Newsletter published. Kim Kommando.

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Cover of the August issue of The Palm Press. Click the cover to download the newsletter.

The Royal Palm newsletter has been printed and is going out electronically tonight. The printed version will be delivered tomorrow. I had already copied to the USB drive last night, ready to go this morning. Then, after it was at UPS being printed, Park management said they wanted to get some news out to residents about testing of the new gate next week. So I went back home and did a quick flyer, printed ten color copies for bulletin boards, and printed a black and white copy for copying. Then this afternoon I took the flyer to UPS so they could print 330 copies to go as inserts in the newsletter. Good thing they said something about it in time! Continue reading Newsletter published. Kim Kommando.

Not that Shemar. Newsletter done.

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Ancho Salmon has a spicy sauce

We went to Chili’s at Metro Center for supper tonight and when we were seated the fellow said that Shemar would be our server. We both immediately thought of Shemar Moore, the actor who played on Criminal Minds, and laughingly mentioned that to the fellow. He also laughed and as he was seating us said “Shemar is a she!” He must have mentioned our byplay to the waitress because when she came to our table we all had a good laugh about it. And as Elaine told her later, this Shemar is every much as beautiful as the other one is handsome. Continue reading Not that Shemar. Newsletter done.

Newsletter almost done. More ads. Milder storm. Golf cart lights.

The push has been on over the last couple of days to wrap up the Royal Palm newsletter, and it went out to the reviewers this afternoon – meaning it is essentially done. That is always a good feeling. I will do the final edits tomorrow and deliver it to the printer on Thursday morn. It was a little more relaxing pace this month as I got more done earlier. I still need to do the spotlight interview earlier in the month, though! Continue reading Newsletter almost done. More ads. Milder storm. Golf cart lights.

Our turn for storm. Cooler today. Golf cart lights update. Newsletter.

I took the dogs out around 9:15 for their evening walk last night and was treated to a spectacular lightning display off to the northeast. The lightning was probably 20-25 miles away. About a half hour later the wind started blowing – hard. That is the first sign a monsoon storm is coming, for the wind direction was from where the lightning had been. Within 10-15 minutes the rain hit – hard – blowing horizontally. The storm ran for a half hour or more and then died out. This is typical of a summer monsoon storm around here. Continue reading Our turn for storm. Cooler today. Golf cart lights update. Newsletter.

Flash floods. Golf cart lights.

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This is what a flash flood looks like – a wall of debris and water rushing at you. (Source: AZFamily.com, Photo courtesy of Amy Lloyd)

With monsoon comes the danger of flash floods. This is desert country, which means low annual rainfall and very few streams. But the whole area is “drained” with a wide series of dry washes; these have water flowing only when it rains in the watershed that feeds the wash. And the land that the washes drain is not flat; there is a noticeable slope from the foothills down through the “flatlands” below. When it rains up in the watershed the water flows down quickly and the washes become flooded. Especially in the outlying areas around the cities there are no culverts where the washes cross the roads, so the road just dips down to accommodate the wash and its flow. Continue reading Flash floods. Golf cart lights.

Cracker Barrel breakfast. Social Club meeting. July birthdays dinner at North Mountain Brewing Co. New headlights.

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The Royal Palm gang who attended the July Birthday Bash at North Mountain Brewery

There being ten Royal Palm residents with birthdays in July, Sharlene Froberg came up with the idea of getting together to celebrate and Gail Brazell did the organizing; both have July birthdays. Gail set it up for all to gather at North Mountain Brewing Co at 522 E Dunlap Ave, not far from the Park. What a great gathering, and what a great place to eat! The group included some with July birthdays and family and invited guests, such as Elaine and me. Continue reading Cracker Barrel breakfast. Social Club meeting. July birthdays dinner at North Mountain Brewing Co. New headlights.

Monsoon storm. Motorhome clearing. Motorhome and dealer research.

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A TV screen shot showing the storm through the West Valley tonight.

The temperature dropped from 109° to 74° in 30 minutes. 0.84 inches of rain fell in less than 30 minutes out near Lake Pleasant. A dust cloud rose ahead of the storm, towering 2,000 feet or more high. Winds blew in excess of 47 mph. The storm moved into the Valley from the north-northeast. That’s what we got from watching Channel 5 news tonight. In fact, that’s about all they were talking about during both the 5:00 and the 5:30 news segments. This was the first big storm of the 2017 monsoon season. That storm moved down through the West Valley (Peoria, Glendale, Goodyear, etc).  There was also another storm traveling in roughly the same direction but much further east – out near Superior and Globe. Continue reading Monsoon storm. Motorhome clearing. Motorhome and dealer research.

Board meeting. Motorhome clearing. Newsletter interview.

Elaine and I went to the Royal Palm Social Club board meeting this morning. It was a good hour spent discussing potential programs and activities for the Club. Part of the concern is to have activities that will bring income to the Club to help support its programs. There was a lively discussion on several topics. One activity that the Club voted to have is a “Share The Pot” activity at Social Club meetings and other Club events. People buy tickets and the proceeds will be split 50% to the winner, 50% to the Club. The first of these will be the Social Club meeting coming this Saturday. Continue reading Board meeting. Motorhome clearing. Newsletter interview.

Forecast: below normal. Management crisis at Royal Palm.

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Our 7-day forecast is for mostly below-average temps

Yesterday our temps were below normal, today they were around normal, and our forecast is for several below-normal days ahead. Normal for this time of year is around 107°, and the 103-104 range feels good. However, the humidity is rising with the monsoon shift and we are seeing towering cumulus clouds building up to the north and the east in the afternoon and a more general cloud cover in the evening. Definitely a sign that there is more moisture in our atmosphere! Continue reading Forecast: below normal. Management crisis at Royal Palm.

Babbo again. Ace coupons. Newsletter.

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Pete, Leisa, and Elaine at Babbo’s

We went to Babbo’s Italian Eatery again tonight. Pete Petersen and Leisa Herbst went with us this time. It was Pete’s first time; Leisa had been there a long time ago. Once again, great meals. I had the Pasta Puglia (Fresh Tomato Brodo, Fresh Mozzarella, Italian Sausage topped with Fresh Basil and Shaved Parmesan Cheese. Served on Fusilli), Elaine had Crusted Parmesan Chicken, Pete had Chicken Artichoke Calzone, and Leisa had a tomato pasta dish (sorry, I don’t remember). Continue reading Babbo again. Ace coupons. Newsletter.