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A visit with Jo Behrman    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, June 25, 2016 - Rock Springs WY

"What the h*#$ are you doing here?" That was the shocked response from  Elaine's sister, Jo Behrman, when we walked into her hospital room at Memorial Hospital in Rock Springs WY late this afternoon. "We are here because you are HERE!", we replied. "We were concerned about you." Elaine had called her sister a couple of days ago to see how  she was, and discovered she was in the hospital and in addition to a recurring infection she now had pneumonia and could hardly talk, she was having so much trouble getting a breath. So Elaine called son Shane Ogden, who lives in the area, and asked him to stop by to see his aunt, which he did that evening. He called back with a report that added a "minor heart attack" to the situation; this had occurred while in the hospital. And he said she was not looking good at the time.

Newsletter day. New GPS.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

Image of GPS screen

The main GPS screen

It's a GPS! No, it's a Rand McNally atlas! No, it's an 8-inch Android tablet! No, it's a trip planner! No, it's a dash cam! Actually it's all those things and more. It's my new Rand McNally RV Tablet 80. I have used a Rand McNally RVND 7720 GPS for several years now, and three or four other Garmin GPS units prior to that, but I am really sold on the Rand McNally RV products because of their many great features, especially for RVing. The huge database of RV campgrounds and facilities is a real plus for RVers. But my RVND 7720 broke down on the last couple of legs of our last trip - the screen went to a series of vertical lines of different colors - so I had to replace it. After a little research I decided on the RV Tablet 80 instead of the RVND 7730 or 7720.

The quill passes on. OurHous for repairs.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

Diana Carter stopped by the house today to drop off the last items related to The Palm Press, the monthly newsletter of the Royal Palm Social Club. She just completed her last issue as editor, and I take over at this point. Diana has been editor since January 2012 and has done an excellent job of improving it in appearance, content, and organization. But she has tired of the job and wanted to pass it on to someone else. I volunteered (read: Elaine suggested I volunteer) and will begin the job starting with the next issue coming out in July. Diana has done a good job of modernizing the process, and turned over her collection of Microsoft Publisher files for all the issues she has produced. That would have been my tool of choice, so it makes it even easier for me to pick it up.

Still hot. Battery replacements.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

PHoto of working on batteries

The Battery Guys cleaning the battery compartment, getting ready to install the new batteries.

And the heat goes on! Though not a record for the day, we did hit 111° here in Phoenix today. On TV tonight they reported that on average Phoenix has eleven days 110° or over and there have already been eight of them so far this year. And the forecast calls for several more yet this week. It's going to be a hot summer! Again, thank goodness for air conditioning! The relative humidity is around 17% in early evening, and I note that the dew point is 54°. I haven't been watching the dew point temperatures, but prior to 2008 it used to be that they would declare the start of monsoon when the dew point was at 55° or higher three days in a row. But they just start it on June 15th.

Cooler day, but record heat    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of thermometer

This was our peak temperature today - 116.6 at 3:46 pm

The news today is cooler temperatures, though many would say that 117° vs. 119° would hardly qualify as "cooler". Technically, yes. But when you walk outside in that heat, especially with the breeze we had today, you are not likely to notice that two degree difference. The first photo at left shows the temperature at our place this afternoon, though the official temp for Phoenix was "only" 116°. It started at 89° at 8:00 this morning, so we knew it was going to go high today.

Record heat.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of thermometer

Here's our inside-outside temps at 2:46 PM today. This was close to the high for the day.

But it's a dry heat; that's what we tell folks from other parts of the country who comment on how they would not like to be so hot. And it is true, that a dry heat is much easier to live with.  But only to a point; once the temperature goes above a certain point (which differs for different people) it is HOT. And we reached that point today. The record temperature for this date in Phoenix was 111° and today we reached 118° (official; our local temp went over 119°). And not only was this a record for this date, it was the fifth highest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix! Fifth highest! By the way, I think the first highest was 123°.