Friday, July 28, 2017

2003

Day 79


The Goal Of Tioga George

9:42am:
Back in 2003, shortly after MsTioga and I began vagabonding together, I published here in my Blog, my RVing goal:
"To be of help to my fellow RVers"

I accomplished this goal on the RV.net forum site by sharing my skills and knowledge. Back in 2003, I was doing things that had not yet become common in the RVing world:
▶︎ Levelers
▶︎ Internet connection everywhere we traveled
▶︎ Solar power
▶︎ Vagabonding, dry camping [Living away from the RV park]


9:57am:
My travels
As MsTioga and I wandered the roads of the Western United States, Canada and Mexico, from our windows, we saw stuff from a different perspective. Stuff that the regular world folk did not see.

One afternoon, many years ago, we were Afternoon Camped in the fabulous City of San Diego. MsTioga was in a commercial area. Next to a restaurant. There bushes growing around the restaurant, big enough to camouflage homeless persons squatting down inside.

I was stretched out and lying down on MsTioga's upholstered swivel chairs. My head and back on one chair. My feet on the other chair. Sort of lying down, so that I was not visible to the persons squatting in those bushes. I was close to them them though. Close enough to hear their words!

The three men were conversing the challenges of obtaining government aid:
▶︎ Man #1: I lost my address that I had with a guy who has an apartment. Now I don't have a way to receive mail.
▶︎ Man #2: How you gonna get welfare?
▶︎ Man #1: I'm screwed.
▶︎ Man #3: Why doncha set up with rock?
▶︎ Man #1: What's rock?
▶︎ Man #3: Rock Church. Over on Ward.
▶︎ Man #1: What they do?
▶︎ Man #2: I heard about Rock. Never been there. Yeah! What they do?
▶︎ Man #3: Lotsa things. Give you a street address. Meals too. But you have to put up with the Jesus thing that they do.
▶︎ Man #1: How about showing me Rock?
▶︎ Man #2: Yeah, show me too.

All three men left the bushes, and headed over to Rock. For a long time I just stayed right there. Lying down in MsTioga's swivel chairs. Mesmerized by that conversation that I overheard of the three men in the bushes.

I would re-hear that conversation in my mind's ear many times over the years.




2:28pm:
Registering Tránsito
It took about a month to figure out where to register Tránsito.
➜ Oregon?
➜ California?
➜ Another place?

In the end, California was the winner. California got $1,169 bucks of my hard earned dough. Bet Jerry Brown is happy.

I downloaded a DMV form, took it to Office Max on a travel drive. Printed out and filled out the form. Then down to the US Post Office to mail:
➜ My check
➜ Tránsito's pink slip
➜ The filled in form .......to DMV.

As Forest Gump would say: "One less thing!"



4:43pm:
Apple Store
When I got out of Tránsito at the Post Office, smoke was billowing out about half-way down the inside of the driver side door!! The smoke was coming from a little Apple cable.

The Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter.

iPhone owners have been complaining about the quality this little cable. And rightly so. If Steve Jobs were still around, he would be kicking butt about this terrible idea of a low quality cable adapter.
But why did Apple produce iPhone 7 without an audio output?


Apple must have known that audio is one of the favorites things of iPhone users. Dumb, dumb......dumb [With salt on it!]


5:49pm:
Home Depot
We are sitting in Scampy going over the projects for which we will be buying material at Home Depot. There are dimensions that we have to put down on our notes list in order to know what to buy.

One of our projects is to resolve a way to keep Scampy's bench seat cushions from sliding forward. Often when I am sitting on a cushion, it simply slips forward. It's a real pain to be sitting on the cushion and have it slide forward.

I was thinking of using a metal or wood keeper that would stop the cushion's movement. Then, Velcro popped into my head!

One of Scampy's bench seats.





10:28pm:
Carl's Jr
We hardly ever go to a burger joint like Carl's Jr, Wendy's, MeDonald's. This evening we are here because of circumstances beyond the control of the Scampy RV Team!

And that, is a huge loss of control! Mere mortals may find it almost impossible to grasp a loss of control as great as this one!

It would be like the Pacific Ocean rising up and flooding Denver! Well, that example may be stretching the bounds of reality a smidgeon.



Water, water, everywhere!
Scampy's fresh water tank was checked this morning. There is no water level indicator. Just open the bench seat cover and look down at the tank. So, George entered a entry in his tiny notebook to fetch water.

Earlier this evening we were over at Home Depot shopping our heads off. We knocked so many things to buy off the Project List, that we were getting giddy with excitement!

All of our Project Stuff has been crossed off the list because they are complete. All that remains are research items and minor projects:
★ Why do police cuff persons who are not dangerous?
★ How should a successful rebellion be organized?
★ Mount a volt meter on the cover of Scampy's battery box.

When we pulled out of the Home Depot parking lot, we headed for a Chevron Station. Chevrons our usually good for filling the fresh water tank. One of the gas guys walked us over to their water hose, and turned on the water.

We have discontinued filling fresh water all the way up. Do you recall that we Blogged to about the leak? At first we thought that the leak was in the tank's bottom. But when the water level went down a bit, the leak stopped. That meant to us that the leak was near the top.

So, this evening we filled the tank to only about 3" below the top. When we returned to go inside Scampy after bringing Chevron's hose back to its place, there was a ton of water all over the floor. And it was continuing to flow to the floor!

We got out our super duper special magical Rubbermaid mop. The mop that picks up water from a flood. It worked! Picked up the water like magic. Of course it would do that. Because its a magical Rubbermaid mop.

We went across the street from the Chevron to Carl's Jr. We left Scampy parked on an incline with the fresh water tank at the low point. Water was draining out slowly as we walked away to Carl's.






Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 222 feet
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28 comments:

  1. Sounds like Man #3 shares your mission to be of help to others, no matter hus own curcumstances.

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  2. That was a good conversation but they didn't find the government aid did they,, But they did fine the religious Aid
    and that sure is a pretty poor excuse

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    1. Mister ed,

      Why do you comment that "religious aid" is a poor excuse?

      A poor excuse for what?

      George


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    2. My reply is very simple,, you can't go to the government to fix your homeless needs. but we can feed and shelter countless Refugees overseas
      We can give millions in aid to foreign countries
      We can spend millions of dollars in Haiti and there are no better off now than they were in the beginning
      You can spend millions of dollars in New Orleans and still have homeless people
      you could spend millions of dollars in Sandyhook and still have homeless people


      But it's ok to go to a local religious (aid) organization, for food for shelter for clothing for medical.
      Don't give ME money give ME the infrastructure so that I can get food on my table, a job that I qualify for. My medical needs. and a roof over my head.

      And that's only part of my thinking
      Don't ask me about the other segment of society breathing my air

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  3. That was over 10 years ago, but probably same thing going on today.

    Harass people in a park and cuddle the homeless.

    If only a way to sort out the ones that really need and want help.

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    1. Hi Wobbley,

      What's with your comment:
      "If only a way to sort out the ones that really need and want help."

      Explain "sort out." I don't get it?

      George


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  4. Hi Wobbley,

    What's with your comment:
    "If only a way to sort out the ones that really need and want help."

    Explain "sort out." I don't get it?

    "challenges of getting gov't aid" Maybe I assumed wrong but the description you gave in your posting, I assumed the 3 guys you posted about were the homeless type. Why would three guys be in the bushes? Maybe the gardeners?
    Lots of homeless where I'm at many with RV's. I think it is a shame that many good overnight RVing parking places now have No Overnight parking posted. Used to be no problem parking somewhere and enjoying local museums or places like that. Not any more. Many employers have a hard time getting help. Example: The UPS store I use has a help wanted sign in their window over 2 weeks. At the same time not uncommon for beggars begging for money saying they are homeless out side of UPS store .
    If there was a way to sort out those that need and want help, I would love to help them. But will not help people wanting free stuff that don't do anything to better themselves.

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    1. Wobbley,

      No way to "sort" that kind of thing.

      Besides, programs to aid these persons should NOT [in my opinion], give them anything. People must figure out how to make do on their own.

      Otherwise, they will never be responsible for themselves. So, how to get persons to be responsible for themselves when they are basically not responsible persons?

      Get each one of them to come up with their OWN plan to contribute to their own welfare.

      [Contribute to their own welfare = A euphemism for working].

      George

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    2. You explain it so well. My thoughts exactly. We love being homeless half the year, when we're snowbirding. Maybe I should say "houseless" not "homeless"?

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  5. Hi George, I just wanted to tell you that you were in my thoughts today as I ate at Pollo Feliz here in San Miguel de Allende!

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    1. Hi LBM,

      That's a lovely thing for me to know. That Mexico still is going along in San Miguel de Allende as I am RVing here in Oregon.

      How are things going for you as an RVer in Mexico?

      George

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  6. I use an adapter to my headset to plug into my iPhone 7 plus...works wonderful. I use it on the plane to watch movies or listen to music I've bought.

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    1. P.S. I kept my old Sony radio/cassette player and my old Sony disc player...they were built to last a long time. Yes, I still have cassettes and disc and would you believe I also kept my old boom box...works wonderful while camping or at the park. I also have a hand cranked emergency radio I take with me when I camp out in the sticks as well as the hand cranked flashlight.

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    2. Rita,

      When you use the Apple headset with an adapter, to you send audio AND get iPhone battery charging at the same time?

      My Belkin adapter used with the tiny Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter does both.

      George

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  7. Next time you go to fill your tank have somebody else fill it up while you're inside looking for the leak

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    1. Mi ed,

      Good idea, if the tank were completely visible. It's not.

      I am going to repair the leak. The bench seat has to be removed in order to do that.

      Not #1 priority if I do not fill the fresh water tank.

      George

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  8. ★ Why do police cuff persons who are not dangerous?
    That answer is simple he doesn't know that that person is not dangerous
    But the real answer is to protect himself
    ★ How should a successful rebellion be organized?
    Another easy answer, by being first in line
    ★ Mount a volt meter on the cover of Scampy's battery box.
    But here's a question for you. do you have a cigarette lighter type of plug inside your trailer
    If you do why not get a cigarette lighter type volt meter
    If the answer is no here's another solution

    Dorman Dash Mount Lighter Receptacle Kit
    Part No. 56415

    Cigarette lighter 12 V battery monitoring

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=5&ved=0ahUKEwitt-HMg67VAhWD4SYKHfYSAr0QwqsBCHIwBA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dk3fLElpELhM&usg=AFQjCNEyraGmyk8ZX9IeE8N42IVJ2vcthA
    $6.99



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    1. Mister ed,

      Asked and answered by me,

      See Ed, Carol and Gopher below.

      George

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  9. You being a fan of digital technology why do you not use your iPhone as Bluetooth to your truck radio or your trailer radio. One simple charging cord. if you get a phone call the music stops and the radio rings. You can Bluetooth your phone through your radio as well for hands-free operation
    Or They also have excellent Bluetooth speakers
    The next time you go to Walmart look in the audio section for Bluetooth speakers,. Some as small as a pack of cigarettes others as big as a shoebox
    And the sound is outstanding

    Also a side note; Apple is thinking about dropping iTunes. if they haven't done it already,, due to lack of popularity

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    1. Hi Mister ed,

      The answer is, by using a Belkin USB cable to connect to my iPhone 7, I get all three of the following:
      ▶︎ Battery charging
      ▶︎ Song audio sent to my vehicle's sound system
      ▶︎ Map directions that over ride the song sound

      George

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  10. An obvious question (to me anyway) that noone else has asked... how DO you get internet everywhere? Are you referring to wifi availability or is there a gadget you would recommend?

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    1. Hi Rogue,

      Back in 2003, when I first began RVing, the only mobile access to the internet was a satellite internet connection.

      WiFi had been developed in the 1990s, but did not become available in mobile form until several years later when the WiFi stick arrived.

      I purchased a MotoSat Satellite Antenna which operated with Hughesnet to get on the net.

      With MotoSat, I was able to get on the net everywhere in the United States, parts of Canada and Mexico. Data speed was limited by an allotment. But I had unlimited data amount.

      MotoSat was great!! But, the device had many components some of which were subject to failure.

      George

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  11. Why do police cuff people who are not dangerous?

    How does one tell who is dangerous and who is not?
    Easy access to a hidden weapon?
    Highly skilled in the martial arts?
    A wacko who just hates cops?

    When a person puts their life on the line each day when they go to work, it does make one extra cautious. Coming home alive is the goal.

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    1. Hi Ed, Carol and Gopher,

      After September 11, 2001, the police in the United States evolved into a militaristic entity. Before 911, the police were essentially pro-citizen in nature. Friendly. Wanting to help. Nice group of people.

      After 911, the entire nature of our country became paranoid and aggressive toward threats, real or imagined.

      A gross example:
      Touching any cop, nurse, doctor, fireman, etc., became a crime. A felony described as Assaulting A Police Officer.

      George

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  12. I would like to Change of topic
    I know you like your laptop but,, Is smaller better,, what's your opinion

    https://qz.com/587133/big-phones-are-here-to-stay-while-big-tablets-are-going-out-of-style/

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    1. Hi Mister ed,

      A gigantic sea change is coming at us like a runaway freight train! That change is the sophistication of Talking To Computers.


      The article that you URL'd to me headed in the right direction. But missed the mark by a wide margin.

      The headline of that story that you URL'd to me is:
      "Big phones are here to stay, while big tablets are going out of style"

      The correct headline from my perspective is:
      Integration of phones and computers into one device destined for a revolutionary change by Talking To Computers.

      Talking to computers is most definitely:
      THE FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY


      George

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