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Monday, February 24, 2020

Cold and Windy

Above, Jamestown from the Iyanbito Chapter of the Navajo Nation. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The snow we had during past week is all melted away and it is going to be sunny or partly cloudy this week. The only problem is that it is going to be cold (17° tonight) during the day with tomorrow's high forecast at 31°. All that and wind.

It was in the 40s today and I was going to do some Jeep driving. But I decided against it due to the winds. Since it was so windy, I decided to take the trash container up to the road tomorrow for tomorrow's pick-up.

The next chance for snow is Sunday night.

From the National Weather Service:

Clear, with a low around 17. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 31. Blustery, with a north wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
Tuesday Night
Clear, with a low around 10. North wind 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
Sunny, with a high near 40. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday Night
Clear, with a low around 21. West wind around 5 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 48.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 21.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.
Sunday Night
A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.

The Beast Featured In Goulding's RV and Campground Website

Above, the page that first caught my attention with The Beast featured.

A little while ago, I was perusing Goulding's Lodge RV and Campground (at Monument Valley) website for a visit I plan to make sometime this summer.

When I went to see what the current rates for RV campsites, I saw a familiar photo of The Beast. I took the photo when I was last in Monument Valley in November 2016.

Above, The Beast featured in Goulding's RV and Campground website.

I guess Goulding's liked the photo so much that they used it on their site. That's okay, I am actually flattered.

A Gallup Personality: Leroy McCray

Above, Leroy McCray during the plaque dedication at the El Rancho Hotel & Motel. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Last August, the Lost Dutchman Chapter of E Clampus Vitus held a plaque dedication at the El Rancho Hotel & Motel.

One of the speakers during the ceremony was El Rancho's own Leroy McCray.

The El Rancho posted the following about LeRoy McCray on Facebook this morning:
Say hello to Leroy! Leroy is our resident historian and one of the first friendly faces you will encounter while visiting the El Rancho Hotel. Interestingly, Leroy is full blooded Navajo and was born and raised in the Gallup area. He served in the Marines for 4 years (thank you, sir) and once qualified for the Junior Olympics with a 4:28 mile run...wow that’s fast! He has been with our hotel for an amazing 27 years and boy does he have some stories to tell you!! Make sure to stop and say hi on your next visit and make sure to ask about a tour!

If you happen to be in Gallup, New Mexico, be sure to stop in at the El Rancho Hotel & Motel and to say hi to Leroy McCray.

Five Years With The Beast

Above, The Beast a few days after buying it. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Five years ago today, I flew down to San Diego to pick up my new 2015 Winnebago Minnie Winnie 22R motorhome (known as "The Beast") at La Mesa RV. I bought it online and got a good deal (I only paid $1,000 more than my first and only offer).

When I arrived at the airport in San Diego, a representative from La Mesa RV picked me up and drove me to the dealership.

Above, La Mesa RV in San Diego. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

All I had to do while there was complete all the purchase paperwork, hand over the cashier's check, obtain insurance, do the systems check run-through and buy a few things at their accessory store.

Then, once all that was completed, I drove it off the lot and headed back to Los Angeles.

Above, my aunt Rose and I during my stop in Mission Viejo.

En route, I stopped in Mission Viejo to pay a visit to my aunt rose and cousins and show them the motorhome.

The Beast has been the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned.

Bob Cobert Passes Away At 95

Above, composer Bob Cobert.

Dark Shadows composer Bob Cobert has passed away at age 95, according to ShadowGram.

They posted:

Sunday, February 23, 2020
It is with great sadness that ShadowGram reports the passing of Robert “Bob” Cobert, composer of the original Dark Shadows soundtrack music. He passed away on February 19, 2020 from pneumonia at the age of 95.
Cobert’s career was characterized by its breadth and versatility. An accomplished musician, composer, musical director and arranger, Cobert distinguished himself with imaginative musical scores for film, television, theater and ballet. His work embraced jazz, classical, folk, pop, rhythm-and-blues, rock and even disco.
Few musical themes in television history are as memorable as Cobert's for the original cult 1966-71 daytime drama Dark Shadows. In addition to the scores for House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows – the 1970 and 1971 motion pictures based on the series – and the 1991 primetime mini-series revival, Cobert's genre work includes a wealth of other iconic projects with producer-director Dan Curtis such as The Strange Case of Dr. Jeykll & Mr. Hyde, The Night Stalker, Trilogy of Terror, Burnt Offerings, Dracula and Intruders. Cobert is also responsible for the sweeping soundtrack to the epic 1983 mini-series The Winds of War and was Emmy-nominated for its 1988-89 sequel, War and Remembrance, creating the largest musical score in the history of television or film.

Cruises: Floating Petri Dishes

Above, the Majesty of the Seas docked in Key West, Florida. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The outbreak of the coronavirus aboard a Celebrity cruise ship in Yokohama has focused attention on people getting sick aboard cruise ships in general.

I've been on two cruises and both times I came down with a bug. I caught a flu during a 2000 cruise to Alaska and a cold during last year's cruise to Key West and Havana. Thankfully, neither were serious, but they did make me hesitant about taking a cruise again.

Outbreaks of different diseases aboard cruise ships is the topic of an article in Japan Today. As their article describes, cruise ships are "floating petri dishes."

They wrote:
HONG KONG - Deadly viruses, chickenpox outbreaks and mass cases of the runs: Sometimes luxury cruise ship holidays are not the trips of a lifetime elderly passengers had hoped for. 
Cruise-goers have fallen sick en masse in the past, their predicament on the high seas coming into sharp focus because the holidays can cost thousands of dollars and are often marketed as trips of a lifetime. 
"Cruise ships are very prone to outbreaks of common cold and the vomiting virus," said John Oxford, professor of virology at Queen Mary University of London. "Invariably the ships are overcrowded and with so many passengers, hygiene levels can slip." 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) logged eight outbreaks aboard cruise ships last year of the highly contagious norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea -- hardly the stuff of a dream holiday. 
Measles, E. coli, chickenpox and salmonella poisoning have all broken out on cruises in recent years.
To read more, go here

Negative One-Star Reviews of Yellowstone National Park

Above, an eruption of Old Faithful Geyser. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The old saying goes, "You can't please everyone!"

Such is the case of a collection of negative reviews of one of the wonders of the U.S. (actually, the world): Yellowstone National Park.

The Casper Star-Tribune has some that will probably make readers scratch their heads or just chuckle.

Too bad these people are allowed to vote.

They begin with:
Sometimes the most amazing places on earth don't impress everyone. Here are negative online reviews for Yellowstone National Park posted on Yelp, Google and Travelocity. 

To read them, go here

Sunday, February 23, 2020

The February Dinner

Above, the dining area. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A while ago, I got back home from our monthly dinner gathering at Gallup historian Martin Link's.

In a way, we celebrated Thanksgiving in February by having a turkey dinner. One thing caught everyone's attention (including mine) was the biggest Dutch oven anyone there had ever seen.

Above, the turkey and the big Dutch oven. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The evening was filled with good conversation and updates on the Fort Wingate preservation efforts. Will it be a Navajo historical site or a national monument? Link has to provide some information on the buildings the preservation committee wants to see preserved such as their construction, when built, when abandoned and what they were used for. He has to turn in his report in three weeks (or sooner). Dealing with government agencies is so much fun.

Above, getting the turkey ready. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The drive into Gallup was a mix of snow, rain and wind. But, by the time we left, the clouds were breaking up, so it should be a clear day tomorrow.

Some "McLintock!" Trivia

Some John Wayne/McLintock! trivia for you on a Sunday afternoon.

From IMDb:
John Wayne insisted that the role of the weak, insipid Governor be called "Cuthbert H. Humphrey", with the intention that he be seen as a parody of liberal Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, whom Wayne intensely disliked.

Above, former Vice President and Senator Hubert H. Humphrey.

Above, Robert Lowery as Gov. Cuthbert H. Humphrey in McLintock!

Made It To Gallup and Back

Well, I made it to Gallup, New Mexico to pick up some dinner rolls for tonight's dinner at Martin Link's) and other things at Albertson's. I even managed to get some 35 amp fuses for the Jeep a few doors away at O'Reilly Auto Parts.

It has been snow showering all morning, but the snow melts as soon as it hits the ground. It occasionally lightly snowed on the way to Gallup. But when I got off the freeway and started heading to the market on Historic Route 66, it began to snow heavily at times.

But, as in Jamestown, the snow didn't last long and it melted as soon as it hit the ground. It is just too warm out for snow to last. The snow we had early this morning has already melted.

We'll see what it's like when we gallop back to Gallup for tonight's dinner.

For your enjoyment:

It's Started

Just as the National Weather Service forecast, snow has reached New Mexico this morning.

Here's a couple of back yard shots:

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Four Corners To Get Snow

Above, home a year ago today. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

"A storm bringing snow to the Four Corners states Sunday will also shift heavy rain and some thunderstorms into the south-central U.S. and mid-Mississippi River Valley into Monday."
                                                                                                - National Weather Service, 2/22/20

It has been raining pretty much all day and evening. Tonight, it is expected to change into snow showers around 2:00 in the morning.

This will be interesting. Our monthly dinner at Gallup historian Martin Link's is tomorrow night and I have to pick up some dinner rolls. Hopefully, there will be a respite in precipitation so I can drive into Gallup to get them and back. 

The Four Corners area is in need of precipitation as it has been below normal for quite some time.

The National Weather Service forecast:

Rain showers before 2am, then snow showers likely. Low around 31. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Snow showers likely before 11am, then scattered rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. West wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

New Sculpture Planned For Lincoln Library and Museum

Above, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

One of the highlights of my 2016 trip into the midwest U.S. was a visit to Springfield, Illinois. I was in Springfield on Election Day and watched the election night coverage in a RV park there.

Springfield was the home of President Abraham Lincoln and where he is now buried. It is also home to the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum.

Above, the Lincoln family greets visitors in the museum's main lobby. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A new sculpture is planned, titled "Beacon of Endurance".

According to the Journal Star:
Abraham Lincoln was a master at using words to motivate and inspire. 
Now his words will be part of a new sculpture honoring the 16th president at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum announced Wednesday, Lincoln’s 211th birthday. 
An advisory panel will help the presidential library and the sculptor decide which words the sculpture will include. The public also will have a chance to share ideas through social media, according to ALPLM officials. 
“Beacon of Endurance” was designed by B.J. Krivanek of the Chicago firm Krivanek+Breaux/Art+Design. When completed, the obelisk will stand at the museum’s southeast corner, at the intersection of Jefferson and Seventh streets. The sculpture is 24 feet, 10 inches tall and slightly tilted “to suggest human and constitutional traumas and vulnerabilities,” Krivanek said, in a press release. 
The bottom, where Lincoln quotes will be inscribed, will weather and rust over time. 
Above that, in impervious stainless steel, will be individual words about Lincoln’s character and principles.
To read more, go here

Eisenhower Library Gets A Makeover

Above, the Place of Meditation is the final resting place of the President,
 First Lady, and their first-born son, Doud. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A little over three years ago, I stopped in and stayed overnight in Abilene, Kansas.

Abilene is the boyhood home and presidential library of our 34th president, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Above, the statue of Gen. Eisenhower. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library campus includes his boyhood home, burial site and museum. The entire campus has recently been reopened after being renovated.

According to KSN.com:
ABILENE, Kan. (KSNW) – The story of President Dwight D. Eisenhower began in Kansas. Now, 200,000 people a year visit the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in the neighborhood where he grew up in Abilene.

Over the years, an entire campus has grown up around the family home. It recently reopened after a renovation project. The makeover includes interactive displays and the flexibility to rotate exhibits. 
“It gives us the opportunity to be a little bit more flexible with the artifacts,” said Dawn Hammatt, the director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home. “We can rotate our artifacts more simply and that will give the visitors a different experience when they come.” 
With upgrades in technology, visitors can now choose the time and place they want to learn more about the Kansas president.
When I visited the museum, it seemed more focused on Eisenhower the general, rather than as president.

To read more, go here.

Bloomberg Echoes Dictator Fidel Castro On Gun-grabbing

Above, yours truly in Havana, Cuba's Plaza de la Revolución last spring. Photo by Mitch Geriminsky.

Michael Bloomberg may have been cut down to size (pun intended) during the Democrat debate the other night, but he is still a threat. Don't count him out just yet.

He has already caused Second Amendment trouble in some states (such as New Mexico and Virginia) by financing gun-grabbing Democrat victories in 2018.

His stands on the guns and the Second Amendment echos those of Fidel Castro and Townhall.com has an article pointing that out. As a matter of fact, much of this can also be said of the other Democrats running for president. These days, there's no such thing as a "moderate" Democrat.

Townhall begins the article with:
“.. It’s the job of law enforcement to have guns and to decide when to shoot. You just do not want the average (U.S.) citizen carrying a gun…”-Michael Bloomberg, Jan. 4, 2020  
“Guns? What for?...to fight the government? The Cuban people don’t need guns nowadays.” -Fidel Castro during his very first speech upon entering Havana Jan. 8, 1959 
Jack Wilson, the “average U.S. citizen” that inspired Michael Bloomberg’s Castroite declaration, saved the lives of countless fellow “deplorables” when he expertly whacked—with one perfect shot—a murderous criminal at West Freeway Church of Christ in the famous Texas Church shooting in White Settlement, Texas, on December 29th.  
Shortly, Texas Gov. Abbott honored the citizen-hero Jack Wilson with his state’s highest civilian honor, the “Governor’s Medal of Courage”:   
"So many lives were saved because of Jack Wilson's quick action, his calmness under pressure, and above all else his courage and his willingness to risk his own life to save the lives of others," Abbott said during the ceremony. "Only God knows who is alive today because of Jack Wilson."
To read more, go here

6 Best Day Trips from Tokyo During the Olympics

Above, a visit to Mount Fuji is at the top of Tokyo Cheapo's list. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It is unknown to me just how many readers of this blog are planning to attend the Olympics this summer in Tokyo, but the suggestions for some day trips out of Tokyo can apply to all tourists.

Tokyo Cheapo has a list of six best day trips from Tokyo during the Olympics.

They begin it with:
Whether you’re coincidently in town during the Olympics or coming over to cheer on your country, your visit during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games is going to be a summer you’ll never forget. While there’s always plenty of excitement buzzing through the streets, sometimes, to recharge, you need to escape the city—even if just for a day. 
Luckily, Tokyo is surrounded by some of the most incredible day-trip opportunities, many of which are available in tidy package deals that not only save time on the organization side, but usually save you money too. From the majestic Mt. Fuji to the verdant valleys of Nikko, the Ghibli Museum to Gunma’s bountiful fruit farms, get out of the city and in touch with a different side of Japan. 
To make your choice easier, here’s a round-up of some of the best day trips you can take during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

To read more, go here

Rain/Snow (Maybe) Today and Tomorrow

Above, storm clouds over the mesas. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It looks like we're in for some rain and possibly some snow showers today and tomorrow.

It was raining yesterday in Southern California, so it figures that the storm front would be heading our way.

From the National Weather Service:

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. High near 47. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Rain showers before 11pm, then rain and snow showers likely between 11pm and 2am, then snow showers likely after 2am. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 30. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Snow showers likely before 11am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 38. West wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Safely Viewing National Parks Wildlife

Above, a bull elk in Trailer Village at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Most of our national parks became such due to their unique geography such as rock formations, volcanic activity, history, plant life and other factors.

The added dividend of each park are seeing the animals who inhabit them. Wildlife comes in all sizes and species. But all should be observed safely for visitors' protection as well as theirs.

Travel Awaits has some tips on safely viewing wildlife in our national parks.

They begin with:
America’s national parks are filled with wonderful wildlife. Bald eagles soar overhead, and prairie dogs burrow underground. Grizzlies lumber through lush green meadows, and herds of bison can cause traffic jams. When encountering one of these amazing creatures, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. But national parks are not petting zoos, and the wildlife is wild. Follow these tips to properly observe the wildlife and keep yourself (and the animals) safe as you share our national parks.

To read more, go here

Democrats' Socialism Strategy Is A Loser In Texas

The Democrat Party is lurching ever further to the left and embracing socialism. The numbskulls who are running for their party's presidential nomination, along with congressional candidates, seem to think socialism is the key to power in Texas.

They have a big shock coming if they do.

Richard Greene has an excellent opinion piece on this in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

He begins it with:
All the speculation about Tarrant County and Texas transforming to Democratic control is nonsense, and some prominent leaders of the party on the left have recently and fearfully declared why that’s not going to happen. 
As voters approach primary elections a week from Tuesday, Democrats should think about their choices. 
If their candidate wins because he or she is clinging to the coattails of polling favorite and self-described socialist Bernie Sanders, then that “winner” will be easy pickings for the Republican alternatives on the November ballot. 
That may be true of any local Democrat seeking state or federal office no matter which of the presidential contenders they may be aligned with among the entire field. 
As long as the far-left policies that have dominated the presidential contest continue to develop to more and more extreme positions, those seeking to join the Texas Legislature or the Texas delegation in the U. S. Congress who embrace those policies will all lose.

And, Greene has some juicy tidbits of quotes from some prominent Democrats:
The legendary master of knowing the public mind who steered Bill Clinton from Arkansas obscurity into two terms in the White House, James Carville, has lately shown up in the national media sounding the alarm. 
“This party needs to wake up and talk about things that are relevant to people,” Carville cried out in his MSNBC appearance. “We can’t act like this is going well.” 
He was clearly frustrated that Elizabeth Warren had “decided to chase Bernie’s left tail all over the country” – a reference to the self-declared socialist Bernie Sanders, who’s appealing to crowds cheering for free stuff. 
When Sanders responded by calling Carville a “hack,” his comeback was to say, “at least I’m not a communist.” 
Then there is long-time NBC Democratic partisan Chris Matthews analyzing the results of the New Hampshire debate. “The issue of that campaign, it is that word, socialism. … Some people like it, younger people like it. … I’ve seen what socialism is like, I don’t like it. OK, it’s not only not free, it doesn’t frickin’ work.”
To read more, go here.

Missile Launch Notices

Above, the two missile launch notices on the Jamestown community bulletin board. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Yesterday, while heading down to the Flying J for our morning coffee gathering at Denny's I spotted a couple of notices on the community bulletin board.

I stopped and took a look. They were notices that there will be missile launches taking place and that Cibola National Forest (which is behind our community) will be totally closed during the launch windows (a launch took place yesterday morning around 6:30, according to a neighbor). The next launch window begins on February 26. The national forest is in the flight paths of the missiles.

Usually, when missile launches take place in New Mexico, they launch from White Sands Missile Range and/or from a launch area in Fort Wingate (yes, there's a missile facility still in operation at Fort Wingate). 

ATF Trying To Facilitate National Gun Registration

Above, completing the paperwork for my purchase of my Winchester 84 at Ron Peterson Firearms. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

This certainly isn't good news.

It appears the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms wants to start a national gun registry which, as we all know, is a big step for eventual gun confiscation.

According to Gun Owners of America:
The ATF has issued new rules that will alter the format for Form 4473’s and make it easier to create a national gun registry.

Here’s what we know. ATF agents have used annual inspections to electronically record the contents of Form 4473’s being kept by federal gun dealers.  
We also know that a software company exhibiting its wares at the Shot Show in Las Vegas has crafted a system where ATF can take the contents of all the dealer’s Bound Book entries (which contain all of the buyer’s personal information and gun information which is on a Form 4473) by simply capturing them on a thumb drive. 
We know that billionaire “Midget Mike” Bloomberg has made Universal Background Checks/National Gun Registries the centerpiece of his $2 BILLION campaign for the presidency — presumably because, if everyone with a gun has a 4473, then everyone with a gun will be in the national gun registry being compiled by ATF, using its copies of 4473’s.  
The movie, Red Dawn, shows how the 4473 form can be used as a backdoor gun registry. In the movie, a Cuban commander orders an officer to obtain the 4473s from the sporting goods store, so the invading forces know who owns firearms. 
The "fit will hit the shan" should this be implemented.

To read more (and have access to important links), go here

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Daryl Gates Must Be Spinning In His Grave

Lunatics! This is the current LAPD Chief of Police?! Daryl Gates must be spinning in his grave!

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Legendary and Toho Announce "Godzilla vs. Kong" Partnerships

Godzilla and Kong fans will be salivating in joyous anticipation over the goodies that will be issued to fill their collection shelves with Godzilla vs. Kong movie tie-in products.

License Global reported:
Ahead of the November release of “Godzilla vs. Kong,” Legendary Pictures and Toho have announced a slate of licensees that will deliver an offering of merchandise and experiences to fans. 
Playmates has been named master toy partner, with forthcoming products themed to “Godzilla vs. Kong,” as well as additional product lines inspired by Legendary and Warner Bros.’s Monsterverse and Classic Toho Monsters. 
Also teaming up with the film is global manufacturer of licensed apparel and accessories Bioworld; designer and manufacturer of costumes, Rubies; pop culture consumer product company Funko; interactive live-action adventure escape room producer 60Out and virtual reality content studio The Virtual Reality Company (VRC).

To read more, go here.

Checking Out The New Electric Box

Above, the Jeep, power box pole and the GOCO Beast Barn. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

After driving around our community and the new Mesa Ridge Ranch subdivision, I drove the Jeep into Barking Spider Acre to check out the new electric box that was installed last month for electric power to the GOCO Beast Barn.

Above, the new electrical box for the GOCO Beast Barn. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Prior to today, there was either too much snow on the ground, too muddy to walk and drive on (or both) to check out the box.

We have been enjoying temperatures in the 50s this week. It is 54° outside now. The ground was dry enough to walk on today.

Above, the meter and the electrical box for the house. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The electricians with Knight Electic added a separate box for the Beast Barn's outlets and connected that box to the existing one. From the pole (where the electric boxes are), the electricians trenched about 120' to the GOCO Beast Barn for the wiring (in PVC piping).

Above, between the Jeep and the pole, the trenched ground is
shown leading to the GOCO Beast Barn. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

While I was at the power pole, I looked at the utility access road that is behind the property along the community power lines. it looks passable for the Jeep to take an exploring jaunt.

Above, looking west, the utility road along the power lines. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the utility road goes upslope behind my property. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

"Elvis: That's The Way It Is" Set For Theatrical Release

Above, a display of Elvis Presley's jumpsuits on display at Graceland. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It hardly seems possible that 1970 was 50 years ago. But it was.

During that year, Elvis Presley got back on stage at the International Hotel in Las Vegas after a decade of movies he grew to despise doing.

A documentary of Elvis's return to live performances was chronicled in the MGM documentary, Elvis: That's The Way It Is. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of that documentary, it will be released in selected theaters.

According to Variety:
Trafalgar Releasing has set a re-release for the concert documentary “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is” for April 22 in 14 countries, Variety has learned exclusively. 
The event will mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release by MGM. Most of the remastered footage was shot at the International Hotel in Las Vegas with songs including “Love Me Tender,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Suspicious Minds.” 
The 1970 concerts in the film were part of Presley’s first tour in more than a decade. The film was directed by Denis Sanders. 
Marc Allenby, CEO of Trafalgar Releasing, said, “It’s been 50 years since this career changing documentary about The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was released, yet the lasting legacy of Elvis Presley and his music can be seen more clearly than ever in film, music and culture.”
To read more, go here.

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