Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sunny Cool Day Spent Inside Verizon Store



  Too tired to add pics tonight. 

  My free Obama cell phone died. I had been told a few times that my voice was sounding mechanical and today it would make a call and receive calls, but only blips and burps being heard by caller. So after a trip to BJ's for food and putting them away, I walked down to the corner Verizon store. I wanted a small android type of smart phone. 

  About six hours later I had way overpaid and walked home with a new phone, wireless charger and other stuff. It is a low end LG V 30+. After all the hat tricks etc, I paid $ 185 today and my monthly bill will go up $ 7 a month. That got me a phone that works and still fits in my pocket and a new tablet that uses 4G LTE on my unlimited plan. It is a freebie for Christmas, but is mighty handy as I do not have internet yet.


  Nephew Dave will not be visiting us for Christmas as his job is only giving them the 24th and 25th off. He is still working 16 hour days 7 days a week. This will be his first break in several months. Hopefully the job will end in Feb and he will be unemployed for six months or so. Being a startup engineer is a tough job.

 Last night was a great boat parade after dark on the island. Much improved from the last one we watched and over 200 boats very well decorated. We then enjoyed Chick-Fil-A and drove around the island to see lights. 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Enjoyed cool weather and no crowds inside Disney World



  This has been three fun days. Kathy got Fast Passes and we used extra hours to enjoy more rides. The weather has been dry and on the chilly side which is great. The low amount of people was great, but kiss that goodbye as kids get off school for Christmas.




  We came home late Thursday night and I drove 70-75 mph all the way. Today I checked the oil and it is still at the full mark. It has been 300 miles since adding Zmax ( Avblend) to the engine oil. Will keep driving and checking but hopefully the massive oil loss has gone away.



Saturday, December 8, 2018

Car Having Problems



  Finally had a cool morning to attack the jungle in the tiny back yard. I have a clear path to the rear fence gate on the left side of the bird of paradise palm and need another day to do the right side. 

  Weeds and vines grow like crazy here in the summer. I work until I am hot and take a break, a motivated gardener would have it all cleaned up in four hours.



  Kathy has spent the last two days doing volunteer work with dogs and found it quite rewarding. We did a behind the scenes tour at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park and got to see all the barns and vet facilities that are needed to keep all those critters happy and healthy. 



  We are still in the eat out mode as we have spent so little time in the Cabana. That will end soon as we will be hanging out here for Christmas and sleeping here many nights in a row. The vacation binge will start again on 14 Jan 2019 and run until the end of Feb. So we will be here for March and April and fly home early May.



  It is nice to be able to walk to a good restaurant and eat a good meal and walk back to the Cabana. The car is starting to use oil and it never did before, with just under 208 K miles on it now, I really hope I can get 250 K miles out of it. If not, we can walk to diner anyway.



  The oil consumption is a quart every 150 miles and it started on this last trip to St Augustine. It has always gone over 4K miles without using a quart. I am perplexed as to what happened, but suspect a broken ring. I had it put on a lift and the engine outside is dry and no sign of an oil leak under the car.  A sudden change in oil use is not a good sign on aircraft or cars. To be continued......

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

St Augustine is a fun city to visit


 We both enjoyed a mid 60's Sunny day here. This cold front has taken all the humidity away. Been doing the tourist haunts again. I love the old fort and town area.

 I enjoyed my hour flying up, down, sideways,and upside down in the Extra 300L. Allan is a good instructor.

 We have another day here and then drive 123 miles back to the Cabana.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Bought A Used Nikon D-7100 Camera

A road in need of fixin

 I have been unable to repair my old D-7100 camera I dropped in the Galapagos. I had also forgot to bring my D-7200 with me. So all my pics have been with a free smart phone and a throw away pocket camera. I went looking for a D-3400 and then found a D-7100 factory checked body for $ 400 with free shipping. It did not come in time for the Key West trip but was here when we got back.


Making Christmas


 It looks new and smells new. After charging the battery and putting my Nikor 70-300 mm lens on it and a memory chip, I took a few test pics and so far it appears to work well. 







  We have recovered from the 400 mile drive yesterday and it will take a while to get used to this 85 degree 95 % humidity. I thought about starting on my tiny backyard jungle and before I even cut anything, gave up and retreated to the nice Air Conditioning inside. I love having a Cabana to return to.




 I hope to use the pics Kathy took and make a post that shows what the National Park looks like. It may happen someday as I am one lazy guy.




  We leave for St Augustine and plan to enjoy the city lights from a boat again. I have two flying lessons scheduled with an instructor I like. My goal is to learn to fly correctly in a few years. I know it might not be possible but plan to enjoy trying.

 If I can keep it going I want two hours with Alan in Florida and two hours with Scott in Las Vegas each year. I enjoy learning with both of them as they are on the same page in how to fly a airplane. 

Saturday, December 1, 2018

We Are Back At Cabana As Aftershocks Still Shake Our Home



  Our mini trip to Key West and Dry Tortugas National Park was most enjoyable.The weather was cool and dry which made wifey very happy. We stayed four nights in a Navy townhouse which made walking to the NP ferry, bakery, and Booze Cruise catamaran very easy. 





  I took another tour of the USCG Cutter and used my GoPro as I am trying to get used to it. Kathy enjoyed the Key West Museum as she had no interest in a war ship. Afterwards we had a simple cheap lunch and I got a call from a friend about the 7.0 Earth Quake that hit our home town of Anchorage. Our friend checked our house and says only minor damage and all appears well.

  I just talked with my next door neighbor and they are still getting aftershocks in the high 5 levels every few hours. She was most upset that high winds in the 50's is melting the nice snow and the current temp is 49 degrees. So happy to be here in Florida and missing all that.





  Neither of us snorkeled at the park but Kathy did walk in the water after she found her way out of the fort. Yep, she got lost. The place is giant and all three levels can be explored. The bricks were made in Georgia and the fort was built in the 1850's . It is the largest I have seen and had a city within it's walls. The Ferry we took is a twin diesel catamaran and travels at 20 knots. They serve breakfast and a very nice lunch.






It is 75 degrees here on the island at 9 pm and we will be here two nights and then off on another mini vacation. This Snow Bird Life Is Tough But Someone Has To Do It.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Chillin In Key West Florida

  It took nine hours to drive here due to a big traffic accident.

  Check in went great and we are happy to be relaxing in our townhouse. It is breezy and cloudy but should be sunny tomorrow.

Update
The roosters perform at 06:01 hrs, it is a sunny breezy day and 67 degrees, feels chilly for Key West. Simple day planned walking to Mallory square and back.

Update:
65 was the high today and the 20 mph winds from the North made it a bit chilly for shorts. We had two good walks, got tickets for a sunset booze cruise on Friday, and enjoyed a good lunch at the Mexican place we like.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Flew a P-51D a second time



  It was a stormy rainy day but after a weather hold, I got to fly again. I went up with Lee who has the most hours of anyone in a P-51 and flies airshows year around. He will surpass 10 K hours as PIC doing acrobatics in P-51's this Winter. That is a record he is sure to hold a long time.




  He is a very nice man and more than happy to let me know when I did something stupid. Since he is the owner I asked if I could make the takeoff even though we had just met. He mulled it for a while and said yes, he would trust me to do  that.




 So he started the big Merlin and let it warm up and then gave commands as to where to taxi to etc. After engine run-up I taxied onto the center-line, confirming the tail wheel was locked and came to a stop. I ran engine up to 30 inches, checked gauges and trim and looked outside and released brakes. More power was slowly added until 55 knots and I pushed stick forward to lift tail. A lot of quick rudder work needed at that point and then keep adding power to 55 inches and at 150 knots pull back a lot on the stick and it flies off the runway, Lee retracted the gear and away we went. 

  After stalls,loops, rolls, barrel rolls, 4 point rolls, and many wing overs it was time to go back. It was a low G event < 4 g, except for one really messed up roll that required a 6 G boarder line stall pullout. The plane gets very fast quickly pointed at the ground with high power settings. I did not let that happen again and was happy our imaginary ground was at 9500 feet. I recovered at 7000 feet or 3500 feet under ground.

  It was a fun and safe flight and I hope to do another one in a year or so. We have been staying inside Disney World and so happy Kathy made all those fast pass reservations as the parks are busy and full, just not ultra crowded like Christmas week. 

  Happy Thanksgiving!


 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Took A Drive To Get Out Of Cabana



  Today I just needed to get outside. These injuries and Doc's instructions to stay off my feet just pushed me too far. I was able to walk to end of driveway and back, so I went for a drive. It was a windows and top down kind of day and it felt great. Kathy wanted to come along so we stayed on the back roads and went to see if any birds were in the wetlands yet. ( real mission was Krystal Hamburgers.)

  Kathy enjoyed a two mile walk over the high bridge as I enjoyed those yummy little burgers. 

Then we drove through the park and saw hundreds of egrets and many tri-colored herons and a few wood storks. No great blue herons or spoon bills or coots seen and only one ibis. The normal winter gang was not there today.

  I am doubtful of my being able to take a flight as my knee and right foot are still on the mend. I sure wish I had not slipped on the wet ice and hurt myself three hours before flying out on vacation. 

 The car is running fine and hopefully will take us to Disney World tomorrow. The plan is to get my scooter and check into the resort and after settled in, take resort transportation to Hollywood Studios where I have fast pass for Rocking Roller Coaster, Toy Story and Tower of Terror. Then back to the resort. After that I should have a better idea if I can climb up and into a airplane with a chute on my back.

 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Black & Blue and still hurt all over



  The Doc was great but it will take a while to heal. Ice falls hurt many people, this is my 4th.

  Kathy made scooter reservation for our Disney trip Monday, $87 for four days is a good price. Our Thanksgiving with family fell apart this year due to others health problems. I sure hope I can climb into a P-51 next Tuesday. You can make plans and most times they work and this time they did not.

  The weather is dry and mid 60's to low 70's for a few days. That is a lot better than the high 80's and 100% humidity we had when we arrived. I saw on the news that that front caused a lot of ice and snow across the country as it passed. 

  I have not been outside to meet the neighbors. We have at least two new ones as military guys got new assignments and moved on. 

  Kathy walked to Zumba exercise today and then to Publix for turkey subs, which made a good lunch. She is enjoying walking in these great temps. Walk ability is what she likes best about the Cabana, within a half mile is: Burger King, Wells Fargo Bank, Walgreen's, Super Target, Dollar Store, ALDI, Publix Grocery, Booze store, 5 restaurants, library and two ice cream shops. 

  The news tonight showed the giant Moon rocket is now inside that big hanger Orion built about three miles from here. They plan to launch in 2021 so I hope I am around to see it fly. 

  So all is well with the Cabana and Car this year. Last year was rough as car and Cabana air conditioning were not working when we came here from the airport. Nice to be back to normal.

Gee Wiz: Ally Bank has raised basic saving account interest to 2% APY. A note to consider in the past 50 years when short term interest is higher than 5 to 7 year interest, a stock market crash happened. Just something to think about.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Fell On Ice And I hurt A Lot



  That long flight sure takes a toll on me. We got here early last night and checked the stored car and it would not start due to a bendix not holding. All else looked OK, so we went to get milk and two subs for dinner. I heard an alarm bleeping when I got out of the rental car, not blaring like last year. I went inside and entered the code and it quit. The message said unit has failed, call support ASAP. Well that was just dandy.

  The house was still clean and we had an abundance of spiders. We have never had spiders, but there were no roaches, flying things etc, perhaps they are good to have around. Kathy cleaned the Cabana today and found two dead lizards and one dead white frog. No other bugs found except what was in spider webs which she tore down. Hope those spiders do not gang up on me for that.

  The back yard (20X25)  is a jungle and will take a lot of work to clean up.

  The temps were in the high 80's with 100% humidity today and that is supposed to change to mid 70's tonight for the next week or so.

  I played with the car starter and the bendix started working like it should and I aired the tires up and had the oil changed. Then I drove it around for a while and Kathy drove it to the airport where I had returned the rental van. It is still doing fine so far with 207, 457 miles on it. We are starting to consider a replacement car just in case this one dies someday. 

  Now for the bad news.... On the day we left I was running the three errands that were held until the end. It was mid 20's F light rain and about 4 inches of ice on ground. I was wearing good Winter boots but I fell face first onto the ice. I am still in pain and my foot is being a real problem and my knee is second. The hands and elbows are sore and the bang on my head may still be a problem. Kathy is taking me to a hospital tomorrow to be checked out. It was a hard fast crash and has hurt a lot. I got skinned up and big bruises abound. I left Alaska a day late from my point of view.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Happy Armistice Day




  One hundred years ago Armistice Day happened and WWI the war of wars was over. As we now know, it was not the war to end all wars as was hoped. 

  This is also Veterans Day to thank all who served in the military.

  It is also the date I chose to end my working for money at 11 AM. I wanted a time my feeble mind would remember so 11-11-11 at 11 am was when I quit the rat race. Today marks seven years not working and having more money and time to spend enjoying life.



  We went to the free meal offered by Texas Road House and the food was very good. I thank them and all the other places who offer a free meal to Vets on this day.



  I am about half packed and we only have to return our library books and internet modem before our neighbor takes us to the airport for our flight to Orlando.


Book I should have read and studied before my last flight



  This last week I had lunch with the seven people I stay in touch within Alaska. I know a few more but they were not available. So my goodbyes for this year are complete.

 Our beautiful snow is now like mashed potatoes as the temps have left the teens and pushing 40 tonight. It is 35 degrees right now and rain is in the forecast. yea.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Snow Squeaks Now




  Yesterday was a fun time playing with Cliff out at his very nice heated hanger. It will still be a while before his 1957 C-172 is ready to fly with its new O-360 180hp engine. He decided to go to all glass panel in this old bird and there is a lot of sensors to wire up. He suspects it will fly again next June.





 I enjoyed relearning how to rivet correctly and set about 30 rivets in his cowling. I may get to finish the job on Saturday if all works out. I have not done this type of work since I owned two airplanes. 




 My Doc appointment went OK and then got our votes cast without a line. We had dinner with our friends tonight and that was fun also. 


A much-improved airbox over what I had on my planes


 It has been too cold for me to enjoy going shooting, so I think that is over for 2018. The helicopter is still frozen, so next year for that also.


Enjoyed a concert 


 I think I have two lunches with old friends and an afternoon at the air museum left to do this week. Then a haircut and pack my suitcase. 

CD Rates 11-7-2018, getting worth using again.



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

14 Degrees & Two Trick or Treaters



  The two kids who braved the cold to make it down our street got 4x the candy from me. I sure do not need to eat all I bought. This is the first year we have not had at least 6 groups of kids. Guess the kids know this is geezer street.  It is forecast to be single digits overnight with a low of four.

  Kathy and the neighbors went for a walk behind the house on this sunny 20-degree day. They looked like artic trekkers as they went into the woods. I chose to stay inside and hold my lazyboy down. I had been outside already and knew how icy it had become and wanted nothing to do with a walk.

 The helicopter I fly is covered with ice and there is hope that high temps and rain forecast for Sunday will set it free. Time will tell if I get up again.

 Both vans are in our garage and all is ready for a cold Winter at the home. We still have until 2200hrs on 12 November to enjoy this cold and snow and then storm and rain and ice that follows.


 We have two concerts left to hear and a few lunch farewells with friends before we leave. I also have one Doc appointment to go to. Time was zipping by and is now slowing to a crawl in my mind, no idea why. Then again my mind is a strange place.

 UPDATE: TV poll says 78% of people polled had zero or way less trick or treaters this Halloween.

17 degrees too cold for me



  Today the helicopter ride canceled again and I suspect my flights are over for the year. The news reported over 250 cars had slick street accidents. So we did a little driving today to see a movie and do the library and tiny shopping. It should warm up to freezing over the weekend. I still have to put the Fawcett covers on and then will be done with outside. Both vans are in the garage and for the first time, I am leaving them needing an oil change. 

  It has always been my habit to change the oil in all engines before leaving them for 6 months. This year I put the mower away with old oil and then the newer FWD minivan and now thinking of doing the same with the AWD minivan. So oil changes will be needed when we get back.

  I got an email today confirming my flight in a P-51D Mustang when I get to Florida. They still cost $3350 for an hour. We spent some time on the phone getting reservations corrected and confirmed. This planning takes a lot of work.

  It appears we will not spend much time at all in our Florida Cabana. There are many resorts and mini trips planned and about 20 nights in the old camper on the beach in Oceanside California. Should be quite a fun winter.


Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2018

4 inches of White Heavy Snow



  The snow did come all day Sunday and through the night. Auto body shop owners are so happy I am sure. The first snow usually has over 100 crashes on the nightly news and with this being the Monday commute perhaps more. A lot of people forget how to drive on the ice during the Summer and we get a lot of new people up here each year who have never driven on snow or ice. 

 Update: just over 6 inches snow at home AND 6:30 news says over 100 accidents responded to by police. The total will be high.

  Our plan is to stay at home where it is nice and warm.

  We have 14 nights to sleep up here before Florida.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Too Windy To Fly Today



  I awoke early and thought for sure I would be up in a helicopter in the mountains behind my home today. A phone call canceled that planned event. The pilot I fly with had just got down from a flight and said he was not going up again today because of bad turbulence above 800 feet. He will go up with me next week sometime, even though it will be colder. 

  A new high temp was set yesterday but it is 37 degrees at 7 PM and this storm is bringing colder temps with it. SNOW is finally in the forecast for tomorrow although it should not stick.

Update: 30 degrees at ten PM. Had a bear on our deck tonight also.

  I had spent Thursday with an old coworker who is now doing a better job of adjusting to life without a job. He will be flying down to warmer states to visit his daughter for a few weeks and that should help him disconnect also. Slipping into retirement requires planning for activities also.

  We still have 17 nights before we sleep in Florida for the Winter. Sure hope things start out better for me than last year.

  Before December 1st will be 59 years old and my middle brother 66 and my oldest brother will be 73. As a kid, I thought my uncles were ready to be put out to pasture at these ages. Kinda funny how thoughts change as we grow older.

  Yesterday I sighted in a new scope on my plinking rifle. It will put 4 rounds into a 1/2 inch square at 100 yards. It is just a cheap fixed 9X scope and great for plinking. I had to wear thermal underwear for that activity.

 That is all we have been up to lately.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Quite A Spendy Day



   It was a chilly breezy overcast rainy day that so much money got spent. Shopping for beer & wine for 21 days cost $ 93. Then grocery was $ 123 as the home was pretty empty. I got the 1995 red van back from the shop after getting fuel pump replaced and new spark plugs to replace the ones that came new in the engine, new plug wires also. The bill was $ 910 with the military discount, not bad considering it uses a very expensive fuel pump. 

  The man said it was mechanically solid, but had quite a bit of body rust. I told him it was a 1995 model and I like to keep cars 20 years. He suggested I start using a calculator.

  Then the furnace man showed up and showed me how to replace the zone valve if one should fail in the future. That was $ 250 and well worth it. He was amazed the furnace had been in service 2 years longer than he had been alive. If this one dies he can replace it for $ 8500 for everything.

  After he left we got cleaned up and went to a great show called The Book Of Mormon. It is a very funny play and I am sure it equally offended everyone. If it plays near you, go see it. 

  The only cheap thing was the library got the book I had been looking for. I will be reading for a few days.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Pics Taken On Vegas Strip



  Just some pics I shot one day while walking down the strip.



  Room rates are below low at this end of the strip since the concert shooting or so I was told.



  Our first stay was $ 25 a night + resort fee & tax and came with 2 buffets each day. Our second stay was free except resort fee and tax and had no food. They still give free beer if you are standing near a slot machine and tip well.




There is a tram that runs to Mandalay Bay from two casinos but streetwalking was fine with the weather we had.





  We did a lot of walking.










  Here at home, I did a lot of nothing. Kinda enjoyed it.







  We went all the way to the giant wheel that you can ride and be above everything. It was a fun 30-minute ride and we thought it would be best to ride it now before something taller is built.







 The High Roller is a 30-minute nice ride with a view in all directions. It is not scary at all, even though you are over 500 feet high at the top. 

 The balls are held by ball bearings in the band around them, that and the heavy weights under the floor keep it level all the time. There is no sense of motion as you travel around the loop.





Friday, October 19, 2018

Anchorage Says Goodbye to 50's. Getting cooler slowly



  I awoke not knowing where or what time it was. Travel does that to me sometimes and it did not help my phone thought it was still in Las Vegas.

  My day has been trying to fix the broken zone valve on my furnace. I will have a plumber come to fix it on Tuesday.  That will cost some money. 

  The tow truck came and carried my rust bucket yet great 1995 AWD Dodge Grand Caravan to the shop to have it's electric fuel pump replaced. I should get it back in a week and early estimate is $ 900 for the repair. 

  My old coworker friend has decided he just cannot tolerate retirement and is going back to work in two weeks. Retirement is just not for everyone. 

  The airplane training ride did not go so well for me but here is the link.https://youtu.be/VaGs_23AJcE


  We are in for a few days of rain and the temps will stay in the 40's.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Vacation Over 42 degrees at 10PM in Anchorage



  This was one great vacation getaway for us. Everything went fine and we both had a good time. The Cirque Du Soleil show Beatles Love is very enjoyable to see. All the concerts and shows we saw were very good. 

  It will be a few days before I know what this adventure cost us, but whatever the amount, it was worth it.

  Being home again feels good and we will soon be off to bed. We used UBER a lot on this trip and that is how we got home from the airport.

  The GoPro video of my attempts at an inverted flat spin in an Extra 330L did come out, yet I do not think I will post on my youtube site for my brother. I watched it twice and have feelings of nausea now. Much more practice is needed and the vertical exit is just there for my own training. It was to get me over the fear of adding full power while diving straight at the ground. It goes against the normal good judgment and takes repetition to get used to it.  All airshow pilots do it regularly in every act and are totally used to it. 

 I hope to get good at acrobatics in a few years or at least have fun trying.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Back in La s Vegas

  After a less than 5 hour drive, we are in Vegas again. We have discovered it is cheaper to fly into Vegas and stay four days and then drive to Oceanside California for four nights and drive back to Vegas for three nights and fly home.

  It has been acro batic flights, shows, concerts, walks on the beach and more shows and great food on this mini vacation.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Reservations and Santa Anna Winds



  The 312 mile drive from Las Vegas to Oceanside California was quite scenic and easy. The camper started right up but it had been in an accident since we parked. The big new camper that had been on my right was gone and had taken the right front bumper off my old camper.

 Anything that happens in the storage lot is fault free. Most of the plastic was still there so it will be screen wire and epoxie fix for now.

 We enjoyed mahi tacos and craft micro beer last night. Today will be another brewery.

  Other than 20 to 35mph winds with sand, all is Sunny and 75 here. Update, winds gone by 4 pm.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Enjoying Las Vegas

 We had a good flight down and used Urber to hotel. A $ 50 meal finished our travel day. Then it was up early to be taken to my flight instruction.

  I wish I could say I became a pro at something, that was not in my cards. I will be back many times to master the maneuvers I want. I did ten inverted flat spins and something was wrong with each one. The concept is burned into my mind. Doing it is another thing.

  I totally failed at 100 kt snap rolls. On a good note the instructor never took the controls, he did really want a beer after landing though.

 Shows and good food have been our pastimes since then.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Putting Things Away For Old Man Winter

Only drove it 88.7 miles this summer


  Another young man died riding a bike like this. They are intense fun as they are so overpowered. The US Army SSgt was traveling very fast and lost control and hit a light pole. One hundred miles per hour is so easy to exceed on one of these. 


  Mine is now packed away and the battery is on trickle charge for the winter. The front wheel only came off the pavement once and it was by accident ( got too close to the power band.) I stayed below the power band on all but one ride. 




  Today a quick moving storm front canceled our helicopter flightseeing ride. So I got a haircut and we did the BX and library. I came home and cleaned the lawn mower and ran it out of gas. I then drained the water hose and put it away. We have not had any cold weather yet but by the time we come back from Las Vegas, it very well could be below freezing.


  Tomorrow will be take recycles down to the collection center. After that possibly another helicopter ride and then packing our suitcases for travel.

Update: canceled helicopter ride and got recycles down to the collection center, returned library items, mailed important stuff and put bicycle and grill away. Packing has been tonight's job.

  We fly out early in the morning on Wednesday. It is a getaway week planned long ago and we will see several shows, blow $50 on a 'one arm bandit' and take a desert drive in a rental car. There will be quite a bit of excessive good eating done also.

  That is all we are up to at this time.