Mojave Life

All I can say folks is thank God for air conditioning!! I stepped out to the backyard a bit ago to add round two of water to the Lantana plants, I can’t be out there too long considering my heart issue. Yikes! I’m a guy who grew up with a snowmobile under his bum, who now lives in the middle of a scorching desert! It’ll cool to the mid-80s overnight… Those poor tourists! 😂

Oops, Again

On my morning ride to the ham radio store, I passed this stupid sign again. Oops! Honestly, I carry plenty of regret for the many things that happened during those married years regardless of who done it. I am just so very grateful for how my life is today, in spite of the coronavirus.

Always count thy blessings!

Destination on Valley View Road

Early today, I took a ride to the local ham radio store on Valley View, here are a few photos from that jaunt. I picked up a better antenna for the new hand-held radio. The temperature was stuck at one hundred six degrees on that ride, one hundred eight at home just now. Whoa!!

Not a cloud in sight!

Starry Palm

Here are three clicks from late last night, happy Friday my friends! Today’s forecast heat will be 113 degrees, and I’m still so amazed with the high temperatures and the duration of the excessive heat in Las Vegas this summer, wow!! The cool nights in the backyard are great. 🌴🍺

Joshua’s on A Fault Line

Joshua trees that is, not some fella named Joshua. Or Joshua in the Bible! The rock face you see beyond the trees is the ancient fault line, sometimes called the Red Rock Escarpment too.

Red Rock Canyon proper is about two miles north from this location. I will never become tired of the beautiful Mojave Desert!

Unboxing a New Radio

Two days ago, I received the second two-meter radio I ordered. I have two of them, one in the house, one in the truck. I used to have a bunch of dual-band radios that were 2 meters and 70cm, both amateur radio bands. They operate in the FM mode, not AM, and are nothing like a CB radio. You also need an FCC license to transmit with these radios.

I have been licensed since about 1982 when I gave CB Radio the boot, but do still own just one CB radio for that rare occasion I want to pop the radio in the truck and play around with it, breaker one-nine! Haha. CB isn’t as popular as it used to be back in the late 1970s, I think every kid in my high school had one. Today, it seems to be mostly for the truckers.

Today, the new 2 meter VHF hand-held radio will show up via Amazon Prime, one more radio to be programmed! They are so easy for me to program, having literally decades of experience with radios of many types. And feedlines. coaxial connections and radio tower installations too. As you can see, I have had a lifelong love for all things radio!

Around Town Today

Just four photos from early today, you’ve gotta love the abundant blue high above you! I was heading for the ‘home branch’ of my bank with a couple questions. After driving way down there, the sign on the door said they are closed on Wednesday! Piss me off. I’ve had enough of this damned virus crap.

Faux Runner

These two horses are outside the main gate of a very expensive neighborhood along Charleston Boulevard. The neighborhood runs north all the way to Alta road, not a short distance. I wonder what they are made of??

Checking The Lantana Plants

I am keeping close eyes on the two Lantana plants in the backyard. The plant on the west side had plenty of blooms a few days ago, now they are all gone except for some others trying to grow and bloom. The plant on the east side has suddenly burst out with new growth and plenty of blooms. What’s up with this? A plant expert I am not! The Sagos got some Moon Juice today.

A Bug Buddy!

A bit ago, I was dinking around in the backyard with the Lantana plants and noticed this cute grasshopper hiding just around the corner of the house from the powerful sunshine. Smart grasshopper, eh! They look different here than in Michigan…