Sunday, January 25, 2009

It's different here!

I keep saying how different it is here from any place I've ever lived. It has a real smalltown feel but there are really supposed to be 25-30,000 people living in the valley. Actually, it isn't officially a town at all. There are, however, two newspapers serving the area. They are kind of gossipy and the police news is important. This is one of the articles that ran the other day.

Suspect claims he's God, or FBI agent

Russell Troy Winterton, claiming alternately to be God and an FBI agent, was arrested Tuesday, charged with attempted robbery, impersonation of an officer and resisting arrest.

Nye County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Horizon Market located at the intersection of Blagg and Simkins Roads for a robbery in progress at about 8:00 p.m.

Dep. Paul Harvey saw the suspect exit the store through the front doors of the store and ordered the man to lie on the ground. Winterton refused, telling the deputy he was a cop, and later claiming to be an FBI agent.

Finally, Winterton said, "I am God and God can do anything."

Winterton was placed under arrest and transported to the Nye County Detention Center without further incident. He is being held on bail of $12,623.

Now how many communities can claim to be the residence of God? And I love the bail, how the devil do you come up with such an amount? What happened to $15,000 or $10,000? And the paper ran the guy's mug shot and a photo of his fake police badge. We are just lucky here!

Have a good one & TRY to be safe.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Desert is Interesting

Today is overcast with what they say is a small chance for rain. Our sidewalk was moist but not that you'd call it rain. However, we had a gift - a rainbow! Check it out!

Now have a good one and be careful out there!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Brave New World

I'm sitting here watching Mr. & Mrs. Obama walk up the Avenue in Washington. Now the fun starts; he's got a hell of a job in front of him. Here's hoping he can do miracles. That miniature tank they are riding in is pretty funny! The tv folks are saying it has 5 inches of armor (12 or 14 cm to the rest of the world).

It's a nice day in Pahrump. Took a walk around the block after breakfast; it's a mile around. Met one of the neighbors; he seems like a nice guy. Out of work though; he may have to move out of state - I can't think that's a good idea in this economic climate. When we got home, we sat outside for a while and talked about turning the yard into something. It was warm so we came inside and opened the windows for the first time; don't know why it's taken so long. During the day it's certainly been warm enough. Now my wife is calling all her relatives telling them how comfortable it is.

One of the things I don't talk much about is the Pahrump Valley. We have mountains on both sides of us. The land in the valley here speaks volumes about the river that ran through this valley thousands or millions of years ago. The way the dirt is washed up against the rock mountain shouts out 'sediment'. That river must have been amazing! It's pretty interesting; I'm liking it a lot.

Gotta go. Have a good one.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Things are happening

Have been in the house now for twelve days. It is SLOWLY starting to look like a house. We got the shipment of things that we had stored in Florida: a desk; a dresser; table and chairs; a bed; and boxes and boxes of books and a couple of tools. It took the guys under two hours to unload. We also went to Las Vegas and found a couple of easy chairs for the living room. My wife found a large TV and a washer and dryer and had them all shipped here.

Finally found a desk for myself and a couple of office chairs just today. We spend a lot of time on the computers so good stuff is important. My new desk is small but the room is going to be pretty full so small is better. Leaves more room for books & toys! And maybe I'll blog more regularly since I have a comfortable place to do it from.

You can see we are doing our own little economic stimulous package for America. Mr Obama is taking over in five days. I sure hope he can translate some of his popularity into successful programs. Certainly spending money on the country's infrastructure is something that is sorely needed. I don't know that 'green' is really the way to go but it's an easy political sell.

Here in our little town is a gas station that sells E-85 - that's 85 percent ethanol. In the first place, it's something like $2.40 a gallon while regular gasoline is only $1.90. In the second place, it's made of corn. Using ethanol in motor fuel just doesn't make a lot of sense to me. But the farm lobby is extremely powerful. That's something that Mr. Obama can't change!

Something I'd sure like to see him change is our healthcare system. I think this is the only major country where healthcare is 'private'. It isn't really, of course. Medicare is there for the old (>65 I'm gonna be there soon!). Medicade is there for the poor. Military people have a government funded system. We pay something like $700 a month on health insurance through my wife's old employer. It's not the most I've heard and not the least. When we go to the doctor we pay a set fee: $25. Then the insurance company sends us a statement that says things like: Blood test A - doctor billed $300 - we pay $20. It's all some giant accounting scam.

Gotta quit before I get really depressing. Actually things are going well personally and the country is getting a new leader; the most popular in many years. What's not to like! Have a good one!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Bah Humbug!

Hello all from Nye County, Nevada USA. My last post stated that we would close on the 29th. We started the closing on the 29th but it was the 2nd before it got finished. What a cluster F*^k! Anyway we are in. Got our refrigerator delivered on the 2nd and the Direct TV. Internet is scheduled for Wednesday; we'll see! Our things that were stored in Florida are also scheduled to arrive Wednesday. Should be a fun day.

It's been cold in the desert at night; literally freezing. Warm, 60F, like 16 or 17C, in the day. Had to dig a hole for our new mail box this a.m. - found that the ground is completely clay. It's heavy & thick & I doubt if I'll be doing any in-ground gardening.

Gotta go. I'm using the net at the Public Library. It's slow but not totally dead. Here's hoping it's better at the house later this week. Have a good one and be safe.