Change is Inevitable - Hopefully

Visual quote of the day - Mark Twain.

Change

This is not the “HOPE AND CHANGE” the Obaminators were seeking to bring.

Time to flush McCain, McConnell, Boehner, Graham and many others . . .

This Day in History - The PAC-MAN Video Game


Amazon is having a sale on all things PAC-MAN today, in honor of the iconic video game’s 35th anniversary. The sale continues through midnight tonight.

The graphic above is a Flash™ animation that I threw together this afternoon to commemorate the anniversary. Clickable animation with audio.

Looking at the video graphics and state of the technology back then, it is somewhat amazing how far the state of the video game art has advanced in three and a half decades. No more 2D pixelized graphics, but 3D action scenes that rival the graphics seen in motion pictures these days.

Still, it is fun to reminisce about all things technical and computer we had back in 1980. Commodore, TRS 80, Apple and others were a lot of fun. You were lucky to have a floppy disc drive back then.

Getting back to the PAC-MAN phenomenon, the Wikipedia article on the subject is quite extensive. PAC-MAN cultural icons and events are still quite common even to this day.

The Plan

Travel Trailer

Now that the RV drive is essentially complete, with concrete mostly cured and walls painted, it is finally time to tow the trailer up behind the house to its usual position. This time, however, it will not be necessary to run the power cord across the driveway to the outlet by the garage because the 30 amp service is now on the back of the driveway.

We don’t plan to hook up the water or sewer connections unless the trailer is going to be occupied by visitors. Both of those connections are now functional and located by the electric box at the rear of the driveway.

Yesterday, I took the generator across the road and charged the batteries in the trailer for a while. That served a dual purpose in that the generator oil needed to be changed and after the charging run and a suitable cooling period, I was able to drain out the warm engine oil and replace it with fresh oil.

I am hoping that we will be able go on a reasonably long vacation before too long, so I won’t install the triple-layer RV cover we bought for the trailer to protect it from further UV damage. It has had a bit of deterioration in the three years we have had it and we really don’t want to expose it to the Arizona elements any more than necessary.

I took this (clickable) photo of the trailer where it currently sits on the lot across the road. I may not tow the trailer up until next Tuesday as we will be celebrating the memorial day weekend.

Creosote Cleanup in Progress


Several weeks ago, we commissioned a young man to cut down about five or six creosote bushes in The Better Half’s rock and cactus garden on the west side of the lot. We instructed him to pile the trimmings on the corner of the lot by the road to be picked up by him at a later time and disposed at the green waste facility in town. I guess he flaked out on it since we have not seen him since the initial work.

TBH and I decided to chop up the branches in small pieces such as to fit in the refuse bin. Today, we filled up the bin with the second of many loads that it will take to clean up the pile. Although we have to do the job in increments because the bin has limited space, we are hoping to be done with the complete job while we are still having mild (i.e. <100°) temperatures.

The image above is a slideshow with three images: the before pile, the after pile and the full refuse bin. Click on the image to advance to the next picture.

Visit to the Big City Airport

Camel Back Mountain

Sorry about the rather long time between posting. We had a major distraction from blogging by virtue of a visit from our granddaughter and her son, our first great grandson, over the past few days.

The visit required The Better Half and I to drive down to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to pick up the visitors and take them back after their very enjoyable stay here in our little corner of the desert. The airport is a good hour and fifteen minutes from here, the travel being mostly on fast, light traffic thoroughfares, but the last fifteen miles (or so) involved driving on Interstate 10 between Litchfield Park (AZ) and the airport. Ugh!

Regardless, the visit was well worth the unconventional (for us) foray into the metroplex for us. Everyone had a great time and we met our eight-month old little guy who seemed to enjoy the visit and extra attention from his doting great grandparents. We would do it again anytime they find time to visit.

TBH took the (clickable) photo above while we were in the parking structure between the runways at the airport. The famous Camelback Mountain in Phoenix can bee seen across the north runway complex.

Construction Update XII

Before and After Panoramas

We have been on hold since the last construction took place with the completion of the concrete about three weeks ago. Painting the walls was supposed to take place immediately after, but for one reason or another (not clearly stated by anyone) the work did not take place until today.

The work went quickly and the painters got the walls primed and painted and were packing to leave before three PM today. They painted the new walls and completely painted the courtyard wall, not just touching up the repairs the masonry guys did. The Better Half and I are completely satisfied with the work despite having to wait for it.

In the (clickable) composite panoramic image above, the top panel shows the front of the property as it appeared in February of this year. I took the bottom image today after the work was done. From this vantage point in front of the house, the work appears complete even though we have a couple of items left that cannot be seen in this view.

We also took a trip out to the “Church of Woodworkism” (another story) to render our input to the guys who are custom building a gate for the back of the courtyard. This one will be in the same theme as the other one, but just not as ornate since it is the back gate where almost nobody will see it.

Radio Flyer Replica Wagon

flyer.jpgA few days ago, The Better Half mentioned that she would like to have a miniature replica of a Radio Flyer wagon to use as an item in the courtyard garden. She had one that we bought in Nashville sixteen years ago, but she gave it away when we were clearing things out of the Kalifornistan house.

Now, she fancied getting another so I ordered the little beauty seen in the image from Amazon today. It wasn’t expensive and they had it in stock.

We ordered a bunch of nostalgic old movies along with the wagon to get Amazon’s free shipping deal. The package should be here within a week.

The nice thing about retirement is that if you can afford them, nobody questions the toys that you buy. ;)

What’s for Mothers Day Dinner?

Surf ā€˜nā€™ Turf

At the risk of dislocating shoulders patting ourselves on the back, The Better Half and I put together a really good dinner package for Mothers Day. The surf ‘n’ turf theme consisted of beef tenderloin filet and salmon (in the foil wrapper) steaks. The sides were bacon-wrapped asparagus, roasted potato wedges and corn-on-the-cob. Everything was cooked on the grill as seen in the (clickable) image above.

TBH and I both have lost our Moms recently and we miss them. We know that neither of them would begrudge us having this wonderful meal in their memory. We wish all the moms out there a wonderful, peaceful and blessed Mothers Day!

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