Saturday, November 20, 2010


November 20 – I went to the Saturday night entertainment – Ron Schmeck on his Yamaha keyboard.

Ron used to play guitar in his younger days and was the opening act for a number of country singers. He told lots of tales about such entertainers as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, etc. He said when he retired he bought a keyboard and started playing and singing and people wanted to listen.


November 20 – I saw a little blurb in the paper that the Bureau of Land Management was having a Wild Horse Adoption at the Indio Fairgrounds. I saw this as a rare opportunity to see some wild horses up close and personal!! We drove over on Saturday afternoon.

As we were getting out of our car, who should we see coming toward us but Myrtice and Chuck!! They have a winter place nearby and said they had come over to the Adoption several times. It was great to see them again after so many years. The first thing Ken said to Myrtice was “How’s your Lob?” They used to lease a site at TT Palm Springs and Myrtice played Pickleball while Chuck biked. Myrtice was famous for her Lobs!! Her opponents hated it. Myrtice was pretty effective with that Lob!!

As we were catching up, I grabbed a passer-by and asked him to take our picture. About that time, one of the wranglers came over and offered to take our picture. (You’ll see Cowboy Art approaching in this picture.)

He never did take the picture but we enjoyed talking with him. He has been herding wild horses for the BLM for many years. He told us of the areas where the herds still exist. He said this weekend they had 120 mares and several burros for adoption for only $250 each – first-come-first-served. However, only one mare had been adopted as of Saturday afternoon. He said under the program they used to have all of the horses adopted the first day, but not anymore. This is due to the economy and change of interest to ATV’s instead of horses. If the horses are not adopted, they are taken to a ranch where they now have about 1000 wild horses.

We really enjoyed our conversation with Art and I was thrilled to meet a Real Live Cowboy!!


We then went to the corals to see the horses. This is the mare who will be going to a new home – the sorrel with four white socks.
Some of the other horses.

I don’t know why no one adopted this little Black Beauty.


One horse managed to get her front hoof in the water trough.

Some of the burros.

These two horses are considerably larger than all the rest. Don’t know why. They must have come from Texas!!

We went back over to the coral with the adopted horse for more pictures. While we were there, the palomino was obviously beginning to get agitated!!

It was so fascinating to watch these wild horses being wild!!

Now ALL of the horses are angry!!

What a great experience that was!!


November 20 – We had to get up early Saturday morning to participate in the weekly Pickleball tournament!! There were twenty participants.

Prior to the event, players had signed up as either an Aggressive or a Non-Aggressive player. There were ten players in each division. The format was round robin, luck-of-the-draw, with each player playing six games.

After a fun-filled morning of play, the winners were announced.

Ken tied for First Place with Susan. Each of them had only one loss. I myself did not do so well with only three wins. But, one of my wins was against Susan which gave her a loss so Ken was able to tie with her. I think i should be entitled to half of the candy bar he won!! HA HA

The impressive serving motion of a winner!!

And now, the winners of the Non-Aggressive group – Third Place – Bob; Tied for First Place - Susan and Ken.

And the winners of the big strong Aggressive group – Third Place – Jim; First Place – Dennis; Second Place – Larry.

Congratulations to all participants. Thank you, Rick. It was a fun tournament!!

Friday, November 19, 2010


November 19 – Just so you know, I'm still into Water Aerobics!! We have a large group doing Water Aerobics this year. It starts at 10 AM every morning. That’s too early for me but I sacrifice!!

Here is the group this Friday morning. Donna, our leader is great, fun and very knowledgeable!! She is in the large white hat on the front row.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


November 18 – I was so amazed when this happened!! Read on!!

I need to see an eye specialist to have the pressure in my right eye checked. My Cornea Specialist in Richmond, VA was going to send me the names of doctors he recommended, but I have not yet heard from him.

I decided to go on Google to fine the names of Cornea Specialists in the Palm Desert, CA area. Those of you who use Google know that when you key in a subject for search, a long list of options appears on your computer screen. Anyway, I went on Google and keyed in “Cornea Specialists, Palm Desert, CA”. As expected, a long list of options appeared on my computer screen. As I scrolled down the list, I was surprised to see one particular website entry – Highway Runner!!

I was puzzled and said to Ken – “Ken look at this!! Someone must have the name Highway Runner!! I wonder who it is.” I clicked on the name and our Blog "Highway Runner" appeared. What a shock!!

Why would our Blog be on the list? Then I realized I had last posted articles from TT Palm Springs and wrote under “Where Are We Now” that we are in Palm Desert, CA. Some time ago I had written an article about upcoming eye surgery. In the article I mentioned that my Cornea Specialist was going to remove my cornea. . .!! Google had picked up on those key words. Can you believe that!!

You people with Blogs, have you ever had anything like that happen to you???


November 18 – This morning we tried something different at TT Palm Springs. Under the direction of Rick and Linda, we are creating a Pickleball Ladder. We were not certain exactly how it will work, but we decided to participate anyway.

Groups of four were formed based on arrival and sign up. Each group of four played three games at some point during the morning. For each game, the players in the group played with a different partner. At the end of each game, scores were reported. At the end of the morning, scores were tallied and the ladder was formed.

Here is some of the action!

On one court we have Neil and Larry

Don't know the name of the player with the red cap and Don.

Neil and Larry watch the Lob into the sun.

On another court Rick and Edie
I think Edie carried this team!! Sorry Rick!
Played against Rick's wife Linda and Larry.

Candid shot of the guys enjoying the match -- Bob, Ken and Dennis.

Later in the morning, Phil and Jim

Took on Roy and Dennis.

Watch out Roy!!!!!

It's time for the girls, Barb and Pam to take on the guys!!

Pam's husband Bob and Lynn.

Joe carried me in this game. He had a heavy load!!

Ken and Dottie made a great team and took us easily.

Dennis and Jim played together in this match.

Bob and Pam cutting up after their match.

The plans are to continue the Ladder each Thursday morning during the season. We'll see what happens as the weeks go by.