It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Finding Lost And Found, One Last Look, Surprising Happy Hour.


Our Location today is Phoenix International Speedway, Avondale, Arizona, U.S.A. 

It was probably the Truck Stop sound of all the Generators that were running that had me up before 8:00 this morning. Since our arrival at the Rally with all the cold night time temperatures we really haven’t been in much of a hurry at getting up to have a chilly start to our day. This was different because it was the last day that there would be Trash Pick Up for this Rally. You read that correctly Trash Pick Up at a Rally. We have never experienced that before so unlike our neighbours who have taken advantage of this on a daily routine we waited until today. That meant putting on cold clothes before heading outside to place it ahead of our RV. 

As we enjoyed our breakfast we were watching a steady stream of RVs pulling out heading to places unknown. By the time we had finished our morning reading and chores there were large areas of the parking lot with no RVs left. 
The other night when we were leaving the concert by “The Swingtips” we had only walked a few feet when I realized the Lens Cap was missing off the camera. With Kathy watching our chairs I immediately returned with a flashlight to where we had been sitting to find Nothing. Yesterday had returned in the morning and found Nothing again. Later in the day I had inquired with Security if a Lens Cap had been recovered or turned in and the answer was No. Kathy wanted to do some rearranging in her pantry this morning so she suggested I give it one more try. 

Arriving at the Security Office they suggested trying the Good Sam Hospitality Tent which involved walking nearly to the far end of the Rally. When I inquired at the tent they suggested trying the Good Sam Rally Office in a trailer half way back to the gate. When I got to the trailer it was being closed down by Raceway Employees. When I mentioned I was looking for a lost article they directed me to the Rally Ticket Booth which was also doubling as Lost and Found just outside of the gate. Finally reaching the Rally Ticket Booth as soon as I mentioned I what I was looking for the clerk said he found it himself. That meant he had found it within seconds of us leaving the Concert and nobody else had stepped on it in the dark. 
Back Home Kathy was happy to hear the good news. Minutes later we worked together to make a Scrambled Egg Omelet with Maple Cure Sausage and Toast for lunch. Needless-to-say it was all delicious. 

As soon as we’d finished cleaning the dishes we decided to take one final walk around the RV Rally. We found a number of RVs marked as sold and locked but we actually saw one that was so popular it had the names of six couples that were ordering that particular model. There were a number of Vendors Trailers that were already gone. Inside the Vendors Tent there was still plenty of activity happening but you could see the tired look on most of the Vendor’s faces. 

When we walked by the Camping World tent Kathy was almost disappointed to see the one Camping Chair that she found really comfortable not being displayed. When she inquired the one salesperson looked and found one in the bottom of a box. There was no arm twisting involved, that chair just followed us Home where Kathy immediately tested it out. 
Kathy testing her new chair.
As we were sitting outside we watched in horror as a beautiful A Class motorhome was heading for the exit with his Batwing Antenna in the up position. Luckily enough people were waving it down that it stopped and lowered it before reaching the gate. 

We thought that we’d surprise Jan and Bill and show up for Happy Hour. Imagine our surprise when we arrived to find their neighbour Curtis sitting outside his own trailer saying they had already gone back to Casa Grande because Bill has not been feeling well. Instead of leaving we enjoyed talking with Curtis until we started getting some strong Wind Gusts. We’ll be attending the Escapade in Tucson so we’ll be seeing Jan, Bill, Curtis and the rest of the gang when we get there. 

Back at Home Kathy started getting things ready for supper while I prepped the truck for towing, loaded the Generator that we didn’t use and put away everything I could outside to make our early departure in the morning possible. 
Back inside the trailer after I washed up I helped prep the Brussels Sprouts for Kathy while she made the Spanish Rice and cooked the Breaded Pork Chops. 
This entire area was filled with RVs yesterday.
Looking outside it is easy to say that Sixty Percent of the RVs have already left the Rally. We have to be at a Jayco Authorized Dealer tomorrow morning when they open so we’ll be setting the Alarm tonight to get there on time. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Krackers 

Words of Inspiration 

I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings. 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Still Learning, Tasty Competition, Great Show and Fireworks.


Our Location today is Phoenix International Speedway, Avondale, Arizona, U.S.A. 

With the temperature dropping down to 37 F (3 C) last night and the fact that we weren’t running any kind of heat, it didn’t take more than a few seconds without the blankets off before they we were pulling them back on. What did surprise me was that it took two extra strength Tylenol to help me close my eyes and my mind down so I would not think about any useless things. I even stayed in bed for a while after the Sun started peaking around the window shades this morning just to be certain I was well rested. With the 7:00 am to 11:00 pm Generator Run Time it still makes you feel like you are camped out at a Truck Stop which does infringe on your ability to rest and to sleep. 
As soon as Kathy was up I turned the one Inverter off and the other one on so that I could use our Big Buddy Catalytic Heater to warm up the inside of the trailer rather than using the inefficient furnace. By the time that we had finished our breakfast and done our morning chores I barely had any time before heading out the door. 
Good Sam joined the party.
It’s not the first time that I’ve attended Product Seminars on RV Disk Brake Conversions and since I’ve been working on Brakes and Old Cars since before I started grade school I was interested in this one. I know the advantages of Disc Brakes over Drum Brakes and on a trailer Electric Drums Brakes. The Stopping Distance that has been proven by testing done by the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) have proven it, which means there will be less wear and tear on the Tow-Vehicle’s Brakes. Time has really brought the pricing down on these kits and if you can do the work yourself that’s even better. We have all experienced someone cutting into our lanes as we are towing and then standing on the brakes without warning. Those are called White Knuckle Rides that you pray you will stop before you hit them. We could be shaking up our plans for next winter on what adjustments we make to our trailer. 
I got back Home just in time for Kathy and I to head out to the Barbecue Cook-Off over behind the Vendors Area. We thought that they only started at Noon but they actually started selling tickets for Samplers at 9:00 this morning. Kathy and I cheated and bought ten tickets but only used one ticket at each competitor and we shared the Sample. We definitely had our favourites picked out but by noon many competitors were starting to run out of their Samples. By the time we had finished those ten Samples there was no need for lunch other then a soda when we got back Home. 
When we got Home we once again needed open windows to cool the trailer down. It was only 63 F (17 C) outside but with no wind and bright Sunshine things were finally warming up. We spent time researching other products that had caught our eyes and we were surprised to see a few at a fraction of the cost by buying them Online. 
We were once again out the door by 5:30 this evening as we returned to the Entertainment Area but we made certain to dress for the cooler weather tonight. We however did really mess up tonight by not getting there sooner. We missed hearing the Winners of the Barbecue Competition and the place was packed with onlookers for that reason. It would have been nice to see if our choices were the same as the Judges but we missed out on something else in the process. We couldn’t put our chairs where we could get good pictures.  
Once all the Awards were given out, the Door Prizes pulled and a few more Announcements were made the stage was turned over to “The Real Tones”. This mixed band sang songs from the Fifties to the early Eighties. There was a larger area set up as a Dance Floor tonight but there were still people dancing all around because the Dance Floor was full. 
As much as everyone wanted an Encore the band just couldn’t do it because at exactly 7:30 there was a Fireworks Display that ran for about Fifteen Minutes. This is where we had better seats because everyone had to turn their chairs back towards the mountain putting us near the front of the crowd. 
Even though Kathy still found it chilly outside tonight there was no breeze and the temperature was still 61 F (16 C). Back Home tonight it still sounds like we are in a Truck Stop because everyone around us is running a Generator. Tomorrow is the last day of the Rally so we’ll see how things go from there. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Krackers 

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Your bangs flap when you belch.