Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spending Money and Going Nowhere

Currently one of the big lotteries is up to $474 million dollars and right now we surely could use a little of that, what with the dental work we've had done (routine maintenance and my broken bridge), the plug on our 50 amp power cord pulling loose again and causing 220 volts of electricity to go through the rig shorting out and frying our microwave/convection over, the torn awning topper, the ice maker that died, et al.  So there has been shopping and appointments and waiting for repairmen and a whole lot of nothing else going on. 

The good news is that the weather finally turned nice, the water is warm in the hot springs fed swimming pools here and we can drive just a few miles to mix with the hoity-toity residents of Palm Springs should we feel the need to see how the rich and famous live.  This is the area where you see gold lame' and lots of bling on the cotton tops shopping at Wally World, always a treat.  It's a pretty area where the desert finds just enough water to allow "real" flowers in the landscaping and not just cactus and bougainvillea.

Some firsts: this is the first campground that has ever handed us an instruction sheet on what to do in the event of an earthquake since we're currently located on the San Andreas Fault.  Second, while walking Patches yesterday she poked at a hole and I watched as a pair of claws came out to snap at her.  After pulling the cat away from the opening to a small burrow I watched through the opening as this translucent yellow critter crawled past through the burrow below, slowly exposing a wide body and eventually a ribbed tail--my first desert scorpion!!!  I no longer leave my aqua shoes outside to dry overnight after water aerobics.  Shudder.  Finally, we have had wonderful responses from three different mobile RV service technicians who not only show up when they say they will, but even arrive early.

A near miss; our soon to be RVing again friends Tim and Penny almost had us talked into working with them at a campground in North Carolina but the only positions left were working evening doing housekeeping which is pretty much a euphemism for cleaning bathrooms.  So we'll stay California for now, playing it by ear on our destinations if fuel prices continue to rise.  I'd like to wander Yosemite National Park and the Napa Valley vineyards as I'm sure there's a bottle or two of Cabernet Sauvignon with my name on it. 

Right now a jug of wine, a loaf of bread and thou sounds pretty good.


Anvilcloud said...

Sometimes, the expenses pile up. Hopefully, you'll soon get a break. Me too.

Linda in New Mexico said...

The repairs, fixes and keep on going costs just keep on comng no matter what we do huh? I can sympathize.
I think I told you about our experience with a scorpion and the $400 dollar benadryl? There are no deadly scorpions in the US (central Mexico yes). It's like being stung by a wasp unless you are allergic to the venom. But it hurts like keep your shoes inside my dear....and even then do a shake, shake, shake.
Keep on keeping on my friend. Linda, the other

Diana Roach said...

I had to laugh about the RV techs who actually showed up on time.........let alone even showing up. How lucky you are. We are starting full timing in July and are so excited we can hardly stand it.

Rick and Kathy Rousseau said...

Is there a possibility that your rig is still under warranty that might cover some of the damages?

It's about time.

Arkansas Patti said...

How refreshing for techs to give you an actual time instead of a "day".
Dentist really do make one think with their high prices. Right now I am debating a crown or extraction.
Hope the ground remains stable for you and the scorpions stay away.

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