Archive for June, 2014

Columbus again!

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 immediately 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.



Travel troubles

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.



Weekend camping

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.

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Parked for the weekend at Cedar Run RV Resort

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!

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We always like an ice pool.  This one is small but served it's purpose well!

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An adult beverage and a pool floaty!  Rock on!2014-06-13 16.02.18

Hey! Don't splash me!  I'm relaxin!

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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!2014-06-13 17.17.04

Awesome weekend in the Outer Banks!

After a long week of work, we pulled into our friend Steve and Loretta's driveway in Moynock, NC.  They are awesome to hang out with.  Their 3 boys are pretty great and Shelli and Loretta have been friends almost forever.  Steve is in the Navy and he's an awesome tour guide.  We took their boat out in the sound and went across to the beach and did some swimming and saw the wild horses at Carova.  That was pretty awesome and you can drive on the beach if you have a worth 4x4 and we saw some awesome ones there.

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After swimming in the ocean a bit, we jumped back in the boat and headed to Corolla island and saw the Whaleshead mansion and took a tour. History is cool! Afterwards we dropped a ton of cash on an awesome meal out and then boated back across the sound to home.


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When we were almost back to shore, we got out the raft and did some tubing behind the boat!

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After all the fun, we left the kids with Ashlynne to babysit and the grownups when to a pig picking across the street.  Adult beverages and BBQ pig and fun.  What a great weekend!!  It was superb!  Thank you so much Steve and Loretta!!

Flash Flood!

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.

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Using toys to work!

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!


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.

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Ollies upgrades again

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. 😉

wpid-20140601_112835.jpgThe dog actually seemed to enjoy the merry go round.




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