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Little Bears

My Sis in Law getting some use out of the DTB.

My Sis in Law getting some use out of the DTB.

I wrote some months back about my frustration with Yamaha Motorsports and the fruitless attempt to get my ailing Yamaha EF2000iS properly lined out.  My solution to their desultory customer service was to plan on selling Little Blue and replacing it with a Honda EU2000I 2000 Watt Super Quiet Inverter Generator. For those late to the game, Little Blue started leaking prodigious amounts of oil around 1600 hours of use.   The game plan with My Bro at the Secret Hideout these last few years has been to mirror each other’s purchases when it comes to needful items like bowling balls and generators.  After all, two is one and one is none. On my recommendation he bought a twin to Little Blue.

Last week, he emailed me and asked

“What prices are you seeing on the Honda 2000 generator?”

I wrote back “Honda keeps a pretty tight rein on their dealers and the prices are about the same across the board.  Expect right around $1000.   Has the Yamaha gone to hell?”

He said “It is leaking oil in just about the same place as yours as far as I can tell.”

me: “How many hours?”

him: “Right around 1800.”

me: “That sucks!”

him: “Ah well, you learn to take the good with the bad. Sorta like watching your mother-in-law drive off a cliff in your brand new car.”

Hmmm, does that seem highly coincidental to any one besides me?  Not being one to procrastinate, he went to the local John Deere house and bought a Honda 2000 for $999.   Remains to be seen whether he will attempt to get Yamaha Motorsports to honor their warranty or just put Blue II on CraigsList with the problems noted and get shut of it.

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This next little bit may  wad some panties but it is what it is.  I am not a conformist but I am not stupid either.  When we fell of south into the Puckerbrush several years back it was almost like moving to a different country.  Texas is just like that.  The Piney Woods to the east,  the Redneck Riviera to the south, the flat crazy-wind plains of the Panhandle, the High Desert of West Texas and then there is South Texas.  The Puckerbrush where everything sticks or bites, it is best to pick up a smatter of Border Spanglish to get by and the weather is a combo of everything bad you ever had night sweats about.  I got wise pretty quick that what I knew about boondocking up north was not quite good enough to get by down here.  Hell,  newb gate guards would roll in here from Ohio or Arkansas or wherever and blow out 2-3 tires on their first trip down a caliche lease road. They would open their RV door and see a buzztail catching sun on their outdoor carpet and  cower inside until their Supervisor showed up to kill it.  I wasn’t quite that naive or unprepared but I knew enough to observe and watch and learn.  I didn’t know it all, OK?

The old hands were a wealth of knowledge and I quizzed them about tires, snake habits and just general gettin’ by affairs at every opportunity.  These old dogs down here are as tough as woodpecker lips for a reason.

So it come to pass one of my regular guys here on the lease is a gauger named Jody  that had worked the Marcellus Shale up in Pennsylvania ie. he was a Yankee.  Young fella, early 30’s maybe, and from the get go he displayed some stereotypic Yankee traits meaning he knew it all and he was a complainer. His favorite way of adding to any conversation started with “Well, up north we did it this way…….”  implying us itinerant Texans needed to clue up and understand we were mostly ignorant humans.  Flew all over me  every time.   Even so, I went out of my way to try and help the bull headed man.

Snakes have been particularly bad this Spring and I warned Jody about that.   These generators and massive hunks of steel pumpjacks attract snakes like a magnet on a cool night. His reply?  “We have snakes in Pennsylvania.”  Alrighty then.  A few nights later he rolled up and cranked down the window to chat.

him: “You see the snake Tim killed over here earlier tonight?”

me: “Yes sir”   Mr. Tim had stopped by on his way out to show me the Diamondback.   It was a noteworthy snake, all of 6′ long and its’ body as thick as my lower leg.  It filled a 5 gallon bucket and then some; 12 rattles on that big boy.

him:  “You see the head on that thing?” and he shuddered involuntarily.  A Western Diamondback has a particularly sinister looking head even for a pit viper.  They are a broad, triangular shape  and just look scary bad.  This one had the biggest head I had ever seen.

me: (knowing full well they don’t have diamondbacks in PA.)  “That rascal wasn’t no Pennsylvania snake was it?”

him: “Oh HELL no.”

me: “I hope you got a good light.   Don’t walk nowhere you can’t see bare ground.”

I could tell he was thinking on that when he drove off.

Sunday two weeks ago he pulled up and I said we had a tornado warning out and he looked at me with pure disdain and said “Should I be worried?”  Smug Bastard.

me: “This is spring time and we are in Tornado Alley. So yeah, I would be paying extry attention.”

him: “Nuh uh. Tornado Alley is Oklahoma.”

me:  “Your geography sucks Skippy.  Texas is Tornado Alley too and even though DFW and north see more tornadoes than down here we have our share. The #2 and #3 worst tornadoes of all time in Texas were at Goliad and Rocksprings.”   Christ on a cracker, this man is eat up with dumb ass. I don’t know if there is any salvage possible or not.

Finally, Tuesday night he came rolling out  after midnight and instead of a wave and gettin’ on out the gate, the window went down.  I walked up to the truck and his eyes were as big as saucers.

This is NOT a little bear, OK?

This is NOT a little bear, OK?

him: “I just saw a bear!”  Now we have lots of critters here -lots- but bears ain’t part of the mix. Color me skeptical.

me: “Where?”

him: “Just right back there by that second speed limit sign. It crossed the road right in front of me.” That made sense.  There is a major game trail through the Puckerbrush that crosses the road right at that spot. I have seen all manner of critters crossing there.

me:  “What did it look like Jody?”

him: “It was a little bear and it walked sorta slow and all humped up right in front of me.”

I processed what he said and it hit me and I laughed out loud.

me:  “You are such a Yankee ‘tard.  That was a javelina dude. A collared peccary, a stink pig. They cross down there all the time.”

He looked at me with disbelieving eyes and I said “Google up javelina on that smart phone of yours. You will see I am right.”  I waved a hand and went back in The Princess Palace to try and get some rest.

A little bear—  LOL.  I heard it all now.

 

End Note: Snake Bit by Slim Bawb from the Pardon Me cd

 

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10 comments to Little Bears

  • Joel

    My lovely and talented daughter put this post on FB on Friday:

    “You know you live in Arizona when it’s still hot at your 8pm soccer game and you have to stop the action to get a rattlesnake off the field.”

    Sounds like life in Tucson isn’t that different from South Texas.

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    • Andy

      I agree Joel. AZ would be my second choice to live after TX>

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  • Byron Eckhart

    Andy,

    I research the heck out of stuff before laying out hard earned cash. Maybe it is the thrill of the hunt. That is how I decided to go with the Honda EU2000. Actually bought a second unit because the AC (13500 btu) really needs the additional power of two units to run without possible damage. One EU2000 would start the Air Conditioner around San Antonio on a 85 degree day but I had to manage other appliances like the fridge to gas, converter off, etc. and I picked up a second one. Now I have portability if I need tools away from the RV etc. I maintain them and frequent the EU2000 forum for wisdom. I have had them for several years and am satisfied so far. I haven’t worked them for days and days but have read they do hold up well. Again proper maintenance is key. The EU3000 is another option but heavy.

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    • Andy

      Hi Byron

      What led you to choose the Honda over the Yamaha initially?

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  • Byron

    Andy,

    Really was a toss up. The thought was initially to have a low fuel consumption inverter generator for low rpm power needs. My original need was running radio equipment, a few lights, fridge and other basic comfort items during power outages. The EU2000 met those requirements. Cost was another point due the Honda being on sale at Mayberry.com and Wisesales.com periodically with no sales tax and almost free shipping. I remember there being a $15 packing fee. After reading the reviews for months on Forest River forum, Airstream forum and Eham reviews, I simply chose red over blue. Seems like I remember the Honda having a tad bigger engine but my memory may be bad on that point. Also I knew I wanted two and the Honda Companion was my next choice, got it about a year later. I did my own camo paint job on the red “Steal Me” generator so it looks all beat up and trashed out. Some think I was crazy to paint it but I put ‘Plastidip’ on the first coat and camo on top. It is ugly but I really think it deters thieves looking to make a quick buck!

    Some folks say they have several thousand hours on theirs, that was probably the main thing that kept ringing in my ears. Also the extended run is easy on these vacuum fuel systems along with the parallel capability. Long answer to a short question but that’s my reasoning.

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    • Andy

      Thanks Byron,

      Is my world, the actual life of a Yamaha 2000 is < 2000 hrs or 3 months continuous use. Harsh facts but try to dissuade me since I experienced it X2. The Honda has a bigger motor, it has a fuel pump. The Yamaha has a fuel shutoff, the Honda doesn't. I have never seen a Yamaha generator in the oil patch. I see plenty of Hondas. Yamaha LOST my business forever and I will continue to be vocal about their sad failings.

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  • Vince

    Morn’n Andy,

    That big storm I’m seeing on the net dumping on you?

    Wife and I going to be out Seguin way mid Sept. Looking for a piece of property
    to settle on for retirement. Oh, and we’ll be look’n for a cold beer too.

    Vince

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    • Andy

      I ain’t seeing it yet Vince. Weather radio is quiet but we do have severe weather anticipated tonight.

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  • Rick

    Andy,

    Please don’t judge all Yankees by your local turd example. Sounds more like a millenial issue to me.

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    • Andy

      Rick
      I don’t. Some people just exceed all expectations.

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