Friday, January 19, 2018

SHELVES

WE FINALLY GOT AROUND TO THE LAST ITEM ON THE FALL “TO DO LIST”. OUR GOAL IS TO COMPLETE THE FALL LIST BEFORE CHRISTMAS, AND AS YOU CAN SEE WE FAILED ONCE AGAIN.

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WHEN IT COMES TO BUILDING, AND POWER TOOLS ESPECIALLY I’M PRETTY GUN SHY. THE PROJECT WAS TO BUILD TWO SHELVES IN THE NEW SHED.

BEFORE:

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AND AFTER:

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THAT’S IT, NO MORE WASTED WARM AND SUNNY DAYS ON PROJECTS THIS SEASON.  IT’S BACK TO SCOOTERING AND BEER DRINKING!

Monday, January 15, 2018

DEATH VALLEY

MARK AND JAYNE, FRIENDS FROM DES MOINES, IA, MADE THEIR ANNUAL TRIP TO LAS VEGAS IN SEARCH OF WARMER WEATHER. WE SPENT A COUPLE OF DAYS ON FREMONT STREET AND VISITED DEATH VALLEY WHERE WE FOUND “SUNNY & 75”.

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WE HAD A GREAT TIME, BUT “WHAT HAPPENS IN PAHRUMP, STAYS IN PAHRUMP” !!! I’LL POST A COUPLE OF PICTURES, BUT YOU’LL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE YELLOW RIVER CAMPFIRES TO HEAR THE STORIES.

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AFTER THREE TRIPS TO VEGAS, I’M IN NEED OF REST AND A POSSIBLE DETOX……….

Monday, January 8, 2018

WOW…..

WOW…… I HAVEN’T BLOGGED SINCE CHRISTMAS?

WE’VE BEEN BLESSED WITH WARMER THAN USUAL WEATHER HERE ALONG THE COLORADO RIVER THIS WINTER. THAT MEANS MORE T-SHIRT AND SHORTS DAYS, AND I ROLL OUT THE SCOOTER TO RIDE ABOUT FIVE DAYS A WEEK.

DURING CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS MARY WORKED FOUR DAYS A WEEK, BUT HAS SINCE RETURNED TO WORKING THREE DAYS A WEEK.

STORY TIME

MY BUDDY MIKEY AND HIS BUDDY BILL WERE SITTING AT ROWDY’S BAR DOWNTOWN PRAIRE DU CHEIN, DRINKING BREAKFAST, AND GETTING PISSED UP AND PISSED OFF WITH THE SUB-ZERO WISCONSIN WEATHER. THEY GRABBED THE SMART PHONE AND BOOKED THE NEXT FLIGHT TO LAS VEGAS IN SEARCH OF WARM WEATHER.

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SO FOR THE LAST WEEK I’VE BEEN PLAYING TOUR GUIDE. THEY SPENT THE FIRST THREE DAYS IN LAUGHLIN WHERE THE WEATHER WAS IN THE MID-70’S AND CHECKED THE PHONE OFTEN TO SEE BELOW ZERO TEMPERATURES AT HOME IN WISCONSIN, BRINGING BIG SMILES TO THEIR FACES.

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ON MARY’S DAY OFF WE WENT TO LAKE HAVASU AND TOOK THE FERRY BOAT RIDE ACROSS THE LAKE TO HAVASU LANDING AND CASINO ON THE CALIFORNIA SIDE OF THE LAKE. WE ENJOYED LUNCH LAKSIDE RIGHT UP FRONT AT THE BIG WINDOWS WITH A BEAUTIFUL VIEW. HERE YOU CAN SEE THE LONDON BRIDGE IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE PICTURE.

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AFTER WARMING UP IN LAUGHLIN, MIKEY AND I HIT FREMONT STREET, DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS, FOR GAMBLEING, DRINKING, AND SMOKING WITH BOTH HANDS. BESIDES A GREAT TIME WITH MIKEY, I WAS LUCKY THIS TRIP AND NOT ONLY ENJOYED A FREE TRIP TO VEGAS, BUT ALSO WON BACK ALL THE MONEY I LOST ON THE CRAPS TABLE ON MY LAST TRIP WITH MARY A COUPLE WEEKS BACK!

NEXT UP

NOW I HAVE A FEW DAYS TO REST UP, AND MARK AND JAYNE FLY INTO VEGAS ON THURSDAY FOR THEIR ANNUAL ESCAPE FROM WINTER AND DES MOINES. WE HAVE CHANGED UP THE AGENDA THIS YEAR, AND INSTEAD OF DOING VEGAS AND LAUGHLIN, WE WILL BE DOING VEGAS AND DEATH VALLEY.

THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR DEATH VALLEY NEXT SATURDAY IS

 “SUNNY & 75”.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!

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(CHRISTMAS PICTURES FROM OUR RECENT TRIP TO FREMONT STREET IN LAS VEGAS.)

Saturday, December 23, 2017

FREMONT STREET CHANGES

THIS BLOG IS MAINLY FOR MY BUDDY MIKEY, UNLESS YOU HAPPEN TO BE A BIG FAN OF FREMONT STREET DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS.

MARY JUST FINISHED UP THE WHOLE 30 DIET, WHICH SHE HAS DONE MANY TIMES OVER THE YEARS, AND ONE OF THE MANY THINGS YOU HAVE TO GIVE UP IS ALCOHOL. SO WE THOUGHT WE’D CELEBRATE THE RETURN OF “GRANDMA JACK” WITH A WALK ABOUT AND DRINKING ON FREMONT STREET. ALTHOUGH I HIT FREMONT STREET AT LEAST TWICE A WINTER, IT’S BEEN FOUR YEARS SINCE MARY HAS BEEN THERE.

EXCEPT FOR THE NFR RODEO AND NEW YEARS EVE, DECEMBER IS THE BEST TIME (CHEAPEST) TO VISIT VEGAS. OUR ROOM AT THE FOUR QUEENS WAS $28 + TAX. PARKING WAS FREE, AND NOW DAYS THAT’S  $20 SAVED RIGHT THERE, AND ANOTHER $20 SAVED WITH NO RESORT FEES.

WE ONLY SPENT ONE NIGHT AND HAD OVER 21,000 STEPS ON OUR FITBITS. NO WHERE NEAR UNCLE NEIL’S RECORD OF OVER 27,000. MARY HAD GOOD LUCK AT THE GOLDEN GATE HITTING FOUR OF A KIND THREE TIMES ON THE SAME MACHINE IN ABOUT 90 MINUTES FOR A WIN OF $180. REX ON THE OTHER HAND GOT BEAT UP PRETTY BAD ON THE CRAPS TABLE AT THE FOUR QUEENS. ALL IN ALL WE HAD A GOOD TIME, AND OF COURSE HIT TRADER JOES ON THE WAY OUT OF TOWN.

OK, NOW FOR SOME CHANGES:

HERE IS THE FAMOUS DRIVERLESS SHUTTLE THAT MAKES IT’S ROUNDS DOWNTOWN. IT’S FREE AND YOU JUST HOP ON AND OFF WHENEVER.

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IT MADE THE NATIONAL NEWS A COUPLE OF MONTHS BACK WHEN A TRUCK BACKED INTO IT, THE FIRST DAY IT WENT INTO SERVICE.

THIS PICTURE IS THE CORNER OF FREMONT AND LAS VEAG BLVD WHERE THE HARLEY DAVIDSON T-SHIRT STORE WAS. NOW IT’S A WHILE CASTLE AND REX WILL NEVER BE HUNGRY AGAIN !! I BOUGHT SLIDERS HERE TWICE IN MY ONE DAY STAY.

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THIS IS OUT FRONT OF THE D WHERE USUALLY THERE ARE BASKETBALL HOOPS DURING THE NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT, BUT AT CHRISTMAS IT’S A HUGH CHRISTMAS TREE.

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OF COURSE THE BIGGEST CHANGES ARE ON THE OTHER END OF THE STREET WHERE THEY HAVE REMOVED MERRMAIDS, GLITTER GULCH, AND THE LAS VEGAS CLUB. THIS WAS TAKEN FROM IN FRONT OF THE ABC STORE.

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TAKEN FROM BINIONS, THE BACK TOWER OF HOTEL ROOMS FROM THE VEGAS CLUB ARE STILL STANDING.

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THIS TAKEN FROM ACROSS THE STREET IN FRONT OF THE PLAZA.

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THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE CALIFORNIA AT MAIN AND OGDEN. THE REMAINING TOWER IS COMPLETELY WRAPPED IN PLASTIC MESH TO PREVENT FALLING DEBRIS.

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NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THE NEW CASINO HOTEL WILL LOOK LIKE, AND WON’T OPEN FOR THREE YEARS IN 2020.

AS YOU CAN SEE FROM OUR COATS IT WAS “SUNNY & 55”