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Making popcorn    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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The popcorn machine. See box of popcorn kits at left

Today was my day to get our popcorn machine ready for use this weekend. We bought this machine used from Dave and Jan Ostlund several months ago but have not used it in the interim. And they had had it stored for a long time, too, so it needed a severe cleaning. We bought it to not only use here at our house but to also take to the clubhouse for Social Club events. It is a good quality Paragon International Model 1104 Antique Style popcorn machine made to look like the street vendor machines from around 1911. But of course street vendors back then did not have electrical connections to heat their popcorn.

Skin cancer. Pei Wei. Back to heat.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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My bandage from skin cancer surgery this morning

Caught another one! I had a diagnosis of sqamous cell cancer on my left forehead back in March. Dr Galiczynski at Arizona Dermatology removed part of it and had it tested and it was found to be sqamous cell - one of three types of skin cancer. Sqamous cell is the type that can spread and create problems, so we made an appointment for it to be removed after we returned from our trip. Today was the day. Dr G did the removal surgery and checked to be sure there was none left, but he had to come back twice to remove more before he was satisfied it was gone. It took two hours all told. I was glad I had taken my tablet and it was fully charged! I'll go back next week for stitches removal.

Home again. Bug Creek Fire. US 89, awesome.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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The Bug Creek Fire was close to the northbound lanes. We pulled over southbound to get a better look.

We could see the smoke from a distance; it looked like there might be three or more fires in the same area. As we went further down I-17 the smoke got bigger and bigger, and we could see it was likely close to the highway. But it was closer than we thought - when we came upon the fire it was within 100 yards of the northbound lanes of I-17, as you can see by the first photo at left. This was the larger of the smokes we saw from a distance. We pulled over on the shoulder of the southbound lanes so I could take some photos, and while  we were there a plane dumping fire retardant came by and dropped its load, trying to keep the fire from the freeway. I could feel the heat intensely.

Jo update. Dinner with Shauna and Casey.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2016 - Rock Springs WY

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Dramatic flames during cooking

The good news is that Elaine's sister, Jo Behrman, is doing better. They got her up for some walking today and gave her some treatments to reduce the pneumonia effects, and they seem to be helping. No change on the infection, though. Her hospital release date is uncertain at this time. Elaine spent most of the afternoon visiting with Jo and I was able to come by in late afternoon. I had to get the oil changed in our Equinox, and that took a couple of hours before it was done. But at least we won't be getting the urgent message to "Change Oil Soon" every time we start the car!

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

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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.