At Rock Springs KOA.

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OurHous on site 67, with White Mountain in background. An early “RV” in the foreground.

We are back at one of our frequent stops – the Rock Springs-Green River KOA– in Rock Springs WY. This is the city from which Elaine and I moved to Phoenix in 2000. We have family here: Elaine’s sister, Jo Behrman; son Shane Ogden and his wife, Johnna; son John Ogden; and daughter Shauna Ogden Dockter and her husband Casey. So we come back often to visit with family. But this area was Elaine’s home for almost all of her life from around age 6 to 2000, and I lived here from around 1979 through 2000 except for when we lived in Lewiston ME from around 1986-1990. We will be here for a week. Continue reading At Rock Springs KOA.

Springville in Autumn. More fuel flow problems.

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We can see the Wasatch Mountains from our site

We are in the Springville UT KOA tonight; this is just south of Provo and Salt Lake City. We’ll head out tomorrow for Wyoming. This park is a fairly large one with paved streets and parking pads and grass in between. It seems to be very well kept up, and is attractive. We’re on a pull-through space that is just barely long enough for motorhome and towed car, but we fit. Unfortunately I was not able to park straight on the pad because there is a lamp post at the left edge of our pad so I was not able to swing wide and come in straight. It is sometimes tough with a long wheelbase rig. It was about 81° when we arrived, so very pleasant weather. Continue reading Springville in Autumn. More fuel flow problems.

On the road. Into Kanab. Fuel flow.

I wish problem-solving was always this easy! We headed out from Phoenix about 9:45 this morning and as we started the climb up the Mogollon Rim I noticed a fast reduction in power; our motorhome was not performing as usual. We made the climb, though at a reduced speed, but once on top we went back to normal speeds fine. Then a little later I got a “Check Engine” message on the instrument panel and we had similar performance reduction. So I pulled off at Cordes Junction and into a truck stop area where we could park safely. Freightliner Custom Chassis offers 24/7 Direct service – a phone number direct to support at Freightliner. The support tech had me do some operations in the instrument panel that reached Engine Diagnostics and then displayed the error code. He said it was a fuel flow issue. Continue reading On the road. Into Kanab. Fuel flow.

Fuel points. OurHous. Samsung tablet.

I pulled up to the pump at Fry’s yesterday and found we had no fuel points available to use. That was a surprise to me, since we regularly shop at Fry’s on purpose to get those fuel points. Then, when checking out inside I saw that we had 250 fuel points showing on the receipt. I stopped at customer service in the store to try to figure that out, but got nowhere with the staff there who treated me like I was stupid. So this morning I did some digging and finally figured out what happened. And then I got on the phone and made further changes to get it all straightened out. Continue reading Fuel points. OurHous. Samsung tablet.

An Uber experience. VFA newsletter going out.

At 9:30 this morning my smartphone alerted me to a dental appointment coming up at 10:00. Slight panic; both Elaine and I had forgotten that was coming up and she had a nail appointment at 9:30! She had the car. I quickly decided to take a taxi and thought of Uber. I had never used Uber, and wasn’t even sure how it worked. But I installed the Uber app on my phone, created an account, and made a request for a pickup in about 8 minutes. The request was made and I soon had a map on my phone showing who was coming, what car he was driving, and the map showed his progress to my location along with a countdown timer to his arrival. The address I was able to enter did not include our lot number, so he did not get right there. But he quickly called me and we met up. Continue reading An Uber experience. VFA newsletter going out.

More pages. Resting.

Some page content has been added to RoyalPalmSocialClub.com today. I added to the Newsletters page by providing an accordion menu to display the links to download newsletters, past and present. The menu is organized by year, and the newsletter links will be set in descending order by date. So far I have a handful of 2016 newsletters available and an accordion place for 2015, but I will be adding to that as time goes on. My goal is to have all newsletters from the very beginning available here, and that is a lot of them since the park was established more than 45 years ago! Continue reading More pages. Resting.

Recycling. Breakfast at Village Inn.

Up to our ears in trash would have been a good term to use. It had been WAY TOO LONG since I hauled to the recycle bins and today was the day to get it done. Royal Palm Social Club does recycling of aluminum, cardboard, paper, and #1 and #2 plastics. The recycle basket under the kitchen sink had been overflowing for a week or more, there was a collection of cardboard boxed on the deck, and the area around my recycle cans behind the deck was, to turn a phrase, trashy. I started with the cardboard boxes, knocking them down flat, and loading them in the golf cart. There was enough to make a whole load of that, so Elaine and the boys and I headed off to the bins. Continue reading Recycling. Breakfast at Village Inn.

Newsletter 1. Newsletter 2.

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The cover of the October issue of The Palm Press

Whew! Glad to get the newsletter out! The volunteers gathered at 9:30 this morning in the clubhouse and by 10:00 all 320 newsletters had three flyers inserted, had a rubber bank wrapped around them, and were distributed into bags for the delivery volunteers – there are seven “routes”. They were augmented today with three ladies who will be involved with an upcoming health fair, which was the subject of one of the flyer inserts. This newsletter is larger than my previous two, at 20 pages. I think that is an optimum size since it seems to give me enough room to express what I want and to report on what is happening. We use the  UPS office near Central and Dunlap; the newsletter is printed with the covers, inside and out, in color and the rest in black-and-white. The 20-page version costs us less than 87¢ each. Continue reading Newsletter 1. Newsletter 2.

Hectic day. Newsletter.

It was a busy and hectic day today! I started off putting on the finishing touches to the Royal Palm newsletter, then took it to UPS for printing around 8:30 this morning. When they brought it up on the screen there we noted a problem with the front page; the masthead is supposed to have a faded-back photo of the entry sign with the words The Palm Press superimposed near the top. However, the photo was not faded, so the name did not show up well. I headed back home and worked on that, finding that I  had not used the correct PDF printing routine to produce the file I took to the printer. Once I used the correct driver the front page came out properly. Then back to UPS again. It was a busy morning for them with only one person on duty, so it took a while before the project was a go. I got home around 10:00. Continue reading Hectic day. Newsletter.

Newsletter. Motorhome.

Final edits are being done on the Royal Palm Social Club newsletter – The Palm Press – and it will go to the printer tomorrow morning. I printed out two draft copies yesterday and gave them to  George Immerso and Leslie Nielsen for review. George and Leslie both reviewed the content and Leslie also did an excellent job of proofreading and suggested some valuable changes. As of late this afternoon I have all the copy available and will wrap it up this evening and have Elaine do a fresh review before it goes out. Then on Friday our volunteer team will do two inserts and fold them, then they will be delivered. Continue reading Newsletter. Motorhome.