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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Have To Find A New Investment Banker

Yesterday, my investment banker gave me some surprising news.

He resigned his position last Friday.

He tried calling me Friday, but the cell service at the Navajo Lake State Park was spotty at best. I figured I would get back to him on Monday. So I did.

He said that "things were happening" within the bank that made him uncomfortable and it was time to move on to "greener pastures." He's joined Morgan Stanley.

Now, I have to find an investment banker to replace him. I don't know if I will remain with the bank or take my portfolio elsewhere. 

I did some checking around and still haven't decided on what direction I'm going to go. 

Monday, August 8, 2022

Places To Visit In Your RV Before Summer Ends

Above, the Grand Tetons reflected on Jackson Lake. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Since gasoline prices are sky high, I had to adjust my summer vacation trip plans and go somewhere much closer to home.

Last week, we headed off to Durango, Colorado and Navajo Lake State Park in New Mexico in the motorhome. The amount of fuel needed was a tank and a half. We had a good time on the trip.

There are those who are more willing than I am to part with their cash as the gas pump.

RV Life has suggestions of five places to visit in one's RV before summer vacation season ends (roughly a month from now).

They begin with:

It’s always a bit shocking how fast summer passes when you come from an area that has real winters. Summer is always halfway over just as we are in the midst of enjoying the camping season in our RV.

Many RVers plan out their summer camping and road trips well ahead of summer. Others are more free and easy with their RV camping trips, fully embracing the freedom that the RV lifestyle offers.   

If you are in the second group, this article is for you. There are so many amazing places to experience in both the US and Canada that deciding on summertime destinations can sometimes be overwhelming when we’re traveling. To make it easier to choose, we’ve found five amazing places that are best seen before summer ends. 

Three years ago, we visited one of them in July 2019: Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

To read more, go here

Dodger Stadium Elevator Encounters

Above, Vin Scully and Tommy Lasorda.

I may have sworn off Major League Baseball since it has gone woke, but I still have many great memories before it did. 

Back in the late 1970s and in the 1980s, it seemed we practically lived at either Dodger Stadium or at Anaheim Stadium (to see the California Angels). We ordered tickets to every home stand and I received more through my work-related vendors.

Vin Scully's passing last week brought back memories of a couple of highlights of (when I was an ardent fan) when I had encounters with two Los Angeles Dodger greats that took place in the elevator at Dodger Stadium. Both took place the same year.

Back in 2010, I posted this about meeting Vin Scully at Dodger Stadium:

I got to meet "The Voice of the Dodgers" back around 1982 at Dodger Stadium. A friend and I had to use the stadium elevator as he was wheelchair-bound in order to get to the level where our seats were located. We got into the elevator with about a half-dozen people already inside. We made one floor stop after getting in and when the doors opened, a crowd of people were standing outside waiting. Suddenly, out came cameras and flashbulbs were going off from them. 

Then, behind us in the elevator as the doors closed, a familiar voice said, "We seem to be very popular!" We turned around and (surprise!) there was Vin Scully. He was in the the elevator the whole time and we didn't notice him when we got in. 

Naturally, greetings and handshakes were then exchanged. 

During the game's broadcast, Scully mentioned the elevator encounter and how nice Dodger fans are. 

Gee, what I wouldn't give for a print of all those photos that were taken of us when the elevator doors opened!

As I mentioned, the second encounter took place the same year and in the elevator. This time it was with manager Tommy Lasorda.

Again, we had to get to the Club Level at Dodger Stadium as the handicapped section was there. I brought my own folding chair to sit on.

We hit the call button for the elevator and when it opened, inside was manager Tommy Lasorda. He was alone and in full uniform. We immediately greeted him and shook hands. He was quite jovial and friendly.

Now both men are gone, but I still have my memories of meeting them. Good times!

Evening Stroll

Last evening, I decided to take a little stroll over to my neighbor's pen where he has three horses and a steer.

It has been a while since I went over. While there, one of the horses came over to me and allowed me to pet her. The steer also came over but kept a four-foot distance from me.

Some photos:

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. 

Today, we have a band that was formed in Los Angeles in 1965, The Turtles. The best known line-up includes Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman, Al Nichol, Chuck Portz, Jim Tucker and Don Murray. Kaylan and Volman continued on as Flo and Eddie after The Turtles disbanded. I saw Flo and Eddie live at The Forum back in the 1970s.

Their biggest hit, "Happy Together", was one my mom totally despised, so I won't post it here. Instead is one of their later singles, "Me About You" that was released in 1970.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Yard Mowed

Above, the ol' homestead today. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Recent monsoon rains made some ruts on Barking Spider Road. Fortunately, they were not deep and will iron out in a few months.

We've had a lot of monsoon rains and even though I mowed Barking Spider Acre a week before last, the growth of grass and brush is quite noticeable and needed mowing. That's what I did this morning. 

I did part of the acre (about half) and finished up after a shopping trek to Gallup. This is the first time in memory that the mower didn't kick up dust as the ground has been moisturized to near saturation.

Here's the results:

Stopping By Honeyville

Above, Jess and some of her purchases at Honeyville. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Before going to the Bar D Ranch for the night's dinner and show, we stopped first at Honeyville to pick up a few things.

Jess got a number of assorted jams and I got myself a bottle of Red Cliff rum. This rum, I've found, is a lot better than the run I picked up in Havana, Cuba, and their rums are supposed to be some of the best.

Above, yours truly and my Red Cliff rum. Photo by Jessica.

We wandered around the store and watched bees in their glassed-in beehive. 

For me, Honeyville is a "must-stop" while in Durango. 

Durango's Alpen Rose RV Park

Above, the office and store building. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

My "go-to" place to stay when in Durango, Colorado is the Alpen Rose RV Park. 

I discovered it last year when I came to town to see Godzilla vs. Kong at a Durango theater. At that time, New Mexico theaters were shut down due to the pandemic.

The RV park is a nice place to stay with a canyon setting of red rock cliffs and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad trains passing by in the morning and afternoon across the highway. 

They have a fishing pond, swimming pool, restaurant, laundromat, store and a huge dog run area.

Some photos:

The Dam Drive

Above, the drive on the backside on the Navajo Dam. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

To get to the Navajo Lake marina, one has to drive on the backside of the Navajo Lake Dam. 

For those "thrillseekers", one can also drive on the top of the dam. I wondered how many cars have fallen into the lake while doing so. It is around 400 feet deep at the dam. We did it when we first arrived in the park.

While driving on the backside of the dam, a great view of the valley below with the San Juan River will "wow" visitors.


Above, a dam view of the San Juan River. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Navajo Lake State Park is quite an interesting place to visit.

Boating On Navajo Lake

Above, Navajo Lake from the marina parking area. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

In recent months, reports of the low levels of Lake Mead (due to the drought) have been in the news.

A few months ago, similar reports (though not quite as extreme) on Navajo Lake in New Mexico have been made. At one point, it was questionable if the lake's levels were safe enough for jet skiing this summer. 

Well, our visit to Navajo Lake State Park found the lake level to be in good shape. It must be due to the monsoon rains we've been getting. Boaters and jet skiers were out and about.

Jess and I decided to rent a pontoon boat last Friday for a couple of hours of cruising around the lake. The lake even extends into Colorado. 

We had a good time on the lake. Jess got to pilot a boat for the first time in her life. The last time I piloted a pontoon boat was seven years ago at Lake Havasu. The cost was reasonable, $65 per hour with a two-hour minimum. We were charged a whopping fifty cents for fuel!

Some photos:

Friday Night Barbecue and Campfire

Above, cooking steaks in the barbecue. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Friday night at the Cottonwood Campground at Navajo Lake State Park in New Mexico marked the first time in nearly two years that I had a steak.

The last time prior to this was at Ashurst Lake near Flagstaff, Arizona with some of the gang of the Lost Dutchman Chapter of E Clampus Vitus in August 2020.

Since I was craving one and my last visit with my cardiologist went well, I decided to treat myself to a barbequed steak. My Weber barbecue worked well, even though the charcoal briquets of a new bag of Matchlight briquets wouldn't light. I had to use an older bag of them and, oddly, they lit up just fine. Weird. The new bag of them must be defective or something,

The briquets, after dinner was over, were used to ignite the evening's campfire. Nothing goes to waste! Luckily, the ban on open fires at the park was lifted Wednesday and one of the rangers came over to tell me of this.

Above, the briquets came in handy to start the campfire. Photo by Armand Vaquer.


Saturday, August 6, 2022

The Seekers's Judith Durham Passed Away

I was traveling on the Durango train on Monday, I missed putting up a Classic Rock Music Monday.

But, sadly, here is a classic song, "Georgy Girl", by the Seekers. Lead singer Judith Durham passed away yesterday.

R.I.P. Judith!

Bar D Ranch Photos

Above, the Bar D Wranglers perform following dinner. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Along with having a chuckwagon barbeque dinner and seeing a show, Bar D Chuckwagon has other things to see and do.

They include a train ride, blacksmith's shop, art gallery, record shop, gold panning and refreshment stand that serves Margaritas.

We had a good time there and would go again.

Here's some more photos of our visit:


In Silverton, Colorado

Above, the Durango train about to depart Silverton. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

On our first full day in Colorado, Jessica and I went on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Silverton.

Before boarding the train, we stopped at Durango Bagel. I had an onion bagel with just lox and cream cheese on it. It was excellent!

Above, yours truly at Durango Bagel. Photo by Jessica.

It takes (usually) three and a half hours for each way. On the way back from Silverton, we were delayed an hour due to a rockfall that left a boulder near or on the tracks. The railroad crew had to fire off two warning torpedoes and verify that the train had enough clearance to pass the boulder. It had six inches of clearance to pass it..

The ride was enjoyable and thanks to the monsoon rains we've been having, there were plenty of waterfalls to see.

Here's some photos of the train ride, Durango station and Silverton:


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