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Monday, October 22, 2018

1988 Dodgers World Series Beer Stein

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the National League Champions and they defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, so they are now going to the World Series. Game 1 is tomorrow evening.

30 years ago, the Dodgers were also in the World Series. They were against the American League Champions, the Oakland Athletics.

It just so happens that I have a commemorative beer stein from 1988. One one side is the 1988 World Series logo. On the reverse is the Los Angeles Dodgers logo. I saw one for sale (Etsy, I believe) for $35.00.

Dollar Firms Above ¥112.70 In Tokyo

The U.S. dollar seems to have retaken some lost ground in Tokyo trading today.

According to the Japan Times:
The dollar was firmer above ¥112.70 in Tokyo trading late Monday amid a growing risk-on mood generated by higher Japanese and Chinese stock prices. 
Some receding of excessive concerns over Italy’s fiscal condition also pushed up the dollar in late trading. 
At 5 p.m., the dollar stood at ¥112.75-75, up from ¥112.43-43 at the same time Friday The euro was at $1.1531-1532, up from $1.1446-1446, and at ¥130.02-03, up from ¥128.70-70. 
After falling below ¥112.40 following a weak start of the Nikkei 225 stock average, the dollar picked up and regained some lost ground as the Nikkei trimmed early losses, traders said.

To read more, go here

Cold Weather Camping

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

Last February, I lived in the RV for 12 days while waiting for the movers to bring my furnishings. During that time, a few snow storms hit the area. But I was nice and warm in the motorhome as I had a good ceramic space heater to keep the inside warm. I bought it in Topeka, Kansas two years ago so I can save on propane (the motorhome has a built-in propane heater).

The heater came in handy while camping in Monument Valley in November 2016, where night temperatures hit the 20s. I stayed at Goulding's Lodge Campground. One night, I forgot to unhook the water hose and the water inside froze overnight. It was like a snake with rigor mortis. I had to thaw it out over a barbecue fire.

During the tour I took around Monument Valley, it was a very cold day. Thankfully, I had a wool coat.

Above, yours truly was kept warm in this wool coat in Monument Valley.

There are other ways to keeping warm whether one is waiting for movers to arrive or traveling around in the autumn.

RV Life has 8 ways to stay warm while autumn camping.

They begin their article with:
Don’t let the cool temperatures of the fall season keep you from getting out and camping.  There are great advantages to “cold season” camping, including fewer people, fall colors, and seeing areas in different seasons, to name a few. 
With some preparation, most people can stay comfortable in cooler temperatures and keep on adventuring!
To read more, go here.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Putting Up The Sign Tomorrow

Above, the sign on the signpost in the garage. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

After dropping off the Mustang to the body shop in Gallup for door repairs and our usual morning gathering of neighbors at Denny's in the Flying J (three of our group went elk hunting over the weekend, so the rest of us are dying to hear how it went), I will be putting up the sign near the GOCO Beast Barn.

After drilling holes in the sign to mount it on the signpost, I mounted the sign and it looks good. Both the sign and the signpost are green, so they compliment each other.

Above, the sign. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I went to Home Depot in Gallup today and got 80 lbs. of cement to anchor it into the ground. I did dig a hole for it, but since the signpost is 8' tall, I will probably dig a little bit more. It is fast-setting cement. All I have to do is add water and mix it.

All this is weather permitting. Thunderstorms are forecast to be rolling in this evening and tonight.

It will be interesting to see the reactions of people as they drive by and spot it. This whole sign project has cost me under $60 in total (sign, signpost, cement and bucket). Not too shabby!

We all can use a little humor these days, right?

Mustang Is Ready To Go

Above, the Mustang is ready to go. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Tomorrow's the day that I will be bringing in the Mustang to the body shop to get the driver's door replaced.

I haven't been able to use the car since July, so I have been driving The Beast. I put in a couple of gallons of gasoline this morning, so it's good to go.

I will have to crawl through the passenger's side as I can't securely close the other door from the inside. I can close it securely from the outside with some effort.

Above, the Mustang's problem door. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It will be nice to be able to drive the car (much easier on gas at 29 mpg) instead of The Beast. Once the car's done, The Beast will be put into it's GOCO Beast Barn.

It's All About The Music

My DVD Limited Collector's Edition of Elvis Presley: The Searcher arrived in yesterday's mail and I watched it last night after returning home from the Gallup UFO Film Festival. It was due to arrive tomorrow, so it arrived two days early. I bought it through Amazon.

It was as enjoyable as when I first saw it last April when I checked into the Gallup Red Roof Inn (since I don't have HBO here).

The Limited Collector's Edition includes a 20-page book of rare photos and an extra consisting of a "conversation" with Priscilla Presley, Thom Zimny, Jerry Schilling and Scott Goldman. One interesting tidbit from the conversation was that because members of Elvis's entourage (the "Memphis Mafia") are dying off, especially the passing of Joe Esposito, it spurred Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling to get the documentary started.

There's a few things I missed during my April viewing, including the audio of Gladys Presley (Elvis's mother) singing "Home Sweet Home". The audio is in the special edition CD, but I didn't remember hearing it in the video. But there it was.

If one happens to be an Elvis fan, a fan of rock 'n roll or just a music fan in general, there's much in this documentary that will please and enlighten. The whole documentary is outstanding, particularly the first part involving Sam Phillips, Sun Studio and Beale Street in Memphis.

The running time is about 205 minutes.

Gallup UFO Film Festival - Day 2

Above, Jonathan Dover of the Paranormal Rangers giving his presentation. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Yesterday, I spent most of the afternoon at the final day of this year's Gallup UFO Film Festival.

Before the program started, I chatted for a while with Chuck Wade, the founder of the film festival. I recommended to him the book, Witness To Roswell. He said he has the book but hasn't yet gotten around to reading it. I told him that the authors presented the Roswell Incident story as a prosecutor would in a trial with plenty of eyewitness testimony. He said he will immediately do so once the festival is over.

Above, Chuck Wade's map of New Mexico UFO crash sites. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The program was with Jonathan Dover of the Navajo Paranormal Rangers. He spoke of paranormal incidents in and around the Navajo Nation. He was a police officer in the Winslow, Arizona area. The Paranormal Rangers investigate unexplainable incidents in the Navajo Nation.

Incidents included Skinwalkers, mysterious orbs, Satan's Butte, Bigfoot, hauntings, Parallel Dimensions, Ouija Boards and others.

Above, a vintage theater snack bar sign. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The program lasted about three hours and by the time it ended, I was dog-tired and left.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Oh, Great!

Above, the pagoda pet water drinking fountain.

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. In this case it took three years.

Just before I brought Sierra home from the SPCA after adopting her, I bought a pet drinking fountain pagoda. She (and Lola, Jes's chihuahua, when she's here) loved it.

The water pump to Sierra's water pagoda fountain went out. I noticed it wasn't working about a half hour ago. At first, I thought I'd have to buy a whole new pagoda. They cost around $80.

However, fortunately for me, I found that replacement pumps are available and they are under $20.

So I ordered one. Whew!

Gallup UFO Film Festival - Today's Schedule

Last night's program of the 15th Gallup UFO Film Festival was interesting, and today's program should also prove to be just as interesting.

Normally, the UFO Film Festival is held at the El Morro Theater, but it is currently being renovated, so it is being held at the Gallup Down Town Conference Center.

Today's program:

 1:00p Doors Open
 1:30p to 3:30p Jonathan Dover
 3:30p to 4:00p Q & A
 4:00p to 4:45p Break
 5:00p to 6:00p Dr Christopher Dyer
 6:00p to 6:15p Q & A
 6:15 to 7:45p  Movie: Profiling The  Alien
 7:45p to 9:25p  Movie:  The Day Before Disclosure
For more information, go here

Friday, October 19, 2018

15th Annual Gallup UFO Film Festival

Above, an inflatable alien greeted guests. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Tonight, I attended the 15th Annual Gallup UFO Film Festival at the Gallup Down Town Conference Center. It was a good way to spend a Friday evening.

Above, there were plenty of munchies (at reasonable prices) at the film festival. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It was an interesting and enjoyable event as I have never heard of the secret underground military base in Dolce, New Mexico until tonight. Supposedly, there is some sort of "treaty" between aliens and the U.S. which includes abductions and mutual research. A video on the facility was shown which included footage of an alleged UFO landing at the facility and the mysterious death of Phil Schneider, a government geologist. This was the second video shown this evening.

Above, Chuck Wade gives his presentation on seven
UFO crash sites in New Mexico. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The first video was a documentary on crop circles in England. This was also very interesting, which also included footage of an actual crop circle being formed by balls of light (the size of soccer balls, they said).

I stayed for the presentation by Chuck Wade, the founder of the Gallup UFO Film Festival 15 years ago. He spoke on the seven UFO crash sites in New Mexico. One of them is controversial as some claimed that the crash site at Hart Canyon near Aztec, New Mexico was a hoax. But tonight, it as treated as a real crash site as the ones near Roswell.

Above, Chuck Wade begins his presentation. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Wade also brought along a display box of what he claims are crash debris from some of the crash sites that he and others dug up. After Wade's presentation, I decided to head on home as I was getting drowsy (I've been up since 4:00 in the morning).

Above, UFO crash debris artifacts brought to the film festival by Chuck Wade. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The Gallup UFO Film Festival continues tomorrow evening. I will most likely go to it.

Now, I am listening to the Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.

Yellowstone Sees Increase In Visits In September

Above, bison grazing in a Yellowstone meadow. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Yellowstone National Park is one place where those who have never been there should put on their travel bucket list.

Many people have checked off visiting Yellowstone and more visitors went there last month than the same time last year.

The Washington Times reported:
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - The number of people visiting Yellowstone National Park in September increased 13 percent from a year ago. 
The National Park Service says it recorded 724,454 visits last month.

To read more, go here

Print Edition of "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan"

Above, Miki Hayashi with the print edition. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Life (and business) is funny sometimes. For some time, aside from purchases of the ebook edition of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan, there has been a lull (at least since last year) in sales of the print edition.

Suddenly, I am getting orders in for the print edition.

So, if anyone would like a copy of the print edition, I have plenty of copies available at the discounted price of $9.95 plus $2.00 shipping and handing.

For details on ordering, go here.

Gallup UFO Film Festival Opens Tonight

Tonight, the Gallup UFO Film Festival opens.

The schedule for tonight is:

 4:00p  Doors Open
 5:00p  Movie:  Aztec 1948 UFO Crash
 6:00p  Movie:  Open Minds-Investigates
 7:00p to 7:45p Chuck Wade
 7:45p to 8:00p Q & A
 8:00p to 9:00p  Clifford Mahooty
 9:00p to 9:15p Q & A
 9:15p to 10:15p  Movie:  The Naked Truth About the 1947 UFO Crash at Roswell
To find out more, go here

Red Sox Going To The World Series

Above, you'd never guess who my team is.

This year's World Series will not be a repeat of last year's whether or not the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Houston Astros last night.

From CBS Sports:
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday night, thus winning the best-of-seven series by a 4-1 margin. The Red Sox as a result are the 2018 AL champions and will advance to play either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers in the World Series. The Dodgers currently lead the Brewers by a 3-2 margin in the NLCS, with Game 6 going down on Friday.

To read more, go here.

Go Dodgers!

NASA-Led Team Names Constellation "Godzilla"

Above, the Godzilla mural at Toho Studios in Setagaya. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The King of the Monsters was honored by NASA and astronomy researchers with a constellation name.

NHK reported:
An international team of researchers has given the name Godzilla to one of what it calls the modern constellations. The monster is among the most popular film characters created in Japan. 
The team, made up of US space agency NASA and worldwide astronomy researchers, announced 21 new gamma-ray "constellations" to mark the 10th year of operations of its Fermi satellite for astronomical observation.

The constellation was named "Godzilla" due to the "monster's trademark heat ray bears a resemblance to gamma-ray jets associated with black holes and neutron stars."

To read more, go here.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Japan Orders Company Who Falsified Data On Quake Shock Absorbers To Replace Them

Above, the Tokyo Skytree while under construction in 2010. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The Japanese government today ordered a company who falsified data on earthquake shock absorbers to on buildings in Japan to replace them.

Reuters reported:
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese officials on Thursday ordered a company that falsified data on the quality of its earthquake shock absorbers to replace its products in hundreds of buildings, including a major tourist site and venues for the 2020 Olympics. 
KYB Corp, a major producer of the shock absorbers, which reduce shaking of buildings during a quake, said on Tuesday that data related to the quality of its products and those made by a subsidiary, had been falsified since 2003, and possibly even since 2000.

The Tokyo Skytree was one of the buildings fitted with the KYB Corp. shock absorbers.

To read more, go here

Highlights of Route 66 New Mexico - In Photos

Above, a Route 66 sign in Church Rock, New Mexico. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Taking a road trip to trace the historic Route 66 has been a pastime for many people over the past several years. Many have done so and have posted their journeys in videos on YouTube and on photo websites.

Here's one photo website, Finding The Universe. It belongs to Laurence Norah, who traveled across New Mexico on Route 66 (before he hits a dead end).

Some of the places shown are near to me.

He wrote:
You should know the drill by now! This is part 3 of my series featuring my favourite images from our Route 66 adventure across the US in the summer of 2015. If you’re late to the party, fear not – you can still check out my Route 66 California highlights and Route 66 Arizona highlights. 
I have to admit, New Mexico was slightly vexing. I was very excited to visit, not least because I had been led to believe that the state has spectacular sunsets. We even had a whole song on our Route 66 playlist dedicated to the things. 
As it was, we were not fortunate with the weather, and didn’t get to see much of a sunset. This was sad, but a reason to return at least! As you’ll see from many of my pictures from this state, it was a bit grey. Ok, very grey. But the views were still excellent, and there were plenty of Route 66 related attractions to keep us happy. Let’s have a look at what we found!

To see his photos, go here

Kamala Harris Wants To Give Away YOUR Money!

The Looney Left Report

California Senator Kamala Harris sure knows how to spend taxpayers' money.

She just announced legislation giving people $6,000/year or $500/month, whether they work or not. More leftist redistribution of wealth lunacy!

According to the Sacramento Bee:
American families making less than $100,000 a year could be eligible for a monthly tax credit of up to $500, or $6,000 a year, under new legislation announced Thursday by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California. 
Individuals making less than $50,000 would be eligible for up to $250 a month, $3,000 a year. 
“Americans are working harder than ever but stagnant wages mean they can’t keep up with cost of living increases,” Harris, a likely presidential candidate in 2020, said in a statement. 
Harris’ office cited a 2017 survey from the website Bankrate.com that found more than half of Americans cannot afford a $500 unexpected expense, such as a rent increase, medical bill or child care. 
According to Harris’ office, recipients could receive the money in either monthly payments or annually.

Naturally, some people (the gimmie-gimmies) who would rather get a handout instead of earning their money would be all for this lunatic's scheme. Just like pigs at the trough!

To read more, go here

Roamin' Around

For something to do, I headed out to take some photos here and there.

Above and below, I first stopped to give the mare some carrot treats. Photos by Armand Vaquer.

Above, I then headed down Historic Route 66 down to the road leading to Red Rock Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, at the intersection of the road to Red Rock Park, is this historic marker. Photo by Armand Vaquer.
Above, these must be the Chaco Cliffs the marker tells about. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, Pyramid Rock above the community of Church Rock. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the road to Red Rock Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the reverse side of the historic marker. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Trump To Use Military To Close Mexican Border If Caravan Not Stopped

From Fox News:
JUST IN: President Donald J. Trump warned Thursday he will “call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER” with Mexico if officials there don’t stop the northward flow of a growing migrant caravan that's swelled in size to about 4,000 people.
Trump's latest threat against the caravan -- which originated in Honduras and is bound for the U.S. in a bid to escape pervasive poverty and violence – comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Central America to discuss the issue.

To read more, go here

Mick Rich Reaffirms Appearance At Steve Bannon Event in Roswell


Mick Rich Reaffirms Appearance
At Steve Bannon Event in Roswell

ROSWELL, NM, Oct. 18, 2018 – Despite Democratic Party calls for him to cancel his appearance and apologize, Mick Rich, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, reaffirmed his appearance at a Steve Bannon film showing and speech at the Hi-Q Venue in Roswell today from 4-7pm.
"Steve Bannon is a global thought leader for economic populism," Rich said. "At tonight's event, he will show his most recent film, "Trump at War," which explores the radical left's opposition to our duly elected President.
"Mr. Bannon is anti-elitist, as am I," Rich continued. "So it's no surprise that the party of my opponent, Sen. Martin Heinrich, hates Steve Bannon. Martin Heinrich has become a Washington elitist.
"I will be the voice for New Mexico's hard-working taxpayers," Rich said. "It's time for New Mexicans to rise up against the elites and send a hard hat to Washington."
Admission to the event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
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About Mick Rich

Mick stunned New Mexico’s political establishment by winning the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in his first run for office. As CEO of Mick Rich Contractors, Mick helped build communities across New Mexico for 35 years. Mick’s promise to voters is to take his Hard Hat Values to Congress, and “get the job done.” He is one of the few Senate candidates nationally who has pledged to serve no more than two terms. Mick and his wife, Marion, have four adult children: Audrey, Grace, Jim, and Margaret.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Japan See First Decline In Tourists In Five Years

Above, the Asahi Beer Hall in Tokyo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Japan is seeing a drop in foreign visitors for the first time in five years. Recent disasters a being blamed for the decline.

The Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun) reported:
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan saw the first decline in the number of visitors from abroad in five years and eight months in September, due to major natural disasters early in the month, government estimates showed on Tuesday. 
The number of inbound visitors in the month is estimated at 2,159,600, down 5.3 percent year on year, the Japan National Tourism Organization said. 
Many people in East Asia are believed to have canceled their planned visits to the country in the aftermath of Typhoon Jebi, which caused a temporary shutdown of Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture, as well as a powerful earthquake in Hokkaido.

To read more, go here

KYVA AM 1230 In Gallup

Above, Dodger Stadium. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The only remaining thing (besides Tommy's and In-N-Out Burger) I like about Los Angeles is the Los Angeles Dodgers.

I remember as far back as 1963 going to Dodger Stadium for home games. I practically lived at Dodger Stadium back in the late 1970s and 1980s. I attended at least one game during every home stand. Tickets were reasonable back then with the price tag of $6.00 being the top one. Today, those same seats cost over $40.00.

As I have moved to a community 18 miles east of Gallup, New Mexico, I was pleased to discover that there is a Gallup radio station that is a part of the Los Angeles Dodgers radio network. It is KYVA AM 1230.

Right now, I am enjoying Game 5 of the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers. At present, it is tied at one run apiece.

It is nice to know that I can still follow the Dodgers here in the wilds of New Mexico.

Graffiti Found At Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Above, the Atomic Bomb Dome at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Nothing is sacred anymore, not even in Japan's Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima.

Graffiti has been found at three locations within the park.

NHK reported:
Police in Hiroshima, western Japan, are investigating graffiti found at 3 places in the Peace Memorial Park. The park is home to the landmark Atomic Bomb Dome, which was damaged in the 1945 bombing. 
Police said on Tuesday that black, spray-painted markings were found on a bench near the dome, on a fence at the Peace Memorial Museum and on the door of a garbage disposal facility near a monument for the Korean victims of the bombing. 
Security guards found the graffiti on Monday morning. Workers were seen erasing the markings on Tuesday.

To read more, go here

Data Cheating Scandal Reaches Tokyo Skytree and Other Buildings

Above, the Tokyo Skytree from Asakusa. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A scandal involving cheating of quality inspection data has reached the Tokyo Skytree and other buildings in Japan.

According to the Japan Times:
TOKYO - The landmark Tokyo Skytree tower, facilities for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and more government offices are among the nearly 1,000 buildings using earthquake shock absorbers produced by KYB Corp, which admitted cheating quality inspection data for more than a decade, officials said Wednesday. 
The day after yet another quality control scandal by a Japanese company came to light, building owners across the country began checking their properties to see if they have KYB products installed and whether their inspection data can be trusted. 
The Tokyo Skytree operator said it uses a KYB system for absorption and control during a seismic event and is now checking whether more devices manufactured by the company are used at the 634-meter tower in the Japanese capital's east.

To read more, go here.

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