Wednesday March 28, 2012
Archive for March, 2012
We have a few days left in San Diego so yesterday we took the three little boys to Mission Bay for the afternoon. Besides the Pacific Ocean there are swings, slides, climbing bars and sand. It is true, we were outnumbered but the things to do there kept the boys busy. Of course, like all good Grand parents, we brought snacks and drinks for the kids. The two older boys, four years and three years old, are very social and really like to be around pretty girls. Climbing on the bars of the jungle-gym was essential that day because that’s what a group of little girls were doing at this playground. So off to climb they go very tentative at first but then, in an environment of athletic girls, the boys skills improved rapidly. Soon they were up on the highest point of the bars swinging and jumping down to the sand just like all the other kids. ”How old are you?” is apparently one of the most important questions in childhood, think it might have to do with pecking order and acceptance and kids seem to know this intuitively. When the four yr. old boy questioned the girls on their ages and was told they were seven, eight and nine yrs. old, he went into instant age inflation. First he said he was six. The smart three yr. old who knew better, just looked bug eyed but did not rat out his brother. So climbing, jumping, chase and digging proceeded smoothly. About an hour later, the three yr. old loyally said, my brother is six. At which time the four yr. old said “I’m not six, I’m seven”. The younger one just said “Oh”. Once in a while, one of the girls would say to the four yr. old, “You’re short” or “You don’t run very fast” but he took it in stride and didn’t explain that he was actually pretty good for being only four. So it went, a beautiful sunny day at a beautiful beach, watching high-energy kids have fun. Here we oldies are thinking it would be great to be younger and the young ones want to be older.
This past week and next week is our San Diego “Street Boondocking” time in front of our daughter/son-in-laws’ house. Is it illegal? Probably, as are many things. Our son-in-law went around and asked the neighbors if they would mind and we got the “go ahead” from them. We know this OK is not valid with the police but hopefully the police won’t be concerned with us. We could stay in a campground but we’re right in front of the house and our young grand sons run out their door and right into our RV. I say they love us, Jerry says they love us for our snacks (especially cashews). Both may be true. We don’t care about the reason, we’re just glad to see them. San Diego is sunny so no problem with having enough solar power. Nearby Mission Bay has free dump sites (at least two of them that we know of). They don’t have potable water available for RVs in Mission Bay but we get that from our daughters’ house. Of course, we could stay inside the house but that would not be convenient for anyone, especially us.
The Continuing Saga Of The Torqeeto Electric Boat Motor–
Ha. You would think it would be easy to get the battery to this electric boat motor shipped off to the company to be repaired (the company thinks the circuit board in the battery has failed this time). If you buy one of these motors, we believe repairs are in your future. Anyway, the Torqeeto company was very nice about this “usually not working” motor and is paying the shipping from San Diego to the factory. They sent us the stickers for the battery box. Then we had to arrange a time for “pick up” by a shipping company. Oh, not just any shipping company, but one that will take hazardous materials. It turns out, that since 9/11, certain items that had been shipped with few problems now must have special handling. OK, so we set-up a delivery time and waited. The morning of the scheduled pick-up, a HUGE flatbed truck parked across the street. Ruh roh, that couldn’t be for this 18″x18″ box! Ah, but that huge truck was here to pick up the box. Even the driver, who had made many deliveries that morning, agreed it was a little extreme but said “times have changed”. No kidding.
Getting Ready for Alaska Trip
We’re doing a bit of running around in preparation for our Alaska road trip. Because some of the time in Alaska we plan to be hundreds of miles off the beaten path, we feel a need to get some repair supplies we might not normally carry with us. Some of these items could be useful in places besides Alaska so we feel it is the proactive thing to do. Our Lazy Daze is fairly new (2010) so we shouldn’t have too much trouble. It is built well and should be able to take a little rougher treatment than most RVs. As for taking a newer RV to Alaska…we thought about waiting a few years but while it gets older, so do we. We’ve written to the Lazy Daze RV group for suggestions and gotten some good advise that we appreciate. http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/lifewithalazydazerv/
Left Senator Wash Tuesday 3/13/12. The “Snowbird Season” is essentially over there and many folks are headed back “home” now that the weather in the Northern states and in Canada has warmed. Even the “Liberry” in this snowbird desert community is closing for the season. The “Liberry” is an old Airstream trailer that was donated for folks here to have a book exchange location. It could not be called a library by any standard as it has almost none of the attributes of a true library. We were told the grandchild of the woman who donated the trailer always pronounced library as “liberry”, hence the title.
Down at the shore in Senator Wash
Still Living on Hurricane Ridge at Senator Wash