Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Limitations



What Am I Able To Do?

5am - In yesterday's comments, there were thoughtful ideas presented about how to gage one's activities. This one single decision, about gaging what a person is able or not able to do, is right up there with the most important of all decisions to be made.

Having read the above paragraph, you may be thinking that what I wrote is ridiculous. You may also may be thinking, "How could a decision like that be so important?"

Here is the thing. My own experience has shown me that I must keep pushing myself. The reason for this is that my life has been, and continues to be, a downhill ride. 

Remember when I had my heart attack in 2014? Afterwards, I made the decision to give up RVing forever. Then I moved into Guava Gardens, a senior apartment house and remained at Guava for over two years.

Making a broad decision like that [To give up RVing forever] was a giant error. Let me be clear about this. Because I am thinking this thru right now, as I write this Blog post to you.

In the future, when something happens bad to me while doing something, I will no longer make a broad decision about doing that thing ever again.

Being a senior guy means, that when I stop doing some physical activity for awhile, that beginning to do it again may be very hard to do. Much better to push myself to never stopping and gage the degree of what I am doing.

A simple solution to a most important decision to be made!


8am - Soak in the hot tub
24 Hour Fitness has a hot tub. I've never used that hot tub before.

This morning, my sore elbow and I are going to give that hot tub a try! 😀


9am - "No problem?"
On the way to 24 Hour Fitness, I stopped off at Denny's. I'm there right now.

The waiter asked: "What would you like to drink?"
I answered: "Water and hot chocolate."
Waiter replied: "No problem!"

When I was growing up, we had lots of somewhat meaningless replies:
  • OK
  • Sure!
  • Right on!
But back then, our meaningless replies made sense. What sense does "No problem" mean when I order hot chocolate and the waiter answers with, "No Problem?" 

Is water and hot chocolate usually a problem? Was water and hot chocolate a problem yesterday, but problem solved today?

Everybody, I mean all people, in stores, restaurants, hardware stores, grocery stores---- EVERYBODY answers everything with "NO PROBLEM!"

Well, I have a question for the present day crop of mindless souls:
My question is: "What was the problem before that is NOT the problem now?"

I asked my waiter for another napkin, and he replied, "No problem!"

Whereupon I asked my waiter, "Is it usually a problem to get a napkin?"

My waiter replied, "Huh?"

I thought to myself: "Right on, Dude!"


12 noon - Pasta lunch
We are back with Twayler. We have Little iPhone serenading us with Luciano Pavarotti.

Baby Boid likes music to be playing. Tweets when it does. But Boid goes crazy nuts when Pavarotti sings. So do I. In that regard, Boid and I are birds of a feather!

The decision was made to prepare pasta for lunch. We happen to have on hand:
"Geovanni Rana's Tortelloni Prosciutto"

We also have, "Newman's Own Marinara" pasta sauce. And, Grated Parmesan Cheese. We are living high and tall!

Tortelloni Prosciutto


3:30pm - Scampy's Stealth Curtains
We just got back from Scampy in the Lone Wolf storage yard. We needed our sewing kit. We are working on making Stealth Curtains.
Note: We will get back to Scampy's Stealth Curtains a bit later.

Why be stealthy?
Before we get into the curtain thing, we want to be sure that we all are clear exactly what is Stealth Camping. [For this post, we are only referring to Nite Camps]

Most RVers stay in RV Parks and rent a space. No stealth needed for these folks.

Some RVers cannot afford RV Park rent. A much smaller group of RVers, just do not want to stay in an RV Park and do not like the idea of paying rent if they can Nite Camp free. So, these two groups, the ones who cannot afford rent and those who just don't want to pay rent, make their camps away from the RV park.

However, it is not a good idea for these "away from RV Park Campers" to just go anywhere, on any street and setup their Nite Camp. These folks may soon hear the knock-knock of police who were informed by locals of a "strange camper on my street!"

How to Stealth Nite Camp
In order to be successful at Nite Camping for free on the streets of most cities, you must adopt a technique called, "Stealth Camping."  There are a few ways to successfully Stealth Camp:
  • Industrial areas. These are locations where there are warehouses and factories. RVers are not expected to Nite Camp here. 
  • Arrive at your Stealth Nite Camp late. Passed 10pm. If no neighbor sees you Nite Camping, they cannot not report you.
  • Disguise your RV so that it appears that nobody is inside. Scampy's Stealth curtains are for this purpose. If the inside RV lights do not show to the outside, this stealth method will work pretty good.

5:30pm - Back to Scampy's Stealth Curtains
We are using our "Sew Simply" sewing kit to fashion up a black bed sheet into Scampy's Stealth Curtains. So far, it's going pretty good.

We found that taking a scissors to a bed sheet is NOT an easy endeavor! Somehow, we managed to cut out the right approximate size for each if the three curtains.

We are holding the cloth material in the position for sewing using Binder Clips, a kind of paper clip.

This afternoon, at Home Depot, we bought 3/4 Round Wood sticks that will be used as the lower curtain rods.

One of Scampy's Stealth Curtains
[In process] 





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27 comments:

  1. George, makes a lot of sense to me. You needed a rest, but only temporarily. Hang in there!

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    1. Thanks, Bill.

      And speaking of "hanging in", you've been hanging in there with me for a long time! 😎

      A most comforting thing for me!

      George

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  2. That goes for the saying use it or loose it. Keeping active sure helps you body and state of mine, but know when to rest.
    Never say never..

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    1. Hi OAT,

      I agree entirely!

      Tioga George

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  3. I do not use the word 'never'. I prefer to say " I hope I don't do that again" or "I hope I don't ever have to do that again". Leaves the door slightly ajar in case I have made a bad decision. Take care.

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    1. Hi Raymond,

      Interesting interpretation! I had to think on your comment a few minutes, before replying.

      My question to you is, "Who else, besides yourself, are you responsible to?"

      If there is nobody else, but you, why the "door slightly ajar" thing? To use as an excuse to others that you have told about your decision?

      Tioga George

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  4. Act in haste; repent at your leisure. Something I learned years ago.

    Ed

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    1. Hi Ed and Carol,

      Did I "act in haste?" [Good old saying though!]

      Tioga George

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  5. Good advice. My plan is to do the same, until I can't. Saying that though, I'm sitting here in my fifth wheel nursing a bum knee that my dog took out yesterday, playing with another dog :( I thought I was watching them carefully, them bam, I'm on the ground and now who knows what was done.

    Hope the tub helps... limping along, Gary

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    1. Hi Gary,

      You and I are hurting now. But I am betting on us both being back in good shape very soon!

      Bye for now,
      Tioga George

      PS: Hot tubbing is nice. Mostly a social thing rather than some kind of a cure.

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  6. Yes, I agree - when I stop doing something, it's just that much harder to get into it again. Even just boondocking. If I stay in a campground with full hook-ups for a couple of weeks or a month, I have to retrain myself when I'm back in the desert. Some things don't come naturally until I've been back for a few days.

    And "no problem" - that has always bothered me, too. He should have said, "sure thing," or "Yes, sir," there are a lot of responses, but "no problem" makes no sense to me.

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    1. Hi Barbara,

      In your comment you do not state if you are a senior.

      I agree with you, that for seniors, it is especially difficult to begin doing something physical once that thing was stopped. Especially so, when the reason for stopping was injury.

      We both are in sync with the "No problem" reply. 😎

      Tioga George

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  7. Tioga George,a server that says no problem sounds to me as if they have enough spare time to accommodate your request,but another night? Whats wrong with right away,thank you,coming right up!But,nooo proooblema is unacceptable.

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    1. Hi Canti,

      I do not know either. Just something lots of folks bought into. Now nearly everybody is a "No Problem" person!

      Tioga George

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  8. Then why do people say 'If it isn't any trouble, can you.....?' So, therefore, 'no problem!'

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    1. Hi Rita,

      I do not know!

      Tioga George

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  9. No decisions are cast in stone George. We can have a bad experience and say, "I will never do ____ again" but what we really mean is, "I will have to think about that and decide if there is a better, easier, safer way to do that". Maybe you decide there is not a better, easier, safer way to do it so now you must decide if you really want to stop doing it. Maybe you will stop and maybe you won't but the important thing is, you analysed it in your head and didn't make an abrupt declaration. It is all part of aging but that does not mean we have to quit living!

    The "No Problem" response probably comes from the Spanish, "No hay problema" or, "No problema" that is used so often in Mexico.

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    1. Hi Croft,

      The main reason behind my writing about my decision to stop RVing, is that decision cost me, BIG time!

      I could have been back on the road RVing a year or so earlier than I did. And would have, but for my bad thinking that my RVing life was finished when it was NOT finished.

      But that's all in the past now. And here I am with TWO RVs!

      Tioga George

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  10. Be sure to consult with the heart doctor regarding use of a hot tub. Just for safety reasons.

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    1. Hi MCA,

      Thank you for thought about my welfare with your comment/advice.

      Tioga George

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  11. I've noticed lately service people migrating from, "no problem" to saying, "my pleasure."

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    1. Hi Gumo,

      I would be sooooo happy to hear, "My pleasure."

      Tioga George

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  12. Tioga George just wanted to say how much I enjoy your writing style.
    Thank you for sharing your life with us so openly in this blog.

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    1. Hi Sheila,

      Your comment is a fantastic compliment!

      Thank you sooooo much! 😎

      Tioga George

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  13. I totally agree. I think we have to keep mixing it up to stay fresh.
    And George is refreshing and inspiring too, isn't he.

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    1. Hi Joan,

      It is absolutely wonderful for me to receive the praise worded in your comment.

      If I am worthy of those words, I've reached a higher plane than I have ever dreamed!

      Sincerely,
      George

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  14. And I expect you will go higher! Plus, you are quite funny
    as I often find myself laughing right out loud!

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