Monday, December 01, 2008


Most unusual to look out the window & see a streetlight, but there it was, an actual street light. At City of Rocks the brightest thing outside was the planet Venus in the southwest sky. We have a decorative little light right on top of our utility post beside the rig too. Like I said in the previous post, this is a nice little well kept RV Park. Twenty dollars a night & that includes full hook-ups, a warm friendly clubhouse with spacious washrooms including tubs & showers. Laundry room, exercise room, free hi-speed wireless, DVD & book exchange. Big porch with rocking chairs, full size kitchen & living room.

Didn't take Kelly long to get on our Skype phone this morning & begin taking care of business. Phone calls went out to cancel our Hughesnet & Starchoice accounts but of course as we all know when dealing with these large type companies things never end up as hoped. They sure know how to throw roadblocks in your way to keep their bottom lines profitable. Hats off to Skype though for making their superb & free computer-phone capabilities free. (ok, $32 yearly)

Checked the oil levels in rig, car, & generator. Holding tank problem solved. Fresh water replenished, tanks dumped & a few other small problems cleared up. It was Monday morning & we were on the offensive getting ourselves re-organized from our on-set of Gremlins in the past few days. One by one, down they went until I began to get a little paranoid about not having enough to worry about so it didn't take me long to convince myself that the fan motor in the laptop was not working. Couldn't hear anything & couldn't feel any air moving out the side of the computer. So, shut it down, closed it up, popped into it's Samsonite carrying case, put it into the car & headed out to find a computer repair place that was going to have a Toshiba fan motor. Oops, car's gas tank bouncing off empty so filled that up for a whopping $22. Spotted a computer store right on highway 180 not far from the park so in we went. Nice fellow who thought he just might have some Toshiba parts around, but first suggested a little compressed air blown in around the fan motor after noticing it looked a little congested in there. Into the back room went the computer, a big whooooooosh of air & out the door came flying enough dog fur to knit a couple new sweaters. "There," he said, "should be OK now," And so it was & so away we went.
Next stop was the propane facility we had also spotted from the road. In we went with the Blue Flame heater. Lady said the repair fellow would be back later & to just leave it with them. And so it was & so away we went.
(Picked it up later in the afternoon & they said it checked out ok but to make sure the unit has a better oxygen supply because it has a sensor that shuts it down if the air's oxygen level drops. That's probably what has been happening. Also noticed our furnace has been running fine since being plugged into electricity so that stopping & starting problem probably had something to do with the coaches battery. Not a big problem.)

Next stop was a second Verizon store in town for more information. It's a complicated business when you get into all these cell phone plans, Sim cards, air cards, roaming charges, Wilson antennas, amplifiers, boosters, wireless weasels & butterscotch milkshakes. And so it was & so away we went. Quick stop at McDonalds for 2 Seniors coffees. And so it was........awww, you know the saying.

Last stop was Wal-Mart (of course) for a few groceries & then back to the rig for some much needed rest & relaxation.........that just somehow seemed to last for the rest of the afternoon. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

When we checked into Manzano's RV Park yesterday we were pleasantly surprised to find out they had free high speed internet so we have been using that service since then & saving our Verizon bytes for later when we are either on the road, in State Parks, or out in the desert boondocking.

To-morrow we are planning on heading to the Gila cliff dwellings north of Silver City. The old mining town of Pinos Altos is on the way so we'll have us a look around there as well. Nice area here so we just might stay longer than planned.......................

7:30 P.M.......Just walked over to the park's clubhouse & took some photos inside. I will upload them to a photo album to-night & then add some outside daylight photos around the park to the same album to-morrow night.



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