Friday, November 14, 2014




Under a heavy cloud cover today so that meant cooler air.  With a warm T-shirt & my flannel shirt feeling quite comfortable I puttered about outside.  Loaded up & rearranged a few RV bins,  ran the generator & engine for a bit, pulled the tire covers off & rolled up the outside mat all in preparation for Monday’s departure.  Temps in the mid to upper 70’s slated for the Slabs next week with temps here in Congress predicted to be in the mid 60’s with night time lows in the low 40’s.



Not sure what is going on at the end of the Grand Bend pier back home but clicking on the Yacht club lake cam this morning I saw 2 work trucks backed out to the end of the pier & the white lighthouse beacon which has stood there for as long as I can remember is missing.



Only took me about 15 years to remember something I’ve been meaning to correct regarding my Facebook.  Had set up a Facebook account in our early computer days back in the late 90’s.  At some point for some long forgotten reason I decided to not use that Facebook account anymore & set up a new one which I have had ever since.  Problem was I kept forgetting to delete the old Facebook account & occasionally I was still getting notifications of pending friend requests etc.  Yesterday after thinking about it again I quickly mentioned it to Kelly.  Didn’t take her long to figure things out & 20 minutes later that old Facebook account was history.  And to think it only took me about 15 years for my mind to remind itself to get that done.  Aren’t modern day attentively decisive minds a wonderful thing.



Yes I know I grumble from time to time about the state of television programming & I do whole heartedly stick by my grumbles but like everything else there are two sides to television programming.   The goods the bads, pros & cons, ups & downs, negatives, positives, & so it goes.  Same thing can be said for computers but would I quit using my computer or throw it out the window because of the negative side.  Not a chance.  Have I given up watching television & thrown it out the window.  Not a chance.  Both television & computers are not only great entertainment sources but they are excellent learning & educational tools as well ‘if used properly’.  To give up either one because of their negative side I think is a bit shortsighted.  Like cutting off one’s nose to spite their face.  It comes down to each individual’s preferences, self control, & how well one discipline’s themselves to what is in front of them.  Yes there is a lot of lot growing garbage on TV making it more difficult to flesh out the quality programing but there is still some left.  Frustrating of course to have to wade through all the schlock nowadays but if one perseveres one can still benefit greatly from the positive side of television.  And yes there still is a positive side there although it seems it is increasingly harder to find these days.


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Chances are good we will be without an inverter next week for a few days & probably longer.  If so I’m hoping Solar Mike will have a spare he could throw in for us until we get our’s back.  Otherwise we are going to be dead in the water having to use our generator for everything.  I’m sure it will be another learning experience for us……… 



GROANER’S CORNER:((  It was very crowded at the supermarket, and the customer in front of me had a large order.  As the harried looking clerk lifted the final bag for her, its bottom gave way, sending the contents crashing to the floor. "They just don't make these bags like they used to," the clerk quipped to the customer. "That was supposed to happen in your driveway!"


Mary and Joan were having lunch when Mary said "My son is really growing up."  Joan said "How do you know that?"  Mary replied, "Instead of asking me where he came from, now he refuses to tell me where he is going!"


- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.



  1. Beautiful bird photos! On my list to learn, if we ever get any birds back to the feeder after our hawk visit.

    Hoping your inverter problem is just a couple of fuses and you're back in business.


  3. Why not get a smaller inverter to run you laptops and camera chargers... They aren't that expensive....

  4. I didn't have a TV for years including when I was RVing, but now I enjoy the science channel as well as shows about the paranormal. But I could give it up at any time.

  5. Love you photography. Those bird photos are super.

    Hope Solar Mike has a spare inverter for you to use.

  6. Great bird pictures but the best for me is the quail in its "thinking cap". :o)

  7. I believe they are replacing the light house at the end of the Grand Bend Pier.
    Good luck with you repair and enjoy the Slabs.

  8. Good luck with the inverter. Our run around the Salton Sea had us arrive at the Slabs just as the sun was setting. I made a decision yesterday that we are going back in a couple of weeks to do the eastern treck, starting up around Thermal. Hope to meet Solar Mike when we get to the Slabs. I keep hearing great things about his work.

    looking forward to hearing all about your take on it (Slab City) today.

  9. It is a long-standing comment that "I have 500 channels and there's nothing to watch".....and yet those channels and those shows stay on for years so somebody is watching them. Having that many choices for so many different tastes is really pretty amazing. As a kid we had three channels - I would have thought that only the very wealthy could have 500! Now we use the Favorites feature so we're only scrolling through the channels that consistently have the programming we enjoy. It's a powerful thing - having a choice. Since I stopped watching the news I'm so much happier :-)

  10. I have a number of inverters, varying from 20 watts to 2500. I have o small one I keep in my Explorer to charge the battery on my power chair while driving. But I have a converter to charge batteries in the Motorhome so I needed a stand alone inverter to operate coffee pot, microwave and any other high wattage thing. I did purchase a propane coffee pot to replace the electric one though.
    about the other Facebook account, are you sure it was "Facebook" 15 years ago? Facebook was founded on February 4, 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.

  11. GREAT bird shots!!!

    More and more the junk just on our local broadcast stations (12 of them) are just plain old dumb, boring, gross or senseless. So we find ourselves watching MEtv station, mostly Andy Griffith, Gilligan and Hogans Heroes! Later at 10 pm, there is Cheers.. .much more preferable to the local news! LOL

  12. I am an American man, and I have decided to boycott American women. In a nutshell, American women are the most likely to cheat on you, to divorce you, to get fat, to steal half of your money in the divorce courts, don’t know how to cook or clean, don’t want to have children, etc. Therefore, what intelligent man would want to get involved with American women?

    American women are generally immature, selfish, extremely arrogant and self-centered, mentally unstable, irresponsible, and highly unchaste. The behavior of most American women is utterly disgusting, to say the least.

    This blog is my attempt to explain why I feel American women are inferior to foreign women (non-American women), and why American men should boycott American women, and date/marry only foreign (non-American) women.