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Sunday, December 9, 2018

"Popeye's Island Adventures", A Miserable Remake

When I was a young kid, Popeye the Sailor was my favorite cartoon character, especially the cartoon shorts of the 1930s by Max and Dave Fleischer.

While the character has been around over the succeeding decades, and the quality of the cartoons diminished, yet the characters were kept true. Even the Robin Williams Popeye movie was palatable and the Bud Sagendorf newspaper comic strip was good.
Now, Popeye is being revived as "Popeye's Island Adventures" as a YouTube channel. Just looking at the re-vamped characters (above) tells me to stay away.

Cartoon Brew said it best:
Unfortunately there’s not much positive to say about this miserable misguided attempt at resurrecting the character, though one can’t help but be impressed by how wildly they’ve failed at capturing the spirit of the character. It’s almost as if King Features sat down and wrote a list of everything that makes Popeye fun and entertaining to watch, and then systematically eliminated those elements one by one from this new production. 
Popeye is now younger, though King Features doesn’t seem to be exactly clear on how many years they’ve shaved off, which is not a good sign considering that they’ve commissioned Wildbrain to make 25 two-minute shorts. “He’s younger, but you can’t tell how old he is,” C. J. Kettler, president of King Features, told the New York Times. “He’s not an old guy, he’s not a young guy, he’s somewhere in between.”  
Instead of sporting a pipe in his mouth, Popeye now carries a whistle. (Perhaps he’ll referee a football game in a future episode.) And spinach gives him superpowers, like ear-flying, which is probably intended as a substitute for the physical comedy of the classic cartoons from the 1930s and ’40s.
A freaking whistle?! Egads!

To read more, go here.


Above, Genaro's Cafe in Gallup. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

For the past few days, I've been craving chile rellenos.

The initial thought on chile rellenos months ago is that since there's no meat in them, they should be okay for heart patients to consume. Unfortunately, no. They're loaded with cheese.

However, when discussing food and cardiac diets during our morning gatherings at Denny's in the Flying J, most agreed that it's okay to have something that's not exactly "heart healthy" on occasion. They key they (most are also heart patients) agree on is moderation.

Since I have been adhering to a heart healthy diet, it is okay to have an indulgence once in a while. Also, as the doctor in Twin Falls, Idaho told me, "Changing your diet is okay, but the most important thing is to take the medications."

So, with all that in mind, I went to Genaro's Cafe in Gallup last night and had chile rellenos for dinner. Those were great!

Funny thing, the hot sauce (red) made my scalp sweat. I wasn't too aware of it inside the restaurant, but when I left the restaurant, the cold air hit the perspiration and it was freezing cold! (It was around 40° outside.) That was a waker-upper!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

January 2019 Issue of Motorhome

Above, The Beast at the City Center KOA Kampground
in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. Winnebago's Class Cs
voted top Class C motorhomes. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The January 2019 issue of Motorhome magazine arrived in today's mail and a few things caught my attention.

First, the annual Readers' Choice Awards is in this issue and several categories are worth mentioning.

The best are:
  • Class C Motorhome Manufacturer: Winnebago Industries, Inc. 
  • Motorhome Tires: Michelin North America RV Tires. 
  • Fuel Station: Pilot Flying J. 
  • Holding Tank Chemical: Thetford. 
  • RV Casino Resort: Seven Feathers Casino Resort of Canyonville, Oregon. (I almost stayed there but elected to go to Diamond Lake instead.) 
  • Sit-Down Restaurant: Cracker Barrel.

Second, their October issue asked how people deal with making their RV beds. One of the biggest gripes of RVers is the design and placement of RV beds and how difficult they are to easily (and effectively) install the bottom sheet. My response (via email) made it in.

Gallup Visitor Website

Above, the Lion's Club rodeo at the Red Rock Park Arena. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Two years ago, as I was driving almost cross-country to Metropolis, Illinois, I arrived in the Gallup, New Mexico area.

I was surprised by the terrain. Up until then, my impression of New Mexico was that it was like either Arizona or the Mojave Desert. I was wrong. As the state's slogan states, "The Land of Enchantment" was enchanting.

I came back a year later and bought a house on two acres. I have not regretted it.

Living outside of Gallup (about 18 miles) suited me just fine. I now know more people here in Jamestown, New Mexico than I did in Tarzana. Most of the people I've met are all of the same age group as I am and are also retirees.

Above, nightly Indian dancing at the Gallup courthouse square. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

During the warmer months, there's plenty to see and do in Gallup and there's a visitors guide website that has all the information.

As the website states:
The next time you're seeking a real, life-changing adventure, Gallup is the place! 
Nestled in spectacular red rock beauty and located along historic Route 66, Gallup is the one true place that offers enticing outdoor adventures while seamlessly blending awe-inspiring art and rich culture deeply rooted in Native American tradition and its People.
Gallup is New Mexico True and a fantastic place to begin your memorable journey. 
Whether your interests lie in art, culture, outdoor activities, history, rodeo, team sports, shopping, or exploring the remarkable landscapes of the Southwest, Gallup has it all! 
Gallup. Real True.
To view it, go here

No Snow

Above, the mesas across the valley. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It appears we dodged a snowstorm last two days. We were expected to receive some snow showers, but all we got were some light misty rain and cold fog.

The snow from last weekend's snowstorm has all melted away and the yard looks clear and normal. I am glad of that as much of it on the deck's steps turned to ice in spots and I had to be extra careful to keep from slipping on it.

However, there may be snow coming later next week. In the meantime, we're hoping that the temperatures warm up some.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Cowboys In Compton, California?

Sometimes, you learn something new everyday and from unlikely sources.

Today was one of those times. I received a mailer (a 31-page holiday catalog of men's wear from Boot Barn) with photos of people in western situations wearing Boot Barn's western apparel. While perusing it, I came across something that caught my attention.

The above scan of page 18 of the catalog shows a cowboy on a horse, only he's in Compton, California.

According to the page, he's a member of "The Compton Cowboys".

Here's what the page says (in case the print isn't readable):
The Compton Cowboys created a community that embraces the western lifestyle n the unexpected town of Compton, in South Los Angeles. In an area populated with gang violence, this community of friends is on a mission to combat negative stereotypes and offer you an alternative neighborhood space to escape gangs and associated violence. Their tools to accomplish this are their horses and a passion to create a safer space for the next generation.

This is the first I've heard of The Compton Cowboys.

The New York Times wrote:
The Compton Cowboys, composed of 10 friends who have known one another since childhood, but officially came together as a group in 2017, are on a mission to combat negative stereotypes about African-Americans and the city of Compton through horseback riding.
It is nice to read about something positive!

To read more, go here.

Nixon Family Represented At Bush State Funeral

Nixon family pays tribute to

President George H.W. Bush

Upper left, seated in the fourth row: Tricia Nixon Cox and Edward Cox, daughter and son-in-law of President and Mrs. Nixon, represented the Nixon family. 
President Richard Nixon's family joined the nation in a final salute to President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday. Tricia Nixon Cox and Edward Cox, daughter and son-in-law of President and Mrs. Nixon, were in attendance at the state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. 
Edward Nixon, President Nixon's youngest brother, wrote the following on the passing of President Bush:
To the families of great presidents: I join with my nieces, Tricia and Julie, in expressing our gratitude and deepest family condolences.
The ceremonies for G.H.W. Bush were all beautifully choreographed and executed, thanks to all participants (including “41” having planned the day himself!).
The youngest brother of “37” would also like to recall the eulogy delivered in 1994 for RN at Whittier College. My own special memory of “41” is personal and vivid. I recalled a memorial event at the Nimitz birthplace in Fredericksburg, TX, celebrating the 50th anniversary of VJ Day. George W. Bush as Governor of Texas, addressed the great crowd attending from all over the world [. . . ]
Click HERE to read the full statement. 
The Richard Nixon Foundation invites the public to visit the Nixon Library to pay tribute to President George H.W. Bush.

We are collecting condolence messages in a book that will be delivered to the Bush family. Admission is not required to write a condolence message.

Visit the Nixon Library through Dec. 16 during normal hours to write your tribute message to the Bush family. 
Copyright © 2018 Richard Nixon Foundation, All rights reserved. 

77 Years Ago

Above, the USS Arizona Memorial as seen from the visitor center grounds. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Today in U.S. history, the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the U.S. base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

Ceremonies commemorating the attack will take place today. This will be the first time that there will be no survivors of the USS Arizona attending the ceremonies. There are five remaining. All are in their 90s and in frail health.

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

The USS Arizona Memorial is closed to visitors as renovations to the memorial are in progress. The memorial is expected to re-open by March.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

When Maxine Waters Called George H. W. Bush A "Racist"

The Looney Left Report

This week, as the memorial services for former President George H. W. Bush took place, the Democrats have been practically canonizing him. But that's only a ruse to dig at President Trump.

We should take a "stroll down Memory Lane" and that's what the American Spectator did. They have an article on when Rep. Maxine "Mad Max" Waters called George H. W. Bush a "racist".

They wrote:
"Rep. Waters Labels Bush ‘a Racist,’ Endorses Clinton.” 
That was the headline in the July 9, 1992 edition of the Los Angeles Times. “Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) Wednesday branded President Bush ‘a racist’ who has ‘polarized the races in this country,’” reported the article. “Waters said she has pledged to support Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign partly because the soon-to-be-Democratic nominee ‘is much better on the race question’ than Bush.” 
Waters blurted out that charge not after a few drinks at the Mayflower or a bad cup of coffee that put her in a disagreeable mood. She leveled it at the National Press Club during a two-hour panel discussion on African-American attitudes on politics. She said she wanted to say “very clearly that I believe George Bush is a racist. I believe he’s a racist for many, many reasons.” 
The Times reporter noted that Waters’ gem was met with “wide-eyed stares” from the audience. Still, she was undeterred, adding emphatically that Bush “is a mean-spirited man who has no care or concern about what happens to the African-American community in this country. I truly believe that.” 
I mention this now, obviously, because liberals are upholding the late George H. W. Bush as a paragon of decency and civility in politics and the presidency, which he indeed was. But in truth, they didn’t treat Bush with decency or civility, nor his son, George W. Bush, nor his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, nor Richard Nixon or any of a long line of Republicans. They have long engaged in vicious name-calling and character assaults toward Republican opponents.
Waters didn't need "a few drinks" or "a bad cup of coffee" to put her into a disagreeable mood. She's always disagreeable. She's a nasty person, right down to the bone 24/7.

To read more, go here.

Here We Go Again

Above, a train passes Jamestown and last weekend's snow. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Today was one of the warmest (if 42° can be considered "warm") days we've had in a while.

But, starting tonight, Old Man Winter will be back with some white stuff (but not as much as last weekend's).

According to the National Weather Service:

Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 28. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Snow showers likely before 11am, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Friday Night
A chance of rain showers before 11pm, then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Japan Needs To Get A Better Grip On Tourism

Above, the Kachidoki Bridge and the Sumida River in Tokyo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Like the tides, there's an ebb and flow to tourism, and that goes especially for Japan.

Along with that, while the Japanese travel industry enjoys the increased revenue, there's another (surprising to the government) side of that coin.

According to Nikkei Asian Review:
Japan's tourist boom is the source of great joy to hoteliers, restaurateurs and the renters of kimonos -- yours for the day for as little as 3,000 yen ($26). 
But the country as a whole is in two minds about the huge surge of visitors, that has taken even government planners by surprise. While the income is welcome, the overcrowding in tourist hot spots, especially in the ancient capital of Kyoto, is not. 
According to Japan Natural Tourism Organization, the total number of inbound tourists more than tripled over 4 years from 8.4 million in 2013 to 28.7 million in 2017. The government has announced a target of 40 million annual inbound tourists by 2020, the equivalent of around 30% of the Japanese population. 
This is still well short of the potential if France, a well-established tourist destination is any guide. It received 82.6 million inbound tourists in 2016, the equivalent of 120% of its inhabitants. Japan clearly has both long-term opportunities and challenges in tourism.

To read more, go here.

Ready For The Storm

Above, the front yard this afternoon. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

After our usual breakfast & coffee gathering at Denny's in the Flying J, I headed of to Gallup to do some grocery shopping.

Since the forecast for tonight and tomorrow is rain and/or snow showers, I thought it best to do my shopping today. On the way, I noticed that there's still patches of snow on the ground from last weekend's snow storm.

I apparently made my checkstand clerk's day at the Safeway market in Gallup. I mentioned that since it will be snowing later, I decided to shop today. She groaned over the prospect of more snow as, she said, her car heater doesn't work. I told her that the Flying J has plug-in car heaters. All one has to do is plut it into the cigarette lighter. She was thrilled hearing that and will likely go there to get one.

While at the Flying J, I received some good news in the mail from the Social Security Administration. Us geezers on Social Security will be getting a 2.8% raise starting in January. It may not seem like much, but every little bit helps!

Besides grocery shopping in Gallup, I did head into Arizona to pick up a few stogies at the Big Tee Pee (it is just at the border). It was a nice enjoyable drive.

Now that I took care of business, I can hunker down for the storm later.

Sen. Mazie Hirono: "We Democrats Know So Much"

The Looney Left Report

"The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." - Ronald Reagan

The "Arrogance Meter" just went through the roof after Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono made an incredibly stupid statement.

The Washington Times reported:
Sen. Mazie Hirono suggested Tuesday that Democrats have a hard time connecting with voters because their breadth of knowledge tends to turn people off. 
The Hawaii Democrat made the comment during a discussion at the “Bend Towards Justice” conference in Washington when she was asked by Slate editor Dahlia Lithwick how to make the judicial system a top campaign issue for voters. 
“One of the things that we Democrats have a really hard time is connecting to people’s hearts instead of here,” Ms. Hirono responded, pointing at her head, according to a clip flagged by the Republic National Committee. “We’re really good at shoving out all the information that touch people here [points to the brain] but not here [points to the heart].” 
“I’ve been saying it at all our Senate Democratic retreats we need to speak to the heart, not in a manipulative way, not in a way that brings forth everybody’s fears and resentments, but truly to speak to the heart so that people know that we’re actually on their side,” she continued. 
“We have to kind of tell everyone how smart we are, and so we have a tendency to be very left-brain,” the senator added. 
Add Ms. Hirono: “We Democrats know so much,” it can alienate voters.
The best name for her: Crazy Mazie.

To read more, go here.


NRA-ILA: Institute for Legislative Action

Warning to New Mexico Gun Owners: Expect Unprecedented Attacks On Your Second Amendment Rights During The 2019 Legislative Session

Dear New Mexico NRA Member:
While the New Mexico Legislature will not convene for its 60-day Regular Session until January 15, lawmakers can start prefiling bills on December 17.  You will see unprecedented attacks on your Second Amendment rights from the word go.  Your NRA-ILA will alert you to bill numbers and provide links to the content of legislation as it becomes available.  But in the meantime, we want to share with you what we already know is coming.
Expect anti-gun politicians to introduce a slew of so-called "common-sense gun measures" -- a misleading phrase that gun control activists use in hopes that the public and the media will avoid questioning the bills' enforceability, efficacy, intrusiveness or necessity.
The gun control crowd plans to resurrect “universal” background check bills similar to those which legislators rejected in 2017.  These measures would ban all private firearms sales between law-abiding individuals.  Gun owners will be forced to pay undetermined fees and obtain government approval before selling firearms to family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers, or fellow hunters, competitive shooters and gun club members.  Such proposals will have no impact on crime and are unenforceable without gun registration.
“Extreme risk protective order” or "red flag" legislation touted by gun control advocates would authorize the seizure of firearms and ammunition from individuals without due process.    Unchallenged statements made by a petitioner before a judge, alleging that someone is a danger to themselves or others in an ex parte proceeding -- prior to any formal court hearing at which the respondent can be represented by counsel and present counter evidence -- would be sufficient for law enforcement to enter that person’s home and confiscate their private property.
Another expected proposal would make gun owners liable if a child gains access to an unsecured firearm.  New Mexico already has a felony child abuse statute on the books to hold adults accountable for putting children's lives or health at risk in any manner.  The tools exist to charge and prosecute parents or guardians in appropriate cases.  Education is the key to protecting gun owners and their kids, not a one-size-fits-all mandate on how one stores a firearm in his or her home.
If anti-gun organizations and anti-gun politicians make progress on these agenda items, you can expect bans on semi-automatic firearms and restrictions on magazine capacity to be next!  
Don't sit idly by and watch your freedoms disappear.  Sign up as an NRA Frontlines volunteer and get at least three fellow gun owners to also sign up to receive timely legislative alerts on firearm-related bills during this upcoming session.  Make plans to attend committee hearings on these bills at the Roundhouse when NRA-ILA notifies you of the place and location.  And contact your state lawmakers before and during session urging them to OPPOSE these measures.  
A new governor and a large number of freshman State House members won't be sworn in or have contact information at the Roundhouse until next month.  The make-up of the State Senate basically remains the same.  Please contact your State Senators and urge them to OPPOSE bills that ban private gun sales between law-abiding individuals, OPPOSE red flag legislation that allows for the confiscation of firearms without due process and to OPPOSE proposals that mandate how you must store firearms in the home.  
NRA-ILA: Institute for Legislative Action

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

August 16, 1945 San Antonio UFO Crash

Above, a model depicting the San Antonio crash.

Two weeks ago, a video had been posted at YouTube by Earth Mystery News about a 1945 UFO crash near San Antonio, New Mexico. This UFO crash predates the Roswell UFO crash by almost two years.

This is the first I've heard in detail this alleged UFO crash. Checking my photograph of a UFO New Mexico Crash Site map (below) displayed at the Roswell UFO Festival, I see the San Antonio site marked as "1".

This crash was about 12 miles from the Trinity a-bomb test site and it took place exactly a month after the a-bomb test on August 16, 1945.

The witness in the video said the UFO was 30' x 15' and had three "beings".

According to the video's description:
Born on the edge of Ground Zero, living in the shadow of Area 51, two little Hispanic children experienced an extraordinary event. Jose Padilla, age 9, and Reme Baca, age 7, witnessed a saucer crash on Padilla land in the town San Antonio, New Mexico. They were witness to one of the most spectacular events in UFO history. 
It is one of the most astounding cases ever encountered, and it helps complete the puzzle of why there has been so many crash retrievals in New Mexico, and its significance in UFO history. 
Little or nothing has been printed about the military’s clean-up operations, shrouded in the “hush-hush” atmosphere of the time. But the military detail apparently came from White Sands Proving Grounds to the east where the first atomic bomb was exploded. It was a recovery operation destined for the mesquite and greasewood desert west of Old US-85, at what is now Milepost 139, the San Antonio exit of Interstate 25. 
Over the course of several days, soldiers in Army fatigues loaded the shattered remains of a flying apparatus onto a huge flatbed truck and hauled it away as witnessed by Remigio Baca and Jose Padilla. Padilla, then age 9, and Baca, 7, secretly watched much of the soldiers’ recovery work from a nearby ridge immediately following America’s first atomic bomb tests at the White Sands Proving Grounds. 
This is part of Paola Harris’s investigation, revisited in May 2018, exclusive to EarthMysteryNews.com

Here's the video:

How Elvis Presley Saved The USS Arizona Memorial

Above, the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Two days from now, the 77th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii will be observed.

In commemoration, Biography.com has posted an article on "How Elvis Presley Saved The USS Arizona Memorial".

The article begins with:
The battleship USS Arizona sank after being bombed when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. More than one thousand of the ship's sailors lost their lives with at least 900 of them still rest with the submerged ship. In the 1950s, plans took shape for the creation of an Arizona memorial. However, by 1960, less than half of the $500,000 needed had been raised. That would change after Elvis Presley performed at a benefit concert for the memorial on March 25, 1961. 
Above, the USS Arizona Memorial benefit concert.

When Elvis's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, learned of the fundraising shortfall, he thought a benefit concert would provide wonderful publicity for Elvis. The singer soon agreed to participate. And though Elvis' involvement wasn't out of character — he was known for his generosity to numerous people and organizations — supporting the USS Arizona Memorial was a particularly appropriate cause for him. 
On November 11, 1957, Elvis had sung in Hawaii for service members and their families; it was his final concert before he was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1958. And his recent service experience (he'd been honorably discharged in the spring of 1960) offered another connection to the fundraiser. He hadn't seen combat while stationed in Germany, but in another era, his time in uniform could have been much different. As Parker reminded people at a press conference about the concert, a 26-year-old Elvis was "about the average age of those boys entombed in the Arizona."
To read more, go here.

Trying To Solve Tokyo Skytree's Ice and Snow Problem

Above, the Tokyo Skytree at night. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Four years ago, I arrived in Tokyo at the same time one of the strongest snowstorm to hit Tokyo did. One other strong snowstorm hit the city that same week. During that trip, I visited the Tokyo Skytree.

The Tokyo Skytree has a tendency to ice up and cause problems with falling chunks of snow and ice. The operators think they found a solution.

Japan Today reported:
TOKYO - Tokyo Skytree is taking a new measure to prevent snow and ice falling from the 634-meter-high tower this winter. Since construction began nine years ago through last year, 13 cases involving damage to cars and homes in the vicinity from falling ice or snow have been reported. 
The company that operates Tokyo Skytree said it is using new equipment this year to clear away ice and snow, Fuji TV reported. The new machine emits a mixture of antifreeze and warm water through air pressure. Unlike already existing electronic equipment, the machine can be used even if it is far away from the power source.

To read more, go here

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

George H. W. Bush At the 1980 GOP National Convention

Above, George H. W. Bush giving his vice presidential acceptance speech. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Seeing former Senator Bob Dole pay tribute to former President George H. W. Bush today reminded me that he placed Bush in nomination as the Republican candidate for vice president at the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit, Michigan.

Bush and Dole had a complicated relationship. At times they were rivals, sometimes very bitter ones, over the years (Rush Limbaugh spoke at length about this today). But today, Bush's onetime rival payed tribute to him at the U.S. Capitol.

Above, George and Barbara Bush on an excalator at the Detroit Plaza. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I was looking through my photo album of the 1980 Republican National Convention and came across a photo of Dole nominating Bush. Also, I have some photos of Bush giving his acceptance speech. I also found a photo of George and Barbara Bush on an escalator at the Detroit Plaza.

With this blog post are two photos from 1980. They are faded with age, but historical nonetheless.

French Revolt Against Macron's Carbon Tax

The left in the United States have been clamoring for carbon and other taxes on the American driver for years to fight global warming, now called climate change. The whole thing is a fraud. It is a plot by the left to gain control over energy and thereby the people. If they had their way, the leftist Democrats here would impose the same taxes on us.

The French president did just what the left has been clamoring for, and all hell has broken loose in France. The middle class are revolting and rioting. If this tax goes into effect, the French will be facing gasoline prices in excess of $7.00/gallon.

What's happening was best described by Rush Limbaugh yesterday:
You know who’s protesting in France? The middle class. You may not know this. They’re sometimes called the yellow vest crowd. The reason is, in France, you are required to have a yellow vest in your car in case your car has a breakdown or an accident, you’re to put that on so that you’re seen at night by emergency personnel or others. It’s for your safety. So everybody’s wearing the yellow vest. 
It’s the middle class, and they’re protesting over climate change! They’re protesting this carbon tax, which is exactly what the worldwide left wants to happen in the United States. They’re protesting this massive increase in the price of gasoline. And it is the worst protests that have taken place in Paris in all of France since 1968. It is devastating. And it’s happening in the elite sections like near the Champs-Elysees. 
And it’s got this new French president totally nonplussed because he thought this was the route to instant love, to instance popularity. Why, everybody believes in climate change. Everybody wants to save the planet, everybody hates fossil fuels, everybody hates pollution, everybody this, everybody that. This young, impressionable little guy has been led to the trough by a bunch of worldwide leftists, and he’s bought hook, line, and sinker this literal bilge and drivel that they’ve been teaching him. 
So he slaps this massive tax, and now he’s got the middle class in his country revolting. Boston had its problems with tea, the French are having problems with gasoline. I think energy prices are probably more important to people than tea. Now, this is gonna be an interesting winter in Paris. And I hope it doesn’t get too cold because a lot of people use fossil fuels to heat their homes. And when people can’t afford to heat their homes as well as drive their cars, they tend to get grouchy.
The latest news is that President Macron has put a six-month delay in implementing the tax. Yes, he blinked. But the French people don't want a delay, they want the tax eliminated.

To read more, go here

Another Round of Snow Coming

Above, the scene outside this morning. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Everything outside is still blanketed with snow from the weekend's storm.

But before it melts away completely, we're in for another round of snow according to the National Weather Service.

It won't hit until Thursday night, but it will continue through Friday night (at least that's what they're saying so far.

A slight chance of snow showers before 11am, then a slight chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday Night
Rain and snow showers likely, becoming all snow after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Snow showers before 11am, then rain showers. High near 41. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Friday Night
A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 11pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

62nd Anniversary of "Million Dollar Quartet"

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

It was 62 years ago today that the "Million Dollar Quartet" held an impromptu jam session at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

The quartet consisted of Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.

Fortunately for music fans, the jam session was recorded by Sam Phillips and it has been released on CD.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Dilly! Dilly!

Above, a box full of Bud Light "Dilly! Dilly!" hats at the Flying J. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It Is Cold Out!

Above, the deck and side yard yesterday. It still looks the same. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Even though I have the propane house heater set for 70° and also running a ceramic space heater near my desk, it still feels a little chilly at times.

I just took a look outside and the thermometer reads 6°. No wonder I feel some chills.

The yard is still covered with a thick blanket of snow from yesterday's storm. At the current temperatures, it will most likely linger around for a while.

Red Rock Park Campground At RV Park Reviews

Above, The Beast at Red Rock Park Campground. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

My 49th RV park/campground review at RV Park Reviews has been posted. This makes me one review away from my 50th. This was on Red Rock Park Campground near Gallup, New Mexico (its actually in Church Rock, New Mexico).

In a nutshell:
I stayed for the Red Rock Balloon Rally. Unfortunately, snows and winds prevented the balloons from ascending. Even though I knew ahead of time that the balloon ascent was questionable, I decided to try out the RV park. I enjoyed my stay there. The site was spacious and the roads easy to navigate. I had water and electric at my site, but no sewer. The surrounding red rocks made for a nice scenic campground. We camped at Red Rock Park in a Motorhome.

To read more, go here

Annoy Your Campground or RV Park Neighbors

Above, The Beast at the Cedar City (Utah) KOA. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The time has finally come for that relaxing camping trip out in the great outdoors or setting up camp at a nice RV park or resort. You've been looking forward for those quiet days and nights of peaceful tranquility.

Except your neighbor is annoying the hell out of you.

RV Life has an article on five ways that are sure to guarantee to annoy fellow campers, if one is so inclined.

They begin with:
The RV lifestyle can sometimes be deceiving. RVs give us the freedom to go nearly anywhere, but that doesn’t always translate to the ability to do what we want, when we want to do it – if we care about camping and boondocking etiquette. If we don’t care, we are practically guaranteed to annoy campground and RV park neighbors by following these five simple behaviors.

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