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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

new friends and a change in schedules

We took our time getting started Tuesday morning. We were both pretty beat from our hectic schedule we have been keeping the past week or so. Seems like we have been either working or running ourselves ragged ever since I blew up the microwave.
Our only plan today was to meet with fellow RV Dreamers Wayne and Vicki. They were interested in gate guarding and wanted to hear about our experiences. We had made plans to meet at the Cracker Barrel here in Terre Haute at 11:30.
As we were pulling in I got a text from them that they would be a few minutes late due to some unexpected traffic. Rudee and I found a table and they pulled in about 5 minutes later. After some quick introductions we ordered our lunches and got to know each other. They are still in the planning stages for their RV travels and are interested in supplementing their retirement incomes. We gave them lots of tips about gate guarding and RVing in general and the time just flew by. I was surprised to look at my watch and it was 2pm already! We parted ways in the parking lot with hugs and handshakes all around. Hopefully we didn't make their heads spin too much with all the info. I gave them our cell phone numbers and they promised to call if they had any questions. Good luck guys, it was our pleasure meeting you and thanks for lunch!

After leaving the restaurant we headed for the grocery store to pick up a few items and then back to the 5th wheel. The rest of the afternoon I was pretty lazy, almost falling asleep in my recliner. Rudee got busy making me some homemade chocolate chip cookies in her new convection oven. I guess I'm out of the dog house again :-)
Supper consisted of me getting off my lazy rear end and grilling some burgers and corn on the cob outside on the patio. We did take a walk around the campground after eating. The wind was blowing and it made it feel pretty cold so we stopped into the office to visit with our fellow workcampers. The boss man was in there as well and wanted to know if  I would be willing to cook in the morning 2 days a week instead of in the evening as he had originally planned. This would change our days off to Monday and Tuesday since he needed someone Sunday mornings. I would much rather do breakfasts because I tend to enjoy it more than dinners plus the menu is a little smaller and less complicated. Rudee and I talked it over and agreed this would be a good arrangement. We will work 7:30 - 12:30 Saturday and Sunday in the cafe and then evenings Wednesday through Friday with Rudee in the office and me on the outside doing whatever needs done. Rudee will work alongside me in the cafe on the week ends waiting tables and once the cafe closes at 9:30 and we get everything cleaned we will fill in cleaning cabins and such.
I am looking forward to this schedule because I do enjoy the cooking side of things. I know it is not for everyone but I do enjoy it and Rudee says my eggs and omelets are pretty darn good!

We go into work today at 3pm and work until 8pm. I am not sure what I will be doing besides my regular escort and propane duties but I'm sure something will pop up. I'll keep you posted.


  1. Sounds like there is quite a bit more freedom with this assignment than the Gate Guard gig. Is this a wage/site arrangement? Although we are technically required to be on site 24/7 during our work week Mike, our boss made it clear that if one of us needs to "leave" during the dead periods it is ok.

  2. Glad the schedule is working out for you. Maybe it will give you a bit more free time too.