Jul 20th, 14
This last week found us working in Georgia. I knew about my cousin Vinny (like the movie? ) who lived in Georgia and ran a diesel truck shop. So I looked him up and he wasn't fat from us. I wanted some work done on my truck anyhow and he invited us to park at his house.
You ever meet someone and is like you've know them your whole life? All your stories line up, you're into the same stuff, you have the same faith and beliefs, and you just plain fit right in? Yep, this was one of those.
We had a great time there. I love there little cottage in the woods. It's perfect! We just had a great time swapping stories and hanging out.
We will get to come back in September and I'm really looking forward to it.
Jun 24th, 14
This weekend after a bunch of really long drives between jobs site, we back tracked a little bit to Columbus to see my adopted family. Well, I'm not really adopted, but in college I really hit it off instantly with their son Cliff and we became best friends in weeks. We were roomates for a few short months before he died in a car accident. I always felt a big attachment to his family and took to calling them mom and dad and I happily adopted his little sister Gina after his passing. So whenever I can, I go to Columbus and see them. So this time around we decided to surprise them. What fun! Although Patti is psychic and pretty much guessed the whole surprise.
We stayed at Cross Creek RV Resort which is a really nice campground, but the price just keep going up. It cost us $100 for two nights because they charge for each child. The whole park was crammed full with no empty spaces, so it must work for them.
My "sheltered" home schooled kids immediatly found kids to play with and organized a game of Isrealli dodge ball (GaGa). I love that my kids don't care about race, creed, or any of that nonsense. People are people and they are nice to them all.
Jun 23rd, 14
Our trailer is 4 years old and has well over a hundred thousand miles on it now. We are on our second set of tires and have had a few things that got beat up and replaced along the way. This trip across Ohio put more strain on it. If you haven't driven in Ohio lately, a lot of their roads are being repaired or need repaired, so it abuses cars and trailers.
We shredded two tires and I found a crack in the rear bedroom.
We are really praying about trading it in on a toy hauler. Something a bit bigger.
So we found a tire ship with tires on stock and time to get us in before the job and ran over and got them installed. Looks much better and rides better.
Jun 15th, 14
Enjoyed a couple days off from working at Running Cedar RV Resort in VA. It's sort of hidden back in near a really nice lake. I'd recommend it if your in the area.
We have had a good time hiking and swimming and they had a graduation party here Friday and let us crash the party. It was a lot of fun.
Sadly, we must pack up and head on to the next job site.
Jun 13th, 14
When we started out this year, we took a family vote. We told the kids we'd be staying mostly in parking lots as we did the job and it would probably be pretty boring. We also said, that when we weren't working we would find fun stuff to do. Last weekend was Steve and Loretta's and this weekend we found a campground pretty much in the middle of nowhere with a pool and good wifi. So we rolled in a setup home like we owned the place!
All the lights out, the carpet out and even our sign!
We always like an ice pool. This one is small but served it's purpose well!
An adult beverage and a pool floaty! Rock on!
Hey! Don't splash me! I'm relaxin!
This is the clothes thing I got for free from a neighbor back home. They were chucking it in the garbage, but I think it works great at a campground!
Jun 11th, 14
Parked in another Ollies parking lot and this time in Carey, NC and a flash storm came up and flooded the parking lot. We were on the high side so we were fine, but it was pretty cool to watch.
Jun 5th, 14
So I have always wanted to use one of my RC trucks to pull cable but never had a chance to try it. Until now!!
They were supposed to order me a lift for pulling cable, but somehow it got missed. So I used one of the RC trucks to pull cable from the front of the store to the back. Enjoy the video!
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Jun 4th, 14
Monday night I did the worst store I have ever done in 3 years of doing Ollies upgrades. Not in terms of the store being bad, just in tech terms. I had do so much work to make the new register fit in the counters and run the cable. I started at 8pm and didn't get done until 10:30am Tuesday. Ugh. Then I get back to the campground we parked at and they said I had to be out by 1pm. So I slept for 2 hours and then hit the road to the next one. Thankfully Shelli can drive this Dodge with trailer on (she couldn't drive the Chevy we used to have). So she drove for an hour and I took a nap.
We rolled in to Harrisonburg, VA just in time for dinner and get back to work. Shelli helped me last night and the job we much much smoother. Started at 8pm and done by like 2am. When I laid down in bed I instantly passed out and slept until like 10am. I am finally feeling better.
3 hour drive to the next job site and hopefully it's not a bad job either. Shelli will probably help me again, it seems to go much better with two people.
Current weather near us right now:
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Jun 2nd, 14
It's that time of year again, time to do Ollies Bargain Outlet upgrades. I really like working for Ollies. The people are great to work with and the job is great.
I will be upgrading their registers and servers and making room for expansion.
This year the family has decided to travel with me. It's always nice to have my family along. These jobs seem very monotonous without them after a while. It's also easier to get burned out when I don't have them along.
Anyhow, our first stop is Chambersburg, PA. We came down a day early just to get used to being on the road again. The campground we choose, Twin Bridges Campground, is decent. It's basically an old farm that they just converted to a campground. They have a small Creek for wading running thru and some very good sized grass lots. Fire ring and picnic table at each one. About $35 a night didn't seem to bad either.
Tonight will be my first night working nights since last year. So we will see how it goes.
The dog actually seemed to enjoy the merry go round.
Current weather near us right now:
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