Tourist Drivers

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Jun 252018

Local EMS got to deal with this one today…. too much watching the scenery, not enough watching the road.

They got a quick drive back to town in a bright yellow truck with flashing red lights (but no windows).

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Cat What?

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Apr 082017

There’s this car parked up near some storage units beside the airport; finally stopped by to figure out what was going on:

Now I’m not a fan of Lincoln Town Cars, but I wouldn’t go so far as to paint that on the side….

Turns out there is a lens cleaner brand named “Cat Crap”. No, I am sadly not kidding; you can even buy it on Amazon. (And no, I did not check out the list of ingredients). So apparently this was (literally) a marketing vehicle for the products.

Now if that’s a marketable commodity, I can get you some wholesale.

And if you thought that was scary, it gets worse:

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Mar 302017

No, not the oh-so-nice cars, the wild animals…. there was a sighting recently of a wild jaguar in the United States:

Photograph courtesy Conservation CATalyst and the Center for Biological Diversity

This was south of Tucson, Arizona – 60 miles north of the border. The theory is that he came up from Mexico (where there are wild jaguars). Hope he does well.

Interesting that jaguars have a LOT of spots compared to some other cats I know; but they are larger (about 5 feet long plus a 2 foot tail).

Not sure what the President thinks about an illegal Mexican immigrant who is roaming around, and stalking the locals….

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Mexican Hat

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Jun 092016

One town in the Navajo reservation south of us is Mexican Hat. It’s mentioned in a few Hillerman books, and is right on the route to Monument Valley, so fairly popular with tourists. Tiny town, right on a river, scenic, but pretty much nothing there – one cafe, one motel, one gas station, that’s pretty much it. But why Mexican Hat? The name made no sense until I saw this on maybe my third time driving through:


Somehow that is a natural rock formation. Bizarre.

In other news: we put up a hummingbird feeder, and only days later there are two of them fighting over it. These ones do seem to sit still for (brief) periods, which makes them very slightly easier to photograph.


Meimei has noticed them; I’m not sure she identifies them as birds, though – no chattering, just staring with a puzzled look.

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New car

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Apr 092016

Not much time to comparison shop; but ended up buying the Volkswagen. It’s reasonably competent offroad, and by far the most comfortable of everything I tested.


Underneath it’s basically a Golf/Jetta, same engine/transmission/interior/etc, but raised up (you can see how much higher it is than its dead stablemate). The colour is a dark grey, pretty much identical to my old BMW.


And look! A functional rear bumper! Plus, it fits into the garage nicely.

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