Sunday, December 31, 2006

5AM - The purpose for my life.
During July, 1993 while I was creating my Values, I was also searching for a statement which would define what I wanted. This statement would set out the purpose of my life.

By February, 1996, this statement had changed for the fourth time. Since then, the statement has not changed again, except two months later I added one additional phrase. Would you like to read this last statement?

What do I really want?
To know myself. To have clear goals. To go thru my life with ease, tranquility and peace with God.
Revised: February, 1996 [Added: April, 1996 "with God"]

The reason behind the purpose.
To know myself completely in order to be the best person that I can be. Nobody knows what comes after this life. I want to be the best person possible, in order to prepare for whatever may come.

10:30AM - Sunday breakfast!
Does breakfast on Sunday's around your home mean pancakes or waffles, eggs and bacon? Hmmmmm?

These scrambled eggs have chopped up fresh fried garlic. Ever since Jorge went over to Raymundo's home for the Christmas fiesta and tasted his Sandra's [wife] shrimp with garlic, he has been putting fresh garlic into nearly everything!

The chocolate cupcakes on the table are not part of breakfast. MsTioga whipped up a batch to give to Chito, Alty and the family for a Happy New Year thing. These three cupcakes were somehow left behind? Hmmmmm!
Sunday breakfast at MsTioga's.

1:30PM - Bench for the Little Room.
Chito uses an old kitchen table with one broken leg to store things on in what the family calls "The Little Room". Jorge asked Chito permission to use a board that was just hanging in the garage to make a bench to replace the old table.

You know how much Jorge loves to build and repair things. So you may only imagine how much fun this new bench is for Jorge!
The new bench in El Cuartito.

3:30PM - Walking with Lassie.
Jorge wants to take a walk with Lassie in Bella Vista, the neighborhood behind MsTioga. Grandma Alty gives permission. This time however, Jorge is prepared to walk with Lassie. He wears his work gloves, and holds Lassie's chain tight. Also, Jorge carries a stick with which to defend against other dogs.

At the beginning of the walk, Lassie is very afraid of Jorge's stick, and cowers. But Jorge pets Lassie and tells him that the stick is only for other dogs, and that he would never hit Lassie. Now Lassie is not afraid of the stick anymore.

As we pass the home of Chito's friend Salvatorre, Lassie spots a cat and takes off after it. Jorge is caught unaware, and goes tumbling into the street, landing on his back with his feet in the air. But Jorge still has hold of Lassie, and is not hurt. It is necessary when walking with Lassie to always be 100% aware!

We are looking for the home of Chutín the water guy and his wife Lupe who live in Bella Vista. After asking several people, we arrive at Chutín's home. Lassie is tied to a tree and out of the house comes Lupe who tells Jorge that Chutín is working. Jorge is invited to visit.

Lupe has prepared many buñuelos for the meal this evening. The buñuelos appear to be fried flat breads. They look like fried tortillas and are a dark brown color. Lupe asks if Jorge would like to eat one and he says "yes". Lupe sprinkles honey on the buñuelo and Jorge find that these things are delicious.


As we return back home, Lassie is really tired. Lassie does not receive much exercise being tied up all the time in his backyard. Jorge plans to walk more with Lassie. This walk was a good time.

Note: Little Mavicito wanted to go on the walk with Lassie, but Jorge did not believe this to be a good idea. Lassie is too much to handle while taking pics.

8PM tonite - Jorge invited to supper.
Tonite is New Year's eve. Jorge has been invited to fiesta at his friends Poncho & Francesca. Also Jorge is invited to Cesar & Blanca's home [inlaws of friend Raymundo]. Jorge received a third invititation this afternoon. Lupe, wife of his friend Chutín has given an invitation for supper tonite, and that invitation has been accepted.

A batch of chocolate chip cookies are being baked to give to Lupe for a supper gift.




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Saturday, December 30, 2006

6:30AM - Chito Fund electric project news!
We have some very exciting electric project news for you this morning!
  1. The fund blasted thru the $3K barrier.
  2. "CW" is our first 3-time donor.
  3. Donations needed to completely fund project, $633.
  4. The donation button in our daily posts does not work correctly. If you tried to make a donation over the past several days, and had trouble, please use the button that you will find in the Chito Fund page. Link is in the left column.
NOTE: If you do not wish to use PayPal, or PayPal does not work for you, send me an email and I will reply with an address for you to mail your check for the Chito Fund. The email link is at the bottom of this page in the footer.

Señor Varsy our electrician, has completed his work all around the outside of the main house, and is now installing new stuff around the kitchen/garage building.
Varsy wiring kitchen/garage.

A closer view.

8AM - Chito and Alejandra's birthday.
Early in the morning, Jorge brought over the birthday cake for Chito and his grand daughter Alejandra who were both born on the same day of the year. The candles were lit, and the birthday song sung.

Then we all ate a nice piece of cake at the table in the kitchen!
Alejandra, Chito, Victor and Ana Karen.

12 Noon - Lunch at Mariscos Neto.
We know that Little Mavicito has shown you pics of the wonderful meals that Mariscos Neto serves. But they are sooooo wonderful and so inexpensive, that they deserve to be shown again and again and again!

Jorge treated himself to this dish shown below, which is listed on the menu as, "Pescado al mojo con ajo" [Fish prepared in oil with garlic].
All this for $5.50US!

2PM - Ana Karen is getting ambitious.
This afternoon, Ana Karen came over looking for a job. She suggested cleaning MsTioga's inside. MsTioga readily accepted.

Ana worked an hour cleaning everything from the bathroom to the backup monitor!
Ana earned $20 pesos for her work.



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Friday, December 29, 2006

6AM - Tech time at MsTioga's.
Battery maintenance:
For Mr. Sunny's battery bank, it is maintenance time. The bank is located underneath the computer workstation. The station was designed with maintenance in mind, and the desktop is made of 3-parts. Each part is removable in order to give access to the equipment below.

When the center section over the battery bank was removed, Little Mavicito sees that the windstorms of the past month have covered the bank with dust.
Before maintenance.

Each battery is cleaned up, watered, and the cable nuts tightened.It took a little over an hour to do the maintenance this morning. The bank was thirsty, and took almost a gallon of distilled water which is a little more than usual.
After.

These (6) Exide Golf Car batteries were bought from Sam's Club about April, 2003 [$47/each]. They are still going strong at almost four year's service. One cell of battery 1X has always been low, and has been at 1250 on our hydrometer. All the other cells read 1300. Next time batteries are bought, a hydrometer test will be made before buying.

Below is a pic of the measuring bowl/funnel with a built in valve. Makes watering the battery bank easy work. Jorge believes that he bought his funnel at an AutoZone store.
Measuring/funnel with a valve.

Computer maintenance:
Onboard MsTioga we have two computers. Mr. Chips our backup computer is a Compaq desktop. Ms. GQ our daily laptop computer, is a Fry's Electronics "GQ" brand. Here in MsTioga, we go overboard to insure that we always have a computer. That is why we have (2) computers onboard.

Since buying these computers during the fall of 2005, we have wanted both computers to be images of each other with the same file structure. Yesterday we were able to achieve this goal with the purchase of "Move Me" from Spearit Software.

This simple to use software did exactly what was wanted. No glitches! We had to copy/paste the desktop file to get that right, but this was easy. When you buy a new computer, Move Me easily copies your old computer on to the new!

Now the monitors of both computers are exact duplicates. Even the desktop has the same image [our own Mesa Arch!]. Every shortcut icon is in the same place on each monitor!

"Genie Backup Manager Home 7.0" is being used on a trial basis for incremental backups. Our first backup using Genie went great.

1:30PM - MsTioga teaches Little Mavicito about life.
Little Mavicito was sitting on the computer table when Mr. Chips mentioned to Ms. GQ that we received (1) donation yesterday for $10. Little Mavicito ran over to MsTioga and told her that he was worried. "What will happen if we do not get the money to pay Señor Barci for his work?", asked Little Mavicito.

MsTioga replied, "Do not worry Little Mavicito, everything will be alright".

"But I am worried, MsTioga. What can I do?"

"Just be the best camera that you can be", answered MsTioga.

"Is that all Jorge has to do also? Be the best that he can be?", asked Little Mavicito. "Do you see what Jorge is doing now?", answered MsTioga.

Little Mavicito looked around, "Yes, he is over there cleaning your door."

"Is Jorge doing a good job?"

"The door looks pretty clean. I think that he is doing a good job."

"Then Jorge is doing all that he can do", said MsTioga. And MsTioga told Little Mavicito, "You go outside and take your best pic of Jorge cleaning my door, OK?"

Little Mavicito went outside and took the best pic that he could of Jorge cleaning the door. Now that he knew that everything would be alright, he was not worried anymore.

Later on, MsTioga was heard talking to herself and saying, "Things may not turn out as we wish, but they always work themselves out."
Jorge cleaning the door.



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Thursday, December 28, 2006

3AM - MsTioga and George think about 2007 and beyond.
First, I would like to reveal to you how wonderful it is to just be able to mess around inside MsTioga at anytime. Day or nite. When I was a work-a-day guy, I had to get my sleep at nite or be tired at work. Now, anytime I want to play on the computer, I do it because I may always take a nap during the day. Love that!

I am going to post our 2007 trip plan sometime today. MsTioga and I know somethings about it though. Would you like us to share? Hmmmm?

We will remain here in Santa Rosalia during January. Then in February, we want to head south in order to visit with Javier Nava the fisherman who lives in San Carlos on the Pacific coast. I've been concerned about Javier's business. You may remember that Javier owns four very large fishing boats. I am concerned because his boats catch a HUGE amount of fish, and I do not believe that this quantity of a catch is sustainable, especially so since that subject has been much in the news recently.

MsTioga and I will then head south to visit with Gumaro Gonzalez and family on his rancho Boca del Salado. Of course we want to coordinate this visit with our good friend Michel the photographer. Michel is buying a huge new 4WD RV, as you may have read in his blog. If possible, I would like my trip to the Gonzalez rancho to be at a time when Michel's new RV is there also.

MsTioga and I will return to Santa Rosalia around the end of February, and remain there until sometime in April. Then we will head north, returning to the United States.

MsTioga and Mr. Sunny have asked for some things to be done when we return. MsTioga wants to have a new rubber roof installed. Mr. Sunny wants to enlarge his solar electric system, and make some needed changes as well. I believe that the low cost of living here in Mexico will allow the savings of enough cash to do these things.

The new roof and the solar electric changes will be an integrated job. I want to place on MsTioga's roof, the maximum amount of solar panels possible. The solar battery bank will be moved to the front of MsTioga, and will be located in a new cabinet that will replace the passenger seat. Moving of the battery bank to the front will balance the load, which is presently weighted to the rear, exceeding Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating by 620 lbs. The Front Gross Axle Weight Rating exceeds the actual weight by 1,060 lbs. So moving the battery bank to the front seems like a good idea from a balanced distribution of load perspective. More important to me, is that the battery bank will be much more accessible when it comes time for battery servicing. Now, it is difficult to add water to some of the cells, because the bank is presently located under the computer workstation desk.

MsTioga's roof air conditioner is never used, and will be removed to provide space for the additional solar panels. So you see how coordinating the new rubber roof with all the other stuff is important.

I've spent a considerable amount of time thinking about MsTioga's maintenance, which at times has been sort of high. I now conclude that the cost of maintaining a used MsTioga is much less than the cost of purchasing a replacement RV. I am now of the mind that MsTioga may be maintained to be my wonderful RV home for the rest of my life.

There are some additional things that I would like to do as well, but are lower in priority. The fiberglass walls of MsTioga are not to my liking. The way the joints are engineered with screwed on extruded aluminum caps just does not cut it for me. The newer RVs have fiber glass caps, that keep out the rain much better. I would like to have all of our aluminum joint caps removed and replaced with permanent fiberglass caps.

The bottom of MsTioga's house section has received many blows as I drove around over the past four years. I would like to have these "wounds" repaired. Also, I would like MsTioga to receive a nice new paint job, preserving her Santa Rosalia mine mural of course.

I estimate that it will take about a month, until the end of May, 2007, to get all of these things done. How much we will accomplish is dependent on how much cash we bank during our time in Mexico. Things are looking good so far though.

10AM - Chito Fund zooms under $1,000 to complete.
Three readers donated $125 yesterday. For two of them, this was their 2nd donation! Chito's electric project now needs only $973 more to complete funding.
Will you click the DONATE button now, OK?

Click here to go to the Chito Fund page where you will find a Donate button, OK?

Benefits:

1. Watch Little Mavicito's pics to see what gets done with your donation.
2. Better than a large charity. No overhead. 100% of your dollars go to Chito's home.
3. Receive a GIANT email hug from MsTioga.

1PM - El Jardín is bursting with new life!
Today three new plants entered the earth of El Jardín. Two cactus and one small tree. Chito gave Jorge the small tree, which produces lovely yellow bellshaped flowers all year long. Alty (Chito's wife) says that the tree is called, "Copa de Oro".

Are you able to see the small tree? Hint: Look where Jorge is pointing.
The tall cactus and small tree.


1:30PM - Openly discussing mental problems.
A reader emailed his opinion that by openly discussing my nearly committing suicide, I was an embarrassment to my family. [I wrote about suicide in my "Poor George's Almanac" blog.]

If you have been a reader for awhile, you have noticed that I am pretty open in my blogs. It is my belief that NOT being open is dishonest, and is itself a major problem.

I am bringing this subject out into the open, because it is the right thing to do.

2:30PM - Alejandra and Chito's birthday.
Alejandra and Jorge were talking and it came out in conversation that tomorrow was her birthday. Well, we cannot have a birthday without a birthday cake!
Alejandra making her own birthday cake!
While preparing the cake, the kids casually mentioned that their grandfather Chito's birthday is tomorrow too! Wow!

5PM - Victor and Jorge shopping for birthday candles.
What is a birthday cake without candles? So, Victor and Jorge went down to El Centro to buy some. The camino [road] back up is very steep. At the top we both rested, and looked down at El Centro below.

Victor resting while looking down at El Centro.



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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

7AM - The Sea is calm
Here in Cachania when the Sea of Cortez is calm, there is no wind. And it is very calm today. Little Mavicito went to the far porch to take a pic of Jorge looking for the sun to rise over the Pueblo.
View from Chito's porch

8AM - Good day for burning
The Team has been waiting for a good burning day. Today is it. There is no wind. MsTioga's water hoses are laid out and connected to her water supply [just in case]. Jorge is using Chito's rake to move brush from the far pile to the burning one.
Burning the brush

It only took about 30 minutes to burn the big pile of brush. Jorge is waiting for the fire to burn out in order to put out. Dead out.
Fire burning down

9AM - There are tons of colibrí
Jorge wants to thank the several readers who wrote about putting Vaseline on the thread from which the colibrí [hummingbird] feeder is hanging. The Vaseline stopped the ants completely!

It is clear now why the sugar water that the colibrí drink goes down so fast. There are several dozen of these cute little birdies. And they come to drink and hang out around the mequite tree all day long.

Different colors. Different size beaks. The colibrí are so friendly! You would not believe. After drinking their fill, some will sit on a branch only inches from Jorge. They are sooooooo cute!


10AM - Banner donation day for Chito Fund!
MsTioga and Jorge are sooooooo happy to report that eight readers donated $355 in one day for Chito's electric project! Only $1,098 more will push us over the top and completely pay Barci the Electrician for a totally new electric system.

Click here to go to the Chito Fund page where you will find the donate button, OK?
Barci running the refrigerator line

Benefits:

1. Watch Little Mavicito's pics to see what gets done with your donation.
2. Better than a large charity. No overhead. 100% of your dollars go to Chito's home.
3. Receive a GIANT email hug from MsTioga.

Old refrigerator line 
Rusty and dangerous





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