Daily Archives: August 24, 2022

It Was A Twofer . . .

As we were coming home yesterday the Jeep started overheating, just as it did about a week ago.

Back then I noticed it running hot, and when we got home I let it cool down and checked the antifreeze level. And found the reservoir almost empty. So I looked for the radiator cap, and didn’t find it.

Turns out that our Jeep doesn’t have one. At least on the radiator.

And unlike every other vehicle I’m familiar with, the coolant tank in our Jeep is actually pressurized and part of the cooling system, and not just an overflow tank. In comparison, our 2004 Dodge Dakota, which has the same engine as the 2003 Jeep, a V-8 instead of the Jeep’s V-6, has a conventional overflow tank.

So I refilled the coolant tank with antifreeze, and then started the engine, adding more coolant as the level dropped in the tank. When the engine was up to standard operating temperature, I put the cap back on and let it idle with the AC on for about an hour with no problems.

So I figured that the problem was just the the coolant level had gotten too low, since it had been a good while since I had checked it.

That was last week, and the Jeep ran fine for the next week, including our trip up to Katy and back for Landon’s birthday.

Until yesterday. Then the problem reoccurred.

So this morning I refilled the coolant tank,  and with Jan following me in the Dakota, I took the Jeep down to Joe at Hwy 6 Automotive, my go-to guy for car repairs. Dropping it off a little before 10, I took Jan back to the rig and then heading into work in the Dakota.

It’s always nice to have Ole Faithful to fall back on.

Then at 1:02pm Joe called with the news. The aforementioned coolant tank had a crack in it along the bottom where it couldn’t be easily seen and would need to be replaced. Plus he also said that the water pump bearing was weeping around the seal. He said it would probably last another six months or so if I wanted to wait.

Asked how much to do both and he said $395 so I told him to go for it. He said it would be ready this afternoon.

I thought that was pretty quick, but hey! I just didn’t realized how quick it would be.

Megan, Joe’s receptionist, called me back at 2:07pm, an hour and 5 minutes later, and said it was ready.


I gave her my CC info and told her we’d pick it up later this afternoon, probably after they closed at 4pm.

Thinking about it, I figured he had the tank out to find the leak, and probably the new one had already been delivered as well as the water pump.

And the water pump is pretty easy to get out and back in in this model.

So now I have a nice new coolant tank,

Jeep Coolant Tank

Looks like he also replaced the hoses too.

And here’s my shiny new water pump.

Jeep Water Pump

A twofer.

Great Job, Joe!

Tomorrow we’re heading up to the Spring area to meet up with Debi and Ed Hurlburt, and maybe Janice and Dave Evans, at the Olive Garden for our monthly get-together. And we get to do it in the Jeep, and not the Dakota.


Thought for the Day:

Sometimes after you fix the problem, you have to fix the solution.

August 24, 2009

Bar Harbor and Bubbles…

Today we made the 50 mile trip down to the Bar Harbor area to see some of Maine’s Atlantic coast.   The drive was pretty uneventful, except for a 25 minute wait right outside of Ellsworth for road work.  Luckily, by the time we came home they were finished for the day.

Right after we got into the Bar Harbor area,  we stopped for lunch at a small seafood place called Gateway Diner and had lobster rolls and sweet potato fries, and then split a pumpkin crumb pie with ice cream.  Great food, but unfortunately for me, the place also had a gift shop with a lot of moose stuff.

Mucho $$$$ later,  we stopped at the Bar Harbor Visitor’s Center right down the street to check out a tip that the lady at the diner mentioned about a loop road through Acadia National Park.

Getting directions, we headed out around the loop.

The first place we stopped was a scenic viewpoint overlooking Frenchman Bay, and this was just the start of a lot of beautiful scenery.

Frenchman Bay

The dock area on the right side of the picture is Bar Harbor.

The next stop was Sand Beach.

Sand Beach

Although the beach was closed today, apparently people really swim her, even though the water temp usually doesn’t get much out of the 50’s.

And some of the other views in the area are amazing.

Sand Beach 2

Sand Beach 3

Sand Beach 4

Sand Beach 5

Leaving the Sand Beach area,  we drove down to a spot that unfortunately has been in the news lately.

The area is called Thunder Hole because of the noise of the waves when the right conditions makes the sounds reverberate and sound like thunder.

The area is also popular because you can go out on a rock that juts out into the Atlantic ocean and stand where the waves come in over your feet when the tide is right.

Thunder Hole

Thunder Hole 2

This point is where about 20 people were smashed by a 25 foot wave caused by a combination of high tide and Hurricane Bill.  11 people were hospitalized with broken bones,  and 3 people,  a 7 year old girl,  her father, and an unrelated 12 year old girl,  were swept out to sea in the 55 degree water.

The 12 year old girl and the father were pulled from the water by the Coast Guard, but his 7 year old daughter was later found dead.

When we were there, the area was still closed off, but a ranger said the waves have to get over the top of the handrail before it’s closed off.

Leaving the area,  we drove further around the loop to more fantastic scenery.

Thunder Hole 3

Thunder Hole 4

Thunder Hole 5

Thunder Hole 6

Thunder Hole 7

Thunder Hole 8

Toward the end of the 27 miles we passed the Jordan Pond Inn,  a restaurant we had been told about and thought we would later have dinner there.

Leaving the loop,  we headed over to Bar Harbor to look around.  The first thing Jan found,  wouldn’t you know it,  was a couple of moose stuff gift shops.

She really wanted this one, but we couldn’t figure out how to get it in the rig.

Wicker Moose

So she settled for trying on the latest in moose wear.

Moose Hat

Walking down the hill we were able to look out over Bar Harbor itself.

Bar Harbor

And of course the many flower beds everywhere.

Bar Harbor Flower

One of the ships I noticed in the harbor was a beautiful 4 masted schooner called the “Margaret Todd”.

Margaret Todd

And rather than being an old ship, she’s only about 10 years old. She was launched in 1998 and built to give Windjammer cruises to the tourists.

Here’s what she looks like under full sail.


Before heading back over to Jordan Pond Inn for dinner,  we drove down to the end of Bridge St. to take a look.

Bar Island

When it’s low tide,  a sandbar is revealed that extends over to Bar Island in the distance,  allowing people to walk over to the island.  Unfortunately,  at high tide it just looks like a boat launch ramp.  Timing is everything!

Our dinner at Jordan Pond Inn was fantastic and we had a great meal.  The restaurant was really something,

Jordan Pond Inn

and the scenery was something else.

The view from the outside dining are is of an island called “The Bubbles”

The Bubbles

Of course, the locals call it by another ‘B’ word,  but I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to figure out what the word is.

After a really great day, we finally headed home about 7 pm.  Luckily, the morning’s road work was over, so we were home in about an hour.

Today is our last day here in Bangor.  Tomorrow we head about 130 miles northeast to Houlton, ME,  which is about 2 miles from the Canadian border.

We’ll stay there for three or four days,  cleaning up some loose ends before we head over the border.

I’m In Elkhart. Jan’s in Houston

August 24, 2010

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work I go…

First off, here’s the latest photo of Landon in his light vest hanging on to his bottle for dear life. He’s wearing the light vest to correct a high bilirubin count. He’ll probably have to wear it for another couple of days.

Christmas Tree Baby

A little before 5, Michele Henry of Phoenix Commercial Paint called and wanted to come by and bring one of the repainted doors to see how the colors match. And she did a beautiful job. It looked great.

Now for the other 6 doors.

About 6 pm I drove over to Culver’s, a restaurant chain found mostly here in the Mid West, that has great burgers, fried chicken, and ice cream too.

On a final note, the weather has been really great the last few days, and tomorrow the high is supposed to be 77, with a low of 54.  Nice !!

Horseshoe Lakes Thousand Lakes

August 24, 2011

Bad Weather and Good Cookies . . .

Well, the 95 degree temps showed up today, but not the predicted thunderstorms that might have cooled things off. Apparently the front that brought the thunderstorms yesterday was a warm (hot) front and jumped the temperature from 83 yesterday to 95 today.

But it looks like there’s a cold front right behind it, since it’s 84 tomorrow and a very nice 51 degrees tomorrow night.

This morning I got back on the computer desk. I finally had to drill some new pilot holes for the 3” lag bolts that fastened it to the floor. But It’s firmly mounted now.

Now on to more stuff.

For dinner Jan whipped up a big batch of her fantastic King Ranch Chicken. I was very happy about the ‘big’ part ‘cause I had 3 servings.

And even better, we’ve still got enough for another meal. YUM!

For dessert, Jan had baked up a batch of cherry pecan chocolate chip cookies.  HMMM! GOOD!

Well, here it is 11 pm, and the missing thunderstorms finally showed up. It’s coming down pretty hard, but only glitching the satellite a little bit.

Looking at the radar, the satellite may not last too long. It’s gonna be a bumpy night.

August 24, 2012


We pulled out of Tom Sawyer RV Park a little after 9am this morning for a short 134 mile trip north on I-55 to Sikeston, MO.

And once again we had a repeat performance of the hard-starting and stalling that has occurred the previous two mornings. And once again, when we got moving we had no more problems.

And after a smooth, uneventful trip, we pulled into the Hinton RV Park in Sikeston, MO about noon. Normally we would have stayed at the Passport America park up the road, but the reviews in RV Park Reviews said Hinton RV Park was really good, and the Passport America park was really, really bad. So here we are.

One thing I noticed coming into Sikeston was. being at the conjunction of two Interstates, (I-55 and I-57) there were a lot of truck dealerships in town, so once we got parked, I made some phone calls and found there was a local Cummins dealer and they had a generator fuel filter in stock.

So as soon as we got settled in, I headed down the road to the Cummins dealer to pick up the filter, and while I was there I also got a new engine fuel filter as well.

Getting back to the rig we decided to eat before I tackled the generator fuel filter changeout. And of course, where else to eat in Sikeston, MO, but Lambert’s Throwed Rolls.

After having our usual great meal of Fried Chicken, veggies, hot ‘throwed rolls’, and of course, the great ‘pass-arounds’, we came back to the rig. I then decided to take a nap and let the temps cool off before I tackled the generator.

Finally, about 6pm I headed outside to crawl under the rig and have at it. And as usual in these things, it took longer to get to the filter than it did to actually change it out. To make matters worse, you can’t get to the filter access door with the generator extended, but when you have the generator retracted, it’s hard to get under the rig to get the filter out.

And to make things worse, the filter is not a standard spin-on type, but a rectangular metal box with flare fittings making the fuel connections.

Generator Fuel Filter 2

And of course, they couldn’t allow enough slack to make it easier to disconnect the lines.

But finally, after about an hour, I had the filter installed and everything buttoned back up. Now for the ‘smoke test’.

Well, actually, I hope it doesn’t smoke. First I primed the generator for about a minute, per the manual, and then hit the start button. After cranking it over twice for about 5 seconds, the third time was the charm, and the generator fired up and ran smoothly. I let it run for about 20 minutes, and had no problems.

At this point I shut it down and considered it a job well done. And we’ll have AC on the road tomorrow. Jan says “YEA!”

I still think this problem, and my engine problem was caused by the Diesel Kleen cleaning out the build-up in my fuel lines. Although it could have possibly been a tank of bad fuel that we took on in Whitsett when I also added the Diesel Kleen, it seems to me that if it were bad diesel it would have continue to clog the engine filter until the rig engine no longer ran either.

So now I’ll change out the engine filter while we’re at Celina, and for a while I’ll use less Diesel Kleen when I fill up.

Tomorrow we’ll travel about 185 miles to Vernon, IL to visit Jan’s sister and her family before heading on to Celina to meet up with Nick and Terry on Sunday.

Almost Gate Guarding

August 24, 2013

We’d hoped they would get better . . .

I spent some time this morning tracking down some more of the items we’ll need for the gate, then about noon I saw Jamie’s truck over at the garage so I walked over to see if he had any more info on our gate, and also to tell him what we had seen yesterday.

Turns out there had been a number of changes back and forth. Originally we were told that two gates would open Monday, and one gate, probably us, would start up on Tuesday. Then it went to all of us on Tuesday. But now it’s all of us at 2pm Monday afternoon.

That will probably change again, but we’ll be ready to move Monday afternoon anyway.

About 3:30 Jan and I drove over to Pleasanton for dinner and some last minute pre-gate shopping. On the way we checked our 2nd possible gate guard site location and found it more to our liking. At least it looks like our rig would fit along with our canopy. And the shade trees are nice too.

Whitsett Gate 2

Getting into Pleasanton our first stop was the local Chili’s. We ate here several times last year and were always amazed at how long it takes to get your food, even when they’re not that busy. We found out later that it’s almost a joke around town, but they’re the only national casual dining place in town, so they stay busy.

We had hoped that they had improved since last year, but it was a forlorn hope, It took us about 30 minutes to get our meal, and they weren’t even half full. Oh well.

After dinner we stopped off at Wal-Mart to pick up some prescriptions. Then it was on to Tractor Supply Store to get another misting kit.

Ocean Breeze Misting System

Ocean Breeze Misting System

The one we had last year was kind of worn out and leaking a little, so for $25 I thought I’d just get a new one. It really makes a difference on those 100 degree days on the gate.

Our last stop before heading home was the local HEB looking for a few things that the local Wal-Mart doesn’t carry.

Who knows what the gate story will be tomorrow?

August 24, 2014

A Playdate . . .

On today’s schedule was a playdate with Lowell’s parents, Sonja and Lendel, and our mutual grandson, Landon.

But before we left for Katy and our get-together, we got a call from our friends, Al and Adrienne. Right now they’re in Alamogordo, NM, getting a problem with their Allison transmission checked out. Hopefully it won’t be something serious.

We first met them when we spent 5 months in Fairbanks, AK during the summer of 2008. We were workkamping at Chena Marina RV Park, and Al and Adrienne were working for Holland America cruise lines, and staying at Chena Marina. We struck up a friendship that’s lasted ever since. When they’re not on the road, they live in Tucson and we always get together when we’re in the area. We’ve also visited them in Cody, WY, and Westport, WA, both places they were workkamping at the time.

We told them we plan to be in Tucson next March for the Escapade, so hopefully we’ll be able to meet up then.

We got to Brandi’s about 1:45 and found that Landon had just woke up from his nap. And he wasn’t happy. Brandi and Lowell had gone to Costco so they weren’t home, so Landon was upset. But he calmed down in a few minutes and we all headed out to Katy Mills Mall, right down the road.

This mall is huge, and has a little bit of everything, especially play areas for the kids. One of the biggest ones is called TILT.

Katy Mills TILT 1

Katy Mills TILT 2

But Landon’s favorite here is bowling. And he’s pretty good at it.

Katy Mills TILT 3

For dinner we walked around the mall to the Rainforest Café, one of Landon’s favorite places. In fact, Landon was just here with his parents for his birthday dinner this past Wednesday.

We’ve eaten at a Rainforest Café several times, but it’s been a good while. The last time was probably 10-15 years ago when we took our granddaughter Piper to the one in Galveston. When she was growing up it was one of her favorite places too. I guess it runs in the family.

Rainforest Cafe 1

Rainforest Cafe 5

Rainforest Cafe 2

Jan and I decided to just have a couple of appetizers, the Lava Nachos,

Rainforest Cafe 3

and the Chicken Fingers, both very good.

Rainforest Cafe 4

After dinner, Landon had one last ride. These are electric and steer like a motorcycle, and are one of Landon’s favorite.

Rainforest Cafe 6

Getting back to Brandi and Lowell’s, we rested up for a while, before heading back to the rig a little after 7.

Tomorrow I’ll get back in touch with Jamie at Gate Guard Services to see about getting a gate with him. Otherwise we’ll talk to the office down in Whitsett to see what they  have.

August 24, 2015

Gateward Bound . . .

We left the Colorado River Thousand Trails about 9:15, heading for Henderson, TX about 260 miles away. Tomorrow morning we’ll be on our first gate for this year. Of course it could be our only gate, or just the first of several.

Our first year of gate guarding (2012) we were on four gates in four months. In 2013 we were on one gate for the entire three months, while last year we were on two gates in three months. So we never know how it’s going to turn out.

All we really know at this point is that it’s a frack gate, and it’s about 8 miles west of Carthage, TX. Beyond that, every gate is an adventure.

Our trip was pretty uneventful, except for an extra long stop at the Pilot in New Caney, TX. I have never seen pumps this slow, especially diesel pumps. Filling up in the RV lanes, I was getting 3 gallons a minute. Which means it took me almost 30 minutes to take on 80 gallons.

When I went inside to get Jan and I a couple of iced coffees, I complained to the cashier who said they’d had a couple of other complaints, and they’d called someone to look at it.

We got into Henderson about 3pm and found our way to The RV Park of Henderson where we got a 50 amp FHU site for $12.50 on Passport America. A great deal for a really nice park.

After we got set up, we checked out places to eat here on Yelp. We were both kind of in a steak mood, but hard to believe, that in a Texas town there’s not a steak place. So we ended up going to the Smokehouse, which turned out to be a real good country cooking place.

Wrapping up, today was Landon’s first day of Kindergarten and he looks like he’s made himself right at home.

Landon Kindergarten 1

Landon Kindergarten 2

He’s been really excited about starting ‘real school’ as he calls it.

Almost Gate Guarding Again

August 24, 2016

Last Date . . .

Looks like that after we get settled in, I going to have to set up my Wilson Cell Phone Booster.

When we were parked down on the pad, we had one bar of 4G, that cycled back and forth through 1X and 3G as well. But I was hoping that when we moved up to the top of the hill things would improve.

And they did. I now had 3 bars of solid 4G. But unfortunately my internet  performance didn’t improve.

Wilson Outside Antenna

I haven’t had to use my booster for several years since we’ve usually been in an area with a good signal. But it looks like it’s time to pull it back out of storage.

Our Hawkwood Company Man came by this morning, a little before I got up, so Jan got to talk to him, and got a lot of good information

But first off, he wanted us to move our truck onto the pad. We had parked on the grass right across the road from us, but he said that was really on the landowner’s side, so he made a spot for us at the end of one of the trailers right inside the gate.

He also said they hoped to spud in on Friday, so we’ll start logging then I guess. And even better, he had no problem with us taking off today to head over to Bryan/College Station this afternoon.

So we headed out about 1pm, having to thread our way out between the incoming big trucks. Our first stop was about a 1/4 mile down the road at the combination convenience store/Blue Moon BBQ, our gate’s namesake.

We wanted to get gas for the truck, and also a menu from Blue Moon. The menu part went fine, but the gas part didn’t.  The pumps, such as they were, were the old type with the analog rotating dials. And they obviously didn’t work.

So we headed on toward B/CS stopping at the Exxon station about 8 miles for our gas and also another menu, this time as a photo.

Exxon Menu Sign

We’ll probably try them out soon.

Our first stop in B/CS was the Saltgrass Steakhouse for what may be our last meal out for 3 months or so. And it was its usual really good.

Jan got their regular salad, while I went with my favorite, their Wedge Salad.

Saltgrass Wedge Salad

Jan got her favorite Sirloin Strip, while I got my usual Ribeye with Steak Fries.

Saltgrass Ribeye

We had a nice leisurely lunch, really enjoying our temporary freedom.

Our next stop was a carwash to get the dirt and grime off, at least for a while, and then it was on to Wal-Mart to stock up for the week or so, before I have to make the trip back over here.

We got back to the rig about 5:30, and while we were unloading, the landowner, Tony, came by in his ATV. He  and his daughter Addison were going to feed their horses and stopped by to say Hi and introduce himself. Seems like a real nice guy.

They still haven’t gotten the derrick up yet but they’re getting close. In fact they were still working at about 8pm tonight.

Hawkwood Parking Site 9

Tomorrow I’m going to try to finish getting our canopy up and get us ready to go on Friday.

Lake Conroe Thousand Trails

August 24, 2017

If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Turkey . . .

And Dressing!

About  3pm Jan and I headed out for an early dinner, and since it was Thursday, Cracker Barrel’s Turkey and Dressing was on the menu. For Jan, anyway.

Cracker Barrel Turkey & Dressing

I had planned to have the Beef Pot Roast Campfire Meal again,

Cracker Barrel Campfire Meal

but it’s come and gone, so I went with the new Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict dinner.

Cracker Barrel Fried Chicken Benedict

With Fried Chicken pieces, fried eggs, and topped with a Pimento Cheese Hollandaise sauce, along with a side of red skin potatoes and red peppers casserole, it was really good. Of course we’ve never had anything bad at CB.

Moving on, our next stop was the nearby Sam’s Club for a prescription and a couple of other things. We split our prescriptions between Wal-Mart and Sam’s due to different prices. The prescription we got at Sam’s for $10 with my Business membership card would be $78.42 at the Wal-Mart right next door.

Our next stop was Sam’s gas pumps to fill up our truck. The place was pretty busy, I guess, due to the incoming storm, but we only had to wait for one car to finish up in front of us.

Next up was the next door Wal-Mart for another prescription and some more stuff. Like the Sam’s, the bottled water shelves were stripped, but at the Wal-Mart they emptied the bread shelves too.

Wal-Mart Empty Shelf

What ‘s kind of strange is that the booze shelves were still fully stocked.

Where are these people’s priorities?

Don’t they know a storm’s coming?

I want to thank the number of people who have emailed us, concerned that a hurricane is coming our way.

First off, we’re not really worried since we’re 90 miles from the Gulf Coast, and about 250 miles from where Harvey is supposed to come ashore. Now, are we going to get wind and rain? Almost certainly, due to the fact that we will be on the dirty (wet) side of the storm.

But we’re parked in one of the highest points in the park, so I’m not worried about flooding. Although some of the lower areas here may have problems, depending on the amount of rain we actually do get here.

I did however change our upcoming travel schedule. Originally we were supposed to leave here Sunday, in the middle of the high winds and rain, and move over to Colorado River, but I’ve extended our stay here until Wednesday when things should have quieted down.

August 24, 2018

A Nice Surprise . . .

Today started out on an up note when Jan was going through some of her old purses and found a nice surprise.

It was a $100 American Express Traveler’s Cheque.

Before we started RV’ing, I bought a couple of thousand in AMEX Traveler’s Cheques to tuck away for emergencies. I thought I had cashed all of them in over the last 11 years, mostly after I discovered that they weren’t all that accepted any more.

Apparently there’s been so many forgeries and counterfeits that everyone is leery of them, even banks. And even the bank chain (Chase) that issued them to me.

I guess that I gave Jan one to hide away and it just was forgotten.

Hopefully Chase will cash this one. We’ll see tomorrow.

August 24, 2019

Never Give Up. Never Surrender . . .

Jan and I spent most of the late morning/early afternoon streaming the last two Season 1 episodes of CBS’ Instinct. Somehow our DVR did not record those two episodes. That may have happened due to a conflict with other shows higher in the queue.

Later this weekend we’ll start watching the first episode of Season 2 from our DVR. Though it does seem kind of useless since it’s already been announced that it’s been canceled.

Seems that happens with a lot of shows we like.

One thing was strange was that Prime was not sending any audio to our soundbar, but when I switched back to the TV speakers the audio was fine. And the soundbar worked fine on the DVR channels.

Just something else to work on.

I ordered a new battery for our MiFi yesterday that should be here on Monday. The original one has lasted since we got it in April 2017. But recently it’s not holding much of a charge, or really not any, I don’t think. If the power goes off, the MiFi shuts off and won’t reboot when the power comes back on.

Of course the reason for this is that I leave it plugged in all the time. According to Verizon you’re supposed to let it charge up and then unplug it. And then try to remember to plug it back 24 hours later when the battery has run down. Of course you don’t remember and can’t communicate with any other your devices at home.

I don’t know why they can design these things better so that they cycle the charging on and off. It’s not that hard. But they didn’t ask me.

But since they didn’t ask me about it, I’m going to put the MiFi charger on one of my WiFi Smart Plugs,

which will let an Alexa timer turn it off for about 20 hours a day, and then back on for 4 hours. We’ll see how that works.

Never Give Up, Never Surrender.

Like the crew of the NTE-3120, NSEA-Protector, I take this to heart. Especially in my projects. Like my recent attempt to hook my new Mr. Coffee to the Internet.

Earlier this year I had tried to use a Smart Push Button like this

to control my coffee pot. But I couldn’t make it work, because there was not enough room to mount the switch over the On/Off button. So I put it aside.

Bur remembering this attempt, I dug it out and gave it a try.

Peeling the cover off the included double-stick tape, I stuck it over the switch and gave it a try.

And it worked.

After all my other tries, this one took me about 30 seconds. Then I set the timer to start it up every Mon, Wed, & Fri at 7:40am, and I was done.

I’ll again try to do my rear brakes tomorrow if the weather holds. But I’m not holding my breath.

August 24, 2021

A Neon Addition . . .

A number of our readers have noticed that they’re not receiving the blog via email. The problem is with the Jetpack WordPress Plug-in. I think I got a bad update download, so I’ve been trying to get a new copy installed and set up. The only problem is that I can’t tell if the email problem is actually fixed until I post a blog. Which is once a day, so it’s kind of hard to test it out. But hopefully it’s working now.

Well I had hoped I was done with the Post Office until tomorrow, but I got a call from work today with another Post Office crisis. So Jan and I headed into Webster about 12:30 to try and sort things out before we had lunch.

I put in another call to the P.O. Tech Support, but went round and round until I finally asked to be bumped up to the next level of Tech Support, so I was given a Service Request# and told to wait for them to contact me.

I’m still waiting.

So while we were waiting, we had lunch at Twin Peaks once again. And once again, Jan got her Spicy Chipotle Chicken and a cup of Tomato Basil Soup.

Twin Peaks Spicy Chipotle Chicken 2

And since they recently discontinued my fav Venison Chili and Half Wedge Salad, I once again got the Soup and Half-Sandwich Lunch Special, with a bowl of the Green Chili Chicken Soup and a half BLT sandwich.

Twin Peaks Soup and Sandwich 20210729

Then it was back over to work to see if the PO had any new ideas, but no luck. So I did try a couple of things myself, also with no luck.

Back at it tomorrow, I guess.

A recent University of Michigan study of over 5800 foods rates them according to how much time they add or substract from your life expectancy.

For example, the study says that eating 1 hot dog takes 35 minutes off life, but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were associated with an increase of 33 minutes. And a serving of nuts adds about 20 minutes.

So I could have a hot dog and 2 servings of nuts, and come out 5 minutes ahead. Or maybe just two PB&J’s and come out even better.

A new addition to the Flamingo Flamboyance.

Neon Flamingos