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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Charles Krauthammer Dies At 68

One of the most influential, and one of the most interesting, conservative commentators has died.

Fox News reported:
Charles Krauthammer, a longtime Fox News contributor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author who came to be known as the dean of conservative commentators, has died. He was 68. 
His death had been expected after he wrote a heartbreaking letter to colleagues, friends and viewers on June 8 that said in part “I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me… 
““Recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.”

To read more, go here

House Next Door For Sale

Above, the property next door now listed for sale. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A "for sale" sign has gone up this past week at the property next door and to the west of me.

The realtor is Coldwell Banker High Desert Realty Company. It is not on Realtor.com or Zillow.com as yet, but it is on Trulia.com in a past listing. The address is 18 West Blue Cedar Loop. Coldwell Banker is the realtor who handled my home purchase.

Above, the view up the street looking south. My place is at the end. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The property includes 2 acres, house and corral. The front of the home is virtually all windows with a view of the valley and mesas.

To contact the realtor:

Coldwell Banker High Desert Realty Co.
917 Highway 491
Gallup, NM 87301


Speaking of neighbors, I met my next door neighbor today. UPS goofed and delivered a package of mine next door. My neighbor, James, was kind enough to bring it over and introduce himself.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

About a week ago, my friend Mitch and I went to the Gallup, New Mexico Cracker Barrel restaurant for lunch.

If you happen to like homestyle cooking and a varied menu, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is the place to go.

From Wikipedia:
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. is an American chain of combined restaurant and gift stores with a Southern country theme. The company was founded by Dan Evins in 1969; its first store was in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Besides meals, Cracker Barrels have gift stores that are loaded with all kinds of things. They have outdoor furniture & accessories, women's apparel, antiques, quilts, bedding, home decor, candy, CDs, DVDs and other goods.

Above, the Elvis Presley Gospel CD exclusive to Cracker Barrel. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I picked up this Elvis Presley gospel album (my previous blog with news from Graceland stated that a new gospel album is to be released this summer). It is exclusive to Cracker Barrel. Their CDs are primarily by country & western artists.

Cracker Barrels have ample parking, including parking for RVs.

For more information on Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, go here.

News From Graceland

New Elvis Gospel Album to be Released This August

Pre-Order Now

Lisa Marie Presley Sings Duet with Her Father on Album's Title Track

Groundbreaking New Elvis Album features 14 Original Performances of Gospel Songs with Newly-Recorded Instrumentation and Backing Vocals featuring Legendary Presley Alumnae including Darlene Love, Cissy Houston, The Imperials and The Stamps

"Elvis Presley - Where No One Stands Alone," a new Elvis album celebrating the artist's everlasting love of gospel music, will be released on Friday, August 10.

Produced by Joel Weinshanker, Lisa Marie Presley and Andy Childs, "Elvis Presley - Where No One Stands Alone" introduces newly-recorded instrumentation and backing vocal contributions from music legends who performed on-stage and/or in-the-studio with Elvis. It also includes a reimagined duet with Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, on the album’s title track and spiritual touchstone.

"It was a very powerful and moving experience to sing with my father," wrote Lisa Marie in her notes for the album. "The lyrics speak to me and touch my soul. I’m certain that the lyrics spoke to my father in much the same way."

Background vocalists on the album include: Darlene Love (who first sang with Elvis on his 1968 NBC television special); Dr. Cissy Houston (who, with The Sweet Inspirations, sang with Elvis on-stage beginning in 1969); Terry Blackwood, Armond Morales and Jim Murray (members of The Imperials, who sang on Elvis' "How Great Thou Art" – with the title song winning the 1967 GRAMMY for Best Sacred Performance); and Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland (members of Presley's longtime backup group, The Stamps).

Learn more about the album.


Join Lisa Marie Presley at Elvis Week for an exclusive launch party for the “Where No One Stands Alone” album on Saturday, August 11 at 1:00 pm at Graceland. Celebrate this “once in a lifetime” moment with Lisa Marie as we listen to this powerful and emotional duet with her father of the album’s title track for the first time. Lisa Marie, who co-produced the album, will be joined album co-producers Joel Weinshanker and Andy Childs, along with John Jackson (Senior Vice President, A&R, Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment) to discuss the making of this incredible new album celebrating Elvis’ love for gospel music. Tickets are $30 to attend the Listening Party and can be purchased online here.


The pre-sale for the new “Where No One Stands Alone” release is now available at ShopGraceland.com. ShopGraceland.com has a Graceland Exclusive $50 Offer that includes a limited-edition version of the album on opaque blue 12” vinyl, plus a CD and cassette. Anyone purchasing the three-piece merchandise offer will receive a limited-edition lithograph signed by Lisa Marie Presley.

Click here to visit Shop Graceland to purchase the “Where No One Stands Alone” Graceland Exclusive $50 Offer.

If you are an Elvis Week package holder, please check your email for more details.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Winnebago's CEO: America's RV Boom

Above, after 3 years, I am still happy with my Winnebago. The Beast at the Beaver (Utah) KOA. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

This year, RVs of all kinds and makes are selling in record numbers. In other words, there's a RV boom going on right now.

CNBC has posted a video of an interview with Winnebago Industries CEO Michael Happe on "America's RV Boom".

They posted:
Michael Happe, Winnebago CEO, speaks with CNBC's "Power Lunch" in an exclusive interview about the company's earnings and growth plans.

To see the video, go here

Best National Parks For Your Next Vacation

Above, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming made the list. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Summer is here and people are wondering, "Where should we go?"

Fortunately, WTOP has posted the "Best National Parks To Visit On Your Next Vacation". It originated from U.S. News & World Report. These will give people some ideas.

It begins with:
WASHINGTON — Nature buffs looking to explore the outdoors have a lot of options in the U.S. 
It’s not easy to choose which national park to travel to on the next vacation. 
U.S. News & World Report released its list of the best national parks in the U.S. for 2018. 
Check out the list in the gallery below. 
When it comes to which park to choose, travelers mostly head toward those locations offering a lot of different activities, according to U.S. News & World Report. 
“The ones that are the most popular are the really large national parks where you don’t only have hiking but you’ve also got fishing, you’ve got kayaking, in the winter you can do snowshoeing in some and even skiing,” said Erin Shields, assistant managing editor of travel at U.S. News & World Report. 
In addition to physical activities to keep moving, these parks also offer opportunities to see and experience local animals.

To see what parks are the best, go here

You Just Gotta Love Texas!

A billboard on Interstate 40 in Texas tells liberals to to keep driving until they leave the state.
Above, the sign is located six miles east of Vega on I-40.

For more, go here.

2.6 Million Foreign Visitors To Japan In May

Above, a statue in Asakusa. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The number of foreign visitors to Japan soared last month.

The Mainichi Daily News reported:
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in May soared 16.6 percent from a year earlier to 2,675,000, a record for the month, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday.

To read more, go here

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mountain Lion Kittens Discovered In The Simi Hills

KABC reported:
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (KABC) -- National Park Service researchers recently discovered a litter of four mountain lion kittens in the Simi Hills, a small area of habitat wedged between the larger Santa Monica and Santa Susana mountain ranges. 
All four kittens are females and are now known as P-66, P-67, P-68 and P-69. 
The mother is P-62, who researchers have been tracking since January. Biologists visited the den site while she was away on June 11, locating it after several previous attempts failed because radio telemetry showed that she was still at the den with her kittens.

To read more, go here

Yellowstone National Park Will Receive $5.9 Million In Grants

Above, an osprey chick in its nest in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Yellowstone National Park will be the recipient of grant money from Yellowstone Forever to fund priority park projects.

According to Buckrail.com:
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Yellowstone Forever is providing $5.9 million to fund 53 priority projects in Yellowstone National Park including the wolf program, trailhead information displays, and black bear research. 
“Yellowstone National Park is a wonderland that deserves our stewardship and support,” said Heather White, Yellowstone Forever president and CEO. “At Yellowstone Forever, we are proud to partner with the National Park Service to fund vital park projects and exceptional educational programs that inspire and engage. We look forward to continuing our work together to help preserve and enhance the world’s first national park for generations to come.” 
Projects funded by Yellowstone Forever include wildlife research and management, visitor experience, youth education, and sustainability, among others. 
Yellowstone Forever is the official education and fundraising nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park.

To read more, go here

Input Sought From Yellowstone Visitors

Above, a view from the Old Faithful Inn. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

This summer, visitors to Yellowstone National Park will be asked for their input on how to improve their park visit experiences better.

According to KPAX:
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk says that the only way to solve overcrowding problems in the world’s oldest national park is to learn more about the people using it. 
Park Service officials are beginning a new project to help collect that information this summer. 
When Yellowstone National Park hit 4 million visits in 2015 complaints about overcrowding started to be heard. “How do you feel if you can pull right into a parking space at Old Faithful or if you have to wait three-to-five minutes or 10 to 15 minutes?” asked Wenk. 
“The problem was people wouldn’t leave the parking area until they would use the restroom and there weren’t enough restrooms,” said West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marysue Costello. 
“We brought in more restrooms to alleviate some of the pressures, some of the concerns,” said Yellowstone National Park spokeswoman Morgan Warthin. 
That was a direct result of people speaking out, but Yellowstone doesn’t want to wait for complaints. [We want] t understand from our visitors what their experience is like and how they move through the park,” said Warthin. 
This summer, some visitors to Yellowstone National Park will be asked questions about their visit. 

To read more (including a video), go here

Running Around Gallup

Above, Gallup's Frame 'N Art had a number of frame styles to choose from. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

This morning, I went into Gallup to take care of several things.

First, was to get an estimate on my Mustang's driver's side door (that won't close right) at a body shop. Unfortunately, they did not want to bother with it. For a professional body shop, one would think that they would know how to repair something that is not enormously complex. I guess they have a lucrative business enough to be able to turn down work.

Next, I headed to Pep Boys for two tires. I ordered them last week and they just arrived in stock. While waiting for the tires to be mounted, I headed to the local Scottish restaurant for breakfast and then picked up a shirt at Boot Barn (they are in the same shopping center as Pep Boys).

Above, four frame styles I liked. The numbers indicate
 the order of preference. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

After that was done, I went to Frame 'N Art to see what picture frame styles they had. I saw four that I like. (While there, I sent a number of photos of them to Asya in St. Petersburg, Russia to get her opinion. I am waiting to hear back from her.) 

Afterwards, I was going to go to another body shop (located on the east side of Gallup) when, a few blocks away from the frame shop), I spotted the Ford dealership's body shop. So I decided to give them a try for an estimate. They gave me an estimate (saying it's the door, not the door pillar that the first body shop said was the problem). While there, I met a new neighbor who lives a couple of blocks away from me. She works in the body shop office. Small world!

When that was done, I headed off to Albertson's supermarket to pick up a few things and then went on home.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Visit A National Park...For Your Health

Above, a view of the Grand Canyon. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Did you know that visiting a national park or pretty much any kind of natural environment has health benefits?

According to an article in Next Avenue, it does.

They wrote:
Frederick Law Olmsted was a visionary. Recognizing a need in society that many others missed in the 1800s, he designed the incredible grounds of New York City’s Central Park. 
He knew that people of all ages, whether in urban or rural areas, need to spend time outside — basking in the sun, walking through a park, running against the wind or simply opening a window for some fresh air. 
This philosophy has stood the test of time and now has scientific research to back it up. Finnish Forest Research Institute found that people began to feel psychologically restored after just 15 minutes of sitting outside in a park or forest. 
The good news for everyone is that it’s pretty easy to get outside and add at least one new healthy activity into your life, and you can likely do it at a park near you. 

To read more, go here

Osaka Earthquake Disrupts Transit Systems

Above, restaurant signs in Osaka's Dotonbori district. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Today's 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Osaka Prefecture has disrupted transportation services in the region.

Travel Agent Central reported:
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Japan at approximately 8:00 a.m. local time Monday morning. The earthquake struck north of Osaka and affected large parts of western Japan, including Kyoto, ABC News reports. The earthquake poses no tsunami risk, according to The Japan Meteorological Agency. 
According to the latest update from the Japan National Tourism Organization, there are still flight delays and cancellations to and from Osaka International Airport, but all highways in the Kansai region are passable and ferries are “mostly” on schedule. 
The tourism organization also stated that the Tokaido Shinkansen train station has resumed operations, though some routes on the Sanyo Shinkansen, JR, Osaka Metro, Hankyu Railway, Hanshin Electric Railway, Kintetsu Railway, Keihan Railway, and Nankai Electric Railway are still under suspension, causing cancellations and delays.

To read more, go here

Do Not Feed Yellowstone National Park Bears!

Above, a black bear at Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It has been forbidden to feed bears in Yellowstone National Park for decades. But some stupid people are not heeding the warnings and are doing so anyway.

Feeding Yellowstone bears is a death sentence, for the bears.

Action News Now reported:
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. - Yellowstone Park officials are sending out the obligatory warning, do not feed the bears. 
It turns out some people are not heeding that warning and it’s becoming more obvious as bears start approaching more vehicles in the park. 
When that happens, they have to take action. 
Three people have been killed by bears in Yellowstone since 2012.

Why is it a death sentence for bears that have been fed by park visitors? Because once a bear becomes conditioned to human foods, park officials have to remove and euthanize that bear.

To read more, and see a video, go here

Painting Almost Ready To Be Shipped

Above, the painting is almost ready to be shipped.

Asya sent the above photo a little while ago of the painting.

She and her dad (photo above) are checking the dryness to see when it would be safe to ship it from St. Petersburg, Russia to Jamestown, New Mexico. She believes it is ready now, but thinks it would be safer to wait until this weekend to ship it.

She is very pleased with how it turned out. I told her that I think it is her masterpiece.

Media Manufactured Immigration "Crisis"

This whole flap over immigration of late is media-manufactured (as Rush Limbaugh pointed out this morning).

Separating children from their illegal immigrant parents has been a policy passed by congress under Bill Clinton. It predates the Trump Administration over over 20 years. It is the law and the Trump Administration is enforcing the law.

If this is so bad, why didn't George W. Bush or Barack Obama and their congresses change the law?

Here's the facts:

If you don't want this to happen to you, then keep your ass in your own country!

ECV Facebook Frame

Say what you want about Facebook and their recent problems concerning their sharing of members' personal information, but they have some interesting widgets.

I discovered that they have frames of different organizations. I stumbled across one for E Clampus Vitus (ECV). As I just changed my profile picture, I added in the ECV frame.

Here it is:

Sunday, June 17, 2018

5 James Bond Japan Movie Locations

Above, Tokyo Tower was shown in You Only Live Twice, particularly when Tiger
Tanaka had a carload of baddies dropped into Tokyo bay. Photo by Armand Vaquer

Japan served as the primary central location in one James Bond movie. The movie was You Only Live Twice in 1967 starring Sean Connery.

Bond returned to Japan (although it wasn't specified) in Skyfall in 2012 at Gunkanjima (Battleship Island near Nagasaki.

Along with Gunkanjima, Gaijinpot.com has an article on four other James Bond Japan locations.

They start it with:
It’s been over 50 years now since the famous movie spy James Bond first visited Japan. Released on June 13, 1967, the film You Only Live Twice saw agent 007 adventuring in the capital and other parts of the country. Three years earlier, the Olympics had put Tokyo in the global spotlight. Now, the city is a mere two years away from hosting another Olympics. 
Next year also sees the release of the 25th installment in the Bond film series by Eon Productions. Anticipation for this latest movie has been further stoked by the recent announcement that it will be helmed by Danny Boyle, the Academy Award-winning director of movies like Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, The Beach and Trainspotting
If you live in Japan or plan on visiting (for the Olympics or any other time), these five locations will allow you to retrace some of James Bond’s globetrotting footsteps here. Since March 2018, Mount Shinmoedake — the volcano used for exterior shots of the villain Blofield’s secret rocket base in You Only Live Twice — has been logging major eruptions. With that in mind, it’s not the safest bet for travel at the moment — in fact, access to the mountain is currently restricted — but here are five cooler spots across the country that will allow you to get in touch with your inner spy.
Above, Sean Connery's co-star, Akiko Wakabayashi, of You Only Live Twice.

To read more, go here.

Getting A Bird's Eye View of Shibuya Scramble

Above, pedestrians crossing Shibuya Scramble in 2006. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Gamera turned it into ruin in Gamera 3 and it was featured in the comedy Lost In Translation with a bird's eye view from a Starbucks dining room.

Above, a 2007 view of Shibuya Scramble from Starbucks. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Now people have 6 more ways of viewing the famous Shibuya Crossing (or Shibuya Scramble) in Tokyo.

Gaijinpot.com has an article on the places where Shibuya Scramble can be observed.

They begin with:
One of the best-known symbols of Tokyo is the busy pedestrian scramble outside Shibuya station. Virtually anyone who’s ever come to the capital has probably been drawn to it at some point. People refer to it variously as Hachiko Crossing, Shibuya Crossing or the Shibuya Scramble. Whatever you want to call it (for the sake of convenience, we’ll follow the example of local businesses here and call it the Scramble), it’s a true tourist magnet. 
The chaotic free-for-all of foot traffic, with people zigzagging every which way to get across the street, almost seems tailor-made to form an establishing shot of the metropolis on film. In our Lost in Translation guide to Tokyo, we looked at one well-worn spot for watching the Scramble: namely, the second floor of the Starbucks in Shibuya’s Q-Front building. To encourage a high turnaround of customers, the ubiquitous coffee chain only serves “Tall” size drinks at this location.

This is one of the busiest Starbucks franchises in the world, with a view that overlooks the second busiest train station in the world. With every over-caffeinated shutterbug and their grandmother vying for a window seat, however, the place is already crawling with camera buzzards and it isn’t always the most relaxing nor even the best spot for watching the intersection anymore. 
A new, open-air observation deck is just one of the lesser-known alternatives that will allow you to get a bird’s-view of the Shibuya Scramble. Here are a some of the non-Starbucks places you can go.

To read more, go here

6.1 Earthquake Hits Osaka Region

Above, a view of Osaka from Osaka Castle. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A strong earthquake struck Osaka Prefecture Monday morning, leaving three dead.

The Japan Times reported:
OSAKA – One of the most powerful earthquakes in decades struck the Osaka region Monday morning, leaving at least three people dead and a number of others injured. 
The earthquake, measuring a magnitude 6.1 and a lower 6 on the Japanese seismic scale to 7, hit at 7:58 a.m. and occurred at a depth of about 10 km in the northern part of Osaka Prefecture, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued. 
A 9-year-old girl in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, was confirmed dead after being struck by a collapsing wall, while a man in his 80s from Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, died after he was crushed by a bookshelf at his home, according to the Osaka Prefectural Government. NHK also said an 80-year-old man in the city of Osaka died after being hit by a falling wall, while a number of other people were also feared dead. 
At least eight people were injured and multiple fire incidents have been reported in the city of Osaka, according to local police and city authorities.

To read more, go here

Why do casinos drill holes in their dice and cards?

Above, some of the playing cards I received last night. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

When I attended the Gallup Lions Club Rodeo last evening, I took a Lions Club survey. For taking the survey, I was given a gift bag as a thank-you.

Inside the bag, among other things, was a deck of playing cars from the Sky City Casino. Each card, along with the pack, a hole was drilled.

I thought this would be a good topic: Why do casinos drill holes in their dice and cards?

The reason is obvious (I've know this for years).

From Good Gambling Sites:
Have you ever bought a pack of playing cards or a pair of dice from a casino? 
If so, you’ll notice that they’ve been altered in some way. The most common alternations made to playing cards consist of cutting the corners of the cards, marking the corners, drilling a hole in the centers of the cards, or marking and cutting the corners of the cards.
For dice they simply drill a hole directly through the center. 
There is only one reason why the casinos deface their playing cards and dice: 
To prevent players from sneaking them into live dealer games.

To read more, go here

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there!

Here's a photo of my dad and me in Morro Bay, California in 1963:

And, on the same trip, my grandfather in his boat:

Both pictures were taken with my first camera, an Imperial Lark. My mom took the top photo and I took the bottom one.

Incidentally, I was going through one of my packing boxes from my move to New Mexico the other day and I found my Imperial Lark camera. My parents got it for me in Spring, 1963.

Here it is:

The Imperial Lark took 127 size Kodak film. I used it for years until I got a Kodak Instamatic. Even if it still worked (it might, I don't know), I doubt one can find that sized film roll today.

That camera got me started as a chronic shutter-bug!

On the Imperial Lark (from Camera Wiki):
The Lark is a 1960s plastic camera from Imperial (formerly Herbert George) of Chicago, Illinois. It appears to be a revision of the Imperial Mark 27 but with a restyled top housing which includes a "bug eye" flash reflector for flashbulbs. It exposes images 4×4 cm square onto 127 film, advanced with a knob on the camera bottom.

At Historic Camera:
The Imperial Lark camera was originally manufactured by the Herbert George Company of Chicago Illinois in the 1950s and later by the Imperial Camera Corporation. It was a simple and inexpensive snap shot camera made of plastic that incorporated the view finder and flash unit as part of the camera. It featured a simple fixed focus meniscus lens, and a switch to adjust the aperture for color or black and white film. It was capable of capturing 2 X 2 inch color slides, kodacolor or B&W pictures on number 127 roll film. It used the small No. AG-1 flash bulbs sometimes called "jelly beans" bulbs. It was priced at approximately $4.79. 

It's amazing that it retailed for under $5.00!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Fort Wingate Army Depot

Above, the main entrance to Fort Wingate Army Depot. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

There's one area of Fort Wingate is visible from Interstate 40. That is the Fort Wingate Army Depot.

In a previous blog post, the Fort is now shuttered closed and fenced off. The Army Depot section's entrance is off Historic Route 66. The access road goes under I-40 and continues on.

Above, the storage bunkers of the Army Depot from Route 66. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Here's a little about Fort Wingate:
Wingate Army Depot, located 7 miles east of Gallup, sits among the red rocks along U.S. Interstate 40, next to the reservations of the Navajo Nation and the Zuni Pueblo Tribe in New Mexico. According to the Navajo and Zuni, Fort Wingate is an ancestral home of both tribes. In 1918, the Army established a munitions-depot around an old cavalry post. From 1918 until its closure in 1993, the 22,000-acre installation stored and demolished ammunition. In negotiations with the tribes, the Army Base Realignment and Closure Program transferred half of the 22,000 acres to be used jointly by the tribes, retaining the other half for missile testing and launching.
Above, another view of the storage bunkers. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

While on the way to this year's Lions Club Rodeo, I stopped and took a couple of photos of the Army Depot. 

To read more, go here.

Gallup Lions Club Rodeo

Above, the bareback riding event. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Since the rains stopped and it was a Saturday night, I decided to go to tonight's Gallup Lion Club Rodeo at Red Rock Park.

Unfortunately, I thought the evening would be warmer, so I didn't bring a jacket. The winds made it very chilly (at least I was wearing a long sleeve flannel shirt). I also should have taken heed of the dark clouds.

I braved the cold for about 45 minutes after the rodeo events began. I didn't stay for the fireworks. At least I also had dinner there (a very good barbecue beef sandwich, popcorn and a Dr. Pepper).

I brought along my old Canon Powershot camera and managed to get a few good shots of bareback (bronco) riding. That was entertaining!

Here's some of my photos:

Above, spectators entering the rodeo grounds. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above and below, the parade of sponsors. Photos by Armand Vaquer.

Above, this was a particularly rambunctious horse. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, hanging on for dear life. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, this horse gave the rider a good ride for his money. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, still hanging on. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the rider's expression says it all. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, this rider seems to have a pacifier in his mouth. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, pacifier or not, he gave a good performance. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the livestock pens. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

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