Monday, January 23, 2017




Well by golly if we weren’t back into the Jeep headed yet again into Yuma this morning.  Pheebs too.  We zipped across I-8 to Yuma’s east side and slid us into a big Walmart Superstore there.  Been in that store a couple times before a few years ago and it’s still as big as ever.  Seemed crowded this morning so my patience with people leaving shopping carts scattered in the middle of aisles while they plod off to graze other aisles had my tolerance levels completely maxed out!!


Had us a few patters of rain Sunday evening, a smattering through the night and a few more droozles first thing Monday morning.  Sunny and mild to begin with this morning but gusting north winds soon put an end to what otherwise had started out as a real nice day.  We had been thinking of heading back to Borrego Springs shortly but after checking the weather for that area we quickly put the kybosh on that idea right quick.


Despite stopping at Walmart and Target’s camera centers as well as Best Buy again this morning we were unable to locate a 55mm UV lens filter for my D3400 kit lens.  Nikon has outfitted their newer cameras with a slightly different and larger diameter lens and the old standard 52mm filter size and lens hoods no longer fit.  With all this blowing sand out here I really need to get a protective filter on that new lens!!  We’ll have to order the filter and hood on line.  Years back in Borrego Springs the hardware store accepted on-line parcels for folks but they have stopped that.  Seemed to me somebody told us where to have parcels shipped in Borrego Springs now but neither of us can remember where that was.  Anybody know??


We did find that elusive and wily Wandering Willy this morning and as it turns out he’s camped just on the other side of the wash from us only a few hundred yards to the west.  Now how coincidental was that. Hadn’t seen him since back in 2012 so Bill popped over this afternoon and we spent a fine couple hours catching up on things.  We first met up with Wandering Willy in Borrego Springs years ago.  And it was near Bouse Az. back in January 2012 when Bill was instrumental in fixing our satellite dish after big winds slam dunked it into the desert floor.


At the time of posting this tonight winds are so bad we saw an old wooden house fly by followed by a witch on a bicycle.  Looking right at us she seemed to be shouting something that sounded like, “I'll get you, my pretties, and your little dog, too!”


GROANER’S CORNER:(( Boss, to four of his employees: "I'm really sorry, but I'm going to have to let one of you go."  Black Employee: "I'm a protected minority."  Female Employee: "And I'm a woman."  Oldest Employee: "Fire me, buster, and I'll hit you with an age discrimination suit so fast it'll make your head spin."  To which they all turn to look at the helpless young, white, male employee, who thinks a moment, then responds: "I think I might be gay..."


A man runs to the doctor and says: "Doctor, you've got to help me. My wife thinks she's a chicken!"  The doctor asks: How long was she had this condition?"  "Two years." replies the man.  "Then why did it take you so long to come and see me?" asked the doctor. The man shrugs his shoulders and replies: "We needed the eggs"


A spiritualist who'd recently been widowed met a colleague and reported excitedly that she'd just received a message from her dead husband - asking her to send him a pack of cigarettes. "The only thing is," she mused, "that I don't know where to send them."  "Why not?" asked her friend.  "Well, he didn't actually say that he was in Heaven - but I can't imagine he'd be in Hell."  "Hm," responded the friend. "Well, maybe I shouldn't bring this up, but. . . he didn't mention anything about including matches in the package, did he?"


  1. Glad you ran into Wandering Willy, it's always nice running in to old acquaintances and rehash some past times. Wee are looking into a new Nikon and didn't know they have a different size now for the UV or polarizing filters. Hope you can find one soon.

  2. How nice that wandering willy is still out there travelling !!we met him two summers ago at Monck Park sure to say hello for us!!

  3. Yup was windy here as well, so just hanging around was good age a few groceries.

  4. Such a great pic of Kelly - thanks for sharing it again. Very strange to see memes instead of pics on Al's blog :-) So far the weather has certainly been an issue in most of the country this year. Hope is all calms down quickly.

  5. Hi Al and Kelly. 99.9% of snow is gone here. Just muddy roads and dreary skys everyday.
    If your going to Borrego, the post office there accepts general delivery as do other post office , though some do not, so check first....Or if there is a UPS store nearby you can have a UPS delivery sent there. Fedex stores too. Sometimes there is a "Mailbox etc" type store in small towns that will accept Fedex or UPS etc delivery's on your behalf...sometimes with a small fee.
    You just need to find out, before you order, how a company ships and make that arrangement.
    Also make sure they will accept an order when your billing and shipping addresses are different. Some places are stogy that way.

    Your best bet is set up an amazon acct. They are incredibly flexible.
    Good luck.

  6. Find someone who ships to post office boxes and have the camera stuff shipped "general delivery" Borrego Springs. I did this several times while we were boondocking in Bouse.

  7. Any online retailer can ship your packages to General Delivery in Borrego Springs, even amazon. Just enter the "ship to address" as follows:

    Al Bossence
    General Delivery
    Borrego Springs, CA 92004-9999

    This will cause the shipper to use the US Post which is the only carrier which will deliver to post office. Simply go to the Post Office with your picture ID when the package has arrived and pick it up. There is no charge for this.

  8. I saw today in the news that La La Land ties Oscar nomination record at 14. Guess you saw a great show the other day. One for the record books.

    Funny, how we had very little wind as I Jeeped all over Yuma yesterday. I'm sure you would have gone through the roof putting up with the lines and lack of service I put up with just to get a simple part for the Jeep.

    Glad you were able to hook up with Wandering Willy. I know you have just missed him a couple times before.

  9. I love love love love that first pic of Kelly ... that is amazing! What a pic full of feeling and such peace but interesting that it could be a windswept storm!