Jan 30, 2011

Childhood Memories

Another couple days with my family, enjoying the sun, the beautiful beaches and the great moments in those old known places. So many memories came back in the last few days – unbelievable!

Jan 29, 2011

Follow the sun

Couple more days like that, and I will think I am in paradise. Another great day has past having great time with my wife, my daughter my sister and my parents. Great to be in my home town again.

Jan 27, 2011

Home Town Delights

Wow what a day!!! Don’t even know where to start A day that got me excited and brought back some sweet memories, not talking about the better than perfect weather.

Jan 24, 2011

All my bags are packed

That’s it. Almost. All my bags are packed, I am ready to go. Very excited to go and visit Israel and see my family after so long. I am also exited to see some sun and warmth, meet some childhood friends, except there is one thing that mad my upset today.
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I hate being lied to

It’s all about cellular companies, I hate it when they couldn’t care less about promises they made and the just laugh at you. This time it is Verizon. On September 4th last year we went to their store and switched from AT&T. The whole story is here but to make a long story short, I took a simple phone because I wanted to wait and see how the Windows Phone 7 is going to look like, and wasn’t sure yet about the Droid. So today was the day we decided to make the switch – Patti is not so happy with Droid after all, and would love to go back to iPhone. I don’t mind the Droid, so we called to get the new iPhone that just became available with Verizon.
This is the phone I haveThe Customer Service guy told me  that I am not eligible for an upgrade, and that  simple simple phone that I have is under contract for two years… WHAT!! I yelled? This is not what I was promised! I took specifically the simplest phone (that probably worth $40) so I can choose my phone later.I would have never taken such a cheap phone and commit for two years!! this doesn’t make any sense. “Sir, this is the contract you signed”.  This is all they could say. This is BS! I was so mad!!! It did not help to talk to the supervisor of the supervisor. All the notations on the account as of a sudden disappeared, This is rip off, dishonesty,. taking advantage and abusing their power. Being so mad I think I am going to cancel the service, and lower the contract to the bare minimum. I will trash the phone (as I can not use this technology with any other company) and advertise the bad service and dishonesty if this company as much as I can.
I hate being lied to, and being taken advantage of like that!!

Last day in KS

Monday, January 24, 2011 – So after I vented a little (I am sure you will hear about it again) I can talk about the rest of the day. Busy morning today. It is not so common that I have conference calls in the morning, but today I had 3!!!! We planned to pack and move this morning, but I got stuck until after 11:00am with conference calls. In the meantime Patti took Diva to the boarding kennel, and by the time she got back – I was ready to go. She is the best!! I think I am so lucky!!
ExodusPatti climbed on the roof and swept the snow and ice accumulation from the slide tops, while I disconnected the big propane tank and reconnected our house propane back to the system. When Patti pushed in the slide, we heard that dreading yet familiar noise of a skipping tooth of the slide gear – the same problem we used to have on our Sandpiper. Oh no… Nothing bad yet, it still goes in and out OK – but we don’t like the sound…
The RV is inspected by the service guysFinally drove out of this RV park after way too many days and way too many cold nights. It was a good feeling to get out of here. It wasn’t the place or the people that we did like, Kansas might be a very good place to those who like it, but we could not connect to the area, and we do not like camping in a city and in a cold weather. So overall – it was not a good experience for us, and we were happy to leave it behind.
We arrived Premier Coach RV Center in Riverside, MO – about 14 miles north of the campground, and met the service guys. We explained to them all we wanted, and as they promised – they provided us with a full hook-up place for the night in their back lot. Hopefully by the time we are back from Israel our unit will be all ready for dry camping – we are adding couple more solar panels and couple more batteries. Just noticed – the RV is so filthy from the outside from all the bird poop and rotten berried that fell from the tree above us. When we are back we will have to scrub it!
Ran again to Wal-Mart, got couple last gifts for my family, all is packed in three big suitcases (one and a half are gifts) and we are sitting and watching the second hand moving.
Actually – still wrapping up last items and checking that all is packed.
Tomorrow – I might be able to squeeze a short update from Philly airport, and then, the next time is going to be from the Holy Land!

Jan 23, 2011

The countdown begins

This is going to be a short and sweet one. Not because I have nothing to say, but because we are in a marathon to get everything done

Jan 22, 2011

Its not about that

Last post, Jerry and Suzy one of the long time followers of this blog made a comment. They said that it seems like everybody are writing about that weather lately (and they are right). It reminded me a saying that Tiana, the smart pretty daughter of Brenda – the host of the campground in WI once said – “I am not scared of the dark. I am scared of what’s in the dark”. So there – I am not writing about the weather, but about what’s in the weather

The Normal Abnormal

We are here in KS for 2 weeks by now. The temperature did not reach above freezing except for one single day, and have been low in the teens and low 20’s. It is not normal, say the local. The average high for January here is 38. And I am thinking – both in this and the last winter – that’s all what I hear. It is not Normal, it is never like this. It just became a Normal thing

Jan 21, 2011

Where I Come From

Although I am here in the US for over 15 years now, and I am an American Citizen, for American people I will always be an immigrant. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It allows me to appreciate what I have and gives me a broader global perspective when I judge and compare almost anything, language, culture, politics, and economy.

Jan 20, 2011

'IN' Day

Are you crazy? I ain’t going out in this kinda weather. It started as dust and ended up deep, but it sure is very cold outside. Since we don’t have no snowmobiles here, we are in today in our cozy lit’l home.

Jan 18, 2011

Red Robin, Yummm

No, I didn’t eat Red Robin, nor did I  eat at the Red Robin Restaurant. But – I did eat today a bird in a bird, and I do have Red Robins at my window.

Jan 17, 2011

Left Overs

It was a strange day today. collecting ends of many strings and finishing things up. Work around the house, in the computer and even dinner – was all left overs. Not necessarily a bad thing.

Jan 16, 2011

Mind the Gap

Anyone who lived in London, or even visited the city knows this phrase. “Mind the gap between the train and the platform” says the recording and sometimes the conductor at almost any stop of the Tube – the London underground. This famous saying has some other interesting meanings, use your imagination, but it had a special meaning for me today.

Jan 15, 2011

Drops of Fire

Weekend is here. When you don’t have an office job you don’t know to appreciate is as much, as you can take almost any day off. Patti came home and cooked us some dinner with lots of power in it. I think she called it mussels or muscles or something like that. It lives in the sea and stink like a fish. That was unforgettable dinner.

Jan 14, 2011

Signs of Joy

I think that after this past week at work, our nightly short talks, and your comments, we are realizing that joy is priceless. These are only signs and feelings, no decision or actions yet – but I feel it will eventually end up the right way.

Jan 13, 2011

Status Update

It has been a little rough last night but nothing major changed. Patti still went to work today, it is still cold outside (although not as cold) and I am still “home alone”. But there is still hope!

Jan 12, 2011

Losing Interest

The days are passing by, and I am inside the RV. There is nothing exciting to look up to, and it is too cold outside to do anything, and really – there is not much to do. Spending most of the day by myself doesn’t help either.

Jan 11, 2011

Thermodynamics anyone

It is all about the temperature and the dynamics of life these days (hence Thermodynamics) – things are changing fast, breaking the boredom and give me something to share with you. The Cold Spell has started and some new opportunities popped up. Flipping everything all over again

Jan 10, 2011

Home Alone Episode I

Patti went to work today – her first day. No idea how it was – she in not back yet. I had to deal with the daily activities she usually does and more… Maybe one day it will be funny

Jan 9, 2011

Staying in the cold

It is very cold outside, 27° F, but it is cold almost anywhere in the US right now. As cold as it is, it is the warmest day of this week. I am dreading Tuesday and Wednesday. but decided to stay anyways, and try to make it work.

Jan 8, 2011

Cold Welcome to KS

I am terrified! No seriously, I am !! When we started driving this morning the temp was in upper 30’s and the northern we drove the colder it got. I feel like turning around and drive back!

Jan 7, 2011

Texas Serenity

Concluding an era and opening another – after a northern white Christmas, we headed south for the southern comfort and peace to celebrate the new year with a wonderful great people. Not only it concludes the holidays but probably our travels, at least for a while.