Tuesday, September 06, 2011


Definitely a cooler walk this morning now that the weather has changed.  I am once again firmly ensconced in my warm T shirts and favourite flannel shirts for the upcoming Season so I'm good to go for another winter in the sometimes cool southwest. 

A fellow showed up from Lorne's RV Service today and was able to get that broken plastic plug out of our rig's hot water tank.  He inserted an ordinary file until it's sides wedged the plastic plug.  He then clamped a pliers on the other end of the file for leverage and slowly unscrewed the broken plug.  Like I often say, "nothing to it when you know how." Filled the hot water tank and turned it on.  No leaks and 20 minutes later we had hot water coming out of the taps again.    Always a great feeling when anything broken is fixed again. 
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With the hot water tank problem taken care of and the cooler morning temperatures energizing me I was spurred on to begin loading some more things into the Motor Home.  Shoes, shirts, T-shirts, socks, etc.   Windshield and outside mirrors cleaned and a check of the roof told me things were in good shape up there.  Added some more water to the fresh water tank and put the tow bar on the Jeep.  Nice to have a purpose for getting organized again. 

TEXAS YELLOW ROSE is in a rather precarious position down there in that Texas place at the moment.  Literally caught between 'fire and rain' they are getting the the fiver ready to roll in case they have to move to higher ground.

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JANNA had to tune me in again with a little geography lesson which I think may have been the second time this year.  Janna and Mike live in Montana, not Wyoming as I had mistakenly put in my blog Sunday night.  Of course I knew that but for some reason had Wyoming on my mind.  A year ago I placed the Kofa Mountains in California and Janna had to quickly remind me they were in fact, in Arizona.  My oh my how those mountains can move around when your not watching them.  By the way, these Montana folks are up wandering about in two of Canada’s western Provinces at the moment.  Check out their Alberta and British Columbia journey in their Motor Home and Bumble Bee Jeep.  Meanwhile, over on Canada’s other coast, KEVIN AND RUTH got the big wheels rolling this morning for their winter trip south.  Not sure where they are headed but I’m guessing Mexico.
Welcome to that Barrie fella who I noticed this morning has joined us on our Blog Follower's list.  Always encouraging to see a new face and we thank you for your interest.  And, just before hitting the ‘Publish’ button tonight I noticed another new Blog Follower has come in.  The Bayfield Bunch welcomes Shoeless Joe from TRAVLIN' WITH JOHN.  Nice of you to drop by.

"Squawks" are problem listings that pilots generally leave for maintenance crews to fix before the next flight. Here are some squawks submitted by US Air Force pilots and the replies from the maintenance crews.
(P) = Problem (S) = Solution

(P) Left inside main tire almost needs replacement
(S) Almost replaced left inside main tire

(P) Test flight OK, except autoland very rough
(S) Autoland not installed on this aircraft

(P) #2 Propeller seeping prop fluid
(S) #2 Propeller seepage normal - #1 #3 and #4 propellers lack normal seepage

(P) Something loose in cockpit
(S) Something tightened in cockpit

(P) Evidence of leak on right main landing gear
(S) Evidence removed

(P) DME volume unbelievably loud
(S) Volume set to more believable level

(P) Dead bugs on windshield
(S) Live bugs on order

(P) Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 fpm descent
(S) Cannot reproduce problem on ground

(P) IFF inoperative
(S) IFF always inoperative in OFF mode (IFF-Identification Friend or Foe)

(P) Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick
(S) That's what they're there for

(P) Number three engine missing
(S) Engine found on right wing after brief search

(P) Aircraft handles funny
(S) Aircraft warned to straighten up, "fly right" and be serious

(P) Target Radar hums
(S) Reprogrammed Target Radar with the lyrics
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  1. Glad you got the hot water heater fixed. With fall in the air, it won't be long before you are off and moving for the winter. Womehow when you start getting things together it makes you feel that it's time to be a getting ready. :>)

  2. how exciting to be loading up and getting organized..glad the 'plug removal' was an easy fix!!..some times you just need the right tools and the right know how!!

  3. Now there are some maintenance crews with a sense of humor!

  4. The tension mounts! OK, well maybe just the anticipation of getting on the road and taking your house along.
    The leaves fall, and the snow birds get the flock out of here.

  5. Can't remember how many times I saw the notation " Co-pilots Walneto Indicator inoperative".on a gripe sheet. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

  6. how exciting to be preparing to roll out...glad to see the water heater is fixed and that it was an easy fix..I can feel your anticipation building from here...fun fun fun....take care

  7. Nice to start loading the MH..much more fun than UN loading, eh??

  8. Golly we can feel your excitement here. Or maybe it's our own excitement! It's time to be on the road again -- I think our tires are beginning to send roots into the Carson City soil! We're babysitting our daughter who had back surgery last week, and we don't want to abandon her too soon, but we also have obligations back home in Arizona!

  9. I recently found your blog and look forward to following your southern adventures. I live in New Brunswick and pull a 13' (10' inside) Trillium fiberglass travel trailer 'egg'. I'm retired and enjoy my southern jaunts; I'm not full timing. I tend to hang around GA & FL and the Gulf coast as far as TX.
    I especially enjoy your 'Groaner's Corner'! While I'm waiting to make my break for warmer weather your blog helps to keep me anxious.
    Looking forward...