Monthly Archives: March 2017

Dead Shoes Walking?

Today turned out to be a mostly do-nothing day, just puttering around and enjoying the nice cool weather.

With a high of 66 today and a low of 47 tonight, it’s a nice respite from the upcoming 100° temps that will be here soon.

Later in the afternoon I went outside to use up my daily flower garden watering allotment to finish cleaning the rig’s aluminum wheels.

After the first pass a couple of weeks ago, I ended up with this

Rig Front Wheel Before

due to a bad nozzle on the spray  bottle. Blotchy, but it shows the possibilities.

So today I poured the solution into a new spray bottle and tried again. And this is what I got.

Rig Front Wheel After

Looks great.

So next I tried it on one of the rear wheels, starting with this,

Rig Rear Wheel Before

and then ending with this.

Rig Rear Wheel After

Again, really good.

Leaving the coach looking like this.

Rig Wheels Cleaned

At least on the passenger side anyway. However I ran out of the spray before I did the driver’s rear wheel. It’s almost done, but needs another coat and rinse.

But since the primary ingredient is phosphoric acid, I may just get a bottle of it at the hardware store or Home Depot and make my own. Or maybe just spray a can of Coke on it.

Yesterday, before I dropped my garbage at the park dumpster, I did my usual survey of the contents, looking for anything interesting. And there, sitting right on top, was a pair of black New Balance shoes, looking almost brand new. So they came home with me. Of course the first thing I checked was the size, which was 10-1/2. Now, ideally, I wear a 9 EEEE or maybe EEE, if I can find shoes in that size. And yes, I have snowshoe feet, which I inheired from my father.

So I usually end up buying 10 to 10-1/2 shoes to get them wide enough. And getting these home later, they fit really well.

Free shoes!

Of course Jan said the reason a perfectly good, little worn pair shoes got thrown away, is that the guy died.

Dead Shoes Walking!

New Balance Dumpster Shoes

And it’s not the first time I’ve gone dumpster diving. Well, not ‘diving’ as it were, more like dumpster ‘reaching’, since I never actually get into the dumpster, but just reach in.

So far over the years I’ve found a 6ft pre-lit Christmas tree, still in the box, a couple of nice paintings, a brand-new pair of Crocs, still fastened together, and my big score, a Winegard Carryout Satellite dome, in working condition.

Winegard Carryout

Except for the lack of a power cord, don’t know why it was thrown away.

Tonight was the final episode of one of our favorite TV shows, Grimm, and we’re really sorry to see it go. But it least it was a great ending, although it seemed to be touch and go there for a while.

In fact about half way through, Jan said, “I hate this show!” But it got better at the end.

Grimm R.I.P.

Thought for the Day:

Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good — Leo XIII


Chili Today, Chilly Tomorrow . . .

Well, the cold front started moving in this afternoon, announced by the strong, gusting winds that really rocked the coach. Glad we’re not on the road today.

After a high of 85° today, we’re looking for a high of 66° tomorrow, but still sunny. And then it’s down to 48 tomorrow night. Very nice.

I again spent the morning and early afternoon doing some website work, before heading out about 2pm for some errands, with my first stop at the park office for our mail and to ask permission.

The park has a firm rule against any vehicle washing, rig, toad, golf cart, whatever. But I noticed a lot of people here have gardens that they water every day, So I ask the manager lady if I could use my flower garden water allotment to finish cleaning off the rig wheels.

A while back at an RV Rally I bought a spray bottle of Busch’s Aluminum Wash that was supposed to clean off the corrosion on the rig’s aluminum wheels.

Busch Aluminum Wash

I tried it a couple of weeks ago while we were at Cochise Terrace RV Park in Benson, but the spray nozzle was defective and it just kind of spritzed out, but after waiting the required two minutes and then hosing it off, it was easy to tell that it was really working. It went from this

Rig Wheel Wash 1

to this.

Rig Wheel Wash 2

Streaky, but it’s obvious it was working. So now I can do all the wheels.

Leaving the office, my next stop was the Chase Bank on Apache Trail to get a $60 money order to mail in with my Arizona CCW application tomorrow. Then it was on to the Fry’s right down the road to pick up few things before finally heading home.

One of the things that came in the mail was the replacement Moen cartridge for our rig shower. I requested a new one under Moen’s Lifetime Warranty, but it didn’t come in until after we left for Tucson. So as soon as we were in one place for a while our daughter Brandi sent it on out to us.

Moen 1222 Cartridge

So it’s now on my repair list. Glad that I got a free one under warranty since a new one is about $50.

About 4pm Jan served up big bowls of Jan’s Famous Chili, which was as delicious as usual. This time, rather than adding corn tortillas, we crumbled up tortilla chips in the bowl along with the shredded cheese.

Jan's Chili 2

Gives it a crunchy bite. And yes, it has beans in it. I don’t want to hear about it.

And this time we got to try out the padded bowl holders Jan bought at the recent Escapade.

Escapade Bowl Holders

They not only keep your hands cool, they also help hold in the heat in the bowl. Very useful.

Tomorrow? Shiny Wheels and a Non-leaking shower?

Thought for the Day:

“Well, I grew up in a very secular home. I’m officially Jewish but I’m Jewish in the same way the Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant – AJ Jacobs