Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Constant Vigilance Is Required Because Of The Ebola Outbreak

          I have written a book that was based on my research into the question of whether all of the stories of government conspiracies were true or not.  I wanted to look into this issue for myself.  I studied the question and did in fact a lot of research.  I have been writing this book on an off for a couple of years.  The book is a work of fiction.  However, when read in the context of the current outbreak of Ebola it is really scary how close to reality it may actually be.  The book is called Constant Vigilance  and is available for the kindle and the nook.  A paperback version will be available soon.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Amazing Old Bus Spotted in Las Vegas, Brill Bus

          When you own an old bus, you tend to pay attention to other old buses.  I was lucky enough to spot this old bus and it will soon be for sale.  When talking to the old owner he claims that the bus was used by President Nixon in his 1960 presidential bid.  The bus is certainly old enough.  I understand that Brill stopped making buses in about 1954.  But how would you prove such a thing and would it make the bus more valuable. 

          Before I spotted this bus I had never heard of Brill.  A quick spin around the internet and I found out a little information.  The company got its start in 1868 making horse cars.  They eventually started manufacturing street cars, motor buses and railroad cars.  Apparently at one time Brill made more interurban buses than anyone else in America.  This bus a ACF-Brill badge on its nose.  The company had that name between 1944 and 1954.  This bus would have to be dated within that time frame.   

          The bus is in great shape considering that it has been so neglected.  It is in Las Vegas which mean that rust is less of an issue.  I peered inside and there are machinery parts in the bus.  It would appear that the drive train has been at least partially removed.

 All things considered it is a very interesting bus.  I would hate to see this go the the scrap yard.  If you are interested in the bus drop me a line and I will give you more information.

This is the second old bus that I have spotted while in Vegas.  The other one was a couple of years ago.  You can see that post at Antique Bus Spotted in Vegas

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New Cover for Constant Vigilance

I had a new cover designed for my book, Constant Vigilance.  Here's what it looks like.
  I should be up live on Amazon soon. Click here to take you to the Amazon page

Friday, October 3, 2014

Renewing Old Friendships, The Duke of Fremont Street

The Duke of Fremont Street
          I first met the Duke of Fremont Street shortly after I arrived in Vegas for the first time.  I was playing poker at the Golden Nugget Hotel on Fremont Street when the Duke walked in.  He sat down at the poker table and promptly put 186,000 dollars on the table.  This was not a high stakes poker game.  I think that I two hundred dollars in front of me and that was about average.  I wrote about the encounter in this blog.  The post was simply called the Duke of Fremont Street

          The Duke was also memorable because of his attire.  He was dressed in 1930's gangster garb.  He carried his money in a violin case and wore enough gold to settle the national debt.  I became friends with the Duke and I have featured him in a number of post through the years.  He was once almost killed when he was robbed of a load of cash in another casino in Nevada.  His assailants were caught, prosecuted and convicted.  Most of the case was again followed here on this blog. 

         I now find myself back in Vegas and it appears that I will be stuck here for a while.  I decided to catch up with the Duke and get an update.  I caught up with him at a Vegas Casino Memorabilia  show being held at the El Cortez Hotel.  He was his dapper self, dressed to the nines, selling casino chips, rare coins and currency.  He broke for lunch and we spent a good hour bringing each other up to speed.   

          The Duke was as entertaining as every.  It was good see an old friend. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Best RV Park In Downtown Las Vegas. Main Street RV Park

          There are a number of RV parks around the Las Vegas area.  If you want to visit the downtown area the best place to stay in the Main Street RV Park.  The RV park is part of the Main Street Station Hotel and Casino.  The daily rate was $16 the last time I stayed there.

          The downtown area of Las Vegas has gone through a renovation and is a very nice alternative to the Strip.  The Strip has some amazing attractions, but the problem is that the individual casinos are a long walk apart.  It can be a mile or more between hotels.  It can make for a lot of walking.

          This RV park is located just a short walk north of Fremont Street. The various casinos on Fremont Street are right next to each other and they offer a wide variety of experiences.  In addition, there is the Fremont Street Experience.  This is a light show that cover the main part of Fremont Street and shows happen every hour. Then there is the people watching experience.  This can be just as entertaining as any other attraction in Vegas. 

Other Vegas area RV parks:

Arizona Charlie's RV Park Drive Through Las Vegas

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Recovering From Near Disaster and Other Fall Out From Yellowstone

          If you have been reading this blog, then you know I spent the summer workamping in Yellowstone National Park.  I left the park on September 23, and headed south.  The first thing that happened was I busted my bus.  I wrote a blog post about it and called it: 

My Last day In Yellowstone and I Busted the Bus

          This was quickly followed by another mishap when I blew I front tire on my tow vehicle.  I ended up pulling the vehicle with the blown tire and even managed to bust up the internal workings of my front end.  I wrote a blog post about that also:

          Today I was able to at least get my vehicle back on four tires the same size.  I still have not fixed the internal workings of the front end, but at least I am on all four wheels.

       I have a lot of work to do to recover from my experience in Yellowstone.  I look at the balance sheet and try to decide whether the experience was worth the strain.  It was all an adventure and I got to see an amazing place and spent a lot of time exploring the remote parts of the park.

       I was able to finish and publish my book during my stay there.  The book is called Constant Vigilance and is available as an ebook on Amazon for $2.99.  
       Parts of the social experience left a very bad taste in my mouth.  There were some wonderful couples working with me at the RV park.  I believe that I have developed friendships with some of these couples that will endure.  On another level, I was very disappointed by deception and breach of trust on the part of others. I guess all this is to be expected when you work closely with others in an constrained environment. 

        I can't speak to the dark parts of the experience at this moment.  I need more time to process my thoughts and time and distance will help with that.  I would like to take this time to thank all of you that have read this blog and followed the story.  I still have a number of videos to edit and post on the web.  I don't have the ambition to do this in the near future.  Again, time and distance should help with that.

       In the mean time, the adventure continues.  As I recover from Yellowstone, I am researching my next trip and hoping for a happier ending next time. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Camping in Beaver Ut. KOA

     I recently left Yellowstone and headed down interstate 15 towards Las Vegas.  I ran into a little trouble in Utah and had to spend a couple of days waiting to fix my tow vehicle.  While I was stuck in Beaver Utah I decided to stay at the Beaver KOA.  I usually try to stay at Wally World but that was not available to me.  I looked around at the campgrounds that were listed on the web.  The two that were options were Camperland RV Park and the KOA.  I road through Camperland and it was a little rough.  Mostly long term residents and a lack of amenities. There were however very friendly.  I decide to stay at the KOA.  Naturally I made a little video to show off the place.