Friday, July 22, 2011

ME & THE KID TOOK THE RIG FOR A SPIN

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THIS WAS ME BEFORE I MET PRINCESS KELLY BACK IN THE SUMMER OF 93

Sure was nice to open the patio door this morning & feel some slightly cooler air for a change.  Felt so good in fact that it energized me enough to clean all the interior mirrors in the Motor Home.  Cleaned the inside windshield as well.  With that done, me & the furry Kid strapped on the rig & headed out for our monthly country cruise to shake out a few summer cobwebs here & there.  Always a nice way to keep myself in touch with my travel feelings.

With the heat being the way it has been lately I sure have been appreciating our cool little abode here in Bayfield.  Even I have noticed my absence of grumbling lately.  I think another thing that has helped is knowing we are past the half way point before heading out again in mid October.  Every little bit helps:))

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SNACKING & RELAXING IN THE 5VER BACK IN OCTOBER OF 06 

I'm sure not doing well in keeping my posts shorter.  Had to cut a couple topics from Thursday night's already way too long post so have included them below in tonight's post.  In removing one of those two topics it seems I made a little blooper which Kelly caught this morning but I have since been unable to correct because of 'Google post editing problem I am now experiencing . 

I had answered a reader's photo question but when deciding to move that topic to tonight's blog I removed my answer forgetting to take out the reader's question.  That happened because I had decided to split the topic into 2 paragraphs in order get away from running too many paragraphs together. Of course I then forgot to remove the first paragraph!!  This blooper did have a positive side though because I was able to add some additional info to it this morning.  

So, with apologies to Hobopals here goes again......  "Hobopals asks.... "I have a Nikon D40. I really don't know what lens I have on it--it takes pretty good pictures. If you were to recommend one good all around lens for travel (and you could only have one), which would it be?"  Al says....  Can't honestly give you a recommendation for that simply because I am not familiar with the lenses available but I am sure there are some great lenses out there that would fit the 'best for travel' idea.  I carry two cameras with two separate lenses covering the field from 18mm to 300mm & figure that is the general range you would be interested in. 

Fellow RV Blogger FRED WISHNIE emailed me this morning saying he has a Tamron 18-270mm lens which has not been off off his camera since he got it.  Back in the old 35mm days my camera's were Pentax's & all 3 of my lenses were Tamron.  Here is an excellent no nonsense photo info site that I like & think you may find very helpful....KEN ROCKWELL 

Received this comment from commenter Ed this morning about my photo question blooper...."
Is this part of your 'new' blog. Creating suspense, driving up interest or testing the waters to see if there is any interest?"  No Ed, this is none of that,  I made a simple mistake.

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TAKE A LOOK AT MY DOUBLE 'LENO' CHIN & YOU WILL KNOW WHY I HAD TO GROW A BEARD WHEN I GOT OLD ENOUGH!!!! 

I am now wondering if anyone else is having a problem editing their posts.  Blogger Dashboard > Posts > Edit.  If I click on the post title or click on View I get a blank white screen & if I click on Edit I get a screen followed by a Blogger error message.  This site was working fine a week ago.  As soon as this problem is cleared up I will make the correction in my post regarding the photo question blooper. 

While reading John's RV LIFE ON WHEELS about his DRIVE DOWN MEMORY LANE I was reminded of a post I wrote a few years back called, A LIFETIME OF OLD CLUNKERS & some nice one's too:))  It is a look back at the many vehicles I have had over the years & lists all 43 of them as best I can remember. A few old photos along with some text as well. Our Jeep now makes number 44.  This count does not include RV's & Motorcycles.

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A COLD DAY AT THE BEACH

I only subscribe to one Astronomy site.  It comes once a week, it's short, easy to understand, has no advertising & keeps me up to date on what's happening in the sky overhead including new discoveries.  Each week may feature a different part of the sky, talk about where a certain Galaxy is located or point the way to a far off Star Cluster.  Check out........................

ONE MINUTE ASTRONOMER 

In the early beginnings of my sky wanderings I read about, and through my sky charts, found a real treasure trove of stars.  Often referred to as the 'Jewel Case' it can be found by looking south during the summer months towards the constellation Sagittarius.  It is at the southern end of the Milky Way.  Views are great with the naked eye but a good pair of binoculars will bring into view some of the beautiful jewel like star clusters to be found there.  The key is to keeping those binoculars rock steady.  I well remember the first night I began finding these gems, one after the other & it just deepened my excitement, my interest & my feelings about the mysteries of the Universe.

Kelly is pretty much the Captain of the good ship Lollypop here.  She makes all the inside environmental decisions such as how cool she wants the house in summer to how warm she wants to be in the colder months.  I know better than to touch the thermostat.  The Captain decides what we are having for supper every night & how much of that supper I will be eating.  I know better than to touch cooking utensils & that includes the BBQ.  She takes charge of the TV remote from 6 to 10 & takes priority on who gets into the bathroom & shower in the mornings.  I get to dress myself but I suppose that's why people point & stare when I'm out in public.

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OUR FIRST TRIP WITH THE RIG  KELLY TOLD ME TO TIE THE CAR ON THE BACK..............SO I DID:))

The Captain feeds the Kid every morning but I am able to sneak in a Burrito once & awhile when me & the Kid head to town.  The Captain frowns on my cleaning abilities but I do manage to sweep a few floors, vacuum a carpet or two & clean an occasional window when she's not looking.  And, she makes me do the dishes.

She also holds me responsible for any & all stormy seas brought on by me stirring up the normally calm placid waters of Blog Land on occasion too. 

I've had to relinquish the now confusing technical reins on the computer for the most part but hey, at least I don't have to answer the telephone when it rings.  I'm not allowed to make the morning coffee & I'm not allowed to eat any of the Captain's specialty foods or drink her morning orange juice.   But hey, am I complaining?  No sireeeee, I like it here aboard the good ship Lollypop.  Me & the Kid got the most best Captain a feller could ever want:))      

THE LAST PARAGRAPH:  To post a reader's question & then deliberately not answer it would be a totally rude & blatantly inconsiderate thing to do.  I am hoping Ed's comment was not said in an accusatory manner & is just a simple misunderstanding.

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WHEN OUR FRONT YARD SUMACS TAKE ON THESE COLORS WE WILL KNOW IT IS TIME TO GET THE BIG WHEELS ROLLING ONCE AGAIN..........:))

GROANER'S CORNER:(( "The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop." 

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20 comments:

  1. I have 3 Leno chins..but my bears is not growing as fast as I had hoped....

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  2. Hi, Al. Do you know you can use LiveWriter to edit your posts? Click on the tiny icon in the far left upper corner, then pick the choice about 3 down, Edit Recent Post or something like that. Retrieve the post, make the change, and publish. Simple - and usually pretty quick.

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  3. Hey, Al, thanks for the lens advice and the link to more info. I knew what happened so I was just pulling your leg--I can't tell you how many times I make a mistake when I delete or rewrite something. Thanks for taking the time.

    Love the picture of you and your pups. Tugs my heart strings whenever I find someone who loves their pups the way I love mine.

    Thanks, again.

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  4. So, did she kiss you and turn you into a prince? :)

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  5. You had enough vehicles Al to start 2 car lots! Great post!

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  6. Al, I'm just catching up to your latest posts. I'm enjoying your "One Minute Astronomy" section. That's exactly what I had in mind. Thanks again for sharing.

    I didn't notice any double chins on the ol' green frog. You sure you really looked like that?

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  7. sounds like you had better listen to the 'captain'..she runs a tight ship..she may make you walk the 'plank'..if you don't behave!..speaking of 'planking'..make sure you read Travels in Therapy tonight..very funny!!!..amazing what some people will do for a laugh!!

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  8. Al you were one ugly frog! How on earth did you entice the fair Kelly to bestow that first kiss?

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  9. I was having issues yesterday posting from Live Writer to the blog, so had to copy and paste. Not ideal. Was getting some sort of "error". grrrr.
    Not sure how it will be today.
    Lenses are good question. The Ken Rockwell site is great, and he reaffirms the notion that your camera is only as good as the lens. Nikon and Canon make pretty much the best optics, so buying something else due to the price point can be a false economy.
    Having said that, I do have an old Tamron lens from the old (film)days sitting in a closet somewhere in the house back home. Don't have the heart to part with it.

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  10. I too was a Pentax man in my 35mm days , many a train fell to the lens of Tamron. Having never owned a Nikon I can't voice an opinion, but I do love my new Canon for just being the right camaera for what I use it for now, up to 200mm and no big bag of two camera's and three lenses, all I need is a couple (4) extra batteries and the charger with the 110 and 12 volt plugs. and i'm set.Al your doing great no need to change anything, except maybe underwear once a week,turn them inside out once. be safe out there Sam & Donna..

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  11. Wow, I would have never recognized ya Al. I wear my mustache to cover up a big scar that a Brahama Bull gave me when he punched me while I was trying to ride him and make some money! Thats my story and I'm stickin to it! :-)

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  12. Sounds like your Captain is kind of like the Captain in our household!

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  13. Wow!!! That was some KISS!!! :-)

    Love the picture of you and the furry friends.

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  14. Hiya Al, I use LiveWriter to compose and edit my posts. The Blogger post compose/edit feature is annoying to me, so I strictly use LiveWriter. It's free if you want to check it out.

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  15. Every ship has to have a Captain...sounds like you have a great one! Happy Sailing!

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  16. Great post Al and they could never be to long because they are always interesting!
    Donna

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  17. Al,

    "I am hoping Ed's comment was not said in an accusatory manner & is just a simple misunderstanding."

    No, not accusatory at all just poking fun. I thought that you had probably got distracted and forgot to post the answer. What I said was an attempted funny way of bringing it to your attention. That attempt seemed to have failed, please do not think I was accusing you of being rude. Forgetful perhaps but rude, NEVER.

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  18. Because we wait until morning to read blogs, everybody else has already responded, and we are left to flounder for something to say. Floundering, that's the "halibut!" And in case that comment leaves you floudering: "Why do you go fishing?" "Just for the halibut."

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  19. Al, like Fred I have a favourite lense, although mine is a Canon it is a 18-200mm but I have hardly had it off the camera since I bought it, I have another 100-400mm lense that rides on my other camera body but gets a lot less use.

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