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Friday, December 2, 2022

This Weekend's Company

En route back home from Colorado after he helped a friend move there, my friend Mitch has stopped in for a couple of days to visit.

We will likely head to Red Rock Park this morning to see ascension of the hot-air balloons at the Red Rock Balloon Rally. 

Last evening, we had dinner at Genaro's Mexican Restaurant in Gallup.

Above, last evening at Genaro's Mexican Restaurant.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Top Ways To Explore Colorado

Above, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train
 above the Animas River at Highline. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Living within a "stone's throw" of the Four Corners of the U.S. provides great opportunities for exploring the region. 

Since I moved to New Mexico near Gallup, I have visited the neighboring states several times over the past four years. Most recently, I traveled to Arizona, Utah and Colorado.  

Colorado Hockey Now has an article on the "Top Ways To Explore Colorado: 6 Tourist Tips To Help You".

They begin with:

Colorado is a land of natural wonders, and there are many different ways to explore it. Whether you’re a nature lover or an outdoor enthusiast, there’s something for everyone in Colorado. If you’re looking for some tips on how to make the most of your visit, read on. Read on for six in-depth tourist tips to help you explore Colorado like a pro.

To read more, go here

2021 Niue Godzilla Silver Coin

If one is a coin collector and a Godzilla/kaiju collector, there is at least one essential coin they should include in their collections.

That is a 1 troy ounce Godzilla $2.00 silver coin from the island nation of Niue. It is a licensed coin that commemorates Godzilla vs. Kong.

Today's silver price is at $22.46 per troy ounce.

According to Silver Gold Bull:

The 1 oz 2021 Niue Silver $2 Godzilla Coin is the perfect addition to your coin collection. With only 25,000 coins minted worldwide, this Godzilla vs. Kong collectible coin is a limited release that you do not want to miss. This silver coin celebrates the popular Godzilla vs. Kong film currently leading the box office during the pandemic.

The reverse features an officially licensed depiction of Godzilla, shown in profile, above the inscription “GODZILLA”.

The obverse features an officially licensed depiction of Godzilla vs. Kong in action around the Public Seal of Niue. Also included on the obverse are the coin’s year of issue, the unique legal tender value, the Legendary Pictures stamp and details of metal content, weight and purity.

The epic clash of Godzilla vs. Kong serves as the Godzilla franchise’s 36th film and King Kong’s 12th further assuring this coin’s collectible appeal.

There is also a King Kong silver coin.

I ordered a Godzilla coin the other day and it is expected to be delivered tomorrow.  

5 Places For Culture and History On The Navajo Nation

Above, the Left Mitten at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Thinking about where to vacation next year? Why not visit the Navajo Nation? There are plenty of places to see and things to do. Last month, I took a two-nighter trip to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. It's a great place for sightseeing and camping.

AZ Big Media has listed five interesting places within the western edge of the Navajo Nation.

They begin with:

Ever wondered where to go on the Navajo Nation? With the reservation spanning over three states, it can be overwhelming. Here are five places to visit in the western edge of the Navajo Nation:

To see what they are, go here

Parallel Parking Tips For RVers

Above, a wide-open curbside parking spot. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Parallel parking my motorhome is something I try to avoid. I am more concerned about people sideswiping my parked motorhome than with my own skills at parallel parking. I prefer parking in wide open parking lots. But sometimes parallel parking is the only thing available.

If that's the case, RV Life has an article with 12 best parallel parking tips for RVers.

They begin it with:

Parallel parking in your car can take some skill and practice and, like me, it might put you a bit on edge if that’s all the parking you can find. I do tend to avoid those spaces if you know what I mean.

Now, let’s talk about trying that in your RV. Details such as visibility and the size of your rig might just have you heading on down the road.

Parallel parking is an important skill if you like to visit national parks with limited parking. The ability to get into parallel spaces will keep you enjoying your adventures at the best places instead of forcing you to keep going or having to wait until a spot you can pull straight into comes open.

Read ahead for some of the best parallel parking tips for RVers.

To read more, go here

Tips For Attending An RV Show

Above, new motorhomes on display at the California RV Show. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Whether or not one is in the market to buy a new RV or just like to browse around and sit in on demonstrations of cooking gadgets, attending an RV show is a lot of fun.

If anyone hasn't been to an RV show, RV Lifestyle has an article with 13 pro tips for attending one.

They begin it with:

Jennifer and I love attending RV shows. We hit many of the biggest and best RV shows every year, and smaller shows, too. It’s a great way for us to stay up-to-date on the latest innovations in the RV community to share with our RV Lifestyle community.

We also attend RV shows because we really enjoy them! We often run into fellow RVers we’ve met on the road, and it’s a great place to make new friends, too.

I know the thought of milling through a crowded convention center and parking lot can seem overwhelming to some. After all, it’s not uncommon to have to wait in lines to enter new models or have to squeeze through to see new RV products.

But the crowds aren’t always that bad. Plus, there’s a great deal you can do to prepare for an RV show before you arrive and before every day you attend.

I will share those tips with you so you can make the most of attending an RV show.

To read more, go here

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Christine McVie Dies At 79

Above, Christine McVie in 2019.

Two days ago, I posted this week's Classic Rock Music Monday to spotlight a classic rock artist.

When I posted it, I stated that my original plan was to spotlight Fleetwood Mac, but the passing of Irene Cara changed those plans and that I would spotlight Fleetwood Mac next week.  

Those plans have taken on a more important meaning. It was announced that Fleetwood Mac singer Christine McVie has passed away today from a brief illness at age 79.

Rest in peace, Christine.

Medal of Honor Recipient Hiroshi Miyamura, R.I.P.

Above, Hiroshi H. Miyamura, Medal of Honor recipient.

Medal of Honor recipient Hiroshi H. Miyamura of Gallup, New Mexico passed away on November 29.

According to a Twitter posting yesterday by the New Mexico House Republicans:

New Mexico and our country have lost a shining light. Gallup-hero and #MedalofHonor recipient Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura passed away today. Thank you for your service. 

From KOB4:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura, a Korean War Medal of Honor recipient hailing from Gallup, has died. He was 97.

Miyamura was born in Gallup on October 6, 1925. In 1945, he first joined the U.S. Army and served in the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Infantry Regiment, which consisted of mostly Japanese Americans. He was discharged after Japan surrendered but then was called to active duty when the Korean War started. 

During the Korean War, Miyamura served as a corporal in the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, Third Infantry Division.

Near Taejon-Ni, Korea, on April 24, 1951, enemy soldiers threatened to overrun Miyamura and his machine-gun squad. Miyamura reportedly ordered his men to retreat, then defended them with machine guns and hand-to-hand combat.

Reports indicate he gave first aid to his men and helped them evacuate, all while killing more than 50 enemy soldiers. Before he was captured, Miyamura continued to fight despite being severely wounded.

Fearing revenge, the U.S. kept quiet about his actions until he was released in August 1953.

Two months later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower bestowed the Medal of Honor upon the Gallup native at the White House.

Miyamura had been honored by the city of Gallup with an overpass and highway named for him.  

Wikipedia has a page devoted to Miyamura with details on his heroism during the Korean War. To access it, go here

To read more, go here.

Japan: New Entry Requirements You Need To Know About

Above, Godzilla peering over a building in Shinjuku. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It has been over a month since Japan opened up to foreign tourism. Things have gotten easier to get in, but there's still some "rigmarole" travelers have to contend with.

SoraNews24 has posted an article on just what they are.

They begin with:

It’s been over a month now since Japan reopened its borders to international tourists on 11 October, but unlike a lot of other countries, there’s still a bit of rigmarole to get in.

Last month, visitors were required to enter personal details such as vaccination status into an app called MySOS, but from 1 November, that requirement was abolished, and has now been replaced with “Visit Japan Web“, a website designed to smooth out the immigration process.

One of our reporters flew into Japan from Singapore the other day, and upon using the Visit Japan Web site, they noticed three major differences.

To read more, go here

Tuesday, November 29, 2022


Above, yours truly with Martin Link last January. Photo by Russell Azbill.

A few minutes ago, I received word that Gallup author/historian Martin Link has COVID and is in the hospital. He's in his 80s, which makes his case more serious. I think he mentioned before that he was vaccinated. 

It was a good thing that I didn't attend Sunday's dinner at his home due to allergy issues, but there is a possibility that those who did may have contracted it. Hopefully not. I was with one attendee's husband today at Denny's. If she got exposed to it, then he may also be exposed to it through his wife. Again, hopefully not.

I don't think that I should be too concerned since I have been fully vaccinated, including two boosters (Pfizer). Generally, symptoms show up anywhere between 3 to 14 days from exposure (give or take). 

Roger, one of our gang in Jamestown, came down with it months ago and we didn't catch it from him. Hopefully, we'll have dodged a bullet again. Knock on wood!

We'll just have to wait and see.

Balloominaria This Saturday Evening

As part of the Red Rock Balloon Rally, this year's Balloominaria will be taking place this Saturday evening at Rio West Mall in Gallup  It begins at 6:00.

This is the event where hot-air balloons are inflated and their envelopes are lit up. Spectators are allowed to wander around the inflated balloons. I went to it last year and it was well-attended. 

Above, last year's Balloominaria at Rio West Mall. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

41st Red Rock Balloon Rally This Weekend

Above, the 2019 Red Rock Balloon Rally at Red Rock Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The 41st Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally will be taking place this weekend at Red Rock Park east of Gallup this weekend.

The balloon rally begins on Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 am with the ascension of hot-air balloons and ends on Monday, December 4.

From the official website:

December 2nd-4th, 2022

The 41st Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally will take place on December 2-4, 2022.  What began as a small but earnest effort by four individuals to share the unique flying challenge offered in the incredible red rock formations east of Gallup, New Mexico has grown into the second largest balloon rally in North America, with 200 balloons.


(with only a small $5.00 parking fee at events at Red Rock Park)

Above, the 2019 Red Rock Balloon Rally. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I attended the 2019 Red Rock Balloon Rally and had a great time. The weather looks favorable this year with a forecast high of 54° on Friday.

Deal On JFK Silver Half Dollars

Above, two of my 1964 JFK half dollars. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

From the Urban Dictionary:

The Rampant Inflation induced by the Policies of the Old Swamp Marxist Himself, POTUS Joker Biden.

Universal Coin & Bullion has a deal on 1964 JFK half dollars. I was first alerted through their ad in the current American Rifleman magazine.

Their lowest price for a 1964 JFK half dollar is $13.50/coin in BU (brilliant uncirculated) condition. These coins are the only JFK half dollars minted in 90% silver. The average price for these coins range from $7.00 to $15.00. 

Yesterday, I placed an order for one as I already have several. Universal's limit is two per household. I alerted a friend and he ordered two last night.

Since our currency is being eaten away by Bidenflation, investing in precious metal coins (gold and silver) is a good hedge.

The current silver price is $21.34 per ounce.

For a little history on private ownership of gold by U.S. citizens, go here.

Legendary Entertainment Cuts Ties With Warner Bros.

It appears that the resolution of the public "spat" between Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures was short-lived.

Legendary has bolted from Warner Bros. and has signed up with Sony Pictures to distribute their films.

According to Variety:

Legendary Entertainment, the production company behind “Dune” and “Godzilla vs. Kong,” has cut ties with Warner Bros. and entered a multi-year worldwide film distribution partnership with Sony Pictures.

Under the new agreement, Sony will market and distribute Legendary’s upcoming theatrical motion picture titles. However, select existing projects at Legendary are exempt from the pact, meaning Warner Bros. Pictures is still backing “Dune: Part Two.” The sequel to 2021’s sci-fi adaptation “Dune” is currently in production and slated for release on Nov. 3, 2023.

In a press release, Sony Pictures and Legendary emphasized that the companies are aligned in their “ongoing commitment to theatrical distribution as a driver for other ‘downstream’ windows and the theatrical window’s long-term value for films.”  

That sentiment may be a not-so-subtle nod to Legendary’s public spat with Warner Bros. in late 2020. At the time, the production company threatened to take legal action over Warners.’ decision to send all of its 2021 movies — including the Legendary-backed “Godzilla vs. Kong” and “Dune” — to HBO Max on the same day they debut in theaters. However, the two companies hashed out frustrations (for the moment) and found an agreement that satisfied both parties. Moreover, “Godzilla vs. Kong” grossed $470 million globally and “Dune” generated $401 million worldwide, making each of them pandemic-era box office hits despite playing day-and date on streaming.

To read more, go here

Biden Scaling Back Our Nuclear Capabilities While China Builds Up Theirs

Whoever the heck is in charge of the Biden Administration (along with His Fraudulency himself) had to have come from an insane asylum.

Sen. John Kennedy Tweeted last evening:

China is equipping its nuclear submarines w/ missiles that can reach our homeland, while the Biden admin is canceling our nuclear-tipped sea-launched missile—against the advice of top military officers.

Why are we scaling back our nuclear capabilities while China builds its up?

This is totally mind-boggling! 

Monday, November 28, 2022

New Mexico In Lonely Planet's "Best In Travel"

Above, Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The state's government leaves much to be desired, but New Mexico has plenty of scenic and cultural beauty to enjoy.

That is why Lonely Planet has named New Mexico one of 30 places to inspire.

According to Yahoo:

Nov. 28—New Mexico is one of three U.S. entries on Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2023 list of 30 Places to Inspire You.

New Mexico joins Alaska and Boise, Idaho, on a list "designed to help you dream, plan and go to the places that will be buzzing in the year ahead."

As top attractions, Lonely Planet listed Meow Wolf, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Taos Pueblo, the Very Large Array, Chaco Culture Natural Historic Park, Acoma Pueblo, Spaceport America and White Sands National Park.

To read more, go here.

New Passport Arrived

My new U.S. Passport arrived in today's mail.

It is hard to believe that it is good until I am almost (by two years) 80 years old, should I be fortunate enough to live that long.

Now I am able to do some overseas traveling to Japan or somewhere else (if Mitch Geriminsky comes up with a travel scheme like he did when we took that 2019 cruise to Havana). My old passport should be sent to me shortly. It has stamps from several trips to Japan and the Cuba trip.

Ways To Get Better Sleep In An RV

Above, my cat Sierra likes the motorhome bed also. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Getting a good night's sleep in my motorhome has never been a problem. I found that I actually do sleep better in the RV than I do in my bed at home.

There are those, however, that aren't so lucky and have a hard time sleeping when camping.

Fortunately, Do It Yourself RV has some tips on getting some good shut-eye.

They start with:

Traveling in an RV is a ton of fun, but it can be hard to wind down after a long day of driving or exploring the outdoors. Some people find it hard to sleep in an RV because the environment around them is always changing. You can’t always guarantee that your campground or RV resort will be quiet and peaceful. So, what are some ways to get better sleep in your RV?

Ultimately, you should try to create a sleeping space that mirrors your preferences and habits. Many people are able to get better sleep if the room is dark, quiet, and set to a comfortable temperature. There are also different tactics you can use to make your RV mattress more comfortable.

It’s very important to get a good night’s sleep. If you have a hard time getting comfortable in an RV bed, you’re not alone! Luckily, there are a few techniques and habits you can try that may help you fall asleep faster. Check out our top 10 ways to get better sleep in your RV.

To read more, go here

Park Ranger Tips

Above, a park ranger in front of the Manzanita Lake camp store
 at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Park rangers have a job to do even though their places of employment are gorgeous. They are helpful and informative when asked by visitors.

But there are things that the rangers want one to know to make their job easier and one's visit trouble-free.

RV Life has posted the five things rangers want visitors to know.

They begin with:

For most RVers, camping can be an opportunity to make amazing memories that will last a lifetime. And this isn’t just because our parks are located in exceptionally beautiful wilderness areas. State, provincial, and national parks are run by park rangers who have an absolute passion for the outdoors and helping people enjoy it. 

Park rangers are responsible for ensuring everyone brings home happy camping memories. From helping you get the right campsite to making sure the washrooms are spic and span, park rangers do a lot to help make sure you have the best possible stay at the campground. However, there are five things park rangers would like you to know to help ensure everyone has a good time at the park. 

To read more, go here

Classic Rock Music Monday

The stuff that now passes as "music", particularly rock 'n roll, leaves me cold. So, to start off the week, here's a video of a classic rock artist.

Last week, I was thinking about who would be spotlighted on today's Classic Rock Music Monday. I had settled on Fleetwood Mac, but the passing of Irene Cara at 63 last Friday changed all that. So I will have to delay the group's spotlight until next Monday.

I have to confess, I was a fan of hers and was as stunned as many upon hearing the news. I would be remiss to not honor Irene Cara in this week's Classic Rock Music Monday. I just wish it were in happier circumstances. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. 

The video is from the 1983 Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon. Cara performs her hit, "What A Feeling" from Flashdance.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

The "New" Twitter

Since Elon Musk bought Twitter, I haven't noticed too much except for fewer liberals whining about everything.

Also, I noticed more postings by women(?) that border on softcore porn (some even cross that line) like this:


45 years, looking for friends on twitter to exchange whatsapp. Want to see my secret Facebook?

If you have young children, maybe you ought to block their access to Twitter so they would not be exposed to these kinds of posts. 

Sick Day

Above, last month in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

Today, I was supposed to be at our monthly supper group's dinner at author/historian Martin Link's today in Gallup. I had to cancel.

But I managed to wake up this morning congested with gunk in my chest and throat with a persistent cough.

I've stayed indoors all day today relaxing with only one trip to the Flying J to pick up some Nyquil and Dayquil. The Dayquil helped me a lot. I am not as congested as I was earlier. 

Hopefully, I will be recovered by tomorrow.  

Alyssa Milano Is Still On Twitter and Is As Dumb As Ever

Someone's full of their own self-importance and a bit tone deaf on history. But there's plenty of people around to school her.


Saturday, November 26, 2022

Irene Cara, 1959 - 2022

Sad news today.

Hearing today's news about the passing of singer/actress Irene Cara reminded me that I ran into several of the actors of Flashdance (1983) in an elevator of the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in Los Angeles. Cara wasn't one of them, I don't believe. I was there to attend a meeting of the Los Angeles County Republican Central Committee on a different floor.

At the time, Flashdance was in production and Bob Hope Patriotic Hall and was where the final dance scene with Alex (Jennifer Beals) ("blowing away the five judges with her routine") was filmed.

Irene Cara was only 63 years old at the time of her death.

She is best known for (source: Wikipedia):

Irene Cara Escalera was an American singer and actress. Cara sang and co-wrote the song "Flashdance... What a Feeling", for which she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1984.  
Cara is also known for playing the role of Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame, and for recording the film's title song "Fame". 

Above, Irene Cara, 1959 - 2022.

As of now, it is not known what caused Cara's death. Her publicist said that as soon as they know, they will release the information. 

R.I.P., Irene.

Fauci Lied About Masks

Gee, why am I not surprised?

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