hell are we still doing in Quartzsite..
Ya know when
K and B tools folds it is time to get out of town. Anyone who has been
here knows about K and B tools. The place to get that must have item you
have been looking for for years. Without a doubt they have the number one
vender spot in all of Q. Always packed with customers.
"Stack it Deep and Sell it Cheap" slogan.
I don't think
we have ever stayed here in Q this long in the season. I had to come here
as we started to fulltime as this was the IT place to visit. It was
a goal, must go to Quartzsite. But IT became our seasonal landing spot
as Terry got hooked on the rock club and later got elected to its board
of directors. Since the rock
club building expanded to the old Q fire station next door, he
has been busy this last week ripping out walls and redoing a section of
the original building which now opened up so that he can expand the casting
room. We had to go to Blythe, CA to pick up a load of dry wall for this.
While there we took a purchase back to Kmart. While standing in line at
the service desk we saw a couple of people making Western Union money transfers.
One guy wanted to send $100 to Las Vegas and after it was entered into
the WU computer he was told there would be a $66 fee to send $100 to Vegas.
Now get this the manager came over to help due to the people in line and
was just as surprised. She asked the regular clerk is this correct and
he said it all depends to where you want to send money. WOW can you
believe 66% fee to send money just to Vegas. It's not like you wanted to
take out out a loan. You pay upfront to just move money. The crazy part
was the guy who wanted to send the money wasn't fazed when told the fee,
just kept filling out the paper work. The main clerk called him by his
first name so this must not be abnormal. Me thinks some of us are being
taking advantage of. But you knew this already, didn't you?
We were ready
to move on as last Thursday was the last rock club general meeting, but
of course the weather alert had to pop up on my computer warning about
a weather front that will move through mid week. Abnormal high temps on
Monday and then cold, wind and rain mid week. So we are sitting tight till
it moves through. And unlike in years past the temps are not bad yet. Quite
pleasent if I don't say so.
is closed and venders have left for the most part. It looks more like we
find it in the fall when we get here before the venders arrive. But this
time it's spring and also empty. Seems we watch them come and go.
we spotted the CareFlight was about to take off so we stopped to get a
picture. This is one the great things about Q. If you need help it's here
when and if you need it. This landing spot is right next to the fire station
on the north side of Q.
care is available here in the desert in Q. An EMT will get to you within
just a few minuets anywhere around here. Me thinks much better response
time than many other areas we spend time at.
And the La
Paz Regional Hospital in Parker about 30 miles north is first rate.
after... Lots happened yesterday...
No I'm not
going to talk about the health care bill that passed late Sunday.
I want to
but I won't, just for you. We are progressives, so enough said.
Also I just
got access back to this blog site. We changed web hosting server locations
last week and the register site for the domain name wouldn't change the
domain name server address to the new location. I got the main hitchith
site forwarded but this one is a subdomain so it stayed down. But all is
resolved now so back on line.
On Sunday we
took a field trip to Palm
Canyon in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, AZ which is south of Quartzsite
on HW 95.
Some hikers who had returned from
the hike up to see the palms.
Do click on
Trails site link to see pictures of the actual palm trees.
Do you think
we were going to hike clear up into the canyon just for pictures to show
you. Me thinks not.
One of the signs in the above picture.
Now for the disapointment. The reason
we went to Palm Canyon is that the latest issue of Arizona Highways listed
this as a great spot to view the wildflowers. They are out along the highways
but NONE here. All very green but no flowers... Not any, not a one. But
the drove was fun and the views were worth it me thinks.
have to change the Blue lead in today to Green...
A Pot O
Gold to each of you.
We took a drive
to Parker, AZ on Tuesday afternoon for stuff as they say. We hit
Walmart and later Bashas' for our red meat fix. They have good meat prices.
As an example they had corned beef brisket for $1.29 a lb.. So I guess
we will do the Irish thing with corned beef, but I don't think it will
include the green beer. Never got into that...
You do know
that Thursday is a another celebration event.
Joseph the carpenter was the husband of Mary and the earthly father of
Jesus. Tradition says that March 19th is the birthday of St. Joseph.
In the United
is worn on St. Joseph's Day. There doesn't seem to be any religious significance
to this color. It seems to have begun as a tradition to complement the
tradition of wearing green on St. Patrick's Day, which falls only two days
• St. Joseph
is the patron of workers and those in need of work. Prayers for the unemployed
are often included in the traditions of March 19th celebrations.
of red beer
will flow this year.
Now this day
is where you can rid your body of greenand
go for the redbeer.
Looking back from my party beer drinking days don't remember if the color
changed from green to red when relieving the bladder during partying. If
up to now you have been only drinking green
beerthis time of year do check out the
history of St.
need more FD&C Red
Dye #40, in your system.
One of the
cool things that Google has to offer is Google Alerts. On Google
you can specify a topic you want to follow and each time it appears somewhere
on the web Google sends you an email to its link. Very Cool. You can find
out more on this Google
Alerts site link.
Well as you
might suspect I have a Goolge Alert to anything Quartzsite.
I got notice of the new issue of High Country News magazine
which had its feature article about of all places... Quartzsite.
Country News, we think a lot about that overused but still relevant
term, "a sense of place." I don't know exactly what it means, either. But
I think it involves knowing that we're here, rather than, well, over there.
And that we understand at least some of the characteristics that make this
place -- the West -- different from other places... read
more of of the editors cover page
By Jonathan Thompson editor High Country News
Go to High County News
read their feature article Mobile
Every winter in Quartzsite, Ariz.,
tens of thousands of RVers form an impromptu community in the desert.
by Etienne De Malglaive Mobile Nation
It has been
a wild season in Q
on January 21 when we had the huge storm here in Q. Our report of that
in our Jan.
19-30 post. Well a couple of other storms have come through since.
a RVer C Gates out on Plomosa road which is about 6 miles north of Q on
March 09 when he stepped out of this camper, low and behold ... a funnel
cloud appeared in the skies above him. He ran to his truck to grab his
camera and this is what he got.... He posted this picture on rv.net/forum.
He is a senior member of that forum. And you thought all was sunny
ALL the time here in Q. Like the rest of the country this has been a wild
year for weather.
MOST of the
time it has been above average temps and sunny this year in Q. The crush
of people for the January shows had great weather and me thinks they will
be back again next year.
It's slow blogging
now in Q as the pace is slowed up as the Long Term Visitors are getting
ready to close up shop and head slowly north at the end of the month, me
I just hope
the below snicker post doesn't apply again as we will be on the
road heading through real tornado country in a month or two.
Knock on Wood.
I shouldn't snicker
post a few weeks ago about the Larry Green Chevy dealer in Blythe, CA when
we went to them for a front end alingment? As we were standing at
the service desk a Silverado one ton truck just like ours pulled up in
the service lane. The guy got out and came inside. I asked how Emery, SD
was doing as his lic plate had the same county number as ours so I knew
he was a fulltimer using SD as his domicile. He next talked to the
service guy about how his dash cluster readout was not working correctly
with the gauge dials were going crazy. He knew there was service
bulletin out on this issue and they said to come back the next day and
they would check it out and see if it was covered. I thought that must
be a real mess to deal with and thought to myself, glad him and not me.
my snicker moment.
in my dash cluster has started to crash.
works at times or just stays at the bottom or comes up and stops at some
point and doesn't change. I did a search on the forums and found out this
is a big problem for GM truck owners. They even had the service bulletin
for me to print out. They were saying some dealers were covering this past
the bulletin warranty extension of 7 years 70 K miles for this issue. We
are past this limit. I thought I bet Larry Green Chevy in Blythe, CA or
Bradley Chevy in Parker, AZ would never do that for a customer. So
I called my selling dealer in IA and talked to the commercial service desk
that deals with diesels and asked them since it is only my tachometer not
working at times now will the other dash gauges go out in time also?
They said it might not get worse and just stay with the tach gauge. And
when I get back for our visit to Iowa in the spring to bring it in and
they will check it out and if I haven't gone over 100K miles they should
be able to cover it. Said to call if it changes or if I have any more questions.
Now that is what a great dealer is all about. They have covered other issues
out of warranty for me as "Good Will" without charge also. If you
youself in central IA and need a Chevy dealer do see Karl Chevy in Ankeny,
IA. (Des Moines)
Now if you
have a Chevy truck and this becomes an issue for you. See this GM bulletin.
If you want,
go ahead and snicker (like I did) about all this... But beware snickers
can come back to haunt you, me not thinks, me knows!
we been up to, you ask.
me think... Its been breezy and cool so I have been spending inside time
playing on the computer (I mean working). I of course worked on Hitchitch.com
and my other sites.
is starting to be more than just a labor of love, more like a pain in the
ass. It has grown in popularity to a size where people look at it like
it is more like a public service. That's fine but...
to time I get e-mail from people who think it is their god given right
to have their blog listed. Or why it has taking so long to get listed.
They after all sent their listing to me several times now. I try not to
write back with a nasty gram, but boy would I like to at times.
I did send
this one out to a person who was grumbling they weren't listed. Also pointing
out to me listings that she thought didn't deserve to be listed. Guess
she was applying for editor or something.
It went something
like this... I did wordsmith it for this post.
receive a request we place the site in a review status mode... and from
time to time take a look at it to see if it has progressed to a stage that
we feel our readers will take a liking to.
what judgment calls are all about. And sure our opinion may not agree with
yours but we pay the web hosting fees, and like in the old days as they
say we buy the ink, so it's our call.
to write when a site was listed but gave up on that for the most part.
Many times didn't get a reply of thanks. They'll see the increase traffic
and know. We never did acknowledge when a request was received. Who has
time for that.
As we got
to the current size of listings we have become as you might say more picky...
now not as we were in the beginning just a site for RV blog listings, but
listings that have a little special flair to them. Like a publishing house
that rejects more than it lists.
as we are now looking for sites that stand out so to speak.
people are doing blogs, and some are not great works of prose just yet.
That's why we don't just discard them, we watch them to see if they improve
of our older listings may not meet our new standards but they are now kind
of grand fathered. Once listed, just try to remove one. We hear about it
if we do, so we have become defensive. Hitch Itch started out as a fun
project and is turning out to be more like work.
your site it is still under review.
I was too nice.
sort of sums it up. Don't get me wrong I love doing the site, but it's
only a web site after all, meant to be a fun place where we can share our
stories and learn from each other.
other thing that I've been working on is Taxes. (Maybe that's why I did
the above web site rant, Ya Think) I do my own taxes and have used TaxAct
for years. Only $12.95 for the Deluxe Version. Imports info from past years
returns. They are a home grown company from Iowa that made it big time.
This year I'm going nuts trying to figure out Schedule M "Making Work Pay".
It's a $400 tax credit as part of the stimulus plan and confusing to be
I started to get Social Security
late last year. Only got a few payments but now I can tell next year I
am going to have to increase my quarterly estimated tax payments by at
least double what I paid last year. Ouch.. Guess that's the price for having
all this income... LOL
Another gripe is I have to pay Income
Tax on the value of the Health Ins. that I get that covers Terry my partner,
provided by my former employer. They even send a W-2 for that value and
call it Imputed Income to me. I've talked about this before so enough said.
Now we are extremely grateful for the coverage I still get as a retired
employee. I know just how high even shitty coverage is costing others,
if they can even get it. Those people who say don't mess with Health Ins.
drive me nuts. Must be nice for them to have never been to a doctor or
had to go to a hospital and see what it costs.
Boy O Boy the whole post turned into
a rant. Just the way I like it, me thinks.
report to the Freeport-McMoRan Mine at Bagdad, AZ
which is wholy owned by the mining company. It's a true company town. You
read about them in history, but right here in AZ one still exists. They
own it all, the land, homes, stores, fire station, health clinic, schools,
parks, power and water company. Me thinks you would have to live
there to understand how that all works. Wonder if you get promoted do you
get to move to a better house. Now to be fair all looked to be pretty clean
and nice school sports fields etc. I didn't probe with many indepth questions
but people looked happy enough. I hope so. You would have to treat people
good to get them to come here to work as this is well off the beaten path.
One way in and one way out. Any city of size (Prescott or Wickenberg is
over 60 or so miles away). But after all it is an old mining town that
didn't turn into a ghost town, but still going strong. Employment is down
but with Copper now about $3 (we hear the break point is about $1.40) so
they are making money and are fiinding ways to extract ore from fields
that many said were not viable anymore.
We arrived at the town civic center
the mine built (inside and outside pools and meeting hall and park.
It was an old middle school remodeled.
The Free tours (must call to make
an appointment 928 633 2642) is run by the retired Delgado family.
Paid for by the mine using company
Doesn't Terry look good all decked
out in his safety glasses, hard hat, and bright orange vest.
We boarded the vans and off we went.
First stop was an overlook to get the big picture.
Hard to grasp the size of this huge
hole in the ground.
Since this group was from the Q rock
club they seemed to spend more time looking at the rocks than over
the side. They even allowed them to pickup a couple of boulders to take
Now for a little zoom action to the
working mine part.
They are drilling to blast which
they do Monday- Thursday at about 2 PM.
This mine runs 24/7 365 a year.
Never takes a break.
Robert Delgado on the left was our
guide and we hit him up with many questions. Since he has been doing the
tours for the last 13 years he had the answers to be sure. Larry Clark,
center right in the bibs organized this field trip as a member of the rock
club and we thank him for putting it together.
Terry picked up this rock, see the
copper in it.
On a later stop we went into the
monitor shack. This guy controls the truck traffic and the conditions around
the trench. They use radar and GPS to watch for ground movement.
Don't want a landslide now do we. He knows where every truck is at all
times. The shack was high up over looking the open pit.
Now this is one of the way to extract
They run tubes and drip acid over
the ore to leach out the copper. Who knew.
In leaching, copper is removed from
ore using weak sulfuric acid solutions. In a first step: low-grade
ore from the mine is either stockpiled for treatment or is crushed before
stockpiling. The ore is placed in these large stockpiles or "pads" in 15-
to 30-foot-high levels or "lifts." As each level is built, a network of
plastic tubing and drip systems or sprinklers is spread over the top of
the pad to deliver "raffinate" to the stockpile. A slightly acidic solution,
raffinate percolates through the stockpile, dissolving copper minerals
contained in the rock surface. This copper laden water, called pregnant
leach solution, exits the bottom of the stockpile and flows into collection
ponds. From there it is pumped to tanks at a solution extraction plant
on the site.
You can read much more about it
We stopped at the maintenance building.
Now this was huge. It was orig. built for use at the Hoover Dam site
and when that was done they took it apart and move it here and reassembled
We (our tour are the only ones wearing
these orange vests)
Just little Tonka trucks to play
Now back to process... This is the
end result of the leaching.
The copper sheets pilled up ready
to ship. The one in front is for show.
They also crush the rock in another
process to concentrate it and haul it to southern AZ for smelting.
Follow the process each step of the
way from Drilling to Electrowinning to Market. Take an inside look at how
the raw ore is sifted, refined and manufactured into copper products.
If you are at all interested
on how they get the copper out... Very cool presentation.
here for greater detail and explanation.
Nice text detail with optional videos
that load quick. Go for it you might learn somthing. I sure have.
You will be able to click on each
step of the process to see how it is done.
That's the end of our field trip.
We stopped at the company store for a late lunch. The mine owns the building,
but Bashas, a large grocery chain, runs it. It was going on 2:30 PM. Snacked
on some fried fish and onion rings from their deli. Sounded better than
our meatloaf sandwiches we had brought with us in the cooler. Let me tell
you I was tired when we got back to Quartzsite. About 250 miles round trip.
Just in time for 5 PM happy hour.
trip report this Friday...
We have plans
to go on a field trip this Friday... The trip is to Dodge
Philps Bagdad Mine
We tried to
do this one last year but the weather didn't cooperate and it was cancelled.
a 125 mile one way trip from Q and when we get there they load us up in
12 passenger vans (36 people max) and show us around for 2 1/2 hours. Must
wear long pants, no open toe shoes, and need sleved shirts.
You can bet
we will have many pictures and verbiage of this event.
Can you see
me getting up to meet in Q at 8 AM for a 125 mile drive one way in a caravan.
I might have to get coffee with caffeine in it. That's a no no for me.
But we shall see. It should be a fun outing to say the least after I wake
up a few miles down the road.
Stop back for
a road trip report when we get back.
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