Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Talk About Town

5:31 am:
There has been some talk around our little Blogger village, that I clicked on a link sent to me in an email. This talk/gossip has taken on a life of its own.

A few Readers have taken to sending me comments about me needing to change passwords. Also, that my computer system has been compromised.

And on, and on. Ad infinitum.

Never happened. I am much too savvy.



6:01 am:
I have pretty much settled in my mind the entire design of Box Van's workshop and living quarters. Now comes the necessity of putting this design down on paper.

Today I will be shopping for drafting supplies. T-square. Triangle. Drafting board. Stuff like that.

6:11 am:
Did I ever mention that I worked as a draftsman? That was for the Fluor Corporation? The huge engineering and construction company? I began at Fluor in 1956.

I started in the blueprint room. I worked folding blueprints for less than a week. Then some guy yelled out at the 20-or so blueprint folders, "Anybody want to work in instrumentation?"

Nobody answered! All these newbies wanted to be in piping. But instrumentation sounded fine to me. Anything to get out of folding blueprints! So I raised my hand and said, "Me!"

An hour later I was sitting at a drafting table. My job was to make engineering changes to drawings. I got a job promotion. My title was Instrumentation Designer-C.Whatta kick!


10:20 am:
This has been a 1-Step Forward 2-Steps Backward kind of day!

1. My T-Mobile personal hotspot barely allows me to surf the web.
2. When I went to one of my credit card websites, I was not able to log-on.
3. When I went for help at the credit card site, the tech was tried several things.
None of which worked.
4. I phoned every computer repair service within a 100-mile radius to help me with my not being able to reply to my reader's comments. I phoned over 20 companies! None of these companies knew hardly anything about Blogger
5. Scampy's black water tank began to slowly overflow.


1:19 pm:
Well, we have reached the 6th step! And this step is a doozy!!

When we drove over a calming bump, Scampy unhitched, landing at the side of the road! We did not realize that Scampy was gone until we arrived at Postal Annex. Our local mailbox.

We had traveled about a mile without Scampy. The safety chains had to come off in order for Scampy to unhitch!

Scampy is unhurt. Her 7-pin connector does not work. We have an appointment to fix that.

Scampy with her hitch down in the street!


3:32 pm:
It is almost unbelievable, but we have actually reached the 7th step! Scampy unhitched again! The 2nd time today!

This unhitching happened just around the corner from John and Mimi's place. But this time, for some undetermined reason, a burning smell got my attention! I never was able to figure out where that burning smell came from. But because of it, I stopped Box Van.

At first, I believed that something inside Box Van was burning! Nothing burning there.

Going outside was when I saw poor miserable Scampy. What a sad thing! There Scampy was with her trailer hitch nose down in the street! But this time, the handle of Scampy's hitch-jack was twisted around the jack's tube. It is impossible to use the jack in that condition. And, the jack had to be raised to get the hitch tongue back on Box Van's hitch ball to move Scampy out of the middle of the road!

It took me over an hour to straighten out the jack handle and begin to jack-up Scampy. And jacking up now was extremely difficult. The lifting mechanism was really messed up!

I had to use all of my strength to rotate the jack handle about a quarter revolution. Then throw my weight on the handle to rotate some more! Residents of the neighborhood saw me. A senior out in the street working his butt off. But nobody stopped to offer help!!

I never did figure out where that burning smell came from!?

5:15 pm:
I went into Mimi's home to tell her about the 7-steps. Mimi is one of my Blog readers, so she knows what's what with me.

After a while, John came home and I related the 7-step ordeal to him.

6:08 pm:
Nearly everything that I have been doing inside Box Van has been temporary. For example, I built a clothing rack to have a place to hang my clothing. Before the rack, all of my clothing was in a pile on Box Van's floor!

Our temporary clothing rack.

6:26 pm:
The time has arrived to begin building permanent things! So, after a huge Box Van meeting, where every soul on The Team attended, it was decided to build a workbench! 😎








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34 comments:

  1. Hi George. may I suggest, keep the receipts for all your drafting tools and return them after you have things completed. this is true van dweller tactics. no need to "own" things unnecessarily. :)
    Ray
    Annapolis Md U.S.A

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    1. It's one thing to be "cheap", it is another thing to be "dishonest". Is this what society has become?

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    2. Ray,

      Is that honest?

      George

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    3. That is not honest at all! That's a plain robbery.

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  2. Let's see if you were savvy
    When you get a email from google did you open the email link
    Or When you got that email did you close your mail out and go to google and make the change if you did that as you say. I'm much to savvy ??
    Now here is a little bit of info,,, a lot of people have emailed you including myself. our information that we gave you is not just for you, A lot of us put it out there so that others can see as well .
    It helps to warn and inform them that sometimes opening what seems to be Legitimate mai is not a good thing
    I already know the tricks that some of them use .
    if you know the tricks, tell us about it how did you spot it ?

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    1. Ed,

      Did I Blog anything about getting an email? If I did please show me where that Blog post is located.

      You ask:
      "Or When you got that email did you close your mail out and go to google and make the change if you did that as you say. I'm much to savvy ??"

      Again, what email are you referring to?

      What tricks? What email?

      I did NOT Blog that I received an email. You simply ASSUMED that I received an email. I
      Blogged that I received a SECURITY ALERT. I did not Blog about what FORM I received that security alert.


      Apparently, Ed, you are one of those guys who jump to conclusions and then take that jump and create an entire story out of whole cloth!

      George

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    2. Well if I jump to conclusions there's only three ways you could've gotten a security alert .
      one is through the snail mail.?
      so I'll jump to conclusions and say you didn't get snail mail
      two is by text?
      But then again that's the phones way of saying u got email
      three is by email.?
      but then again that's the computers way of saying you got mail?
      So tell me George what part did I jump to a conclusion at ?

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    3. Good luck George...

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    4. Ed,

      Well,you are incorrect again.

      I subscribe to the Identity Guard service. And IG sent me the security alert and advised me what to do as well.

      George

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    5. Rob,

      Thank you sooooo much! 😎

      George

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  3. I know you really want to build your cabinets but have you given any thought as to buying used or secondhand or seconds for my cabinet shop
    Habitat for Humanity resale is usually a good place to score something like that
    Even picking up a couple of used bedroom type dressers temporary until you build your cabinets .
    You could paint them any color you like I know you don't have a time crunch but it's just a thought .

    Curious,,, do you have a loading ramp at the back of your truck

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    1. Ed,

      Buy used or secondhand???????????"?

      Ed, I am doing this truck-to-RV conversion because [As I have Blogged many, many times], for the enjoyment that I get from doing projects.

      You know this! Did you forget?

      George

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    2. Hi George, yes its honest to return an item to the place of purchase. if their policy is to accept returns how could it be be dishonest? useing a T square for a few days and returning it is hardly a crime, lol. Also,I enjoy reading your blog but its worth tuning in just to read the banter between you and Mister Ed in the comments section . :)😁

      Ray
      Annapolis Md U.S.A

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    3. I guess I did forget , I guess it's George's way or the highway
      If I read correctly I didn't tell you to do it.
      I only suggested A short term alternative.
      So another words you don't want secondhand πŸ’©is that right

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    4. Thanks Ray for the vote of confidence,,, Mr. G means well he just doesn't know it's a full moon this week
      I think I am more like Mr. G's red headed step child.. he tries but he just doesn't know what to do with me 🀑

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  4. Hi George—we get continued enjoyment from reading your daily adventures and we have from the beginning. Thought you might enjoy our latest. We are traveling down the east coast on our way to Florida for the winter. As are nearly the same age (I am 75 years young) you might remember the traveling game of sighting a VW beetle and yelling “punch buggie” which gave you the right to punch your traveling companion. Now, anytime we see a plain, white, box van, my wife and I enjoy yelling “there’s George” even though we know you are nowhere in the vicinity! We are having as much fun as you just following your daily adventures! Sorry about Scampy though.

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    1. Hi Char,

      I loved reading your comment!


      This is the first that I have heard of the Punch Buggie game. Maybe because I am 6-years older than you are!

      Scampy had to go when Box Van came on the scene!

      George

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  5. PS—maybe an inexpensive wireless backup camera for Ms. Boxvan to keep an eye on Scampy?

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    1. Char,

      A backup camera is a good idea!

      George

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  6. Just an idea on why you can't comment on a Blogger blog. I ran into the same problem a month or so ago. If was using Google Chrome or Safari as my browser each time I went to make a comment I had to log in, even if I was already logged in.

    After I logged in it would send me to the Dashboard. If I tried making a comment from inside the dashboard it will send me back to the post I want to make a comment on and in the upper right hand corner it shows I need to sign in.

    So I use Firefox now and have no problems. I can reply to comments on my blog and make comments on other blogs.

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    1. Steve,

      What a coincidence! I got Firefox and am back replying to my Reader's comments again! 😍

      Gotta love it!

      George

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  7. Ray K, it's either illegal, not honorable, dishonest, unethical, crooked or just plain wrong what you are suggesting. I sure wasn't raised that way. I'm afraid that type of thinking is becoming too common in this country.

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    1. Bob,

      Wow! You are pretty tough on old Ray!

      I've heard tell that Ray is 98-years young!

      George

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  8. George, what is the hitch ball size on Box Van? I know for a while U-Haul was using an oddball size on (2 1/8"?) to make it harder to pull trailers other than their own.

    Maybe the ball size is off just enough that Scampy's hitch can't lock fully around it?

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    1. Lou,

      Thank you sooooo much for the heads-up on U-Haul's hitch ball size.

      I'll check that out in the morning.

      George

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    2. 2 1/8 is a common size for heavy duty. next up from that is a pintle hitch. its not an odd ball size just for u haul to make things difficult.

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  9. It sucks that no person helped you. California has changed. The only thing the majority of residents care about is the next shiny object, that they do not need.

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      I do not understand that either!

      George

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  10. Hi George.... I just got back from playing cards and read Scampy realized he was for sale and tried to escape and gain his freedom, not once but twice! What a camper! 😁
    Just curious as to the reason.
    I pull my boat quite a bit with a ball connection. My guidelines are (1) the right size ball; (2) level ball and hitch, using a drop down or up as required; (3) a lock on the trailer portion of the hitch; and (4) chains sized right with hooks with springs and crossed as attached.
    Were any of these the culprit or did Scampy just decide he had to seek his freedom? Or did a part fail?

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    1. Ernie,

      At this point in time, I do not know.

      George

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  11. I am exceedingly grateful that teree are not more Ray K's in the world. What has happened to honor, dignity and honesty.I do hope that you can tame that renegade scampy!

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    1. Tom,

      I understand that you are joking about Scampy being a renegade.

      The 2-unhitching incidents occurred because of some kind of a hitch malfunction. I am purchasing a hitch ball lock to prevent that malfunction from happening again.

      George

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  12. George, If I remember correctly you had to change the parts in the hitch earlier this year. Could the parts be out of adjustment or parts maybe have broken and fell out ?

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  13. "The 2-unhitching incidents occurred because of some kind of a hitch malfunction " ????
    this "malfunction " needs to be identified and rectified. the hitch ball is marked on top of ball as to size. hitch on trailer is marked as to size, usually on front of tongue. there is a nut under ball socket to adjust for proper fit. if too loose it can and will pop off the ball. if it's adjusted too tight you wont be able to fully close it. as for a lock, there should always be at the very least a safety pin inserted through latch once its mounted on ball.
    Ray
    , Annapolis Maryland USA

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