Another holiday survived. We were never a close family, but I do miss mine.
Liz’s family came for a visit – Paul Lemmons, her nephew, is great. He is weird though, he enjoys jumping out of perfectly fine airplanes, and thinks cutting a hole in an ice covered lake to go fishing is fun!
I have been Facebook friends with him for a while, finally got to meet. He is funny as hell, and great to hang out with.
Thanksgiving was okay – Liz had to work, and I had to take it easy because I had to work all night until Friday morning. Friday we ht the Apache Trail up to Canyon Lake. Read more
The palette is dirty, the martini is not!
California is giving us some nasty weather here in the East Valley. The temperatures dropped to the fifties, and the skies have been gray for three days in a row, and expected to stay this way through the weekend.
Rain is sporadic, creating flood-like conditions throughout the valley. It seems that there is nasty weather across the states. At least we don’t have to deal with tornadoes or blizzards.
People in Arizona simply do not know how to drive in the rain. Actually, AZ drivers, at least in this area, are pretty bad overall. We have the Arizona right on red. where the person with the red light doesn’t believe they are required to stop, or even yield to oncoming traffic. We have very creative uses of the directional – when it is used at all. We have the left hand U-Turn on a red light, illegal and dangerous, and again with a total lack of respect for oncoming traffic. And AZ drivers LOVE to drive in your blind spot. They will come up on you very quickly on the highway, and then glue themselves to your blind spot. You can never change lanes without actually turning your head and looking behind you. And they love to cross a three-lane highway totally oblivious to traffic. Read more
CenturyLink sucks! THIS is why they suck. This box serves hundreds of customers in the old part of Apache Junction.
Last June we began experiencing ever increasing problems with our internet service. The internet would go down periodically, but would come back up in a matter of minutes.
We put up with this, until in August it went down for good – no access. Zero. Zip. Nada!
I finally called what passes for tech support – of course it is outsourced, screwing Americans out of employment so the CEO of CenturyLink can add a few bonus dollars to his already overly fat wallet at the expense of providing customers with quality service. After navigating their horror story of an automatic directory, I was able to speak to a human being for whom English was just barely a second language. Read more
Arizona sunsets are unequaled in their spectacular variety of palette and intensity. I have seen wonderful sunsets in Key West, and in New Jersey’s Bay Shore that left one in awe; but while I have seen the colors of Arizona’s sunsets in other places, I have never seen all of the colors, all at one time.
Five minutes after I shot this pic, the horizon turned blood red, as intense a red as I have never seen in nature. Our sunrises are just as spectacular – I usually miss them because I am already in work. Read more
The annual ban on open fires has been lifted in Apache Junction, and Liz and I went into the desert with Mike and Tami to enjoy a campfire, enjoy cold beers and roast marshmallows this past Friday night.
I brought the Mossberg 500 pump shotgun – Mike had never fired a shotgun before. Nor had Liz. That’s the nice thing about the Arizona desert, there are plenty of secluded areas not twenty minutes from our home where we can recreate without disturbing others. Read more
Now that the weather is cooling down, and some sort of a steady income dribbling in, work on my pet projects has re-commenced.
The bottle wall has doubled in size since my last post – thanks to three bags of mortar and time off from work.
The finished wall should be twice as long as it is currently, and a lot higher. It will mimic the silhouette of the Superstition Mountains, with areas level enough to use for seating under the Palo Verde tree. Read more
Liz and I serve on the board of SACA – the Superstition Arts and Cultural Alliance. Dedicated to promoting the arts and artist in the East Valley, specifically Pinal County.
This past weekend we assisted with an event sponsored by The Superstition Mountain Museum. Read more
I guess I am officially over the hill – 52 years old as of last Wednesday. I celebrated by falling asleep in my armchair watching Sons of Anarchy.
We are not big on birthday celebrations – Liz treated me last week to the Buena Vista Social Club concert at the Mesa Performing Arts Center. She bought me a lawnmower for my birthday; that’s okay, I told her I was going to buy her a vacuum cleaner for hers… Read more
It has officially been one year (as of September 15) that I left New Jersey for Arizona. There is really not a whole lot that I miss about NJ, and quite a bit that I am happy to distance myself from.
New Jersey is, as is much of the northeast coast, an intrusive state. Bureaucrats and politicians get way too involved in the intimate details of daily life and miss the big picture, such as quality of life. Read more
AUGUST 25 UPDATE:
For those that regularly read my blog, you will have noticed that it has been incommunicado for the past three days. This is due to the total incompetence on the end of the web hosting company, MochaHost.
The site is still not fully functional – I cannot add new posts, for instance. The technical support crew from MochaHost has been less than forthcoming, refusing to respond to most of my inquiries or to offer any status updates.
Anyway – at least my email is functional, and the site looks like it is working to most observers.
In some personal news, it has been quite an exciting week. I have been stumping for the better part of the year looking for gainful employment. Read more