Archive for February, 2013

Junk Food Thursday

The Hog Trough

Today was “Junk Food Day,” the once-a-month trip to one of our local restaurants to get something decadent, but good, of course. This is the Nearly Famous Hog Trough BBQ and Smokehouse, located in the old downtown area of Wickenburg. Sometimes, when the wind is just right, we can smell the meat smoking from our house and the ‘Trough is a mile away.

Our diet is normally all home-cooked food focusing on nutrition and healthy eating, which is very important to us in retirement. But, every month we break away from the regimen and splurge. Today, it was a BBQ brisket sandwich with Coleslaw and potato salad. Damsel and I split the sandwich between us and shared the side dishes.

There are a couple of other places in town that we patronize, one very good Mexican food restaurant and an outstanding mid-century style drive-in joint with the best burgers, fries and milkshakes in town - Hell - in the county!

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Paperwhite Flowers

Paperwhite Flowers

Several Weeks ago, I planted some paperwhite bulbs in a shallow garden box in the courtyard. In spite of being outdoors and exposed to cooler wintertime temperatures, they are now happily producing these tiny white flowers. Click on the image to enlarge.

Here is a factoid I found at a commercial bulb vendors website:

The paperwhite narcissus, a relative of daffodils and jonquils, is easy to grow and produces small, fragrant flowers on 12 to 18-inch stalks. Most paperwhites have pure white blooms, but yellow varieties are also available.

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Coronal “Rain”

Here is more evidence that variations of the sun are responsible for, not only Earth’s climate, but solar “weather” as well. This is ten hours of solar activity compressed into a little over four minutes. You can mute the weird music in the usual YouTube® manner.

Courtesy NASA and APOD

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Clear Skies and Good Visibility


Since retiring in the sanctuary of the free state of Arizona, I must admit that, as a native to coastal parts of the not-too-free-state of Kalifornia, I am not used to the concept of four seasons. Well, maybe in coastal Kali we had the four seasons of rain, fog, fire and Santa Ana winds. However, here in AZ, we actually have five seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Second Spring* and Fall.

Damsel took this image of the mountains to the north as we were driving to the discount department store and the post office. Other than when it is raining or snowing, most days are clear here (about 300 per year), with beautiful clear views of our mountains and foothills. Click on the image to enlarge.

* A period between the scorching summer temperatures and drooping fall temperatures when cacti and citrus flowers bloom.

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Moonrise Over Our Retirement Paradise

Retirement Paradise

Framed by the “musical mesquite,” the moon rises in the distance. We’re just a couple of days from the full moon and the late afternoon sunlight on the house makes for a very nice picture. We still can’t get over how happy we are in our retirement home. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Make Mine Freedom

I found this buried in comments on a post on Facebook. The animated cartoon was made in 1948 and features voice impressions of Daws Butler who did voice overs for Beanie and Cecil, Yogi Bear and many others. This was produced back in the era when some of the colleges and media were still sane.

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Humorous Testimony

I cannot attest to the accuracy as to whether this actually happened, but it is pretty funny.

TestimonyIf you ever testify in court, you might wish you could have been as sharp as this policeman.

He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the police officer’s credibility …

Q: ‘Officer — did you see my client fleeing the scene?’

A: ‘No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.’

Q: ‘Officer, who provided this description?’

A: ‘The officer who responded to the scene.’

Q: ‘A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?’

A: ‘Yes, sir. With my life.’

Q: ‘With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?’

A: ‘Yes sir, we do!’

Q: ‘And do you have a locker in the room?’

A: ‘Yes, sir, I do.’

Q: ‘And do you have a lock on your locker?’

A: ‘Yes, sir.’

Q: ‘Now, why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?’

A: ‘You see, sir, we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.’

The courtroom EXPLODED with laughter, and a prompt recess was called.

Found on Facebook.

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