Custom Search Engine for Land Rover Defenders

I’ve created a Custom Search Engine that searches the all the different main forums for Land Rover Defenders. I plan on adding more resources to the search engine over time. If you feel a site should be added please comment at the end of this post.

Meanwhile, try the search engine!

^ It’s up there…

Jung Personality Short Test

Know thyself!


Extroverted (E) 62.5% Introverted (I) 37.5%
Intuitive (N) 62.16% Sensing (S) 37.84%
Thinking (T) 54.55% Feeling (F) 45.45%
Perceiving (P) 51.28% Judging (J) 48.72%


ENTP – “Inventor”. Enthusiastic interest in everything and always sensitive to possibilities. Non-conformist and innovative. 3.2% of the total population.

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Sat Mar 12 trip log 1751

12MAR Bike Trip 2011-03-12 (1)   12MAR Bike Trip 2011-03-12 (4)   12MAR Bike Trip 2011-03-12 (33)

The last mile or so near the salt river, along the canal is plagued with service buildings, fences and “Do Not Trespass” signs, which I promptly did anyways.

12MAR Bike Trip 2011-03-12 (57)   12MAR Bike Trip 2011-03-12 (43)

After that, one mile from the camp site my front tire goes flat, see pictures. Three punctures to fix.


12MAR Bike Trip 2011-03-12 (4)
At Phon D Sutton campground. Host was amazed, jaw dropped, that I rode out from 44th St., about 25 miles. She was further amazed that I had brought everything I needed on the bike. People are astonished that someone is prepared. She offered me water, which I took even though I could filter it out of the river.

12MAR Bike Trip 2011-03-12 (63)I was burned out, energy draining, I ate an MRE, that fascinated an older gentleman sitting nearby. He asked if I was going to heat it, I pointed at the chemical heater and said “I’m already doing that” more amazement. He was from Seattle, 66yrs old, pulling a pop up trailer across country on his “great big trip” to see his family. My Dad did that and passed away shortly after. This guy was in the Navy, before Vietnam, stationed in Germany. He was reading Mystic River because he forgot what it was about. His granddaughter is joining the Navy as a Corpsman? Good luck to her.

I forgot to charge the waterproof camera battery so it died right when there were good pictures to take.

Met some tent campers by the river, fishing. Rick, John and Elisha?

Did some reading while some kids screamed and jumped into cold water, sun setting behind Mount McDowell.




Next time:

  • charge camera
  • mess kit, bowl, cup
  • waterproof bag
  • binoculars
  • new inner tube and patch kit
  • tire guard?
  • convertible pants or swim trunks

A Mile In My Shoes – You know you are from Arizona when….

You notice your car overheating before you drive it.

You no longer associate bridges or rivers with water.

You can hear the weather forecast of 115 degrees without flinching.

You can be in the snow, then drive for an hour…and it will be over 100 degrees.

You discover, in July it only takes two fingers to drive your car, because your steering wheel is so hot.

You run your air conditioner in the middle of winter so you can use your fireplace.

The best parking is determined by shade…..not distance.

You realize that “Valley Fever” isn’t a disco dance.

You can make sun tea instantly.

Hotter water comes from the cold water tap than the hot one.

It’s noon in July, kids are on summer vacation and yet all the streets are totally empty of both cars and people.

You actually burn your hand opening the car door.

Sunscreen is sold year round and kept right at the checkout counter.

You put on fresh sunscreen just to go check the mail box.

Some fools will market mini-misters for joggers and some other fools will actually buy them. Worse…..some fools actually try to jog.

You can pronounce Saguaro, Tempe, San Xavier, Canyon de Chelly, Mogollon Rim, Cholla, Gila and Tucson.

You can understand the reason for a town named “Why”

You can fry an egg on the hood of a car in the morning.

You know hot air balloons can’t rise because the air temperature is hotter than the air inside the balloon.

You see two trees fighting over a dog.

You can say “Hohokam” and people don’t think you’re laughing funny.

You see more irrigation water on the street than there is in the Salt River

You have to go to a fake beach for some fake waves

You hear people say “but it’s a dry heat!”

You buy salsa by the gallon.

Your Christmas decorations include sand and l00 paper bags.

You think a red light is merely a suggestion.

All of your out-of-state friends start to visit after October but clear out come the end of April.

You think someone driving wearing oven mitts is clever.

Most of the restaurants in town have the first name “El” or “Los.”

You think 60 tons of crushed red rock makes a beautiful yard.

Your house is made of stucco and has a red clay tile roof.

Vehicles with open windows have the right-of-way in the summer.

Most homes have more firearms than people.

Kids ask, “What’s a mosquito?”

People who have black cars or black upholstery in their car are automatically assumed to be from out of-state or nuts.

You know better than to get into a car with leather seats if you’re wearing shorts.

You can finish a Big Gulp in 10 minutes and go back for seconds.

You take rain dances seriously.

When a rainy day puts you in a good mood.

When you drive two miles around a parking lot looking for a shady place – even in the dead of winter.

You feed your chickens ice cubes to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs.

You “hug” a cactus only once in your lifetime.

When you have to look up “mass transit” in the dictionary.

A hundred ten in the shade is sorta hot, but you don’t have to shovel it off your driveway.

A haboob happens.

Petrified doesn’t mean scared.

The temperature drops below 95, you feel a bit chilly.

You’ve lived in AZ for years and have never been to the Grand Canyon

You would give anything to be able to splash cold water on your face.

You can attend any function wearing shorts and a tank top.

You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.

you realize that snowbirds aren’t really birds at all, but just really bad out of state drivers that you learn to hate

there are only two temperatures, hot and hotter

even thinking about not having air conditioning makes you sweat

you travel out of state and any sort of humidity nearly kills you

*you have no idea why 48 other states (Hawaii doesn’t do it either) insist on changing their clocks twice a year for this thing called “daylight savings time”

via A Mile In My Shoes – You know you are from Arizona when…..

I love fortune cookies

Not a particularly enthralling post here but the wisdom is ageless. I received this fortune in a cookie recently and thought “how true”

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand

According to this quotes site, Confucius wrote this sometime between 551 BC (his birth) and 479 BC (his death).

Evidence shows that Meditation alters your Brain

Some neuroscientists got together with some Buddhist monks at the Dalai Lama’s house for some experimentats. ( 😀 ) This article tells us that the study shows that meditation, specifically thought alone, like any other activity, can change the structure of the brain. Findings also show that seasoned monks (mmm…) are able to achieve higher levels of awareness when meditating. The study compares novices to monks with over 10,000 hours of meditation.

The novice meditators “showed a slight increase in gamma activity, but most monks showed extremely large increases of a sort that has never been reported before in the neuroscience literature,” says Prof. Davidson, suggesting that mental training can bring the brain to a greater level of consciousness.

So get to it and start ascending people!