Saturday, September 1, 2012

Free attractions and entertainment while you RV.

Nina ordered us to see the Little Hollywood museum, and so I threw myself on it.

The Good Luck Duck - we hanta sleepin' there, neither.
I hanta goin' in there.

Boondocking tip #82 - how to have the Old West to yourself.
How to have the Old West to yourself.

This is worth seeing, because you're here and because it's free. I'm not big on Westerns - always wondering when they last saw a washcloth - but there are original sets that you may recognize if you're a fan. I've probably even seen The Outlaw Josey Wales. His chair was not on display.

Not shown: the sad attempt to take my own picture at the old-fashioned face cut-outs. It would break your heart.  

Even more interesting is the line of Prison Blues clothing sold in the store. I won't pay $40 for a pair of jeans until I pass GO on my dog, but they feel sturdier than Levi's. Oregonians, tell me more about this program, if you know more. Russ, make something up. There's no fact-checker here. My questions are, do the  profits from these items relieve taxpayers' burdens? Or, does a private prison company reap the rewards?

BREAKING NEWS: all Kanab statues are male.


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I've never read anyone suggesting free podcasts as entertainment on the road, so I'm stepping up. There are first-rate podcasts available for nothing. Load up while you're somewhere with wifi.

Our favorites are This American Life, RadioLab, and Wait, Wait

If you already pod, tell us what you like. 








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38 comments:

Tesaje said...

I love wait wait - always try to listen to it. No chair? oh I'm so disappointed.

Brenda A. said...

I wish I liked podcasts. I really do. But my attention span is not made for it. I can read all day long. I can listen to music all day long. But I just cannot listen to recorded speaking for more than five minutes (that might be stretching it actually). So sadly, audio books and podcasts are not my friends. :(

Gaelyn said...

Getta' long little doggies. Of course all the statues in town are male, think about where you are. ;) Wonder if there will be a hangin' outside of town.

I've listened to a few podcasts a friend did. http://www.sharppointyobjects.com/episode-1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-1

Upriverdavid said...

What is wrong with the Duck???? Choke on some stale bread? Got a bent wing?? Curiosity has gotten to me.....anyone else??

JOJO said...

I love visiting old things even if they really aren't that old. Looks like a fun day.

I have to agree with Brenda on the listening thing. My problem came from a Dad who would talk to you until he was blue in the face about what you did wrong. He didn't believe in hitting. So I learned to tune out. Still do it when a voice drones on. LOL

Me and My Dog said...

I download audiobooks from my library and transfer them to my MP3 player. Right now it's completely full - I listen to them during the day while I'm doing other things. I have a small speaker that I plug the MP3 into - I got it at Walmart. I can put the player and speakers near me when I'm driving, or use ear thingies, when I'm driving if I want to listen. OR I could transfer them to a DVD and put it in the dash player.

Too many places along the road don't have a good radio signal, so the audio books are great.

I downloaded the podcasts from Leo LaPorte, the computer guy on the radio, and also from a RVing couple that recorded podcasts - can't find it now. Lots of radio talk shows do pod casts, and you can transfer them.

I'm going to check out the ones you show. :)

Kimbopolo said...

You are SO funny!!!!

I'm with ya on the westerns - all I can think about is the horrible stench. Same reason I can't watch the Three Stooges.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Kim, you made us both LOL! No, can't do the Stooges, either.

Barbara, I really love the voice, and love to listen to whatever. My library doesn't offer a lot of audiobooks for Mac, so I haven't done that yet.

Ha, Jojo, I had a droner dad, too, but he also believed in hitting as Plan B, so it wasn't safe to tune out. :D

URDave, the reality is so dull that your imagination will give you more entertainment value than the truth: web rot.

Gaelyn, I suppose macho men couldn't be seen riding a mare. Or displaying a buff-cow. Did you listen to the podcast because it was your friend's, or was it also good? :)

So, Brenda, seminars are probably not your friends, either? Seminarcolepsy?

We love it, too, Mary. If I wait too long to listen to an episode I've forgotten the topical nature of the comedy, so fresh is best.

Any chair will do, really.

Soaring Sun said...

I like dharma talk podcasts. There are several American Buddhist temples that offer these, and they're free.

Rick Doyle said...

I can't listen to those people who narrate audiobooks. For some reason their voices make me cringe - like fingernails on a chalkboard. Maybe it's because when reading a book I can give each character a different voice.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Rick, I agree I don't always agree with the voice. I got hold of a recording of Margaret Atwood reading her own poems. I hesitate to say this, because I think Atwood is some kind of god, but her voice was so awful that I deleted the whole thing.

Good tip, Sue! Thanks!

Wheelingit said...

Oooooo...now that I've discovered I can order you around I have all kinds of devious plans fire you {(insert wicked laugh})
I'm a sucker for westerns, but then I'm a sucker for many things. Glad you enjoyed it
Nina

Wheelingit said...

That would be for you, not fire you're...darn autotext

The Good Luck Duck said...

Nina, I am both terrified and intrigued. I do eye the Monday night westerns as we pass the theater, and think it would at least be something new to do. I might end up liking it, and THEN what?

Jessica and Harry said...

LOL Love the chair comment, you are hilarious! Does it come naturally, or do you have to work at it? :)

The Good Luck Duck said...

Aw, thanks. No, crazy stuff falls out of me all the time.

Brenda A. said...

Seminars, as long as I am actually in attendance OR in video format, are fine. Ummm....depending on the subject matter anyway! It's just having a voice speaking with no face to hold my attention that is the issue. No face and my mind just drifts somewhere else. Guess I'm either complicated or weird. You pick. :)

Teri said...

The kids bought me a tiny iPod, but I have problems with the earphones, they hurt my ears. I did buy a little speaker for it, or I can plug it into my dashboard - but the kids loaded songs on it and I don't feel like learning how to do it - even though it is probably super simple to do. Maybe some day...then I could sew and listen at the same time. Are there apps for podcasts? I do listen to the radio through my iPhone - no earphones or extra speaker needed.

Molly said...

We love This American Life, too, and just recently fell in love with The Moth. Vegan Freaks was a great podcast, which I wish was still around.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Teri, I don't think you need any apps to use podcasts. For example, those sites I mentioned tell you how to download with whatever you use (I use iTunes). Once they're on your computer, you can just drag them to your hooked-up device.

I can't use those standard earphones, either. I need the kind with little flexible pieces for ear comfort.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Molly, people who know me well assured me I would love The Moth, and I just can't. I have zero idea why. I should love it. But, yes, I have heard lots of good things about it.

The VF sounds good, too, post-mortem. Sorry it isn't anywhere now.

Brenda, I choose both. Why? Because I CAN.

Sherry said...

I just don't think I can add a think to this fabulous conversation going on. I haven't poded but I guess I'd better try since....well since..........

Sherry said...

HAHAHAHA isn't that true.....not only can I not add a thing, I for sure can't add a think.....

Donna K said...

Russ conked out and went to bed so you are stuck with his BETTER half!! As I understand it, all state prisons are run by private enterprise here is Oregon (as are the rest areas!). I sincerely doubt that the state gets more than a token amount from the sales of these items (if any). Since I am no authority on prisons and how they work, this is a best guess. However, do not come here and attempt to "do time" and find out for yourself. We regularly announce on the front page of the local paper that the jails and prisons are full and so certain crimes will not be prosecuted. We call these the special of the month. This month it is house break-ins so come on up and help yourself to someone's household goods for free. You will not go to jail. OOOPS, this is starting to sound like a soap box so I'll just quit now!!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Donna, now I don't know which parts are soap box and which are truly true!

So, the Prison Blues company gets below-minimum-wage workers (I presume they get some token amount of money), pays the private prison industry for being middleman, and pockets everything else. So, being Made in America is of no particular value to anyone in this equation. See, there's a good reason I always buy used _____!

I'm free in October; what's the special then?

Sherry, you should pod, because

cathie said...

I like the Satellite Sisters pod casts. I find myself laughing in the car and getting very strange looks from other drivers. My iPhone bluetooths to the car radio.

Anonymous said...

Did a 5 hour trip down to PA from NY and 5+ hour trip back home listening to "Like Water For Elephants". I'm in my 60's and my first audio experience listening to a book on CD. The book was so well done that I kept missing my exits and the trip turned out being a bit longer. Had to sit in my parked car several times to listen to the end of a chapter. I highly recommend it. Can't figure out my Ipod given to me as a gift.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks, Cathie! Annie just downloaded one so we can try them out tonight.

Anon, I'm glad to hear the audio version is so satisfying. I really enjoyed the book. I do get a little mesmerized by voice, if it's good, so I won't try it while driving. :D

Sara said...

Here are a couple RVing podcasts that I like and you can get them both at iTunes,which is best, or off a website:

Living The RV Dream with John and Kathy Huggins
http://livingthervdream.podomatic.com/

RV Navigator Podcasts
http://rvnavigator.com/RV_Navigator/RV_Navigator_Podcasts/RV_Navigator_Podcasts.html

Gaelyn said...

I enjoyed the podcast, my first. She's put out a few others.

klbexplores said...

I'm so far behind the times I don't even know what a podcast is, much less how to manage it!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Sara, thanks for the recs, and for alerting me to your blog!

KLB, I feel your behind-the-times pain. :D

Penny Lane said...

Oooh, I love this comment thread and "Living the RV Dream" podcast by John and Kathy Huggins!

My mom was a bit worried about CJ (my son) and I taking off again by ourselves until I made her listen to Road Rebelles Radio (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/roadrebelles).

Those families appear to be as prone to talking and laughing as we are. =)

The Good Luck Duck said...

Those are a couple of good tips, Penny. I'm going to look into both of those. I imagine a lot of us have moms who worry in that same way.

Penny Lane said...

Very true. Most Moms (and Dads) do worry. Now I have a different (but not bad) situation with her: she wants to come too. Not in her own rig but literally with us, in ours.

Which means, OMG I need more space! =)

The Good Luck Duck said...

WOW! I've never heard of a change of heart so dramatic! Congrats!

Penny Lane said...

Well, I sorta bombarded her with RV'er blogs and podcasts. Hard to say "bah humbug" when presented with the Duck. LOL

Thank you, by the way. Yours was one of the first I showed her. Travel with cats, solar, so much goodness here.

I may just squeal like a Bieber fan-girl when I finally meet you both in person. =)

The Good Luck Duck said...

That's so great! This comment has made me feel happy all day. That, and the Bieber fan-girl remark - that quacked both of us up.

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