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Living in the Real Desert: Nightlife

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January 23, 2015

Since being here in this popular desert oasis near the Arizona/California border, I’ve observed many things. For instance, my smartphone’s 4G from Wal-Mart’s T-Mobile does not work out in the desert, or in town for that matter. It is annoying enough that neither company will be getting any more business from this 50-something customer. Since… Read More ›

South Africa Nelson Mandel House

The World Versus the USA

Sitting here in my temporary abode watching Daniel Craig in his first outing as 007, a film I first saw with a young inmate from the prison where I was working who was out on his first community visit, I had a brief thought about traveling done recently and realized that the world, in terms… Read More ›

Quartzsite: A Mecca of Retail, Rocks and Rebels

Quartzsite: A Mecca of Retail, Rocks and Rebels

Having travelled to parts of the world where some pretty odd things were available for purchase if the price was right, Quartzsite feels like a homegrown desert version of these places where “retail” is king. While this small Arizona town may specialize in rocks and older rebels, the feeling is the same as in those… Read More ›

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Snowbirds: Older Heat Seeking Tribes

Like their feathered counterparts, Snowbirds migrate. The movement may be slower, one aspect of this creature’s physiology is advanced age, but nonetheless, each winter these beings flock toward the warmth of the desert. Not just any desert, mind you, but the Arizona hardpan that lies between Phoenix and the California border. There are other migratory… Read More ›

Adobe ruins on Main Street Quartzsite Az

Living in the Real Desert: An Aged Microcosm of Society

There is an old saying about lemons and lemonade, sometimes however, this saying means very little when a whole truckload of the little yellow things have been shoved in one’s face. When they are mashed repeatedly into whatever orifice is available, rather than making a childhood drink, retreat is the only option. It was this… Read More ›

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 59,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 22 sold-out performances for that many… Read More ›

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Tis the Season to Reflect

Well hello there! Time has shot by faster than a speeding super train and it is the day after Thanksgiving, or as I like to think of it, “Tis the season to reflect.” Soon enough it will be “Tis the season to be jolly,” but since I really feel I am here on borrowed time,… Read More ›

The Blog Tour and Staying Relevant: I Hope

I need to thank Sandra over at quirkybooks for tagging me in this exercise. As usual, I have a love/hate relationship with these blogging “pats on the back” events that we indulge ourselves in every so often. They are, for the most part, quite fun and it gives us a chance to pass on our… Read More ›

The Re-Americanization of M i.e. Me

I will apologize upfront for the horrendous butcher job I’ve done on The Americanization of Emily in my attempt to be “cute.” Apologies also to the late great Paddy Chayefsky who penned the film. The phrase jumped into my head, originally as just The Re-Americanization of Michael, which does sound a lot more intelligent than… Read More ›

A Guilty 1000: Go Me?

A Guilty 1000: Go Me?

On March 2012, I moved from my former blogging home to WordPress. Immediately my amount of views went up exponentially as did my followers. After a year and three months I had 500 followers and it seemed to take ages for me to attract folks to read my stuff. I posted a self-congratulatory type of… Read More ›

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