The title says it all but I figured ya’ll might be wondering if we were surviving down here. Seems like everywhere north of say Jacksonville is pretty much frozen…got some pics from Neil’s sister MJ up i Knoxville and they even had snow up there. However…it’s been in the upper 80s down here the past 3 days and we’re closed up with the A/C running…bummer as we would actually prefer the windows open for the breeze but with the heat and humidity it’s almost like midsummer this week.
Our door lock is still broken but at least the parts are or order…Gordon finally figured out what to buy and the repair status page has gone from nothing to awaiting parts. It’s more of a pain than anything else as we have to keep locking the deadbolt to keep the door shut.
We ordered and received a new bed cover for BAT…it’s a Truxedo Lo Pro QT and while not entirely secure as it’s a soft roll up type cover…it won’t damage the bottom of the bedroom and will keep honest people honest at best and at worst whatever is in the bed of the truck will be out of sight/out of mind. One big reason to have it is that it will keep the bed mostly dry…this will prevent having a lake in the back of the truck every time it rains. It also will improve the fuel mileage about 10% which will be a big improvement over the summer as we will have BAT as our only vehicle from the time we leave Midlothian in late May through September when we arrive back on the east coast after our Alaska sojourn. Being dry it will allow us to toss whatever we have stored in the back seat into the bed when we want to double up and only drive one vehicle with our friends Bill and Linda on the trip north. I’ll post a couple shots of it once Neil gets it installed tomorrow…he’s got that to handle as well as replacing the zinc anode in our water heater and vacuuming all of the old zinc anode pieces out of the bottom of it…he borrowed a wet vac from the park to help with this.
We also got in a replacement check valve for our leaking water pump…Neil’s gotta figure out how much of a pain in the tush that will be to install…hopefully he can just install the parts in place and not have to remove and reinstall the pump completely.
Other than that it’s been work/bingo/campfire/potluck/etc…the typical RV park for the winter stuff. Connie is really going to be glad when this class of phlebotomists finishes up…they have been such a pain to her with not doing paperwork, making special requests and the last minute and other things that toss a wrench into her plans that both she and Neil will be glad when they’re done.
I ran across this on one of our forums the other day…it’s entitled “The Top 10 List of Things That Might Indicate You Live in and RV Full Time”…even though there are way more than 10 of them.
1) Your GPS is your best friend!
2) You NEVER know where items are in the grocery store. (except in Wal-Mart that is mostly always laid out the same way)
3) You dump your own sewage and it is no big deal.
4) Your family has to ask you where you are when they call.
5) You keep both winter and summer wardrobes because you don’t know where you will end up. (our solution…what are winter clothes?)
6) You know what snowbirds are and have seen them in their natural habitat.
7) Your HOME has wheels.
8) You blog so that YOU will remember where you have been!
9) You look in your pantry and see that you have cereal from New Jersey, pasta from Texas, canned goods from Alabama and crackers from California.
10) You are always the new guy in town
11) You know where to find the best, most reliable internet.
12) You own very little and are proud of that!
13) You follow the warm weather.
14) You hang pictures and decoration on the wall with velcro.
15) You don’t own any figurines or other cutesy stuff that sits on countertops.
16) You have slept in a Wal-Mart parking lot
17) You meet up with a family in Virginia that you met in California!
18) Your kids remember friends by what state they met them in!
19) You grocery shop every three days because your refrigerator is so small.
20) You have been to more museums, aquariums, national parks, monuments and zoos than you can remember.
21) You have ever “pulled chocks”.
22) You look confused when someone asks you “where are you from?” (Connie only…Neil knows he’s from Alabama and will always be from there…Connie thinks she’s from Virginia or sometin’)
23) You get your mail 2-3 months late regularly from your mail forwarding service.
24) You have witnessed your toilet “burping” at you.
25) You crave adventure and can not wait to see what is around the next corner!
26) Gas Buddy is one of your favorite apps.
27) You feel joy when you walk into a really “clean” Laundromat
28) You’re newly updated list of your top 5 restaurants are in 5 different states
29) Yelp is your “go to” app for finding restaurants, grocery stores, hair stylists etc. in each new location
30) You’ve forgotten how to use any yard tools!!
31) You try to use a foot pedal on a normal toilet.
32) You see a trash container in front of a house and realize that you don’t have to remember when “trash day” is anymore!
34) When you can’t remember which state you got that great bacon double cheeseburger, but you know it was about 1247 miles ago (it was actually in Astoria, OR…best cheezeburga evah).
36) You wake up and have to hunt for the receipt from the park office to figure out where you are.
37) You know what a slave pump is and how to start it.
38) You found the greatest storage space for that small item you won’t need until you’ve forgotten where the storage space is!
On careful count…we meet 30 out of 38 of these.
I also ran across this photo on the web the other day…have you ever wondered what a cashew in the wild looks like? It’s the little cashew shaped thing that is sticking out of each of the little cashew fruits in the photo.
Kinda weird that they live outside the fruit and basically have no shell around them…ain’t it.
That’s about it for now…Neil did computer club with Tom today and we’re off to Bingo and Beer as soon as Connie gets home from choir practice.
And a couple of funny bar signs I snagged from the Internet as well.