DRESSED WARM AGAINST A COLD EARLY MORNING NORTH WIND
Stepped out of the Motorhome Sunday night into a magically Moonlit desert landscape. To the south along Californias horizon line Mexico’s Algodonus stood out & glittered like a long thin shimmering line of twinkling stars. Closer by an unseen train rumbled through the night hauling freight from Yuma in the direction of San Diego. Closer to California’s Cargo Muchacho Mountains came the plaintiff howling of ever present Coyotes. How nice to be in an area with wide sweeping 360 degree views for miles in all directions & how especially nice it was to have all those views under the luminous gaze of of a nearly full Moon. How nice it was indeed.
SUNRISE AT OUR HOUSE
MORNING’S EARLY LIGHT THROUGH A SIDE WINDOW FROM THE COMFORT OF MY RECLINER
CALIFORNIA’S CARGO MUCHACHO MOUNTAINS TO THE EAST HERE AT OGILBY ROAD
THE IMPERIAL SAND DUNES ARE TO OUR WEST
There were 16 movies playing at the Yuma Palms movie theater in the west end of Yuma & out of all those movies we only found 2 we felt comfortable seeing. Here is a sampling of movie descriptions for many of those movies…..strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity….violence and destruction….crude sexual content throughout, graphic nudity, language and drug use….strong combat violence throughout, bloody images, and language….violence and terror….crude and suggestive content, language….disturbing thematic content and images….strong bloody violence….crude sexual content and language. So there you have it, chose your poison so to speak. There was a time many years ago when I may have gone to see some of those movies but not anymore. Even ‘Star Wars’ was not a must see for me but at least I figured it might have some entertaining special effects. With all the violence in today’s society it’s not hard to figure out where a lot of that stuff comes from. Below are the last of my Bloggerfest 2016 photos.
IVAN ON THE LEFT WITH DOUG & DOLLY FROM MISS ADVENTURE TRAVELS
LOOKS LIKE DOLLY & DOUG ARE STEPPING RIGHT OUT THERE….MAYBE HEADING FOR THE SNACKS TABLE:))
THIS PHOTO PRETTY WELL SUMS UP BLOGGERFEST 2016
LOOKS LIKE MERIKAY HAS QUITE A SLANT ON THERE
SASSY IN THE WHITE TALKS TO JOHN FROM JUST FINDING OUR WAY
AND WITH HER BACK TO THE CAMERA IS OREGON’S SUE MALONE FROM THE MOHO AND OTHER TRAVELING TALES
AND BY GOLLY THERE GOES MERIKAY’S VERY OWN CRAIG HEADING OUT OF DODGE IN THE DIRECTION OF THEIR VERY OWN WHITE JEEP….AND THAT FOLKS RAPS UP ALL MY BLOGGERFEST 2016 PHOTOS:))
Had us a cold north wind blowing first thing this morning so our walk was short. With Pheebs left behind to guard the Motorhome Kelly & I piled into the Jeep & skee-daddled ourselves off to Yuma about 9 this morning. Being only 15 miles from the Harkins Yuma Palms movie theater we were at the big mall complex 20 minutes later.
I ALWAYS LIKE PULLING INTO THIS NICE LOOKING YUMA PALMS MALL
With protection from the winds & being on the early side for our 10 o’clock movies it was nice to walk around a bit & peek in some store windows along the lovely road & walkway with it’s outside cafe’s & park like setting. Although not a mall connoisseur I must say I would rate this Yuma Palms mall my all time favorite. Love the southwest architecture & landscaping. Nice big palm trees & the buildings are done in all those vibrant desert colors one finds so often out here in the southwest.
HARKINS YUMA PALMS MOVIE THEATER FAR CENTER
THIS AREA IN FRONT OF THE MOVIE THEATER IS BUT A SMALL PART OF THIS OVERALL VERY LARGE MALL COMPLEX
CHECK OUT THE CATCHY SIGN UNDER THE WINDOWS
MALL CRAWLIN BEFORE THE STORES ARE OPEN
OK FOLKS IT’S SHOWTIME:))
We slipped into the movie theatre on the early side & of course I was mesmerized as I usually am by all the colored lighting whether it be in signs, posters, menus or even restroom lights. Neon, subdued, indirect, & ambient type lighting is something that always catches my eye wherever I go. Could be a simple small lamp in the corner of a dark room or an 80’ tall neon sign out on ‘the strip’ in Las Vegas. Kelly headed to the snack bar for some popcorn while I being my typical self hauled out my point & shoot Canon & began taking photos of all the lights. I was like the proverbial kid in a candy store & again I couldn’t help feel like Jed Clampett as I wondered around in my torn blue jeans, longsleeve lumber jacket shirt with another shirt underneath which incidentally were both hanging out & I had enough desert dust on my shoes to hide a herd a cows in. And atop my head sat my favorite old aging Mojave hat. Oh ya & then under my hat perched on top of my International Harvester lumberjack shirt from the TSC store was my grouchy face but not to worry cause I’m not about to get into a descriptive version of that!! By the way this was the same theater we saw the movie ‘Unforgiven’ last winter & with tickets only $5 for Seniors what a great place to see movies eh:))
THE MOVIE THEATER LOBBY
KELLY IN THE CENTER HEADS FOR THE POPPING CORN COUNTER & NO THAT IS NOT THE MOVIE SCREEN UP THERE
“COULD YOU MAKE THAT A 40 GALLON DRUM OF POPCORN PLEASE & LOTS OF BUTTER PLEASE”
SOON KELLY DISAPPEARED DOWN THIS HALL TO THEATER 6
THEATER 13 WAS DOWN THIS HALL TO THE RIGHT SO AWAY I WENT ALL BY MYSELF
NICE LIGHTING & COLORS INSIDE THE THEATER ITSELF & HERE’S THE BEST PART…..THERE WAS ONLY 4 OF US IN THE WHOLE THEATER:))
Kelly headed on over to the left wing where her movie ‘The Dainish Girl’ was playing in theater 6 while I lumbered off for the right wing & theater 13 where Star Wars was playing. I wasn’t very optimistic about the movie I was about to see & as it turns out I had every reason not to be optimistic but keep in mind folks that’s just me. Countless millions of people like this Star Wars movie but I sure was not one of them. But aside from that I did enjoy the big picture/big sound movie experience which I knew I would regardless of what was playing. I walked out of that movie thinking to myself, geeeeezzzzz I’m glad it wasn’t any more that $5. I don’t know what it is I’m looking for in a movie these days but I’m thinking the movie I would like to see someday probably hasn’t even been thought of yet & when it is I’m hoping they don’t make it in Hollywood!!
BYE BYE NICE MALL, MAYBE SEE YOU AGAIN SOMETIME
Kelly & I re-connected just outside the movie theater’s front doors & we headed off for the Jeep. She liked ‘The Danish Girl’ & the more she told me about it I probably would have preferred that movie to the one I saw by a long shot. But no matter, we had come to Yuma for a change of pace & to see a couple movies & that is exactly what we did. Instead of stopping for a bite to eat or knock around in any stores we headed west along I-8 back to our rig. We knew there would be a very happy little doggy waiting patiently for us with her tail a waggin so fast is was just a blur when we got home.
Despite a clear blue sky a strengthing cool California north wind blowing along the flat desert landscape whisked away a big chunk of the sun’s heat & we ended up just staying in the coach for a spell this afternoon.
HEARD SOME HELICHOPPERS COMING SO HURRIED OUT WITH MY CAMERA
WE ARE LOCATED BETWEEN THE BIG MILITARY BASE IN YUMA & THE CHOCOLATE MOUNTAINS GUNNERY RANGE SO THERE IS ALWAYS MILITARY AIRCRAFT OVERHEAD COMING & GOING
LOOK CLOSELY & YOU CAN SEE 2 CREW MEMBERS & I’M NOT SURE WHAT THAT BIG TUBE IS OUTSIDE THE DOOR
Thanks to readers for their suggestions about what to do about a suspected LNB problem with our Shaw satellite TV system. Fellow Canadian Shaw Satellite TV system subscribers may understand why it’s something we need to get on top of get resloved. Early Tuesday morning I suspect we will have the big wheels rolling again.
EVENING SHADOWS CREEPING ACROSS THE CARGO MUCHACHO MOUNTAINS
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A great fruit cake recipie::
You'll need the following: a cup of water, a cup of sugar, four large eggs, two cups of dried fruit, a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of salt, a cup of brown sugar, lemon juice, nuts, and a bottle of whisky.
Sample the whisky to check for quality.
Take a large bowl. Check the whisky again. To be sure it is the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar and beat again.
Make sure the whisky is still okay. Cry another tup. Turn off the mixer. Break two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers pry it loose with a drewscriver.
Sample the whisky to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Who cares? Check the whisky. Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar or something. Whatever you can find.
Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees. Don't forget to beat off the turner. Throw the bowl out of the window, check the whisky again and go to bed.
I laughed at the movie descriptions. It is getting harder and harder to find a good movie. Sometimes I find some really good hidden treasures on Netflix and they are often Australian. Such a different ethic and yet so beautiful, with great cinematography. Like you, it is the big screen and the big sound that I love most. We are heading your way, but I supposed you will be gone by the time we get there. Mo asked what there was to do in Yuma and I said, "We could go to the movies"ReplyDelete
I guess that is why I rarely go to the theater any more to see a movie. I'll wait to see the one's I'm interested in, from the couch and a bunch of sleeping hounds, via DirecTv. If it's really good I'll but dvd to add to the collection. All those photos of Yuma looked warm ... very nice :)ReplyDelete
We haven't been to the movies in a long time.. Last one we saw was American Sniper ...ReplyDelete
.. Watching one on the tv at home seems so much more comfy.. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the desert.. As usual you captured beautiful sunrise photos.
Beautiful pictures especially the ones through the window.ReplyDelete
After having read your blog for a while it was nice having the opportunity to meet you, Kelly, and Pheebe in person at the Bloggerfest.
Celebrating The Dance
It has been a very long time since we have been to a theatre as well, maybe we just might have to check that place out when we back in the Yuma again again.ReplyDelete
Safe travels on the road again and good luck with your LNB.
Thanks for the rest of the pictures.
I heartily agree with your view of the "modern" movies. There is nothing that pulls me into a movie theatre any more. Last time I vent to see was Beverly Hills Chihuahua. At least I could laugh a lot, and admire the good training the "actors" got.ReplyDelete
To watch all these horrific crime scenes, violence, hatred... I don't want to spend any of my money on that. If that is called "Oscar winning" entertainment for people then there is, in my opinion, something major wrong with their mindsets.
I went to see Starwars by myself too Al...I would have preferred not seeing all the old actors from the first star wars series and was glad to see some fresh faces but it still seemed like the re-telling of Star Wars 1. Caron and I saw Revanant one afternoon and really like it, the violence of those days is/was very real and portrayed well in the movie. I think you would have liked it better. Just cover your eyes at the nasty parts ;-)).ReplyDelete
Caron wants to know how Kelly liked the Danish Girl.
we don't get to the movies very often, TV gives us plenty. But when we do we always hit the afternoon showings to get the Senior price. We saw the new Star Wars over Christmas with our daughter and grandsons. In the week before we had a rerun of all the previous episodes so the boys would get the whole story. I agree this last one was only so so. When we saw the earlier ones, I laughed at how "lame" they really were. But we loved them anyway didn't we.ReplyDelete
Stunning photo of Kelly in the dim light - truly beautiful. I can just picture you in the lobby taking photos :-))) I was surprised you saw Star Wars, thinking that you would have enjoyed Kelly's movie more given your choice of books to read. At least it was only $5! Thanks for posting more blogfest shots.ReplyDelete
I think the last time I got Dennis into a theater was in Florida, when our kids were little and we went and saw the newest hit, Grease. That is at least 35 years ago..maybe more. I have been with girlfriends, but Dennis has trouble getting comfy wrapping it long legs into those theater seats..and...he prefers to wait for the CD..ReplyDelete
We love that mall also but I can't remember the last time we were in a movie theater, at least 18-20 years.ReplyDelete
You may have a grumpy face, but you have a very pleasing style of writing!ReplyDelete