Saturday, October 19, 2019

Just Like That

She's gone.  She being the RV we just sold.  The RV is a Beaver Monterey, they're sort of a cult motorhome.  So we sold to a dealer in Bend, OR, because they move a lot of Beavers.  Bend is where the Beavers were produced, prior to their move to Coburg.  Selling to a dealer really cuts in to how much you can realize on the sale, but we just wanted to move product.

They sent a driver to collect her.  We met out at the storage facility this morning, pulled the tire covers and the few remaining items in the RV and he took her away.

Here she is at a local RV park while we were unloading. RV parks are good, they have dumpsters available.


Jim's couch.


Living room, kitchen and bathroom at the back.


My recliner.  I loved that recliner, I spent a lot of time in it.


The kitchen.


The driver is installing a tow bar so he can tow his car back to Bend.


And now we are leaving.


We're a little sad.  We've let go of a life we lived for eleven years.  She was a great bus.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Life in Tucson

Palm trees and bougainvilleas are pretty, but they are messy.  We've spent the last three days cleaning up after the little dears.  We were limited in how long we could stay out there because it was hot and we're out of shape for yard work.  All of that bending over and squatting down is not part of our daily repertoire in the RV lifestyle.  The big cleanup is done now, and we're happy about that.

This is a palm tree blossom.  Eventually they form thousands of little tiny black balls which they drop on the ground.  Then all of this dries out and falls on the ground.  There's a pattern here. 


This is the first time we've seen quail on the wall.  They're so dang cute.  They make a sort of muttering sound.



My Crown of Thorns survived summer in a pot.  We put him on a drip line and he's doubled in size.  That was good, I like that plant.


Yesterday we went to Loya's Courtyard.  We needed something to sit in the corner of the patio.  They sell a lot of big things.  There are three dinosaurs on this trailer, they were made in Mexico.  After they arrived and were put up on Facebook, one sold immediately.  Apparently the people have four acres and are lining the driveway with dinosaurs.


Jim poses to provide scale.


I think this horse is good.


We bought a Buddha.  I think he looks nice in the corner.  As soon as the steenking wind dies down we're going to spray him with sealant so the sun doesn't bleach out the colors.


A coyote visited this morning.  He came up the bank of the wash and into the yard.  He's a good looking specimen.  Many small critters have been eaten.


Very typical coyote slink.


Now he's in the front yard, faced with a wall.  Eventually he turned around and exited from the other side of the house.


That's it, that's all I've got.  Yard work and critters.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Syria

This is a politics post.  I know some of you don't agree with my views, so feel free to click away rather than be annoyed.  I want to remember this.

Sunday, October 6, Recep Erdogan called the president.  He chose that time because he knew there would be few handlers around to try to steer the conversation.  Erdogan was also known to call when the president was golfing.  That very night the White House issued a statement that all American soldiers were being recalled from Syria.  We abandoned the Kurds.  Many people have made a point that the Kurds weren't fighting ISIS for us, they were fighting an enemy of theirs.  However, for five years, the Kurds destroyed the caliphate with little loss of American lives.  The Kurds paid a heavy price. They did get an area of autonomy near the Turkish border.  For some reason, and I don't know why, prior to the phone call, the US convinced the Kurds to remove their heavy weapons and destroy their fortifications along the border.  They did this trusting the US to keep Turkey at bay.  That went well.

By Tuesday, Turkey was invading Syria. Many of the fighters are not regular military, they're militias and some members are former ISIS.  Air strikes were begun.  Atrocities were begun.  The Kurds, who had been guarding thousands of ISIS prisoners left for the front.  An unknown number of ISIS fighters and their families are now on the loose.

Yesterday, the Kurds switched sides and asked Bashar al-Assad for help.  Syria is sending troops to the cities previously held by the Kurds. Turkey is moving towards the same cities.  American troops are caught in the middle.  The question becomes what is the US response if Turkey, a member of NATO, fires on US soldiers.  Even worse IMHO is what is the NATO response if Syria fires on Turkish troops?  Article Five of  the NATO Alliance reads, in part:
Collective defense means that an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies.
Even worse than that is the fact that there are 50 tactical nuclear weapons that the United States had long stored, under American control, at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, about 250 miles from the Syrian border.  This is from a NYT article, it's just chilling.
Those weapons, one senior official said, were now essentially Erdogan’s hostages. To fly them out of Incirlik would be to mark the de facto end of the Turkish-American alliance. To keep them there, though, is to perpetuate a nuclear vulnerability that should have been eliminated years ago.
“I think this is a first — a country with U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in it literally firing artillery at US forces,” Jeffrey Lewis of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies wrote last week.
For his part, Mr. Erdogan claims nuclear ambitions of his own: Only a month ago, speaking to supporters, he said he “cannot accept” rules that keep Turkey from possessing nuclear weapons of its own.
The president's actions have benefited Russia, Iran and Assad.  Putin hasn't had to do much more than bomb some hospitals for Assad, and his influence in Syria has increased.  Today, Putin visited Saudi Arabia and was warmly welcomed.  This after our president signed on to send 2,000 US troops to the kingdom.  The Daily 202 had an excellent round up on just how bad all of this is.

I have to wonder if all of this is a distraction from the phone call with Zelensky and the subsequent move to begin an impeachment inquiry.  There's only so much space on the front page, and right now Syria is occupying a lot of it.

Update to post:  This is a good op-ed that I don't want to lose track of.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Back in Tucson

We arrived in Tucson on Wednesday, fairly early in the day.  We immediately parked in front of the house and took out enough stuff so that we could sleep in the house.  Then we did more unloading.  By the end of the day we were just cooked.  Thursday was worse, we did the rest.  It is a testament to the storage capacity of the bedroom drawers that I forgot my bras, underpants and socks and did not notice that they weren't in my dresser. The RV just has too much storage, I never thought that was possible.

Anyway, we're 100% out of the bus.  We're selling.  We full timed for eleven years, then spent another summer in Issaquah, and we're done.  It's time to do something else.  I have no clue what that might be, but it's time.  We're not looking forward to the selling process.  She's an old RV, but she's a good RV.  Jim was marveling at the goodness of the engine on the way back to Arizona.  Never fails, get all the kinks worked out and then it's time to move on to something else.  We're both a little sad about parting with our home since 2011, but it's time.

Apparently we got some hellacious wind and rain while we were gone.  The yard is littered with palm tree debris, dead bougainvillea petals and the like.  There will be deployment of the blower.  There will also be chopping off of Palo Verde branches.  They grow like weeds.  On a happy note, we spread enough pre-emergent herbicides before leaving that nothing sprouted in our absence.  Not having the bank covered in buffel grass was a good thing.

We're pretty tired.  Here are a couple of pictures. 




Posting may be a little light, we still have stuff to do.