Sunday, January 14, 2018

She’s Back

I picked up Carol at the Vegas Airport this AM.  I don’t jump up & down to pick up at their airport.  Two trips around and I picked her up – no real waiting.

We stopped at a Taco Bell.  The owner did not honor the national advertised $5 meal.  We did not honor them with our presence and we left.

Back at the homestead she said I gave the cat all real nice food instead of mixing it with the cat’s diet stuff.  The cat really likes me now.

The kids, Kristy (daughter) & Jason (boyfriend) invited us out to dinner.  I said comfort food and she came back with Metro Dinner.  So be it.

We met them there at 5:30 PM.  We all were getting our own thing when it was said and done.  I got the Philly Cheese Steak.  It was pretty dog on good.  I couldn’t eat even half the fries.  We all liked what we ordered.  Hopefully we will see them in the not so long future.

Retirement is not necessary going by the rules.  Blame your age!

See ya when we see ya……

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Football Playoffs

Just football today.  Two games in the playoffs so I’m glued to the TV today.

I did manage to call an RV wash guy.  He will be here Monday morning and will wash the RV for $100.  The park doesn't allow washing of RVs except commercial vendors.  No rain in the future so what the hell.

Retirement is letting others work.

See ya when we see ya…..

Friday, January 12, 2018

Window Tour

Today I figured I would get out and see some of the local area, not downtown Vegas.

I drove up to Henderson.  Not much there, just a town with a few casino cheap meals.

Then I went over to Lake Mead on the Vegas side.  Didn’t want to pay the park entrance so I left.

I figured look up self car wash on my 4 year old GPS.  It seemed to go all over the map but did get me to a self car wash.  It was kinda run down but still worked.  I spent about $3-4 and got a wash that is kinda OK.  Nope, didn’t wipe it down.

Got one of those 4 for 4 lunch deals at Wendy’s.  Don’t think I will do that any time soon.  The double hamburger just wasn’t that good nor the nuggets.  That leaves the fries which were really good.  A soda is a soda.

I now had a 1/4 tank of gas so I figured it was time to get back.  Gas goes for about $2.50 a gallon around here.

The cat and I are doing fine.  I watch TV and eat.  The cat sleeps and eats.

Retirement is thinking of things but not working.

See ya when we see ya.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

RV Site Costs

Seems like my neighbors left during the rain.  Oh well.DSC_0001DSC_0007

From Henderson, Vegas looks like a smog town.DSC_0002DSC_0003

I called this KOA because the Escapees W.A.R.E. on line told me to  find out their rates for their rally 22-27 April.  The KOA said the Escapees rally (WARE) was $40 plus other fees a night per site. NO WAY for us.DSC_0005

About three blocks on the same road is this nice campground.  A Lot cheaper..   Why VEGAS to begin with???  no thanks….DSC_0008DSC_0010DSC_0009

Seems there should be more research and letting the members know the results.  Then sell it so to speak. 

Got up to 63 degrees here today and the sun came out and stayed out. 

I went over to our daughter and boyfriend's apartment.  Her boyfriend, Shawn, wanted me to try is beef ribs.  Not bad for a rookie.  I had fun.

Retirement is doing night things during the week – no work the next day.

See ya when we see ya….

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Vegas–Even More Rain

If it wasn’t in the 40’s & low 50’s I would probably be out there washing the rig in the rain.  It surely wouldn’t be the first.

I ordered some stuff at Mickey D’s this morning and I didn’t have any change for the odd amount.  Carol usually does.  Carol’s in Baltimore.  I’m lost.  I miss Carol.

It only rained in the AM today and cloudy as hell.   Then it cleared up the rest of the time.  About 51 degrees at 11 AM.

When looking at the blog it appears that I lost Monday.  Oh well, it wasn’t the last day I lost a day or two.

Had the heat up and I slept off and on most of the day.

Carol has said that everything is working out back in Maryland and is doing fine.

Retirement is being able to cat nap a lot more.

See ya when we see ya….

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Vegas–More Rain

More rain in Vegas.  I don’t do rain too often.  This isn't one of those times.

I am now a movie expert……….

I had food during the day too.

Retirement is not thinking too hard sometimes.

See ya when we see ya…..

Sunday, January 7, 2018


I think we were on the road at 7 AM to Vegas with a little over 200 miles to go.

It was a pretty scenic sight. 


We got to TTN Las Vegas about 11:30 AM.  We got diesel in Kingman, AZ.  Diesel was $2.89.  Diesel here in Vegas is around $3 and gas is about $2.60.DSC_0047DSC_0049

TTN in Las Vegas.  FHU 50 AMP. Free due to its a membership park that we belong too.DSC_0048

Our daughter Kristy came over and brought her boyfriend, Jason.  They left after several hours of getting up dated.  It was fun….. and needed.

About 8:45 PM I took Carol to the airport for her flight to Balto.  It’s seem strange to drop her off at the Spirt terminal and drive away.  The old days you could go to the inside of the terminal and be with whoever at their gate.  Then watch them take off at big windows.  Not anymore due to security so forth and so on….

Retirement is not having to go to bed due to work the next day.

See ya when we see ya.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Vegas is Tomorrow

We went on to Congress, AZ and stayed overnight Friday & Saturday at Ed & Sandys.  We didn’t even but our jacks down but we were pretty level for the slides.DSC_0001

The 30 AMP electric was perfect.DSC_0002

Saturday was a quite day for us.

Retirement is doing what you need to do sometimes – more often.

See ya when we see you

Friday, January 5, 2018


Carol’s Mom passed away this morning in Baltimore, Md in the hospital.  It was unwanted but kinda expected. 

Carol has a flight out of Vegas Sunday.  She will be with her close brothers there. We are enroute from Sierra Vista, Az.

Retirement is dealing with the expected but unwanted.

See ya when we see ya

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sleepless Nights

I was awake from 1 AM to 4 AM.  Not all that unusual for me.  I might work on our schedule or at least review it.  Then I sleep till 7 AM.  I still got my 7-8 hours sleep.

This morning it was Golden Corral’s time in the barrel.  We got charged 20 cents extra each on our meals compared to the wall menu .  I talked to the manger.  I said to him , and I was friendly, he needed to change the register or the menu price to match.  I asked if they would match when we returned 24 hours.  His reply got me going.  He said he would change it by then maybe but probably not.  He was condescending and just negative in nature and walked away after the very brief meeting.  OK!

I next called Golden Corral’s corporate office in NC.  I was then referred to another office in Colorado.  They told me it was a franchise here in Sierra Vista and then could only refer my concern to the owner.  They could not do anything else.  That’s hard to believe when it comes to fraud by a nation wide chain.. I was told I would get a phone call from the owner of the franchise or his rep.  It will probably be the manager that I originally talked to.  By the end of the day, no calls what so ever.  Oh well.

Friday we go up to Benson, AZ about 30-40 miles and see Sharon & Don for a couple of days.  They got nice weather there too.

We will try and put soap down in the tanks/lines/valves to wash/clean them out when leaving.  I checked the screen in the water pressure gauge.  Seems like the campground might have a lot of red carp in their water to at this least site.  I took out the pressure gauge/debris and put in a water pressure reader.  It reads 70 lbs and I’m OK with that.  A lot of people aren’t.  RVers usually use what I did have and that is a 40-50 lb pressure regulator.   I do use it under normal conditions.  RV manufactures are suppose to make the water connections to withstand over 100 lbs.  Years and years of doing the full time taught me that.  Maybe after 18 years of full timing we need to learn another way.

Retirement is always being willing to change.

See you when we see ya

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Comment Section of Blogs

Maybe at Quartzsite one of you kinda smart people in the blog world can show me how to set up for comments and see the stats and all that stuff in regards to this blog.  I would like to add a comment section but lack the visual on how to do it.  Show me…….. It don’t work when you just tell me how to.

Our clicker for the door locking wouldn’t work again.  Years ago I had to pay La Mesa $100 one time to fix it and of course it lasted about two weeks and we were gone of course.  I now kinda know how to fix it by rubbing “Strike Hold” liquid on the contacts between the door and door frame.DSC_0001Works fine until it don’t want to.  That’s good for about a month to three months and I do it again when it starts acting up.  I need to take the contacts all apart, add wire and solder them.  It’s on my list as no rush.

19 degrees in Livingston, TX the other night.  No thanks.  In Yuma next week it will be in the mid 70’s.  Now in the 60’s.  I think we will go on to Yuma, AZ next week….. duhhhh…..

Here’s our sight aboard base…DSC_0004

We see deer everyday in or around the park.  Must be no hunting on base or no kids.

Oh yea.  I didn’t go to any ER/hospital in 2017.  That’s really a record for me.  I go when I’m really hurt.  Then sometimes I get flown by chopper or fixed wing to a different medical facility.  Those flights are pretty cool, not in 2017 though.  Yea…….

Retirement is having the time to take care of things that I didn’t have time for before.

See you when we see you……

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Warm Here In Sierra Vista

Yep, it’s been in the low 70’s during the day and in the 40/50’s at night.  Yes, we are enjoying the area’s weather a lot.  Carol wears a light coat early in the morning and that’s it.

Our site, as is all sites here, are level, large cement pads, FHU, 50 amp with WiFi and cable TV.DSC_0004

Talked to Ed Kruty yesterday.  It was nice hearing his voice.  He has the idea of doing the Maritime in 2019.  It’s an idea we’ve had for years but it seems like Alaska kept getting in the way.  It’s something we will talk to Ed & Sandy about for sure.  We will see them next week.  Who knows, maybe 2018 for Maritime?

The commissionary here on base was big but not over powering for sure.  Just like any food store, you have to know what a good deal is on a certain product.  No blind buying although their meat department is pretty dog on good.

We’ve had a nice steak in the freezer and it was time to make room in the freezer.  We had steak for diner and it was tender for a change.  Maybe it was the freezer burn.

Retirement is not being told where and when to go to work!

See you when we see ya. 

Monday, January 1, 2018


Today  we went to Tombstone.  Only a few shops were closed.  About the same number were out of business.  We visited Tombstone a number of years ago.  Being a tourist destination it hasn’t changed much.  We did notice the overall prices of things were more reasonable in Tombstone  than Bisbee.

We attended the early show of the “shootout” not to be confused with the “OK Coral Shootout” which is the same price at a different location on main street.


Using real guns with blanks was a little uncomfortable for me.  They were loud for sure.  The show was entertaining.  The cost was $8 for us seniors.DSC_0007DSC_0002DSC_0003

I didn’t see ANY cigars under $10 each.  I’m sure they had them but I didn’t see themDSC_0005

Is this our 2012 Jeep?DSC_0010

Oh yea…… This guy travels…..DSC_0011

We got back to our campsite and I had to capture this bird in a nearby bush.  He was a character by the way he acted.DSC_0013

Looking out our front window at our campsite we saw the moon.DSC_0017DSC_0016

Another great day even after 17 1/2 years of full timing and even after retiring from the Marine Corps 24 years ago.

Retirement itself is really nice and so is full timing.

See ya when we see ya……….