Sunday, August 7, 2011

Settin Up, A Little This And A Little That

Rantoul, IL.

72 deg. hazy, no wind.

Forecast = Patchy dense fog early in the morning. Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 90. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Afternoon heat index around 100.

It was kind of lonesome around here yesterday with Big Herb gone, but then in the afternoon, some RVs came into the park. It's always entertaining to watch their owners set them up in their sites. Some of the owners seem to know exactly what to do and which order to do it in, but others randomly do the things necessary for the set-up. I suppose, for the most part, it's the people who don't RV often who are the ones who don't have a system. I would think that anyone who does it frequently would be more organized so it didn't take them so long.

Take for instance the RV that came in across the street from me yesterday afternoon. I think it was probably less than 20 minutes before the man was sitting out under his awning. Once he parked the MH, it was just a matter of minutes before he had the electric, water and sewer hooked up, and was getting out his lawn chairs and putting out his awning.

Then, there was the MH that came in a little later and is parked 2 sites down from me on the site right next to the road. His owner fiddled with the sewer hose first, then hooked up the water, (after untangling the hose), and finally plugged the MH into the electric. I'm sure it was over an hour before the man finally went inside of his RV and he never did put out his awning or get out lawn chairs.

Jim did a little more re-organizing of my basement compartments yesterday. He also went to try to get some keys made for my locks at a locksmith on the other side of town, but the store was closed. He says that the store doesn't seem to be open very often, but he got a phone number off of the door and will try to call tomorrow. You see, when Jim and Linda bought me, there was only one key for a few of my locks and he also wants get and extra door key made to hide someplace on me, to use in case he and Linda should get locked out.

After lunch, Jim and Linda took CLT (Cute Little Truck), and headed over to the County Market Grocery Store. They were getting low on quite a few items.

The rest of the day was spent doing laundry, watching TV and playing around with the computers.

Did you know that on this day in 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, creates the "Badge for Military Merit," a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding of silver, with the word Merit stitched across the face in silver? The badge was to be presented to soldiers for "any singularly meritorious action" and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honoree's name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a "Book of Merit."

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