Sunday, October 02, 2011
The weather seems to have changed here. Usually it’s at least the middle of October before it cools down much, but it was a lot cooler – 68 degrees when I took the dogs for a walk yesterday, and only 58 degrees when I got back from the walk today. That’s what I call a real cold front – I went outside and it was definitely cold this morning. After a 2 ¼ mile walk I didn’t have a bit of sweat on me, and the house was only 77 degrees when I woke up this morning. We have had the thermostat set at 81, and usually that’s cold when you come back inside, but not today.
These daily notes aren’t very consistent or long, and they leave out a lot, but they do jog my memory about things I had forgotten. The drinking water being so bad that we almost couldn’t drink it was the reason we bought a water purifier from Sears, and the original trailer was a 10 year old one that would run completely on either electricity or gas – including a gas light fixture in the front of the trailer. It was probably the one most adapted to boon docking, or dry camping, and we never did just park for the night. With the second one, we did a few times, and with the third, which was the least suited, we did fairly often. After staying a week at an Escapade in Victorville, CA I bought a second deep discharge battery to fill the space allowed for one in our 96 Alumalite. We ran out of battery power (the light fixtures were all (and only) 12 volt). I had to back the van up and run the engine for an hour in the afternoon the last three days of the week in order to be able to see until we wanted to go to bed. After that we never again stayed more than a day or two in one place without hook-ups, and I eventually gave the extra battery to another guy who wasn’t worried about keeping the weight of his rig down.
2/13/1993 Saturday – Blood pressure 150/90 just now. Not great, but low enough to avoid medication. The BW worried because I clenched over spending $2500 in 12 days. After discussing we decided that the real issue is lack of income. Right now OPM owes me about $3200. In two more weeks they will owe me $6400. I want the money.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
2/12/1993 – Did taxes yesterday and sent along the 8606 forms I forgot today. Today I got my teeth cleaned and the van’s tires rotated and installed four new hub caps on the trailer (48 hack-saw cuts to make fingers for insertion). Van looks better. Went to Yoga last night. Had spaghetti and pizza for lunch, but my blood pressure is up anyhow! Got to go see Frank now.
Friday, September 30, 2011
2/3/1993 – Last night we tried the cafeteria next to Penny’s. I bought a lined windbreaker and I moved one of the Velcro patches back on the arm so I can close the wrist tightly. Today I moved the other Velcro patch. We ran out of propane last night and the furnace ran continuously for hours.
We mailed two more change-of-address notices (I did six yesterday and two on Monday while paying bills), a letter to Gogola, and a post card to Everett. Then I went around the block to get to the “Big Orange,” which the BW liked better than the other place recommended by Frank. After that I went to the Home Depot. We moved the coffee maker and toaster forward so, with the TV and a light, I had four plugs and two outlets. Then I bought three converters that plug in and make six three prong outlets in p lace of two outlets, thus adding 12 outlets – four more in front, four more in back, and four more between the stove and sink. I installed them by removing the old switch plate cover, plugging them in, and screwing the center screw tight.
Then I bought a timer ($4.71) to turn the TV on at 7:00 (or whenever) and a dead-bolt lock for the door. I need to route the 300 ohm twin-lead line neatly and cut off the excess because right now there’s a mess with the TV wires, extension cord, timer, and antenna line all coiled together.
I put the dead-bolt away while I think about it.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
2/2/93 – Yesterday I found the Pinellas trail, but the BW was afraid to leave the van in that neighborhood. In the afternoon we rode the city bike trail and walked out on the Safety Harbor municipal pier. At Frank’s last night, and told him we would do ethnic food tonight.
The BW just back from shopping and is totally bummed out by the traffic, crowds, and east coast attitude (rudeness). Her mind is made up – NOT HERE! She just can’t take the crowds, I guess. As she was getting emotional I pointed out that there are lots of alternatives and we don’t have to stay.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
1/31/93 - Fortunately dumped the holding tank late last night. Woke at 2/30 with about 1 inch of water on the floor. The BW did a quick flush about 1:00 and some paper wedged the toilet ball open so the water stayed ON! After filling the tank, pipe, and bowl, the water started running onto the floor. We had the place dried out by 3:30 and went back to bed. Missed church as we were washing rugs, towels, and blankets.
Called Annie at noon, and got a big reaction from the BW when I mentioned that she had told people why I was at a Yoga class. In the afternoon we went to Penny’s where she got a lip pencil, had lunch, and then to Wards where I finally bought a pair of Etonic walking shoes. Then we went to the beach – and along the beach to the big 60 pier. We watched the pelicans, the fishermen, and the sunset, and we got cold. Still haven’t gone fishing.
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