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RE: O'Reilly's Auto Parts.

I live about a half mile from an O'Reilly's. I stopped in recently for new wiper blades, but I don't know how to install them. Ignition key and shift lever is pretty much my mechanical limit. The counter guy came out and installed them for me - in the rain. And he wouldn't take any money for the installation. I drove by later and spotted just his legs sticking out from under the motor, I assume changing the oil. And again, it was still raining. I couldn't get that kind of service from a full service shop. So I walked in later, walked up to the counter and pointed to something on me below counter level. When he leaned over the counter to look, I stuffed a $10 bill in his shirt pocket and left. Service is a dying art.
Jim Shoe 09/27/16 10:08am Around the Campfire
RE: IRS is getting impatient

I have a set of four VTech phones in my house. Kitchen, bedroom, living room and bathroom. They have a screen that shows the caller's number, name, date and time of the call. If the caller blocks any of that information and I'm home, I can hit the "answer" and "off" buttons in a microsecond. If I'm really not home, the screen shows the name and phone number of the missed calls while I was out. I return the calls IF there's a name and number and somebody I know. Otherwise, I just delete them with a single button. My phone is for MY convenience, not everyone else's.
Jim Shoe 09/27/16 09:06am Around the Campfire
RE: RIP, Arnold Palmer.

Double post. Sorry.
Jim Shoe 09/27/16 08:33am Around the Campfire
RE: RIP, Arnold Palmer.

I met Arnold 30 years ago at a local golf course in the suburbs of Cincinnati. The owner of the insurance company I worked for at the time knew him personally, and I was one of six picked to meet him at the local airport adjacent to a golf course as he was passing through town to refuel on his way to the next tournament. I was picked because I was a golfer and a private pilot. His business jet was like no plane I'd ever been in, even in first class. He seemed to enjoy the stopover, but my most vivid memory was his hands when he shook mine. They were huge. He could have broken my hand like I would crush a raw egg, but his handshake was very gentle. He also signed the golf course tag on my shirt. I still have that, and his signature was legible.
Jim Shoe 09/27/16 08:31am Around the Campfire
RE: Looking For Good Flashlight

I have several "Frog Leggs" flashlights. They run on 3 'AAA' batteries. But the best feature is that they're 4 inches long, so I can have one in my pocket whenever I'm outside. The best flashlight in the world doesn't do me any good if I don't have it with me when I need it.
Jim Shoe 09/11/16 08:07am Around the Campfire
RE: A question for Smarty Pants !

As a former recreational pilot, I never could understand why someone would jump out of a perfectly good airplane.
Jim Shoe 09/11/16 07:08am Around the Campfire
RE: IRS after me ...... again

I have a set of VTech phones in my house. If the caller is somebody in my list of people I want to talk to, it shows the name on my phone's screen. If it says "unknown caller", I can hit "answer" and "off" in a microsecond. That way, they still pay for a call, but I don't have to listen to the sales pitch. Worth every penny.
Jim Shoe 09/03/16 03:56pm Around the Campfire
RE: Wraps

Thanks for the idea. I'm a single RVer, and hate to sit in a restaurant, waiting for a meal while staring into space. So carryout is often my last resort. Your ingredients are available everywhere, certainly fresher, readily available and, with the exceptions of coconut and liver, I'll eat anything. Clean up is a breeze. A satellite dish on the roof of my RV provides entertainment. I believe I'll try this at home as well. Beats junk food carryout, and no dishes to wash afterwards.
Jim Shoe 08/21/16 08:35am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: USA RV maps

I don't have a map on my rig. Only the one in my signature. And I quit doing that when I got tired of having to start over each time with a blank map. But I've been through but not necessarily stayed overnight in all the states but Washington and Oregon.
Jim Shoe 08/17/16 05:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Why do you prefer your rig?

I drive a 'C' and pull a Jeep Wrangler toad. Very best of reasons. I'm a single RVer. Its a whale of a lot easier to drive the Jeep up to the 'C' when I'm ready to move, than back the 'C' into the Jeep when I can't see it.
Jim Shoe 08/17/16 05:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rv Crashes Into House,Driver Killed

Considering the time of day, it may have been something as simple as falling asleep while driving. If it was expressway driving, its boring. I'm a single RVer. I hit the road in the morning around 9AM and make my last stop no later than 3PM. About 300 miles a day. I also walk around after I stop for gas after moving out of the way. Gives me time to do a walk around to make sure everything is still where I put it. And I'm wide awake when I'm done.
Jim Shoe 08/17/16 03:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Accessible campgrounds near San Francisco Airport

I'd think that RV parks would have plenty of empty spaces. I wouldn't want to try to sleep if jets were taking off or landing 24/7/365 on two pair of parallel runways at 90 degree angles. Imagine the noise.
Jim Shoe 08/15/16 07:30am Roads and Routes
RE: Not towing a car, Where can we go?

Be sure to know the height of your rig as well. There are places in the eastern U.S. with tunnels with curved roofs. The Blue Ridge Parkway has three tunnels with a minimum clearance of less than 12 feet, and that's driving on the center line. Some gas stations have low roofs as well. Don't turn your rig into a "Convertible".
Jim Shoe 08/14/16 04:44pm Beginning RVing
RE: Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone, Cheyenne

When I was a kid, I traveled out west from Cincinnati with my parents. My Dad had 4 weeks vacation and we headed west. I don't remember a lot of it, but vowed to spend more time there when I retired. And I did. I spent 4 months on the road - by myself. I made a stop at Devil's Tower where I spotted a climber sitting on a ledge about half way up, eating a cheese sandwich. I couldn't tell if he used mayo or mustard. :) Then I spent a month in Yellowstone. As the roads divide it into 4 quadrants, I spent a week in each. It was spring and there were a lot of new babies. Even buffalo are cute when they're babies. Then another week in the Tetons. They're next to each other, but completely different. YNP felt more "commercial", at least to me. Certainly busier. Then I headed north and crossed the border into Canada. A friend of mine had a summer cottage on the Kenai peninsula, so I spent about a week there (He even had electric hookups). When I moved on, I was lucky to see Mt. McKinley when the peak was free of cloud cover. The locals said that was very rare. I continued on to Fairbanks to re-stock before heading home. Paved roads only go that far. Certainly, the trip of a lifetime, but I couldn't do it now. Too long in the tooth.
Jim Shoe 08/14/16 10:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anyone do any Ancestry.com DNA tests?-RESULTS IN!

After my Dad retired, my parents traveled around in a MH, researching their family trees. But they weren't paying somebody to do it. They met several people that were doing the same thing. They found most of their information in 10 year county census records around the country in public libraries. A lot more work, but if there was a horse thief or a murderer in the bunch, it showed up. They didn't find anybody that spent time in jail, but they came across a few that belonged in one.
Jim Shoe 08/11/16 08:08pm Around the Campfire
RE: The Nostalgia Machine , music from 1965 !

I graduated High School in 1964 and have most of those listed on CDs. And I sing along as I'm going down the road in my RV. Just not in the same key. If I had a dog, he'd bite me or at least start howling. Sure beats trying to find a new station on the radio that doesn't fade out in just a few miles.
Jim Shoe 08/11/16 07:19pm Around the Campfire
RE: 300 days at sea

Shoot, I spent more than 300 days at sea and even got paid for it. It wasn't solo, though. I was in the U.S. Navy at the time. :)
Jim Shoe 08/09/16 04:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Pkwy

Here's a list of the tunnel heights at the center line. I drive a 'C' with a satellite dome on top and I'm nearly 12 feet high. I went around.
Jim Shoe 08/06/16 07:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Actual exchange between pilots and control tower

I used to fly small planes - Cessna 172s. On one flight, I was headed to Florida from Cincinnati and needed fuel. I intended to land at a small field north of Atlanta, but it was below minimums (weather) so I was diverted to Hartsfield in Atlanta. Me in a single engine Cessna and a whole bunch of passenger Jets that needed to land. But I had priority due to my fuel situation. Surprisingly mild chatter from the Jumbo Jets, considering the amount of fuel they were wasting. Well, the tower cleared me to land and I was WAY too high to land from that altitude and I told him so. He replied that if I couldn't get down in time, I was cleared to crash and burn at the end of the runway. Mild giggles from the Jumbo Jets. Well, I made it (obviously), but I was about 10 feet from the far end of the runway when I got stopped. Pretty sure I wet myself. And I don't fly planes any more. Not even in Commercial planes.
Jim Shoe 08/06/16 06:34pm Around the Campfire
RE: Adding Tow Package for Toad

I had the hookups for my Jeep Wrangler toad installed at the same dealer where I bought my 'C'. They did a great job and continue to service my 'C' even though they stopped servicing MHs from people that didn't buy them there. The MH manufacturers required them to keep too many on their lot on spec, so they only sell trailers and 5ers now. They also have an on site store for add-on accessories. About a half mile from home.
Jim Shoe 08/01/16 07:22pm Beginning RVing
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