Uprighting a Drooped Ocotillo

Before and After

About two years ago, we acquired a couple of new ocotillos for the rock and cactus garden. One of them, sadly, did not completely assimilate itself on the rocky slope where we planted it. The shrub eventually sagged, leaning downhill until finally last week we noticed it was completely drooped on its side and in contact with the ground.

This morning, I decided to move the drooping shrub to a nearby, flatter location and to set it more upright. I dug out the base of the ocotillo from the sloped location, dug a hole in which to insert the big guy and plopped it down into its new location. I used a rope and some of my old Navy knots to hold it upright while I shoveled the dirt back down on its roots.

Now, hopefully, the ocotillo will recover, spread out its canes and become an attractive xeriscape asset to The Better Half’s rock and cactus garden. By the way, the other transplant is doing just fine.

Clickable image: Before and After.

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.

Another Knee-Jerk Reaction Aimed at Disarming Us

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Image - the notorious BUMP STOCK!

Feinstein and her 38 co-sponsors of S.1916 Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, know that this proposed regulation would do nothing to prevent criminal acts. Their long-term goal is not to enact this silly legislation, but rather to get their foot in the door for additional regulation and who knows what.

By her own admission, Feinstein knows that no law would have prevented the Las Vegas tragedy. Her sinister long term goal is to just have us law-abiding folks “turn them in.”

Arizona Citizens Defense League has made it real easy for us to contact our congress critters, no matter in which jurisdiction you may live.

A pre-written letter has been prepared for you to send to your Senators and your Congressman in our Legislative Action Center. You may send it as is or edit it as you see fit. It only takes a few mouse-clicks to make a big difference. Don’t wait, contact them right away! You know those who want to disarm you are not hesitating. This letter can be sent by anyone from any state. Please share this with your family and friends.

The link is here. Just do it. It took me less than thirty seconds to send out to both senators and my representative in congress. Congress will be looking at the volume of support. You can rely on the fact that the other side is bombarding them with their anti-gun nonsense.

AZCDL: No Blood in the Streets

acdllogo.jpgDave Kopp, President of the Arizona Citizens Defense League issued an email to AZCDL members today regarding the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida. He correctly points out that both states affected by these natural tragedies are generally well-heeled with regard to citizen firearm ownership. In spite of that, the post-ravaged areas have few violent incidents reported.

No Blood in the Streets

I’d like to take a moment to thank you for your kind donations to the relief efforts for hurricanes Irma and Harvey. There is still much to be done to help our fellow Americans rebuild their lives, but it serves as a vivid reminder of what can be done if we group together for a common cause.

Historically, Florida and Texas are some of the most-heavily armed states in the country—and yet, there were relatively few cases of firearms related violence during these tragedies. As you and I would expect, responsible firearms owners did not use the chaos of these storms to perpetuate violence. Instead, they—and many others—joined together to help their neighbors in a time of need.

AZCDL works to promote safe gun ownership, and to create laws that enable us to protect our rights. Please, click here to help us continue that mission, and help us to dispel the notion that firearms owners are irresponsible and dangerous.

Thank you,
Dave Kopp
President, Arizona Citizens Defense League

We continue to support AZCDL and are a regular reader of their literature on their site and on social media.

Rifle Police Cruiser

Rifle Police Vehicle

Last month on our excursion to witness the All American Eclipse, we stopped for provisions at a Walmart in Rifle, CO. During our entire trip, we would, as necessary, stop at Walmart Supercenters because they have groceries, sundries, souvenirs and most everything else we might need while on the road.

On our way out of town, The Better Half took this (clickable) image of a local police cruiser. We liked the picture of a rifle on the side of the unit. Rifle, CO, a town of about 9500 souls, seemed to be a nice little place along I-70 in the arid northwestern part of the state.

I found this little tidbit in Wikipedia about a local Rifle restaurant owner making national news in 2014:

In the summer of 2014, a popular local restaurant, Shooter’s Grill, made national news when it was advertised that the owner encouraged the servers to participate in open carry. Patrons of the restaurant were also welcome to display their firearms when dining.

I really don’t remember the incident from the news I read, but it is an interesting take on the kind of folks living in that part of the state (i.e. away from the big cities).

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