Wheww it was a long day today.Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 – Got sick of the full tanks so I tried to wrap some heat tape around them. That worked just fine until the very end. The heavy solid hose simply broke and a tanned ice tube was exposed in the middle of the spring that was in my hand, that just seconds ago used to be a hose.
Tried to unhook it from the RV – and a popsicle of iced was exposed out of the outlet pipe. My good neighbor offered me some strong lights to heat and melt the ice. That was a great idea! we connected the lights and started talking. I told him our plans to leave on Monday and he said – with all the snow the piled in front of your RV – no way you can get out. The owner of this RV Park is plowing the snow and piling it up in front of the RV, as if to say – you are stuck here! On top of that they are predicting 7” of snow tomorrow/ Yuck! He borrowed me a snow shovel and I cleared the are in from so we can hook up.
The guy is very young, in his early 30’s, working in the aviation industry and travels from site to site with his RV. In his storage unit he has what most people won’t have in their garage – full of tools, and on top of that – he pulls behind a trailer with a nice Harley. He lives by himself, but hey – don’t get excited – he is engaged, just bought a house and going to settle down in the next couple months. So you might have to pass on that one.
He has a dog with him that I can’t even pronounce his breed, but apparently this is some kind of a daemon in a dog. He can snap and kill in a blink of an eye without warning, after seconds before that you bad pad him and he will lick your hand and wage his tail.
Patti – my brave wife who is also a certified dog trainer, thought this monster is cute. so she plays with him, and swooof – the dog his on her face. Broke both her lips, and hit her front tooth that is now not to sturdy anymore. Did not fall yet, but it is movin’. So Patti now has swollen lips and she disallow me to capture the moment and share any photos. I asked her to put a sticker on her shirt that says “It wasn’t my husband this time” but she won’t.
After all the blood was dried out, I was back to the sewer business. The ice at the end of the hose melted enough so I could pull our the brown plug. I connected our standard hose, and opened the valve…. and… nothing. still clogged. Had to move the lights a little further in towards the middle where an L shape elbow is, to heat that area. In the meantime Patti ran to Wal-Mart again to get a new hose. When she was back, the powerful lights did their job and the water finally started flowing. So at least we have empty tanks again.
We took the hose in, and wrapped it with the heating tape, on top of that insulation materials with zip locks and duck tape. it looked like a space shuttle silver shiny hose. weird looking… Remember that this is only for couple days!!
took the thing out, switched with the other hose connected everything to the electricity and opened the valve. hopefully this thing will hold. At least we are empty now!
Food TimeIn the spirit of emptying the freezer we had a great big dinner tonight. First – there is still some Jambalaya left from two days ago. Then, lots of spaghetti sauce with meatballs from yesterday, and on top of that some Brussels sprouts and dinner rolls. Lots of food for two people, and one dinner. Can’t even freeze it, so most of it will have to go to waste I am afraid. I can already hear about the children in Africa and Asia and the hunger in Russia and Biafra. We will give it to our neighbor’s dog. Well no – we bit Patti. we will figure it out..
Tomorrow we still need to finish up with work and errands, and Monday morning we are moving to the workshop, packing and….
3 more more days!!
Like always – it was my pleasure to have you here with me, even for a short while! See you soon!