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"I could perhaps like others have astonished you with strange improbable tales; but I rather chose to relate plain matter of fact in the simplest manner and style; because my principle design was to inform you, and not to amuse you."

Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels

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I finished reading “America: The Farewell Tour” by Chris Hedges. More than a week since I’ve last scribbled in here. It may be a reflection of the semi-chosen lifestyle. There is not that much g...


I’ve heard that there is winter weather other than here. Here it has been from the mid-fifties in the morning to the mid-seventies in the afternoon. My hold list at the library is down to two bo...


I’m back to my regular program. In bed from midnight to 8am. Coffee and reading until lunch. NPR, napping, and the pool until dinner. Dinner. Internet stuff until midnight. Repeat. And repeat ag...


The three week long visit from my daughter ended yesterday. I dropped her off at the airport after we went through the drive-thru at In and Out. She said she’d had a good visit. We did manage to ...


Boots. Those thirty-something-dollar boots from Walmart, from China, weren’t going to work. Two short hikes south into the desert and the longer 12.6 mile wilderness hike proved it beyond a doub...


The year in summary form. No airline flights. Two 3200 mile road trips. One west and north, the other east. Months upon months sitting in my chair under the A/C and reading. More than a few month...


My ten year old laptop (or software?) gave out. I did a restart for an AVG update and when it got finished my password login wouldn’t work. I’m locked out of my own machine. Technology sucks. Now...


I finished reading “419” by Will Ferguson. A nice little novel. I guess it would fall under the “suspense” sub-genre. Not something I’d normally pick up and read, but it was the next in my pile b...


Just one question. Probably the only question the 180 million people who didn’t vote for the dumbass want to know. I can picture it. A room full of reporters. Some of them on air live or online l...


I finished reading “The Reckoning” by John Grisham yesterday. A nice little twist at the end of the story. That’s 24 books read for the year, so far. Today, after my morning coffee, I headed out ...


Anyway. It’s been three weeks since I’ve felt like scribbling. It’s been three weeks since we’ve been back in the desert. We left the Ozark’s on October 10. We drove to Oklahoma City. We had dinn...


Daughter slept most of the day Saturday. In the evening we went out for a walk on the city’s Greenway Trail. An hour or so into the walk Daughter started feeling puny. We turned around and headed...


We spent one last night in the far northern Texas Panhandle and then packed up the car, filled the gas tank and headed east to Oklahoma City. We got there without incident, checked in and unloade...


I’m currently ensconced in a La Quinta in the far northern Panhandle of Texas surrounded by wind turbines. Mom has spent the last two nights staying with her oldest granddaughter and her family i...


I’ve got the alarm set for 6am tomorrow. I hope I wake up before it starts going off. I’ll put on a pot of coffee and start loading the car and getting all the outside stuff put inside. I think i...


That’s right. Exactly ten years to the day since the factory closed and I’ve been unemployed. No big deal. I don’t miss it at all. Tomorrow it is supposed to cool off to the high nineties for a ...


Friday and Saturday it was too hot to go to the pool. Yeah, 111 degrees. I did manage to make it this morning. By noon it was 100 degrees and I’d had enough. When it is this hot I wear my sea str...


A very decent day. Midnight to 8am, sleep. 8am to 10am, coffee and more novel reading. 10am to noon, walking in the pool. Noon to 12:30pm, shower and a quick lunch. 12:45pm to 2:30pm, hanging aro...


I made it through today. Mom didn’t mention the obvious and neither did I. Life goes on.


I can’t really remember the last time I’ve scribbled an entry. But I have kept up with remembering the books I’ve read since the last time I’ve scribbled in here. Book #16 for the year was “The ...


Thunderstorms with buckets of rain last night. 1.22 inches right here. 3 ½ inches in one hour over in Tempe. This morning at 8am it was only 80 degrees. By the time I got to the pool at 10:15am ...


Last week was weather. Another all time high set for a day in 1995. Another day tying a record. Now twenty-one days this year over 110 degrees. A new record set for all time overnight high temp- ...


I finished reading “Love In The Ruins” by Percy Walker. It was published in 1971 but could have been written this year. It was that prescient. It took me two full weeks to read it. It was book nu...


It was 115 degrees yesterday setting a new record high for the day by one degree. Today it was 116 degrees tying the high record for the day. Tomorrow is a forecast 115 degrees. The overnight low...


I finished reading “The Doomsday Machine” by Daniel Ellsburg today. A good, but scary read. If you are a person that worries about small things in life this book will cure you of that annoyance. ...


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