Sherry [Lucy the smooth BC] spent the weekend here

1-9-19–> 1-14-19

Another beautiful day in Paradise as a former student would often say. The sunset tonight was brilliant. Couldn’t get a great picture because of so many camping rigs here. Numbers guestimates haven’t come in yet. Because of the government shutdown they are not actually issuing individual permits. Guesses are about 8K! They are tracking vehicles so there should be a real headcount at some point. Today was orientation for all. So going over rules, common courtesies, etc. I staffed the ‘free stuff’ booth for part of the day. It’s a good assignment because when you’re on duty you get first debs at anything that comes in that you want to claim. I got a slightly bigger bin to trade out for one of mine so that I was able to eliminate the footprint of one smaller container. Simple things but every little bit of space counts!. I re-organized my dish drawer tonight. I probably don’t need all I have with me. And I wish I had few more table knives [which I got the day after I drafted this]. Funny, I have not seen silverware at any of the local thrift stores. I also know I have too many clothes. I downsized a lot of tee shirts before I left home. But I still have a lot.

I’ve been approached to be interviewed for someone’s podcast on mobile living so that should be fun and I’m hoping to get interviews for a YouTube channel or two. My bus is by far the nicest one I’ve seen so far, at least on the inside. It still needs more paint on the outside. That will come when the weather is warmer and the dust less. Another frustrating day with poor /no phone or Internet or texting. ATT has my phone hostage but it should be unlocked by tomorrow. I’m gong to Verizon. Have the chip to trade out once I get notice that it’s unlocked.

Dogs still doing well. They enjoyed Sherry’s visit Friday – Monday. The cot in the isle of the bus worked well enough – better with the topper of my mattress then the air mattress I have that is cot size. That mattress just might be going to the free pile! As I type this last bit I am in a coffee shop in Phoenix after dropping Sherry at the airport. This is such a HUGE city! The good news is that I can shop at Trader Joes, get a good wifi connection, gas at Costco and picking up a few things for some other folks. And a shower at LA Fitness. Clean is good!

Last night for dinner we enjoyed a stew of whatever a variety of folks had brought to put into a big pot that one of our neighbors had found at a thrift store. Cooked over the fire, it was yummy. And then a bus residing neighbor from FL made pineapple upside down cake in a dutch oven, cooked on the coals.

This morning the session was on kitchen and other ‘hacks’ that people use to save fuel, water, etc. We all lined up and one by one we showed off our ideas and items. Mine was Parchment paper. Lots of folks use it in baking, but I use it for almost anything I cook. just a layer jammed into the pot or pan and the pan stays clean. Today for breakfast it was some pork-chops I needed to use, and fried eggs. pan was clean as a whistle, paper went in the trash although it could have been kept for fire starter as well what with a bit of grease on it. People really loved this idea.

OK, thats all for now. I’m hoping to learn to add pictures today or soon.

Please be in touch, love hearing how you are all doing. OH! and I heard from my friend Pritamo in Seattle that the Brooks trial had NO ODOR in the container search. Only 4 people trusted their dogs and were willing to call it clear. Their always coming up with something to challenge us aren’t they! This was in the elite trial BTW. We got into Deckers CO end of March. So I better start training again LOL.

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