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RE: Foolish Things We’ve Done as Kids

I've probably told this before. In High School a Friend and I would turn VWs around in our Church Parking lot of those we knew would not get offended, Front ends I could lift with one had rear ends I might have gotten away with one but used two. On Friday nights and Saturdays everyone was cruising. he had a bleu 57 Chevy convertible, black tuck and roll convertible, with four barrel 283 and powerglide, we cruised in. We would find some of our friends cars parked at drive-ins and such and pull the same tricks, even pick up some cars and scoot them closer and box them in. We got done the same a few times but it took the whole football team or seemed so.And we pulled other shenanigans on each other. One time we tried to life a Buick. I think I got the rear. It tore the sides our off my shoes, put blisters on my feet and hands and my back hurt a bit. I don't think he complained. I actually think he just pretended to participate, Joke was on me. I got the car turned about half way around..but never again. Lot of difference between a 57 a VW. a 57 Chevy and a 5,000.00 plus Buick.
down home 09/28/20 04:03pm Around the Campfire
Fortunate to be here tonight

Arkansas on I40: Overtaking a semi, we hear a screaming 6cylindeengien with loud exhaust. Didn't see anything but instinctively lifted foot off the throttle and engine break kicks in hard and on the brake. About that time to our right a black Chrysler 300,I think with paper drive out tag comes barreling between us and the semi. We missed hitting him right at or behind the driver's door by a foot maybe an he misses the rear corner, the big bar setup on its rear by maybe foot. If hadn't lifted off the throttle and hit the brake, we would have hit him and pushed him under the rear of the semi killing him most likely, and destroying the car and our right front lower cap and frame and generator and so forth. We would have had ne big pileup. I don't recall if other vehicles behind the semi at a distance. There were none behind us. We would have been killed too. The semi would probably have left the road and jackknifed or rolled, I don't know exactly and anyone within a good distance behind the semi and us would have piled into the mess. My heart was in my throat for a long time beating wildly. We almost met our Maker today. He wove in and out around three more semis and existed on exit 173. Tried to call 911 but all it did was ring. That Fellow almost killed a bunch of people today including himself.
down home 09/27/20 08:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Prayer request.

On it's way.
down home 09/26/20 05:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: New Wiper Blades

Bosch I think. I bought a pair at O'Reily's 28 inch.Polymer coated to protect from UVetc. $68.00with Mil discount.I hope they are worth it.Bosch also adapters to get rid of the old bolt on wiper assys,finally, and put on j hook easily replaccd whole assy.$19.00 internet.
down home 09/26/20 05:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Food!

We are tired of everything! Fast Food is enemy number one. I have ate enough hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, steak, ham, and everything else. I want something different! If I had the energy I would open a restaurant and call it Something different. Anyone who ordered a burger, might be banned for life? Out here in the desert especially the options are even more limited Micky Ds and Cracker Barrel. I know the menue by heart! Don'' ask me though. Wife isn't into cooking, on the road this trip. I don't believe a steak wold whet my appetite after a week, right now. I want something different. What is it and where can I get some...within 50 miles??? Where are you? You don't have to say exactly, but a close enough yet still vague description will help to identify and suggest what foods might be available in that area. Here are some ideas: Fish Tacos, Beef Stroganoff, Shepherds Pie, Goulash, Chili, Green Chile Stew (New Mexico dish). White Chicken Chili, or beef chili, or turkey chili, etc. Chicken Pot Pie. Stuffed Bell Peppers. I have no idea where you are located, but my local Costco makes, from scratch every other day in their kitchen, Stuffed Bell Peppers. I love it, buy one every 10 days or so. It's really good. Ham and Beans, with Cornbread, and even with Fried Potatoes. Calzones are good. Fish dinners, Halibut, Catfish, Salmon, etc the list goes on. Don't eat Talipia, they are usually farm raised and nasty and not healthy. Otherwise Tilapia would be fine. Stuffed chicken breasts. My local Sprouts Grocery makes them from scratch and puts them in the fresh meat case. Take home and bake it. Mighty fine. Macaroni & Cheese. Variants include adding Green Chiles, I like to chop up a Brat and add, also a mild hot link like Earl Campbell Hot Link (the regular, not the Red Hot one) Go pick up Chinese to go, get the lunch specials, in fact get an extra for the next day or so. Cheap and good. When all else fails, just make breakfast, no matter what time of day it is. Chicken Salad. Got a Crock Pot? It's the original Set It And Forget It cooking thing. Get the crock pot out, throw in a whole chicken, add a bag of frozen veggies, later throw in a tube of biscuits. Great Dinner. Just Google that. You'll love it. Save the broth, make home made chicken soup. We were near Kingman,Az left yesterday though. Just ordered steaks from Big Texan..in Amarillo.
down home 09/24/20 08:50pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Freightliner customer service

Freightliner is primarily interested oer the road freightlienr trucks, and high bills and quick pay they generate. They will bring in an over the road truck and scoot you back. Sometimes they say well the driver and trucking company's income depend on it getting back on the road as quick as we can. The Mgr and all the other people were very helpful. But I would take in someone who has an emergency need first too.
down home 09/24/20 08:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Food!

I said within 50 miles but that wasn't relevant. We ate at Black Bear or something last evening in Kingman. Wife and I had steak, Medium wife medium well and BL mMedim rare. It was thin as a shoe sloe and as tough and gristly and cooked to death. The mashed red potatoes had no daily at all. We could have butter or gravy. A Corn Bread muffinas a big hunk of corn meal and sugar. The Mess Sgt in the army would have been demoted to E1 and been put to task burning s---. In the Army of my familiarity were fed well when not in the field,and they couldn't furnish anything but rations. When they bough the kitchen to the field the food was just as good as n the kitchen. I believe if I was starting a restaurant..I would hire a Mess Sgt! These so called restaurants...well I just don't know? maybethey are hiring kids who worked at McDonlds. I'm not kidding a Mess Sgt that would have served the garbage we were presented last evening would face a tough future. McDonalds use to serve good Fast Food and real CocaCola etc. That was June, I think 2006 or so...about the tiem they caught a McDonalds in Minnesota selling counterfeit Coca Cola products. Good food or bad I just get tired of the same things for 72 years.
down home 09/23/20 09:32pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: We are Drowning in our...

Fast Food wrappers, bags cups etc semm to be the preponderance of the trash items, thrown out on our property and al along the highway but I have seen bags of garbage, bottles used by over the road truckers..full of urine..and shake and bake bottles which I understant are particularly dangerous. That was along a stretch of highway when our group was ding the adopt a mile program. in our area on out road it is out of townere. Every weekend in good weather and when there is a festival. The large number of Biker clubs don't do it.I wonder if these people that throw their trash our way live in garbage heaps, or are particular at home?
down home 09/21/20 04:56pm Around the Campfire
RE: We are Drowning in our...

It is a minority and you'll never change that type. Eight four years old and thinking we are doing better now than 20 years ago. GuyI dunno, I used to think it was a minority, but just a simple act like taking your own bags to the grocery store to keep those plastic bags out of the landfill seems to be too much for most people to do. And OMG if I don't keep a close eye on the sackers, I won't get out of their store without a dozen bags, when I only have 5 items. I get a gallon of milk, it goes in a bag, which then goes into another bag. AND THE COTTENPICKIN' THING HAS A CARRY HANDLE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! Those ultra thin plastic bags wwon't contain much weight, from someone who has had more than one slit tear open,or handle hole tear out so they use two bags. But gallons of mil usually have their own handle. They do not breakdown as quickly as advertised/ At the commisaries you can opt for paper bags of old and we do.
down home 09/20/20 01:44am Around the Campfire
RE: Weather stations

What abut the Neotech brand. Amazon has a weather station without any radio for alerts etc for $169.00 that is powered by solar with batter backup.No wiring needed. Mgith be able to clap to ladder.
down home 09/19/20 05:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Weather stations

Looking at the links posted.Some good options. Thanks
down home 09/19/20 04:27pm Tech Issues
RE: We are Drowning in our...

A long time ago when I was in grammar school we had a class on health something or other. I don't think this was a subject....but today we should n our schools have at least some inclusion of social responsibility, not politics, and cleanliness and dealing with trash in the first four grades. however kiss get their influence from their Parents first. Certainly Civics classes in Junior and High school should touch on this as some Parents depend on school to raise their kids,it seems. For the adults on littering or state is $1,000.00 fine I think now and I have seen signs possibly herein Az it is $3,000.00. Enforcement seems to never be applied however, as there are more pressing problem for Law Enforcement to deal with...and they have to see the person throwing it out or someone has to bear witness and file the for the warrant along withe everything else..unless there are items with the name of the Litters on it.Fast Food places are limiting or not even providing trash cans now. When they have a festival in the town across the river we get lots of tourists and on average weekends too. Our yard field gets a lot of their trash. Fortunately we have groups that adopt sections of the highway and ours gets cleaned up. I use to do that with Sertoma. Chase them down and the next stop, super glue their cans to their windshield so they won't lose them next time.
down home 09/19/20 12:48pm Around the Campfire
RE: Heat & A/C on at the same time!

Find a good the to sort out the thermostat/controls. Our has two furnaces and two heat pumps. It is cold with the heat pumps selected , the furnaces still come on first to bring the coach up to warmth fast, then shuts off and the heat pumps take over. Our Holiday Rambler Fifth Wheel operated the same way, I believe. And when it gets so cold the heat pumps aren't able to keep up the furnaces kick back in and heat pumps go off. No way a heat pump can blow both hot and cold at the same time, unless it also has heat strip and it is wired cockamamie, with it wired on the wrong side of the thermostat/switches. Heat pumps work in both direction reversing the ac cycle on heat to extract the heat from the air outside and heat the air inside but can only work in one direction at a time.
down home 09/19/20 03:00am Tech Issues
Weather stations

Finally come around to the realization that a weather station which links to the national weather system, This early I can't think of the name, is more than a toy, here in the desert. What weather station requiring the fewest or no holes, in the roof, color display,radar, storm warning etc is out there?
down home 09/19/20 02:46am Tech Issues
RE: Bad air quality--finally taped a house filter on the A/C

Our Mh is pretty tight. The air conditioners recirculate air inside the RV. Going down the road we get a lot of dust and everything else through the dash air intake to the ac Newer models may have intake filter. Bad smokey air in the ac an air purifier sound like the better approach. here lately we've seen a number of ads for them on tv. May have something to do with the fires, I dunno. Just a thought: one of your roof fans, an air filter taped over one and the fan control turned to pull air in. Good filter might catch everything and positive air pressure keep air with smoke etc from getting in anywhere else. I have not tried it and don'tknwo the percentages, so to speak.
down home 09/18/20 06:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Food!

Perhaps your wife is not "into" cooking this trip, but how about you? I know several men who cook and do a darn good job. Get a cookbook and find something good. I guarantee your wife will be thrilled! Dale I'm not physically able to stand for long and so on. I like to cook and. At home I would cook have the pots and pans cleaned and put away, food on the table with just the dishes and bowls to stick in the dishwasher in no time. I liked to make breads and rolls cakes etc and BBQ my own receipts for sauce and Mesquite smoked.
down home 09/18/20 12:11pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Food!

Let's start with this premise: McDonald's does not make hamburgers. Those are beef (I think) flavored salt licks!
down home 09/17/20 06:59pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs

We are tired of everything! Fast Food is enemy number one. I have ate enough hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, steak, ham, and everything else. I want something different! If I had the energy I would open a restaurant and call it Something different. Anyone who ordered a burger, might be banned for life? Out here in the desert especially the options are even more limited Micky Ds and Cracker Barrel. I know the menue by heart! Don'' ask me though. Wife isn't into cooking, on the road this trip. I don't believe a steak wold whet my appetite after a week, right now. I want something different. What is it and where can I get some...within 50 miles???
down home 09/17/20 06:33pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: To brighten our day

A few years ago at a Flying J in Texaaas. A pickup puling a full horse trailer of race horses was taking his time inside. I had some interesting conversations with them their noses sticking out. The ante nose ribs. Except oen who was hgh strung and wanted out. The guy came out and filled a bucket with water and let them drink, while he held it up for them. I would have gladly done that but not my horses and he might object. I love horses. and still miss my daughter's quarter pony. He wsa a mess. If I didn't scratch his nose and hug his neck he might grab me by the shoulder gently to let me know. Wouldn't let the adults ride him but he loved to take the kids. Chico would have been great at a rodeo. He had to supervise everything.
down home 09/17/20 06:07pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Cast Iron pan seasoning Question

We know the Lodge Folks.Fine People. new cast iron is not the same quality as the old stuff, which they tried to make with as fine or small a pore as possible.Seperating the iron and filling the pores with lard or other shortening is the only way I know of. Grand Ma cleaned the skillets with a kitchen towel and a hand full of salt, or sand. When Mm go the pans they had a thick crust on the outside and the insides were black and slick, with ages of burned in grease etc. They got hot many times on the wood cook stove and in the oven. how many times she had to scrub them as described I don't know. When Mama got her first self cleaning stove she used it on the skillets and all that burned off.Great Grand Ma 1857-1933 used those skillets and that crust truly was antique. The skillets I know never performed the same.Wife has some Cross? Pans and they don't stick. Heat the skillets not real hot with oil or lard rubbed in both inside and out. Let them col after there is no fat t swish around wipe out and repeat. I don't know how many times, until the inside looks and feels slick in the corners or edges too. If it sticks clean but not wash and reseason again. I see some godposts on the subject like Wonderlost too. There is more than one way to skin a cat and I have no idea how Grand Ma did it was the best but I do think lard is the better idea. Bacon grease I'm wondering about though,even though everyone has used it has some salt in it.
down home 09/17/20 05:37pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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