3D Pipes have always been one of my favorite Microsoft screen savers. It is a mesmerizing display of movement & color that can have one sitting in front of the monitor for long lengths of time staring in wonderment at how quickly the pipes are constructed. We have the pipes on both computers running XP. But, do we have the pipes on our new laptop running Windows 7? No we do not!! Along with some other neat-o things I like about XP, Microsoft has seen fit to eliminate most of their screen saver programs & that included 3D Pipes:(( I am a firm believer that newer is not always better!!
Aside from a short mobility van run this afternoon it has been a quiet day. Dropped off yesterday's load of trash in a nearby dumpster & have another load in the works to take to the local 'Good Will' drop off tomorrow. I will keep plugging away at the big clean up until we are finally clear of all the debris!!
Finally had a look at the gas log from our last trip to the southwest & see that we travelled for a total of 6,925 miles for $2,209. I have no idea about how many miles to the gallon we got because I don't bother myself with that kind of stress. Once a decision is made to go from point A to point B then whatever it costs to do that is what it costs & there's no point in stewing about it at each gas stop. Our computerized speedometer can be set to tell us how many miles we are getting to the gallon but after watching those numbers while going down the road a couple years ago I decided that was information that was depressing & I had no control over anyway. So that was that. I now have the speedo set to show how many miles are left before our next fill up.
And gas fill ups for me are always a royal pain in the asparagus. Gas pumps are all computerized now & with their faded displays & 243 different ways to enter your info I generally lose patience & end up trying to physically strangle the gas pump. I hate gas pumps!!!! Some places take a credit card OK while others demand zip codes, rip codes, or the second to last letter in Abraham Lincoln's most favorite nickname of his wife's sister's brother-in-law. A lot of pumps only give you $75 worth of gas & then you have to start the madness all over again. Some places you have to go inside & pay first. Works fine if your a Swami with a Crystal Ball in your pocket & know how much gas your rig is going to take. Surly pumps with attitude really fry me. As a rule it generally takes two of us to fill up the rig's gas tank. Kelly has to come out & act as referee & generally ends up doing the paperwork at the pump while I stand at the rig waiting for a, 'lift the nozzle' sign to show up. If I can see it. More than once we have stormed out of a gas station without gas only to do battle down the street with another miserable pump with attitude!! At least with the motorhome our gas stops have been cut in half or more because of the larger tank. I'm thinking maybe we should replace the gray, black, & fresh water tanks in the coach with gas tanks to further cut down our time doing battle with the #^*)!!%+/** gas pumps!!!!
And one more little statistic I've noticed here on the computer. We have a program called Feedjit which shows us in real time the number of people visiting our site & where they are from. About 70% of the hits come from the United States while maybe 28% are from Canada with maybe 2% or so from other countries. America's population is much bigger than Canadas so that makes sense but I think it has more to do with the fact that probably 99% of our travels are done in the States. Of those 6,925 miles traveled this past winter, only 134 miles were traveled in Canada.
GROANER'S CORNER:(( And did you know that those of you who think you know it all are damn annoying to those of us who do know it all!!
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