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June Vignettes

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At the Secret Hideout

Tuco the Dog and I have been at the Secret Hideout 104 days now.  The Monsoons of May have passed and My Bro headed out last week to finally get back to work.  You can’t push dirt if it’s mud ya know.  Worked out just ’bout right.  He graciously offered his generator which is the twin to my ailing Little Blue.  I made the 100 mile roundtrip to Waco to drop Little Blue off for repair.  The guy said it would be 2-3 weeks before they could even look at it  — and this at a Yamaha Factory Repair Center.  I didn’t exactly get the warm fuzzies after that exchange.  I will reserve judgement and see how it plays out.

It has settled into the warm up for the High Summer here in Central Texas.  Temps in the 90’s and high humidity run us out of the NO Princess Palace by shortly after noon each day.  Even with fans running full tilt and all the windows open, the heat is insufferable.  My Bro quipped that “living through a Central Texas Summer with limited AC might be a good learning experience.” Oh sure.  10-4 on that!  Last night it was 90 in here at 10pm.  Thank goodness we have the Frigidaire Mini Window Air Conditioner to rely on for some good sleeps at night.  Once the AC compressor kicks in, the Yamaha EF2000iS Portable Inverter Generator will run the windowshaker at low idle. I am getting through a sweltering night on less than a gallon of fuel.  BTW, fuel run this week to Bremond was @ $2.59/gal.


The last 3 pieces of surplus bowling equipment have been liquidated.   One via local sale and the last two over the internet when a local buyer did not readily step forward.  The internet sales were all done on the square to satisfy the .GOV boys.  Normal routine for an internet sale is payment via USPS money order and then the item is shipped to the buyer’s FFL.   The auctions closed on the same day and I dutifully contacted the buyers with contact and payment info.  Had a money order for the lesser of the two items 3 days later.   The other one?????   We played the nasty and personally demeaning “the check is in the mail game”.   He drug his feet for a few days before even contacting me and then two days later he said he had mailed the money order.   I waited 7 days and emailed to inform him I had yet to receive payment.   His reply??  “What can I say?  I SENT it.”   Yeah right,  I suspicioned his game.   The check did arrive  -postmarked 6 days later than he had told me.  Oh well!  Only cost me about 6 extra trips to the Post Office, right?  I detest someone who thinks my time has lesser value than theirs.  I briefly considered waiting 6 days to ship the item.   Nah, gonna stay on the High Road and get on with it.  It is what it is.


Gonna miss a good place to work on stuff

Gonna miss a good place to work on stuff

Things are winding down here as the To Do list gets shorter by the day.   It is inevitable; the return to the South Texas Puckerbrush.  The piles of stuff have already been started.  One to stay; one to go.  The Go pile is going to be much smaller this go ’round.   To be thinking I have learned a great deal during this sojourn at the Hideout would be an understatement.   I regret my procrastination on some items.  I should have replaced all 4 tires on the Big Ass Suburban before it moved up the list to a #1 priority.   I had the money then, not so much now.  I procrastinated on a back up for Little Blue as well.  That morning when I walked out and saw the puddle of oil beneath the generator was a horrid moment.  The ONE piece of equipment I could not do without and I had no Plan B should it fail??  All things mechanical eventually break — that is my axiom is it not?  Silly, silly man!  Some things worked great, some things worked as expected and I fell on my face in other areas.  One thing about it………..   I don’t have any critical systems sittin’ in the corner unused and waiting on the day when they are much needed.    Most everything has seen use and been vetted.   There are some glaring omissions in my equipment and this will be rectified when the bank account is again fat.  Count on it.

I will not be going South this month, maybe not even next month.  When I do head out,  I will be streamlined and traveling light.  No more DTB in tow, 4 pairs of jumper cables, 3 sets of tools, 15 gas cans, 6 bottles of propane and such as that.  The rule is that if the item was unused in the last year of gate guarding,  it stays.   I have some concerns about the last quarter of this year and decided it might be best to be able to get out of Dodge quickly if things deteriorate.

104 days straight off grid has opened my eyes to many things; not the least of which is it takes plenty of work just to provide the basic life necessities.


Tuco the Dog in her front yard.  She will miss the Secret Hideout

Tuco the Dog in her front yard. She will miss the Secret Hideout

Got an anniversary of sorts coming up the first of the month.  Hmmm, maybe a date of record is a better label than an anniversary?

Almost a year.  Want to know what I think?  It sorta goes like this here…….  I have been working steady since I was 14 years old.  45 years folks.    I can say with some surety I have worked nearly full time since I was 16.  Hell, I bought a new car and paid for it just soon after I got my license.

So,  a job has always been a factor in my life.  The other continuous factor has been a female partner.  Always.  If one partner was put out by my decision or if they ran away screaming into the night of their own volition,  a replacement was soon found.  Always.  While I am thinking about it,  raising kids was in the mix for 25 years straight as well.

A man’s greater responsibility is to take care of those dependent on him.  Wives, kids, GFs  – if you are Old School; you put their well being, safety and comfort above your own.

I did not realize what an f’n drag on a man that women, kids and a job was!

Been a year almost with no female contact to speak up.  Oh sure, a few old girlfriends drug up and we talked.  I got on one of those internet dating sites and used up some energy.  That little experiment ended when a good lookin’ gal from San Antone just had to talk to me!!!  We had traded emails back and forth for a week and she was certain I was the one!  Hah, as if!   She was physically attractive, smart in her own way, well off, socially acceptable and she drove a Mercedes.  Ummm, all things she was very eager to share with me.  Money, status, keeping up with all things one must keep up with to be the star of the party was her life.  Christ on a Cracker!  I knew where this was headed.   Might as well give her my phone number and let the train wreck play out. The conversation started out with her at her sultry and desirable best.  Questions were asked.  I didn’t mince words; she needed to know how the cow eat the cabbage.   Her provocative flirting  grew less as each question was dutifully answered.

  • No, I do not get any time off for a date.  I work 24/7 and plan on continuing the same same.
  • I do not know how I expect to maintain a relationship.  You called me.
  • No, I do not have a house someplace else.  I live in an RV and I dig it mucho.

And the torpedo that blew the ship out of the water?   “How many times have you been married?”  Yeah, that one.  What can I say,  I have had an interesting life.

“Yeah hon, you have a nice life too.”  CLICK

My last foray into the internet search for a mate; that was.  Once I blew up out of the Puckerbrush, I figured it was pretty pointless to keep up the hunt since I still had all the fatal flaws listed above PLUS I no longer had a J.O.B. Horror of all female horrors and I liked it that way!

Off all the things I though my future held, I never even considered being without a partner.  Now that it has been a year gone by,  I find I actually prefer it……. and not just a little either.


 

End Note:  Get It While You Can by Danny Barnes from the Dirt on the Angel cd.

Mondo banjo

 

 

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7 comments to June Vignettes

  • Wallace

    Always good to hear from you, Andy. Keep the faith, brother.

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  • David

    Hey Andy,

    I see your bro’s fifth wheel in the background. Is he taking it to the job sites when he goes back to pushing dirt?

    Seems I recall one of the reasons for going to gate guard was so Ms. K could contribute. Is it a possibility to go back with your bro to work since that is no longer a factor?

    Our next chicken deliver is Friday.

    Thx for sharing,

    David

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    • Andy

      David

      He has 2 Heartland 5ers. The newer, bigger one is at the jobsite. You are right about our reason for going to gateguard in the first place. Going back to pushing dirt is probably not something I would want to do. It played hell with my back and neck.

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  • Brenda

    As usual an entertaining, interesting dialog of observations many have had, but few voiced! After being married for near 48 years, I can see why you feel okay with having some unfettered time! LOL. While it is said, “all good things come to those that wait” Garth said it best: “thank God for unanswered prayers!” Thanks once again for allowing us to take a peek inside the workings of your life!

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    • Andy

      Thanks Brenda

      I try not to come across as a sour old curmudgeon because that is definitely NOT the case. I am loving life right now even with all the minor hardships. When My Bro left to go back to work he emailed me to say hpw much he had enjoyed our weeks together. I emailed him back and told him I thought it was a rare gift. How many siblings in their late 50’s can say they have spent 2 months together enjoying each other’s company?

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  • Joel

    “I have some concerns about the last quarter of this year . . . ”

    Is that the latest deadline for the pocky-lips?

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    • Andy

      Most likely not Joel. Just the projected convergence of some financial events that might prove troublesome.

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