Terry and I seldom go anywhere on holiday weekends, just to avoid the traffic and the crowds. But this weekend I think we’re going to take it a step further and turn off the telephones, keep the blinds closed, and hibernate until Tuesday, because both of us are just so darn tired.
As most of you know, we are night owls. I usually write until about midnight or 1 AM, then I post my blog, and we get to bed about 2 AM. Which means that we normally get up about 10. But the last three nights we have not slept well at all, tossing and turning and not getting much rest. And for the last three mornings we have had telephone calls between 7:30 and 8 o’clock and had to get up to take care of things with our new air-conditioning installation.
When we were youngsters we could get by on only a few hours sleep a night, but as old farts we find our bodies need more time to recharge. I don’t understand that because many of the elderly people I have talked to said they don’t need nearly as much sleep anymore. I guess that means we’re just old and not elderly yet.
Yesterday morning’s 7:40 phone call was from the company that we are getting the new air-conditioning system from. We were told that they had to wait until an electrician could run a heavier electric line run from the power box outside to the new AC unit, since the existing line is marginal at best. But when the rep called yesterday morning, he said he talked to his boss about the fact that none of us thought our old AC unit would make it through the holiday weekend. He was told that the existing line would be fine for the AC, just not for when we use the heating side of things in the winter. So they called and got the go-ahead from the building inspector to set the unit in place and hook it up as is until the electrician can get here on Tuesday, with a promise from us that we would not turn on the heat. Yeah guys, it’s about 99° and 90% humidity. I don’t really think we will be turning the heat on anytime soon.
45 minutes later the installation crew was here and got to work. And here is the finished product, a very nice Carrier unit with a 10 year warranty that is installed and working great! What looks like a piece of loose metal at the top is actually the coil that covers the exhaust fan. Now I just need to write another book to pay for it.
After reading yesterday’s blog, So Much Has Changed, several RVers who have been around a long time sent me messages telling me that when I talked about the advancements in technology for getting online, I didn’t mention PocketMail.
How could I have forgotten PocketMail? For those of you who don’t have any idea what I’m talking about, PocketMail was a little device with a keyboard and a tiny screen that you typed messages into, and then you held the back of it up to a telephone and it transmitted your emails back and forth, sounding similar to a fax machine. We had one of those, too! That was a long time ago!
Several blog readers have asked where they can find pictures and information on the 2002 Winnebago Ultimate Advantage motorhome we are selling. I have set up a page for it, with lots of info and photos. You can access it here at this Motorhome For Sale link.
So far we have had almost 50 entries in our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Coast to Coast With a Cat and a Ghost, RVing author Judy Howard’s autobiographical story of her road trip across country after the death of her loving, yet at times abusive, husband. Several years ago, back when she was fairly new to RVing and to writing, we met Judy at one of our Gypsy Journal rallies. I gave her a few words of encouragement and advice, and she took them to heart. Since then she has made quite a name for herself, putting out several more books, and now doing seminars on writing and self-publishing at RV rallies across the country. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
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Thought For The Day – A giraffe’s coffee would be cold by the time it reached the bottom of its throat. Did you ever think about that? No, because you only think about yourself!