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Sky Divers over Blythe, CA

Sky Divers

Today started out a bit overcast as we crossed from Arizona to California. Just after the border, The Better Half pointed out what appeared to me to be a Shorts Sky Van twin-engine airplane apparently on a final approach to Blythe airport. Just after that, she took this (clickable) image of five sky divers with chutes deployed a couple of hundred feet from touchdown. She saw four others in the distance (no photo) shortly after that.

Evidently, there is sky diving activity in the area. The Shorts airplanes are popular for sky diving.

Many years ago, I agreed to go sky diving with my sister for her fortieth birthday. Fortunately, she came to her senses and called it off before we both were going to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.

Classics Seen Today

Classic 1 Classic 2

These are only two of several (maybe a dozen) classics headed eastbound along both Interstate 10 and US 60 as we made our way westbound. I didn’t read about any event with classic cars happening in our neck of the woods, but all these guys were definitely heading in that general direction.

I didn’t take the time to identify either of these classics, but they certainly awaken the nostalgia just seeing them. Thank you to The Better Half for taking the (clickable) images.

We will be on the road until Monday at which time we will pause for Thanksgiving week at a family venue in North Central Kalifornistan. Good thing the whacko CalPoliticos haven’t revoked Castle Doctrine yet.

One Decade of Minstrel


Ten years ago, while engaged in blogging at Cap’n Bob and the Damsel, I decided that the range of topics important to conservatives was diverse enough to warrant a separate web log (mostly) devoted to the right to keep and bear arms. The topics important to CB&D were addressing the climate change hoax and various and sundry other categories plus personal life anecdotes. The Wandering Minstrel would post on the Obamination, the right to keep and bear arms and some fun things like classics and nostalgia.

Our first post on the Minstrel was a simple photo of some 9×9mm ammo (parabellum) and the Latin phrase “Si vis pacem, para bellum,” if you want peace, prepare for war. We still believe that concept to be true and important as our republic goes forward into the rest of the 21st Century.

We haven’t kept a steady almost daily input on either blog as we advance deeper into our senior years. It’s not strenuous work and our minds are still clear, but we seem to spend more time reading and observing the world around us. We will post here and on CB&D from time to time when we feel we have something to offer or when a life event warrants us to record it for posterity.

It’s interesting to note that a decade ago, we were still in the People’s Republik of Kalifornistan and working for a living (and paying high taxes). At that time, we knew we would eventually relocate out of K-Stan, but did not have a clear concept of where or how or when. Now, we’re out here in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of central Arizona with all those unanswered questions resolved. We claim WINNER status!

Visit to the ER Today

IV TubesI have been nursing a sore throat for the last week or so. I finally went to the clinic a couple of days ago and saw the Physician Assistant Lady who prescribed amoxicillin to try and get it under control.

Clickable Image - the intravenous tube hookup on my right arm

I took the meds for a couple of days and the infection kept getting worse. I slept for [fecal term redacted] last night and decided enough was enough. I reported to the local ER this morning where they put me in a little cubicle in preparation for some tests.

They took blood (several vials), did a swab test for strep throat and also did a CT scan of my head and neck area. We waited for the test results which found the following:

  • The swab for strep was negative
  • The blood work showed an elevated white cell count indicating an infection, among other things (they were quite thorough)
  • The CT revealed an abscess - Peritonsillar infection left side of pharynx.
  • The CT also revealed what appears to be an abnormal mass associated with my thyroid

After analyzing the results, the staff started infusing me with a couple of different antibiotics along with a liter of H2O. It took over an hour to administer that. They then discharged me with instructions and a couple of prescriptions: an antibiotic and a pain reliever.

With regard to the thyroid mass discovery, they referred me back to my family physician for a follow-up and possible biopsy on Friday. Whatever the mass might be, it seems to have no symptoms and was discovered when the radiologist examined the scan results. Jury is out on that one for now.

I am at home this evening, a little after eight PM Arizona time and resting fairly comfortably. There is still quite a bit of pain swallowing and the pain pills are taking the edge off of that. I am on an opioid called hydrocodon the use of which prohibits any activities that should not be performed under its influence such as driving.

Going forward, I have a list of things that could happen and, if they do happen, go back to the ER which is a 24/7 facility ten minutes away from home. I will report on the thyroid thingy when I know anything.

Kids’ Rodeo Event at Wickenburg

Wyatt on Blister

The Arizona High School & Junior High School Rodeo Association’s fall series came to town this weekend. The Better Half and I went to the rodeo grounds this morning to watch some of the youngsters. We were there in time to watch the Junior and Senior Bull Riding events.

In the (clickable) image above, Wyatt, a high schooler, rides “Blister” who was one of the better performing bulls of the day. One of several bullfighter clowns looks on during the eight second ride and then rushes in to distract the bull and help the rider get dismounted. Wyatt had the second best ride of the day among the seniors.

TBH and I have been following the Professional Bull Riders on TV this year and are familiar with the event scoring and particulars. There is a PBR event currently in San Jose with the season finale coming up next week and early November.

We enjoyed getting out and watching the kids and bulls today. Rodeo season, particularly team roping, is in full scale at Wickenburg.

23RD Annual Fly-In and Classic Car Show

23rd Fly-in and Car Show

Clickable image, clockwise from upper left - Devil under the hood, Wickenburg Flight Line. PB4Y Privateer (modified) and a nice Ford T-Bucket Roadster

The Better Half and I gave up our weekend sleep-in to venture down to the local airfield to observe and participate in the 23rd Annual Wickenburg Fly-In and Car Show. It was pretty much the same old stuff, but very enjoyable on a beautiful Saturday morning.

Since we gave up having breakfast before the event (they start and finish very early 7-11AM), we made the rounds, bought a T-shirt commemorating the event and headed back home to chow down, thus getting back to our usual schedule. Later in the day, TBH prepared a sumptuous helping of Asian Broccoli Beef (tenderloin beef, of course). It has been a good weekend thus far.

Sunday promises to be clear, according to the forecast, with spring-like temperatures in the low 90’s. We love our little Arizona Town and homestead.

Friday the 13th Chow

Cowboy Lasagna and Sides

Don’t mind the paper plate under this delicious array of good stuff. The Better Half put away one of our previous weekend cuisine specialties, leftover “Cowboy Lasagna” in the freezer a few weeks ago and she revived it today, served up with a nice salad and a slice of garlic bread. I poured shots of limoncello to complete the sumptuous dining experience.

There was nothing spooky or unlucky about this Friday the 13th. We simply had a peaceful Friday where the weather cooperated with our “second spring” by having clear, sunny skies with the waning crescent moon this morning setting in the west before noon. The temperatures were in the 70s this morning and rising to just over 90 this afternoon. It’s a good time of the year in upper Sonoran Arizona.

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