Peregrinating
2022

August

1 August 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
Fredonia, AZ
no
I washed the floor in the kitchen/living room again last night. Not that it needed it, not that I wanted to do it, but Patches was sick again and wandered around the area throwing up. I put her in the bathroom and contained her in there until I thought she was finished. Let her out when I saw that she had not thrown up in there and she promptly threw up in the recently washed kitchen area. This is going to be a problem!

On a somewhat more positive note I have changed Text Editors. I said that I had installed Visual Studio Code but after doing so I could not find how to use it. Went back on line and found a tutorial for Sublime Text so installed it and uninstalled Visual Studio Code. After getting Sublime installed I opened it and it looked just like Visual Studio. Oh well, I do have the tutorial that hopefully will teach me how to use it.

The high temperature these past few days has been under 90° but it has been uncomfortable. The humidity has averaged in the 60%s with the lowest being in the 30s with the high temperatures. People that live with these weather conditions all the time will scoff but for a desert rat these are uncomfortable weather conditions. The forecast is for a few days to dry out then more chances of rain starting on Saturday.

That is all that is happening here today. Tomorrow I'll go to town for groceries which will provide a slight break in the routine.

2 August 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
Fredonia, AZ
no
The grocery gathering went smoothly. This was in the face of shelf stocking and a large group of young people stocking up for a day of adventure.

I have the distiller working again. That is probably the only thing in this household that is going to work today. The high yesterday was only 91.1° but with the humidity in the 30%s I just did not feel like walking. I didn't nap but did lay down for that hour that we would have been out there.
Have you noticed how the mass media have gone almost totally silent on the war in Ukraine?

What happened to the sturdy and brave, nay, stallworthy newsmen and women, wearing imitation combat kit, standing in front of some building in Kiev telling us in stentorian tones about the battle to come for the capital of Ukraine? What happened? No news gatherers embedded with the “victorious” Ukrainian forces inflicting defeat after defeat on the evil Russkies? All we see are tired old politicos and grade B actors from America and Europe visiting Zelensky, when he is not posing for Vogue, that is. — And Ukraine? Some Innocent Questions, W. Lewis Amselem

3 August 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
Fredonia, AZ
no
We did all three of the walks yesterday. However, Patches did not want to go on the afternoon walk so it was just Erik and myself. Patches has not thrown up again and has a good appetite but dosen't behave like everything is quite right with her.

I finally finished that long book that has taken me forever to read. Now I'll get started on another history book that has been waiting online. It is maybe one sixth the length of the one that I just finished. It is also by a professor that writes for the common man rather than for his peers.
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”Revolutions, droughts, famines, invasions, wars, regicides — the calamities of the mid-seventeenth century were not only unprecedented, they were agonisingly widespread. A global crisis extended from England to Japan, and from the Russian Empire to sub-Saharan Africa. North and South America, too, suffered turbulence. The distinguished historian Geoffrey Parker examines first-hand accounts of men and women throughout the world describing what they saw This is a long book that was somewhat difficult to read. The author is an academic so the book is written for his peers not some pleb such as myself. It is written in the academic style which means that about half of the book has been quoted with hundreds of footnote citations. Many of the quotes are in Old English from the 17th century so it was slow reading by me. If you want to know world history in the 17th century this would be a very good choice. and suffered during a sequence of political, economic and social crises that stretched from 1618 to the 1680s. Parker also deploys scientific evidence concerning climate conditions of the period, and his use of ‘natural’ as well as ‘human’ archives transforms our understanding of the World Crisis. Changes in the prevailing weather patterns during the 1640s and 1650s — longer and harsher winters, and cooler and wetter summers — disrupted growing seasons, causing dearth, malnutrition, and disease, along with more deaths and fewer births. Some contemporaries estimated that one-third of the world died, and much of the surviving historical evidence supports their pessimism.

Parker's demonstration of the link between climate change and worldwide catastrophe 350 years ago stands as an extraordinary historical achievement. And the contemporary implications of his study are equally important: are we at all prepared today for the catastrophes that climate change could bring tomorrow” — Book promo @ goodread.com
This is the closing of Andrei's analysis of the Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.
Most US Americans have absolutely no idea how offensive their condescending arrogance, constant flag waving, talks about their messianic mission for mankind and general narcissism is offensive to the rest of the planet. But when you look objectively at the endless list of US failures pretty much anywhere on the planet, you can tell that there is something deep going on here. For some reason, the “Yankees go home” thing seems to be very contagious.

I think that Nancy Pelosi deserves our profound gratitude. She should get at least two medals:

● One from the CP of China in gratitude for her endless efforts to rally the people of China around their government and
● One from Russia, for her endless efforts into solidifying the Russian-Chinese alliance.

Truth be told, between Bliken and Pelosi the national security interests of China and Russia are in good hands :-) — Nancy braves the Chinese dragon and wins?, Andrei

4 August 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
Fredonia, AZ
no
We did an afternoon walk again yesterday sans Patches. She did not act like she wanted to go with us and probably had good sense. It was not all that hot, just a little over 90°, but with the humidity I was wringing wet by the time we finished. Erik was willing to go but he lagged behind for much of the walk.

The forecast is for scattered thunderstorms this afternoon then perhaps we dry out through the weekend. Then more thunderstorms starting next Tuesday. What we are getting here is higher humidity with very little rain. A total of 0.55'' in June and 1.02'' in July. I could have been here last year when they got only 0.04'' and 0.86'' for June and July; it is a dry area.

I need to get the holding tanks dumped and add more water. That will probably be all that I do today other than more reading. Maybe do some more programming study; which I find rather boring.
There are a lot of people in this world agree with Caitlin's sentiment. Pelosi simply added to their numbers.
The world is a worse place now than it was before Pelosi's plane touched down. Less safe, less wealthy, less kind, and more frightening. Not one ordinary person has benefitted from her insanely hawkish provocation made in her final years on this earth, especially not the people of Taiwan.

The US empire is sick, and it is playing sick games with all our lives. As far as I'm concerned, its downfall can't come soon enough. — The US Military Was Just Used To Help A Dementia Patient Try To Start WW3, Caitlin Johnstone

These are words to live by now more than ever.

“To live well you must live unseen.” — René Descartes

5 August 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
Fredonia, AZ
no
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: August 5, 1934

Yesterday afternoon when it was time for us to do our afternoon walk the wind was gusting, it was hot and there was a thunderstorm approaching from the north. All good reasons to not walk. By the time we would have finished the walk all those good reasons no longer were in evidence. We needed an afternoon off.

The forecast is for a cooler day today and only stray showers so we may get to do all three walks. That will be the only thing that I have on the agenda other than reading. I have the history book started online and a novel on the Fire 8.
Revenge is a dish that is best served cold; How China Could Wreak Vengeance on Taipei & Washington.
“[Pelosi] took such a huge political gamble that the world will never be the same again,” noted Pauken. “Beijing will feel emboldened to accelerate its unification measures of Taiwan and the Chinese government has just moved forward on curbing trade and investments there. The semiconductor industry will get devastated with Beijing's bans on exporting natural sands that are key supply chain ingredients for chip-making. China blocked imports of fruits and seafood products from Taiwan as well. We should anticipate more punitive economic measures to be announced by China in the near future.…
Yes, Beijing blinked militarily here, but China can do a slow burn on the US,” Pauken said. “The US as a superpower is on the decline. The country is in a ‘technical recession,’ witnessing record-high crime rates, social breakdown of families, radicalism in education with drag queens' story hours in children's classrooms and a foreboding sense of doom and gloom as ordinary Americans feel powerless to fight against rampant corruption, Democrat Party propaganda media and ‘defund the police’ civilization.” — Thomas W. Pauken II

6 August 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
Fredonia, AZ
no
We did half of the afternoon walk yesterday. It was the half that Patches did with Erik. It was hot and since Erik has been lagging in the afternoon I thought I would give him a break from the heat. That is my story and I'm sticking to it.

The only other item of note was that I got a late night neighbor. When I got up at O Dark Thirty to take Erik out for a pee break there was a Mustang convertible parked almost in my front yard. It had a dog in it that Erik wanted to meet since it barked a greeting. We went back to bed but the car was there still when we went out for our morning walk. The dog barked again and this got the ‘site poacher’ up and they drove away. I wasn't surprised that the car had California license plates.

Speaking of Californians you need to read the 10 Biggest Adjustments Fleeing Californians Have To Make In Their New States. “Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing California for states like Texas and Florida, but it's not always easy to adjust to life in an American state. Let's look at the 10 biggest adjustments fleeing Californians have to make in their new states.”

It is expected to be hot again today and the forecast rain has been put off until Wednesday. That is good because I need to drive to a dental appointment on Tuesday. Today we will most likely try to do a repeat of yesterday with the exception that the noon walk will be to the Post Office. I have a couple packages waiting for me.

7 August 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
Fredonia, AZ
no
We did a repeat of the walks done the day before yesterday but as I said it would include a stop at the Post office. There I had a package of AeroPress filters and a package from Round House. This was my order for new bib overalls.

The old ones that I bought from them 16 months ago were starting to show holes in the crotch area where my legs rub the pant legs together. I wore them everyday and walked 2,200 miles in them; they lasted longer than any other pants I have bought for walking. They are a little more expensive than the Dickey's that I bought before but are American made and last longer. Good bibs!

The forecast high for today is 97° which Weather Underground say will be Warmer than yesterday. They never use the word Hot. We will probably not be doing an afternoon walk. Not even the half distance we have done the past couple of days.

I'll be in Desperado with the A/C running full blast and reading more of the history book that I have started online. I also downloaded another nonfiction book onto the Fire 8 that gives me something to switch to as a break. Shopping day tomorrow is the only other thing planned.
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There Are Two Sides To Every Story

Like every other grad student at Miskatonic University, Owen Merrill knows about the Great Old Ones, the nightmare beings out of ancient legend that H.P. Lovecraft unearthed from archaic texts and turned into icons of modern fantasy fiction. Then a chance discovery—a lost This is the first in a series of seven; although I can not find Free copies of the other six. Greer has taken a short story by Lovecraft and made a series out of it. Just like Lovecraft it is not for everyone, this book by Greer will not be for everyone either. Good fantasy for those that do like it. letter written by Lovecraft to fellow Weird Tales author Robert Blake—offers a glimpse into the frightful reality behind the legends, and sends Owen on a desperate quest for answers that shatters his familiar world forever.

8 August 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
Fredonia, AZ
no
Patches threw up her breakfast again yesterday. I bought some baby food pumpkin mix today while shopping hoping that might settle her stomach. However, I think she probably has a more serious problem that pumpkin will not fix. If she can improve enough that I can get her to the vet in Benson in October that is what I'm going to do. If not then I'll have to take her to one in Kanab.

The shopping went well except trying to find just pumpkin baby food. There were a lot of sweet potatoes which I may get next week. I also got 15¢/gallon off the price of a fillup for Desperado. I'm not sure why I get some receipt from Honey's Marketplace stamped for the gas discount and some not but did get the savings today. This was the first fillup that I have done since I first got here so I went three month on a tank of gas. The per gallon price was still higher after the discount than what I paid here in May. But there is no inflation; Uncle Joe says so!

I have a dental cleaning appointment tomorrow in Hurricane, UT so that is going to use up a lot of that gas and use up the morning. I sent them a confirmation that I would be there and heard nothing in reply. I can only assume that the office is still open. I'll find out tomorrow.

That will mean even less walking tomorrow than what we did yesterday and probably today. The high was just what the forecast expected at 97° and that is what is forecast again for today.

So far Patches is doing well – not throwing up. I gave her some hulled barley and oat groats last night and this morning along with a half ration of her dog food. With that and some of the pumpkin mix I'm hoping she stays well.
Now that it is so clearly upon us, senior dominance is viewed with horrified amazement by many politicians and economists. Because it is the very opposite of what they anticipated, they see mass longevity as a fiscal calamity, a prospect wholly at odds with all they hold dear. The country is filling up with the wrong people — old people, people who by definition take little interest in innovation, who care more about secure investments, savings accounts and prescription costs than the next hot thing on the market and who will be claiming more and more of our resources, influencing ever more of our political policies. Hardly a week goes by but the evening news or the op-ed page takes up the drum-beat: “Be warned! Old people are coming! Old people are coming!” Gerontocracy, in the judgment of many pundits, threatens bankruptcy, backwardness, and stagnation. They ask: “How can we afford all these people?” And, less audibly, they ask: “How are we going to sell them i-Phones, HDTV, flashy clothes, new movies, the next American icon?” — The Making of an Elder Culture by Theodore Roszak

9 August 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
Fredonia, AZ
no
As I expected most of the morning was used up with the trip to Hurricane, UT from my dental cleaning appointment. I got there just in time even with the road construction delay a few miles north of the town where they are widening the road that climbs out of the valley.

The cleaning went well and cost less than what I pay in Sierra Vista or Benson. I have never been in this part of the country before and the views from a home in Colorado City, Apple Valley or Hurricane are spectacular. However, the summer and winter temperatures are horrible. You would pay a price for the great views.

After the cleaning I stopped at Rooster Run restaurant and had a veggie omelet that was twice the size that I was getting in Kanab. A big serving of red potatoes. Flour tortilla and good coffee at a price that was $5-6 less than what I was last charged in Kanab. If it didn't get so damn hot in the summer I would consider staying in Hurricane. We will not be doing any more walks today; the dogs are worn out from waiting for me and I'm tired from the drive. It will just be reading and staying cool with the A/C running full blast.
Just as we revise our reading of political revolutions, we also reinterpret social revolutions, finding in them elements that earlier generations missed. Take one well-known feature of the industrial revolution that will be of special interest to us here: urbanization. The industrial city was among the most obvious innovations of the period, but it had more dimensions than anyone recognized at the time. The new machines, ungainly improvisations of belts and shafts and gears, required factories; the factories, needing a local workforce, required cities. By fits and starts, without planning or foresight, the first industrial towns formed around the factories. And to begin with — especially in the first industrial nations — the cities were killing fields. People left their hamlets and villages seeking work in the factory towns; what most of them found was death. Through the first three generations of the industrial revolution, cities could not replace their own numbers. They grew because thousands were moving off the land and into early graves. Those migrants who left the countryside left behind their familiar diets, their folk remedies, their inherited immunity, their social support. They entered cities that were hellholes with no streets, no clean water, no sewers, no public health facilities, no garbage collection. And by the thousands they died an even earlier death than they would have died in their villages. In the wretched little factory town of Manchester in 1820, little more than a collection of shacks and shanties along unpaved roads, life expectancy was 17.
…by 2000, the life expectancy of baby boomers would reach 70. At no step along the way did anyone raise the warning that all this sanitation and public health was prolonging life and so saddling society with more elderly dependents than it could afford. — The Making of an Elder Culture by Theodore Roszak

10 August 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
Fredonia, AZ
no
The high yesterday was 96° and we did not walk. Today the guess is that it will only get up to 86 so we might do all three walks. It is very humid so even with the lower temperature it is going to be uncomfortable. We got 0.09'' of rain about sundown yesterday which was certainly needed but it has raised the humidity.

I need to run the A/C even when the temperatures just get above 80 with the increased humidity. The next nine day are forecast to be like this; highs in the 80s and rain every day. I'm going to think I'm back in Japan during the typhoon season.
“When You Strike At A King, You Must Kill Him.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Establishment has struck former president Trump again but have not yet killed him.. That is next in my opinion. I don't think he will live to see the 2024 presidential election — if there is one.
11 August 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
Fredonia, AZ
no
The high yesterday was 92.5° which was a little higher than the forecast. We did only half of the afternoon walk in that higher temperature and higher humidity. Patches did that half with us and seemed happy to go. She has also made it through another 24 hours without throwing up. I am hopeful.

The closest weather reporting station claimed there was 0.05'' of rain during the night. I could see that the ground was wet this morning but I think that much rain will only keep the humidity high and not do much good.

The forecast continues to be for high temperatures in the 80s with more rain. We will be running the A/C and doing our best to stay cool. I'll be reading more of the history online plus switching to the novel that I have downloaded to the Fire 8.
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The Summer of Love. Vietnam. Woodstock. These are the milestones of the baby boomer generation Theodore Roszak chronicled in his 1969 breakthrough book The Making of a Counter Culture. Part of an unprecedented longevity revolution, those boomers form the most educated, most socially conscientious, politically savvy older generation the world has ever seen. And they are preparing for Act Two.

The professor eschews the issue of how all these entitlements are going to be paid for. He just assumes that the economy is going to keep growing whereas there are many signs that the United States will join the ‘developing’ countries as a debt ridden bankrupt. He has a much higher opinion of the Boomers than most Boomers do; certainly higher than the children of the Boomers do. I don't suggest this be added to your reading list. The Making of an Elder Culture reminds the boomers of the creative role they once played in our society and of the moral and intellectual resources they have to draw upon for radical transformation in their later years. Seeing the experience of aging as a revolution in consciousness, it predicts an “elder insurgency” where boomers return to take up what they left undone in their youth. Freed from competitive individualism, military-industrial bravado, and the careerist rat race, who better to forge a compassionate economy? Who better positioned not only to demand Social Security and Medicare for themselves, but to champion “Entitlements for Everyone”? Fusing the green, the gray, and the just, Eldertown can be an achievable, truly sustainable future.

Part demographic study, part history, part critique, and part appeal, Theodore Roszak's take on the imminent transformation of our world is as wise as it is inspired—and utterly appealing. — Book promo @ goodreads.com

12 August 2022
Wheel Inn RV Park
Fredonia, AZ
no
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: August 12, 1934

The weather reporting station says we got 0.04'' of rain last night but I think I got a little more than that. Not a lot but more than is being reported. Enough to get wet when I took Erik out for a potty break and he took his sweet time.

We did the half walk in the afternoon yesterday with Patches. She then had her dinner and seemed to be doing well but just before bed time she was acting like she would throw up again. It didn't happen, which is good, but all is not completely well yet. That is about all that is happening here today. Tomorrow I will go do laundry. Will also do shopping a day early because Honey's Marketplace is closed on Sunday.
This WEF advisor views humans as ‘useless eaters’ who can be hacked and manipulated using digital surveillance under their skin. He also believes in culling the population. “What do we need so many humans for? …we just don't need the vast majority of the population. Because the future is about developing more and more sophisticated technology, like artificial intelligence [and] bioengineering. Most people don't contribute anything to that, except perhaps for their data, and whatever people are still doing which is useful, these technologies increasingly will make redundant and will make it possible to replace the people.” — World Economic Forum advisor Yuval Harari