Freak hailstorm in Apache Junction

The afternoon was overcast, with on and off drizzle. I was throwing a load of laundry into the wash when it hit without warning – a freak hailstorm. The hail was coming horizontally, with Monsoon force gusts. The hail, some the size of marbles, tore holes through the blinds on the patio. The backyard soon turned into a small lake. It lasted all of fifteen minutes, and now the sun is out and the sky is turning blue.

Five minutes away at the Superstition Museum, Liz told me they were getting rain.

On another note, I am patiently awaiting the UPS guy. Last week I ordered a window for the shed from Home Depot. Buy online, ship to home for free. I was looking for jalousie windows, but they are really expensive new. Apache Sales, our local salvage yard for all things building material related, didn’t have any in the yard. I purchased a new Ryobi 18V reciprocating saw to compliment my cordless Ryobi tools; it will come in handy when installing the window. I had planned on installing the window this afternoon if it arrived earlier. I guess it will have to wait for the weekend.

SanDisk Warranty policy

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SanDisk Clip+8

I have been using the SanDisk Clip +8 MP3 players for years now. We had an iPod Shuffle once – paid more than twice what the SanDisk Clips cost, had less RAM, and came with a 90 day warranty. It expired just about a week after the warranty expired.

Never being a big fan of Apple anyway, I searched for a viable replacement, and spent $65 for my first SanDisk Clip +4 – four gig of memory with the ability to accept a 16 gig MicroSD card.

SanDisk Sport Clip +8
SanDisk Sport Clip +8

I played that thing regularly for several years. The mini stereo jack finally gave up the ghost from frequently changing it from one speaker source to another.  I took it apart, and soldered the connection and eeked another six months of use out of it. Continue reading »

Planting Trees

Thornless MesquiteSaturday morning we attended a free seminar, courtesy of SRP (Salt River Project), our local electrical utility.  SRP sponsors many programs, such as $3 per bulb discounts at major retailers for CFL and LED lightbulbs, and the free native tree give-away to Apache Junction residents at the seminar.

Every family was permitted to take up to three trees after attending a one-hour lecture on proper planting and care. Continue reading »