Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Improvements For The Guppy

The Guppy has a radio with speakers in front and back in the bedroom. The only problem is it's a pain in the ass to turn the radio on and off because it is in the dash in the cab of the motorhome. I figured it would make life simpler if there was a radio that was easy to get at.

Radio and one of the speakers temporarily wired up to see if it works. 
I had some radios laying around and some speakers from a surround sound system so I brought a couple radios and some speakers with us on our trip. I got power from one of the 12v lights close to where I figured I'd put the radio when the installation was done. When I tried one radio it seemed to stop at stations when I did a scan, but all I got was a loud hum. So I hooked up the other radio and it got some stations and played fairly well. One odd thing was at times there would be a lot of static and discovered that if I turned on a light the static went away. Sometimes there would be some static, but could listen to the radio. That may have been the problem with the first radio I tried.

Radio installed in an overhead cabinet.
Yesterday I installed the radio in an overhead cabinet in the kitchen/dining area. The space where I put it is kind of a dead space in the cabinet. There is a metal rack above the radio in the cabinet so about the only space not usable anymore is the area taken up by the radio. Now we no longer have to crawl into the cab of the motorhome to turn the radio on or off.

The radio has a CD player in it. Need to get a CD and see if it works. Forgot to bring any along. Should also run a CD cleaner disc thru it to get rid of the cobwebs, etc.

Originally thought I'd have to mount the antenna on the outside of the motorhome, but when I had it hooked up temporarily I discovered that it worked with the antenna on the inside. (The outside of the walls are fiberglas, which explains why I can get a signal with the antenna inside.) So now it's on the valance for the curtains by the table. If I can find an adapter to go from coax to auto radio I would try hooking the radio up to the TV antenna on top of the motorhome.  I have a hunch I'll have to try make one myself. (That would be the only use for the TV antenna where we are now because we are down in a valley and the only TV reception is via satellite.)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Still Haven't Found It

We arrived at the campground on Wednesday. As promised our site had been plowed.


It was a fairly nice day when we arrived, temp about 40°. Tried flushing out the water system, but couldn't get all the RV anti-freeze out. Didn't hook up the hose for water as the forecast was for cold and snow. Yesterday started off about 26° and fell during the day. This morning it was 6°.


Was glad I left the shovel in the trunk of the car. It lives in there during the winter. I needed it to shovel some of the snow out of the way to put the support stand under the RV.


There were already some campers here when we arrived. The fishing season doesn't start until Sunday, but some are here several days early. The one in the background in this picture is a pop-up, but there are a couple of tents also. I know some people are into Winter camping, but I wouldn't want to camp in a tent in this weather. Our motorhome has a gas furnace and we aren't exactly comfortable. Old as the Guppy is, though, we're lucky it isn't even draftier, and the more time we spend in it, the more things we're figuring out to make it livable. 

Today is sunny, so we opened some of the shades and curtains to let the sun shine in. Even tho it's only 15° the sun shining thru the window feels good. Now all we need is for things to warm up enough for us to be able to connect the water. 

On the bright side, the snow isn't ass deep like it was at home, it's only a few inches deep. A couple of warm days and it should be gone.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Haven't Found It Yet

Last Saturday we left home and headed South in search of Spring. We haven't found it yet.
This is how things looked when we were leaving. Lots of snow and cold. It was in the single digits, but at least it was above zero, not like a couple days before when it was below zero.

After driving 700 miles south, we still haven't gotten past the snow. And it was in the single digits here this morning also.
 After the first day the car was covered with salt. Every time we stopped for gas (which was often as The Guppy doesn't get good mileage) I worked on cleaning the window of the car. After three times I got it to the point where would be able to see out. Tomorrow I'll have to take it to a carwash and wash it.
The back of The Guppy got covered with salt also. Once we are at the campground and the weather warms up, I'll work on cleaning The Guppy.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I Found It





















It took some digging but I found the tow dolly last weekend. I had parked it behind "The Guppy" so I could find it easy without having to use a metal detector!! In a couple days I'll be hooking it up behind "The Guppy" and putting the car on it. We are about to head South in search of Spring. I have mixed feelings about this. If we weren't about to run out of firewood, I'd just as soon stay here. But we are down to the last of the firewood, so heading for a warmer climate might be a good idea., It snowed too much when we got back last Nov to cut any more firewood, so all we had was what I had cut and split before when went off to play campground hosts.

Besides next month I'll be able to do some stream fishing for trout, while those UP on the Tundra will still icefishing. I wonder if there will still be ice in the bay next June like there was last June??

Monday, February 16, 2015

Handy App

Here's a free app that will tell you how much money and where it comes from that politicians get. After adding the app to your browser when you put your cursor on the name of a politician in an article a pop-up tells you where the money comes from. It also tells you what % is from small donors ($200 or less).


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Paying It Forward

The ASSWHOLES on the never-right wing keep telling young people that Social Security won't be there for them when they retire. It certainly won't as long as they keep voting for FUCKINGREPUBLICAN'TS!! They've been trying to kill Social Security since day one.

Instead we should be telling young people they are paying it forward. They are paying into the SS fund while retirees are drawing money out. The retirees paid in all their working lives to fund older people's retirement and now are getting a return on the money they paid in while working. As long as we don't allow Social Security to be privatized, it will survive. If we allow Wall Street to get their hands on SS money we can kiss it goodbye!!

One of the true contradictions in this debate is on one hand the Reich-WingNuts complain they could get a better return on their money by investing it and on the other hand they complain that people on Social Security are getting back far more than they paid in!!!! (Which is it, are they getting fucked on their investment or are they getting too good of a return???) I'm sure you could find lucrative investments if you have millions to invest. But if you only have a few bucks to invest the interest you might accrue will be eaten up by the fees charged by whatever outfit handles your investment. I know this is a fact from the several 401ks and IRAs I've had where at the end of the year there was less money in the account than was paid in during the year. With savings account interest at less than 1%, you can't save much on your own. Compound interest won't help at all, my high school math tells me when you multiply fractions (less than 1) you get a smaller sum!!

Like I said we need to tell young people that they are paying it forward!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

First I Was Amused, Now I'm Just Fucking Bewildered!!!

In a previous post I mentioned how I had blocked someone's e-mails for several years and last year decided to unblock to see what the Tea-Baggers are up to. Recently I got another one of those forwarded a Gazillion times e-mails. This one saying that Michelle Obama is a Harvard educated idiot. At a naturalization ceremony she said to those getting their citizenship that like them none of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were born Americans. (Which is true, how can you be born a citizen of the country that doesn't exist yet??????????) The e-mail then went on to call her an idiot because only 8 of the signers were born elsewhere and the rest were born on this side of the pond. (My phrasing, not the e-mail.) It said Ben Franklin was born in Pennsylvania, which I just googled and found out he was born in Boston. (Which was part of a British Colony at the time.) In any case he was 70 when the Declaration of Independence was written and signed.



Anywho, I did a snopes.com search that said she had said that and explained what she said and how it was accurate. I copied & pasted the part that said the Founding Fathers were born British subjects, couldn't have been born Americans, and put it in a reply to the e-mail. The answer I got back was why did I hate history or was it just American history I hated??  I replied with another explanation of how the Founding Fathers couldn't be born citizens of a country that hadn't been created yet. That the Founding Fathers created our country and that's why they are called Founding Fathers!! Also said that just because he can't understand history doesn't mean I hate history, besides I live with a historian.

His reply was something about you don't understand you have to be born American to be President. (My first thought was why is he still on the STUPID BIRTHER shit??) So on that reply from far-right field I said, "What the fuck are you talking about now????? Ben Franklin was never President!!"

The reply I got was for me to keep drinking the Kool-Aid???? To which I replied that I hope there is someone looking in on him regularly!!

Addendum; at first I was feeling sorry for him for believing the Tea-Bagger bullshit, but now I'm starting to worry about him. It's been several years since he lost the ability for independent thought and reasoning, but now he can't even stay on topic!!