Living Alone

Watching TV last night I came across the program called Life Below Zero again which I’ve been watching since it began some years ago. Sue Aikens said something that grabbed my ear as I feel the same. She said:

“If there weren’t the explorers in the world, it would still be flat. There has always been those of us who call ourselves from the herd and march to a different tune. Being creative to me is a good thing, but the extreme isolation is just something that works for me, I know it doesn’t work for everyone but it works for me and is my happy place.”

So what do I mean? I have lived alone a significant portion of my life both by choice as is the case today, and in years past due to divorce which is also the case today if you follow me. I’ve made a very conscious decision to never remarry. I am not marriage material because I always feel so trapped when that ring is on my finger. This is my happy place.

Anti Earth Day

I’ve never been a player in this stuff. While there is nothing wrong with taking care of this blue marble drifting through space, I’ve never been one to worship earth.

 

Arrest Thy Self

I know right where these photos were taken, why do people do this? How about I take that can of paint from you then proceed to cover you entirely with black, very toxic paint?

Pop

Where I come from it’s called Pop. Not Soda. Soda is used for baking, pop is used for drinking. Pop is a regional dialect or expression heard in the upper mid west and northeast to the best of my understanding. Honestly, it kind of grinds my gears to hear people out here call pop a soda. It’s not a soda, not a soda pop. Just plain old pop!

This Was Yesterday

The screen shot of the National Weather Service website’s forecast for Las Vegas shows a very different weather pattern for the next several days. Honestly, I don’t want the rain here as badly as it’s needed here in the desert southwest. It reminds me of the daily gloomy conditions of Michigan too much… Rain Rain go the hell away. Don’t come back any other day.

Out Of Business

These pedicure chairs used to be in the salon where I had my feet taken care of every two weeks or so thanks to Diabetes. Apparently the business has closed, how sad for the owners and we customers. All because of something so small we can’t see it. Bullshit! This situation will devastate millions of small businesses which I see as the core of what makes the United States what it has been for so long. When this is done, America will have a new face.

People Out and About

It’s both nice to see people at the park and not. Should people be doing this? Are they not taking this dangerous situation seriously? I shouldn’t be be out either.

That’s a bit of snow atop 6500+ foot Gass Peak far away.

Fuglyness

I’ve spent many decades working in the auto industry in different capacities. Honestly, this is the ugliest damn grille or front fascia I’ve ever seen on a car. Somehow it reminds me of The Robot on a favorite old TV show long ago. Danger Will Robinson! Do not purchase this car!!

Ponderisms

I don’t thing that title is an actual English word but here are some things for you to ponder during your lock down. Are we all having fun yet?


PONDERISMS

Why do peanuts float in a regular coke and sink in a diet coke.
Go ahead and try it…..

I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to “put your two cents in”… but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”? Where’s that extra penny going?(taxes)

Once you’re in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why are you IN a movie, but you’re ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change??? They’re going to see you naked anyway.

Why is “bra” singular and “panties” plural?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?

If the professor on Gilligan’s Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can’t he fix a hole in a boat?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

HOW DID THE MAN WHO MADE THE FIRST CLOCK, KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS?

Three Locked

A few years ago I worked at a U Haul location. What’s going on in this image? Your renters contract states a customer can place only one lock on their unit. Obviously this joker can’t read. Each morning I would take a walk around the entire interior and exterior of the building. One reason for that was to look for what you see here.

I placed the third lock on the unit to basically force the customer to come to the main office. Hah. All they need do is remove the second lock. I also came across units where it was obvious that the customer has been sleeping in the unit which is a huge no no!

Another customer had two units side by side that he abandoned, leaving me to clean all the crap out and haul it to the big steel bins. Thanks a lot asshole. I also had to clean a unit within twenty four hours after a customer moves out per company policy. And baby that’s a hot job here in the desert in a non air conditioned building.

It may not seem like it but the job wasn’t all that bad, what was bad was the pay. Another two bucks per hour would have been sufficient considering the labour involved and the summer heat as well as dealing with cleaning up after pig customers. In the end I left the job because of the shitty disrespectful management.

That’s a very common reason why employees leave a job in my life’s experiences. The soon to be wife was a really sweet woman. What I would not continue to put up with was a man younger than me who was retired military constantly talking at, through and down to me at any opportunity. That’s abusive. And he was a few years younger than I. That matters.

I hope you’ve never had to deal with asshole management in your work experiences!!

The Idiot

This video is about two years old, taken at the Calico Basin parking area. It’s quite obvious this idiot is on some serious drugs! And I certainly don’t blame the woman for having an attitude!

Lasagnaghetti

You read that title correctly! The other day in the grocery store I was hunting for Angel Hair noodles but guess what? Every. Single. Box. of noodles were gone except this one box of Wheat Lasagna noodles. What a crock. Without going on a rant about this I will say that cooking these noodles took much more time than Angel Hair noodles of course.

Is it any good? Well, I’ve never been a fan of Wheat noodles but they do work. It’s rather time consuming to break up the large, flat noodles as they very slowly soften in the 212+ degree water. This ‘dish’ is edible but eating the thicker noodles is an odd texture and takes a bit more chewing. Yuk. But it’s decent and filling. Honestly, I am grateful for this Lasagnaghetti.

It doesn’t look too delectable but it’s decent and keeps you going. 🙏🏻

Rainbow Road

This photo looks decent, I had my doubts about it. I’d like to have more applications to further work with it though. It’s the cost and the very complicated ways with some apps like Photoshop that stop me from spending the cash.

Time To Pulverise

So tomorrow is the day I’ve been working toward for weeks with all the tests and such. I’m aggravated by weeks of waiting and pain, tonight it’s more painful than usual. I’ll be back whenever it’s over! Kidney stone hell. 😑

Sun Valley

Also known as Las Vegas Valley of course, I’ve captured these views before but these are processed differently. The views are worth putting up with the traffic and other things.

Rolling Northward

I was out and about today, headed for the pharmacy for some refills on my pills. Got there then realised I forgot to bring the bottles that need the refills. Dammit. That’s the sort of day I’ve had. Went to the bank, that was an odd experience, no details on that. Sorry. Things just seem a bit off today, could it be last night when my shitty neighbours really pissed me off?

Or is it the shitty drivers that almost smashed into my truck yesterday? I feel as though I’ve had my fill of this city and it’s people at times, the last two or three days have made this more so apparent. People here are mean, not so friendly as in my home state. I feel as though I will one day return to my snowy, frozen home state some day. Life is off several degrees…

A Fresh Skin

You may have noticed that this blog looks a bit different this visit. Well, there’s a good reason for this! Once in a while I will try a different theme or skin for this site. Today I tried this again but as usual wasn’t satisfied with what I found so I tried to reinstall the Opti theme that was in use. I couldn’t find it, dammit! I really liked that theme yet was curious about other themes.

My next move was to have a literal chat with the folks at WordPress.com. After some brief chat with a rep, I was told that the theme I have been using for a good lot of time has now been retired. Retired! I am retired, how the hell can a theme be retired? I was and am still annoyed but there isn’t one damn thing I can do about it.

All of this said, welcome to the new look of Las Vegas Photoblog. Or Photo Blog if you like. I suppose the new look is far less busy in it’s appearance, less complicated. If you like or dislike the theme, please say so! Perhaps this theme is a bit more ‘modern’ looking?

The photo was taken early today before the sun popped out! The clouds are hugging the Summerlin Peaks. I never saw this mountain beauty back home in Michigan… 🌴🌵

How To Vape Safely

If you are like me you find the entire vaping thing incredibly stupid. The substitution of cigarettes with nicotine being delivered in a different way, what’s the point? Your still killing yourself.

The Man and His Flying Machine

Walking around Downtown Summerlin the other day I was sure I could hear a drone in the area close by. Sure enough I found the ‘pilot’ and his little flying machine. I was curious about the legal issues of flying a drone in this very public place. I struck up a short conversation with the guy as I’m from up north and am far more friendly than so many folk here.

I asked him if he was afraid of fines and legal trouble (in a very nice way) by flying a drone there. He told me that he has waivers that allowed him to fly the drone there. OK, great! Maybe he thought I was being rather nosy in asking such questions, but I frankly don’t care. It’s the many regulations in place today that had me sell my drone a year or so ago.

I honestly would never consider flying a drone there one way or the other as all it could take to cause the drone to go out of control would be a good gust of wind which we have very frequently here, or someone just bumping into him, causing a brief loss of attention to the drone. Bam! You hit someone, you’ve earned your day in a Clark County Courtroom!

Playing Inside the Abstract

This child play area has been in this space before but this time with the Nikon Z6. It’s basically impossible for a child to fall out of this structure as it’s fully enclosed with wire. I gave the entire structure a push to see if it would sway around, not even a little bit! I would hesitate to allow my child if they were still tiny, to play on it though considering the viruses going around.

Tit For Tat and All of That

Do you use Instagram? I’ve been on Instagram for about three years now and I am absolutely sick of the dumbass Follow then Unfollow game. My account is private, nobody gets in unless I say so. So I am careful to have a good look at an account that requests a follow. My estimate is that I approve about sixty percent of follow requests.

Then, after several days or a week-ish, some of them unfollow my account. Why? My account has all of the photography that you see here on this blog, on it. If you don’t like what you see, then why did you request to follow my account? It’s always the tit-for-tat follow and unfollow game on Instagram. To those who play this game, piss off.

Scumbag Thieves!

I haven’t stopped by this location for a few months and was very surprised and saddened to see this. The location is fairly remote and frequented by thugs. Not a place I would ever be at night! What is left of the car has been tagged by our Metro Police, I suppose the carcass will be hauled away at some point along with other parts laying about that are not a part of this poor old car. For the life of me, I will never understand what causes people to behave this way, it’s disgusting.

The Box Life

I’ve watched this new home construction for a few weeks now, they seem to be in zero hurry to complete this box house. Out of frame are a bunch of new boxes in an almost completed neighbourhood. The Box Life seems to be very popular in this area but who want’s to live in a box?