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Cactus Cowboy

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A quick recommendation: after watching 'CUSTER OF THE WEST' yesterday evening, I let the Roku Streaming Stick select my next flick, and it threw out 'BLOOD ON THE ARROW'---which had some PRIMO Arizona scenery in it!!! I mean spectacular scenery... that's why I watch these old Westerns, for the scenery and for the climbing venues, LOL. Many of the old Hollywood Westerns made in the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, CA, showcase routes and boulder problems I've done in the past, alone or with friends. It's kinda weird, watching an old Western and seeing some classic route you've climbed: "HEY, I'VE DONE THAT ROUTE!!!" :rolleyes:

Yeah, that scenery sure was nice in 'BLOOD ON THE ARROW'---the plot was okay too, though I was really paying more attention to the scenery, LOL. Sad reality with some of these Westerns: where there was once nothing but magnificent landscapes, now there's mile after mile of ugly tract housing, punctuated by the occasional Walmart SuperCenter, PFFFFFFT. Watching these old Westerns is like going back in time to a better era, aye? Anyway, I'm tired of beer, so I'm having some cheap white wine... chilled Moscato, but in true Western fashion I call it 'Skeeter.' WTF, I'm not much of a wino, but this stuff tastes alright and I can choke it down, especially on a hot & somewhat humid day. :cool:

P.S. Another reason why I like watching old Westerns is for the occasional... er... technical inaccuracy. For example, watching a Civil War era flick and seeing some hand with a '73 Winchester, LOL. Time travel exists!!! Or seeing some plane contrail in the sky during the Western action... last night in 'BLOOD ON THE ARROW' I saw some "modern" utility lines, they were stretched over the dirt road during a chase scene, LOL. I suppose the filmmakers left 'em in because clueless viewers would think they were telegraph wires... but they looked like modern utility poles & wires to me, don'tcha know? Reminds me of my friend JR, now deceased... whenever I pointed out one of these technical inaccuracies, he'd say, "YOU WEREN'T SUPPOSED TO NOTICE THAT!!!" ;)
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Cactus Cowboy

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Warming up again, but I have good news... I did indeed receive a call from what may be my next employer, one more hurdle to clear on Monday, then I knock out the drug screen and hopefully get back to work. Hallelujah!!! :rolleyes:

These past few months have been difficult, trying to find a decent job at the worst possible time, but my troubles may soon be over, and I'm looking forward to happier days. I really like living here in scenic southeastern Arizona, don't wanna relocate if I can hang on and persevere. :confused:

This state has been good to me overall, ever since I moved here 3-1/2 years ago... almost like the cosmos is looking out for me. I know I couldn't do as well in Kalifornia, no way I could own a home free & clear out there on the coast. And my view is awesome too, I love the Dragoons & Cochise Stronghold!!! :)

I get back on track, I can still go on sailing vacations in Dago, as I planned to do before that last job went south for all the wrong reasons... meh, I was in the right, and I'm not one to beg or crawl, so to heck with it, time to move forward again. :D

Anyway, I'm having a quiet morning, reflecting upon these things I mentioned. The birds are going off at the feeders, I really like the wildlife here in this scenic corner of Arizona. Colorful birds in my yard, quail & rabbits on the street, a horned lizard which recently took up residence near my driveway... :oops:

Last night I found Phoenix & Tiger toying with a small snake on the east side slab or patio after dark... they hadn't hurt the snake yet, so I rescued it and tossed it over the fence into some iceplant & brush, where the critter could find some cover. ;)

Looked like a young Coachwhip, a classic Western name for a nonvenomous snake that is long and slender... looks very much like a whip used by stagecoach drivers back in the day. This youngster was barely a foot long, so I scooped him up in the local rag and gave him a lift to safety. :rolleyes:


Cactus Cowboy

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Boy, we had a big ol' lightning storm last night, the show kicked off as it grew dark and violent gusts accompanied the storm. I caught a few pics of the inbound storm prior to all the action, but truth be told, I didn't wanna go outside under a metal awning to take pics of the lightning once the show began! It was crazy, the wind howlin' and the lightning a-flashin'... lighting up my darkened home and yard in classic horror movie fashion, LOL. :confused:

Made me think of that werewolf flick I watched the other day, and the cats weren't too comfortable either with the thunder rolling and the lightning flashing... not to mention the powerful gusts which stress-tested the awnings and home, yeah? Oh, well, we survived, but that was a fast-moving monsoonal storm, lemme tell ya, weather here is very dynamic due to the influence of the high desert and all these mountain ranges. Anyway, here's the storm as it moved into our area... :rolleyes:


Pretty crazy, aye? I know it's hard to see in that last photo, but that's one end of a rainbow between the vegetation... not long after that shot was taken, the sky grew dark and the lightning started crashing, it was pretty intense. I tried taking a shot or two of lightning flashes, but there's a delay with the camera shutter so it's hard to catch things like lightning, fireworks, etc. Oh, well, at least you can see the inbound storm, before things got wild & crazy, LOL... :eek:

Cactus Cowboy

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Had my second interview this morning and it went well, so I reckon I'll be going back to work soon... next Monday, to be precise, gotta knock out a drug screen first, which is not an issue, beer is my only vice, LOL. Well, an occasional shot or mixed drink too, but mostly beer. :rolleyes:

Snapped a few pics on my way down to the historic mining town of Bisbee, pardon the glare & bugs on the windshield... and note "rush-hour traffic" on Old Hwy. 80, LOL. Those first pics are of Tombstone Canyon---miles from Tombstone, but used as a corridor to reach that burg from Bisbee. :confused:

That big-@$$ hole in the ground is the historic Copper Queen Mine, or part of it... the pic doesn't do the mine justice, the actual hole runs along that canyon for a bit, and there's more excavation in a different direction too. One of these days I'll drive down there and take the mine tour, check out Bisbee while I'm at it... ;)

On the way back through Tombstone and St. David, I saw some classic VW yard decor... "STUCK MUCH?" Gotta love living in Redneck Land, it's the freakin' bomb. I bet you could haul that car out of the dirt and make a Baja Bug out of her... bust out the power washer!!! LOL. :eek:

Alright, heroes, I'm off to read a Western, I picked up a few more books at the library once I returned to Benson. I'm in the mood to read a book this afternoon, just had a pelting monsoonal rainstorm but the weather has calmed down, so it's all good. CHEERS!!! :cool:


I saw two dozen buzzards wheeling overhead on my way through the canyon, but I failed to catch them when I blindly held the camera out and snapped a pic upward through the windshield... meh, you can see a few of 'em to the upper right in that photo. Classic Western Buzzards... they'll be comin' for ya if your vehicle breaks down, LOL. :eek:

BTW, Tombstone lies at an elevation above 4500', while Bisbee is up over 5500'... I don't recall the exact figures, but those are ballpark elevations. :rolleyes:
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Cactus Cowboy

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Another warm day ahead... I gotta run back to the store because I forgot aluminum foil & canned cat food yesterday, pfffffft. If I don't get that cat food, there'll be a prison riot, LOL. :eek:

Had a good buzz yesterday, not totally hammered but feeling no pain, aye? Watched 'LEGENDS OF THE FALL' on the 65" curved screen and macked a delicious spicy-hot homemade chicken burrito plate... that eventually put me to sleep, LOL. :rolleyes:

That movie has some primo scenery in it, that view of the river from the hills above was incredible! Montana has a lot going for it, but those winters can get fierce... I remember driving through all that ice & snow, LOL. :confused:

Oh, well, guess I'd better get cleaned up and make tracks to the store, gotta remember to make a list at my age, since I suffer from CRS. On the plus side, this Celestial Seasonings 'Bengal Spice' herbal tea I picked up yesterday is pretty darned good!!! Has a tiger on the box too, so the cats also approve, LOL. ;)

Like a bad rash, I'll be back later to plague y'all... what would I do without this website? And where else can I palaver with a bunch of crazy fools... er, I mean this wonderful nautical family, LOL. So look for me on the rebound, because as Ah-nold the Terminator says, "I'LL BE BACK!!!" :cool:

Cactus Cowboy

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Before I left to go to the store, I heard some noise atop the metal awning on the east side of my house... didn't sound like a cat or any of the usual songbirds, so I walked out to take a look... and there was a big ol' roadrunner cruising along the awning, LOL. Just the sort of thing which makes living in Arizona so cool... no sign of Wile E. Coyote, the timing wasn't right. But I dig roadrunners, they are omens of good luck for me, same as hummingbirds and dolphins. The dolphin omen may actually have some credence with regard to small craft sailors: when you see dolphins close by, there is less likelihood of a hungry 2-ton Great White being in the area, LOL. :eek:

Over the years, I enjoyed some cool dolphin sightings, with dolphins leaping out of the water and arcing through the sky 6' above the surface. Those critters can jump when they put some effort into it. I recall walking along the southern half of the Silver Strand one morning, on the ocean side, and there was a sizable swell running... while watching some dolphins surfing a wave, one dolphin literally exploded out of a 10' face and flew about 15' or 20' out in front of the wave, landing with a splash. It was amazing! I think that critter must have gotten a running start behind the wave, to explode from the face with such force... I've never seen any other dolphin duplicate that long jump. :rolleyes:

Seal & sea lion sightings are cool too... during one voyage, a friendly sea lion accompanied me halfway up the channel on my way home, just cruising along on my starboard quarter. Of course, the snacks I tossed his way probably helped, LOL, but I've always gotten along just fine with critters at sea... had to tack away from a gray whale one time when it surfaced directly ahead of me. Scared the bejesus out of me and my friend, but after quickly tacking away we felt privileged to see that magnificent creature at such close range. It was during the annual migration, and the whale was heading north off Pt. Loma... I was originally on the starboard tack, but the whale assumed the right of way under the obscure "Law of Gross Tonnage." ;)

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Cactus Cowboy

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We catch a break today here in Cochise County... temp is only supposed to hit the mid-to-upper 90s, LOL. :rolleyes:

Watched 'BROKEN TRAIL' last night on the curved screen, that flick sure has some nice scenery in it... the rivers & mountains are so beautiful! :cool:

I saw that flick before, but watching it on the curved screen in my home theater just brings out more details... ;)

Audio is better too with the soundbar and subwoofer, LOL. :eek: