Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Beautiful Sunrise Today

Here's a picture from this morning.  This is an HDR enhancement with a "little" tweaking!  Our Tiny House is on the left.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Revised Meeting Time

The Old Computer Geek Group meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesdays at 9:30 am in the Prickly Pear Room.  The next meeting will be held on January 4.  Please make a note in your calendars.


Monday, December 13, 2010

OCGG Meeting Update

The Old Computer Geeks Group meeting/discussion has been suspended until January 5, 2011

We'll resume on that date, in the Prickly Pear Room, at 10 am.  If you have ANY input regarding technology (mostly computers), or would like to discuss specific problems or concerns - please attend.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Uploading Photos

I've been trying to upload photos to the blog, but it seems like Google is VERY slow today.  Unable to post photos at this time.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Working the Gift Shop

One of my hobbies is photography and I've created several cards to be sold in our Park's gift shop.  In order to reduce the fees paid to the Activities Department, each crafter works a shift in the shop.  Today is my month's shift.

The type of photo I take is HDR.  Take a look at www.stuckincustoms.com for examples.

I will soon display some photos of our Tiny House using this technique.  In the meantime, try these photos - http://bit.ly/b3j1Hh.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tiny Houses

I'm intrigued by the various web blogs regarding Tiny Houses.  We've been living in a Tiny House for several years and failed to realize this growing movement!  Although some of the houses depicted on these blogs are smaller than ours, it appears the definition of a Tiny House is somewhat subjective.  Since we've been living this lifestyle for several years, I'm changing the direction of this blog to that concept.  It'll still cover "stuff", but will have a little more information on our lifestyle.
I hope you find it interesting.
BTW, we now have the smallest house we've ever had (400 square feet); the smallest car (Toyota Yaris); and, the smallest RV (22' Pleasureway Van Conversion).  Our footprint on this world is getting smaller.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Sure has been a long time since my last post. A variety of things seem to get in the way.

The most significant - I experienced a Cardiac Catheter Ablation in early October. I've had atrial fibrillation for many years, and the drugs being used seemed to be less effective, so rather than trying yet again another drug, I opted for this minimally invasive procedure. My doctor did not describe what I might experience subsequent to the procedure - had I known the possibilities, I might have declined.

Several days after the procedure, I experienced very rapid heart beats, high blood pressure, erratic heart beats, headaches, and so forth. Calls to the emergency line resulted in responses like "you should expect this due to the procedure - it is not uncommon". Well, now you tell me!

I'm still on my rhythm medicine, and the plan is to gradually reduce it AND my need for coumadin. Stay tuned - this could take months.

My other life ----

Donna is going full blast with her new Activities Director job. She's having fun (almost all of the time) and the best thing about the job, in her opinion, is that I get the opportunity to cook and wash dishes!!! I suppose that is fair.

Since I no longer sell park models, I have time to work on computers (both mine and others), install lights on our deck, create a hard drive for the Wii, etc. I think we'll both keep busy this winter. But, you know what? I'm already looking forward to Summer. How strange is that?

Making DVDs

An interesting site about making your own DVD.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

OCGG Meeting

Today's meeting was attended by four people (myself included).  There were no particular topics presented, but rather a give and take of ideas.  Some problems were solved and some were not.  A productive meeting.

I tried to get attendees interested in Twitter, but the bad press Facebook has received seems to dampen people's appreciation of what Twitter can do.  I'll keep trying.

Attendees are realizing the power of the internet for multi-media gathering.  With a simple laptop AND a fast internet connection (the current Mediacom offering in the park!) users can watch an unlimited variety of programming.  All free!

Next week we'll try to discuss Dropbox and whatever new topic that is sure to arise.

Friday, October 15, 2010

lifehacker, et al

Lifehacker is one of my favorite sites - yep, it's geek-related.  Take a look at this post about "free wifi".

The OCGG meetings have been changed to Wednesdays at 10 am in the Prickly Pear room.  This is a general discussion group about anything technology-related.  I expect most of the discussion will center around Windows PCs, but don't let that keep you from bringing up other topics!  Free resort wifi will be available and I'll have a pc connected to a large TV.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

LPs to Digital

I've had a few questions, in the past, about converting LPs to a digital format.  I have no personal experience with products like these, but they should do the job.  You'd probably have to use some software to take out the pops and cracks.

Anyway, an ad in today's newspaper for Kohl's shows this product (http://www.ionaudio.com/profilelp) for $79.99.  Might be worth it for those of you with a collection of vintage LPs.

Monday, September 13, 2010

New Park User Group

I've added a new "group" to the park's activities.  "Old Computer Geeks".  This group will meet once a week at 10am in the Prickly Pear room.  This will be a non-structured meeting, in that discussion topics are unlimited.  Come to the meeting with questions, problems, ideas, etc.  Someone in the group is sure to have an answer for ideas for further research.  Presentation on various subjects will be appreciated.

In addition to this site, I'd really like every attendee to obtain a twitter account so that we can quickly provide information to each other and to all group members regarding these techie things.  Using twitter is very easy.  Give it a try.

My oldcomputergeek twitter name is:  oldcomputergeek.  I also have stevecaretaker as the twitter name for caretaking activities.  And, last, but not least, is steve_shaff for everything else.

Henceforth, I'll only mention this particular group/activity on www.oldcomputergeek.com.  Please set that site up in your favorite RSS reader so you won't miss any entries.

I know several residents who have purchased Android phones.  Here's a great opportunity to gain knowledge from one of the smallest computers available.  Let the hacking begin!!!

Old Computer Geeks Discussion

I've added a new "group" to the park's activities.  "Old Computer Geeks".  This group will meet once a week at 10am in the Prickly Pear room.  This will be a non-structured meeting, in that discussion topics are unlimited.  Come to the meeting with questions, problems, ideas, etc.  Someone in the group is sure to have an answer for ideas for further research.  Presentation on various subjects will be appreciated.

I still have www.oldcomputergeek.com as a blog to facilitate this activity.  I'd really like every attendee to obtain a twitter account so that we can quickly provide information to each other and to all group members regarding these techie things.  Using twitter is very easy.  Give it a try.

My oldcomputergeek twitter name is:  oldcomputergeek.  I also have stevecaretaker as the twitter name for caretaking activities.  And, last, but not least, is steve_shaff for everything else.

Henceforth, I'll only mention this particular group/activity on www.oldcomputergeek.com.  Please set that site up in your favorite RSS reader so you won't miss any entries.

I know several residents who have purchased Android phones.  Here's a great opportunity to gain knowledge from one of the smallest computers available.  Let the hacking begin!!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Noisy Today

They're trimming the trees today.  The palms always look so naked after this surgery.  And it's a little noisy, too.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Girls Lurch Again

This picture says it all.  BTW, the guys are blue.

No, the picture does not say it all.  The guys have to admit that most of the girls' questions were extremely easy.

Conversely, the guys questions were very obscure:  What is the first sense humans are aware of?  Who was Royce's partner (and who the heck was Royce?)? What celestial body has a circumference of 864,000 miles?

These were tough questions for the guys.  And, it didn't help that the girls appeared to be a little more inebriated!

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Now that I'm no longer in Park Sales, much free time has been created!  Let's resume the Computer Discussion Group of yore, here at beautiful Gold Canyon RV & Golf Resort.  This meeting of techie-types will be called the Old Computer Geek Group (OCGG) and will only be open to residents of the Resort.  Tell your friends and neighbors!

The intent of the OCGG is not to hold classes (those are available by several talented instructors in the Computer Lab), but rather have round (or square) table discussions/presentations on a variety of technical topics.  Problem resolution will be a normal byproduct of these discussions.

Thursday mornings are my choice for the meeting time.  Input on this is cheerfully accepted.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


I forgot to mention the results of the last Trivial Pursuit game.  The women lurched into the lead with 4 pies BEFORE the men even got started.  But, I'm proud to say THE GUYS WIN AGAIN!  Now I know this will not continue to happen, but it sure is fun so far.

Monday, August 9, 2010


Today was my last day in Sales at Roberts Resorts. A few weeks back, the Park owners decided that no employee would be able to also provide a house caretaker function for the residents. So, I had to decide to stop one of these activities. Since we plan to spend most of our time in the Park AND we needed to keep busy during the Summer - I chose to be a caretaker. We're hoping the income decrease will not have a detrimental effect on our chosen lifestyle.

I had fun in Sales, and will miss that experience, but Caretaking will give me the opportunity to assist Donna in her new position as Activities Director during the Season, plus keep me busy in the Summer. A win-win situation?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

More HDR

Head to this link for some HDR photos of today.

I'm thinking of providing custom photos of a resident's home here in the valley. Maybe something that can be used as a card or postcard. Just something to keep me busy.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Take a look at the new tile for the pool. Gonna look classy.


Beautiful sunset last night. It even felt a little cooler - but humid for us. Still no rain here; forecasted chance of rain for the next week. We'll see.

Friday, July 23, 2010


It's been awhile, but I want you to consider using Twitter. A great way to communicate with short messages. These messages can send link, photos, and a variety of other features. I think this a much safer way to communicate than using Facebook. Give it a try. I'll be using @oldcomputergeek to be associated with techie stuff. My main name is @steve_shaff.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Caretaking 101

Do you know what might happen if you leave a bowl of sugar in a kitchen cabinet over the Summer here in Gold Canyon? Do you have any thoughts about what creatures might find this bowl of sugar? Don't worry - if you haven't received a call from me today, it wasn't your bowl of sugar. However, if you think you did leave a bowl of sugar somewhere, give me a call and I'll remove it.

Anyway, the answer to one of the questions above is - ANTS and LOTS OF THEM.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Trivial Pursuit, Part 2

Wanna guess who won the latest Trivial Pursuit game? Why don't these girls just give up?

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100 Pin Bowling

Well, the guys did it again. They beat the girls 1380 to 1082 in wii 100 Pin Bowling.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Electric Bill

We thought you might be interested - our SRP bill is $203!

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A New Experience

Got out of bed about 6 am - noticed it was 91 degrees! Gonna be a hot and, potentially, wet day. Looking forward to October.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


We're currently holed up inside the RV at Canyon Point campground near Forrest Lakes, AZ. Thought we'd camp here for a couple of days to escape the heat. We did that! It's 60 degrees here and has been raining for a couple of hours - started right after we arrived. We're not getting much " setting in the sun under the pine trees". But, it is about half the temperature of home!!!!

The forecast is more of the same for the next few days - monsoons. If it looks like that will happen, we just might head back to the Valley of the Sun.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Is This a New Color for the Clubhouse?

Is this an undercoat OR the real color of part of the Club House. We'll see what transpires.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Trivial Pursuit

Another TP game last night. The girls came on strong, but the tied game was called because of exhaustion. The men are STILL undefeated!

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ants, Weeds, Monsoon

Yesterday, we finished up our latest round of Caretaking. Steve suffered minor injuries from lot's of ants at one leaking pipe location, but the weed problem seems to have diminished, somewhat. Just in time for the monsoon season! Today's paper forecasted a chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday, and, what looks like lightning bolts on Monday and Tuesday. The lightning storms are always fun to watch. As an old Kansas boy, Steve is especially fond of thunderstorms. The extremely heavy rain - not so much.

We are glad there is another couple in the park that we can play with this summer. We're not sure how we would have survived without them. A few days ago we had a long, but exciting, Trivial Pursuit battle - guys against girls. It had been several years since our last game, but we did remember some of the answers. Oh, the guys beat the girls!!! Is anyone surprised?

This is for the caretaking readers (well, for everyone, actually). I'm still posting on Twitter our park activities. At this time, only a couple of you are following me. Do a little research on Twitter, I think you'll find it is a secure way (unlike Facebook) to broadcast data to a select group of people. I'm also finding that Google Buzz is also used quite a bit as the same sort of mechanism; especially in the rest of the world. Rumor is that Google will announce a product very soon that will be a viable facebook competitor. Probably something built from twitter/buzz.

Anyway, let me provide again, my twitter name: "stevecaretaker". My other twitter name is: "steve_shaff". Quite a few of you use Gmail - you might want to try Buzz.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

It's a Fry Heat

I thought of a blog about hot water at the cold water faucet, but an article in today's newspaper is the best way to say it. Have a read -

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hot! Hot! Hot!

Very hot today - 113° on our deck thermometer. Since our living room faces the setting sun, it warmed up a little in there, too! A/C is still running; it's 101° outside now.

Did I mention in the previous posting that our RV generator would not start. Well, it would not start. We took it to a CumminsOnan recommended dealer - East Valley RV Specialists. They said it was the LP regulator on the genset, and the cost to replace it was $835!!! Hell, a new generator is only around $2,000. Went to pick it up a couple of days ago; they said it was ready. I paid them the $835 and then tried to run the generator before we left for home - would only backfire. Not sure why they didn't discover that before they "said" it was ready, so we left it. Today we picked it up after the second "it's ready" phone call. It did start, and run, this time. Parked it in the driveway and will try to start it again tomorrow. If it runs, then we'll assume it has been repaired and we'll move it back into storage. It does seem to run quite a bit faster than it used to, but since EVRVS is an authorized Onan service center, then it must be set correctly. Don't you think?

We hope to head up to the mountains after 4th of July week. It'll be nice to sit outside among the cool pine trees. Did I mention that it was darn hot today? And, this is ONLY the first of July.

We will begin our next caretaking rounds tomorrow. Since the low temperature for this evening is only expected to be 90°, I don't expect we'll spend more than a couple of hours outside.

New news! I'm now the proud owner of a CPAP machine. What fun. I'll talk more about that later.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dry Camping

We tried dry camping Sunday and Monday - we found out we're really dependent upon electricity. The generator did not work (will try to get it repaired on Friday - $115 minimum!!), so we conserved battery usage in hopes it would last a couple of days.

We did pretty good the first day; not much that really needed power, except pump and lights - no internet access available. The Rolfe C. Hoyer campground has been recently refurbished; very clean and spacious (http://bit.ly/cZrIF0).

On Monday, we decided to see what Canyon Point Campground (http://bit.ly/dumPOo) had to offer. It was on the way home - not too far East of Payson. We arrived before noon and no "electric" sites were available. Drat!

We asked if we could look at the campground for future reference. The gatekeeper said "sure", but we had to give them a $3 deposit - refundable if we left within an hour. We wanted electricity, so we drove that loop first. Glad we didn't get a site - very crowded and many kids. Certainly not the quiet camping we had just left.

The next loop were the dry campers. Hardly anyone there! Huge sites, a very far apart. And, we could get 3G!! What the heck, let's stay.

Still, the main drawback was lack of electricity. Especially troublesome since I used the iPad a lot (Alltel broadband card with Cradlepoint hotspot). Next time I take some allergy drugs - not used to pine trees and wildflowers, and recliner-type chairs. I figure water/tanks could last 2 days, even with long showers. A working generator will make it right.

Temperatures at that elevation were very cool at night (mid-40s) and very nice during the day - 70s. Finished several books

We returned home to 100! I think we're gonna try dry camping in the mountains again.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

What a Road!

After our morning walk yesterday, I got the bright idea we should drive over to Clifton, AZ. I wanted to see what the campgrounds looked like between Clifton and Alpine. We left at 8am and, 500 miles later, returned home at 7:30pm. What a drive - much slower than I even considered.

I think we arrived in Clifton about noon. Ate at Basha's deli - didn't notice the Hotel/Restuarant/Bar across the highway that was hosting a large Porche Group lunch. The food was ok, and better for us than the Restaurant - at least, I like to think that.

News to me - Clifton has the largest copper mine in North America - The Morenci Copper & Gold Mine. A VERY large hole in the ground. A very impressive excavation; wonder what the mountains used to look like? See photos here.

The highway North out of Clifton has to have some of the curviest roads I've ever seen. Very slow driving. I'd recommend anyone with an RV try this road and just see how good your brakes really are! Well, a couple hours later we arrived in Alpine. Greatly behind in our schedule AND not seeing any especially nice campgrounds. Don't think we'd go camping along that road, anyway.

Something of note. While passing a campground not too far South of Alpine, we were stopped while three large semi-trunks negotiated the sharp turn into the campground. These trucks were from Houston's Trail's End Restaurant and Mobile Catering, Kanab, UT. This appeared to be a BIG operation. The hand-drawn sign on the highway said "ICP". Later on we passed two large trunks hauling potable water. Anybody have ideas about this?

At Eager, we saw black smoke and several emergency vehicles; some from as far away as Pinetop. Last night we learned that a small airplane had crashed into the High School. Luckily the school was empty at the time.

We did find our camground - the Rolfe C. Hoyer campground (near Greer). A very, very nice National Forest facility. http://bit.ly/d88lKl. We plan to try it out in a couple of weeks.

Oh, by the way, the road North of Clifton makes the Salt River Canyon drive a real cruise.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

South Mountain

We've heard about South Mountain near Phoenix, but had never been there. So, today we did.

It's about a 40 mile drive from Gold Canyon, South of Baseline on Central. A very serene drive today (except for a couple of crazy downhill bicylists). Great views! Highly recommended.

Take a look at the photos on SmugMug - http://bit.ly/apryWm

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


For the past two weeks, several cacti have been blooming. Some of the prettiest are the Organ Pipe. They only bloom at night, and the new blooms are gone by the next evening. Here is a picture of one in the park we were able to get in the morning before the blooms began fading.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Warming Up

It's 90 degrees now, and it feels pretty good. Forecasted to be 111 on Sunday - hope that feels good, too.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Just finished spraying all the weeds. Ran over the sprayer hose at the last house - we're now going out to shop for a replacement.

Lot's of leaves/flowers/pollen/stuff laying on the ground. I'm becoming a believer in Cactus Only landscaping. Keith, Donna says "chop that damn thing down".

Saturday, May 22, 2010


The facebook security problems are getting some press. Be careful.


We watered and did inside checks on applicable Park Models today. Park is very quiet.

We will do some outside cleaning and spraying in a couple of days - after wind dies down.

Do any of you remember saying you had put down weed killer, and the yard should be weed free? Not! Everybody has those pesky things.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Google Wave is now available to everyone. Look for some new announcements from Google regarding this service. Maybe a replacement for facebook???


Google Wave is now available to everyone! Give it a try with your favorite group of people.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Leo Laporte

I've been following Leo Laporte for years (maybe 20). He now has several podcasts, tv shows, and radio shows; all of which are to help people with technology problems. His "The Tech Guy" is my favorite. You can get it from iTunes or Listen (android project). He, and others, have been talking about the increasing security problems surrounding facebook. Today he put his money where his mouth is - he donated to a Diaspora Project. This project is to develop an open-source system to replace facebook. I believe that is a good endeavor, so I have donated as well. See the sidebar for information links to Diaspora.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Facebook & Twitter

I've, once again, decided against Facebook. You will not find me there.

However, I'm giving twitter a try - I like the short messages. And, I think it's a quick and easy way to keep up-to-date on a person's activities (hopefully they won't tell you everything about what they're doing.

My new twitter name is @steve_shaff. Any Gold Canyon Caretaking tweets will be from @stevecaretaker.

Hope this works!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

We're Both Ill

Donna's had a cold/virus for the past several days. Even went to the Doctor, which is rare for her (women never get sick; women can handle pain better; women don't whine. I'm just paraphrasing here. I am convinced they are the stronger sex). Anyway, the Dr said it's probably a virus - she should get better soon. But she has given it to me - in the form of a head cold and coughing. We're a fun couple right now. Our extended trip, to see family and friends, begins on Monday. Hope we feel better soon.

Nothing extraordinary to report on the caretaker front. We've had wind the past two days, but nothing very strong. Gusts were forecasted to be about 35mph. It's supposed to get down to 44 degrees tonight. Everyone seems to have new weeds - they were sprayed again this week.

This upcoming trip will give us an idea just how fast the buckets of water evaporate in some of your homes.

Friday, April 23, 2010

More Tips

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Donna's Last Day; Caretaking

Today was Donna's last day of the season - her last as Assistant. Her next day at work was scheduled for September 13, but that was changed today. Her new start date is September 27 - she'll have to hit the ground running a little faster! She is excited.

Next week is a caretaking week; we plan to perform that function every two weeks. A little glitch this next week - water will be shut off on Monday for repairs. There is no word on how long that might take, so we plan to do Monday's work on Sunday. We now have a hitch for the golf cart and can attach the supply wagon - no need to pull it around the park. Yeah!

The trip to MO/AR is a go; might even loop through IA & WI. Will let you know about the trip later.

Cool here today, but will warm up soon. Glad we're not in the midwest now - too many storms for us.

Monday, April 12, 2010


My allergies are much worse this Spring - must be a lot of stuff floating around. We have so many flowers blooming now - the pollen count must be off the charts. I've had several people recommend I start eating local honey, so I fill up a teaspoon every couple of hours. Still no relief (it must take quit a while to build up an immunity).

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Season End

The end of the current season is in sight. The Park is becoming a little less populated - in a few weeks it'll be a ghost town.

We've begun the caretaking job and have found that cleaning up around Cholla's is pretty exciting. Donna had to use barbecue tongs to pick those nasty things up! Beginning next week, we'll be spending about four days a week, every other week, keeping up with the requirements of this job. We think this will be a great summer.

We'll keep you up-to-date on this latest adventure.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Another Dry Spell

I know, it's been a while.

I find myself looking at Facebook. I know that's bad, but it's so easy.

Park Model sales are a little busy now. Not so much in the sales side, but many residents are wanting to sell. And, that brings the prices down. It's a little depressing when owners accept these very low prices.

Anyway, that's keeping me very busy most days. In fact, today I missed BOTH breakfast and lunch. Not good, but I am having fun at this job. The next few weeks will be the busiest of the year; or so they say. Lot's of lookers, especially from Canada. I do like Canadians, even though they won THE hockey game! Donna and I are honorary Canadians (we went to PEI), and I even won the Curling Trophy at the Canada Party. BTW, wasn't that a great Olympics?!

Donna has accepted the Activity Director's position for next year. So, that makes me the "administrator to the activity director in charge of computer problems (aadccp)". I've got the whole Summer to train her in the ways of computerdom. I now have FOUR jobs: Home Sales, Caretaker, Computer Repair, AADCCP. Whew!!

This is an exciting time at Gold Canyon Golf and RV Resort.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


I may have to spend more Fridays with Park Sales, so we're looking for someone to take over the moderator function at the Technology Discussions. All that person has to do is show up; initiate a discussion; try to get others to participate. Piece of cake!

See Donna when you've decided to help out.


We know it's been a long time with a new post, but .... we've been busy. The Activities Season is in full swing, so Donna is involved in a variety of projects. It looks like February will be non-stop! Steve is working almost fulltime in the Sales Office. He's handling new and used sales. As in the housing market, the market of Park Models is also a little depressed. Buyers are getting some good deals.

I think I've previously stated we will spend the summer in the Valley. Just to see how hot it really is (not really, we're staying to be caretakers for some of the park models and Steve will spend some time in Home Sales). In addition to the caretaker responsibilities, Donna will do crafty things, like - making Roman shades for the living room; and trivets. We also plan to take several mini camping trips. We've had to revise that activity somewhat, in that most all the State Parks in Arizona are shutting down because of the economy. Not sure that makes sense.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Discussion Group Resumes

Let's start the computer discussion group again. Since I'm now in Sales, we'll have to move it to Fridays at 2pm in the Ocotillo Room. Just because Rose says that's a good time.

This will be a general discussion on Computer things. Problems, successes, new toys, software, etc. I'll try to pick some topics, but I want you guys to participate in any topic, you might find interesting.