A Busy Residential Area

Alta is an east-to-west road that runs many miles across the valley. I took this shot the other day on the way home from the open desert, it’s a shortcut to get back to the freeway. These folks must be enduring much more traffic noise than I am.

I wanted a home that does not back up to a road and not too close to any main roads. Mission accomplished, yet you just can’t help but hear the many Camaro’s and Dodge muscle cars sounding as though they should be at the speedway, well north of the city.

I really don’t believe that there are any exhaust noise restrictions in Las Vegas. One of those prices paid for city living. I have several stops to make today, maybe I’ll capture something interesting around town. I hope your Monday is fabulous!!

Money Man Visits The Desert

Of course, I had to take this little fella with me, and it didn’t take long for him to become rather warm as he’s made of cast iron! It was so peaceful out there today with far fewer people. I would rather have all the extra people there though than that damn evil virus. Be safe, friends!

What Does This Mean?

A bit ago, I went through the Wendy’s Drive-Through for that occasional spicy chicken sandwich. Seeing this nonsense, I grabbed the Nikon for the photo. What the hell is this? A bit creepy, aye? And the damn chili wasn’t even ready at 11:20 AM!

Hey Wendy, stop serving breakfast until ten thirty, dumbbells!

I’m going to send an email to Wendy if that’s even possible. It’s my experience that some big companies simply don’t give a rat’s bum about what their customers have to say about the food or other things. Call me cranky…

Perhaps it’s because of the inordinate number of moron drivers I encountered this morning. Example – Mr. Picklenose (a non-word I made up long ago), pulled right out of a parking lot and into my path as I was leaving Wendy without my chili! Call me cranky!

I used to drive big rigs years ago and I’ll tell ya right now, this driver should surrender his CDL.

Is it Beer O’Clock yet?

Traffic Light City

Welcome to the valley where you’ll be stopping very frequently for the insanely long traffic lights. You become used to them, but they still frustrate me daily. And today was one of those days that I see far more moron drivers.

More tailgaters, more reckless drivers and drivers who are driving so fast and using lanes that are not lanes, that they are a serious danger to the public. It’s unfortunate that there isn’t a cop on every corner, waiting to snag these idiots.

Actually, one did get snagged by a Metro officer who was rolling next to me, yet I didn’t see him. He turned on his gumballs and blasted the siren, but not for me. It was the guy in the left lane next to me, guess what? You are…

Busted, LOL! thank you, Las Vegas Metro Police. The other day, two officers pulled up next to me at a traffic light, we were stopped. The officer looked over my way, I gave him a thumbs-up, he responded with a smile.

It really cranks me off when I see and hear people saying things like **** the police and worse. I am not an Anarchist, are those who say this crap anarchists? Or just your average assholes…

I am heading home after buying a new CPAP mask

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!

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!

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

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

Back To Sunset Park

Today is so gorgeous that I really wanted to get out of the house, so off to Sunset Park again. I took the city streets down there and man what a pain in the ass. Honestly, I’ve never witnessed so much driving ignorance in my life. These dolts take some unbelievable chances with other people’s lives and property. And turn signals? Duuuuhhhhh what is a turn signal?

I took the 215 freeway home, much faster and mostly dolt-free.

Here are the first photos of around sixty that I snapped this morning. The last time I was here, the island had a whole lot more overgrowth on it, it looks so much better now. And you can see the Easter Island statue better too. This place is a waterfowl paradise for the many ducks and other birds that hang out around the manmade pond.

After photographing some wonderful birds, I crossed Sunset Road looking for a few airliner photos on approach to our McCarran International Airport. There were several flights touching down and lifting off which I am happy to see, yet I believe it’s still too risky to fly. I rang my dad in Michigan about flying up there this morning.

He and I are on the same page with flying right now, I think it’s still too risky to make my usual summer journey up to Michigan to visit my family. That really sucks so bad! Chatting on the phone or texting is better than nothing, but you can’t hug your children over the phone! I miss my family so much. It’s a price I’ve paid for staying in Las Vegas after the divorce in 2016.

That said, it was the right choice for me, I love the desert and the city, sans the drivers!

Masked At The Bus Stop

Two Las Vegas locals doing the right thing while on public transit. The other photo is me waiting for a southbound left turn and on my way to the dentist’s office for a cleaning. A different experience this time, I had to call the office from outside and be let in.

Then, I had to sign several releases of responsibility, long story short, the dentists are covering their asses in case a client contract’s the virus. Oh, and I had to gargle Hydrogen Peroxide for about thirty seconds per the Clark County dental administration or something like that.

All dentist offices in the city require this now. Still, I had a good checkup!

Dead End Road

I have uploaded photos from this location before, sorry! The stripped car setting on the ground has been hauled away but all of the graffiti is still there, more grunge in the next upload. How nice that someone dumped their gas grille along the road, dipshits!

Ride The Freeway

I decided to ride the freeway back home instead of waiting through all of the many traffic lights on the boulevards. Keep an eye peeled aft as you never know when one of those idiots traveling one hundred miles per hour will blow by you. Nearly every time I go out for a drive, I see a driver do something both illegal and ignorant. Today, it was a moron making a left turn at a four-way stop intersection out of turn. Always drive defensively in Las Vegas my friends!

This is the 215 freeway northbound, in the northwest valley.

The Patriotic Mask

My home-made mask is still in the game but not by a whole lot, so I grabbed this inexpensive mask at one of my stops along my way early today. It’s not a surgical quality mask obviously but it’s dang patriotic! Who could have known that face masks can be a piece of fashion?

Same Backup, Different Day

On the way to you guessed it! Another ride to the pharmacy, this construction behind the blind has been going on for about two months now. Why? This construction zone creates a situation where people have to wait through two full cycles to get past Charleston Boulevard. I wonder if the city will refund people for wasted fuel and aggravated nerves? Yeah right! 😎

Horse Buddies

Taken yesterday on a quick ride, two human buddies, and two equine buddies! It was great to feel the warm breeze rolling through the cab, to feel the sunshine on my face while driving…

Palms All Around

I am surrounded by my favorite trees at my place of quarantine, love it! Yesterday afternoon I took a bunch of random and goofy photos of which I’ve finished working on this morning. I long for the days when we can all go out and about safely. Those days will come again soon…

The Spray Bombed Van

Some dolt painted space creatures on this van at the local grocer. Nice work, asswipes! Anyway, I went to the grocer for a few items and came out with much more which is usually what happens. I was pleasantly surprised to find that many of those very hot items including water and bun wad are returning to ‘normal’ levels.

Translation: people are stopping the freaking out. The one thing that honestly speaking pisses me off is how many people were not wearing masks! Why the hell would a mother with four to six-year-old children take her babies in this store with zero masks on them, or herself! She’s a very stupid woman, I’m not sorry for saying this either.

As I have said in this space so many times – Common Sense took a permanent holiday from America a long time ago.

Hualapai at Charleston Boulevard

Here’s an older photo from about three years ago heading east on Charleston Boulevard. After moving north from this area it became obvious how much busier that road is compared to my new location. Vegas traffic can be tough and dangerous.

A Quick Ride

I had a quick ride to the store for supplies at mid day, captured these not so exciting photos that do show that Las Vegas is still alive and well. it’s been several days since I went out, the traffic level appears to be up slightly. In the store I was not happy to see several folks were not wearing masks, that’s being stupid, people! But what is one man’s opinion worth…

An Old Sunrise

These photos are about five years old and taken on the way to work one morning. I quit that job, not because of the job but because of very poor management. I won’t tolerate being talked at, through, or down to by a belligerent employer! This happens too often to people…

Las Vegas Proper

The photo shows a portion of Las Vegas proper, a misconception is that the entire valley is the city proper but it’s not. The Las Vegas Strip lies in two unincorporated communities called Winchester and Paradise, leaving the actual city just north of the Strip. Visit the Wikipedia page.

Las Vegas was founded as a city in 1905, when 110 acres (45 ha) of land adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks were auctioned in what would become the downtown area. In 1911, Las Vegas was incorporated as a city.

This city has a very complex and interesting history for me. Sometimes I’ll do an online search for the history and other aspects of this valley up to and including why certain areas of the valley are sinking, and where the dangerous fault lines are. I am a Flat Lander from Michigan which is why I have such interest for this wonderful place. And it never snows in the valley!

The name Las Vegas means The Meadow

The Police Memorial

Today I made a quick run to the party store and remembered that I want to get some photos of this very nice memorial for our Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.

The memorial is in it’s own very nice park which has basketball and tennis courts, pavilions  for cookouts and plenty of beautiful shade trees.

It was a bit of a walk from where I parked, the walk was very enjoyable after being cooped up at home for weeks, a soft warm breeze with gratuitous sunshine!

There were several people in the park, some playing tennis, others riding skateboards in the skate park. Life goes on in Las Vegas.

She’s A Beauty!

Some of you know I love birds so much, Mallards are among my top favorites! This sweet lady was photographed at Bonnie Springs two years ago with the old Nikon before it’s demise. It was a quacked decision by management to have sold the ranch in my view.