Hanging Out In NE

My domain name expired, so today I was cut off from my email. I barraged my remote host company with many unanswered emails. Then I resorted to a never-used Yahoo account and was then able to communicate with them. They had tried to call me, but my voice mail is delivered by… email! My email should be back up shortly when the domain registration renewal filters through the web, perhaps 24 hours or less.

Not much going on here. The reason this park is always empty is because there are no tourist attraction here. An elderly couple (more elderly than I at least, about 80) dropped in for one night two days ago. They stopped a few sites from me and were ‘surveying’ the situation. They then backed up, and parked exactly across the road from me. There are only 44 more sites here, all empty and some around a corner out of site. They probably felt more safe is a ‘group’ of two! At least they were not afraid of me.

Weather is kind of cloudy/windy/cooler. The wind gets rather gusty. I am a poor judge of wind speed, and the satellite dish gets put up, down, up, down as the wind changes. I am going to buy a wireless wind meter so I can know the wind conditions. I should be OK up to 30+ mph gusts, but my wet finger tells me little. So I probably am stowing the dish unnecessarily.

One of my wiper motors has gone bad, actually always was bad, but I did not know all that noise wasn’t normal, though I had my suspicions. The motor had completely lost it’s rear plate, bearing and all. But somehow it kept running noisily, always has. I found a company on the web that sold me a new one, which I am having shipped ahead. But the installation is going to be difficult.

My schedule has been accelerated, as I must be in Austin sooner than originally expected. My next move will come Saturday morning. I will probably pick up my mail at 10 AM in McCook, and head for the Dodge City Walmart, and move on the next day to North Texas for a couple of days.

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SOAPBOX – Radio Stations Across America

Although I listen to XM radio most of my radio-hours, I have noted a change in small town radio service in my travels.

Corporate America has created homogenization of radio stations. Mostly absent are the small town stations that I remember from my childhood. You know the ones. They had local news about Ned’s barber shop specials; closings of schools due to snow; lost dog notices; buy and sell of items ( a free local Ebay); local talk show content, with local guests.

You know the stations I am talking about if you are over 50. When it snowed, everybody was up preparing for school, with the radio in the background. Parents praying that schools were open, kids crossing their fingers that schools were closed.

All gone for the most part. Today, even on the small town stations, the content all day is Dr. Laura, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Regan, and syndicated national news. All programs provided by satellite feed. And all automated. Sometimes the station operators screw up the programming of the automation system, and two programs come in at the same time. And when that happens at night, it is not fixed until the next morning, because the station is running completely unattended.

What is the problem with this picture? It is more than the loss of an era. It means that powerful corporations are controlling the content of what America hears across the entire country. This tends to wipe out the self-thinking of rural and small-town America, brainwashing them with the same content as major metropoli. This leads to small-towner’s lethargy regarding important issues as they are immersed in big-city rhetoric.

Hemogenization. Small towns are becoming remote suburbia, not individual communities with an opinion.

OK, I will now climb down from the soapbox. I need another cup of coffee. And I may be missing something on XM!

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Life At Red Willow

Since moving in here 5 days ago, life has been good. This is a beautiful open park, large lake, 30 and 50 amp electrical hookups, level sites and perfect weather. The only down side that I have noted is that this place has flies, but fortunately not the large green flies like the last horse camp I was parked in. Also, in sustained rains, the road tends to get soft, but not nearly so bad as the Enders Rec Area that I had to bypass for that reason.

This site has electric hookup, something I have not had the luxury of since… June I think. I could even run A/C, but the mild temperatures do not need it. I had to buy a NE State Park pass for $25 in addition to the site fees of #10/day, but if I am here for 1 week or more, the savings in propane and gasoline will more than cover the additional cost.

I spent yesterday installing the longer mirror support arms that finally arrived at Custer. It was an all day job due to the wiring extension splices required to accommodate the new arms, but my increased visibility around the corner posts add the much needed rear view enhancement. Now I do not have to lean forward to see my rear view on the driver side.

Mail forwarding has been requested and will arrive in McCook at the end of next week. When I have my mail in hand, I will take a step further South.

No pictures as grasslands all look the same. Fields of harvested grain, huge bales of harvested hay, few trees, and the occasional feed lot. Seeing the poor conditions that cattle have in feed lots almost makes one want to be a vegetarian. I hope I do not pass through any chicken growing areas. That would clinch it!

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