Charles W. Moore

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  • A winters day here in Texas

    Posted on January 2nd, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    It is raining -again – here in east Texas.  Specifically, Livingston, Texas at the Escapees Rainbows End RV Park.  The rain is drumming loudly on the roof of the RV and is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.  This is boring and loud at the same time and enters your soul with an overcast feeling just like the weather outside.  So, I am cruising the net via our Verizon hotspot and came across the below text.  I thought it worthwhile keeping in a place I can find easily so I cut and pasted from site by NerdWallet 

    I include this below in case NerdWallet changes their site and we will definitely include many on our future travels.

    California

    California offers a cornucopia of natural beauty, from towering redwood forests to dusty deserts to breathtaking seascapes and shorelines. This 14-destination loop will take RV travelers across the entire state, tip-to-tip. While we start our journey just northeast of San Diego, remember, this route forms a clockwise loop. You can use any location as your starting point. We’ve highlighted some of the top nature and camping destinations across California, but feel free to improvise as there is no shortage of parks and preserves in the Golden State.

    1. Anza-Borrego State Park
    2. Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park
    3. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
    4. Big Basin Redwoods State Park
    5. Point Reyes
    6. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
    7. Klamath National Forest
    8. Shasta National Forest
    9. Lake Tahoe
    10. Grover Hot Springs
    11. Yosemite National Park
    12. John Muir Wilderness
    13. Death Valley
    14. Joshua Tree National Park

    Rocky Mountains

    The Rocky Mountains stretch over 3,000 miles from New Mexico to British Columbia and offer a life’s worth of exploration opportunities. You could spend weeks at Yellowstone and Grant Teton alone. We’ve chosen just a few of the more popular destinations and suggest you set aside a hefty chunk of time for this trip. Again, the locations are ordered in clockwise loop, and you can jump in at the most convenient destination. We begin in southern Idaho.

    1. Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho
    2. Craters of the Moon Monument, Idaho
    3. National Elk Refuge, Wyo.
    4. Grand Teton National Park, Wyo.
    5. Yellowstone National Park, Mont.
    6. Glacier National Park, Mont.
    7. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Mont.
    8. Devil’s Tower National Monument, Wyo.
    9. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo.
    10. Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colo.
    11. Mesa Verde National Park, Colo.
    12. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colo.

    Route 66

    The classic American road trip, Route 66 spans from Chicago to Los Angeles. Unlike the other trips we list here, Route 66 is less a nature excursion and more a nostalgic cruise along a collection of museums, diners and roadside attractions. Route 66 has hundreds of potential stops, and we’ve chosen just a few. If you plan on taking Route 66 both away from home and back toward it, remember to leave plenty of attractions for the return trip.

    1. Chicago, Ill.
    2. Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum, Ill.
    3. Lincoln’s Tomb, Ill.
    4. St. Louis, Mo.
    5. Mark Twain National Forest, Mo.
    6. Galena Mining and Historical Museum, Kan.
    7. Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum, Okla.
    8. Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, Okla.
    9. Palo Duro State Park, Texas
    10. Cadillac Ranch, Texas
    11. Route 66 Auto Museum, N.M.
    12. Red Rock State Park, N.M.
    13. Petrified Forest National Park, Ariz.
    14. Meteor Crater, Ariz.
    15. The Grand Canyon, Ariz.
    16. Los Angeles

    New England

    An RV trip around New England offers a balanced blend of verdant forests, rocky seascapes, colonial history and gorgeous seaside towns. We start our loop in upstate New York, heading east and north into the parks of upper New England. After Acadia, head south along the coast for breathtaking ocean views. A collection of historic New England towns (Salem, Cape Cod and more) will provide a break from the greenery and a lesson in American history. Pick up the route at the location closest to you!

    1. Adirondack State Park, N.Y.
    2. Green Mountain National Forest, Vt.
    3. White Mountain National Forest, N.H.
    4. Allagash Wilderness Waterway State Park, Maine
    5. Acadia National Park, Maine
    6. Minute Man National Historic Park, Mass.
    7. Salem, Mass.
    8. Boston, Mass.
    9. Cape Cod, Mass.
    10. Jamestown, R.I.
    11. Fort Adams State Park, R.I.
    12. Mystic Seaport, Conn.
    13. Hammonasset State Park, Conn.
    14. Fort Hale Park, Conn.
    15. Ferris Lake, N.Y.

    The South

    The Southeastern states have plenty to offer in terms of nature, culture and relaxation. A satisfying southern RV expedition will sample forests, beaches and everything in-between. This loop starts in historic Savannah, drops down into Florida, meanders along the Southern coast and launches back east into Tennessee and Virginia. The last leg of the journey comprises a series of beaches for a proper cool down at the end of a long, arduous journey. Of course, you can start anywhere along the route and eventually end up back where you started!

    1. Savannah, Ga.
    2. Ocala National Forest, Fla.
    3. Big Cypress National Preserve, Fla.
    4. Everglades National Park, Fla.
    5. Apalachicola National Forest, Fla.
    6. Blackwater River State Park, Fla.
    7. De Soto National Forest, Fla.
    8. New Orleans, La.
    9. Kisatchie National Forest, La.
    10. Houston, Texas
    11. Sam Houston National Forest, Texas
    12. Ouachita National Forest, Ark.
    13. Ozark National Forest, Ark.
    14. Memphis, Tenn.
    15. Nashville, Tenn.
    16. Cherokee National Forest, Tenn.
    17. Chattahoochee National Forest, Ga.
    18. George Washington National Forest, Va.
    19. Virginia Beach, Va.
    20. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
    21. Hilton Head, S.C.

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  • Do Neprilysin Inhibitors Have a Role in Patients With CKD?

    Posted on December 15th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    Medscape: Just read this and thought I would use this mechanism to save for future review:

     

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  • Cyber Deterrence: Oxymoron

    Posted on December 5th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    Western states largely renounced the concepts of defense and deterrence after the end of the Cold War. Instead, Western powers focused on expeditionary warfare—military crisis management, counterterrorist operations, and counterinsurgency operations. Today Russia and China pose a challenge to the Western-defined international security order. The United States and its allies in Europe have lost most of the analytical concepts that would be useful for the great-power politics to follow: defense and deterrence.

    https://globalsecurityreview.com/cyber-deterrence-oxymoron/

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  • Desiderata

    Posted on November 29th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    Desiderata

    Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible without surrender
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.

    Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
    they are vexations to the spirit.
    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain and bitter;
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs;
    for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
    many persons strive for high ideals;
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.

    Be yourself.
    Especially, do not feign affection.
    Neither be cynical about love;
    for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
    it is as perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years,
    gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
    But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself.

    You are a child of the universe,
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God,
    whatever you conceive Him to be,
    and whatever your labors and aspirations,
    in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful.
    Strive to be happy.

    Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

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  • Livingston

    Posted on November 27th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    We are happy with the Rainbow’s End and, in fact, signed up for two more months. Our great, great big problem is mail.  I held up the mail for two weeks and once we got to Livingston did a General Delivery address with the post office.  This is totally screwedand now USPS is saying 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.  TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!  So far I have been unable to contact PL USPS lady who did the forwarding and now is leaving.  So much for trust levels.  Where is a months mail?

     

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  • Texas: Livingston, College Station, Iola

    Posted on November 27th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    This has been a great year.  The synopsis is that we returned to Indiana from our favorite FL spot and worked on the RV from a protected building. I learned MUCHO on working native Cheery Wood!  The two flat screens, added to replace the old analog worthless variety,  needed cabinetry to make them fit the decor of the RV cabinetry.  Everything worked well despite hundreds of trips from the shop to the RV.

    The trip down was in a storm, while not of epic magnitudes, was trying.  We really stopped for the first time in Texarcana and went to see several sites over the three days we decided to stay.  The highlight was the Moore Ace of Clubs house.  Well worth the $4 for the entry fee.  We stayed east of Texarcana in a reasonable RV park but it was a bit noisy for some but not us.

    The run to Escapee’s Rainbow’s End and was a good  trip and un-eventful on 59 all the way toLivingston.  After that it was a very short run via 146 to the Rainbow’s End.  Now we are here for a month or two or three or ???

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  • Posted on November 12th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    I just read an article in Quillette entitled “How An Anonymous Accusation Derailed My Life” and was impressed by the content.  As a product of a small midwest town I am well aware how one malicious person with a vendetta can influence decades of thinking in the small town environment.  The whispers and sage advice offered by local experts on everything cause much damage to otherwise innocent people.  This happens without the person even knowing that it is happening so after the animal is out of the pen it is not possible to put it back in.  Just my two cents for the evening and I hope you read all of the article.

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  • Several Trips to the Airport

    Posted on November 12th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    I can’t believe we made 3 trips to the airport today and 3 in days past.  Loading up for the winter.  Today was one of those dreary Indiana Winter days like in January and February. Temperature was about 40°± and this eveniImage result for neighbor in the woodsng on the last trip for today it was raining lightly.  We are almost finished and ready to hibernate until April.

    I went down to see my neighbor Loren and to watch him burn leaves and branches.  It was very exciting and we could hear the sap boiling out of the green branches. We discussed a lot of things but managed to avoid the pitfall of politics, judgemental issues and hunting deer.  Our discussion consisted of things like the water in the lake being too high for the last 5 years and out docks and rowboats.  Then we talked about all the dead Ash trees we have had to cut and detritus in the woods.  It was an enjoyable afternoon and one like my Grandfather must have enjoyed talking with his neighbor.  Life was simple before the invasion of mass media and Goering’s legacy of disinformation philosophies.

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  • Cold!

    Posted on November 10th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    Man, the cold weather came slamming in with cold in teens, snow and slippery roads.  Rick Boyer came over this morning to winterize the cottage.  He has it down pat so his retired rates are very reasonable.

    We want to go to the airport to take a few items to the hangar for the winter; however, the report from Rick is that the roads are very slippery.  Couple that with 15mph and you have a chill factor that makes us reluctant to go outside, in spite of our long-johns. Brrr!

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  • Saturday Slow

    Posted on November 3rd, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    Image may contain: cloud, sky, tree, outdoor, nature and waterYesterday I was a bundle of energy and seemed to accomplish a lot.  This included making a tour of my Geocaches, cleaning sticks off the roof plus a myriad of other necessary but little tasks like putting the deck table into the bar, taking the tools out of the truck and putting them in the car and sweeping the truck with my newish Harbor Freight vacuum (It works better than my Sears shopvac). Wow what a day. Surprisingly I was not fatigued at the end of the day.

    Today, SAM had an event at the church, a funeral dinner, and is not back as I write this so I expect I have some time to tell the world of my day.  I awoke at the customary late time, fixed breakfast and cleaned out the dishwasher.  After that I checked email and the ubiquitous Facebook plus checked the weather – yucky for the rest of the week – and just sat and watched the sunshine filtering through the rather leafless trees in the back yard.  You could say we are at peak color but about 50% of the leaves are down due to the rain of several days and whatever E, S, W winds we have had.  Today the winds shifted from SE to SW so I got out the leaf blower and swept the driveway while taking advantage of the SW winds to lift the leaves in the exact direction I wanted them to go – yea. Having a few minutes after lunch, I cleaned out the storm water pickups & drains of our down-the-hill piping system (we are down the slope from the road and in the

    winter the salt/sand trucks deposit a LOT of sand that works its way into the drain system). The Amateur Radio Allstar node has been almost non-stop today and I am listening to it while waiting for SAM to return.

    Next week we are winterizing the summer “cabin” so it is officially the end of the season.  This year has gone fast!  There were few major milestones and few medical events,  I spent a lot of time at the airport this year and moved much shop equipment out there so I could do some woodworking, cleaning and minor repairs needed to Inspiration III. In the course of the summer I was re-introduced to the aviation community that I have let languish since my flying buddy of decades died about 2002. I do not have an overwhelming desire to fly again, certainly not in “fly high go fast” machines, but every once in a while I get a little tickle to go up again in a LSA.  The hangar is bare except for Inspiration III and another dolly.  I will clean them out this week and plug her into home power.

    Opps, SAM just arrived – got to go.  BFN

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