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Thursday, January 19, 2012

TV trouble

Well I am back on the night shift again :-). Last evening around 10pm we had a truck come in towing a generator powered light stand behind his pick up truck. When he checked in he said he had 2 more left to deliver and his drive time was over 1 hour round trip :-(. Oh well I knew things would start hopping the closer we get to the fracking crew arriving. They are still saying the circus train will show up Saturday morning. That's cool, we'll be ready for them.

I opened up the hide-a-bed last night and, once the "light man" had finished his deliveries a little after 2am, I was able to catch a nap. When I got up early this morning the TV was not working ... again! We have a Tailgater automatic satellite dish from Dish Network and so far it has worked fairly well. On three occasions now it has failed to acquire the satellite signal. Each time was the next morning after shutting down the generator for service. Coincidence? Who knows? Our generator was serviced yesterday and this morning "poof" no signal. I went through all the diagnostic stuff several times and everything showed we were locked onto the correct satellites and should be getting a picture ...... hmmmm. The last 2 times I fixed it by changing the cable connecting the dish to the RV. Both times the cable was slightly loose at the connections and I thought that may be the cause so I used a pair of pliers to tighten them the last time I had problems. I checked the connections and all were tight but decided to try and change the cable anyway. I got out another cable and swapped them again. This is not a new cable, I just keep swapping the same 2 cables back and forth. Once I had everything wired back up I went through the diagnostics again and BINGO, locked on and watching TV :-). The only thing I can figure out is maybe a dirty connection? The generator theory is interesting but it does not do it every time we disconnect because the generator gets serviced every 10 days or so and we have only had the problem a couple of times so I am thinking it is just a weird coincidence.

I read a blog this morning that offered some good guidelines for living your life in 2012. Permission was granted to copy and print it on the site so I am including it here.

1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees & plants & eat less food that is manufactured in plants & has to be killed, bled, cured, aged, smoked, fried, or frozen
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to pray to which ever God you believe in
6. Play more games. Feed the birds. Plant flowers or vegetables- even in a pot.
7. Read more books than you did in 2011.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile & notice your surroundings, changes in nature every day, & listen to the birds.
11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. Each person has their place in the scheme of life.
12. Don't have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment - do what you can to make the world around you better.
13. Don't over do it. Keep your limits. Physically, spiritually, financially or emotionally. Be humble.
14. Don't take yourself too seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. This is very important
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. Don't blame your parents for every problem you have. That will ruin your present. We choose actions & reactions when we become adults.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others. It's easier to understand and move on.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present. Yesterday is gone and you have a limited number of tomorrows.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. It's your choice to feel happy or miserable, anger or joy, frustration or acceptance, jealousy or peace, shame or pride.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. God heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank God for it.
39. Your inner most is always happy. So, be happy.
Last but not the least: We only share this earth for a short time - why waste it on hateful thoughts and deeds when there is so much joy and happiness to discover I recommend you copy and paste this into a format that will allow you to print it out. Print out a few copies and hang one on the mirror you brush your teeth at in the morning. Hang another one on the refrigerator. Maybe one more in your car or truck so your read it each time you get in or you're sitting in traffic.If you could live by half of these items, your life would be a much better, more happier place.

I once heard that a persons character is not determined by what he does when people are watching him but what he does when they are not.

Things should continue to pick up here at the gate but we are physically and mentally ready for it! I'll keep you posted.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing "Life's Handbook for 2012".

  2. That's a great list Phil! I think you may have trouble with item #3 and #9, I know I will.