I just added a video of the country jam session at the Rivers Bend Campground Bar & Grill just south of Joplin, MO. Norm and I stayed there on Day 15 of the Eric Von Zipper Memorial Ride in May, 2015. The video quality is poor: sound is tinny and it’s dark (due to using my phone), but hope you get the feel of the place. I enjoyed it. It took me back to stories my uncles Norm and Floyd shared of their playing days in West Plains, MO.

Note: After publishing the video I will be doing some clerical type updates on my pages. It will be a simple tidying up of the naming convention so you may receive several notices (if you are signed up) of updates. So, after the notice of the video, ignore the rest of the emails you may receive regarding updates today (12/6/15).

Video Bug


I’m having issues with YouTube videos regarding dimensions (width & height). Searched the intertubes for hours and tried many, many solutions. Finally discovered NextGen Gallery plugin is causing the problem. Videos will be oversized on posts until NextGen by Photocrati fixes this bug. Video on pages (from menues) work fine.

Adding YouTube Videos

  • Add ?rel=0 to embed link to prevent recommended related videos after video plays
  • Add $amp;wmode=transparent to allow post drop-down menus to show over the video

<iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/TE2iYtaZk5o?rel=0$amp;wmode=transparent” width=”500″ height=”282″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe>

Teapot Dome Gas Station

I drove to Zillah , WA today for a robot workshop. I looked for the Teapot Dome on I-82 in its usual place but it was gone. Then I noticed a sign directing me to downtown Zillah to see a “National Monument.” It was the Teapot Dome, a long time point of interest for those traveling past Zillah.

The old gas station was made a national monument in 1985 and subsequently moved to the city center.

Here’s Zillah’s web site describing its history.

Teapot Dome
Teapot Dome gas station. Named after a political scandal in the 1920’s.


Norm at Horn Rapids

Our summer trip looks to be fun and challenging. Norm and I have hit all the providences in Canada except the Northwest Territories so our primary goal is Yellow Knife, NT. Norm has wanted to go back to Chicken, AK (weird place) since our first visit in ’09 so that’s our secondary goal.

Deh-Cho Highway

Along the way we plan to catch some gravel and two-track dirt on the Deh Cho Route from Ft. Providence, NT to Ft. Liard, NT (356 miles); the Campbell Highway from Watson Lake, YT to Carmacks, YT (337 miles); and Top of the World Highway from Dawson City, YT to Chicken, AK (108 miles).

Campbell Highway

That’s probably more than you wanted to know, but, the idea is we need to dust off our gravel/dirt skills (mine are not well honed to begin with). To do that we traveled out to Horn Rapids via Snively Rd. which turns into gravel and dirt, then came back on Grosscup (Twin Bridges Rd.) to catch another trail I’ve done before. We followed that up with a short trail at the base of Red Mountain.

Top of the World Highway

By staying within our comfort zones we avoided problems and were able to celebrate our success at the Palm in Benton City.

Google Web Album Slideshow Settings

I’ve always had to tinker with the settings of my Google Web Albums when embedding into a blog post. I like to set the slide duration, autoplay, and captions. Some of this can be set via the Web Album interface when creating the embed code but if you forget to do one or the other and you have used your own size settings, you must recreate the slideshow embed code, changing each setting each time you make a mistake. I find it easier to change the embed code inside the blog post.

Here are the settings I use:
…captions=1&;noautoplay=1&;interval=7&;…(These are added before the RGB=0x000000&amp)

I also use custom sizes for my slideshow to fit the blog post better.

Here’s the complete code of one album I’ve embedded in my blog.

Note: I’ve left off noautoplay=1 as I did not want this slideshow to autoplay.
Note: You must add/change the settings twice as indicated in bold.

<object width=”550″ height=”360″ classid=”clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000″ codebase=”http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0″><param name=”src” value=”https://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf” /><param name=”flashvars” value=”host=picasaweb.google.com&amp;hl=en_US&amp;feat=flashalbum&amp;captions=1&amp;interval=7&amp;RGB=0x000000&amp;
Falbumid%2F5763161445036603409%3Falt%3Drss%26kind%3Dphoto%26hl%3Den_US” />
<param name=”pluginspage” value=”http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer” />
<embed width=”550″ height=”360″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” src=”https://
picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf” flashvars=”host=picasaweb.google.com&amp;
pluginspage=”http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer” /></object>


Punch Card

Steve put together a punch card for Norm from Southsound BMW. We figure Southsound should honor it since Norm has purchased three new BMWs within a 1 year period.

Adventure Camp

I’ve been watching the weather on Snoqualmie and White Passes. Up until tonight it looked like rain and snow flurries Friday night but only rain during the day. I’m packed and ready to go so checked the weather again and it’s snowing like crazy on both sides of the passes. The snow is supposed to stick around tomorow with accumulations of 1-2″ at 1,000ft on Snowqualmie and 2,500ft for White Pass.

The Columbia Gorge is not as bad, mostly rains storms, winds, and thunderstorms tonight and rain tomorrow plus a 6-7 hour ride to boot.

I’m waiting to see what it’s like tomorrow. I may have to go with the Gorge. It will be cold and wet regardless.