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Monday, December 11, 2017

Leftist Bimbos Are Back

The Looney Left Report

Here we go again. 

Three women who appeared last year during the campaign claiming that President Trump "sexually harassed" them are back at it again.

First, there's Samantha Holvey, who claims Trump came backstage when she and other contestants in the 2006 Miss USA pageant were dressing. She debunked her own story it turns out.

According to TruthFeedNews.com:
A former 2006 Miss USA contestant wanted us to believe that that Donald Trump saw her “naked” backstage while she was getting her hair and makeup done for the show. 
However, there’s one MAJOR problem with her claim. 
The woman was not “naked.” 
By her own admission, she was wearing a ROBE, and “naked” underneath.
Aren't we all "naked" underneath our clothes?

Next, is Rachel Crooks, who says Trump forcibly kissed her on the mouth. Crooks Was a Campaign Contributor & Supporter of Hillary Clinton & Likes a Site on Facebook Called ‘Liberals in America’. Trump has described her accusation as "fiction".

Lastly, there's Jessica Leeds, who says she was groped and forcibly kissed by Trump on a commercial flight decades ago

From Fox 6 Now:
In a second case, in which Jessica Leeds accuses Trump of groping her on an airplane, the Trump campaign provided an alleged witness who refutes Leeds' story. 
"Not only did he not do so (and I was present at all times) but it was she that was the one being flirtatious," Anthony Gilberthorpe told New York Post. The article says the Trump campaign arranged the interview, and Gilberthorpe offered no evidence.
Then again, Leeds offered no evidence that the alleged incident ever took place either.

Seeing Progress

Above, yours truly today.

After four days of a regimen of Robafen DM, antibiotics and Montelukast, my cold is getting somewhat better.

Those were the same meds I was prescribed back in April when I came down with bronchitis. They knocked it off in about two weeks. Hopefully, this cold will be gone by next week.

I have no idea where I caught it, but it got me good.

Improvements Coming To Devil's Tower National Monument

Above, Devil's Tower. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming will be seeing some improvements this coming year.

The Rapid City Journal reported:
The National Park Service announced last week that it is planning a number of upgrades to Devils Tower National Monument that will improve accessibility and visitor experience.  
The most significant is a new accessible approach to the 1.3-mile-long Tower Trail, which winds around the base of the tower. The trail is the most popular hiking path in the park, which attracts around 500,000 visitors every year, said spokeswoman Nancy Stimson. 
Other improvements include new interpretive exhibits along the Tower Trail, an interpretive plaza and accessible walkways to the trailhead and visitor center.  A climber registration office will also be developed and installed. 

Devil's Tower National Monument became a popular tourist attraction for movie buffs following the release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977.  The KOA Kampground near the main entrance screens the movie nightly during the summer season.

To read more, go here.

On This Date: Sam Cooke Killed

Above, Sam Cooke.

Today in rock history according to Creative Loafing:
Today in rock history: on this date in 1964, Sam Cooke, arguably the greatest soul and pop singer of all time, was shot and killed amid questionable circumstances at a Los Angeles motel. While a motel manager claimed to shoot Cooke in self-defense, questions have always persisted regarding the validity of the account and the accompanying details. Cooke had gained a reputation as a smooth, classy crooner thanks to hits like "You Send Me," "Cupid" and "A Change Is Gonna Come," and he regularly enjoyed crossover success on both pop and R&B singles charts. Sam Cooke was only 33 years old at the time of his tragic death.

To read more noteworthy rock milestones of today, go here.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Ryokan: The Ancient Japanese Inn

Above, our main room at the Atami Shinkadoya ryokan. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

To enjoy a total "Japanese experience", visitors should stay at a Japanese ryokan at least once during their visit to Japan.

I've stayed in four ryokans (Tokyo, Sendai, Kumamoto and Atami) over the years and enjoyed each one.

The Guardian (U.K.) has an article on ryokans.

It begins with:
Hundreds of years ago, they were a place for Japan’s nomadic samurai to rest their limbs and reflect. But these days, the ryokan – a traditional, family-run Japanese inn that is usually close to a hot spring – seems to be the buzzword on trendy travellers’ lips. Many of them feature modern spins such as onsite Michelin-starred restaurants, robotic toilets and luxury spas, and they are proving a hit with both Japanese tourists and international visitors. 
Airbnb’s annual travel trends report identified the ryokan as one of the most popular alternative accommodations desired by its users in 2018, with a reported 600% rise in bookings (yurt bookings increased by 155%, while nature lodges had a 700% growth). The accuracy of the figures is unclear: last year, Airbnb was accused of misrepresenting data in New York by removing more than 1,000 listings to rig its survey, while another report misleadingly highlighted that outer London boroughs such as Barnet were more popular than Westminster and Kensington. 
Still, what does seem clear is that travellers are eschewing conventional lodgings for places that focus on unusual experiences and “de-plugging”.

To read more, go here

Arnold Steinberg At The Nixon Library

Above, Arnold Steinberg.

One advantage (or disadvantage, depending upon how one looks at it) to being around politics for over 40 years is that one meets many personalities in different political campaigns besides being a part of and witnessing history.

Back in 1976, I was working for the Reagan campaign during the primaries (and was a California Reagan delegate) and then helped in the Robert K. Dornan campaign against Gary Familian.

The campaign director for the Dornan campaign was Arnold ("Arnie" as we called him) Steinberg.

Above, Youth for Dornan members meets with the candidate in 1976. I am at the far left.

Tomorrow, Steinberg will be speaking on his new book, "Whiplash: JFK To Donald Trump, A Political Odyssey" at the Richard Nixon Library & Museum.

Here's what the Nixon Foundation says about Steinberg's lecture:
In this engaging and provocative political memoir, Arnold Steinberg provides an insider’s look into the often widely misunderstood history and nature of political conservatism in American politics, ever since its initial stirrings in the 1950s down to why today’s Generation X has begun to turn against big government and political correctness. His Nixon Library presentation will feature commentary about President Nixon’s political career including the opening to China, aide to Israel during the Yom Kippur War, the end of the military draft, and Civil Rights programs. 
Steinberg, a strategist and analyst, wrote two classic graduate textbooks on politics and media. He is a veteran of hundreds of national, state, and local political campaigns, including U.S. Senator James L. Buckley of New York. Over several decades, he has been widely published in magazines, newspapers and online. Sternberg has been interviewed for many publications and has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs. He started in broadcasting as a student panelist for Fred Friendly’s Public Broadcasting Laboratory, the precursor for national public television.

If it weren't for the distance and the headcold I am finally getting over, I would go to this event.

For more information, go here

A Memphis of Many Moods

Above, Beale Street in Memphis. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Memphis, Tennessee is an interesting place to visit. I've been there twice and have enjoyed both visits.

It has plenty to see. From the giant pyramid next to the Mississippi River that houses Bass Pro Shops to Beale Street, there's plenty of things to see and do.

New Zealand's Stuff has an article on the places visitors can see.

It begins with:
The cotton ginners​ were in town the night I visited BB King's Blues Club in the heart of Beale Street. The original Beale Street Blues Boy plied the street for nickels and dimes in the late 1940s, likely never dreaming his name would one day adorn a neon sign advertising his own club. 
Inside, middle-aged farmers dance to the house band's rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama and stuff dollar bills into the white plastic tips bucket at the front of the stage. It's as crowded as a student pub in there, sparky and electric. The cotton ginners get into it, tossing back Buds chased with Jack. Ribs and buffalo wings are on the menu while a man in the toilets passes out clean white hand towels for a $1 tip. If it weren't for the music, the ringing tills would be deafening. 
Across town, there's a place where music lovers who visit Memphis pay homage to the birthplace of recorded rock'n'roll. Sun Studios is the place where Elvis Presley cut his first single and it's hallowed ground for some. Taking a tour of the studios is a religious experience for many - the music culture equivalent of genuflecting in St Peter's. Get past the gift shop and the solid gold is Sun Studios' inner sanctum. This is the recording studio and it's completely original down to the handmade sound baffles in the wavy ceiling. Dotted about the room are recording artifacts like Martin guitars, Elvis's microphone and a drum kit U2 left behind when they recorded Rattle and Hum at Sun in 1987.  

To read more, go here

Saturday, December 9, 2017

2017 Box Sets Reissues Set Record

Music lovers will have a good holiday season this year as a number of artists will be issuing box sets.

According to Forbes.com:
The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan lead this year’s record crop of musical box sets. The multimillion-reissue bandwagon exceeds last year’s peak, with a lot of classic albums returning in anniversary and deluxe editions – by U2, the Eagles, Prince, Radiohead and The Smiths, among others. 
New and announced titles, including vinyl reissues, are currently running at more than 630 for mainstream artists so far in 2017, an increase from the approximate 520 number at the same point in the year from the same record companies in 2016. The number surged in the last few weeks before Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now the first weekend of December – the weekend seen by eBay as the peak time for physical sales of vinyl, CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray, even old videotapes and cassettes. 
The artists have all put out collections, which will do much to prop up the physical CD and vinyl market. Figures from record-industry groups and eBay last month pointed towards a continuing revival in demand. This is in the face of headlines about the rise of digital downloads and streams, demise of old-fashioned discs and the closure of record stores.

To read more, go here

Friday, December 8, 2017

Dababneh To Resign Assembly Seat

Above, Matthew Dababneh.

Assemblyman Matthew Dababneh will be resigning at the end of this month, which causes the Democrats to lose their super-majority in the State Assembly.

According to KABC News:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh is resigning after a lobbyist alleged he sexually assaulted her in a bathroom. 
Dababneh again denied the allegation in his resignation letter, but said he no longer believes he can effectively serve his Los Angeles district. He is the second Democratic California lawmaker to step down following allegations of sexual misconduct. He said he'll cooperate with an ongoing Assembly investigation into the claim. 
"Beyond the salacious headlines, I am confident that the completed investigation will bring to light and into focus the significant and persuasive evidence of my innocence," Dababneh wrote.

He should resign now, not wait until the end of the month.

To read more, go here

Democrats Want To Screw California Drivers Even More

The Looney Left Report

It appears that jacking up the gasoline tax and the fees to register motor vehicles isn't enough for California Democrats. Now they are looking into taxing California drivers by the mile.

The Sacramento Bee reported:
Weeks into a new gas tax hike, California transportation officials said Thursday they are studying ways to charge drivers based on how many miles they drove since their last fill-up rather than the amount of fuel they use. 
The problem? California drivers are choosing such fuel-efficient cars that the state fears it will be deprived of enough road construction revenues in the long run. 
The Caltrans study – the California Road Charge Pilot Program report – is billed as a way for the state to move from its longstanding but outmoded pump tax to a system where drivers pay based on their odometer readings. 
Caltrans Deputy Director Carrie Pourvahidi said the state will send out a request early next year to technology companies for ideas on a simple communication system at gas stations or electric charging stations that can instantly tell how many miles the car has driven.

This kind of taxation will hit lower income people the hardest. Others will just leave the state. Who wants to live in a state that is so tax-happy?

To read more, go here

Winter RV Shows

Above, a row of Winnebago RVs at the California RV Show last October. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Looking to buy a RV or just looking? 

There are some winter RV shows coming up in the next two months where people who are in the market can compare floorplans, models and brands of all kinds of RVs.

According to RV Life:
Winter RV shows are the best place to see the latest motorhomes, fifth wheels, and travel trailers.  The events host hundreds of exhibitors showcasing RVs and campers, with special discounts on rigs and various camping gear.  You can also get questions answered by local experts, and attend informative seminars to learn more about RVs and accessories. 
According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, there are lots of RV shows coming up soon in January and February.  Check out if any of these events are going on in your area and remember to mark the dates on your calendar.

To read more, go here

Monument Valley Photo Wins A New York Holiday

Above, Totem Pole (left) and other rock formations in Monument Valley. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A detour to Monument Valley has landed a student a photography prize for his "stunning" photograph.

According to the Daily Echo:
A SOUTHAMPTON student "stunning" photograph has been landed him a prestigious international gong. 
Joshua Masters’ picture of Monument Valley in Navajo County, Arizona, was picked by judges from global travel agency Smaller Earth’s 2017 international photo contest as the best in their 2017 competition. 
As part of the prize, the 20-year-old Southampton Solent student won a trip to New York and will be taking his mum Christmas shopping in the Big Apple.

To read more and to see the photograph, go here

A Doctor Visit

Above, the posters in the examination room. Photo by Armand Vaquer

Today started out with a visit to the doctor's office.

The cold I came down with a week ago still hasn't subsided and the smoke in the air from all of the surrounding fires hasn't helped my breathing any. The smoke actually made it worse.

So, off to the doctor I went.

My regular doctor was on vacation so I was seen be a fill-in doctor.  I was seen after a half-hour wait in the examining room. While waiting, I noticed posters on the wall. One pertaining to pregnancy and birth for the ladies and one pertaining to the prostate, for the guys. Typical "decor" for a medical clinic's examination room

However, on a table was a model of a vaginal ring device. It looked rather peculiar. It looked like something for a man to, uh, "try" out. (I wonder how many guys actually did "try" that thing out while sitting there waiting? Yuck!)

Above, the vaginal ring device model. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Finally, the doctor came in.

After checking my vital signs, etc., he prescribed some anti-biotics and other medications. I then headed to the pharmacy that was nearby. The meds are pretty much the same ones that were prescribed when I had bronchitis last April.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Zion National Park Sets Attendance Record

Above, The Watchman at Zion National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Back when my family first started visiting national parks during the late 1960s, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in Utah seemed safely remote from big urban centers such as Los Angeles. 

Not anymore. People have been visiting Zion National Park in record numbers.

According to The Spectrum:
With a month to spare, Zion National Park has set a new record for visitation this year, heightening concerns about overcrowding just as park managers consider a controversial fee hike and requiring visitors to go through an online reservation system. 
The park had counted 4,365,946 visitors through the end of November, representing nearly a 5 percent increase over last year's record numbers. Since 2010, the park has seen visitation increase nearly 70 percent.
Other Utah national parks are seeing record numbers in attendance.

To read more, go here

76th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack Observed

Above, the USS Arizona Memorial. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Ceremonies commemorating the 76th anniversary of the attack of Pearl Harbor took place this morning.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser wrote:
The 76th anniversary commemoration of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor concluded this morning with a rifle salute, echo taps and a vintage plane flyover, with the dwindling number of survivors leaving through an honor cordon of dozens of uniformed service members. 
Adm. Scott Swift, head of U.S. Pacific Fleet, said in his remarks at the ceremony, “This morning, as we have for the last 76 years, we gather here to pay our respects to America’s World War II generation, the greatest generation, and in particular our veterans and civilians that responded to the attack on Pearl Harbor, grateful for their courage, service and sacrifice. We also honor fallen shipmates and all others who fell that day, as we mourn the loss of so many of our nation’s best and brightest.”

To read more, go here.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Above, a view of the hotel grounds from our lanai. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Last year, I spent part of a Hawaiian vacation on the Big Island at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. It was a nice resort and well worth the stay. We got it through an Automobile Club of Southern California package deal.

Seattle PI has an article on the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

It begins with:
A short drive from KOA airport, along the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa rests on the tranquil shores of Anaehoomalu Bay. The location is ideal for water sports and beach relaxation, with stunning sunsets and amazing ocean views offering a picturesque home away from home for a remarkable vacation getaway. Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is a luxury resort accentuated by breathtaking natural landscapes, so you’ll find yourself surrounded by a perfect blend of awe and amenities. 
A recent multi-million dollar renovation showcases a contemporary ocean decor highlighted by traditional Hawaiian design elements. I loved how even as expansive the property was, I felt welcomed by an intimate environment with attentive hospitality and courteous guest relations. Guest suites are a few steps from the main gathering spaces and all amenities were within quick reach of my room. The beautiful gardens and grounds are great for exploring, and I loved seeing coffee and fruit trees throughout the property.

Above, a view of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa from the beach. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

To read more, go here

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What A Day

Above, smoke from the Creek Fire as seen from Chatsworth.

Tarzana may be about 20 miles from Sylmar, but the Creek Fire in Sylmar had affected the entire San Fernando Valley today with smoke, ash and soot.

We had to run to the market and PetSmart today and that was a mistake.

I came down with a headcold the other day and when we went outside, the headcold mixed with the smoky and windy air made it very difficult for me to breathe. This gave me a very good idea about how people with emphysema suffer each day. I was virtually gasping for air. I came close to having to go to an emergency room, it was that bad.

After getting back home, I stayed indoors for the rest of the day.

According to the latest Facebook posting by XSNGH Glenn Thornhill, his house seemed to have survived the Creek Fire, while others in his neighborhood lost theirs.

Assemblyman Matt Dababneh Allegedly Exposes Self To Female Lobbyist

Above, Assemblyman Matthew Dababneh, who is accused of assaulting a femaly lobbyist.

It is bad enough to live in a congressional district occupied by a wacko Democrat. In this case, the wacko is Brad Sherman. Now it appears I also live in an assembly district occupied by a perv Democrat assemblyman, who happens to be a Sherman associate, Matt Dababneh.

The Washington Post reported:
A state assemblyman in California has been accused of masturbating in front of a lobbyist in the bathroom at a social gathering in the latest claims of work-related sexual impropriety leveled at a man in a position of power. 
Matt Dababneh, a Democratic assemblyman who represents a district in Southern California, allegedly followed Pamela Lopez into a bathroom and masturbated in front of her, according to an account she gave at a news conference on Monday. Lopez said she has filed a complaint with the state assembly. 
The accusation comes in the midst of a national reckoning on sexual misconduct in the workplace. The spotlight has been on California’s legislature since October, when more than 140 women, many with high-powered jobs, called out a “pervasive” culture of harassment in the state’s political world and asked other women to speak up. 
Lopez, a lobbyist who works for K Street Consulting, had signed the letter and shared an account of the alleged assault in the New York Times at the time. But Monday was the first time she named the legislator she said was responsible.

Yes, these Democrats are really helping California to live up to its nickname, "the land of fruits and nuts".

What should we call him? "Matt The Masturbator"?

To read more, go here.

Sylmar - Creek Fire: Thornhills Are Safe

Above, a view of Creek Fire from the Thornhill's street. 

There's nothing like waking up to find that your home is surrounded by burning hillsides.

Such was the experience this morning for XSNGH Glenn and Lori Thornhill. Their mobile home park neighborhood had to be evacuated due to the approaching Creek Fire in Sylmar. They live in a canyon above Sylmar up Maclay Street.

They are safe and sound at Lori's parents' home.

According to the LAFD, mandatory evacuations were called for in:

-- Kagel Canyon

-- Trailer park in Lopez Canyon

-- Arroyo Street north of the 210 Freeway

-- Mobile home park at top of Maclay Street

-- Pacoima Wash west of Sayre Street

-- Eldridge and Hubbard streets

Voluntary evacuations were called for:

-- East of Veterans Park to Pacoima Canyon, between Sayre and Polk streets

-- North of the 210 Freeway, between Polk and Bledsoe streets.

-- Between Bledsoe and Roxford streets.

-- Between Roxford Street and Glenoaks Boulevard.

-- Between Glenoaks and Filbert street.

-- Filbert to the interchange of the 5 and 14 freeways

Evacuation centers have been set up at the Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave., and Sunland Senior Center, 8640 Fenwick St.

To read more, go here.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Supreme Court Allows Full Travel Ban Enforcement

Liberals are having a tizzy today as the U.S. Supreme Court is allowing President Trump's full travel ban to take effect.

The Associated Press reported:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. 
This is not a final ruling on the travel ban: Challenges to the policy are winding through the federal courts, and the justices themselves ultimately are expected to rule on its legality. 
But the action indicates that the high court might eventually approve the latest version of the ban, announced by President Donald Trump in September. Lower courts have continued to find problems with the policy.

To read more, go here

NFL Taking Money From Breast Cancer, Veterans Funds, To Pay For 'Social Justice' Settlement

The National Football League can't seem to do anything right, except to make a bad p.r. problem into an even worse one.

It has been reported that the NFL will take money it gives to breast cancer and veterans funds to pay for a "social justice" settlement.

The Daily Wire reported:
San Francisco 49er Eric Reid shocked even the left-leaning Slate when he told the magazine in an interview Saturday that the NFL intends to use money slated for breast cancer charities and the "Salute to Service" veterans fund to pay for a seven-year, $89 million "social justice" program designed to placate protesting players. 
The NFL announced the nearly-$100 million initiative last week as a way of "settling" with a coalition of players who have been kneeling during the national anthem since the start of the season — a group led by now-former 49er, out-of-work second string quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins and retired NFLer Anquan Boldin.

To read more, go here.

The Creation of Grand Teton National Park

Above, the Grand Tetons. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

An interesting article on the formation of Grand Teton National Park has been posted by the Washington Post

It took some wheeling and dealing and the involvement of a billionaire to create the national park.

According to the article:
The audacious plan was hatched in secret. In the 1920s, John D. Rockefeller Jr. – son of the Standard Oil founder, ardent conservationist and one of America’s richest men – agreed to  surreptitiously acquire thousands of acres of breathtaking scenery around Jackson Hole, Wyo., and donate them to the federal government for a national park. 
At the behest of Horace Albright, the future director of the National Park Service, Rockefeller formed a company called the Snake River Land Co. to buy up property around the Snake River. Rockefeller knew that if word got out that he was interested in acreage there, the price would skyrocket. 
“He was willing to pay fair market prices for the land, but not Rockefeller prices,” said park service spokesman Andrew White. The federal government had created several national parks in the early 20th century, White said, and the philanthropist “didn’t want the optics that this was the federal government coming in and taking more land.” 
The agents Rockefeller hired to do the buying told landowners only that they were representing someone who wanted the land for conservation purposes. It left locals thinking that perhaps the buyer was interested in expanding an elk preserve that had been created in 1913, said Robert Righter, a professor emeritus at the University of Texas at El Paso and the author of “Crucible for Conservation: The Struggle for Grand Teton National Park.”

To read more, go here

Learn To Surf In Hawaii

Above, surfers at Waikiki Beach. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Being from Hawthorne, California and having attended Hawthorne High School, the "high school of The Beach Boys", surfing has been part of the culture in my area. Although, personally, I never took part in it. But I did hang out with many surfers and attended the annual surf festivals held at the local beaches (Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach).

According to an article in Travel Weekly, the sport of surfing originated in Polynesia and it took off in Hawaii. In fact, Travel Weekly recommends taking surfing lessons while in Hawaii.

They wrote:
Hawaii is a wonderful place to learn the sport. There are ample breaks, no need for restrictive wetsuits, a plethora of surf schools and unbeatable scenery. Surfing is believed to have originated in Polynesia, but the first written account of someone surfing came from Lt. James King, who served under James Cook and described native Hawaiians riding waves with wooden planks in 1779. The sport thrived and flourished in Hawaii, which is now home to top professionals and multiple world championship events. 

They then give several tips on surfing along with a few sobering statistics. Still, according to the article, Hawaii is the ideal place to learn to surf.

To read more, go here.

Today In Music History

Above, the Sun Studio. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

On December 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins gathered for the first and only time for a jam session at Sun Studio. They became known as the "Million-Dollar Quartet".

Above, a photo of the "Million-Dollar Quartet" adorns the Sun Studio soda fountain. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Sun Studio is famous for being the recording studio of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, B.B. King, Ike Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, and others in Memphis, Tennessee.

Sun Studio is open daily for tours and it is currently being used as a recording studio at night.

For more about Sun Studio, go here.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Younger Generations Discover "Glamping"

Above, the California RV Show in Pomona. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The RV industry is currently booming. It is about to set a record of over 500,000 units for the first time ever.

Retiring baby boomers and younger generations are getting into the RV lifesyle. They tend to go for towable RVs instead of motorhomes.

According to the Wall Street Journal:
For anyone who has gotten stuck on a mountain road behind a massive recreational vehicle, get used to it, there are a lot more on the highway. 
Recreational vehicles, ranging from bus-sized motor homes to retro trailers, have been a boom-and-bust industry since they first became popular in the early 1970s. Now a wave of retiring baby boomers and a surprisingly young new fan base have sent U.S. unit sales above their housing boom peak. Shares of the two leading manufacturers of RVs, Thor Industries THO -1.28% and smaller Winnebago Industries , WGO -1.37% each hit records last week. 
The fundamentals—fuel prices, interest rates, disposable income and demographics—all look solid. That has the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association projecting a further jump this year and next. Despite that, delighted investors might want to unhitch themselves from these stocks. When things go badly for the economy, they go very badly for RV makers. 
Shares of one-time industry leader Winnebago Industries plunged by 94% from peak to trough in the first 1970s energy crisis and by 78% in the second one. A lack of easy credit and consumer confidence can be just as devastating. Shares fell 92% between their housing boom peak and housing bust trough, while wholesale RV shipments fell by two-thirds.

To read more, go here

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