Daily Archives: January 20, 2024

45 Years!

Today started out a good bit earlier than a normal Saturday, since we headed out about 9:45 with our first stop at the Quest Labs location up in Webster.

We’re coming into that time of the year when all our medical stuff happens, so we’re both going to be doing a lot of medical stuff for the next few months

Finished up at Quest, our next stop was right down the road at the local UPS store to drop off an Amazon return. And out of 8 people in line in front of me, seven were for Amazon returns. And before I got 5 minutes down the road afterward, I got a text telling me my return had been credited.


By this time, it was a little after 11, so we headed over to the nearby King Food for lunch. As we were eating, I told Jan it was hard to believe that we had been eating here for a little over 45 YEARS! And the current owners are fourth since we moved here in December 1978.

Even more amazing is that the young lady manning (womanning?) the cash register is the daughter of the owners, and we remember when she was born.

And of course we got our usual Chicken in Hot Garlic Sauce with Jalapenos.

Always delicious!

Then it was on back down to our area to make our usual Wal-Mart stop for the week.

At that point it was about 1:15, and the next thing up on our schedule was to get our haircuts. But Leslie wasn’t available until 2:30. At first we thought about going home to drop off our stuff and then come back. But by the time we did that, we’d almost be just turning back around and coming back.

So, of course, a nap was in order.

We parked off to the side of the HEB parking lot, and though it was 45°, it was bright and sunny, so very comfortable.

Then coming home, we made a Cowboy Coffee stop for Caramel Mocha Lattes.

A longer than usual, but very nice day.

I’ve been playing with a new toy, a WiFi controlled 12 volt Relay like this.

Mini Smart Relay WiFi Switch

I’ve been using these AC Smart Plugs for several years to control lights and other things around the rig.

But I’ve been wanting something to control other things, where I just want to switch something on or off with a relay. And these fill the bill. And they can also be activated by Alexa, or with the Smart Life app that also controls the Smart Plugs.

And even better, it’s only about 1.5” square and 3/4” deep, so it’s easy to tuck them away.


Tomorrow looks to be our normal Sunday fare, with lunch at Denny’s and then picking up some things at HEB, ending up with a Post Office stop before getting home.

Thought For The Day:

People are four times as likely to order dessert when their waiter is overweight.

So I need to find skinnier waiters?

And Now On To Today’s Retro-Blogs.™

January 20, 2011

Chicken Tortilla Soup and Dessert Wine . . .

Today started out very, very early, at least for me.

I left the rig about 7:15 heading for my doctor’s office up in Friendswood. I’ve got my annual physical next Tuesday, and I wanted to get my blood work out of the way so it would already be done on Tuesday.

I got out of the doctor’s about 8:45 and headed straight for the nearest Starbucks. I had been fasting since last night, so I hadn’t had my coffee this morning.

Greg Need Coffee Now!

Next it was over to Brandi’s to pick up our mail, before stopping off at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts. I wanted to get some different air connectors so I can interface my new Sears Air Compressor with the hoses and nozzles that connect to our coach’s air system.

My next stop was Chase Bank to go over some things with their finance person.

I finally got home about 12:30, to find Jan ready to go to lunch, so we headed over to Dickinson to Monterey’s Little Mexico. As usual, great Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Getting back about 1:45 we had just settled in when we got a call from Jan’s dentist saying they have a cancellation for tomorrow at 1pm. That moves her 2nd appointment from the 21st to the 16th, which means we will be able to leave by the 17th at the latest. Maybe even earlier with another cancellation.

A few minutes later we heard from our friends Al and Adrianne, who are presently out in Tucson. We were trying to see when we could meet up. At first we hoped to cross paths on our way out to Yuma, but they’re leading this Saturday on an RV caravan trip down to Baja, Mexico, and won’t be back in the States until the 24th of February, when we’ll be on our way to Yuma. So if not then, maybe we can meet up later this summer when they’ll be in Cody, WY. Anyway, it was good to talk to them again.

A little later, I went outside to work on the check valve in our water pump, seeing as how it was supposed to be “Partly Cloudy and Windy”. This is what it looked like at 2:15 in the afternoon.

More Bad Weather

At least they got the “Windy” right.

When it started raining about 5 minutes after I got outside, I decided that it was a good time for a nap instead.

Then, after a very nice nap, Jan and I headed out for Pearland about 4pm to meet our good friends Bonnie and Richard at Spring Creek BBQ.. Jan and Bonnie were co-workers a while back and we always get together when we’re in Houston. Along with Bonnie and Richard were Richard’s brother and his wife, who we were meeting for the first time. Nice people and we had a good time getting to know them.

We finished up the evening back at Bonnie’s with some of her great coffee and two great homemade pies, a Banana Cream and a Sour Cream Raisin, and topped it off with a delicious white dessert wine.

After a great evening, we got home about 9:45pm, closing out a very long day.

January 20, 2013

Chicken and Seafood . . .

I spent a good part of the morning on some small projects around the rig, and working on a client’s computer.

About 12:30 I put half a dozen skinless, boneless chicken breasts in the slow cooker to poach them for future use. Only took a few hours because I cut them in half this time to speed things up. Just put them in a chicken broth/water mixture along with salt and pepper. A sample tasted really good, and we’ll be using these in some upcoming soup meals.

About 4pm Jan and I drove down a few spaces here at Galveston Bay RV Park to pick up Dick and Lillis Palmer, some new friends we met here. We were heading up to Floyd’s Cajun Seafood, probably our favorite local Cajun place. We been eating here since the day it opened about 10 years ago, and have known the owner since that time.

‘Floyd’ is Floyd Landry, one of the Landry brothers who started the Landry’s Seafood chain, after which they sold it to Tilman Fertitta in 1986. They now have 24 locations around the country.

As usual when we bring people here, Dick and Lillis really enjoyed it. We were glad, because you always hate to take someone to a restaurant you really like, and then get bad food or bad service.

After a really good meal and a great time getting to know Dick and Lillis, we headed home around 6pm. Along the way we made a date to have Chinese in a week or so. Really looking forward to it.

Back home I worked on getting the client’s data off his old machine moved over to the new one. Hopefully I’ll be finished up soon.

January 20, 2014

Another Oldie, But Goodie . . .

I was up a little early this morning since I had clients to see, but I still had time for coffee, muffins, and sitting outside with Jan and Mister for a while. Then it was off to work.

My first stop was up in Pasadena for another one of my yearly client visits. She has 2 laptops, and another one of my oldie, but goodies. Like another client earlier this month, she has a desktop computer that I built and delivered in July of 2005. I always try to build them to last, but this is really pushing it.

So much so, that I recommended that it was probably about time to consider upgrading, especially since she’s still running XP on this machine and support is falling off fast. I cleaned up her two laptops and fixed a couple of problems But I didn’t really do anything with the old desktop, since I’m going to give her a quote on a new machine in the next day or two.

Before I left I also checked to be sure that her Epson Workforce 520 printer and her HP 4850 Scanner both have Win8 drivers available so they won’t have to be replaced with the new machine.

One thing about working on Jean’s computers is that she always sends me home with freshly baked treats, in this case, warm Oatmeal-Applesauce Muffins.

Jean Cahn Muffins

They’re going to be great for breakfast the next several mornings. Yummm!

Then I was off to another client in the Pasadena area to drop off the laptop that I had finally removed the Conduit Search malware. I’m sure Tricia was glad to have it back, and I was glad to see it go.

Then I was off to the client’s office where I worked Saturday night, to see if my fixes and updates were still doing OK. No problems so far.

I headed back to the rig about 4:30 and then Jan and I drove up to Seabrook to have dinner at Hooter’s.

Jan had the Chicken Strips with 911 sauce, which used to be one of their hottest before they added a number of new ones. She also got an order of their new Mega Fries that we shared. I had my usual 10 wings, all drums, naked, with the new Triple Dog Dare sauce (now their hottest) with a side of their also-new Chipotle Honey sauce.

Hooter's Wings

BTW  “naked’ wings means they don’t have any breading on them.

Get your minds out of the gutter.

Under the heading of  “Yeah, that sounds right to me”, I think my problem is that my brain has gotten so full that stuff has started falling out the other side.

January 20, 2015

Well, the salad bar was good . . .

After working on some web stuff, I went outside to work on a couple of projects, one of which was to re-attach my tailpipe to my muffler. I had knocked it loose a while ago when I backed into an embankment behind our site while trying to not hit the overhanging limbs. I put a metal strap on it to keep it from falling completely off while I tried to come up with a way to re-attach it.

Finally came up with this: Two large stainless steel circle clamps holding four angle brackets around the base of the tailpipe (you can only see the top two). I’ve still got to put a screw in the top left one, but I need to dig out my right-angle drill chuck so I can get a drill bit in there.

Tailpipe Repair

Then I pre-drilled holes through the brackets into the end of the muffler and screwed in large sheet metal screws. So actually it’s now more stable than it was to start with.

Then I went over to Randy’s Monaco to help with a leveler jack problem. He got stuck in the mud a couple of weeks ago when we were all at the Lake Conroe TT, as it pretty much rained the whole time we were there.

Since he was kind of sunk in, as he was being towed out, one of his leveler pads had the base pulled off of it.

Monaco Levelers

His looks like this except his has four springs, not two. As it turns out, the pad is only held on to the hydraulic piston by the force on the springs. So the base pad was now just hanging off to the side.

It took a while but by using a pry bar and several large wrenches we were able to lever the pad down and over so that it popped back in place. Glad I could help.

About 4pm Jan and I drove into Columbus to have dinner at Nancy’s Steakhouse. We’d heard good things about the place ever since we started coming out here, but it was our first time. It was a plus for us that Nancy’s is owned by the same people who own Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant right across the street. But unfortunately, for us, that’s about as far as it went. Like I said, the salad bar was really good, but it was pretty much downhill after that.

Jan’s Sirloin Strip was definitely not the Medium-Well she ordered. More like just over the other side of Well, and tough and chewy with a lot of fat.

My 12oz Ribeye was done Medium-Rare as I ordered, but was not very tender and had a lot of gristle in it.  All in all, a pretty poor example of a $24 steak. Not anywhere near as good as our steaks a couple of weeks ago at Saltgrass, or Jan’s steak this past weekend at Longhorn Steakhouse.

In fact when we were at the Golden Corral in Conroe three weeks ago or so, they had 5oz Sirloin Ends that were delicious, some of the best steak I’ve had anywhere in a long time. Jan wondered why they would have steak that good on a $12 buffet. I figured that there’s not a big market for 5oz. Sirloin Ends in a restaurant.

If this was a cheaper place, we’d probably give them a second chance, but at over $60 for the meal (with tip), it’s not worth another try. Between Los Cabos, Sealand Seafood, Peter’s BBQ, and Schobel’s, there’s enough good places around here to make up for it.

And speaking of Schobel’s, Jan and I, along with Randy, are going to go have breakfast there tomorrow morning about 9am, before we head back to Conroe later in the day.

Coming home, I got gas in the truck for $1.71, and saw diesel for $2.39. Nice.

January 20, 2016

Lego my Lego . . .

Even though it rained heavily overnight, and it was still cloudy this morning, we still wanted to get our walk in, so we headed out, wearing long sleeves. But about halfway around our 1 mile loop, the sun came out . . . and it got HOT.

So after our mid-walk break for coffee and breakfast, we both changed into short sleeves for the rest of our walk. And at 1.65 miles, the same as yesterday, and 25:47 min/miles, only two seconds slower than yesterday, it was a good walk. But that may be it until Friday since we’re looking at thunderstorms tonight and all day tomorrow.

But it is weather after all, so who knows.

Right before we left on our walk, Janice and Dave Evans dropped by to say ‘Hi’ on their way home from getting groceries. We made plans to get together for dinner sometime soon. Looking forward to it.

Later, back at the rig, I put in a call to a local glass place to see about them coming out to the park and remounting the passenger side windshield of the rig. Back last year during our blow-out repair in Prescott, AZ, the repair shop managed to crack the windshield during the repairs. And now it had started coming loose.

Windshield made it all the way through the blow-out itself, the very rough ride as I brought the rig to a stop on the shoulder, and the rocky ride on the trailer on the way to the repair shop.

BlowOut TowTruck 2_thumb[4]

15,000 Pound Jack_thumb[13]

But the repair place used a 15,000 pound jack like this one to lift the front of the rig about 4 feet off the ground to work underneath. And somehow along the way, they torqued the front end enough to crack the glass.

Ironically, this same windshield had been replaced just a year earlier while we were up in Elkhart, IN in 2014, after it was cracked when the rig was tilted over during a rear axle inner wheel seal replacement.

And then in 2008, the driver’s side was cracked when we leveled the rig in 10° weather while up in Whitehouse, YT.

The glass shop guy had me text him some photos of the separation. The main one looks like this.

Windshield Repair 1_thumb[2]

This is the top right corner of the windshield where the glass and the gasket have pulled away from the frame. So now I’ll just wait to hear from the glass guy.

Later I changed out my EVO canister filter for the first time since last August, right before we left to gate guard. It seemed like our water pressure was down a little, so I dug out my spare cartridge and headed outside.

And this is what I found.

Water Filter New and Used_thumb[2]

This is a 5 micron filter and it seems to do a good job cleaning up the shore water. And the color change shows that. And the fact that the old one is about twice as heavy as the new one. This is the second filter I’ve replaced, with the first one lasting a little over 4 months and this one lasting 5 months. Not bad, I guess.

For dinner Jan heated up our leftovers from last night’s Vernon’s Kuntry Katfish visit, with catfish, hushpuppies, fried okra, and some of her loaded baked potato, it was plenty.

Vernon's Leftovers_thumb[8]

Jan also heated up a can of BUSH’S Bourbon and Brown Sugar Grillin’ Beans to round out a really good meal.

Wrapping up for today, here’s something really neat. It’s a tear-drop style camper built from 215,158 Lego blocks.


It has working lights, running water and Lego food on the stove.



And you can read the whole story here: Lego Camper

Tomorrow we plan on having dinner and a movie at the Star Cinema Grill here in Conroe. We’ve been at the one in Webster, TX a number of times, but this will be a first for the Conroe one.

The Star Cinema Grill is the perfect combo for a evening out, with no rushing from dinner to make the movie on time, because it’s all in the same place.

The menu is on the same scale as an Applebee’s or Chili’s, and at least at the one in Webster, it’s always been good.

I’ll have more tomorrow.

January 20, 2017

Moving Day . . .

Things started moving fast this morning, and so did we.

I had just gotten to sleep after my 12 hour shift when I started getting texts from Todd, our SiteWatch supervisor, pretty much upending everything.

Rather than close the pad gate where I’ve worked for the last few days, the CM reopened it for days only until the frack starts. But the big change is that Todd wanted us to turn around from night shift to day shift. Which means that today’s turn-around day  is maybe the only chance we’ll have to move over to Westhoff.

So after about 4 hours of sleep I was up a little after 11 so we could have one last meal at Barth’s. Then it was back to the rig by 12:30, and we were on our way by 2pm.

I had called ahead to the Westhoff RV Park and was told to just pick a site when we got there. So we did.

But it was all downhill from there. The park owner, Jan says he was creepy, was upset that we were in a ‘big, heavy’ motorcoach and were making deep ruts in his grass sites. Of course this was because the ground was soaked due to all the rain we’ve had in the last week.

Finally he asked us to move to another site where, not surprisingly, we also left deep ruts. At this point he continued to fuss and complain about how much trouble it was going to be to fill those ruts. At this point Jan got fed up and said, “Would you like us to leave?” He thought for a couple of seconds and said, “I think that would be best.” and then gave us our $240 check back. So we left, making more ruts getting out of the park.

So he ended up with the same ruts, but now he had no money. I’m not sure he thought this through.

But we later found a very nice RV park near Cuero, for $250/ month with free Wi-Fi. It’s only about 20 minutes from the gate. But even better it’s only 3 minutes from Whataburger.

January 20, 2018

They’re Always Watching . . .

I saw an article recently that Texas set all-time electricity usage records during the recent cold snap. But unlike other areas of the country that suffered blackouts due to an overloaded grid, Texas had no such problems.

And at least part of that is due to the fact that Texas is not part of the nationwide grid, but maintains its own network called ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas). This lets them operate without worrying about those pesky Federal regulations and much more reliably.

This record usage showed here at the RV park as well. Normally our park voltage runs between 123 and 125 volts. But during the coldest period, when we had all three of our heaters running, the voltage was running around 110 – 112 volts.

We met Chris and Linda up at the Webster Cheddar’s at 12:30, luckily getting there right ahead of the crowd, so we got right in. Miss Piper had decided that she’d rather spend the day in Galveston with friends.

Her loss.

Chris got the Cornmeal Catfish Fillets, while Linda got her favorite Chicken Pot Pie. Jan of course got her usual favorite Key West Chicken with Shrimp,

Cheddar's Key West Chicken and Shrimp

and I again got the 4 Vegetable Plate with the House Salad.

Cheddar's Veggies

Really good. Cheddar’s does veggies as good or better than Cracker Barrel.

After a nice, leisurely meal Jan and I  had planned to go by Wal-Mart for some things, but when we came out of the restaurant, it was pouring down rain so we just headed home.

There’s always tomorrow.

Chris brought our mail with him so after we got home we gingerly sorted through it, looking for hospital/doctor bills for Jan’s recent stay. But so far, nothing.

Keeping our fingers crossed.

Yesterday at work I was watching a two hour YouTube video concerning some new software I’m thinking about purchasing for my client, and I was about 45 minutes in when I stopped to head home.

Then this afternoon I thought I’d pick up where I left off, but thinking I’d have to start and stop until I found the right starting point. But to my surprise, when I called it up here at home, it started up at the exact point where I stopped it at work.

Remember, they’re always watching.

January 20, 2019

At Least He Still Has All His Teeth . . .

After a somewhat cold night, officially 33° but we still had ice in the puddles when we went outside, we left for Landon’s hockey practice at 11:15am.

Originally Miss Piper was going to ride up with us, but she became otherwise engaged, so we were on our own.

We met Brandi, Lowell, and Landon about 12:30 at the Sugarland Ice Rink for the 1 hour practice. This is Landon’s 3rd year of the sport and his improvement is really noticeable. The only thing he still has a little trouble with is the whole ‘skating backward’ thing.

But I’ve always thought that the big attraction for kids playing hockey is for the same reason that we played roller skate street hockey when I was a kid.

It’s a good excuse to hit other kids with sticks. Of course, then they hit you back. I think our version was a lot rougher too, because we weren’t bundled up like the Michelin Man, with all the padding.

Just skates, shorts, T-shirts, and a big stick.

You know what they say, “There’s no crying in hockey”. Well, actually there was some.

There are no pictures of Landon’s hockey prowess because I forgot to take my phone. And my backup camera (you just knew that I would have a backup camera, didn’t you?) that I keep in the truck, one like this, a 5 megapixel one with a 4X  optical zoom,

Emprex 5.0 MegaPixel Backup Camera

wasn’t quite up to the task.

Well, the camera was fine, but the two AA batteries had died. I leave them out of the camera because even Off, it draws enough current to run them down after a while. So at least they corroded in the Ziplock bag and not in the camera.

When the practice was over at 1:30 we headed over to the nearby Floyd’s Cajun Seafood for lunch, the same one we ate at a couple of weeks ago before the Mannheim Steamroller concert.

Today, as then, we got the same thing, a dozen Raw Oysters,

Floyd's Raw Oysters 2

with Jan’s Grilled Catfish Filets and Grilled Veggies,

Floyd's Grilled Catfish and Veggies

and my favorite, the Shrimp Gumbo, also with the Grilled Veggies.

Floyd's Shrimp Gumbo and Grilled Veggies

But since we didn’t really have any breakfast before we left this morning, Jan started off with a Side Salad.

Floyd's Side Salad

We’ve never had a bad meal at any of the Floyd’s we’ve eaten at. It’s well worth a visit.

And no, Floyd doesn’t pay me to post this. I wish he did.

And unfortunately, we just missed seeing him. The hostess said he was by last week, checking things out. He normally hangs out at his original Beaumont location where we’ve stopped off a couple of times to see him.

For new readers, Floyd is Floyd Landry, who we’ve known since the 1990’s. He and his brothers started the Landry Seafood restaurants before they sold out to Tilman Fertitta over 20 years ago, where it became the founding restaurant of his large entertainment corporation.

Landry’s now consists of about 65 different restaurant chains, like Saltgrass, Claim Jumpers, Bubba Gump’s, the Rainforest Café, Willie G’s, Joe’s Crab Shack, and the list goes on.

And if that’s not enough, Tilman owns a Rolls-Royce dealership, the Golden Nugget Casino chain, the Houston Rockets, two amusement parks, a Houston skyscraper (under construction), and the Tower of The Americas


in San Antonio.

I’m actually surprised the Alamo isn’t on this list. And since Landry’s is a privately-held corporation, he owns it all.

And he got his start peeling shrimp in his father’s Galveston seafood restaurant.

I wonder if he’ll adopt me?

January 20, 2020

Next Up . . .

Now that I’m in a holding pattern until we do our oil leak test drive this Sunday, I’m thinking about what’s up next on my agenda. And right I’ve two items on that list.

First up and pretty straightforward, is to drain the old green coolant out of our rig’s Cummins engine and replace it with the newer red version. The main reason for this is that it has become almost impossible to find the green version in stock anywhere.

The last time I checked O’Reilly’s and AutoZone, neither even listed it in their catalog. Last April I did order a gallon of the Zerex version from Amazon, but it’s a dead page now.

Even when I go to the Valvoline (Zerex) website, it does list it, but the Buy Now button goes nowhere, and when you try to use the site to locate a local retailer, it lists No Locations. So I guess I can take a hint.

The only real problem is that I’ve got two different methods from the Cummins techs. One, the quick and dirty version, is to just drain the green, replace the coolant filter, and fill it up with 11 quarts of the red.

I was surprised to find out that the WF2123 coolant filter is about $80 on Amazon, but I can get new ones on eBay for about $35. Much better.

But another Cummins tech told me to drain the green, replace it with 11 qts. of distilled water, and then run the engine for about 15 minutes. After that, replace the filter and dump in the red version.

Since the latter one only involves the extra cost of 3 gallons of distilled water and a little extra time, that’s the one I’ll use.

But I’ll probably wait until after our Alabama trip the first part of February, but before our Alabama/Florida trip the first part of June.

Second, and the biggie, is to get back to looking at our Onan Generator problem. Even though I ran the the fuel flow test on it, I’m going to ahead and replace the fuel pump and the fuel filter since I already have them. The reason I already have them is that everyone told me, including Cummins, that since it just shut down one day on a trip and wouldn’t restart, this is the first place to start.

If replacing the pump/filter doesn’t fix the problem, then I have a few more things to check before I call for help. Luckily there is an Onan repair shop about 15 minutes from here, so I’ll see if they’ve got a tech who can come out and take a look at it.

In the back of my mind is the fact that this is a 20 year old genset, and at some point putting a lot of money into it might not be a good idea. In fact for about $800 I can buy an equivalent wattage electric start portable generator to mount in its place.

Westinghouse Generator

Though it’s gas and not diesel, the specs say a full tank of gas will run the genset for about 13 hours. This means about two days of our normal travel, so not a big problem.

So I’ll see how it goes. But we won’t need it until our June trip.

January 20, 2021

Don’t Throw This Away . . .

I mentioned the other day about our $600 Stimulus checks finally showing up. Though a lot of people got a direct deposit right into their bank account, both this one and the one back in May came by mail for us.

But it turns out that a lot of people are getting theirs in the mail another way. And they’re throwing them away, thinking it was a scam.

Some people are inadvertently throwing away stimulus check debit cards, th

They look like this –

IRS Stimulus Debit Card

If you accidentally threw yours away, you can request a new one by calling the IRS, if you can get through.

January 20, 2022

Just Dam . . .

Yesterday afternoon I noticed that the CR2 battery in our Switchbot coffeemaker controller was just about dead. So after I found I didn’t have another one, I went on Amazon a few minutes before 5pm to order some more.

I found a 4 pack and found it would be delivered between 5 and 10 that evening. And the order showed up at 8:15.

Very nice.

On the other hand, the United States Post Office can’t quite keep up.

Last Monday, the 10th, I put a birthday card in the mail to an old friend in south Alabama, thinking there would be no problem with her getting it by her birthday on Friday, the 14th.

Nope. Didn’t happen.

It finally showed up yesterday on Wednesday the 19th.

Great Job, PO!

Maybe we should let Amazon deliver the mail.

Now back to last weekend’s family get-together up in Kingsland.

Saturday morning we all (except for Piper and Derek who hadn’t arrived yet) together for breakfast at the Dam Grille. The Dam Grille is right down the road from the Dam Pub, the Dam Barber Shop, and the Dam Hardware Store.

If you’re sensing a pattern here, it’s because all of these places are located near Buchanan Dam.

We’ve eaten here before and it’s always good. And this morning was no exception.

Kingsland Dam Grille Greg

I had a 3 egg omelet while Jan got a scrambled egg plate. And we ordered a stack of their Caramel Pecan Pancakes to share around the table.

Kingsland Dam Grille Pancakes

Heading back to Chris’ we stopped off to watch the waves on Inks Lake. With the front coming through we were getting wind gusts in the 60’s, and not just whitecaps, but waves crashing onto the beach.

Buchanan Lake Waves

Back at Chris’ we watched Chris and Landon play with Landon’s Oculus VR glasses.

Kingsland Chris VR Googles

They were having a lot of fun, but it was really entertaining to watch them dancing around, waving their arms in the air.

Later, after Piper and Derek showed up, we headed out for dinner at the Boat Town Burger Bar.

Kingsland Boat Town Burger Bar

Really, really good burgers.

January 20, 2023

I Wish I’d Known . . .

Just as I was leaving for work this morning I got a call from Roland saying our Jeep was ready. As I said last week, the engine rebuild was done and working fine, but they kept seeing a weird Check Engine code saying that the oil pressure was fluctuating wildly, going from 0 psi to 120 psi. But when they checked the oil pressure with an actual gauge, it was fine.

They replaced the sensor twice with no luck. The CE light would go away for a day or so and then suddenly pop up again.

The last time I talked to him he said they were calling in an automotive electrical specialist to take a look at it. And apparently he figured it out. And I wished I’d been told what he found out.

Turns out that while the engine was out of the Jeep, someone pressure-washed the engine compartment and all of the disconnected wiring harness plugs as well. So they used a high-pressure airgun to dry out all the plugs and the harness wires. And that seems to have fixed the problem, since the CE light has not reappeared for the last 4 days.

I had something very similar happen to us when we were on our way to Alaska in 2008. Passing through Canada, we blew a hydraulic hose on the system that powered our engine cooling fan and power steering, spewing fluid all over the engine compartment.

So the mechanic had to wash things down to even be able to see the problem. But after the repair, I did have some weird problems and funny gauge readings until I went through and sprayed WD-40 on every wire and connector I could find. And this fixed the problem.

BTW the WD in WD-40 stands for Water Dispersant so it’s great for getting moisture out of stuff. And it has a dielectric rating of 30,000 volts or more so it’s good for ignition systems too

But it’s good to have our baby back.

Jan drove the Jeep home while I stopped off at the CircleK to top off the gas tank and add a bottle of Stabil to the tank before we put Old Faithful back into hibernation until the next time we need her. I also keep a float charger on the battery so she’s always ready to go.

Our daughter Brandi called this morning, saying that Landon is setting up his 8th grade classes for next year, and he’s taking an Engineering class and Spanish, as well as the usual stuff. He would also like to take Home Ec but doesn’t want to be the only guy.

Also Landon and his BFF Sophie are learning Swedish using an online course. Sophie’s grandparents live in Sweden and Sophie has visited them there. Turns out that the reason they’re taking Swedish is so that they can talk to each other without anybody else understanding them.

Back in my day, we just used Pig Latin.