Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Old people

One Day and a Wakeup!

What's It Like Having 80 Years?

4:01am:
I'll give you some examples of things that actually happened.
➜ Yesterday I went shopping at Stater Bros, the grocery. I buy Pepsi in those tiny cans that have only 7.5 oz [It's bad for you, right? So 7.5 oz is better than 12 oz].

I reach for a six-pack. The cans go scattering! From all around me, people are rushing to pickup the cans. A man hands me a fresh six-pack. "Go on, go on," he tells me. "We'll take care of it." 

➜ When I am approaching the entrance to a store, people ahead of me stand aside. Hold the door open for me to go in/out ahead of them.

➜ I was looking for mashed potato mix [Again at Stater Bros]. I'm wondering out loud, "Where are the potato mixes. They told me they are on aisle 4?"

A few minutes later, a woman is waving at me from about 20 feet away. "I found it," she tells me. "I heard you saying that you were looking for them."

➜ At the Golden Corral in Hesperia [A buffet joint], I asked a sever where the tar-tar sauce is? She didn't know. A few minutes later, a lady walked up to me and handed over a cup of tar-tar. "I heard you ask for tar-tar. It's in the salad bar."  

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4:28am:
The Nutcracker
Just before I began this Blog post, I went online and bought good tickets for the San Diego Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker."

I've been going to see The Nutcracker for over half a century! You have to buy tickets early in order to get good seats!



10:17am:
Where did we sleep?
Last nite, Boid slept in Scampy. And I slept in Twayler.

It was cold last nite in Apple Valley. In the low 30s. It's interesting to me to realize that it is far easier to hold a desired temperature in Scampy, then in Twayler.


10:31am:
What has happened is sooooo fantastic!
Since my "Keep Twayler" decision, I've caught myself having moments of warm joy. A smile on my face.

That happens when I think of what's going to be for us with Twayler remaining on the team.

We shall be returning to Twayler. And having Twayler to come home to, makes all the difference!


5:12am:
Checking Tránsito's hitch 
It's time to check the hitch. We have constructed a four foot wrench extension to give us leverage when checking the hitch.

The hitch ball mechanism was taken all apart. Cleaned and inspected. The hitch appears to be in good shape.

We like to check the hitch ball's hex nut about once each month to insure that the hex nut is tight..


Our hitch nut wrench in action

18 comments:

  1. Your positive experiences as an "old guy" give me hope. Listening to this morning's news was depressing. Bob

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    1. Hi Bob,

      Your comment is a nice one for me read!

      Thank you,
      George

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  2. I hear where you are coming from George.
    I will be 80 in April.

    Joe

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    1. Joe, I think it's respectful that those lucky enough to reach that milestone get some preferential treatment and help from the rest of us. Happy early Birthday Joe

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    2. Well, as the recipient that preferential treatment, I have to
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      I love it!

      George

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  3. I'm not so lucky at 73 years old for preferential treatment. Guess I have to wait 7 years to get that (if any). Even my relatives don't give me preferential treatment...shove me aside. It's strangers who treat me with kindness sometimes. Young ladies and men do not give up their seats while I stand, I'm at the back of the long lines except maybe when I board an airline flight I get to go on first :-) No problem. I can wait 7 years.

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    1. Oh Rita..so sad to read. My experience has been the same as George's.except for one time I am 73 and I carry a small oxygen concentrator. I lost my balance and fell to the sidewalk in front of a restaurant. Three ladies walked down the sidewalk toward me--as I struggled to get up, they walked around me and over me with nary a word. Other than that incident, I have had young men open doors wide open; help; and genuine care.

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    2. Dear Readers,

      I have initiated once again, moderated comments. This means that you shall not see immediate publication of your comments. I must view your comments. Approve them. Then publish them.

      A jerk has taken up spamming around here again. He is a nuisance. And moderated comments are a good way to handle such persons.

      George

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  4. Dear George,

    I just flat out love you.

    XO

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    1. Dear Barbara,

      I just love you right back!

      xXOO

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  5. OK mr. G. you got me confused
    I know when I go to the strip club I could see👀 Tar Tar,s
    I know when I go to the beach I could see 🕶Tar Tar,s there
    But I never knew I could get Tar Tar,s at the salad bar
    And to think I've been looking 🔍for 🕶 Tar-Tar in all the wrong places

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  6. I too had quite a time tightening the ball nut on my hitch while using an 18 inch closed end wrench. I was pulling horizontally in a clockwise manner. Then I thought that I should rotate the hitch insert 90 degrees so that the wrench would be turning in a vertical plane instead. I could now use my weight as a means of turning the wrench versus my brute strength. It now became much easier to tighten the ball nut. To finish the task the hitch insert is rotated back 90 degrees to its normal position and the pin is inserted as usual. BTW, if you weigh 150 pounds and step on the end of the 18 inch wrench you will be applying 225 foot pounds of torque. Check the ball nut for what tightening torque is required.

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    1. Hi Paul,

      Now that is a great idea!!

      In the morning, I'm going use your idea!

      George

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  7. Trying to leave a comment again. Hope it works this time. I have been having a hard time with this. Hmmmm.

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  8. Glad it did :-) problem solved, I hope

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  9. hi George,

    if you like eating at Golden Corral buffet, there's a new one in El Cajon, the only one in San Diego County -- it's in the old HomeTown Buffet spot at 390 W. Main Street -- I haven't tried them as I don't need unlimited food in front of me

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