Peregrinating
2019

December

1 December
Quail Ridge
Huachuca City, AZ
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A short drive today at only 145 miles. It could have been even less than that if I had stayed on the Interstate for the entire way. Added only a few miles and a little time. As it was I arrived a few minutes before 11:00 am check-in/check-out time and my assigned space was still occupied. I started writing this post while waiting for the current rig to get out of my space.

After waiting about 20 minutes I saw no evidence that the occupant had any intention of moving. Went to the office and they assigned me a different space. This one is a back-in, the original space was a back-in also but can be used as a pull-thru. No neighbors on the east side and I met the west side neighbor just long enough to find out that they are leaving tomorrow. Probably be gone when I get back from my trip to Sierra Vista.

The route: Montgomery Rd, I-8/I-10 (60 mi), Ina Rd, Skyline Rd, Sunrise Rd, N. Kolb Rd, Sabino Canyon Rd, S. Kolb Rd, Speedway, Freeman Rd, Old Spanish Trail, Camino Loma Alto, Colossal Cave Rd, I-10 (24 mi), AZ90 & AZ82. no pic

Stopped in Tucson at Beyond Bread and got their Mediteranian Omelet with sourdough toast. The omelet was only so-so but it was very good toast. Although not much sourdough taste the texture was just right, I was tempted to buy a loaf. Their coffee offerings were not so good. I tried the Paruvian and did not like it at all, the second try was House Blend and it was not much better.

A busy day tomorrow. I'll be posting late in the day but might have something to write about.

2 December
Quail Ridge
Huachuca City, AZ
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The busy day that I had scheduled went well. It started with breakfast at Sunny D's restaurant where I got their Huevos con Chorizo with home fries. I have had mixed success at this restaurant when ordering this but today was very good.

I went to the VA Audio Clinic and left my hearing aid for them to check while I was at the VA Clinic next door getting my EKG. I was early so had a little wait but was called before my appointment time and was out of there within 10 minutes. Picked up the hearing aids and the audiologist checked my ears and found a wax build up in the right ear that I was complaining about. I'll try to get that cleaned up but it will probably require my getting VA to do it.

Picked up a coffee order from Leapknot Coffee at my UPS Store and then stopped at RV City on the way back to the Park. Got a ballpark estimate for the floor replacement and an appointment for when the work will start. It is going to take about a week (estimate) which will have my home in a mess but I knew that when I decided to do this.

The couch will be discarded so I need to buy Patches a bed. I'll be doing that today or tomorrow. I'll also be contacting the wall hugger recliner provider about getting a replacement for the couch. The re-do project is underway.

3 December
Quail Ridge
Huachuca City, AZ
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Nothing planned for today other than getting caught up on all the books that I have started to read. Probably go searching for some more.

I need to get my basement heater set up also. Yesterday the low was just below freezing with it only a few degrees warmer this morning. The 10 day forecast does not show any freezing mornings but I don't believe them. The expected low tomorrow morning is forecast to be 15 degrees warmer than this morning. I don't think so.

I also need to empty a storage cabinet in the bathroom that needs to be removed for the floor to be replaced. I have looked at replacing it so now is a good time to take it out and throw it away. I'll also have a better idea then about how I'm going to replace it. Or maybe not replace it.

I think Galeano was too critical of himself. The book was not boring in my opinion just poorly organized and not very well written and or translated. I thought it would have been a better read if organized by country.

The ePub that I read would have also been better without all the italics that were a distraction to say the least. He did understand and wrote well in support of Michael Hudson's position on what the banks, IMF and World Bank have done to make all of South America debt dependent.

leftpic Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent is a book written by Uruguayan journalist, writer and poet Eduardo Galeano, published in 1971. It has sold over a million copies and been translated into over a dozen languages, and has been included in university courses "ranging from history and anthropology to economics and geography."

In the book, Galeano analyzes the history of the Americas as a whole, from the time period of the European settlement of the New World to contemporary Latin America, describing the effects of European and later United States economic exploitation and political dominance over the region...

In 2014, at an event in Brazil honoring him on the 43rd anniversary of the book's publication, Galeano said he no longer felt so connected to it. He said he was not sorry he had written it, but he had lacked the necessary development to write a book on political economy at that stage and criticized the book's prose as "extremely boring". - Wikipedia

4 December
Quail Ridge
Huachuca City, AZ
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There was total cloud cover this morning which made walking in the dark even darker. There was plenty of light pollution in the Park where we do our morning walks so I could see well enough except when the pollution destroyed my night vision.

I don't remember seeing any forecast of rain yesterday but now the experts think there is a 90% chance but will clear by this afternoon. A continuing slight chance tonight and tomorrow.

I placed the order for Patches new bed yesterday and it should be here next week when I go to town.

The vendor for the wall hugger recliner has not responded to an email I sent yesterday. Sent them the same message this morning hoping that they have someone in Sales that can read and write. It is possible that they save up all the emails they receive and have a 'gig worker' that knows how to read and write come in once a week. I hope.

leftpic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (retitled Blade Runner: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? in some later printings) is a science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick, first published in 1968. The novel is set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco, where Earth's life has been greatly damaged by a nuclear global war. Most animal species are endangered or extinct from extreme radiation poisoning, so that owning an animal is now a sign of status and empathy, an attitude encouraged towards animals. The book served as the primary basis for the 1982 film Blade Runner, and many elements and themes from it were used in its 2017 sequel Blade Runner 2049. The main plot follows Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter who is tasked with "retiring" (i.e. killing) six escaped Nexus-6 model androids, while a secondary plot follows John Isidore, a man of sub-par IQ who aids the fugitive androids. In connection with Deckard's mission, the novel explores the issue of what it is to be human and whether empathy is a purely human ability. - Wikipedia
5 December
Quail Ridge
Huachuca City, AZ
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Late post today. A trip to town that did not take too much time with a stop at the Landmark restaurant to start. There I got their Popeye which is eggs, spinach, cream cheese and swiss cheese on top. It was very good with their home fries which have always been good.

Second stop was at Lowe's where I bought the vinyl planks for Desperado's floor replacement. Paid for them today but asked for them to be held until the 17th when I'll pick them up. Then the last regular stop was at Fry's where I was able to somewhat remember the store layout, which I don't think they have changed, and get everything I wanted fairly quick.

The additional time was spent visiting with a blog friend. Patches got to visit with a couple of hounds as well while the humans were gabbing. She behaved well after I took her off leash but was her usual 'bully' self.

I then did some more socializing with my new neighbor on the west side when I got back to the Park. He is only going to be here for 10 days so I may have an open space on that side when he leaves or then again maybe not.

This novel is included in The Works Of Edgar Allan Poe Volume Three which I am slowly reading on the Paperwhite. This was written some 30 years before Jules Verne wrote his series of adventure books. Since I have just recently finished reading Verne's The Mysterious Island I had to keep reminding myself that I was now reading a book written by Poe. I would say that this could be mixed in among Vern's books, obscuring the titles and authors names, and most readers would not be able to tell who the author was.

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838) is the only complete novel written by American writer Edgar Allan Poe.

The work relates the tale of the young Arthur Gordon Pym, who stows away aboard a whaling ship called the Grampus. Various adventures and misadventures befall Pym, including shipwreck, mutiny, and cannibalism, before he is saved by the crew of the Jane Guy. Aboard this vessel, Pym and a sailor named Dirk Peters continue their adventures farther south. Docking on land, they encounter hostile black-skinned natives before escaping back to the ocean. The novel ends abruptly as Pym and Peters continue toward the South Pole. - Wikipedia

6 December
Quail Ridge
Huachuca City, AZ
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Not much going on here today. The past few days I emptied the cabinet in the bathroom that is going to be taken out. Found a place for the stuff that I wanted to keep and made a pile of that to be given away.

That required some rearranging of the cabinet that is between the kitchen and bathroom which yielded some more stuff to be given away. Then there were a couple of drawers in the bathroom that had stuff to be given away as well as a couple of things in the basement. Also did some basement rearranging and some throwing away. Enough already, I'm going to take a break.

I have had this thought since RussiaGate. There are many people that argue that the Democrats are setting a bad precedent. The Republicans will do the same to a Democrat president when they take control of the House. However, the Democrats don't think that will ever happen again in their lifetime. It certainly will not happen if the Democrats can establish one party rule as in the USSR.
Could it be possible that Nancy Pelosi and her minions in the House of Representatives had a completely different goal than we thought this entire time? As you will see below, the Democrats in the House plan to impeach President Trump, and it could potentially happen by the end of this month. But there appears to be zero chance that Trump will be removed from office by the Senate, and many will consider that to be a major victory for the Republicans. So why is Nancy Pelosi pushing ahead when she knows that this impeachment effort is going to fail? Could it be possible that this entire drama has simply been a political ploy to win votes in November 2020? Is The Impeachment Effort Simply A Political Ploy To Win Votes For Democrats In 2020?, Michael Snyder

This is the closing paragraph of an article posted to the Gardian 15 Jan 2017. Certainly nothing like it could have been posted by the United States media. Usually it takes 50 years or more for all the dirt to be found under the carpet but I have a feeling that in Obama's case the chickens may come home to roost sooner than that. It is a good article that give him credit where credit is due, a suggested read

He had a nice smile, and a good turn of phrase. He was witty, and cool, and looked good in a suit…but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t just more of the same. He could say the right things, and sound like he meant them, but he was still a monster. As he moves out to pasture, the press will try to spit-shine Obama’s tarnished halo, to try to convince us that he was a good man at heart and that, as politicians go, we can’t do any better. The Beatification of Barack Obama, Kit Knightly

7 December
Quail Ridge
Huachuca City, AZ
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I went on an Amazon buying spree last night. It started with my checking to see if they had the LED fixtures back in stock that I had bought previously. They had 7 of them so I ordered before they sold out again. While I was there I ordered non-slip furniture pads for my chair and the bench seat with storage to protect my soon to be new floor. Also got a case of poop bags for Patches; she is using a lot more of them in her old age versus when she was younger.

The weather guessers expect the high today to be 72 which I consider perfect if there is just a slight breeze. But then by Monday there is a chance of rain and the high temperatures for Monday and Tuesday are to be in the 50s but back to 70 again by next Saturday. Aha, the changeable weather of southeastern Arizona.

I had a FTD delivery last night just before going to bed. Both Patches and I thought we heard a knock on our door but she quieted down quickly and when I opened the door, there was no one there. It was not until this morning when we got back from our walk that I saw the package by Desperado's steps. I'll be taking it to the office when they open. I hope the recipient of the flowers is not upset with the delay, it is the thought that counts.

I have quoted the opening to the second article that I have read since president Trump 'offered to intervene in Mexico's cartel problem'. The theme in both articles is that as US world hegemony is in decline there seems to be a move to focus more on reasserting the Monroe Doctrine. If the US can not control the world maybe it will focus more on just North and South America.
Since the end of the Cold War it seems almost like US/NATO forces have been looking for even the slightest casus belli to start a destabilizing conflict in a foreign nation. But these military actions have been exclusively focused on targets that are very far away from the homeland. Distant locations like the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria were all on the bad end of a “well intentioned” intervention with crippling results for the local population. However, now President Donald Trump is offering to intervene in Mexico to help them with their drug cartel problem, which is in many ways also America’s drug cartel problem. Naturally the answer from the Mexicans was negative, but Washington isn’t known to take “no” for an answer and if the US does take action in Mexico it will be a very different type of conflict due to its proximity. - Finally a Foreign War Close to Home, Tim Kirby

8 December
Quail Ridge
Huachuca City, AZ
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A lot of cloud cover this morning and it looked like it was raining in the Huachuca Mts. The weather gurus only give a 20% chance of rain here today but a 70% chance tonight and 60% tomorrow.

I was overdressed this morning with the low temperature of 45 coming at 3:00 am then warming by the time we went for our walk. I had a very gentle breeze while doing our walk but the wind picked up by 8:00 and it sure seems like a storm is blowing in. Cooler today with and expected high in the lower 60s and then down to the lower 50s tomorrow. A little winter preview.

I'll be hunkering down with my Fire and Paperwhite. Don't have anything planned for today or tomorrow so it is as good a time to storm as any.

leftpic Contents:
The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym (his only novel)
Ligeia
Morella
A Tale of the Ragged Mountains
The Spectacles
King Pest
Three Sundays in a Week

I liked the novel very much and as I wrote before it is a lot like a Jules Verne novel. The short stories are a mixture of the very good and the very poor as I'm finding with what Poe wrote. Although some people have reviewed those that I think to be poor as being very good so a different view can be taken.

"Human nature cannot be changed by an act of the legislature. It is too much assumed that because an abuse exists it is the business of the national government to remedy it.” —President Calvin Coolidge, 1926

This quote is from All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power by Nomi Prins. The current book that I am reading on the Kindle Fire where I also have America's Siberian Adventure 1918-1920 by William S. Graves that I am reading off and on.
9 December
Quail Ridge
Huachuca City, AZ
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More rain during the day yesterday but not that much and none while we did our afternoon walk. We stayed in the Park because I knew the dirt roads that are our afternoon walks would be a lot of mud.

About twice as much rain during the night but still only 0.26" total from the storm. That is enough to leave a lot of puddles in the Park and make the dirt roads a muddy mess. I'll be in the Park again this afternoon if it is not raining. It is expected to be cold with an 80% chance of rain.

I'll be doing nothing today other than reading and trying to stay dry.

10 December
Quail Ridge
Huachuca City, AZ
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I placed an order with Bradd and Hall Inc yesterday for a Lambright Lazy Lounger Swivel Wall Hugger Recliner with Chianti Ultra Leather. I sent two emails, the second one on 5 Dec, to Glastop RV Furniture telling them that I wanted to buy and for them to give me a quote - no reply. Bradd and Hall wanted to sell to me and promptly responded on 6 Dec. The downside is the delivery will take 6-7 weeks because Lambright is closed down until after Christmas.

I think I have everything ordered for the floor project now except for the floor moulding. When RV City gave me their estimate they said to wait until they had the floor in place then they would know how much moulding I would need. I'm also thinking about having them do wallpapering before adding the moulding. Spending money like a drunken sailor; not to belittle drunken sailors.

There were brief rain showers off and on yesterday morning with the sun trying to make an appearance. There was even a brief hail storm while the sun was shining. I expected to see some snow on the Huachuca Mountains and maybe the high peaks of the Whetstones this morning. A lot of cloud cover on the mountain peaks but yesterday afternoon I saw there was no snow on the Whetstones and only on the highest peaks of the Huachucas.

The 10 day forecast does not expect any more rain but it is going to be colder. The high temperatures to be mostly in the 60s and upper 50s with most of the lows to be in the lower 40s. Winter has arrived.

Do you want to know why the United States as a country is hated all around the world? Fred has written a post that provides one very good reason. I have selected only one paragraph about one country where the US has been improving the lives of its people.
Washington never sleeps in its campaigns to improve the lives of people whose most fervent wish is that America stop improving their lives. To give the Afghans democracy, human rights, and American values, the US has for eighteen years been bombing, bombing, bombing a largely illiterate population in a nation where America has no business. It is a coward’s war with warplanes butchering peasants who have no defenses. The pilots and drone operators who do this deserve contempt, as does the country that sends them. How many more years? For what purpose? And how were the German Nazis different? On Rogues and Rogue States, Fred Reed