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Cactus Cowboy

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I heard on the radio that there might soon be snow in the Upper Midwest & Northeast, due to some cold Canadian air dipping southward... wish some of that cold air would make it over here, we're burnin' up, LOL. Heat ramped up quickly here today, so I'm taking a break from the panel work, it can wait while I'm waiting for my birth certificate to arrive from San Diego. I'm just trippin' on this crazy weather, only makes sense that it should strike while all the other b.s. is still happening... I know tornado season arrived early in the Midwest and South, I reckon I should be thankful to simply deal with a little heat. Especially this dry heat, but I still wouldn't mind some chilly weather & snow! A good foot or two of snow would be a godsend in this ongoing heat, LOL. Oh, well, it's just another warm day, no big deal... I'll survive. Cheers!!! :rolleyes:
 

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Relief at last!!! Well, it's on the way, with possible rain in the forecast today and this weekend, and temps supposedly dropping into the 80s by Sunday, WOOHOO!!! After this little run of warm weather, the 80s will feel like A/C, LOL. Got some cloud cover moving in this morning, keeping things a bit cooler... I'm enjoying some herbal tea with all the windows open, but I'll close 'em up soon enough to retain the coolness as the outside temp creeps upward. Gotta get cleaned up and run into town this morning to resupply, during this 'viral pandemic' I'm only shopping on weekdays when store traffic is low. Later, I may finish those panels, depends on how fast the temperature rises. Hopefully my birth certificate will be sitting in the USPS cluster mailbox at the foot of the hill, if it is I can go ahead and book another appointment with those fooliots in Tucson to see about getting the HazMat endorsement put BACK onto my license, pffffffft. Trust the gubmint and its minions to make things difficult for actual citizens... :confused:

NOW, IF I WERE SOME FOREIGN FRIGGIN' TERRORIST OR DRUG CARTEL DOUCHE, THE GUBMINT WOULD BEND OVER BACKWARDS TO HELP, AND PROBABLY THROW A CHECK MY WAY TOO, LOL. ;)

P.S. This 'Vermont Maple Ginger' herbal tea by Celestial Seasonings isn't bad, though I'll admit it was an acquired taste... I didn't like it when I first tried it, but it has grown on me, LOL. Might have to bag another box at the store today, since I'm going anyway. I still have some other flavors, including 'Wild Berry Zinger' & 'Ginger + Probiotics' & an untried and unopened box of 'Country Peach Passion' (which sounds pretty good). I started drinking herbal teas a while ago as a way to boost hydration, as opposed to drinking regular tea or coffee with diuretic effects. Doesn't mean I can't have regular tea or coffee, but truth be told, I kinda like the herbal teas instead. Between the herbal teas and the Kombucha drinks, I experience better gut health, LOL. Alcohol knocks that back down a bit, but a man has to have at least ONE vice, ya know? Call it stress relief, that works for me... :rolleyes:
 
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Woke this morning and opened all my windows... smelled like rain, but I guess it never hit the ground. That happens here in Arizona, you'll see a black rain squall with water just pouring out of the clouds, but the drops never hit the earth, they dry up before reaching the ground. :confused:

No worries, we still have something like a 40% chance of rain tonight or tomorrow, so hopefully it'll materialize and ease my water bill, LOL. I just stepped outside to check the sky and took these pics, you can see that the rain is TRYIN' to get here... :rolleyes:

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Meh, maybe I'll hear drops hittin' the metal awnings this evening, or sometime in the night... at least it's much cooler than it has been, temp-wise, I may sit out on the view deck for a bit and watch the wild birds hit the feeders, always a cool sight. :)
 

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Rained last night, I heard it hit the metal awnings... enough to wet the ground, but I wish it had lasted longer. Meh, every bit helps in the high desert, and the morning here is wonderfully fresh and cool. We may still get more rain too, that'd be great... give the plants a break after that run of warm weather. I'm sipping my customary herbal tea with a nice cool breeze gently swaying the Palo Verde branches, should remain cooler overall today whether rain returns or not. In the high desert, I've learned to be thankful for the little things, LOL. ;)

Looks like I'll have to add more suet to a couple of bird feeders, a good task for a quiet Sunday morning... little critters have really been powering through the food lately, but that's okay, suet is cheap, and I like seeing all the different colors of these wild birds. The tanagers, orioles, woodpeckers & hummingbirds are my favorite, but a few others have trick paint jobs: Pyrrhuloxia, Vermilion Flycatcher, and the Yellow-headed Blackbird, to name a few, I bought some field guides at a Ranger Station last year and they come in handy for identification. :rolleyes:

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Took a few pics of the yard so y'all can see how peaceful it is... my 'lawn' took a hit in that run of warm weather, but the monsoon is around the corner, so no worries. Might have to sling my hammock today, we'll see how it goes... Sunday is a day of rest round here, I like to keep it quiet, no power tools or other noisy equipment. Hey, the Palo Verde plants and the Ocotillo are all blooming, along with those wild yellow-and-red numbers along the fence, whatever they are. I even see some buds on the prickly pear, so they'll be flowering soon. :cool:
 
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Progress today on the skirting and access/inspection panels!!! I'm DONE on the west side, WOOHOO!!! Got one small section to do on the SE corner of the building, I wanna swap out the trim strips and put another "kitty port" in place so the cats can access the crawlspace under my home. I'm probably dating myself by mentioning 'THE RAT PATROL'---you old school hands will remember that classic TV program from long ago. Here in the high desert, it's good to have three cats to pull that rat patrol, it'll keep rodents off my property, LOL. ;)

Haven't seen one in ages, as these three cats are combat killers... I just wish they'd leave the wild birds alone, but what am I gonna do? I'm not about to lock my cats down like some "socialist plandemic" number, that ain't gonna happen, my cats gotta live free or die, just like me. Besides, my cats would probably scratch the hell outta the douchebags behind the plandemic, leaving me to face assault charges in some friggin' kangaroo court run by robed sodomites, LOL. Full jury trial every time, but I'll STILL get 20 years to life, don'tcha know??? In a privatized jail, of course, gotta keep that tax cash flowin' into the wrong hands... :confused:

Meh, I'll cross that bridge when I get to it, no point in worrying about it now... manana, I gotta drive to Tucson and go through the TSA rigmarole AGAIN in an effort to put the HazMat endorsement BACK on my CDL-A, go figure. My birth certificate FINALLY arrived out of Kalifornia, time to kickstart the whole process one more time and see about getting that job hauling chemicals to the mines in this area. No worries, I'm just riding out the plandemic, using the free time to work on the ol' hacienda... WTF, it's keeping me busy enough, though I've kinda stretched it out for that very reason, LOL. :rolleyes:

Well, I'm gonna have another beer or two before I crash, I don't feel like watching any more films... I saw Bruce Lee's 'FIST OF FURY' earlier today, and I don't know whether to call it a CLASSIC or an UNINTENTIONAL COMEDY, LOL. I mean WTF, ya gotta like Bruce Lee if you're into the martial arts, but some of those cheesy "Foley effects" are DOWNRIGHT HILARIOUS!!! Hey, at least I was LAUGHIN' instead of CRYIN' IN MY BEER over the 'socialist plandemic'---no future in THAT, LOL. Yeah, I'm a Bruce Lee fan, no doubt about it, he was such an iconic figure in that whole movie genre, ya know??? :D

Alright, guess I'll sign off here and go f#% around for awhile before I crash... gotta leave the house by 0830 manana (like sleeping in), since the TSA stooge office in Tucson is roughly an hour away, and I gotta factor in a little time for any delays such as road work, a friggin' wreck holding up traffic, etc. I don't mind waiting a few extra minutes in the office, gotta sign in anyway, aye? Y'all be good and stay outta trouble, there'll be enough of that to go around in days & weeks ahead, LOL. Moi, I avoid all that bull$h!t like the plague, and I mean the REAL PLAGUE, not this ridiculous manufactured political & socialist cr@p, PFFFFFT. :mad:

HASTA LUEGO, YOUSE NAUTICAL HEE-ROES!!! HANG IN THERE!!! AND CHEERS!!! :cool:
 
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Well, I completed that TSA mission in Tucson, but it came with an additional cost: the parking lot of that office or clinic is poorly designed, and I didn't want to leave my car parked in such a way that the sun was beating down upon the driver's seat and steering wheel, right? So I decided to BACK into a slot, thereby allowing the shotgun seat to take the abuse. Started backing, then noticed a small tree behind me beyond the curb: got out to look, climbed back into my car, and promptly backed into the tree, LOL. Barely a tap as 'The Mighty Camry' kissed the tree, but the tree trunk was angled and a large knot protruded right where my right rear tail light cover was: damned knot cracked the friggin' tail light cover, don'tcha know? Guess it wasn't my day for backing a Camry, LOL. :confused:

I picked up a couple of small plastic pieces which fell to the ground as a result of the damage, tossed 'em into the car and went to handle my business. Once I was done with the TSA, I looked at the cover again... the damage was hardly noticeable, so I drove back home, with several cops and state troopers passing me along the way. I don't think the damage can be seen, but I resolved to buy a new cover anyway... until I went online and saw that the cheapest outfit wants $50 for the part, while other rip-off outfits want $115, go figure. No way I pay that much for a piece of friggin' plastic, not when the damage is difficult to detect. So I reckon I'll simply leave it taped up, ghetto style, with the clear tape that is also difficult to see against that clear reverse light cover section. ;)

WTF, the cover is still intact, it just has some small cracks in it which blend in with that style of cover. If 'The Mighty Camry' were a big truck rolling across D.O.T. scales and whatnot, I'd swap it out, but I don't think the damage is sufficiently noticeable on an unobtrusive tan vehicle anyway. I had planned to buy a newer rig on that last job, but that's on hold for now, maybe I just drive it as it is until I eventually swap out vehicles. I went out and snapped a couple of pics up close, so y'all can see the damage. There's no hole in the cover, just those cracks you can see up close, but from a short distance they are barely noticeable... whaddy'all think? Live dangerously and leave the cover as it is, taking my chances with Johnny Law? Or buy a new cover? :rolleyes:

MEH, THIS IS REDNECK LAND, WHERE MANY VEHICLES LOOK A DAMNED SIGHT WORSE... PERHAPS I'M JUST BEING PARANOID ABOUT SOME MINOR CRACKS IN THE TAIL LIGHT COVER. THIS IS ARIZONA, NOT KALIFORNIA, SO I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO FACE ANY RIDICULOUS FELONY CHARGES, LOL. :eek:

HERE WE GO WITH THE PICS, IT WAS "TREE---1, MIGHTY CAMRY---0" AFTER THE COVER-CRACKING INCIDENT, AYE? AND TO THINK I'VE HAD ALL THAT SAFETY TRAINING TOO... DAMNED TREE WAS JUST TRYING TO MAKE ME LOOK BAD, LOL. WTF, IT HAPPENS TO THE BEST OF US, NO NEED TO CONTACT MY INSURANCE COMPANY, LOL. :(

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MUST BE GETTING OLD, BACKING INTO TREES IN SUPER SLOW MOTION... AND ONLY CRACKING THE TAIL LIGHT COVER INSTEAD OF TOTALLY DESTROYING IT, LOL. MEH, NEXT TIME I'LL CLOSE MY EYES AND MASH ON IT, THAT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY PRODUCE A BETTER AND FAR MORE SATISFYING RESULT... CHEERS!!! :cool:
 

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Weird clouds moving into the area, maybe that'll keep temps cooler as I work on that last bit of skirting and the kitty port. Been nice here lately, only the mid-to-upper 80s, which is normal for this time of year. Dry too, so it's easy to take. Yesterday afternoon, I noticed that we've reached that time of year when the sun lights up my bottle & vase collection... :cool:

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Hard to tell in these pics, but that purple bottle has a tall ship on it... a keeper, LOL. The clear vase with the tall ship and the gal waving usually rests on my bar, but I brought it over to the window sill so y'all can see the ship. Nice nautical touches for this high desert home, they remind me of good times. There's Tiger sitting next to me in one of my deck chairs, they're actually camping chairs but they're so comfortable I leave 'em out there all the time, LOL. Tiger was eyeing the birds earlier, they hit the birdbath, feeders & fence rail every morning in numbers... I caught one on the birdbath, just some little guy kickin' it poolside. Last but not least, we have Crackhead investigating something in the weeds... cricket or grasshopper, maybe, the cats are always chasing those around. :rolleyes:
 

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Well, that cloud cover really kept things cool, and the nice breeze is helping. I just went out to retrieve my trash bin after the truck went by my house, and the temp feels like upper 70s, not bad at all. Got sidetracked on the skirting, figure I'll do it manana, not much left there to do anyway... think I'll sit on the deck with a cold one and enjoy this breeze, radio said it would hit 15 knots today, and I reckon they're right. Cheers!!! :cool:

MiniCat Boats | Mini Catamaran | Red Beard Sailing

I was just trippin' on these inflatable cats, maybe one of these would be good for Roosevelt Lake... too bad they're so expensive. I wonder if I could put together some redneck version of these little boats? Maybe build a sailing raft (think Kon-Tiki) out of truck tire inner tubes, LOL. Put a train horn on the raft to sound five blasts whenever someone got in my way, LOL... make it a foiling raft so the tubes merely provided comfort. :rolleyes:


Rigging looks pretty cheesy, wonder how it'd hold up in a stiff breeze? That 420 model must be for stoners... simplified rigging for potheads, LOL. Meh, doesn't hurt to reflect upon things like this, it wouldn't be a bad compromise for the larger lakes here in Arizona. I'm not that far from Roosevelt Lake, which is a sizable expanse of water... dunno how the breeze is with the lake up in the hills. :confused:
 

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Well, it's warming up again, but that's to be expected... we've had a very nice run of low-to-mid-80s weather, which isn't bad when it's dry. I recall when the temp hit 107 last summer, and even THAT didn't feel bad since it was still dry... a few short weeks later, the temp hit 100 during the monsoon season, and it was far less comfortable. Meh, just the way it is here in the high desert, at least I'm at elevation, which makes a BIG difference. :cool:

So, I repaired my car this morning and it only cost me $5.99 (plus tax), LOL. It was stalling out at idle, so I looked up the problem on the web, watched a couple of videos, and did the job myself... the only expense was the can of NAPA Throttle Body & Air Intake Cleaner, I pedaled my beach cruiser down to the store this morning to bag the necessary can. Removed the air intake boot, opened the butterfly valve and sprayed the heck out of the throttle bore. ;)

Took the car for a spin down nearby Historic Hwy. 80, now she runs like a top. It blows my mind that something so simple can cause such problems, and this is probably a good time to remind folks---particularly the younger generation---to try and solve problems like this on their own. Otherwise you're wasting heller money on a mechanic who may or may not be honest, aye? Not saying all are dishonest, but there are some shady ones out there, LOL. :confused:

Besides, with all the tutorial videos on the web nowadays, there's no excuse to not even TRY to effect repairs yourself. I'm no certified mechanic, but I do all the maintenance on the Camry myself, and most of the repair work. In the past, with this vehicle and others, I've swapped out alternators, radiators, every kind of belt, oil & tranny pans (which I tore up offroading, LOL), things of that nature, and only paid for whatever parts I needed to do each job. :D

These newer cars with onboard computers can be tricky, a simple battery disconnect to clear a code can result in the vehicle taking OTHER factors into account, resulting in a 'fake crisis' which can cost vehicle owners hundreds or thousands of dollars. That's what happened with my car: I disconnected the battery the other day, and the computer then took my gunked-up throttle bore into account, which led to stalling at idle. :(

This '02 Camry (4-banger) has always been very reliable, but this sort of gunking up or "coking" will happen, and my rig has nearly 215,000 miles on the odometer... thank goodness it was something so cheap & easy to fix, as I do NOT need any major repair bills cleaning out what cash I have left in my safe. So I'm happy, but I also wanna remind folks (men & women) to look into solving problems on their own, thereby saving heller money. :cool:

I was somewhat winded after my bike ride this morning, must have partied too much lately, LOL. Still, I didn't feel like hoofing it, and I didn't wanna risk the car stalling in a bad location, perhaps catching the eye of a local cop, so I just rode the bike. Meh, exercise is good for you... I may not be the man I was in my 20s or 30s (and who the heck is when pushing 58?), but I still made it. Had fun on the downhill run, the slog back was what winded me, LOL. :eek:

MEH, ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, NOW I CAN RELAX AND ENJOY MY WEEKEND... GONNA BBQ MANANA OR MONDAY, GOT SOME CUSTOM NACHO MAKINGS FOR LATER TODAY, I'M TALKING DELUXE NACHOS, LOL. WTF, I EARNED 'EM THIS MORNING... CHEERS!!! :)
 

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I was just reflecting upon that last post... some folks might ask, "What does it have to do with sailing?" Well, I'll tell ya, it's just the sort of mindset a sailor would have, LOL. Think of the early explorers who voyaged into unknown and uncharted waters: if they experienced equipment failures during a storm or whatever, they had no shipyards or facilities to help with repairs, they made those repairs themselves, sometimes beaching the whole damned ship in order to effect the repairs. A monumental PITA, no doubt, but that self-sufficiency allowed them to carry on their exploration. Fix the damned problem and sail onward... :rolleyes:

Small craft sailing is no different, really... if something breaks or gets torn up at sea, whaddya do? You effect what repairs you can, even if you only jury-rig the damned boat so you can limp home, aye? That's the way it is, and frankly, it's a good way, even though it may not seem like it as one deals with the problem, LOL. That self-sufficiency, not relying upon others for help, but taking action and effecting repairs yourself, well, that puts ya right in the same class as those early explorers and voyagers. Just the way it should be... with a skipper independent in thought & action, no reliance upon others, beholden to none. :cool:

This mindset carries over into other aspects of life too... which is why I NEVER pay anybody to do something I can do myself. In my youth, I worked on my own bicycles, small craft, vehicles, etc., out of necessity, since my family was strapped after my dad split, taking whatever money he had with him. We couldn't afford to pay others to do things for us, so we tackled those jobs ourselves... that's just the way it was. Every now and then we would have to pony up for something entirely beyond all of us, otherwise we did it ourselves, often learning as we went, yeah? No better way to learn, when ya get right down to it... :(

Of course, when you're strapped and facing an emergency and you're not really certain how it'll turn out, well, that's not the most pleasant part of the whole equation, but once you have successfully SOLVED the problem and things are back to normal, your sense of achievement is quite satisfying. Doesn't mean I'm gonna be euphoric after dealing with a plumbing problem, as I recently did, but hey, I'm certainly happy that I didn't have to pay some rip-off plumber to do the same job, LOL. Again, I'm RIGHT IN THE SAME CLASS as those early explorers & voyagers... and my voyage continues, AYE??? :D

Just a few thoughts to share on this Memorial Day Weekend... and as far as boat work goes, well, I always found it to be therapeutic, good for the soul (if not the pocketbook, LOL). And there's NO WAY I ever could've PAID some fool to do this work for me, it was LEARN OR DON'T GO SAILING, LOL. Back in those days, there were no web tutorials, I went the old-fashioned route and checked books out of the library, go figure. Kids got it easy nowadays with web resources right at their fingertips, pfffffft. In my day, ya worked hard to find the answers, and it was uphill in both directions, LOL. :eek:

Anyway, my whole point is this: it's not a bad thing, having the mindset of a sailor, the mindset of an early explorer or voyager... it may not be as easy when ya do everything yourself, but it certainly gives one satisfaction, and it saves a heckuva lotta money. It also leads one to base decisions upon one's ability to get outta trouble, if ya catch my drift... like sailing to the islands on a whim, confident in your ability to tackle the unknown and whatever it might bring, AYE??? Or sailing the length of the Salton Sea, something I never even would've ATTEMPTED without the mindset of an early explorer or voyager, ya know??? :confused:

I'm just glad I DID, because chances are PRETTY SLIM that I would return to Kalifornia just to do that, LOL. I deliberately made a point of doing it BEFORE I left Kalifornia, it was the last item on my 'Sailing Bucket List' for that messed-up state. Hell, my memories of those two Salton Expeditions will stay with me until I'm in my grave, same way the island voyages will stay with me... and that's not a bad thing. In such cases, having the mindset of a sailor REALLY pays off, no doubt about it. Alright, I'm done here, thus endeth the sermon, Y'ALL HANG LOOSE & STAY COOL, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, LOL. ;)
 
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Had reports of a mountain lion in the neighborhood, the lion seen in the small wash not far from my home... critters use that narrow wash as a wildlife corridor, but it's rare to see a lion here in town. We have open land not far away, ranch land and farmland, but lions are usually elusive and shy of mankind. This one is probably a youngster who doesn't know any better, hopefully he splits or gets trapped & relocated, rather than just being shot & killed. :confused:

Chances are he's already long gone, and I still let my cats out this morning, but I'm checking the views more often just in case that big cat is still around. Funny thing, I just rode my bike past where he has been seen lately, but a full-grown white ape on a tall beach cruiser would probably seem intimidating, even to a mountain lion, unless the lion was exceptionally large. ;)

Meh, just another day here in the boondocks, and it's a nice one too... got all the windows open to let that cool fresh air into my home, gonna close 'em up in a while to keep all that cool air in as long as possible. That way I don't have to kick on the A/C units till this afternoon. Reckon I'll give myself a haircut today before I fire up the BBQ, it'll be warm in the yard this afternoon. 'Bout time for a cut anyway, best to keep it short during the warmer months. :rolleyes:

Well, I'm off to handle the morning routine, then enjoy my afternoon BBQ... still got plenty o' beer left in the fridge, so no worries. I'm only shopping during the week anyway, especially with this idiotic viral situation, stores are less crowded that way. So I'm rigged for the entire weekend, no need to leave the premises. Maybe I'll catch a glimpse of that lion later... hopefully not while he's chasing one of my cats, LOL. :eek:

REMEMBER THE FALLEN ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY... LORD KNOWS I'VE ALREADY LOST SEVERAL GOOD FRIENDS. :(

BUT LIFE GOES ON HERE IN THE HIGH DESERT, AND IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY... LATER, I'LL DRINK A BEER OR TWO IN HONOR OF THOSE FALLEN SOLDIERS, REFLECTING UPON THE GOOD TIMES & OUTDOOR ADVENTURES WE HAD WHILE THEY WERE STILL ALIVE. :cool:
 
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Nice breeze today, but a warm breeze... we're in triple digits, thank goodness it's a dry heat. Still in a holding pattern with regard to the TSA, but I hope to hear word soon, otherwise I'm lying low and conserving cash. Had leftover BBQ for lunch, it was mighty tasty. I stopped by the library for curbside pickup earlier (not allowed into the building yet), and I wound up reading a funny Western titled JIGGER BUNTS, by Max Brand (a.k.a. Frederick Faust). Friggin' hilarious in parts, especially when the gal enters the story... hadn't had a good laugh in a while, so it was welcome, I'm burned out on the B-grade action flicks. :confused:

Faust was a good author too, not my favorite but still pretty good, and he was prolific as a writer, churning out volumes of work. His bio says that he was denied a degree from Berkeley because of "unconventional conduct"---I wonder what it took to make THAT happen? Dude nearly starved out before becoming rich and famous... his cynical streak occasionally surfaces in his stories, but usually in a humorous manner. Gotta respect a hand who rose above it all, even after life kicked him in the teeth several times... from orphan to carefree adventurer to world-famous author in decades, a story in itself. :rolleyes:

When the U.S. entered WWII, he abandoned his lucrative writing career to serve as a war correspondent with the infantry in Italy... he was killed during a night assault on a hilltop village held by the German army. How many rich folk do ya know nowadays who would do this? Not many, I reckon, but men of principle are hard to find in this modern material world. I guess Faust figured he could put his talents to use on the front... a calculated risk, to be sure, but again, I admire Faust for taking that calculated risk, it smacks of honor & integrity. Nobody will ever call him a coward, that much is certain. ;)

Meh, enough rambling from this old small craft sailor, I'll probably finish this bottle of wine I grabbed outta the fridge and start another Western, this time a book by William W. Johnstone. I discovered his Western novels while working my way through the library in Show Low... like Faust, he also wrote quite a few books, and his Westerns keep me engaged. Not a bad storyteller, and I'm really enjoying this back-to-basics routine with old-fashioned library material. No loud noise, no cheesy Hollywood bull$h!t or advertising, just a good book and some quality time with the cats. Life could be worse... :cool:

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P.S. That's the cats' couch in the sitting room, it's starting to look a bit weathered from the constant scratching... meh, better than having the blasted varmints scratch the $1100 leather sofa in my room, though they still take an occasional shot at that when they're so inclined. The BLASTED VARMINTS!!! :eek:
 

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Breezy today, gusting to 30 knots or so... one of my suet feeders sustained more damage to its plastic roof when the feeder started swinging wildly in the breeze, striking a nearby Palo Verde branch with force. Meh, I should've "reefed the feeder" before the winds picked up... I have a system where I shorten the line between feeder and branch, and that helps minimize the damage, but I failed to do this today. :confused:

Why? Because I was on the phone for HOURS setting up this MVD appointment tomorrow over in Tucson. Good news is that I scored an appointment, the calendar is ALL BACKED UP due to everything going on nowadays. Oh, yeah, MVD is the DMV here in Arizona, but the agency's name is @$$-backwards because it's in Redneck Land, and of course there has to be some gubmint VD involved, LOL. :eek:

Boy, I'll tell ya, I never thought ANYBODY could screw up a gubmint bureaucracy any MORE than it already was, but by God, it has been DONE!!! No worries, I jumped through all the hoops, made multiple calls, and lucked out in the eleventh hour by securing the LAST appointment slot for tomorrow... gotta drive to Tucson to take the written test for the endorsement, but that beats sitting around for at least another week while waiting for a slot in Sierra Vista. ;)

To heck with it, I have a full tank o' fuel in The Mighty Camry, and this mission needs to be carried out before I can tack the HazMat endorsement BACK onto my license, go figure. Having a CDL-A is good in some ways, but there are more rules & regulations involved, as is only fitting. I just wanna exhaust all local job opportunities before commuting farther afield, and this one trucking outfit has a yard mere minutes from my house. :rolleyes:

I really burned out on commuting after living in coastal Kalifornia for so long... just one more reason why I moved to the sticks, ya know? I don't mind driving when I'm getting PAID to do it, especially in a large land yacht (i.e. 40-ton big rig, LOL), but wasting my own valuable time and money commuting just doesn't appeal to me anymore. Better to work near your home, and spare yourself the aggravation, aye? :D

Words of wisdom from Cactus Cowboy, don'tcha know? In this day and age, ya gotta cut expenses any way ya can, that's just the way it is in the Brave New Third World. That's why I cut my own hair, do my own cooking (most of the time), work on my own vehicle, shoot pool at my house instead of wasting money on overpriced drinks at a bar (and possibly risking a DUI), you name it... I may be damned near broke, but I'm STILL living 'The Life of Riley', LOL. :cool:

'NUFF SAID, I'M OFF TO GRAB ANOTHER COLD ONE & ENJOY THE AFTERNOON AS THE TEMP COOLS DOWN... WIND CHIMES MAKING MUSIC IN THE BREEZE. THAT BREEZE IS NICE AT ELEVATION, IT COOLS THINGS DOWN PRONTO... CHEERS!!! :)
 
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Well, you'll get a good laugh out of this: I drove 60 miles each way to my appointment yesterday, arrived early and waited in line as instructed, only to be told I was "too late" to take the written test. I wasn't happy about it, but I now have an appointment for tomorrow at a DIFFERENT field office, 1000 hours this time to prevent any more bureaucratic hassles. Yesterday was just a wasted trip, dealing with that buster-@$$ Tucson traffic in the afternoon. Meh, it's ancient history now, and I still have plenty o' fuel to make ANOTHER trip manana, gotta stay on this mission until I get the job done. Lucked out again with tomorrow's appointment, there must have been a cancellation, otherwise I'd have to wait until 6/18 at the earliest... our gubmint in action, moving like a snail through molasses, LOL. :confused:

Oh, well, what am I gonna do? Guess I'll enjoy the day and have a few cold beers, temps are creeping back toward triple digits... by tomorrow, it might hit 104, but that'll be in the afternoon and hopefully I'll be back at the ol' hacienda with the A/C units cranked. At least it's still a dry heat, no sign of the monsoon yet, but it's not officially due till mid-June, and it didn't arrive last year until July. Those monsoon rains will be welcome, even if they bring some humidity, and the San Pedro Valley doesn't look too bad at present, it's still green and pleasant to the eye. The monsoon will refresh the landscape, and it's just around the corner... in the winter, some of the landscape will turn brown as vegetation dies, but I still like my view across the valley to the Dragoon Mountains & Cochise Stronghold. :rolleyes:

I'M ABOUT TO HAVE A BIG OL' SLICE OF WATERMELON FOR BREAKFAST, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS RECENTLY DESCRIBED ON THE INTERNET AS A "RACIST FRUIT"---GO FIGURE. ;)
 

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Heat ramping up, should have triple-digit temps today... still dry though, which is a plus. Dunno how those cats spend so much time out there in those fur coats... especially little Phoenix, she's usually gone all day, roaming the 'hood. She must be tougher than she looks... such a tiny little cat, but she has the heart of a tigress. The other cats are twice her size, but they regularly spend time indoors during the day, cooling off and catching a break. Crackhead takes an A/C siesta during the hottest part of the day, that black coat of his is too darned hot under a blazing sun. :rolleyes:
 

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Holy Cow!!! The monsoon has arrived, right on time this year... rain was pelting down so hard earlier that the metal awnings made an infernal racket, LOL. Scared the cats too, they vanished like magicians with the first deafening roar of sound. We needed the rain though, that much is certain, rain is always a good thing in the high desert. No need to build an ark yet, we'll see how the monsoon pans out... plus I have my rubber raft, I suppose that could serve as an ark (until the cats sharpen their claws on it). Blasted varmints!!! :eek:
 

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Just catching the alpenglow on the crags, domes & spires of the Stronghold, always a cool view... miles to the north, we have a long plume of smoke from the Bighorn Fire on Mt. Lemmon in the Catalina Mountains above Tucson. Even in Arizona, we have a range named Catalina, too bad the lightning-sparked wildfire is causing more destruction in an area already hit hard by previous fires. That plume of smoke has traveled fifty miles and more across the high desert, borne by strong winds we've had lately. Boy, I guess this year 2020 is nothing but bad news... I'll be glad when it's over, believe me. :confused:
 

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Whew, it was warm today... now the heat is backing down, as it does in the late afternoon & evening. Gotta walk down the hill to the USPS cluster mailbox to see whether any mail arrived, haven't left the property yet on this easy Saturday. An elderly neighbor gal called to ask what kind of food I'm feeding my cats, she has been feeding a little feral kitty lower down the hill... I promised to bring her some Friskies dry food, since I just bought another large bag. That'll tide her over till she gets to the store, or until I go and buy some Friskies for her. Those little feral kitties have a rough time, this being varmint country and all... better if the cats are fed to keep up their strength, otherwise they'll never have a chance against alpha predators like Wile E. Coyote. :eek:
 

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Watched 'APOCALYPTO' on the 65" curved screen, I love that chase through the jungle... it has all the classic elements too, including big cats, venomous reptiles, poison arrow frogs & blowguns, waterfall leaps, some skull-bashin' & blood-sprayin' action, a spiked trap worthy of Vlad the Impaler, you name it. I didn't bother watching the first part of the flick, I simply fast-forwarded to the sacrificial scenes and went from there, LOL. In a way, this Mel Gibson flick is reminiscent of 'THE NAKED PREY' with Cornel Wilde, another CLASSIC in its own right. :rolleyes:

Now I'm watching 'THE LORDS OF DOGTOWN' and reliving some of my youth, dunno which culture was more brutal back in the day, BWAHAHAHAHA!!! I know I paid my dues, and I like how the makers of this movie incorporated the old hardcore skaters into the flick, the old skaters portraying background figures when they were actually the pioneers, LOL. Nice switch, and a tribute to those old hands, some of 'em are already dead and long gone, ya know? And we ALL got it coming, LOL... on that cheerful note, I reckon I'll get back to 'THE LORDS OF DOGTOWN' and my cold beer. HASTA LUEGO, YOUSE NAUTICAL HEROES!!! :cool:
 

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Whew, gonna be another warm one... 105 degrees, same as yesterday. At least it's still dry, we haven't had any more rain since that first official day of the monsoon (June 15), I reckon it was a false start. I've seen clouds on the horizon, sooner or later we'll get the gully-washers & flash floods. Oh, well, this heat won't last forever, and the rest of the year is pretty nice as far as weather goes. I think the weather up in Show Low was the finest I've ever experienced on the planet, and the weather here isn't much different, we just get more heat in the summer. I spent two years up in Show Low, and those were good years, same way the time I've spent here has been good overall, despite this current situation with the 'pandemic'---and losing that job for all the wrong reasons, because I hollered at some inmate who kept repeatedly lighting up cigarettes near friggin' fuel (a clear OSHA violation). Meh, kindergarten politics involved too, the youngster trying to run the show there clearly wanted to put one of his friends in the position, AFTER I did all the hard work... and that shop was a mess too when I arrived, dirtiest and most disorganized shop I've ever seen. Oh, well, I'm sure it's back to its original state by now, and it's no longer my problem. :confused:
 

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Clouds stacked up, hope we're in for some rain... :rolleyes:

Spent an hour this morning hoisting all my bird feeders higher, that Tiger has become such a powerful predator that he has been killing birds left & right. I saw him leap nearly 6' straight up off the ground and bag a small bird which wasn't paying attention... no fence or wall to use as a backboard or springboard, just a 6' leap straight up with his powerful forelegs & claws sweeping the target. Like my cat Wingnut back in Coronado, Tiger is long, lean & mean, with powerful muscles from all the running, jumping & climbing he does. He's a tough cat, even Crackhead has a hard time handling him nowadays, and Crackhead is no slouch when it comes to scrapping, LOL. :eek:

I also had to move all feeders off the 'double shepherd's crooks' wired to my fence, since Tiger has learned to use the 4' chain-link fence with privacy slats to effectively hunt birds from the opposite side of the fence. He'll lie in wait until some hapless bird lands on the fence, not knowing that Tiger is lurking below on the other side... the cat leaps, takes a swipe with powerful foreleg and claws, and often as not he comes down with a victim. I'm even going to trim some bushes near the goldurned birdbath: the other day, I saw Tiger explode from those bushes, run and leap into the air in an arc over the birdbath. That bird got away, but not before Tiger raked feathers from the hapless critter. :mad:

I may be able to pull each double shepherd's crook from the fence, bend the bottom spike where it usually goes into the ground, and wire it higher on the fence, effectively putting the feeders out of Tiger's reach. The other cats don't bother with birds on the feeders, but Tiger has learned how to hunt and kill them, and it's not fair to the birds... I don't wanna lead hapless birds to the slaughter, so it's time to alter the position of each feeder, aye? I should add that this wasn't a problem when Tiger was younger, but he's a monster now, pushing his prime at nearly two years of age, and how do I keep a cat from being a cat? :(

Like me, my cats gotta live free, I won't coop them up in the house, it's not fair to any of us... I do try to bring them in at night, just to increase their chances of safety in a neighborhood occasionally infiltrated by coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, etc. Sometimes the cats stay out late, and that pesky little Phoenix has been known to stay out all night, which is dangerous... especially after midnight, when human activity dies down and predators creep in looking for snacks. It's a dangerous time, but I guess Phoenix has some sort of hidey-hole, someplace where she holes up and rides out the dangerous hours. :confused:

Those coyotes are clever too, just like Wile E. Coyote, they'll often set up an ambush, hunting solo or in pairs, a pack, whatever... and that means a short run at an unsuspecting cat, which doesn't usually end well for the cat. When it comes to E&E (or Escape & Evasion), cats are tough to catch, but coyotes have longer legs and they can run down a cat in certain situations. Not always, but there's a percentage of kills, ya know? Still, a worldly-wise cat can survive through E&E, leaving the coyote(s) in the dust. Leonardo da Vinci once called the cat "Nature's masterpiece"---and he was RIGHT, LOL. ;)

Oh, well, back to my cold beer for breakfast---it IS Saturday, so FTW---and my birthday is coming up as well, I'll be 58 on Tuesday, so some monsoonal rain today would make a nice early birthday present. It's looking like rain with dark clouds overhead, but it's always a cr@p shoot here in the San Pedro Valley, might pour down in the Dragoons after those clouds sail past, ya never know. And the Stronghold is looking pretty bad@ss, those stone ramparts could withstand a Category 5 hurricane, no problem... they've been there awhile, and they'll be there awhile yet, LOL. Stronghold Granite, don'tcha know? Some hard rock... :rolleyes:

MEH, ENOUGH RAMBLING, GONNA PAR-TAY TODAY AND MACK PRIMO HOT & SPICY HOMEMADE CHICKEN BURRITOS, WOOHOO!!! :D

BACK IN KALIFORNIA, IT'D BE A NONSTOP PARTY FROM MY BIRTHDAY TILL THE 4TH OF JULY... I RECKON I'LL START EARLY THIS YEAR. :cool:
 
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Perhaps the Audubon Society will send you a nice birthday card to thank you for your efforts to keep the birds around a bit longer.
 

Cactus Cowboy

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4TH OF JULY CANCELED IN CORONADO, CA... :eek:

No parade, no fireworks, courtesy of the goombah tards running that burg and that f/u state... :mad:

As a local born in that burg, it's hard to imagine a 4th of July without the parade and the fireworks... :confused:

Good news is that it's no longer my problem, now that I live in Arizona... but one day, not too far in the future, there'll be a Russian-style military parade held each year in that friggin' socialist Kali $hithole, LOL. ;)

Brought to 'citizens' by Big (Animal) Pharma!!! :D

"SOME PIGS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHER PIGS, LOL..." :rolleyes:

I'm off to the store to pick up some thick-@$$ steaks for grilling manana... and yes, I'll be enjoying our local parade & fireworks tomorrow!!! CHEERS!!! :cool:
 

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Another warm one today, hovering around triple digits... had a good time yesterday, and the fireworks show was excellent!!! It must have lasted nearly an hour, with some big booming pyrotechnics that looked heller cool. In a way, it was like this little burg was making a statement:

NO-ONE IS GOING TO RUIN OUR 4TH OF JULY!!!" ;)

Job well done by the fireworks crew, our New Year's Eve display wasn't bad either, but they went all out with this one... I hope those OTR truckers passing by on the interstate highway enjoyed the show, particularly the grand finale which was spectacular, LOL. :rolleyes:
 
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Oh, more censorship... somehow that rankles when I'm talking about the 4th of July. :confused:

Like it's okay for leftist scum to try and destroy the country, but when I express my conservative opinion I'm the one who's somehow at fault, PFFFFFFFT. :mad:

Meh, maybe it's time to move on to other sites... go on and stick yer heads back in the sand, see where it gets ya, AYE??? :eek:

Good luck with that... I'll be putting my Infantry training to good use in the not-too-distant future. :rolleyes:
 

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Holy Mackerel!!! We've had hot weather for the past few days, 105 or so, and out of the blue this afternoon came "la tormenta"---a violent thunderstorm with lightning & lashings of rain and even HAIL!!! In mid-July at 3624' in the high desert!!! It was crazy, and the weather guessers... er, I mean forecasters... never saw it coming, LOL. No word of rain this morning on the radio, so it surprised everybody, but in a good way since we need the rain. There are rivers running down our street now, and I'm sure there's flash flooding elsewhere in Cochise County... but man, oh man, talk about some violent gusts, and the lightning was gnarly enough for me to avoid the metal-framed doors & windows of this double-wide, LOL. At least my awnings didn't get ripped off... uh-oh, there go the sirens, somebody must be in trouble out there, and the rain is setting in again. I took some photos after watching the storm for awhile, these don't do the storm justice, but you can see how the gusty rain has reached all the way under the wide metal awning on the east side to the windows and doors. :eek:

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And those shots were taken during a lull, LOL... for awhile, I was too busy tripping on the violence of the storm to even think of the camera. Oh, well, I hear more thunder and see more lightning flashes, so we're in for more rain, which is good, my yard was getting pretty dry... and I like sleeping to the sound of rain on the roof and metal awnings. Sure was unexpected though, especially that hail, LOL. Good marble-sized chunks too, they made a racket on the awnings. :confused:

I'M BACK TO THE WESTERN I WAS READING WHEN THE STORM BROKE... GOOD STORY, I JUST HAD TO CHECK OUT "LA TORMENTA!!!" :rolleyes:
 

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Weather is settled, warm but not too bad, doesn't matter so much to me as I'm riding out a bout of bad lower back pain indoors... pinched nerve off to the starboard side of my spine, right down atop my hip in the small of my back, thing has been giving me heller grief. It seems to be improving, and I'll be taking it easy today, but it can't go away too soon, aye? Makes me wonder if this is a legacy from hiking out over the decades? Or just some lasting damage from vertical skateboarding, BMX, dirt biking, etc., some hard abuse sustained back in the day? :confused:

Meh, it'll eventually go away, it always does... haven't had that many cases of it in my lifetime, half a dozen, maybe 7 or 8, tops, but that riled nerve pain is fierce. I have a high pain threshold too, I can put my rock-hard skull through any wall of my home and never feel it, but that pinched nerve action is brutal, LOL. Usually it goes away within a few days, but this episode has lasted nearly a week... guess I've managed to aggravate it at times. Worst part of growing old is having this sorta thing happen for no apparent reason... :rolleyes:

In the days of my youth, reasons & causes were clear-cut: I'd wipe out while skating vertical or riding a bike in the dirt, eat $h!t and recover, bleeding from every extremity, only to get back on the board or bike and soldier on, LOL. Now that I've passed my 58th birthday, these painful episodes come straight out of the blue for no apparent reason, and I can't pinpoint any specific cause. Meh, it'll pass, it just takes forever for things to heal now that I'm an old fogey, or is that fogie? Guess I should be thankful that I'm still above ground, yeah, with several good friends & extreme sports heroes already on the other side of death... :(

Y'ALL BE GOOD, AND DON'T WRITE OFF CACTUS COWBOY UNTIL YA SEE THE BOX GO INTO THE HOLE... :eek:
 

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Nice rain this morning, really helped to cool things down, I even had the windows open afterward to let that cool breeze go through my home... we've had warm weather lately, so this cool rain made for a nice break. I think there's a cumulative effect on older folks when heat runs in the triple digits for awhile, it kinda wears ya down. As a youngster, I'd never notice it, but now that I'm technically a 'senior citizen' I start feeling prolonged heat (a week or two of triple digits). :confused:

Meh, one day I'll be dead and this will cease to be a problem, LOL. No more freakin' taxes or politicians either, it's a win-win situation!!! :rolleyes:
 

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Ah, more rain, which is much appreciated since it brings much cooler temps... I was sitting on my view deck under the metal awning on the east side, having a cup of herbal tea and enjoying the coolness, when a hole opened in the clouds and some rays of sunshine came streaming through despite the rain. This sight reminded me of a moment aboard a sportfishing boat in San Diego, back when I worked as a deckhand aboard a 100-ton vessel. We were still at the dock when I commented upon the fact that the sun was shining and it was raining at the same time, and some hillbilly from Missouri replied:

"THAT MEANS THE DEVIL IS BEATIN' HIS WIFE!!!" :eek:

I never did quite comprehend the connection between the weather and the Devil's marital life, but the statement raised a few questions... first, is the Devil even the marrying kind? Wouldn't he be more of a player? If not, that brings up other considerations... was the Devil actually a nice guy once, and did a nagging shrew of a wife eventually make him turn to the bad? These were the deep questions I pondered (again) this morning as I sipped my herbal tea and witnessed the same meteorological phenomenon... plus, in this day & age, wouldn't any woman with sense leave a wife-beater pronto? Or is she some sort of sick enabler? :confused:

THUS BEGAN MY FRIDAY MORNING... GOTTA RUN INTO TOWN TODAY, PAY A BILL OR TWO AND PICK UP MORE BEER FOR THE WEEKEND. ;)

IF THE RAIN KEEPS UP, I MAY LEAVE MY CAR ON THE DRIVEWAY WHEN I RETURN & GET THE FREE REDNECK CAR WASH... :rolleyes:
 
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Well, I paid two bills and picked up more beer for the weekend... and I even fielded a call from the county about a job, though my interview isn't till next week. I'm still in the running for the ADOT job too, but everything is heller slow thanks to the current situation. I don't really like being in limbo like this, but at least these jobs have retirement programs, so maybe the wait will be worthwhile. :confused:

Some guy in Tucson runs a trucking company and he wants to hire me, but I haven't cleared the insurance requirements yet, and many modern insurance companies won't take drivers without recent experience, no matter how much actual experience those drivers have. Besides, I don't think that outfit offers any retirement program, and I'm having second thoughts about my old car standing up to the commute. :(

This Toyota Camry is very reliable, but she also has 215K miles on the odometer, and there's a pretty good grade to pull when climbing out of the San Pedro Valley on the way to Tucson... all the necessary ingredients for a blown head gasket. Nor do I like the thought of paying for fuel while driving 450 unpaid commuter miles every week, especially on an interstate highway with a 75-m.p.h. speed limit, that's some serious wear & tear for an older vehicle. :eek:

Don't get me wrong, I take very good care of my car, and I do all the work on her myself, since I don't really trust mechanics, LOL... I'm sure there are honest ones out there somewhere, but I've seen too much of rotten human nature to blindly trust anyone. Furthermore, I don't pay anybody to do something I can do myself. This ol' Camry works just fine for local driving, but I'm thinking a hard high-speed daily commute might not be so good for her, ya know? :mad:

I run good Castrol oil & Bosch filters too, unlike those cheap lube joints. I also swapped out the tranny fluid last time I changed the oil, so the car runs nicely, but I'm leery about commuting to Tucson, so I'm gonna stay focused on finding local work. My '02 Camry will probably thank me for it, and I might still get another 50,000 miles out of her. She's not such a bad rig, The Mighty Camry, but like me, she ain't gettin' any younger. :rolleyes:

Those are my ramblings for this afternoon, I've been considering this commute for awhile but I don't think I'm gonna buy into it... if it were some prevailing wage job with these end dumps & belly dumps, I might reconsider, but I'd still lose 1-1/2 hours (minimum) in commuting each day, plus have an early wake-up call at 0245 or 0300 on certain days of the week. Meh, guess I keep looking while waiting for word from ADOT or the county. :D

WTF, I'M STILL GETTING FEEDBACK ON LOCAL WORK, DESPITE THE RIDICULOUS SITUATION... GOTTA HAVE A LITTLE FAITH & PATIENCE, BUT THESE VIRAL TARDS AIN'T MAKING IT EASY. I'LL BE GLAD WHEN THE ELECTION IS OVER, LEMME TELL YA. :cool:
 

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Humid out there this morning... this being trash day, I broke out the loppers and took down some bushes in my parking strip, and despite the early hour the sweat was rolling off me. :(

Got the job done though, and filled the trash bin in the process... large bin, too, I had to cut up the branches to make 'em all fit. :rolleyes:

Now I'm cleaned up, enjoying the A/C in my home. Oh, yeah, I finally met my neighbor to the east, on the terrace below mine, so that was also cool. Like me, he's a "political refugee" from the Socialist Republik of Kalifornia, LOL. :eek:

Funny how none of us miss that place, only the ocean... but one day I'll ease out there to go sailing again, no worries. Just can't afford to LIVE out there, and I don't miss all the negative aspects either. ;)

My interview with the county isn't till later this week, so I guess I'll party today... might shoot pool with the neighbor, who knows? I told him about the table, and I can always use more friendly competition. I'm tired of playing against the cats, those friggin' hustlers & pool sharks beat me every time, LOL. :confused:

Well, it's a bit early for a cold beer, but I reckon I earned it this morning, taking down those bushes. I don't like leaving those pesky coyotes too much cover, ya know? Haven't seen any varmints around lately, but I know they infiltrate the neighborhood in the wee hours of the night. :mad:

ALRIGHT, YOUSE NAUTICAL HEE-ROES, I'M OFF TO CRACK A COLD BEER... THE BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS!!! LOL... :cool:
 

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Haha, The Mighty Camry is fine, I decided NOT to tackle the daily commute to Tucson after all... partly because I have an interview with the county this week about a local job, partly because I moved to the country for a reason, and I don't really wanna go back to the city if I can help it. Tuscon may only have half a million residents, but it might as well be 'The Big City' compared to this little burg. I'm gonna stick with the program and stay local, just gotta be patient in times like these when everything has slowed down for all the wrong reasons. But hey, I still appreciate the kind thoughts for my car! She's not a bad ride, no glamour to her but she's definitely reliable... I don't wanna put her through that daily grind, that's all. She'll last longer if I don't, ya know? :rolleyes:

P.S. Watched 'THE PERFECT STORM' again, there's some Hollywood cheese... should've named it 'THE PERFECT DAY FOR LASER SAILING!' ;)
 

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Holy Cow!!! I decided to watch an old Western as I work through the free movies using my Roku Streaming Stick, figured I'd check out 'CUSTER OF THE WEST' since I couldn't recall seeing it before... it's kinda funny, because at first it didn't register, but the dude playing Custer is none other than Robert Shaw, or Quint of 'JAWS' fame, LOL. He's a few years younger in this movie, so I couldn't quite place him, then it hit me: "HEY, IT'S QUINT!!!" :eek:

Shaw cuts a different figure in this flick, but I always liked him in 'JAWS'---no sharks in Dakota Territory, though, just hostile Injuns (stereotypical Hollywood Injuns, no less). Best line of the movie so far was when General Sheridan told a glory-seeking Custer, "Nobody's going to give you a medal for killing Indians and stealing their land." LOL... damn. Oh, well, the scenery is nice, even if the film isn't quite PC. :rolleyes:

These '60s Westerns always crack me up, there's no realism when it comes to period attire... for one thing, all the actors & actresses are wearing clean clothes straight off the store shelves & racks, PFFFFFT. We're talking about the Wild West, where many folks only bathed once a week, if even that often. And all that hard labor involved in being a hardy pioneer? I guess it was dirt-free, no Chinese laundry service required, LOL. ;)

WELL, I'M BACK TO THE UNINTENTIONAL COMEDY... DAMN, EVEN THE MINERS ARE SPOTLESS!!! IT'S AMAZING!!! :cool:
 
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