Jay’s Bird Barn & Rock the Block Sunday, Oct 28 2018 

Step West Owl

Step West Owl

Yesterday we took advantage of the free lunch at Jay’s Bird Barn celebrating their 15 years serving Northern Arizona. After lunch, we looked at the live birds of prey on display including a cute step west owl, colorful American kestrel, stately Harris hawk and Swainson hawk. We admired the bird photo contest entries. We supported the “Save the Dells” registration effort that seeks to permanently protect the remaining undeveloped portions of the Granite Dells as public open space for people, wildlife, and community. We purchased a copy of Hannah’s Heart and had its author Melanie Ewbank autograph it. The play will be presented at the Ruth Street Theatre, Prescott High School on November 30, December 1st and 2nd with ticket proceeds supporting another good local cause, the Coalition for Compassion and Justice.

“Rock the Block” took place on the Crossings Drive cul de sac off Willow Creek. Some 20 vendors offered candy to children, many of whom were wearing their trick or treat costumes. The kid’s zone offered a bounce house and slide, balloon art, and chalk drawing. For the adults, the Funk FREQuency band performed from their 70s and 80s repertoire and Prescott Valley’s Lonesome Valley Brewery sold adult beverages. A percentage of proceeds from raffle, food and beverage sales went to the Yavapai Regional Medical Center BreastCare Center & the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona.

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2016 Prescott Fireworks Tuesday, Jul 5 2016 

Prescott Fireworks

Prescott Fireworks

We watched the Prescott fireworks from our deck. Two trees have grown over the years so that there are no longer clear sight lines to downtown Prescott. This year the fireworks were launched from the top floor of the downtown parking lot. They were relocated from Pioneer Park where there was higher fire danger and an inability to control alcohol consumption. We learned from the Daily Courier that $20,000 was spent this year with only 90 days of planning whereas last year $80,000 was spent with a full year of planning. The resulting fireworks display was disappointing. In the distance we could see more interesting fireworks probably launched in Prescott Valley.

2015 Annual Review Tuesday, Dec 29 2015 

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Chromecast Sunday, Jan 19 2014 

My sister-in-law gifted us with a Chromecast device for Christmas. We waited until after New Year’s to give it a try. After initially trying to set it up using a TV remote and computer with an outdated operating system, I successfully used my smartphone. It is easy to setup. The device itself can be attached to either a TV’s USB port or an HDMI socket. The setup involves connecting the device to the internet through wi-fi. We almost immediately decided to drop our Netflix DVD plan in favor of internet access to Netflix. The cost is the same but we using Netflix much more now than receiving a single DVD plan through the mail. We recognize that some films available through the DVD plan are not available through the internet. We may make more use of YouTube content now that it is easy to access and provides a better viewing experience on a TV. Finally, we are enjoying Pandora music, too. Additional Chromecast apps are already available with more likely to be offered in the future. Thank you, Dianne, for this terrific gift!

2013 in review Tuesday, Dec 31 2013 

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Heart Health Issues Saturday, Sep 21 2013 

Jerome Vista

Jerome Vista

The laboratory work for my annual physical showed an abnormal electrocardiogram and high cholesterol levels. My primary care physician recommended a stress echocardiogram. I traveled to Cottonwood this past Thursday in order to have Dr. Bruce M. Peek interpret the ecg and stress test results. Dr. Peek is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology. He practices at Verde Valley Medical Center, Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona. We made this appointment because my wife thought highly of him when he worked at the North Phoenix Heart Center and cared for her late husband. While my ecg showed right bundle branch blockage, he assured me that this problem with the heart’s “electrical” system is fairly common and does not need to be of concern. My stress test results were good. He outlined current knowledge concerning cholesterol levels and outlined two possible courses of action that I might take after reading the Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) expert panel on “Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults.” He recommended that I start a regime of taking aspirin daily. Because my father was a smoker, Dr. Peek indicated there was no genetic reason for me to be concerned about his heart problems. The scheduler was surprised that Dr. Peek suggested that we not schedule seeing him again for at least three years. With this good news, we celebrated with dinner at the Asylum Restaurant in the Jerome Grand Hotel. We dined outdoors, enjoying views of the red rocks on the cliff on the other side of the Verde Valley. Our drive to Prescott over Mingus Mountain included outstanding views of the full moon.

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