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Burning Man Refugees

Burning Man wrapped up on Monday and a few of the festival goers made it to our campground looking to dump their gray and black tanks.

The “Burners” were easy to spot — their RVs were the dustiest things on wheels . . .

Click on photo to see the dust up close (The blue tape on the window was meant to keep the dust out of the inside of the RV.)



Crazy Rich Asians vs The Meg.

Socially-relevant Rom-Com vs Mindless Action movie.

We saw both movies at the Bishop Twin Theater, described by a Google reviewer as “If you want big city multiplex theater with big city prices, go home”.

Actually, it’s a lovely little movie house reminiscent of all those long gone small town theaters I grew up with . . . where I watched my first ever movie, The Spirit of St Louis (I thought it was going to be about ghosts) and Tarantula (giant bug movie genre).

Bishop Twin

Anyway, we saw Crazy Rich Asians on Tuesday night. Sitting in the row ahead of us were a half dozen teenage girls who I thought would ruin the movie for us. Au contraire! They made a great movie even better. The ooh’d when the leading man took off his shirt and ah’d when the leading woman took charge. Perfect.

Wednesday night was The Meg, a movie about giant sharks eating peple and wrecking stuff. If you liked Sharknadoo, you might like The Meg. However, for me, as soon as one of the giant sharks made its appearance, I was rooting for it to eat the lousy actors in this schlocktacular. The only entertainment in the theater was a couple of kids with lights on their shoes who ran up and down the aisles. Thumbs down.

Sterling, Scooter, and Donkey Visit Our Campground

Actually, Sterling and Scooter (horses) and their pal Donkey (a mule) escaped from their pasture next to the campground and made a break for it. They walked about 1/4 mile up Highway 395 and into our RV park.

Jan, myself, and Flirt were all outside. Since our RV site is very near the campground entrance, we had ringside seats. Having never seen horses or a mule, Flirt freaked out. (Two hours later, she’s still whining and pacing in our RV.)

It was fun. Good thing it had a happy ending.

Hopper Check Switch with Nuclear Option

Calling all DISH Hopper users . . .

Myself and at least one other person have experienced a problem while using the DPH42 switch with a Hopper 3. A DHP42 switch is used to connect a standard DPP (DISH Pro Plus) satellite dish like a Winegard Travler to a Hopper 3:

I use this setup in my RV. However, each time I move my RV and perform a “Check Switch” (actually called Test Installation for a Hopper), satellite 110 will be missing and I’ll get a “COM” error.

After some trial and error, I came up with a method that re-acquires the missing 110 satellite. So far it has worked every time.

Here’s the method I use . . . Hopper Check Switch (with Nuclear Option)

Western Fires

California Wildfires

As I’ve sure you have seen on the news, there are some pretty spectacular fires going on in the West.

We’re fairly close to one of them – the Ferguson Fire – which is currently about 58,000 acres located on the west side of the Sierras:

Ferguson Fire Map

Another way to gauge the scale of a wildfire is to see how many resources are involved in fighting the fire. For example, for the Ferguson fire that equates to 3,638 personnel which include 219 fire engines, 46 water tenders, 14 helicopters, 93 crews, 5 masticators and 72 bulldozers.

Though we probably won’t be affected by the fires themselves, the smoke from the fires is another story. It reminds me of our trip through Montana and Utah last year (Note to Self: Avoid the West During Fire Season).

Recent arrivals to our campground from the north, tell us of smoke as thick as fog and run sun in the middle of the day,

Luckily Bishop has been spared from thick smoke, but that could change in the next few days . . .


Wisconsin winters are looking better and better.