We have met some wonderful people in our years on the road, and it’s always a treat to make new friends or to put a face to a name on a mailing label in our subscription base. We got to do that here in Bremerton.
Longtime subscriber and faithful blog reader Dona Clayton lives just a couple of miles from the Elks lodge where we are parked, and she e-mailed to welcome us to town, and to ask if she might come by to say hello, and to renew her subscription at the same time. I’m always happy to meet one of our readers, or to cheat the post office out of a stamp, so I told Dona to please stop by.
After church on Sunday, Dona and her son Larry stopped in to visit, and what a treat that was! At 88 years young, Dona is an absolute delight, a funny, charming lady whom Terry and I both fell in love with instantly. And Dona and I have something in common, she’s also a published writer! She brought along a boating magazine with an article she wrote about one of her sons’ voyage across the Pacific Ocean, and a copy of a Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine with one of her short stories in it. How cool is that?
Dona and Miss Terry both like to crochet, and they talked about that a while, and Larry told me a little but about his career working in naval shipyards, from Mare Island to Bremerton. All too soon, Dona and Larry had to leave, but later that evening she came by and left a box at our door with a beautiful throw rug she had made for our entry. What a sweet lady! Thanks for the gift, Dona, and for making time for us.
My buddy Greg White uses a portable satellite dish to tune in in his DirecTV signal, and over the years the darned thing has gotten banged up, knocked over by the wind, and generally abused to the point that it finally gave up the ghost. So yesterday afternoon, Greg and I drove into Tacoma to shop for a replacement dish at Camping World.
The last time I was up in this area, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a rather intimidating two lane structure that was both high and narrow. I drove over it once in our MCI bus conversion, and while I didn’t freak out, I sure didn’t like it. But since then, they have built a second bridge right next to the first one, and now each bridge, one northbound and one southbound, have three or four lanes, high rails, and even I could drive over them without sniveling. Okay, maybe just a little sniveling! 🙂
After looking over the the choices available, from standard tripod style TV dishes, to all sorts of fancy automatic types, Greg settled on a Winegard Carryout portable automatic domed antenna. This thing is pretty neat – it only weighs 11.5 pounds, works for both DirecTV and Dish Network, and all Greg had to do was sit in down, hook the cables up, and it was ready to go.
There are some high trees here at the Elks lodge campground, and most folks here can’t get a signal. The first place Greg tried didn’t work, but the Carryout comes with 50 feet of cable, so Greg moved it over in front of our motorhome, and bingo, it was locked on in less than a minute! If you need a portable dish that takes all of the work out of finding your TV satellites, this would be a great option. I was sure impressed!
Miss Terry has been wanting to get some cooking done, so while Greg and I were gone, she fired up her Orion smoker and cooked up a huge batch of baby back ribs and a pork butt. The convection smoker does an excellent job, and can handle a pork butt and six racks of ribs at once.
The ribs were fall off the bone tender, and Terry made some black beans with rice and pico de gallo to go along with them, and we were sure eating good! It was all delicious, and we topped that off with a yummy apple cake that Jan made for dessert. I ate so much that I may never be able to walk again. And we still have the pork butt left to go!
Thought For The Day – I can’t choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.