Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Once again, Congress is trying to tax Internet sales. I find this ironic, not to mention harmful, as we are just beginning to see how much the recently enacted income tax reduction has greatly benefited the economy and business in general.

Politicians like to point out that not taxing Internet sales is unfair to "brick and mortar" stores (in my opinion, it's much more likely those politicians are more concerned about revenue than fairness). My position is that these businesses can currently create their own online stores and sell their goods/services to a worldwide market without the burden of a tax that varies greatly from state to state and makes them less competitive.

If you agree that Internet sales should not be taxed, eBay has made it very easy to contact your members of Congress and register your concerns. Just visit, fill out the forms and submit.

Government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem

Saturday, March 10, 2018


FutureMe is a website that allows you to send yourself a letter at some designated time in the future. I will turn 100 in 2046 so I am going to have a Happy Birthday message delivered to myself in 28 years. Considering I cannot remember what I had for breakfast, it should be a big surprise...

Monday, March 05, 2018


In anticipation of relocating to Las Vegas next week, I have been doing some Google and YouTube searches to find things to see and do while in the area. One of the more interesting finds is a site,, authored by a young woman who describes herself as "a foul-mouthed, flat-chested bon vivant and adventuress who likes to curse, drink, smoke and run around nude" (who says there are no real women left).

As an avid photographer and outback explorer, I could not help be attracted to a particular service she offers: "for $500, I will personally drive you in my busted-up old pickup truck to all the beautiful desert locations shown to the left, plus pose nude at each location, over the course of an 8-hour day". I was going to offer the same service but charge $500 for keeping my clothes on.

This might be a good time for me to open up one of those GoFundMe accounts to finance my next big adventure!

Friday, March 02, 2018

Rock Hounds

I had been looking for a good excuse to take the new Jeep off-road so when Jim, Bill and Nicole indicated they wanted to go rock hunting, I said count me in. Jim used a magnet to locate meteorites, Bill used a metal detector for gold and Nicole just wanted some pretty rocks. At the end of the day, Nicole was the only one who could claim success.

It's always a pleasure watching professionals at work

Thursday, March 01, 2018


Yesterday, I installed a compact Cobra 75 WX ST CB radio in my Jeep that is an ideal choice when space or mounting options are limited. I also included a remote speaker (so I can hear calls over the screams of passengers) and a microphone mount on the passenger grab bar...

I mounted the control box under the passenger seat and was able to conceal the wires under plastic panels for a nice, clean look.

If you are in the market for a CB radio or accessories, I highly recommend Right Chanel Radios. This was the second time I have done business with them and their products and service have been outstanding. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Jeep Mystery Switch

While looking over my newly purchased Jeep, I discovered an on/off switch located on the side of the console just behind the gas pedal...

Initially, I could not find anything that it controlled either inside or outside of the Jeep and there was nothing about it in the manual. So, I posted the above photo on the Jeep Wrangler Forum and asked for help in identifying its purpose. It was immediately recognized as an after-market switch and a number of suggestions were given as to what it might be connected to but to no avail.

Then, while watching a YouTube video on the features of the Jeep's after-market Pioneer sound/video system, I discovered that a switch was required to by-pass or override the "do not view while driving" message. Sure enough, that's what the switch does. Mystery solved!

Lastly, a caveat to guys out there thinking of buying a Jeep - women will want to drive it...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Trials Bikes

If you have never seen a world class trials bike competition, then you will be amazed at what these bikes can do in the hands of someone who knows how to ride them. Here is Toni Bou, the number one rider in the world, doing some gravity defying stunts...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2014 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon

I traded in my 2010 2-door Rubicon for a 2014 4-door Unlimited Rubicon. The 2010 was a good vehicle but it had a few minor drawbacks that I believe the newer model will address:
  1. The 2010 was under-powered on the highway. In 2012 Jeep went with a bigger engine that made a significant improvement in performance. 
  2. Although the 2-door has a backseat, it takes a bulimic contortionist to get in it. Now, I can carry up to four passengers in comfort.
  3. The 2010 does not have a cabin air filter. Whenever I would follow other Jeeps off-road and then turn on the air conditioner, the interior of the cabin would fill up with a fine dust (I like driving on dirt, not breathing it). The newer Jeeps have a filter just behind the glove compartment.
  4. The 4-door will tow up to 3,500 pounds versus 2,000 pounds for the 2-door. I may be buying a small RV trailer which would require the larger towing capacity.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Havasu Fireworks

One of the nice things about spending the winter in Lake Havasu City is there is some sort of "event/show" almost every weekend. This weekend it was the 29th Annual Western Winter Blast Pyrotechnics Show, one of the largest and best fireworks displays I have seen. The volume and variety of fireworks was simply amazing.

Once our team of professional judges took their VIP seating...

We were first treated to another spectacular Arizona sunset...

And then the fireworks (be sure to watch the last couple of minutes as they save the best for last)...

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Jeepin' In The Desert

My neighbor, Jim, had not been out in the desert here in Lake Havasu so we jumped in the Jeep and took off for the mountains east of town. We rode over all kinds of terrain including one obstacle that gave him a sense of what the Rubicon can do...

Friday, February 02, 2018

Difference Between Guts & Balls

My friend, Sunny Weathers, sent me this medical explanation of the difference between Guts and Balls...

"There is a medical distinction between Guts and Balls. We've heard colleagues referring to people with Guts, or with Balls. Do they, however, know the difference between them?

Here's the official distinction; straight from the British Medical Journal: Volume 323; page 295.

GUTS - Is arriving home late, after a night out with the guys, being met by your wife with a broom, and having the Guts to ask: 'Are you still cleaning, or are you flying somewhere?'

BALLS - Is coming home late after a night out with the guys, smelling of perfume and beer, lipstick on your collar, slapping your wife on the butt and having the Balls to say: 'You're next, Chubby'.

I trust this clears up any confusion. Medically speaking, there is no difference in the outcome; both are fatal."

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Between fake news, spoiled sports millionaires and really dumb reality shows, I have not been watching much commercial TV lately. As an alternative I have started watching YouTube videos which have turned out to be surprisingly entertaining and informative. There are some talented people out there who make a very good living producing professional videos.

After a long and exhaustive study of these videos (okay, it may have been a few hours of binge watching while consuming mass quantities of alcohol), I believe I have discovered the secret to successful vblogging...
  1. Initially, you have to reach a large number of viewers. This is generally done by creating a video that goes viral. First, you need an interesting title such as “What Would A Chair Look Like If Your Knees Bent In The Other Direction” or “Microwaving Cats For Fun & Profit”. Second, you need an eye catching thumbnail photo (aka "clickbait"). Scantily clothed women or cute kids/pets work best. Third, you need a video about something that very few people have seen before. Things like a politician telling the truth or California reducing taxes would be good examples.
  2. Second, although a viral video will get you a large number of views, you need to produce quality, engaging videos on a regular basis to add subscribers to your channel. This is known as WORK! I suspect this is where Millennials still living with their parents lose interest in this post.
  3. Lastly, you need to create the illusion of a personal connection with your viewers. I believe this is why attractive, young women and eccentric, hyperactive men do well. This is also the reason I will never make the big bucks vblogging as the only people interested in my lifestyle are insomniacs looking for ways to fall asleep.
I hope this short tutorial is helpful and will prepare you for a successful career as a YouTuber.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Havasu 95 Speedway

My neighbors were kind enough to invite me to join them for today's races at the Havasu 95 Speedway, a short track south of town. Although it was fun watching a variety of cars race around the track, it got progressively colder throughout the afternoon with a bitter wind that chilled you to the bone...

Jim, Diana, Shirley, Tom

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Desert Snakes

I have been telling my neighbors that they do not have to worry about rattlesnakes in the desert this time of the year as they are hibernating in their underground dens. Then, I get this photo from my friend, Terry, who said they came across this monster yesterday while riding in the desert...

Well, I guess I can always get a job with the Fake News Network.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Earp Falls

I took advantage of today's nice weather by taking a leisurely Sunday drive to Earp Falls on the California side of the Colorado River...

Crossed the Parker Dam into California

Enjoyed the view on the way to the falls

Arrived at the falls

Avoided the road hazards on the way home

All in all, a nice day exploring off-highway.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hobo Graveyard

Franconia, AZ is a derelict railroad siding stop that was formerly the site of a section house for the Santa Fe Railroad. Today, all that is left are the concrete foundations, a couple of grave sites and a whole bunch of rusty cans. I had heard there were a number of hobo graves here but these were the only ones I was able to find...

I did, however, come across a couple of modern day hobos...

My neighbors, Jim & Diana

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Pizza Ordering Shoes

What do you give the man/woman/in-transition (no gender bias here) in your life who has everything? How about a pair of shoes that order pizza...

Using Bluetooth technology, you simply pair-up your shoes with the Pizza Hut app on your smartphone and then press a button on the shoes to automatically order your pizza and have it delivered to your door. All that is needed now is for a beer company to develop a similar product.

Regrettably, this is where I have to apologize for getting your hopes up. This was a promotional program developed by Pizza Hut for "March Madness" and a limited edition of only 64 pairs of shoes were made. Guess we are back to buying generic gift cards for friends and family.

Here is the iJustine video that made me aware of the promotion...

Sunday, January 07, 2018


"Blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”

I first heard the word "Blockchain" when it was invented back in 2008 by an unknown person(s) known by the pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto, for the digital cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. In recent years, I have been reading more and more about how this technology has the potential to change the digital world as we know it. However, I had no idea as to how it would work or what it could be used for.

Lately, I have been watching YouTube videos from the TED Talks channel which quote "shares the best ideas from the TED Conference with the world, for free: trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses, all giving the talk of their lives in 18 minutes". The video that prompted this post is titled "How the blockchain is changing money and business" by Don Tapscott. In my opinion, it is easy to understand and a great introduction to the technology and its potential.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

How to reply to spam

Just in case you are on the east coast and are experiencing Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth about global warming, here are a couple of videos regarding spam emails that may give you some ideas on how to entertain yourself while trapped indoors...

Friday, December 29, 2017

Arizona Pinstripes

This is a public service announcement to all Jeep owners. Before riding with Steve & Jayne (, people would look at my Jeep and say things like "that's a good looking vehicle". Now, a month after of following them to places a billy goat would not go, they say things like "would you mind getting that eyesore off the road, it's embarrassing"...

Looks like I will be buying buffing compound in bulk

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May Santa grant all your wishes (even if you were a little bit naughty). 2017 was a good year for me. I got to see some amazing places and met some wonderful people. I am looking forward to doing more of the same in 2018.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Swansea Ghost Town

Swansea is an old copper-mining community that existed in the early 1900s between Parker and Bouse, Arizona. It consists today of old buildings and concrete foundations. As you walk around the area, there are plaques telling you about the history of the mine/town and its various structures.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Desert Hill Climbing

If you look south from I-40 between the Lake Havasu exit and the California state line, you will see a series of hills with a trail that resembles a roller-coaster ride. Here are a series of clips from my dash cam (run at 2X speed) that hopefully, will give you an idea of the experience...

I recommend viewing at the highest resolution your bandwidth will allow

As usual, photos/videos never quite show how steep these hills are. You will note that at the top of some of the hills, all you can see is sky which is a little unnerving as you don't know if the trail makes a sharp turn on the downhill side or worse yet, whether there is any oncoming traffic. That said, they were a lot of fun to run.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Eagle Pass

The Eagle Pass trail is just across the border in California south of I-40 and the town of Needles (home of Snoopy's brother Spike). I cannot recommend this ride due to the seemingly endless washboard washes that beat up both you and your machine. Plus, there is not much in the way of scenery. This is the only photo that I thought was worth showing...

Monday, December 11, 2017

McGuffie Cabin

Steve and I departed the park at the crack of dawn (8:00 a.m.) heading to the McGuffie Cabin west of Alamo Lake. We forded raging rivers, climbed mighty mountains and I am pretty sure if you look up "middle of nowhere" in the dictionary, you would see a photo of our route. Not everyone who has undertaken this arduous journey has been successful...

Click on photos to enlarge

Steve converts his jeep into an amphibious vehicle

McGuffie Cabin

All the comforts of home

Who has a boat in the middle of the desert