Monday March 5
is a sort of bitch day. You never know what is in your forwarded
ordered a Hi-Gain antenna for my Linksys wireless router from Amazon.com
for my Datastorm Sat system.
Amazon order page told me while placing my order they would not ship to
a PO Box so I had to change from our PO Box address and changed the address
to the Rock Club in Quartzsite and placed the order. A day later I get
this email saying here is your tracking number for the order. So I check
it and it sez they are shipping VIA USPS.
now when it gets here, the local post office rejects the package because
it does not list a PO Box number and returns it to Amazon per the USPS
rushed to the Q post office and they dug through the outgoing mail looking
for the Amazon rejected box. Not found. I have to say thanks to the Q PO.
They tried to go out of their way to help. THANKS. And that was from the
Quartzsite postoffice staff. Friendly in the off season.
22 I think.. I called Amazon and explained that they would not
ship to a PO Box and then used the USPS to ship to a non PO Box address
when the local PO will not accept that address. We do not have delivery
in this location, only PO Boxes. They agreed to ship again without waiting
for the return, since the USPS tracking system told them it was rejected
and being returned due to a non complete address. to the same non PO Box
address via UPS and next day overnight for FREE.
that is what I would expect from a world class company.
note: To talk to Amazon on the phone you enter your number on the intranet
and hit send and they call back with 10 seconds with a person oneline.
WOW. I was asked if I was satisfied with their response and I told the
agent in India they had exceeded my expeditions.
item: I got a letter from Progressive Drive Ins. stating they tried
to reduce may insurance payment rate but could not since my credit rating
was not high enough. I had not had a period of payments showing up on my
credit rating. Well I am retired and paid off three homes and now
only use debit cards and do not have loan payments on anything anymore.
So because I have money and don't have payments, my credit rating goes
down. What a crock that is... I feel like a kid just starting out again
without a credit rating. Do you think Bill Gates has to worry about this?
I will call my agent (Farm and City Ins) RVAdvantage.com and ProgressiveDrive
in the near future.
Progressive. I found out my credit score has not gone down but stayed the
same. On a scale of 1-18. I am at 3 1 being the highest.
They were just telling me it could be higher. As I told them when
their letter starts out with. Notice of Adverse Action.
kind of gets people upset. They stated it would do little good to go out
and borrow money to try increase my score since I would be paying more
in interest than on any savings on the insurance rate.
Item: Google.com emails me and sez they have not sent out 1099-MISC
forms yet. I hasve google ads on my sites. A big company like that and
this was to have been done by the end of January... Now the say they hope
to get them out by March. 12 Glad I didn't do my taxes yet. Now I
get to wait on this huge company to get their shit together. Another mail
forwarding of mail form MyHomeAddressInc. so it will be close to getting
Taxes done before we leave for flyfishing in NM. Want to get this done
while in place, and not on the road.
email from Google sez they are not sending a 1099.
item: I get a bill from Dell.com for the replacement of a defective
mouse I called them about which they replaced and the invoice said I did
not have to return the old part.
told to ignore the invoice. They send them to all like that.
the good news: In the mail package was a letter from my Long Term Care
stated I had till the end of TODAY to
sign up for the inflation addition coverage to my policy and the next chance
woud not be till 2010. Acted fast and signed up for an additional coverage
at a increase cost per month of $7.16. Now $33.44 per month for nursing
home of $120 a day and Home care of $60 a day with max of $219,000.
know about how Medicare does not pay anything till ALL of your assets
are gone.. I could never do that to Terry. So I am glad I got this many
years ago when working for Qwest. Now still a good deal.
Wednesday March 7
went on a recreational outing to Blythe, CA for shopping. Redeemed
a rain check for T-bone steaks at $3.97
a lb.down from $7.93 a lb. so we saved $12.25 by getting a rain check.
They were out when last there so took the time to get the rain check.
Also got a couple of pounds of catfish nuggets at $2.99 a lb. And
after $92 it had to have been fun outing right. Oh... needed to get
a 12 pack of Diet Squirt.
a few days out in the desert boondocking, people (us) will go out of control
just for for a shopping adventure.
America has us programed to shop and spend or go into withdraw. We are
trying to kick the addiction but like smoking, it is tough to break away.
has been hot in southwest AZ above 85 and about 57 at night. We have even
turned on our little 12 volt fan in the bedroom with a window open at night.
I like are movement when sleeping. Wow what a difference from January.
They warn us the snakes are out but we have not seen any (we hope mostly
back in the washes) and you can bet we are being careful. Time to clean
up our lived in look around the campsite to get the loose ends up off the
ground so things do not have anything to hid under. Like scorpions.
another email from Google now saying they are not going to send a 1099
to us. So I guess I can go ahead and do taxes. I don't get refunds these
days, so tax time is not fun to see what the refund will be. (Remember
those days?) I did get my act together and did the quarterly payments so
the pain should not be too bad. Got a big envelope of mail and many forms
for taxes in it. Hope all is here. Have not opened the statements yet.
some new books at the Q library and am in heaven with several great books
to read so not in a hurry to leave our boondocking BLM site in Q just yet.
A new Nora Roberts writing as J. D Robb, 'Born In Death'.
James Patterson books and a John Sanford 'Death Watch' book.
I wrap up this post we notice the Fantastic Fan just tried to shut down.
We check and it is trying to rain. It has been overcast all day..
let it rain Big Time. Terry just came in from outside and said it was
was going to be a 12 inch rain.... 12 inches between the drops. Now
Thursday March 8
didn't rain... Just a sprinkle and that was that.
the UPDATES I did above in the complaint rant above. Now that I am
done calling the Insurance company and calmed down I can go back to reading
my Nora Roberts book and try to stay cool. It is 85 at 2 PM and a slight
breeze thank god. Terry is off doing laundry since it is Thursday
afternoon and the rock club is closed. They have their club meeting this
time each week. We have revived the rok club web site... Take a look.
Terry wanted to keep it so I brought it back to life.
Saturday March 10
your roving reporter Terry
last few days in Quartzsite remind us of why we like to winter in the Desert.
We have been getting temps in the mid 80's during the day and cooling down
nicely into the the mid 50's at night. The weather forecast is for
more of the same, we will have to enjoy it while we can.
made the mandatory trip to Sweet Darlene's bakery and Restaurant this morning
for breakfast, Ron got to treat himself to biscuits and gravy while
I opted for ham and eggs. I had hoped for corned beef hash and eggs
but it was not on the menu, will have to wait for another time.
I keep hearing stories of Sweet Darlene's in the old days when it was in
a tent, would have been something to experience, now they have
gotten respectable with a metal building.
a good breakfast at Sweet Darnel's it was time for chores,
those nasty little jobs that have to be done when you are boondocking it
for the winter. Hauled water and dumped this morning so our fresh
tank is full and the foul water tanks are empty. Was nice not to
have to wait at the dump station behind a line of motor homes, each
day the lines get shorter as more and more RVer's leave Q.
had company about noon when one of out readers stopped by to meet with
us and to see how the tomato plant is doing. He had been following
our blog all winter and wanted to meet us before he left for Texas.
For those inquiring minds, the tomato plant experiment was not entirely
successful. The plant did not seem to grow as well as a conventionally
planted plant, and the bucket it was planted in is starting to some signs
of wear. We did get a couple of tomatoes from it, and there might
be a couple more before we have to give it to a new loving home when we
it will be time to hit the highways on our trek north. Started getting
ready today by painting the picnic table that I built last fall so
that it will stand up to the ravages of a Quartzsite summer. We found
friends who will store it and the awning poles for us for the summer.
Had started out painting with a cheap foam brush that held up for the benches
and about half of the table, then had to make a quick trip to K & B
Tools to pick up another cheap brush to finish. The table is currently
setting on saw horses waiting for the stain to dry.
picnic table, stained and drying in the sun, does not take long to
dry in AZ.
the belt buckles that I have been working on at the rock club, and am trying
to develop additional classes for the lost wax casting section of the the
rock club. Need to get going on the research now so I am not scrambling
two belt buckles I was able to finish this season.
post more pick of the stuff i made over the winter, but do not want to
bore our readers with a bunch of pics all at once. More will
follow as I post.
posts on Wednesday as we have been overcome by the heat and thinking about
getting out of here for points north and FISHING. Terry would say
it is time to move on. So stay tuned we are about to move on.
Thursday March 15
your roving reporter Terry
have been slowly making progress getting ready for the Spring migration.
It is suprising how things spread out to occupy all the available space
if you let them, have repacked all the play time tools from the rock club,
packed away the waste water tank, and loaded and repacked the tool boxes
in the back of the truck. Will lay the solar panels down this afternoon,
and have arraigned for storage of the picnic table, canopy, and bikes here
in Q. We will be taking the stuff we are storing over to friends
on Sunday. Stained the picnic table the other day to protect it from
the ravages of an AZ. summer. I am thinking that everything is under
current goal is to hit the road bright and early Monday morning,
of course we will have to go to La Posa South first to dump, then on to
points East. Currently thinking of going through Wickenburg, then
on to Cottonwood, Az. After that who knows, we are thinking
of spending a day in Jerome, and I would like to go to Sedona for a day,
but Ron is resisting that. Then on to Winslow, Canyon De Chelly and
eventually the San Juan river at Navajo Dam, NM.
normally stay here until the end of the month, but with the temps being
in the 90's and now they say 100. We have decided to a placee cooler.
a small campfire last night until someone who shall remain nameless suggested
I throw an entire pallet on the fire, then things got exciting, moving
the combustibles safely back from the blaze. I had thought about
piling all of our pallets in one pile and lighting them for our farewell
fire on Saturday night, but am now reconsidering the idea,
will put out the free firewood sign on Sunday.
roaring fire to brighten the night, we had to save everything and
then get the picture.
smoke billowed up and we did have few people stop by a see if we were OK.
closed up the windows in the 5er and the door to keep the black tar smoke
above blaze was from just on pallet and by the time we closed the 5er up
and got the camera it had died down from just on pallet. WOW.