Wednesday, October 18, 2017

# 38 Trip to World of Speed at Bonneville Salt Flats Wendover, UT

Drove from La Mirada, CA to Wendover, UT to watch the speed trials held in September.  Used Highway 93 from Las Vegas up thru Ely, NV then Alt. 93 to Wendover.  Lots of country, not very many people.  Cattle ranch's and some Indian Reservations.  Two lane road but desert scenery was very beautiful.  Stayed in a casino in Wendover, NV.  Played a few slot machines, but no winners.

Speed trails start at sunup I would get there about 8am and stay most of the day. You see some very interesting combinations trying to set records in their class.  One guy had installed and electric motor on a skateboard and was trying for a record in that class.  I saw the worlds fastest U-Haul trailer.  Pulled by a Modified roadster go 155 mph.  Then there are the stream liners.  What a sound they make at mile 5 as they exit the timed mile.  Awesome!!!!

From Bonneville I drove to West Valley, UT to visit Sandy, MT, and T.  Good trip.  Then home to La Mirada, CA.

Good time.

Monday, October 16, 2017

# 37 Nice weekend

Had a very pleasant weekend, good company with family.  The weather was a little warm but not too bad.  When Isabel comes up for the weekend her mother gets a chance to go to lunch without worrying about me.  Gives her a break and a chance to have good talks with her daughter.  Sunday morning Isabel and I had the truck washed and did a few other little things.  Always happy when she comes for a visit.  Just a pleasant feeling having her here for awhile.

Other news David's son is home from the hospital and is doing fine.  Family at Dixon is OK.  My sibling's and I are all in our seventies now and more concerned about our health and well being.  Just take one day at a time and live as best as can.

I have been wanting to get a new SUV for sometime now.  Our pickup is 10 years old.  Low mileage, runs well but rubber hoses and things are also 10 years old.  A new one would start with a 3 year warranty and give me some relief from worrying about reliability.  Had a vehicle in mind but based on more research decided it was not one I wanted.  JP is not in favor of a new vehicle.  Have not been able to convince her it is in our best interest.

Take care, have a wonderful and productive week.

Friday, September 15, 2017

# 36 Memories

As a kid we took trips back to OK to see my parents kinfolk.  We usually stayed with my Grand Mother, my Dad's Mom.  She lived in a small town called Summerfield.  One of my Dad's brothers lived with her.  Their lifestyle was very different.  You went to the well and drew water for the house.  Outdoor toilet, wood fired kitchen stove and one stove in the living room to heat the house.  We made the trip by car.  My Mother's brothers had newer cars most of the time my Mom's Dad and Mother.  They would drop us in Summerfield and then go stay with family.  My Uncle  drove a pickup so we were there without a car.  We depended on relatives to take us around to visit other family members or they came to Grandma's house.  I think my Dad wanted to move back to OK but Mom said no.  Dad bought a used 1952 Mercury and we drove back to OK, again with Mom's brothers but this time we had a car.  Still the trip was to visit family.  Our first solo trip (again in the Mercury) was in the summer, I don't remember the year.  The trips were to visit family.  As I compare those trips to my own family trips to Spain.  At age two Sandy traveled cross country and we boarded a flight to Barcelona.  My Father in law was a very outgoing person.  They met us at the airport in a tour bus from the company he worked for.  He worked as a tour guide for people visiting Barcelona.  What a contrast to my side of the family and Jo's side of the family.  In 2015 Jo and the girls traveled back to Barcelona so the girls could see the city Jo grew up in through adult eyes.  They had a wonderful time and now the girls have a memory to share with each other and their Mom.

Happy thoughts and good travel.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

# 35 Weather

Hurricane Harvey in Texas, hurricane Irma approaching Florida and Jose forming in the Atlantic is the next one.  There's also a Cat 1 in the west coast of Mexico.  Wild fires burning in the Western US.  News but all seems bad.  Mother Nature cares little for the things humans build.  She is a powerful force.  Is this her way of telling us we need to do things differently?  We have raped this land and tried to make it conform to our wisher's.  Maybe we need to step back and reassess our expectations as stewards of our planet.


Friday, September 1, 2017

# 34 Summer's end

Labor Day week end is here.  This year is flying by.  The first 4 months were good.  Middle of May I broke my hip and since then it has been a recovery mood.  Here's hoping the remainder of 2017 goes well.

Terrible storm in Texas and the gulf coast.  So much hardship for the people who live there.  Makes my trouble seem small.  Did you notice on the TV coverage how many pickup trucks are in the area?  Recovery will take some time.

We are in a heat wave here.  Pushing the 100 degree mark where we live.  Expect another week of this heat.  Glad I no longer have to work when it is so hot.

Take care.

Monday, August 14, 2017

# 33 ?????????????

Why do some people hear only  what they want to hear?  I heard the President speak about the terrible incident in VA.  I thought he made it clear about all extreme groups.  However a lot of people did not think that was enough.

People of the USA we must respect each other and be tolerant of the opinion of others.  There is no need to be violent.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

# 32 Considering

August 10th,well into this year.  There seem to be several problems with me, and my health.  Largest a broken hip.  I am about two and a half months since the incident.  The pressure this put on my wife was a lot.  As my recovery progressed I developed and infection in hip.  Another hospital stay.  More recovery and re-hab at home.  More stress on the wife.  She is coping with things but not the happy lady I married.  I suppose you could play the what if game.  But if people knew the things that will happen in their life, good and bad, would they embark on life's adventure?  For me life has been  adjusting to satiations that come up.  Some were correct others not.  The play book for life is very murky.  More like several guide lines.  How we each see those guide lines varies a lot.  We each have to chose our own path.  Sometimes this involves other people.  As we grow from childhood to adults, these guide lines change.  As a young adult I was happy to take chances, street racing at night and building hot rods.  After the Army tour (3 years) I was married and needed to make a living for my wife and myself.  This involved some business and hourly work.  Not a lot of money but a living.  At forty years old I went to work for wages.  I still had ideas and developed some to fit the work at the time.  I have been retired now for 14 years.  I have seen my world shirking to much smaller footprint.  As I look down the road of life I know it is getting closer to the end, but I can't see the end yet.  But there are several signs warning me that it is coming.  How do I deal with the physical and mental problems that are here and yet to come?  How do those around me that I love handle the burdens I place on them?  My wife and children have been the focus of my life.  I have tried to be a good husband and father.  There have been times I have failed.  There have also been successes.  Right now I don't feel I am in a successful mode.  I see myself as a drain on my wife and her happiness.  My attitude needs to change back to positive.  I know this but am having a difficult time making the change.