Jean Shepherd Christmas Marathon
Tune in all day today, Christmas Day, for the Jean Shepherd Christmas Marathon. Hear him read from his original story that inspired the now-classic holiday movie “A Christmas Story” as well as Grant Reynard’s “Rattling Home For Christmas” – a great train story.
Jean Shepherd was an American humorist and these are but a few of his broadcasts from the 1960′s and 70′s when he had a late-night radio show on WOR in New York. Today’s marathon features some of his Christmas Eve and Christmas Night broadcasts.
I’ve added a new way for you to keep up with what’s happening around here at Homeless On Wheels. If you look over there to the right, on the sidebar, you’ll see a Twitter button, right below email and RSS. Or you can just click here: Follow Me On Twitter.
Notification and Communication
Following me on Twitter will let you be notified of any new posts. It will be great if you want to keep up with posts here, but email notifications or RSS feed aren’t your cup of tea. Even if you already subscribe to email or RSS, my Twitter feed will supplement with extras you won’t see here on the blog – occasional tidbits or links that aren’t worth a whole blog post, but are still worth sharing. It will also be one more way you can contact me, in addition to email and blog comments.
Social Media Butterfly – NOT
I know I’ve probably said before that I’m not a big fan of social media, especially Facebook and similar sites. That still stands — don’t expect me to see me on Facebook any time soon, if ever. Twitter, on the other hand, seems to fit in perfectly with a blog, mostly as an additional announcement and communication channel. It will also allow me to put to use my otherwise neglected personal Twitter account, which I have repurposed for use here with the blog.
Comments Are Open
How do you use social media? Do you find that Twitter is a good companion for blogging? Is it a useful notification tool, or not worth the trouble? Tell me your thoughts as either a blogger or a reader.
Gip over at So Much More Life invited me to do a guest post this past Friday. I wrote about single purpose, multi-function, and multi-tasking items. A few commenters thought my use of a smartphone as an example wasn’t the best choice, and in retrospect, they might be right. If you haven’t seen the post yet, or haven’t kept up with the comments, go read it now, and please add your own comments too.
When I first started this blog a few years ago, I thought I’d write about my adventures — perhaps a bit of travelogue, how-to, and tech tips thrown in. It turns out I wound up not having enough to write within that narrow vision. Looking over the archives, it seems I’d been averaging only a few posts per year.
It’s not that I had nothing to write so much as I didn’t want to get too far off-topic. But what good does that do if it means I hardly write anything at all and my blog gets neglected?
I read a post about a month or so ago — 15 Reasons I Think You Should Blog by Joshua Becker on Becoming Minimalist — that really made me think about why I started blogging and why I should keep doing it.
Then just the other day Gip Plaster of So Much More Life posted Focusing Passion Means Opening And Closing Doors. Got me thinking that maybe I can change or even broaden the focus of my writing here. After all, it’s my blog; why shouldn’t I write about whatever moves me to write?
While you’ll still be able to come here and read about mobile and small living, you might be just as likely to be reading about ham radio, technology, music, computers, my opinions on politics or current events, or anything else I feel passionate enough to write about that day. Or that week, anyway. I’ve made a commitment to myself to post at least once a week, but to allow myself to write as often as I like.
Time will tell if I find a new focus for this blog, or if instead it becomes an entertaining potpourri of all my varied interests and passions. In any case, I hope you stick around and enjoy my “New And Improved (Now With Even More Content!)” blog.
In celebration of my “new” blog, I’ve added email and RSS subscription links for your convenience as well as a blogroll of sites I regularly read and am often inspired by.
It’s come to my attention that I haven’t written anything here in a while. Wow… I don’t see a single entry for 2008 – how is that possible? Well, I guess I’d better write something then, eh? OK… I’ll have to do some catch-up blogging. More to come…
What is with people? Doesn’t anybody learn to drive courteously anymore? On my recent trip to the hamfest, I took the scenic route – I find that the two-lane roads have much better scenery and are more challenging (and therefore more fun) to drive than the freeways. It is on these roads that peoples’ driving courtesy (or, more often than not, lack thereof) becomes apparent. It’s been years since I’ve driven a rural two-lane highway, and possibly longer since I’ve done so through mountainous terrain, but it all came instantly back to me, just like riding a bicycle. Some things one never really forgets. Except for those who never learned. We’re talking about simple stuff here, too. Like dimming your headlights for oncoming traffic, or when following another vehicle. Signalling your intent to pass, and doing so only when it is safe.
For that matter, most people don’t seem to do much better on four-lane divided highways (two lanes in each direction). I guess people are spoiled by 6- 8- and 10-lane freeways. On a four-lane highway, you are supposed to stay in the outside lane, moving to the left lane only when necessry to pass another vehicle, returning to the right lane once you have passed and it is safe to. Exceptions include moving to the left as yo approach an on-ramp to make it easier for the cars entering the roadway. Oh… and of course signalling all lane changes.
As much as I hate to cast stereotypes, you know who the biggest offenders are, at least here in AZ? Nine times out of ten, if I see a discourteous driver, especially one that continues to drive in the inside (left) lane, whether passing or not, the car seems to have California plates. I’m sure there are plenty of Californians who learned proper driving courtesy, but I guess these Californians never drive to Arizona.
Well, I’ll continue to drive the way I was taught. I guess it’s just me and the professional truckers who still practice common courtesy on the roadways.
Posted in driving, Uncategorized
Tagged california, courtesy, driver, drivers, freeway, freeways, highway, highways, road, trucker, truckers
When I was deciding what to take and what to leave, I’d opted to leave my cast iron cookware behind (in the interest of saving space and weight). Not that I was gonna try and cook on some cheapie thin “camping” or “RV” cookware – I brought along a few pieces of quality stainless plus some heavy non-stick-coated aluminum. Who was I fooling? NOTHING else cooks like cast iron. Especially breakfast foods like bacon, sausage, eggs, and pancakes. Sure… a non-stick aluminum skillet or griddle will work, sort of. But they tend not to be as non-stick as they purport, and, especially with the eggs and pancakes, they just don’t brown the same nor taste the same as when cooked on well-seasoned cast iron.
Well, I now have my Lodge skillet and griddle on board, and tossed out the Teflon-on-aluminum skillet and griddle, and I’m once again a “happy camper”. And yes, I said “Lodge”. Those who know me well know I’m not a brand name snob nor a name dropper, but once in a while there is a product or brand that stands out so far above the rest that even I will call it by name and will go out of my way to buy that brand and only that brand. Lodge, being the last remaining manufacturer in the USA of cast iron cookware, which is both reasonably priced and of excellent quality, deserves such name-brand recognition, even from a die-hard generic consumer such as myself.
So life is once again good, mealtime is good, cooking (and eating) is once again a joy, even if the motorhome (and eventually myself) winds up being a few pounds heavier for it. Now where’d I put that cornbread recipe?
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Tagged affordable, breakfast, cast iron, cook, cooking, cookware, galley, griddle, iron, kitchen, name brands, quality, skillet
It sure has been a while, no? Right now, I’m in Tonopah, Arizona. That’s about 50 miles west of Phoenix. Some of you may be thinking “If your house has wheels, why would you stay in the desert for the summer?” Well… that’s a good question. I suppose I could say that I’m used to it because I’ve already spent 30 summers in the Arizona desert, and it would be true. Anyway, I kinda have to stay here for medical reasons. Remember a while back I said I might have ended up truly homeless, or “camping” at an urban Wal*Mart? Well, that really could have happened. Luckily, I’d already been planning for the “RV Lifestyle”, had acquired my rig, and started fixing it up, etc. But really I was so close to being homeless and in the streets. Unfortunately some unplanned medical issues came up, leaving me unable to support myself for some time. That’s the “could have been homeless” part. While things are improving, I still need doctors and treatments frequently enough that I have to stay relatively close to “the big city” to deal with those issues. Eventually when my medical concerns are more stable, I hope to be able to venture farther away from “home” for longer periods. We’ll see – for now I’ll do what I am able.
Anyhow, on to more pleasant thoughts…. Been doing some good stuff lately. I’m planning to go to Williams AZ for the Hamfest (convention for Amateur Radio enthusiasts), and in anticipation I’ve been trying to get my ham station and my solar power all set up and doing what I want.
Of course I’m learning that no matter how good it looks on paper, some stuff is just worthless in practice. A lot of stuff I thought I’d need is gonna be sold at the hamfest or donated to the thrift store. And there’s other stuff I wish I had.
But all in all, life is good, and could be a lot worse. Right now I’m a caretaker for a private property. I keep a general eye on things, manage the irrigation, and perform occasional repairs and maintenance. In return I get a place to park including water and electricity. The owners are are great, and a BIG bonus is that the property is “clothing optional” so the only time I have to think about wearing clothes it once in a while when the inevitable shopping trip into town is needed. It’s hard to put a price on not having to wear clothes :) When I took this gig, I was mostly interested in being able to stay reasonably close to Phoenix, and the nude thing was just a cool perk. But now after spendng a while here I think I’m getting spoiled. “Nude Friendly” may be a requirement for my next situation.
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Tagged amateur, amateur radio ham radio, arizona, clothing, clothing optional, desert, freedom, ham, hamfest, home, job, location, naked, naturism, naturist, nude, nudism, nudist, work