Several readers have written to tell me that they have not been able to access my daily RV blog lately.The problem has me, Greg White, and Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour mystified, because a lot of readers are still reading the blog with no problem, and none of us have experienced the issue. Terry and I can log onto it on four computers, plus on my iPad and my Droid; Greg can get to it just fine; and when I talked to Chris last night, she was at a friend’s house in New Jersey and used their computer to access the blog with no problem.
Most of the people who can’t get to the blog said the problem started right after we bought our new iMac computers, and a couple wanted to know if that had anything to do with it. I am still writing and posting the blog on the same Dell computer I have used all along, so that can’t be it. We are working on resolving the problem, as soon as we can figure out what the heck is causing it.
Yesterday, we finally had a relatively quiet day at home. I got some writing done, tweaked some things on the Ohio Rally schedule, and answered a load of e-mails. One was from a fellow who has a Class C motorhome with a gas engine, on a Ford chassis. He went to an RV shop in Kansas for an oil change and filter, and the bill came to $495. Nothing else was done except the oil and filter. He asked me if I thought he got shafted. No doubt about it, in my mind. In our 3/4 ton Ford van, an oil change usually ran about $35 – $45 dollars, and included a chassis lube. Even though it is an RV, it’s still a Ford van. Why should it cost over ten times as much? I wrote back and told him I would be in front of the service manager demanding an explanation and a refund.
While I was doing that, Terry was busy fixing stuff. Our bathroom sink was not draining, and after trying to clear the clog without success, she took the pipes apart and discovered that the drain pipe after the P-trap was actually too long, so that it was almost touching the back of the straight down pipe it enters, restricting the water flow. Terry shortened it a couple of inches, put everything back together, and now it works fine. Hey, I’m married to Josephine the Plumber! (How many of you remember those old TV commercials?)
My buddy Greg has been fighting a cold the last few days, and still wasn’t feeling great, so in sympathy for him, I took a nice long nap yesterday afternoon. I must have been really tired, because normally I’m a light sleeper, but I guess I snored right through a pretty hard rainstorm that passed over the campground. The nap didn’t seem to work though, because Greg was still feeling yucky yesterday evening. I guess I’ll have to take another long nap today, and see if that helps him any. 🙂
Greg is a dedicated PC guy, and doesn’t like Mac computers at all. Somebody suggested that maybe he doesn’t have a cold, maybe he caught a virus from the Macs!
The more we use our new iMac computers, the more we like them. We ordered two gigs of extra memory for each computer, which will bring us up to eight gigs, and it arrived yesterday, so we’ll try to get that installed this weekend. It’s a pretty easy process - you unscrew a cover on the bottom of the computer, and slip in the new memory, and you’re good to go. I’m sure Greg will be able to do it in just a few minutes.
It’s back to school time for us. When we bought the computers, we signed up for the One To One program, which allows us to go to an Apple store and get personalized training, and today we have two hour-long sessions back to back. I wonder if Miss Terry will let me carry her books for her? 🙂
With all of the company we’ve had lately, Bad Nick has been staying out of the way the last few days. He doesn’t play well with others. But he’s at it again, posting a new Bad Nick Blog titled One Down, 49 To Go. Check it out and leave a comment.
Thought For The Day – You’re never too old to learn something stupid.