Jerome Arizona and the Jerome Grand Hotel/Hospital

Something that always interested me was the turn of the century medicine maybe it was because of the movies such as House on Haunted Hill the old one and the new one the TV show The Knick. I’ve just always had an interest in turn of the century medicine and surgery how crude but necessary it was to get us to where we are today. This is my trip to Jerome Arizona to visit Jerome Grand Hotel which once was a hospital for the booming mining industry in Jerome in the 20s. Jerome is a town in the Black Hills of Yavapai County in the State of Arizona in the United States. Jerome was founded in the late 19th century is more than 5000 feet or for you people that like meters 1,500 meters above sea level. Jerome is roughly a hundred miles from Phoenix Arizona. According to Wikipedia As of the 2010 census, its population of Jerome was 444 People. A little history about Jerome in its glory days was a very prosperous copper mine. It was home of more than 10,000 people in 1920. I have visited Jerome maybe three or four times in my life there’s something about that town. Now today it is more touristy but when I first visited it there wasn’t much to it there was a lot of empty buildings and a couple of gift shops. Although Jerome reminds you of a western town such as Tombstone, Arizona. Tombstone was founded in 1879 that is a bit of a gap in time between Tombstone and Jerome however visiting Jerome you get that feeling of an old western town. I have been to Tombstone a couple of times also when I was younger. See I am originally from Illinois and every time a family member would come to visit Arizona we would go to Tombstone because that was the place to check out. I mean why not Wyatt Earp or better yet the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral good old-fashioned Western history. And not to go off subject. I have been in some remote places in Arizona there is a small store called Bonita Store in Bonita, Arizona where Billy the Kid shot and killed somebody. I bought some junk food there before a deer hunt if you want to know where Bonita is it’s on the backside of Mount Graham right next to Fort Grant Prison which is a whole nother history story of Fort Grant. Okay sorry for going off track. I sort of write like how I talk not very professional but then again this is my website so I do as I please.

The Jerome Grand Hotel was originally constructed in 1926 under the name United Verde Hospital. I was owned by the United Verde Copper Company. United Verde Copper Company later to become Phelps Dodge Mining Corporation. Where I grew up as a boy Safford, Arizona we called Phillips Dodge just PD. Phillips Dodge has one of the biggest open pit copper mines in Eastern Arizona a lot of people from Safford worked for the copper mine In Clifton, Arizona or what the local people called Clifton/Morenci.  Phillips Dodge is no more it was acquired by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. in 2007 why did they say acquire why not bought.

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Okay back to this Hospital known as Jerome Grand hotel now if you look at this picture and you see the glass ceiling at the top that is where they would do the operations glass ceiling operating room you got to see what your cut right makes perfect sense if you ask me, especially the Arizona Sun is super bright. Now that room is designated as the living quarters for the owner of the hotel so I’m told that would be pretty cool to live there except for me, I’m a night owl and there would be a lot of tinfoil on the glass.

When I visited and stayed at the Grand Hotel a very nice old lady ran the front desk or I guess I could get proper The Concierge gave us a tour of the underbelly the Grand Hotel The Boiler Room. In order to not get anyone in trouble, the date will remain a mystery because I do not want to get a concierge in trouble for giving us a late night tour it is usually off-limits. We stayed there in August at the time the ventilation for conditioning the air to make it cooler. Was traditional in a sense every room had a wood hatch above the door that would open up for ventilation. They were reusing what I always call a swamp cooler better known as an evaporative cooler. Swamp coolers or evaporative coolers can be pleasant or they could be a nightmare if it gets too hot. Growing up in Safford as a boy that’s what we had, was an evaporative cooler. The altitude of Safford there wasn’t that many miserable days with the evaporative cooler.

I if you look you can see at the top of the door that you can open the hatch for ventilation. It was a nice temperature and not muggy it was a pleasant stay. The rooms that you stay in are hospital rooms. For me, that was the whole point of going. My fascination with the old west and turn of the century medicine staying in a room once hospital room for people that worked in a mine at the turn of the century oh yeah. Of course, I wondered how many people died in that room and most likely without a doubt, there were a couple of deaths in each and every room, after all, it was a hospital. At a time when rules and regulations were a bit lenient compared to today work environment. Jerome was not an open pit mine it was the old fashioned dig a hole and keep going mine shafts. Now, this is a rumor but I was told that most of the underneath of the town has tunnels going every which way most have been caved in. That adds to the excitement of the whole experience true or not.

During our stay, the hotel was going under renovations. Some of the hotel was off-limits due to construction. If you ever decide to go to Jerome. Jerome Grand Hotel, in my opinion, is the place to stay. I know there are some bed and breakfasts in Jerome but I highly recommend the Grand Hotel. It’s at the top of Jerome you get to see a beautiful view and if you’re a historical geek like me I think you would really enjoy it. I almost forget there is a restaurant there called the Asylum. The food is quite good granted I have not been there in quite some time but the atmosphere of it all it’s awesome if you like to take in every little piece all the way down to the lighting in the Asylum Restaurant it really gives you a feel what it was back in the day of that western-style Frontier Hotel accommodations. As a person that was late in his 20s at the time roaming the streets of Jerome just like a tourist in his eighties enjoyed every minute of it. Here are some more pictures of Jerome Arizona.


I hope you enjoy them and I hope you enjoyed my little/big post about my experience visiting Jerome, Arizona and my stay at the Jerome Grand Hotel. I do intend to go back there has been a lot of changes there. I would really like to see the Puscifer store and Caduceus Tasting Room and if I’m lucky I may see a famous rock star or two. From what I’ve gathered it is more of a sightseeing place than it was when I saw it. I feel lucky seeing Jerome before it got on the map as a tourist spot and looking forward to seeing in the future.


Replacing a battery in a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

My first major purchase when I got my job at Amazon. Was a new phone and at that time the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge just came out. I really enjoyed having a modern cell phone and at the time it was top of the line Android phone. Upon Setting up my plan with Verizon the salesman being a salesman talked me into getting an OtterBox cover for it at the low price 45 bucks.

The phone work pretty good there were a couple of things I didn’t like such as unable to root the phone. I’m not saying I can’t root the phone. I know how to but if I did it would void the warranty. So yes I was stuck with that stupid NFL app. About 10 months in I noticed my moderately-priced OtterBox cover was not sitting right. I was having difficulties with the volume controls. I took the Otterbox off the phone and discovered the phone was coming apart.

What happened was battery swelled up and literally pushing the bottom of the phone apart at the seams. So I took it to Verizon next to my house where I purchased it. Where it got very confusing on how to utilize my warranty the lady there was telling me I needed to get in contact with tech support and install an app and all kinds of weird unnecessary confusing information. I was in a hurry that day because I had a date with my girlfriend. We decided to go to the Verizon store by her house. The salesman because that’s what they are a salesman. He immediately looked at it and said that is a manufacturing defect he wrote up a slip and said I’d have a new phone in 2 days.

Received my new phone in two days and roughly 10 months later the phone starts to come apart at the seams once again. With anger and no warranty, I bought an iPhone and a warranty. And put the S7 Edge on the shelf.

S7 Edge with a bloated battery

I previously fixed a tablet that my daughter cracked the screen on. I was thinking maybe I could fix the cell phone and to my surprise, there is a kit out there to do just that. The company is called iFixit not only could I buy the kit it was only $32 with parts and tools and a new battery $32! First thought in my head was what do I have to lose if I screw it up oh well. I have a phone that’s working perfect and this one’s just sitting around probably getting ready to explode while I’m asleep. So I bought the kit.

Rather than keep talking I decided to make a video my very first public video on YouTube Titled is Replacing a Samsung S7 Edge battery with iFixit kit!

One month without Facebook

Guess what? I don’t miss it. I never felt right on Facebook. For starters,  you’re projecting an image of yourself that is not truly authentic. In addition, I don’t trust Facebook at all. When I deleted Facebook, I was under the impression that they would permanently delete my data within a certain time frame.  I really don’t give a shit or believe in what they say. Facebook has a lot of people that like to post what they think will get likes and everybody has an opinion and a story. It’s sort of like a false reality. You mostly see the good in people on Facebook and that their lives are going great. Like a TV show, it reminds me of what Dr. Drew Pinsky referred to as the mirror effect.

I am still on Twitter because I like to follow technical communities (such as the KDE community), or interesting people like Martin Wimpress . That man is always up to something impressive in the technology world and he’s just downright interesting (especially for an American seeing someone living in Europe). I’m seriously thinking about deleting Instagram as well. It’s beginning to follow the characteristics of Facebook. It’s also owned by the same lizard that runs Facebook. I actually feel better about myself being off Facebook.

If somebody wants to talk to me, they can get a hold of me. I would much rather have a long face to face conversation. That’s what I prefer, but not always what I get. Most people prefer texting. I am not one of those people. The feeling, emotion, and intent is dolled down when you text and I think it is meant for quick conversations such as, “hey I’m home and I’m okay.” I would much rather have a phone conversation if I can’t talk to someone in person. That way, you can at least hear the rise and fall of a person’s voice. There is less room for misconception and you can better understand what the other is trying to communicate.

I’m not saying people on Facebook are idiots. It’s just not for me anymore. I’ve read too much about it Facebook and quite frankly I do not like their business model. I have had arguments with people over differing opinions (especially on political topics). Things are said in posts that would most likely never even be an issue in a face to face conversation. I was what Facebook would call a Facebook user role model. It sucked me in and took up a lot of my time. Don’t get me wrong though. I did actually have somewhat of a withdrawal after leaving Facebook. I kept wanting to go to my bookmark, but I made sure it was deleted. I will miss updates from certain people that I went to HighSchool with and from family members. But I believe the trade-off is much better for me.

By the way If you are on  Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, you can somewhat control your cookies and privacy by running Firefox and putting Facebook in a special container. There is also another container for Twitter. I like to containerize my information (such as banking, forums, and Google).

Bruce B

Just an update

This site doesn’t really a lot of its hit on my updates its mostly people coming to look at the tutorial for Vero / OSMC. I’m cool with it but if you are curious in the last couple months. I have been suffering from severe pain in the neck not like I can’t get this code figured out pain in the neck literal pain. For 6 months or so I’ve been going to a Pain Management Center trying different things medicine injections and yes narcotics. physical therapy was not helping. Nothing was working good enough for me to go back to work. I was referred out to a surgeon. My first visit with the surgeon was a bit of an eye-opener the first thing he told me. I won’t even consider surgery if you’re a smoker and at the time I was a smoker. If I quit smoking he would do surgery on me so I quit smoking and 3 months later. I was on the operating table. I had cervical disc arthroplasty C3 C4 C5. Getting the surgery was the biggest decision I’ve ever made for myself. I was terrified and eager to do it at the same time A lot of mixed emotions. I did get it done everything went fine my surgeon said I was a great candidate and my range of motion is normal and maybe even better down the line than most people once everything heals up.

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Although I like being off work and having all that free time. I do not like being on a medicine that is highly addictive that will have a grip on you which I already know it has a grip on me. I feel like a science experiment but let’s hope I’m not a statistic of the one that did not make it.

But let’s talk major surgery and the effects afterwards that’s what blew my mind. If you look up vivid dreams and anesthesia I think you will understand what I’m talking about. I have always been interested in psychedelic and Altered States of consciousness mainly Natural Altered States of consciousness. When I was a teenager I had my first Out of Body Experience. That experience alone as a teenager change the way I thought life was or is. It led me down a path of research on out of body experiences and consciousness and the way the mind works. I’ve read a lot of books on out-of-body experiences there is one book that I highly recommend you can actually read it online and he is a Linux user cool right! The author’s name is Robert Peterson the book is Out of body experiences how to have them and what to expect. Personally I’m not a spiritual man. I’m more on the lines of there is a scientific explanation for all of it but when you experience it yourself it makes you think. I started writing this post February 18th and today is April 3rd since then my neck has gotten better but is very sore in a couple weeks I go see my physician that did the surgery and I believe I start therapy. I have also have decreased on the controlled substance what a long road of recovery.

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The new beta PIA app is very impressive (Linux)

If you have Private Internet Access VPN I recommend trying the beta app. Not only is it beautiful but it is completely open-source now. Prior to using the beta application I would have to do a couple extra steps on the stable application to work proper in KDE Neon. It wasn’t a big deal it was more cosmetic than anything but still drove me nuts this was the Issue and fix. I hope they continue to use the same look on the new beta app and don’t change it that much it looks perfect the way it is. The little logo of the man to show that you were connected or not connected has changed for the better in my opinion.


Here’s something interesting VPN Killswitch has a new feature called Auto from what I’m understanding if you lose connection with your VPN on Auto you will not leak out. If you have the kill switch set to off if you lose your VPN connection it will route back to your normal IP address. Always on setting network will only work if the VPN is on. If the vpn is no on or running you will not get outside traffic at all. A cool new feature if you have lan (local area network) set up in the app you can browse your local network with always on kill switch but then again that is not going out to wan (wide area network) so your good to go.

If you are running the stable version of the VPN app v82 and would like to try the beta here’s the instructions to remove the stable version and install the beta. Thank you PIAThomas on Reddit for the instructions.

Uninstall v82 before installing the beta. Open up a terminal and you’re going to remove some files with the some commands. First off turn off the private internet application by right-clicking the icon and hitting the quit button. It is best to just copy and paste the commands below

  1. rm -rf ~/.config/PrivateInternetAccess
  2. rm ~/.local/share/applications/pia_manager.desktop
  3. sudo rm -rf /opt/pia
  4. rm -rf ~/.pia_manager/

If all works its time to install the new beta The instructions are fairly straightforward.