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Coastal Redneck

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Had a BLAST in Tombstone yesterday, weather was absolutely perfect and folks were all having a good time. I drank beer in old saloons and historic buildings, watched two shows including "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" with live actors and plenty of action, walked the streets & boardwalks while visiting shops and generally playing the tourist... it was a welcome break from the home rehab work, LOL. Here we go:

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Nice stained glass in Big-Nosed Kate's Saloon, I drank several beers there while talking to some locals... one hand was the local gunsmith, he was a classic character, LOL. And WTF, if you're gonna be an armorer or gunsmith, TOMBSTONE is the place to do it, I reckon. :rolleyes:
 

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That saloon had some cool decor:

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The John Wayne poster and signed Willie photo were par for the course, while that hallway leading to the restrooms had some cool memorabilia, as you'll see in a moment... :D
 

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Check out these CLASSIC keg p!ssers, enough to warm the heart of any TRUE SAILOR, LOL:

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There's the gunfight show, it was entertaining, LOL... and that restored Nash was sweeeeeet, some ol' boy was tooling around in it on such a fine day. :cool::cool:
 

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Some shots taken in the office & museum of The Epitaph, Arizona's oldest continuously-printed newspaper:

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As a writer with work published in the past, I liked those old typesetting machines... most kids nowadays don't even know what a typewriter is (or was), let alone these machines. That T-shirt in the 9th pic is CLASSIC, I bought that in the office of The Epitaph, while the hip flask came from a nearby gift shop... that flask will come in handy at local rodeos, the circus, and similar events, LOL. I'm sending my best friend "T-Bone" the same shirt, he'll get a kick outta wearing it in Coronado, I reckon. ;)
 

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Pics from the Crystal Palace, Longhorn Restaurant, etc., I had lunch in the Longhorn and it was delicious, LOL:

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That stained glass number of the gunfight was in the Longhorn, pretty cool, aye? The Injuns were part of my lunch table... and that horse rack was right above my table, it deserved a pic, LOL. That last pic is just a postcard I picked up, gotta like the nooses... wait, are those PC nooses??? LOL. :eek:
 

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A few final shots, then I'm off to the Post Office to mail that shirt to my friend... he'll get a laugh out of it, aye?

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Those booze bottles are actually on my bar, a rather humble establishment compared to the Tombstone numbers, LOL. That climbing poster was in Tombstone, must have missed it earlier... while the pickup with the dog riding shotgun was outside the Benson Public Library when I arrived, not my choice of colors but the truck is still stylin', LOL. :rolleyes:

I'M OFF TO THE POST OFFICE... AND TO THE STORE TO RESUPPLY WITH BEER. CHEERS!!! :cool:

P.S. Those who've been cool to me here at this site, such as Wavedancer, Norcalsail, the hand who sailed the Mississippi Sound, and others, you will always be welcome to visit me here in Benson, Tombstone is just down the road and the Stronghold isn't far either, AYE??? Mi casa es su casa, LOL. HASTA LUEGO!!! :D

Edit: Oh, yeah, I'm actually a Stoli man, but I've yet to find it in this burg, so I'm choking down that Swedish cr@p for the time being, LOL. :confused:
 

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A quick update on the interior home rehab work: it's almost done, "CALL CNN!!!" :eek:

Got a few short hours of painting left today, and that should do it... boy, it has been a long haul with this train wreck of a fixer home, but all she needed was a little love after being neglected for so long. Goldurned tweekers!!! Meh, their legacy will soon be nothing but a bad memory, and good riddance. Here are a few pics of the soon-to-be-completed bathrooms:

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Well, those last two pics are NOT of the bathrooms, I just liked the flowers and the rodeo mural, LOL. Yesiree, just a little more painting to be done and I can stow the brushes and rollers in the shed for awhile... feel like I've been painting for the past century, LOL. But think of the money I saved by painting the entire interior by myself... even so, I threw down $1000 for paint and other materials, this old home sure sucked up the caulking material & paint & whatnot. I'm just about through my 25th tube of caulking, 25 FREAKIN' TUBES!!! And I don't waste the stuff either, I lay the bead directly on the crack or seam to be closed, ya know? Good news is that my heating & cooling bills will be much lower, now that the home is sealed up the way it should be... plus I won't have ants or scorpions crawling through the cracks and sharing my bed with me, that's never much fun, LOL. :confused:

ALRIGHT, NAUTICAL HEROES, I'M OFF TO FINISH THE JOB, PROBABLY WIND UP GETTING DRUNK TO CELEBRATE THE END OF THE INTERIOR HOME REHAB WORK... :cool:

NEXT UP, MULTIPLE TASKS FOR THE HOME EXTERIOR, LOL. MEH, SOMEBODY HAS TO DO IT, AND NO WAY I PAY SOMEONE ELSE TO DO SOMETHING I CAN DO MYSELF... I'M A CHEAP BASTARD, DON'TCHA KNOW??? :rolleyes:
 
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Coastal Redneck

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Supervisor, home rehab project:

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"HUH??? WHA' HAPPEN??? OH, IT'S YOU... GET A BEER OUTTA THE FRIDGE FOR ME, THEN SHADDAP AND GET BACK TO WORK!!!" :confused:

Tiger catnapping on the couch, little guy is growing fast with all the good food I'm giving him, so he kinda looks like a string bean, LOL... if he learns how to survive the coyotes, he'll fill out and become a fine kitteh, but I still miss ol' Sage. I reckon Sage has crossed the divide and is now in cat heaven... :rolleyes:
 

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Had a great time this weekend, partying with a friend and putting the finishing touches on my home decor... got some cool nautical artwork y'all will appreciate, so bear with me, LOL. We'll mix it up a little with some shots of the kittehs, plus a few of the cool tailgate on this old Ford:

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That's what I like about living in Arizona, the people are clued in to the whole corrupt gubmint scene... plus they're all armed, probably why crime is so low in my neighborhood, LOL. Those circus posters are from the circus I attended recently with good friends, I put up the posters to remind them of the good time we had, 10-4? :rolleyes:
 

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Round #2 of pics:

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That's former pro surfer Mikey J. in the third pic, he's sitting in a chair in my old room in the beach cottage back in Coronado... looks pretty wasted too, LOL. He had something like 29 pics published in the surf mags, including an incredible centerpiece shot with Mikey standing in this HUGE FREAKIN' BARREL, LOL. Good surfer, Mikey, but he went downhill after he became addicted to crack, go figure... for old time's sake, I used to let him visit at the house, but now we live in different states so no such visitation occurs. Hey, there I am atop that pony or donkey, whatever it is... reckon I was about 6 years old then, and the pic was taken in Greece, with my brother Pete standing on the deck. Other shots just show various decor items, plus a shot of Crackhead "break dancing" on the carpeted deck of my current home. :cool:
 

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Round #3 of pics:

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Tiger likes the cool concrete slabs on the east & west sides of my home, these slabs are beneath the wide metal awnings. The pickpocket sign is on the outer door to the Pool Room, we can only hope the loose women materialize later, LOL. Honeybees have discovered my birdbath, they now hold parties on the rim, aye? It's funny, when I empty the bowl and refill it with fresh clean water, I'll have 100 bees buzzing around me in close proximity, but not one will sting me, LOL, probably for the same reason ghetto 'hood rats won't mess with USPS employees: "DON'T F#% WITH THE MAILMAN, HE'S BRINGING OUR WELFARE CHECKS!!!" :confused:

BTW, that wooden cheese knife is a permanent addition to the birdbath, it lets drowning honeybees climb out and dry themselves, 10-4? The steep sides of the bowl itself are too slippery when wet, so this cheese knife solves that problem... got no quarrel with honeybees, in fact I want them around to pollinate those fruit trees I planted, LOL. :rolleyes:
 

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Round #4 of pics:

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I included Charles Russell and Winslow Homer in the bathroom decor, that "Breezin' Up" pic has always been a favorite of mine. Besides, I want my guests to have quality artwork to look at while they're taking a break from billiards and unloading some o' that beer, LOL. :cool:
Got some glare in those first pics, but ya get the general idea...
 

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Round #5 of pics:

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When's the last time ya saw a Vietnam War-era protest poster like the one in Pic #4? LOL, that one's a CLASSIC. I flew in that Stearman Sr. Speedmail biplane with Addison himself, shown in the photo. Look up his family on the web, they restore vintage aircraft and nobody does it better... Pemberton & Sons Aviation, they used to fly outta Gillespie Field in San Diego, but they moved up near Spokane, WA, to carry on their lives. They commute by plane and seaplane, which strikes me as a sensible way to live. Hey, check out the hallway leading to the carport, I placarded the world with that RADIOACTIVE number, LOL. :eek:
 

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Round #6 of pics:

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Somehow, that third pic of Tiger reminds me of Richard Nixon, LOL. I put the dragon on the door to the closet with the gas furnace, what better place to put it? My brother Chris took that shot of the Pileated Woodpeckers, he lives over there by Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. I've seen Pileated Woodpeckers when visiting him in the past, those are impressive birds, they sound like machine guns in the distance, LOL. The Mystic Seaport art is something that has been in my family for decades, I always find room for it wherever I go... the Sunset poster belonged to me dear departed mum, it has some cool cover art on display. :cool:
 

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Round #7 of pics:

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See what I mean about the cover art? That flying boat is awesome, just what I need to get from Benson, AZ, to San Diego, LOL... half the fun would be flying low over the desert, with folks looking up and asking, "WTF???" There's my politically-incorrect whaling art, I put it up over the garden tub in the master bathroom, LOL. The "Nantucket Sleigh Ride" number has always been on display in one bathroom or another throughout my life.
 

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Round #8 of pics:

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All of these are pics culled from old calendars once they expired, I liked the pics well enough to save 'em and put 'em on my wall later, LOL. Meh, that's just the storage room anyway, what will eventually become a guest bedroom once the home rehab project is completed. Those sailing pics were taken by a famous photographer back in the day, I believe his name was Rosenfeld... nice shots, I love the older boats, and that last pic of the tacking duel is sweet, LOL. This is how an old diehard Laser sailor decorates his home, you understand... WTF, it's my home, so I'll put up whatever decor I want, AYE??? ;)
 

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Round #9 of pics:

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That old schooner in the first pic is radical, if I ever win the lottery I'll buy one just like her... wouldn't want her if you weren't rich, otherwise you'd be a slave to varnish, LOL. With dough in your pocket, you could pay somebody ELSE to wield the brush, aye??? A whole army of brush-wielders, LOL... or would that be a navy aboard ship? More calendar pics with the wildlife, I like my animals... in the wild or on the grill, LOL. :confused:
 

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10th and final round for the day:

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No, my cats aren't SPOILED, LOL... usually there's a bowl of milk in the lineup, I must have fallen down on the job for these photos. Hey, that first pic shows the brass table that will eventually be cleaned up and hung as a GONG in my yard... it makes a wonderful splash when struck, kinda like I'm in some cheesy martial arts flick, LOL. That historical map is radical, I'll post pics of it later once it's up on the wall in my room. There are those honeybees again, having a fiesta in my birdbath... no worries, I like the bees, they treat me with respect, 10-4? You old school vertical skateboarders out there in cyberspace will like the classic wheeler shot, that's on one wall of the bathroom closest to the Pool Room. The tribute to Coach Greene is almost mandatory, more on him in a moment. Last three pics show feeding time at the zoo, the kitchen shot with the beer boxes was taken when my friend was over to party, LOL. Little Phoenix (farthest cat in photo) is losing her shyness at last, she'll come into the kitchen to eat now instead of macking under the couch. :rolleyes:

Coach Greene was a mentor and role model for thousands of CHS students in years past, the dad I never had after my own dad split, aye? A real man's man, ol' Coach, he ran the football program, taught Auto Shop and Wood Shop, filled his home with furniture he made with his own hands, etc., etc. He taught me how to drive, back when Driver's Ed was still offered in school... taught my whole family, in fact, along with thousands of other students. The guy was strack, he had a wonderful wife and family, yet he found the time to instill positive values in so many others... he was rock f#%ng solid, you couldn't find a better citizen no matter where or how long you searched. I only took Wood Shop in the 9th Grade so I could bag hardwood and cut skateboard decks on the sly when Coach wasn't looking, right? I didn't have the love for woodworking that I have now, I only wanted the decks, so my (required) Shop projects were miserable abortions... I think Coach knew this, for one day he walked up to the bench where I was working, looked at the cheesy magazine rack I had slapped together in haste, smiled at me and asked, "WHATCHA MAKIN', B_______, FIREWOOD???" My reply: "Thanks for the support, Coach." :confused:

In another hilarious incident, I was standing near John Aldredge (or Aldridge, I can't remember how he spelled his name, might be Jon also) as he operated the band saw, we were jacking our jaws and Aldredge failed to adjust the saw properly. Next thing we knew, the blade broke and it was flailing everywhere in a dangerous manner... this sort of thing always got Coach's attention, he didn't like students breaking the shop equipment, right? He yelled like thunder: "B_______!!! ALDREDGE!!! GET IN THE LUMBER ROOM!!!" This was where corporal punishment was meted out, usually in the form of swats with a large wooden paddle handmade by Coach himself. Well, I took my swats and stumbled outta there, holding my backside and walking gingerly as if on hot coals, LOL. Behind me, Coach wound up and delivered a resounding smack to Aldredge, hit him so hard the paddle broke, which only p!ssed Coach off even more... he went and grabbed a backup paddle off the wall, then HAMMERED Aldredge for causing so much trouble. When Aldredge finally escaped, he had tears in his eyes, but I can positively state that he NEVER broke another band saw blade again, LOL. ;)

AH, YES, THE GOOD OL' DAYS... TOO BAD CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT, IT SURE WORKED AND TAUGHT DUMB@$$ STUDENTS TO STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT, LOL. :eek:

COACH & HIS WIFE HAVE BOTH PASSED AWAY, SAME AS MY FOLKS, BUT I HONOR COACH'S MEMORY BY PUTTING UP THESE TRIBUTES TO HIM IN MY OWN HOME. GOOD MAN, COACH GREENE, THE WORLD WAS A BETTER PLACE WITH HIM IN IT, THAT'S FOR SURE... BUT HIS CODE & IDEALS LIVE ON IN SO MANY PEOPLE. :)

I'M OFF TO GRAB A COLD BEER, Y'ALL HANG LOOSE... CHEERS!!! :cool:
 

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Kittehs on the window sill, north side of my home:

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That's just one of the nine window sills I widened throughout my home, just so the kittehs would have places to sit or lie down and watch the world go by outside... those framed pictures below, they're just sitting on the carpet, haven't found places on the walls for 'em yet, LOL. :confused:
 

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We've had nice weather here lately, a bit warm but still dry, and some primo colors at sunset:

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Those are actually two different sunsets, as y'all can tell... Tiger & Phoenix have taken to sleeping atop the laundry machines, so I put some floor rugs and towels there while I finish the last tiny bit o' trim in the bathrooms. The kittehs also love the concrete slabs and walkway in the cooler morning & evening hours... I've been filling low spots in my yard and putting down pavers in a winding path around the deck, got tired of walking across sharp rocks and cactus spines in my moccasins, LOL. I don't weed-whack those clumps of grass either, the kittehs like to chew on that grass... they look like COWS when they do this, cows with longer tails than usual, aye? :eek:
 

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Installed the third A/C unit in the wall of my master B/R yesterday, took me awhile because it was the first time I ever installed one by myself, but it turned out nice... just gotta finish framing the exterior today and paint the lot, that goes for both other units as well, the guy who installed those did a good job but he never finished the trim work. You'll see what I mean in these pics:

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First pair o' pics shows the finished framing or trim work on the unit near the Pool Room, this is how all units will look once the framing or trim work is completed. Middle pair o' pics show the unit I installed yesterday, trim work completed and the whole shebang caulked, ready for painting later today. Still gotta finish the exterior trim (2 vertical side pieces), but that's easy enough, even if the temp soars above 100 degrees as it did yesterday... WTF, it's a dry heat, and the full-length metal awnings on the east & west sides of my home provide plenty o' shade, just gotta be careful not to spill your beer on the ladder (don't ask me how I know this, LOL). Last pair o' pics show the middle unit in the guest B/R, it's nicely seated & braced but I still have to do the framing or trim work inside & out, it works with that ghetto duct tape job but I want it done right before the weather REALLY gets hot. Meh, at least all three units crank and my home is nice and cool inside... that's the main priority here, though I want the units to look good too, no permanent ghetto 'hood rat tape jobs allowed, they are VERBOTEN, LOL. :confused:

Here are some shots of one completed bathroom, I'm still putting some finishing touches on the other:

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Didn't originally intend to have so many mirrors in the bathroom, but I found that oaken tri-panel cabinet at a thrift shop for $15, and it makes a great medicine chest, LOL. Not that I take any medicine, but I can put all my first aid stuff in there, plus a bunch of other odds & ends, aye? I masked that rectangular cabinet, vanity box, whatever ya call it over the sink, spray-painted it, then cut a cedar fence plank to serve as a shelf... doesn't look bad, and I can stash a few items there which I regularly use. Still gotta swap out the sinks in the bathrooms with white ones I bought awhile ago, got a deal on 'em down in Sierra Vista. Honestly, with this train wreck of a fixer, the only criterion I have when restoring stuff is: "Does it look better than it did before? SOLD!!!" ;)

Reminds me of the Colonel, I can hear him roaring now: "GODDAM!!! WE'RE NOT BUILDING THE TAJ MAHAL!!!" Good ol' Colonel, he was in the Corps of Engineers during WWII (always called it "The Corpse"), and he went on to build roads in Saudi Arabia as a civil engineer under contract. He once told us of a truck which was stopped at a nearby checkpoint, the guards had opened the wagon and they were giving the driver a hassle... thunder rolled down from the throne in the form of a phone call, and the guards hastily closed the wagon doors and sent the rig on its way. Truck was full o' booze, SUPPOSEDLY for diplomats visiting the Saudi palace, since all good Muslims don't drink, LOL... "Yeah, right." :rolleyes:

ANYWAY, I GOTTA RUN, IT'S GONNA GET HOT HERE AGAIN TODAY, AND I WANNA GET THAT TRIM WORK DONE ON THOSE A/C UNITS... CHEERS!!! :cool:

P.S. Wall decor in that bathroom may seem cluttered to some folks, but that's the bathroom closest to the Pool Room, and I want guests to have stuff to look at while they're unloading some o' that beer between rounds of pool, LOL. Besides, I like having mementos of past adventures in sight as I brush my teeth, shave & whatnot, makes for happy memories, AYE??? Better than BAD memories, LOL. :eek:
 
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"LONGNECK ICE-COLD BEER NEVER BROKE MY HEART!!!" :rolleyes:

Dunno why that redneck tune is stuck in my head, I've been singing it since daybreak, LOL. I even found a video which proves that... er... dimensionally-challenged rednecks can STILL hit the BIG-TIME, 10-4? :eek:


I like the part where the football kicker misses the goal, I'm thinking he did NOT see any action after the game... too bad, those cheerleaders looked pretty good, the chump should've made the kick, LOL. :confused:

Since we're on the redneck theme, here are some pics I snapped in the WallyWorld parking lot yesterday:

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Damn, gotta love the door on that lifted rig, it makes a full-on redneck statement, don'tcha know??? And that ol' bike would be PERFECT for riding to the Stronghold, I'll buy one just like it when I get back to work, WOOHOO!!! Of course, my bike will actually have grips, inflated front tire, and an operational motor, LOL. :D

Well, reckon I'll head back to the ol' hacienda and pull more home rehab, the problem with home rehab work is that it doesn't complete itself... and if ya ever figure out a way to make it do this, you'll be an overnight billionaire, no worries, LOL. Folks will call ya "The Home Rehab Baron"---meh, better than having 'em call you dirty names, or worse yet, late for dinner, "10-DASH-FO'???" ;)

CHEERS, YOUSE KNUCKLEHAIDS!!! ER... I MEAN YOUSE NAUTICAL HEE-ROES!!! LOL... KEEP ON SAILING!!! AND YOUSE ARMCHAIR EXPERTS, KEEP ON SAILING THEM THAR TALL-RIGGED LA-Z-BOY RECLINERS!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! :cool:
 
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Honeybees partying on my birdbath this weekend, looks like Fiesta Time, LOL... :eek:

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Last shot shows Crackhead mackin' his crunchies... I had some minor woodworking projects laid out on the dining room table, just so I could mark where to drill instead of doing it out in the heat, and Crackhead had to jump up and distract me, probably thought he could get me to make a mistake in my measurements, LOL. ;)

GOTTA RUN, I HAVE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A TRUCKING OUTFIT TODAY... MIGHT TURN OUT TO BE A DECENT LOCAL DRIVING GIG, RUNNING THE SCENIC AND UNCROWDED HIGHWAYS OF SOUTHEASTERN ARIZONA. :rolleyes:
 

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Drove a big ol' extended-hood Petercar yesterday... it felt good to be behind the wheel of a truck again, cruising that land yacht down a scenic and deserted highway during my "road test" (which involved a run to deliver grain from brewery mash to a dairy feedlot). The hood of the truck was ginormous, a skilled pilot could land aircraft on it, no worries, LOL. I'll probably wind up in a FreightShaker, hauling powdered limestone from a mine to some delivery point in Buckeye, not a bad gig given my location in Benson, by God, Arizona... and the rig will be parked near the J-6 Ranch, famous back in the day for hosting the Kennedy brothers when they were youths. That means I won't have to drive from Benson to Willcox every day in my own car, which isn't any great distance but enough to rack up a weekly fuel bill. :(

Here are some shots taken during my drive to Willcox yesterday, prior to climbing into the truck... these rocks and crags in Texas Canyon are LARGER than they appear in the photos, but the crags, domes & spires of the Stronghold are MUCH HIGHER, LOL. Still, there are some good crags and boulders in Texas Canyon, but most lie on private property, which means access issues... no fun getting blasted with rock salt (or double-aught buck) while pulling some high desert route or boulder problem, 10-4? Property owner might even break out the Mini-14 ranch rifle for sport, or raise the ante by breaking out the Weatherby .460 elephant rifle... CRACK!!! And there goes the dime-thin edge you were holding, along with four fingers & a thumb, LOL. Damn, I hate it when that happens!!! :eek:

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Hey, in that last pic, you can see a truck in my side mirror... I must have just blown past it before taking the shot, LOL. Interstate highway speed limit in this area is 75 m.p.h., which suits me fine... the speed limits on lesser highways (like the one on which I drove the truck) are a bit lower, ranging from 55 to 65 m.p.h., not that I'll care when I'm getting paid by the hour. :rolleyes:

Here are some pics of breakfast time in the kitchen this morning, with Crackhead lording it over the others by eating on the counter... we also have some shots of Phoenix & Tiger on the slab under the awning on the east side of our home, all the kittehs love the concrete slabs in the shade because they're much cooler than being under the blazing sun in the yard, LOL. :)

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That little Phoenix cat sure is a cutie, but she's still shy, though she's starting to come around & she's playing with the other kittehs in the yard. Same goes for our home, I can hear the stampeding paws of all three cats as they chase each other from one end of our home to the other, usually at 0400 or some other ungodly hour, LOL. :confused:

Last but not least, we have a shot of the raft-up in my birdbath this morning, these goldurned honeybees treat my birdbath as if it's their own private resort!!! While I was doing dishes in the kitchen sink this morning, I looked out to see an intrepid bee hop aboard one of those wooden cheese knives... the morning breeze and the windage on the bee itself caused the cheese knife to "sail" across the pond!!! I dried my hands and grabbed my camera to record this feat, but the pesky bee took off as I arrived at the birdbath... I'll have to keep the camera in a handier location, that way I won't waste time trying to grab it as such voyages are made, LOL. ;)

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Damn, you'd think it was Club Med or some such nonsense!!! Next thing ya know, those pesky bees will be raiding my fridge and drinking all my beer!!! The BLASTED VARMINTS!!! Anyway, y'all have a BEE-YOO-TI-FUL DAY!!! I'm off to call the CA DMV to order an MVR for this trucking outfit, ya already know those DMV wanks will be out to lunch (b@stards are ALWAYS out to lunch), but that means I can drink more beer while I'm on hold, listening to muzak... BONUS!!! :D

CHEERS, YOUSE NAUTICAL HEROES!!! I EXPECT THE GOLDURNED HONEYBEES TO HOLD REGATTAS IN MY BIRDBATH PRONTO... OR THEY'LL HOLD BEER CAN RACES (while drinking MY beer), THE VARMINTS!!! :mad:
 

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Since I'll be starting a new job, I decided to upgrade my transpo... I picked up this later-model rig to replace The Mighty '02 Camry, and I only paid $1500 on top of the trade-in, WAHOO!!! Whaddy'all think, did I SCORE, or WHAT??? :eek:

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Pretty goldurned STYLIN' if ya ask me, should be a big hit with the local ladies... some of these redneck country gals are surprisingly sophisticated, ya can't just pick 'em up in ANY old rig, you savvy??? My new ride should make an elegant & impressive statement when I pull into the trailer park to pick up my latest date!!! :rolleyes:

Hey, here's some ol' hippie's tie-dyed Bug, it even says so on the plate, LOL:

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Pretty trick paint job, but the headlight lashes gotta go... not manly enough, LOL. [Loud denial buzzer sounds here.] I saw this Bug down in Sierra Vista... or UP in Sierra Vista, since the town lies at a higher elevation, even if it is to the south of Benson. :confused:
 

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I went to S.V. (or Sierra Vista) to pick up some wildlife guides and USFS maps, including a topo map of the Stronghold... threw down about $100, but I now have the kind of field guides I like, the laminated menu-style guides which easily unfold and show all the critters in full color. Much better than trying to leaf through a book and find the critter ya want, aye? Check 'em out, the Stronghold topo map is NOT pictured, too much trouble to bring it into the library, unfold & photograph it:

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That snake guide was an unexpected bonus, I've been trying to identify the "medicine snake" which crossed my driveway a few days ago... after getting a good close look at the snake in front of my home, I went inside and started calling around to find some field guides for wildlife, and as I was casually looking through the listings for Benson in a thin Cochise County phone book which arrived in the mail about a week ago, I stumbled across the fateful listing for the trucking outfit, LOL. One thing led to another, I drove to the trucking yard and spoke to the folks in charge, and now I'm gonna start driving for the outfit on "gravy train" runs, making good money while cruising a big ol' land yacht down some of these scenic desert highways... had I NOT seen the snake crossing my driveway, I NEVER would've stumbled across the listing for this trucking outfit, 10-4??? MEDICINE SNAKE!!! :cool:

The family that owns this trucking outfit is LOADED with cash too, so I reckon my paychecks won't bounce, LOL... actually, I already filled out the form for direct deposit, life is easier that way. Say, when I drove to Sierra Vista this morning, I took the scenic route through Tombstone, as I do at every opportunity... I was also on a mission to locate the gunsmith I met in Big-Nose Kate's Saloon last time I was in town, that hand was hilarious. I found the inn he and his wife operate, and I left a note on the gunsmith's office or shop door to the side. Wonderful weather in this area today, as y'all can see from the photos in these posts. It's warm but still nice & dry, so the heat feels good... good enough for me to get out of the car now and then to photograph trippy stuff, LOL. Here's an old school "hearse" in Tombstone, complete with skeletons, "ARRRRRRRRR!!!" :eek:

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Three skeletons in all, one driving, one sitting up & one laid out in back, LOL. Typical Tombstone tourist cheese, but that burg still has plenty o' Western history, and I love drinking beer in those old saloons and historic buildings!!! The Crystal Palace still has 19 bullet holes in the original ceiling, dunno whether the holes were created as rowdy cowboys celebrated or some gunfights went awry, LOL. Must have been a roaring town in its heyday, and of course the "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" is part of American lore... the real deal back in the day, nowadays the action is in the cities with ghetto hood rats blazing away during drive-by shootings, pffffft. No hood rats out here in rural and semi-rural Arizona, these hardcore rednecks would use the hood rats for target practice, and good riddance. Funny how that works, with practically no crime in my neighborhood... everyone is strapped, so the perps are nervous, LOL. :confused:

Y'ALL BE GOOD, I'M OFF TO THE OL' HACIENDA TO DRINK A COLD BEER AND PULL SOME MORE HOME REHAB... SOON I'LL BE CRUISING IN A LAND YACHT AND I'LL SIMPLY FARM OUT THE REMAINING TASKS, LOL. :rolleyes:

WTF, I'VE BEEN SLAVING AWAY FOR 3 1/2 MONTHS, NOW MY HOME IS WORTH DOUBLE WHAT I PAID FOR IT... CHEERS!!! ;)

P.S. According to my newly-acquired field guide, the "medicine snake" was a Coachwhip, classic Western name for a good-looking reptile, y'all should've seen him hanging from the lower branches of a mesquite bush out front, enjoying the shade and the cool breeze with most of his length off the hot ground, his head resting on a fork in the branches... dude looked straight back at me when I approached to inspect him, LOL. I already knew he was NOT a rattler, seen plenty of those during my hiking & climbing days, 10??? I went back inside to grab the camera, but by the time I returned to the mesquite bush, the snake was gone... he's a fast mover, LOL. Personally, I don't mind non-venemous snakes around my home, they keep the rodents down, same way lizards keep the bugs down... problem is, all three kittehs like hunting lizards, so the dead reptiles wind up decorating my home or property. :D
 
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"O, what a beautiful morning... O, what a beautiful day!!!" :rolleyes:

LOL, no, I am NOT high on crack, just loving life in this Redneck Paradise!!! The mornings here are so cool and pleasant due to the elevation, while the views are absolutely amazing!!! I even climbed onto my roof to snap a few pics this morning, the weather was so fine:

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Man, the quality & purity of the light & sunshine here are EXCELLENT, probably why astronomers built an observatory on Mt. Graham, which isn't too far from my home. That peak rises above 10,000' in elevation, so the night skies are tremendously clear... hell, they're clear as a bell where I live, and my home *only* lies at 3624' (according to my friend's smart phone). Guess I'll hafta break down and buy a smart phone for this new job, as an old rogue dinosaur I've been putting off the event, simply using my El Cheapo Verizon Star Trek flip-phone, LOL. Meh, the good news is that another friend told me I can use that new smart phone in conjunction with my two Samsung 6 Series big screen TVs... learn something new every day, LOL. Guess I gotta drag my tired @$$ outta the Stone Age at some point, but I sometimes wish I could go back to using smoke signals for communication. Ah, the good old days!!! :confused:

Hey, one of those pesky honeybees actually STUNG ME this morning as I watered the fruit trees I planted, I always top off or replace the water in the birdbath when I do this, aye? So the little b@stard got me under the arm, just below the bicep in a sensitive area... hurt for a minute or two, then it began to itch like the devil so I scratched it, now the underside of my arm is bright red, LOL. Not quite tomato red, but pretty goldurned red... I don't have any allergy to bee stings, or anything else as far as I know, but this sting sure brought out the color, kinda like an Arizona sunset, LOL. Here are two shots of the pesky bees, next time I get stung I'm gonna bust out the hydrojet, make like "THE TERMINATOR" and BLAST the bees off my birdbath, don'tcha know? Might hafta add insult to injury: "GET A JOB, YOUSE BUMS!!! AND TURN IN THOSE OBAMA PHONES FOR ALARM CLOCKS!!!" ;)

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Yeah, that'll go over well with the colony... they'll probably start vandalizing my property, slashing my tires, etc. I bet the culprit who stung me is in these pics, probably that bee riding the wooden cheese knife... "DAMNED SURFERS!!!" Some of those pesky surfers are extremely territorial, maybe the bee who stung me thought I was gonna drop in on him in the birdbath... "MY WAVE!!!" LOL. I can hear the 350-lb. Hawaiian honeybee now: "YA LIKUM BEEF, YA STUPID HAOLE?!?" [Cue the Batman comic effects...] BAM!!! POW!!! SOCK'EM UP!!! Maybe throw in some Gleason: "STRAIGHT TO THE MOON!!!" Was that Jackie Gleason? I can't remember, I suffer from advanced CRS in my dotage, LOL. Y'all must think I'm high on crack right now, but that's okay, I forgive ya... I must admit, I WILL be celebrating with some cold beer later, AFTER I run all the errands I have on my slate for the day. Hey, pretty soon I'll be thundering down some scenic desert highways in a big ol' land yacht, cruising at 75+ m.p.h., LOL. :cool:

Here are two final pics for the day, shots of Crackhead doing his usual Crackerhead thing, LOL:

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He's a goofy cat, but he certainly has personality, the same could probably be said for his master... er... make that butler, LOL. Meh, it's all good, life is looking up, we'll be BBQing filet mignons instead of yardbird here pronto, 10-4??? Crackhead will undoubtedly steal some of my beer outta the fridge as I look the other way, but WTF, a cat has to have fun too, aye??? Okay, I'm off to WallyWorld to buy the things I need for this weekend, and YES, that includes more BEER, LOL. In case y'all haven't figured it out yet, beer is an ENDANGERED SPECIES on my property, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! If only the wildlife authorities knew, they'd probably crack hard on me, and I'd wind up breaking rocks in the hot sun for the next 20 years... no fun there, that's for sure. Hey, I may buy a Yamaha YZ450F for riding to the Stronghold, I saw one in good shape and the sale price is within my range!!! Of course, I'd ride it in other venues as well, but my priority mission is to ride a bike out to the Stronghold so I can access the crags from the west side of the Dragoon Mountains. :)

HELLER OFFROADING & WORLD-CLASS TECHNICAL ROCK CLIMBING OUT THERE... THE STRONGHOLD ROCKS!!! [No pun intended, LOL.] CHEERS!!! :D

P.S. I've decided that whenever I have long weekends or a little vacay time with this trucking outfit, I'm gonna rip out to Dago and cram as much sailing in as possible, LOL... stay on the cheap with family or friends, and rent boats as needed, maybe buy another boat and leave it over there somewhere on the property of a friend or family member, that way I could spend several days on the water, LOL. Bust out the wide-brimmed sombrero & SPF 50!!! :cool:
 
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KITTEHS!!!

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When I feed the cats in the morning, each cat gets his or her own plate, but every so often I'll throw down an an extra plate in the afternoon or early evening... guess all three kittehs were hungry this time around. Somehow, that kitchen floor reminds me of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LOL. Ain't Phoenix a cutie lying atop that dresser? Ya can't tell from these shots, but she has white booties & gloves along with those other markings... Tiger & Crackhead are goofing off by the shed in those last two pics. :rolleyes:

WELL, TIME TO CHECK OUT SMART PHONES AT WALLYWORLD, I MAY NEED ONE FOR THIS NEW JOB... GOTTA FIND SOMETHING COMPATIBLE WITH MY SAMSUNG 6 SERIES TVs, AYE??? CHEERS!!! :cool:
 

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The other "space cadet" poster in my room, I think it came out of a National Geographic magazine---dare I say it?---many MOONS ago, BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Damn, I must be jonesing for entertainment to crack a bad joke or pun like that... anyway, here's the poster:

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Pretty cool poster, no true sailor's home is complete without one, LOL... I put this bad boy up on a wall in my master bedroom, so even when I'm lying on my rack I can see the moon, aye? :rolleyes:

The poster shows phases of the moon, size comparisons to other satellites in the solar system, paths of revolution, a blurb on the tides, all that good stuff... it's a very comprehensive map, don'tcha know??? :eek:

For some reason, as I peacefully lay resting on my rack this morning, this poster got me thinking of tides & currents... all experienced sailors should be familiar with the moon's effects upon the earth. :D

I used to love sailing Laser #2069 during new & full phases of the moon, when I could work the spring tides for maximum benefit on each voyage, riding the ebb out of San Diego Bay, patrolling the beach in Coronado or sailing farther offshore, then riding the flood back up the channel once the tide had turned. An excellent program, this working of the tides... how ancient mariners & fishermen used to do it whenever they could. :)

Of course, the configuration of San Diego Bay made this even more advantageous, the effect of tides on a more open bay would NOT be so great. But in Dago, the best voyages---where a skipper could cover maximum ground in the shortest possible time---were made when a high spring tide occurred around 0800, by the time the breeze picked up at 1000 hours the current was moving swiftly in the main channel, and a skipper could literally ride that current (and ebb tide) right out of the bay. On such days, I would routinely log 25 or 30 nautical miles, especially with a good breeze in the forecast. :cool:

Just patrolling the beach in Coronado would rack up 5 or 6 miles with multiple passes, a full reach or run down the Silver Strand to Venereal Beach---Imperial Beach, CA, they cleaned it up a bit since the old days, LOL---would add another 6 or 7 miles, and I would always stand offshore for a number of miles before heading toward Point Loma and the main channel. Voyages to Los Coronados and back would push the total closer to 45 nautical miles, but I usually broke those voyages in two by spending the night out there in paradise... however, I still worked the tides at the Dago end, LOL. :rolleyes:

Funny thing about a strong current in the main channel: every once in awhile, you'd see a channel buoy which appeared to be "steaming" under its own power, its "wake" actually showing the direction of the current. If the buoy was leaning against its anchor chain and cable, it heightened the effect of this illusion, as if the buoy were "bending on the knots" while holding an opposite course. One of them thar "HIGH-SPEED CHANNEL BUOYS!!!" Don't see them too often, LOL... ;)

If the buoy was level, it'd usually be covered with sleeping sea lions, those critters love to haul themselves out and take a well-deserved nap in the sun. I was sailing with a date one time and she asked me to cruise right by one buoy with several sea lions sleeping on it... as we sailed past, she reached out and patted the closest critter, saying "Nice doggie!!!" The startled sea lion awoke with a roar, rearing up to his full height... I thought the 500-lb. critter was gonna leap off the buoy and capsize our boat, but we slid out of danger and the sea lion settled back down to rest. A close call, as I never expected the gal to do that, but no harm, no foul, LOL. :confused:

Thus endeth my tedious sermonizing for the day, you small craft sailors on the coast (of whichever country) should all familiarize yourselves with the tides, phases of the moon, etc., and use them to your maximum advantage whenever possible. Sure, you can sail over an unfavorable tide, but that adds time to your voyage, whereas "working the tides" lets you quickly cover much ground and distance. Those sailors who live near river mouths and deltas, you can use a flood tide to assist you if you venture upriver any distance, the flood tide will help lessen the effect of the usual river current. And THAT is my spiel for the day, y'all be good and stay outta trouble, LOL. ;)

Hey, "T-Bone!!!" If ya read this, know that I was thinking of ya when I wrote it, aye??? That's my best friend Tommy whose family ran the surf shop in Coronado for so many years, he's a bad@$$ paddleboarder who has made many voyages in his own right, even competing in one of those "inter-island paddleboard races" over in Hawaii. I think it was a 32-mile run between Maui & Molokai, maybe the other way round, I've never been to those islands, LOL. Open ocean paddling, though, plenty dangerous... I think he said it was a downwind run too, which always helps, beats a hard slog to windward through rough chop with spray continually dousing ya and hungry 2-ton Great Whites circling your board, LOL. :eek:

WELL, I'M OFF TO TOWN TO RESUPPLY, FORGOT TO PICK UP A SWEET ONION FOR THE BAKED CHICKEN & RICE I'M MAKING TONIGHT, AND I CAN ALWAYS USE MORE BEER, LOL... CHEERS!!! :rolleyes:
 
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The crew at ease... those knuckleheaded youngsters like to chew on the moccasins & socks in my room, the blasted varmints!!! They also like chewing on my Vans Hi-Tops (not shown), for some reason they like the laces on those skate shoes, LOL. :confused:

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Sunday will be my 57th birthday, so I bought an early present for myself, this combo photo & artwork of a sloop making a "NIGHT RUN" (the name of the signed work), a thrift shop bargain at $12.50, and worth every penny as yet another reminder of all the good times I had sailing in the past. It looks good on that one wall, the framed picture is large so it fills a gap in the decor, LOL. :rolleyes:

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Here we have the two youngsters again, Phoenix sure is a little cutie standing on a chair to eat alongside Tiger, LOL. She's a pretty cat with those white booties & gloves, plus those other white markings... Tiger is better camouflaged for coyote country, 10-4? :eek:

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Last but not least, we have a shot of all three kittehs, plus two final shots of Crackhead scratching the comfy thrift shop chair I bought in Show Low for a whopping $15, we sure have gotten some mileage out of that chair, LOL. I don't mind the cats scratching furniture in my home, EXCEPT for the leather motorized reclining sofa, which they tear up anyway... I call it "the $1100 SCRATCHING POST!!!" ;)

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I'm thinking that blasted varmint would make a good bowman aboard a maxi sled or racing boat, just stick him in a harness and watch him go, yeah? Problem aloft with rig or sail??? CRACKHEAD TO THE RESCUE!!! DON'T MIND THE CLAW MARKS, TEARS & SCRATCHES ON THOSE HIGH-DOLLAR SAILS OR THAT CARBON FIBER MAST!!! CRACKHEAD WILL GET THE JOB DONE, NO WORRIES!!! :cool:
 
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Drove up Mt. Lemmon yesterday with my friend Matt, this peak is above Tucson and it rises above 9000' in elevation, so it qualifies as a "sky island" here in southern Arizona... nice and cool up on the mountain, with forested areas and primo crags for climbing, but the peak is too close to the city and it's the nearest place where Tucson residents can escape the heat, so we saw plenty of tourists and half a dozen badges getting an early start on the holiday weekend. I enjoyed the recon, but I have better areas closer to my home in Benson, primo wilderness areas with no tourists or badges in sight... much more my style, since there's so much more personal freedom in the wilderness. Anyway, here are some pics taken during our recon:

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Temp in the mid-70s up on the mountain, over 100 degrees down in Tucson, LOL. We cut the A/C in the Mighty Camry and rolled our windows down so we could smell the pines... the aromatic resin was an added bonus, aye? :rolleyes:
 

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Some more pics:

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Nice correlation between elevation and latitude on that signboard... that sixth shot shows ski lift equipment scorched in earlier wildfires, hard to envision skiing here on a summer day, LOL. Once we drove down the mountain, we went to a VW shop where Matt had previously purchased a rail for offroading in Colorado, the sand paddles were shot so the shop owner threw in those cheesy stock rims & used tires for the tow job. Matt is a heller mechanic, so he'll fix that rail and make it sweet, should be fun for bombing around, yeah? :eek:
 

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Last but not least, this classic VW Bug was in the lot:

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Sweet Bug, I'd love to have it... but I'd probably buy the bus instead and add a full roof rack for camping, LOL. Nice Deadhead sticker on the VW... that ol' Chevy was cool too, but not my choice of color, that pumpkin orange (loud denial buzzer sounds here). Forgot to rotate that eighth shot of my "Historical Map of England & Wales" prior to posting, but you heroes will figure it out... the map was made in Edinburgh, Scotland, back in the day, it's on some sort of cloth paper or paper cloth, pretty cool with the coat of arms for each city shown around the edges. :cool:

GOTTA RUN, I'M DRIVING TO SIERRA VISTA TODAY TO BAG SOME MATERIALS FOR HOME REHAB WORK THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND... WHEN I'M NOT DRINKING BEER AND FIRING UP MY BBQ, I'LL BE KNOCKING OUT SOME TASKS ON MY PROPERTY, LOL. :rolleyes:

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO ALL AMERIKANERS!!! LOL... CHEERS!!! ;)
 
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Literally had a blast while watching the fireworks show last night, LOL... so far, my holiday weekend is off to a good start. Got some pics for youse nautical heroes, but first... KITTEHS!!! :rolleyes:

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There's a large walk-in closet in my master bedroom, but I never use it for anything except storage, so I put some old bath rugs and blankets in there for the kittehs... they like sleeping in there, it's like a ginormous cat cave, LOL. Same goes for the cabinets over the fridge, I never use them because they're too impractical to reach, so I let the cats kick back in there... that's Crackhead sounding off, and Tiger stopping by to visit, LOL. :cool:
 

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Round #2 of pics:

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With temps in the 100s lately, that snowman had better find work soon, LOL. He belonged to me dear departed mum, so I found a place for him in the kitchen. Hey, ya like my Queen Mary playing cards? Those are stylin'... almost as stylin' as the deck of ship cards made in Germany. My pop the submarine commander bought those cards for us when my family lived in Europe so many decades ago, the cards are pretty cool even though they're dated. I can hear my deceased dad now:

"SON, THIS SHIP WOULD MAKE A FINE TARGET!!!" :confused:

That German tall ship is classic, somehow the name makes me think somebody stubbed his toe, LOL. ;)
 
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