Friday, November 25, 2011
I walked the dogs for a couple of miles again this morning, and the temperature was 55 degrees when we started and 57 when we got back, just as it was yesterday.
The big news this morning was that the kitchen faucet froze – it’s a single handle swivel faucet that has the spout pull out on an armored hose so you can either shower dishes or rinse with a single aerated stream. For some reason the spout would not swivel. The BW cleared everything out from under the sink and soaked the swivel joint with vinegar several times, but the darn thing would still only move about 10 degrees instead of about 210 degrees. It wasn’t an emergency because you could still pull the spout out and water both sinks, but it was inconvenient, and after a couple of hours I assumed that we would call Gus’s Plumbing, buy a new faucet, and be back in business. The “guaranteed forever” warranty wasn’t much good because neither of us could find the warranty and receipt, so that would be the second guaranteed forever faucet that didn’t last in that sink.
When we had the kitchen redone, neither the plumber nor the BW could figure out that they were trying to install the faucet rotated 180 degrees from the correct orientation – the back of the faucet was facing the sink, and it wouldn’t fit. The BW went out and bought a single handle faucet that did fit because I wasn’t there, so she gave the old one to a neighbor after I pointed out the correct orientation.
Anyhow, as she was headed out the door to buy another new faucet, I told her that I was going to take Jack to lunch. Then she asked if WD40 might loosen things up. I grabbed a can and soaked things with it, and magic happened – everything slowly loosened up, until now the nozzle swings as easily and as widely as it did when it was new. I figure we saved probably a couple of hundred dollars (when I looked up under the sink I wasn’t going to try to change that faucet myself), and we also had a quick response instead of waiting until Monday for a plumber to show up.
A miracle occurred.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
We had lunch at Kally-Kay's today, traded e-mails and phone calls with the kids and siblings, and had a fairly good time. The only problem was that the BW cried a little because she missed the kids and grandkids.
We did go up to Mishawaka for Thanksgiving four years ago, when everyone in the family gathered at Emily's house for Thanksgiving - which will probably never happen again. There was a fairly heavy snow, and the door locks in the care were frozen. I used a lighter on the head of a key to finally melt my way into the car three different times - staying in a motel in the north in the winter is the pits, and I refuse to go back after October. We didn't go back at all this year - the BW was having health problems.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Otherwise, we’re here in Santa Ana, Sonora with no hook-ups for the night. For $6.00 it seems a little steep – especially for Mexico. My dinner, 4 beers, and tip came to $18.00 US, which is maybe OK but not extremely cheap. Maybe things will be later.
It’s 9:20 and I’m going to have a shower, clean my teeth, and go to bed. The TV is set for 6 AM tomorrow because the B froup will go first and the A group won’t leave until 8:30. With 186 miles to go tomorrow, we should get there in good time.
At dinner the Shapiro’s, late of Long Island, said “Go to Alaska – don’t miss it.” They are full time now after two years of retirement – sold their house to one of their three kids.
PS – I bought a battery powered electric shaver at the Walgreens in Nogales, AZ yesterday. It’s a Remington, runs on two AA batteries, and cost $13.88 with tax. I just tried it out and I get a better shave with it than with foam and a blade. Since I use almost as much water to shave as to shower, it could help stretch our boon dock time to nearly double. We both had showers and I did the lunch dishes and pots (from soup) today. The BW washed her face a couple of times. Probably used no more than eight gallons – maybe six. With a 24 gallon water tank it’s no wonder we go dry in less than a day when the BW just lets the water run. But we have gone for four days on one tank of water. More later.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
12/10/93 – Up at 5:00 – ready to leave by 7:30. John McArthur had a CB with hum but (it turned out) no reception capability. This was as Charlie was directing us to pull out. He was talking to me, but I went the wrong way because there wasn’t room enough for me to turn right, and eventually got into the line near the end.
With the CB on channel 13, we had good r exception at all times. We crossed the border, got visas and import permits for the car, and made it to fill up for the first time and dry camp for $6.0. Gas was $1.34/liter ($ is peso here) or $1.7196/gallon US. At our gas mileage, that’s about 21.5 cents per mile for fuel. Awesome. I had a couple more attacks of euphoria today after we got here. The sun shone until late afternoon, and it was great! Warm, dry – Saguaro and Ocotillo next door in an empty field. I can’t remember ever being so happy! This is like being on a business trip to an exotic location without the stress of business. With our little house on wheels, we’re at home wherever we go – and we go for a whole lot less than most of the crowd.
We had a Spanish lesson today – then supper at “the best greasy spoon in Mexico” according too Charlie. I had the Rancher’s steak (Steak Ranchero) but the BW passed. In her opinion, this was even more authentic than El Sol (the most authentic Mexican restaurant in Indy) and El Sol was too authentic for her.
We are parked in a vacant lot, with a freezer, refrigerator, hot and cold running water, and both 12V and propane lights. The TV won’t get anything (no channels) and the microwave and VCR won’t work at all. I need about a 600 watt inverter – maybe 1,000 watts to be safe.
To be continued.
Friday, November 18, 2011
12/9/93 – We met at 10:00 to buy books, pay off Charlie, get VISA application forms, and sign up for the Copper Canyon trip. We bought “The People’s Guide to Mexico,” and I wish I had bought it sooner. I also gave Charlie $325 for the Copper Canyon trip on the way back.
At 1:30 we learned how to count down, which group we would be in, and our number. I am “Eckstein, No. 7” in Group A. Group A leaves the campground at 7:15 AM on the. 10th. The BW made me set the TV for 5 AM to be ready.
Also, for $15 I had the trailer and van inspected. Bill found a broken brake wire, a broken shock bracket (on the trailer) and an old power steering belt on the van. I fixed the broken wire (and a pinched one) but let the shock go until we get to San Carlos.
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