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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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