Torquing My Lug Nuts

Some of you remember the new chrome wheels that were put on my truck several days ago. I was asked to bring the wheels back in fifty to one hundred miles for the retorquing of the lug nuts. Done! I’m glad that the wheels are perfectly balanced, the original wheels have always had a very slight vibration regardless of the weights.

Anyway, just a couple boring photos are all I captured on this little jaunt. The HVAC guy was here early today to inspect my AC system.

He found that the freon level was just a bit overfilled so he drained off the excess and cleaned the outside unit up as well as hosing down the condenser coils which are a mess. The fins are all pushed in and flattened which never helps with the cooling capacity.

To replace the outside unit would require a crane since the unit would be too large to fit through the gate, and approximately $3400 dollars, cash on the barrelhead. Yikes, I’ll run the old fart machine until it finally surrenders to the Mojave Desert heat

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Timeless

This photo makes me think about the millions of years these mountains silently stood here, always watching. If only they could speak to us…

Propeller Blades and Washes

Old and new photos here. The Wash photo was taken about two or three years ago in a wash that ran behind my apartment complex. It was a very nice place to ride my bike, there isn’t anything like this near my house. Note how beautifully groomed the wash is! It gets plenty of use by the public, and runs for a very long way too. There is also a Disc Golf course too.

The ceiling fan is new, the other four are all alike which looks so much better than three white five-blade fans, and two bronze five-blade fans. They also each have their own remote controls which is really nice. Money well spent on a nice home upgrade!

A Crusty Drink

I am not sure, but I think the white crust is Calcium of some kind that is dried all over the stainless steel. The same crap that creates the “bathtub ring” at Hoover Dam as the canyon walls are extremely steep near the dam, and the water level is very low.

This is why I never drink the tap water here! The water is fine for showering and washing clothes, but never drink the Colorado River water. The water smells like chlorine added by the city anyway, just as it did when I lived in Dunedin, Florida during the 1990s.

I have tried the filtres that screw onto the kitchen tap, they never seem to last and don’t taste as good as the costly bottled water, hence I buy the expensive bottled water. In my defense, the bottled water is far more portable, and my bottom two drawers in the refrigerator are always stocked with super cold, delicious water always ready to go!

Black and white on top, grayscale below.

Signs Around The City

Here are some oldie pics from around Las Vegas, I think the old Nikon D3300 was used here. Lots of tourists are lined up for a photo op in front of that sign which I find a bit funny. The photo of the base of the Stratosphere Tower was taken at Las Vegas Boulevard and Charleston Boulevard. The goofy flooring sign is somewhere along Sahara Avenue I think? It’s a big city!

Crappy Fireworks Photos

It wasn’t worth the effort last night to try for better photos… It sounded like a damn war zone in the backyard too. I’m glad that’s over with for another year, although there will be a few explosions today and tonight. I sent an email to my HOA folks about my same neighbors three doors down once again lighting fireworks in our neighborhood, it’s illegal. Morons!

Not A Paperweight!

Late yesterday afternoon, I reopened the case of this old receiver and went to work on round two of the tuner shower. After a few more applications, the switches stopped the crackling. Unfortunately, the tuning dial is still out of alignment, but oh well. I’m not going to crack the case again for that as the radio is thirty-nine years old, and I have two modern shortwave radio receivers anyway. But it does work fine otherwise! Big boys and their toys, right? 😂

Out The House For A Bit

I had a short ride around the area a while ago and grabbed these photos. Along the way, I passed a few parks where lots of people were gathered for cookouts and boy did it smell good! At least a few people were masked and keeping a distance away from others, that’s good to see. The little man-made lakes are pretty to look at and are stocked with fish, I don’t know which fish though. There were about a half dozen people fishing on one end of a lake.

Good Morning From the Backyard!

Today’s forecast is for total sunshine and one hundred four scorching degrees. Regardless, it’s another beautiful day in Las Vegas Valley. I hope each of my American friends are having a beautiful day, stay safe and be well!

Guts

Late yesterday, I finally received the can of tuner shower for use on the dusty old tuning knobs of this thirty-nine-year-old shortwave radio receiver.

After letting the can cool down from its time in transit, I went to work splitting the case to expose the backside of the front panel which houses the areas I need to spray.

After several sprays, the noise from the switches did calm down almost one hundred percent but there is still a bit of noise. Sometime today, I will do a bit more spraying then find a piece of wire to attach to the antenna jack on the back of the unit.

I hope to hear something this time! If not, then the radio will become an oversize paperweight. Bummer!

Big Blue

These photos are from earlier today on a ride under our usually blue sky. Not always blue, but mostly blue. If you are going to feel blue, I say this is the best way to be blue!

Childless

I took a quick jaunt around the area to get the heck out of the house for a while today. Had a nice chat with my dad while parked in this little park. I feel a bit childless like this playground regarding the damned virus. I so want to see my children and the rest of my family but it’s not possible. The fence around the playground is like the virus, a fence that keeps families apart.

A sad sight

Still Surviving!

Two days in and I’m still following the watering schedule given to me by the crew chief who delivered the new Sago palms. The Lantana seem happy too as they get full sunshine and indirect light too through the day. For now, I parked Wilson atop the tubing junction that waters the that palm tree. Another lovely day is underway with 102 degrees forecast. 🌵🌴🌞🔥

A Very Quick Walk

I hadn’t walked this linear park before so I stopped to have a look. The trails go much further than I can walk so perhaps a bike ride is in order. This is one of many Linear Parks as I call them. It’s actually a Wash, a drain channel for flood control. I suspect that this one is also a natural wash that has been converted for public use, yet still functions as a wash. Like the sign says, stay away if it is raining as the wash could flood very quickly! Photos are from yesterday.

The Eye Machine

While waiting for the doctor to come in the room after the tech did all of the testing, I was giving this machine a good looking over. The detail is amazing, a very complex machine that is made in Japan of course.

Star Shots

These are admittedly not good photos, but I don’t do night photography. There have been zero clouds at sunset the last few days, hence no new sunsets. I have zero plans for the upcoming holiday, do you? This holiday will be very different for many Americans. Myself? No difference really but there will be no trips to Michigan this summer either. John is not a happy camper…

Chicken Lunch

This breast needed cooking soon, or it needed to be frozen so I made lunch of it along with some macaroni salad. Yum! I like them fried on the range top or on the grill, but it’s too windy today for grilling.  The wind tends to nearly blow the flames out!

On My Way to The Eye Doctor

Here are eight photos taken today heading for the doctor office, I am glad that the doctor found zero indications of Macular Degeneration or burst and popping blood vessels. Thanks be to my very diligent taking of medications and diet. I haven’t seen a cloud in the sky today, the temperature at my home is ninety-eight degrees. Not too bad, another great day in the valley.

The Moon Glow

Taken last night, well after dark I was surprised at how well the photos came out. I have removed the grainy look and added a smoother look for the sky. No Moon Doggies were seen when photographing!