Peregrinating
2019

October

1 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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We did a slightly shorter morning walk so I could get on the road early. Stopped at Show Low Café and got an expensive breakfast. It was good but I didn't think it was good for the price. Did an interim stop on the way to get a drink and use the onboard bathroom.

Then did a drive by of the RV Park that I was considering. Didn't even stop, the place had no curb appeal. Had some difficulty finding the dog groomer but finally found her and have an appointment for Patches to get her semiannual bath. Total distance today was 287 miles on this route: US60, AZ260, AZ87, Shea Blvd (Fountain Hills/Scottsdale), Loop 101 (Phoenix), I-17 (8 miles), AZ74, US60, US93 & AZ89. no pic

Today and tomorrow are forecast to be in the low 80s but the remainder of the 10 days are expected to be in the upper 80s with one day reaching 90. A lot hotter than my summer temperatures were. The mornings should be great however, they will be in the 50s. I was getting cold in the high country during the morning hours.

2 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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Patches continues to do our walks with no problems. Why she was carrying that left front paw a few days ago is just one of those dog mysteries.

What is not a mystery is how dark it is in the morning when we go out for our walk. We continue to wake up at the same time in the morning but the sun is getting up later and later. I can't sleep in and Patches is even worse than me. Winter is upon us.

I don't have anything planned for today. Probably be on the couch with Patches and my Kindle Fire. I have a couple books on it that I switch back and forth reading. Neither of them are nearing completion so I don't have a predilection for one over the other. Neither one is so spellbinding that I can't stop reading it. So switching back and forth will be the order of the day.

3 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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My check screw up just continues to haunt me. I ordered checks which have my mailing address on the check. I therefore assumed that would be where the check order would be delivered. Wrong, they have been sent to my 'residence' which everyone MUST have to open a checking account at a bank. So I am now trying to find out if they have been delivered to said 'residence' and trying to get them forwarded to me. Living full time on the road is not simple!

The weather guessers have lowered their expected high for the day they thought would be 90°. They still expect the next 8 days to be in the upper 80s however with an 87° on tap for today. Morning lows in the upper 50s or lower 60s which in great.
What is reversing trends that seemed irreversible for the past 65 years is the manner in which the United States has dealt with its bad-debt crisis. The Federal Reserve and Treasury are seeking to inflate the economy out of debt with an explosion of bank liquidity and credit — which means yet more debt. This is occurring largely at other countries' expense, in a way that is flooding the global economy with electronic "keyboard" bank credit while the U.S. balance-of-payments deficit widens and U.S. official debt soars beyond any foreseeable means to pay...
To rescue the increasingly irresponsible financial sector from its mortgage-debt gambles, the United States is taking a path that is losing its international position, ending the long epoch of what was actually a free lunch — the U.S. Treasury-bill standard of international finance. All that U.S. diplomats can do at this point is play for time, hoping to prolong the existing double standard favorable to the United States and its Treasury-debt a bit further, to permit U.S. bankers to get just one more year of enormous bonuses, in keeping with the American motto, "You only need to make a fortune once."
- The Bubble And Beyond, Michael Hudson

4 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: October 4, 1931

The weather experts may have revised their expected temperature guesses to exclude any 90° highs but that does not keep it from happening. We reached a high of 90 yesterday per the Weather Underground reporting station here at the Park. I think we could have a couple more during this next week before the cooling that the experts are forecasting comes about.

There is nothing on my agenda for today other than read the other book that I have had on Kindle Fire for a long time. It is not as dry as Hudson's previous book, which had all the excitement of a textbook, but I can only read rather short segments before starting to doze off. Maybe start the Roberts' historical fiction novel that I downloaded to give me sometime to switch back and forth with Hudson.

leftpic I took Jules about 2/3rds of this two volume book to get into the adventure but he finally gets there. The first part of the book drags but picks up considerably with about 100 pages remaining. Over all it is a good read.

Lt. Jasper Hobson and other members of the Hudson's Bay Trading Co. and his team along with the company's guests, Mrs. Paulina Barnett and Thomas Black travel through the North West Territories of Canada to Cape Bathurst on the Arctic Ocean. At Cape Bathurst, Hobson intends on creating a new trading post for the company, Paulina Barnett is along for the adventure and Thomas Black intends on viewing a solar eclipse during the summer of the following year. The party establishes their outpost before winter sets in, but when spring arrives, nearby volcanic activity triggers an earthquake, which the colony survives; however, a startling revelation is revealed later in the summer when Thomas Black tries to observe the total eclipse. Cape Bathurst has changed its position to the north by almost three degrees of latitude and to the west by several hundred miles; Hobson determines that the Cape has become an island. Now the party's only hope is the onset of winter, so they might travel across the ice, to reach the mainland Russian America (Alaska). When a mild (by Arctic standards) winter sets in and the island is locked by the ice directly north of the Bering Strait; but the ice is not sufficiently frozen enough for safe passage across the ice. The islands colonists wait for the spring thaw and hope that island will move south with the Bering current and that the boat they've built will be able to take them to safety. - book promo @ goodreads.com

James Howard Kunstler kicked off this post in his unique style. I agree with what he has to say in it but even when I disagree I really like how he says it.
Sometimes, if you open up a big enough gate and stand in the void, the gate will swing back and slap you on the ass — which is where serial bungler and arch-schlemiel Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) finds himself at the end of an exhausting week’s dissembling in the WhistleGate matter. Long about now, his reluctant partner in the latest impeachment gambit, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, must feel date-raped just a little bit as every unraveling thread in the story leads back to another exposed deception by Schiff, the Inspector Clouseau of impeachment politics. - Do You Have a Lisance for that Minky?

5 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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I received a reply from Quail Ridge RV Resort, my 'residence' to satisfy government requirements, that the checks had been delivered and they were sending them to me. If I understand the reply they are being forwarded to the Congress, AZ Post Office with postage due.

That is not something I had considered nor knew that it could be done. With any luck I'll be able to pick them up next Thursday. I don't have a tracking number so it is only a guess when they will get here. Must make a seperate trip after 1:00 in the afternoon because of this P. O.'s rules on picking up General Delivery.

I am also trying to contact a dentist office to get an appointment for a cleaning next year. They offer only telephone numbers as a means of contact but I did find an email address that was to be used for sending Comments. I used that to send a message that I would like to correspond with them but not by telephone. Could they please 'talk' to me using email. I will be surprised if I get a reply.

That is about all that is going on with me today. I'll still be reading the Hudson book and have started the historical fiction book by Roberts.

6 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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Shopping at Safeway again this morning. Different store but they also do not have any peanuts in the shell, salted or unsalted. Is there a peanut shortage because of the midwest flooding? Georgia is a big peanut growing state and I don't remember there being a lot of flooding in Georgia. Harvest time there is usually between 15 August and 1 November so there should be peanuts coming on the market. Bought some shelled almonds.

When I finished my grocery gathering I went across the street to Lydia's La Canasta for breakfast. Got her Chorizo con Huevos which was good although not great and the service was pleasant although slow. Final stop was at Maverick to fill Desperado's gas tank. I was told last year that they were the cheapest in Wickenburg and that seems to be true this year as well.

If the weather experts are right there will be three more days with high temperatures in the upper 80s. It was already 80° at 9:00 am so today will be one of those three. Then cooling to the lower 80s and maybe even a couple days in the upper 70s. Morning to remain very nice with lows in the lower 60s, 50s and maybe a couple in the upper 40s. Snowbird weather, they are migrating now.

leftpic I have been quoting from this book for the past few days, so you should have a fair idea what it is about. Mr. Hudson wrote this one in a less academic style but the editing was poorly done. It is a compilation of his articles written for many publications and tend to say many of the same things over and over and over. The updated edition was published in 2014 and what he said at that time continues but I think the Bubble is about to pop and there will be a lot of talk about what needs to be done. I don't think all the bank loses can be added to the federal debt this time. President Trump is doing all he can to keep the Bubble inflated but I think he will fail and it may cost him his re-election. There are exciting times ahead.
The world faces a choice between trying to recover the Bubble Economy’s debt-leveraged gains, or realizing that the financial sector has careened along an unsustainable path since 1980 and therefore that a fresh start has to be made.
The “business as usual” approach is to keep today’s debt overhead on the books and bail out insolvent banks. This policy implies that financialization was a viable way to get rich in the first place. But the effect is to polarize economies further between creditors and debtors. Economies will shrink as a result of debt deflation, and falling tax revenues will push government budgets deeper into deficit — unless they cut back spending, which will make the downturn worse and threaten full-fledged depression. Unemployment will lead to emigration, the balance of payments will worsen and economies will be even less able to pay their debts. - The Bubble And Beyond, Michael Hudson

7 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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Today is going to be another warm one. I don't think it will reach the 91.2° high that we had yesterday but warm. The forecasting experts didn't think it was going to be over 89 and that is what they think the high will be for today. I think it will be slightly less than that but warm.

I was on the couch with the A/C running all afternoon except when we did our walk. Speaking of walking, I have had some left foot heel pain the past few days that does not seem to be getting better. I think it is probably time to buy some new shoes.

I sent an email last night to a mobile RV wash and wax provider and asked for a quote to get Desperado cleaned up for the winter. I had a reply waiting for me this morning. I was very surprised, here is a guy that wants my business. The quote was a little higher than I probably could get from someone else but if he does the wash and wax with as much attention as he does to email then he is my guy. He also gets rave reviews on his website so I'll give him a try when I arrive at my next camp.

That is about it for today. More couch time with my Kindle Fire where I again have two books that I read by switching back and forth.

8 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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I wasted a lot of Verizon data and a lot of time last night and this morning messing with the TextMe app. This is a Free message app that I installed on Kindle Fire and allowed me to send SMS messages.

What it also allowed me to do is send a message to someone that I didn't know because I made an error in entering the TO name. What that also did was it synced that name to my Contacts on Fire and I could not make it go away. Very poor support from TextMe with almost as bad support from Amazon Kindle Fire. I finally fixed the problem by uninstalling TextMe.

I have now also installed Skype which is Not Free although their sales pitch want you to think it is. It has been easier to set up however. I'll find out before the day is done if it is easier to use and if it will be worth the expense. There is a BIG problem with Skype however, the person that you call can not reply using Skype unless they are Skype users also.

That is all I have planned for today. That and try to stay cool, it has been hot these past few days, I'm looking forward to the weather experts being right and we will get some cooler days. The mornings remain wonderful!

9 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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I gave up on Skype. Too expensive and too restrictive. Did some web searching for an alternative to TextMe for a text messenger app and found a lot of them. However, most of them were used by very few people and/or they used your existing cell phone number. The main reason for my wanting the messaging app it to give up my cell phone. I don't use it and it is also too expensive.

Reinstalled TextMe and have devised a work around to get around the TextMe failure to sync telephone numbers from the Kindle Fire's Contacts app. I did finally receive some support from TextMe but what they suggested I had tried before. I tried again at their urging since the reinstall and it did nothing. I don't plan on using messaging very often so my work around will not be much of a bother.

I cooked some beans for daily salads yesterday. Today I'll Get some more hulled barley and oat groats cooked for future breakfasts.

Ordered new shoes yesterday from my second choice seller. I sent an email to my first choice asking them about who the shipper would be and have yet to receive a reply. The second seller said that they would be shipping via UPS Mail Innovations where UPS hands off to USPS for the final mile delivery. Hopefully that final mile will be General Delivery at the Post Office. It worked with FedEx and the Post Office in Springerville I hope it works here.

10 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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The weather has been good here but yesterday was excellent. The high temperature was 87° although it felt much cooler than that. There was an southeast/east breeze blowing which gave me some cross ventilation that was great. I think the Weather Underground station here in the Park has been changed and I can't believe the temperatures that this one is reporting. I'll go with a station in Wickenburg for now, I think Weather Underground may be screwed up again.

The most important thing I have on my To Do List for today is to go to the Post Office in Congress. I don't have a tracking number and am only guessing that the package, with checks, that was forwarded from Quail Ridge has arrived. If it is not there I'll try again next week when my show order is expected to arrive.

Less important are my usual activities. Today that will mostly be reading books on Kindle Fire and Paperwhite. Probably do some web surfing as well.

11 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: October 11, 1931

I was able to pick up the package that had my check order at the Congress Post Office yesterday. There was no postage due which was even better. Hopefully my shoe order will also be delivered next week.

I think the only thing that I will do today, other than the usual daily routine, will be to dump holding tanks and add water. I can probably go another day or two but with the moving around tomorrow when I go to town I think it best to dump today.

I give you the closing to James Howard Kunstler's posting and suggest that all of it be read.
As I’ve averred before, don’t be surprised if the 2020 election doesn’t even happen. The institutional damage may be too deep.
History doesn’t like vacuums anymore than nature does, and what we’re facing is a vacuum of authority that the USA has never experienced before. That’s the final consequence of a society in which anything goes and nothing matters. Better check what you believe and who you believe in the days ahead, and recalibrate accordingly. This ain’t no foolin’ around. - In Memoriam: Reality

12 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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My order for doing things today was changed but not what I had to do. First was a stop at Safeway where there were still no peanuts in the shell. Got everything else that I wanted. Then across the street to the laundromat. While the washer was washing I got started putting this post together. When laundry was dry I then when for breakfast at Lydia's which is almost next door. Got her Chorizo con Huevos again but without any cheese on top of everything.

The last stop was at Wells Fargo which was across town through 'downtown'. I had a number of things that I wanted from Wells. The easiest one was a couple rolls of quarters for future laundry days.

The second thing was to complain about my checks being mailed to my 'residence' address that the bank requires me to have but I have a mailing address that I wish to have ALL mail sent to. The clerk made a change to their records so checks should always be mailed to my mailing address.

Last thing was to get my daily ATM withdrawal limit raised. The current limit is so low that access to an ATM really does me little good when I am in need of cash. I use cash very seldom but when I need some it is almost always going to be more than the daily limit. The clerk did that also with only the admonition that ATMs other than Wells Fargo's may have their own machine limit. My issues with Wells were handled quickly and pleasantly, I was surprised.

13 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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The only things I have planned for today are more time on the couch reading the two books that I have on Kindle Fire and watching the short time visitors. They provide a lot of entertainment as they go about their setting up, not so much when they get ready to leave. Those that have been doing this for awhile are also not nearly as entertaining.

I am reading another book by Michael Hudson, Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy (2015), hoping that he had something new to say. But he has a one trick pony that does the same trick in every chapter.

This book is also very poorly edited with duplicate words or misspellings, if I can detect a misspelling that is a sure sign of poor editing. There is also the classic misattribution that claims 'The dog that didn't bark' was said by Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Any editor that is deserving of the title would have known that the passage came from The Adventure of Silver Blaze.

I will finish reading the book but you could number slips of paper with the chapter numbers. Put them in a bag and shake it up well, pull a numbered slip and read that chapter; do that for the entire book and you will not have missed anything.

leftpic This formating is not the best but it is the best that I can do with my current knowledge. Trying to create a table using Div Tags and don't yet know all that I need to. This second volume of Poe's works was not as good as the first one.

The best short story of the lot was The Purloined Letter with Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin doing the detecting. Taking liberties with what Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote; "When he is good, he is very, very good, and when he is bad he is horrid."
These are the short stories in the volume.

1) The Purloined Letter
2) The Thousand and Second Tale of Scheherazade
3) A Descent into the Maelstrom
4) Von Kempelen and his Discovery
5) Mesmeric Revelation
6) The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar
7) The Black Cat
8) The Fall of the House of Usher
9) Silence - A Fable
10) The Masque of the Red Death
11) The Cask of Amontillado
12) The Imp of the Perverse
13) The Island of the Fay
14) The Assignation
15) The Pit and the Pendulum
16) The Premature Burial
17) The Domain of Arnheim
18) Landor's Cottage
19) William Wilson
20) The Tell-Tale Heart
21) Berenice
22) Eleonora
14 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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There is nothing much happening here today. The weather appears to be changing with a lot of clouds building up this morning. The experts are forecasting the high for today to be 82° and Weather Underground claims that it will be Much Cooler than yesterday when the high was 82.4. Huh? Then wednesday is expected to have a high of 90 but by the end of next week it will drop down to 77 for the high. Changing weather.

I got another overnight neighbor directly across the street from me yesterday that I watched set up. He had a big 5th wheel which did not interest me all that much but when he opened the trailer door he pulled down the steps that looked like a ramp from where I was. I went over later to talk to him and see the StepAbove steps. It would be nice to have them for Desperado but they are made for trailers; can not be lowered to the ground from the inside. There are a couple of other drawbacks but the four step versus two and lower risers would be nice.

You may call me a Conspiracy Nut but I think James Howard Kunstler may be onto something. A suggested read.
All of this hocus-pocus suggests to me that there is no “whistleblower,” that it is a phantom confabulation of gossip threads that unraveled the moment Mr. Trump released the transcript of his phone call to Ukraine’s president Zelensky, aborting Mr. Schiff’s game plan. The ensuing weeks of congressional Keystone Kops buffoonery since then appears to conceal a futile effort by Mr. Schiff and his confederates to find some fall guy willing to pretend that he-she-it is the “whistleblower.” He might as well ask for a volunteer to gargle with Gillette Blue Blades on NBC’s Meet the Press. - Wait For It

15 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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The high temperature yesterday was right at what was expected and almost the same as the day before but felt hotter. Today is forecast to be near 90 with that to be the high tomorrow and near 90 again on Thursday. Three hot days before a cooling trend but still plenty warm for October.

There has been no afternoon breeze so the A/C has been on and probably will be these next few days. I'll be on the couch where I think I'll finish one of the books that I have on the Kindle Fire. Stay cool and do nothing is the plan.

It appears that those 'moderate rebels' that prisoner of war hero McCain was chummy with back in 2013 are no longer held in very high regard.
A CNN report back on May 27th, 2013 cited a statement from McCain’s communications director that he had visited with anti-Assad “rebels” in Syria. The report noted that While in Syria, McCain met with General Salem Idris, the leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army.

“This is total chaos,” a senior administration official said at midday [13 Oct 2019], speaking on the condition of anonymity about the confusing situation in Syria.

Although “the Turks gave guarantees to us” that U.S. forces would not be harmed, the official said, Syrian militias allied with them “are running up and down roads, ambushing and attacking vehicles,” putting American forces — as well as civilians — in danger even as they withdraw. The militias, known as the Free Syrian Army, “are crazy and not reliable.”
16 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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I got a neighbor on my north side yesterday. There were 10 spaces open between me and the street on that side plus a lot of other spaces available but I now have a neighbor right next door. She had a lot of problems. The first was getting backed into the space. With the help of another neighbor across the street she did finally get backed in.

Then she could not get the trailer off the hitch on her truck. I think there was a fellow that was Park Staff that was leaving for the day that she got to help her with that. It seems that the electric tongue jack is not working.

Last but not least she could not get the sewer cap off. She went to the Park office but was told there was no one available to help her until today. I couldn't help, my hands are now so arthritic that I need one of those 'cheaters' to open a jar. When confronted with a new bottle of Cholula at a restaurant I need to send it back to be opened.

While on my walk I stopped a guy in a golf cart and asked him if he could help her. By the time he arrived she had managed to get the cap off. She is a 'newbie' but is learning, just a bit too impetuous that only some more time on the road will cure.

"To those who have cherished an affection for a faithful and sagacious dog, I need hardly be at the trouble of explaining the nature or the intensity of the gratification thus derivable. There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man." - Egar Allan Poe

leftpic A very good historical fiction book. I'll be reading more of those that Mr. Roberts wrote.

Fantastically written fictionalized tale of the failed attempt to take Quebec by Benedict Arnold and Daniel Morgan in the winter of 1775, told by a young man from Arundel (now Kennebunkport) Maine. The reader feels not only the bone freezing cold of the river crossings, but also the lack of food, warm clothing, and decent maps. There is a new appreciation of all that the Native Americans did to help the Patriot Army. Amazing descriptions of Revolutionary War main players, especially Benedict Arnold and Aaron Burr. It is clear that Arnold was a brave and charismatic leader. Roberts' tale is based on his own ancestor's involvement in this heroic, although failed attempt to pluck Quebec from British rule. - Customer review @ goodreads.com

17 October
North Ranch
Congress, AZ
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The shoes that I ordered from New Balance were not delivered yesterday. I contacted their Customer Service prior to ordering and asked specifically if their SurePost shipping would deliver to a Post Office General Delivery address and was told that it would. I placed my order.
Their tracking shows this:
Undeliverable: OCT 16 11:04 AM
The receiver states the product was not ordered and has refused the delivery. Phoenix, AZ

I contacted their Customer Service again and told them to give me my money back OR deliver the shoes prior to the end of this month because I will not be in Congress, AZ after that date. Received a robo reply with a complaint number for my efforts. I have been avoiding Amazon because I know that orders with them using a General Delivery address have only a 50/50 chance of being delivered. It seems that is also true of New Balance.

During the last Democrat presidential candidate nomination debate Pete Buttigieg and Beto O'Rourke clashed on who had the best woke position on gun control. Pete claims that “The problem is the National Rifle Association…and we should be united in taking the fight to them.” He seems to think that the NRA is simply another political lobby versus the spokesman for millions of NRA members. He is going to have a hell of a fight on his hands if he takes the fight to them.

However Beto's position is "If someone does not turn in an AR-15, an AK-47 — one of these weapons of war —...then that weapon will be taken from them. But the expectation is that Americans will follow the law." I think he will have to take them!

A great gun grabbers analogy.

A wolf attacks a sheep. The sheep dies.
Other sheep observe the killing, and notice that teeth kill sheep.
The sheep remove their own teeth for their own safety.