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I’m An Ear-Witness To A Gang Shooting…

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.

The motorhome is parked at Shady Acres Mobile Home and RV Park in Yuma, Arizona. I expect to be here a while hiding out from the cold, wet weather. Average temperatures in January are high 69.6, low 47.6. In February, high 73.8, low 50.1. As nice as Yuma is, I wouldn’t want to be here in August.  🙂


It was last Saturday night…11:30 PM according to my bedside clock. I had just returned to bed after a pee break during my sleep. Despite being a chilly night, I had my bedside window half-way open.

I heard the shots clearly. Pop-pop…pop.pop.pop, then an engine growl followed immediately by a loud boom. I remember, I thought to myself, …sounds like a gang-shooting! In about two-three minutes I heard the police sirens…and I just knew I was right.

Remember, I’m ex-military and have owned a few guns in my life. In addition, I’m an ex-quality control engineer and have a tenancy to pay attention to details.

The pops were pistol shots…louder than a .22 caliber and not as loud as a .50 caliber…probably in the .32 caliber range…there were five of them. The engine growl sounded like a large V-8 in a hurry to move on. The boom was a shotgun not as loud as a 12 gauge…probably a 20 gauge.

I remember telling Mary about the event during our Sunday morning telephone chat…adding the shots sounded about 1/4 (.250) to 1/2 (.500) mile distant. Google earth measures the distance as .328 miles.

The Yuma Police department asked anyone with info to call a case detective. I usually try to limit my interfaces with government agencies whenever possible. At Mary’s urging, I called Monday morning to offer my info. I hope in someway it aids the police in finding the culprits.

One of those six shots took the life of a 15-year-old high school boy who died on Wednesday.


To read the latest news report on this shooting…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…



In the below Google earth image, X marks my location and the red spot marks the area of the shooting… a mere .328 miles away…


What a sad event. A 15-year-old life wasted…for what?   😦

An even tragic statement to what is going on in our scenically beautiful country.



Recently I’ve been running blogs about my 2004 Central America trip. While here I’m intending to continue those postings while also alternating with Yuma area blogs.


 Yesterday was mostly sunny and 70 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly sunny and 71 degrees.

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

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Arizona. 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


My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…


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 600 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…

For more information about my books, click this link:

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2016

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The family left for home this morning and I began the clean-up which I do in stages. Rolling up sleeping bags, pulling bedding, etc. I also decided to spend a bit of time cleaning up my email. I found one on Christmas pictures I thought I’d share.

Most of us like to take  Christmas photos. Sometimes, in the excitement, they don’t turn out well. Then there is the photo set-up for your yearly Christmas card.  A website lists them as  Awkward/Weird Christmas Photos.

Have a look:

We’ve never done a Christmas family picture for a Christmas Card. But, if Santa had a black eye would you still have the picture taken?

Many of these have questionable logic. What were they thinking?

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My cousin, Gary,  is visiting me for a few days. A widower, he is trying to come to terms with a splintered life, making this Christmas different from any other. I spent time last night demonstrating the wonders of the computer. I think I convinced him to buy one and get involved in the on-line community.

I had him laughing at some animated jokes and reality segments that found  their way into my mailbox, one of a cowboy being given a drunk test, probably still out there on Youtube  under the title Best_DUI-Stop Ever. And another of cops stopping people in their underwear. Both  hilarious.

I then had him pick a subject and went to my search engine and found all he needed to know about surplus airplane parts. (His former business.)

We looked at nuggets of wisdom that come through the mail as well as marketing lies and blatant promotions to pick up $30,0000 from a poor immigrant that just needs your signature to get it from the bank.

I enjoyed the cruise through my picture files as well since we share a lot of childhood memories. It dawned on me how much I depend on the internet, for news, information, fact checking of rumors, jokes, beautiful pictures from the greatest photographers in the world. Such a deal in a box. It boggles my brain at how  many people I know who don’t get on the internet highway.

My neighbor popped over with a plate of Christmas cookies and we enjoyed a treat before bed.  Life will move swiftly away from you unless you make an effort to catch it by the tail and fly.






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