Daily Archives: October 15, 2017

BSOD and New Friends . . .

Jan and I spent the morning ‘running the numbers’ again, this time on whether or not it would be worthwhile to move down to the Clear Lake area for the rest of the year since it’s costing me about $280 a month in gas traveling down there 3 times a week.

It costs us $56/week here at Lake Conroe TT, so figuring TT and PA for a full months stay here, that’s $353.50. And when you add in the $280, it’s $635. And there are a number of parks down there in the $350 to $500/month plus electric. So it looks like it would be a good deal, BUT – are there any openings with FEMA, Insurance Adjusters, and Contractors down there too? So we’ll have to see.

One thing that makes it easy for us to “run the numbers” is that the Screen Mirroring function on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is that it will talk directly to our 40” Samsung TV.

All I have to do is click the Screen Mirror button on the Tab and in a few seconds whatever is displayed on the Tab’s screen is duplicated on the TV.

Samsung Screen Mirroring Calc

Makes it really easy for both of us to watch a video, see a photo, or use a calculator.

About 2pm I went down to the Ranger Station to check out of the park under TT and then back in under PA. Considering how hard it had been to actually MAKE the PA reservation, I was expecting trouble, but that part went pretty smoothly.

It was when she went to print out our car passes that things fell apart. Just as soon as she clicked the PRINT button, the machine locked up . . .HARD. When nothing happened after 15 –20 seconds, she tried CTRL-ALT-DEL. At that point, after another short delay, she got this.


The dreaded BSOD. Otherwise known as the Blue Screen Of Death

At this point the only thing she could do was to power off and back on. Then it took about 5 minutes to get Windows back up and working, and then about 10 minutes to get fully back into the program.

Then she was able to print out our passes.

It’s really problematic that this works at all since Thousand Trail’s entire reservation system is so old, that it’s a DOS program that they’re running on Win7. And I can pretty much guarantee that it won’t run under Win10 at all. No wonder they have so many problems with it.

About 4pm Jan and I headed back down to China Delight to have dinner with friends, old and new.

China Delight 4

The old ones are Debi and Ed Hurlburt on the left next to Jan, and Dick and Judy Mott on the right. And the new ones are Dave and Judy Evans in the back.

What’s funny with Dave and Judy is that we have so many mutual friends that it’s amazing we haven’t run into them before now. But in the RV world new friends quickly become old friends. That’s part of the fun

A great meal and a great time.

We need to replace the window awnings on our rig. One has a fist-sized hole in it, and they’ve all never really recovered from the drilling fluid drenching they got back in 2014 when a hose burst on the drill rig and soaked the area around it for about 50 yards, including us.

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Now at the age of 18,  the rig’s gray-silver-light gray-cream paint scheme has faded a little, but still looks pretty good, so I wanted to brighten things up a little with these dark blue awnings instead of the original gray ones. This is not the exact color of blue that I’ve seen, but you’ll get the idea.

Beauty New Awnings 468

I tried a number of other colors, but I like the dark blue the best.

So let’s hear it from the peanut galley.

Yay or Nay?

The Word of the Day is: Moribund

Thought for the Day: 

Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners. – Charlton Heston


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