Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Back on line, NICE!

Little known facts:  
…. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial
on the back of the $5 bill. 

….Almonds are a member of the peach family (They do favor a peach pit!)

….An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.  

Yeah! We have internet.

Once we pulled into a nice park in Arley, Alabama.  We liked the park but there was only sketchy cell connections. Enough to worry us because once you are spoiled to some internet you miss it.  For some reason you feel the ‘disconnect’ now, much more than when the only communications were stopping at a pay-phone and calling home once a week.  There was a time for a few weeks no one but us, knew where we were.

Now most of the family knows where we are and when we will be nearby.  I do like the communications.  Also when I am curious about something I like to look it up on the net. Now instead of looking at the mileage chart on maps, I just query the net and instantly I know the distance and the route if I so desire.

Many years ago before long trips as a member of AAA, I would order maps with the routes and nightly stops built in.  I thought, how amazing. Within a week the maps came with the roads highlighted, notated with time and distance.  Now at the click of a mouse and a few entries I can have that instantly. 

Yep I am spoiled.  YES, we need the net! So today I did some experimenting. We have an older lap top I drug it out from under the bed and fired it up. I hooked it to Verizon and Voila! I had the internet at the front window.  I made a guess that the Antenna was too close to the big tree (6”) and the tree was destroying the signal. I eliminated the antenna and hung the Verizon card out the window and it worked.

So we are back on line. I have the blogs, forums and Sherry has FB, the obits and the bank.   WE are set for our computer time.  We do cut it down some up here in the mountains. 

WE have even had two visits from friends in the area. SWEET!

Nite Shipslog

 1962 Ford with matching Trailer

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ah, She saved my life

Moving day! We were beat this morning and actually did not get out of bed until about 9:30. We had breakfast and while we were having coffee GGdaughter Stella knocked on the door. She had talked Grandma Mary to bring her by to say good bye.  We had a good visit. Then we started  to get ready to travel. I was outside when Sherry came out and said the big slide will not come in.

It took a little while but the repair was only replacing a sheared bold in the drive motor. To leave I always pull up and Sherry puts the car behind the coach to get it ready to tow.

 I started the engine and tried to release the emergency brake, no dice.  So it took a few minutes to re adjust the air lever. In the mean time Sherry walks to the drivers side to ask what is the problem?

THEN SHE NOTICED The coach was not disconnected. All the shore hook ups were still attached. Water, sewer, and electric all still attached and working.  I had gotten so side tracked making repairs I actually was going to drive off and MAKE A MESS! 

YEP IF  the emergency brake lever had not malfunctioned I would have driven off. Because of my delay my girl saved my life.  I would sure have paid the price in work and DIED of humiliation with all my RV friends! 

I locked 'er down and disconnected, and we were off!

What hurts is I actually saw that happen once and thought how could that happen?  Now I know.

Thanks  My good looking wife, Sherry, you are a GEM. 
She even guided me into this site in the mountains. 
 That tree is six inches from the coach.  Below is a mountain brook at the back of the coach then straight up the mountain about 300 feet is a road.

 The view from the front you can see how close she guided  me.

This is a beautiful spot.

Under this mountain the cell signal is terrible. Those 4 pictures took 2 hours to upload. I kept getting this message:
 And this one:

Nite Shipslog

1962 Ford Catina and matching trailer.

I am also having trouble reading blogs and commenting. Bear with me!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Family and Memorial Day

Little known facts:   

 A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. 
A snail can sleep for three years. 
Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer. 

But a well known family fact is, WE had a great Memorial Day Family get together. We had all the family except Sweet Megan and the family in Utah and Oregon.

The planning started Friday and we did have some wonderful family fellowship and fun. Two of the Great grands (Stella and Jude) were there along with grand-dogs.

We had burgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings. Mary brought cupcakes and pasta salad. I cut a watermelon.  It was all good.

I dug out these two ‘Bucket Seats’ that I had made for The grand kids.  These two were the ones Josh and Stephen used as kids. As you can see, they are a little big for them now!

Walking in everyone noticed this drive way drawing.
It reads ‘1.1 Mil’.

Of course there were questions, in my short speech about Memorial Day before the blessing, I emphasized the number did not represent an inheritance, but it represented the 1.1 Million Soldiers, Coasties, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who had given their all for our country. Today we were remembering them.

(Sherry, Shirl, Mary and Sherece)

I hope you had a great day.  I am proud of our country’s Remembering our Heroes.

Nite Shipslog

 1959 Chevrolet Impala and a matching Shasta

Sunday, May 28, 2017

In HONOR of the Fallen!

A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue. 
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. 
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second

Facts like the above are good for Trivia.  They might be good for conversation. To be truthful I like odd facts.

Do you care about odd facts? A well Known fact is, it’s about Memorial day as I write this.  This is a day to reflect on the ‘soldiers’ (all military in that word) who gave their all for our country. In his pledge, when he was drafted or joined the military, the soldier swore to give his life if need be, in defense of this country. Fortunately most of the USA military returned home. Some wounded or maimed both physically and mentally.  As a Military man I was never asked to give my life, but have cried for those that did give all.

As a child of the late 30’s-early 40’s I KNEW men who served in WWII and Korea. I knew men that served in Viet Nam. Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. 
Please accept the 'HE' used to denote the military person as representing the Women who served and died also. I am very aware of the Women that serve(d).

I read that 1.1 Million Service members have been killed in USA wars.  The Unknown  Soldier buried in Arlington National Cemetery, represents these men. OUR SHAME in the United States of America is that we killed each other in our NOT SO CIVIL WAR. Of those 1.1 Million who have given their lives, about half of them, 500,000, were lost in the War Between the States.  Such a pity, we killed more of us than did Germany and Japan in two World Wars.

Over and over it must be said, the Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine goes where he is ordered. Many times he did not like the orders that put him in harm’s way, but he follows orders, he braves on.  We have left our young soldiers all over this world.  Today, Memorial Day, is the day we set aside to honor those who gave all. They have honored us more than we could ever honor them.

Take time to think about those in military graves all over the world. They gave their all for you and me.  Thank you, my fallen brothers and fellow citizens, I salute you!

Nite Shipslog

                        They Gave All