Monday, August 31, 2009
We recently joined Netflix and had gotten our first movie so we watched it. Netflix works pretty slick. We have a list of movies we want to watch on their website and have them in the order we would prefer to watch them. They send us a movie out and we can keep it as long as want. Once we watch it we seal it back into the prepaid return envelope and drop it back into the mail to them. When the movie arrives back to them they send us another one on our list. We pay just under $9.00 per month and can have unlimited movies one at time. They also have movies and TV episodes that you can watch on your computer (streaming video) for free. I have not played around with that feature yet.
Kadinger's called us shortly after 4pm and we drove the semi over to his shop. Mike and Penny met us there and we had the winch cable cut off and everything back to normal in about 15 minutes. We decided that Steak and Shake needed some business tonight so we followed them over where we had a nice visit and meal.
Steak and Shake is near the super Wal Mart so we drove over to check on the price of diesel fuel. The truck holds 280 gallons (two 140 gallon tanks) and the last time we filled it up was in Kentucky on our way home from Florida in January. The gauge still showed 1/2 a tank but we figured it was time to get it a little closer to being full. Of course we have to do a little shopping while we're there. Rudee headed in to pick up a few things and I went to the service desk and bought a $200.00 gift card. By using the gift card at the fuel pump you save .03 per gallon. The truck ended up taking about 65 gallons to fill the drivers side tank and I turned the truck around and finished off the card on the passenger tank.
I showed 760 miles driven since the last fill up but since I didn't fill it all the way I couldn't figure the mpg this time. We usually get around 9 miles per gallon. We have driven more this year than I thought. We have had several week end camp outs and went to the Indiana GWRRA rally last May. I guess it all adds up quick but it's pretty sweet to fill the truck up and it lasts all year!
We are planning on going to play BINGO tonight in Lebanon, wish us luck. I'll keep you posted.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I took a quick look inside the box before we drove off and it is a brand spanking new 4,000 lb'er. The guy said it would bolt into the same holes that the existing one uses so I'm hoping it will not be an ordeal swapping it out. I guess I'll find out this week end. Stay tuned for "that" story.
We have been pretty happy with the UPS store that serves as our mail service provider. They have been very good at notifying us when we get a package. We have it set up to forward our mail every Tuesday and have money in our account to pay for the postage and packaging of our normal mail. We have it sent here to the KOA where we have our own little cubby hole where the staff puts our mail. The forwarded mail usually gets her Wednesday or Thursday. Of course whenever I'm close to Brownsburg I'll stop in and pick up the mail myself since it saves on the forwarding $$.Rudee was having a Mexican food withdrawal so on our way back home we stopped at Little Mexico here in Crawfordsville. We had a nice meal and then had to make a grocery run. There was a big tent set up in the grocery store parking lot and I though maybe they were having a big sale. Turns out there was some kind if outfit that had a free zoo set up. We walked through it and saw a Llama, kangaroo, monkey, python (Rudee didn't get too close to that!!), and a big tiger. There was another section where you could pay $1.00 and see a leopard and a lion. We stuck with the free stuff. They also had a camel they used to give rides, it was a two humper :-).
We headed home after the safari and the shopping. Rudee has been watching TV and I have been surfing the web. I did find a nice deal advertised on the Escapees forum, a lot in the Yuma foothills that has been developed with 2 RV sites. The place has a nice patio and full hook ups and looks like it would be a great place to spend the winters. The price is "only" $105,000.00. Would be nice to have a lot somewhere but we're not ready for that yet, heck fire we want to travel some first and still are a few years away from doing that :-).
I had to appear in court yesterday for work. I wrote the estimate on a car and there was a lawsuit filed because the insurance companies were all fighting over who was at fault. I had to drive 2 hours up there, sat for 1 1/2 hours waiting only to get on the stand and they asked me three whole questions! I took the stand at 3:00pm and walked out of the courtroom at 3:03 pm only to have to drive the 2 hours back home. What a pain.
No real plans this week end except to get the winch replaced. We may even get to take a bike ride if all goes well, keep your fingers crossed. I'll keep you posted.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I remember when I first learned to ride a 2 wheeler so long ago. I was probably 6 or 7 years old and we were camping at Lieber State Park in west central Indiana. I was just like Nicholas and didn't want to stop once I figured it all out. My kids never seemed to like riding their bikes much but when I was growing up I rode a lot. My parents made me walk to school because they were afraid someone would steal my bike but when I went anywhere else I was riding. I had a paper route for several years and delivered papers while zipping and weaving through our neighborhood. I guess maybe this is where my love for motorcycling started. The best part is you don't have to pedal the Goldwing and the seat is a whole lot more comfortable :-)
Looks like the winch we need to fix the motorcycle lift is on it's way. The last update by UPS is it left Minnesota and arrived in Chicago early this afternoon. Looks like it may get here tomorrow :-) I'll keep you posted.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday I decided to send the winch guy an email so all he had to do was hit reply and send me the tracking number for the new winch. I am trying to take away any more excuses he may come up with for him not sending it. Well I got a reply today with a UPS tracking number!! I checked it and of course the UPS billing info was sent just today (not last Wed. like he told me on the phone!!) which means it has not been shipped yet but at least it's a step in the right direction. This guy has really made things a lot harder than they need to be. The email says he wants me to call him after we are back up and running and he will send me a return UPS label for the old winch. Maybe I should make him jump through the same number of hoops I jumped through. I am hoping the package will arrive before Saturday so we can put it on and test it this week end.
Our neighbors who trailer burned are back. They had someone pull a small (and I mean SMALL) 5th wheel onto their site yesterday. They have been hauling van loads of stuff in all day. There are boxes and boxes of stuff stacked all over the place. I don't know how they are going to fit it all in. They have their dogs back as well. Sure was quiet here without them . These are not good camping dogs and howl at every little thing, very annoying.
I have to appear in court on Wednesday afternoon. I guess someone has filed a small claims case against my company and I wrote the estimate for his damages. I'm not sure what he is alleging but had not heard anything from him or his body shop since I wrote it back in February until a lawyer retained by us called me a couple of weeks ago saying I needed to appear. I really don't remember much about the car, they all tend to run together after you do a few hundred or so. I guess I'll find out Wednesday and I'll keep you posted.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I had suggested to Rudee that we cook out on the grille tonight and then maybe have a campfire. I pulled the grille out and started to light it up and found that the burner had rusted through. Rudee suggested we go to Wal Mart and see if we can pick up another one so we hopped into the truck and headed across town. We found a nice stainless steel grille on sale for $50.00 and decided to buy it. We paid and headed back to the 5th wheel. When we pulled in the driveway we saw Picketts pulling into their spot beside us. We said a quick hello and left them alone to set up. I unpacked the grille and sat at the picnic table putting it together. Rudee helped me until the rain came, she ducked under the awning and laughed at me trying to finish the last few screws while getting soaked :-).
I fired up the new grille despite the rain. Heck fire, I won't melt right? I grilled the steaks while Rudee made us salads and baked a couple of potatoes in the microwave. We had a nice meal and the rain slowed down some but it was obvious we wouldn't be doing much outdoors tonight. Picketts had pretty much settled in to their camper content to watch TV so we did the same.
We got up Saturday morning and wondered where summer went. The temperature was in the low 60's and it was overcast and gloomy outside. We decided to go out for breakfast. Dale and Teresa decided to pass so Rudee and I headed to Uncle Smiley's for a quick bite. We made it back to the campground about 10am and started preparing for our pitch in picnic with our Goldwing chapter. We had a couple of packages of pre-cooked shrimp in the freezer and decided to thaw them out and take them and some seafood sauce on a platter for a nice shrimp cocktail. The picnic was at a local park and there were several already there when we arrived. Bill Remley and his brother Ron had brought their grills and took care of preparing the hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages. There was a large selection of side dishes and deserts to choose from. We all ate our fill and then some!
BINGO was the name of the game after lunch. Terri Remley was the caller and they had prizes for the winner. I won the first game and got a sack of goodies. We played 7 or 8 games and Rudee won one also. We all had a good time just hanging around talking all afternoon.
Back at the 5th wheel I started a fire in the ring. Picketts came over and we just relaxed by the flames. Robinson's showed up shortly after and were followed by Kadinger's and both sets of Remley's. We had 12 people around the fire at one time. Rudee made a large crock pot of chili and the others still had some left overs from the picnic so we had another pitch in. Niles got on the phone and ordered a couple of pizzas to round out our "buffet". We all had another good meal and spent the evening telling lies and laughing around the campfire. I really love those kind of nights, it doesn't get any better.
Sunday we were up and at it fairly early. We told Picketts goodbye since they were leaving to head back home. We had plans to go to Amanda and Ryan's to help them shuck, cook, bag and freeze their sweet corn. They have a small garden in their back yard and had a bumper crop of sweet corn they wanted to put up.
We arrived about 10 a/m and Ryan put us to work. They had picked the corn yesterday so we started shucking and shucking and shucking. Wow that was a lot of corn! Ryan has a small utility tractor with a bucket on the front. He had the bucket full and when that was all gone he went and filled it again! I don't know how many bags of corn they ended up with but we worked non stop for almost 4 hours!
Rudee wanted to take her Mom and Dad some corn so we gathered up a dozen ears that were left over and headed to Plainfield. We met them at a local restaurant for a very late lunch and had a nice visit with them.
We ended up back at the 5th wheel where we had a late supper of, what else, corn on the cob! I'm pretty sick of corn right now :-). We decided to join Netflix and see how it works. We can get 1 movie at a time and there are no late fees. We have been renting probably 1-2 movies a week at the "red box" kiosk found at Mc Donalds and Wal Mart. We will see how this works out. I'll keep you posted.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I have been considering installing an air ride pin box on the Montana. The freightliners suspension is very stiff since it was designed to haul very heavy loads. Bumps in the roadway are transferred to the frame of the Montana, the air ride would absorb these and give us a smoother ride. I called 5th Airborne customer service to inquire about their air ride hitches. I figured since they are located in Goshen In. and since we will be in Goshen for a week in September attending the Montana Owners Rally maybe we could work something out to buy one. The customer service gal was anything but helpful. I told her I needed some info on her product and wanted to see about purchasing. SHe said I would need to contact a dealer and I could go to their website and look one up. I told her I would be in Goshen and did they have a local dealer, she said she had no idea and I could go to their website and look it up myself as long as I had Goshen's zip code. I thanked her for her time and told her I would be calling Trail Air instead since they did not seem to want to help me find one of theirs. I wonder what the owners of this company would think of the "customer service" their customer service people were providing.
Speaking of customer service. I called Frank my forgetful winch provider. His latest story is he was out of town and didn't place the order for my winch until Wednesday night and it was being shipped. I gave him my email and he was supposed to be sending me a tracking number. I am trying to be patient with them since he seems to want to help solve my issue. I guess if this time it does not work out it's time for plan B and that would include losing my patience and probably any hope of getting the winch replaced by them. I don't understand why it has to be this hard? If the guy doesn't want to stand behind his product then he could at least tell me this up front and I wouldn't be sitting here waiting on him. I will purchase a winch myself if I cannot get one through them and fix the thing on my own. I just wish he would be honest, upfront and follow through on the expectations he himself set. Rant over.
We will probably either cook out tonight or take the bike and go somewhere with Dale and Teresa whichever they want to do. Tomorrow is the picnic and probably some riding. Sunday we are going to Amanda and Ryan's to help them bring in the crop of sweet corn. I'll keep you posted.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
We made it back to our room and into bed shortly after midnight with plans to meet in the lobby for breakfast at 8:00 am.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
On one hand I only get 3 weeks vacation each year so I have to make the best of the little time I have away from work. On the other hand we are only planning on working our careers another 5 years and then we will have the time to explore anywhere we want to go.
My Dad has been in love with Florida as long as I can remember. We always went there at least 1-2 weeks per year when I was growing up. I was not surprised when they moved there full time a few years ago. I wish I had the same feelings for the state that he has but I really don't. The only thing it has going for it, in my opinion, is the mild winters. I have been researching places to stay if we go there. Hillsborough River State Park is just up the road from them and is a nice place. We could get a site there for the week but it only has water and electric hook ups. We have a "blue boy" which is a wheeled tank that you empty your holding tank into and wheel it to the dump station. That would be do able but I think Rudee is pretty attached to her hook ups. She likes her long showers and washer/dryer :-).
We could go back to Grove Ridge which is near them as well. They have full hook ups with cable TV. No shade though and the roads are very narrow and it's difficult to get the big wagon train in and out. Gordon and Gail may be there as well which makes it a lot more appealing. We are just not sure what to do but will probably end up back down in Florida, we'll see.
I tried to load the bike up last evening after work. I was really hoping the batteries was the problem but it's not. The winch did the same thing, it pulls the bike up the ramp slowly and then when the bike is at the top and the winch has to pull the entire ramp it doesn't have the ummpph to do it. I called the guy back at Rampage Lifts who told me he was sending me a new one and he was out. The lady said she would have him call and I should receive a call in another hour or so. Guess what? Yep, no call. I called again this morning and left a message wanting him to call me back. That was 4 hours ago and still no call so I called him back and he answered! He apologized for not getting back to me and he is going to send me a new winch out. This one is a larger capacity and should take of things (I hope!). He said the bolt holes all are the same so it should be just a matter of swapping them out so shouldn't take too long to repair. We have a week end camping trip planned for Labor Day week end and would like to take the bike with us.
Last night we had Olivia come and visit. She is a hoot! We took her to New Ross for dinner and met Rudee's Mom and Dad there. She was so good. We played and laughed all evening and she ate a large supper too. Afterwards we took her back to her house and visited with Amanda and Ryan for awhile before heading back home.
We are going to take a ride to Muncie tonight. Some of our goldwing group are meeting in Lebanon at 5pm so we can ride over to the GWRRA Indiana Chapter E meeting. The weather looks like it's going to cooperate and be a nice evening for a motorcycle ride. I'll keep you posted.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Work has been busy and I still have not gotten the new computer up and running. My email system is still down and my old computer is only working good enough for me to "get by" on. I can still function just not as efficiently as before. I guess they are having to reconfigure something in my "profile". The people who set all this up are in India and the guy I am working with is from our I.T. department in Texas so it is a global effort trying to get my little box running like it should :-).
Rudee and I carried the trash up to the dumpster a little while ago. We walked past a Class A motorhome pulling a Jeep that was just pulling away from the office. We started to go into the office and heard a big crash. We went around the corner and the Class A had hooked the chain link fence post with it's rear bumper. The post is now leaning way over and the motorhome bumper is broken and hanging off. These things happen and you have to face the fact that if you try and drive something as long as our rigs are, chances are you are going to scrape a bumper or two (or ten!!). We had not had our Montana too long when I swung wide to enter a parking lot and forgot that the rear end of the 5th wheel tends to swing as well. I got too close to the edge of the road and the back end scraped a mailbox when I turned :-( Oh well, gives it some character.
Looks like we will have a grand kid tomorrow evening. Olivia (our youngest) will be coming to stay while her Mom, Dad, Nicholas and Avalynn go to to the school and find their new classrooms and meet their new teachers. We are planning to meet Rudee's parents at The New Ross Steakhouse. We took them there a few months ago and her Dad really liked it. I'll keep you posted.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
We went out with the Goldwing group last night to a restaurant in Stylesville In. The service was fast and the food was really good. Rudee and I shared a 12oz rib eye dinner. The steak was huge and when the waitress brought it out mentioned they also have a 20oz one, wow! They had a sign up that you could get a 1/2 rack of ribs all wrapped up ready to take home and heat up for $5 so we decided to get some and heat them up for supper Thursday evening. The ride home was nice and the full moon was slowly rising in the east while the sun was setting in the west. We had a nice view no matter which way we looked.
This morning (Thursday) I called Randy back at 9am (he is in Texas so is on central time) and we started in on my new laptop. The file had finished uploading sometime last evening so he said it should be a quick process today ....WRONG! I have some kind of glitch signing into the companies VPN. I can use our internet here at home or my air card and things work fine, sign on to the VPN and nothing works. I have to be on the VPN for him to finish the set up as well as for me being able to get and send emails. What a pain, we tried different fixes all morning and finally at 12 noon he gave up and is escalating the problem up the line. I hate having computer problems! The sad thing is, my old computer had no problems, they are just trying to faze them out because they are the "old" company issued laptops. This catches me up to the buy out of my company in 2007. We have been sold again (in July 2009) so I can foresee doing all this over again in several months. SHEESH!
I got the Ok to use my old computer and am getting a little work done, just can't use my email because they are monkeying around with it. I foresee another 1/2 day or more trying to get this thing working. At least things have slowed down some the last couple of days. I got a bunch of assignments Friday and Monday and have taken care of most of them so maybe it will work out and I wont get too far behind in work.
This week end they are talking about temps in the 90's. We may have the kids over to take a swim. I also purchased the batteries for the truck ($300, Ouch!!) and need to get those installed. That should not be too bad a job but remember who your dealing with here! I foresee hours of frustration, colorful metaphors, blood and bandages in my future! I'll keep you posted.