We’re scratching our hitch itch, and it sure feels good! We’ve enjoyed the almost four months we’ve spent in Florida, but too much of it was spent sitting still, either at the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve, or at the Escapees Sumter Oaks campground. Both are nice places, but I tend to get bored seeing the same old scenery day after day. I guess that guarantees we’ll never hang up our keys, doesn’t it? 🙂
Yesterday we left the Escapees Campground and came to Ocala, where Cummins Coach Care installed the new heater core in our Winnebago, and then we spent the night parked in one of their RV sites, which have 30/50 amp electric and water. Today we’ll take the two lane roads into the Florida Panhandle, our favorite mode of travel. We may stop at Mexico Beach, or we may keep on going, and stop wherever we are when we’re tired of driving. It’s nice not to be in a hurry, and to have no place we have to be.
We experienced something weird at Sumter Oaks. We were there a few days, when suddenly the little keychain fob remote control device I use to lock and unlock our Ford Explorer stopped working. At the same time, Miss Terry’s did the same thing. We assumed that through some strange coincidence, the batteries in both happened to die at the same time. But if we were in town, they worked. In fact, they even worked on the other side of the campground. Just not at our site, or within about 200 feet of it. Anywhere else, both key fobs worked.
Since he’s a lot smarter than me, even if he isn’t nearly as pretty, I called my pal Greg White and asked him if he had any idea what was causing the phenomena. Greg said he suspected there was something near our site putting out a signal that was blocking the key fobs from working. Then, a couple of weeks later, the problem disappeared! Well, that was strange!
A couple of days ago, the fellow from the fifth wheel parked next to us, and another guy from a couple of sites down, came by to ask us if we had some kind of electronic device operating that might block the signals on their remote controls! Is that the Twilight Zone theme I hear playing in the background?
Here’s another strange thing – twice now, a comment has turned up here on the blog from me, but I didn’t make them. They had my avatar, my e-mail address, but they were not from me. After some research that really didn’t get us anywhere, I mentioned the first incident in the blog, and Butterbean, a regular reader from Texas, wrote to say that he had posted the comment, but we still don’t know how it showed up as being from me.
The same thing happened again yesterday. A blog comment that appeared to come from me, but that I didn’t make. Neither Greg nor Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour think anything has been hacked, and the posts were not malicious. Heck, I don’t think Butterbean has a malicious bone in his body. Well, except for apparently assuming my identity. In return, I think it’s only fair that he send me all of his credit cards info and pin numbers, so I can assume his identity! :)
I have had some inquiries about RV driving lessons at our Yuma Rally. George Mayleben, the owner of the RV Driving School, will be doing a couple of seminars at the rally, and will also be offering individual behind the wheel driving classes in your own RV. To schedule your private class, contact George directly at the RV Driving School.
Thought For The Day – A committee is an organized group that keeps minutes and wastes hours.