The Three Amigos... Sage, Dixie & Wingnut!!!

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    Kittehs & I are watching the Winter Olympics on the curved screen, I'm not a huge fan of figure skating or skiing, but me dear departed mum used to enjoy watching these events, and there IS some serious technical difficulty behind each trick. Moi, I'm an old vertical skateboarder, so I never liked anything strapped to my feet... had to be able to BAIL in emergencies, LOL. And that mogul skiing, that looks downright painful, my ankles hurt just watching the gals take the punishment. No, thanks, I'll pass, that event has ObamaCare written all over it. Skating gnarly vertical pools with no helmet or pads back in the day, no problem... skiing moguls as a washed-up double-nickel dinosaur, "FUHGEDDABOUTIT!!!" Too darned dangerous, 10-4??? :eek:

    WHOA, THAT PAIR WHO JUST SKATED ON ICE PULLED SOME RADICAL TRICKS, DUDE WAS JUST HURLING THAT CHICK IN THE AIR AND SHE WAS SPINNING HORIZONTALLY, THAT WAS AWESOME!!! MOI, I'D WIND UP IN THE E/R, LOL... BETTER STICK TO COLD BEER ON THE LEATHER SOFA, AYE??? :cautious: :confused: :whistle:
     
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    Visited Springerville, Eagar, and Big Lake the other day while pulling a recon of the high country off to the east... took some shots to share with youse knucklehaids. Got some short video clips as well, but I hafta process those, I'll post 'em once I get all that done, 10-4??? Here we go with a few rounds of pics from my recon mission:

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    For many years, me dear departed mum was Registrar for our local chapter of the D.A.R. in Coronado, so when I saw that memorial I took a few shots as a tribute. The white building across the street is the Springerville Post Office.
     
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    Round #2 of recon pics:

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    Gotta like a hotel with John Wayne on the front wall, LOL. That rest area was on the west side of Springerville, I passed it on the way in, then went back to take a pee, but the gate was locked, so I took a photo of the sign before slashing next to the car. The dome is actually a giant indoor gym, guess they have full courts & whatnot in there for year-round use... at first sight, I thought aliens had landed in this small burg, LOL. The other shots were taken on the way to Big Lake, there are dozens of small reservoirs & lakes in the White Mountains, plus a few large ones. Oh, yeah, that beer came outta my cooler while nobody was around, tasted mighty fine with that view of Sierra Blanca Lake. :cool:
     
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    Round #3 of recon pics:

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    Awesome high country venue, Big Lake, up at 9000' elevation with the surrounding country even higher... nobody there on the day I visited, but I'm sure the campgrounds are full every summer, those campgrounds are tucked away in the nearby woods where they belong, AYE??? Bee-yoo-ti-ful scenery, that's for sure, I just wanted to check out this area during my recon mission. More pics up in a moment... o_O
     
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    Round #4 of recon pics:

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    Gotta tell ya, Boyz, that water was a mite chilly, LOL... but clean as well, it's good to know we have so many reservoirs & lakes filled with clean mountain water up here, nothing like that chunky tap water I left behind on the beach in Coronado. :confused:
     
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    Round #5 of recon pics:

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    I left Big Lake and got a mile or so down the twisting entrance road when I realized that I had left the Hero Cam on the hood of the car. They say God watches over drunks & fools, and I was nowhere near drunk so I guess that narrows things down a bit, LOL. The other shots were taken on the way back home, including that ranch gate shot which is awry because I had to hurriedly grab the Canon cam, and that shot of our local ski & snowboard resort which lies a few miles off AZ260. That ski resort is only about 45 minutes from my house, next winter I'm gonna go snowboarding there, the Old Man failed to appear this time around. Since I ran AZ260 back to Show Low, I stopped at Rainbow Lake (as planned) to feed the birds again, more shots of that scene in a moment... :eek:
     
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    Round #6 of recon pics:

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    I like the rugby scrum shots taken every time I tossed a handful of bread crumbs their way, LOL. I also like the honker (or is it a quacker?) that looks like a cow (black & white), that bird is classic, it should have a friggin' bell around its neck, 10-4??? One of those big ol' Canadian Honkers would look good roasting in my oven or on my BBQ grill, LOL. :sneaky: :eek: :whistle:
     
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    Round #7 of pics... not so much recon anymore, LOL.

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    Blasted varmints!!! Gotta give 'em credit, they DID like the birdie shots taken on Rainbow Lake, LOL. Alright, youse dumba$$es... er, I mean youse monkeybiking hee-roes, I'll try to process those short video clips here in a bit, don't wanna miss any Olympic action (except for the boring events, LOL). Got some Johnny Cash soundtracks for those clips, I took my 3 CD set of Johnny Cash with me on the recon, had the tunes cranked in the Mighty Camry en route, don'tcha know??? Nothing like J.C. on those deserted backcountry roads and those deserted lakeshores, 10-4??? :whistle:
     
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    Kittehs & I have been off the web for a day-and-a-half, had to drop-kick the cable TV wankers and set up a new ISP... $160 per month for TV and Internet, PFFFFFFT. "NE-E-E-E-E-XXT!!!" Now we're locked into Internet service at $35 per month (with additional security) for two years, and we're gonna get Hulu or maybe a Fire Stick, haven't checked all our options yet. Anyway, we FINALLY got some rain yesterday, ground is still wet from a good soaking... plus I bagged a few shots of sunset this evening through the tall pines.

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    Here are a couple shots of our dinner last night: Chuck made some kick@$$ pork chops, those potatoes he made were awesome, I threw together a green salad with cottage cheese, and we macked that dee-licious garlic bread too, LOL.

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    Pretty good $h!t, Maynard... LOL. Don't reckon we're gonna starve anytime soon here at the ol' hacienda. It's cool having another good cook here too, makes things easier and mixes up the menu, LOL. Hey, I'll try to process those video clips tomorrow and get 'em posted, the clips of my recent recon mission to Big Lake... never got around to 'em with the ISP switch, 10-4??? Gotta hear the Johnny Cash soundtracks, plus the views are primo, LOL. :eek:

    ALRIGHT, HEE-ROES, I'M OFF TO MAKE SOME CHILI DAWGS, I BBQ'd SOME DAWGS AWHILE BACK SO IT'S LEFTOVERS FOR DINNER TONIGHT, MIGHT HAFTA DICE SOME JALAPENO AND ONION TO GO ATOP THE FIERY HOT CHILI, MAKE FOR SOME SOLID INDIGESTION, WOOHOO!!! BUST OUT THE PEPTO!!! LOL... YOUSE KNUCKLEHAIDS!!! :confused:
     
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    Sidewinder - hope your able to watch some of these crazy Olympic events. Right now I’m watching women’s sliding. 75mph down the icy track, chin guard 1” off the ice, and when the g’s hit 5, it actually slides along the track. Wild!
     
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    I'm hoping to stream some action directly from my computer to the smart TV this evening... don't know if it will work, I'm still in experimental mode. Got some video clips from my recon mission last week, many are extremely short and just give a quick glimpse of the scenery, 10-4? I drove from the tall pines to cedar country to a transitional zone of high desert back to cedar country and the tall pines, all in 45 minutes, LOL... that countryside in the first half dozen videos is up around 7000' but it's dry, only good for range and ranching purposes. We usually get more rain in Show Low, on the Mogollon Rim, discounting this year's drought conditions... one has to go higher in elevation off to the east in order to find tall pines, up above 8000' and 9000' depending upon location & drainage. Anyway, there's a nice clip of Big Lake toward the end, guess I'll break the videos into two posts in case there's a limit. Here we go:











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    Back in a moment with more video clips... these are anything but professional, so bear with me, LOL. :confused:
     
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    Forgot to mention that I was nursing a beer while shooting these clips, LOL... :eek:











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    Meh, no traffic in the boondocks, especially when ya turn off the "main highways"---narrow two-lane blacktop roads wind through the trees and there isn't another soul in sight. I had fun on my recon, I needed to cut loose and cruise for awhile, listening to ol' Johnny Cash and drinking a beer or two. It was all about the freedom, like going back in time to a better era... same way moving to Show Low was like going back in time to a better era. :whistle:
     
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    Forgot to post these pics, had a little fog this morning but it started burning off before I got out there with the camera...

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    Supposed to get more rain and possibly some snow this weekend, which is good news, we can use every bit of it in these drought conditions. Next week, I need to buy some pavers to put under my picnic table... I should probably move it farther away from the fire ring as well, LOL. Meh, all things in due time, I'm here for the long haul, 10-4??? NOAA forecast for tonight: "CHANCE OF COLD BEER & KITTEHS!!!"

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    Midnight is still lying low after her spay operation... she seems okay otherwise, but she has trust issues since I hauled her down to the vet's office. Poor little girl, she did NOT like traveling in the cat carrier, drooled all over and peed across the bottom of the cage, which fortunately had a raised edge for containment purposes. The shirt I threw in there was a stinking mess by the time we returned to the house, but it got rinsed and went straight into the wash, so to heck with it. Had to blast the carrier with a high-powered hose to clean it, but it's good to go now. Sage & Crackhead are fine, they spent the afternoon sleeping on ye olde rack as seen above, LOL. :cautious:
     
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    Kittehs & I have been watching tall pines sway in strong winds while the rain continues to come down... been raining all day, and thank goodness, the forest can really use it. Had a little snow earlier---in fact, we have some right now---but it doesn't stick for any length of time, I reckon the temp's not quite cold enough. Ground has already gotten a good soaking, and with luck the rain & snow will fall right through the night. Wind seems to be dying a bit now that the afternoon is wearing on... sure was howling earlier, I was expecting some trees to get blown down, but these Ponderosa Pines are pretty tough. Must be hundreds of years old, some of 'em, the small sapling in my front yard hasn't grown an inch in the whole time I've been here... thing still looks like a miniature version of Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree. Maybe one night it will just spring up 50' or more, LOL. The taller trees here in my subdivision must be 100' and then some, they are quite elegant when swaying in the breeze. I can't look out to the forest without thinking of tall ships and their lofty masts... funny how that comes to mind even when I turned my back on overcrowded coastal living. Still don't miss it either, these White Mountains are just too beautiful. :)

    P.S. Heard a funny hunting story today about some dude who had no luck finding his birds of choice, so he shot some ravens... called them "soul chicken." :confused: Better him than me, those birds must be tough and stringy. I would never shoot 'em, I like ravens, they're smart birds and they're hardcore survivors in the wilderness, I just saw two flying by in the midst of this storm, not even fazed by it. I remember seeing crows & ravens in the desert too, when it was so hot that no other birds were in sight. Even at Glamis, during the tribute ride to me dear departed mum, I saw a crow gliding down a dune face, just cruising past on some mysterious avian mission... tough birds, that's for sure. :whistle:
     
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    Shots taken before & after the storm:

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    Midnight slept under the covers with me last night, but she's still not getting along very well with the other cats... sometimes she does, but there are still spats. She sure is a growler, given her diminutive size... and feisty too, she won't hesitate to attack a much larger cat. She seems to be extremely territorial, I'm hoping this wears off somewhat after the operation. :cautious:
     
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    Reason #179 why I love Show Low: 27 degrees outside and there are two gals in short shorts on the fuel island at Safeway, LOL. Yes, our Safeway sells gas & diesel through half a dozen pumps with up to four nozzles per pump, gas & diesel on each side... I'll let y'all do the math, my school daze are long gone (though I DID pass Calculus), plus I was drunk or stoned half the time, even in that Calculus course. ESPECIALLY in that Calculus course, only way I could even BEGIN to understand it, LOL. :confused:

    Got some younger hands comin' over to par-tay, these guys are pretty f#%g funny, and James doesn't hafta work tomorrow so we can play some DVDs, no worries. The banksters & realtors processing the home purchase and mortgage for my roommate just slapped another extension on it, even though this hand is a family man, fully employed, solid as the Rock of Gibraltar, etc., etc. He'll be here for another month, which suits me fine, he paid cash up front as always and he's a great guy, makes me wonder if those greaseball banksters are somehow juking him for extra profit... the sleazy wankers, LOL. :poop:

    ANYWAY, THE JUGGLING ACT CONTINUES, GOT SOME OTHER DUDE WITH A TRAVEL TRAILER INTERESTED IN THE DRIVEWAY, MAYBE THINGS WILL START PICKING UP HERE... TONIGHT, IT'S PAR-TAY TIME, IT'S 24 DEGREES OUTSIDE AND I'VE GOT THE WOOD STOVE CRANKED, BEER IN THE FRIDGE & CHRONIC LEFT FOR THE BONG, WOOHOO!!! NO STRESS HERE, LOL. :whistle:

    HASTA MANANA, YOUSE MONKEYBIKING HEROES & CRUSTY MINI DEMONS O' DIRT!!! Y'ALL BE GOOD & STAY OUTTA TROUBLE, LOL. ;)
     
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    Well, Boyz, Friend Doug came over yesterday to shoot some pool, and he brought some dee-licious cranberry-flavored 'shine---made with real berries in the mash, of course. Sipped some o' that between beers, had a pretty good time playin' 8-ball & 9-ball. Heckuva pool player, ol' Doug, he has all that bank spin action down to a science... I managed to beat him once, would've been twice but I beat myself in one game by choking and scratching on what should've been a final 8-ball victory shot. Meh, no worries, had heaps o' fun anyway, and we're gonna go see the matinee today for a whopping six dollars. "BLACK PANTHER"

    Pfffffffft. Yeah. Right. Meh, no worries, the propaganda film is only six bucks, the ol' bank account can withstand the charge for comical entertainment. When I went to see "HOSTILES" a little while ago (great flick on the silver screen), the preview for this propaganda film was okay, despite the Holywad Bull$h!t effects... the scenes with Black Panther hood surfing were ridiculously cheesy, guess the screenwriters rewrote the Laws of Physics.. WTF, if Black Panther can break other laws, no reason why he shouldn't be able to break the Laws of Physics, it's a no-brainer, LOL. Anyway, I'm hopin' to see plenty o' 40s and ghetto gunfire in this flick, and the dude's rockpipe had better be ballistic or I'm gonna be disappointed, 10-4??? I'll tell y'all how it goes, worst that can happen is I waste six bucks, and I've wasted far more than that in the past... :cautious:

    MIGHT GO BBQ WITH THE MONTANA ROOFERS AFTERWARD, THOSE BOYZ ARE MAKING PROGRESS ON THAT PROPERTY THEY PICKED UP DIRT CHEAP... WOULD'VE GONE TO VISIT 'EM YESTERDAY, BUT I MISSED 'EM WITH THE TEXTING TAG NUMBER, THEN FRIEND DOUG CALLED TO SAY HE WAS ON HIS WAY TO MY HOUSE. MEH, NO WORRIES, WE'RE ALL LOCALS NOW, WE AIN'T GOING ANYWHERE, LOL. :confused:

    HAVING A BEER FOR BREAKFAST, CHEERS, YOUSE MONKEYBIKING HEE-ROES & CRUSTY MINI DEMONS O' DIRT!!! OLD CT, YER STILL A KNUCKLEHAID!!! LOL... :whistle:

    HASTA LUEGO, HEE-ROES!!! AFTER THE PROPAGANDA FILM, I EXPECT TO BE SPRAYIN' MLK & MALCOLM X QUOTES, LOL... HOPEFULLY THE CONDITION WILL WEAR OFF IN DUE TIME, OR ELSE IT'LL GET BOILED DOWN TO ONE LINE:

    "GIMME THE MONEY, MUTHAHF#%R!!!" o_O
     
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    Friend Doug made some cranberry-flavored moonshine recently, using real berries in the mash and in the finished product, as he always does with various berries. Dude should sling this craft moonshine he makes in multiple flavors: cranberry, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, etc., he'd make a fortune in no time, LOL. Anyway, I took some photos last night while partying, figured I'd post 'em up, so here goes:

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    Pretty good 'shine, ya gotta sip it or it'll do a number on ya, LOL...
     
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    Here are some pics of the fire I had in the wood stove the other night... ya wouldn't know by lookin' at it, but that stove CRANKS, it pushes the digital thermostat in the hallway up to 90 degrees, just like friggin' Tahiti. Every time I use the wood stove, I hafta swap out clothes for board shorts and a tank top, otherwise I'll be sweatin' like a criminal in the dock with a harsh sentence looming, LOL. Damn. Here we go with the pics:

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    I can build that fire up too, the stove is big and it will hold plenty of wood, but it gets too goldurned hot when I put too much fuel in there. I probably mentioned this in the past, but last winter I built the fire up too much before crashing, and I was lying atop my rack and sweatin', had to bust out an electric fan to cool off, LOL. I remember thinking, "THIS IS STUPID." Snow & ice on the ground outside, temp about 20 degrees, but so hot in the house that I had to set up the fan, 10-4? :confused:
     
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    Went out and had a BBQ with a couple of friends over on the east side of town, they bought that property out in Cedar Country... check out these trippy shots, LOL. That's the older Heeler in those photos, playing with a stick.

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    Didn't get shots of it yet, but they built a radical sweat lodge complete with stone pit for the hot rocks: heat the rocks in the fire pit outside, use tongs or whatever to put them into the stone pit inside the lodge, then douse the hot rocks with water. Those outer "frames" you see will eventually form igloo-like windbreaks... the wind is fierce out there in that kinda country. Whole place was super cool, and the BBQ was a huge success, we all macked thick-@$$ NY Strips, BBQ corn & taters, simmered beans, the works. I am now officially full... urp. Good time, heaps of freedom, awesome night sky too with plenty o' stars... these pics don't do the place justice, I'll get better ones next time. :whistle:
     

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