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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Kyoto and Tokyo Make "Top 15" World Cities List

Above, Kyoto's Kiyomizu-dera. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Each year, Travel + Leisure has their "World's Best Awards". These include the world's best cities.

Two Japanese cities made their top fifteen list of "World's Best Cities".

According to Yahoo! Finance:
NEW YORK, July 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --  Travel + Leisure  magazine today announced the results of its 24th World's Best Awards, including the "Top 15 Cities in the World" list, featuring the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Kyoto ranked, respectively, at #7 and #8 in the world. 

To read more, go here.

Denise Nickerson Taken Off Life-Support

Above, Denise Nickerson and Jonathan Frid in Dark Shadows.

Sad news.

Actress Denise Nickerson has been taken off life support a year after suffering a stroke.

Nickerson starred in ABC-TV's Dark Shadows as Amy Jennings.

According to Fox News:
"Willy Wonka" actress Denise Nickerson has been taken off life support one year after suffering a stroke. 
Her son Josh, and his wife, Jasmine, announced the news via Facebook on Wednesday. "They just took off all the equipment. None of it was helping, but making her only more uncomfortable. We're telling her it's okay to let go." 
Nickerson's family also told TMZ that the 62-year-old has been taken off a respirator and she is no longer receiving medication.

To read more, go here

G-FEST: Hot & Humid

Above, a past entry in G-FEST's costume contest. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

With 44% humidity (and up) along with 90°+ temperatures, it is a good thing that G-FEST will be indoors at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Attendees are already arriving at the hotel and I'll be there tomorrow.

This'll be my first G-FEST in ten years, but I am familiar with the weather in the Chicago area. We won't actually be in Chicago, but in the outskirts near O'Hare International Airport.

For those who are attending but haven't departed, here's the forecast for the next few days from the National Weather Service:

This Afternoon
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 96. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Thursday
Partly sunny, with a high near 80. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 62. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday
Sunny, with a high near 87. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 69.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

G-FEST: Packing Day

Above, almost done packing. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Today is packing day.

I'll be headed to Chicago tomorrow morning on a very early flight from Albuquerque. I am debating on whether to head out early tomorrow morning for the 120+ mile drive to the airport or maybe leave early tonight (after "Chasing The Moon" on PBS) and boondock in The Beast midway.

I am using the big suitcase (I call it "The Monolith" as it looks like the Monoliths from 2001: A Space Odyssey) so I can bring back some goodies from G-FEST's dealers room. I should have used it on the Cuba cuise, but used an older (and smaller) suitcase instead since staterooms tend to be on the small side. It was a hassle trying to close it since it was so stuffed. I'm not going to make that mistake again.

If all goes well, I should be in Chicago before noon tomorrow.

"American Experience: Chasing The Moon" Part Two



Last night, part two of "American Experience: Chasing The Moon" was shown on PBS.

It picked up where part one left off. It began with the Gemini program what trained astronauts in spacewalks, rendezvous & docking and other necessary things needed for the upcoming Apollo program.

Part two, in my view, was better than part one in that it showed more rocket footage (Gemini-Titan II and Apollo-Saturn V).

The tragedy of the flash fire in Apollo 1 in January 1967 was thoroughly covered (including the chilling last radio transmissions of the Apollo 1 crew during the fire) and its effects on fellow astronauts and their families as well as the whole NASA space program. To this day, I remember that night. It was a Friday night and my parents went to the bank and I stayed home and watched the news coverage until they came home to pick me up to go to dinner.

The silver lining of the Apollo 1 fire is that it exposed the sloppy workmanship of the space vehicles and by the time the Apollo program resumed with all the corrections and modifications, it was a far better spacecraft.

It is interesting that nobody knew what to expect when the first test launch (unmanned) of the Saturn V was made in 1967, especially the shock wave, and the fact that the Apollo 8 mission to the moon was only the second-ever launch of the Saturn V.

The country was in deep turmoil in 1968 and the Apollo 8 mission at least ended the year on a bright note.

Part three will be shown tonight.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Little Busy Day

Above, a driver's view from the mower. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Today has been a little busy.

First, after our morning coffee gathering at Denny's in the Flying J, I headed over to my neighbor Bo's to help him bring in a new washer as the agitator on his old one is going kaput.

Once that was done, I headed home and relaxed with an Alien Amber Ale.

After that, I decided to mow Barking Spider Acre today instead of putting it off for tomorrow. I'll be packing up for G-FEST tomorrow.

Above, my new next-door neighbor was keeping a watchful eye on me. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Although the temperature is around 82° outside, the breeze made it feel cooler out. Plus, I had a bottle of water with me. Additionally, I had on my outback hat and a new pair of goggles to keep me cool and protected. I never liked yard work before, but with machines, the chore doesn't seem so much like a chore. I'm actually enjoying it. To me, it is just "organized riding around."

So, after a little over an hour, I was done. Now to relax before dinner and watching part two of "Chasing The Moon" on PBS tonight.

"American Experience: Chasing The Moon" Part One



Over the years, I have always said that the U.S. Space Program is the only worthwhile government program. I still do.

As part of the commemoration this month of the fiftieth (hard to believe it's has been that long) anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, PBS is broadcasting "American Experience: Chasing The Moon". Part one was on last night. It was directed by Robert Stone.

The first part details the start of NASA, Sputnik and the selection of the first 7 Mercury astronauts. It brought back a lot of memories. As part of my Cub Scout projects, I made a scrapbook of newspaper clipping of all Mercury missions. Unfortunately, the scrapbook got trashed. How I'd love to have it now!

The PBS synopsis:
“Chasing the Moon,” a film by Robert Stone, reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The series recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. Utilizing a visual feast of previously overlooked and lost archival material — much of which has never before been seen by the public — the film features a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a 25-year old “mathematics whiz” who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA’s Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America’s first black astronaut.

My only quibbles about the first part was the lack of good Mercury-Redstone and Mercury-Atlas launch footage. I know there's some great footage available (they were used in the movie, The Right Stuff).  And, another quibble, the "screw job" of America's almost first black astronaut, Ed Dwight by Southern Democrats (they were in charge of the space program's purse strings in congress). They hint at it, but don't come right out and say it. Ever wonder why most of the space program's facilities are in the Deep South? At least that was pointed out.

It did cover well the heady times of the early space program and how it captured the imaginations of Americans.

Tonight, part two of "Chasing The Moon" will be broadcast. Part three will be broadcast tomorrow night.

To read about "American Experience: Chasing The Moon", go here.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Home Again

Above, putting The Beast inside the GOCO Beast Barn. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

After about two hours after leaving Albuquerque, and one stop at Bowlin's Bluewater Outpost, I made it home a little more than an hour ago.

Compared to yesterday, today's weather was clear (with some wind that started when I got to around Prewitt).

When I got off at my exit, I found that the one-way egress across the bridge had been changed. Previously, we crossed on the west side of it, now we cross on the east side. Now it appears the workers are going to start on the other side of the bridge. Hopefully, this will all be done by winter.

I took an hour-long break after getting home (coffee) and then put The Beast into the GOCO Beast Barn.

Now to do some laundry.

Morning In Albuquerque


Above, The Beast this morning. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

After a restful night, it is a comfortable 63° outside. It is supposed to get to around 90° in Albuquerque today. Good thing I'm leaving town before it does.

There's a few clouds, but nothing like last evening when we had downpours and a lightning show. If we had more thunderstorms overnight, I must've slept through them. All this is typical monsoon weather in New Mexico.

Today, I am going into Albuquerque to get a haircut and will be heading home following that.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Thunder Road and Thunder Clouds

Above, ominous storm clouds to the west of Albuquerque. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

As I usually do whenever I stay at the Route 66 Casino RV Resort in Albuquerque, I treat myself to a prime rib dinner at Thunder Road Steakhouse & Cantina.

Above, Thunder Road Steakhouse & Cantina. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Since my medical emergency of last summer that led to the insertion of two stents, I have been avoiding red meat, with occasional treats. This was one.

Above, the prime rib dinner just before diving in. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Since the forecast for the Albuquerque area tonight is a 50% chance of thunderstorms, I headed into the casino (via the hotel shuttle) and had dinner at 4:30. After I got back to The Beast, I noticed that the clouds are getting darker and closer.

According to the National Weather Service:

Tonight
Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Cabela's In Albuquerque

Above, Cabela's in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Right now, I am relaxing at the Route 66 RV Resort in Albuquerque.

I checked in around 12:45 after taking care of business in the city. I am having the last cigar of the Montecristo No. 9 cigars I bought in Havana in April.

Above, The Beast at the Route 66 RV Resort. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

First off, I wanted to check out Cabela's. I have been to one of their sister stores, Bass Pro Shops, but this is the first time I've been to a Cabela's. They have pretty much the same things as Bass Pro Shops except the store is set up in a more "traditional" manner. In comparison, Bass Pro Shops looks more like an amusement park with its set-up.

Above, an aisle view looking towards the firearms department. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Anyway, I wandered around Cabela's for about an hour or so. I stopped in their firearms department and it is big!

Above, one of the display cases in the firearms department. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Afterwards, I wandered around their camping section and then their cooking section. I saw some interesting things there. Since my little heart issue last summer, I am basically on a fish and chicken diet (I will break that tonight at the Thunder Road Steakhouse and Cantina by having some prime rib), so I checked out their spices for chicken. I picked up a couple of different ones. I will try them at home this coming week and if I like them, I will bring them on the Wells Fun Run trip later this month.

Above, a selection of meat spices. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I did find a humorous one, called "Rub Some Butt". I think it's for pork. I took a photo of it.

Above, a bottle of "Rub Some Butt" seasoning. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Along with the spices, I did get a box of peanut brittle. I haven't had any for quite a while.

After my visit to Cabela's I headed out of the city to Camping World (which is about 7 miles from the Route 66 Casino Hotel) to get some supplies, including some holding tank chemicals. Once I was done there, I headed to the Route 66 RV Resort for some relaxation. I understand there's supposed to be thunderstorms tonight here. Perhaps I will get a good light show to entertain me. It was raining at home when I headed on the road this morning.

Above, part of the camping department. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Tomorrow, I will be seeing my hair-cutter, Michelle (my belle) for a haircut. She's expecting me since I called her up the other day.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Time Out Tokyo: Guide To Hiroshima

Above, the Atomic Bomb Dome. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

For those who are planning a vacation to Japan and who also plan to venture out of Tokyo, Hiroshima is a place that is worth a visit.

I visited Hiroshima in 2004 with G-TOUR and it was a memorable experience.

A guide to Hiroshima has been posted by Time Out Tokyo and they begin it with:
After the devastating atomic bombing of World War II, Hiroshima has risen again to become a beacon of world peace, and one of Japan’s top tourist destinations 
Take a trip down to southern Honshu and explore the sights and sounds of Hiroshima, an city of historical significance not just in Japan but in the world as well. The city was decimated by one of the only two atomic bombs ever deployed in war, and this historic bombing led to the end of World War II. Today, the city has been completely rebuilt, but the war remnants are preserved as they were to not only remind us all the horrors of war but also promote everlasting world peace. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial was designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1996 and is now a significant landmark of the world. 
A regular stop on the Japan tourist trail, Hiroshima still holds many sights and attractions, with lots of top restaurants and hidden bars dotted throughout the city. Let's not forget about Miyajima either – the sacred island is home to many tame, free-roaming deer and great temples. Planning on a visit? Add this list to your itinerary now.

To read more, go here

Riding and Horsing Around

Above, Christmas enjoying her carrots. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Since it was a cloudy day with cool temperatures, I decided to take a little ride on the mini bike.

One of the stops was to give Christmas the last couple of carrots. Then I rode around East and West Blue Cedar Loop before ending up in the Barking Spider Acre.

Above, my new neighbor watching me ride on Barking Spider Acre. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

During the time I was riding around Barking Spider Acre, the new four-legged neighbor was keep a watchful eye on me.

I did come more riding around the community until it started to rain. We're supposed to get some thunderstorms today. If we're lucky, we'll have a nice light show.

Friday, July 5, 2019

It's Back To Magnitude 7.1!



If there is any needed reason to why I am glad to be out of California, the latest seismic activity in the Ridgecrest/Searles Valley area is a darn good one.

According to KTLA News about tonight's earthquake:
After a swarm of more than 1,400 earthquakes hit the Searles Valley region over the past two days, a magnitude 7.1 temblor — the biggest yet — struck Friday evening. 
The quake hit roughly 10 and a half miles from Ridgecrest at about 8:19 p.m., the U.S. Geological Survey reports. After previously downgrading it a 6.9 magnitude, seismologist pushed it back up to the preliminary figure of 7.1
It hit at a depth of about half a mile, shallower than the 6.4 magnitude Fourth of July foreshock that was previously thought to be what seismologists call the “mainshock.” 
Shaking was felt across Southern California and as far as Las Vegas.

Thankfully, my home is built on a hill of solid bedrock, there's no chance of any liquefaction here, if we ever have an earthquake.

To read more, go here.

Bigger Quake Hits Ridgecrest



Oh-oh!

A friend just sent me a link to KSBY News website and they reported:
The USGS says a 7.1 earthquake was reported about 11 miles from the Ridgecrest area.

This quake that happened this evening may have been downgraded to 6.9 according to other news outlets.

According to SFGate:
The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck near Ridgecrest, CA on Friday. 
The quake hit at 7:19 PM local time at a depth of 0 kilometers.

Looks like the planet isn't done with Ridgecrest. 

Which Japan Rail Pass To Choose?

Above, one of the first shinkansen trains I made use of a Rail Pass on. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Planning a trip to Japan that includes venturing out of Tokyo to other areas of the country? Getting a Japan Rail Pass will get one there and save a lot of money.

I've used Rail Passes several times and they are very handy and I saved a lot of money.

But which Rail Pass to get?

Tokyo Cheapo has a handy guide that will provide the needed information to decide.

They begin with:
Japan Rail Passes (JR Passes) are available to anyone visiting Japan on a short-term tourist visa. They provide a fantastic discount on bullet train (Shinkansen) and regular train travel, but if you don’t have experience with Japan’s rail transport system, it’s difficult to know a) if you need one, and b) which JR Pass works with which Shinkansen. To add to the confusion, the various regional companies that constitute JR (JR East, JR West, JR Central, JR Hokkaido, JR Shikoku and JR Kyushu) all have their own passes! Each is priced differently and has different conditions. Read this guide for a better idea of which JR Pass to choose.
Above, a couple of Rail Passes I've used. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

To read more, go here

Make The Most of Tokyo's Hot Summer

Above, a summertime view of Shinjuku from Tokyo Tower. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Summer in Tokyo, I've only experienced it once. That was plenty enough for me. It was hot and humid. (I must note that Kyoto was even more humid.) That's why I generally go there during the autumn or spring months, which are far more comfortable.

However, some people don't have that luxury and have to go into the summer. But, there's some tips available.

Tokyo Cheapo has an article on making the most out of summer months in Tokyo.

They begin with:
We won’t lie to you—summer in Tokyo can be pretty intense. As temperatures soar and the humidity reaches rainforest levels, the city is united in its one goal: staying cool. Luckily, this can be achieved in a number of ways. Some choose the ice-cold beers, steady supply of ice cream and minimal movement option. Others embrace the season, taking advantage of the myriad festivals and events scattered across the city. 
Whatever your tactics, we’ve got you covered with our guide to summer in Tokyo. What to wear, what to eat and drink, the best festivals and events, all right here.
To read more, go here

Arizona and Back

Above, Tee Pee Trading Post this morning. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

After coffee this morning at Denny's in the Flying J, I headed west (at least for 40 miles) to Lupton, Arizona to pick up some cigars to tide me over until my order comes in. Since I had to go into Gallup to pick up some groceries anyway, I decided to do all at once.

It was a nice drive with clear skies.

One can tell it is vacation season by the high numbers of RVs on the road.

After making my purchase at Tee Pee Trading Post, I headed back into Gallup to get a few groceries. I managed to finish everything by 12:40. Not bad.

It is just as well that I took care of everything today since it is forecast that we may be getting some monsoon thunderstorms this weekend.

From the National Weather Service:

Tonight
Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight.
Saturday
Partly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday
Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Sunday Night
Isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

First Independence Day At Home

Above, the flags in the front yard yesterday. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Independence Day came and went.

For me, it was the first Independence Day around home. Last year, Jess and I went to Roswell for the UFO Festival. I spent last evening with friends up the hill at dinner (roast chicken, homemade pumpkin pie and rolls) and had an enjoyable time. Everyone liked the Robert Mondavi Merlot wine I brought (perfect for roast chicken, according to the label).

Since there's a lot of brush in the area, there were no fireworks going off. But then, I ended up going to bed at 9:30 (I didn't overeat, but had a slight food coma anyway). The Flying J sells fireworks all year as does the Indian Market at the Continental Divide, about eight miles east. At least we have our own dedicated McKinley County fire department down the hill for quick responses.

For the rest of July, it will involve traveling. I'll be going to Albuquerque to take care of a few things this coming weekend in preparation for G-FEST later next week and then heading north to Wells, Nevada for the Wells Fun Run and Jackson, Wyoming for some whitewater rafting later in the month.

I checked with my cousin (she called me, actually) and everyone rode out the Ridgecrest earthquake in fine shape. That was an interesting way to celebrate the Fourth of July, to say the least.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

6.4 Quake In Southern California

Finally, a few years late, a major earthquake hit Southern California about 35 minutes ago.

It was a bit overdue for the 20-year cycle of major earthquakes that hit Southern California. The last one was the January 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Prior to that was the February 1971 Sylmar Earthquake.

This one was originally pegged at 6.6 magnitude on the Richter Scale, but was downgraded to 6.4. The epicenter was near Ridgecrest.

The following screenshot was sent to me by my investment banker:




That's one thing I'm not missing about California: earthquakes. New Mexico has had some, but they are very rare compared to California. There was an active volcano near Grants, New Mexico. While driving to Albuquerque on Interstate 40 from Jamestown, one can see hardened fields of lava.

Flags and Liberal Mental Illness

Above, the U.S. and Gadsden flags flying today. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Since left-wing liberals are having mental issues with Revolutionary War era flags lately, I am making it a point to fly my Gadsden flag along with the U.S. flag today, Independence Day.

Liberal Democrats are siding with Colin Kaepernick over his "offensive" cries about the Betsy Ross flag. It doesn't matter to them that she was an independent businesswoman and owned no slaves, the whining socialists are trying to re-write history and tailor it to buttress their agendas. The problem isn't the Betsy Ross flag, the problem is liberal mental illness.

They also are trying to re-write history on the Gadsden flag as well.

What the Strident Conservative says about the Gadsden flag:
The Gadsden flag, the yellow flag showing a coiled snake with the words “Don’t Tread on Me,” originated during the revolutionary war and was directed at England. Nothing racial, unless you’re Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A complaint has been filed claiming that the flag is a “historical indicator of white resentment against blacks stemming largely from the TEA Party.” Why did the EEOC decide to hear the complaint? Their response states that even though the flag originated “in a non-racial context … it also has since been sometimes interpreted to convey racially tinged messages in some contexts.”  
Under Obama and left-wing Democrats, PC agendas are a great thing. And they’re even better when you ignore or rewrite history to advance them.

That is why I am flying the Gadsden flag today.

To read more, go here.

Happy Birthday, America!

Have a safe and sane Independence Day!


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Rep. Frederica Wilson Wants To Prosecute People Who Mock Congress Members

Above, Rep. Frederica Wilson.

Rep. Frederica Wilson is either totally insane or is plotting to destroy our Constitutional free speech rights.

The Washington Examiner reported:
Democratic Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson asserted that people who mock members of Congress online should face prosecution. 
"Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace, and there is no need for anyone to think that is unacceptable [sic]," Wilson said during comments made Tuesday outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Florida. 
"We're gonna shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted," she continued. "You cannot intimidate members of Congress, frighten members of Congress. It is against the law, and it's a shame in this United States of America.

Well, if the Congresswoman doesn't want to be mocked, then she shouldn't be dressing like a rodeo clown.

To read more, go here

T.C.B. In Gallup

Above, Fabian's first dance of the evening. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Tonight was an evening in Gallup for me. The weather was perfect (warm and clear with a slight breeze).

First, I headed to Zen Steak and Sushi for a sushi dinner. I was craving it and it is a beneficial meal for those who have heart issues.

Above, Shelley and Fabian. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Following that, I headed over to the Gallup Coffee Co., a little latte shop for a mocha and to let my meal digest a bit.

From there, I headed over to the McKinley County Courthouse Plaza for tonight's Indian dancing. Performing tonight were Shelley and Fabian of the Zuni Pueblo. I saw them last summer and enjoyed their performance. I wasn't disappointed tonight either.

Above, Shelley got some of the audience ladies up for a swan dance. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

My main reason for attending was to get contact information for Indian dancing groups for the upcoming Lost Dutchman Chapter, E Clampus Vitus plaque dedication at the El Rancho Hotel on August 10. I spoke with one of the Chamber of Commerce volunteers about getting a dancing group and it was good thing I did. She said that her roommate handles the dancers for the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial (that's going to take place at the same time as the plaque dedication). Most of the Ceremonial's dancing will be during the evening hours, our plaque dedication will be in the morning. We exchanged information. I will be giving her a call on Friday (since tomorrow is a holiday).

She also said it wouldn't be a good idea to approach the Indian dancing groups directly, it is better to go though her roommate Teri.

Above, Shelley, Fabian and audience members up for the circle dance. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

After the Indian dancing and taking care of business, I headed off to Albertson's market to pick up some wine for a dinner party tomorrow night that I was invited to.

All in all, it was a pretty good evening and I didn't get bogged down in construction-related traffic!

Liberals Having Fits Over Military Presence At Washington Independence Day Celebration

Above, military hardware in JFK's 1961 Inaugural Parade.

The liberal media and crybaby Democrats are having fits over President Trump's plan to have a military presence at tomorrow's Independence Day celebration.

The babies are screaming that the President is "politicizing the military."

From CNN:
(CNN) - Donald Trump's attempt to make July Fourth great again is turning into an eloquent metaphor for the excesses and polarization of his presidency. 
His choreography for tanks on the National Mall, war plane flyovers, his own televised address and a longer than normal red, white and blue fireworks display means that even Independence Day -- for generations a rare unifying moment -- will be politicized. 
Instead of the "Salute to America" that he has proclaimed, Trump's critics fear he's really plotting a salute to himself. 
His latest grandiose photo op appears to be a reflection of his own vanity, obsession with crowd sizes, craving for the spotlight, penchant for military hardware and his flirtations with authoritarianism. 
But from the President's perspective, he's on to a winner. Cries of outrage from Democrats and the media at Trump's hijacking of the July Fourth celebrations will not offend all Americans. For a lot of them, it may be a welcome display of the country's strength.

"Flirtations with authoritarianism"?! Jeez, you can't make this stuff up.

The military has always been involved in different patriotic celebrations, including inaugural parades.

These people are lunatics!

To read more, go here

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