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.

Headlights not good. Golf cart rain cover.

We got a few complaints about the headlights on our golf cart being aimed too high. They were blinding oncoming drivers. Some time ago I added some plastic bumpers at the bottom of the lights, trying to tip them down. While it may have helped a little, it was not enough. So I tried adding another layer of bumpers, but still no good. My next trial was to add some screws at the bottom of the light fixture so I could maybe tip them further. That did not work. Continue reading Headlights not good. Golf cart rain cover.

Naked golf cart. Hot. Dry.

Independence Day is over, so today we stripped all the decorations off the golf cart. They came off faster than they went on, though we were careful in removing them so they can be used again another year. Elaine carefully packed almost all of them in a single large tub and I snapped a cover on it. The large flag wreath that was on the back of the golf cart is too large to fit in the tub, so it stayed separate; I will pack it in a large plastic bag to keep it clean. We set the tub in the shed in a temporary place; I will make a spot for it on the shelves when I reorganize some of the stuff already on the shelves. Continue reading Naked golf cart. Hot. Dry.

Happy Independence Day!

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Golf carts on parade

I hope that everyone who reads this had a happy day and enjoyed celebrating the 241st anniversary of our nation’s independence! I hope that your personal celebration was enjoyable. Elaine and I took part in some of the FRIENDS & FAMILY FUN FOURTH AND POTLUCK event that started at 10:00 this morning with a golf cart parade, followed by a Poker Run at 11:00, and then a hot dog cookout and potluck lunch at noon. Most people were dressed special for the day, and the eight or so golf carts and scooters that took part in the parade were all festively decorated in red, white, and blue. Continue reading Happy Independence Day!

Decorating golf cart. Dropbox vs. OneDrive.

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Front view of our golf cart decorated for Independence Day

Elaine did a wash job on the golf cart today – wow, it sure looks great again! (She also washed half the driveway as well.) That was in preparation for decorating it for the golf cart parade tomorrow morning. After swimming this afternoon we did the decorations and now it is ready to go. I think she did a great job in picking out decorations to use. It sure is colorful! Continue reading Decorating golf cart. Dropbox vs. OneDrive.

Fast Eddie’s. Smashburger. Babbo’s.

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John’s Biscuits and Gravy and Red Flannel Hash

Today was a day of eating! We started with breakfast at Fast Eddie’s Diner at N 33rd Ave and W Bell Rd. We always like Fast Eddie’s; it was John’s first time there and I don’t think we would have to twist his arm to go again. They always have great food. I had a Denver Omelet and sausage, Elaine had eggs and toast and bacon, and John had biscuits and gravy and red flannel hash.

Our lunch was at Smashburger, Elaine’s favorite burger spot. She and I shared an Avocado Club burger with Veggie Frites, John had a Classic Burger with fries.

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Elaine’s calzone was impressive
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Spinach Gorgonzola Shrimp Pasta

Tonight we decided on Italian, so I headed to Babbo’s at N 16th St and E Glendale Ave. It was our first time at Babbo’s, but it won’t be our last! We were all astounded at the food quality. I had Spinach Gorgonzola Pasta with Shrimp, Elaine had a Mushroom-Pepperoni and Sausage Calzone, and John had Garlic Shrimp Pasta. I can testify that the Gorgonzola sauce was very rich and smooth and tasty. I ate about 1/4th to 1/3rd of my meal and brought the rest home. We were all shocked when the waiter brought out Elaine’s calzone; it was puffed-up huge, as you can see by the photo. Very impressive.

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See how clear our new golf cart windshield is!
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Dave and John preparing the replacement windshield

The windshield on our golf cart had become scratched and was hard to see through, especially when heading into the sun. So a couple of weeks ago I ordered a replacement and this morning John helped me to install it. Wow! What a difference! Now, looking through the windshield is as if there was nothing there at all. Glad I did it; sorry it took me so long!

Drip good, grip bad. Bridge over troubled… teeth? SpamFighter.

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The irrigation controller. I had connected the common wire to the blue MSTR terminal instead of the white COMMON terminal. Duh!

Remember I said a week or so ago that I could not get the irrigation valves to operate? Today Pete Petersen came over with his multimeter to check out my system to see if we could figure out what was wrong. It didn’t take long – I had connected to common wire to something other than the common post! Once moved where it should be all valves worked fine. Continue reading Drip good, grip bad. Bridge over troubled… teeth? SpamFighter.