Thursday, January 7, 2016

Let It Rain, Let It Rain, Let It Rain

Apache Junction, AZ   High 56  Low 48

El Nino is alive and well here in Arizona. We have had over 2 inches of rain this week and it is still raining. Supposed to clear out later today – at least until the next storm arrives.

Arizona has a "Stupid Motorist Law" that states that any motorist who becomes stranded after driving around barricades to enter a flooded stretch of roadway may be charged for the cost of their rescue. If public emergency services are called to rescue a flooded motorist and tow the vehicle out of danger, the cost of those services can be billed to the motorist, plus additional liability of up to $2,000.

And yet people still drive into the water. Like the saying goes – you can’t fix stupid.

2016 started our really nicely for us. New Year’s Eve saw us playing Sequence (or Convoy) up at the clubhouse. We were able to make it to 9:30 before throwing in the towel and heading home.

New Year’s Day – our friend Vaughn arrived for a really short visit. Vaughn is the one who had the heart attack and by pass surgery when we were in Montana last October. He is doing really good. Still has a long way to go but making good progress.

We moved the Bungalow over to a site here in the park for him and the two exchange students to use. They were only here two nights and since Vaughn used to live in Gilbert, we didn’t see a whole lot of them. However we did go to dinner on Friday night. Trying to figure out a place to go, Jim looked at those two teenage boys and said – How about Golden Corral. When the boys found out it was a buffet they were ready to go. It’s been awhile since we’ve been around teenage boys and it was so much fun to see them enjoy themselves. They can definitely put away the food.

Henrique (Brazil), Vaughn, and Matteo (Italy)

Vaughn

They left early Sunday morning and we moved the Bungalow back to it’s storage spot.

Scooter is now completely deaf. It seemed to happen overnight but the Vet told us it can happen like that. So we are learning to adjust. Doesn’t seem to bother her at all but it’s hard on Jim and I. Our friend, Nancy, pointed out to me that we have been using hand signals for years with her and she knows what we are telling her.

Jim’s chair was falling apart so we got him a new chair. The girls still seem to prefer my lap and chair. I think that’s because I’m “fluffier” than Jim.

And that’s our year so far.

22 comments:

  1. I know what you mean about teenage boys eating. I bought and prepared dinner a few times while at our daughters house this last month. Wow, you sure need to make a lot more for eight than for two! Especially when two of them are teenage boys! A buffet was a good plan.

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  3. A bit of rain here but not too bad, gonna clear up later today.
    It can always be worse right?

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  4. Ha Ha! Guess I'm 'fluffy' too. :)

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  5. We had plenty of "stupid motorists" when we lived in Dallas too. The rains would come and people would still try to drive through the flowing rivers. Stupid is an under-statement.

    That's an awful lot of rain for Arizona. Maybe it'll help the rivers flow.

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  6. I love the Stupid Motorist Law, but our jails would be overcrowded!

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  7. Teenage boys yeah! Except Nickolas who is the pickiest of all.

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  8. I am all in favor of the "Stupid Motorist Law". If people think they are smarter than the law, let them try it. As a taxpayer, I do not like paying for others stupidity.

    Oh poor Scooter.The guy that is across from us here in Leisure Valley is training a completely deaf dog. It is amazing how is hand signals work and how the dog obeys. He has only had him for 6 weeks, and the dog already sits, lies down and comes on hand signals.

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  9. I was hoping as I was reading that you just decided since the bungalow had to be moved, you were going to Quartzite. Do you realize I've never been to Q without you guys?

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  10. When I see motorists on TV driving through water that is way too high, I think "let them get stalled and just swim out. They can pick up their vehicle when the water recedes." I just don't understand how people can be so stupid.

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  11. How cool to have your own guest house in your park! I love it!

    When we lived in Texas and it rained we'd sit and watch the cars slide off the road. Texans don't know how to drive in rain. I suspect Arizonians don't either. Not enough chances to learn.

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  12. Glad to see that these types of motorists have to pay the bill, if they get themselves in that situation then they deserve that bill.

    When Whiskey was going deaf we found that if we stomped our foot it would get her attention from the vibration. Hope you can find a way that will work with Scooter. It is so hard when then start to get old and you want to help but can't.

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  13. Happy New Year! I've been so out of touch and behind on my blog too for a couple or more months. Trying to catch up. Where are you staying in Apache Junction? We will be at Canyon Vistas during March.

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  14. An elderly man was killed during the rain, here, a couple of weeks ago. Drove into the water. He called 911, but there was a glitch and the call didn't get answered. They are investigating that. I always have one of these in my truck. http://tinyurl.com/j379jzq It's also good to have on hand to rescue a child or animal.

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  15. I told Michael he must be "fluffier" than me as Emmi prefers his lap to mine! :))

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  16. Crikey ..... Mum reckons I must be a teenager cause I sure can put the food away ..... just like those boys. It's been wet downunder too and one bloke died because he drove over a flooded causeway and got dragged away by the water. Poor Scooter. He'll be fine. Hand signals work. Mum uses them on me and I hear real good but she had a deaf dog once so she just kept up with the hand signal thing and it sure comes in handy sometimes. Oh and Mums laps are the best. Dad's won't sit still and they're harder.

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  17. Let's hope the rain is out of here! Finally getting over my cold. How nice for those exchange students! That's where we took my son and his fellow football players when in collage! They cleaned the place out!

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  18. Too bad about all that rain. Maybe you should come on down here to Mazatlan. Poor Scooter. Interesting as to the timing, because we just discovered over New Years that Carmeh is going deaf. For the first time ever she never reacted to the firecrackers. She just kept doing what she was doing sleeping or playing whereas Caeli was in the corner shaking. However Carmeh seems to hear us at various times but not others so we are perplexed.

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  19. I love the appropriate name for the law and the ramifications.

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  20. It never stops amazing me how stupid people are when it come to these deadly washes. Every year someone does this.
    every know and then i can get on a blog. I sure miss reading them

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  21. Our Molly also got at least partially deaf. She's really hard of hearing and like with Scooter it kinda happened "over night"

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