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.

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Your bangs flap when you belch.


  1. Oh the good old Onan serenade. You have to let it lull you to sleep.

  2. The big coaches around us start turning their generators on around 5:00 a.m.! It really is annoying.