Thursday, February 16
Irrigation canal, Blythe, California
Much like the water in these photos, my unsettled feelings of the past few days level off.
Field of alfalfa on the left, freshly plowed field on the right
One of the reasons Reggie and I are again at Midland LTVA in Blythe is to get a few things done.
Today we roll into town and stop at the Verizon store.
I have a few nit-picky “problems” to straighten out. Fortunately I connect with a young woman who knows what she’s doing and we work through my list of Annoying Things Regarding My Verizon Account.
In the process I ask for a better deal for my Verizon jetpack and Samsung smart-a** phone, the latter which I hate and never use, but I own it, so there you go —
“Modern living through crap you don’t need.”
“I hear you’re offering an unlimited data plan,” I remark nonchalantly.
You’d better give me a fantastic deal because I’ve paid Verizon through my nose and every other dang orifice FOR YEARS and WITHOUT COMPLAINT.
The young woman compares the cost of my present, crappy plan with the new offer.
Turns out I will save about $40 a month and gain more service!
Unfortunately I didn’t pick up the scrap of paper where she calculates my new bill (and it doesn’t show up yet online). From what I can recall, basically, for $130 I have unlimited talk and text which means nothing to me because I don’t talk and text, plus 20 gigabytes split between the jetpack (internet) and phone (phone). This is 10 gigs more than I had.
NOTE: It also includes a payment on the purchase of the phone. Don’t ask.
Any more details than that, I don’t have for you because, frankly, this stuff bores the socks offa’ me and makes we want to run away really far.
Upon leaving I see a rig for sale sitting in the parking lot next to Verizon.
It’s a 1996 Santara Class A. I should have looked to see if it has a slide. Anyway . . . .
I thought I’d post the pic if only to show an attempt to sell a rig like this. It could have 50,000 miles on the odometer or 250,00. It does look in good shape on the outside.
A reader asks how the new refrigerator is working.
It’s working great! The old fridge was not cooling this well, probably due to a door that wasn’t creating a tight seal when closed. The new one is running very efficiently. I’m amazed how little propane it uses. It’s true I haven’t done much cooking lately. Even so, I now realize I was wasting a lot of propane with the old unit!
I haven’t tried the propane heater.
Every day and night since it was put back together again has been warm. I’m wearing shorts and a short-sleeved shirt today. Stopped wearing sweatpants and thermal underwear top for bedclothes quite some time ago.
We use a heater more in the fall if and when we don’t skedaddle southward and to low elevation soon enough, or in the spring when I push the season and head north and camp high up too early.
Here’s an example from June 2014 when the crew and I camped at Tinney Flat Campground (elev. 7,000 ft.), Santaquin, Utah. I used the heater!
From Verizon we cross Hobsonway to the K-Mart parking lot.
I find the only tree-shaded parking space in the lot.
“I’ll be back soon. Be a good boy and I’ll bring you a present.”
Well, actually, he ends up getting two presents.
While perusing the toys and other products for dogs, a woman stands beside me examining different treats.
“I don’t trust any of this stuff,” she says.
“I know what you mean,” I respond. “My dog is small and I’m afraid he’ll choke.
“You know the best thing I’ve found are these elk antlers. My miniature poodle isn’t very big and he chews on one of these things for the longest time. And he’s not eating anything, just chewing.”
I pick up the package of one antler piece — $6.99.
“I saw the same thing at the pet store for 13 bucks,” she points out.
I take the woman’s advice and buy Reggie an elk antler. He loves it!
I also select a toy.
Reggie’s toys have suffered a great many casualties the past few days. Duck L’Orange is losing his head, Blue Monkey has both an arm and a leg injury. Your Baby and Pink Piggy are okay but they could use some relief from the constant assaults from the Reggie Man. (Armadillo is missing in action. I hope he will turn up. I might have left him in Vegas.)
I choose Yellow Chicken.
There goes another $6.99! (Ahem . . . Have I mentioned lately I earn a commission on any Amazon products you purchase through my blog?)
Yellow Chicken is a hit!
Pink Piggy and Your Baby enjoy a reprieve, while Yellow Chicken bears the vicious attacks of the ferocious Reggie!
I’d better cut this short. The images are too violent for this blog!
Later . . . .
I’m at my laptop table reading stuff online. I glance at Reggie in his bed beside me. He’s fallen asleep curled up next to Yellow Chicken with his head on its neck.
Hmm . . . Money well spent.
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