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Monday, January 10, 2022


Sunrise.

Monday, January 9, 2022


Monday, January 03, 2022


The hard life of a dog.

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Happy New Year!!!

The first pass at my Roadtrip article from my recent trip has been published. Photos and links will follow.
Las Vegas, 2021

Thursday, December 30, 2021

My 25 year old station wagon picked the wrong month for the windshield to start leaking.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

It is Joy's Birthday today. Another 365 days enjoying life.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

It is so nice to be getting such a good rain, first in years. The 15 minutes of sprinklers once a week never reaches the deep roots of the trees and shrubs. I hope we also get a lot of snow in the Sierras from where our water comes. And having just last Sunday seen Lake Mead over 100 feet below normal and only a little over 100 feet above the minimum to operate the generators and deliver water, I hope the western Rockies get a lot of snow or we will be in trouble in a few more years.

December 29, 2021

I awoke early and couldn't get back to sleep so I packed up and checked out by 7:30. Aside from a half hour nap at a rest area east of Barstow, I drove through arriving home at 1:00. It was only 5 days, 2 for travl, down from the original 9 days, but it was good to be home. Then I did errands all afternoon. I hope to publish the Roadtrip article in a few days.

My dog missed me. So did the other dog and my cat.

December 28, 2021

This was a day mostly of disappointments. I arrived at the Springs Preserve and it turned out to be closed the next three days. I enjoyed the Mormon Fort and Natural History Museum. Then I drove to the Spring Mountain Ranch where it was too cold and windy, my glasses kept fogging, and I was too tired to look for the buildings that I think were somewhere. By the time I reached the Atomic Test Site Museum, they were closing an hour and a half earlier than I expected and the Neon Museum required reservations which I didn't have. I could have seen the latter two museum tomorrow, but I had already canceled the rest of the trip and plan to leave early tomorrow.

December 27, 2021

Today was stressful because just before reaching St. George, Utah, the electrical indicator of my car started blinking. I finally found a mechanic with time to check over the car and he found no problem. Then it did it again just as I headed back but then was fine the rest of the way back. No one wants intermittent auto electrical problems 500 miles from home.

Between car problems I did manage to visit St. George Dinosaur Discovery Museum which I very much enjoyed. It is at Johnson's farm which confused me at first because the farm is now development. The building was constructed around the rocks containing dinosaur tracks and other fossils.

Since the indication light never came back I did drive through Valley of Fire, so named I assume because of the bright red rocks. Still I had lost so much time earlier in the day, I only had time to drive through and take a few photos. It was quite dark by the time I reached my hotel.

December 26, 2021

It took a while and some bad directions from MapQuest but eventually I reached Hoover Dam. It was quite crowded by the time ia got there and I stayed about 2 hours. There are no tours because of Covid but still lots to see. It was alarming to see how low the water is. About 100 feet below ideal and 100 feet above the intakes. If the water drops below that, it is just a lake. Even the boat launches don't go down that far.

After I finished at the dam, I visited the Nevada State Railroad Museum and drove through Historic Bolder.

When we first planned this trip years ago, I had a note about Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden but had forgotten the details. By luck I arrived just before the tour of the cactus garden by reservations started, so I had them to myself for about 15 minutes. All the cactus were draped in colored lights and supplemented with figures. It was beautiful.

December 25, 2021

This trip is a bit strange. Joy has wanted to go to Las Vegas since we met. After canceling many times she lost interest and I still wanted to do all the interesting things I discovered, so I am here in Las Vegas alone. All I did today was get there. I left about 8:00 but made several stops so I didn't get to Las Vegas until about 4:00. First I stopped at Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch which was surreal. A quick stop at Baker to see the world's Tallest Thermometer. Zzyzx Road had some rough spots and I'm glad I took my 20 year old wagon, the Mustang never would have made it. More about these soon on my www.placesearth.com web site.

Friday, December 24, 2021

I was carrying a large bag of cat food in one arm and other things in the other when the phone rang. Since I was expecting an important returned call, I struggle to get the phone to my ear. "This is Jake from Discover Card Services..." I canceled Discover Card nearly 20 years ago, don't bother me.

Friday, December 24, 2021


Cats will play.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

I think this is the first real rain in years.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Costco, two days before Christmas, in the rain. Such fun.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Plumbers finished. Last February he broke the plastic cleanout cap, snaked through the hole, and glued the part back. This time it leaked. I insisted that he remove the rest of the old cap and install a new one. Since the pipes are old, hair will probably get caught again so I hope next time it doesn't leak.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Live sure can be interesting. Monday morning as Joy washed her hair in the sink, it stopped up. Then we noticed the cabinet below the sinks was flooded. We cleaned up the mess, throwing away lots of cardboard packaging. It wasn't till Tuesday morning that the plumbers showed up. Even though I kept saying that I thought the blockage was after the leaking cleanout, they spent an hour running a snake down both sink drains. Dirty water splashed everywhere. It was so noisy for an hour, all the animals hid. We weren't expecting them to make such a mess so we hadn't cleared all the soap, shampoo, lotion, perfume, candles, and other objects which were now all covered with sewer mess. I should have taken a photo, we couldn't believe the mess. Anyway, they said the snake kinked and they would come back later. It is now Wednesday and they promise to come at 9 today. We shall see.
Cat Hiding.
The plumbers were making so much noise, my cat hid under the bedding.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

RAIN!!! It doesn't rain much any more.
Video of rain.

Monday, December 13, 2021

I started on All Rise today. This is season 3. The show was canceled at the end of season 2 and the sets were struck by a scenery company and never expected to be set up again. The parts arrived in random order and it has been a puzzle to restand the sets. In addition, the new stage space is smaller with columns, so the sets had to be reconfigured. As I arrived, most of the sets on one stage are standing but the drawings need to be updated to the changes.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Happy Sunday. Only 378 days till Christmas.

I did Set Design on a Superbowl Commercial last week. I can't say anything about it except watch for a castle.

I've been sick the last three weeks but getting better. I think it was triggered by rat droppings while cleaning the garage, but the doctor thinks it's just a cold, but I don't usually get this sick from a cold.

I start a new job tomorrow but more on that later.

Sunday, December 11, 2021

I had some frustration today. It seems half the TV shows I watch are on the History Channel. Wednesday, AT&T/ Direct TV dropped History Channel from my package. They said it was included in the bigger package and I said I wouldn't pay extra for what I had 3 days ago and since they cut half the shows I watch, maybe they should cut my bill in half. They added it back on an individual basis.

Sunday, December 11, 2021


Joy's kitten is now 7 months old and still growing.

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