Saturday, January 30, 2010

Geo Communicator map for Desert Center post

I'm still learning this mapping process, the checkerboard orange is solar projects in the works.


Looks like they've taken pretty much everything if it goes through.

Your comments are welcomed and encouraged.

Morongobill

Another giant solar project and many more coming!

Another alarming email in my box this morning from the Sierra Club's Listserv.

It appears that the BLM has been sitting on information regarding the First Solar Desert Sunlight project which will be located in the Chuckwalla Valley adjacent to the city of Desert Center, California. This is at Joshua Tree National Park's backdoor and is right next to the proposed Eagle Mountain Landfill project.

These paperwork delays, the with-holding of information are typical stalling tactics smacking of a patriarchal
top down disdain for the little guy and his wishes are of no consequense. Signs of a high and mighty bureacracy,
out of control,running roughshod over the wishes of the locals or others concerned.

Before you, my loyal readers, think that I've finally succumbed to paranoia and that I'm waiting on my "virtual backporch" with my "Laptop and a rifle" for the black helicopters, allow me to introduce this into evidence, if the court allows:

Testimony of Secretary Salazar before the Senate environment and public works committee on 1/28/10. Here are some of the highlights and are all direct quotes from the secretary:


"We have huge solar potential in the deserts of the Southwest containing an estimated 2,300 gigawatts of energy capacity, not far from the great cities of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.

I believe that actions speak louder than words.
  • 128 applications for utility-scale solar projects that involve approximately 77,000 megawatts and 1.2 million acres of public land;
  • 95 geothermal energy drilling applications;
  • 257 applications for wind testing rights-of-way; and
  • 24 applications for wind energy projects.
We have opened Renewable Energy Coordination Offices in California, Nevada, Wyoming and Arizona and established teams in six other states—Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon/Washington and Utah—that are charged with expediting the required reviews of ready‐to‐go solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass projects and supporting the prompt permitting of appropriate transmission-related projects on our public lands.

And, along with DOE, we are preparing a Solar Energy Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, due for public release in late 2010, that provides a landscape-scale plan for siting solar energy projects on our public lands in the Southwest that have been identified as having the best potential for utility-scale solar energy development.  The BLM has identified approximately 23 million acres with solar energy potential, including the 24 Solar Energy Study Areas, which are being reviewed as part of this process to evaluate the environmental suitability of solar energy development across the West.


The Obama Administration also continues to cut through bureaucratic barriers.  In October 2009 the Administration announced that nine federal agencies, including the Department, had signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to expedite the siting and permitting of electric transmission projects on federal lands.  This agreement commits the participating agencies to close coordination and a number of procedures to improve the federal process under existing authorities, including establishing a single point of contact for all required federal authorizations."


Here is the link to the Salazar info:

http://www.doi.gov/news/speeches/2010_01_28_testimony.cfm 

Here is the link to the info on the First Solar Desert Sunlight project:
http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/FirstSolar-Chuck.html 

Per the email I received,the Basinwatch folks are working on that webpage and it should be updated in the next couple of days. There is a very interesting entitled "Why not distributed generation instead?".
That's a very interesting question which is answered by an engineer, Bill Powers and I really recommend
my readers that you surf right over and check it out, then think about it. 


Which would have less impact on the environment folks- putting solar arrays on every roof, business and private houses or bulldozing every square foot of  raw desert land and habitat to put in these "fast tracked"
solar and wind projects. Which impacts more-letting rainwater wash off the rooftop arrays or pump out every last drop from the underground aquifers to wash off and cool these giant "solar energy industrial complex"
farms? Put the arrays up on existing roofs or bulldoze endangered palant and animal habitat? Put the arrays
out of site on roofs or totally destroy the awesome desert vistas we so enjoy now?


I had to destroy the desert to save it.


It really makes you want to cry, but I think we should just GET MAD AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT
IT. LET'S SAVE OUR DESERTS!


end of rant.

morongobill








Friday, January 29, 2010

There's got to be an easier way to do this

I am referring to working with photographs on my blog.

These are the software products I use: Adobe Photoshop CS2, Paint Shop Pro X, Adobe Photoshop Elements,
and Irfanview. There may be another program or two I am forgetting to mention. In addition, to put the © notice,
I have used or tried out several but lately have been using the UMark Lite,which is freeware. Once the bus driving hours pickup and I start having discretionary income again, I'll probably buy the WinWatermark program.

Currently I use Irfanview or Picasa3 to search for and select the photos I use. Then I apply the watermark, and resize for the web with Irfanview. Then I post to my blog with Google blogger. It ends up taking forever.

I am thinking about downloading the new Lightroom from Adobe which you can use until 4/2010 for free,before it shuts down. That is a 120 meg download however!

And my sorting and storage is a nightmare as well, with numerous duplicates and all photos of all types in a mishmash on my hard drive and on cd's, some in my storage unit up in Joshua Tree, and some which I still have not located. For example, I did a huge number of photos of the Cadillac Ranch off I-40 in Amarillo, and can find only one.

I am looking for suggestions, also do any readers have any experience with the new Adobe Lightroom beta?

This blogger could use some advice. Also if any other bloggers are reading this, can you refer me to an online gallery where you can display and sell your photos? Perhaps if I sign up through you, you could get some sort
of referral fee perhaps.

Any comments,suggestions, or criticisms are welcome!

Thanks for reading my blog.

Morongobill

BLM Open House on February 4th in Needles, California

The purpose is to explain the Ivanpah BrightSource project to the public. First I heard it will be for 2 hours
from 2-4 pm then maybe all day event. The link is here:
https://www.blm.gov/ca/forms/calendar/view_event.php?id=946&eDate=1265266800

Call me cynical but I think it's a done deal and this meeting is just to smooth any ruffled feathers amongst the caring public and environmental activists. I'd prefer to visit the site.

Your comments are of course welcome and encouraged.

Morongobill

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Blogger field trip upcoming, Riders wanted!

I will be going up to the BrightSource Ivanpah project site in the next few weeks, probably a day trip.
My off days from bus driving are Wednesday and Thursday so I would have to go on one of those days.
The plan would be to get as near to the area in my car(sorry no more driving washed out desert roads in my car)
and walk in the rest of the way. I would love to photograph the area, look over the types of plants and vegetation, signs of animals, check out the alluvial plain,etc. See first hand what I've read about and seen on the net.

If any of my readers would be interested in going also, my car can hold 3 more people. The trunk is more than adequate to hold camera and video gear, tripods, whatever. Work is very slow right now, unfortunately I would
ask for a little help with the gas. I have a 2002 Chrysler Concorde which on my last Vegas trip got 28 mpg on the road. Someone in the area who wanted to join us could meet us at the Nipton Rd or Valley Wells offramp even or park on the dirt road up to the site.

If you don't have plans for those days and would like to join the trip, please post in the comments or email me at morongobill@gmail.com. Look forward to hearing from fellow desert lovers!

Bill
Above is the view toward Clark Mountain from near the proposed project, guess we'd see lots of solar arrays ahead if this shot was taken 3 years in the future. We might even be arrested for trespassing right here!

Latest on BrightSource Ivanpah project.

From the Press Enterprise January 20,2010:
"John Woolard, chief executive officer of Oakland-based BrightSource Inc., said the company's project near the Nevada state line depends on relocating at least 25 tortoises this fall from the Ivanpah Valley off Interstate 15.
The company must also pay for habitat elsewhere.
BrightSource and wildlife officials are looking at establishing a land acquisition fund that energy developers could fund to meet their habitat compensation requirements."
http://www.pe.com/localnews/sbcounty/stories/PE_News_Local_W_solar23.4598323.html

So it sounds like there is still time to derail this runaway freight train. I don't think they'll be scraping off the vegetation right away either. So I suggest if you can, go visit the area right away, take your camera or video,
explore the area,trek up to the Stateline widerness and look out and realize that the whole area's future is
riding on the backs of a few tortoises.

There is a tremendous amount of information on this project and many others at this website:
http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/index.html

The top 2 stories entitled Ivanpah refer to the project I'm posting about and it's sibling which will be across the valley.

Stay tuned for another post later today. And please if you have any comments, you are encouraged to post them.

Bill


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Followup to my last post. It's not good.

If you look at this map image you'll notice orange and blue squares. Orange is proposed solar sites and blue is proposed windpower sites.

So one day in the not too distant future you'll look out on a vast sea of solar mirrors and wind towers.If you look into the photograph you see a dry lake bed. The solar site will start at the far end of the lake and go across the valley and about 1 or miles in deepth. Right after that the windmills should run across the horizon where those clouds are. Also to the right of the lake will be the transmission towers.

Looking down from the map point marked 24S60E will be the approximate view looking into the distance

on the photo.

Here is another photo taken on a day when the skies were clearer:



Sure is something worth thinking about. And talking about, any comments?
Bill


Monday, January 25, 2010

What will happen to my favorite view?

This shot was taken off the freeway frontage Road that runs on the right side of the Interstate 15 from Jean, Nevada up to Las Vegas. This is the road that runs off to the mines about 9 miles away.




From my memory this was taken up the road from the Goldstrike Hotel And Casino
about 6 miles. There is a dry lake bed in the distance with another surface mine activity in
the area. I sure hope this awesome view one day isn't ruined by massive solar or wind arrays.

This information would probably be available using the BLM's Geocommunicator page,
unfortunately for me, I am having a problem deciphering the controls! One day I'll figure it out.

Bill

Gave Microcenter one more chance today.

I've been thinking perhaps I jumped the gun at Microcenter. Most major retailers do have a no return policy for opened software and the amount involved was $10 and I was in the area and my computer has been acting up,so I dropped in to look at laptops.

Saw several nice laptops from 449$ to about $699 that interested me but of course there were no salesmen around...... ended up buying a $25 book on Google Blogger and left.

At least they have a bathroom for customers- that's about the only good thing I can say about them.

Any comments on Microcenter or computer store service in general? We'd like to hear about it on the backporch.

Here's a link to buy the book at Amazon. I wish I'd seen this, I'd have saved a few bucks :-(

Bill

Sunday, January 24, 2010

About my backporch photograph

A friend asked me about this photograph and suggested I post about this.

In one of my older posts, I mentioned this is a "virtual" backporch here, but let me tell and show
you the real one that I photographed in 2004.

I am sure one or two folks know exactly where this photo was taken. For everyone else, here goes.

This is the famous Rock House off Cedar Canyon Rd in the Mohave National Preserve, my absolute favorite place in the whole world. This house was built by Bert Smith, who served in World War One in Europe and was
a gas attack survivor. He needed to live in a dry climate for his health and moved out to this site which is adjacent to Camp Rock Springs, used since ancient times as a water source for animals and people.


And another:


 Here is another of the location:



Here's my brother Andy walking back from an exploration of the springs:







This site is well worth a visit, I believe the house is still closed, but you can walk around it,walk down to the springs, there is even a vault toilet there on site near the house. I remember when we were there and I took
these photos, there was a note warning people not to bother it, I believe that note was left by a local artist who did own it but had moved across the valley to another place within binocular view!

Bill




Friday, January 22, 2010

Followup to tortoise relocation article

Just thought you might like to see a photo of where I believe they will relocate some of the tortoises:



About where that car is on the left side of the freeway around that dirt road in the photograph.
This photo was taken by me, either on that small hill to the left at Nipton Rd exit(past the phone co bldg)
or next to it, looking at the not dry Ivanpah lake bed and the Primm casino area. This is where I believe the
3 translocation points will be on the map by the freeway. The other 4 should be further down and to
the left along the outside of the project area.

Bill

Check out this map!Please note where they want to relocate the tortoises!





If you look up and to the right, you'll see the rectangles,one above the other, adjacent to Interstate 15,
which appears to be right before the Nipton Rd exit on the westbound lane. The desert tortoises will be forcibly evicted from their territories miles away and plopped down right next to one of the busiest freeways.
Others will be moved to the 4 rectangle areas to the left side of the project.

We all know how well these translocation projects go- how about the Ft Irwin translocation? The ravens and
the coyotes have had a field day!

I know personally from driving many times through the Mohave Preserve heading from Nipton over to Cima that the tortoises do cross the road, especially after a rain. I've seen this. I have made a u-turn before to chase after a speeder to try to get them to slow down, after I had passed one in the middle of the road. Thank
the Lord, he(she) wasn't hit!

The link to this is here:
http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/IvanpahUpdate.html

Map courtesy of  California Dept of Fish and Game, 10-4-2009.

My apologies folks, got a little bit carried away here on the Backporch, I am referring to the
BrightSource Ivanpah solar project.


Ivanpah BrightSource project- Is this a done deal or can it be stopped?

First here is a photograph taken in the general are to give you an idea of what the place looks like.

As you can see, there is a variety of vegetation, not just creosote bush, with a nice desert pavement.
Just imagine what it will look like after Bechtel-BrightSource construction crews get through scraping
off all the vegetation and compacting and smoothing the dirt, digging the drainage channels, putting in the mirror arrays,etc. If you would like to see how that will look, please head over to this great article and photos
of an actual site,Kramer Junction, that I believe has been in operation since 1987.

It's not a pretty sight and not easy to swallow if you love the desert, here is a general view
looking out at the general location of the proposed site:



From what I've read on the net, it appears about the only thing stopping this project are about 2 dozen desert tortoises that happen to live in the area.

Two dozen tortoises, plus caring individuals and organizations vs. The BLM and other federal agencies, the state and the governator, and the SOLAR INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. Stay tuned for the fireworks to
come. My guess is the bulldozerswon't be starting up in March as planned.

Bill

We're on a roll!

The Eagle Mountain Landfill, various solar projects, and the LA DWP Green Path North have all been
cancelled, thrown out by the courts, or are in big trouble with powerful politicians. A big backporch shoutout and thank you to Senator Diane Feinstein, my favorite all-time representative.

There's talk that the giant airport near Ivanpah may go down due to the investment reverses suffered by some of the sovereign wealth funds that were to help fund it. I will pray earnestly for that result. Just imagine you're hiking in the Castle Peaks area and how noisy those jets would be, there goes the quiet and solitude!


I sure hope the Ivanpah Brightsource project goes under as well.

You know I've driven across the deserts many times going back home to Georgia where I'm from, and there
are many sites that could've been chosen. Areas that have no scenic beauty, or mineral resources, or animals or vegetation hardly worth mentioning- why the he-- did they have to pick OUR MOHAVE DESERT
and how did these energy developers with the collusion of the BLM and other state,federal agencies, 
manage to fly under the radar of the public for so long?

I have no problem with some limited responsible development but turning the whole Mohave into a giant solar array? HELL NO, We won't let it happen!

Bill






Thursday, January 21, 2010

I have a bone to pick with the Mohave Preserve management.

These photographs were taken around 2004 or 2005. This was a ranch site that was south of Nipton Road
about 4 miles from the country store there. All of this history was lost when the service had it all taken down and removed.


I thought the preserve was to help preserve some of the area's history. What purpose did it serve to
remove this wonderful historical site?


                                       


I'll never forget the day I visited this site. It had rained recently and was actually difficult to walk to, with the deep puddles and muddy tracks. I wandered the acre or so site for quite a while, imagining what it would've been like to have worked there, say 100 years ago. It's possible this was part of the OX Cattle Company's spread. I got a lump in my throat thinking how priviliged I was to see this site and how thankful I was that it was part of the Mohave National Preserve and would always be there for future generations. :-(




                                        
I guess I'm just uninformed. What a waste.

Bill



Wednesday, January 20, 2010

No relief from the rain today

If I was a farmer or rancher, I'd love this week. Since I drive a bus in the Disneyland area,going from the satellite
parking lots to the park, and Disney doesn't open the lots on rainy days, I'm not working. Rainy weather kept the lots closed on Monday and Tuesday and I'm off today and tomorrow. Friday the prediction is thundershowers! Good thing I filed an unemployment claim a month ago when I got 14 hours in 8 days.
Of course, you don't get much but it sure beats the alternative which is nothing.

Yesterday,mid-afternoon, I looked out my office window here and it was pouring rain and the water was
coming up almost over the curb, and I thought this is the worst we'll see. But listening to the radio, they're saying today's storm will be worse!

One day, hopefully not too long from now, I'll have a couple of acres up in the high desert and I'll kick back
in my travel trailer or rv, or in my canvas tent and let the rain put me to sleep. Just like listening to the rain
coming down on a tin roof, something I haven't heard since I was a kid growing up in Georgia 45-50 years ago. Oh what the heck, here's a photograph of myself at 2 years old with my grandmother taken in Georgia
in the late 1950's.



I scanned this from a tiny print maybe 3 inches high on my Epson 3170 flatbed scanner
and it's amazing how much detail can be picked up. The standard today is 300dpi on prints
from a photo lab, I have no idea what it was back then, but surely was way higher to get this much detail.
Bill

My office where I'm writing this

Thought I'd see if you loyal readers would get a kick out of my office. This is where I do most of my
blogging, if I remember to bring my laptop with me. I am here so much it's a miracle I don't have to pay
rent for this spot.

Something about talking to people while blogging, helps me get motivated.
Bill


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"I found peace today" from a blog I found today

http://nemonotes09.blogspot.com/2009/08/i-found-peace-today.html

This is a real neat blog and this post really resonates with me. Because this is what I need in my life right now,
to just sit and chill out in the desert. Nemo is blogging in this post from an Arizona forest, but he's a desert lover also.

I am now following his main blog and his campsite blogs and really glad I  found them. Maybe one day we'll
meet out on the road.

He has a truck he's converted into a camper and travels with his dog.

Hope everyone checks out his blogs.

Bill

Amazing story and video, but sad at the same time.

I came across this today on the net. In April of 2007, while in DC to do a couple of concerts, Joshua Bell
was talked into acting as a street violinist at the L'ENFANT PLAZA STATION,by a couple of Washington Post reporters. He played his 300 year old Stradivarius violin for almost an hour, over 1000 people walked by
and he received a whopping $32 in tips. As a bus driver, I do better than that sometimes!

He had just performed that week and only one lady recognized him and she gave him $20!

The story is here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html?hpid=topnews

There are 4 videos included of the performance lasting from about 35 seconds to over 2 minnutes long. I recommend watching all of them.

The 45 minute long audio is at this link:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2007/04/09/VI2007040900536.html

Here is Joshua Bell's official website where you can listen to some free music as well as donload video:
http://www.joshuabell.com/

It really is sad that hardly anyone stopped as they rushed on into the Metro station, and that they were so busy that there was no time or interest in hearing such virtuoso playing.

Bill

Monday, January 18, 2010

I messed up but somehow ended up with a new look here!

What do you think?

To me it's brighter and looks a lot different than before. Any comments or complaints?

By the way, I can't figure out how to revert back so I'm stuck with this.

Bill

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A voice like an angel!

Susan Boyle.Have you heard of her? She's the lady from Scotland, middle aged, who brought down the house on Britain's "American Idol" show, Britain's got talent! Here is the link to the youtube video which went viral on the net,almost bringing down the servers!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxPZh4AnWyk&feature=related  

Today I played the cd for the first time since I received it from Amazon the other day.
Of course I loved "I Dream" from Les Miserables. But the first track "Wild Horses"from the Stones blew me away. You have to hear it. Another song I really like was "who I was born to be."

I'm not a music critic but I know great singing when I hear it.

I recommend you check out the youtube link and if you're as impressed as I was, buy her cd. How often do you get a chance to help an average person just like yourself, except this person has a talent that ,to me, is like an angel is singing through her.

                                   In my opinion, that video clip, represents one of the finest "live tv shows" in history.
                                   And the audience's and the judges initial impressions, and then to see her grab them
                                   within the first few notes and carry them along, it brought tears to my eyes when I first
                                   saw it, and still does now thinking about it.

                                   Bill








Saturday, January 16, 2010

Looking for a place to hide out for a few days?

This is in the Mohave National Preserve at around 4500' elevation, colder in winter,cooler in summer.
No water here but as you can see boondockers have been staying obviously. Nice place to park an rv, views to die for.



Your rv or tent here.
 
Obviously boondockers stay here.


View to the right.


The view out your front door, those are the Kelso dunes in the distance.
Ok I'll tell. This site is close to the Vulcan Mine off Forshay Pass Rd in the Mohave Preserve, just a few miles from Kelso Depot. Have fun!


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Almost messed up bigtime!

I own a couple of domains and thought I'd move this blog over.

Big mistake!

At this point, I'm not sophisticated enough to make such a switch.

So I'm thinking maybe I'll start a separate blog on one of my domains and figure out how to merge them
later on.

www.morongobill.com

www.morongobillsbackporch.com

We'll see what happens.

Bill

I don't have Parkinsons!

Just finished up with the neurologist at Kaiser and was told that I have benign essential tremor, not Parkinsons.
What a relief, I have been stressed since my doctor referred me a week ago. The tremor had worsened a little and he thought he detected rigidity in my arm.

I have been told that I must get off caffeine, especially coffee. This will be a major challenge as once years ago I tried stopping cold turkey and after hours of an escalating headache I gave up and hurriedly downed my caffeine fix.

In the grand scheme of things, considering everything that is going on in the world right now, this is nothing but to me this is fantastic news.

Bill

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A happy post!

Tonight on Facebook, for some reason I typed in the name of a friend who I lost contact with maybe 25 years ago,thinking I'd have no luck as I had over the years looking on the lookup sites.I was shocked when his photo and contact info came up and I immediately sent out out a shout and hope to hear from him!

What a happy day, what a happy day!

Bill

Micro(THE RIPOFF)Center

6 days ago I purchased website site builder software for $9.99 + tax at Micro Center. Site Builder from Encore Software and web.com.

Nowhere on the tiny,tiny print does it say webhosting with them is required to use the program.

Yes I know you get what you pay for.

I took it home and watched the demos and waas really impressed. I thought I hit a home run, this was the best cheap s/w I'd ever seen.

First thing into setup you enter the unlock code, then they want a credit card to setup your webhosting, you can't install it without signing up for their hosting!Since I already have a web host, it does me no good.

So today I went back to the Micro Center store in Tustin, Ca where I bought it and of course they won't take back opened software, no exceptions, even for the false advertising on the package.

Ok, it's war then. I've gotten tired over the years of shopping there with the customer "no service", lack of a greeting at the checkstand or a thank you, this is the final straw. Getting it off my chest on my blog isn't the last of it either. My advice is even if they are selling 5$ bills for 50 cents, don't buy there anymore. If it happens to me, it'll happen to you.

Please let me know if you've had similiar problems with this merchant.

Morongobill, one p---ed off blogger!


 



Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Joe is finally home.

http://hardlynormal.com/blog/2010/01/07/joe-is-finally-home/

There are a lot of Joe's out there, thank God this Joe found someone who cared about him and loved him.




Rip Joe,

Bill

Throw his ass in jail, how dare he try to help the homeless!

There is an article in todays New York Times about Dan De Vaul, rancher and former alcoholic who has turned his 72 acres into a place where the homeless are housed, given work if they can't pay the 300$ a month to stay there, really given sanctuary from the streets. Since he is across the way from a million dollar home neighborhood, the nimby's have, through the code and law enforcement folks, attempted to bring him down.
After all, if they succeed, the homeless will just go somewhere else.

Mr. De Vaul was convicted of code violations in November and fined and sentenced to 90 days by the judge. Interestingly his bond was posted by a juror who felt pressured to convict. I guess everyone now is waiting for the appeal results.

The article is in todays NY Times, free registration may be required.

Here are a couple of links including Mr. De Vaul's non-profit foundation website:

http://www.sunnyacresca.com/Our%20Founder.htm

http://hardlynormal.com/blog/2009/12/01/whos-fighting-for-the-homeless-in-rancher-housing-battle-dan-de-vaul-sunny-acres/

http://girlsguidetohomelessness.com/2009/11/28/california-man-jailed-and-bailed-for-refusing-to-evict-homeless/

Once I was homeless for a week when I ticked off someone I was living with, so this story had some meaning for me. I read several articles and it is obvious the gentleman is stubborn which sure doesn't help him dealing with "THE MAN", but is also obvious he "has a heart of gold" and cares for these folks and wants to help.
He has helped judging by listening to the people that live there in the videos I saw.

I think we should watch this story, and talk about it on the backporch, see if there is anything we can do to help. Comments are welcome, but please no anonymous comments.

Bill

Monday, January 11, 2010

Might as well get this out of the way.....

Folks I'm just starting out on this blogging journey, learning and making mistakes as I go. The folks at Google make this site available with some nice bells and whistles for free to bloggers. And yes they would like to make money with it and so do some of the bloggers, myself included. My goal and let me be clear on this point is to one day make enough money to supplement my social security and so I can move back to the desert and live offgrid on my own land, even if it's in a canvas wall tent.

So ads will be on the site. Please do like I have been doing, if you have need of a product that's advertised on a blogger's site, click on it, go check it out, you may find what you need at a good price and you will also be helping out an aspiring blogger.

Thank you for reading this.

Morongobill

Backporch Tinkering

OR HOW I SAVED $100 FOR THE INFAMOUS HP POWER JACK REPAIR!
Several months ago my power jack problem came to a head when while plugging it in to my laptop, the female receptacle on the back came loose inside and I had a great paperweight.


A friend turned me on to a local adult education school, where after 2 attempts they got it fixed, or so I thought. Then I started getting the classic early warning signs, blue power emblem flickering,etc and somehow I hit on this solution. See pic below.


No more problems and I have had no flickering etc.Try it, just remember who told you about!





































Saturday, January 9, 2010

Welcome to my backporch!

After reading countless blogs and posts, I am finally ready to dip my big toe in the waters and
start blogging!First a little bit about myself.

Age 55, no drama, drive a bus or trolley into Disneyland most days to earn a living.

I have had the same girlfriend for about 20 years, in 2004 I left a job where I had been employed for 16 years, so continuity is important to me.

But I am sick of the big city and long to return to the desert. For about 4 1/2 years I owned a house on 2 1/2 acres in Morongo Valley, then sold it and bought a small house on a lot in Joshua Tree village. I would love to have had the small house on the acreage in Morongo, the view out my front door was incredible..... Ah but due to restlessness, middle age male menopause etc. I sold out,cashed out, travelled awhile, now I'm renting a room in the OC and driving a bus. That's life!

This is all new to me folks, as we sit on my "virtual backporch", I hope I don't bore you too much,
let me make a fresh pot of coffee, or I'll bring you a cold one, and let's start this journey together.

Bill