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The Week That Was

Resident Roadrunner - No doubt a handsome cocky rascal.

I was sittin’ at the dinette the other morning as usual and noticed a good sized tarantula attempting to cross the road. The Resident Roadrunner soon took interest and went after that tarantula.  He would reach down and give him a good shake and off would pop a tarantula leg.  He repeated it until every leg had been removed from that big ol’ spider.  Then he scooped the octo-amputee up and ran across into the prickly pear – mesquite thicket to feed the young ‘uns.  Resident Roadrunner and the Missus must have a brood of hungry bebes over there because the RR’s are constantly back and forth across the road with all manner of dead critters in their mouths.

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One of the changes in life I have accepted since Miss Kathy drafted me was part of her philosophy on purchasing hard goods.   I had always been one to measure the price of something versus its’ perceived value very closely.  That meant sometimes I bought inferior quality just because it was way cheaper than the top of the line item.   Many times  that inferior item broke or did not perform up to expectations and I would just get so damned frustrated!

These days I lean more toward her way of thinking and I have to say it is working out better.  The hard goods I am buying now  perform better and last longer. Do the research to make sure it is not the most expensive of what you are looking for but the item is in fact, the best.   An additional added benefit is many of the best items are also American Made.  Both Miss K and I may be called foolish and old fashioned but we do seek out the Made in the USA products whenever we can.

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I mentioned a couple of  items in  passing  the other day when I wrote the piece on dry aged steaks .  Both of these products can also be considered as good as it gets as far as how they perform.

A cooler in the back of the Suburban has become a fixture ever since we were on the gate for Forest Oil out at Iraan, TX. It was a 150 mile round trip to the Big Grocery and you had to make sure the grocery was your last stop before going home or you would just be asking for trouble with anything refrigerated.  A cooler solved that problem.   It is usually a shorter trip to the grocery these days and the refrigerated and frozen goods usually provide enough cool that no ice is needed.   If Miss Kathy goes to San Antone or Laredo you better believe she is going to be stopping at one of the Big Grocery stores to pick up many items that are just not available out here in the Boondocks.  A small block of dry ice will keep the stuff cold for days if need be.

The Yeti Tundra 50 Quart Cooler is the mac daddy of coolers and down here in the oil patch, it is the preferred cooler as well.  Seems like a Yeti cooler and a Ford Super Duty just naturally go together.  Everything about them is heavy duty and built to last.  I tell you what, if it can stand up to roughneck abuse AND the heat of a Texas Summer it has to be top shelf.

I have never been a fan of propane barbecue grills; much preferring a regular old basic charcoal grill.  Sadly, the charcoal grills are just not practical out here on an oil field gate.   Too messy and too much trouble in my book.

A few years back, I was on one of the other recreational vehicle forums and someone recommended the  Weber Q 200 Portable Gas Grill.  I picked one up and to tell you the truth, I have never looked at another grill since. It is compact, it is tough and it cooks like nobody’s business.  I guess that is due to the cast iron cooking grate it uses.  Once you get that heavy rascal heated up, it is going to cook evenly and it is going to cook for awhile.   Sometimes I use it with one of the little green bottles and sometimes I hook it up to a big bottle with an accessory hose.  I’ll give you a hint here.  I always take the green bottle off the grill when I am done cooking. It seems like they leak the gas out if you leave them attached to the grill for a long time.

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Andy at the Piggly Wiggly ca. 1972-1973

A recent post mentioned that my first real job was at a Piggly Wiggly. My friend Joel and one year older alumnus of Oak Ridge High School was kind enough to send me this photo which appeared in (I think) my junior year book.  Hard to believe that was almost 40 years ago.

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I was talking to one of my gate guarding buddies the other day and asked him how the window air conditioner upgrade was working out for him.  He said adding the 6500 btu window A/C to the forward portion of his recreational vehicle had gone well.  So well in fact that he had added a second 5000 btu window air conditioner to the sliding window in his bedroom. He said the advantages were reduced fan noise, less wear and tear on the roof mounted AC units and better temperature control because he now had two distinct cooling zones.

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I wrote a piece the other day about the rating system of Gold Stars at the bottom of every post that said in part ‘The gold stars are a measure of whether or not you (as a blog reader) enjoyed the post. The star ratings are tabulated by the magic smoke thing that lives on my server and results are displayed in the right hand column of the blog. The two selections are aptly named Favorite Posts for the Last Month and Readers Choose Their All Time Faves. Not cleverly clever or even very original; just a means for readers to sift through all my dreck of 3 years spent writing this blog and perhaps glean a pearl or two.

I thought everything was pretty copacetic but maybe not so much.  A recent comment on a post said the reader liked the post so well that he gave it 5 stars.  Hmmmmm….  The posts are rated 1-10 gold stars with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best. Makes sense to me.  So I would figure if you really liked a post you would give it maybe 9 or 10 stars…. or maybe not.   I can take the criticism so if you hate a post— vote it down — but at least get it right as far as what the stars mean.   I hope this clears things up once and for all.

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Gate Guard Hell II - photo by toilet paper delivery boy

To be filed under the category:  If’n you ain’t got pictures did it really happen???   A recent post on crap blowin’ up all around you  failed to include the picture to the right.  Since I failed to prepare properly. Miss Kathy had to come to the rescue and bail my sorry ass out even though she had no vehicle .  So she enlisted the help of some gate guard friends and got ‘er done.   The only stipulation on this picture was that proper credit be given to the picture taker.  See the caption.  🙂  Hehehe, I ain’t proud. It is what it is.

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We had our best month last month as an Amazon Affiliate ever.  It is the first month we have come close to offsetting the bandwidth charges that I have been paying out of pocket for years now.  I don’t mind telling you that the addition of the Forums has increased our bandwidth use considerably and it is doing nothing but increasing every month as more and more users find out about MyOldRV.   Not that I am complaining about the increased usage, not at all.

I just want to publicly thank every single one of you that took the extra step of going through one of our Amazon Buying Links  to make a purchase. It is amazing what a few cents here or a dollar there mount up to over a month’s time.   And as always, a reminder that going through our link adds nothing to your overall cost for the item and anything you purchase during that single visit to Amazon is credited to our account.

Gracias mis amigos!

 

End Note: My Way  by Calvin Russell from A Crack in Time cd.  I am liking this old guy more and more.  I wonder if he is any relation to Tom Russell as there are definite similarities.

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3 comments to The Week That Was

  • Joel

    Andy, the P-W pic was from the 1974 yearbook.

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  • I LOVE my Q200. I have recommended it so many time. You just can’t beat the Q as far as I’m concerned. I enjoy your blog.

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  • MissV

    Ah, young Andy, what a cutie! I too was in D.E.in high school. I had a job at the local Walgreen’s. It wasn’t very glamorous, we had to wear red “smocks” over our clothes, very chic. I once had a guy come in late in the evening and come up to my register and ask me what isle the “rubbers” were on! My 16 year old face turned every shade of red in the universe as I informed him he must go back to the pharmacy to get those. He came back few minutes later with whole box of them and a bottle of Boonesfarm Strawberry Hill Wine. I could hardly stifle my giggles as I checked him out. A few weeks later he came back in with a woman and she bought a home pregnancy test! They were both very somber. True story! So I don’t know what happened with all that. The only thing I learned was that you shouldn’t drink Boonesfarm Strawberry Wine, it might make you pregnant.

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