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Monday, April 30, 2007

My oh my, how time flies when you're not having any fun. But after talking with a certain someone, and receiving a gentle tug on the ear, I thought I'd better pop my head up and say Hi.

As to the reason(s) for my absence, it was just more of the same ol', same ol'. Feeling like something the cat coughed up, weather so lousy I couldn't spend any time fussin' with the Bear, and figuring (wrongly it seems) that you were getting tired of my nattering.

Saturday morning the rains finally stopped, the sun showed up, and I was over there happily doing my thing. Although the ground was still wet I didn't care, coveralls on, grease gun and a few tools in hand, and under the beast I went. All of the frustrations of the week were gone, I was back in my element, and it felt great!

Not only did I grease it, boy did I ever!, but changed the oil and filters (oil and gas). Also changed the oil in the differential and checked for any metal shavings. All is well.

While under there I was able to check out the exhaust system, u-joints, and steering components. Again, all is well. The only things I found that needed attention were a heater hose showing signs of wear, that I replaced, and a power steering connection getting a bit weepy. Took it apart, cleaned the threads, wrapped them with Teflon tape, and mechanically at least, the Bear is ready to go truckin'. YeeHaw!!

I've still got a few things I want to do, but it's looking like 2 weeks from today, May 14, will be blast off time. Since time is on my side, if the weather is nasty I'll hold off a bit so that I can at least start the trip without fighting the elements. Once under way it won't much matter.

I'm going to wimp out this morning and not answer your comments from last week, but please know that each and every one is appreciated. I've said it ad nauseum, but it bears repeating, you're a great bunch of people that I feel privileged to "know". Every time I get a little down, for whatever reason, I realize that I'm not alone. Sure I have family, but in a lot of ways you, my blog family, are equally important. Lesson learned!

Hope you all (y'all for you Murcans) have a good week, and I'll see ya tomorrow with at least a hey-howdy. Aw heck, how about a joke, courtesy of Jim.

When Neil got back from Manitoba last week he had a bunch of Canadian dollars he needed to exchange, so he went to the currency exchange window at the local bank. Just one guy in front of Asian guy who was trying to exchange yen for dollars and he was a little irritated!

He asked the teller, "Why it change?? Yestoday, I get two huna yen fo dolla. Today I get huna eighty?? Why it change?"

The teller shrugged her shoulders and said, "Fluctuations".

The Asian guy says, "Well, fluc you white people too!"

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Sitting here staring at a blank page, with nary a thought running through what passes for my brain, just isn't doing it for me. Have my creative juices dried up? (Give me a break!)

I'm sure I'll find something to natter about, other than fussin' with the Bear, before long. In the meantime I'll wish you all a good week, and thank you for stopping by.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Took a while this morning to get L'il Bear to show up. Not sure if it's because of the 3 hours I've spent trying to get my stupid arm working, or the fact that he found out that his arch-nemesis is riding shotgun in his spot up on the dash.

Oh, just calm down l'il fella, he's just keeping your spot warm for ya. I'm still trying to find a companion for the summer, and beyond, but as soon as people find out that you really want one, the price goes up. I'm hoping that the shelter will come through for me, because I'm not ready to pay the kind of money they're asking. Hmmm, might have to do some dog-napping. NOT!!

If you think that picture is cute, and I hope you do, wait until you see Garf in the boudoir, dressed for the occasion. Seriously, don't mind me, I get a kick out of this stuff. Lord knows life is heavy enough, and you shouldn't have to be a child to enjoy whatever it is that you enjoy.

Also, in that picture above, just to show how anal I am with my vehicles, it took me 45 minutes to polish that wiper arm. I know, I've got to get a life, but the truth is, this is the life I enjoy. I have the freedom, and means, to do whatever I want, and this is what I want to do. Just think of how peaceful the world would be if everyone could find their niche. Okay, off the soapbox, but I'm sure you get my point.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. See ya tomorrow with more of the same.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

A man appeared before St. Peter at the Pearly Gates.

"Have you ever done anything of particular merit?" St. Peter asked.

"Well, I can think of one thing," the man offered. "Once, on a trip to the Black Hills out in South Dakota , I came upon a gang of bikers, who were threatening a young woman. I directed them to leave her alone, but they wouldn't listen.

So, I approached the largest and most heavily tattooed biker and smacked him in his face, kicked his bike over, ripped out his nose ring, and threw it on the ground. I yelled, "Now, back off!! Or I'll kick the sh*t out of all of you!"

St. Peter was impressed, "When did this happen?"

"Just a couple minutes ago..."

Next time you use a pair of rubber gloves remember this...

A dentist noticed that his next patient, a little old lady, was nervous so he decided to tell her a little joke as he put on his gloves.

"Do you know how they make these gloves?" he asked.

"No, I don't," she replied.

"Well," he spoofed, "there's a building in Mexico with a big tank of latex and workers of all hand sizes walk up to the tank, dip in their hands, let them dry, then peel off the gloves and throw them into boxes of the right size."

She didn't crack a smile........

"Oh, well. I tried," he thought.

But five minutes later, during a delicate portion of the procedure, she burst out laughing.........

"What's so funny?" he asked.

"I was just envisioning how condoms are made!"

A couple had been married for 50 years. They were sitting at the breakfast table one morning when the wife says, "Just think, fifty years ago we were sitting here at this breakfast table together."

"I know," the old man said. "We were probably sitting here naked as a jaybird fifty years ago."

"Well," Granny snickered. "Let's relive some old times."

Whereupon the two stripped to the buff and sat down at the table. "You know, honey," the little old lady breathlessly replied, "My nipples are as hot for you today as they were fifty years ago."

"I wouldn't be surprised," replied Gramps. "One's in your coffee and the other is in your oatmeal."
Thanks Trace.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Little slow on the draw this morning folks, due to a visit from you-know-who yesterday. No real damage done, just a bit draining.

I was over with the Bear happily working away with a product that Bill told me about, called Gel-Gloss, when I felt it coming. Bit of a bummer really because my shoulder was feeling better, the weather was nice, and that stuff was really working on bringing a shine up on dull surfaces.

I had already tried it on the outside, with great results, but in the bathroom it was even better. The shower, sink, and 'ahem', look new. Guess I'll have to head for the bushes to do my "duties", because it's too nice in there now.

So, when things started to go sideways, literally, I put everything away, came home, and holed up for the day.

Since yesterday was my "head pill" day it was not totally unexpected, but still frustrating. I seem to have bounced back quicker than usual, so maybe my thoughts about this whole Bear thing helping my health is (are?) working. At any rate, come daylight I'm back at it!

As usual, I'll try to come up with a few chuckles for tomorrow, and might even manage to wake L'il Bear up for an appearance on Sunday.

Hope you all have a good weekend. Take care of yourselves.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Believing, as I do, in giving credit where credit is due, I've got to give a tip o' the hat to my bud Bill the Barber this morning.

Not only is he a good friend, but by allowing me to use his fully-equipped shop, he has made my getting the Bear ready so much easier.

His place is only a 1/2 block from where the Bear is parked, so I stop there first thing each day, and we sit in the shop and just talk guy stuff. Having had an RV himself for years, he comes up with some good ideas, but more importantly, we're in a place where we can try them out. Some work, some don't, but I love puttering around with stuff like that. It's a guy thing!

When we're not doing that we're out shopping for things, because again, he has some good ideas. When I finally get to doing something on the Bear it's not long until he shows up to see how things are going. Of course by then it's time to go back to the shop, have a coffee, and talk guy stuff. heh heh

So there you have it, my idea of a friend. Here's to you Bill, you grouchy ol' fart. Hmmm, must be an echo in here, because that's what he calls me.

Wonder if this will get me a free hair-cut before I leave? Yeah right!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Well, there you have it guys, the back end of the Bear. I had to take the pedal and kickstand off the left side of the bike to prevent scratching up the bumper, but it only takes a minute to replace them, otherwise it would stick out too far. Now, I'll just put a shower cap over the seat, and I'm truckin'.

This shot shows how big the Bear really is, damn you could almost put the car in the bedroom. But we have other uses for that room, don't we girls? Dream on you ol' fool, just get your butt up to the Yukon!

Although I've been putting a lot of work on the Bear, it's a real labor of love. It has taken a lot of elbow grease to get it shined up like that, with lot's more to come, but it's worth every minute of it. If you think the exterior is starting to look good, you should see the interior, it's looking real good! Once I'm finished fussin' in there I'll put a couple of pics up.

Hope you realize that I'm absolutely not being show-offy, but as I've mentioned before, I love sharing with my friends, especially friends that have helped me to get to this point. If I had listened to the doctors and rolled over, none of this would be happening, and for that I thank each and every one of you!

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Well, off we go on another week. I had hoped to post a ta dah! picture of the back of Big Bear this morning but a little problem cropped up. I forgot the #$% camera (blush).

I did get the bike carrier, broom, and thermometer mounted on the weekend, and it looks great. Today I'm going to put some foot-cleaning carpet on the steps that come out when you open the door, weather permitting, but it's not looking good in that regard. If it's too nasty I can find something to fuss with on the interior.

I might have to break down and go see the doctor about my shoulder and upper arm, because it's taking longer each day to get them working. I've got an ice-pack on there now, and it's helping a bit, but it'll take another hour or two before I can even have a shower.

It's probably just a flare-up of arthritis, or possibly from trying to do too much after being inactive for so long. If the latter is the case it will get a lot sorer, if that's possible, because I'm not stopping.

So there you have it, an admission of dumbness (camera), a progress report, and a whine. In other words, a well-rounded post.

Hope your week goes well. See ya later.

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Cure for a Cough

The owner of a drugstore walks in to find a guy leaning heavily against a wall with an odd look on his face.

The owner asks the clerk, "What's with that guy over there by the wall?"

The clerk says, "Well, he came in here at 7 A.M. to get something for his cough. I couldn't find the cough syrup, so I gave him an entire bottle of laxatives."

The owner says, "You idiot! You can't treat a cough with laxatives!"

The clerk says, "Oh yeah.... look at him....he's afraid to cough!"

Redneck Naming

Billy Bob's pregnant sister was in a terrible car accident and went into a deep coma. After being in the coma for nearly six months, she wakes up and sees that she is no longer pregnant. Frantically, she asks the doctor about her baby.

The doctor replies, "Ma'am, you had twins! A boy and a girl. The babies are fine and your brother came in and named them."

The woman thinks to herself, "Oh no, not my brother... he's an idiot!" Expecting the worst, she asks the doctor, "Well, what's the girl's name?"

"Denise," says the doctor.

The new mother says, "Wow, that's a beautiful name! I guess I was wrong about my brother. I like Denise." Then she asks, "What's the boy's name?"


Always Wear Underwear

From the Northwest Florida Daily News comes this story of a Crestview couple who drove their car to Wal-Mart, only to have their car breakdown in the parking lot. The man told his wife to carry on with the shopping while he fixed the car in the lot.

The wife returned later to see a small group of people near the car. On closer inspection, she saw a pair of male legs protruding from under the chassis. Although the man was in shorts, his lack of underpants turned private parts into glaringly public ones.

Unable to stand the embarrassment, she dutifully stepped forward, quickly put her hand up his shorts, and tucked everything back into place. On regaining her feet, she looked across the hood and found herself staring at her husband who was standing idly by. The mechanic, however, had to have three stitches in his forehead.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Sorry for being a stranger yesterday, but my arm was just too sore to post. Don't ask me to explain it, I can work around the RV with no real trouble, but a simple thing like extending my arm to use the mouse on the desktop hurts like hell.

I did fire up the laptop, which I'm on now, and managed to remove IE7 without losing my mail etc., but then some other little problems cropped up. After a few hours of messing with it I gave up and went and did something productive.

I did shop for a bike carrier on Wednesday, but didn't like what I found, either the price ($139.95 plus taxes) or the quality. So I gathered up some material, and with the help of Bill's brother, who is a welder/fabricator, built one that you could hang a motorcycle on.

Yesterday the city came by and turned the water on at the RV lot, so I completely flushed all the antifreeze out of Big Bear. There is a regular dump site there that allowed me to turn all the taps and shower on, keep flushing the toilet, and check for leaks. Bone dry! Then I filled the water tank, added a few ounces of bleach, let it sit a while, then flushed all that out.

Today I'll run one more tank of water through, and that should do it. Just to be safe I'll carry bottled water for drinking, at least for a couple of weeks, but bathing, doing dishes etc. should be safe.

Hopefully this weekend I'll get the broom and bike carrier mounted and post a ta-da! picture.

See ya tomorrow with a few chuckles.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The way I've been depleting the piggy bank lately I was due for a bargain, and boy did I get one yesterday. I am now the proud owner of a very nice 15-speed bike that cost me the sum total of... ZILCH, as in free.

When the fellow that parks beside me, a retired RCMP officer, asked me how things were going with getting Big Bear ready, I replied that I was slowly gathering the things I wanted. When I mentioned the bike I was going to buy for $100 he told me to save my money, took me to his locker, and said, it's yours, take it. Well, thank you sir!

So, into the trunk of the car, over to Big Bear, and started fussin' with it. Adjusted the seat height, the handle bars, the brakes, and the air in the tires. Then oiled the gears, the chain, and wiped it all down. I still had some spray paint left after doing the furnace vents, so I touched up a few spots. Lookin' good!

The RV site is pretty big so I had to give it a test drive. Boy did I ever, wore my legs out giving my butt a ride round and round the lot. That was fun, and of course good exercise. I did get a little bit done on Big Bear, but mostly just played with the bike.

Today I'll buy a carrier for it that attaches to the tow hitch, secure the bike with lock and chain, and I'll be all set. So you'd better not let me down big fella, because I now have an alternate form of transportation.

Oops, almost forgot, guess I'll have to buy a skid lid in case I fall down and go boom. C'mon daylight, I've got shopping to do.

Well, that should be enough nattering for today. If you made it this far, thanks for listening.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Just doing a little daydreaming this morning folks, thinking about the upcoming trip to the North with Big Bear.

This little ferry crosses the Yukon River at Dawson City and drops you at the start of the Top of the World Highway that takes you into Alaska. Although it looks real small, I've crossed there many times years ago (30+) with a truck and trailer. Of course during the winter the ferry doesn't run and you just drive across on the ice.

The last time I was in Dawson was in the summer of '91, when my bud Ralphy and I were hauling fire retardant into the small airport there to load on the planes that were fighting some pretty big forest fires. The load would originate in Calgary AB, and while we were coming south the driver would head north and we would meet up in Ft St John BC, switch trailers, and head back north as hard as we could.

Prior to that I used to haul groceries into an asbestos mine at Clinton Creek, just across the river a few miles at Dawson. I'd leave Vancouver Friday afternoon and be up there Sunday night, 2000 miles one way. While I was having a sleep at the camp they'd unload the grub, load the trailer with asbestos, and when done, come wake me up. I'd shower, eat a big meal, pack a bigger lunch, and, head down-ass up, head back to Vancouver. Ah, the good ol' days.

It was on that run that I had this wreck just north of Whitehorse in Oct '76.

Although the picture from the paper says I was uninjured, it wasn't until I got home that the injuries, including a partially torn liver, showed up. Guess I was running on adrenaline, and just wanted to get home. Hell, they even forgot my first name.

I could never have dreamt all those years ago that I would one day be returning in a vehicle like Big Bear. Just as the trip to Newfoundland last year was special for me, so is this one. Truck wrecks and tumors be damned, I'm still sitting In The Driver's Seat!

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Well, got another 2 productive days in of getting Big Bear ready this weekend. Saturday I shopped the flyers and stocked up on a lot of non-perishable food items, mostly canned goods, but also dry foods like pasta, cereals, rice, noodles, oatmeal, flax seed, etc etc. Also got most of my cleaning supplies, paper towels, and personal hygiene products. Yep, even put in some extra smell-good.

Then because the weather was so nice, I spent a few hours on the outside of it removing a ridiculous amount of caulking around all the wall and roof seals. I've not noticed any signs of a leak, or even moisture, so it's sealed well, but talk about overkill. What I thought would be simply scraping off the overage wasn't quite so simple, but it's done, and looks a lot better.

Yesterday the rains returned so I spent the day on the inside. In fact I spent most of the day on my knees in the bathroom. What fun!

Some stumble-footed creature had cracked the rail that the pleated shower curtain rides in, and apparently got the maniac with the caulking gun to repair it. Instead of trying to make it look better I tore it all out, and repaired it with, of all things, a small tube of model glue. Worked like a damn!

Then, hoping I wouldn't find any surprises, (I didn't) I lifted the carpet around the throne and disinfected the floor. Not the most tasteful of chores, because I don't know who or what ( or their aim) was using it, but now I have peace of mind.

Today I'm going to remove the furnace floor vents (7), spray disenfectant down the ducts, then wirebrush and paint them. Also spray the vents on all 3 air conditioners (2 roof, and the dash).

I'm certainly not trying to put Molly Maids out of business, but they should know that there is a new cleaner in town!

Hope you're all well. See ya later.

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter Folks.

Hope your weekend is going well. See ya tomorrow with more tales from the lair, where I've been spending my days preparing Big Bear to venture into The Great White (hope not) North.

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Bug

A man and a woman were driving down the road and arguing about his deplorable infidelity when suddenly the woman reaches over and slices the man's penis off. Angrily, she tosses it out the car window.

Driving behind the couple is a man and his 9-year-old daughter. The little girl is just chatting away at her father when all of a sudden the penis smacks the car on the windshield, sticks for a moment, then flies off.

Surprised, the daughter asks her father, "Daddy, what the heck was that?" Not wanting to expose his little girl to anything sexual at such a young age the father replies, "It was only a bug, honey."

The daughter sits with a confused look on her face, and after a few minutes she says "Sure had a big dick, didn't it?

The Patch

Two Newfies, Archie and Harry, were driving down the road drinking a couple of beers. The passenger, Harry, suddenly said, "Lord tundering Jaisus... up ahead -- it's a police roadblock!! We're gonna get busted fer drinkin' dese here beers!!" Don't worry," Archie said. "We'll just pull over and finish dese beers, then peel off the label, stick it on our foreheads, and trow the bottles under the seat."

"What fer?" "Jist let me do de talkin', OK?" So they finished their beers, threw the empties out of sight and put a label on each of their foreheads. When they reached the roadblock, the Police officer took a long look at the two of them and said, "You boys been drinkin'?" "No sir," said Archie, pointing at the labels. "We're on the Patch."

HAPPY HOUR in Newfoundland.

The Newfie saw the sign at the restaurant. It read.... Happy Hour Special:

Lobster Tail & Beer.

"Lard 'Tunderin' Jaises !" he says to himself, "Me tree favourite tings".


A husband and his wife had a bitter quarrel on the day of their 40th wedding anniversary.The husband yells, "When you die, I'm getting you a headstone that reads: 'Here Lies My Wife-Cold As Ever'."

"Yeah," she replies, "When you die, I'm getting you a headstone that reads: 'Here Lies My Husband - Stiff At Last'."


Tired of a listless sex life, the man came right out and asked his wife during a recent lovemaking session, "How come you never tell me when you have an orgasm?" She glanced at him casually and replied, "You're never home!"
Thanks to the dynamic Alberta duo, Jim and Jude.

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Friday, April 06, 2007

Better give me lots of room this morning folks, because I'm struttin'. Not really, but I am feeling just a teeny bit proud of myself. After thinking some more about my theory of loosening up dirt in the barrel of the door lock with the WD-40, I decided to test what I thought might work.

So while I was waiting for the locksmith I gave it a monster shot of air with my keyboard cleaner can, and couldn't believe the crud that came out. Well now, let's do that again. Another shot of WD-40, another blast of air, put the key in, and OPEN SESAME! Worked like a damn, which was good because the locksmith never did show up.

When I finally gave up waiting for him, and returned home, there were 3 nasty messages from him on my answering machine. He claimed he waited 30 minutes for me, even though I was there all the time, and also claimed there were no RVs there. It's one thing to get lost, and not be able to find your own ass with both hands, but lipping off to me is costly.

After I straightened things out with his boss, I called the people in Arizona, gave them a blow-by-blow, and now he can whistle for his money.

By the way, make sure when you buy WD-40 you get the right stuff. This is definitely not it.

Here's a couple of pics that Bill took while following me. The first is quite calm, but it wasn't long before I got a chance to test my winter driving skills. That little storm didn't last long, just enough to make you sit up straight and pay attention.

Hope you're not getting tired of me nattering about my new hobby, because it is sure having the desired effects on my health. Been a long time since I felt useful, hell just to have tools in my hand again feels great.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Ah, this is more like it. I'm using the desktop this morning because frankly, no matter how hard I try to, I just don't like the laptop. I've had this PC for 3 years and, aside from being more comfortable with it, it is a pleasure to use. Never a problem, unless I goof up (who me?) and even then I can sort it out. The laptop on the other hand is frustrating to no end.

No matter whether I use the mouse pad, an optic mouse, or a very expensive laser mouse, I can't get comfortable. Not only that but it is supposed to be more powerful than this old thing, yet this one can run rings around it. To be fair I think a lot of the problems I'm having with it are caused by that @#$IE7, and I haven't resolved that yet, but I still don't like it. I know one thing, before I consider spending a bunch of money on a satellite system for internet access things are going to have to greatly improve.

I've taken IE7 off, by system restore, and restored IE6, but because of the way Sparky re-set things, I lost my mail folders etc. I'm tempted to remove IE7 completely, then download IE6, but in what order? I think I'll try that before spending any more money on it. If it doesn't work, well, here we go again. There are also a lot of little things wrong with it like cookies, screen saver, etc so I'll probably end up biting the bullet again.

Other than that little whine things are fine here. Didn't get much done yesterday, except a little banking, because our weather is still the s**ts. The locksmith should be here this morning, so I'll be able to get back to fussin' with Big Bear and forget about the stupid laptop for a while.

Stay well guys. See ya later.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Things have been going so well lately that I was due for a little blip, and although I had one yesterday, I'm kind of glad I did.

After picking up a few more small things for Big Bear I took them over and put them aboard, and while there decided to do a little Preventive Maintenance. So I grabbed a can of WD-40, found one of those red straws that are always lost, and gave every lock (11) a squirt. Next I went around and with the appropriate key worked the locks so that everything worked smoothly. Feeling like I had done my good deed for the day, I put the can away, and when I went to go back inside, el blippo showed up, because the main door wouldn't open. Try as I might, without forcing it, I could not get the door to open. GREAT!

Came back home, got the Road Assistance policy they gave me, called the 800 number, and ended up talking to a lady in Lake Havasu AZ. Not only was I pleasantly surprised to learn that this wasn't just some sales gimmick the dealer used, but that she had a record of me (address etc) and within minutes got things started.

I got a call shortly after hanging up with her from a locksmith in a town about an hour away, and because it's not an emergency, set up an appointment for tomorrow morning. He told me that his call-out fee has been looked after and that all I would have to pay is any labor and parts, which he assured me would be minimal. Damn, kind of took some of the cynic out of me.

Nicely finished talking to him when the lady called back to ensure that he had called. Double damn! Kind of restores my faith in mankind.

What I think happened is that when I gave it a squirt I loosened up some dirt in the barrel of the lock, and it jammed up inside. What I'm glad about, besides the way I was treated, is that it happened here and not way out in the boonies somewhere.

So what could have been a disaster ended up a blessing. For a few bucks I'll get a new lock and keys, and perhaps more importantly, I've learned that I'm covered in the case of a real emergency. Worth every penny!

So all in all a good day. The kind I hope you guys have. Later.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Yesterday Jim commented on getting more snow, and I replied by saying that thankfully we were not getting the same here in Lotus Land. So after cooking up, and devouring, a great breakfast, I allowed Judles to win her bet by taking a 1 hour nap. I guess the weather Gods must have read my reply and decided that we'll show him, because this is what I woke up to. WTF?

The magnolia blossoms are just getting ready to open and it's snowing like crazy. So much for feeling smug about our weather here. In the 41+ years I've lived here this winter has been by far the most unpredictable, and to show the contrast here are a couple of pics from this time last year.

So Big Bear got a break yesterday, because after the work I put on the car there was no way I was driving it in the mess we ended up with. It didn't last long, in fact was mostly gone by 4 pm, but if this was God's little April Fool's joke, we are not amused.

I bought the bedding for the big fella yesterday, and managed to find a color to match the carpeting. Tres nice! Today I'll decide whether to spend $91.50 (with taxes) on a broom for it. Before you ask, what is wrong with your head? just wait, it's not what you might think. If I do it I'll post a picture when I install it.

I didn't sleep worth a poop last night, so I'm going back to bed and try again. See ya later.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

I'm not sure about this getting more sleep, because after spending 6 1/2 hours in there last night before rolling out, I'm having trouble getting organized. I usually fire this thing up around 2 am, or sooner, yet here it is 4:30 and I'm thinking of going back for some more. Who knows, maybe by the time I get Big Bear on the road I'll be almost normal. Then again, what's normal?

I'm not going across the border today because I found the things I was going to buy down there here in town. Besides, I really don't need that lineup, inspection etc. for just a few small items. There was a time, not so long ago, that I crossed the border without thought, but since Smirky has decreed that we should all live in fear, those days are long gone. Sad really, but just part of the legacy he'll leave us all with.

Ah, to heck with going back to bed. I just opened the fridge and there's a big ol' bone-in ham steak sitting there just begging to be eaten, so I guess it's time to chow down.

Have a good week guys.

Trucker Bob Image hosting by Photobucket blogged at 4:58 AM


Sunday, April 01, 2007

Poor L'il Bear is worn out this morning, almost like my wallet. I found a great RV supply store yesterday, and by the time I was finished I realized that if I don't soon stop loading Big Bear up it will be too heavy to move, or I won't be able to afford to go anywhere. But it's fun!

My bud Bill the Barber is taking me to a favorite store of his just across the border in Bellingham WA. tomorrow to get, yes, more stuff! Nothing big, just a bit of fishing gear etc.

Also yesterday I created a bit of a stir at the local Car Wash. I had 3 pair of the greasiest, filthiest coveralls imaginable, that when I described them to the drycleaners, they jokingly threatened to call the police if I even came near their store with them. Same with the Laundromat, and no way was I using my washer/dryer.

So I chased them around the stall with the high pressure hose. What a scene! It worked, I got them clean, but by the time I washed the walls and floor down, I think it would have been cheaper to buy new ones. Oh well, whatever works.

To get them dry I had to break one of the rules here. I waited until dark, then hung them over the railing on my balcony. As I said, whatever works.

Not sure what kind of trouble I can get into today, but I'll find something. Wait, I know, I'll go shopping. There must be something in the area that I don't need, and haven't bought yet. And to think my life used to be boring. heh heh

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, probably see ya tomorrow.

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