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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/songwriter 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 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?

Almost 60°

Above, at home today. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

According to my yard thermometer, it is almost 60° outside.

If that's accurate, then this will be the warmest it has been in weeks. There is a breeze here, which cools the air temperature a bit, but it is comfortable enough to step out without a jacket. 

There may be snow coming next week, though. 

Biden Threatening 2nd Amendment Again

His Fraudulency Joe Biden is once again threatening our Second Amendment rights. 

Following some recent mass shootings, Biden took the opportunity call for a ban on so-called "assault weapons" during the lame-duck session of congress.

Townhall reported:

President Joe Biden and his Democrat constituents are threatening to take America’s Second Amendment away by attempting to pass a bill that would ban assault rifles during the lame-duck session before the next Congress forms. 

On Thanksgiving, Biden reiterated his support for stricter gun laws, saying that it is “ridiculous” that red flag laws were not being enforced throughout the country. 

“No. 2, the idea … we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. It’s just sick. It has no, no socially redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single, solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers,” Biden said. 

A reporter then asked the president if he would attempt to sign new gun laws with Republicans in control of the House next year, in which Biden said that he would make that assessment as he counts votes.

“I'm going to try,” Biden said, adding “I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons.”

To read more, go here

Ya Gotta Teach 'Em Right, Pilgrim!

Several days ago, I received an email from the John Wayne Stock & Supply Company of their holiday catalog offerings.

While perusing it, I noticed that they had infant onesies. Since this would be the first Christmas for my second cousin Chrissie's son Colt in Tennessee, I decided to get him a John Wayne Saddle Up Rodeo onesie. 

Colt's older brother Gunnar is now six and I looked around the catalog and spotted a John Wayne "Made In America" puzzle. With his mom and dad's help, Gunnar should be able to while the time putting the puzzle together. 

The items were delivered yesterday.

What better way to start kids off right than to get them some Duke goods? Ya gotta teach 'em right, Pilgrim!

To access the John Wayne Stock & Supply Co., go here.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Richard Nixon On The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson

When late-night television talk shows were entertaining. 

This is for those who are political junkies and history buffs.

Prior to his presidential run in 1968, former Vice President Richard Nixon made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. His appearance on the show took place on November 22, 1967.

Until today, I had never viewed this episode. Back on Christmas Day in 1974, my parents gave me Here's Johnny... Magic Moments From the Tonight Show record album (pictured below). Included in the album was a recording of Nixon's appearance. (Yes, I still do have the album.)

After viewing the video, I noticed that the record had the segment not in the actual order. 

The audio is scratchy until about 1:50 minutes in, but it clears up. Trisha and Julie Nixon were in the audience and were introduced.

It is an interesting interview and well worth viewing, so I have it posted below:

Kappabashi, All Things Kitchen

Above, the giant chef bust tells visitors that they're in Kappabashi. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Longtime regular readers of this blog have read blog posts about Kappabashi, known as "Kitchen Town" in Tokyo.

Kappabashi is near Asakusa in Tokyo and the district has everything a cook, professional or otherwise, may need or want. 

Above, knives on display at the Kamaasa Knife Co. shop. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I first went to Kappabashi in February 2014 to pick up some chef's knives. Following my purchases, I wandered around the district to see what other things were available. I returned there a year later to pick up some more goods.

Japan Today has a nice detailed article about Kappabashi that would be useful for future visitors.

They begin it with:

TOKYO - To spend a few hours wandering the Tokyo neighborhood of Kappabashi, not far from Asakusa, is not just a fun shopping experience, it is also a lesson in how many different kitchen toys exist in the world. This neighborhood, and especially its main drag, is jammed with shops that sell everything imaginable for the kitchen, whether it’s a home kitchen or a professional one. It makes sense that a city as obsessed with good food as Tokyo would be home to one of the largest shopping districts for kitchen implements in the world.

The breadth of items available in the more than 170 shops in the area is astounding. There is everything imaginable, and a few things one could never imagine (unless, perhaps, you are a professionally trained chef).

The principal shopping street of Kappabashi, a strip less than a kilometer long, is just a few dozen meters from Tawaramachi station on the Ginza subway line. Its entry is marked by a gigantic bust of a chef atop the Niimi Building on the corner, home of a shop selling dishes.

To read more, go here

Tokyo Cheapo's Shinkansen Guide Video

Above, a Shinkansen view of Mt. Fuji while en route to Osaka from Tokyo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Now that foreigners can travel again to Japan, here's something that will be helpful if one is planning to travel outside of Tokyo to other cities.

Tokyo Cheapo has posted a video guide for using the famous bullet trains, or Shinkansens, while in Japan. 

According to the video posting:

Wondering whether the Shinkansen (that’s the bullet train) might be the best way to get from one part of Japan to another? This a comprehensive guide to taking some of the fastest trains in the world, from speeds to seat reservations, luggage and the Japan rail passes.

Here's the video:

Singapore Airlines Unveils Major Network Changes

Above, a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 at Los Angeles International Airport. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Now that life is slowly creeping back to normal, Singapore Airlines has unveiled major network changes to meet the demand.

Japan Today reported:

Singapore - Singapore Airlines (SIA) has unveiled plans to boost frequencies to destinations across East and South East Asia, resume flights to Busan and increase Airbus A380 services to Australia during the northern summer operating season (March 26 to Oct 29, 2023).

As a result, SIA’s flight frequencies will reach or exceed pre-pandemic levels in multiple destinations across East and Southeast Asia by March 2024, including Bangkok, Thailand; Busan and Seoul, South Korea; Fukuoka, Nagoya and Osaka, Japan; Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Siem Reap, Cambodia; and Taipei, Taiwan.

In addition, Melbourne will get a new daily A380 service and Sydney will get a second daily A380 service.

JoAnn Tan, Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, Singapore Airlines, said, “Looking ahead to 2023, we see stronger demand for flights to destinations across South East Asia, parts of East Asia, and Australia. As we restore our network to these regions closer to pre pandemic levels, our customers have even more flight options as they make their holiday plans.”

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

As far as Los Angeles to Japan travel is concerned, the article reported:

Flights SQ36 and SQ35 between Singapore and Los Angeles will operate thrice weekly, instead of a daily service, from March 26, 2023. Customers will continue to have the option of two existing daily flights to Los Angeles via the non-stop service SQ38 and SQ37 between the two cities, or flights SQ12 and SQ11, which serve the Singapore-Tokyo (Narita)-Los Angeles route.

To read the full article, go here

Woman Dies During Hike At Zion National Park

Above, the Narrows at Zion National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A tragedy took place in Zion National Park on Wednesday when a couple who were hiking overnight in the Narrows experienced hypothermia. 

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

A woman hiker is dead and her husband is recovering after being injured during a 16-mile overnight hike at Zion National Park in Utah.

Zion National Park shuttle drivers reported that visitors found an injured man and a non-responsive woman in the Narrows on Wednesday morning, according to a news release.

Zion rescue team members found the man on Riverside Walk. He was taken to the Zion Emergency Operations Center. Farther up the Narrows, rescuers found a non-responsive woman near the Virgin River. First responders administered emergency aid, but they determined she was deceased.

The 33-year-old man and 31-year-old woman, a married couple, had started their permitted 16-mile trip through the Narrows from the top-down on Tuesday. The man told rescuers that they became dangerously cold overnight and experienced symptoms consistent with hypothermia.

 To read more, go here.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

RV Black Water Tank Frozen? Here’s What To Do

Only a few times have I ever done any camping in freezing temperatures. Fortunately, the motorhome has holding tank heaters. Those kept the tanks from freezing.

During the winter months, I empty all the tanks and put in antifreeze. I haven't had any problems since I started doing this.

What should one do if the RV black water tank (toilet contents) freezes?  RV Life has an article on just what to do if this happens.

They begin with:

For outdoor enthusiasts, winter camping can be a lot of fun. Ice fishing, snowshoeing, skiing, and tobogganing are all fun winter activities. They are even better when you have a cozy RV to warm up in at the end of the day. 

Winter is a great opportunity to go camping and enjoy nature without the crowds you find in the summer. While this is all very good, having a frozen holding tank can really chill all the fun.

So, what should you do when your RV black water tank gets frozen? In this article, we’ll look at what you should do if your black water tank gets frozen and how you can keep it from happening again (without heading south).

To read more, go here

Well, This Was Unexpected!

A few minutes ago, I headed to the kitchen to get a cup of coffee. As I walking there, I looked out a window and noticed snow on Barking Spider Acre.

I took a look out front from the kitchen and sure enough, we were getting some light snow.

Eastern New Mexico was expecting snow today, but not here in the northwestern part of the state.

So, I took a few photos:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Aliens vs. Predators

You can't help not to laugh:

A Cold Thanksgiving Day

Above, a late November snow four years ago. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The snowstorm that's expected to hit the eastern portion of New Mexico will be missing us in Jamestown and Gallup, New Mexico, but that doesn't mean we won't be getting winter temperatures.

The high today is expected to be 38° today. That is pretty cold enough.

However, it looks like we'll be getting a 20% chance of snow starting Monday night. Then it will rise to a 50% chance on Tuesday.

According to the National Weather Service:

Thanksgiving Day
Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. North wind around 15 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 18. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 45. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 18. North wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the evening.
Sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 5 to 15 mph.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.
Sunny, with a high near 46.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 25.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. Breezy.
Monday Night
A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Breezy.
A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Breezy.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 13. Breezy.
Sunny, with a high near 39.

New Mexico Northwest State Parks

Above, yours truly at Navajo Lake State Park.

If there's anyone out there who wonders what recreational opportunities are available in the northwestern section of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Journal has posted a list of New Mexico state parks in the quadrant.

So far, I have been to one of them, Navajo Lake State Park.

Above, the San Juan River at Navajo Lake State Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

They begin with:

Editor’s note: Second in a series as the Journal looks around the map at New Mexico’s state parks.

New Mexico is comprised of 121,697 square miles.

With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s easy for New Mexicans to get out of the house and visit an area around the state.

Luckily there are 35 state parks, which can be pure fun to explore.

Here’s a list of the parks located in the northwest quadrant of the state.

To read more, go here

Happy Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Storm Will Miss Us

It appears that we in the northwestern portion of New Mexico won't have to worry about the Thanksgiving Day storm that will hit the eastern portion of New Mexico and the Texas panhandle.

Here's what AccuWeather has forecast:

A general 6-12 inches of snow with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 15 inches will blanket northwestern Texas and eastern New Mexico. It is possible that the heaviest snow may end up falling west of Amarillo, Texas. Motorists planning on traveling along I-40 in this area should expect delays and slippery conditions.

2023 Hawaii Travel Forecasts

Above, hotels of Waikiki and Diamond Head. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It appears that travel to Hawaii has recovered since the pandemic.

There was a conference held in Phoenix, Arizona last week and Beat of Hawaii has some "takeaways" from that conference on what to expect in 2023 when it comes to Hawaii and other travel.

They begin with:

Trying to figure out what will happen in Hawaii travel next year is challenging at best in these uncertain times. We attended some of last week’s Global Travel Marketing conference in Phoenix. And here are takeaways for what’s ahead in Hawaii travel that you’ll want to know, including our cost prediction.

The good news is that the Hawaii travel industry has largely recovered post-Covid, and with the exception of international arrivals, is reaching or even going beyond 2019 volumes at times. That’s what we saw in 2022, and the travel forecast for 2023 may be vastly different, be it Hawaii, domestic travel overall, or international.

To read more, go here

James Woods On Intelligence

That used to be the case where friends could talk about any subject, including politics, and neither would get their panties in a bunch. They just agree to disagree and move on to things that they share a mutual enjoyment. 

Some people really need to grow up.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

United Nations Climate Change Conference Hypocrisy

Almost immediately after winning re-election, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham took a junket to Egypt to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference. She wasn't alone.

What is interesting, if the following is correct, 800 others went to the conference in private jets or aboard an airliner. Just think of the carbon footprints all those planes left!

Typical of elitists. The old saying, "Do as I say, not as I do!" certainly does apply to them.

The following pretty much sums it all up:


Russia Is Watching

Above, the Kremlin in Moscow.

This little ol' blog has attracted attention from Moscow, Russia over the past 24 hours.

The analytics of this blog are showing that 18 page views originating from Moscow were made. I cannot tell what post or posts have attracted their attention, but I see that the majority of them originate from the same place.

I don't think it was Asya. She is either still in Montenegro or back in Copenhagen.

Well, whomever it is, they're welcome to look all they want. I've nothing to hide. But I do find it interesting. 

Warmer Weather and Snow This Week

Above, snow last year in Jamestown. Snow may come Thursday, but in the east. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It looks like some parts of New Mexico will see some snow (maybe) on Thanksgiving Day. The snow forecast has it in the eastern part of the state.

A warming trend is also happening this week. We sure can use a break in the cold weather.

From KRQE:

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Temperatures will warm every day through the middle of this week. A storm will dive into New Mexico on Thanksgiving Day, potentially bringing snow to eastern parts of the state.

After a frigid last several days for all of New Mexico, warmer weather is finally beginning to return this week. Westerly winds are helping to draw in this drier and warmer air. We will continue this warming trend into Wednesday when high temperatures will be right around, if not slightly above-average for the end of November.

The forecast becomes more interesting starting Thanksgiving Day. A storm system will dive into New Mexico Wednesday night through Thursday, bringing a drop in temperatures statewide by Thursday afternoon.

Then the forecast becomes a lot more uncertain. There is a lot of variability as to the track of the storm system later this week, but there is the possibility of snowfall across the eastern half of New Mexico from Thursday through Friday. 

It looks like we in the western half of the state will be spared the snow.

To read more, go here

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