Friday, August 17, 2018

Fixing Delight

9:18 am:
Last nite, George sat down on Scampy's table. Boom! The table collapsed when one of the table's support brackets let go and the table with George on it fell askew to the floor. George was surprised, but not hurt even a tiny bit.

The table was still usable as a base for Scampy's bed. But the support bracket was found this morning on Scampy's floor. Of course, George was delighted to realize that finding this bracket meant a new fixing project for him!

If you are a Reader who has followed George's RVing life for a while, you may have come to the conclusion that he breaks stuff on purpose, just so that he can feel the joy of repairing something!




9:48 am:
Disclaimer
While there may be some extremely tiny iota of truth to this "break stuff on purpose" ridiculous idea, we on the Scampy RV Team are letting you know that George would never resort to that kind of tomfoolery.

He may overly enjoy fixing stuff, however. And George's enjoyment may cause a reasonable person to believe that he does, in fact, break stuff so that he can then repair it!


11:04 am:
Ponderay vs Pend Oreille
The Scampy Team is camping at the Hi-Dee-Ho RV Park in the City of Ponderay Idaho.

Last nite when we published our Nite Camp Location Link in our Blog, we clicked on that link which took us to the Google Earth map of this area. We were looking for a nice place to make a Day Camp next to Lake Pend Oreille. And we found one!

The nice place is Sandpoint City Beach Park! The Scampy Team is heading over to that park today! Click [Here] to look at a Google Earth map of this park!

BTW, the name Ponderay [Idaho] is an interpretation of the French name for the large Lake Pend Oreille that is located here.


2:58 pm:
The Team At The Park
We found a very good campsite, a few feet off of the sand and right close to the water.

Baby Boid, the big flirt that he is, tweedles for every beach-goer passing us.  They all stop to admire Boid, because he is sooooo beautiful. Perfect feathers and all.

What do you think about the size of Lake Pend Oreille? Have you clicked on the link above?

The Scampy Team at City Beach Park
Sandpoint Idaho


9:32 pm:
2000 Watt Inverted Power To Scampy!
This evening began our drive to provide 120 volts AC solar-generated power into Scampy. There were several starts and stops along our way.

There was one major stop when George thought that he was running a 15 amp 120-volt AC circuit into a junction box. Equipment plugged into that junction box would not power up!?

Testing with our multi-meter showed power to the junction box! What could be wrong?

After horsing around with testing every single connection leading to the junction box and still and still coming up with zero, George finally figured out that he had run 12 volts DC to the junction box when 120 volts AC was required.

Señor Tránsito who was looking over George's shoulder figured the thing out just about the same time that George figured it out.

"Come on George, get with the program!" blurted out Señor Tránsito. 

George was kinda embarrassed about mixing up AC with DC. But everything is working now!  Yayyyyyy!


11:30 pm:
Home Depot and McDonald's Observations
I'm shopping almost every day at The Home Depot for stuff for my projects. I've noticed that there are usually 10-self service registers open. But only 1 or 2 registers staffed by a Home Depot person.

When a customer uses a self-serve register, The Home Depot saves labor $money$. If customers stopped using the self-serve robots, The Home Depot would have to hire cashiers.

This evening I ate at the McDonald's. I noticed that nearly all "eat-in" customers bussed their tables after eating. I did a Google search about that and came up with the following:
"The idea that customers should clear their tables is nothing less than corporate greed dressed up as a moral obligation."

My Conclusions:
It seems to me that it is good for the people when there are more of us unemployed. Shouldn't we all, for our own good, stop bussing and stop using self-serve robot cash registers?

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36 comments:

  1. Hmmm I think I mentioned before that you are accident prone. Carelessness, forgetfulness, and just plain accidents seems to follow you around. I wouldn't have sat on the table for the very reason...it might not support me. Good thing you love to fix things :-)

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    1. I disagree with you Rita.

      You are commenting your opinion. However, you comment as if your opinion is a fact.

      In my opinion:
      1. I am not careless.
      2. I am not accident prone.

      What I am is a man who will be 81 years of age in November. Also, I am an extremely active man for my age.

      Yes, I have experienced a reduction of physical coordination and stability as I aged. But, I am not going to limit my activities according to your expectations of me as you have laid them out in your [judgmental] comment.

      I am using humor as a communication method in my story about repairing the broken table.

      Cool it, Rita. 😎

      George

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    2. 👍👌

      Thank you, Kent!

      George

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    3. People who do nothing will have no mishaps; people who do more things will have more mishaps. The important thing is formulating a recovery plan and executing it. That's what gives us satisfaction and keeps us going.
      Joe

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  2. George, um, um, I just simply must ask this question. Why were you sitting on a table?!! My Mom use to take a swat at me for doing that as a teenager. What's worse though is my husband as a teenager use to open the old style Coke bottles using his Mom's handles on her kitchen drawers. You can picture what those drawers looked like.

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    1. Hi Dee,

      The table becomes the base for the bed. I had just put the table down into the bed/base position.

      When I sat down on the table, one of the steel brackets that secures the table at one end, let go sending me falling to the floor.

      Understand that the position of the table when I sat on it, was bed level. NOT table level.

      Did your Mom swat you for sitting on your bed as well as a table?

      George


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  3. Scampy breaks too easily. It's always something.

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    1. Hi Phil,

      You are still a Reader after all of these years! I am sooooo happy to see that you are here and commenting too! 😎

      How's things going at your Poway California Outback Steakhouse? Must be good because Outback's food [Especially the steak] is sooooo great!

      Tell me Phil, have you ever tried the RV life?

      Bye for now,
      George



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  4. I think we need to rename mr, George
    From now on we can call him Mr. Murphy Law

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    1. Hi Ed,

      You mean I should be named after Capt. Edward A. Murphy, the Air Force guy who began the whole "Murphy's Law" thing?

      I'd like that!

      George

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  5. LOL!! But my husband should have been swatted for opening Coke bottles with drawer handles! LOL!

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    1. Hi Dee,

      Only if your husband would enjoy the pain! Does he? 😜

      George

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  6. Beautiful campsite! Wishing you many more things to fix very soon!

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    1. Hi Joan!

      You are sooooo right. Beautiful campsite! And lovely weather too. Only 81℉.

      I sure do love to fix stuff! 😎

      George

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  7. It would never occur to me that busing my own table at a fast food restaurant was not the thing to do. Fast food restaurants provide food at a very small price. Since we order our food at the counter, and in most cases, retrieve it from the counter there is really no need for food servers, or bus boys/girls. Busing my table is my way of saying 'Thank you' for providing good, inexpensive food quickly. Just a different perspective. As for the 'self checkout' stations at Lowe's and Home Depot, I love them! I don't like waiting in lines to check out, and appreciate that they are providing a faster way for me to pay for my goods, and get on my way. As minimum wages continue to increase we will see more and more of these basic jobs becoming automated.

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    1. Hi Clarke,

      Yes, I understand about your comment:
      "....never occur to me....."

      But it did occur to me. So, I wrote about it.

      George

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    2. The thing is, it is not so cheap to eat in fast food places of late.

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    3. Hi Clay,

      I have noticed that the difference between fast food prices and some full service prices has been getting smaller.

      Curious!?

      George

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  8. Hi George. I refuse to use self checkout ANY WHERE. I shop at a warehouse food club and they also have 12 self service checkout lanes open with only 2 full serve. this is at peak shopping time I might add. my respone, other than standing 15 deep in line I just leave my full cart of groceries parked discreetly in a isle. I make sure there is perishables such as ice cream in my cart. so now the employees not working registers are replacing food items back to shelves. Is this a spiteful move on my part..... you bet ! Management just wont learn.

    Ray
    Annapolis Md

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    1. Hi Ray,

      Did I hit a nerve there?

      George

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    2. Ray, I gotta say that you don't know the difference between an already hard working employee and management. Management won't care, no skin off their nose! It's an overworked employee with a job description that says they have to clean up your mess no matter how large or how often. Somehow I have to believe that you were not protesting management, but your having to stand in line and taking it out on an employee who had no control over the situation.

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  9. Hi George,

    Remember way back when I told you "doing projects" is a way of life? Glad to see all your projects.... Just a mention, when ever I think of it and I can get the parts, boat stuff (hardware, electrical, brackets...) is generally higher quality then RV stuff, and I like to use it for upgrades when ever I can.

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    1. Hi Jack,

      No, I do not remember.

      But I would like to read what you commented about "doing projects."

      Would you please send me the link to that Blog post?

      Thank you,
      George


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  10. George, how many people do you help employ street camping? No gate keepers, no desk people, nobody cleaning the bathrooms.
    Otto

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    1. Hi Otto,

      I am guessing that you disagree with what I Blogged?

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    2. George,
      Your blog is the first thing I read everyday, I very seldom disagree with you and like the way you are not afraid to tackle everyday problems. I do bus my own table to help the next people have a place to sit. I also like to spend some time out of campgrounds. I was just making an observation type comment.
      Otto

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    3. Otto,

      That is a wonderful compliment ["Your blog is the first thing I read everyday..."].

      Thank you so much!

      George

      PS: Understood Re: "observation type comment."

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  11. I like the "robot" cash registers. They don't make mistakes and I go as fast as I want to.

    As for clearing my table it's courtesy to the other people who might be waiting for it.

    When did you get so crotchety George? ;)

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    1. Hi Don.

      According to you, I am crotchety because you disagree with I wrote in my Blog.

      George

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    2. crotch·et·y
      ˈkräCHədē/Submit
      adjective
      irritable.
      "he was tired and crotchety"
      synonyms: bad-tempered, irascible, irritable, grumpy, grouchy, cantankerous, short-tempered, tetchy, testy, curmudgeonly, ill-tempered, ill-humored, ill-natured, cross-grained, peevish, cross, fractious, pettish, waspish, crabbed, crabby, crusty, prickly, touchy, snappish, snappy, cranky, ornery
      "it's the dreadful arthritis that has made him so crotchety"

      No George, you're crotchety because you fit the definition. Has nothing to do with whether we agree or not.

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    3. Hi again, Don,

      And you defined me as crotchety by reading what I wrote in my Blog for that one day?

      George

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    4. I've been reading you for years (you know that).

      I guess the part that amazes me the most is you didn't notice the winky face I put at the end of my comment.

      I was ribbing you George but it seems you're also losing your sense of humor. ;) <-- winky face

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  12. That campground looked too crowded for our friend George..I also refuse to use the self check-outs..They are just putting people with low paying jobs out of one..
    I buss my own tables because I was brought up that way, never gave it a thought of anything else..
    Ride on George!
    Upriver

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    1. Hi David,

      The campground you are referring to is the RV Park that I am camping now?

      My "Don't Buss Tables In Fast Food Restaurants" was a ridiculous idea.

      I recanted that idea this in my lead Blog post today, August 19th.

      George

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    2. Hey George I was referring to the photo of you with all the campers close by...

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