Laser Island Voyages Back In The Day

Round #3 of pics:

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Goldurnit, I rotated those last six cards in my camera before transferring them to my computer, now they're on their sides again... torpedoed by my dad, no doubt. Hey, there's the Queen Mary again, before she wound up in Wrong Beach, Kalifornia. Guess no deck of ship cards would be complete without the obligatory chumpish Russian vessel named "LENIN"---pfffffft, looks like the typical ugly Russian rustbucket, LOL. :eek:
Round #4 of pics:

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That knucklehaid Tiger sure likes to sprawl across the kitchen floor... last seven shots are of the fireworks show, the show was excellent but I had a hard time catching the bursts on camera, there's a lag between pressing the camera button and having the shutter open... and I watched the show from my front yard, so I wasn't as close as I could've been, aye? Still, it was a good show which went on for some time, not a bad display for a relatively small town. I was also trying to catch the crescent moon in these pics, but my Canon cam wasn't up to the job, LOL... hey, that one pic looks like an atomic bomb blast, complete with mushroom cloud!!! I can see today's headline in the local rag:


Hate it when that happens, LOL. Gotta run, I'm fixing the door on the shed and I need a new handle, it's one of those cheesy RV doors so a regular screen door handle will work. That means a run to Home Depot in Sierra Vista, perhaps by way of Tombstone, 10-4? I'm thinking a cold beer in Big-Nose Kate's Saloon might taste pretty darned good, even though my fridge at home is chockablock with beer, LOL. :rolleyes:

My holiday weekend went well, I managed to fix my shed door and I added a bulletproof new hasp for security, plus I rerouted that water line I've been meaning to do for some time. The rerouting task was easy enough, just had to wait for the right conditions under the carport. Had a pleasantly cool morning yesterday, so I knocked out the rerouting... PVC work is quite simple, really, somehow it reminds me of making models as a youth back in the '60s & '70s, LOL. I only have two tasks left on my home rehab list: replacing all window screens and repairing the skirting down the west side of the double-wide, I'll do the screens first and save the ugly skirting job for last, LOL. In fact, I'll start the screens today, I can put some thin plywood sections atop the covered pool table and use the lot as a workbench, doing the screens one at a time in the comfort of indoor A/C, yeah? I'll do the skirting in the early morning hours, taking as many days as necessary to complete that ugly task... it'll probably go faster than expected, once I actually get started on the job. This final stretch of home rehab is always the toughest... one gets burned out on doing it after 4+ months of rehab work. :confused:

Took some pics of the sky the other evening, and as it grew dark I flipped the Canon cam into "Creative Shots" mode, you can see the results as the timeline progresses:

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Pretty cool, huh? The clouds are real, but I guess the Canon cam threw in a fake moon in some pics... we just had a new moon on 7/2, so no way it's that big yet, LOL. Which reminds me, I noticed on my wall calendar that there are TWO new moons this month, kind of like an offset parallel to the better-known full "Blue Moon" in astronomy. Perhaps we can call this a "New Blue Moon" or a "Blue New Moon" on 7/31, I'm sure the New Age folks will be overjoyed, it'll be a bonus for them... according to New Agers, the kind of day one has on the day of the new moon determines what kind of month lies ahead. Roman calendar months don't really figure into this equation, it's all based upon the lunar cycle. However, I imagine the interval is roughly the same as it is for the regular "Blue Moon"---2 years and 9 months if I correctly remember my astronomy, no reason why it should be any different for the new moon when one counts the calendar months. Just an odd bit of trivia for youse nautical heroes, and a "heads up" for New Age types, LOL. :rolleyes:
Round #2 of pics:

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Tiger sure likes those camp chairs on the deck, they are supremely comfortable, LOL. Middle shots show Tiger & Phoenix sharing a bowl of milk, I let 'em have a small bowl every so often so their bones grow strong... Tiger is almost as large as Crackhead now, while Phoenix remains the smallest of the trio. There's Crackhead "break dancing" on the carpet, all the cats do this but Crackhead does it the most, I guess he has rhythm in his soul, LOL. I like the way the afternoon sun shines on my bottle collection this time of year, won't last long at the northern end of the building with the sun already heading for more southerly latitudes after the summer solstice... another week or two and the sun will no longer angle through these north-facing windows. Last but not least, we have Phoenix lying atop the covered pool table, all the kittehs do this so they can enjoy the spectacular view, LOL. Little Phoenix always looks so SE-WIOUS, one would think that like Atlas she had the weight of the world on her shoulders... she has come a long way since her arrival, only took two months for some of that shyness to wear off, she was practically feral when I rescued her. :eek:

Well, my window screens are all done, except for those I'm deliberately leaving off: the window closest to my rack in the master bedroom, the kittehs like going in & out of that one when the temp is cool, plus the kitchen window which is in a crooked frame anyway, I like seeing all the birds in the yard without looking through a screen while I'm prepping food or doing the dishes, aye? Even a new screen, but there's no point in swapping out the old one for the kitchen, I'll never open that particular window anyway, the smaller slider next to it works just fine on breezy days. Here are some shots taken over the past two days:

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There's my "workbench" for fixing the screens, LOL... I didn't bother buying the little wheeled tool for the screens, I just used that driver & that flat washer you see in the photos. Took a few shots between beers while watching "HAMBURGER HILL" last night... another free DVD from the Benson Public Library. Little Phoenix sure is a cutie, but Tiger is on track to rival Sage in size, he's already about as large as Crackhead and he's growing every day, LOL. That plant with the flowers started life as a weed in my yard, but now that it's blooming I'm giving it a reprieve, LOL... probably transplant it over by the fence and see if it survives, I like the colorful flowers in the high desert. :rolleyes:
A couple more shots of that flowering plant, a "volunteer" as me dear departed mum used to say:

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Dunno what kind of plant that is, I'll have to look it up in my guides, but anything with flowers is a keeper in my book, LOL. That sign was given to me by Friend Doug (not a Quaker), he's the one who cooks that kick@$$ craft moonshine, guy ought to cook shine for the masses and make some serious money, LOL. Anyway, Doug, if you read this, there's your sign, 10-4? The kittehs like those walkways I put up for them, and that "ladder" to the roof... I used cedar fence planks for all that, the planks are only $2 each plus chump change, no worries. I used odd bits of hardware to mount them, stuff I scrounged from the property and "repurposed" to save a dollar or two, LOL. I'm gonna wrap those walkways round the corner and create another "ladder" to the roof, that way the kittehs will have two ways on & off, always good to have options when you're a cat, LOL. The walkways also make fine ledges for the kittehs to lie on and sun themselves (or grab some shade), the breeze usually makes these aerial walkways quite pleasant... I'm probably the only fool in Benson who does this sort of thing for his cats, but WTF, this is their home too and I want them to enjoy it as much as I do, aye? :rolleyes:
Kitteh shots for the weekend, I'm still using free library Wi-Fi as I finish the home rehab, free library DVDs on the 65" curved screen for entertainment at night, LOL. Football season is fast approaching, gotta get that rigged up at the house before the regular season opener. This library is closed on weekends, go figure, but one can still get on the Interwebs by parking in front of the building and glomming onto the web, provided one is willing to sit in a hot car (loud denial buzzer sounds here). Arizona sun is FIERCE: even though the A/C cranks in the Mighty Camry, it's hard-pressed to counter the sun beating down on metal and glass. :confused:

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Kittehs love rolling in the dirt, but they seem to shake off most of it before entering our home, so no worries. Little Phoenix sure is a cutie, but she can't keep up with Tiger's growth, he's already a monster for his age. There's Crackhead messing around during playtime, my favorite activity is "BOWLING FOR KITTEHS!!!" That's where I hurl those jingle balls downrange (indoors) and watch the cats pile up on one another as they chase each ball, LOL. Our home has a floor plan ideal for bowling, there's a long corridor angling between architectural islands. Last shot shows "Undercover Crackhead" asleep between camo sheets on our rack, dunno if that camo pattern is helping him much, LOL. :rolleyes:

Was gonna drive up Mt. Graham today, but the questionable cloud cover put me off... I want nice clear pics showing 150-mile views from the summit, which lies over 10,700' in elevation. There's even an observatory high on the mountain because the night skies are tremendously clear, one can see a million stars overhead, and the stars are BRIGHT like freakin' LEDs... hard to beat stargazing at elevation in Arizona, away from all the cities and other sources of pollution. I'll probably drive up Mt. Graham early next week, I wanna catch a day when the long views can be recorded with my Canon cam, it might've been okay today but I wanna be sure, since it'll be an all-day excursion, aye??? :cool:

Wait, for those unfamiliar with the Stronghold, here are some pics from the best set of guidebooks available:

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Could go on here, but ya gets the picture, LOL... not only does the Stronghold have world-class climbing, the views from the crags, domes & spires are INSANE, this huge natural stone fortress is truly amazing!!! These guidebooks are excellent, very well done in the compilation with good clear route descriptions & markings... some of those hardcore gals climb better than most guys, "Sturm und Drang" all the way, LOL. :eek:

My cat Crackhead has been hittin' the sauce lately, caught him this morning sprawled across my bar:

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First it was beer missing from my fridge, now it's bottled booze levels sinking like the Titanic [sob], if this keeps up I'm gonna revoke his driving privilege and lock him down, LOL. Might even present him with a bill for booze consumed, 10-4? The blasted varmint!!! I don't care so much about the cheap vodka, but leave my rum & tequila alone!!! And stay outta my Wild Turkey!!! BAD KITTEH!!! :mad:
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Angling for catfish with "the tail thing"---a plastic wand with a long fake tail attached, had the darned thing for years now and it's looking frayed but it's still hanging tough, LOL. Other pics are bonus kitteh shots:

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Penultimate shot shows Tiger practicing for the ghetto riots: "HANDS UP, DON'T SHOOT!!!" :eek:

Last pic shows some flowers in my yard, don't ask me what they are, but they look pretty cool, LOL. :rolleyes:

Oh, yeah, gotta keep the cue racks covered in the Pool Room this time o' year, otherwise the sun strikes the cues and leaves "tan lines" on the wood, LOL. :confused:

Check out these signs my elderly neighbor has on her fence... gal must be in her 70s or 80s, but she's alright in my book, LOL. One more reason why there's virtually no crime in my neighborhood... even Grandma is strapped & packin', aye? :cool:

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Check the wording around the pistol bore... LOL. :rolleyes:
Sunset yesterday:

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And some bonus shots of the crew:

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That's Tiger doing his best Tyson impersonation in the last photo:

"I IZ DE CHAMPION!!!" [Sees Crackhead] "WHOA, A CONVENIENT EAR TO BITE!!!" :eek:
Damned right... they drink my beer & booze without asking too, the blasted varmints!!! However, I've done some soul searching lately and I *might* head back to the coast, possibly to live aboard a boat, I dunno yet. If I do that, and it's a big IF, I'll probably rehome the kittehs. I like Arizona, there's a whole heap of personal freedom here in the boondocks, but my staying here hinges upon finding steady year-round work, as I'm not retired... wish I were, but I'm not, 10-4? Between my age and the fake charges in Kalifornia, I'm having a rough time finding a decent job. Sometimes I feel like sailing away to Costa Rica, maybe clear to Australia to try my luck elsewhere... or I may just buy another home here in AZ, back toward the White Mountains, I dunno yet. I think I was born in the wrong century, should've been a pirate back when that meant something... board the phat Spanish treasure ship, grab the swag and make a "slow getaway" aboard my old wooden schooner, aye? "CONFUSION TO THE SPANIARDS!!!" LOL... :eek:
Might as well toss in some kitteh shots before I bail:

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Nice mug shot of Phoenix with her nose all scratched up... she has been learning the fine art of scrapping with Tiger & Crackhead, LOL. They usually have fun doing this, looks like someone went overboard. Then there's Tiger, stepping on Crackhead and putting the "Dragon Claw" on his throat while sleeping, 10-4? That little Tiger is something else, LOL. CHEERS!!! :cool:
Tiger pulling hiking practice aboard the wooden privacy screen:

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"Just one sit-up, just one... I can do this!!!" LOL. Woke to some back pain this morning, dunno why except for old age, tossed some of that Cuervo into my breakfast smoothie to take the edge off, aye? ObamaCare at its finest!!! And that ridiculous Hawaiian birth certificate??? "FUHGEDDABOUTIT!!!" :confused:
Had a storm blow through on Friday afternoon & evening, took a few pics of the sky between downpours:

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Okay, that last pic actually shows the youngsters macking on the dining room table, but the sky shots were dramatic, LOL. Had some thunder & lightning as well, but never captured any bolts on camera, too hard to time 'em with the slight delay. Meh, these shots will work... CHEERS!!!

These video clips were taken toward the end of his wall-riding session, when I finally figured out how to shoot video with my Canon camera, so he doesn't get quite as high as he did at the outset, but next time I'll catch him when he's fresh, LOL. He's pretty stylish when he "carves" through the corner and makes the transition from one wall to another... a real skateboarder's cat!!! :rolleyes:


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Don't know how I ended up here, but the first two pages have been some awesome reading!

I didn't see any reference to the book,
"Fly Like A Brick". :)
Thought you'd like the Island Trilogy, those voyages were heaps of fun!!! I still remember each of my three initial voyages to Los Coronados, those were EXACTLY what Laser sailing was all about with me... getting away from the Big City and sailing into the unknown to explore the wilderness. And those islands are WILD, no doubt about it, the Mexican gubmint was actually on the cutting edge when the islands were designated as wildlife sanctuaries back in 1924. Too many "pinche gringos" blasting everything in sight for target practice, you understand... the same idiotic & wasteful mentality that helped wipe out the buffalo in America. Trust mankind to ruin what was once a great country full of wildlife and natural resources... it all boils down to greed, I reckon. :confused:

Spending the night atop Isla Norte still stands as the greatest solo adventure of my life, that was a real treat for this lover of nature, watching a bad@$$ meteor shower while I was literally surrounded by thousands of sea birds, seals, sea lions, etc. A truly amazing night, I wouldn't trade that experience for all the tea in China... "ISLA NORTE" is still my favorite story in that Island Trilogy, although each voyage was heller fun, the scenery magnificent and the solitude extraordinary. My "stealth voyages" are still remembered by friends in my own small circle... nowadays, with tensions ratcheted up between the U.S. and Mexico, I don't think one could do what I did without winding up in a Mexican jail, the boat permanently confiscated and the skipper NOT having a good time, LOL. :eek: