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Going North

Modern Social Security card.

Modern Social Security card. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Tomorrow. I am headed to the “Old Country” to get some shopping done and hopefully get a new Social Security Card to replace the one stolen. When I get the card then I can apply for a replacement driver’s license as well.

 

I have my own shopping list as well as a list of things to buy for neighbors. It is a common practice here to pick up items for the neighbors when going on a trip north. I will not get all my errands done in one day so I will stay over night and finish my shopping the following day. If I don’t get everything done by the afternoon of the second day I will stay one more night in the “Old Country” then return in the morning. I don’t drive at night in Mexico if I can possibly avoid it.

I get nervous driving north as it is a two and half hour drive and up to an hour in line to cross over into the U.S. and my vehicle is an old clunker so anything could happen on this long lonely drive and long waiting period to cross over the border. Then coming back to San Felipe it is a long lonely drive to get to my house in Pete’s Camp. So, I get a little nervous and watch both the road and the gauges and sounds in the car.

 

 

 

 

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Love the Warm Weather

Airstream trailer in Saskatoon, SK, summer 2008

Airstream trailer in Saskatoon, SK, summer 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For a few days now the weather has been nice; the temperature has been in the low 70’s and the wind has been reasonable not the howling norther it was last week. I got caught up on my gardening and today I planted a few new flowers. I hope they live and grow. I started my motor home and ran the generator for a while. I was surprised when the generator started on the second try usually it is not so willing to start. Everything ran well and after the motor got to operating temperature I shut everything down. I have to run the motor and generator ¬†for a while to get everything lubricated and loose so when the day comes to motor out of here I can without incident. In a few weeks I’ll need to drive the motor home over to the gasoline station and top the gas tank off to keep the moisture from building up in the tank. I’ll put some additive in the tank first, like stabil or dry gas to help with any potential moisture problems.

Speaking of motor homes I’m thinking of trading in this one for something else. I would like a nice used Airstream trailer but even used ones are expensive if they are in good shape. So I may have to find something else to replace this motor home with and my preference is to go with a trailer of some sort. Trading in the motor home for a trailer would mean buying a truck to pull it which adds to the cost. Getting another motor home is a whole other story as motor homes have their problems and issues as well as trailers do. My favorite motor home is the Lazy Daze with the Mid-bath and king bed in the back. I think the rear lounge that has all the windows and the two sofas that turn into a king bed is a very nice configuration and at 24′ would be small enough to be accommodated in many camp sites where as a class A over 30′ would be not allowed. The odd thing is the miles per gallon for both a class A and a class C are not all that different till you get to the new diesel-powered class C’s and they are very high-priced. So what to do ? Buy a trailer and truck or buy a motor home? I guess I’ll keep on looking until I find something that works for me ūüôā

I don’t know what television has become but I turned it on a few minutes ago and panned through the channels and I didn’t find anything that interested me. Usually I can be amused by the news but lately I don’t find that interesting either. One of the news stories that should be playing is about people being accidentally shot at gun shows this weekend and yet very little is said about that. I guess it just isn’t that interesting to the news programmers. The movies that are on are ridiculous, the only good thing about them is that some people who make movies got a job for a while and that means they paid into the system, which is a good thing we need more people paying into the system. I suppose I’ll watch PBS tonight there is an English Drama series on called Downton Abby about an aristocratic english family and their servants and all the goings on there. The story takes place prior to and after World War I, and it is complicated and dramatic. Still I find it hard to be interested; the goings on of the rich and privileged don’t make me love the characters or story line. I’ve been treated ill by those who think they are privileged and because a story about them exposes their problems, ones they made themselves, doesn’t enamor me of their class.

My this has been a long post and still I could go on, but I won’t, I have another story to tell later.

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Fourth of July

So far it has been a quiet fourth of July, subject to change this evening if enough people fire off their fireworks although I don’t see to many folks here from out of town. To bad the weather is perfect.

I am sitting here watching the news from the “Old Country”, it is like watching a science fiction movie, with bad actors playing the parts of the leaders.

The big brouhaha over the Obama Care thing almost makes me laugh but I choke and tears come to my eyes instead. What has happened is the “Law” has just delivered into the hands of the Insurance Corporations over 30 million new customers and even if they cannot pay for the premiums the Gov. is going to come up with the money to give to these Corporations, of course there are strings attached but that will be taken care of later by their friends in congress.

The Patriot Act is still in force the biggest set back to the bill of rights this republic has ever seen and it isn’t going away.

Then there is the law about holding U.S. citizens  prisoner in the U.S. by the military without trial, or judicial review. It was never explained who decides who is a terrorist. This is a terrible law and in the wrong hands can be used against all kinds of dissenters for any reason.

The rhetoric has become so fever pitched it would be comical if it weren’t so serious. Some americans will believe any conspiriacy story about their government. They have good reason they have been lied to over and over. But, the real reasons are; they fear change, they need to blame someone else for their problems, they are ignorant selfish and mean. Some don’t give a damn about anyone else but themselves and you can hear them at town hall meetings yelling “let ’em die” when health care is discussed or medicare, schools and such.

I am sure, without a doubt, that other countries all over the world have assholes just as we do and worse, but it doesn’t make for a pretty picture in a country that was started to become “A shinning city on a hill”. The shine is long gone and the hill is a garbage dump. JMHO YMMV.

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Christmas Eve 2011

Here I am on christmas eve 2011, I have been camped here in San Felipe at the Kiki RV park for a month. It doesn’t seem that long I guess I am having fun. My fellow campers are mostly Canadians who spend most of the winter down here at this park year after year. There are a few Americans who are camped here one comes every year and has his spot all decked out with a full kitchen under his ramada. Most of the Canadian‘s are more conservatively kitted out. Other ¬†Americans here are in such big rigs they are only accommodated by taking up several spaces along the fence effectively blocking several sites.

I have decided to buy into a camp here and build my own permanent winter camp/home near the beach. I feel a little anxious about doing so because of the risk. I think spending my winters here and summers in the mountains is the way to go at this time. The place I bought into is called Pete’s Camp and it has been functioning for decades. The lot is bare bones except for a septic tank and electric pedestal and a couple of thousand little thorny plants that have to be removed. How all this will work out is going to be interesting to say the least.

So, on to another adventure and more learning …..

Oh yes, the locals are blasting fireworks tonight something I have come to expect here in Mexico just one of those traditions that makes Mexico fascinating.

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