Peregrinating
2019

February

1 February
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: February 1, 1931

Today would have been the day that I arrived at this Park in my usual cycle. The past two months that I have been here were my response to the VA requiring a second opinion for cataract surgery. That will not happen but I wanted the extra time if it was to be done. The two months have reinforced my opinion that this is not where I want to be during December and January.

Doug "Uncola" Lynn post many articles that mirror Caitlin Johnstone's, or vice versa, attacks on the media and its 'narrative'. This posting, The Most Interesting Man in the World: Two Faces on the Same Coin does that and more. It is a long article but well worth reading. I have selected a quote that was in the article that I think is the basis for the two authors attacks against the 'narrative'.

To the sounds of mouse-clicks, once free people have “accepted” the “terms” of their surrender and have forfeited their liberty in the name of convenience. Like buzzing insects, the citizens of modern societies are caught in silicon honey traps mortgaged with plastic and electronically powered via USB cable nooses wrapped tightly around their collective throats.

The Technocratic Powers That Be wield weapons far more powerful than any time prior in history and soon, people will wake up to realize the electronic buzzing sound ringing in their ears was not emanating from their own wings, but rather, it was merely the sound of drones over their heads. - Huxley's "Brave New World" Vs. Orwell's "1984"

2 February
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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leftpic A collection of short stories as told by Henry the waiter. The customer review does a good job.

The Observations of Henry is a delightful anthology of short stories. Some are witty. Some are downright humorous. Others have a touch of appealing pathos. And yet others just stir the imagination towards thinking of the more romantic side of life in 19th century Britain. The stories are cleverly linked as chapters from the reminiscences of a waiter who is analogous to the good old English butler. - Customer Review @ Amazon

Paul Craig Roberts has another good posting about the United States poking the bear and the tiger. President Trump is talking the talk about getting the United States out of the forever wars that it is engaged in and at the same time provoking Russia and China. Is this the 4 dimensional chess that the media keeps referring to?
Traditionally, an aggressor paves the way to war with constant propaganda against the country to be attacked. The propaganda creates public support and justifies the attack. The constant stream of provocative accusations out of Washington against Russia and China (and Iran) in order to justify treaty breaking and higher armaments spending sounds to Russia and China like they are being set up for attack. It is reckless and irresponsible to convince nuclear powers that they are going to be attacked. There is no more certain way of producing war. Russia and China are hearing what Saddam Hussein heard, what Gaddafi heard, what Assad heard, what Iran hears. Unlike these victims of Washington, Russia and China have substantial offensive capability. When a country is convinced it is targeted for attack, does the country just sit there and await the attack? Washington Resurrected the Arms Race

3 February
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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leftpic These are good Sherlock Holmes stories but the more I read of Doyle the better I like his short stories and novels that do not have Holmes as the protagonist. I think adaptations of Holmes short stories to TV are what built up his fame for crime fiction. Perhaps what he wrote was done on the shoulders of Edgar Allan Poe which I think I will add to my next reading list.

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 11 Sherlock Holmes stories originally published in 1893. Doyle had decided that these would be the last collection of Holmes's stories, and intended to kill him off in "The Final Problem". Reader demand stimulated him to write another Holmes adventure — The Hound of the Baskervilles. In The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Holmes relates the aftermath of The Final Problem, and how he survived. - Edited Wikipedia

The past few mornings have been great with the low temperature in the 40s, almost 50 this morning. But the forecast for today is a high of 58 with a chance of rain. The same forecast for tomorrow which is shopping day so if it is going to rain let it be today.

I finished eating the lima beans with ham so needed something else for 'linners'. Made a chicken stew with a big package of frozen stew vegetables, canned chicken brought to a boil and then placed in my Thermal Cooker for the rest of the day. Good, but I think I'll make up my own stew vegetables for the next batch.

4 February
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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leftpic There are two scenes in this novel that are also found in The Man From Archangel, first published in 1885, and from The Hound Of The Baskervilles, sereilized in 1901-02. This is novel length as was Hound and was first published in 1888 in the Pall Mall Gazette. So Mr. Doyle was not above using some of his written material more than once. There are authors of today that publish books that are almost entirely made up from previous published works.

An aside, "the dog that did not bark", has become a cliché. This observation is trotted out whenever there is a political or economic crisis to consider. Who was the dog and why was he silent? I had always thought that it came from The Hound Of The Baskervilles but it is from the short story The Adventure of Silver Blaze that was included in the collection of short stories that I featured yesterday.

We got a couple of rain showers yesterday during the day. Then soon after sundown I heard it raining hard for a short time. The local Weather Underground station claims we got 0.03" but from the puddles I saw in the Park this morning it looks like there was more than that.

Continues to be partly cloudy today with a 30% chance of more rain. I said yesterday that I would be shopping today. A retired person error, I didn't know what day it was, I thought it was Monday. That shows you how much interest I had in Super Bowl Sunday. I go shopping tomorrow.
America may be the first country in history to impose on itself a psychological dictatorship prior to establishing a full-fledged political one. Once the first is in place, the second isn’t as hard as you think. The people — the humorless sheep — are ready to submit. - No Humor in Super Bowl Commercials–A Sign of P.C. Dominance?, Michael J. Hurd
I ordered a chicken and a egg from Amazon.

I'll let you know.

5 February
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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Shopping day with no rain although it looks like it could start at any time. Breakfast stop at the Landmark restaurant where I got their California Omelet with very good home fries. Then a quick stop at Fry's for groceries even with my picking up a few things that have not been on my menu.

The last stop was at Wal*Mart where I picked up my glasses with the new prescription. I'm not sure how much better they are now versus the last prescription I had but they are far better than the prescription of 5-6 years ago that I have been wearing for the past two weeks. The glass department did not open until 9:00 am and I was about 10 minutes early but there was a woman there that was able to find my glasses and change the lenses back to shooting glasses in my second frames.

Good service that makes up for them not sending me an email telling me that the glasses were ready for pick up. The way our society is 'progressing' the United States population will be illiterate by 2100. Even today the vast majority of people do not read and write although they are generally able to, by 2100 that will no longer be true.

Amazon is also using self-driving trucks made by Embark on this same route, but neither company would comment on it. This all on I-10 from El Paso to Palm Springs.
Since early October, autonomous trucks built and operated by the startup Embark have been hauling Frigidaire refrigerators 650 miles along the I-10 freeway, from a warehouse in El Paso, Texas, to a distribution center in Palm Springs, California. A human driver rides in the cab to monitor the computer chauffeur for now, but the ultimate goal of this (auto) pilot program is to dump the fleshbag and let the trucks rumble solo down the highway. Source

6 February
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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The forecast low this morning was 40° with the high for the day to be 45. Winter has us in its grip once more. The low tomorrow morning is expected to be 25 then warming back up into the 40s by the end of the 10 day forecast. We were able to do our morning walk with a cold wind but stayed dry. That wind was blowing in the storm that brought some showers by 8:00 am and looks like there will be rain as was forecast.

I need to get outside sometime today and plug in the basement heater. The low this morning was higher than the forecast but that is unusual. With the low forecast to be 25 tomorrow morning I'm expecting a hard freeze down near 20. The following two days will probably also have freezing temperatures so I'm going to add water today if I can do so and stay out of the rain. The Park water faucet will probably freeze again and I'll need to add water when it is frozen.

I made some good progress on the Japanese theme pixel art drawing and then moved on to the third in the four part series. I'll finish that one within the next 2-3 days. Go back to the Japanese theme one for a few days and then start the last in the series. They have been a long term drawing project but I'm very encouraged since they are looking really good.

I have another project as well. I am adding all the books that I have read since getting my Paperwhite to Calibre. That is the ebook management software that I installed last month on my Toshiba that is running the Ubuntu/Linux operating system. To add them I need to download them all again which is going impact my Verizon data usage but I'll get it done over the next few months.

7 February
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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There is snow on the peaks of the Whetstone and Huachuca Mountains but it did not get down very low. It did stay cold all day with the high reaching 48, a little above the forecast. This morning the low was 18.7 (per local Underground station) far below the forecast 25 and even colder than I thought it would be. I have my doubts that the Underground report is correct, NWS claims the low was 26.

The weather guessers are predicting a high of 54 today and a low of 29 tomorrow morning. After this morning I will be happy to see a 29 tomorrow. I had the Wave 6 on during most of the day yesterday. Will most likely have it on all morning with it still below freezing at 8:00 am. I didn't check the basement heater, too cold to be out there, but I have running water so the supply lines have not frozen.

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D) officially joined the race for for president on Saturday afternoon, 2 February 2019, at a rally in her home state. Gabbard took aim at America's foreign policy establishment in her campaign announcement. I don't think she has any chance of getting the Democratic Party presidential nomination but her anti-war stance is certainly welcome. It is causing a lot of angst in the media that supports forever wars. It is also going to force shy warhawks to reveal their positions. This is good!

"We must stand against powerful politicians from both parties who sit in ivory towers thinking up new wars to wage & new places for people to die. Wasting trillions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of lives, undermining our economy and security, and destroying our middle class," Gabbard said during her address. Source

8 February
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: February 8, 1931

I finished the third pixel art drawing in the series of four yesterday. Today I'll be back working on the one with a Japanese theme. The second half is easier than the first as I thought it would be but I still have a lot of work remaining.

This morning the local Underground weather station reported a low of 23.7 and the NWS claimed it was 27. It seems that the local station reports about 5 degrees lower than the NWS. I made an error yesterday when I said that the the NWS was reporting a low of 26; the correct low from them was 23. It warmed up enough for the dusting of snow on the Whetstone Mountains was all gone by the afternoon. Forecast to be back in the 60s today and above freezing tomorrow morning.

I'm not doing anything other than the routine. I did cook some beef, green bean, potato and mushrooms in a beef broth for a 'linner' soup. That and a salad for these cold days. Still have some of the chicken stew left that I can switch back and broth between the two for my 'linners' during the next few days.

The Calibre project is moving along slowly. I got my Kindle Paperwhite in March of 2016 and read about 50 books on it that year. So far I have added a little over half of them to Calibre. During the years 2017 and 2018 I read even more so this project is going to take some time as I said before.

9 February
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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I think I'll finish reading the latest novel on my Paperwhite today. Need to get some more downloads for Jerome and Doyle from Gutenberg. These will be the first ones that I try to download to Calibre and then transfer them to my Paperwhite. The previous ones had been downloaded to Google Drive, downloaded to my Acer Chromebook and then copied to the Kindle. A new learning experience awaits me.

It was still cold this morning but not as cold as it has been. Not as cold as it is going to get either if the forecast is right. We will have a couple of warmer days during the weekend and then back below freezing in the mornings for a few days. The daytime highs should be in the pleasant 60s. A couple of days with a chance of showers and high temperatures in the upper 50s. We are approaching a normal southeastern Arizona Spring, oscillating between winter and summer from one day to the next.

Am I the only one that remembers the media narrative when former president Bush wanted war with Iraq? Did they not charge him with wanting the war only because of OIL? Why the sudden support for a war in Venezuela to get their OIL? I have copied a good article about what is going on there and what we can expect. The quote is the closing paragraph.

U.S. politicians are making the same mistakes with regards to Venezuela as they made with the regime change wars on Iraq and Syria. They believes that all people are as corrupt and nihilistic as they are. They believe that others will not fight for their own beliefs and their own style of life. They will again be proven wrong. - Venezuela - U.S. Aid Gambit Fails - War Plans Lack Support, @ Moon of Alabama

Freed Reed tell it like it is in his posting, Pussy John Bolton and His Codpiece Mustache: Examining the Freak Show. I have quoted his closing paragraph.

We have until recently never had government as aggressive, reckless, or psychiatrically fascinating as now. Again, it is not a matter of Republicans and Democrats. No administration of any party, stripe, or ideology has ever pushed so aggressively toward war with so many countries. These people are not right in the head.

10 February
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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The two weather stations that I check came close to agreeing on the low temperature for this morning. They were each just a little on either side of 40° which is what I was guessing based of feel. Solid cloud cover and a slight chance of rain and colder for the next couple of days.

I will going to town tomorrow for my regular shopping. Then go to Big O to get Desperado an oil change and stop at the Post Office to send off an oil sample for analysis. That is all I can see that will be the least different from my usual routine. Maybe be able to stay warm.

leftpic This was the second in Turtledove's Colonization series. A mixture of alternative history and science fiction that I am enjoying.

A spectacular tale of tyranny and freedom, destruction and hope, Colonization takes us into the tumultuous 1960s, as the reptilian Race ponders its uneasy future. But now a new, even deadlier war threatens. Though the clamoring tribes of Earth play dangerous games of diplomacy, the ultimate power broker will be the Race itself. For the colonists have one option no human can ignore. With a vast, ancient empire already in place, the Race has the power to annihilate every living being on planet Earth. - Book promo @ goodreads.com

Caitlin Johnstone has written another blog posting that makes a lot of sense but will be ignored by The Establishment. If too many people begin to agree with what she says I expect her to have a serious accident.
The way to prevent nuclear war with North Korea is to leave North Korea alone, stop sanctioning them and stop threatening them. The way to help the people of Venezuela is to end the sanctions which are starving them. The way to help the people of Iran is to end the CIA covert ops and starvation sanctions and stay the hell out of their country. The way to help Syrians is to stop arming and protecting the extremist militias who tried to topple Damascus, end the sanctions, end the illegal occupation, and respect the nation’s sovereignty. The way to advance peace is to oppose the institution that has done more to undermine peace than anyone else in the world, namely the US empire. - Why I Hope Maduro Wins And North Korea Keeps Its Nukes

11 February
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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Breakfast stop on the way to town was at Sunny D's where I got their Chorizo Omelet. It was better than the last Huevos con Chorizo I got there so maybe I have another choice, I do like their Corned Beef Hash and Eggs.

i was going to stop at Fry's but changed my mind and went to Big O for Desperado's oil change first. I thought I might have made a poor decision when I saw that all the waiting room chairs where occupied. But Desperado went into the oil change bay soon after I arrived and I was out of there in less than a hour. Patches got to meet a lot of new people, got some attention and all those people that were waiting were still there. I guess they were all getting alignments and/or tires.

I downloaded Passing of The Third Floor Back by Jerome K. Jerome from Gutenberg as a book. It is a short story that was also a play that was probably much better than the book. There is also a later book with the same title that is a collection of short stories. No book cover for it and I do not recommend Third Floor unless you are reading everything of his from Gutenberg.

I also downloaded The New Revelation that was an essay written by Arthur Conan Doyle and first published in book form by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. on 29 april 1918. The book was sur-titled What Is Spiritualism?, and sub-titled: Can we, or can we not, speak with our beloved dead? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle answers YES. No book cover and I do not recommend it unless you are reading ALL of Doyle.

12 February
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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I didn't do any pixel art drawing yesterday but the Japanese theme piece second half is easier. I have made much better progress than I ever did while drawing the first half. I'll work on it today and think I may reach the three fourths finished point. Where ever I'm at by the end of the day I'll move on to the last of the four part series and get it started.

It was COLD last night. The low temperature was 21.3 and that happened around 1:30 am. It then stayed near that temperature throughout the night with it at 22-23 when we were doing our walk. Not much colder that yesterday morning but it got cold earlier and stayed cold. I was even cold while in bed when I woke up around 5:00. With any luck the high today will be the forecast 63 and tomorrow morning will by 38. I have my doubts that it will be that warm in the morning but anything above freezing would be nice.

13 February
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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Well, it was almost above freezing this morning. The local Underground station reported 31.7° although it felt warmer with no wind. The NWS was reporting 37 and two other nearby Weather Underground stations thought the low had been 32.9 and 33.9. We might get 4-5 days of warmer high and low temperatures and then back to winter conditions if the 10 Day forecast proves to be correct.

I have all of the books that I read on my Paperwhite during 2016 added to Calibre. Have started on 2017 which will be about twice as many books as there were in 2016. It is slow going and as I thought it will use up a lot of Verizon data but this being a short month it is a good time to to do it.

Not much else happening other than trying to find a place to camp during May.

14 February
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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In the semi-autobiographical novel Paul Kelver details the eponymous narrator's rocky road through life, including his stints as an actor, a few disastrous love affairs, and a chance meeting with an influential stranger, eventually leading to his decision to become a writer. - book promo

This customer review is a good one for a book that is rarely read as he points out. It is not only not light-hearted but he writes in the present voice and then suddenly moves forward or back which is confusing at times. Not an easy read.

This novel is presumed to be autobiographical and is not the light-hearted whimsy of Three Men in a Boat, although there is humor to be found. Jerome is at his best when writing humor. In this book, Jerome reveals (via Kelver) his sometimes reluctant reconciliation with his role as a humorist.
I imagine only fans of Jerome will be likely to give this book a read. It is more powerful and touching for being so clearly heartfelt, but may not be of much interest to those not interested in Jerome. - Customer review @ manybooks.net

The low temperature this morning was 50.3°! I was overdressed and had to take my gloves off soon after we started our walk. The high temperature yesterday was over 70 and the forecast is that we will have another 24 hours of the same. There is a chance of rain during the day however and almost a guarantee that it will rain tonight. Winter will then come back during the weekend and we will have high temperatures in the 40s and lows in the 20s next week.

15 February
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: February 15, 1931

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Later in his life, Doyle become fascinated with spiritualism and the paranormal, even befriending Houdini in his later years. The two of them became good friends, despite their opposing views on the supernatural. Houdini was delighted to learn that there was at least one intelligent person who believed in Spiritualism, and he found that man in his friend Conan Doyle.
The Parasite is a short story and nice quick read. The protagonist is Austin Gilroy, a physiologist, who is a realist and believes that the paranormal is nonsense. That is until he meets a mysterious woman who mesmerizes people; he is not only hypnotized by this woman, but he slowly becomes completely obsessed with her. If you like Doyle in general, then you will like this book. - Edited Customer review @ Amazon

It was difficult for me to remember that I was reading a book written by Doyle. This story was a good science fiction as what Wells is known for. Doyle wrote with far more variety than Wells or other writers during the beginning of the 20th century.

The Poison Belt is the second science fiction novel that features Professor Challenger the first being The Lost World. Written in 1913, much of it takes place in a single room in Challenger's house in Sussex with the same characters that were with him in Lost World. This would be the last story written about Challenger until the 1920s, by which time Doyle's spiritualist beliefs had begun to influence his writing. - Edited Wikipedia

A couple weeks ago I filled out the Contact Form on a RV Park's web page requesting a reservation for the month of May. I did this 3 times during a 10 day period and never received a reply. Last week I contacted another Park and we exchanged 4-5 emails before they had all the information that they wanted and I finally got a reservation. I don't know why it is so difficult but I seem to go through this repeatedly.

Making America Great Again has taken a bitch slap. Everything is not great and no amount of financial reporting spin is going to make it great.

U.S. retail sales recorded their biggest drop in more than nine years in December as receipts fell across the board, suggesting a sharp slowdown in economic activity at the end of 2018.
The Commerce Department said on Thursday retail sales tumbled 1.2 percent, the largest decline since September 2009 when the economy was emerging from recession.
December online internet sales (non-store retailers) tumbled 3.9% MoM – the biggest drop ever.
More than 7 million Americans are 90 days or more behind on their vehicle loans as of the end of 2018, according to data released Tuesday by the New York Federal Reserve. That’s more than 1 million higher than the peak in 2010 as the country was recovering from its worst downturn since the Great Depression. - Source