Thursday, March 9, 2017

Magic Honda Repairs

Weird. I took the Honda with it's non functioning right turn signal into Zemp Auto here in Mesa.The mechanic checked everything with his meter, took out all the relays and checked them. He talked with his boss and the boss told me all they had found was that it was not a simple repair. All the parts worked properly but the signal was not getting to the right side bulbs. The next step is to get into the wiring and find the problem and that would take some time which they did not have this week. He told me to call on Monday and set up an appointment. While we were talking his mechanic plugged all the parts back in.
I pulled out and a few blocks later I signaled for a right turn and IT WORKED! Now I feel like a jerk. He put maybe 20 minutes into it and did not charge me. Pulling the twenty-eight year old relays in and out must have cleaned the contacts. I probably should stop in and give them $20 for their coffee fund or something.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day

To all my Sisters out there on International Women's Day! Enjoy your day, you have earned it!

As we go marching, marching
In the beauty of the day
A million darkened kitchens
A thousand mill lofts grey
Are touched with all the radiance
That a sudden sun discloses
For the people hear us singing
Bread and roses, bread and roses
As we go marching, marching
We battle too for men
For they are women's children
And we mother them again
Our lives shall not be sweetened
From birth until life closes
Hearts starve as well as bodies
Give us bread, but give us roses
As we go marching, marching
We bring the greater days
For the rising of the women
Means the rising of the race
No more the drudge and idler
Ten that toil where one reposes
But the sharing of life's glories
Bread and roses, bread and roses
-James Oppenheim (1910's)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


We have decided to stay here in Mesa, AZ for another month. We had planned to carry on to the Texas Gulf area but the weather everywhere is very unpredictable this winter. It is 90% nice here so we will save the gas money and stay until April when we will start the slow trip home.

I am ignoring the fact that it has rained here for the last day and a half and the thunder is rolling across the valley right now.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Still Here!

Some friends from back home emailed to see if we were OK so I better report in. Nothing has been happening except for the odd walk around the park and some swimming. The weather has been good in the day and cool at night, in other words, perfect.

The dome/skylight over the shower got cracked from light contact with a branch. It has an inner and an outer layer, The outer bubble survived but the inner cracked. I took it out the other day to try to find a replacement and it broke up as I removed it. No one had the same size so I ended up ordering it on line for $110 plus $40 shipping. All in US dollars of course. It will be here in a week.

Anyway, that is the sum total of the action around here. We haven't even been out for dinner since we got here a month ago. Lazy but nothing wrong with that. I will let you know if Norma wins the PowerBall lottery.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Lenovo Ideapad 110S

I am really happy with the $119 Lenovo I scored from Best Buy a few days ago. I was concerned that the 32GB (28GB after the hidden restore partition) solid state drive might not be large enough but my guru friend Rick Doyle reassured me that Windows 10 would not crowd it too much and he was right (was there ever any doubt?). I took it over to the clubhouse and used the park WIFI to do all the updates and Windows used only 15 GB.

I downloaded Chrome just because I prefer it to Edge and installed my Quicken. The drive is still only 60% full so there is lots of room. I just will not be able to use the machine to store photos.

It is blazingly fast due to the solid state drive and is ready to use just a few seconds after turning it on.

The only possible complaint I have is that the case is white, the only choice available in this sale, so it might be a little difficult to keep clean. But that complaint is very minor as it is a quality machine!

Sunday, February 12, 2017


About six last night we heard a terrific BANG outside our rig. Norma thought it was a firecracker and I thought it might be a tire blowing out. Then we wondered if if was a gunshot. Our neighbor came out and said it definitely was a gunshot.

Ten minutes later sirens were heard and about six police cars entered the park and blocked off the row just around the corner from our site. Then a police helicopter started circling the park with it's spotlight on. That made it too noisy to hear what was going on around the corner, if anything.

Curious Norma of course was outside walking around. I told her if the helicopter was looking for someone sneaking around acting suspicious they would lock in on her! She ignored me but eventually came in.

The police stayed a while and then left. That was it, we don't know anything else. Maybe someone who lives closer to the source will fill us in.

Just another night in gun happy America.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wandering Around Scottsdale

We dropped Norma's gold bracelet off at Jewelry Repair on Main Street in Mesa this morning for a repair. I asked Norma what she wanted to do until it was ready in four hours and she said "Lets explore Scottsdale". We headed over to Scottsdale Road and found one of the resorts we used to stay in when we escaped the north and soaked up summer sun in Arizona back in the 80's.

The Plaza hotel has not changed much over the years. We parked and went in to have a look. The lobby and pool area were the same and we walked on to the casitas that we used to rent for a couple / three weeks at a time for greatly reduced summer rates. Remington's, the on site restaurant and piano bar where we spent many evenings listening to Ike Cole (Nat King Cole's young brother) play and sing all the old favorites. Being there brought back many memories.

We left there and headed down to the Old Town where we stopped for a very late breakfast at The Breakfast Club and headed back to Mesa. Norma's bracelet was ready, he had gold soldered the catch back on, a very nice repair for only $20.

Tonight we are taking it easy as we are meeting our friends Brian and Sue up in Fountain Hills tomorrow morning for breakfast and the car show at Phil's Filling Station, a popular restaurant in Fountain Hills.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


What could possibly go wrong here? A totally blind person with PTSD and a fear of dogs legally carrying a loaded gun. I can't believe he faced opposition.
USA – -( At 27, Carey McWilliams became the first totally blind person in the USA to acquire a concealed-carry permit.
Despite weapons training during his ROTC years, McWilliams has faced opposition to his right to bear arms from both the media and public officials.
Once fervently against hunting, McWilliams now views hunting as a way to connect to a system greater than himself and cope with PTSD brought on by a recent violent dog attack.
In his downtime, he carries a loaded pistol to the grocery store.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New Laptop

I replaced my Netbook a year or so ago with a small used laptop but was not happy with it. It had Windows 7 on it but it was corrupted and would not update to Windows 10. In frustration I formated the hard drive and installed Linux. It worked OK but was / is really slow and because it has no Windows, it will not run my financial program, Quicken.

When our American friend Paula was up to visit this summer she had a very nice little Lenovo Ideapad, a tiny laptop that was just perfect for what I wanted. I looked into them but they were just a little too expensive than I wanted to pay.

This morning Best Buy sent me an email advertising a five hour sale with this computer on it for $119. Perfect! I ordered it online but when I got to the checkout, it refused to take my creditcard because I did not have a USA billing address. I tried PayPal but same problem, they will not accept an out of USA payment. There was now less than an hour left on the sale so I called the customer service number and finally, after about 40 minutes got someone to take my money! It had free two day shipping so it should be here Thursday.

Here it is:

Monday, February 6, 2017

More RV Servicing!

When we parked here in Mesa Norma noticed a propane smell outside the door and the furnace would not light. We called Four Points Mobile RV Service and talked to Juan who said he could not get here until Monday (unless it was an emergency) which was fine. It was Friday and it was warm enough that we did not need the furnace so we turned the propane off for the weekend. Today (Monday) Louis came out and quickly determined the leak came from the Extend-A-Stay valve that we had replaced in December. This time however it was just a cap that was not tight. I should have found that myself but I can say that about many things. The reduced pressure in the line resulted in the furnace's safety feature preventing the furnace from lighting.

While Louis was here we had him look at our Fantastic Fan which had quit working and which I suspected had a bad plunger switch. I was right and Louis simply bypassed the switch. It now works but has to be manually turned on and off until I get a new switch. Not a problem.

The cost was $155, very reasonable under the circumstances.