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Newsletter delivered; goofs.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

I picked up the newsletter from the printer (UPS) this morning and the volunteer crew assembled at 9:30 to fold and bundle them. We have an flyer from an advertiser that has to be inserted into each, and we fold them and wrap each  with a rubber band to make it easier to hang on the outside of the mailboxes. I added a link to the PDF version in my story here last night and one reader already found an error before the evening was over! I credited work on the water main leak to Bill Russell instead of Bill Schuling. Both Bills were understanding when I explained it to them.

Newsletter. Storms.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, August 22, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of rain

It rained very heavily late this afternoon. We got more than 3/4 inch.

This has been a week for storms. The haboob dust storm plus some rain yesterday, and a heavy thunderstorm today. Yesterday's dust storm and rain mostly missed us here in Royal Palm, but today's rain did not. We got about ¾ inch or more in about an hour. We were in the pool and watched the black clouds moving over us and knew something was coming. And then the wind suddenly picked up and I told everyone that the rain would start in five, maybe ten, minutes. Within about three minutes we felt the first few drops and Elaine and I got out of the pool and headed home in our golf car. It came down more as we were on our way and as soon as we arrived it became a downpour. I hope the others got out in time!

Haboob.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of haboob

Looking southeast during the haboob movement. The dust wall is the greyer part below the white clouds.

"Pull off the highway, out of all lanes, even the emergency lane." "Turn off all lights, keep your foot off the brake pedal." "Wait for the dust storm to pass." Those are ADOT's instructions to motorists caught in a haboob, a monster dust storm that often hits the Phoenix area during monsoon season. And we are having one tonight. We first got an alert on our cell phones around 5:00 PM or so, and have had many updates during the  evening news broadcasts. And I have been going out periodically and tracking the storm on the horizon both to the southeast and the northeast. See the photos at left.

Dennys. Social Club. Karaoke.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, August 20, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of officers

Our Social Club officers at the monthly meeting: Bill Russell, VP; George Immerso, Pres; Elaine, Secy; Jo Elmore, Treas.

Our Royal Palm Social Club held its monthly meeting this morning at the clubhouse. There were reports of a lot of activity recently and upcoming; this is an active community, with many things going on. Even though this is the slow season, with some of our population at their summer homes and no RVers here, we still have regular activities. George Immerso, our President, gave reports on an upcoming Block Watch meeting, upcoming potluck dinners, our next Social Club dinner, the situation with our park gate, and several other topics. We also heard reports from the other officers as well as various committees. Elaine is Club Secretary, and is active on the Board as well as in various activities.

Thunder. Rain. Newsletter. Nails.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, August 19, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

I woke up to lots of loud thunder between 1:00 and 2:00 this morning. Then Kerby woke me up  to let him out around 3:00 and it was raining lightly. We may have had lightning, but I did not see it. Elaine slept through it all, as did several others we talked to at the pool this afternoon. We did not get much rain; in fact the ground was totally dry when I got up around 7:00 this morning. Oh, and that is late for me to arise but after Kerby got me up I could not shut my brain down and laid awake for a couple of hours. I finally got up around 5:00 and took a couple of acetaminophen and dropped off soon after. But that is why I got up a 7:00 and not 6:00.

Elaine doctor. Dogs washed. Meetings, meetings.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

"Do you get much exercise?", Dr Johnson asked of Elaine. I replied with a grin on my face, "She gets running and jumping; running off at the mouth and jumping to conclusions." Both of them turned and looked at me, and as he turned to go out the door, Dr Johnson said "I'll let you deal with that!" Elaine of course knew that I was just joking, and we joked about it again later in the pool. The main reason she went to the doctor was because of a couple of swellings on her right hand that have been bothering her and creating pain. We and the doctor suspected they are ganglions, and he set her up with a hand surgeon to check them out further.