Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve Party

Before Margaritas 

After Margaritas 

Mexican Hat Dance

Monday, December 30, 2013

Mill Site Canyon

Once again, I joined Bob "The Grayfox" Micklick and a group of his jeep friends on a ride northeast of Queen Valley. Bob and I have this gentlemen's agreement whereby I pay for the gas and he keeps me alive during the ride. If I die in a fiery crash or am crushed and mangled beyond recognition, I get a complete refund. He even promises to mail the check the same day!

An "Oops" moment

Wench to the rescue

Panoramic view at the end of Hardt Tank

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Believe It Or Not!

Occasionally, you come across a sight so rare as to defy the imagination...

John riding a $159.97 bicycle

And for my friends in colder climes...

Two roses and a thorn

Saturday, December 28, 2013

First Day Back

After a restful nights sleep, I awoke refreshed and ready to start a new day. While cleaning out the storage compartment of the toyhauler, Jimmy stops by to say "hello" and to catch me up on the happenings in the park. After a quick power nap, a neighbor invities me over for a home cooked "poor boy sandwich" for dinner. Then a quick ride around the park in the RZR and I run into Karen and friends. After lunch I walk over to Keith and Jayne's to hear what they have been up to since our time together in Colorado. And then I stop by Bob's RV to see how he is doing after the bone marrow transplant. Finally, Noah swings by my neighbors with a fifth of Wild Turkey American Honey Bourbon which goes surprisingly well with a "poor boy sandwich".  All in all, a great first day back out west!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Arizonian RV Park

I have returned to the Arizonian RV Park for the winter. After eleven days on the road and a long setup process here in the park, I am one tired puppy so this will be a short post.

During my recent stay in NC, I found that one of things I missed most was the socialization and camaraderie of the RV parks with active seniors like myself. It is particularly nice to go back to a place where you get to see friends from previous years.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Roswell, New Mexico

Having met a number of individuals in my travels that I strongly suspected of being from another planet, I have journeyed to the center of extraterrestrial activity here in the USA - Roswell, New Mexico. If you are wondering why a semi-rational person like myself might believe in such phenomena, you only need to spend a winter at the Arizonian RV Park... but that is a story for another time.

I actually chose Roswell in order to see a different part of the country on my way to southern Arizona and to put it in the "been there, done that" column. In as much as I had never been here before, I imagined a small, dusty town in the desert selling cheap alien memorabilia. What I found is a good size city (population ~50,000) with all the big box stores and franchise restaurants you could imagine plus an eight screen cinema. I figure this is as good a place as any to spend Christmas on the road this year.

PS - they still sell cheap alien memorabilia...

Sunday, December 08, 2013

"Rotating Snakes" Optical Illusion

Click on image to enlarge for a better view

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Google Maps & Street Views

While playing around with Google Maps, I came across a unique application that uses the Google Maps API to locate the geographical coordinates (latitude & longitude) for any place on Earth. It provides two ways to search, either by moving around the map and zooming in, or by typing an address if the place is unknown. The default location is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson.

To find coordinates by moving around the map:
  1. Drag and drop the map to broad location.
  2. Zoom in for greater accuracy.
  3. Drag and drop the marker to pinpoint the place. The coordinates are refreshed at the end of each move.
To find coordinates using the name and/or address of the place: Submit the full location (number, street, city, country). For more popular destinations, you need only to type in the name of the city or place.

Once you have found your location, click on the person icon above the + sign and drag it to the map. Photos will appear on your map which you can then use to explore the area. And in the case of the Desert Museum, you can take a virtual tour of the grounds.

Find latitude and longitude with Google Maps

Latitude Longitude

If you think English is easy

Consider the different pronunciations and meanings of words that are spelled the same...
  • The bandage was wound around the wound
  • The farm was used to produce produce.
  • The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  • We must polish the Polish furniture.
  • He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  • The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  • Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  • A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
  • When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
  • I did not object to the object.
  • The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  • There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  • They were too close to the door to close it.
  • The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  • A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
  • To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  • The wind was too strong to wind the sail. 
  • Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
  • I had to subject the subject to a series of tests. 
  • How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?