Wednesday, March 4, 2015

An Annual luncheon....

We had a nice friendly lunch on Monday in the middle of a driving rain soaking the desert....  I can't describe the lunch any better than Ray did in his blog...

Ray's Blog

Or than Sandie did is her account of the lunch....

Sandie's Blog

We went to the Old Chicago place on Power Road....  And we got a newer waiter who left us sitting for about 15 minutes completely forgetting to take our order....  Ray and Jim had ordered meat lover's Calazones .....

But they received spinach Calazones.....   Uh, neither guy liked cooked spinach...  So we sent them back....  I ordered a simple hamburger...  That turned out much safer....

We had to look around to try and find someone to take our picture and almost gave up as our waiter had completely disappeared.  So Sandie and Jim's friend Paul Volunteered to take the shot..  Of course leaving him out of the shot...  I'm not certain that he has ever blogged, so he reasoned that it didn't matter that he wasn't in the picture....    Well how are we going to get everyone to know him if he isn't pictured?

After the meal, Ray and I went over and toured the Large Cal Am park that we used to stay in before we built the house...  Valle Del Oro...    I wanted him to see the quilting room and club that is part of the park....  The room monitor took over and gave him quite the sales pitch....  She was from Calgary and had a pronounced   Aboat accent... LOL  Eh...   It was fun....

So we turned the rainy Monday into a warm and friendly day...   Go see both of the other bloggers posts if you haven't done it yet...

Retired Rod

Monday, March 2, 2015

Oracle......... again...

We went to Oracle last fall on the first trip that I took with the Goldwing club....  There is a Steak House in the center of town and many of our riders enjoy their meals.....



The shorter way is to head South from Superior on 177 to Winkelman, but we are looking for a riding experience, and not shortest distance between points.....  So lets include Globe in the circle....



Chet posted 60 pictures but I will only repost a few, including the new header at the top of the blog...


Arizona was again quite breath taking.....


I am the tiny front wheeled trike way down the hill......




Once I got the menu I remembered the burger specialty...  and broke down and ordered it...  Its a hamburger with pulled pork mixed on top....  With bar be cue sauce and the rest of the trimmings...  Better not do that every day....


You know how there is always someone that gets jilted with his lunch order that doesn't get cooked on time?  We have a new game..  Everyone tosses a quarter in a cup, and the fellow that gets served last gets the cup with the money in it...  This fellow only waited about another minute or so for his meal and got 19 quarters to help with his bill...

It rained over the weekend and sadly the bike had to remain parked...  Once in the car, it was groceries and boring household errands on Saturday...

We had a great ride scheduled for a reenactment from the civil war on Sunday and then onto Greasewood flats for a meal, but alas they were both out in the desert with some gravel roads that were muddy during the rain...  So they cancelled it.....

And I had decided not to go even before that as the Can Am has a belt drive that can be damaged from rocks....   Their rule is if its gravel, don't do it!

So that was the end of that...

Retired Rod

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wow!

It got cold enough that I had to turn on the heat last night.....!   For the last two weeks it has been above 50 degrees in the early morning when it is its coldest....  Right at daylight, so the heat has been off...  It was in the 40s while I was at Quartzsite and I ran the heat in the motorhome every night...

That was the passive heater running on propane...   No fan...  I still had to have two comforters...!

Once home it was over 50 degrees almost immediately....  In the early mornings.... But we had a cold front go thru here on Monday that caused rain sprinkles...  The weather man calls that a rainy day... LOL...!

Anyway I looked a few minutes ago and its only 50 at 10 PM.....  Better turn that heat back on cause its going to be in the forties by morning.... LOL...      But my concern it the newly planted bushes.... It would be the  dumpers to freeze the newly planted bushes......

Retired Rod

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Day by Day

I've been living life here on the desert day by day... Nothing unusual to report... But I have started digging and replacing the winter kill bushes in my back yard... The desert digs hard!

But, where there was a bush before, and the irrigation system spills a few drips of water each day it is better.... So I just dig up the old dead bush, dumping the earth out onto a tarp with a small shovel... The heat of the summer seems to be quite harsh on some of these so called sun bushes....

And then it seems to go below freezing around Christmas or after the first of January for a few nights.... That freezes the leaves and outer part of the branches of the tender bushes... I have Hyacinth along the East wall of the house and until coming here, I thought they were just house plants.......!

Anyway there are a few new bushes around here now... I haven't had any luck with bougainvillea... The stuff grows like a weed along the highways here, but let me go purchase some and put it in the ground, and its 100 percent favorite that it will be dead by fall....

So I put a couple of Privet bushes in their place.... It is shaded by the block wall fence for part of the day and only gets a few minutes of water, so we will see if they do any better... The other bushes are rosemary.. I wonder if they are the same as the spice we grow back home... They look the same, but I'm sure they are a different variety..

In other news, Shadowmoss and her neighbor invited me to go with them for a Valentines supper... We did Chinese in a small oil cloth diner on the South end of Chandler... Again I had never been there, so it was a new experience for me... But the restaurant had Kung Bao Chicken with peanuts and the hot peppers.. So I just had to order it...

I sorted out the big chili peppers, because you never want to bite into one of those, but the cook also had ground the peppers and added a liberal dose of those to the Wok as well... It took two Tsing Tao beers to wash it all down..... I was somewhat red in the face.... LOL Thank's girls for taking me along....  I don't think I got two obnoxious after the two beers, but maybe I'm not the best judge...

Oh, and as a wrap up on the Quartzsite get together, Sandie and Jim Dixon had a postmortem Happy Hour with some of the folks that had been in the BLM desert campground.... That was this past Tuesday and I managed to convince Shadowmoss to come with me... That two hours seemed to go by faster than possible... We all talked and talked.... I wonder who was listening........  Anyway thanks folks for inviting us...  It was fun......

And in a rare turn of events, the Goldwing folks were heading out to a Casino up in the White mountains East of Showlow, Az this morning...  And I chickened out...  It was 170 miles each way, and I have a conference later tonight, and I worried that I wouldn't get back in time...  Or that after 7 hours of bike riding that I wouldn't have the energy to go, once I got back....

So there will be no descriptions of long tiring rides or oodles of desert highway pictures...  Well, this week anyway....

Retired Rod