Monday, April 15, 2019

An Interesting Observation

Recently, I read an article that was about a phone conversation between President Trump and Former President Jimmy Carter.
On the 40th anniversary of normalizing relations with China, the former president wrote a letter to President Trump regarding that event. 
 During that call, President Trump said he felt that China has surpassed the U.S. and President Carter said he agreed.
In the last 40 years, China has not been at war. Because of that fact, they have been able to invest in their infrastructure and educational system.  According to the news that I have seen, a lot of Chinese now enjoy a good standard of living, some an even lavish standard of living.
Conversely, the good old USA has been involved in nonstop wars.  We have a crumbling infrastructure, a disappearing middle-class, and I don’t know exactly what to say about our education system.  I could make a really long list of our ailments, but I want to keep it short!
Isn’t there an object lesson here??

 

Friday, April 12, 2019

WE'RE BACK !

WE'RE BACK HOME ON THE MOUNTAIN.  WE GOT IN ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.  MONDAY ON THE LOWER DESERT WE HAD A TEMPERATURE OF 97 DEGREES AND TODAY?  IT'S 37 DEGREES AND SNOWING !



WE BOTH LIKE THE CABIN BETTER THAN THE 20 YEAR OLD CAMPER, BUT THE WEATHER DICTATES WHERE WE LIVE.  MARY HAS A DENTIST APPOINTMENT IN BULLHEAD CITY NEXT WEDNESDAY, SO WE WILL RETURN TO THE DESERT FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS AND SHUT DOWN THE CAMPER FOR THE SUMMER. 

  "(NOT) SUNNY & 80"

Sunday, April 7, 2019

HOY !!! HOY !!! HOY !!!

HOY !!!   HOY !!!   HOY !!! AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MISS MARY !!!

ALTHOUGH TODAY IS HER OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY SHE BEGAN THE CELEBRATION A WEEK AGO WHEN HER DAUGHTER, HEATHER, AND HER GRANDDAUGHTER, MARISSA, FLEW IN FROM LA CROSSE. WE HAD A FUN FILLED WEEK OF ADVENTURE AND I'LL LET THE PICTURES I STOLE OFF OF MARISSA'S FACEBOOK PAGE TELL THE STORY.


THE STRIP:









LAUGHLIN:







OATMAN:





LAKE HAVASU:




HOOVER DAM:






ZION NATIONAL PARK:








VALLEY OF FIRE:






AND OF COURSE FREMONT STREET:





HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AND MANY MORE !!!





Monday, April 1, 2019

VEGAS, LAST TRIP

IT MAYBE MY LAST TRIP OF THE SEASON TO VEGAS, BUT CHECK OUT THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE I HAVE WITH ME.



JUST A QUICK POST TO LET YOU KNOW THEY MADE IT, AND WE HAVE A FULL WEEK OF ADVENTURES PLANNED.

  "SUNNY & 88"

Friday, March 29, 2019

South Padre Island Spring '19

By Uncle Hans

It's been a long time since Uncle Hans submitted a blog. We just spent our usual 2 weeks on South Padre for March. Just like at home, I like to start my day watching the sun come up out of the hot tub.....




..... We usually catch the last few days of Spring break, just as the weather is warming up......



..... The kids always provide entertainment. This sign was over the urinal at Clayton's beach bar. I can often catch a volleyball game or two.....




..... This was some sort of kite festival...... Not too hard to pick out the winner.....



..... Our Florence property looks like it has been through a war...... But it is just a face lift.  Should be done in another month just in time for high season.....



..... I found this gorgeous church wall mural while hunting for Rex's secret Port Isabel shrimp outlet.  It is hidden on a back street and it reaches out and grabs you and makes you stand and look at it for a few minutes. Art doesn't usually move me, but you would have to be braindead to walk by these life size and stunning painted images,  and not stop to stare......



..... Renee and I found this on a walk. Don't remember seeing one before.  Turns out it is a Yucca plant flower.....





  ....... This has happened to me before on Padre. Is so much fun to walk the beach that I take too many steps the first day. It looks bad, but it heals up in a day or two......



........ Renee found this in the bathroom. I never knew it was possible to scream something to death, but it works.....




...... No trip to Progresso, Mexico is complete without the obligatory stop at the Red Panty Saloon.....




 ...... This old Mexican guards the door to the saloon above the Galleria, where we go to listen to the music and do some dancing.....




 .......Rex and Mary introduced us to Jack's Coconut Bar at sunset time......




 ......We happened to catch a beautiful sunset.  We will catch several more with Rex and Mary in October!














Tuesday, March 26, 2019

DESERT FLOWERS

WE KID YOU NOT !!!  IN 20 WINTERS ON THE LOWER MOHAVE DESERT, THIS SPRING HAS BEEN THE MOST FANTASTIC FLOWER BLOOM OF ALL !!!

THIS PATCH OF YELLOW WAS PHOTOED OFF THE ROAD TOWARDS OATMAN.



AND THESE WERE TAKEN ALONG THE RIVER ROAD WHICH WAS OUR DAILY COMMUTE TO WORK.



UNBELIEVABLE !!!!



WAIT - WAIT - WAIT ................

PICTURES OF DESERT FLOWERS?  ISN'T MIKEY IN TOWN?  OH YA, BUT YOU KNOW, "WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, STAYS IN VEGAS !!!"



"SUNNY & 80"

Thursday, March 21, 2019

MARCH MADNESS

YUP IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR......"MARCH MADNESS" AND THAT MEANS MY BUDDY MIKEY IS IN NEVADA.


SMOKING, GAMBLING, AND DRINKING WITH BOTH HANDS !!! IT'S ONE OF OUR VEGAS TRADITIONS TO START EACH DAY WITH COFFEE AT THE 4 QUEENS, WE CALL IT HAVING $20 COFFEE BECAUSE WE USUALLY LOSE $20 IN A BARTOP SLOT MACHINE AS WE ENJOY OUR FIRST CUP OF COFFEE AND MAKE A PLAN FOR THE DAY.  IMAGINE OUR SURPRISE WHEN MIKEY HIT A ROYAL FLUSH IN CLUBS FOR 4000 QUARTERS !!!


YESTERDAY WE WERE OUT HIKING ON THE STRIP.


TODAY WE MADE THE TRIP TO LAUGHLIN FOR THE WEEK-END AND ON SUNDAY WE RETURN TO VEGAS.  I'LL CALL YOU IF I NEED BAIL MONEY..........

Friday, March 1, 2019

SPRING TRAINING

WE WERE INVITED TO A MILWAUKEE BREWERS SPRING TRAINING GAME IN PHOENIX THIS WEEK BY MY BROTHER NEIL AND HIS DAUGHTER SARA WHO ARE ON A COAST TO COAST MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE.






WE ENJOYED THE GAME AND UNCLE NEIL AND I HAD A CHANCE TO CATCH UP ON OUR BEER DRINKING......




SINCE SARA AND NEIL WERE RUNNING AHEAD OF SCHEDULE THEY DECIDE TO DETOUR TO LAUGHLIN FOR THE NEXT NIGHT AND RIDE A SECTION OF ROUTE 66 FROM KINGMAN, AZ TO OATMAN.



THANKS GUYS FOR THE VISIT AND GOOD LUCK ON YOUR LAST DAY INTO SAN DIEGO.