Posts Tagged With: Sacramento

ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE.

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I attended the Resistance Event against the Electoral College on the steps of the Sacramento State Capitol. People in every state were rallying, though only six showed up in Madison, Wisconsin, and Trump supporters tell us to “quit whining”. People are disgusted to think a candidate can win 2.8+ million votes, but  because of the way the electoral college works, her opponent won the election. He is our president too and people are fearful of his destructive agenda so this rally looks more like a hate Trump rally. The crowd grew from 400 to over 1,000 people.

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My daughter Virginia and I attended together. I was hoping to meet with a friend Galen Hazelhofer and the first person she ran into was Virginia. Galen is on the right. In such a big mob of people I was amazed we connected. And, speaking of the big mob of people, the organizers were concerned about violence. But there was none at this morning to afternoon event but the night before, 150 people protested and closed a couple of streets and took over a tower in downtown Sac. They were all anti-Trump. As many of you know, my co-blogger is a Trump supporter while I stand in the opposite camp. I think if people make an effort to at least consider other’s points of view, we have a better chance of building a better and stronger democracy.

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The organizers encouraged us to talk to Trump supporters and figure out what we have in common and where we largely differ. Two Trump supporters showed up at the rally. Virginia interviewed the man above and they talked for about twenty minutes. The young man was articulate, kind, sincere, educated and a veteran. I thought he had courage to come in the face of so many Anti-Trump people in evidence. His support comes from his veteran beliefs and that Obama did not do enough for vets. His friend was the opposite end of the spectrum, basically a war monger. Kind of like Allen West who quoted Trump’s choice of “Mad Dog Mattis” for Secretary of Defense: “Obama fired him (Mattis) to save the Muslims, Trump hired him to exterminate them.” And, “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”  Taken out of context I’m not sure what that means, but saying those things publicly doesn’t give me confidence in Trump’s choices.

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Even so, the rally wasn’t about hate. There were exhortations-do not revert to violence, anger and hate, but to build on what we know is good and protest vocally what we know is not good. And that probably sums it up best.

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The organizers brought a Russian journalist to the podium. She declared that Putin considers the United States their worst enemy. Her message was clear. Make no mistake, Putin is not our friend. He made Europeans wonder why a U.S. President would give Putin any sort of gesture of approval after the slaughter at Aleppo.

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The organizers brought a woman from Berlin who wanted to tell the world that after the Berlin Wall fell, East Germany was a drag on the economy, no decent infra-structure, crumbling buildings; a fearful, mistrustful, population. It took years and a lot of investment to heal the rift and bring the country to unity. Let’s not let that happen to us.

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A famous science professor described the attack Trump’s agenda will have on climate change. He chose for the Environmental Protection Agency a person who claims climate change doesn’t exist, it’s a hoax. No wonder people are angry about Trump’s shortsightedness. Hundreds of environmental organizations have charted and changed toxic rivers into healthy streams; protected corals from acidic oceans;  introduced native fish, wolves, birds and a multitude of threatened species to their original habitat and made visible, measurable, positive differences to our shared space. Corporations who have changed their business models to account for climate change have not spoken up or made suggestions to Trump. But, they know it is less expensive to accommodate climate change  and move forward than to clean up afterword.

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Of course, that isn’t going to happen, but that was the mood and what should have happened, in my opinion and many others.  And, early, before so many people showed up, I counted 5 wheelchairs. What a testament to courage and commitment.

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The organizers brought Christi Pelosi, a member of the Electoral College who spoke about the way it operates in California and how it operates in some other states. It is obvious that such a divided electoral college and its upside down results does not represent the majority of voters.  It is an antiquated bill from 1787 that established the electoral college. I always thought the electoral college bill was established on the premise of the founding fathers belief the uneducated peasants didn’t know enough about what was going on in their country to be trusted to vote. But it wasn’t against uneducated peasants. It was to protect slavery and ensure that blacks did not vote. What a shame that people cannot get over bigotry. Blacks to this day do not get fair treatment in a country that is a beacon of freedom to the world.

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These dogs were very popular at the rally. When Virginia and I left at 2:00, the protestors were marching around the State Capitol, and by the time we got into our car to head for home, the March completely surrounded the capitol. I was very disappointed in the early footage of the rally in the Sacramento Bee. They didn’t see the half of it.

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Nicolaus to Murphys, California

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 113 miles from Nicolaus to Mary’s home at Murphys, California.

I’m expecting to depart November 30th. While here, I’ll do routine maintenance, minor repairs and major cleaning of the Bronco and motorhome.

Today’s Subject…Nicolaus to Murphys, California…

 

I knew of three stops I needed to make along the way…so I departed the campground early…7:20 AM…

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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The downside of an early start is getting caught in the morning rush-hour traffic. I’ve often wondered why it’s called rush-hour when it moves so slowly.  🙂 In the below photo I’m several miles north of Sacramento in a 65 mph zone rolling along at 20 mph…

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The first stop was at a truck/RV wash. The motorhome was quite dirty and ready for this happening. The initial wet-down…

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I do not allow the large rotary brushes which tend to remove decals…so I pay a few bucks extra for a hand-wash. Four Mexicans do a good job of scrubbing it down, including the roof, in about 20 minutes…

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The final rinse…

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Nice and clean once again…

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After a gas top at Costco I proceeded about 20 miles south to the Lodi RV Center…a Workhorse Chassis Service Center…which I have…

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The two previous mornings I had experienced a temporary loss of engine power for about five minutes which concerned me. It did not occur yesterday. They diagnosed the problem as the first signs of a pending fuel pump failure which is common on the Workhorse Chassis. They added this problem would not leave me stranded on the roadside.

They advised waiting until the problem becomes more prominent as the fuel pump is in the gas tank and the removal and replacement is about a $1,000 job. Something I can look forward it he future. Things like this do not upset me as I view the motorhome as something that works hard to bring me a lot of pleasure. It’s simply a mechanical/electrical device that gets tired after a while. Some money and time fixes the problem and I’m once again on my merry way!  🙂

Yesterday was 86 degrees! YUK! Normally I would not be this far south, this early in the fall season. On October 4th, Mary turned 75 years old and her family is having a 75th birthday party for her tomorrow…and I told her I would be there. So, here I am!

I’m parked in my usual spot. You can see the Bronco in the background…

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and the usual dinette window where I get a partial view of Mary’s bottle collection…

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I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny and 86 degrees. Forecast for destination today is cloudy/sunny and 86 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 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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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…

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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 600 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 works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2015

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Some Farewell Visitors…

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s rental property in Wimer, Oregon.

Mary and I have been busy for the last five days buying lots of items associated with the construction of her rental property here. My military discount on those items and not having to stay in a hotel like she usually does when here…has saved Mary more the $2,500. See Mary smile!  🙂

Mary and I will both depart here later this morning. Mary will head south in her Toyota Prius to Sacramento, California to attend her oldest grandsons college graduation. From there she’ll head home to continue dealing with her over-flowing plate of to-do items.

I’ll head for the Oregon Pacific Coast for about a six-week visit and then into the State of Washington for the summer. My primary goals are to stay in 65-75 degree weather and take maximum advantage of my Thousand Trails membership.

We are now hoping for Mary to rejoin me on the road sometime after July 4th. Our planned trip to Yellowstone National Park and Wyoming will hopefully now occur after the Labor Day holiday.

Last evening we had some farewell visitors…

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…

Two young bucks…

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You’ve heard of Turkey in the straw????

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Well, here’s old Tom Turkey in the grass…

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More Monterey, California photos soon.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was cloudy/sunny and 67 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/sunny and 58 degrees.

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Oregon. 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 600 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 2015

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Thousand Trails Lake Minden RV Resort – Nicolaus, California

Mary is traveling with her 14-year-old grandson on a trip to Turkey. I expect her to catch up with me sometime in mid-May somewhere in Oregon.

Yesterday I drove the 97 miles from Manteca to Nicolaus, California. Most of the trip was on Interstate Highway 5. I have not driven this stretch of I-5 in many years as I normally drive California Highway 99 through this area of California. Yesterday however, I-5 was more convenient. The reason I prefer 99 over I-5 is that it has lesser, slower moving traffic with fewer 18-wheelers.

This first photo below illustrates this. Here you get a unique driver view. The roadway ahead, my rear-view camera monitor and by looking in the rear view mirror you can see some of the traffic volume…

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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Along the way I stopped at the Sacramento 49er Truck/RV Wash. I like to give the vehicles a twice-a-year thorough wash and this is a convenient location at a fair price. The washers are all Mexican who are hard workers and do a very good job. The whole process takes only about 20 minutes and I get the motorhome, including the roof, and Bronco really clean for only $47…

In this first photo you can see an 18-wheelers in the bath process…

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Here’s a reflection photo of the motorhome as seen from the clean 18-wheeler…

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My turn…

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Now a nice and clean motorhome…

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About 30 miles north of Sacramento I arrive at Thousand Trails Lake Minden RV Resort…

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Here’s a Google Earth view image…

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My parking spot…

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And the usual dinette window photo…

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Yesterday was a sunny day at 94 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny at 93 degrees. Too dang hot! I’ll continue my journey north later this morning.

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

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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

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MY FIRST DUTY HOME

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I love being on the road. And, I had to come home, but my first duty home was to stop by my local grocery and grab a six-pack of Black Butte Porter. I was only out for a short stay but a girl’s gotta have access to a decent dark, chewy, hoppy beer once in awhile.  (Jim calls it motor oil.) Even the stores where we shopped didn’t have a decent craft beer I could buy.

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Another thing they didn’t have was an olive bar. Those little French picholines, dark green, spiced Scicilians, Greek, kalamatas,  Spanish sevillanos, luccas, manzanillos,  yummmy.

My trip home was smooth. My cameras was deep in my carry on and I didn’t take pictures from the plane, but the rice fields and canals and flooded fields from the air, gave the impression there is no water shortage in California. All the lakes and reservoirs had yellow soil lines showing how low the levels are. We had never heard of a 500 year drought record until this year. Now we know what it is like. Summer in winter. Not good. So little snow. Time to deepen my well.  Get ready to pay higher food prices as the drought continues.

A group of Churches and faith healers are up on a nearby  peak as I write to send up prayers for rain today. I’m not a believer in such things, but I don’t oppose the effort. Jim’s son is quite willing to send some snow our way, but, as we know that doesn’t work either. Time to move to Alaska, but they don’t have olive bars or BBP there. Whatsa girl to do?

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AGING GRACEFULLY

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Yesterday, I flew from Sacramento to Memphis to resume my favored lifestyle, being a perpetual tourist and blogging about it.  It helps to have the proper tools for our active lifestyle and that demands  good health and physical fitness.  My whole life is now defined by before the accident and after the accident.  I was taking two prescription drugs, blood pressure medication, and prescription strength ibuprofen  as needed for  osteo arthritis. I could climb mountains, bike up hill, swim, walk all day.  Life was good, and still is. At one point after the accident I was taking 13 more drugs. I studied on-line and took myself off most of them.

I’ve had a set back with some intense pain. I’m not using this venue to complain about the accident, but  I’m as frustrated as everyone else  who has gone through test after test and procedure after procedure, poking,prodding, trying this and trying that.  Before leaving home my doctor shot me up with cortisone, six shots, and they aren’t working. I’ll be seeing an acupuncturist in Memphis,  soon.  The bills from the accident are already at 79,000 plus. Luckily I have good insurance.

Unprecedented for me, I chose “Assistance” for my flight and was grateful that I did. Jim calls it aging gracefully, but that isn’t going to fly with me. I’m going to fight it all the way, even if it is going to be a slow recovery.  All through this process I checked with the latest health news through John Hopkins and other leading medical sites and waded through original studies to assess what my doctor was recommending for me. I believe, we have to be our own doctors. With information on-line, we can.

Here is what I am sending to my doctor this morning and my insurance company.  I hope it is sent by you to your doctor and your  insurance company. Maybe we can put some sanity and intelligence back into our medical care so I don’t have to “age gracefully”, but live life at the age I feel, instead of the age I am. This is IDOCTOR.
http://www.nbcnews.com/video/rock-center/50582822#50582822

Be warned this video is lengthy and has a five second ad in front of it.

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watching, I’ll continue to enjoy my pictures of the funky sunset we saw last night: Life is good and it is going to get better.

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