It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Still Learning, Tasty Competition, Great Show and Fireworks.


Our Location today is Phoenix International Speedway, Avondale, Arizona, U.S.A. 

With the temperature dropping down to 37 F (3 C) last night and the fact that we weren’t running any kind of heat, it didn’t take more than a few seconds without the blankets off before they we were pulling them back on. What did surprise me was that it took two extra strength Tylenol to help me close my eyes and my mind down so I would not think about any useless things. I even stayed in bed for a while after the Sun started peaking around the window shades this morning just to be certain I was well rested. With the 7:00 am to 11:00 pm Generator Run Time it still makes you feel like you are camped out at a Truck Stop which does infringe on your ability to rest and to sleep. 
As soon as Kathy was up I turned the one Inverter off and the other one on so that I could use our Big Buddy Catalytic Heater to warm up the inside of the trailer rather than using the inefficient furnace. By the time that we had finished our breakfast and done our morning chores I barely had any time before heading out the door. 
Good Sam joined the party.
It’s not the first time that I’ve attended Product Seminars on RV Disk Brake Conversions and since I’ve been working on Brakes and Old Cars since before I started grade school I was interested in this one. I know the advantages of Disc Brakes over Drum Brakes and on a trailer Electric Drums Brakes. The Stopping Distance that has been proven by testing done by the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) have proven it, which means there will be less wear and tear on the Tow-Vehicle’s Brakes. Time has really brought the pricing down on these kits and if you can do the work yourself that’s even better. We have all experienced someone cutting into our lanes as we are towing and then standing on the brakes without warning. Those are called White Knuckle Rides that you pray you will stop before you hit them. We could be shaking up our plans for next winter on what adjustments we make to our trailer. 
I got back Home just in time for Kathy and I to head out to the Barbecue Cook-Off over behind the Vendors Area. We thought that they only started at Noon but they actually started selling tickets for Samplers at 9:00 this morning. Kathy and I cheated and bought ten tickets but only used one ticket at each competitor and we shared the Sample. We definitely had our favourites picked out but by noon many competitors were starting to run out of their Samples. By the time we had finished those ten Samples there was no need for lunch other then a soda when we got back Home. 
When we got Home we once again needed open windows to cool the trailer down. It was only 63 F (17 C) outside but with no wind and bright Sunshine things were finally warming up. We spent time researching other products that had caught our eyes and we were surprised to see a few at a fraction of the cost by buying them Online. 
We were once again out the door by 5:30 this evening as we returned to the Entertainment Area but we made certain to dress for the cooler weather tonight. We however did really mess up tonight by not getting there sooner. We missed hearing the Winners of the Barbecue Competition and the place was packed with onlookers for that reason. It would have been nice to see if our choices were the same as the Judges but we missed out on something else in the process. We couldn’t put our chairs where we could get good pictures.  
Once all the Awards were given out, the Door Prizes pulled and a few more Announcements were made the stage was turned over to “The Real Tones”. This mixed band sang songs from the Fifties to the early Eighties. There was a larger area set up as a Dance Floor tonight but there were still people dancing all around because the Dance Floor was full. 
As much as everyone wanted an Encore the band just couldn’t do it because at exactly 7:30 there was a Fireworks Display that ran for about Fifteen Minutes. This is where we had better seats because everyone had to turn their chairs back towards the mountain putting us near the front of the crowd. 
Even though Kathy still found it chilly outside tonight there was no breeze and the temperature was still 61 F (16 C). Back Home tonight it still sounds like we are in a Truck Stop because everyone around us is running a Generator. Tomorrow is the last day of the Rally so we’ll see how things go from there. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Krackers 

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Your bangs flap when you belch.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Temperatures Higher Back Home, Gathering Facts and Cold Watching Hot Entertainers.


Our Location today is Phoenix International Speedway, Avondale, Arizona, U.S.A. 

Don’t exactly know what happen but I spent most of the night staring at the ceiling. Kathy said she would only wake long enough to pull the covers over her head because she felt that cold. We didn’t hit the freezing mark but when I finally turned on the Computer this morning and saw the temperature was Twelve Degrees-Fahrenheit warmer back in McGregor I could only shake my head. 
I showed that to Kathy after she had already started bundling up before we had breakfast. She even had me turn on our Big Buddy heater to take the chill out of the air. We didn’t hesitate to spend extra time reading at the Computers and having a second cup of Coffee/Tea while we were there. We also managed to get a few inside chores completed before sitting down to have a Chicken Salad Wrap for our lunch. 
Determined not to spend the day inside we tried doing another sweep of the RV Show and actually found a couple of useful things that we gathered information on. They may be useful but we will wait to work them into our budget. Like we’ve mentioned before “We don’t want to break the Bank” 
One of the real reasons for going back was scouting where the Night-Time Entertainment will be held. After asking numerous workers where it would be held someone finally pointed us in the right direction and the best part was we had to walk past it to get to our trailer. We had taken the same route Home yesterday but the stage had yet to be erected. Taking a different route into the RV Show this afternoon we weren’t even close to where it was. 
By the time that we got Home this afternoon we had to open the windows to let some of the 95 F (35 C) heat out. All that walking had worn Kathy out which meant she needed a Snap to recover. The Weather Network was showing our temperature to be at 61 F (16 C) but it was still Four Degrees-Fahrenheit warmer back in McGregor. Someone better stop playing with the outdoor Thermostat and give us back our warmer temperatures. 
Perogies and Ham Steak.
For supper this evening Kathy grilled a half a Ham Steak to go with the Perogies that she cooked up. She then cut the half into half giving each of us a quarter of that Ham Steak. Because she cooked it as a last-minute choice she didn’t get the chance to soak it in water first. Because large amounts of salt were used to cure the meat it was overly salty to the taste. Other then that it tasted great with Dijon Mustard on it. 
It started getting Cold out there.
By 5:30 we were out the door headed to the Entertainment Area just outside where the RV Show is taking place. We were surprised how large the crowd was by the time we got there so we didn’t sit too far back. Shortly before 6:00 the Chairman and President of Good Sam both came out and welcomed everyone and thanked all who had worked so hard to make this Rally a success. After a few more announcements concerning the rally they introduced the band The Swingtips. 

The Swingtips.
This band was formed as part of Disney Entertainment playing songs from the Twenties all the way to the Early Sixties. When it was time for them to leave Disney they remained as a group and started touring the U. S. entertaining crowds with this brand of music now for Twenty Years. They have also played the musical scores for a few recent movies that needed music of those Eras. They did a great job even getting a quite number of people up to dance to those Classics until 7:30 when they wrapped up for the night 
When Kathy and I left the trailer earlier we thought for certain people would think we were wimps for wearing Hoodies under our Jackets. When we got there, we saw we were underdressed compared to many. By the time we got Home we were chilled to the bone. This area only reached 61 F (16 C) today but what was making everyone feel so cold was the high Humidity and the light North Wind. 
There’s a lot more fun going on for the next couple of days so we’ll see what happens. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Krackers 

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