Monday, January 16, 2017

Almost officially homeless!


Well, we still own our home we bought when we moved to Vegas in 1995. However, we are moved out, and for the last two evenings we have been sleeping in Colectiva. It feels comfortable sleeping in our bed on wheels where we have spent at least half the year for the last few. But it is weird to see our home with no furniture, no decorations, no nothing.

The echo in the cavernous structure is strange – it never echoed before. We expect to have it on the market in the next week or so. Very strange, but exciting at the same time.

We’re living at Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort, at least for now. Soon we expect to be back on the road again, heading to San Diego to warm up a bit.

Talk to you soon!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Next phase of life!

Well, we've pulled the trigger. We have been thinking about this possibility for many years, but we are finally moving to disconnect ourselves from a physical address, and only have one on wheels!

So, last night was literally the last night - the last one we slept in our home we have been sleeping for over 20 years in Las Vegas. Tonight we begin sleeping on a full time basis in Colectiva. As a result, our home of over 20 years looks a bit cavernous.

With luck, we will enjoy this next phase of life. Wish us luck!

Talk to you soon!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Yeah! No check to COX!


Well, no matter what I did I could not connect to the internet with my HP laptop. I don’t know why I even did this, but I turned off the wireless adapter on my HP laptop. I waited a couple minutes and turned it back on.

Bingo! It automatically connected to the bougiegrnk wireless router and we are in business! No check to Cox today!
Talk to you soon!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Next phase


We are in the process of initiating the next phase of our lives. We are planning to list our home for sale after the 1st of the year and will be moving into Colectiva as our permanent home – at least for a while – to see how much we like it (or how little).

So, step one is to store everything we can’t fit into Colectiva, but that we don’t want to part with. No furniture being stored, just memories. Here is our first 4 boxes of memories in the corner of our 10X10 foot unit. Hope it is big enough – we have an awful lot of memories!

I also learned what happens if you don’t pay your monthly rent. The round silver lock is the one that the unit renter puts on the unit to secure it. The red lock is the one that the owner of the rental facility puts on to prevent a delinquent renter from removing their stuff!

Talk to you soon!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

I knew better!


I am back on Blogger now. Blogger didn’t work well on the Ipad, so when we were in Europe I used Wordpress. Wordpress at least worked acceptably on the Pad. But I won’t use it if I can get decent access to a laptop. Guess I am just a technological dinosaur!

Miraculously when we returned, I fired up the HP laptop and shazam! We were immediately connected to the good old Bougiegrnk wireless network – unbelievable we could be gone 6 months and our wireless network didn’t skip a beat!

So, in preparing the house for the market, I have been room by room getting it ready. The office was the room I attacked next, removing the desk and shelves and all other loose items. The room next door has a built in desk, so the office moved over there.

Seeming so simple, I ignored the nagging voice that told me not to do it as it would certainly result in disaster. I disconnected the wireless router and moved it next door. What was I thinking! Of course, when I hooked it back up, it’s deader than a doornail. I keep getting error messages that the IP address is incorrect, and of course, I have no idea how to fix that!

So, if you are reading this, it means that COX has been out and I soon will have paid for my bad judgment. I mean literally paid – I will have to write a big check. COX no longer does network maintenance unless you pay their people by the hour!

Oh, by the way. The Woman decided she needed a new dog – she misses Niko something awful. I suggested we maybe consider getting a different breed so we don’t constantly compare our new dog to Niko. Good news and bad news. Good – the Woman agreed. Bad – she has decided she needs a Cavachon – a mix of a Bichon (ala Niko) and a King Cavalier Spaniel. Holy crap are they expensive! He is named Kona in respect of Nick’s old buddy.

Here’s hoping to be back on the road again after the first of the year. Hope your holidays are great!

Talk to you soon!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Lombard

With the Woman on the Crown Princess I headed out to click on more off my bucket list.

On January 16,1942, TWA flight 3 crashed in

to 8,300 foot Double Up Peak trying to climb over Mount Potosi. All onboard were killed, includingCarole Lombard Gable and her mom. Unbelievably 75 years later debris from the wreckage still lies at the crash site.

The weather was glorious, breezy and cool. The elevation meant the wild flowers were still thick.
The changing colors and varieties kept me searching for more and more.

Because I no longer have the Jeep I couldn't get to the trailhead using the 4WD
roads. That ended up adding another 5 miles to the journey. But this hike had been on my bucket list for over 5 years, and the total experience was worth it.

After a nice picnic lunch overlooking the Strip, I called it a day.

Talk to you soon!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Wrapping Pomona

While biking around the Fairplex area I discovered another hidden gem. The Wally Parks National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Museum sits on the grounds and was luckily open on the day we were getting ready to move on.

Wally Parks was born in 1913 in Oklahoma, but later relocated to California. By the post-Depression era was he was an avid automobile hobbyist, active in modifying stock vehicles to enhance their performance. In the 1940’s he founded and became the first editor of Hot Rod Magazine, and was later instrumental in the founding of Motor Trend Magazine. He used these platforms to promote hot rodding safety, trying to get drag racing off the streets and onto organized tracks, launching Safety Safaris where he toured the country promoting organized racing as opposed to street racing. In 1951 he founded the NHRA, today the largest sanctioning organization in racing in the world.

The museum has a fantastic collection of vintage hot rods of many different kinds. Classic stock vehicles modified by their owners, full rail dragsters, some NASAR vehicles and several that set speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats all grace the floor. I liked the collection of funny cars, bringing back childhood memories of the Mongoose and the Snake – driven by Tom McEwen and Don Prudhomme. I remember them more from the Hot Wheels than from actually watching them race however.

We found the most interesting part of the museum to be the huge display room dedicated to Gale Banks. We know Gale Banks because he and his company provide RV engine performance enhancement products, claiming to boost horsepower of both gasoline and diesel engines. Our good friends Ron and Teresa have Bank’s equipment in their RV and swear by it.

It makes sense now, but it turns out that Banks, born in 1942, got all his performance knowledge from modifying his family mobiles into hot rods when he was young. Over the decades that followed he set record after record for the world’s fastest vehicles of all sorts. He became so well known that in the late 70’s the Navy Seals sought him out to develop a turbo marine engine that could produce 535 HP and  ru
n on high octane “Battle Gas”.

We took one last pass around the Fairplex and found that spring had sprung. Flowers galore line the streets, and the fruit trees are full of lemons and oranges. However, everything we saw paled in comparison to the hedge of Bougainvillea.

Talk to you soon!