Clarksburg, West Virginia

November 16, 2014

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled for December 1st.

During this remaining time I’ll be attending to my cataract surgery, cleaning, routine maintenance and minor repairs to the motorhome and Bronco in addition to assisting Mary with her activities. None of these items are particularly exciting to write about…so…instead I’ll be showing Picasa Web Albums from our 682 day, 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States. It was Mary’s second circumnavigation and the sixth for myself.

Unless we do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily. So come back tomorrow.

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarksburg,_West_Virginia

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

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I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

The cataract surgery of my right eye was conducted on October 9th and my left eye on November 6th. Both eyes are now at 20/20. The only remaining item left (other than eye drops until early December) is a visit to the optometrist to be fitted for reading glasses at the VA Hospital in Livermore, California on November 25th.

Yesterday was a partly sunny day and 62 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 60 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…

MU

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

I’m Still Adjusting…

November 15, 2014

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled December 1st.

I’M STILL ADJUSTING to my new-found vision. I still cannot believe how sharp and colorful the world is. For instance I can now enjoy a beautiful silhouette of a leaf in an evening sky…

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And the beautiful intricacies of a leaf during the day…

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The cataract surgeries on my right and left eyes a short time ago has been a real eye-opening experience…pun intended. Other than my vasectomy back in 1971, they are the first true surgeries of my life.

I have always believed…if it isn’t broke…don’t fix it. In other words…no surgery until its time.

Eyes are a different story. I did not start using reading glasses until about age 52. I never realized that my vision was a slowly degrading process. I always thought of it as just another indicator of growing old. I’ve come to see (I’m full of puns today) that’s not true about vision. If you need glasses of any kind…it may be the indicator of the beginning of cataracts. Do not do as I did…get an eye examination now. This next image is from WebMD and shows hows a cataract forms in the eye…

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To see a brief slide show about the symptoms of cataracts, click this link…http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/cataracts/ss/slideshow-cataracts

The thing that surprised me the most about cataracts was how quickly I was on my way to BLINDNESS! At the VA Hospital in Seattle, Washington in October 2013, I was told I had cataracts and should attend to  them “within a year or so”. One year later (last month) an eye exam revealed my right eye at 20/200 and left eye at 20/100…approaching BLINDNESS!

A simple and painless operation has now restored my vision at age 73 to 20/20 in both eyes! I can see like a teenager again!

Here’s a different link about the symptoms of cataracts…http://www.everydayhealth.com/health-report/aging-eye/signs-you-may-have-cataracts.aspx

Don’t do as I did…pay attention to your eyes and see like a teenager again!

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a partly sunny day and 60 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly sunny and 62 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…

MU

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

2

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

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled December 1st.

Two days ago Mary and I made the 141 mile trip to the VA Hospital at Palo Alto, California. Hopefully the last time to make this trip. The purpose of the trip was a post-op exam for my left eye which had the surgery on November 6th. Dr. Pershing assured me that all is well and the eye is now at 20/20. The right eye was done on October 9th and is also at 20/20. It is so nice to be able to see well once again. THANK YOU DR. PERSHING AND STAFF for this wonderful gift you have given to me!

The VA Hospital at Palo Alto is state of the art. In addition to the great medical services provided to veterans, it also offers another unusual facility.

The Lee & Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge… a 34,000 square foot, 52 rooms offering 104 beds. A free Haven for Heros.

Each year, more than 85,000 veterans come to the Palo Alto VA hospital for treatment. The hospital is the largest and most medically advanced facility in the Western United States and Pacific Rim. The Defenders Lodge provides a much-needed “home away from home” for these veterans– who often require complex care for the rest of their lives –while they receive treatment. The lodge is free to VA patients and caregivers and provides state-of-the-art accommodations for more than 20,000 nights of stay each year.

The facility is available to those veterans who have to travel 50 miles or more, or at least two hours from their home to the VA Hospital at Palo Alto. The doctor in charge of your case makes the arrangements to stay at the Defenders Lodge.

Here’s a photo of the building taken at the time of completion in October 2013…

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Here’s a video tour about the Defenders Lodge…

If the video does not work, click this link…http://youtu.be/RKdkklM_WDQ

I love to photograph forms, shapes, shadows and patterns. I could not resist this shot on the way to our room…

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Mary and I had the opportunity to stay at the Defenders Lodge five nights during my two cataract surgeries. The 141 mile drive is excruciating due to heavy traffic…especially at rush hour times. The Defenders Lodge is a beautiful oasis in all the madness of the Palo Alto area. THANK YOU for the opportunity to stay at this wonderful facility during my cataract surgery. It hugely relieved the pain of the process.

NOTE: I just made my donation to the Defenders Lodge this morning. If you would like to help this worthy cause, click this link…http://www.defenderslodge.org/about/

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTO  AND VIDEO.

Yesterday was a cloudy day and 55 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 61 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…

MU

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

2

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

The Miracle Worker…

November 12, 2014

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled December 1st.

The cataract surgery was done on my right eye on October 9th. The left eye was done on November 6th. The results are SIMPLY AMAZING! Sharpness and color brilliance far exceeds anything I was expecting. A true miracle!

Being and ex-engineer…I like to understand how things work. So, I did a little research online.

This is an image of the lens…

iq_lens_arizonaThe reason the image (not mine) is kind of fuzzy is because the lens is so small. The height is 13 millimeters or just over 1/2 inch at 33/64. The width is 6 millimeters or just under 1/4 inch at 15/64.

To read all about the lens implanted in my eyes, click this link…https://www.myalcon.com/products/surgical/acrysof-iq-aspheric-iol/index.shtml

This YouTube video shows the lens being taken from storage container and loaded into the implanter…

If the video does not work, click this link…http://youtu.be/dctMTeICzzw

This video on YouTube which shows how the lens is implanted into the eye. The video was NOT of my eye surgery. Here’s the brief video…

If the video does not function, click this link…http://youtu.be/CL44Ro6Fzvg

According to the lens website, more the 50 million of this particular lens have been used to restore vision. Absolutely intriguing!

What’s next? Today I’ll go back to see Dr. Pershing for a follow-up post-op exam. On November 25th I’ll travel to the Livermore VA Hospital for an appointment with the optometrist to get my reading glasses. I’m still planning to hit the road on December 1st. No blog entry tomorrow.

Online I read that the VA does about 50,000 cataract surgeries a year…about 1,000 a week. I met a number of other vets like me walking around with a patch over one eye. Also online I read that about 3,000,000 cataract surgeries are performed in the United States annually. Being an ex-engineer, I broke that down to 60,000 a week and 12,000 a day. Simply amazing!

You can read all about cataract surgery by clicking this Wikipedia link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cataract_surgery

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE VIDEOS.

Yesterday was a sunny/cloudy day and 68 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny/cloudy and 66 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…

MU

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

2

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

Last Night’s Moon…

November 9, 2014

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled December 1st.

Last night while walking across Mary’s yard to the motorhome at 7:40 PM, the Moon had just crested the hill to the east, Grabbed my camera. Not bad photos for a hand-held point and shoot camera…

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The cataract surgery on my right eye was accomplished on October 9th and on my left eye of November 6th. On November 12th I’ll go back to see Dr. Pershing for a follow-up post-op exam. On November 25th I’ll travel to the Livermore VA Hospital for an appointment with the optometrist to get my reading glasses. I’m still planning to hit the road on December 1st.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny day and 78 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 78 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…

MU

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

2

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

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled for December 1st.

Note: Today is my cataract surgery day for my left eye. Mary and I will depart here at 8:00 AM and drive the 141 miles to the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. No blog tomorrow. If all goes well, I’ll have a blog entry on Saturday.

During this time I’ll be attending to my cataract surgery, cleaning, routine maintenance and minor repairs to the motorhome and Bronco in addition to assisting Mary with her activities. None of these items are particularly exciting to write about…so…instead I’ll be showing Picasa Web Albums from our 682 day, 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States. It was Mary’s second circumnavigation and the sixth for myself.

Unless we do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily. So come back tomorrow.

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_Pleasant,_West_Virginia

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

Point Pleasant, West Virginia

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

The cataract surgery of my right eye was conducted on October 9th. It appears to have been successful and my last exam on October 24th had it at 20/25, down from 20/200 prior to the surgery. Surgery on my left eye is now scheduled for today.

Yesterday was a sunny day and 74 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 75 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…

MU

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

2

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

Ashland, Kentucky

November 5, 2014

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled for December 1st.

During this time I’ll be attending to my cataract surgery, cleaning, routine maintenance and minor repairs to the motorhome and Bronco in addition to assisting Mary with her activities. None of these items are particularly exciting to write about…so…instead I’ll be showing Picasa Web Albums from our 682 day, 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States. It was Mary’s second circumnavigation and the sixth for myself.

Unless we do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily. So come back tomorrow.

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashland,_Kentucky

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

Ashland, Kentucky

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

The cataract surgery of my right eye was conducted on October 9th. It appears to have been successful and my last exam on October 24th had it at 20/25, down from 20/200 prior to the surgery. Surgery on my left eye is now scheduled for tomorrow.

Yesterday was a partly sunny day and 61 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 74 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…

MU

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

2

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

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled for December 1st.

During this time I’ll be attending to my cataract surgery, cleaning, routine maintenance and minor repairs to the motorhome and Bronco in addition to assisting Mary with her activities. None of these items are particularly exciting to write about…so…instead I’ll be showing Picasa Web Albums from our 682 day, 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States. It was Mary’s second circumnavigation and the sixth for myself.

Unless we do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily. So come back tomorrow.

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keeneland

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

Keeneland Race Track, Lexington, Kentucky

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

The cataract surgery of my right eye was conducted on October 9th. It appears to have been successful and my last exam on October 24th had it at 20/25, down from 20/200 prior to the surgery. Surgery on my left eye is now scheduled for November 6th.

Yesterday was a partly sunny day and 65 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 68 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…

MU

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

2

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

Amazing Amazon

November 3, 2014

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled December 1st.
Mary emailed this to me a few days ago and being an ex-engineer who orders from Amazon on a somewhat regular basis…I found it really interesting and I thought I’d share it with you…
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No one with a shopping cart walks around gathering items for shipment………..
Scroll Down to see how Amazon is filling your orders…
Best watched on your computer for the larger screen.
Be sure to read the script between the pictures before watching the video.
Ever order something online from Amazon?  Here’s what happens…

Watch the video at the end.

As the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon needs somewhere to put all of those products.
The solution?  Giant warehouses.  Eighty to be exact.  Strategically located near key shipping hubs around the world.

The warehouses themselves are massive, with some over 1.2 million square feet in size (111,484 sq m).  And at the heart of this global operation are people (over 65,000 of them), and a logistics system known as chaotic storage.

Chaotic storage is like organized confusion.  It’s an organic shelving system without permanent areas or sections.  That means there is no area just for books, or a place just for televisions (like you might expect in a retail store layout).  The product’s characteristics and attributes are irrelevant. What’s important is the unique barcode associated with every product that enters the warehouse.


Every single shelf space inside an Amazon warehouse has a barcode.  And every incoming product that requires storage is assigned a specific barcode that matches the shelf space in which it will be stored.  This allows free space to be filled quickly and efficiently.


At the heart of the operation is a sophisticated database that tracks and monitors every single product that enters/leaves the warehouse and keeps a tally on every single shelf space and whether it’s empty or contains a product.

There are several key advantages to the chaotic storage system.  First is flexibility with chaotic storage, freed-up space can be refilled immediately.  Second is simplicity.  New employees don’t need to learn where types of products are located.  They simply need to find the storage shelf within the warehouse.  You don’t need to know what the product is, just where it is.  Lastly is optimization.  Amazon must handle millions and millions of orders.  That means that at any given moment there is a long list of products that need to be ‘picked’ from the shelves and prepared for shipment.  Since there is a database that knows every product required for shipment and the location of each product inside the warehouse, an optimized route can be provided to employees responsible for fulfilment.

Since Amazon deals with such a wide variety of products there are a few exceptions to the rule.
Really fast-moving articles do not adhere to the same storage system since they enter and leave the warehouse so quickly.  Really bulky and heavy products still require separate storage areas and perishable goods are not ideal for obvious reasons.

In this storage system a wide variety of products can be found located next to each other,
a necklace could be located beside a DVD and underneath a set of power tools.  This arbitrary placement can even help with accuracy as it makes mix-ups less likely when picking orders for shipment.

Overall it’s a fascinating system that at its core is powered by a complex database yet run by a simple philosophy.  It’s Chaotic Storage.  There’s no better way to put it.

Now that you have a basic idea of what they do and
how they do it – here is a video of the system at work.
An interesting aside to this story is that Amazon hires RVers during heavy seasonal workload times. You can read about that element of this story by clicking this link…http://abcnews.go.com/Business/amazon-opens-rv-park-seasonal-workers-campbellsville-kentucky/story?id=12278265
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I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE STORY.

The cataract surgery of my right eye was conducted on October 9th. It appears to have been successful and my last exam on October 24th had it at 20/25, down from 20/200 prior to the surgery. Surgery on my left eye is now scheduled for November 6th.

Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny day and 58 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 65 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…

MU

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

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled for December 1st.

During this time I’ll be attending to my cataract surgery, cleaning, routine maintenance and minor repairs to the motorhome and Bronco in addition to assisting Mary with her activities. None of these items are particularly exciting to write about…so…instead I’ll be showing Picasa Web Albums from our 682 day, 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States. It was Mary’s second circumnavigation and the sixth for myself.

Unless we do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily. So come back tomorrow.

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Roses

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

Four Roses Distillery, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

The cataract surgery of my right eye was conducted on October 9th. It appears to have been successful and my last exam on October 24th had it at 20/25, down from 20/200 prior to the surgery. Surgery on my left eye is now scheduled for November 6th.

Yesterday was a cloudy/rainy day and 65 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 62 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…

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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

2

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

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