Yesterday we tackled a problem that has been bothering us for a while, remounting our flat screen TVs in both the living room and bedroom.
The folks at RV Renovators in Mesa, Arizona did a good job of rebuilding our TV cabinets last winter, but after the job was done, we realized that we needed to shim the top of both TVs to give them a slight downward tilt, because the LED TVs were giving us dark shadow areas in their display when mounted flat. If we were standing up and watching them at eye level, the picture was fine, but sitting down we were looking at an angle that gave us the shadow effect. It was even worse when laying in bed.
So we bought some longer mounting screws and washers to use as shims. I held the TVs in place while Miss Terry replaced the screws, and it was a bit of a hassle to get the four screws for each TV lined up through the holes on the cabinet doors and threaded into the back of the TVs. But eventually we got it all done, and the results were worth the effort.
While we were working on the bedroom TV, our pal Al Hesselbart from the RV Hall of Fame Museum came by, but we never heard him knock, and did not even realize he had been here until an hour or so later, when we went outside and found his card in the door. I called Al, told him we were headed for the local Chinese buffet, and he said he’d meet us there in ten minutes.
We had a nice dinner, and enjoyed talking about the RV lifestyle, happenings at the RV Museum, and life in general. A couple of years ago Al was invited to China to speak at a trade show for the Chinese RV industry, which is just now starting to grow, and we enjoyed hearing about his experiences there, as well as the fifteen hour flight each way. I think we’ll confine our traveling to places where we can go in our motorhome. 🙂
The RV lifestyle is not limited just to couples. We know many solo RVers, both men and women, who travel fulltime, or seasonally as snowbirds, and have a wonderful time. But traveling alone does present challenges that are sometimes different than what couples deal with. My friends Jaimie Hall Bruzenak and Alice Zyetz have a new version of their book The Woman’s Guide to Solo RVing available for reading on Kindles, Nooks, iPads, and iPhones. Follow this link to purchase online, and enter coupon code HG30 at the time of checkout. And while you’re at their RV Lifestyle Experts website, take some time to check it out. Jaimie and Alice have a tremendous amount of valuable information available that any RVer, whether a seasoned road warrior or a newbie, will appreciate.
Note to self – always carry a flashlight after dark. My dad used to tell me that I should consider a career working in a pillow factory, because I was always doing something stupid and getting banged up. I was born clumsy, and that has not improved over time. Last night I walked over to visit some folks at the other end of the RV park, and coming back, I stumbled and took a nasty fall. I threw out my arms to try and break my fall, and came down on my left arm, really jamming it from the wrist to the shoulder. A couple of Advil, and a generous amount of liniment rubbed in by Miss Terry took the worst of the edge off, but I suspect that I’ll really feel it today.
I mentioned a couple of days ago that my Dell computer is on its last legs, and I have really been thinking about moving to a Mac when I replace it. I’ve always used Windows based computers, but there is a reason most newspapers use Macs. One of the fellows here at Elkhart Campground has an iMac G7, and I spent some time checking it out, and was really impressed. Macs cost a lot more than the HPs and Dells I have been using, but it seems like every three years or so, I have to replace or upgrade my computer. For what I’ve spent, I could have bought a nice Mac, and the folks who have them all tell me I’d have been a lot happier. We may wander over to the Apple Store in Mishawaka and check them out.
Bad Nick got a bit of news yesterday that he just had to comment on, and I think once you read his new Bad Nick Blog post, titled Pass The Gas, you will agree that the inmates definitely are running the asylum. Check it out and leave a comment.
Thought For The Day – Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.