Vacation Time

Out in vacation till the end of the year. I had high hopes of writing a travel diary and sharing with my blogily. But the travel gods had other plans. They wanted to spare a few readers I had the misery of going through the dreadful prose I write. So here enters technology. Slow internet speed makes it a struggle to download and attach photos with my post and upload it to WordPress in the little time that I have for myself during the vacation duties. It becomes quite frustrating at times. So my dear readers, I will try to post when I can.

Happy Holidays to you all. Have a wonderful Xmas with your family and a great 2019.

Before I let you go will like to share a little tidbit about our travel yesterday. For our travel we had booked a Dodge Durango. Unfortunately when we went to pick up the car what we got was a Infinity QX 60 with only 39 miles on the odometer which was great. What was not great that the cargo space in the Infinity was much smaller compared to the Durango. We had to repack all our luggage resulting in a late night the day before the trip. That escalated to a late morning start and encountering heavy holiday traffic and a trip that was supposed to be about nine hours drive ended up being a fourteen hour drive. In the very beginning of the trip, a portion of the highway that would normally be a forty minute drive ended up being a two and quarter hours drive forcing us to stop at the first available rest camp to answer nature’s call speeded up by cups of early morning coffe. It was restful to say the least and scenery was terrific.

San Luis Reservoir, Dec 22, 2018

Around 5 PM we stopped near the intersection of Highway 99 and Highway 58, still about four hours drive from Las Vegas as per map. After feeing up gas and some coffee and drinks for ourselves we started with high hopes of arriving Vegas by about 9 PM, still decent time. But horrendous traffic both at highway 58 and Interstate 15 kept on pushing back the arrival time. After about three hours of driving and Vegas still about three hours ahead it became apparent that we will need to stop somewhere. By that time the river of red lights from 5mph cars in front of us was becoming quite monotonous. Only saving grace was the beautiful full moon over the Mojave desert. But that also became an issue as it became quite apparent that relieving oneself by the road size will result in good exposure. Few brave souls however had done just that braving the bright full moon. By the time we got to the first rest camp on I 15, parking lots were nearly full. The line from the rest rooms (not sure why it is called rest room though ) were snaking out to the parking lot. One young guy in front of me in the line was shivering like crazy, dancing an odd dance move stanging on one leg and then the other. The poor soul was trying to control coming out on the open. A few good hearted people advised him to go find the nearest dark corner but he ignored. Actually he had number two coming. Thank God that he did not go out in the line but it was a terrible sight to behold.

Without much further ado and no more near calamities, we arrived Vegas by about 11:30 PM and got to our rooms past midnight. To hell with sight seeing plans for Sunday, it was off to bed we go (of course after a little late night sojourn, what would be a trip to Vegas without that).

Vegas at last, Dec 23, 2018

Welfare:Week Forty Five of My Fifty Two Weeks Journey with the Letter ” W”

Welfare has got a bad rep in modern american society.  Welfare state, being on welfare, all these carry a stigma that is not well deserved.  Many of the people who criticize the concept of welfare may have sometime or other taken  the benefits offered by a welfare state one way or the other.  One of the reason rich are getting richer is not always because they are smart ( though our POTUS elect claimed that he was smart because he found a way to manipulate the system), but because they have found a way to make the system work for them.  That is also a sort of welfare given by the state to the rich by a different name.  Welfare has got a bad reputation because of the misuse by people, both at the lower and upper stratum of people.

In this holiday season, at least for a little while, let us all forget about what divides us and join together in wishing well to everybody.  Let this holiday season bring welfare to all.  Let there be peace, let everybody be happy.  We can always wish.

The year is slowly coming to an end.  Soon we will be ringing in the new year. Hope for the rest of the year and for year to come, all around welfare of the society becomes paramount. With that hope, on week forty five of my fifty two weeks journey with the letter “W”, I start my poem with “Welfare”.


This post is in response to Write Anything Wednesday-Dec-07-2016 sponsored by Writerish Ramblings

My Ten Commandments

Funny New Year’s resolution as personal list of ten commandments.

My Ten Commandments

Thou shall make New Year’s resolutions
To break
Because destruction leads to creation
As proven by The Big Bang

Now that the best
Is off my chest
It is time
To make the rest

Thou shall make a To Do List
Every morning to check at night
For one or two that gets done
Others left for tomorrow but that’s alright

Thou shall eat only what you need
It’s too bad that food
That’s bad for you
Tastes so good

Thou shall workout to get rid of
The Holiday fat
Though it may be difficult
To get up from bed

Thou shall take
Good care of your health
Though in the long run
It may reduce your wealth

Thou shall be proactive
Always up and running
Though it’s much more fun
To be procrastinating

Thou shall always be happy
Even though it may be difficult
When your wallet
Is always empty

Thou shall always be positive
Always keep smiling
Keeps people guessing
What’s your ulterior motive

Thou shall always help as much as you can
Keep the exit clear, so that
When the time comes
You can always run

Last but not the least or is the other way around
Scratching my head, I have lost my count
Just to make it short and sweet
I will be brief, no more tweet

Thou shall keep your mouth shut
Silence is golden, they say
Difficult to put your foot in your (closed) mouth
Try as hard as you may

Now that I have my list of ten
It is time to revisit number one
New Year’s resolutions made to be broken
Because breaking is really fun