Most of yesterday was spent cleaning, organizing and packing the RV basement. In there is the boat, 3 nice lawn chairs, a refrigerator, vacuum, leaf blower, various water hoses, TV cable, life jackets, tools, grill and stand, outdoor lights, hot sauces, sound system, bug spray, boat wheels and I still have to put in the beach umbrella and dive equipment, plus a small TV.
The actual hull of the boat fits in the RV all folded up.
Observations on the Gulf Spill
I am a lousy speller so I rely on spell check more than most. I type out the sentence and red lines appear and then go back and correct whatever spell check caught.
What is strange is I then attempt to repair the word using as many letters as possible that I have already typed….like I am trying not to waste letters already on the page. It is wasteful in my mind to discard a typed word when it can be salvaged.
Yesterday was a day off. Gigi asked if I could get some mahogany doors she found on Craig’s list and I said yes.
We talked to our contractor and he insisted he could work those old glass and mahogany doors into the remodel.
About noon I got a call from Diver’s Supply that my Spare Air filling valve was in so I ran over and got it. Now I can do my own refills on my emergency air tank.
Finally the compound had a very recent flyover by Google.
I have really been saving money with this Priceline app on my iPhone. Last night I stayed at the Doubletree Inn in Oak Ridge, TN. The going rate was $144 and they wouldn’t budge. I whipped up Priceline and got the room for $109. A savings of 24%.
Today Cedie and I walk up to the counter at Comfort Inn in Asheville, NC. The going rate is $89 a night. The clerk said she could not reduce the rate herself and I was welcome to book it on my phone for $59 which I did. A savings of 34%.
And now our main feature………
I take care of my stuff. I am a big believer in maintenance and keeping equipment fixed if something breaks.
So my riding mower that I bought from Home Depot 6 years ago is getting some age. It was made by John Deere. Last year I replaced the back tires, battery along with an oil change and blade sharpening.
This year I decided to resolve the gas odor, slipping belt and get an oil change and blade sharpening.
I called my usual place but they had new owners and a new name, STI TURF Care Equipment East of Midland, NC.
I arranged for the mower to be picked up. In a few days I got a call telling me that my oil had been changed and the blades had been sharpened, but……I had a crack in my gas tank and they couldn’t find a replacement belt for my mower.
Why in the hell would I want sharp blades and fresh oil if I can’t turn the blades and cannot start the motor without gas? They told me I needed to go to John Deere to get the parts which I did.
After a few days I get a call and they told me that the gas tank was on but they never could get the new belt to fit.
My mistake was I assumed they would at least put the old belt back on even if it slipped but no they didn’t.
They delivered back to me something that was once a mower and it now a slow go cart.
I called them back and they insisted neither belt would work even though the old one had been on the mower for 6 years.
So at least I have identified some idiots and if you are ever in the Midland area looking for a mower…keep driving.