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Life on the Real Desert: Snakes Alive

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April 23, 2015

On the way to town today I came across a lady on the “main road” out of the estate. Standing by the side of the paved surface, clutching a hoe, she moved toward the center of the street and waited for me to approach on my bike. “You could have crossed over,” I said, “It… Read More ›

Town sign outside of Burger King

Life in the Real Desert: Westerns and Old Movies

My life in the real desert thus far has consisted of much more than personal injury and the shock of having no television. It includes the reading of old western favorites and movies that remain in the collection. Split into blu-ray, NTSC, Region 0 and Pal, the DVDs are spread out between RV and 5th… Read More ›

Flowers in the Desert

Life in the Real Desert: Flowers and Recovery

Whilst recovering from my altercation with a dark blue sedan and the curbside of Love’s Truck Stop, the real desert has been full of life and a profusion of flowers have surrounded me. Just on the property alone a wealth of pink and white flowers are sprinkled along the edges of the hardpan plot. Blooms… Read More ›

Loves Truck Stop

Bicycle versus Car: 0 – 1

Each time I’ve ridden my, much admired I have to say, red Schwinn to and from town, there have been a considerable amount of drivers who refuse to leave adequate space between their motorized vehicle and my bike. Each time this happens, I fill the air with profanity and either lift one hand to indicate… Read More ›

deserted house in the desert

Real Life in the Desert: The Lizards are Getting Bigger

When I first moved down here in the real desert, the lizards were these teeny little dark shadows that flitted over and around small rocks and pebbles. Now the little fellers are getting bigger and longer, and scrambling over stones and the odd smallish boulder. They must also be that bit slower as I can… Read More ›

Burger King

The Things We Do For Love

Sitting here in Burger King and munching my burgers, drinking coffee and cruising the net, I stumbled over an article by a “stay at home mum.” It was written by Liz Pardue Schultz and featured on Time’s website. Her article pointed out, quite rightly, that being a stay at home parent in this day and age… Read More ›

Promotional still for Ever Decreasing Circles

Life in the Real Desert: Ever Decreasing Circles

There was a British television show in the 1980s which starred the delightful Richard Briers (who starred with Felicity Kendal in the 1970s comedy The Good Life), Penelope Wilton (who gained a whole new legion of fans when she portrayed Simon Pegg’s mother in Shaun of the Dead “Stop pointing that gun at my mum!”)… Read More ›

Schwinn 700C - my bike

Life in the Real Desert: A Day of Rest

After a busy Saturday spent learning that no one in town really wants to buy anything despite what their signs say and watching the screener of Awaken at Burger King it was decided, by me, to rest on the seventh day of life in the real desert. Although to be quite honest, contrary to what… Read More ›

On the road again?

Life in the Real Desert: Where Did All the Hippies Go?

After promising to write about all the Navajo-horse-blanket-jacket-wearing hippies who were frequenting Quartzsite in my Life in the Real Desert “series” they all seem to have disappeared. This leaves the question of just where did all these hippies go? There are still a number of Desert Rats hanging around, but that number has dwindled as… Read More ›

author photograph of clouds

The Face in the Clouds

At first glance, the smudge in the clouds looked like God had taken the edge of His hand and smeared a hole in the oblique cover so He could see the desert below. I was amused and, not a little delighted, to see the effect in the evening sky. I stopped and held up my… Read More ›

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