Book: What is the What by Dave Eggers

After reading Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, I had to try this one. Eggers knows how to tell a story, and this is one helluva story. Achak Deng is a Sudanese who tells his life story from childhood in Sudan to his emigration to the US, from child refugee during the civil war to eventual escape. […]

The Pink Store

Palomas has a border crossing, a pharmacy, and the Pink Store. And some dentists and such. Pretty much what every wintering RV’r needs, and pretty much limited to serving those RV’rs staying in Deming. The Pink Store itself sells Mexican cultural items and has a restaurant. They are notable in that they serve free margaritas […]

Wheel Nuts

When I bought my house I had the option of putting some snazzy wheels on it, rather than the standard, really ugly, wheels. I took it, and glad I did. But, the wheel nuts, the lug nuts, are kinda special. Not custom or anything, just of an unusual design.

I started the problem in my […]

It’s a mystery

I spent the morning with the guys at Jimmy’s RV Repair trying to find the cause of my excessive tire wear, with no luck. The problem was, a single tire was fine and then in about 400 miles half the tread was missing on one side. Just the one tire. Jimmy specializes in axles and […]

Still in Deming

Tomorrow I take my house in to see what’s wrong with one axle. I need to get it fixed as I’m planning on San Antonio before heading south to Corpus Christie and the Rio Grande Valley for a couple of months of birding, BBQ, and tamales.

Assuming I get it fixed quickly(no guarantee) I’ll be […]


I avoid (mostly) chains when looking for a green chile cheeseburger in New Mexico, and I missed a couple of places I wanted to try. Here’s where I went:

Bode’s General Store in Abiquiu. This was one of the better burgers, there’s a kitchen in the back of the general store, and of course a […]

Really, really stupid people

For stupid our attention has been directed towards DC lately, and rightfully so. It’s the Super Bowl, the World Cup, the World Series of stupid. And it was a helluva game.

But let’s not overlook the minor leagues, where the future thrills will be coming from. Those acts and achievements headed towards destiny.

Take Christine […]

Hatch, New Mexico

Hatch is the Chile Capital of the World. Well, tiny towns frequently have attention-grabbing superlatives they use to gather in the revenue. Chile is grown everywhere here in southern New Mexico, and I guess if Hatch wants to be the capital, then have at it.

The town itself is full of tiny chile producers of […]

Hanging out in Deming

Today Trisha Schmidt and I discovered we were parked next to each other, and had been since Friday. Funny how that works.

I have yet another axle/tire complaint and after talking with Jimmie’s RV Repair I’m taking it in on the 28th. Almost every time I’m told it’s because I’m overweight, but I’ve always weighed […]

Deming, NM

Far too windy yesterday to even think of making the run from San Antonio to Deming. The headwind was faster than I’d drive. In Albuquerque (Balloon Festival in progress) some boxcars were blown over on the mainline. So I watched the storm from the Buckhorn in San Antonio having their version of the green chile […]