Friday, March 30, 2012
I managed to go have a beer and some wings with a few of my former teacher friends Wed in the PM. at the "Brick" While I was catching up with my friends Judy kept her appointment at Serenity Day Spa for her scheduled "peti and mani". We both got home around 6:30.
Today has been a low intensity day. Neither Judy or I did much measurable work today. She had a lunch date with a bank manager friend. She was nice enough to bring me the "dogie bag" left overs. I spent the morning out on the lake doing a little fishing and enjoying a great day.
We are still prepping to return to the CG Tue. Tomorrow is Judy's B'Day and I am looking forward to celebrating!
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Judy and I both agreed it is imperative that we be able to connect. So we went back to the Verizon store to take another look and have some questions answered. The young man that assisted us was simply awesome. He was knowledgeable, professional and he demonstrated a couple of musical apps I could use on my Droid. He also explained the various plans available to us. The price of the Mifi plan that was explained to me about a week or so ago was $80.00 for 5G. Tue the price was a more reasonable $50.00 and the device was $20.00 with a two yr contract. So now we should be able to connect when on the road.
We also think we may need a wireless fax/printer. I think it may take some more deliberation before we make it a reality. The Office Max here does carry them in stock. Judy and I looked at a HP all-in-one today. The unit cost $100.00. I will be looking on-line over the next few days to find some others to compare with the one we looked at today.
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Monday, March 26, 2012
|Camper Registration - Blanton Creek CG|
|Judy is ready for the next call!|
Monday, March 19, 2012
|Relaxing at the Black Bird Coffee Shop|
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Once we arrived at RV-World, we met with Justin our service writer. He informed us that everything was completed and checked out except the Blu Ray DVD player installation. We had it with us and he took it to Matt, the Satellite tech. Matt had checked out our Winegard travlr Direct TV slimline system, and upgraded our home theatre system. Matt gave us a system overview once he had the DVD installed, and answering the questions we had. He also said we could call him if we had questions later. Justin did a great job tracking our service work and keeping us informed. Matt and Justin did an outstanding job with customer service.
The Good Sam extended service warranty paid $1400.00 of the cost of replacing/installing a new hydraulic pump and 32” flat screen Toshiba TV. I was responsible for the $200.00 deductible. The sat/entertainment work cost $300.00.
With everything taken care of at RV-World we hooked up the fifth wheel and headed South on I85. The distance to Blanton Creek CG is approx 125 miles. Judy kept me informed about lane changes and I kept her informed about what was up ahead. We arrived at the CG around 4:30. We had covered about 230 miles since leaving M’Ville.
When we got there we went into the office to talk with Ed and Char and just relax. Thur was opening day for the CG, and a lot of campers were calling and making reservations. After a break Ed and I left the office to get the Cardinal set-up. Judy stayed in the office to talk to Char and observe the reservation process. Ed directed me as I backed into the site. I was surprised at how level the site was. I did not have to level side to side, it was perfectly level. We got the rest of the set-up taken care of then returned to the office.
By then it was almost time for supper. Ed and I left the park and picked up a couple of Marco's Pizzas. They were delicious. Ed and I went and closed the Park gate at 9PM. It was time to get a good night’s sleep.
Judy and I had a leisurely Friday morning. With the Cardinal in its resting spot for the next six months Judy and I went over to talk with Char and Ed before returning to M’Ville.
We will be returning to the park 21 Mar.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
After thinking about the mileage and the cost of fuel Judy and I have decided that instead of bring the Cardinal back to Milledgeville we are going to take it to the camp ground we will be working at. The distance to M'ville from Buford is about 100 miles. The distance to the CG is approx 120 Miles. If we left from M'ville it would be an additional 125 mi. I'm not sure if you can follow all this but the point is we will save about 130 miles of towing. Not to mention the cost of fuel.
Ed and Char are already at the park. I am sure they will help us get settled in. We will be returning to M'ville for the weekend and then back to the park for our first scheduled training session on the following Wed.
I hope to make an entry tomorrow but I am not sure if I will have Internet access. If not it will be posted Sat. Judy and I are planning to be on the road by 5:30 AM in the morning for the drive to Buford. Well that is it for now, I need to get some sleep!.
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Monday, March 12, 2012
The repair was completed around 10:30, just as I finished "The Book of Eli" dvd. The service manager had me sign that the work had been completed. It would have been a nice gesture had he said "Mr. Maddox, I sure am sorry about inconveniencing you", but he didn't. Not much on customer service, I guess.
One of my high school friends works at the VA Hospital in Dublin. We had made plans to have lunch at 11:00 AM. I called Carl and told I was through and he wouldn't have to pick me up. I met him at the "Ole Time Country Buffet". Mrs. Obama would not be happy with the menu, but as I didn't see any federal food monitors I went in and enjoyed some really good country cookin!! Carl and I enjoyed our social time together but alas he had to return to work and I headed north to Milledgeville.
|Much better than those healthy chicken nuggets!!|
The trip was the way I like it, uneventful. Once home I got a call from RV World of GA letting me know the Cardinal is ready for pick up. Justin said the repairs were complete and the slides were working perfectly. I would have been a little concerned had the slides worked less than perfectly. I don't know what day I am going to pick it up. Maybe Thursday.
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Sunday, March 11, 2012
It was about six years ago that Judy and I first began to think seriously about totally changing our way of life. In our first blog entry I shared our experience of meeting a host couple at
|Gordon, Juanita and Abbey enjoying the great outdoors!|
|Howard and Linda on departure day - Gen Coffee State Park|
|Peter striking a pose at the "Huddle House"!|
Friday, March 9, 2012
Tue, on the return from my “Wasted Trip” I stopped by Scenic Mountain RV Park to hitch up the Cardinal for its service appointment at RV World of GA. in Buford the next day. Once hitched, I drove about 20 miles to the Eatonton Wal Mart. I parked it in an out of the way area and called my sister for a ride home. It is easier for me to stage the truck and fiver there instead of parking them at my home.
Wed morning I arrived at the Wal-Mart at 5:45 am and switched from my Honda Accord to the truck. I completed the 101 mile trip to RV Word of GA. around 8 AM. I checked in and Justin (service writer) wrote up the work request. My top priority was the operation of the slides which had been a little sluggish. I also wanted the Satellite system checked out and any issues corrected. I want to be able to watch TV! Justin informed me that he would have the slides diagnosed first to determine the problem. I went back out and “dropped” the fifth wheel so it could be taken to the service area and then settled in for a long stay in the customer lounge area.
It wasn’t long before I got the damage assessment. The hydraulic pump was pretty much dead and would have to be replaced. Cost parts/labor $950.00. Ouch! The part was out of the 12 month MFG warranty window. Good news though, it was covered by my “Good Sam” extended service plan, minus the $200.00 deductible. Justin told me there was at least a three day wait on the pump. He also said the 32” Toshiba flat screen TV was not working in the bedroom and would check to see if it was covered. We made plans for me to return next week. The pump would be replaced and the Satellite system checked out and I would have an orientation with the tech to insure I know how to operate it.
I returned to my truck and “rolled” my cover over the bed since I would not be using the hitch. That took me about six minutes. Before I could get in my truck and drive off, Justin came out to give me a new update. He reported that the Winegard travler and Direct TV slim-line dish were working fine. That reminded me, I had forgotten something that I also wanted to have done. I asked him if I could speak with the SAT tech. He escorted me to the service area and I talked with Matt. I wanted to change out the RCA DVD player for a Blu-ray DVD. Matt said yep, he would just slide the RCA out and slide the new one in. I asked him for a recommendation and told him I would go purchase one. He dropped what he was doing and went to a computer and went on-line to “BrandSmart” and looked at the inventory. Matt suggested I go with a Sony 3D capable home theatre DVD unit. He told me it would be about $350.00 plus the cost of cables and wrote the parts # down. Off I went to the Brand Smart store. Once there I gave the salesman the info and he proceeded to get the DVD and cables. When he rang it up he said “today must be your lucky day.” It seems that was the last unit and it was not going to be reordered. It was priced at $300.00 but rang up at a sales price of half $150.00 plus a 3 yr extended warranty. Total cost of DVD and cables was $226.00 rather than the $350.00 plus cables that I expected to pay.
I went back to RV World of GA. and dropped off the stuff. I bought both Justin and Matt lunch. Only one thing to do now, head south the one hundred miles back to M’Ville.
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Judy’s Retirement Dinner
You are close to leaving when you attend your “retirement dinner”. Last night was Judy’s turn. She is only a couple of days from ending her banking career. Judy had a great time sharing the evening with her SunTrust family. Even I was invited! All the ladies from Judy’s branch were in attendance as well as former employees and other SunTrust colleagues. Jackson’s On Lake Sinclair, was the venue for the festivities.
I gave Judy the option of writing this entry but she declined. She doesn’t like to be the center of attention normally. I think she enjoyed it last night a little bit though, mostly because she was with people who are very special to her. I have known most of them as long as Judy and I too know they are special ladies.
Note: As we were walking to the car the “Meandering Maddox’s” Nikon camera came loose from the carrying strap and fell four feet to the pavement with a thud! I only said damn once. Surprisingly, the only damage sustained was the battery door came off. I snapped it back on and the camera worked fine. That was a close one!
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012
As I live approx seventy (70) miles away from Dublin, Ga. I left Milledgeville around 7:00 AM to be on time for my appointment. With a twenty five year career in the military I believe in being punctual! I was going to wait while the service was being completed. I arrived a full fifteen minutes early. I wasn't the slightest bit phased when the service writer said "this "recall" will take about three to four hours to perform." I was prepared for the wait! I had an array of electronic gadgets to keep me in "good spirits" while I sat in the customer lounge. Kindle check, Laptop check, two DVDs (The Book of Eli, and Harry Potter - and the Deathly Hallows P2) check and my smart phone.
I went to the lounge and set my laptop up and popped in "The Book of Eli". Before Eli (Denzel Washington) got to take the boots off of the guy hanging in the closet, the service writer was back in the customer lounge calling my name. Not a good sign when you have been told, "see you in three to four hours." I was informed that they didn't have the required parts for the fix and would have to order them, making it necessary for me to drive an additional one hundred forty miles (round trip) and burn another day. The good news, he would have my oil changed and I could be back on the road in a half an hour. I was not a "happy camper" but I maintained my professional composure. The fact that I called the day prior and pointed out that it was "recall" did cross my mind. Without going into the "Law of Assume" verbally, I certainly thought it. I'll share the "Assume Law" for the readers who may have gotten through life and never experienced it. "ASSUME - will make an ASS out of U and ME.
I will be making a trip tomorrow one hundred twenty five miles north to Buford, GA. to the Cardinal dealer (RV World of GA). The purpose of the trip is to have the slide's operation checked out on my Cardinal. I do know there is a possibility that I may have to leave the fiver there, I hope not though. I'll let you know how that goes.
Tonight, Judy and I are going to a retirement dinner in her honor. I plan to write about it here in the next day or so. I am pretty sure it will be very emotional for Judy.
Welcome to new followers, Jim & Rosie ( http://jimrosietravels.blogspot.com/ )
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Saturday, March 3, 2012
Today is Judy’s morning of pampering at the Serenity Spa (Manicure and Pedicure) so I headed out to my favorite Coffee Shoppe – The Black Bird. It is way more enjoyable than that other coffee place. Yes, you know the one. I like to come here anytime I have a hour or so to chill.
I first started frequenting the BB when Jason, my son attended GA. College & State Univ. after he got out of the Navy in 2006. He graduated in 2009 and headed out to Corvallis, Oregon to work as an ICU RN but I continued to stop by and grab a coffee before I reported to my Middle School classroom. Jason often request that I mail him a pound or two of his favorite BB coffee. Now that I am retired I can come here to spend time reading, listening to my Rhapsody music service (headphones of course) and have a great coffee. Since the BB is located near the college it is a hang out for the students between classes. There is a nice mix of clientele, student, faculty, and business professionals.
|That is NOT me|
The art dept of GA College provides art work on a continuous basis so there's always interesting projects to view. The baristas here are super friendly and create some tasty concoctions! There are plenty of places to plug in your laptop or other devices and the WIFI signal is excellent!
|Brandon (L) is an award winning barista|
My time is up! I have go pick Judy up.
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Shout out to Jessica for “Live Writer” tip!!
Friday, March 2, 2012
The training was conducted at the Wallace Dam facility located on Lake Oconee near Eatonton, Ga. In all there were 10 couples at the training and it was nice getting to meet with them. The couple we will be alternating weeks with at Blanton Creek Park, Ed and Char, came down a day early so I got to spend some time with them. We had a nice lunch a the “Pickle Barrel’ restaurant and then I gave them the grand tour of Milledgeville, Ga. Did you know Milledgeville was the Capital of GA until after the War Between the States? It is also home to Ga. College & State Univ (formerly the Women’s College of GA.).
|Wallace Dam (Oconee River)|
|GA. College & State Univ. Campus|
|The Old Governor's Mansion|
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