Friday, April 28, 2017

City Steam Thawing Fire Hydrants

Kitty started drinking too much water

  At least we have working plumbing again for two days before we go on vacation. I should have just had it done the first day we noticed it. I paid $360 instead of $480, as I had got quote before price went up. Now it is charge what ever people will pay, as pipes are frozen all over the city. 

  It sure felt good to take a long hot shower and I will get in a few more before we fly out. That roughing it was kinda fun, but will not do that again. There is a chance it will be frozen when we get back from Hawaii, I sure am a winner at life sometimes.  I am amazed how used to utilities we have become, no water ARGH, no electricty ARGH, no gas ARGH, no sewer ARGH and now even no internet gets an ARGH. Spoiled is what we have become. 

  My young years were spent in a house with no bathroom and no running water. We had an out house and a bucket type shallow well. We did have electricity, though it was 30 amp 120 Vac. That ran lights and the radio and I thought we had it good.  When we moved to the city, all was different and I quickly changed into needing all it had to offer. Now I wonder if I could possibly ever go back.

 You may have seen on the news that Hawaii is in North Korea's sights. Now isn't that special. Before we left Florida the media had ideas about Alaska being within their reach. I may get to see a Nuclear explosion before I die yet. 

 Been back a week now and the snow has melted in my front yard, but my back yard is still about 6" deep under snow. The only excitement has been taking Kitty to the vet several times. Seems he now might have Diabetes, so I had to learn how to give shots. I was stunned at the cost of insulin $ 280 for 30 days worth. I looked online and see the price is up over a 1000% in the last few years, with humans taking the same drug, how can they afford it at the dose they need. He has been a good cat, but I am leaning towards time to put him down. Wifey does not agree at all. We may have to make a trip to Mexico to get his drugs next time. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sewer Pipe Frozen

  This was a very cold Winter before the protective snow came, so it caused the worst frozen sewer pipes seen in a long time according to a major pipe thawing company. They want $ 480 to open pipe and think it might very well freeze up again when we return from our trip.

Pics are from MOAB Utah area last Fall.

  So....I suggested we use a 5 gallon bucket like we both did when we traveled to some native villages in Alaska. She said "NO Honey Bucket", so it will be trips to Mc Donald's when the urge hits. It has not been a problem yet, but I remember other years and it gets old quick. Time will tell what we do.

  It has been Doc appointments and other necessary scheduled appointments getting done since we are back home. Nothing very exciting and my walks around the neighborhood are keeping me active enough. 

  My $ 19 pre paid phone expires today. Chat sessions had told me it would not happen, but got a message it will.  I tried to get it renewed today but failed. It makes no sense to me that a good phone has to be thrown away after two months, due to government program that made it available. We have been using it as a hot spot the last two days trying to use up all the paid for data. I had kinda got attached to it. UPDATE: VERIZON error, phone is OK to keep, still works.

  So it will be life without any internet for a while again. These pics sure look better than my views up here, still no sign of Spring and snow is in  the forecast this week.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Getting used to snow

  Been here 50 hours now. She was a very cold and then snowy Winter up here. Kitty is happy and we found the house in great shape.

This noisy beast flew over today

  Kathy has been to Zumba exercise class on base and I have been a slug so far. I visited a friend and drove around a bit, but otherwise stayed inside with the heat on.

  No sign of Spring yet. Melting snow and water puddles in the streets. The days start at 33 degrees and make it up close to 50, before cooling down again.

  I have a few trees to cut down and limbs to pick up, but we leave early Sunday for ten nights in Hawaii. So not starting any projects yet.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Filed in the nick of time

  We did our last Disney blast and enjoyed it a lot.

  We got lucky again with a Junior Suite at the resort. I like having all the space and a King Bed, the three balconies and two bathrooms are nice also.

  We had finished our taxes a month or so back, yet never got around to filing them. Tonight was the time, but what? A error prevented us from being able to file, so I called and got walked through the problem and the IRS accepted our return. That was a three beer effort.

Soarin, the Land and Circle of Life are all in this building

  We got very lucky on rides and staying out of crowds, made for a nice memory of the parks.

Kathy bought one of these prints, sure not cheap

Grilled Mahi was yummy at the Coral Restaurant 

Scenery is nice while you eat

  Tomorrow is get a rental car and store ours and then a last walk on Cocoa Beach and a nice diner.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter

Life of the rich and famous at the South end of our island 

  Kathy had a unused Groupon for a boat tour of homes on the water at the South end of Merritt Island. So for $ 18 the two of us enjoyed two hours of house looking. There were animals to be seen also.

800 HP on a tiny 2 seat boat, love those props

  It was a wonderful 78 degree day and we both enjoyed the ride and views. It is amazing to see all the mansions on our island. Now I know why we have such a nice Home Depot and restaurants.

  After having a working $19 LG  phone with Waze for driving and Disney app for finding short lines, wifey decided she wanted one also. I chatted with Verizon help and they told me to get a Moto G4 for $ 28 and I would love it even more. I spent the afternoon setting it up and getting it on auto pay. It is bigger in size and the camera is way way better. It is also water resistant and that is a great thing. I have both phones on the 3 Gig a month with rollover and unlimited text and talk for $ 40 a month each. It is just an experiment to see if we can live with phone service that works and get used to having smart phones.

A Cormorant 

  The week was spent inside the parks and staying in the resort. Disney is super crowded with 8 to 14 year old kids now, very different than the 19 to 24 age kids at the start of Spring Break. I rode the Yetti roller coaster 8 times in a row and could have done 20 times, but was getting too bumped around to enjoy it any more. Kathy enjoyed a spa day, when I had to leave Disney for a doc appointment and spend time with Mr Kitty. It was a very enjoyable week for us.

 The doc put me back on Uloric after a short break to see what my natural uric acid levels were. I stay at 10 and need to be less than 6, so it was a good test and now I know they will be taken the rest of my life.

  Nice to look at, but I am happy to just have a roof over my head and a comfy bed. I know my limitations.

Dolphin comes up for air

  Forgot to mention, we saw CIRQUE DU SOLEIL La Nouba for the second and last time this week. It is closing for good at the end of the year. This is an amazing show to see and if you are near Disney, go watch it. We had front row seats this time and the very top row last time. Both are great, there is a lot going on at the same time and being close you miss some of it. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

A Groupon Day

Another Groupon adventure

  It was a Sunny cool day down here in Florida and there be alligators to be seen, along with Zebra and a few other exotic animals. We drove to the location kinda close to Disney World and it looked like the biggest tourist trap I'd seen in a long time. I found it to be a very interesting place to visit run by nice and helpful staff. We all enjoyed our time there on the farm.


  Many types of wine are sold and they have free tasting also. They have almost anything you might want in fruit and snacks, even good boiled peanuts.

Blenders make frozen wine and fruit juice yummy things

  The truck ride is interesting, but not amazing. We enjoyed it though and saw a great blue heron score a big fish. Gator sighting was kinda poor, I think we saw four, but the guide was witty and said the rest were at a convention at another pond they did not have access to.

  Plenty of fun signs around and lots of old farm machinery to look at.

Looks all mean and tough, yet powered by a Ford 370 CI bus engine

  Made it back to the Cabana in time to grill chicken for diner, good meal tonight. Laundry and packing being done as our house guest heads to the airport tomorrow morning. We spend a few days inside Disney and Kitty holds down the Cabana. Got to take advantage of this dry air.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

When Norcold runs on LP, but not AC, shop Amazon

  While on our mini vacation on the beach, our reliable Norcold fridge would not run on AC. It worked great on propane and that is how I used it for a few days. Being tired after our trip and setting up camper and going to San Diego Wild Animal Park and making it back for wine at the Tiki on the beach for Sunset, I slept well. The next day my fixit mind started working and I got out the multimeter and went to work finding what was wrong.

Charming to visit and yummy to eat frozen yogurt and dip ice cream place on Main St Titusville

  After thinking it trough, I checked AC power to control box, OK. Then removed leads to the ammonia heater and ohmed the leads to see 23 ohms, OK. That left two possible parts. The control box or the selector panel inside on top of the fridge. 

Saturn IV and later Space Shuttle launch pads

  We had an IPad with us but no internet service, so we could go to Mc D for internet or come up with a better idea. It dawned on my rusty mind, that I had a company IPhone back in the day and used it for WiFi for my laptop. Now if I could remember how I did it, perhaps my $19 pre pay phone would do the same. I first thought, call one of the IT super brains I worked with, then thought no, they would think I was now senile. I was determined to solve this myself and once started, it was easy and Verizon was great for net surfing. Wifey had never used a phone as a hot spot and was amazed I knew such things. I contacted Norcold and got confirmation that my trouble shooting had narrowed down the problem and the guy told me the part number for the card I needed. The black control box was just a big cover over a tiny circuit card. I could buy it from them or best to find on Amazon. So armed with part number I found it on Amazon and ordered it to be shipped FedX. It came two days later and was an easy install and fixed my problem.

Cover removed and circuit card behind to the left.

  I also did not cover the cool new beach sand trash remover the Marines got. It appears to work great and dumps the trash into a standard trash dumpster, fun to watch.

  That was a fun trip and it reconfirmed we are ten night camper people. Longer than that and it starts to get small for us. We learned this years ago and that is why we are Snow Birds.

The bucket on the rear opens a dumpster and empties itself, way cool
  All pics from $ 19 cell phone. The last one was cropped and you can see the low resolution. Just been beach walks and micro brew beers for me.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

It was a great Vacation!

Anza Borrego Park

  Back at the Cabana on a hot muggy afternoon. We got back at 1 AM and took a while to unwind from the flight. I got grocery basics, farmers market and filled car with gas and got it washed. It needed a half of a quart of oil also, as it has developed a valve cover seep. Dang it, they are a chore to change on this V6 squeezed into a tiny space. May be a dealer fix next Winter.

 Not even unpacked yet and Kathy has picked up her friend at the airport to stay with us a week or so. The weather is going to cool off tomorrow and stay that way a while. This is the swamp before a cold front, thought they would be over by now. 

Our Alaska yard has about three feet of snow on it according to my neighbor who called. Hope it is gone by the 20th when we get there.

Scott was acrobatic instructor when he got this job, lucky dude.

  That Airshow ride is still on my mind and I want many more. A outside loop is a lot more exciting than I thought it would be. Gotta do more. They are a great place to do the rare flight. I recommend them 100%. I plan to be back for another ride in late September.

As addicting as Crack Cocaine 

  We had many fun day trips and really enjoyed this vacation. The Desert Bloom is something to see and I had no allergy problems. 

1994 Winnebago Adventurer with 69, 435 miles 

  Will this play?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Zoo. Micro brew tour. Concert. Great day

  Just another day in Paradise.  Wake up with the Bird's chirping and then watch the tiki views of the Beach. That makes a happy wife, but it just the start of a long great day.

  The Groupon Queen had the day planned. We had way more fun than I thought possible for less than $ 50.

  She met a twenty something girl who was using a Groupon also, instant soulmates for
Living life on a budget.

  Sunrise now and a hundred or so Marines running past the camper, soon it will be tanks and anphibs rumbling by. Yesterday was fun and play, but today will be camper stuff and walks on the beach.

 Tomorrow we store the camper and drive to the airport for our return to the Cabana. It sure has been a fun West Coast get away.

 The campground has been full, mostly 5th wheels, but a lot of new looking diesel pushers.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Acrobatic Ride in Extra 330

 Signed release for nothing. Flight was airshow winner and landed safe. Made my vacation. Just another great day in San Diego. This is a must do for roller coaster addicts and amateur acrobatic pilots like me.

 Sorry so short and no pics, made on my$19 phone. Typing is not easy for me using thumbs.