In yesterday’s blog I wished my friend Greg White happy birthday and sung his praises, and here I go again, because he has done it again.
A couple of weeks ago I reported that the drum on our Splendide washer/dryer combo had stopped turning, though it had power and the pump runs. After going through a series of tests and talking to a technician at Westland Sales, Splendide’s authorized parts and repair source, he told me that the control board was shot, and that replacement boards were no longer available. It looked like we were going to be shopping for a new washer/dryer, which was not going to be cheap.
Greg suggested I remove the board out and send it to him and he’d see if he could fix it. And he did! Greg said there was a break in one of the circuits and he soldered a piece of wire in to reroute it and bypass the bad spot. He sent the board back and we installed it yesterday, and as I write this, the machine is churning away cleaning a load of laundry. To say Miss Terry was delighted would be an understatement. Thanks Greg!
Do you remember when people actually repaired things like Greg did? These days, no matter if it’s an automobile, a computer, or a household appliance, all “technicians” do is replace components. Nobody actually fixes anything.
This is the second time the Splendid has gone bad on us. Last winter we had to replace the pump. It’s eleven years old and hopefully it will continue to work for a while longer.
Except for the time spent pulling the Splendide out of its cabinet, getting the new board installed, and putting it back in its cabinet, I spent most of the day working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. It was a nice day with a good breeze and I would have really preferred to be out flying my kite.
Bruce Miles, who has narrated the first two audiobooks in my Big Lake series is working on the third book, Crazy Days in Big Lake and sent me the prologue and first chapter to approve. It sounds great, as Bruce’s work always does. The finished book should be out by Christmas.
So let’s file this one under the Here’s Your Sign category; Verizon gives veterans a 15% discount on their bills, which is much appreciated. To get the discount all I had to do was take my DD-214 into a Verizon store a few years ago so they could make a copy of it. They also give discounts to government employees, among others.
A couple of weeks ago I received a notice that I had to go online and renew my discount. I tried, but to do it I need to submit a pay stub to show I am still employed by a qualifying agency or company. Uhh, guys, I don’t have a paystub because my eligibility is as a veteran. Now what? I called Verizon and the rep said I could do it all online, but I still couldn’t figure out how.
While we were in Seaside, Oregon I went to a nearby Verizon store to ask them what I should do, and they said I needed to go online and confirm that I am still a veteran. Still a veteran? That doesn’t change. Once a veteran, always a veteran, as far as I know. And there’s no way to confirm that in their online form. The young guys working at the store had no idea what to do, just “go online.” I think that really means “go away” so I did, and hopefully I can find somebody at a Verizon store here in Arizona to help me out.
Speaking of discounts, today is the last day for our special on our 7-in-1 book deal, which has been upgraded to an 8-in-1 with the addition of our new Hitching Post RV park reviews. If you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, this is a heck of a deal. Normally our 7-in-1 e-book guides to free campgrounds, RV good guys, RV dump stations, fairgrounds camping, casino camping, favorite restaurants, WiFi campgrounds sells for $24.95, but for a limited time, we’re offering it with the added bonus of the new Hitching Post RV park reviews for just $20! This is our way of saying thank you to our readers for your support over the years, so get it while you can. A lot of people already have! The deal ends at midnight tonight (Sunday) Arizona time.
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Thought For The Day – Tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society. – Aristotle