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New Watering Hole

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Yesterday I took Jack to a restaurant that was new to me because it had moved into the shopping center since I had gone there to eat. His reason for going was a coupon that gave him the second meal free, and it was mine only because he insisted - his argument was that I was driving when we go out, and I bring the beer and popcorn to his house for our weekly visits when he stays home. I took the meal, so he should feel like we're even now.

The big news was that after lunch we walked from one end of the place to the other, and in the corner between the old Winn-Dixie and the rest of the place there is a new Mexican restaurant with happy hour all day long. Happy hour means two for one to them, and a draft beer is $1.98. I don't know how or why the picked the price, but a couple of Canadians sitting at a table on the sidewalk explained the deal to us. The corn chips and salsa are free, and the beer is essentially a dollar a draft, as long as you drink an even number. If Burnham comes along I suppose we could mess up and have an extra beer, but with just me and Jack it's easy - first I buy one, then he buys one, etc. That's about as good a shot as I could ask for, and it's a pleasure to find a place that really wants to sell beer. The last place that was like that was the Windsor Village Deli Bar, which had a sign outside that just said "BAR". No question about it, and they always had free popcorn - very salty, but free. Of course, I also always had at least one bowl of Nadine's chili.

I can't wait to try it out in a couple of weeks.

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MS.ELENI 11/27/2011 11:53AM

    What resturant did you go to.

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THINRONNA 11/27/2011 2:45AM

    Sounds like a great place. What a good deal on beer! I do miss places like that in the US. Here a beer at a bar is about 6 to 12 a grocery store it is about 4 USD. Needless to say I don't drink much these days! I'll have to join you guys and BrewMasterBill!

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BREWMASTERBILL 11/26/2011 6:21PM

    You two sound like my kind of people. Can I come by for lunch? Hehe.

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BREWMASTERBILL 11/26/2011 6:19PM

    You two sound like my kind of people. Can I come by for lunch? Hehe.

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A Miracle Occurs

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.

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THINRONNA 11/27/2011 3:16AM

    The wonders of WD40!

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BREWMASTERBILL 11/26/2011 8:50AM

    I think WD40 was given to Moses at Mt. Sinai or something. Love that stuff.

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WINDSWEPTACRES 11/25/2011 4:05PM

    Too funny!

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Thanksgiving Here

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.

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THINRONNA 11/27/2011 3:19AM

    That must be hard to be away from family you love on the holidays. I can understand why you wouldn't want to face the bad weather again though. Maybe one year they could come and visit you...

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MS.ELENI 11/24/2011 10:18PM

    I know how A feels.I miss not having the family together.But most will be here on the 17th

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12/10/93 Part Two

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.

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MS.ELENI 11/23/2011 8:29PM

    Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow.

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12/10/93 Part One

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.

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DJ4HEALTH 11/23/2011 8:50PM


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THINRONNA 11/23/2011 3:02AM

    How fun!

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