Gas Guzzler vs. Economy Car?

Big and Little Gas

On our way into Southern Cal today, we passed this RV that was towing one of those funny (and ugly) little economy cars. I guess the mindset being that if we burn x gallons per mile getting where we go, we can make up for it by cramming ourselves into our towed ride which gets beaucoup miles per gallon and tour the local area after parking the big dude in the RV park. I think that unless they drive hundreds and hundreds of miles locally, they may not completely offset each other’s gas consumption.

Now, don’t get me wrong - we all know the energy “crisis” is a complete fraud and I have no problem with consumers consuming whatever resources thy can afford. We do the same when we travel. It just seems to me that if you’re going to consume “precious” resources, that you should be towing a Hummer and not that pathetic little Nissan POS. Just sayin’.

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The New Red

green.pngI forget where I found this graphic. Maybe at The Patriot Post. At any rate, I like the not-so-subtle comparison of the current administration to the Communist Party.

The EPA and other .gov agencies, the media and the hard left (but I repeat myself) continually foist the Global Warming Climate Change Climate Disruption nonsense on the public knowing full well that it is all unmitigated bovine feces. The whole charade is merely a method to allow government to gain control over energy resources because, obviously, it is ALL about government gaining control with progressives.

I found the following snark in the Patriot Post Daily Digest for Friday:

Comedian Jimmy Fallon:

“The federal government is starting to plan for climate change by making extended forecasts that can help people plan for extreme weather — because what can go wrong when you combine the efficiency of government with the accuracy of weathermen?”

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Ninth Blogaversery on Autumnal Equinox 2014

Equinox 2014

It seems like it has been longer, but today, which coincides with the Autumnal Equinox, is the ninth anniversary of the CB&D blog. Since we had our own internet service provider and domain/website, we skipped the Blogger/Blogspot routine and went for a self-hosted weblog using a somewhat inferior publishing platform, the name of which I forget, and upgraded to Wordpress® shortly afterwards. Some of the very early posts were lost in the process of upgrading, but the ones we managed to recover are still in the database on the ISP’s server. This post marks the 6326th blog entry into the Wordpress database. That is a lot of hot air!

To us, the weblog has been a way to archive our activities and to log events as they take place. Sort of like an on-line diary, if you will. Every once in a while, I will dig back into the archives to try and locate something we knew happened in the past and usually can find what I’m seeking with the platform’s built-in search engine.

We may not post as often as we did in the past (life has its complications), nor do we post as politically as in the past, but we plan to continue using the weblog as a journal of events, a repository for a few of the Damsel’s photos and whatever whim suits us. We’re independent of social media (Bookface, Twatter, etc.), so there won’t be any repression of our thoughts unless the First Amendment is repealed - which this administration is rapidly seeking to do.

We should be here for a while . . .

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Baby’s 3D Ultrasound vs. Post-Natal Pix

About 12 weeks ago, our grand daughter sent electronic copies of the 3D ultrasound pictures taken last June 30th. At the time, she also sent us a framed image of the ultrasound seen here that has been hanging on the wall above my desk in the office.

Slideshow image: click to alternate between pix.

Now that the baby is here, we saw the first images of him on the Book of Face and damned if he doesn’t look just like the 3D ultrasound that we’ve been seeing in the office for a couple of months. You can click on the image at the right to alternate between the 3D image and one taken yesterday in the hospital.

Medical instrumentation and technology have progressed to the point where we can get a preview of the little button nose, the pudgy cheeks and the shape of his face. Damsel and I can hardly wait until we see him in person next month sometime.

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Baby Alexander David - Our First Great Grandson

Handsome Li’l Guy

Damsel and I welcome our first great grandchild to the world. The granddaughter gave birth to this beautiful li’l guy overnight. We already had a preview of his cute little face a few weeks back in the 3D ultrasound image.

We visited the new Mama-to-be and her sisters earlier this week, but we were too early to see the new baby. We plan to go back there very soon so we can see and hold him. We just finished a ten-day road trip and are resting from the effects of it, but now, we’re going to head back to Southern California next week and then to Northern California the week after.

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Isolated Rain Showers

Rain Shower

We had a fairly long drive today, since we usually try to keep the travel time to under four hours. Today, we had an almost five-hour drive from Bishop, CA, to Kingman, AZ. Yay! Back in free America.

During the last few miles of the trip, we saw several isolated rain showers off to the right or left of our route. This one, was off to the south of I-40 as we passed through the outskirts of the Kingman area.

We looked on the NWS sites and think that we won’t encounter much more than a few showers on our way back home tomorrow. The route is good highway (I-40 and US 93) back home and mostly above the flood potential. We will see . . .

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Manzanar

Manzanar Sacred Monument

On our route from Bishop, CA to Ridgecrest, CA today, we stopped at the Manzanar National Historic Site on our way south. This is a very important monument, reminding us of one of the most heinous acts ever taken by the USA (other than electing Obama).

It is a somber self-guided tour that takes the observer through the internment camp that housed over 11,000 Japanese Americans taken from their lives in America to serve time for what the Imperial Japanese did to foment WWII in the Pacific. The bombing of Pearl Harbor and other acts by the Japanese did nothing to warrant gathering the descendants of Japan ancestry and housing them, against their will, in this nightmare desert camp. Manzanar was the largest population center between Reno and Los Angeles, albeit it was a city of an unwilling population.

The image above is the saddest reminder of the sordid acts of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration; the graveyard at Manzanar with mostly unmarked graves other than one of Baby Jerry Ogata, an infant that died in captivity here who was as American as you and I.

We have been here before, but the sight of the residual camp always causes us to break out a tissue or two. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains

Rock Outcropping

We left Reno, NV, this morning only to return to California on US 395. Shortly after encountering beautiful Lake Topaz in Nevada, we drove through the agricultural check point that California maintains. The uniformed attendant asked where we were traveling from and just waved us through. (If it only were to check for legitimate US citizenship, it would be a great improvement, but that’s off-topic.)

The scenery along 395 along the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains through the Owens Valley is breathtaking. If you don’t happen to like the scenery, wait five minutes as you travel and it will change. Just moments before I photographed this rock outcropping on a mountain peak, we were in a forest of redwood trees and the road ran alongside a creek with considerable water flowing in it, whitewater in some places. Just after I took the photo, the road came to an overlook with majestic Mono Lake in the distance.

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Off To Reno

American River

We left Santa Rosa this morning on our way to Reno. Instead of taking Interstate 80, we opted to go the scenic route up US 50 through the American River Canyon, through Lake Tahoe, Carson City and on to Reno.

I took a lot of pictures along the route all the way from wine country to the high desert of Nevada. I picked this one of the American River, North Fork to post this evening as we relax in our hotel. Tomorrow will present a lot of photo ops as we travel back into eastern California along US 395 to Bishop. Watch for more photos tomorrow. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Grandpa and the Girls

Grandpa and the Girls

We’re in Santa Rosa, CA, tonight after a visit with our three granddaughters. This photo (thanks Damsel) has us posing with the youngest on the left (18), me (age redacted), the oldest (23 and due any day) and the middle (21). We were posing in front of the oldest granddaughter’s little house in old Santa Rosa.

We went to the downtown district and enjoyed catching up with what each was doing over a nice lunch of Italian food. After renewing our updates, we bade them farewell since we’re heading toward Reno tomorrow and thence picking our way back home via scenic routes when possible. Click on the image to enlarge.

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