Daily Archives: September 27, 2018

The Big Five One . . .

Although this blog is dated September 27th, most of you will not be reading it until tomorrow, September 28th, which just happens to be our 51st Anniversary.

51 years ago this afternoon, Jan and I stood before a minister in a small chapel located on University of Alabama’s Northington Campus and said our “I do’s”. At that time, Northington, an old Army Hospital dating from the beginning of WWII, was the married student’s housing for the University.

Northington Campus

Northington Campus 1999

The long wings, making up the hospital wards, were cut up into individual one and two bedroom apartments, each with their own entrance. There was a waiting list to get in so it was a few months before we got an apartment there. In the meantime we lived in a concrete block duplex with cracks in the wall that let in daylight.

Later in the winter we got a letter from rental agency reminding us that during extremely cold weather it would be necessary to put anti-freeze in the sink, lavatory, and toilet drains to keep the pipes from freezing up . . . INSIDE THE APARTMENT.

We spent most of the winter cuddled up with our cats under the electric blanket.

Then ten years later, while we living in Montgomery, AL, we got to watch Burt Reynolds and Sally Field have Northington Campus blown up around them in the stuntman movie, “Hooper’.

And, amazingly, it all seems just like yesterday.

Jan and I headed out about 11:30 to meet our son Chris for lunch at King Food. He had come down from Kingsland to pick up an engine for his Jeep that was being rebuilt.

He had come down with his friend and fellow retired fireman, Corky, who was off visiting other friends in the area.

After our lunch with Chris, Jan and I drove over to the nearby Sam’s Club to get new glasses for both of us. Now as to whether or not they’ll come in before we leave for Florida next Wednesday, that’s a toss-up. If they don’t, it’s not really a problem, anyway.

I mentioned that I was looking at a Champion generator as a possible replacement for our Onan diesel generator, if necessary.

Champion Generator

Besides being a little more powerful, it also has a 3 year warranty as opposed to the Harbor Freight’s Predator’s 90 days. And an email from Amazon added to that idea.

First off, a dual-fuel version, both gas and propane, is actually about $50 cheaper than gasoline-only version. Not sure if I’d ever use it that way, but I guess it would be nice to have.

Even better, for both the Champion generators, an additional 3 year warranty period is available from Amazon . . . for only $21. So a 6 year warranty on the generator.

Sounds better and better.

Thought for the Day:

I hate Russian Nesting Dolls. They are so full of themselves.


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