Friday, December 09, 2011
Yesterday I walked the dogs, starting at 11:20 because by then it had warmed up to 50 degrees. I wore long jeans, a long sleeved shirt, a t-shirt for underwear, and a hat to keep the sun out of my eyes and my head warm. There was a light breeze and a full sun. We were out nearly an hour, and my nose ran most of the time but my armpits were sweaty by the time we got back.
Today the BW and I went to Ikea in Tampa by the short route. Annie and Jerzy are coming next Thursday for three weeks, and the BW wanted a couple of chairs, sheets, blanket covers, etc. It was a 56 mile round trip the short way - all through the city - and each way took nearly an hour's driving. We also spent more than two hours in the store. Then I had to assemble the chairs and do a few other errands.
Yesterday I make a couple of gallons of bean soup and two loves of whole wheat bread, and before that I spent Tuesday and Wednesday teaching a safe driving seminar. It's called a class, but anyone who sits through it gets a certificate.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
I took the dogs for a three mile walk this morning, and we stopped in the middle at Sweetbay where I bought two apple fritters – one for me and one for the BW. I ate mine while I was reading the St. Petersburg Times, but had to make a bacon and cheese omelet and toast to finish breakfast. I was happily reading the paper but the BW was cranky about the vacuum cleaner hose, and wanted me to promise to wash the windows after I finished up the safe driving course Tuesday and Wednesday.
The result of all that was that we started washing windows at 10:00, but she didn’t just want to wash the windows – she wanted to wash the sashes, and the screens, and the windows, both inside and outside. We went at it from 10 to 2:00, when I was feeling pretty beat. She decided to take a break for lunch and wanted Chinese, so I picked up egg foo young for me and chicken and vegetables for her. After lunch I finished the inside windows and put everything away. Then we took a break and watched the fourth hour of “Island at War”. After that I got out of the lounger, and I didn’t think my legs were going to hold me up. Fortunately it was only a few seconds, but I think I’m getting too old to climb up a latter and get down on the floor for hours at a time. I also think I deserve more than 70 minutes worth of exercise credit for today.
Then we finished the last two hours of the saga, which took care of the day.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
12/12/93 – Yesterday we made it to San Carlos, Sonora, set up the trailer, and went to town (Guaymas – pronounced why-muss)) for Pollo Feliz. (pronounced po-yo fay-lease). It was a half a grilled chicken – absolutely super, like rotisserie chicken, with all the tortillas, chips, onions, lettuce, and salsa that anyone could eat. The cost was 12 pesos each, almost exactly $4 each, and it was an excellent meal.
Rene lead the A group yesterday and we went through a toll (cost me 16 pesos) but Charlie went around. One guy says he counted 22 topes (speed bumps on steroids) and seven or eight dips that the drove through (called vados). Anyway, McGogan, who was pulling a 29 foot Jayco trailer, had a really bad day when the A-frame broke off of his trailer. It just dropped to the ground in the middle of a busy 2 lane highway. We expect them next week sometime.
I signed up for a daily paper – the Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) for $30 for 30 days. It worked, and we got a Sunday paper today. Then the vendors showed up in force. I turned down some spiny lobsters that I nearly bought when I thought the price was for three kilos ($1.30/pound). The lady did say that, but when I peeled off three $10 peso notes, and showed a 100,000 peso note, the ($100 nuevo pesos) price went up to 25 pesos for one Kilo ($3.85/lb).
That’s still pretty good for lobster but I couldn’t go for tripling the price. Right now it is 3.09 to 3.10 new pesos to the dollar (it varies a little from day to day) or 3090 to 3100 old pesos to the dollar, written $3100. If Mexico hadn’t revalued the peso, I would have been a multi-millionaire instead of having a few thousand pesos.
This might turn out to be a really neat place – and then it might not. The one negative is the rent - $300 US for a month. That is equal to the most expensive parks we found – parks with clean facilities, heated swimming pools and hot tubs, all the electricity you could use, and water you could drink. This park is not full and the night club next door can be heard through closed windows at 2:30 AM.
Well, I’m off to the beach across the road. We are on the Sea of Cortez, or Gulf of Mexico, depending on who makes the map.
Friday, December 02, 2011
I went to the St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show today. John drove and paid for the parking, so I bought his ticket. It was his idea - he wanted to go and knew that I used to have a sailboat, and I promised him that I wouldn't buy one, but did like the idea. It turns out that there must be a lot of really rich people around somewhere, because I had no idea there were so manly really big new boats for sale. I used to think that a million dollar boat was expensive, but there was one for two and a half, and another for only $1.6 that had a SOLD sign on it. I don't know what the buyer actually paid, but the asking price was listed.
There were 40 to 60 foot cruisers, both power and sail, power catamarans 50 feet long and big sailing catamarans and trimarans. There was a party boat, which could be had for between the low 200's to the 300 thousand range, depending on what you wanted. It was a 40 foot long outside living room - with a porta potty head but no living accommodations. Something just good for a day on the water.
There were smaller boats too, and we finally found two used trawlers, one 52 footer and one 46 footer. The first was for sale for only $269,000 but it was built in 1966 and had twin 1990 diesel Catapillar engines. It had been surveyed, and everything worked but you could see the age when you looked carefully.
The46 footer was another twin engine job (a 1085 Grand Banks trawler) for only $159,000. The decks looked better than the decks on the 52 footer, and it was shorter, but there were still three heads, three staterooms, etc. Two people could live on it easily. There was a 43 foot trawler listed on one broker's display that was only $86,000, but it wasn't at the show.
It was only a seven hour visit, but according to my odometer I walked 5.05 miles so far today, and had 10,699 steps. My legs are tired because I wore shoes I could step out of so we could tour the boats, and they were not the sort of shoes you should walk in. I could feel my thighs pulling as soon as I got out of John's and put them on, but it would have been a real drag to take my shoes off every time we wanted to look over a boat.
The neatest ones were two wooden boats - mahogany classics, one 30 and one 40 footer.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
If you read yesterday's blog, No. 9 is the one I didn't follow. I was so broke for so long, that when I finally did get out of debt, I stayed that way, but always spent the money I had. It wasn't all my fault - I tried from time to time, but the BW always beat me down, so we never had a budget, and often were in debt a little. Things turned out OK because I stayed employed, and had a reasonable retirement, even though I did retire six years before I had intended. Now we do count our money, have a budget, and reasonable bank balance, but it could have been much larger.
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