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Hiding from CoVid
Posted:Jul 2, 2020 3:53 am
Last Updated:Jul 9, 2020 8:34 am
The best place t.o. hide from a virus are likely places devoid of other humans. So out into the desert it is! Or would be if I didn’t have bills to . At least the hospital is back allowing overtime. I have months of lost overtime make up , so I may not be writing as much, but I can post some pictures of one of my favorite high desert destinations, Sedona, AZ. Pictured here are the John Wayne tree, named so because he supposedly said he would love transplant this tree his home. Notice the tree is growing in rocks, not dirt. There are also a couple of shots from Montezuma’s castle and Montezuma’s well.

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how to make a boring driving exciting.
Posted:Jun 28, 2020 6:49 am
Last Updated:Jun 28, 2020 7:01 am
It's been an interesting couple of weeks lately.

Work has begun to pick back up a little. For the first time since March I was able to get a few overtime hours.

I had a death in the family, which was Covid related, but they were in their 80's and suffering from dementia. This was not entirely unexpected. Naturally this requires the estate be settled. This past week family has begun boxing, disbursing and cleaning up the house and making things ready for sale.

There were a few items earmarked that I needed to pick up. An antique parlor table, an antique pie safe, a china hutch, family china, family quilts and a few other smaller items. Far more than what any vehicle I own can hold so I had the adventure of renting a U-haul trailer.

For those who have never rented a U-haul, towing one is quite the experience. They don't tow as smoothly as say a camper of a boat. For lack of a better word, they bounce every time you hit a bump in the road. I'm not fond of towing anything and especially something that's bouncing behind me.

There's also the speed limit reduction when pulling one of these trailers. They don't put the best tires on these things. The recommended speed limit is 55mph. Lots of fun on the highway when everyone else is whizzing by you at regular highway speeds.

The trip didn't start out well. My plans were to pick up the trailer at 8am, load it, be on the road my noon and home by 11pm. Halfway to Denver I got a call from U-haul letting me know the trailer I had reserved for 8am wouldn't be available until 11am and it wouldn't be available at the location I had reserved. What was the point of making a reservation? So instead of spending one night in a hotel, now it was two. That was additional expense not needed when I'm not getting the hours at work to which I've become accustomed.

Driving home didn't turn out a lot better. I got an early start determined to make it home by 2pm, unload the trailer, drop it off and still have a little time to rest before going back to work the next day. That wasn't going to happen.

The first gas stop on a Sunday morning at a small town in Colorado, the transmission linkage became "unlinked". I was unable to shift and found myself stuck at a gas pump. Sunday in a small town means all the repair shops are closed. Fun times indeed!

Thank God for modern technology. I was able to call someone with knowledge. Using the camera on my phone he was able to direct me to where everything was located on the engine and I was able to send a picture. From this he was able to tell me how to put the gear shift arm back on the transmission arm and shift the van into park. From there I was able to get the van back into gear and drive on down the road.

Unfortunately modern vehicles engine compartments are tightly packed. The area of the transmission I had to reach was accessible, but it was right next to the exhaust manifold. I have a couple of nice burns to my arm to prove how close they are to each other.

So now I can drive again, but, the linkage arm would come off every time I shifted. So it's 429 miles at 55mph and minimal stops to get home. I loaded up on water and snacks with plans to stop only as necessary. At a minimum I would require one more stop for gas before reaching home.

Did I mention that the Midwest is prone to severe thunderstorms? 150 miles from home I ran into a lovely thunderstorm packing wind gusts of 60mph. If you thought the trailer was bouncing before you should have seen it going through this storm. With the transmission doing it's thing I didn't dare pull over. There was no way to put the van in park without getting out and doing it manually. So onward through the severe thunderstorm i went, certain that everyone else who had pulled over thought me insane.

Eventually I made it home with everything intact, including my sanity. I dropped off the china and china hutch at my daughters house. We used her vehicle to tow the trailer back to U-haul and my van was parked until it could be repaired. All is back to what could reasonably be referred to as "normal". I think next time I may just forgo picking up family heirlooms and allow them to become someone else's treasures.

Are You a Collector?
Posted:Jun 8, 2020 10:28 am
Last Updated:Jun 20, 2020 7:45 am
Most of us seem collect something. Sometimes it’s by accident. I have NO affinity for fine china, yet I seem have become the collector of such china. China use to be a cherished item in a girls hope chest or cherished item handed down from mother to , often only brought out for use on special occasions. It use hold value, both monetarily and emotionally.

Not so much anymore. Fine china has been shunned by the younger generation. I currently have 3 full sets and am about pick up a fourth due the passing of another relative. No one else wants fine china and for some reason, I can’t bear the thought of it going a thrift store or sold at auction, knowing what it once meant to the family. Thus, I’ve become an unintentional collector of the family fine china.

One of my life’s passions/hobbies has been travel. I like to keep reminders of my travels and began collecting items intentionally. When my parents passed, I soon realized that a person can collect all sorts of worthless items that have no meaning to descendent’s, but can be difficult to dispose of because of emotional attachment.

Photo’s are an example. I have VAST amounts of old photos. Some of people and places I recall, others not so.much. Still, I don’t dare throw them out. Today, photos can be kept digitally and online. Old photos won’t be a problem when I’m gone. If anyone wants any of them, they can download and save or print them.

Since I have had to deal with disposing of worthless but emotionally charged items from my relatives past, I made the decision to try to keep my collectibles small and preferably something easily disposed of and not emotionally charged.

I started collecting shot glasses. Believe it not, it wasn’t long before I became overwhelmed. I had no easy way to display them and they weren’t practical. You really only need so many shot glasses and, if you know how to pour a drink, you really don’t even need one. Eventually they became so overwhelming I disposed of the vast majority and stopped collecting them. The ones I’ve kept have been from Las Vegas.

While I’m on the subject of Vegas, I still hold onto several Vegas related items such as shirt, hats, chips, decks of cards, player club cards et.... Most of it giveaways. The shot glasses hold special meaning because they’re from hotels I’ve stayed in or shows I’ve seen. Most of these collectibles have been unintentional and have been objects of opportunity.

I do collect a couple of things intentionally, but now ONLY if it’s something I both like and will use.

T-shirts are any easy thing to collect. I’m can be picky about a shirt. I hate spending $20 for a $5 t-shirt, just because it has something applied or printed on it. For that amount of it needs be something witty. For instance, there’s a local fried chicken restaurant that has their name and the motto, “ We choke our chickens”.

Ball caps are another item I’ll collect. I’m bald so they’re practical, even though I don’t need as many as I own. Because I have 20 or 30 caps, I don’t feel the need to buy one every time I go somewhere. It need to be of good quality and reasonable price.

Coffee mugs are possibly my achilles heal. They’re cheap, I use them and I always seem to find a design I like. For a time, Starbucks had the “You Are Here” series. Thank God they discontinued them! Even though I only collected a mug from someplace I’ve been, it was a mug I sought out when traveling and I have far to many of them.

I still collect coffee mugs, just not the Starbucks branded mugs. Usually inexpensive and with some emblem of a place or attraction I’ve seen. Sometimes it’s a mug design I like, as was the case this past wee I have enough that I’ve become particular. I won’t buy a mug just buy a mug. I need like it, it needs be affordable and it needs be a mug I’ll use, not collect and set on a shelf. In other words, not something collected for any value other than a memory and practice use.

Do you collect anything?

Rainy Days and Monday’s
Posted:Jun 6, 2020 8:56 am
Last Updated:Jun 8, 2020 7:56 pm
Talkin’ to myself and feeling old
Sometimes I’d like to quit
Nothing seems to fit
Hanging around
Nothin’ to do but frown
Rainy days and mondays always get me down

Song by the Carpenters
Paul Williams/Roger Nichols

Actually, rainy days are sometimes my favorites. Especially a thunderstorm with lightning and thunder. When I’m in the mountains, as I am today, I love to hear the thunder echo through the valleys.

I can sit hear and read while looking out at the beautiful view I get to enjoy, if only for a little while. I wrote a blog post sometime back called “Get A Room”. For some the room doesn’t matter. For me it’s a big part of traveling and the experience. I’m older, and although I remain active, I enjoy the creature comforts of a nice room with a good view. The photo is the view I’m enjoying this afternoon while relaxing.

Tomorrow it’s a long drive home and then back to reality. It won’t be long though before I’m back on the road for my next get away adventure.

FWIW, this web site has an issue with words like “to” and other 2 letter words. I post, it’s correct, within an hour it’s not. I edit, it’s correct, 2 minutes later it’s not. I’m losing faith quickly with the validity of this site.
South Park
Posted:Jun 6, 2020 6:40 am
Last Updated:Jun 6, 2020 11:11 am
Heading on down South Park gonna have myself a time......

South Park was a real place in Colorado. Zebulon Pike, in his exploration of the area, lightly “penetrated” it on his exploration of the Louisiana purchase for president Thomas Jefferson. The name park is derived from the French word parc, which means game preserve. There is a valley between the mountains where the South Platt river provides for lush fertile grounds which attracted an abundance of wild life.

In the mid 50’s a lawyer who would vacation in the area was upset about the vandalism of the old abandoned mining camp buildings. He had the idea acquire land in Fair Play, CO and bring the buildings to one place where they could be protected. Today there are 43 buildings that can be toured with relics from the time.

How to survive CoVid in style
Posted:Jun 4, 2020 3:51 pm
Last Updated:Jun 4, 2020 4:03 pm
I don’t snow ski, which is why I never would have thought of this before vacationing in a town based on snow skiing.
I really hate masks because I wear them all the time at work. While in Breckenridge, CO, I noticed some people wearing what looked like a scarf they would pull up over their face when a mask was either required or appropriate. I went looking for one and discovered there just breathable ski masks. I’ve seen the same type of thing worn by motorcycle riders.
I bought mi e at a ski shop but checked online and they’re readily available. For me this is a lot easier when I’m out and about as it goes up and comes down quickly. There’s also less chance I’ll get out of the house and forget my mask since it’s reasonably comfortable to wear at all times.
I’m not sure how the ladies will like them as they’re prone to messing up your coifed hair putting them on.

I’ve tried numerous times to get these pictures upright, but I guess this site has decided that CoVid has turned the entire world upside down, so I give up.upside down it is

Traveling post lock down
Posted:Jun 3, 2020 4:58 pm
Last Updated:Jun 8, 2020 8:06 pm
Let’s just say we’re not nearly close to normal. It’s a little depressing seeing people wearing mask in outdoor open public spaces where social distancing isn’t an issue. To some it’s better safe than sorry. To me it’s allowing fear and media hype to control your life.

The resort I’m staying at isn’t nearly at capacity. I wonder if it’s fear, loss of income, loss of vacation time or maybe just that people are beginning to return to work. While it’s nice not to be amongst large crowds it’s a little depressing as well.

Restaurant in Breck have just begun to allow dine in as an option. Up until now I’ve largely avoided dining out. However the servers at these restaurants have likely suffered more than many of the average people. Their primary income derives from tips and they often have no paid time off benefit. To show support for these businesses and their staff which have suffered the most, I’ve made an effort to show up and have doubled my normal tip amount on the check.

I would like to see things return to normal. The virus isn’t going away and we can’t live like hermits for an extended period of time. IMO it’s time to begin to get out and live again. I’m enjoying the relaxation and escape from everyday life.

Just for laughs
Posted:Jun 2, 2020 8:18 pm
Last Updated:Jul 9, 2020 12:14 pm
Just for laughs in a serious situation
The load out
Posted:Jun 1, 2020 7:33 pm
Last Updated:Jun 4, 2020 4:00 pm
Years ago I played drums in several bands. Mostly bars but some road work. It was the road work that taught me there are literally thousands of very talented but starving musicians. Thus I choose another career path. But I never minded the road, which is probably why driving long distance doesn’t bother me.

When I was a , my dad treated driving like it was a chore. We HAD to get from point A to point B in record time. No stopping unless it was absolutely necessary. I take a different approach. If I want to stop, I stop. If there’s something I really want to see, I stop. The drive should be part of the trip and should be enjoyed.

That said, it’s difficult to make western Kansas and eastern Colorado interesting. I generally make this drive straight thru stopping only when I need to stretch the legs, and so this drive was made with only a couple of stops to let the dogs pee, grab a sandwich, buy gas or stretch the legs.

Tomorrow I’ll begin exploring the area post CoVid app apocalypse. They seemed really in tune with wearing masks everywhere. The restaurant have just begun to open up. Main Street was pretty empty when I drove down it this afternoon.

Flushing Catfish
Posted:May 30, 2020 4:06 am
Last Updated:Jun 8, 2020 4:01 pm

I believe I noticed a pattern that allows spot the catphisher quickly and flush them down the drain. I sometimes receive unsolicited messages from women (I know, weird right). My upbringing is be polite and respond, even if I’m not interested. However, if I wait until the next day, I will see that the profile has been taken down.

I started looking for a FWB a few months back on another popular site who’s motto is, “Life is short. Have an affair.” Nearly every profile on that site was a scammer and I saw all sorts of catphish schemes. Some very simple, others more elaborate. The simple ones were likely trying to con me out of cards or Apple Card’s. The more elaborate spend time trying set you up for the big ticket items or get you send cash. I had one who was setting up for cash get home from Turkey before CoVid shut down travel. It was a long running scam, I got bored and shut it down after a few weeks.

If you’re a man, here are some things look for:

1. Unsolicited message from a much younger woman. It’s usually short and something like, “Hi, how are you”. Don’t bite right away. Wait a day and see if their profile disappears. Scammers remove their profile as soon as they think they have a victim on the line. They don't want the site block their IP address.

2. As mentioned in the sites scrolling banner DON’T take the conversation off site right away. Scammers try get your phone number.

3. If/when you go off site, , don’t email .texting gives you their area code. check that area code against their location. If it doesn’t match, BLOCK THAT NUMBER. Yes they might have recently moved, but to date I’ve never seen one the was legit. If you do e-mail, set up a dummy account that has NONE of your personal contacts in it. You'd hate to have that hacked and then have everyone on that list messaged by your scammer friend.

4. Take the time READ their profile. If what they’re saying in message varies greatly from their profile, they’re scamming you. If you’re looking for someone message, READ the profile. Having only one generic picture and bad grammar are giveaways that your looking at a fake profile. Most of these are looking for their “soulmate.” These are likely the profiles that will attempt bleed desperate members for big $$.

Unfortunately, this site is rife with fake profiles and scammers. I receive at least a dozen flirts/hot lists a day from profiles that are pretty obviously fake. So much so that I’ve learned it’s mostly a waste of my time. The real people make it worth the time but, you guys are few and far between. If 8 find that FWB, great! If not, I haven’t lost anything. It is VERY annoying that the sites webmaster allows the scammers proliferate this site as they do. I’m sure it has run off many real members due the harassment by scammers that have all these fake accounts.

As for me, I’ll hang around, but my reasons have changed. Yes I’d like that FWB person but I’m pretty happy just communicating with others via blog or messaging. Maybe I’m a little weird in that I take the friends part as seriously as the benefits part.
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Re-discovering Life
Posted:May 27, 2020 4:53 am
Last Updated:May 31, 2020 11:05 am

The pandemic has done one thing for . It’s forced take time off from wor For the last 30 years I’ve spent so much time working I’ve had little time keep up with old friends except by social media.

In the 80’s I took a promotion with a former employer and moved 200 miles south. Even though I no longer work in that industry, I choose to remain here as it’s a clean, quite community and has everything I really need, not the least of which was an endless supply of young eligible women since it was a college town. This, of course does nothing for me now as those same college girls aren’t looking for an older gentleman like myself. The quite nature of the town vs the loud and crowded big city life still holds me here.

Having all this time off I decided now was a good time to drive north. My old friend has a fantastic back yard he’s set up to entertain guests most every weekend. As it was a holiday weekend, it was time for the holiday pool party. It’s the first time I’ve been free to attend. So I said social distancing be dammed, it’s time to see some old friends.

I managed to see several friends that date back to elementary and middle school. Make some connections with new friends. Get a little sun so I know longer look pasty white/pale and re-tell some of the old stories from our “Glory Days.”

It was time we’ll spent. I learned a couple of my old friends enjoy some of my same hobbies and passions. I travel a reasonable amount and usually have extra room when I do, so perhaps they’ll take me up on my offer to head out and spend time in the mountains or on the beach.

I believe I’m going to start planning my life a little differently. Instead of telling my employer I’m willing to work on certain days and committing myself to those days, I’ll just keep my mouth shut. Instead, if there’s nothing interesting to do, I’ll call my employer and see if they need help. In normal times it’s VERY unusual that a day will go by they’re not short in one department or another. I’ll keep my options open, and when the opportunity comes up to do something a little more relaxing, interesting or more fun than work, I won’t have to say I can’t because I’ve already committed myself to my job. After all, all work and no makes Jack a dull boy.
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