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Cactus Cowboy

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Saw some more craft for sale on Dago C/L, hope Winston29 didn't pay as much for his trimaran yak... :confused:

Hobie Island Tandem and Trailer - boats - by owner - marine sale

Of course, that's a tandem, which boosts its value. Here's a boat which I would lump into the 'unaffordable, with ugly lines, yet supremely comfortable' class, LOL. The woodwork is awesome though... like Internet porn for woodworkers, LOL. Nothing wrong with woodwork and brightwork done by Asiatics, especially when they use exotic woods like teak & Philippine mahogany. Check out this woodwork... :rolleyes:

Aft Cabin Fly Bridge Motor Yacht. Must see pics! Excellent...

And for an asking price of $196K, it damned well BETTER be an "excellent liveaboard" (LOL). Here's another Taiwanese special... ;)

41' Formosa Ketch Upgraded Blue Water Cruiser Newer Yanmar - boats -...

Brightwork needs work on that ketch, but still, the quality is there... for comparison, here's an American "woodie" with woodwork and brightwork somewhat less appealing. Also, with these wooden hulls, extra care & maintenance are required... some yachtsmen consider "woodie" ownership as a status symbol, like saying, "My wallet is FAT enough for me to afford it!!!" :eek:

1971 42' Grand Banks Classic Woodie - boats - by owner - marine sale

Nice list under that last heading, I reckon it'll offset the price a little bit, LOL. Hey, on an entirely different topic, I watched a really cool movie-length documentary titled 'UNBRANDED' through my Roku Streaming Stick, you can find this program on the 'Documentary' line. Four friends ride barely-broken mustangs from Arizona (Mexican border) straight up through parts of Utah & Wyoming to Montana, and ultimately the Canadian line... AWESOME SCENERY in this show, like the Old West!!! And the horses are bad@ss, like full-on offroad horses, LOL. The show also helped focus attention on the wild mustang herds of the American West, as management of these herds can be difficult. Beautiful creatures though, that myth about mustangs being scrubs or whatever is total bull$h!t, and let any $h!t-talking f@gtard who says otherwise repeat this epic achievement of riding from Mexico to Canada, through some of the best scenery this country has to offer. No lie, check out the documentary, those horses are TOUGH!!! Scrambling uphill in rough country like ya wouldn't believe... hell, some former dirt bikes of mine would've had trouble climbing some of that terrain, and they were all tricked out. The Grand Canyon shots alone are worth watching, but the rest of the scenery doesn't exactly suck either, LOL. Check out 'UNBRANDED' if & when ya get the chance, it gets Cactus Cowboy's highest recommendation, LOL. WINNER!!! :)

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Cactus Cowboy

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Gonna post this Kettenburg PC here as well, in case any of youse nautical hee-roes has the money to buy it, LOL... :rolleyes:

Kettenburg PC **HISTORIC BOAT** - boats - by owner - marine sale

Here's a bad@$$ fishing/diving boat, but she's pricey... :eek:

Sea-Ark 28' Aluminum - Commercial Work Boat - Dive Boat - boats - by...

Here's a beater 505, just posting this so site members can see the somewhat complicated rigging... :confused:

1987 Rondar 505 - boats - by owner - marine sale

That's it for now, I've been thinking about flipping my home and moving down the road a bit to another area of Arizona... or possibly living aboard a boat out in Dago, though I'd rather buy property here. After a bad year, I feel like getting a fresh start, ya know? So I've been weighing that decision... now it's time for me to go to the store and bag some beer, I've been beer-less (i.e. flat broke) for 3 or 4 days now and I'm mighty thirsty, LOL. ;)

Y'all be good, I'm off to bag those cold ones, I'm gonna get good & drunk tonight as I further consider my options... I had it all going on here in Benson earlier this year, but I lost that good gubmint job (with full benefits & excellent retirement) for all the wrong reasons, and it has been buggin' the hell outta me. I reckon rules & regs are out the f#%ng window this year, f#%-ups & criminals get a free pass while hard-working citizens & taxpayers get screwed, go figure. :mad:

Meh, I'm thinking a change of scenery will do me good, and there are always 'fixers' in my price range here in Arizona... if I go, I'll miss the million-dollar view, but no worries, there are plenty of million-dollar views in scenic southeastern Arizona, and I'll still be close to the crags, just closer to more work opportunities as well. I hate commuting, I'd rather pull stakes & relocate where there are more jobs, even if it's only 35 or 40 miles away. :D

I also may go trucking, but that's a last resort... I'll probably just flip the home, temporarily throw my stuff in storage, park the cats with foster parents or rehome them, take a much needed camping & sailing break in Dago for a week or two, and check the Arizona property listings on my laptop when I get the chance. One thing about flipping the home, I'll be completely debt-free again and I can pick up a big ol' thumper in the bargain, maybe even a small boat too... :)

P.S. None of these plans are written in stone, some 11th-hour job may save the property from flippage, but I'm definitely leaning that way as bills continue to roll in and scumbag politicians keep holding up the relief bill... the dirty swine. Moi, I'm not chained to any one place, and if I pull stakes, I'll just try to remember the good times I had here, aye? Same way I remember all the good times in Show Low & the White Mountains. Meh, we'll see... for now, it's BEER-THIRTY!!! :cool:

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Cactus Cowboy

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Hmm... yep, I was hammered last night, LOL. I'm actually gonna hang onto this property as long as possible, even if that means borrowing a little money from my brothers. One brother is flying from Italy to San Diego this Thanksgiving, so he and his kids (my niece & nephew, both adults) are gonna drive out to see me... I haven't seen any family members in 4 years, as I've been standing alone in Arizona, but I like this state, it has a lot of freedom going for it, LOL. Way more than Kalifornia, though I hope to eventually ease out there to the coast on paid sailing vacations... I could've already taken TWO weeklong paid sailing vacays if it weren't for that idiot smoking near the fuel on that last job. Meh, I gotta quit thinking about that irritating fiasco, and simply move forward to find work elsewhere. :rolleyes:

I'm hoping that once my niece & nephew see this place, and see how cool it is, maybe one of 'em will decide to move here... which would free me up to go trucking and earn some serious money, as long as someone was here to watch my cats, ya know? I tried finding a roommate, but never found anybody I could actually trust with the care of my home & cats, 10-4? I have this trucking outfit that wants to hire me too, as good safe experienced drivers are hard to find, but I couldn't bring myself to rehome my cats... call me an idiot or a sentimental fool, that's okay with me. I just love my kittehs, they are like my kids and they keep me entertained, LOL. I just can't let 'em go, we're friends to the end, AYE??? No f#%ng way I rehome them, no matter how crazy things get... and I'm not really in that bad of a situation, it has just been a cr@ppy year ever since I lost that good gubmint job for all the wrong reasons. :confused:

Anyway, I plan on cooking a late dinner tonight, I'm having "fake BBQd yardbird"---that's where I cheat by cooking the yardbird in my NuWave Infrared Oven instead of actually BBQing it on my grill, LOL. Meh, it comes out pretty tasty, all I gotta do is slather BBQ sauce on each side as I cook the 'bird, and top it off with pineapple slices for the second half. That's how it is done with the NuWave oven, ya gotta flip the cr@p halfway through the cooking session. No worries, it'll be heller good with a fresh green side salad, maybe some flavored rice in the microwave to fill in the gaps, LOL. I have 'Herb & Butter' rice and 'Cheddar Broccoli' rice, either one will work... I don't really want quick taters, rice is better with the fake BBQd yardbird, AYE? And the green salad will be tight, with lettuce, vine-ripened tomato & cucumber topped with Greek dressing or that primo 'Cilantro Lime' dressing I like, that stuff is mighty tasty... ;)

I'm really looking forward to this upcoming visit by my relatives, I can't believe it has been 4 years already since I saw any of 'em... where the heck does the time go? Meh, we'll make up for lost time as I school 'em on the 8' pool table, and cook a big ol' (actual) BBQ meal for dinner, after a few beers, of course. Maybe some wine for my niece, I'm not sure what she likes nowadays. I think my nephew quit drinking, so that's cool, I'll get him some juice or soda or whatever... my best friend Tommy went clean & sober a couple of decades ago, or damned near it, and we still maintain our friendship. In fact, he offered to help me out with a small loan of $500 or whatever, but hopefully I won't need it, I'm good right now and I'm still looking for work, 10? Thank goodness the cost of living is so low here in rural or semi-rural Arizona, I couldn't do this in Kalifornia, that's for GODDAM sure, LOL. Meh, things should turn around soon enough... :D

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So, last night I watched the Daniel Day-Lewis remake of 'THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS' on the 65" curved screen... I've seen it before, but this is a longtime favorite of mine, not only because it is based upon the excellent novel by James Fenimore Cooper, but also because (to me) it is the signature work of Daniel Day-Lewis. I'm no fan of Hollywood actors, but I like that guy in this flick, it all works out like Cooper would've wanted it to be depicted on film. Funny thing, Cooper's story takes place in upstate NY, but much of this remake was filmed at Chimney Rock, NC, go figure... :confused:

That's another reason why I like this film with its excellent cinematography, I had a really good time at Chimney Rock back in my "trucking daze" (circa 1997). I had a weekend run with plenty of time on my hands, picking up a load on Friday and not delivering till Monday, with trip mileage relatively low... companies would do this so a driver could recoup some hours according to D.O.T. regs, but it also gave those same drivers a chance to relax after running hard all week, ya know? That's how I stumbled across Chimney Rock, I didn't even notice it in my atlas until I arrived at Lake Lure and saw Hickory Nut Gorge with its awesome crags... :rolleyes:

I had picked up a load Friday afternoon in the backwoods of "The Tar Heel" (NC), and now it was Saturday morning... I was cruising along some skinny little 2-lane blacktop highway when I rolled up on Lake Lure and saw Chimney Rock. I decided then & there to take a break and explore this awesome cragging area, but there were no truck stops nearby and I needed a shower, ya know? Well, after I rolled through the village or hamlet of Chimney Rock, I looked over at the Rocky Broad River and said to myself, "There's my shower!" LOL. Shaved & washed my hair by the truck, then took a dip in the river to get cleaned up... ;)

Picture me on a beautiful spring day, the May weather couldn't be more perfect... it's midmorning, the gorge and its crags are towering above me, and I know that as soon as I get cleaned up and find a place to drop my wagon, I can bobtail up to check out Chimney Rock, aye? But first, the dip in the Rocky Broad River... that water coming off the mountains of western NC was FREEZING, LOL, I lasted about two minutes, tops, as I got cleaned up in what would otherwise have been a magnificent venue... you'll see what I mean in the pics I'm about to post, the place was really beautiful. :D

The park itself is privately owned, since Doctor Morse bought the land back around the turn of the century (1900)... a "buzzer beater" with regard to Theodore Roosevelt and his plans to preserve natural wonders by giving them National Monument or National Park status. If the Morse Family had not purchased the land, this area would certainly be a protected park today, but to give them credit, the Morse Family has done a pretty good job turning the place into a huge outdoor playground. If you like hiking in scenic outdoor venues, be sure to check out Chimney Rock if ya get the chance, it is a primo location. :cool:

I think I paid around $5 to enter the park in '97, and it was totally worth every penny... once I took the elevator ride and sussed out Chimney Rock, I hiked the Skyline Trail to get the overlook, then checked out Hickory Nut Falls before doing the Cliff Trail, which figures prominently in the movie remake. Afterward, I poked around in all those nooks & crannies you see on the trail map, the park is really cool if ya like outdoor adventure and fresh air... nice solid rock too, but climbing is prohibited except in carefully-controlled events, so that's one downside, any climbing or rappelling ya do will probably be illegal, LOL. :(

Last but not least, how about that elevator project? 8 TONS OF FRIGGIN' DYNAMITE... HOLY CR@P, BOYZ, THAT'S A $H!TLOAD OF DYNAMITE!!! :eek:

I rode that elevator twice, and it sure made things easier... as soon as ya hit the top, there's a Visitors Center with gift shop and all, then a cool aerial walkway leading out toward Chimney Rock. Moi, I've always liked aerial walkways, ever since I was a kid... and the Morse Family did a fine job on the walkways in the park. Trails too... in the movie remake with Daniel Day-Lewis, you can see where the trails have been improved if ya look closely enough, LOL. Meh, the flick is still pretty cool, and trucking in itself is a grand adventure, might as well be a voyage of discovery like those pulled by mariners centuries ago... :rolleyes:


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Pretty cool place, yeah? And the weather was absolutely perfect during my visit, as you can see from the shot of flowering dogwoods & whatnot on the entrance road leading up to the parking lot & elevator. Man, I miss those good ol' days when trucking was still awesome, the glory days when sleepers got large and drivers could still run solo and have a blast!!! Now the industry has been ruined, or it has taken a serious hit in terms of lifestyle quality... back in the day, a hand could have the time of his life, running the Lower 48 (and several Canadian provinces) with friends & fellow drivers. You'd meet other drivers and run clear across country with 'em, shutting down & partying every night & laughing your @$$ off... it wasn't a job back then, it was a LIFESTYLE. Meh, all good things come to an end, I'm just glad I went trucking when I did, it was a real adventure in those days. :cool:
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Cactus Cowboy

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Found a few more pics from the collection, we'll start with this boat-haulin' lowboy high-centered and blocking the road between the TA & Petro Travel Plazas west of K-Town in 'The Volunteer' (Knoxville, TN). Ya gotta be careful when ya drag those lowboys around, they can easily get high-centered on driveways, railroad tracks, any location where clearance underneath your rig can be a problem. In this case, not only was the driveway coming out of the truck stop a bit steep, the road onto which the driver was turning sloped downhill toward the interstate, so these factors combined to bring the truck hard aground. Look at the bright side: at least it was raining, so once another tractor got a chain or cable on the grounded rig, the rain would help the lowboy trailer to slide off more easily, LOL. :confused:

I was ahead of schedule and already parked in the Petro lot when this happened, drinking beer and relaxing when I heard the commotion on the CB radio, so I grabbed my camera and walked over to see what was happening... might seem harsh to those unfamiliar with the trucking world, but when ya f#% up and start blocking traffic in and out of two large truck stops, well, ya ain't gonna be too popular and yer rig will be fair game for the camera, that's just the way it is. Best to not f#% up in the first place, though I've made my share of mistakes, and I've also helped some drivers in a jam to escape, AYE? But this driver already had enough help, he was just p!ssin' off the other truckers who hadn't made it into or out of each truck stop, LOL. :mad:



Not a bad-looking boat, worth enough for someone to pay to have it hauled across country... :rolleyes:

Hmm, lemme toss a few more pics your way before I post those shots, got a few interesting pics from ye olde collection, LOL... :D


Good-looking rig, D.O.T.-approved!!! LOL... damn. Henceforth, I'm sure that 53' wagon will be perfectly straight!!! :eek:


TEXAS-SIZED BBQ!!! WOOHOO!!! At least this driver is doing it right, the wagon isn't laid over on the interstate with steaks, chicken, bratwurst, etc., scattered from hell to breakfast, LOL. What next? Ah, how about this gnarly doubles wreck over on I-85 near the GA/SC line... bad rollover wreck, I think the driver died in this one, there was blood all over the cab when I walked past and glanced into the truck. I had pulled over just beyond the wreck to take water to the wrecking crew which desperately needed it, they had been called out hours earlier and didn't realize the wreck would be so tough to clear, ya know? Heard it on the CB, and I had 8 or 10 gallons of purified drinking water aboard my rig, so I figured I'd help 'em out... of course, I took my camera along and surreptitiously snapped a few pics while coming & going, LOL. Check out that guardrail all twisted up like so much spaghetti... I reckon the driver fell asleep, since that stretch of road was straight, but that doubles rig went right over that guardrail and down the embankment, as you can see. Wreckers earned their money on this one... :confused:

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Here are a couple of wrecked road tractors... "SHOWROOM CONDITION!!! GUARANTEED PERFECTLY STRAIGHT!!!" ;)


How about a Chi-Town traffic clusterf#%, all because that idiot in the red car went out of control and hit the barrier on the side, LOL... freakin' dumb@$$!!! :mad:


Nice suit... might as well be dressed to kill as you look like a friggin' moron on the shoulder, talking to a bunch of Illinois State Troopers, LOL. :rolleyes:

Hmm, what else do we have? How about another traffic clusterf#%? Lord knows where this one was, whenever I ran up on one of these situations where the interstate became a parking lot, I'd set my brakes and step out to stretch my legs and snap a pic or two, LOL. :D


Okay, lemme break these pics into two posts so they go through without any hassles... I'll be back with more shots from that separate reality known as OTR (Over-The-Road) Truck Driving, LOL. Remember Cactus Cowboy's famous line over the CB: "WELCOME TO THE TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY!!!" :eek:

Oh, yeah, I also had another famous signature line: "ANY DAY YA DON'T KILL A WAGONLOAD OF KIDS IS A GOOD DAY!!!" ;)

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Ah, that was a good break, LOL... and now, what else do we have in the way of entertainment? Maybe we should focus on the good drivers for a moment, the ones doing it right... here's a big ol' chromed-out KW (Kenworth) called 'Dark Shadow' which caught my eye in a truck stop over there in the Carolinas, nice rig with little chrome skulls plastered everywhere on it, LOL. :eek:


SWEEEEEEEET!!! Check out all the chicken lights, that rig was lit up like a disco at night, LOL. :rolleyes:


Hmm, there's a shot from my early days, that's a U.S. Xpress (sic) tractor, I started out with them in '96, and that driver's handle was "Gunslinger" (LOL). ;)


There's MY USX tractor, I had a lot of fun in that truck... this shot was taken during time off in Dago County, I took my girlfriend camping out in Anza-Borrego and had a blast, here we are going to hike to Truckhaven Rocks in the background, after spending a wonderful night & morning in Borrego Palm Canyon Campground. Typical FreightShaker (or FreightLiner) back in the day, big ol' double-bunk sleeper (though we pitched a tent to camp by the fire). Good times in those days... :D


There are a couple shots of the mighty Columbia River, looking east & west respectively, the photos taken from the WA side near a tiny little burg called Maryhill. More of a village or hamlet, really, and I didn't stop there, but once I drove high enough on the hill I pulled over to take these shots, since the river looked bad@$$. BTW, these photos are shots taken of existing paper photos, so bear with me... :confused:


There's a burned-out Marten trailer... we're back to the ugliness, LOL. "D.O.T.-approved!!!" :rolleyes:

How about some more Chi-Town shots? West Side, where truck traffic (large & small) can be a real nightmare, LOL. See the shot of all the straight trucks on that one street? I'm thinking a truck driver could have a lot of fun by putting his big rig in gear, then plowing down that lane and BASHING straight trucks left and right, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh, yeah, for those who don't know, a 'straight truck' has the cab and cargo bed on the same frame, unlike a big rig which is articulated. See, ya learn something new every day, just like trucking!!! LOL... ;)


Hey, good luck driving yer big rig down that skinny little alley on the West Side... tearing $h!t up the whole way, LOL. :(

Here's a classic postcard I must have bought in Chi-Town, or somewhere near it, it was in that scrapbook with the other shots so I must have bagged it there... nice ROACH MOTEL, "BIGGER AND BETTER IN AMERICA!!!" :eek:


LOL... damn. Guess I'll wrap this up with a couple shots of Fathead & Crackhead eating lunch at the ol' hacienda earlier today... Fathead is the cat some kook abandoned while leaving Benson, he was looking pretty scruffy two months ago but he is now filling out with the good chow I'm giving him. That's a good thing too, since Ol' Man Winter is on his way, and it gets cold here... see how Fathead's fur makes his head look larger? That's how he earned the moniker... one can confuse him with Tiger in a hasty glance, but Tiger is much larger, a regular monster, while Fathead has a torn ear from scrapping with some other cat a while back (might have been Tiger or Crackhead who slashed his ear for him, LOL). Anyway, here are the last pics for today, time to go watch some entertainment on the big screen prior to having a bad@$$ dinner, fresh green salad and leftover pasta which is freakin' STELLAR, 10-4??? :)


That's milk Fathead is drinking in that last shot, he's a friggin' milkaholic... needs to go to Milkaholics Anonymous, before he puts me into bankruptcy, LOL. Crackhead looks smaller in this pic, but he's actually the same size, it's just the angle and the fact that Fathead has a fat head, AYE??? :D


Cactus Cowboy

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Hmm, saw a few new listings on Dago C/L, we'll start with this Catalina 27, just your regular C-27 that needs a little work, but not bad for the price (which is ALWAYS negotiable, since CASH is king). :rolleyes:

1972 Catalina 27' - boats - by owner - marine sale

I'm tossin' in this Beneteau solely because of the cool shots of Catalina and Shelter Island, I would NEVER even consider a "boat partnership." :eek:

Beneteau 423 1/4 Partnership - boats - by owner - marine sale

This seller has a McGregor and some cats for fairly cheap, actually wants to trade instead of dealing with cash... ;)

Best Buy/Trade…Sailboat McGregor Venture 22', 3 Hobie Cats. From -...

Nice Whaler here, but they've always been pricey... nothin' wrong with a Whaler, except the inflated price, LOL. :confused:

Original Boston Whaler Outrage 18 Yamaha - Turn-Key - boats - by...

This seller wants WAY too much for this Challenger, but knock down the price and do some work on her, and she'd be fun enough... at least those youngsters are having a good time, instead of burning down Dem-controlled cities, LOL. :)

1972 Challenger Sailboat 32 Feet - boats - by owner - marine sale

Here's a cool little Catalina 25 with a pop-top, not really large enough for a comfortable liveaboard but fun enough for recreational sailing, just gotta beat the price down a bit, LOL. :D

25’ Catalina with Pop-Top! - boats - by owner - marine sale

Well, guess I should rustle up some breakfast before I get started on the touch-up painting... I'm really looking forward to my family's visit this weekend, since I haven't seen any of 'em in at least 4 years! In fact, I've never seen little Jack at all, he was born after I left Kalifornia, I suppose I'm his grand-uncle (if there IS such a thing), I'm gonna introduce him to the game of pool by letting him stand on the sturdy stepladder I have, it even has a railing on top for support but it's only about as high as the table rails. Should be fun, shooting pool and firing up the BBQ, we're doing actual Thanksgiving dinners separately... makes no difference to me, I'll probably still have plenty of turkey and whatnot left over from Thursday. Alright, youse nautical heroes, just wanted to share the latest listings on C/L, along with my usual observations, LOL. Anybody over there in Dago County who wants a Hobie Cat, you could probably buy one of those for cheap from that trader, aye? Otherwise, I reckon the Catalina 27 is the best overall value. Nothin' wrong with a Catalina 27, I've had plenty of fun aboard those boats in years past. Cheers!!! :cool:

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Y'all wanna hear something funny? My friend sent me a USPS money order for $500 to help me out a bit over the holidays, and I figured, "Hmm, better go cash this today so I have a little money for my family's upcoming visit." So I drop what I'm doing, gather what I need, and head to town to cash the money order at the U.S. Post Office, right? Well, the Post Office is so PODUNK, they don't even have enough money to cover the lousy $500 order, LOL. "WHAAAAAAT?!?!?" :eek:

I try the local banks, credit union, Safeway, WallyWorld, etc., and NOBODY will cash the money order for me, despite the fact that it's a USPS money order... maybe Uncle Sam has gone broke and nobody trusts him anymore, LOL. I return to my house and get on the phone: three U.S. Post Offices in Pomerene, Willcox, and St. David are ALSO so podunk that they can't cover the order!!! I'm beginning to think I may have to drive clear to Tucson... :(

FINALLY, I discover a U.S. Post Office in Sierra Vista that actually has enough money to honor the order, LOL... ain't that some podunk $h!t in Redneck Land?!? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Like James Bond and Lawrence of Arabia once said (or sang), "I'M THE MAN WHO BROKE THE BANK AT MONTE CARLO!!!" Okay, it wasn't actually some casino bank, it was four different podunk U.S. Post Offices in Cochise County, Arizona, LOL. :confused:

That's some crazy redneck action there, but as 'the Bard' once said, "ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL!!!" I did eventually get the sonofagun cashed, but man, I spent the entire afternoon doing it... makes me wonder if I'd still be in Tucson if the order were for $1000, LOL. On my way back into Benson, I stopped to splurge and mack the double beef burrito plate at Adolpho's, so now I'm too full to even drink beer... "STOP THE PRESSES!!!" ;)

Kind of ironic, that I should have a fridge full of beer and I can't even drink a single one, LOL. Meh, they'll keep, and this will go down in history as one of those rare days when I don't even have ONE beer. Sometimes, I'll just have one and call it quits because I'm not in the mood, but tonight my belly is too full of good food for me to squeeze even one beer in there... guess I'll lie down and read a Western, I don't feel like watching a movie. :D

Boy, I'd hate to think what might happen if I won the lottery and took the check into one of these podunk stores & institutions to cash it... I'd be SOL, no doubt about it, the check would be worthless in these parts, LOL. Note to self: If I ever win the lottery, ask for a wire transfer to my USAA account, and avoid a check at all costs!!! Jeez, I knew I was living in Redneck Land, but that's pretty funny, Uncle Sam being too broke to cash his own money orders, LOL. :rolleyes:


P.S. I'll probably have a nightmare tonight about spending the rest of my life driving around in The Mighty Camry, looking for a place to cash a lousy $500 USPS money order, LOL. ;)

Edit: Oh, yeah, forgot to mention that during this afternoon-long ordeal, which included TWO visits to WallyWorld, I somehow found the time to help an elderly couple by getting my jumper cables out of the trunk of the Camry... some other hand had already pulled up to face the kaput vehicle, all I had to do was go back to my car and get the cables (which I always carry, along with tools in the trunk). Maybe that incident helped me with some good karma, and I FINALLY found a place to cash the blasted money order, LOL. Nearly two hours later, but meh, better late than never!!! Cheers!!! :confused:
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Woke after a refreshing 5-hour nap, couldn't get back to sleep so I'm pulling my usual routine: drinking a cold beer or two and sussing out the Dago C/L ads, LOL. I'll crash again after posting these, and possibly having a midnight snack... gotta keep the 150' tapeworm happy, don'tcha know? :confused:

Here's a sweet Chris Craft, vintage 1948, they did a pretty nice job of restoring her... I like reading about which process was chosen to restore old boats like this, and the ad breaks it down in some detail. Here we go... :)

1948 Chris Craft U-22 Sportsman - boats - by owner - marine sale

Here's an interesting combo on a trailer: a Prindle Cat & a Sunfish, I thought this arrangement was rather creative when it came to trailering... nice pics, got some sweet sky colors in there, LOL. I like the "freeboarding" shot too, the kid getting towed by the cat... try that with the Sunfish, LOL. :rolleyes:

Prindle Catamaran 16' Alcort Sunfish (x2) - boats - by owner -...

Here's a pricey Catalina, but the owners have put some extra touches on her, I like the custom Bimini top, LOL. Not a bad boat for cruising Baja, that's for damned sure... and if ya had the money, well, why NOT buy her and go have some fun? Nice cruising shots in that ad... ;)

Catalina 320 - Coastal Cruiser - boats - by owner - marine sale

Next we have a BAD@$$ RIB, I've seen these craft in action and they're sweet, they'd be excellent for "freeboarding"---getting towed on a surfboard, preferably a small rocket fish. At that price, this RIB better come with the machine guns... for that pesky holiday marine traffic, LOL. :eek:

USMI Rib - boats - by owner - marine sale

I like CAT engines too, Detroit Diesels are alright but CATs are mo' bettah... and Cummins are at the bottom of the list, LOL. Here's an Ericson which is serviceable, though I'm really just including it for the sailing shots, aye? My old stamping grounds in San Diego, and a dolphin off the bow! :D

Ericson 38 - boats - by owner - marine sale

Hmm, what's next? Ah, yes, this Pacemaker... bad name for a boat line, sounds like the craft is about to have a heart attack, LOL. Meh, she'd be a cool party barge & liveaboard, though the price is kinda high, considering she needs work. I like the chairs with the Ottomans! Comfort while under way, LOL. Nice Point shot too! :)

Pacemaker 60' Motor Yacht Twin Cummins diesels, Newer generator -...

Last but not least, we have this primo fishing boat, I like the pelicans in that one shot, and the view of the Point in the background, LOL. Kinda pricey, but a sweet rig for going fishing... oh, well, I can always throw a line astern while sailing too. Guess I'll post these and see about an 0300 Scooby Snack, LOL. :cool:

Anderson 26’ - boats - by owner - marine sale
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Don't want this thread buried too deep... here are some shots of dawn over the Dragoons this morning. Gonna be another fine day, I'm on the hunt for colorful Christmas lights so I can decorate my bar, I'm gonna see what's available in this burg today. One week from today, I'll be schlepping guardrails and installing them in that prevailing wage project, so I'll be too busy to do all these holiday activities, better to knock 'em out now while I have the time. I'm also expecting company over the holidays, as I'm sure some of the guys working on the project will wanna come over on weekends to drink beer and shoot some pool... especially those hands cooped up in the motel. The BBQ is all set too, so we'll be good to go, LOL. :rolleyes:

I don't think I put up lights last Christmas, maybe just the two prefab sets, bell & candle which already have the lights installed in each plastic frame. They're pretty cool, I just wanna get some more lights going, now that things are looking up... WTF, the holiday season doesn't last that long, though I'm thinking of leaving the bar lights up all year, redneck style, LOL. Depends upon what I find today in the way of lights... don't wanna break the bank either, as I haven't even started working yet, but once those weekly paychecks start rolling in, it'll be PARTY TIME!!! I'll have to restock my bar too, right now all I have on it is a bottle of rum (Bacardi Superior), but at least the bottle is nearly full, aye? Every true sailor likes rum, only a nautical poser doesn't... ;)

Well, guess I'll post the pics I took this morning, it was nice & fresh out there, but chilly again... this morning marks the 16th day so far this fall season where I've found ice in the birdbath. I'm talking solid ice too, not just a thin skin of it... I expect to see Snoopy ice skating on the birdbath one of these mornings, LOL. Maybe Crackhead or Tiger, those blasted varmints!!! I was just roaring with laughter while playing with Crackhead, he's such a goofy cat... he was sprawled out in an end chair at my dining room table, taking swats at me every time I passed, so I grabbed "the tail thing" and started messin' with him. He's so damned funny when he starts going crazy, gotta watch the sharp claws though, LOL. I've felt those claws a time or two, and they're pretty darned sharp... :confused:

Here we go with those dawn shots over the Dragoons... not as colorful as some mornings, but still pretty nice! I really like this range too, it is radical...

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Let those shots be in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day... got a whole heap of veterans here in Cochise County, including one of my neighbors, a retired USMC officer. Everywhere I go in this county, I meet veterans, or see 'em wearing gear... I can usually tell the real veterans from the posers, LOL. Fort Huachuca is right down the road in Sierra Vista, and of course we have VFW Posts in most of these burgs, big and small towns here in southeastern Arizona. Many older retirees live here for the beautiful weather, so it's only logical that a number of them served in the Armed Forces. We have a lot of veteran motorcyclists too, perhaps "motorcycling veterans" might be more specific... I see columns of riders on a regular basis, on some memorial or fund-raising ride, most of 'em on Harleys. Moi, I'm a dirt bike & rice rocket man, LOL. :D



P.S. Look closely at those last two pics, and you can see the domes, crags & spires of Cochise Stronghold, all solid granite in a technical rock climber's paradise! I'm also looking forward to that trials riding competition at the historic 'Triangle T Ranch' in January, that will be a blast to attend! :rolleyes:
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Now I know why I'm the ONLY dumb@$$ on my street to string lights on a CACTUS... talk about a hazardous occupation!!! I already knew that, every year, folks get hurt or killed while putting up Christmas lights: they get electrocuted, or they fall off the ladder or maybe the roof and break their limbs or neck, but all that pales in significance to stringing lights on an ocotillo when there's a good breeze blowin', AYE??? Sonofab!tch tore my hands up something fierce (can't use gloves 'cuz they're too bulky), but now I'm the ONLY one with a LIT-UP OCOTILLO in his front yard, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! My hands look like they went into the blender with the Margarita mix, or got held in front of a 12-gauge shotgun with halite rounds a-blastin', maybe some bird shot... not 00 Buck, my bloody freakin' hands would be GONE, LOL. ;)

I'm taking a quick beer break before I put those ancestral headstones on the wall of my Pool Room, I want holiday guests to see those bad boys... especially the dates, LOL. Think about it, my family sailed clear from England centuries ago, but only a mere quarter-century or less after the American Revolution, they were already settled in Kentucky... and later ancestors continued to cross the continent, until we wound up on the beach in Coronado, LOL. Me beloved and dear departed mum was once Registrar for our local chapter of the D.A.R., and she used all their resources to trace our family tree clear back to England in the Middle Ages... my brother Pete has the actual graph or chart of our lineage, I need to have him send a copy so I can put it up on a wall somewhere in my home. But for now, these two classic headstones will work, placing our family solidly in "The Bluegrass" many generations ago. :rolleyes:

Going back to the Christmas decorations, I also want to put those lights up on my bar this afternoon. I found four small 5-foot strings of colored lights at Dollar Tree (along with two calendars, 'Tropical Islands' and my standard 'Kittens' calendar, $1 each), and those light strings plug into one another, so I reckon they'll do the trick. They're the nice small multicolored lights too, just what I wanted, I don't want anything too bulky and I don't want a bunch of wiring getting in the way of our serious drink serving, LOL. So hell yeah, these will work just fine, nice and streamlined but adding a bright & cheerful touch to my Dixie Land Mermaid Bar, WOOHOO!!! It doesn't take much to make me happy anymore, now that I know good times are ahead with this prevailing wage job, LOL. I've even been helping some other guys get on board with the company, as the outfit still needs workers for this good-sized project... meh, just my good karmic deed for the day, 10-4? :D


Edit: At some point in history, one of my ancestors married an elder sister of Daniel Boone, which is probably where all the outdoor action and antisocial behavior comes from, LOL. Got the 'Blood of the Boone Family' coursing through my veins, and that ain't no Internet jive either, we did a REAL search using D.A.R. resources... ol' Dan'l would be proud of my work on the ocotillo, it definitely ain't for everyone, LOL. ;)
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Alright, Buoys & Gulls, I have a confession to make... I didn't last but two days on that guardrail job, it was the most BRUTAL and heavy HARD LABOR that I've ever seen, and I was in the Infantry too, but of course I was a much younger man in those days [sob]. LOL... I ain't jokin' either, that guardrail job was TOUGH, schleppin' heavy steel rails, schleppin' heavy raw or green wooden posts, schleppin' heavy boxes or buckets of fasteners, schleppin' heavy tools, etc. Nonstop too, this outfit is doing it wrong, wanting it all done YESTERDAY with no breaks, no lunch, ya can't stand still for 5 seconds (gasping for breath) without some schmuck barkin' at ya, the whole nine yards. Hell, the foreman even told me on the way back to the yard that he lost 11 guys (younger than I am, I reckon) within the first two HOURS on one job, so I don't feel too badly for bowing out after two days, aye? I just couldn't take any more, on that second day my back & bum shoulder were KILLIN' me, while I evidently sprained an ankle when my boot rolled on a rock while schleppin' heavy steel... I didn't claim any of this damage as far as the job goes, I'm just glad to be out of that gig, lemme tell ya. Breakin' rocks in the hot sun at the Yuma Territorial Prison has NOTHIN' on this guardrail business... it'd be EASY by comparison. I spent all day yesterday in bed, just tryin' to recover & recuperate, ya know? Friggin' BRUTAL, that job... :eek:

Anyway, the good news is that I've applied for a whole new round of jobs, including one county gig and one truck driving gig at a local yard. At my age, I reckon it's better to sit in an air-ride seat rather than try to pull the Hulk Hogan/Ah-nold Schwarzenegger 'power lift' of HEAVY-@$$ MATERIALS all day long, AYE? Damn, my back hurts just THINKIN' about that ordeal, thank God it was only two days, otherwise I would've wound up hurting myself, maybe even DYIN' from exhaustion, LOL. Meh, live & learn... comes a time in a man's life when he has to realize that he AIN'T the MAN he WAS in his 20s & 30s, 10-4? I thought I had already reached that point before, but this brutal guardrail job just drove it home for REAL... time for me to break out the aluminum walker left by me beloved & dear departed mum, LOL. Jeez, my ankle is still swollen & sore too, but it's better than it was two days ago... I'm just TOO FRIGGIN' OLD for that sort of BUSTER-@$$ HARD CONVICT LABOR anymore. Sheeeee-it, CONVICTS got it EASY nowadays, they don't know what it means to work a job like that guardrail gig, it is just BRUTAL. Y'all know I wouldn't lie to ya, anybody who thinks otherwise can try his hand at the job, it ain't for weak or lazy people, that's for sure, LOL. I'm DONE with it, I couldn't hack it anymore, and I don't mind admitting this or facing the harsh reality... :(


First we have a nice little Morgan sloop, not a racer but mighty comfortable... :rolleyes:

(REDUCED) 32' Morgan 323 Sloop Full Covers Newer Rigging Diesel Aux...

Here's a nice Hunter at roughly the same length... ;)

Hunter Vision 32 Sailboat - boats - by owner - marine sale

Next we have a sweet Coronado 15, though the sail looks mismatched... meh, I could be wrong. I like the 'Naval Orange!' :confused:

Fun for hours - boats - by owner - marine sale

Hey, anyone looking to convert a canoe or kayak to sail could probably use this craft... :)

boat kayak - boats - by owner - marine sale

Check out this bad@$$ Nacra, a nice cat for anybody interested... and look at those salty dogs!!! :cool:

Nacra Inter 20 catamaran - boats - by owner - marine sale

Here's one I like for the name alone, you can tell your wife or girlfriend, "Honey, I'm still at the office!!!!" LOL... :rolleyes:

Renovated Santa Barbara 1972 Sportfisher 45 - boats - by owner -...

Hmm, what else do we have? Ah, yes, a BIG sailboat... ugly lines, but probably quite comfortable, LOL. ;)

Big Sailboat - boats - by owner - marine sale

Then we have this weird craft, guess it'd serve a purpose for the right hand... check out the funky splashguard, LOL. :confused:

2020 Craig-cat - boats - by owner - marine sale

Last but not least, we have this trimaran which has potential for someone who is handy, check out the low price! :D

Trimaran Sailboat. - boats - by owner - marine sale

Okay, youse HEE-ROES, time for me to get cleaned up and go hand-deliver some Christmas cards to my excellent neighbors here in bee-YOO-ti-ful Benson, by God, Arizona!!! Damn, it's a FINE DAY outside, I'm gonna get out there and enjoy myself for a change... no HEAVY materials or tools to SCHLEP today, LOL. With luck, I soon get on board with the county, or start driving a truck again where my TIRED OLD @$$ is sitting in a cushy air-ride seat, 10-4? Hell, I forgot to mention my hands, they're all torn up and totally stiff right now, and that was WITH gloves, LOL... I probably would've bled out already if I hadn't been wearing gloves. Those guardrail sections have some sharp edges here & there, and they'll tear up an unwitting or careless hand, LOL. Any longer on that job, I would've had to file a VA claim for PTSD, aye? You youngsters out there in cyberspace, here's your chance... apply for the guardrail job and get PAID to work out, kinda like those Egyptian slaves who built the pyramids, only THEY weren't getting PREVAILING WAGE, LOL. Maybe, in the immortal words of the Dead Kennedys, they earned "A BOWL OF RICE A DAY!!!" That's a line from 'HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA'---I tried to post the video, but YouTube wouldn't let me. :(



Here's a bonus story that's also pretty funny... heller climbing adventure on El Cajon Mountain, otherwise known as 'El Cap' (not the Yosemite version). :rolleyes:


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Well, I hand-delivered the Christmas cards to my neighbors, and I even had a funny conversation with our trash truck driver; I told him to stop by sometime and drink a beer while shooting a game o' pool on the 8' table, which is a work of modern art and is probably the best damned table in Benson, LOL. Gave the dude my number so he can call whenever he's on his way to town to go to the store or whatever... classic hand, he was wearing a Santa cap, that's actually the first thing I said: "HEY, I LIKE THE HAT!!!" ;)

Somehow that reminds me of sailing my Minifish just before Christmas one year, I bought a Santa cap and wore it with my sunglasses, LOL. Can't remember if the Mini had the pirate theme going at the time, or the Z-Flex logo on one side of the main, four aces & two crossed six-shooters on the other... didn't really matter, as a bunch of craft altered course to take photos and film ol' Santa chugging beer and steering with his goddam feet, LOL. "ARRRRRRRR!!!" It wasn't a pretty sight, lemme tell ya.... :eek:

More like Santa the Wife-Beater headin' home to unload on the missus, LOL... damn, I hate it when that happens. Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time, not a time for cops, ER visits & DV court, 10-4? Stupid wife-beaters... why the hell did they get married in the first place? Meh, I digress... going back to the boat being filmed, well, that was a regular occurrence, and I'd always sling my quart o' beer in the custom Costa Rican neoprene cooler cup over my shoulder, and chug from it like a cinematic pirate as the cameras were rolling, LOL. "ARRRRRRRR!!!" :rolleyes:

That quart-sized neoprene cooler cup wasn't MADE in Costa Rica, a friend of mine made it Stateside for visits to C.R., as they generally sell quarts down there instead of 12-oz. bottles. My cooler cup was purple, and it withstood a lot of abuse... I actually still have it, though I don't use it that often, since I pound 12-oz. tinnies or craft beer bottles on a regular basis, LOL. It's a good cooler cup, it kept quarts o' beer mighty cold, and being the 'Master of Low Profile' in my baggy Cabela's slacks, baggy white long-sleeved T-shirt, gloves, booties, shades & wide-brimmed Henschel hat, me own beloved mum wouldn't have recognized me, LOL. :D

Hey, I wanted to tell y'all that underneath each linked story in my last post, there's a short list of "similar" stories, and some of those are mine as well. For instance, at the end of the 'SALT LAKE SKEETER SAGA' tale, you'll see one story about a food truck (not mine), but all the rest are mine. Some hand named 'Ian Anderson' wrote the food truck article---must be a Jethro Tull fan, somehow I can't see the REAL Ian Anderson (Scottish musician & rock star) wasting time writing about a roach coach, LOL. I'm pretty sure he made enough money off his albums to NOT have to stoop to such a menial task, LOL. :confused:

WTF, maybe it WAS the real Ian Anderson, LOL. I believe it was Gustave Flaubert who once said, "A writer's life is a dog's life, but the only life worth living." Maybe Ian Anderson pinged on that quote and decided to write about food trucks... we'll never know, LOL. Moi, I write because I'm a creative sorta guy, I can spin a tale like nobody's business, and of course my tales of adventure are often hilarious, though they are NOT politically correct, LOL. Probably why my book hasn't been published yet, but I'll just shotgun my stories across the Internet, I don't give a flyin' f#%... ain't nobody gonna hold me back, AYE? ;)

One day, long after I'm dead, my classic tales of adventure will make me famous... same way that Crudweiser shot taken during Salton Expedition II will make me famous, LOL. Meh, right now I'm finishing off the last of the Elysian Space Dust IPAs I bought for my friend's recent visit, these are some mighty tasty beers. And fame is often overrated: look at Herman Melville, he went to his grave thinking he was an abject literary failure, and now he stands among the 'Titans of American Literature.' Bad@$$ author, Herman Melville, and don't youse knucklehaids ever forget it, LOL. :rolleyes:

I'm not sayin' MY work will stand quite that tall, but from a truck driver's perspective, as well as a small craft sailor's perspective and a rock climber's perspective, my stories are pretty darned funny. And you know what? The best thing about writing is that one leaves a legacy for his family... long after I'm dead & buried (or my ashes scattered somewhere in the wilderness), well, my surviving relatives can read my tales of adventure and realize that I led a pretty fun life. Might not have seemed like FUN at the time, but I wouldn't have had it any other way, ya know? :cool:

Even those EPICS which were such nightmares when they occurred, they define me and help to make me who I am in 'The Forge of Life.' I've known hardship and I've known ecstasy... may the cosmos let all of you cool hands here do the same. I know I'm not the easiest guy to get along with at times (LOL), as I'm hard-headed & often stubborn as a Missouri mule, but I like you cool hands here, you're doing a good thing by explaining certain aspects of sailing, boat repair, etc. "GOOD ON YA, MATES!!!" And keep up the good work... no excuse for slackin' off at this most excellent website, LOL. :(


P.S. Watched that 'ROB ROY' flick with Liam Neeson last night, and that movie actually has some primo scenery in it, almost like 'BRAVEHEART' with Mel Gibson. The foppish bad guy (Archie Cunningham, a.k.a. actor Tim Roth?) in 'ROB ROY' was quite the swordsman, the duel sequences are pretty gnarly... that's how it went between two somewhat-equally-matched adversaries, a duelist would nick and cut the opponent till he bled weak and made a mistake, aye? Pretty gnarly way of settling disputes, LOL... can y'all see 'road rage' dumb@sses doing this on the side of the road? I recall one article in the Dago U-T about some fools who got into it on the road, and the older guy shot and killed the younger aggressor with a CROSSBOW he had in the trunk, LOL. One less @$$hole on the road, I reckon, and one more dude in jail. Meh, life is more laid-back here, I don't miss those road rage fooliots at all, 10-4? Y'all be good, I'm off to the fridge for another IPA... :)


Edit: For those who need good nautical headgear, you can't do any better than buying a Henschel hat, that company has been making good hats here in the U.S. for some time, and their products beat that foreign cr@p all to hell, LOL. Moi, I'm gonna buy that Confederate Cavalry Officer's hat from Henschel when I get around to sailing again, that's a wide-brimmed CLASSIC, aye? You can Google "Henschel Hat Company" and see all their various hats, it's a damned good outfit that produces some serious headgear. I used my Advantage Camo hat for years before I lost it in a severe gust and heller chop... to this day, I tell other small craft sailors that Poseidon STOLE my Henschel hat, LOL. Probably liked the color scheme, and of course it was supremely comfortable... but that b@stard OWES me for that hat, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Meh, maybe I'd better let him slide, so he doesn't send a gnarly storm my way... ;)
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Holy Cow!!! I just watched that 'MIXED NUTS' Christmas flick with Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Juliette Lewis, Adam Sandler, Rob Reiner et al, and I was laughing my @$$ off at the 'silly season' antics in that film. Great movie for a diversion, ya know? I wasn't gonna watch a Christmas flick at first, but I saw the movie on the Roku Channel and decided, meh, why NOT watch it? Glad I did, it's pretty darned funny... the flick gets at least "one thumb up" from ol' Cactus Cowboy, and Madeline Kahn is hilarious, I think she was in 'BLAZING SADDLES' with Mel Brooks, and she was hilarious in THAT flick too. Steve Martin is no slouch when it comes to comedy... y'all get a chance, watch this silly flick, it makes for light-hearted Christmas fare, AYE??? ;)