Monday, December 29, 2014


                                          **"Bacteria, the only culture some people have!"**


                                           **"To Dam early to be up this Dam early."**-----
        My new-ish all morning work schedule is great, but because of the distance from work that we live, when I am scheduled to start work at 7--I have to roll out of bed before 5 AM!  One of these mornings is when I wrote the above deep quote.   While I was guzzling lots of coffee.  I believe this might well be the first time I have mentioned that I enjoy coffee maybe a little to much.  I do however not enjoy getting out of bed early in the mornings.  Once I get out of bed, I am fine with it.  I kind of figure if it is still dark outside, it is not morning yet.   And was recently very shocked to learn that there really was still a 3 AM o clock!

   MY Facebook page is also full of random rambling, my pictures, attempts at jokes, mini rants, and gallons of coffee love!   Plus I update this page much more often than my blogs.  And it is the quickest way to contact and or yell at me.   Please check it out and tell me what you really think of my ideas.

Another great sign that sadly does not
lead to an actual coffee shop.
Exploring Sunsites, AZ

       My third and newest Exploring page is  looking for new readers.   Tons of new pictures and posts in the works.  Please join us as we Explore all around amazing Arizona.   And please pass on the links if you enjoy this great page!

Painted wall behind a park
that could easily be a postcard.
Guess what city we found this in?
In my Exploring I fall down hills, so you don't have to.
Good times!
     **Crazy ass week at work great tips but super busy. I do not believe I am getting out of bed tomorrow. AND they slipped up and gave me next Friday and Saturday off work. I believe we are going to find some Arizona snow, and do some sledding than spend the night in good ol Tucson!**

       This was my post on Facebook last night.  With Christmas and all the casino was beyond busy and the customers just kept coming.  Great for sales, and tips, bad for worn out workers.  Although I do believe that I figured on Christmas day and the day after that I made $35 dollars an hour   not to brag or anything.  At any rate the kiddos are still out of school and we are taking full advantage of my very rare weeksend days off.  I have heard there is a good  pile of snow ---even a ski able amount in the hills about an hour from Tucson.  I would love to venture near Flagstaff, Arizona   but want to save that trip for when we have a few days to spend in the area.   I of course will have pictures, and will report if we actually found snow or it was a huge Arizona joke.   Like a vast mountain of white sand.   This could also be enjoyable I suppose.
       I grew up in Wyoming, so mainly try to stay away from cold and snow in general.  And have been doing a good job of that, living in Arizona and all.   I figure after 18 years in bitter cold--I have seen enough snow to last a few life times.   I kind of calculate that the long Wyoming winters are extended on the mind and body---so like dog years, each year in Wyoming can be timesed by 7.  This all started a few weeks back, when I was digging in storage for Christmas decorations.  I came across several sleds that we hauled with us on our long move from Washington state.   This move was about a year and a half ago now, and the sleds have not left storage.  Something about us living in the middle of the desert and all.   After I moved the sleds appromitly 10 times --to get to more Christmas stuff, I decided we should actually use them!    I have not been sledding for a number of years, so it should be more than interesting for sure.

     And now with the Christmas crazy-ness and relatives, and all   your moment of Zen---you can thank me latter!......

                                                    Our 2014 Christmas picture! 
    If you have not received one yet----I was the person sending you one--and as of this morning I have not yet mailed them, or written on the cards.   Sorry!   My wife was in charge of mostly her side of the family, and they all made it out in time.  Mine---not so much.  

      Like many of "my" pictures---I have posted this one before.  But today it is up in honor of my wife's sister---who very recently had twins!  Even though the new mother never looks at this page---I will spare my very negative thoughts--for now.  It was just Christmas and all!  And leave you with these pictures I borrowed of this new place  called the world wide web. 


Monday, December 22, 2014


                         Hello all!   Putting the date on each of my posts in the last week or so, does not necessarily mean that I have no good titles for these posts.  It is mostly a way to keep everyone, mostly myself updated on how close the big day really is.  And a very easy filling system for when I go back and read these posts again.   Last night I found I could not sleep, and got more in the Christmas spirit by reading old holiday posts of mine.  We have had every kind of Christmas possible from being states apart to living in a run down motel with all of our stuff in storage across the state.  That year we made all of our own decorations for the tree and for the walls.  Including a very kool fireplace complete with stockings for each of us.  The mother in law was also flew in to visit that year, so I do believe a lot of adult beverages were also consumed that year.   I do have to work this year on the big day, but sympathy tips for working on major holidays are usually well worth it.  Plus it is at a job I love, a place filled with worker benefits.  We have helped Santa out very well this year, I managed to sneak out and get a few gifts my wife does not even know what are, and we still have a nice cushion in the bank.  All things considered this is a very good year for us!


I have been busy taking new pictures---so some day there will be loads of Exploring updates.
For those all around Arizona  please check out my newest page
And now for your moment of Zen...
                                                     Found this great vehicle while roaming around Sheridan, Wyoming one fine day. 

I didn't get this one at first, and than it hit me!
Simple but true sign!
Sign in front of a bar I found one night
while roaming around Billings, Montana.
I will let you read this whole blog, drink more coffee, rest, go shopping, and than
start laughing.
Good times!!
    Guess dogs need alone time too... I am glad other people see this. I thought the same things out loud and my wife was not amused. Although our dogs got these.... lol
Walmart pet stockings...

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Zoo Lights---Seasons Greetings!!

                   Another great post first published in my newest blog series  All about Exploring Arizona and all the amazing state has to offer!   Please check all of the posts out at

             This post was supposed to be all about the Christmas light parade in wonderful Benson, Arizona.  Last year was our first experience of this, and the whole family loved it!  In fact here is my blog post from 2013 in case you are one of the many that missed it:
   This year night was meet with a light drizzle of rain.  We left the house early to get a great view of the parade route.   Cliff notes:  if you did not make it you certainly did not miss much!  The parade started about thirty minutes late and lasted about 12 whole minutes.  Compared to about an hour last year.  In fact when the last float went by, with Santa and his lovely wife, no one thought the parade was actually over.   Lame sauce for sure.    So please enjoy my pictures and such from last year.   I will provide a few pictures from this year  just because I can.   And than go on to talk about our great night at the amazing Reid Park Zoo and zoo lights.  And as always for more Exploring  please check out my first blog page at    

                                                               Benson light parade 2014----booo!

This horse never got to play any reindeer games.
The power company of course always has a great light display.
                                                            O Christmas tree....!

Last but not least  Santa & Mrs. Clause!!
Viewing these pictures took about as long as the total parade.
Our attempt at putting up lights!
I work at this little casino
and love my job!
This is in no way a publicity shot, or endorsed by the casino
I just thought it was a good shot of the building I got one fine day.
AND the casino let us workers and family enjoy the zoo lights before anyone else, for free.
We visited Reid Park Zoo for the first time a
few months ago  and I must say it was amazing!
Check it out:
They put all the animals up to sleep, but I still highly recommend zoo lights!

A truly great mixture of familiar characters, zoo life, lights, and wonder!
They even had a section of snow falling.
A true wonder in the heart of the desert.
We soon indulged on some hot coco.
And of course Santa was there to visit the young and young at heart.
                                                               Live music
                                                    And of course lots of lights!

My wife loves dolphins so we thought this picture was perfect. 
Still enjoying the hot chocolate.
Even the cactus were lit up.
Not Christmas lights   but a very lit up entrance for sure!
Not lights  but I thought this stare down was a good picture.
Not sure what the caution tape was for.
Possibly the best part of the night.
This whole light section was also set to music.
Our amazing daughter paused to sing with the music and lights.
With an amazing now duo to a Frozen song.
Many paused to listen to her sing. 
                                             This was a truly great night  a huge thank you to Casino Del Sol
                                                         and of course Reid Park Zoo  and all of it's workers!