22 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
Even if you do not read this book it is well worth getting just for the illustrations that were done by Frederic Remington. The book is a good read as well. I selected it hoping to find this quote "...a second or two in rapidity of fire is as nothing compared to sureness of eye and steadiness of hand." I didn't remember enough of the quote to find it using Google Search but thought it was probably from this book and I found it while reading it. Recommended even if you have to read it in PDF format as I did.
No American president has been closer to the working life of the West than Theodore Roosevelt. From 1884 to 1886 he built up his ranch on the Little Missouri in Dakota Territory, accepting the inevitable toil and hardships. He met the unique characters of the Bad Lands—mountain men, degenerate buffalo hunters, Indians, and cowboys—and observed their changes as the West became more populated. Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail describes Roosevelt's routine labor and extraordinary adventures, including a stint as a deputy sheriff pursuing three horse thieves through the cold of winter. Whether recounting stories of cowboy fights or describing his hunting of elk, antelope, and bear, the book expresses his lifelong delight in physical hardihood and tests of nerve. - Book promo
The chance of rain that was predicted happened, that is unusual. It started with what I call a 6" rain. That is huge raindrops that are 6" apart. This is the first rain storm that I have been in since getting my hearing aids and it was LOUD!
The Weather Underground reporting station that is near me claims that there was .47". That seems to be more than I thought I got here and the National Weather Service is reporting .12". I think there was more than that but not nearly a ½ inch.
"The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else.
The fact is that if we think of all the satisfactions that come to us, we shall all recognize that we derive most of them from efforts we have not made; and likewise, that the labor that we perform, each in our own calling, almost always goes to satisfy desires that are not ours." - Economic Harmonies, Frédéric Bastiat
Obama plagiarize Bastiat's thoughts when he said "you didn't build that" but he did not complete the thought by referencing the work that we are doing now.
Sputnik: What's this idea that's been floating around about the euro being used by the European Union to pay for Iranian oil?
Alexander Azadgan: This could be a declaration of war, or an excuse for a declaration of war by Washington against Iran. Keep in mind that that's what Saddam Hussein was threatening in the early 2000s – to trade his oil in euro instead of dollars; same thing with Muammar Gaddafi with the golden dinar – the common currency of Africa which he had in mind.
Many European countries are in a dire situation, so they may really want to promote once and for all that an oil-rich country like Iran would trade its most valuable resources of natural gas and oil in euro, increasing the demand for euro.
There's this global effort to really reduce the global dependency on the dollar –we have the petro-yuan system that's being introduced; there are all sorts of movements. Everybody's now waiting to see what kind of severe reaction Washington would show to Iran; everyone is looking at that as a model of how punitive Washington could be against anyone who stands against its globalist agenda vis-à-vis the IMF, NATO, the World Bank – these mechanisms that have been controlling [countries] for the past eighty years, and which allowed the United States to print money and wage wars.
21 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
When we went out into the open range on Saturday Patches acted like the soft sand was too hot for her pads. The high that day was only 87° and the sand did not feel that hot to my touch but she acted that way. So we stayed in the Park yesterday where there is some shade and it was cooler at 84°.
The forecast is for much cooler today with the expected high to be only 77° with a chance of scattered thunderstorms. Maybe the beginning of monsoon season although that does not officially start until 15 June and Albuquerque is on the northeastern edge of the usual monsoon pattern. Arizona and Northern Mexico get most of the monsoon.
The new 'liner' meal that I whipped up using barley, steel cut oats, mixed vegetables and shredded chicken was good. I think I'll be eating more of that as a replacement to the potato and sardine patties that I have been eating. It may not make the difference in gout attacks but I guess it can not hurt to give up the sardines.
"Ironically, in today’s Common Core nationalized education program, public high school students — Dimitrious Pagourtzis among them — have been indoctrinated with the idea that core group identity matters more than individual identity. These schools are not value neutral. They push that the collectivism of environmentalism, socialized medicine, high taxation and unlimited government social programs trump the individualism of the First and Second Amendments, as well as the individual task of thinking reasonably, independently and objectively. Feelings and subjectivity are held as superior to the objectivity of reason, and the resulting insecurity and mistrust in rational thinking leads students to look to their peers to define truth for them. Bullying and violence feed off insecurity, and that’s one reason they’re flourishing in today’s government-run schools." - Inside the School Shooter’s Mind, Michael J. Hurd
James Howard Kunstler has a good posting on the same subject You Think It’s All About Guns?
20 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
One of the articles I read yesterday linked me to Gun Violence Archive (GVA). They claim their mission is to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. In their list of mass shootings they include a lot of 'domestic violence' killings that most of us would not consider a mass shooting e.g. the school shootings or Las Vegas.
But one of the things that I noticed was there were only two listings for Chicago and one for Baltimore in 2018. None of the three included any deaths although there have been over 800 gun deaths in Chicago and over 100 in Baltimore. They seem to pick and choose the 'accurate information' to include or there were no mass murders in those two cities. Strange, considering the number of people killed you would think some of them were shot at the same time i.e. a mass shooting.
I finally found a story that told what model of shotgun was used in the Sante Fe High School shooting - Remington Model 870. I have yet to see what model the .38 revolver was but assume that it was a 6 shooter versus 5. I have also not read a report on how many of the victims were killed with the shotgun or the revolver.
That information will be forthcoming eventually but these are News details that the media does not find important. They are most concerned with motive and how the survivors 'feel'.
I am going to venture a guess that all the killing was done with the shotgun and the revolver was to be used to commit suicide but the shooter says he did not have to courage. I'm going to further assume that the shooter either killed or wounded someone with every shot. That means he fired 20 times and therefore would have had to reload the shotgun 4 times.
Reloading a Remington Model 870 is not all that complicated but it does take more time that slapping a new magazine into a semiautomatic rifle. I also want to note that this shotgun is pump action not semiautomatic. Furthermore, if the revolver was also used it would most likely have been double action which is difficult for an untrained shooter to use accurately. It would also take a lot of time to reload if the shooter did not have a speedloader. But these are simply details that the Media has very little interest in reporting nor do they have the gun knowledge to do so if they wanted to. They have a narrative that is focused on disarming the 'deplorables' that are clinging to their guns and Bibles.
The BIG News appeared to be the Royal Wedding. I read the headlines.
19 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
I was inspired to download this book from a short story by Doyle but what sold me was - "It was a dark and stormy night..". Baron Lytton is known for that opening to a book he wrote in 1830 and now has a fiction contest named for him as a result. This book was written late in his career and contributed to the early growth of the science fiction genre. Gabriel de Tarde may have modeled his Underground Man on it as did other authors that were inspired by the Hollow Earth Theory.
The Coming Race is a novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, published anonymously in 1871. It has also been published as Vril, the Power of the Coming Race. Some readers have believed the account of a superior subterranean master race and the energy-form called "Vril", at least in part; some theosophists, notably Helena Blavatsky, William Scott-Elliot, and Rudolf Steiner, accepted the book as based on occult truth, in part. - Wikipedia
For the past week or 10 days I have been suffering with my second occurance of gout. This time it is at the first joint near the toe nail on the left foot. The first time it was on the right foot and the more classic gout that strikes the joint at the base of the big toe.
"Doctors have noticed a connection between psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and gout for decades. The common denominator, they have found, is uric acid. Uric acid is a substance that forms when the body breaks down purines, which are found in human cells and many foods.
In gout, uric acid builds up in the joints and tissue around the joints – often the big toe – and forms needle-like crystals, which can cause sudden episodes of intense pain and swelling. If left untreated, gout can become chronic and lead to joint damage. In psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, uric acid is thought to be a byproduct of rapid skin cell turnover and systemic inflammation."
I think my psoriasis is the main culprit but there are some foods that I have been eating that could be contributors. Aiming to eliminate sardines which have been in my diet for some time and are not good for gout. Want to add tart cherries which are supposedly good but are hard to find.
". . In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes." - Seven Days In May, Fletcher Knebel and Charles Bailey
I downloaded this book in PDF format and then converted it to MOBI. When I opened it in my Paperwhite the text was quite small and I could not make it larger. I'll be reading it as a PDF file on my laptop which will take longer. I converted a couple others that were in PDF format and ended up with the same very small text print. One of them I have now read about ½ in the PDF format on my laptop. Sometimes the conversions look good and other times not so good. Not sure why but I think it is the OCR scanned books that are the problem; can't copy, can't change font size.
"What is it about public schools that are unsafe? And what is it about the psychological/mental atmosphere of such settings that make them far, far more prone to violence than just about any other place in society, outside of a war zone or an inner city drug-ridden neighborhood?" - Why Are Public High Schools Not Safe?, Michael J. Hurd
18 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA386 May 18, 1930
I saw the headline "Santa Fe High School On Lockdown Following Reports Of Active Shooter" at zerohedge.com and read the very brief report. The only clue to the location in that report was a reference to Galveston County. Thinking that this might be Santa Fe, NM, just up the road from me, I did a web search and found that it was in Santa Fe, TX.
The headline used the language that has become de rigueur in the News - Active Shooter. Is there any such thing as an inactive shooter? Usually when the shooter is in that condition the News says that the shooter has been subdued or is dead - not 'inactive'. Why did this 'active' get added to shooter to describe someone that firing a gun? It is very rare that the News media is reporting at a time while the shooting is happening, they are almost always reporting after the fact but add 'active'.
The good News of the day, although the Media does not report it that way, Yulia and Sergei Skripal have both been discharged from the hospital despite being 'attacked by Russia' using one of the "deadliest nerve agents in the world".
The Media claims they were 'attacked by Russia' yet detectives from the UK's Counter-Terrorism Policing network continue to investigate the attempted murders . "This is a complex investigation and detectives continue to gather and piece together all the evidence to establish the full facts and circumstances behind this dreadful attack," the UK's Counter-Terrorism representative stated.
"A lie told often enough becomes the truth." - Vladimir Lenin
The high temperatures for the past couple of days have been near 90° so our afternoon walks have been done within the Park. This provides some shade part of the time whereas out on the open range there is not a bit of shade. If the forecast is right we will have a week of lower temperatures with the high in the lower 80s. I think we will be out in the open again if that happens.
I'm going to cook a batch of barley and steel cut oats again today but not for breakfast. I'll be adding vegetables and chicken for some 'linner' meals. I'll report on the success or failure of this culinary experiment after I eat some of it.
17 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
A somewhat successful shopping day. It started with breakfast at Café 66 which turned out to to be the best experience of the day. From there I went to the Main Albuquerque Post Office, the only one that accepts General Delivery.
There is very little parking and what there is certainly is not for 24' motorhomes. Just getting into the lot was a trick. There is only one entrance that then requires a very sharp turn to the right that I did not think I could make so I looped to the left through a smaller lot and then took up 4 spaces as far away from the door as I could. I did get my Arbuckles but the General Delivery service here is POOR.
Drove back across town to Smith's where I got everything I wanted but is took some time. Thursday is shelf stocking day so I had to wait for a couple items and did not wait for mushrooms.
Needed a haircut and had located one that was on the way back to the Park. Went in and saw 5 barber chairs but no place to sit down and wait. There was one customer in a chair and his barber said "There will be a barber back in a couple minutes". I stood around for about 5 minutes then left. There was a second shop across the street that opened at 10:00. I waited for a few minutes, tried the door at 10:00 - locked. A couple minutes after that a fellow open the door and said "We will be open in a few minutes". A few minutes passed, he came out again and went to his car then back inside. I left at 10:05! I'll see if I can get a haircut next week.
"It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so." – Mark Twain
It is ironic that this is a misattribution - Mark Twain never said it. The Quote Investigator determined that the modern version comes from an encyclopedia of humor by Josh Billings written in 1874.
16 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
A lot of reviews for this book. However a lot of them blend the book with the game or with the TV series. It is more trouble than it is worth trying to sort them out. It is a fantasy novel which for the most part is not my favored genre. I liked it. I am now going to see if I can find the rest of the books in the series.
A Game of Thrones is the first novel in "A Song of Ice and Fire", a series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin. It was first published on August 1, 1996.
Martin characteristically deviates from the traditional fantasy model and clear-cut lines of good versus evil. Martin reflects: "I think the battle between good and evil is fought largely within the individual human heart, by the decisions that we make. It's not like evil dresses up in black clothing and you know, they're really ugly". This viewpoint characterizes the book and is evident in the actions of several different families which frequently have conflicts with each other. The Starks' and Lannisters' conflict is a central component of the novel, and the reader receives points of view from both sides. Likewise, Daenerys' storyline develops around the Targaryen's upheaval in Westeros, in which the Starks played a significant role. Martin argues:
"Having multiple viewpoints is crucial to the grayness of the characters. You have to be able to see the struggle from both sides, because real human beings in a war have all these processes of self-justification, telling ourselves why what we're doing is the right thing."
The Cochise County Library has the next book in the series as an ebook but would not accept my card number and pin for some reason. I checked a book out from the last February with no problem but could not do do so yesterday. I sent an email to the Sierra Vista branch and received an reply within a couple hours that I needed to have my account renewed every two years. That had been done and I was good to go.
Meanwhile I found another source where I was able to download the first 4 books in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series in an epub format. Then used an online converter to get it into a MOBI format for my Paperwhite.
I probably used a lot a Verizon data to get 3 more of the books in the series but I now have them. Data usage is not the problem that it was now that I have a bigger budget plus carry over of unused data from one billing period to the next.
On the To Do List for today is get out there and dump holding tanks. I could probably put that off for another few days but need to take on fresh water so might as well do both at the same time. Done!
But I had to go to the dump station to do it. The sewer cap at my space was screwed on too tight for me to get it off. I'll probably be using the dump station from now on since it is too unlevel when I'm 10' feet from the sewer at my space.
You will not find this reported by any of the Lame Stream Media, it does not support their narrative that Putin is a threat to the United States. Christian Science Monitor did have a story but they are not what I consider mainstream.
"Western Russophobic propaganda may try and convince you the evil Russians are coming to take over the world but according to the Kremlin's new budget that doesn't seem to be happening. In fact Russia is set to significantly cut military spending to allow increased focus on domestic issues." - 'Russia First'? Putin Cuts Military Spending to Boost Domestic Programs, Michael Quinn
15 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
The high point of my day looks like it will be putting another salmon fillet in the Roaster. There was that new mix that I had for breakfast which was not the high point. The steel cut oats did not add anything positive to the taste of the barley alone. It was good and probably nutritious but did not add anything.
Making progress on the cushion #8 drawing and think I am now maybe ⅓ finished. Doing even better with my Paperwhite reading, I see the end of the latest novel that I have been reading for about a week.
"McCain’s main tragedy is that he didn’t learn the one lesson he should have learned about his time in Vietnam, and didn’t turn his back on warfare. Instead, he turned into the biggest and loudest pro-war campaigner in Washington for decades. Talk about a missed opportunity, a life wasted. If there was one person who was presented with the first-hand experience needed to turn against bloodshed, it was John McCain…
You lost the war and the lives and limbs of tens of thousands of young Americans and over a million Vietnamese. To have been part of that and then turn around and strive to be Washington’s premier warmonger, that’s just totally bonkers. Or worse. Has McCain been promoting war all this time because he subconsciously wanted to redo Vietnam but this time not lose?" - A Life Wasted, Raúl Ilargi Meijer
The real reason The Establishment hates Putin can be found in his own words. A quote from his speech at the plenary meeting of the State Duma is a direct attack against the United States Dollar. The have been others, Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi, that also called for a 'break' from the Dollar - they died.
"Now about tearing off the dollar. I basically agree. After all, this is not just a break from the dollar, it's just a matter of the need to increase our economic sovereignty, and this is absolutely correct. In the past decades, in the hope that the declared principles in the field of world trade, the world economy will be observed, we behaved somewhat naively, and now we see that the WTO rules are violated very often, the restrictions are for political reasons , which are called sanctions, and more and more are being introduced, in order to secure competitive advantages for oneself. Well, how else to explain, say, solutions in the field of aluminum or metallurgy in general? Only this in fact.
Therefore, of course, here Gennady Andreevich is right, we need to raise the level of our economic sovereignty. But these are nonlinear solutions, because, say, oil is traded in dollars on the exchange, and, of course, we think what needs to be done in order to free ourselves from this burden. Moreover, our partners help us by introducing all these illegal restrictions, violating the principles of world trade, because the whole world sees that the monopoly of the dollar is unreliable, it is dangerous for many, and it's not just us. For example, our gold and foreign exchange reserves are diversifying, and we will continue to do this further. This is such a very thin, quiet adjustment, we will move in this direction." - Vladimir Putin (you may need to translate the page)
It is not just Russia, China has the Dollar in its sights and president Trump's move on Iran will most likely do more damage to the Dollar than if he left the 'agreement' in place.
Europe May Fold, but China and Russia See Opportunity, Michael Krieger
14 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
I have changed the Weather Underground reporting station that I'll be using here. The one that I had selected has been just too divergent from what the National Weather Service reports to be believed. What they reported yesterday was the last straw.
The high temperature yesterday was either 85° or 87 with strong winds and blowing dust. We did our afternoon walk out in the open range and the wind beat me up. Patches did not seem to mind and had a good time. The forecast for today is more of the same for a high temperature but mild winds. The mornings have been a delight with temperatures in the low to mid 50s.
I cooked up another breakfast mix this morning. Boiled a cup of barley with a cup of steel cut oats. I'll reheat a serving of that tomorrow morning with a pat of butter, a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup and some almond milk to see if it passes the taste test.
The only other things on the agenda for today are more Paperwhite reading, read another PDF book on my laptop and draw more pixels on cushion cover #8. That drawing is starting to look good but it is slow going.
I got a better look at that 'new to me' bird this morning. I haven't been able to get a real good look, they are fast little runners. I'm almost sure that it is a Scaled Quail. A little bigger than the Gambel Quail that I see at Quail Ridge RV Resort with a different top knot.
I really like this story.
Got into a taxi the other day, and the cabbie promptly introduced himself as “Cadillac Jack.”
“I’ve owned 29 Cadillacs, all of them new,” he said, and proceeded to tell me about each and every one of them as we drove across town.
Finally I had to ask.
“How old are you?”
“Sixty,” he said.
“How did you manage to go through 29 Cadillacs?”
“Well, you know, if you don’t pay for them, they take ’em back.”
13 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
This is one of three books that I have read by Frederic Bastiat that are offered as free downloads at Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). I have read them all as PDF files on my Chromebook or the Toshiba over long periods of time. It contains 13 essays on: communism, labor unionism, protectionism, government subsidies for the arts, colonialism, the welfare state, the right to employment, and the unseen consequences of government interference with free exchange. There are a couple more books by him at FEE that I have downloaded in MOBI format that have been added to my list of "To Be Read". If you want to understand conservative economics this is the author!
It was cooler yesterday with the high at either 94° or 89 depending on which reporting station you want to believe. That saw us out walking in the open range again with no burning feet for Patches. We did get some blowing dirt with wind speeds in the 25 mph range and gusts up to 37 mph. The forecast is for it to be cooler today with more winds.
I have a regular roadrunner visitor, the New Mexico state bird, that comes by just outside the Park fence behind Desperado. Then yesterday I had a quick glimpse of some other bird dashing along the fence line inside the Park. I think it was a scaled quail but did not get a very good look. It was some bird that I have not seen before whatever it was.
I'll not be doing much today. Do some drawing on cushion cover #8 which I have started but it seems like it is going to take more time than usual. A rather complex pattern.
12 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
I left out one other stop that we made on our way to the VA. That was at the Post Office that I had selected to have mail forwarded and picked up as General Delivery. I left it out because it is a story of its own.
I received a package that had been forwarded from my UPS Store but only because I was prompt in responding to the Tracking that said it had been delivered. When I went to pick it up at the counter Clerk #2 said that they do not do General Delivery. I said: The Tracking claims that you have it at this P.O. and that Clerk #1 (pointing at him) told me last Saturday that you did receive General Delivery. The website for this P.O. also claims that General delivery is one of the services provided.
Clerk #2 went back a found the package but if I had not shown up when I did it would have been on a truck to be returned to Sierra Vista. It seems that nothing I do is enough to assure that any given P.O. will in fact accept General Delivery. Getting mail and packages delivered while living like a nomad is a trial!
That was so much fun I ordered some Arbuckles this morning with a General Delivery address to the one Post Office in Albuquerque that accepts General Delivery - so I was told yesterday by Clerk #2. Will see how well this package delivery works out.
I have been reading Selected Essays On Political Economy in a PDF format that was scanned by FEE using OCR which does not allow copy/paste in Chrome (It would have been better to get it from libertyfund.org). I spent a lot of time and data usage trying to copy the quote shown below; was finally able to get it done by taking a screenshot and then using an online OCR converter. Adobe Reader is the better way but Chrome does not do Adobe Reader.
"The admirers of unity are very numerous, and that is understandable. By a providential decree, we all have faith in our own judgment, and we believe that there is only one right opinion in the world, namely, our own. Therefore we think that the legislator could do no better than to impose it on everyone; and, the better to be on the safe side, we all want to be that legislator. But legislators come and go, and what is the result? With every change, one kind of unity replaces another. State education, then, makes uniformity prevail..." - Academic Degrees And Socialism, Frederic Bastiat
In contrast is how simple it is to copy from a MOBI document on Paperwhite. An aside; I had a high school friend that called me Eddard and it was picked up by a few others but never became an established 'nickname'.
“I understand your qualms, Lord Eddard, truly I do. It gave me no joy to bring this grievous news to council. It is a terrible thing we contemplate, a vile thing. Yet we who presume to rule must do vile things for the good of the realm, howevermuch it pains us.” - Varys in A Game Of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
11 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA385 May 11, 1930
A busy morning that was not originally planned to be that way. When I put my hearing aids in this morning and tested them the right side was dead. This usually means that the wax guard is plugged up and need replacing. I tried to do so and screwed it up again just like I think I did a couple weeks ago.
So we went for our walk and I contemplated my alternatives. Mail the hearing aid to Sierra Vista of try to get it fixed here at the Albuquerque VA. I decided on trying here and if that did not work then mail it.
But first there was gas to be bought for Desperado at Flying J which happened to have a Denny's right next door. It was at Denny's that I filled up on a Spicy Something Skillet that was good but more expensive than the places that I usually select. From there it was to Smith's for groceries again with some more excursions trying to find what I wanted.
That was not nearly as frustrating and trying to find a place to Park Desperado at the VA. It is a big VA with a multi-floor hospital and all the outpatient services that you can think of. Lots of parking lots with all of them full or with spaces that I could not get Desperado into or out of once I got in.
That was just the beginning of my frustration. When I found the audiology department I had about a 10 minute but then the tech would not do anything for me because I was not registered in the New Mexico Region. So down stairs to get registered which was no waiting but required about 15-20 minutes. Back to audiology and got my hearing aid wax guard removed and a better lesson on how to do it myself. This tech showed me what I was doing wrong so maybe I can do it right the next time. We will see.
When I got to the Park I backed farther into my space and Desperado is not level but close enough that I will not use any blocks. What I will have to do is pull forward when I want to dump holding tanks and then back up again. Not a big inconvenience. Or, I may stop at the dump station on my way in or out of the Park.
10 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
The good News of the day was the release of three Americans that had been held by North Korea. Even The New York Times had a long article that was only slightly snarky but grudgingly gave credit to the Trump Administration for their release.
The other good News, If it happens, is today will be the last one in the recent heat wave. The weather station that I follow on Weather Underground reported the past two days highs near 100° but the National Weather Service claims they were only near 90. Starting tomorrow we might be back down to the 80s for the rest of the 10 Day Forecast.
We did our afternoon walk within the Park yesterday with an added tour of Camping World. While in the Park we did have some shade some of the time. I think we will be doing a similar afternoon walk today. Then maybe tomorrow we can go back out into the big open range in the afternoons.
9 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
Arsenal Football Club is a professional football club based in Islington, London, England, that plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. I have changed their logo slightly by replacing any white with black simply because it shows up better when drawn as pixel art. It is a four color drawing with a transparent background. I need to do a transparent every so often so I can remember what I need to do. This one turned out looking very good. The next drawing will be cushion cover #8.
We found a cow path that took us north, just what I wanted. There was a downside to it however. The sand in the path was very soft and HOT, it was burning Patches' pads if she stayed on it for very long. That hot soft sand must have been the dog equivalent to a people hot spring however, Patches took 4 squirming dirt baths which left her looking like a brown dog rather than white. She appeared to be enjoying them so I just let her have at it.
The Weather Underground station that I am using reported almost 100°
at 3:00 and it was around 95 when we went out for our walk. That is too hot for man (that's me) or beast (that's Patches). The forecast is for 3-4 more days like this so I think we will be dialing back our afternoon walks.
I have some cooking going on this morning before it get too hot. The rest of the day will be just routine. Yesterday I downloaded a couple PDF books and then converted them to MOBI files for my Paperwhite. That used a LOT of Verizon data but with my new expensive data plan that gives me carry over it will not force me onto a data diet.
Is it simply coincidence that President Trump gets to implement his campaign promises only when they are in line with what The Establishment wants? He says that he wants the United States out of Syria and a week later he is Tomahawking the hell out of the place. He campaigned as a anti-war president and has done nothing to get us out of those that he inherited and appears to be doing all he can to get us in some more. Why does The Establishment want to get rid of him? He seems to be doing what they want.
"Everyone with a functioning brain understands that pulling out of the Iran deal has nothing to do with terrorism, nuclear bombs or any other fairytale propagated by U.S. neocons. This is simply about the existence of a non-U.S. client state in a key strategic region sitting on massive oil reserves. It’s about empire — global games of power and money fueled by a desperate attempt to hold on to a unipolar world where the U.S. bosses everyone around…
This is no small event and the long-term repercussions are enormous. What Trump just did, in no uncertain terms, is tell the entire world that no deal signed with the U.S. means anything. Why even bother negotiating with the U.S. if agreements can just be canceled unilaterally with no evidence of wrongdoing?" - Trump Pulls Out of Iran Deal – U.S. Determined to Become a Rogue State,
"Idle curiosity is when you don’t know the answer and don’t need to know the answer, but the question nags at you just the same." - Sondrak.com
This describes my Internet reading as well as anything I have ever seen.
8 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
Some good News. The National Rifle Association has done an 'in your face' move against the gun confiscation crowd. Wouldn't you just love to watch a debate between the anti-gun cover boy Hogg and Lt. Col. Oliver North. They could make it a pay for view!
"National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre announced in Dallas on Monday that the NRA’s board of directors elected the iconic Lt. Col. Oliver North as the new president of the NRA..."
We did our afternoon walk on the two track to the west yesterday. It is a much better walking path with one of the tracks improved by it being converted to a cow trail. I think this afternoon we will strike out across the barren plains to the north and see if we can strike a cow path. We did cross one yesterday that angled off to the northeast.
I am finding new books, by new authors, faster than I can read them. I now have five on my list not counting the one that I am currently reading. Those are in MOBI format for my Paperwhite, I also have a PDF formatted book that I am reading off and on that is on my Chromebook plus a second one pending. Not lacking for reading material when I add my daily blog and News reads.
“The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are.” - Ser Jorah, A Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
7 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
I found it interesting that Senator McCain has expressed his wish that President Trump not attend his funeral. What pretension, why should the President attend his funeral? The Senator wants Vice President Pence to attend. What if Pence does not want to attend his funeral? The good Senator is going to die with a vanity so puffed up they will need to buy a larger casket.
Yesterday afternoon I found a gate that allows me to go north of the Park into huge open range. There is a two track path that then runs east and west, parallel to the frontage road. The track good for perhaps a quarter mile and then becomes not much better than just picking my way across country. I'll try doing that in the afternoons when the frontage road traffic is heavy.
I also found a gate open to Camping World on the east side of the Park. I can go into their new RV parking area and do some laps while looking at millions of $ of new RVs. That is also only available for afternoon walks.
Nothing special on the agenda for today. Just my usual reading and pixel art drawing.
6 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
The buttermilk, feta cheese and pesto dressing that I whipped up is a keeper for my new daily salad. I am still experimenting with the breakfast although I know that it will have barley and almond milk. This last batch I added some granola then when heating it replaced ½-n-½ with about a teaspoon of butter. Different granola will give me some variety from week to week.
Today is going to be a do very little day. After all the running around yesterday morning I need one of those.
5 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
Cushion #7 that uses the yarn colors specified in the cross stitch pattern. It looks pretty good but the two colors are close in tone so there is not as much contrast as I would prefer. I am still trying to get a feel for what colors look good when converted to RGB for the web. Next drawing will be another English football club logo with 4 colors.
I think we are going to have only two walking routes while here. Both of them along the Interstate frontage road so it is going to be a lot like while we were in Yuma. Not quite as much traffic but only a good shoulder on one side of the road.
When we got back from our morning walk I unhooked and we started a day of going places in town. First stop was at Café 66 where I last had a breakfast in 2013. I'll probably be stopping there frequently while here this time.
Then went to Smith's which is much like Fry's with the exception of some items and certainly the store lay out. So I had a little adventure finding everything that was so easy after 3 months shopping at Fry's in Sierra Vista. Just a couple mile south of Smith's there is a laundromat that is open 24 hours. I chose one of the more expensive washers; live and learn. Got this posting started while there but the washer and dryers are fast so did not finish typing all that I had to say.
There was also the excursion that I went on looking for some Smartwool socks. The Smartwool website store locator claimed that Dillion's sold them. That was about an 8 mile drive across town then into a huge mall complex. Dillon's has two buildings and I chose the wrong one. Then when in the correct building I found that they did not carry Smartwool socks.
Fired up my Chromebook and found that there was a The North Face store just north of where I was. I think I drove farther than it would have been for me to walk looking for someplace I could park Desperado. I was successful and bought 3 pair of socks at the same price I have seen online which surprised me, I thought I would probably pay more.
That was more than enough for this shopping day. Back to the Park where I put some blocks under the right front wheel. That is the first time I have had to use blocks in years. I think I'll forget about lining up with the sewer outlet and see if I can park reasonably level without the blocks. I'll use the dump station to avoid using blocks if necessary.
4 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA384 May 4, 1930
There were very few customer reviews of this book that merited quoting. However one of them did say "The descriptions of the souls aboard and the ship itself, which has been trying to round Cape of Good Hope for 150 years, are remarkable. How Clark Russell imagined all this and described it in such detail is amazing. The narrative is totally believable." He also criticized Russell's verbosity which sometimes does get in the way of the story.
I downloaded it from Gutenberg in three volumes which is the manner that fiction was published in 1888. It was not until after 1894 that the one book as we now know it came to be the publishing standard. I recommend it but it helps if you are up to date on sailing terminology used at the close of the 18th century e.g. larboard versus port being a simple one.
In my opinion President Trump is setting himself up by patting himself on the back about all the jobs he has 'created'. No president creates jobs, his policies may or may not result in more people having jobs but he does not create them.
The latest report claims that 164,000 jobs were created but 260,000 of them were added by the Bureau of Labor's Birth/Death Model adjustment. Without that very questionable addition the number of people that were working declined. This may be a turning point which will be looked to in retrospect as the beginning of our next recession/depression. That is never known until about 6 months after it begins. Just about the time of the 2018 midterm elections - coincidently.
I'll be doing some more pixel art drawing on my latest cushion cover today. Haven't done much on it during the past few days. I'll also be starting a new book on my Paperwhite. Another new author that will give me a break from Doyle and Wells although I will be going back to both of them.
3 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
Late in the afternoon we got much stronger winds and what I will call a trace of rain. We got a few sprinkles while on our walk also and the wind was just building up a head of steam. It was cold this morning with the low at 35° and is expected to have a 67 for the high. Warming to a 74 tomorrow and maybe 90 by next Tuesday with the morning lows back in the 50s.
The walking routes are disappointing so far. The Interstate frontage road has a good shoulder on the north side but is a little narrow on the south. Traffic on the frontage road is also doing the same speeds as the Interstate so that is not good.
I have a sick Patches. She seemed to be fine while we were on our walk but when I offered her daily glucosamine treat she took it hesitantly. Then when I got the cup to serve her breakfast, which usually prompts a rush to her feeding dish, she just looked at me. Soon thereafter she threw up. Now sleeping off whatever has upset her system - I think she will be fine, this happens occasionally.
I am not sick but will be joining Patches on the couch, tired after the two days of driving. I have a batch of breakfast barley on the stove and when that is done I think my active day will be complete. There is the afternoon walk to be done with Patches which I think she will be ready to do.
2 May 2018 Enchanted Trails RV Park (Albuquerque, NM )
Yesterday afternoon I saw a couple arrive that I had shot with at the Cochise Pistol Workshop. They live in a 5th Wheel at Tombstone Livery Stable part of the year where the male participates in Cowboy Action Shooting while the female drives over to the Sierra Vista range. When he does not have an event he comes to shoot with her.
We didn't get much visiting done while at the range but made up for it yesterday. Had a couple hour gabfest in their pick-up camper slide in that they will be using this summer to see the midwestern states. The 5th Wheel is in storage in Sierra Vista and I'll see them again next February and we can swap travel tales.
With the time change Patches and I were up a little before the sun. Did our usual walk and it was daylight by the time we finished and got on the road a bit before 7:00.
The wind had started to pick up by then but was still coming from the SW or S so was not a problem. Stopped at Johnny B's in Truth or Consequences for breakfast and had their Southwest Omelet. It was not bad but I would have had more choices and a better meal across the street at Denny's. A stronger wind was blowing when I left there. Mostly from the S but when it shifted to the SW I would get rocked a bit. That stopped around the time I reached Belen and was it mostly calm or from the W for the rest of the way.
The route was a few miles longer than the most direct but I avoided Albuquerque traffic. Total of 267 miles on this route: Pine St, I-10 (3 mi), US180, NM26, I-25 (162 mi), NM6, I-40 (23 mi), Atrisco Vista Blvd & Central Ave NW.
The Park had my reservation screwed up even with multiple emails. They did sort it out but I'm not so sure about the administration of this Park. The grounds are also nothing but gravel and some blowing sand with the spaces a little tight. Not nearly as nice a Park as the one directly south across I-40. But that is reflected in the price so I can live with it.
It is a hike from my site to the laundry room and the showers. The laundry will be done at a laundromat in Albuquerque. The showers will just give me added walking distance while I'm here although I can not take Patches with me.
We will be out there in a few hours to see what routes are available. When I looked at the map it seemed that we were going to have 3-4 out and back routes with a lot of repetition on part of two of them.
1 May 2018 Dream Catchers RV Park (Deming, NM )
We were up just a little bit earlier this morning and did our usual walk in light winds. Got on the road at 6:30 and had some stiff side winds on AZ90 going north. Then mostly tailwinds all the way to Deming. Some side winds in the San Simon Valley and between Lordsburg and Deming but not too bad. The early start helped a lot I am sure.
Arrived a little after 11:00 Arizona time and have now got all my various devices (except the phone) times changed to Mountain Daylight Savings time. What a PIA that is for those of us that live on multiple time zones during the year.
Stopped at G-Ma D's in Willcox for breakfast. Got a so-so Denver Omelet and not so good home fries. If I stop in Willcox again I think it will be at the Truck Stop restaurant. Then stopped again at the Petro station west of Deming to fill Desperado's gas tank. Probably could have found a cheaper station in Deming but did not want to go very far of route.
Total of 192 miles on this route: AZ82, AZ90, I-10 (34 miles), Haskell Av/Bus I-10, I-10 (130 miles) & Pine St.
I have not been back to Dream Catchers since 2011. The trees have matured some which makes it a better Park than it was. It is still all gravel but there is good spacing between sites and there are a lot of pull-thrus. If Deming had better weather and was closer to the mountains I would consider this for a long stay but that is not going to happen - overnights are probably all that I will do.
30 April 2018 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ )
I have a few things on the agenda for today. Mostly new month stuff like the Will Rogers weekly articles, a new month set up for daily postings and pay my electric bill.
Then there are holding tanks to dump and fresh water to be added. I was going to get out there and do that before the wind picked up but the wind started at about 7:00 - I was just doing breakfast. I also needed to read my daily blogs and News sources to find out if we were at war someplace else this morning.
Speaking of wind. The forecast continues to be for strong wind tomorrow starting at 10:00. I hope to be down the road ahead of them before they become strong but IF they are tailwinds then it will not matter so much.
Cooked up some more sardine and potato patties. With the salmon that I roasted yesterday that will provide me with 'linners' for the next week. I'll be on the road for a couple of days and will have no time or desire to be cooking.
29 April 2018 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ )
The new Keen Voyageur Hiking Shoes that I bought in June 2017 had seen better day so I clicked Buy Again at Amazon which said they were not available. It was only that the size and color that I ordered before was not available. When I searched the Amazon site I found them in my size and in a color that will turn dirt brown in a couple months.
I was complaining about shoes not lasting 1,000 miles when I bought the first pair of Keen's. They were more expensive than what I had been buying but they lasted almost 1,300 miles and have been the most comfortable shoes that I have worn in many years. I sure hope they have not changed anything except the color.
Today was the last time this year for a couple more of my regular activities. Last breakfast at Sunny D's in Huachuca City where I had their Chorizo Omelet one of my two favorites at this restaurant. It was also a last gas fill-up for Desperado at Fry's (big increase in price since last month). Then the last grocery shopping adventure in Fry's where I could not find any buttermilk. I ask for some and the clerk found it someplace.
I wanted that to make my next salad dressing experiment. The plain yogurt with feta cheese was still too thick so I am going to use buttermilk for the batch I make this week. I am also finally getting around to putting that salmon fillet in the Roaster.
The weather forecast is not favorable. The gurus think I will have winds the next 4 days and they are usually right. That means I'll be driving in the wind - not good. If they have the direction that it will be coming from correct it will be a tailwind - that is good.
Busy doing other stuff so not as much Paperwhite reading and no pixel art drawing the past few days. I probably will not get much of either done until I reach my next camp. I do need to get next month's Will Rogers weekly articles prepared and set up my web pages for another month. Times flies at month end.
28 April 2018 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ )
Today was my last chance to shoot at the Cochise Gun Club Pistol Workshop this year. I started off the day shooting low which I think was caused by what I have been doing during my dry fire practice. I need to raise my sight alignment a little when I dry fire. The last target of the day I was in the X zone with all 4 shots at about 10-12 yards. That is an ataboy for this old man!
It was also a last stop at Café O Lé this year. I had a different watress this morning that did not know what I was going to order and I had to look at the menu to get the name for what I always have.
Stopped at my UPS Store on the way back to the Park and picked up my latest Amazon order. Some new Keed shoes, Aeropress coffee filters and 1000 poop bag for Patches although I'm the one that has to scoop the poop.
I also had my VA copay billing waiting for me which was good. I thought that receiving it now I could avoid a forwarding. No such luck, when I opened email I found that the VA had shipped a prescription that I really do not need at this time and I will have to get it forwarded next week.
Late getting this posting up and way behind in my daily routine. I need to get 'linner' ready and Patches will be pestering me to go for an afternoon walk. I'm tired from all the standing and stooping at the range but she doesn't care - she wants to walk.
27 April 2018 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ )
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA383 April 27, 1930
This customer review says what I have been thinking as I alternate between Doyle and Wells. Sometimes I have to stop and think about which author I happen to be reading. There were four short stories in this book that I had read previously in one of his other short story books but they were enjoyable re-reads. Recommended.
When H.G. Wells departs from science-fiction, his writing is somewhat analogous to the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when he departed from Sherlock Holmes. These great writers had extraordinary versatility and pretty much everything they wrote, regardless of genre, is gripping. Wells is one of those great writers you need to read until you have exhausted his entire repertoire. - Customer Review @ Amazon.
I got most of the house cleaning chores taken care of yesterday. I need to wash Patches slobber off the windows and wipe down the dash. That will leave the stove top and kitchen counters to be done in a day or two.
I need to get another salmon fillet in the Roaster. That could happen today or tomorrow or Sunday but it needs to happen. These near 90° days are not a good time to have the Roaster fired up. It was a very nice 53° when we went for our morning walk at 6:00 but it was already over 70° by 8:00. Another warm one expected today and through month end then cooling the day that I leave. HA
26 April 2018 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ )
It will be a couple days early but I have other things to do this weekend so today and tomorrow are house cleaning days. Just the regular bathroom, kitchen, living room and window washing. I did add cleaning the A/C filter which I usually don't think to do and it needed to be cleaned.
That may leave me some time to do some reading while on the couch with Patches. Probably have that A/C running again with the forecast only a few degrees less than yesterday. My next camp is still expecting the high temperatures to be in the 70s with a couple day in the high 60s. I'll be moving into Spring from Summer which is good I never get much Spring here.
Suggested reading, presented with no quotes or comments: Entertain a Clown and You Become Part of the Circus by Doug “Uncola” Lynn
25 April 2018 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ )
The latest mass killing in Toronto shows once again that there must be more marching in the street with placards clamoring "Never Again" and "Enough is Enough'.
There needs to be stronger background checks before vans can be rented with longer waiting periods. Rental vans must have restricted gas tank capacity. If guns are restricted to 10 rounds per magazine then I think the gas tanks should be limited as well. No one needs a 100 round magazine or a 50 gallon gas tank. Most important of all, these assault vans must be banned.
I'll be doing very little today. Try and stay cool after the 87-94° high yesterday. I show that range for the high because that is what I found when I checked three different reporting stations. The lowest of the 3 is from the National Weather service which uses a standardized weather station. The other two are from Weather Underground stations that may approach that standard and or may not. Be that as it may, it was hot with very little wind.
24 April 2018 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ )
These short stories are very enjoyable. Doyle shows that he has talent that extends far beyond Sherlock Holmes.
The Captain of the Polestar and Other Tales is a volume collecting 10 short stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published by Longmans, Green & Co. on 6 march 1890. link.
I have very little on the agenda for today. There is cooking. Some more barley for breakfast that has added apricot and coconut granola. Plus another batch of sardine and potato patties.
"Right now the “collective West” is engaged in a truly titanic effort to preserve the Hegemony, but the writing is very much on the wall, hence the kind of silly histrionics we now see from the likes of Trump, May and Macron. In this context, the war in Syria is primarily a war over the right of the USA to do whatever the hell it wants irrespective of international law, facts, logic or even common sense. Nikki Haley’s message to the world has been beautifully simple, consistent and blunt: “we are the Hegemon, we are above everything and everybody, above you and above any of your laws or principles. We are even above facts or logic. Bow down and worship us or else!“." - Each “click” brings us one step closer to the “bang!”, The Saker
"Undoubtedly Hillary Clinton had a magician’s touch of turning two political unknowns (Obama and Trump) into presidents." - J.T. Young
JIm Quinn is a firm believer in The Fourth Turning and a Game of Thrones fan. Read his latest series of postings where he relates them to our current time in history.
Winter Is Coming - Part 1
Winter Is Coming - Part 2
Winter Is Coming - Part 3
23 April 2018 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ )
This is not a short work as the reviewer says, it is a short story that was published as a book. About 10 printed pages or a little over 100 locations on Kindle. It is probably included in one of his other books of short stories but I read it as a book downloaded from Gutenberg.
The Cabman's Story is a short work by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who of course is famous for his highly successful Sherlock Holmes stories. It is an accounting of several interesting episodes from a (horse-drawn)cab driver in London sometime in the last half of the 19th century. They are interesting and insightful of that period, and quite believable. Comparing this story to the Sherlock Holmes stories seems a little unfair, but I would say that the characters or plots are not developed enough to grade them on the same level. That said, it is entertaining in its own right and I would recommend it. - Customer Review @ Amazon.
Another shopping trip in Sierra Vista plus some other running around. Stopped on the way at Sunny D's in Huachuca City for a Corned Beef Hash breakfast. The on to Fry's.
From there it was to on to Wal*Mart where I hoped to pick up some SmartWool socks. They offer them online but the store does not carry them so I struck out there. I forgot to order them from Amazon when I put in my last order a few days ago. Not in desperate need so I will try again at my next camp.
Then went to VA Audio again to get my right side hearing aid working once more. I don't know what was wrong with it or what needed to be done to fix it but the tech did some 'stuff' that now have them both working better than ever. They are great when they are working but whatever I do to screw them up is a big unknown to me. Even worse I don't know how to fix them.
The last stop was at Kay's Jewelry to pick up my watch. I got there about a half hour before they opened so used that time to type up this posting for today. After I get the watch it will be back to the Park and do very little for the rest of today.
22 April 2018 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ )
There are a few reviews of this book but not any worth quoting. I have quoted a portion of the book promo. The only reason that I read this book was it appeared on the Gutenberg list for H. G. Wells but he only wrote the introduction. It was a Wells kind of scientific romance so I can see why he did the intro. It is a novella so it is a quick read and not bad but not something I would usually select.
Gabriel de Tarde was a well-known French sociologist and criminologist. Underground Man, published in 1905, was written to dramatize de Tarde's theory that man is the creature of his social environment. In the story, mankind is driven underground by the extinction of the sun; attitudes change dramatically as the migrants drill deeper and deeper.
Since the west side neighbor left I now have no nearby neighbors on either side. There is a Class 'A' next to me on the east side but it is not occupied. The same with another one two spaces over on the west side. There is even a good chance that it will stay this way until I leave because the snowbirds are migrating north.
"David Hogg and his sister, Lauren, have inked a book deal with Random House with a release date of June 5." WOW, he is busy little beaver. Doing all those TV interviews, leading all those marches and still has time to write a book. Very spectacular for a 17 year old.
“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”― Samuel Adams
21 April 2018 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ )
This is certainly not a Sherlock Holmes book. It could have been written by Wells. Published in 1892 during the time that Wells was writing his scientific romances and starting to add women liberation motifs. That is what Doyle does as a sub-plot in this novella which surprised the goodreads.com reviewer.
This is a side of Arthur Conan Doyle that I didn't know existed. After the indifference to women of Sherlock Holmes and the sentimental chivalry of Dr. Watson, one would not expect a story based on a liberated woman of the turn of the century. While Doyle does not completely embrace the more radical notions of his cigarette-smoking, stout-drinking, divided-skirt-wearing, tricycle-riding protagonist, he shows her great sympathy. - Edited Customer Review @ goodreads.com.
My latest west side neighbor has left this morning. I'm happy to see them go. That gave me a view of the Whetstone Mountains again although since the mesquite have leafed out they block some of that view.
His daddy told him to 'warm up' his vehicle before driving on the road and he still does it to this day. Warming up a vehicle before driving is a leftover practice from a time when there were carbureted engines. Every time he starts up his truck he lets it idle for 5-10 minutes before leaving. That included one time when he did it at 3:00 am. Goodbye!
"And you know with way over 100 missiles shot in, they didn't shoot one down, the equipment didn't work too well their equipment and they didn't shoot one," said Mr. Trump. He added, "Every single one hit its target, think about it how genius." Russia claimed that Syria downed 71 of the 103 cruise missiles launched by the U.S. and its allies, but the Pentagon says that none "were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses." - Trump touts "successful hit" in Syria
I have read that President Trump is not nearly as pleased with the Syria results as that statement may indicate. It is said that he is mad as hell that his advisors led him astray. This article should really set him off.
"DAMASCUS, Syria – Two cruise missiles found unexploded by the Syrian military after the US missile strike on April 14 have been handed over to Russia, a source in the Syrian defense ministry told TASS on Thursday.
“Two cruise missiles that did not detonate during the US missile strike on Syria overnight to April 14 were found by the Syrian military,” the source said.
“Both are in rather good condition. These missiles were handed over to Russian officer the day before yesterday (April 17),” the source said, adding that both “were sent to Russia by plane yesterday (April 18).”
The Russian Defense Ministry are yet to make a statement." - Two unexploded cruise missiles handed to Russia by Syria when found after US-led attack
20 April 2018 Quail Ridge RV Resort (Huachuca City, AZ )
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA382 April 20, 1930
The city of Stockholm logo. It is smaller than the cushion covers that I have been drawing and also offered more opportunities for bucket dumps of color, a much easier draw although I messed it up somewhat trying to show it with a transparent background. It does not look too bad and is not worth trying to fix it. The next pixel drawing will be cushion cover #7.
IF the weather forecasters can be believed we may be spared more strong winds for the next 10 Days. That does not mean there will not be any wind just not any strong winds. The highs will be in the 80s and the lows in the 50s. My next camp is forecasting temperatures to be 5-10° cooler for the same 10 days. I might be timing my move right for a change but then maybe not.
I'll not be doing much today or during the weekend. Same routine reading and pixel drawing with twice a day walks with Patches. Although right now she is on the couch - snoring!
"Meantime, my head is still reeling from the shenanigans in Syria last week. How many of our missiles were shot down exactly? I’m not too confident we’ll ever get a straight answer about that from the generals. Nor why they decided to blow up a suspected chemical weapons factory which, you’d think, would disperse a residue cloud of chemical weapons all over the Syrian landscape — and since that didn’t happen, was it actually a chemical weapons factory at all? And what of the shockingly credible claims from many quarters that there was no chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians in any case? Judging by the front-page of The New York Times today, that nearly world-ending incident has already been shoved into the memory-hole." - Whirling Whirling, James Howard Kunstler