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My First Week in My New RV

Posted by on 11:11 pm in General Interest, Travel | 4 comments

My First Week in My New RV

My first night was spent in the parking lot of the dealer. La Mesa RV. They close at 6pm so I bought a cold sub at Quiznos and ate that for dinner. They did have water & electric hook up. The solar system installation was finished late the next day. I attempted to rent a car that day to do my shopping, but found out that my debit/credit card was not acceptable so I spent most of the day at the dealer waiting for them to finish. I spent the next three nights at the KOA around the corner. Pool, hot tub, laundry, showers and even a basic...

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Fun Facts & Observations

Posted by on 3:25 pm in General Interest, Musings, Travel | 8 comments

Fun Facts & Observations

On a whim, I bought a 24 ft motorhome in Tucson, AZ Best license plate I saw while driving: F DUP New flat screen TVs in hotels are great but are clipped if there is no HD feed There are more rest areas in the east Gas is cheaper everywhere but CA & NY There are bad drivers in every state Good friendly people are everywhere It’s very dry in the desert and can be very dusty Almost all hotel breakfasts are the boring same: make your own waffle, pre-cooked eggs & sausage, canned sausage gravy, dry biscuits, etc The local breakfast...

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The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Posted by on 3:34 pm in Musings, Travel | 4 comments

The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Not the movie, just the variety of things that occur while traveling this great country. And there wasn’t really anything ugly, I just like the title. Great people everywhere. From the woman named Kelly who was eating at the bar and saved me from the very drunk homeless woman who wanted to sit with me to the woman named Barbara doing her laundry outside in the courtyard who knew all about altitude sickness. There were also my neighbors sitting out in front of our rooms at a lovely roadside motel in Yuma, AZ, drinking, smoking and just...

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Trials & Tribulations of Road-tripping

Posted by on 7:40 pm in General Interest, Musings, Travel | 7 comments

Trials & Tribulations of Road-tripping

It’s amazing how much you learn about yourself and your surroundings while on a road trip. In no particular order I will list what I’ve observed and learned the last few weeks. I do need conversation every day I enjoy a good meal You find better restaurants away from the interstates I really really like laid back friendly places especially with no traffic lights or chain restaurants I need to stop now & then for more than a day or two I get altitude sickness which is a real bummer because it leaves out significant areas of the...

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Pros and Cons of Eating on the Road

Posted by on 11:20 pm in Musings, Travel | 3 comments

Pros and Cons of Eating on the Road

When stopping over in a small out of the way community your choices for a meal may be very limited. Hence, the reason for this title: Pros & Cons of Eating on the Road. I’ve been on the road for 2 weeks now. I almost always eat dinner out and always seek non chain local restaurants. I sometimes go out for breakfast when I don’t take advantage of the hotel’s freebie. I use the same criteria as I do for dinner. Oh boy have I had some bad meals. I won’t bore you with all the gory details, but I will tell you that the 1st night’s meal in West...

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Start of my 2016 Roadtrip

Posted by on 7:15 pm in Travel | 8 comments

Start of my 2016 Roadtrip

I finally hit the road Tuesday morning, 1/19 for the start of my 2016 roadtrip to the Southwest. I left a day later than originally planned to avoid the snows off Lake Erie. Plans were also altered to avoid what has been dubbed the Blizzard of 2016 which was moving from west to east ending up pounding the East coast and inland with record heavy snow. I just missed it by heading due south with just one stop, other than for overnight sleep. The only part of the massive storm that I encountered was torrential downpours during my overnight stop...

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Fall Trip

Posted by on 4:56 pm in Pictures, Travel | 4 comments

Fall Trip

Highlights of my short, but gratifying trip started at the annual Weekend of Fire in Fairfield, OH, a drive through the Great Smoky Mountains, then traversing the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway and finally driving the length of the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park. Being an avid Buffalo Bills fan, I wanted to watch the game with like minded fans. I found the nearest place to do that by consulting the Bills Backers website. Fortunately it was on my way south from the show in Fairfield, only an hour away. We unfortunately...

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More Musings

Posted by on 4:10 pm in Musings | 7 comments

More Musings

I was never fully aware of just how difficult it is to be self disciplined until I sold my store and supposedly “retired”. Without the demands & needs of owning your own business and going to work almost every day, I have found it too easy to procrastinate on almost all tasks that I find to be less enjoyable. I’ve got plenty of projects to keep me busy (previous post), but still find myself gravitating to the easy ones. Of course, I suppose that is part of human nature, ie., we put off the least favorable tasks on our agenda. The big...

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Finally

Posted by on 2:44 pm in General Interest, Musings | 2 comments

It’s done. The building sale finally closed, the final escrow was released and the lawyer was paid. When I run into people that knew me from the store or from anywhere, they invariably ask me: “What are you going to do with yourself?” Or “How will you keep busy?” My response is usually a question like: “Why does retirement have to be all or nothing?” Followed by a statement that I’ve got plenty to do: like this blog; being the organizer of Oinktoberfest; helping with friends’ Facebook...

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Almost Done

Posted by on 5:05 pm in General Interest, Musings | 4 comments

I’m whittling down my list of unfinished business. Finally canceled the payroll service, dropped off paperwork for the accountant, canceled Workman’s Comp insurance, dealt with more dangling participles and almost closed on the sale of the building. Should be just a few more days. An 11th hour request for some additional paperwork set us back a little, but my lawyer says all thing are a go now. I went up to Clarence Town Hall to get the correct signed document. I’m very happy with the cooperation I have almost always had...

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