Hell on Wheels meeting. MailChimp for web site.

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Some of the Royal Palm residents attending the meeting on homeless and crime

“The phrase Hell on Wheels was originally used to describe the itinerant collection of flimsily assembled gambling houses, dance halls, saloons, and brothels that followed the army of Union Pacific railroad workers westward as they constructed the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1860s North America.” (from wikipedia) I was reminded of this term when attending a meeting of residents and business owners in the general Royal Palm and Sunnyslope area tonight. I think it applies to what we are experiencing as the light rail system gets extended further in Phoenix. The huge increase in homeless people coming into our area is similar to what happened at the previous “end of rails” at Montbello and 19th Ave further south. Continue reading Hell on Wheels meeting. MailChimp for web site.

Busy day, I think. Crafts. Swimming.

I tried to think back on what I did today, but am really drawing a blank! I know I was very busy all morning long, but  am not sure what, if anything I accomplished. I know I worked mostly on trying to get MailChimp hooked up with the  RoyalPalmSocialClub.com web site but was not successful. I want MailChimp to grab the RSS feed from the site and send out an email to everyone on the list with the latest post. I have a support request in to MailChimp to find out. I have used them for years with other sites. Continue reading Busy day, I think. Crafts. Swimming.

Samsung TV remote. Golf car batteries. Elaine and Jan.

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The Samsung remote app on my smartphone

We have a Samsung Smart TV in the office and from the very start we could  not find the remote that came with it. Pete Petersen helped me select a universal remote and we have been using that all along. But recently we lost channel 51 and needed to reprogram the channel list and needed the Samsung remote to do it. So I went to the Google store and found an app for my Samsung Galaxy S6 phone which seems to provide all the functions the original remote would have, so now we are back in business again. See photo at left. And we have channel 51 again. While I was playing around with that app I took the time to modify the channel list we see on-screen to eliminate all the Spanish-language ones as well as a couple of others we don’t watch. That makes the list much smaller. Continue reading Samsung TV remote. Golf car batteries. Elaine and Jan.

Newsletter delivered, autopost to Facebook. Golf cart stutters.

The volunteer group met at the Clubhouse at 9:30 this morning to fold and stuff the newsletters, and then the volunteers who deliver them took them out to the residents. Thus another newsletter cycle is over for me. Many thanks for those volunteers, for they make a tedious job almost easy. They gather around a table and stuff the two (in this case) inserts into each newsletter then fold the newsletter in half longwise and wrap a rubber band around it. I then take counted bundles of them and pack them into bags for each delivery area. That whole process takes about a half hour to work on over 350 newsletters! Continue reading Newsletter delivered, autopost to Facebook. Golf cart stutters.

Golf cart changes. Newsletter stuff.

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I added a steering spinner knob on the golf cart to make it easier for Elaine to steer.
We now have a small LED clock on the golf cart dashboard







I finally added a steering spinner knob to the golf cart, to make it easier for Elaine to steer. There is no power steering on those machines! I had put one on our previous golf cart but left it there when we passed it on. The knob is not permanently attached, as I still need to shim under the strap so it will fit tightly. Today I just wanted to get it in position and fairly tight so that Elaine could test it out. We now have the correct position and tomorrow I will do the shimming for a tight fit. While I was at the parts store buying the knob, I also spotted an LED clock to add to the dashboard. I have been wanting to do that ever since we bought the cart. Continue reading Golf cart changes. Newsletter stuff.

Charles and Chris. Newsletter published.

Charles and Chris Yust
Charles and Chris Yust

What a great opportunity for a visit with Chris and Charles Yust. We met them several years ago at an RV rally in Indiana and ended up getting our RV and vehicle insurance with them. Chris is a specialist in insurance and gives seminars at RV rallies all over the country. They live fulltime in a motorhome and have for a number of years. As a result, they are very knowledgeable about RV matters as well as the specialized insurance needs of RVers, whether part time or fulltime. And Chris watches out for her customers; when she read last year that we were putting our motorhome in storage she immediately contacted me and asked if we wanted to put our insurance on storage basis. This saved us quite a bit of money. Continue reading Charles and Chris. Newsletter published.

Skel and spiders. Newsletter.

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Our Hallowe’en dog, Skel, was joined by some spiders today. I also put out his water dish.

Our Hallowe’en dog, named Skel, was joined by some spiders today. You can see them all in the photo at left. Skel is a fairly lightweight dog and doesn’t eat much, and we don’t think the spiders will be especially troublesome. But even though Skel does not seem to eat much, we wonder how that large pile of apparent fecal matter managed to escape him. We’ll have to ask Pete Petersen, I think, since he is the only one who has been around Skel since he went back out. Though Skel went out a few days ago I realized this morning that I had forgotten to put out his water dish, so I did that today. I hope he hadn’t gotten too dry! Continue reading Skel and spiders. Newsletter.

Web changes. Newsletter.

Not much to  report today. Elaine went to the Women’s Club meeting this morning, and ran the meeting since the President was out sick. She is Vice President. I am sure she did a good job. While she was doing that I worked at my computer making changes to the newsletter in process. I received a lot of information yesterday that let me finish several stories for the newsletter. I have just a couple more people to check with to finish it up. Continue reading Web changes. Newsletter.

El Encanto. Newsletter.

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The view off the end of our table included a pond, some ducks, and some turtles

Dinner tonight was at El Encanto restaurant in Cave Creek. Pete Petersen and Sharlene Froberg went with us and we had a great time. While it was a first time in this restaurant for the other two, Elaine and I have eaten there several times over the years and always enjoy it. This restaurant is set as a Mexican town, with a pond in the middle, complete with ducks and turtles, an inside eating area, and an open patio and closed patio area. There is also a large open space in the front that is a popular venue for weddings and celebrations. All in all a great experience. Continue reading El Encanto. Newsletter.

Halloween decorations. Newsletter. New webs.

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Elaine (R) working on her witch (L)

Hallowe’en season is here, and decorations at the Violettes now show it. We dug out decorations we used last year and Elaine has added some to them for this year. A notable addition is the large witch on our deck. I know there are yet a few more to put up and I am sure Elaine has some in mind beyond what I already know about. That’s a given! Hallowe’en is a fun time to decorate, and is a popular holiday in general. Elaine gets excited about Hallowe’en but it seems she got started later this year than usual. Probably because we took that trip to Wyoming a short time back. Continue reading Halloween decorations. Newsletter. New webs.