Sunshine, Sunshine, Sunshine

Christmas Day Sky

Christmas Day Sky

As I write this, it is the eve of New Year’s Eve. (Side note: I was looking at an online calendar the other day: “Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day, Jan. 2 – Day After New Year’s Eve”. Huh? Now there’s someone with a firm grasp of the obvious – which is a comment I always wanted to put on some student’s report card.)

I have decided I really like to write – but let’s face it, day to day life in PoCo is not all that scintillating. Thus, I have been struggling with what to write about.  Our sporadic travels may provide some opportunity, but on an ongoing basis? I tried the social awareness, important issues of the day schtick, but that lasted about the lifespan of a gastrotich. I am not sure that in North America I can get away with my topics from Asia. There may very well be law suits involved. If you have any “write about this ideas” PLEASE send them to me – otherwise my ink may dry up.

So, at least for now, I fall back to the travel thing. If you have been reading my diatribes/senseless ramblings lately, you know that we are presently in Palm Springs. (Side note: Really it is Rancho Mirage. Can anyone give me any justification/ rationalization for all these cities? Why don’t they amalgamate and SAVE money? Just a few statistics for you.)

City Population
(2010 census)
Cathedral City 51,200
Coachella 40,704
Desert Hot Springs 25,938
Indian Wells 4,958
Indio 76,036
La Quinta 37,467
Palm Desert 48,445
Palm Springs 44,552
Rancho Mirage 17,218
Coachella Valley Cities Total 346,518
  • Estimated median household income in 2013: $44,978 (it was $35,659 in 2000)

Coachella Valley: $44,978
California: $60,190

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $17,519 (it was $14,193 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $183,341 (it was $104,700 in 2000)

Coachella Valley: $183,341
California: $373,100

Hispanic population approximates 80%

Today Terry and I climbed a mountain. Okay, we hiked a tall hill.We took the South Lykken Trail almost to the top. 7100 paces up and down, 24 switchback turns, 900 feet of elevation, 45 minutes up and 40 minutes down. Tonight we will hit the hot tub to soothe our aching muscles.

Ken's Car from 1/3 of the way up

Ken’s Car from 1/3 of the way up

Up, up and away we go!

Up, up and away we go!

This guy – oh this guy. As mentioned, we hiked up for 45 minutes. Just after we reached our top we see this gentleman. He has JOGGED – yes jogged – up, he goes past us about 50 yards and turns around starts down. Terry figures he was on his break from the Car Wash, since that was the shirt he was wearing.

I run because I can

I run because I can

Boxing Day morning at 8 am I was in Albertsons to get yogurt and granola. There were 6 staff restocking the wine shelves. These cartons are some of the remnants.

There was a second pile of broken down cartons similar to the one on the left, but they didn't want me taking any more photos.

There was a second pile of broken down cartons similar to the one on the left, but they didn’t want me taking any more photos.

Need your flu shot? Welcome to Albertsons.



Also played a little golf on Boxing Day. Windy?

Wind? What wind?

Wind? What wind?


3 thoughts on “Sunshine, Sunshine, Sunshine

  1. Peter

    Why don’t they amalgamate? Simple. There is a ton of money in a number of those ‘cities’, and then there are the cities the workers actually live in (Indio, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Coachella). Income is irrelevant as there might be a few retired people who have a little bit of money.
    On another note, it’s a good thing there are lots of trees to help keep the wind at bay. At least you’re playing. The temp here with clear skies has led to big frost and……..more…….golf… course is closed. Don’t foresee it opening for at least a week.

    1. ggwatt

      I feel for you Petey, I really do. And I know cold – the highs here are only 63°F as opposed to the normal 67°F. We have to turn on the fireplace at night…


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