Sometimes I get into an e-mail exchange and it takes me two or three messages back and forth to realize that I’m swimming upstream against a strong current with no hope of making any progress. Yesterday was a good example.
I received an e-mail from a fellow informing that I was wrong when I said the animal pictured in yesterday’s blog was a javelina. He told me that javelina are much larger animals, are only found in herds of 20 or more, and are not found in the United States, only in Mexico and further south. He told me what I saw and photographed was a feral hog and that these animals are proliferating all across the southern half of the country.
And foolish me, I had to respond and tell him that they were javelina and that I have seen literally hundreds, if not thousands, of them in the many years I spent living, hunting, photographing wildlife, and hiking in Arizona. I also sent him a link to the Arizona Game and Fish Department website about javelina. As it turns out, they don’t know what they’re talking about either; what all those wildlife biologists and game wardens and folks like that think are javelina are really feral hogs. At that point I gave up and surrendered. Sometimes it’s just easier that way.
Somebody asked a while back why I seem to attract people like this. For years I have been convinced that there is a huge group of people called the International Coalition of The Weird and Strange, and that one of their initiation requirements is that prospective members seek me out and aggravate me.
Even with 3G and 4G signals, a Wilson RV/Trucker Rooftop Antenna and a Wilson Signal Booster in our motorhome, the internet is still very slow here at the Pima County Fairgrounds. It seems like it was faster when we were here last year, but I could be wrong.
By the way, if you’re looking for a good place to stay while you’re in Tucson, the RV park at the fairgrounds is a good deal. $20 a night or $100 a week and all RV sites are full hook up. They have a lot of room and there is even a coin laundry right here on the fairgrounds. And if you are a regular who has stopped here before, you will be glad to know they are building a new WalMart Supercenter a couple of miles north on Houghton Road at Old Vail Road. There is also a new Pilot Travel Center seven miles west at exit 268 on Interstate 10, right across the road from the old Triple T Truck Stop. In addition to eight truck fuel lanes, it has a Taco Bell, Subway, and Cinnabon.
In yesterday’s blog, I mentioned the Southeast Regional Park shooting range near the fairgrounds and blog reader Jeff Savournin sent me a link to the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club’s website. I need to go check this place out. It has 50 trap fields, 13 skeet fields, a restaurant, pro shop, and 200 full hookup RV sites!
Have you signed up for this week’s Free Drawing yet? Over 110 folks have already, so what’s stopping you? This week we are giving away an audiobook of Big Lake, the first book in my Big Lake mystery series, which made the New York Times Kindle bestseller list and has been highly reviewed by both readers and e-book blogs. All you have to do to enter is click this Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section below. Only one entry per person per drawing please! The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – I’m sorry I hurt your feelings when I called you stupid. I thought you already knew.