Monday, October 31, 2016

Fremont Street Halloween

If you have never been to Fremont Street in Las Vegas on Halloween night, may I suggest you put it on your bucket list. In my opinion, it is right up there with Mardi Gras in terms of energy, excitement and dare I say kinky weirdness.

I started out the evening with a "single bypass burger" at the Heart Attack Grill (which is not known for its "political correctness"). As soon as you enter, one of the "nurses" puts a hospital gown on you...

I am not sure if this is an omen but if you sit at the bar, the seats have safety belts...

And if you are a bad boy...

Did I mention they are not politically correct

Then it was on to the Fremont Street Experience...

Lastly, for my cousin Chris, who prefers photos of dancing girls...

Once again, photos do not do the experience justice. You just have to be there.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

RV Add-ons

The more RVing you do, the more interesting rigs you see...

Click on photos to enlarge

And for the economy minded...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Running For Office

In case this retirement thing does not work out, I have been thinking about becoming a politician; after all, that's where the really big money is. Plus, you cannot be fired; if you screw up, you simply retire with a generous pension (think Lois Lerner).

In preparation for such a move, I have been watching political ads on TV for tips on how to run (side note: although I believe forcing detainees at Guantanamo to watch these ads would be a much more effective interrogation technique than "water-boarding", I am pretty sure the courts would strike it down as "cruel & unusual punishment").

Here's what I have learned so far:
  • Run only negative ads with a minimal amount of truth so as to mislead uninformed voters and hide the fact that you have no accomplishments of your own nor a realistic plan for the future.
  • Lie like a rug when talking to the public and press. However, if you are under oath and threat of perjury, either take the fifth or better yet, use the "cannot recall" defense.
  • Promise voters everything for free, after all, it's only taxpayer money. 
  • Surround yourself with "yes" men & women who will do the dirty work for you. This gives you "plausible deniability" in the rare case there is someone in the media who is unbiased and wants to properly vet a candidate.
  • Let special interest groups know that all that talk about helping the poor and the middle class is just political rhetoric. If you want help, it's just a matter of contributing to the campaign. 
Anyone, who has additional ideas as to how I might run for office, please feel free to comment in the section below.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

My Blog

Although the number of visitors to my blog has slowly increased over the last five years, there has been some interesting activity in the past week. Several times a day, someone or something has been viewing ~30 pages at a time...

I have no idea of what is going on. Perhaps, the Russians or WikiLeaks are trying to hack into my account. If so, I hope they do not find that embarrassing photo of me in Mexico involving a sombrero, whipped cream and a pole dancer. <grin>

Then last night, I get an email informing me that my blog "has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 RV Blogs on the web". I was even given the very rare and extremely prestigious "Awarded Top 100 RV Blog" badge (I'm 99 out of 100)...

I have to wonder: "is my blog on the verge of going viral, leading to immense personal wealth and popularity... or is this simply as close as I will get to my 15 minutes of fame".

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sand Hollow State Park

If you think you are ready for some extreme 4 wheeling, may I suggest Sand Hollow State Park, UT...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mavic Drone

DJI has introduced the Mavic, a compact drone that has all the features I have been looking for in a drone. Although I will probably wait a while in order for them to work out any "new product bugs", I think this is the unit I will buy.

This got me to thinking about how I would use the drone or better yet, how I might justify its cost. Then it hit me - action videos on YouTube that will attract millions of viewers.

In as much as Moab is home to some of the best base jumping in the world and I will be there next Spring, this seems like a good place to start...

Then on to bicycling in Sedona in the Fall...

All I need now are adventure-seeking volunteers who like to live life on the "razor's edge" and have lots of insurance. I will share all profits from the video with you... or your next of kin.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lesser of Two Evils

I received my absentee voter ballot this week which got me to thinking about the two main candidates for president. You would think that in a country with a population of ~325 million we could have chosen two more qualified and likable individuals. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have major character flaws. This year it feels more like we will be voting to keep one candidate out of office rather than putting the other candidate in office.

How do you decide who to vote for? In my opinion, you have to look at the role you want government to play in your life. If you want bigger government, higher taxes and more regulation, you vote for Hillary and the Democratic Party. If you want smaller government, lower taxes and less regulation, you vote for Donald and the Republican Party.

In recent years, politicians have slowly moved our country in the direction of "socialism". Ironically, as Thomas Sowell said: “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it”.

On the other hand, "capitalism" has been the greatest generator of wealth the world has ever known. Even communist countries such as China and Russia have moved in the direction of a free market system.

Unfortunately, professional politicians have found it easier to buy votes with taxpayer money by offering people "free stuff" rather than confront them with the hard choices that are needed to turn this country around. As a result our national debt is approaching $20,000,000,000,000 ($20 trillion). That's over $164,000 per taxpayer!