|Above, the three mesas across the valley from Jamestown. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
With the exception of my little heart episode in Wells, Nevada in July, 2018 has been a good year.
The heart attack came as a big surprise (to put it mildly), but thanks to quick action by Mitch Geriminsky and the paramedics, along with the stents installed in Twin Falls, Idaho, I am fully recovered. The only thing I had to do differently is take my meds and modify my diet. I am lucky it happened where and when it did.
|Above, this snow fell while I was living in The Beast. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
After 12 days living in The Beast while waiting for the movers to bring my stuff, I am now in a new place of residence out of Commiefornia. So far, I am enjoying life in Jamestown, New Mexico. There's plenty of things to see and do and I have made many friends. A group of us generally meet up every morning at Denny's in the Flying J travel center down the hill for breakfast or just coffee. Our community is called Whispering Cedars. I know more of my neighbors here than I did while living in Tarzana for 19 years.
During the warm months, I generally relax under the umbrella on the deck watching the traffic down below on Interstate 40 and the trains across the valley.
|Above, in the hospital following my stent procedure. Photo by Mitch Geriminsky.|
I did some "fixing up" at the house. I had the exterior of the house and deck painted. I also had a RV garage built, called the GOCO Beast Barn (GOCO = Garage of Comparative Ovations). The Beast hasn't moved in yet as I have been using it as a second vehicle while the Mustang is in the body shop. That is taking an eternity to get completed. As a hat tip to a road in the Acton, California area, I called the road on the second acre Barking Spider Road.
|Above, the house during the summer. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, there are nightly Indian dances in the McKinley County Courthouse in Gallup. I went to several and brought Mitch and Jess to one each. There are rodeos and the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial at Red Rock Park. Weather permitting, there is also a Red Rock Balloon Rally. This year's didn't see any balloon ascensions due to weather. In Gallup, there is also the UFO Film Festival.
|Above, an Ohkay Oelinge Indian dancer. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, one of the rodeos I attended at Red Rock Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
In June, since I couldn't find anything I liked for the living room wall space above the sofa, I commissioned Asya to do a painting of the "Three Mesas" across the valley from Jamestown. It came out great and it has received a lot of praise.
|Above, the "Three Mesas" painting. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
In early July, Jess and I went to Roswell for the annual UFO Festival and toured the International UFO Museum and Research Center.
|Above, yours truly with a couple of friends at the Roswell UFO Festival.|
I have joined a small group of local civic activists and historians for monthly dinner parties. Out last dinner was last evening.
|Above, the GOCO Beast Barn and Barking Spider Road. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
I attended two clampouts with the Lost Dutchman Chapter of E Clampus Vitus. That is now my new home chapter as their territory is Arizona and New Mexico.
|Above, yours truly with Max Bettman and Mitch Geriminsky in Las Vegas at the Peppermill restaurant.|
In November, I headed off to Las Vegas for a few days of fun with Mitch and Max Bettman. I hadn't seen Max in years. We had a good time.
It is interesting to live in a climate where snow is quite common and during the summer months, monsoons bring thunderstorms on a regular basis with spectacular shows of lightning.
|Above, the building of the GOCO Best Barn. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Sierra likes her new home here as she has plenty of space to run around in. I am also feeding some stray cats. One has gotten used to me and is quite friendly.
|Above, Sierra on her tower. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
I didn't take any long (duration-wise) camping trips except for the trips to Wells and Roswell, but have done some RV park camping in Abuquerque whenever I need a haircut or take care of business.
|Above, one can usually find me relaxing on the deck during warm weather. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Last week, I headed to Wildomar, California to spend Christmas at my cousin Maria's. It was a stressful trip due to the blizzard that hit New Mexico, causing flight cancellations and re-bookings. I was lucky to get a flight out of Phoenix before the blizzard hit New Mexico.
What does 2019 have in store? We'll see.
Happy New Year!