Blogs from Clovis, California, United States, North America


North America » United States » California » Clovis January 1st 2022

I mean 2022, of course. I have big plans for 2022. How about you? I no longer make resolutions. But I do have plans. Keep exercising on the Peloton when I cannot get out on the road with my bicycle.Go wine tasting more often.Clean out the garage and donate more stuff to charity.Get my mountain bike tuned up.Replace the canopy on the gazebo covering our bbq.Spend more time with dear friends. Expect a call for lunch!Follow through on all my travel plans... read more
The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Thessaly, Greece, winter

North America » United States » California » Clovis January 6th 2021

Interesting information: Annual consumption has been growing steadily for decades, and last year reached about 39 pounds per person; that’s about three-fourths of a pound per week. But as we nibble away, url= about calories, sodium, and fat persist. So where does cheese fit in a healthy diet? Fat and calories What is the typical nutrition profile for cheese? A typical slice (22 grams) of Swiss Cheese is 86 calories, with 6.8 grams of fat, 5.9 grams of protein, and zero fiber and sugar. Mozzarella is one of the lowest calorie (78 calories per ounce) cheeses. An ounce of brie is about 100 calories. Colby, jack, edam and gouda are much higher. Pairings For a festive cheese board, with great variety: ... read more
More cheese
My favorite, brie!

North America » United States » California » Clovis September 24th 2020

Just for the record, I never had or wanted a proverbial "bucket list" that has become so popular with travelers. I rarely compiled a list of places I wanted to go. Visiting all fifty of our states was almost by accident, until the total reached the low forties or thereabouts. Trips to places around the world were never planned more than eight to nine months ahead. Much of this I owe to my travel buddy Mike. He rarely wants to commit to a location, too far in advance. When we drove Chile from top to bottom, it all came together just a few months before. Same for our trek to Africa for the safaris and visiting Barry the V. I have seen other people's bucket list, and thought I would give you my "water pail" **list, ... read more
With Mr. Willie at his Ngorongoro lodge
Doing the tango in Buenos Aires
In front of St. Basil's in Moscow

North America » United States » California » Clovis September 4th 2020

I think I covered this before on one of my "Twelve Days of Christmas" series of emails. But, perhaps with Covid, we should revisit your needs when traveling afar. Here is a basic list from Travel and Leisure:url= sanitizer (lots of it)url= read more
Even better?
My kit

North America » United States » California » Clovis July 14th 2020

Two interesting results of the pandemic have resulted in better outcomes: bike riding and dog ownership (adoption). Case in point: From Travel and Leisure: Young children who come from dog-owning households and regularly go on family dog walks, or actively play with their dogs, are better behaved than their peers who grew up without a dog, a new study has found. The study, from the University of Western Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute, notes that kids aged 2 through 5 who had dogs "had a reduced likelihood of conduct and peer problems, as well as increased pro-social behaviors such as sharing and cooperating." Further, the positive effects of growing up with a dog increased the more the children walked or played with their family dog. According to the study, which surveyed 1,646 parents, childre... read more
Several types available
Always use a front fastening harness or halter

North America » United States » California » Clovis July 2nd 2020

Almost all of us think we are born grill masters, right? I quickly came to the conclusion, after a very spotty grilling career, that I am definitely not. Maybe the skill is attached to the male gene? Maybe it is best to use at least some scientific information to have the best grilling results. Here are a few: Season your meat hours before actually placing it on the grill. Don't be afraid to grill vegetables, and other side dishes. But please, fresh fruit is best without charring! Buy the best quality meat (marbling is a good thing) and barbecue tools that your budget can handle. Lean is not always best. Clean your grill after each use. DO NOT use a wire brush! Never cut into a steak to see if it is done. Use a timer ... read more
He got even!
Creative grilling!

North America » United States » California » Clovis July 1st 2020

So, here is an interesting question. How many ways can you use coins to make a dollar, or 100 cents? I will give the answer below. I tried to do it by writing it down, but fell woefully short. Here is the formula: (From Galactus) This is a counting problem, not arithmetic.What coins can you use? If it's quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies, then:... read more
Sandberg knew coins!
I hate to count coins

North America » United States » California » Clovis July 1st 2020

From Days of the Year: July 1st (the 182nd Day of the Year) marks Second Second Half of the Year Day – a chance to step back, evaluate your year so far with your goals and objectives (never mind the new year’s resolutions which likely didn’t last until February…) and to take action to get back on track if necessary. It’s a great opportunity to do some hard thinking over your finances, your diet, your career and other aspects of your life that you might want to improve. Make the second half of the year count! The Second Half of the Year Day is traditionally celebrated on the same date annually, and has been for some time. The day has seen important milestones such as Sony introducing the Walkman and Zip codes being used for mail. ... read more
Count them, yes it is half!

North America » United States » California » Clovis May 26th 2020

On Friday, President Trump url= churches essential, as a federal court url= California's order to keep them shut. On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that houses of worship could reopen under certain conditions. Among them, attendance should be limited to 100 people or 25 percent of building capacity, whichever is lower, and collection plates should not be passed around. Well, passing the collection plate (full of germs) is the main reason for opening the church, right? What about the singers and chanters who spit? Not my opinion, but read the following: ... read more
A different type of cleansing?
For the hard to convert?

North America » United States » California » Clovis May 20th 2020

What do you call it when a sentence contains every letter of the alphabet? If you've ever had to type "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog," you've already encountered a pangram. Pangrams are sentences that contain every letter in the alphabet. To create a true pangram, each letter is used only once; however, most true pangrams contain so many abbreviations that they become difficult to read. And just listing words doesn't count; a pangram must be a full sentence that makes grammatical sense. Pangrams can exist in any language, but their length varies by the language's characters: For example, while an English pangram must include 26 letters, a Russian pangram needs 33, and Khmer, a language spoken in Cambodia, requires use of only 12 characters. Pangrams can be fun to create, but they ... read more
Famous Fox!
My type?

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