Me, Reflected

Yesterday, it was actually cool enough to have a seat in the backyard for a bit, yay! I haven’t sat there in a long time, nor used the Weber grille for many months now due to the heat.

When it’s one hundred ten degrees outside, nobody wants to be standing in front of a two hundred plus degree fire! And the weather today?

Currently, it’s ninety-eight with a pretty good wind blowing which is for me, still not grilling weather. I miss burning beef and chicken on the grille, the flavours are so much better!

The goofy photo…

Colorado Bourbon

This bottle is over one full year old. As you can see, I don’t favour liquor much. Just a snort here and there is fine. How odd is it though that the word Bourbon is spelled with the letter U in it? All American English should still have that letter in it. Spell it correctly, America!

Stand And Salute!

Here is another photo from today, this is a very large American flag, the breeze must be rather strong to stretch Old Glory way out like this. The temperature has been hovering around one hundred at my place today. 😎🌴🔥

Stand and salute Old Glory!!

A Tivoli Drive By

Today has proven once again that you never know what each day will throw at you. Due to my having issues with gum disease which had gratefully been remedied by my awesome dentist, I have my teeth cleaned every ninety days now. The cleaning went well, even with the new woman who did the work. Good employees can be very difficult to find.

Once the cleaning was completed, Dr. B came in to do the final inspection as usual. He of course noticed the broken tooth on the boom left which the office has on record. I’ve known since last year that this broken tooth will eventually need to have a root canal, or cleaned up and capped off. Gladly, the root canal is not needed yet, so I agreed to the cap.

So off to work went the doctor and his lovely assistant. She really is gorgeous. After about forty-five minutes, they had completed the entire procedure, these two worked like a well-oiled machine in doing the work. The finished cap or crown will be ready in three weeks so they say, it was less than that for my Bridge to be ready. Life is so weird man…

Tivoli Village is nearby the dentist’s office…

Mojave Desert Pigs

Why won’t people here in Las Vegas respect this beautiful desert? They are just desert pigs… And this coming from a guy who grew up over two thousand miles northeast of Las Vegas in a sometimes bitter cold climate. I love this desert and always respect it! Come on, people!

September 11, 2001

On the way home from picking up a special order shop fan from Home Depot, I noticed this wonderful painting at the entrance to a subdivision. As you can see, it was a drive-by photo but I did capture the most important part of the painting.

I pray that the many innocent people who were killed by evil terrorists are with our Lord just now. Honestly, I’ve been very angry about this since that day I heard and saw this happening on a TV in my doctor’s office. To hell with these people.

United We Stand!

Chatty Cops

Along this road that snakes through different neighborhoods, I’ve fairly often seen Las Vegas Metro with a customer pulled over. Not this time, these two were having a chat about who knows what, maybe the next crook in this area they are gonna bust! In this area last year, I saw the cops bust a guy buying drugs from a guy in the car, driver window down. Not too bright guys, on at least two points. Stupid is as stupid does, it’s still true!

These are crusty iPhone photos…

The Last Landscapes

This is the final set of photos from a couple days ago just outside the city. I’ve seen this landscape many times of course, yet never tire of this beautiful view. Or, the beauty of the Mojave Desert I’ve seen far away from Las Vegas north to south. As you’ve read here today in another upload, I miss my family so much, yet I’ve never regretted my decision to remain in Nevada and Las Vegas after the third and final divorce which was in 2016. Single is better!

A Family Decision

Via a text conversation very early this morning, the members of my family have decided to postpone the family Christmas until June 2021. Usually, we all fly into Michigan from different states to meet up back in my home town at my folks’ place. I am sad.

As of last month, it’s been one full year since I’ve seen any of my family in person. Now, it appears it will be the better part of two years before I can see any of them. Why? The damned virus of course. But we are a very cautious bunch.

My father is ninety-two years young and as such, at high risk for the virus. I am also at high risk because of heart disease and type two diabetes. My children and my sister’s children are all in good health though, thank God!

We all agree that it’s much better to be safe than sorry, to use an old cliche’. It’s true of course. But that will never alleviate the emotional pain this damned virus has caused my family. And of course, millions of other families. I am angry. 2020 can go to hell.

The high at my home yesterday, the official temp was 114 I think.

A Sharp Change

This sharp change in temperature, albeit brief, is not unexpected to me. It’s been my experience over the last seven years living in Las Vegas that the summer heat generally begins to fall away the first, second, or third week of September.

And let me assure you that this will be a very welcome change! I do love the hot summers here, but this super hot summer season has been very long-lasting.

The heat came up, then it sustained much longer. Eighty-five degrees will feel slightly cool to some folks here like me who are very well acclimated to the desert environment!

Roberto’s Tacos

This isn’t a shameless plug for this very tasty local food chain, I just love these tacos! Whether you choose chicken or shredded beef, you will never be disappointed. These tacos are so much better than the Taco Bell taco. Or sometimes called Taco Hell by yours truly!

Somewhere on Ann Road

Ann Road is an east-west road located in the northwest area of Las Vegas Valley. The top photo is looking east, the other west. When I was married, I lived about one-half mile from where photo one was taken. I don’t miss her, or that overpriced home! I’m just being honest…

1895 School Final Exam

I received this from my Michigan friend yesterday morning. I think you will be amazed at the questions, but I find some of the questions still relevant today. How things have changed!


Remember when our grandparents, great-grandparents, and such stated that they only had an 8th grade education?

Well, check this out. This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, Kansas, and reprinted by the Salina Journal.


Grammar (Time, one hour)

  1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
  2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no Modifications.
  3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
  4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of lie, lay and run
  5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
  6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
  7. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)

  1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
  2. A wagon box is 2 ft deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
  3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1050lbs. for tare?
  4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
  5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
  6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
    7.What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per meter?
  7. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
  8. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
  9. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.


U. S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

  1. Give the epochs into which U. S. History is divided.
  2. Give an account of the discovery of  America by Columbus .
  3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
  4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
  5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
  6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
  7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln,  Penn, and Howe?
  8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800,  1849, 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour)

  1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?
  2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
  3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, sub vocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
  4. Give four substitutes for caret ‘u’.
  5. Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e.’ Name two exceptions under each rule.
  6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
  7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word:  bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup
  8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
  9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
  10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

Geography (Time, one hour)

  1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
  2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
  3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
  4. Describe the mountains of North America.
  5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.
  6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
  7. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.
  8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
  9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
  10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

Also notice that the exam took five hours to complete. Gives the saying “she/he only had an 8th-grade education” a whole new meaning, doesn’t it? What happened to us? It is kind of humbling, isn’t it?

An Apology

This may seem a bit odd, but I feel as though I am boring you with redundant photography. There is a reason though, that reason is the virus. I just don’t feel safe outside my home and have been spending ninety-nine percent of my time here at home. These four walls are a safe zone, I want to keep my home this way.

All that I can offer are backyard photos and photography from years past via my trusty old external backup hard drive. I hope this won’t deter you from visiting this meager little blog. The custom URL for Las Vegas Photoblog is up for renewal next month, at this time, I intend to renew but that doesn’t mean I won’t be looking at other blogging platforms.

Over the last two days, I have read blogs and had comments with other bloggers here on regarding the damned block editor. Some have already made the decision to leave WordPress. Others will leave, but leave the old blog up for others to view. I am very much on the fence with this issue but for now will renew the custom address.

In the meantime, more brilliant yellows for you.

What WordPress Said

The reply these people gave me this morning in my email is not satisfactory. Some of us will never accept the damned block editor. the Real editor is a part of the block editor so they say. Whatever. Should the Real editor ever become unavailable, this blog will be gone, and so will I.

Hi there,

We know this is frustrating for you and many others. It’s hard to start over again once you’ve become accustomed to specific software! The reality is that each editor we keep around takes resources to maintain. With the continual development and improvements that have been made to the new WordPress block editor, it no longer makes sense for us to maintain three separate editors. We’re aware that creating great software will never make every person happy. We’re doing our best to choose the best path between many good options, weighing all of the inevitable trade-offs that come from making changes, listening, shipping, and then doing it all over again.

If there is a particular aspect of the new editor you are struggling or find frustrating in particular please let me know, we’d love to assist you further with getting to know the new editor as you continue working on your site.


Corona, Ripping Children Off Daily

Speaking honestly, I’m glad that my children are adults today, they never had being a child stolen away from them. Are children going to report back to a physical classroom in a few weeks? That’s a very bad idea in my view. The playgrounds are silent, some are chained shut. All we humans can do is do our best to hide, and not die. This will end, stay safe, be smart.

Zoltar Says

Zoltar says that some people have zero business behind the wheel of a six-ton bullet! This is an iPhone photo taken in 2016 I think, the last year I worked. The lovely customer returned this truck to the U Haul location with this lovely body modification. I actually quit that job. Not because the job sucked, it was the management that still apparently believed it was in the Military. I refused to be talked at, through, and down to. Add to this my older age. Respect me.

Smooth move, Exlax!! 😂

Krappy KFC

A couple days ago, GrubHub delivered this overpriced, soggy meal. The chicken was supposed to be crispy, it was nowhere near to crispy. The serving size of mashed taters was pathetically small. I’ve not eaten a thing from KFC for a long time because it upsets my system, to put it politely. I had a feeling I shoulda ordered elsewhere, yuck!

Krappy KFC, sorry, colonel…

Wheel Ants and Pouring Oil

Here are a couple more crazy ads from decades past. Why the bloody hell would ya spray a toxic pesticide on ya wheels! What were they smoking or thinking?

Pouring used engine oil into the ground is I believe less toxic, it came from the ground anyway but it’s still not the proper way to dispose of it. When I was about eight years young, we lived in a small condominium or apartment complex.

The dirt road that sprouted from Woodward Avenue would routinely be coated with some kind of black oil that stunk. Thinking back to nineteen sixty-eight, my bet is on the used engine oil. Imagine, just how toxic that ground must be today! Today, it’s a modern paved road.