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DSC08239 (Copy)I attended a Calaveras County Arts Co. Music In The Parks event in Arnold. On the way I stopped to visit with my old friend Paul Moeller. He was tired after a day at Big Trees State Park with his caretaker, Nellie. She is a marvelous woman who makes his end-of-life issues tolerable. He talks about hopefully passing on to meet his Martha in heaven-soon. It saddens me but I’m aware of how lucky he is to have so many caring people in his life. He is a legend in our community.

DSC08241 (Copy)Cedar Center Businesses in Arnold built a stage for events, starting with the Arts Council 25 years ago. Cathy Mazzafaro is our current Director, a popular, personable and capable replacement for retiring Mary Jane Genochio.  The only funding for these free concerts comes from donations. I call it small town amazing.

DSC08244 (Copy)The Wicked Sisters is a group of teachers who turned to music. Originally four women, they have a couple of stand-ins for when someone can’t make an event. All of them sing.

DSC08243 (Copy)An amazing variety of instruments are used. A banjo, ukulele, several different guitars, a mandolin, different percussion instruments, tambourine, a shaker.

DSC08249 (Copy)Musical numbers varied from “Summertime,” to rock classics and radio pop tunes, country and folk.  Interesting diversity, such as “My Ex’s Commin’ Back To Me”, and a couple really challenging pieces-I didn’t remember the titles but the music still strums through my mind.

DSC08245 (Copy)I met a couple of friends at the concert, but I made a new friend as well. Her owner told me she listened to everything I said.  (Of course, I told her how pretty and well-behaved she was.)


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My Son Performs In Las Vegas!

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. My scheduled departure date is Friday, February 13th.

Mary continues to be overwhelmed with personal business. I am now not expecting to see her again until I arrive at her home in Murphys, California about the third week in April. It’s just the way things are and we just have to deal with it.

I’ve come to Las Vegas, Nevada several times over the years and have quite thoroughly explored the area. Rather than go back to these various places and re-create the wheel, (unless I do something different and unusual) I’m electing to republish some of my earlier blog entries…or discuss a different topic.

Five days ago I published a Blog entry about my son’s arrival here in las Vegas…

His time here is the primary reason for my being in Las Vegas at this time. I last saw him in August, 2013 during my last circumnavigation of the United Sates (almost two years long and my sixth time around). I last saw him here in Las Vegas in February, 2011.

My only son Jim is now 50 years old. He’s been coming to Las Vegas for the annual World of Concrete Convention for better than 20 years. He was a featured speaker for about 10 of those years at the convention. He is currently the regional sales manager in the northeastern United States for a large concrete corporation.

During this visit he and I got to watch the Super Bowl together in his hotel suite. A nice happening!

In addition to his concrete career field, since a younger man in his late teens, he has become a base guitar player playing with several different bands over the years and playing at area county fairs and drinking establishments…Bars. 🙂 He also does lead and backup vocals.

He has been playing bass guitar for the Association Society of Concrete Contractors Band at this annual convention for about six years. This band only plays one evening a year…at the Kickoff Bash which happened last Monday evening. He emailed me this photo (not mine) that someone took of this group. He’s on the right playing the bass guitar…


Okay, he’s not a show headliner…his name is not on the marquee…but it still allows for pretty neat bragging rights! It’s not every Dad who can claim that his son has performed on the Vegas Strip! 🙂

In my year 2000 archives I found this photo of his annual July 4th Party,  in his backyard in Connecticut. He’s wearing a red shirt and playing his bass guitar…


I’m not sure where he gets his musical talent from…certainly not me. A long time ago I had a guitar for about five years…and finally decided I have no musical talent and sold it hoping it would have a better life with a new owner.

Yesterday I drove him to the airport to catch his flight back home to sub-zero temperatures and 18 inches of snow…with another 18 inches expected next week. In addition to the excessive heat and humidity in the summer time, it’s another reason why I no longer live there! 🙂

The major downside of a Ramblin’ Mans life is not getting to see my family and my many friends on a regular and often basis. It’s just goes with the territory. Fortunately with today’s technology it’s easy to at least have somewhat regular communications.


Yesterday was a sunny/cloudy and 71 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/sunny and 73 degrees.

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


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


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.

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link…

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

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All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

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Cajun Music Jam, Lafayette, Louisiana

Note: Mary flies from Baton Rouge, Louisiana today to her home in California. I’m hoping to get her back with me by mid-April. My current plans are to stay here for a few days and then start SLOWLY drifting north along the Mississippi River to Memphis, Tennessee where I’ll then turn northeast heading for New England. Can’t go north too fast because it’s still cold up there!

The motorhome is currently parked at VFW Post #4224 in Baker, a few miles north of Baton Rouge.

Yesterday was devoted to laundry and other preparations for Mary’s departure later today. Nothing exciting to report there…so today I’ll share what happened last Saturday after we toured Vermillion Ville. If you missed that Blog entry you can read it by clicking this link…

You can read about this Cajun Music Jam weekly event by clicking this link…

As we entered Vermillion Ville we were followed by August Broussard, one of Louisiana’s most famous Cajun musicians. Broussard, 64, plays the accordion, guitar, steel guitar, harmonica and fiddle. He has been playing the traditional style of Cajun music professionally for over 35 years. He was accompanied by his student, 17-year-old Darien Fontaine. We had previously met August Broussard while in Lake Charles during Mardi Gras about a month ago. To read more about August Broussard, the living legend, click this link…

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…


Here are a few photos that I took during the Cajun Music Jam…







You can get the flavor of this Cajun Music Jam by watching my short video by clicking this link…

Cajun Music songs have a tendency to last several minutes. If your feet do not start toe-tapping to this music…you’re dead! A great time was had by all! Mary and I both wished we could be here every Saturday!

Enjoying the Cajun Music Jams 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 Louisiana. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures 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


If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
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