senior cuz

I am an unrequited entertainer. Since about eighth grade I've been a singer. I probably would have loved to have starred on Broadway in stage musicals.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Jerome, Az.


Today, Ada and I took a wrong turn ( I didn't follow direction well! ) and ended up and I mean up-, in the old mining town of Jerome, Az. This town clings to the side of the mountain where they used to mine a century ago. Each street in the town is one story higher or lower than it's neighboring street. Note the white house, you're lookin at it's back side. At street level it appears to be a one story house. You'd swear that building a two story house down would bring worries of sliding off the mountain. You really need to see this amazing place. When the mine petered out the town nearly died and there are some old abandoned homes and businesses but the town has now become a tourist haven with loads of shops and restaurants that are in the hundred year old buildings. The hotel is haunted but booked solid. Looking down this street past the red brick building which actually houses the town's fire station, is a dirt road that leads to the old mine. Oh, by the way, the town is at about a mile high elevation. It sits 3,000' up the side of the mountain. If you don't like narrow, steeeeeeeeeeep highways, you'll probably never visit this remarkable treasure.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Sunrise over Phoenix

Sometimes I not only take sunsets, but I get up early eneough to capture a sunrise. This morning, 10/13/06, I went out to get my morning paper and I saw this amazing sunrise. Note the orange blurry area at the center of the pix. That is an actual shower, that dosn't reach the ground. The weather terminology for this is "verga". Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Fifty Four years ago

For those who did not know me when I was growing up, here is what I looked like when I first joined the Navy in 1952. This was taken while I was at Boot Camp at the Great Lakes Naval training Station, north of Chicago. If I look rathjer dark skinned, it was because I had spent a solid month on Miller Beach immediately after high school graduation. The steel mills were on strike and no one was hiring in Gary. I was working part time as an assistant manager of the Ridge Theater. I decided that since I was living alone because both of my adoptive parents were dead, I would join the Navy and see the world, which by the way, I did by sailing around the world on board the USS Wasp, CVA-18. The young man in the picture with me is the cousin of Gordon Mc Rae the famous movie star singer. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Laid Back

Ever get caught in a totally laid back mode? As you can see I got caught in truly a laid back situation. Warm afternoon, church yard sale, been there since dawn setting up, found comfy recliner, fell into a doze, got rigged by others, and became subject of this trapped in time moment.
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Saturday, September 09, 2006



Cleaning out old pix that I no longer remember or have faded or no one one else would be interested in and I came across this sunset. It was taken from my apartment about 20 years ago when I lived in Pacifica, Ca. if you look closely you can see the Pacifica fishing pier to the left side of the sun's reflection on the ocean. I guess this really wasn't a sunset but a late afternoon shot, probably around 3 o'clock in the afternoon and abouit three hours before the actual sunset. An update as to what we've been doing........... Our super hot weather has finally seemingly gone bye, bye. We even have had some rain here at Sunnyside Dr. Last week we got dumped on with a little over two inches of rain right here at our place. The air is beginning to show sighs that the monsoon is nearing it's end sometime this week. Well folks, Senior Cuz will on 9/11, be celebrating reaching 72. My legs have begun to tell me that I'm no longer 50. Everything else is not too bad. Oh, well....

Monday, August 21, 2006

Monsoon Sky

This is when we hope the sky will open and give us a few very drops of rain. Some parts of the valley have had 4 to 5 inches of the wet stuff. Here on the west side of the valley we are pretty parched . So far here at our abode we have only seen an inch and a quarter. There are some clouds to the east of us and may be able to work their way over the top of us. The thunderheads
your seeing here were topping 60,000 ft. In reality they are more than 40 miles away. I'm currently keeping an eye on the radar of my "Weatherbug" web site. It is a pretty neat place to go to in order to know where the rain may fall.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Bell Rock

Another of those formations to challenge your imagination. This is the first formation you see as you approach Sedona from the east. This pix taken from the club house restarant at our time share resort.

You want to know something? I'm not going to mention how hot it is here. If you're in this national heat wave the country is experiencing, then I think I've got the better end of the deal. Although our temp is 109, our heat index is ony 107, since our humidity is only 19 %. With your high temps and high humidities, you are probably much more uncomfortable than us. You could be experiencing indexes in excess of 115 or 120. Posted by Picasa