BOUDIN SAUSAGE

December 21, 2014

My son and daughter-in-law are hosting Christmas this year and Laurie decided she wanted to do a Cajun Christmas for a change. I decided to make boudin sausage (pronounced bow-dan) and gumbo. I asked her to come  over to help me make boudin,  a sausage I fell in love with when Jim and I spent time in Cajun country in southern Louisiana. Our first encounter was at Fred’s Lounge in Mamou, a tavern that is only open on Sundays. We got there early, at 7:30 because there are very few seats. The band starts about 9:00 and plays non-stop until five. The band doesn’t take breaks, they are on radio while playing and one member at a time gets up to have bite to eat or use the bathroom. A couple came in with a paper bag of boudin and another of chitlins to share.  So, at 7:30 in the morning, we ate boudin for breakfast. Man, that stuff is good.

In Calvin Trillin’s words:

“I figure that about 80 percent of the boudin purchased in Louisiana is consumed before the purchaser has left the parking lot, and most of the rest is polished off in the car. In other words, Cajun boudin not only doesn’t get outside the state; it usually doesn’t even get home.”

– Calvin Trillin, from his essay, “The Missing Links: In Praise of the Cajun Foodstuff That Doesn’t Get Around.”

I was given a cookbook, MaBee, What Ya Cooking?  by Janet Theriot in 2010. She had a recipe for boudin.  Her cookbook is homestyle cooking with not exactly precise measurements as in:  “One Boston butt pork roast or hogs head, salt , red and black pepper, 1 cup chopped parsley, 1 cup of chopped green onions and about 5 cups of rice. Cut roast in big chuncks and cover with water and boil until really tender.

I decided to look on-line and get more precise directions and we came up with a recipe for 6 lbs of meat to 21 cups of rice, basically three batches, with the onions and parsley and a number of spices and went to work.

The first batch, we kept tasting and tasting. To heck with the casings, Laurie, Ken,  the boys and I, ate the first batch for dinner with a salad. We put the steaks Ken was going to barbeque back in the fridge. The stuff is scrumptious.

It is a job that dirties every dish in the cupboard, but worth the work. We didn’t have a sausage stuffer and used a pastry tube to load the casings by hand.

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They are variable sizes and uneven looking, and we didn’t actually taste one of sausages since we at the first batch.

I was a bit daunted by cooking 21 cups of rice, but it is easy in a roasting pan in the oven and turned out just perfect. Now, the rest of the story. Laurie ground both batches of meat and I put in one batch of seven cups of rice. One of those easy miss-steps with two cooks in the kitchen. I have no doubt it will taste good with half the rice. It may be a bit spicier. I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, I wanted to find the origin of boudin so I looked it up on-line. Historian Bob Carriker puts it like this:

The French eat a sausage called “boudin blanc” (white boudin) which is similar to Cajun boudin almost solely through its nomenclature; for French boudin blanc is a highly perishable sausage made with pork, chicken, and/or veal mixed with milk, cognac, and spices. …its flavor bears no resemblance to the link you will sink your teeth into in Louisiana. When the French Acadians (today’s Cajuns) made their way out of Nova Scotia, after having been expelled by the British in 1755, they adapted their traditions and culture to their new surroundings. So, when they set out to make use of a freshly butchered hog, it wouldn’t have been such a stretch for them to mix the pork scraps with the seasonings at hand, push it into the hog’s intestines and call it what they had always called such a sausage: boudin. . Later, once large-scale rice production began in Louisiana at the end of the nineteenth century, cooks added rice to boudin for filler and flavor. Today in places like St. Martinville, at La Grande Boucherie des Cajuns (a communal hog butchering) held the Sunday before Mardi Gras, the age old practice of making boudin is embraced and the custom and community spirit continues to be passed from one generation to the next.

I am so glad to have discovered this special treat and thankful to have MaBee’s cookbook. I’ll be using her ettouffee recipe and a real original called shrimp puppies. I can hardly wait.  You can read more about boudin and find out where to order boudin on this web page.

http://www.southernfoodways.org/oral-history/southern-boudin-trail/

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 75 miles from Palm Desert to Slab city, California…one of the most unusual places in the United States.

First photo is of Palm Desert with the San Jacinto Mountains in the background…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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Most of the trip was on California Highway 111 along the eastern shore of the Salton Sea. Highway 111 is essentially atop the San Andreas fault. SC indicates the location of Slab City…

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On the way I ran along the eastern shore of the Salton Sea which appears to be at its lowest level that I have seen in my 18 years coming down this way. In these photos the Salton Sea is on my right…

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Stopped for a bite of lunch with this view of the Salton Sea…

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San Jacinto Mountains in the background…

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Alongside Highway 111 mile-long trains transport Yuma, Arizona produce to the rail-head at Riverside, California…

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Downtown Niland…hook a left and 3 miles out into the desert to Slab City…

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Slab City is one-mile square that once was Camp Dunlop during World War II. A deserted sentry house now tells you that you are almost there…

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A little further on you pass-by Salvation Mountain…

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A second sentry station tells you that you made it…

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The military base was decommissioned after the war and not long after early RVers found their way here. The buildings were demolished and only their concrete slabs remained…hence the name Slab City.

Locals like to think of Slab City one of the last true places of freedom where folks can reside with minimal interference from government authorities. It became a favorite hangout for ex-hippie types. When I first came here in 1996 there were more than 5,000 RV’s within the one-square mile. I doubt that there are 500 now…

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When the economy turned bad a few years back a number of new homeless folks came here. Unfortunately with little regulations they left their trash when they left…

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My friend Wayne has had this spot for more than 20 years. With no utilities…solar panels are big here…

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The LOW’s (Loners On Wheels) singles club have had a permanent presence here for more than 20 years…

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I’m parked nearby with a great Westerly view…

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As usual…the dinette window photo…

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Finally a Google Earth view of Slab City…

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I’ve written about Slab City many times. Here’s a link to my Blog entry from 2010 describing this unique place http://wp.me/pDCku-ZX

In addition you can enter Slab City, CA in your Internet Search Box and see numerous sites written by others who have been here.

Recently I discussed the spectacular sunrises and sunsets to be found in the desert Southwest during the Winter season. Here’s four photos from lat night’s sunset…

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Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time in this area and have explored it thoroughly…so I’ll continue my journey to Yuma, Arizona later this morning.

Yesterday was a mostly cloudy day at 69 degrees.  Forecast for today is sunny with and 72 degrees.

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

More Early Morning Light…

December 20, 2014

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort at Palm Desert, California. Mary remains at home and I expecting her to rejoin me in mid-January. I will depart from here later this morning.

More early morning light photos…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

Looking Southeast…

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Looking Northeast for dramatic side-lighting…

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I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 67 degrees.  Forecast for today is sunny and 69 degrees.

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office inLuckenbach, Texas…Y’all!Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap. http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort at Palm Desert, California. Mary remains at home and I expecting her to rejoin me in mid-January.

In 2011, Mary and I visited Painted Canyon which sits atop of the San Andreas Fault. It’s located about 10 miles northeast of Mecca, California near the northern end of the Salton sea and about 30 to the southeast of our current location at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Thousand Palms, California.

It was in the mid-70′s with an overcast sky…perfect for picture-taking. It’s so pretty here, that it is nearly impossible to take a bad photograph.

Here are 10 photos from our excursion…

The area is also known as the Mecca Hills Wilderness Area. Here’s a Wikipedia informational link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mecca_Hills

To see the other 44 photos I took, click this link…
ttps://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/PaintedCanyon#

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Yesterday was a partly cloudy day at 65 degrees.  Forecast for today is partly cloudy and 66 degrees.
The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…
USA1pdEnjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein
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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office inLuckenbach, Texas…Y’all!
Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8
If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos
There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA
If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/
For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbustAll original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort at Palm Desert, California. Mary remains at home and I expecting her to rejoin me in mid-January.

In 2010, Mary and I visited the Coachella Valley Preserve which sits atop the San Andreas Fault. In case you are not aware, it is the best known earthquake fault in California. It passes through the Coachella Valley Preserve which is also a National Wildlife Preserve. It is also known as 1000 Palms Canyon.

It’s only a 10 minute drive or 7.5 miles distant. It’s only about 5 miles the way the crow flies…supposedly in a straight line from our current location at Thousand Trails RV Resort. We took a 2 mile walk through the preserve

Here are six photos that I took…

Here’s the official Coachella Valley Preserve website link…
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/wildlife/watchable/areas/coachella.html

You can find many websites on the internet by putting San Andreas Fault in the search box.

The following two links provide a lot of information about the fault in this, the Coachella Valley, area…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Andreas_Fault

http://geology.about.com/od/geology_ca/ig/safsouth/

To see the other 31 photos I took at the Visitors Center, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/CoachellaValleyPreserve

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was a partly cloudy day at 64 degrees.  Forecast for today is partly cloudy and 65 degrees.
The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…
USA1pdEnjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein
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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office inLuckenbach, Texas…Y’all!
Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8
If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos
There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA
If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/
For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbustAll original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

HEALTH RESEARCH GROUP

December 17, 2014

I get a newsletter from The Health Research Group put out by the respected non-profit group, Public Citizen. Their newsletter is called Worst Pills, Best Pills News and you can look them up online at http://www.worstpills.org.

In the most recent issue, Director Dr. Michael Carome talked about the Physician Payments Sunshine Act that is part of the Affordable Care Act commonly referred to as Obamacare. It was done in 2010 but finally went into effect in 2014.

So, we are nearing the end of 2014 and the companies manufacturing drugs and medical devices are mandated to report to the federal government payments and gifts to physicians and teaching hospitals. The law also mandates that the companies, physicians and hospitals involved be made public.

On September 30th, Medicare, which implements the act, released the first batch of data. The payments totaled an astounding 3.5 BILLION dollars. Another 1.1 billion was not disclosed for various reasons permitted under the sunshine act.

The breakdown for payments was $1.5 billion for research. (I have to ask, can research on a new drug be unbiased when paid for by a drug company? We’ve heard some pretty shady stories about that kind of buddy, buddy approach.)

$1 billion for gifts of stock. (That is bribery in my opinion. Same as cash.)

$380 million for speaking and consulting fees; (I Expect the speaker favors the drug company and again, sounds like bribery to me. How cozy.)

$302 million for royalties and licenses; (Don’t know what that entails.)

$167 million for travel, food  and lodging and $128 million for other things.

(I was under the impression that travel and food and lodging stuff was off the table. Nope, that is only for senators and politicians. The Doctors and hospitals are still being sweetened.)

And, another 128 million for other purposes undefined?  (I’m guessing, those little trinkets like advertising carry bags, small, soft ice chests,  packets of golf tees, pens, drug and device samples etc. like those I recently saw at a health fair. They are intended to influence we consumers.)

I’ve never in my life been so cynical. Now I find it is imperative to be cynical in this corporate, greed dominated climate.

Dr. Carome summarizes with these words:

“While some of these payments may seem appropriate-such as those related to the conduct of industry-funded clinical trials-the majority of them have a corrupting influence on the practice of medicine. Financial relationships between physicians and industry influence the opinions and recommendations of health care providers in a variety of settings, including during the delivery of medical care; during Food and Drug Administration advisory committee meetings and deliberations of expert panels that develop clinical practice guidelines. Indeed, that is why so many payments and gifts go to physicians is to influence their prescribing practices.

The bottom line financial interests of these companies are not with the best interests of patients.”

I know for a fact I’ve been over prescribed drugs I didn’t need. For several years I had a holistic Doctor who took me off of everything I was taking. I wish he was still in the area. My current doctor always chooses generic drugs and Worst Pills Best Pills gives you the lowdown on drugs even your doctor does not know the truth about. So, if you are concerned, look them up.

As Jim always says, “Sometimes the truth ain’t pretty.”

I Really Love…

December 17, 2014

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort at Palm Desert, California. Mary remains at home and I expecting her to rejoin me in mid-January

I really love being in the Southwest during the Winter season.

First reason is the weather. While most of the nation is shivering…most days here from about 10 AM to 4 PM, I can be in shorts and tee-shirt.

Second reason is the spectacular scenery. A lot of folks consider the desert as barren. For those who know how and where to look, it’s quite spectacular!

Third reason is the spectacular sunrises and sunsets! I’ve seen many over the years. Here is last night’s sunset…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was a cloudy day at 61 degrees.  Forecast for today is partly cloudy and 64 degrees.
The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…
USA1pdEnjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein
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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office inLuckenbach, Texas…Y’all!Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videosThere are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdAIf you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort at Palm Desert, California. Mary remains at home and I expecting her to rejoin me in mid-January.

In addition to the magnificent Madjool date palm trees I spoke of a couple of days ago, there are other trees here. They include tangelo, orange and grapefruit trees and are available to be picked by the campground residents. Also lots of pretty flowers can be found in this park…

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A nice local treat!

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Pleasure for the eyes!

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny day at 64 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/sunny and 63 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

usa1pd

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

 

Don Quixote Heaven…

December 15, 2014

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort at Palm Desert, California. Mary remains at home and I expecting her to rejoin me in mid-January

Remember Don Quixote? He was the Man From La Mancha…a knight-errant who set off into the world to do battle with windmills.

Back in 2011, Mary and I visited Don Quixote heaven about 20 miles east of my present camping site . It’s the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm. It consists of more than 4,000 electrical-generating windmills and is located in North Palm Springs, California. Mary has a real interest in energy-efficient devices and really appreciated seeing these guys up close and personal. Normally they’re atop some distant mountain. While we were there, the wind was at about a constant 50 miles per hour!

Here are three informational links…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Gorgonio_Pass_Wind_Farm

http://www.palmsprings.com/services/wind.html

http://www.palmsprings.com/services/wind1.html

Here are two more photo links…
http://www.goldenstateimages.com/GSI_search.php?srch=california%20wind%20turbine%20power%20generation&op=ph

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hotair2112/430163312/

And finally, a youtube video as seen from a vehicle along Interstate Highway 10…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmHVUzw8cII

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 67 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly cloudy and 64 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

usa1pd

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

 

JINXED?

December 14, 2014

In yesterday’s blog, I addressed problems we’ve had with our building project. I was euphoric that I found a guy who agreed to come out and put up that roof with one day’s notice.

A terrific guy. He went out on Friday and looked at the job, talked to Doug and told me he was impressed with Doug and his work and he agreed to do it.

Then, after the double felting was in place, they began on the ridge shingles. Whoops! It seems the company didn’t deliver ridge shingles. So, Doug laboriously cut shingles by hand to fit until the long ridges on both sides were done. Then the roofer went to work on the fast part of the job, just nailing them up row by row.

“Hey Doug, how come half these shingles are brown and half are gray?”

Not only did the company not deliver ridges, they sent half the shingles the wrong color. Shingles are heavy and are loaded by crane directly on the roof. Unfortunately, Doug had to hand carry them down the ladder, haul back to the company, get the proper color and then hand carry them up the ladder as fast as he could to keep the roofer nailing. I do not exaggerate when I say not one time has an order, or job segment gone correctly, without a snafu. We decided we are jinxed.

For instance, during the foundation, the guy who was helping Doug finish the cement, got tired and walked off the job. Our roofer stayed and soldiered on. They were still putting up shingles in the dark. I am every grateful to a stand-up guy. Doug told me it will be a looooong time before he can look back at this job and laugh.

I enjoyed my four years there with my companion at the time, and it was never the same after he died,  which is why I started renting it. I like rural living and I love my year around stream. So, I’m hoping for better times ahead on Evans Creek.

Today, I’m preparing paperwork for my eye surgery on December 30th. Doesn’t look like I’ll be celebrating the New Year with anything but the television set this year.

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