The City Slickers by Brian Hoag http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/ en-us Welcome To The Party Comrade http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/64099 Webster's defines comrade: 1 - a : an intimate friend or associate : companion b : a fellow soldier 2 - use as a form of address by communists To me, "a form of address" isn't a word definition, so let's stick with definition #1. I find this Wikipedia article interesting... The debt ceiling has been raised 74 times since March 1962, including 18 times under Ronald Reagan, eight times under Bill Clinton, seven times under George W. Bush, and five times under Barack Obama.... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 10:34:57 -0500 Sticks & Stones http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/64060 All kids know it... "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me". It seems like a pretty good statement for a kid to know, but how about adults? It seems we've forgotten. I don't have any idea why we call each other names other than it might be a really effective tool for something, but it's so common that we get to read lots of them... National politics are again in the news, and some terms I've seen are... Republicants Dumbocrats Neocons Retrumplican... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 09:22:42 -0500 With Apologies To Dogs... http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/63946 I saw this on the internet, made me laugh, and I want to share. Somehow I think it portrays dogs in a bad light... Just Realized Something: My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day. He has his food prepared for him. His meals are provided at no cost to him. He visits the Doctor once a year for his checkup and again during the year, if any medical needs arise. For this he pays nothing. Nothing is required of him. He lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than he needs,... Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:03:44 -0500 See the Pope, Quit Your Job http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/63797 Interesting to me that John Boehner met the Pope yesterday, and gave notice he's quitting today. It's obvious the Pope's speech didn't sit well with some folks, and Boehner said he doesn't want to be the issue... I wonder if the Pope's message had anything to do with his seemingly snap decision don't you? Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:13:15 -0500 Where I Stand http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/62507 Your Colorado neighbors are going through what must be among the most horrendous trials imaginable. James Holmes is on trial for murdering 12 people with scores more injured. The news is full of first person accounts and graphic photos of the horrific crime scene. Of course the defense is trying to prove Holmes was insane to avoid the death penalty. If you take a look at the worst shootings in US history, Holmes and his Colorado rampage doesn't even crack the top ten. Doing research into... Fri, 29 May 2015 00:57:48 -0500 It's What WE Do... http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/62464 Please reference this old City Slickers blog post from 2008... http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/16697 Some of you probably remember us from a couple years back. I used to write a fairly regular blog here, but we realized we were missing something in our lives much more than we thought we would when we moved to Nebraska. We had the privilege of having one of our Nebraska neighbors visit us here in Nevada a while back and they commented that they had no idea what it was that... Tue, 26 May 2015 10:31:28 -0500 Christmas Card http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/60780 Just a short note... Merry Christmas everyone, and may it be the most blessed Christmas ever! Happy Birthday Jesus! Brian & Margie Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:06:41 -0600 Jeeping The "Promised Land" http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/58332 To most "hard core" Jeep owners, a trip to Moab Utah is a trip to the "Promised Land". Ride along with the Fugowie Four Wheelers as we crawl the Poison Spider 4x4 trail... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS3lVb5ElOg Sun, 25 May 2014 22:43:35 -0500 Drop-Off - A Fun Southern Nevada 4x4 Trail http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/57407 Come along as we take a trip on a seldom used 4x4 trail in southern Nevada... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqg9AHdB0Lo Sun, 09 Mar 2014 11:30:15 -0500 Quartzsite - The RV Gathering Place http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/57145 Here is a short video Margie and I put together about Quartzsite, Arizona. We visited there in January and it's a must visit place for snowbird RVers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SymbUEIb2Eo Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:55:41 -0600 Titus Canyon http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/56752 Take a trip with us through one of the most scenic and popular back country roads in Death Valley National Park... Titus Canyon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ5xKIUPSqc Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:23:03 -0600 Death Valley http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/56722 A short video of our recent trip through Echo Canyon in Death Valley National Park. There are over 1000 miles of backcountry roads in Death Valley, this is a review of 26 of them... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmCFg22rRFQ Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:44:38 -0600 Horseshutem Springs http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/56358 About 10 miles north of our place is the ghost town of Johnnie, Nevada. This once bustling mining camp is now home to just a few folks, but the area has great scenery, and a colorful history. A Paiute indian famous in the area for shooting settlers horses is where the name came from. Clicking on the link below will take you to a short video of the area. www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201103926220788 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:15:30 -0600 Your Tax Dollars At Work http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/56271 Here is a pretty good use of a few of our tax dollars to me... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIoSga7tZPg#t=216 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:12:33 -0600 Brrrrrr http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/56242 It gets cold here in the Nevada desert. Currently, our little corner of the state is experiencing some of the coldest weather in recorded history. We've been under a hard freeze warning the last couple nights, and it's expected to be cold again tonight with the temperature dipping into the teens. Now by Nebraska standards, low temperatures in the teens is a minor inconvenience I know. But around here it's a nightmare for some folks. Many people don't know about the damage of freezing... Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:07:35 -0600 Devil's Hole Hills http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/55144 Around these parts, there are plenty of geographic references to death, the devil, and of course heat. Death Valley, the Funeral Mountains, Furnace Creek, and Stovepipe Wells are the first to come to mind. This short video was take in an area that is just 10 miles from our place in an area called Devil's Hole Hills. This area was heavily prospected, but it appears not much of value was found. There are roads all over the hills going to prospects, but there are no mining ruins left, and... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 14:27:30 -0500 Carpenter Canyon http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/54863 It's tough for me to write a blog with all the 4 wheeling we've been doing lately, so I'm going to try and start something new by posting a link to a short video of our travels. The above photo shows our small group airing our tires down for our trail ride. We drop from highway pressure to around 12 pounds as our vehicles will ride much better, and the low pressure will provide much better traction over rough terrain. The following link will take you to a 3 minute video I posted on... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:43:40 -0500 Hey Arley (& Anyone Else) - To Beatty and Beyond http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/54002 Death Valley National Park is the largest park in the lower 48 states. It takes up some 5,219 square miles in California and Nevada, and from what I've seen so far, it is a wonderland of geologic diversity. From the top of 11,043 foot Telescope Peak, to it's lowest point of 282 feet BELOW sea level, there are amazing things to see. Death Valley, from where the park got it's name runs some 140 miles north to south. Northern Europeans love Death Valley this time of year for some reason. It... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 19:30:30 -0500 Too Close To Home http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/53767 http://standwitharizona.com/blog/2013/06/30/who-they-were-the-granite-mountain-hotshots-19-brave-souls-who-perished-in-arizona-fire/ Here is a short view of what these guys do for a living... http://vimeo.com/40561725 Rest in peace with the Lord you Hotshots... you are missed! Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:10:48 -0500 Behavior Modification http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/hoag/entry/53727 Perhaps you've noticed that the southwestern US is having a little heat wave lately, and you just have to know that me and Margie are smack dab in the middle of it. The term "dry heat" doesn't really come very close to describing how 115 degrees feels, but to tell the truth, I'd rather have 115 here than 100 in McCook. Your humidity there is harder to take for me. One thing you quickly learn around here is if you want to get things done before it gets hot, you have to get up before the... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:20:40 -0500