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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Our Cutest Little Pests !

There's cute...but they can be costly little pests....bunnies !

Want to protect your grass and plants?  Then make sure you read Carol VanCamp's latest...
Those Wascally Wabbits

Just click on our Information Page, 

"The Garden Wizard"

(located to the right of the Welcome Screen)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day Reflections

From the Halls of Montezuma 
the Deserts of the Middle East

Memorial Day....a day when ALL those who gallantly fought for the freedom that we enjoy...gave their lives in doing so...

Anthem Opinions humbly and proudly, salutes them...all of them...

...on this National Day of remembrance.

To them, we pay this sincere homage.

The Revolutionary War...
from Lexington in 1775 to a Treaty in Paris in 1783....

The Barbary Coast War...

with Tripoli on The Barbary Coast...from 1801 to 1805...

The War of 1812..

.against the British...from the first Battle of Tippecanoe in Indiana in 1812 to its conclusion in 1815...

The Mexican-American War....

from 1846 to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848.... 

The American Civil War....

from Ft. Sumter in 1861 to  Appomattox Court House in 1865...

The Spanish-American War...

from "Remembering the Maine" in April, 1898 through "The Rough Riders" and its conclusion in August, 1898...

World War I...

"The War to End All Wars"...from the "Dough Boys" in 1917 to The Treaty of Versailles in 1918....

World War II...

from Pearl Harbor in 1941 to V-E and V-J Days in 1945...

Korean Conflict...

from the crossing of the "38th Parallel" in June, 1950 to a cease fire armistice in July, 1953...

Bay of Pigs...

in April, 1961...

Vietnam Conflict...

from the first American troops in 1965 to American withdrawal in 1975...


from October to December, 1983...

Persian Gulf War...

from Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait in August, 1990 through the success of operation "Desert Storm" in 1991...

Iraqi War....

from 2003 to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and its official ending in December, 2011...

War in Afghanistan...

a continuing conflict from the Twin Towers attack of September 11, 2001 to the present.

....and so many other tragic lives lost in the Indian Wars of the mid-19th century, in the Dominican Republic in 1965, Lebanon (1982-84), Panama in 1989, Bosnia in 1994-1995, and Kosovo in 1999.

All periods of our modest 237 history when Americans unselfishly sacrificed themselves...for so many order to perpetuate a dream for future generations to enjoy.

To all branches of our armed services...Thanks !

We owe them so much....and how best to conclude this dedication than by the immortal words of yet another who made the supreme sacrifice...Abraham Lincoln....

"The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

May all Americans NEVER FORGET these words spoken 150 years ago...

...words that are perhaps even more appropriate today in the dangerous world in which we exist...

...and pray...

...that a trust and belief in God will never leave the conscience of this great nation.

Dick Arendt

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Preview to Memorial Day...the Ultimate American Sacrifice

On Monday, we celebrate the National holiday, Memorial Day...a day when those who gave their lives to this nation, are honored.

Was there ever anyone who deserved this honor more than....

George, Frank, Joe, Matt, & Al

In our Information Page, 

"History & Holidays"

(located to the right of the Welcome Screen)

Monday, May 20, 2013

From Mob Attorney to Las Vegas Mayor...That's Oscar !

Meet Oscar Goodman at the Mob Museum

Looking for some fun this coming Thursday, Friday or Saturday ?

Attorney Oscar Goodman with Tony Spilotro

Mayor Oscar Goodman with Guests

Former Mayor Goodman, affectionately known to all in Las Vegas as "Oscar" will be appearing at the Mob Museum to personally sign his autobiography entitled "Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas".

For more information, see our Information Page "Entertainment Bargains for Sun City Anthem Residents".
(located to the right of the Welcome Screen for all the details.)

...and read the article in the "Living Section" of the Sunday, May 19, 2013 edition of the Las Vegas Review Journal by columnist, Kazmin Garza.

Don't get the Review Journal?

Here it is.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

In the Garage...with...A Water Heater

Saving Electricity Using Your Home's Hot Water Pump


"Mr. Fix-It's World of Home Improvement"

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Let Us Entertain You

Dorothy Was Right ! 

I just got home from a 25 day European trip....and man. I'm glad to get back !!!

I can assure all of you that there will be a great deal of disagreement with what I have to say about exploring the majesties across the pond, but other than some exceptions....I missed Vegas, and I missed it for a number of reasons as I explored "the other side" of life that exists in parts of Europe.

I know that the saying "there's no place like home" probably started with a young girl named Dorothy, after she clicked her heels in Oz, but after all the traveling I've done in my life...

Well...Dorothy, I envy you !  You certainly were right as far as I'm concerned.
Traveling isn't as much fun as it used to be...because of one common element that exists amongst each and every country on this earth....

Man's enjoyment of USING his fellowman !

That's right, after going to Italy and Greece for the past month and examining the many "ruins" of the past, I've come to the conclusion that what makes man unique, is merely...

...his need to exploit his own species.

 It's the story of history; places being conquered again and again by others who wanted what they had, and the death and destruction resulting if the more powerful were ever threatened with their dream of continual CONQUEST.

Images of gods were everywhere; statues representing objects people prayed order to assist them in DESTROYING other people...referring to it as "civilization".

I can't tell you how much the crowd of people...people pushing other people....while their cameras clicked again and again... as they thoroughly enjoyed the experience of seeing some poor soul encased in glass, who was fried in Pompeii when Mt. Vesuvius exploded two thousand years ago !

I witnessed the 47% unemployment of the youth of Greece, and the vast migration many of them say they will be making to other more profitable nations....while the "ugly American" seemed to enjoy boasting of his or her wealth, not thinking twice about beating them down in prices for goods that I knew would feed them and their families that day.

I saw UNCLEAN restaurants, dirty streets in dire need of repair, literally no regard for pedestrians in Rome or Naples. I saw cars parked in front of other cars, in intersections, front and back ways, no street signs, small inadequate streets, and "quaint" cobblestone sidewalks where you had to keep your eyes on your feet, rather than the "architecture" in order to avoid breaking your ankle.

...and the pizza...well... let's just say....

There's nothing like Chicago pizza

 I came 8,000 miles to eat a pizza in Naples, the birthplace of pizza, and the best I could find was people loading thin crust (the best part) with zucchini or potato, and even a fried egg.  You might occasionally catch a piece of pepperoni if you're lucky and the guy who makes the delicacy beats his dog to the treasure. They don't use sausage, and cheese must be a valuable commodity because, there's more on a buffet salad than anywhere on an Italian pizza.

I saw panhandlers on every street and even while I was eating in restaurants while they "hawked" fake coins and jewelry, sunglasses, knock off "designer" handbags, and even paper umbrellas...

..and it was SO PREVALENT....that I longed for those who try to pass out Porn cards on the Strip as a pleasant change.  At least they can't follow you into the hotels here !
And god...more crowds that ever possibly imaginable, while at the same time, keeping my attention more on the pick pocket artists, as each and every travel guide warned.

...and restroom facilities that Pet Parks would be cleaner for you to do your business...and in one train station, it cost you 1 Euro to use it...without toilet paper !

But of was "romantic Italy" and "ancient Greece" and a touch of Turkey, where I was hounded by every other local "businessman" to buy some kind of $5,000 rug that I was promised would be an eventual "investment".

But after that "romance" it was back to the "civilized" atmosphere of the Holland America Eurodam, where one could enjoy a drink for $8.00 + an automatic 15% gratuity

...or enjoy an on deck sail-a-way party where exotic foods from the Mediterranean would be served in SINGLE LINES only requiring you to wait 30 minutes to obtain your "free" little goodie ... that made you burp and long for a Bromo a few hours later.

...fight people in buffet lines who can't read signs that say "LINE STARTS HERE"...or "END OF LINE".

...or possibly pursue a $35 Bingo Session.

...or a stop in the casino where there are NO pay-out minimums and the silence from the lack of slot machine bonuses was "deafening".

...or Spa treatment "specials" costing at least 100% more than those than can be obtained through most Vegas hotels.

...and if you needed a little extra something to keep your tummy nice and round, you also had classy "specialty restaurants" for an additional $30-$50 on top of the SIX GRAND already paid for the 21 day cruise.

...or take a snooze in your luxurious and spacious stateroom while watching the news from Africa or the UK or perhaps a soccer game between Leeds and Manchester in between Holland America commercials.

...or invade the mini-bar where you're charged a 15% gratuity to open your own frig, pop you own tab, or unscrew your own bottle top, in addition to paying for the contents of your libation.

...see the fabulous nightly shows where over a 21 day period, where outside entertainment consisted of a juggler, a magician, an acrobat, and one singing trio, while the ship's local house band was featured on two evenings in addition to an Indonesian crew show....

...enhanced by three production shows (over 21 days)  graced by "talent" that was obviously "over-qualified" to play here in Las Vegas, the leading lady having been somewhere around 40 lbs. heavier than the leading man as he musically professed his love for her in each and every show.

...and the most entertaining aspect of all....WATCHING a majority of the passengers endure some mysterious illness where a "code red" was enacted, while you witnessed any and every manner of coughing and sneezing known to different languages...wishing to share their experience with others as a result of never using anything to cover their mouths during their serenades.

And for this total package, they also expected you to pay their crew tips of $11.50 p/day PER PERSON to make up for the shabby wages and literal slavery they put their primarily Indonesian crew through as they clean your cabin 7 days a week for 10 consecutive months.  That added close to an additional $500 for the 21 days for a couple.

...but in retrospect, I saw some things that I had read about during my school days; but at the same time, I also learned a few other things, the good sisters never bothered to mention in my Catholic schooling...especially about "The Vatican" and the "Eternal City" of Rome.

I saw the Vatican and the beauty of the Sistine Chapel, but also learned that Michelangelo was not the nicest guy in the world.  It seems he believed painting was rather "unmanly" compared to his sculptures, and that he did his best to avoid the job when he was commissioned by Pope Julius II to paint the ceiling...OR DIE if he refused.

You obviously didn't mess with Julie !

This "saintly" representative of "the faith" even made Michelangelo pay for THE PAINT...and the net profit over the entire timeframe of the painting of the ceiling was NODDA...NUTTIN...ZERO...with little other than  a fond farewell from Pope Julie when it was done.

But what really upset the great Mike the Sculptor the most was a young kid named Rafael whose primary occupation was to paint and the "politics" at which he excelled due to his "kissing up to Julie" a lot more than he did, thus receiving Julie's praise...which eventually resulted in a number of "favors"  from the ladies of Rome.

So much so, that Raf died at the young age of 37 from syphilis.

So the trip finally ended spending about 24 hours in the air and various airports, fighting more crowds in addition the 9 hour jet lag.

Was it worth it ?

You bet....after 3 days of getting used to being back, I'm really going to appreciate some top entertainment, a free beer at a casino while playing a slot machine, my living room lounge chair, 60" TV set, and most importantly....

Sleeping in my own bed !

And Dorothy...I wish I could have merely clicked my heels to get home after 25 days.

I would have even worn ruby slippers

Dick Arendt

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What To Do With Visiting Grandchildren ?

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum Las Vegas

Grandchildren Visiting ??

Recently I had the pleasure of a visit from my out of town children as well as their 2 and 5 year old bundles of joy. We needed to entertain our grandchildren. After a bit of research and the suggestion of an experienced friend, the Discovery Museum was our destination. My only concern was how to keep the 2 and 5 year old OCCUPIED and not just looking at exhibits.

Being from Chicago and having the Kohl’s Children Museum as comparable destination, we selected Discovery.  I must tell you that the Discovery Children’s Museum won the contest and is far superior to my former home town of Chicago.

Discovery Children's Museum has hundreds of HANDS-ON exhibits about science, art and culture. The museum is located at the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center in downtown Las Vegas. This fun family destination is great place to visit for locals as well as out of town visiting  children. 

The museum new three stories tall, 58,000 square feet building and is almost twice the size as the old building. A few exhibits made the move to the new building but most of the exhibits are new.

For children 5 years and younger there is a exhibition area designed just for them. Discovery Children's Museum is one of best KID'S ACTIVITIES in Las Vegas and has separate areas just for toddlers. The museum gets busy on weekends, so either arrive early or plan your visit during the week.

Traveling exhibits, special demonstrations and activities are all part of the museum experience. Call ahead and check for a schedule of events taking place during the day. 

There are plenty of INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS for kids to play with including a green village where kids can change a car tire, a fake bathroom where they can fix the plumbing, an airport with an airplane they can pilot, an exhibit where children can make huge bubbles, go grocery shopping and serve you in their mock children's restaurant, and a great arts and crafts area for them to be creative.

Lied Discovery Museum has been recognized as the "Best Museum in Las Vegas", " Best Indoor Play space" and "Best Place to Take the Kids by Las Vegas".

If you are looking for a fun place to take kids in Las Vegas, look no further, head to the Discovery Children's Museum.

The new Discovery Children’s Museum has nine theme exhibition halls containing new interactive exhibits, including Water World, Toddler Town, Fantasy Festival, Young At Art.

New Location:

Donald E. Reynolds Discovery Center

(in Symphony Park, adjacent to The Smith Center)

Hours:  Tuesday through Friday:  9:00am to 4:00pm

             Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm

             Sunday:  12:00pm to 5:00pm