The Ceement Factory, Reworked

I always pronounce Cement as Ceement, I suppose this is because of my Michigan upbringing. Or not. Anyway, these are more reworks, re-colored a bit. Today, I plan to drive north to the nursery where I purchased the Sago Palms armed with photos of them both. The larger palm isn’t looking too god regardless of my watering it as suggested by the nursery.

Gladly, there is a warranty period on the trees which is very nice. If the tree croaks, they will replace it at zero cost to me. I love free stuff! As I’ve said before in this space, John has not a green thumb but I’m not so sure this is my doing. Honestly, it’s a great excuse to get out of the house for a bit and get some fresh desert air!

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.

Black and White Day

Actually, it’s a very good day, the photos almost demand the title. I had several stops to make today hence I haven’t uploaded anything until now. Our real, actual lives come first since blogging is for me an avocation.

Yesterday, my new chrome wheels were installed on my truck, and I very much like the look! No photos yet, nobody probably cares to see it anyway. Driving around today taking care of business, it came to me that I have come full-circle.

Back in the day, back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, my father and I traveled quite a bit to race his 1/4 mile drag boat. We were in several states over the three years we did this and it was an experience that I am very lucky to have had and I am so grateful for those days.

During those years, I was totally blown away by the beauty of the desert southwest in Arizona where we raced several times. I wanted to stay there. Fast-forward to 2013 and the now-ex and I moving to Las Vegas.

As I’ve said here before, I just didn’t want to move back home to Michigan and the gray skies, and cold dank weather most of the year. I made the correct decision in staying here! I am where I wanted to be those many years ago. I’ve now come full-circle!

The firetruck was moving, I clicked the camera very quickly for those photos

Casino

This is an iPhone photo taken at the Red Rock Hotel and Casino. This a bit like a rear entrance to the casino and food area on the south end of the building. Good food, everything is always clean and neat. The hotel is on the 215 freeway and Charleston Boulevard. Do have a visit!

Miss Liberty and the Railroad Tracks

Today I am messing around with black and white and grayscale photos via two of my favorite applications on the trusty old MacBook Pro. These are old-time photos from I dunno how many years ago, Miss Liberty is very small and up on a pedestal along Sahara Avenue near the fifteen freeway (I think). The wobbly old rails were in the now gone Bonnie Springs Ranch.

Mojave Rain

Here is another rainshower photo from the same set as the previous upload but without a lightning strike. Having grown up in Michigan, I can tell you with all certainty that the way the air smells after a good soaking is different than in Michigan but it’s a very pleasant smell. Ahhh!

Swirly Glass

These photos are of a large decorative glass bowl that belonged to my mother. Now it and other items of hers live here with me in the desert. I miss you, Mom.

The Bridge

The Bridge is on my folks’ property back home in Michigan. I’ve painted that bridge as needed over the years, rode quads and snowmobiles over it so many times.

The Gray Valley

This is the northern area of Las Vegas Valley with the Stratosphere Tower standing tall. Which is the proper spelling – gray or grey? I say the way to spell gray is gray, aye? 🤪

Center

A couple years ago, I stood in the center of the road for this photo as cars were approaching behind me. Not smart, John! The dangerous things photographers do for the shot… 👻