Modern Death

I met Modern Death on Halloween. He had a mask that covers his face entirely. He showed me who was under the mask. Then I saw that he had a plastic gun strapped around his chest.

It is a costume that could be making a statement about news reports that have been highlighted on the nightly news, or it could just be a comment on modern society. Modern Death is lucky that Bisbee isn’t a tinder box.

It is a good costume, but I personally wouldn’t dare wear it.

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Unusual Reasons for not being able to Drive

I was getting into my car at the post office. I had the window open. An old woman approached me.

I steeled myself for a verbal assault. Several days ago I had encountered her outside the Grand Saloon. She had asked me for some private information, information I wouldn’t give her.

This time the words that she spoke to me again were a none-of-your business type of comment. “I didn’t think that you could still drive.” The fact that I can still drive is a surprise to other people, so I didn’t take too much umbrage to her comment.

I could have ignored her and closed the window. Instead I asked her, “Why not?” Wrong question! Rather then comment on my driving, she said, “Because you stink, like shit.”

iPhone map app

Why not use a map in your head?

In my motorcycle days I used to have a map in my head.

And for those cases in which I needed to consult the map again I could look up the route again quickly using a paper map.

Nowadays I am more likely to use my iPhone map app. Sometimes there are blatant errors, which are obviously incorrect. These include telling us to turn the wrong direction (right/left), or turn the wrong direction onto a one way. We still have to use logic to avoid accidents.

When I am functioning as a navigator in a vehicle I find that reading the map on a iPhone screen is difficult. By the time I get oriented correctly on the iPhone app, we are often past the decision point that I was looking up.

So why not just use a paper map?

Because of the quick access of an iPhone, we no longer use the paper map as often, and consequently the paper map is often unavailable. Even if it is available, medical issues such as astigmatism and lack of dexterity cause problems when using a paper map.

In summary, it is important to lay out a route before leaving home.

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What is the identifying point for a location?

I can “pointalize” a city by name only. For example, using Cheyenne, WY as a point. This takes us to the capitol building.

Mayoral Election

The Bisbee city council consists of the mayor and representatives of the wards. These local races are normally determined during the primaries. However, if nobody gets a majority of the votes there has to be a run-off in the regular November election. A third candidate makes the need for a run-off election more likely. The race for mayor in Bisbee this year had three candidates.

One candidate heads a local nonprofit organization. She is strong-willed about getting her way for events that she thinks are important. For example, there have been a couple of occasions this year in which she had posters placed on windows for events that had not yet been approved by the city council. By virtue of already having begun to advertise for the event, she put the city council in the uncomfortable situation of appearing to cancel an already in-process event.

After a rather acrimonious meeting with the city council, she was quoted as saying that she should run for mayor. Because she did run for mayor, there will have to be a run-off for the mayoral election.

She was helping the High Desert Market proprietor carry groceries into the market, she said. “I pity them. They have to continue to campaign. I didn’t really want to be mayor.”