasons why one can’t or shouldn’t do something, but if you want to have good memories you just do them anyway. See you in Minneapolis.

Carlos Royal

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The 2015 International MOD Meet is now less than two months away (Sept. 18-20). Donna and I will be attending. Then we plan to visit North Dakota, the least visited of all the States. Ask yourself, “Have you ever been to North Dakota?”  Many will answer yes, I visited Mt. Rushmore, but they are wrong. Mt. Rushmore is in South Dakota, so is Sturgis and Deadwood. Two fun places to visit if you want to turn the International MOD Meet into a longer trip.  So what’s in North Dakota? Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Medora, where they have a great outdoor reenactment theater. Then there is Willston, if you want see an oil boom/bust town. It can be scary wild during boom times and ghostly during bust times.  Finally, to get in a little fishing and relaxing, there is Lake Sakakawea, which has some of the best pike fishing, just another secret of North Dakota.  See you at the International MOD Meet, bring your fishing pole. There are 10,000 lakes in Minnesota; officially there are 11,842 lakes.


Check the flights, scan the train schedules, book your hotel suite and join us for this fabulous event!

Here are the links for the MOD Meet related sites and merchandise:

For all the meet information, registration, airfare, train, hotel and discounts, go to:

To purchase MODs tshirts, go to:

To purchase an “I need coffee…” mug:

For The MODs Foundation, and to make a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation, go to:

Time is going quickly and the hotel discount expires soon, so make your plans now to join us for a fun and fabulous weekend.

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The 2015 International MOD Meet is now less than two months away (Sept. 18-20).

Check the flights, scan the train schedules, book your hotel suite and join us for this fabulous event!


Here are the links for the MOD Meet related sites and merchandise:


For all the meet information, registration, airfare, train, hotel and discounts, go to:


To purchase MODs tshirts, go to:


To purchase an “I need coffee…” mug:


For The MODs Foundation, and to make a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation, go to:


Time is going quickly and the hotel discount expires soon, so make your plans now to join us for a fun and fabulous weekend.

I am not promoting the show just letting you know what Austin is doing.

The free viewing was limited and is now over.  The link no longer works.

2015 International MOD Meet

September 18-20, 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Embassy Suites – Airport is the official Meeting Place for the IMM15

Delta Airlines and Amtrak are the official carriers for the IMM15

It has been 5 years, can you believe it?  Meet your MOD (Molly Obsessive Disorder) friends in person. Tell your stories. Life is about creating memories. Donna and I will be attending so get your reservations in and we will see you there.  It should be a really fun meeting with access to a MOD Mall, “Carrie’s Coffee” and doughnuts plus an afternoon Raptor Center Experience where you will have a photo opportunity with “Whisper,” the official Barn Owl of the IMM15.

The event will be capped off with a Saturday evening WING-DING, with silent and live auctions, food, games and surprises!  Proceeds of the auctions will benefit charity.  Take a vacation, join the fun, and be able to say: “Gee that was fun and I was a part of it.”

To Contact IMM15

See you there,

Carlos and Donna Royal


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I received this question yesterday from Nick and Julie .  “Yes, we are also owl-less again this year. What has happened with the barn owl population? We keep getting invited each fall to go up to Irvine to our grandkids’ school to make a presentation, but all we have to show are the pictures and videos of several years ago. We would very much like to have live video feeds of barn owls in our box. Very disappointing.” Nick and Julie live in Rancho Bernardo, California about 20 minutes northeast of San Diego and southeast of San Marcos.

Let me start off by saying I have not seen one barn owl this year and last year I saw maybe two or three. Definitely not like when Molly and McGee were in The Owl Box. Barn Owls were everywhere; some nights we would see or hear as many as 10 or 15 in the area.

The number of barn owls like so much of nature is controlled by their food supply. Reduce their food supply and their population reduces. California is in the third year of one of the state’s worst droughts in the past century, one that’s led to fierce wildfires and water shortages and less food for wildlife thus fewer barn owls. Even the number of eggs the female barn owl lays is controlled by the amount and duration of food the male brings to her. This is nature’s way of balancing the ecosystem.

If you remember, when Molly was in the box we had lots of rain and plenty of food. We also had those that said owls don’t like water and couldn’t fly in the rain. Those were two myths The Owl Box cameras busted.  We not only captured barn owls flying in the rain but playing in the water. Remember when Molly left the box and came back soaking wet on a clear night? She had left and taken a bath after being in the box for a couple of months taking care of her babies.

Pray for rain or do your rain dance if you want the barn owls to return.

All the best,

Carlos and Donna Royal

P.S. The dust bowl drought lasted for 6 years in Oklahoma in the 30’s and up to 8 years in some of the High Plains. Light rain is predicted for later today.

One last note: I am 72 today.  Everyone have a piece of cake and enjoy your day.  Life is a beautiful thing.





I don’t know if you have been paying any attention to the Super Bowl but there is a big controversy over did the Patriots play with under inflated balls in the Colts game. I thought I would weigh in.

I see where Belichick finally filled a football with air inside the stadium office to 12.5 PSI, the minimum allowed, and then took the ball outside where air was colder. They waited a while and then checked the PSI of the football. It had dropped 1.5 PSI or to 11 PSI, to put it simply, it had deflated. That is the law of physics at work. The pressure in the football will decline in direct proportion to the decline in temperature.

Pump up a football to 12.5 PSI at 72 degrees inside the stadium and then cool the ball to 47 degrees on the field and the PSI will drop to 8.2 PSI. (P1/T1=P2/T2)  The question should be, why did the Colt’s balls not deflate, not why did the Patriots play with under inflated balls because balls that do not deflate in cold weather are the ones that are defying the law of physics.

What is interesting is footballs have been inflating in hot weather and deflating in cold weather since the game was invented.

If a ball is filled to the minimum 12.5 PSI allowed, then temperature on the field must be equal to or warmer than the fill up temperature for the ball’s PSI to be legal, but the field temperature cannot be more than 8% warmer than the fill up temperature or the ball will become over inflated and not be legal.

If the ball is filled to the maximum 13.5 PSI allowed, then the temperature on the field must be equal to or cooler than the fill up temperature for the ball’s PSI to be legal, but the field temperature cannot be less than 7.4% cooler or the ball will become under inflated and not be legal.

Think about how many games are played where the temperature inside the stadium office and on the field is different by  more than 7 or 8% . My guess is that most games have been played with illegal balls, either over inflated or under inflated, due to the temperature on the field being different from the temperature when pumped up.

Prediction: NFL will install temperature control boxes on the sidelines that will maintain the ball at 72 degrees. Oops, atmospheric pressure also affects the pressure of the ball. Oh well, you can’t control everything.

If you want to change the pressure in the football for the game you don’t have to do anything to the ball, all you have to do is change the temperature of the room where it is filled.

Question: Did you do anything to the ball?

Answer: Absolutely not!

Remark: I was cold, so I turned up the thermostat; I mean it was 47 degrees outside.

You can get extra points if you can tell me what the ball PSI would be on the playing field if the room temperature was raised from 72 to 76 assuming the fill pressure was set to the minimum of 12.5 PSI. Remember, the field temperature was 47 degrees.

Life is so much fun to observe. I laugh a lot.

Owl update: No Owls, but a pair of kestrels showed up yesterday.  Also, Roark the red-shoulder hawk, has been seen eating grubs in the backyard when it rains.


All the best,

Carlos and Donna Royal


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The owl box was started because I wanted to share Molly with my Mother and sister who lived in Bakersfield, California, 200 mile away. She was 95 at the time. Many of you got to know her on the Owl Box, so I thought I would let you know she passed away in her sleep this past week. The cycle of life continues, just as it did in the Owl Box.

My Mother

Born April 15th 1915, she lived almost 100 years and before she passed she said to me. “I have had a wonderful life and I am ready to go.” I wonder how many of us will be able to say the same thing when our time comes?

Let me share a few things you may or may not know about her and her wonderful life. She had five kids and in her eyes they all turned out great. I told her once, Mom, I have done good. She looked me right in the eye and said, all my kids have done good. Letting me know each of her children had done well in their own way and one was no better than the other in her eyes.

She only had an eighth grade education but she was smarter than most people I knew.  She could out spell anyone of us kids growing up and she was better at numbers too. If you don’t believe me just ask anyone that ever played a game of cards or dominos with her. She would win your spare change and smile all the way to the money jar where she kept her spare change and added to it regularly.

And if you are looking for an inspirational story, just listen to this one. With five kids in tow she started her working career in the fields and packing sheds in and around Arvin, Lamont and Bakersfield picking cotton, potatoes, hoeing weeds, packing plums and grapes doing whatever it took to help support the family, but she finished her working career as a Surgical Technician working alongside the finest doctors in the surgery rooms of San Joaquin and Kern Valley Hospital. She would say, “I can do any job, if someone will just show me how.”

While most students complete their education between the ages 18 to 30, she received her Surgical Technician Certification at age 52 and received her National Certification of Meritorious Achievement from the Association of Operating Room Technicians at age of 59.  Colin Powell said it best, “A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”  And anyone that knew my mother knew she never backed away from hard work and sweat. She was always there to help and get the job done.

Her life is as an example for others, but I don’t think she thought of it as teaching something; it was just how she lived her life. She had an open door to family and friends, always willing to help and share what little we had. “It was the Oklahoma way,” she would say. I can remember more than once seeing a family member, relative or friend showing up at our home needing milk or food for their baby or rent money and Mom going to her purse or refrigerator or both and giving them a helping hand. I remember once, when she opened her purse, she hesitated for a moment as she looked inside, but then she handed the lady standing there with her baby her last dollar bill. I remember asking her, even though I was very young at the time, why? Her only response to me was, “We will get by.” Like I said, her life was an example to live by. That’s just the way she was.

She not only believed in herself and what she could do but she also believed in us. I remember my mom and me meeting with the counselor to select classes for high school. I told the counselor I wanted to take college prep classes: Math, Science and Engineering. The counselor looked at my grades and my test scores and suggested to my mother that I take vocational training classes. I can still hear my mother saying to the lady, “My son can do anything he wants to do. Please put him in the classes he has requested.”

While I was in high school my mom became famous. That’s right famous. She was in all the newspapers across the country, the sports section of all places. “Mother stops high school wrestling match.” I was on my back about to be pinned when all of a sudden Drew Washington, the wrestler on top of me from South High, let go, and let me up. My mother, ever the protector, had come rushing out of the stands and tapped Drew on the shoulder. When I escorted her back to her seat in the stands to a roar from the fans, without embarrassment, she said, “I thought he was choking you.” Think about it, she went to the mat for me.

Rarely did I ever hear my Mom say anything bad about anyone; that just wasn’t her. She believed in live and let live. Also, I never ever talked to my Mom that she didn’t ask about my wife Donna and how she was doing. She was always a very caring person.

They talk about Super Mom’s today like it is something new, but I can tell you it is not. I can remember Mom holding down multiple jobs, getting up at 4 AM to fix breakfast for Daddy and packing his lunch, pack her lunch, our lunches, then see us kids off to school, go to work and still come home and fix dinner for the entire family and in her spare time do the laundry and the house cleaning. Oh, and did I forget to mention she also helped with school fund raisers, charity drives and with summer recreation, like handy crafts, swimming, hiking and day camping.

One of my fondest memories of childhood was going day camping and learning to cook Ring Tum Diddy in a coffee can over an open fire, hiking five miles and swimming in the Kern River. She didn’t do this just for us but for a whole bus load of kids and not just once but daily for several summers as a volunteer. I know, how did she have the time? I don’t know but she did. It is like she was the first Super Mom.

And for all you young girls and women you should definitely take a look at Grandma Royal’s life. Even though she got married at 16, had 5 kids and was devoted to her husband, she was definitely a feminist and made her own decisions. Back in those days the man was the head of the house or at least that is what we were told by Momma even though we all knew Mom handled the money and paid the bills. The rule was, the man of the house made all the big decisions, especially when it came to buying things like a car. I mean, what could a woman possibly know about buying a car?

My dad found out in 1955, when he came home from work and in the drive way sat a brand new red and white 1955 Plymouth with a push button automatic transmission. My mom had not only bought the new car but had haggled the trade-in of our old one which was having problems. I think my Dad would have really been upset, but my Mom, your Grandmother or your Great grandmother, depending on your age, was really smart. My dad’s favorite color was red and she bought a red and white car. Think about it, she bought it for him, how could he object. It is the one car I remember the most and my Mom bought it.

I think one of the reasons my Mom lived such a long life is she had a lot of good days even in hard times. She had this philosophy that most things in life, good or bad, just aren’t a big deal in this journey through life. We are born with nothing and we leave with nothing. “Just do the best you can son,” she would say to me, “and the rest will take care of itself.”  What a great lesson to learn. “Just do the best you can and the rest will take care of itself.” Another favorite saying was, “A wise man never leaves home without his coat.”

My Mom loved family and friends and she loved having them over for visits.  In fact, it is about the only time I can remember my Mom complaining about anything. Let’s say 100 people stopped by to see her, she would complain it wasn’t a 101. My Mother could perform miracles in the kitchen, kind of like the miracles in the Bible when it came to feeding people. She never complained like so many do, if a stranger or extra guest or two arrived just at dinner time. We kids were always bringing someone home for dinner. No, with a smile and a welcome she would jump up, head to the kitchen. She could expand any meal. She had been a cook, first at the elementary school, then at the new Arvin High School when it was built. One of her favorite five minute specials was fried potatoes, hot biscuits and gravy.

She left the following for all of us. It is by Mary Alice Ramish



To those I love and those who love me

When I’m gone, release me, let me go.

I have so many things to see and do.

You must not tie yourself to me with tears;

Be thankful for our happy years.


I gave you my love. You can only guess

How much you gave me in happiness.

I thank you for the love you have shown,

But now it’s time I traveled on.


So grieve for a while, if grieve you must

Then let your grief be comforted by trust.

It’s only for a time we must part.

So bless our memories within your heart.


I won’t be far away, for life goes on

So if you need me, call- I will come.

Though you cannot touch me, I’ll be near.

And if you’ll listen with your heart,

You’ll hear my love all around you loud and clear.


And then, when you must come this way alone,

I’ll greet you with a smile and say,

Welcome Home


Norma Noral Royal

So if you want to pay a tribute to Mom, just post a little note on the blog. 

I was blessed to have been her youngest son.

Carlos Royal



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