Sunday, May 05, 2019

Just checking in...

I don't really have much to report.  It's quiet around here and getting warmer every now and then.  Now we are up to the mid-80's(29-30C) most days and we probably won't be gettting much more rain for a while.

Haven't really gone anywhere or done anything since my last post.  Well, I've been making good use of the bbq and the smoker but otherwise it's been quiet.  This week I did a personal best when I smoked beef jerky one day and smoked salmon the next day.  There's only so much excitement an old guy like myself can take!  High point of today, after waking up of course, is going to the grocery store and seeing this sign.

I'm not sure if $19.99 is good for Titos but considering it is a new product - VOKDA - I imagine it's good.

I did visit our local marijuana dispensary the other day.  Since it is legal in Nevada, I want to try it again.  I went into the store on Friday early afternoon and they did seem to be doing a fair business.  The other customers were clearly repeat visitors.  I sure felt like the newbie.  We tried some 2 years ago when they first opened and it just didn't do a lot for either of us.  I keep reading about what a huge market it might become and figure this is something I can test personally.  Besides, I was pretty bummed about how dull the stuff was 3 years ago.  I was impressed though that the guy behind the counter could see my previous purchase in their records!

We keep talking about going places but so far something seems to come up to keep us here.  The house was built in 2005 and we've lived here for 10 years.  Things are needing work; nothing big but lots of little stuff.  Well, it's better than not being able to take care of it.  Gotta go.  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Enjoying Spring!

This time of year is often pretty good around here.  It has been windy this year but reasonably warm.  When we haven't been out spraying weeds in our yard we've gotten out and about a bit.

Week before last we visited Death Valley National Park.  The park is absolutely huge and we'd never seen the other side; specifically over by Panamint Springs.  We decided to just drive over and check out the roads.  With the over-62 senior pass it is free to visit so why not?  I was surprised by the number of visitors though I guess I shouldn't have been.  Even in early April the high was going to be 97F (36C) so waiting until later would make it a bit warm.  We ended up taking no photos worth sharing but we did discover that the roads are excellent and wouldn't be a problem at all if we were towing our trailer.  I'm not a huge fan of high and windy roads but this was just fine even if there were places that we were happy they had installed a guard rail.

Then last week we took a bus tour on the Nevada National Security Site.  This is where the majority of our nuclear weapons testing was done back in the day.  Today the site is used for a variety of things where security, space and even nuclear debris is useful.  (They train police and fire fighters on dealing with accidents that include a nuclear component; like the stuff your dentist uses to xray your teeth.)  Public tours are available but they are few and far between, like once a month.  If you are interested in visiting you should sign up around a year in advance!  Really, all remaining tours being offered in 2019 are full.  They are pretty rigorous about security and two of the things you can't bring are cameras and cellphones.  You also need to pass a paperwork security check but after all that you get a 250 mile bus ride.

Anyway, I managed to get onto a board that is supposed to advice the site management on how local people think they are doing.  I've been on the board for several years and we usually get a special tour about once a year.  This year we went to a part of the site I've never visited before where some of the larger underground tests were conducted.  One of the concerns with underground testing is that the ground water can be contaminated with nuclear debris.  The Dept. of Energy has drilled many wells around the test areas to test the ground water.  There are also wells on other federal land outside the site.  Happily the ground water doesn't move a lot out here and testing has shown that the water has traveled off the site but won't reach private lands for several hundred years by which time the radiation danger will be well past.  (The primary traveling nuclide is Trinium which has a half-life of 12+ years; it isn't something that has a half-life of 500 years or anything.)

Finally I drove into Las Vegas the other day to buy a couple things.  On the way there and back I go past Red Rock Canyon which is really quite a beautifully impressive place.  There were zillions of tourists!  There is a sign where people like to stop and take selfies with the sign.  This time a tour bus had stopped there!  Anyway, the rock is really very beautiful and a real attraction for rock climbers.  This photo is from 2010.

On the way home I stopped to get a couple photos of the cactus.  They are having their moment and have lovely blooms.

So we haven't been just sitting around home but have gotten a few miles on the car if nothing else.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a good one.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

We are just hanging around home.

We were all tired out when we came home from our Panama Canal cruise so have planned for this year to be fairly quiet.  Lately, as I've been whining, we've had a full-time job spraying weeds but that is over for a moment or two.  This is a pretty good time of year in Southern Nevada and our daytime temps are squeezing into the 70's (22C) so wandering around is fun.  There are a few things we need to do around the house and this is the time to start in on them.  I'll whine about them when they get underway.

My wife and I are of an age when aches and pains are a regular part of life; therefore ibuprofen.  Unfortunately there are things the miracle drug cannot cure and one of those things has taken a woman whom I only met once but via her husband's blog felt I knew her.  Croft is a guy who liked to write about their travels and his wife Norma was always there keeping him 'in line'.  Lots of us guys need a woman like that and Croft was lucky enough to have found his.  I wish him the best adjusting to the loss of his friend, lover, wife and so much more.

Life here is going on with the usual panache.  The headline on our newspaper this a.m. was that we now have a Starbuck's store!  We had a Starbuck's counter in one of the local grocery stores but I guess that wasn't enough.  I'd put up a link but they haven't updated the website with that burning news.  In other local news, our county, Nye, has been involved in a reality tv show:  Live PD. The sad news is that our local sheriff's officers will not be followed by their film crews from now on.  I'm not sure why we are getting the boot but I expect it is because we don't have a lot of 'action'.  Let's face it, there aren't that many people living here (and most of them are old) so we can only have so many drug busts. There goes our moment of fame.

I manage our investments and I've been fascinated by the marijuana industry that seems to be growing by leaps and bounds.  Part of the reason I find it interesting is that it is legal to possess small amounts in Nevada.  We have a local dispensary for legal recreational and medicinal weed.  We also have a couple other places offering CBD, a non-psychoactive form, that is supposed to have considerable medical uses.  Of course every sleezy salesperson (sorry, financial advisor) is pushing one company or another.  Believe me, I have no special insight and haven't bought anything yet!  There is a lot of interest in Canadian companies since they have legalized marijuana nationally.  There are also the brands that are associated with alcohol distributors but that is also primarily a Canadian connection.  I'll probably buy into some of the Canadian interests only because President Nutbag (I mean Trump) and his idiot Cabinet could turn on marijuana in an instant and amp up the pressure on the states to resind legalization. 

Well, that's what is wandering around in my head today.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


That's my curse word of the day:  weeds!  But I guess that's what happens when you take a moment and turn away. 

Actually we took more than a moment, we took two weeks.  We had a birthday celebration in Washington state so decided to make a trip of it.  We went over to the California coast by driving up highway 95 to Tonopah then on to Reno.  Then we hopped onto I-80 for a few miles and got off right after the Donner Pass onto California 20 and took it all the way to the coast.  That puts you in a little town called Fort Bragg.  Our timing was pretty good:  perfect weather going over the Pass then the next day chains were required!  Then we drove up highway 1 for a few miles until it ended on 101.  Let me tell you, that section of highway 1 is twisty and then some.  From the ocean to 101 was 22 miles and it took over 40 minutes to drive.  Then we just headed north.  It was a very pretty drive and we even managed to check out a few redwood groves.  There was a fair amount of rain and even a little sleet but nothing very serious.

The town we were headed for is Sequim, WA which is out on the Olympic Penninsula.  Of course, being Western Washington, it rained a bit but we lived in the area for something more than 15 years so there was no danger of us melting.  We got to see everyone, sing Happy Birthday and go out to eat a few times then it was time to head back home.  This time we were on familiar roads; south on I-5 then cutting across California back to Reno and down home.  Again the weather was just fine.  In places in California there were two or three feet of snow on the sides of the road but the roads themselves were clean and dry.

My wife is the navigator on our travels.  She uses Garmin software on her pc then enters waypoints in either the car's GPS or the Garmin we use for our truck.  Or sometimes, she uses both.
It's not every guy that has a woman and two machines telling him where to go!  Lucky me!  (Actually we took the Garmin because it has addresses for everyone in it's memory and the car doesn't.)  That photo was taken in the parking lot of our hotel in Sparks, NV.  They have a nice little lake there and we managed to wander around most of it after a day in the car.  I also got to see something I've never seen before in the park area by the lake.
I have absolutely no idea what was intended by whomever placed that sign there.  There wasn't anything really going on there; just a sign on a light post.  I guess it's an especially free area.  

So now I'm home and spraying weed killer like a madman.  We had rain when we were gone so the weeds are growing like crazy.  It will take a few days but I'll get them; every one of them.  On that note, I'll buzz off.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Spring, well, maybe

We are just hanging around enjoying not moving too much.  It is spring time in Pahrump so we get all kinds of weather with the exception of really hot or really cold.  Highs will be 70F (21C)  one day and 51F (10C) the next and down around freezing most nights.  We actually do get rain; got a third of an inch the other day (say 1 cm).  It varies a great deal from place to place so we'll get rain and someone a couple streets away doesn't.  We do all get a fair amount of wind mostly from the northwest but not always.

We like to walk in the afternoon if it is fairly nice.  We have two walks; one that is about 1.5 miles(2.4km) and the other about 2.5 miles (4 km).  Usually we go for the longer one but if it's cool or windy we might settle for the shorter.  We keep track of all the neighbor's animals - mostly horses these days but there have been others.  We also roust dogs at a couple places.  Why are the little dogs the noisiest?  At least around here there is usually a person there who will come yell at their dog.  Yeah, I still want one but it isn't quite time for that.

Our big excitement in town was in April of last year when the CEO of our local electric coop quit abruptly and disappeared.  There were rumors but nothing exceptional.  A woman who had been chief of day to day operations took over and in a month or so was named CEO.  So last week the coop announced that they were going to have to raise rates; they have been the same for 5 or 6 years I think.  Now the rumors said that the old CEO had 'borrowed' money from the coop to pay off some female employees who he's been a little too friendly towards.  Then a couple days later the sheriff and a handful of deputies went to the coop headquarters with a warrant to examine the company's books.  The next day our new CEO was arrested for embezzelment!  She is accused of having work done at her home by the company and not paying for it.  All the fun that's fit to print!

Other than that, it's pretty quiet around here.  Today was one of the nice days so life is good.  Tomorrow, well, we'll just have to see.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Live in the fast lane....

Well, anyway, this is Pahrump's Balloon Fest weekend when we have some brave balloon lovers come and show us their stuff.  Yesterday, Friday, was pretty windy so not good but today was excellent!  Check this out!
We've got balloons flying over the valley!  Of course in two hours they were all on the ground but what the heck.  Balloons are cool. 

When we lived in Florida we weren't very fond of them.  They would go over and the 'woof'of the propane burners would alert the dogs in the neighborhood then as the balloon crossed over the neighborhood you could tell it's position from the dog barking!  Well, if you knew the neighborhood dogs pretty well!  LOL

We are still talking about more travels and also about having a dog and how to merge those desires.  In short, it seems like international travel will take a backseat but we don't want to give it up entirely.  Perhaps it hinges on finding a quality place for our pet to stay while we are off fooling around.  We can't be the only people facing this dilemma. 

Have a good one.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Stopped moving for a while

Well, it's two months since we got back from our cruise and we are thinking about traveling again but not for a bit!  We ran into a neighbor the other day who we don't see often.  He said he and his wife just got back from a 60 day cruise!  OMG!  That's three times the length of our cruise and we thought that was too long.  I can't imagine two entire months.

Christmas was just the usual low-key stuff and New Year's was even quieter.  We don't even celebrate the Super Bowl!  Un-American, yeah, I know.  We do watch the Super Bowl commercials but this year even they were kind of dull.  (I have heard from others that the game was, likewise, dull.)

I keep looking at the news and all I see is that idiot President making a fool of himself time and again.  Jeez!  The 'good' news is that he is still alive and Pence isn't President.  Where we live is definitely Republican-ville.  My wife and I even joined the party just so we can have a vote on who is going to represent us locally.  Often there isn't anyone running except a couple Republicans so then whoever wins the primary is automatically elected.  This way we at least get to vote in the primary for the lesser evil.

I'm on a board that is supposed to give 'the community's view' of what is happening out at the old nuclear test facility.  We meet six times a year and make recommendations about how various cleanup tasks should be handled.  It's awfully stupid but I get a laugh out of it from time to time.  One of the 'problems' was concerning a bunker that had some stains on the concrete floor that contained PCBs which are toxic chemicals.  These stains had been there for a LONG while and the discussion was whether to demolish the bunker and dispose of the pieces OR to simply lock the door and leave it in place.  Now keep in mind that this bunker is on federal land where people are not allowed.  They have armed guards at all the entrances and when you visit you travel in a bus with a guide.  There is no way anyone would visit this bunker accidentally.  So, the big decision is whether to spend thousands breaking up this thing and trucking the pieces around or $10 for a padlock.  Really?  And some of the idiots on the board seemed to seriously consider breaking the thing up!

It's been chilly around here lately.  At least it means the mountain gets snow. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a good one!