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Too long in the saddle?

Out and about

Out and about

Y’all know I am set to get by alone more so than most.  6 weeks since the last time I made a supply run and when I emptied one of the 40lb propane tanks on the snout of the NO Princess Palace a week or so ago, I knew it was time to go to town.  I called up my fill-in girl and a date was made for Friday.  Like so many things here in the oil patch, plans change.  She is uncertain of her schedule right now so we cannot even set a second date.  I am going to let it rock on for a week or so to see of she can accommodate before I try to schedule someone else.  I am particular about who I let in here unsupervised with all my stuff.  I just am.

Missing a supply run is not that big a deal.  I can always order canned goods from Amazon Prime Pantry.  I fished the last loaf of Mrs. Baird’s bread out of the chest freezer, boiled a couple of eggs and opened up a mondo largo can of albacore tuna.  Tuna sandwiches on toast -with dill pickles- sounds just fine to me.  Vela Von digs it too. Winner winner chicken dinner!  6 eggs left and nada bacon so I can just about feel the teeth of a hydra upon me.  I am sure I will get out of here to the HEB soon enough.

La Crosse BC-1000 charger transferrin' electrons to some AA batteries

La Crosse BC-1000 charger transferrin’ electrons to some AA batteries

One of the things that used to bedevil me no end was batteries.  I was always forgetting how many things I had that ran on batteries until that somethin’ give out and I tossed the RV upside-down hunting fresh batteries.   The seriousness of such was pointed up just this AM when I pushed the ON button on my camera and nothing.  Lucky for me I have stocked up on Eneloop Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries and a La Crosse Technology BC-1000 Alpha Battery Charger.  Typically, I swap out batteries until I get a good pile of dead ones and then have battery recharge day.  While I was at it this morning I replaced the 2 AA batteries in my Fenix LD22 flashlight. I am near as bad a whore about flashlights as I am knives and I bet I got a hunnert flashlights. I find I reach for my  Fenix LD22 more often than not.  I even velcro’d it to the front end of a small caliber bowling ball when I had a night critter problem on my hands; worked damn dandy.

 

 

Fenix LD22 and a quarter

Fenix LD22 and a quarter

You know, I have to walk that statement back a little bit.  I use the LD22 plenty but I also carry an itty-baby Fenix E05 on the keychain in my pocket.  When you get old, a little illumination often improves the sight picture. And then there is the ThruNite LED Headlamp I wear night walkin’ with Vela Von. Last thing I want to do is run up on a big buzztail soaking up that last bit of heat out of the ground. I would scream like a little girl most likely should that ever happen. Snakes are way worser in the dark; don’t ask me why.

Glacier Tek Coolvest

Glacier Tek Coolvest

This is my least favorite time in Texas right about now. I call it the Summer Sauna.  Certainly, the temps have not been 100+ for days like they will be in July and August but the Sauna hurts me worse I do believe.  What we got now is temps well into the 90’s with humidity percentile in the 70+ range and it just makes it downright miserable outside. You can add 12-15 degrees heat index to the ambient temps on days like these.   A caring reader sent me something to help out with the heat. It is a Glacier Tek Coolvest and it is ummmm,  pretty cool!  It is a vest with 4 cooling packs that will recharge in ice water or your freezer in as little as 20 minutes. I had two concerns when I first saw it –  One, that it was pretty heavy at 5lbs weight and the other was that it would freeze the part it was next to and the rest of me would be sweating rivers.  Both concerns were non-starters.  The weight of the vest is negligible one it is adjusted correctly because the weight is born by your shoulders. There is something about the cool packs that is way different from like a block of ice against you. It is cool but your skin is not cold.  Good stuff!  Matter of fact, Vela Von and me extended our morning walk today by another half mile just because I was feelin’ so froggy-cool! Gracias Doble L!

Dog modified dinette

Dog modified dinette

Life with an aggressive, energetic puppy like Vela Von is not all sweet puppy kisses.  I went to take a shower the other evening and when I got out, she was sitting up on the dinette looking all innocent and shit.  When I walked closer, I discovered she had chewed the edge molding off the dinette during her down time.  WTF dog?  Puppies will be puppies I guess.  I am going to dissuade her of the habit and then just swap the top of the dinette end for end and maybe nobody will notice.  It is a POS dinette anyway;  I have seen teeter totters with better stability.

I have several plans and schemes in the works; some of which are fairly nefarious.  When I try to look to the future, I realize some things are just best taken care of now while it is still fairly easy to do so.  At least one of the schemes has been hatching for a good year or more and I just kept procrastinating about pulling the trigger.  That one is in progress and I will write about it more once it nears fruition. As soon as it is done,  more items will come toward the top of the list.  It seems the To Do list never gets shorter!  At least one of the items occupying my time of late is of the left field variety.  Never saw it coming, not even a bit.

 

End Note:  What’s Going On? by Marvin Gaye from the What’s Going On? cd (1971). Smooth, in the groove Motown from some troubled times back in the day……

“This week marks the 45th anniversary since the release of Whats Goin On a song which evolved out of an idea by Four Tops member Obie Benson whose group turned down the song as they didn’t want a protest song, Obie then handed it to Marvin Gaye, who then wrote the lyrics,and added some spice to the melody, making it his own song by absorbing himself into it, to the extent that when you heard the song you could feel the hurt and pain of the image Marvin projected  within the song.”

 

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5 comments to Too long in the saddle?

  • Joel

    “some of which are fairly nefarious.”

    Intriguing. Any hints?

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    • Andy

      I am not planning on being a security guard using one of those 3-toed canes to get in and out of the RV. More later.

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      • Joel

        Ah, so you’re buying a hooverboard, eh?

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        • Andy

          A hoverboard is better than a Hoveround Joel

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  • vince

    Morn’n Andy,

    Seen this this morning. Thought I’d share.

    “Silence is golden, unless you have a puppy…..
    Then, silence is suspicious. Very, very suspicious”.

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