Invicta 8932 “Professional” Diving Watch

invicta watch 8932I love wrist watches. I feel naked without one. Sure, my cellphone keeps accurate time and adjusts automatically as I cross time zones. But it is much easier to look at my wrist than it is to fish my cellphone from my pocket to check the time.

I had a citizen diving watch for many years – back in 1982 it cost me $100.  That was quite a chunk of change. I wore that watch daily for two decades. I took it into the ocean, wore it when showering, took it into swimming pools – it never lost time. Continue reading »

Tee Shirts

tee shirtNo. I didn’t design this. But I did do most of the printing.

After a two-month hiatus, I began a new job two weeks ago.  A real day job. After two and a half years working hoot owl, I had to force a change. I worked at a big box retailer. I am not going to talk shit about them, because they were there when I needed them. The paycheck paid the bills. ALL of my bills.  The child support situation and ugly divorce that haunted me is now closed. Settled. I no longer have to be subject to dehumanizing hours. Continue reading »

FRAMED

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Oil on Canvas

I sold a couple paintings two weeks ago. The cash came in handy during a two month respite from the daily ordeal of gainful employment. Working night-shift for two and a half years finally took its toll – on my mental health and my physical health. I had an upper respiratory issue for well over eight months that is only now receding. Continue reading »

Fireworks

IMG_1235If you’ve seen one fireworks display, you’ve seen them all. And there is little that you can do with a photograph of fireworks that hasn’t already been done.

What is it about fireworks, that no matter how many displays you have seen in your life, you are drawn to watch them again? I have no desire to be in crowds or mob scenes. I hate being stuck in traffic and fighting the throng of vehicles to exit when the event is over. Continue reading »

Sunset

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Sunset over the Goldfield Mountains

Sunset.

Last night I explored the grounds of the Superstition Mountain Museum after hours. My intention was to capture the sunset, then later the Strawberry Moon as it rose over the Superstitions.

To be honest, I have seen more spectacular sunsets. Any sunset I see is good, it means I survived another day. It means I am not in jail. It means I can expect to see another sunrise. Continue reading »

Potpourri

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Lost Dutchman heading towards the Superstitions

Only mad dogs and Englishmen…
“But, it’s a dry heat.” So is my oven, tell that to the pot roast!

The temperatures are hovering around 110º F (43ºC).  There is a stiff breeze.  The sky is cloudless, not even a stray wisp of cirrus. What better excuse to take a short hike in the mountains? Continue reading »

Summertime

cactus blossomSummertime is here, in force! It took a while to warm up, but 100º days are just around the corner. The cactus are in full blossom.

Yesterday, we spent the afternoon at Mike Henderson’s. He lives in a gated community with swimming pools. We had one pool to ourselves – the place is empty since the snowbirds have flocked home.

We drank gin and tonics and ate bratwursts. I go a sun burn – the first one since I have been in Arizona. Of course, this is the first time I have spent an afternoon in a pool.

A Day at the Races

dog racesGovernor Ducey signed into law legislation banning dog racing in Arizona. The law was inevitable, as these dogs are often mistreated, and it is cruel and inhumane. That said, Liz and I attended a dog race at Captain’s Lounge in Apache Junction.

dog races 3Okay, so this wasn’t real dog racing. It was Chihuahua racing – and the proceeds benefited our own Paws and Claws animal shelter. We have had dealings with Paws and Claws, and they are a first rate organization. Their primary goal is to adopt out animals, not euthanize. Euthanisation is a last resort, with many of the volunteers adopting the unadoptable. Continue reading »

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