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A thousand miles done

An vacant gate guard slot is occupied.

A thousand miles and almost 30 days gone by and I am back in the puckerbrush of South Texas picking up exactly where me and this little blackface dog left off.  It is nice getting back to a known routine and a regular paycheck.

You might recall me and Vela Von left under a cloud of uncertainty;  not knowing if we would be back or not.  One of my honest pleasures in living this mostly reclusive lifestyle is the (near) absence of human drama, gossip and office politics.  I detest such things and simply can’t abide them these days.  I have tested and found true my kinda scientific hypothesis of “Humans (in situ) >2 = drama (squared by humans present)”. Save the drama for your mama.  I figgered (rightly so) details would be worked out sans input from me -which, of course, was my preference.  Having no f*cks to give, I continued on with my plan to run north for R&R.

Everything worked out and I now have it in writing that Vela Von is permitted on site.  I do appreciate the Ranch Folks here who went to bat for me and relentlessly pursued my return.  I hope to prove worthy of their confidence.

The Gonzales Return with new smoker in tow.

So what happened in the last 30 days????  Plenty, let me tell ya.  I commented to My Bro at some point that “this Secret Hideout stuff will wear a man out.”

There was a road trip to Gonzales to pick up a barbecue smoker that has been in the works for almost 2 years………. and then I had to run that smoker big time, twice.

My Bro is not one to jump on the latest and greatest just because.   He sorta thinks it all through and sees how the cow eats the cabbage before he fully embraces much of anything.  During my many months at the Secret Hideout in  2015, I hooked up a small solar charging system to his RV.   I spent 2 weeks up at the Hideout this go ’round and he asked for an upgrade to his solar system because he likes it, really likes it.  So I did that with his assistance on the panel racks.

The Secret Hideout dog investigates the solar panel install.

The Hideout is an ongoing building process and during my many months absence, some of my items deigned unnecessary for future Hideout usage were loaded on the Desert Tan Baby AKA DTB for future disposal or off site storage.   I sifted through all that and made a trip to the San Marcos storage to store the good stuff.

The day before Christmas Eve I headed south to Baytown to spend the holidays and my birthday with my folks and my sister.  Admission to the festivities was secured with 30 lbs of various barbecue.  On the To Do list at Baytown was extensive people/dog socialization with Vela Von at the epicenter.

So I got a lot to catch all y’all up on in the coming weeks.

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I rolled back into the Eagle Ford with the NO Princess Palace crippled up to some extent.  The RV fridge is out and just today the RV furnace started  hammering like gravels inside a coffee can.  I have already replaced the AC unit, converter/charger and the water heater –  and the Palace just turned 7.  I think back to the Old Girl and how she was still soldierin’ on with mostly original parts at 21 years old. Ah well, like they say, they don’t make ’em like they used to.

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As I write this first draft, the details of the Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting are unfolding.  Colonel Cooper says “Safety is nice, but it’s not first. Life is first and life is not safe.”

End Note: Light You Up by Shawn Mullins from the Light You Up cd.

‘Ever’body wants a flatscreen…..’ 

heh

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4 comments to A thousand miles done

  • Mike

    Glad your work related problem was resolved. It’s great to work for people who appreciate you.

    That is one nice smoker, sounds like you broke it in right.

    Shootings at Ft Lauderdale are sad, might have been prevented with a little more follow up when the shooter came to the FBI complaining of his mind being controlled. But I agree, there is no guaranteed safety in this world.

    Hope you don’t have too much trouble getting your fridge and furnace repaired/replaced.

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    • Andy

      Thanks Mike.

      The repair projects are expected to a certain degree. This country is hell on RVs. Besides, I need to fill 15hrs every day without leaving the location. I need things on the TO DO list.

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  • Nancy from South Georgia

    That’s a lot of miles! Good that you got to get away, recharge batteries, visit friends and family. Enjoy the weather – what I would imagine would be perfect in that location right about now.

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    • Andy

      Hi Nancy
      Cotulla,TX was the warmest spot in the country yesterday – 87 degrees.

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