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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Ago


"To the Memory of the Gallant Men Here Entombed and their shipmates who gave their lives in action on December 7, 1941, on the U.S.S. Arizona"

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

Above, the "tears of the Arizona" oil slick. Photo by Armand Vaquer.


United's New Carry-on Baggage Policy Stinks

Above, a United Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

United Airlines was once my favorite U.S. airline, but after my 2014 trip to Japan with them, no longer. That's one reason why I chose Singapore Airlines for last year's Japan trip.

To add to my dislike of the airline, they have been finding all kinds of ways to gouge the traveler. And, here they go again.

According to Travel + Leisure:
Airlines are adding extra fees for many services that used to be included in the price of an airfare, and one senator has had enough. 
United Airlines' upcoming “Basic Economy” fares, announced last month, offer flight service without the use of the overhead bin (and also without pre-assigned seating). Customers who purchase a Basic Economy fare will only be allowed one carry-on item that can fit under the seat in front of them. Larger bags will need to be checked in for a fee. 
Senator Chuck Schumer is urging the airline to drop the policy.
As much as I am not a fan of Sen. Schumer, this is one time I am in agreement with him.

To read more, go here.

Lunatic Democrats Call For Constitutional Convention



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The loon fringe (which is most of them) of the Democrat Party are calling for a constitutional convention to replace the Electoral College and to leave the union.

NTK Network reported:
On Tuesday, disgruntled Democrats held a forum to discuss the possibility of replacing the Electoral College. 
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) conceded that Democrats could not get rid of the Electoral College due to the way the United States Constitution is written. 
“I don’t think we can sustain our American democracy by having the majority ruled by the minority. And so the question is how to fix this since the Constitution is written in such a way that it’s almost impossible to amend,” Lofgren said.
The Constitution was written so that minority rights are protected against majority tyranny. Lofgren doesn't get that.

To read more, go here

Abe Pearl Harbor Visit Symbolizes Reconciliation

Tomorrow will mark the 75th anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be visiting Pearl Harbor later this month as a gesture of "reconciliation" between the two countries.

According to the Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun):
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s planned visit to Pearl Harbor later this month is based on his decision to demonstrate a mature and future-oriented Japan-U.S. alliance to the world. The prime minister announced Monday night that he will visit Hawaii on Dec. 26 and 27, and visit Pearl Harbor with U.S. President Barack Obama during the Hawaii stay. 
The visit with Obama — following the U.S. president’s visit to Hiroshima in May — will be a historic event to symbolize Japan-U.S. reconciliation, as the leaders of the two countries that fought fiercely against each other in World War II will have paid their respects to victims of the war on those occasions. 
“I have long thought of demonstrating the significance and symbolism of visiting Pearl Harbor and the importance of reconciliation,” Abe told reporters at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday night. 
The prime minister said he has had the idea of visiting Pearl Harbor for a long time, and started specific planning last year.
To read more, go here

Top 5 Souvenir Shops In Shibuya

Above, Shibuya Crossing. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Are you in Japan (or about to go there) and want to bring back a unique gift for that "special someone" or family member?

Savvy Tokyo has five places in Tokyo's Shibuya district that offer great souvenirs.

They begin with:
Shopping in Tokyo can be the ultimate experience, but when it comes to buying gifts, deciding what to pick up can be a little daunting—especially if time is limited. Take some of the headache out of souvenir shopping by hitting up our list of unique shops in the heart of the city, Shibuya ward. At these five stores you will find a treasure trove of mementos—from the traditional to the not so (sushi socks, anyone?). Whether you’re after anime and manga items, books on Japan, or some lovely keepsakes as a memory of your trip or a gift for friends and family back home, each of these stores offers something distinctive and unique.
To read more, go here

Japan Tour Guide (JTG) Matching Service

Above, the Kinkaku-ji "Golden Pavilion" in Kyoto. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Japan seems to constantly come up with new and innovative ideas to assist foreign visitors.

The latest is a smartphone guide matching service.

According Japan Today:
TOKYO —International Cross-Cultural Exchange (ICCE) has launched its guide matching service, “Japan Tour Guide (JTG),” on smartphones. 
For this guide service, the guest (tourist) fills out a request form for a guide. Guides then may then view the requests of the guests and apply to a candidate for a guide. The guest selects a guide from among those who applied for candidacy to form a match. Once a match is confirmed, a private chat between the guest and the guide is opened so that they may discuss further details with each other.
To read more, go here

Trump Targets "Out-Of-Control" Boeing Air Force One Contract

Above, the last Boeing 707 to serve as Air Force One on display at
 the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

President-elect Donald Trump is none too happy with the contract between Boeing and the federal government for the next generation of Air Force One jets.

According Fox Business:
President-elect Donald Trump has a message for Air Force One builder Boeing (BA): Get off my plane. 
Trump criticized Boeing on Tuesday for what he called “out of control” costs associated with a project to build two new Air Force One jets. He called for the federal government to cancel the company’s contract. 
“Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” Trump wrote in a message on Twitter (TWTR). 
Trump later spoke to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, saying the project is “ridiculous.” 
“I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number,” Trump said. “We want Boeing to make a lot of money but not that much money.”
There are currently two Boeing 747 jets that serve as Air Force One. They were put into service during the end of the George H. W. Bush Administration. Previously, Boeing 707s served as Air Force One.

According to talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, Boeing was a big donor to the Clinton Foundation.

To read more, go here.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Goulding's Lodge Campground

Above, The Beast at Goulding's Lodge Campground. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

One of the nicest campgrounds I have stayed at for scenery was Goulding's Lodge Campground at Monument Valley.

From Wikipedia:
Goulding's Lodge, formerly known as Goulding's Trading Post, is a lodge, trading post, and museum located just north of the Arizona–Utah border, adjacent to the Navajo Tribal Park in Monument Valley. Harry Goulding introduced director John Ford to Monument Valley where he shot several of his classic westerns. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 20, 1980.

It is situated about a mile up the road from Goulding's Lodge, museum, gift store, dining room and John Wayne's Cabin in a narrow canyon framed by red rocks.

There is a store and laundromat nearby at the campground along with restrooms. It is also a stop for the shuttle service (in season) and the Goulding's Monument Valley Tours.

Each campsite comes with full hook-ups, a table and barbecue grill. Some have fire pits, but the majority of sites don't.

Campground amenities include:

Full RV Hook-ups
Tent Sites
50 Amp Service
Cable TV
Complimentary Wireless Internet (available in most areas)
Hot Showers
Indoor Pool (closed in the winter)
Sun Deck
Nightly Shuttle
On-site Convenience Store

Goulding's Lodge Campground is the perfect place for a base camp for visitors to Monument Valley.

I enjoyed my stay at Goulding's Lodge Campground and tour of Monument Valley. I consider it to be one of the highlights of my trip.

Some photos of Goulding's Lodge Campground taken during my stay:





Thank You, Mike Antonovich!

Above, "Godzilla Week" declared in 2000.

Godzilla and Superman fans owe a debt of gratitude to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for "Godzilla Week" in 2000, "Adventures of Superman Week" in 2001 and "Godzilla Month" in 2004.

One supervisor in particular was the spearhead of those resolutions. That was Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. It was through his sponsorship that those resolutions passed the full Board.

Above, "Adventures of Superman Week" in 2001. Photo courtesy of Michael D. Antonovich.

Antonovich, 77, was term-limited out of the Board this past week. He ran for the California State Senate during the last election, but lost. It will be interesting to see what he will do now.

He had been a member of the California State Assembly and Chairman of the California Republican Party (back when there was a Republican Party in California) before becoming a County Supervisor.

Thank you, Mike Antonovich!

To read more, go here.

Shinzo Abe To Visit Pearl Harbor

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

It has been a long time in coming, but a visit to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by a Japanese prime minister will be taking place this month.

Newsline reported:
Tokyo, Japan – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Monday that he will become the first incumbent Japanese leader to set foot in Pearl Harbor. Abe’s visit signifies an important milestone to the place where Japan started its war against the US in WWII. 
In the televised press conference, Abe mentioned he will visit the American naval base along with President Barrack Obama. The trip is scheduled on December 26 to 27 during his travel to Hawaii. 
The trip will reciprocate Obama’s visit to Hiroshima City in May. The United States dropped a nuclear bomb on the Japanese city near the end of WWII in 1945. 
The Prime Minister said, “We must never repeat the horror of war.” Abe added, “I want to express that determination as we look to the future, and at the same time send a message about the value of U.S.-Japanese reconciliation.” 
Also, Abe’s visit marks the forthcoming 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941.
To read more, go here

Double J Campground

Above, The Beast at Double J Campground. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

When planning my cross-country trip to Metropolis, Illinois, I looked for campgrounds/RV parks located along the routes I would take and at my final destinations.

For the travel to and from my destination(s), I tried to keep each day's drive at around 350-400 miles. KOA Kampgrounds were generally located at those mile points. The task was somewhat difficult as many campgrounds were closed for the season. I had to find campgrounds/RV parks that are open all year.

I also stayed at non-KOAs. One of which was the Double J Campground in Chatham, Illinois. Chatham is next door to Springfield, where the Abraham Lincoln attractions are located.

The Double J Campground was nice campground with level campsites with plenty of trees for shade. It is located on Historic Route 66, but also next to Interstate 55.

I made use of their laundry room and Wi-Fi. They have several routers for Wi-Fi, all one has to do is use one with the strongest signal. They do have cable television available, but I opted to go with the local broadcast stations for Election Night coverage.

If one is planning to see the Lincoln exhibits in Springfield, the Double J Campground is an ideal place to stay.

Here's some photos of the campground:

Above, the campground has easy access roads. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the campground is located in farmland. Photo by Armand Vaquer.
Above, although the off-season, there were other campers at the Double J. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Don Frye On The Rebound

Above, Don Frye at G-FEST in 2008. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It is disheartening hear of misfortune to people whom you've met. While it is disheartening, it is also pleasing, at the same time, to hear of their recovery.

Such is the case with Godzilla Final Wars (2004) star Don Frye.

According to MMA Fighting:
When New Year's Eve approaches, it's very likely that UFC pioneer Hall of Famer Don Frye will do more than his fair share of celebrating. 
Even though Frye had a career highlight, being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in July, the year has otherwise been a disaster, with him noting it was the worst year of his life. 
Frye spent two-and-a-half months in the hospital, much of it in a medically induced coma. He noted to Ariel Helwani this week on The MMA Hour that he needs a walker to get around. 
"I went in there for my back," he said about the nightmarish hospital stay. "I broke the rod in my back, and then I had some kind of hemorrhage in my brain. And then they put me in a medically induced coma for a while, and then I had pneumonia, and something else I can't remember." 
Frye wasn't aware of a lot of what happened because he was in a coma and had to be told later.



I, for one, am glad that Don Frye is now on the mend. I send my best wishes for a full recovery.

To read more, go here

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Deer Creek Valley RV Park

Above, The Beast at Deer Creek Valley RV Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Generally speaking, I prefer more rustic campgrounds that have a feel and look of being in the wilderness.

Last year, my daughter Amber and I went to Yellowstone National Park and we took a couple of tours with a tour company based in West Yellowstone, Montana. We were the first to be picked up at the KOA we stayed at. So we got an additional tour when we stopped at other campgrounds and hotels to pick up other tour members.

One of the campgrounds had nicely manicured lawns and concrete pads. This prompted Amber to say that it looked "like camping on a golf course" and that she preferred the KOA.

I stayed at one campground/RV park on my recent trip to Metropolis what could fit her description. It was the Deer Creek Valley RV Park in Topeka, Kansas. As I said, while I prefer more rustic campgrounds, this one was nice and enjoyed my three night stay there as I waited for my bank to transfer funds. If I have to be "stuck" somewhere, it may as well be in a nice place. This had to have been the most immaculate campground/RV park I've ever stayed at. It was also great that the campsites were spacious, without having the feeling of being in a parking lot.

It was reasonably close to the interstate, but far enough away so that there was no noise. It was also close to a Walmart, which was handy. Plus, they had good Wi-Fi.

For such a campground/RV park, I thought the $38/night charge was reasonable with my AAA discount applied (they also are a Good Sam RV park).

I gave the park five stars at RV Parks Review.

I took several photos of the RV park and some are below.

Above, a view from my campsite. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, one of the neighbors. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, Sierra didn't care where we were at as long as she had a box to play in. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, my set-up. Photo by Armand Vaquer.
Above, a mid-day shot of The Beast. One of the Wi-Fi towers is in the background.  Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Universal Studios Japan: Godzilla The Real 4D

Image: Universal Studios Japan.

If you are thinking about heading over to Japan in 2017, but need a bit of an incentive to do so, maybe this will be the "swift kick in the pants" to get you motivated.

Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced their 2017 line-up of Cool Japan attractions and Godzilla is a big part of the mix.

USJ has a number of attractions that will make an otaku salivate in delight. But the focus here is the Godzilla attraction.

According to RocketNews 24:
Titans aren’t big enough for you? Well head over to Godzilla The Real 4D for some truly gigantic action. In this 4D theater experience you watch from the perspective of a fighter jet battling the iconic monster over Osaka City. 
After saving the day, you can reward yourself with a USJ exclusive Godzilla figure with light-up scutes, or a souvenir Godzilla tin of snacks. If you’re hungry after your battle you can also grab a Godzilla footprint steamed bun with black sesame and miso filling.
 To see more of what USJ has to offer next year, go here.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Terrorizing Burbank Bookstores

Above, yours truly with a new Dark Shadows novel by Lara Parker. Photo by Brant Elliot.

Today was spent hanging out in "Beautiful Downtown Burbank" with fellow G-fan Brant Elliot roaming around different genre bookstores.

We met up at The New Deal restaurant for lunch. We were supposed to be joined by Peter H. Brothers, but he had something come up.

Above, a couple of Godzilla goods at Dark Delicacies. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

After lunch, we migrated to the Dark Delicacies bookstore, where one can find all kinds of books with horror themes. I saw a number of Dark Shadows books by Lara Parker that are based on the 1960s soap opera. She does book signings there when she publishes a new novel.

Above, Brant Elliot rummaging in a bin at Blast From The Past. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

When we were done perusing Dark Delicacies, we then headed over to Blast From The Past, which has toys, books, CDs and old comic books.

Above, goodies for sale at Blast From The Past. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Following Dark Delicacies, we then went over to Creature Features, were more toys, books, magazines and just about anything else of horror and science-fiction can be found. I gave them my card so that "the Boss" can contact me to order copies of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan.

Above, now here's a gal at Creature Features who could use
a boob job, among other things. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

After Creature Features, we then drove over to the House of Secrets comic book store. There, I held the first issue of Superman that was drawn by Curt Swan. I also saw the first issue of Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen in the display case ($699.00). I mentioned to the clerk that the comic came about due to the popularity of Jack Larson in the Adventures of Superman television show. She asked, "Who's Jack Larson?" She never watched the show. So, I had to explain everything to her. I showed her photos of Jack that were taken with George Reeves during the production of the show and the photo of him and I taken by the Los Angeles Daily News during the plaque dedication two years ago. Now, she's up to speed! House of Secrets has a great collection of Silver Age comic books, many of which are from the 1950s, which are harder to find.

We then wrapped up the day at a coffee/latte shop in Burbank. This was a fun day. I haven't done thing kind of thing for quite a while.

Straw Godzilla: The Protector of Crops

Above, the Godzilla slide in Yokosuka. To see the straw Godzilla, read further. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

We all know that Godzilla gets his kicks out of flattening Tokyo and other Japanese cities, but now he is the protector of crops in Fukuoka Prefecture. And, he's made of straw.

According to the Asahi Shimbun:
CHIKUZEN, Fukuoka Prefecture--A new-look Godzilla has popped up here, but its objective is to protect crops and not destroy buildings and cities. 
Measuring 10 meters long and 7 meters tall, the mighty scarecrow was created in the image of the Godzilla that appears in “Shin Godzilla,” which has been packing out theaters this year.

To read more and to see the straw Godzilla, go here.

15 Awesome Things To Do In Tokyo

Above, for incredible views of Tokyo, go up the Tokyo Skytree. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

When visiting Tokyo, there is no shortage of findings things to see and do.

To help you along in planning a Tokyo visit, the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) (of Australia) has a list of "15 Awesome Things To Do In Tokyo". Many of these I have done over the years.

They begin with:
Welcome to Tokyo, the only place in the world that you can eat Michelin-starred food for under $10, sleep in a capsule, or watch live baseball at 4am in the morning. It is without a doubt one of the busiest, craziest, more bizarre cities on the planet! The list of things you can do here is literally endless, so I’ve made a shortlist of my top 15 picks of the most awesome experiences to have in Tokyo.
To see what they are, go here

Friday, December 2, 2016

10 Safest Countries In The World

Above, Godzilla peering over rooftops in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Since 2017 is just around the corner, some may already be wondering, "Where to vacation next year?"

If international travel is what one desires for 2017, then Condé Nast Traveler has just the thing. They have a new article on the 10 safest countries in the world.

It begins with:
With so many sad, scary stories popping up in the news these days—from a tragic shooting in Orlando to ongoing unrest in Turkey—it can feel like travel is the last thing you want to do. That's one reason why Vision of Humanity, a project of the independent organization Institute for Economics & Peace, makes its annual chart of the most and least safe countries around the world. The Global Peace Index, whose 2016 edition came out today, takes into account factors like numbers of police or security personnel, presence of nuclear weapons, and political instability in order to reach its findings. Unsurprisingly, South Sudan and Syria are the two most unsafe countries in the world to visit right now, but these ten score high marks for locals and travelers alike.
Not surprisingly, there is one country that made the ten safest list. Can you guess what country it is? Here's a clue: What country has been regularly attacked by giant monsters for over 60 years?

To read more, go here.

Can Airlines Restrict Free Speech?

Above, the Economy cabin of a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Condé Nast Traveler has an interesting article, "Can Airlines Restrict Free Speech?"

The election campaign was over almost a month ago, yet there are some disgruntled people who have the idea that they can spout off aboard an airliner.

The article begins with:
The phenomenon known as air rage is nothing new, but the latest spate of in-flight antics has revealed something new and noxious in the air: political rants. And as airlines crack down, it’s raising the question: How far can these companies go to regulate your behavior—and the content of what you say?

According to the article, the airlines do have a lot of leeway in dealing with disruptions, political or not.

To read more, go here.

List of New Names of Yosemite Attractions

Above, at least Half Dome is still known as Half Dome. Photo by Armand Vaquer.


Thanks to the dastardly trademark lawsuit (say this out loud in your best Adam West voice imitation) by Delaware North against the National Park Service, several beloved attractions in Yosemite National Park had to be renamed (at least, the federal government felt it necessary).

So that visitors to Yosemite will know what attraction is now known by what name, here's a list of the former and current (hopefully temporary) names:
  • The Ahwahnee Hotel is now the Majestic Yosemite Hotel
  • Curry Village is now Half Dome Village.
  • The Wawona Hotel is now Big Trees Lodge.
  • Yosemite Lodge is now Yosemite Valley Lodge.
  • The Badger Pass Ski Area is now the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area.






We're Still Stuck With Yosemite Name Changes

Above, the former Ahwahnee Hotel. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

2016 is a month away from being over, yet there still has been no resolution over the trademarks of several of Yosemite National Park's attractions.

The lawsuit between the National Park Service (i.e., the federal government and the taxpayers) and former concessionaire Delaware North shows no signs of being resolved.

So, the Los Angeles Times posted an article in their Travel tips column reviewing the name changes forced by the lawsuit.

They begin with:
So, apparently we really will have to remember those annoying Yosemite name changes. 
At first, when the National Park Service and former concessionaire Delaware North started skirmishing over this at the beginning of 2016, it seemed the two might patch things up so that the beloved old names, like Ahwahnee, might return quickly. 
But many months have passed  and management at Yosemite has been worrying about a few other things.
Above, a modified sign for the former Curry Village. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The Times then reviews the name changes. Thank goodness that Delaware North didn't trademark Half Dome itself, otherwise it might have been renamed "Slice-Off Mountain" or something.

To read more, go here.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Car Salesman Allegedly Swiped Pastor's Wife's Nude Photos From Phone


Above, Matthew Luke Thomas by the Grapevine Police Department.

Just when you think you've heard it all, something new and bizarre comes along to dispel that notion.

From The Dallas Morning News:
A year ago, Tim and Claire Gautreaux walked into a car dealership in Grapevine to buy a new Prius. They say the car-buying process was what you'd expect: long and tedious. 
But what happened behind the scenes is now the focus of a lawsuit against the dealership and a former sales director, who also faces criminal charges. 
Police believe Matthew Luke Thomas, the car sales director, found nude photos of Claire Gautreaux on her husband's phone and forwarded them to an email address for a swingers' website.  
Thomas, 44, is charged in Tarrant County with computer security breach, a class B misdemeanor. This week, the Gautreauxs filed suit against Thomas, Texas Toyota of Grapevine and Toyota Motor North America in a Dallas County court, alleging breach of contract, intrusion, negligence and public disclosure of private facts. 
Tim Gautreaux, 29, is a pastor at Hope Fellowship in Frisco. His wife works in retail management. The couple went to Texas Toyota in January 2015.
Well, at least the photos were of the good pastor's wife and not somebody else.

And, of course, this is topped off with attorney Gloria Allred representing the pastor and his wife.

To read more, go here

One Month

It was one month ago today that the episode of Hot Bench that I appeared in was aired nationwide.

I was on the road at the time, which was the third day of what turned out to be a three-week trip. I was in the Texas panhandle en route to Elk City, Oklahoma for the night, so I missed it. Don Rhoden was kind enough to record the show and sent me a DVD of it.

Other than scanning through the DVD video and making screen captures on the laptop that has no sound, I have not watched the show as of yet.

I was asked by a couple of people this past week if I had watched the show yet.

There are basically two reasons why I haven't watched it.

First, I really don't wish to relive it at this point. I'm not masochistic. As far as I am concerned, everything is over and done with. Maybe when a lot more time has passed, I may watch it for yucks. Second, since not enough time has passed, it would probably anger me all over again. Who really needs that? I have rid myself of the anger, justifiable as it was. I said all I wanted to say at the end of the show during the interview segment (shown during the end credits). There's nothing more I wish to add.

There were plenty of lessons to be learned by both sides. I only wish good things now.

We both have moved on. The last contact we had was about two weeks after the taping in September when I was contacted by text. It all began as an angry exchange. But, instead of concluding in a "nuclear exchange", it ended, surprisingly, in more of a cordial note after a bit of discussion and cooler heads prevailed. That's where I prefer to leave it and that's fine with me.



So, as of now, the DVD sits in my DVD library. Eventually, the episode will likely find its way on YouTube and truTV (or in re-runs on CBS affiliates). Ironically, ours was the first show aired of the new season with a new judge.

Back when we were about to tape the show or immediately after, someone said to me, "Wouldn't it be funny if all this gets you two your own reality TV show?" That would be an interesting concept. But, it ain't gonna happen!

Life isn't fair. The fair's in Pomona!

Dear Leftists, Liberals, and Progressives



The following was posted today by John Paul Straub at The Deplorables Facebook page:

Dear Leftists, Liberals, and Progressives, 
You lost this election because you got up every day and loudly accused anyone who didn't agree with you of being a racist, misogynist, bigot, homophobic. 
You lost because you did nothing but spew hate for 8 years while telling us yours was an ideology of love. 
You lost because you stole from America via taxation while telling us that we were the greedy ones. 
You lost because you dropped more bombs, killed more with drone strikes, and increased tensions with a nuclear superpower all while telling us that we were the war-mongers. 
You lost because the cities that you controlled spiraled into poverty and crime all while you told us that our policies disenfranchised people. 
You lost because you told us that gender is simply a social construct all while telling us that Hillary should be president because of her gender. 
You lost because you support and take money from regimes that imprison or kill gays, subjugate women, and think that rape is a man's right all while telling us that we hate gays, are afraid of women, and promote a culture of rape. 
You did not lose because we are racist. You did not lose because we are homophobic. 
You did not lose because we are misogynists or bigots. 
You lost because you are liars. You lost because you are hypocrites. You lost because you were not witty or clever enough to even hide those facts very well. 
Sincerely, 
The Rest of America

The Beast Is Getting Usage


Above, The Beast at the Deer Creek Valley RV Park in Topeka, Kansas. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Since I bought The Beast back in February 2015, I have taken it to 12 states and 28 RV parks and campgrounds (not counting camping with E Clampus Vitus).

For each of the campgrounds or RV, I have posted reviews on them at RV Park Reviews for my (and anyone else's) future reference.

Here's what my map at RV Park Reviews looks like today:


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