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By: joealaska , 4:23 AM GMT on February 19, 2014

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Good to hear Miranda is OK for now, Dave. Hang in there. As far as UK goes, not good. They featured it again last night on the national news, saying more rain coming. UK, how close are you to that flooding?

Meanwhile, it was interesting weather here yesterday afternoon. A front came through and it went from calm and sunny to steady rain, then hard rain. There was also some decent thunder and lightning. The creek rose up to the brim, but it did not flood. I took a late night walk and it was not raining any more, but a nice breeze was coming through.

Then TODAY was very nice. 58 degrees and sunny. Golfable except for the snow here and there that was still unmelted. I ran some errands and got home late afternoon. I opened the patio door wide and aired out the cats. Tomorrow it may get close to 70! Then Thursday they are saying big thunderstorms coming through at dinnertime. The guy said 80-90 mph winds possible. Two fronts hitting directly over 6th St. and Muhammad Ali in Louisville. How much you want to bet? Yet I will be there waiting with camera charged. Anxious.

So the RV situation came to a head when another buyer called and wanted to see the RV just after I looked. They had a deposit on another home in Chattanooga, but would be able to get out of it if they found a better option by 5 PM yesterday, Monday. But there is more to this whole situation...

It should be obvious to most of you that an RV would be a good option for me. I agree, and have thought about it for years. But all of that time I was thinking of it as a vacation vehicle, then throw the tarp back on. (And protect the tires from dryrot with one of many methods available.)

But now it could be a good option to live in, at least for a while and see if I likee. Probably will. And now THAT angle makes it a little more interesting to consider. But I have already checked prices, and I know the home I want would make it a real commitment. Frankly, I assumed it was not gonna happen. And here is where it gets a bit weird.

My friend Steve died. About 5 or 6 weeks ago. Last time I went to his house across the river and in New Albany, Indiana was a couple years ago.

Well, after he passed on, Becky his wife made a few comments on Facebook about what she was doing to take care of the business of getting her life in order after her husband died. She is taking the death of Steve very hard. I knew that all along. So when she mentioned she would be selling their RV I only took mild notice. I did not even know they HAD an RV. Turns out they had 4 of them over the last few years. Steve was a wheeler-dealer. He knew when to buy something, usually a car, and when he could just re-sell it for a profit. Or drive it a year and then re-sell. For a profit. He did it more as a hobby, not to make money. But that happened. He bought this particular home last October, after he had told Becky he would not buy anything unless it was a great deal.

They ended up never using it.

So I waited a few weeks. I really was not going to go after it, but it was in the back of my head that it was out there. I had no idea what type of motor home it was at that point. Then, I got that note from my apartment saying they needed a 60 day notice of what I was going to do. Staying? With a higher rent? NOW I was thinking what other options do I have?

So I sent Becky an email asking what the status was on the RV. Further, I said, just tell me the lowest price you want to sell it and give me an option of Y or N. I will not be making any counter offers. And she did. She had it on an internet site where it was listed and she would pay them if they brought a buyer. If I bought, she would not have to pay that commission. She gave me a good deal. I checked out other units for sale and it was obvious. BUY. But I was in no hurry. So I went and looked at and I liked it. 30 feet long, slide-outs on both sides. Central vacuum. Propane + generator. Shower. Sleeps 5, but two of those better be little kids looking for an adventure. Really, one bedroom sleeps two or one easily. Or 740 cats, depending on cat pile configuration. There were no repairs needed, great shape.

I did not drive it at that time. We agreed to meet again shortly and we would go through the whole process of setting it up, and taking it down. And drive it. Years ago I drove trucks that same size, I am not worried about that part. So I looked at everything, and then I left. I took the Owners Manual and would read it.

Couple days later Becky called and told me about the other buyers who saw the listing on the internet. I found out at 7 PM Sunday night that the other people wanted to see the home at 9:30 the next morning. Becky called and asked if I could bring back the Owners Manual. It would mean battling rush hour morning traffic, while going through the construction zone where they are building another bridge across the OHIO RIVER. I said OK. (Anything for Becky!)

I went to take a shower, and was thinking. I was hesitating to buy, but I knew it was a good deal. I trusted Steve. I trusted Becky. If I tried to buy ANYWHERE else, it would be shakey. So I called Becky back late that night and told her to tell those other folks this RV is SOLD.

Next day, at a more reasonable hour - midday - I handed her the biggest check I ever wrote (twice the amount of the last #1). I should say the largest BAD check I ever wrote. Funds needed moving, and she understood. I did that all today. She has agreed to let it remain at her place until the end of April, when my lease runs out. Then I move in, and park it SOMEWHERE near Louisville. Not a lot of options. I will live in it for a month and get used to it. Then celebrate my mom’s 80th, an event I planned this whole RV deal around.

AND THEN, head west. Slowly and efficiently. Driving the RV, towing the Camry. I would like to search out nice RV campgrounds and give them a chance. If they are nice, stay and check it out. Or move on to the next option. Only drive the RV when needed. Give me a view and I may never leave. Nice to be flexible. I plan on looking at many options. A couple of nights out in the wilderness in between civilized parks may work out. I like the options.

Heading west with no real destination. Should be interesting.

Looking at buying a webcam or two to document the whole trip.

Asking the RV manufacturer if they might be interested in some sponsorship of my travels.

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23. DHaupt
9:30 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Miranda Star
Miranda received a big surprise today, a special delivery get well card from Peter Capaldi, the twelfth Dr. Who, direct from BBC Studios. It helped a lot to make up for lots of hair coming loose. She knew that would happen and had already prepared herself mentally for it -- but still....

Livermore hit 74F this afternoon! Maybe two degrees cooler tomorrow and ten degrees cooler than that come Wednesday when the first Pacific storm is expected to come through followed by a bigger storm Friday. The ten day models are showing significant POPs all of the following week too. If only the jet streams will tie themselves in knots and let us have some normal rain and the rest of folks a normal March. For Phil's sake, I hope that Gobblers Nob is well above the 500 year flood boundary.
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22. Ylee
7:42 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
I saw a few flakes yesterday, but it all melted on contact. We have a slim chance of snow tomorrow night, not enough to make a snowangel, nekkid, or otherwise.... :' )
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21. osdianna
5:37 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
It looks like you got a good one, Joe, and I like the name "Legs"...now a part of Steve will be with you on your trips.

I didn't watch a whole lot of the Olympic coverage due to only being able to get NBC, but I did watch all the snowboarding events, and was pretty amazed what can be done on those boards and the very baggy pants...4X, really? Those young whippersnappers can fly!

I was particularly moved by the crane sequence in the part of the closing ceremonies where the next host country gets to give us a taste of the culture. That floor of the stadium was a winner...good use of new technology.

Congrats on the insulation, UK; light a candle in the morning for heat, and that should keep you nice and comfy the whole day!
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20. insideuk
1:55 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
The British Isles have enjoyed some very agreeable 'drying weather' days, and it is ludicrously mild, up to 15c/ 59f today in the sunshine. Which when you factor in that my house got stuffed with a gazillion cubic metres of new cavity wall insulation last week means that I am already feeling the heat. I am only weeks away from retrieving the tower fan from the loft so that I can sleep at night...

I'm tempting fate here, because this time last year was when we got those 6 feet deep snow driftages that lasted for the better part of a month, as we barely got above freezing day or night. Anything could happen.

And it usually does.

Somewhere.

I expect Ylee is glancing out his polar frosted window with a slight feeling of trepidation. I'd recommend some personal cavity wall insulation in the form of a bowl of hot porridge prior to heading out in that chilly Kentucky air – assuming, like Dotmom, that you have a few flakes upon the ground to celestially rearrange?


I have hugely enjoyed the snowboarding parts of the Olympics – admittedly the prospect of seeing spectacular accidents livens the whole thing up enormously, and they didn't disappoint in that respect. Any sport which requires a flunky to be on hand to ski down the course collecting personal effects (ipod, earphones, smartphones etc) after the competitor has spreadeagled him or herself into a cliff face of solid ice, with a second flunky to scoop up spilt blood, is on to a sure fire TV ratings winner.

Somebody should mention that idea to the newly axed Piers Morgan, maybe CNN will relent?

I have a feeling audiences both sides of the Atlantic would enjoy the action, if for entirely different reasons.
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19. DHaupt
8:22 AM GMT on February 24, 2014
It was 72F here today. The peach and plum trees are flowering. The mockingbirds are making a racket calling for mates or whatever turn s them on. There are going to be some very grumpy bears in the woods this summer because they have missed the winter naps!

We are hopefully to get serious rain for much of this coming week beginning Wednesday.

Joe, the rolling palace is impressive. Looks "QUALITY". If it doesn't already have one, do get a CCTV rearview camera. It's a perfect size for one or two people and a couple of cats.

Speaking of cats, the best way to keep them from running off is to feed them what their black little hearts yearn for most -- juicy dead things like chicken.

I spent last night grinding up 15 pounds of chicken thighs, gizzards, hearts and livers, bones, skin and all with egg yolks, vitamins and a little water. They not only eat it, but they methodically lick the dishes so clean that no washing is needed -- even on the outsides or the surrounding floor. It has to been seen to be believed. They don't eat feathers, that is about all.

Miranda Star
We drove to Alameda today to take some PediaSure popsickles for Miranda. She has been really packing in the food for about the past two days -- finally. But, she goes in for 5 days of chemo the 26th. This round is with Ifosfamide and etoposide, another witches brew! I just hope it isn't as bad as the Vincristine/Doxorubicin. She had her beautiful long hair cut before she started chemo and they saved it to make a wig should she want one. She says that what she wants is a turquoise liberty spike punk one. Or, alternatively a shaved head like her favorite actress, Karen Gillian from Dr. Who whom she has met.

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18. dotmom
9:21 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
Can't believe it! Just when ALL the snow was gone and rain was predicted - down comes the snow again. The ground is covered (took about 20 minutes) with big, big flakes. I guess that is better than too much rain - but there will be runoff and flooding.

Has everyone enjoyed the Olympics? It was fun. Hope everyone gets back to their respective homes with no problem.

Joe's new toy is quite nice. I shouldn't call it a toy as he is planning to put it to good use. I can see him living in it out west some place - at least for awhile until things change. Change is constant.

Everyone stay healthy and keep warm.
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17. DHaupt
2:35 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Very nice rig! Find out if UK can get you a used Austin Allegro to tow behind it. Even better, an Austin-Healey Sprite. One of those ATVs like your friend in NM has would be ideal too.

I could never afford to buy a special vehicle to tow, but instead towed my '84 4Runner. I can tell you that there is nothing more "white-knuckled" as being bumped steered around a curve on a down-grade mountain road. The 4Runner weighted in at around 2300 kilos; my RV weighed around 4500 kilos -- wag the dog! The more I think about it, a Polaris would be a perfect tow and excellent for photo expeditions.

I can tell you from personal experience (mostly bad) that you absolutely need a runabout. There is nothing so exasperating as to get all hooked up at a campsite only to discover that the milk in the fridge has soured and churned into cottage cheese!. (Or worse: you're down to one shot of Scotch.)

Miranda has discovered that Ensure "Milk Chocolate" tastes better warm. I am experimenting with making mini-popsicles with PediaSure "Clear" for her to try during her next round of chemo. Looking for mini-popsicle sticks now. Her spirit is good but she tires very easily. All her blood parameters are depressed, but they are mostly working on and concerned about her white cell count -- doubling the daily shots of G-CSF, Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor. Each injection costs about $300!!!!!!!!!!! And she hates shots.

Thank you all for your support and prayers.
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16. Ylee
12:44 PM GMT on February 21, 2014
Actually, the JoeCoach does have "legs", in the form of hydraulic levelers!
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15. insideuk
11:45 AM GMT on February 21, 2014


I'm assuming you have named it 'LEGS' from the Allegro branding?

And because LEGS will rove around, sometimes with RED ROVER?

I say IT because it is hard to think of IT as a SHE - there is a big haulage company over here that names all its trucks with ladies names and I've always found that a bit incongruous.

LEGS seems suitably ambiguous.

I'm going to have to Google this camp host idea myself. To the uninitiated (ME) it does have some kind of infertility treatment vibe about it. I was picturing the RV's all lined up looking for a donor to produce little 2 berth campervans that will eventually grow to be as big as their parents...

That shouldn't be necessary as there are literally thousands available online for adoption.

I'm glad LEGS has a proud new Daddy.

I'm assuming that bloody great telegraph pole isn't actually growing out of LEGS' roof...

My Grandad used to drive an Austin Allegro car like this one


(That isn't my Grandad in it!)

It was a bit smaller than LEGS, so it was quite okay that he named it Mindy...


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14. DHaupt
8:57 AM GMT on February 21, 2014
Here in California, PG&E runs a series of campgrounds, many of them in the beautiful Intermountain Region east of Redding and on up towards Alturas. We used to camp in them and they all had camp hosts. NPS does too, I think. Apply for a Ranger job. You'd make a great Ranger Rick. Oh, California State Parks as well. Sort of thing your sister once did, as I recall. Barefoot has a neat idea.

We went to Alameda this evening to visit our granddaughter, Miranda. She is recuperating from her first round of chemo. She's feeling much better, but is still eating like a bird. The chemo made her throat very sore and she just sucked on ice chips for nearly 5 days. Not good! She only weighs about 48 pounds and that fell to 42 before she got out. We are all scouting for high calorie, concentrated nutritional stuff for her to try. I have an idea of getting some "PediaSure Clear" and freezing it into mini-popsicles.

At least, she is eating and can get around the house without crutches. The chemo has greatly reduced the pain in her left leg caused by the primary tumor which was creating a lot of stress and strain in the tibia as well as stretching muscles and tendons. Ewing's Sarcoma is one of the most vicious childhood cancers there is.

But, had a particularly good visit with her parents and older brother. They are all managing to carry on with their studies and livelihoods with grandmas and friends to stay with her during the days. Her dad works nearby and comes home for lunch. Mom works for Channel 5 over in SF and commutes by ferry boat. Their employers are doing everything to help them get through this.

KPIX (CBS Channel 5) is in San Francisco county which has recently passed laws that give (actually mandate) very good, very versatile work schedules and benefits preservation for people faced with catastrophic illnesses. Mom can pretty much work out her own schedule, work from home as much as possible and still qualify for long-term disability benefits to keep her income steady at its present level. Great company. Watch KPIX 5 everyone! And thank God for the Health Care Act!

We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Anxious to see a photo of the rolling palace Joe.
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13. Barefootontherocks
5:07 AM GMT on February 21, 2014
joealaska,
Do you know about camp hosting? If not, you may want to google "camp host." Might be something you'd enjoy. I learned about it from a friend who has camp hosted on and off in different parts of the country. Her cat traveled with her.
:)

Congrats on the RV. Happy trails. You "sound" happy.
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12. Ylee
4:08 AM GMT on February 21, 2014
We had some strong winds and rain, but nothing what I would call severe. Joe, you'll probably be disappointed.

UK, If I'm right, and Doc's wrong, does that mean he has to do nekkid snow angels? :' )

Maybe Joe can put some pontoons on his RV, and head over to Merry Olde England......
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11. joealaska
2:27 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
They are still calling for high winds today and chance of thunderstorms. Late afternoon could be exciting. My door is wide open as I wait for any signs of tornadailsm.

Spell check says I have mis-spelled tornadalism.

60-80 mph winds still predicted.
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10. insideuk
12:30 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
The Doc Masters seems pretty convinced about the big freeze next week Ylee. Him, the GFS and European models agree a very high (90%) probability that the Kentuckians will be shivering in thermals whilst lucky Ladyhomer basks in the warmth of the blazing sun in Alaska.

But then again he is the same Doc that frequently forgets there is ANY land mass on the eastern side of the Atlantic for his ‘won’t hit land’ fishy storms to batter into…

I’m hoping he is wrong, that polar vortex has shown itself capable of flattening the curves of the Atlantic jet stream, which in turn deepens the Atlantic lows crossing over here.


If he’s right Ylee then you have to do naked snow angels as punishment for ever doubting his word.

And if it turns out there is no land left to stand on over here then I guess I’ll be doing the same…only with a snorkel and flippers on.

If someone could meet me with a warm towel and a flask of English Breakfast tea when I wash up somewhere along the eastern coast of America I’d be terribly grateful…


Loved seeing Rory McIlroy’s reaction at the golf tournament in Arizona yesterday after he realised his shot had forced a spectator to fall backwards into a bed of cactus. But to see the poor mans back spiked with numerous jumping cholla…

I hope Rory got his chequebook out for that one.

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9. bearpaints
2:10 AM GMT on February 20, 2014
Sounds great Joe on the RV. Alot of people travel like that and there are people who rent space on private land to others who own their own RV. I did tha for years here. When you get bored of one place get in and drive. Like one place stay and have a good time. About weather Arizona is having great weather, but I heard this summer is goingto be an extremely hot one, hope their wrong.

I can't imagine that much rain UK i wish you the best of luck with all that rain. You sure do know how to put words to paper so to speak. Really enjoy reading your blog even with all the bad news. It gives me a new area that I have never been to before and a different way that people live.
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8. Ylee
9:18 PM GMT on February 19, 2014
Quoting 5. insideuk:
Main blog says you guys are getting another visit from the polar vortex again starting on Sunday.

BUY BANANAS DOTMOM!!!!


NWS doesn't say so, with the lowest "high" for the next seven days still around 40. But then again, the Main isn't known for hyperbole..... ;' )
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7. osdianna
6:18 PM GMT on February 19, 2014
There is not a single day that goes by that I don't count my blessings that my life is what it is. I know most would say it is what you make it, and I firmly believe it is my attitude towards life that makes that so, but in the case of many right now it is out of their hands, as in flooding, too much snow, poverty, and sweethearts like Miranda Star. If things cannot be set to right because it is out of their hands, there are many, many people who are right there with hope and prayer...so important to the human spirit.

My two favorite quotes: "There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." (It only works here in my particular spot in the PNW.) and, "The difference between an adventure and an ordeal is attitude." That one is a keeper!

As for the RV thing...I hope it works out; it has to be better than living in a huge apartment complex under a thundering herd of anything, where the freezing of pipes can bring unexpected change in living conditions, to say the least. I know you will really enjoy the freedom of being able to pick up and move any time you want, being a wandering kind of guy; I even envy you the ability to do so. While I love to travel, I chose to buy and settle here near the ocean, and I hope I never regret it.





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6. lotis2
6:00 PM GMT on February 19, 2014

I saw that also UK. In the 50's here today & the 60's tomorrow. Then starting to drop over the weekend into the 20's & teens for next week. OH JOY!?

Congrats on the purchase Joe. Hope it all works out for you. They can be nice but watch that wind! It'll take you where you don't want to go.

Thanks Dave for the link to Miranda. It worked.

Joe, sorry about the Eisenhower Tree at Augusta. Last I saw they were thinking about replacing it. I think I remember you saying you had played there. Did it cause you any trouble playing over or around it?

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5. insideuk
5:50 PM GMT on February 19, 2014
Main blog says you guys are getting another visit from the polar vortex again starting on Sunday.

BUY BANANAS DOTMOM!!!!
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4. Ylee
4:04 PM GMT on February 19, 2014
A small outdoor webcam is a great idea, Joe! However, do your due diligence in setting it up; uploading to say, WU, via home DSL is simple, but if you set it to upload say, once a minute, and you have one of those fancy megapixel cams, then you'll wind up paying $$$ through your cell or satelite provider. Probably wouldn't need more than a 640x480 setting; can't post anything bigger on your WU blog, anyway.

This seems to be a good one. TENVIS IP391W-HD Probably under $200 to set it up.

There are plenty of makers and models of cams out there, probably some out there are better than the one I mentioned above, so have fun! :' )
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3. Alleyoops
3:33 PM GMT on February 19, 2014
Good for you Joe for making the final choice to buy yourself the RV. All I suggest is that you carry a full array of tools that you can use for minor engine repairs on the road. Nothing like breaking down 40 miles from the nearest town or truck stop. Always be prepared. Good luck on your adventures and yes there are many great RV parks in the US. ENJOY your freedom.
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2. insideuk
2:51 PM GMT on February 19, 2014
Congratulations on your MAHOOSIVE purchase!

The Wandering Wunderblog.

Over here a vehicle that size would be expected to provide housing for several racehorses alongside a family of five and 740 cats. Breathe out when it slides out, and not before…

And it would acquire the owner something akin to the national debt of Greece to put fuel in it. Plus of course you would need a special kind of Sat Nav device that forewarns you that the road ahead is too narrow, the bridge ahead too low or that ancient monument causeway too weak. I’m sure if such hazards exist in the US of A then Joe will find them with ease.

Might it be an idea to check out a good RV insurance policy prior to any wayward 80-90mph winds arriving on Thursday lunchtime and knocking it sideways? And then get it booked into a workshop to have a professional eye cast over the safety essentials before you start living in it?

If you’ve written out one big cheque then you must be in good practice for a few more yet…

Love the webcams idea.

You know they have remote control HD versions where the viewer gets to spin the camera around for a 360 degree LIVE view?

A cuppla dozen of those should do the trick…



More rain is indeed coming. Thursday looks breezy with frequent heavy showers, Sunday looks like wall to wall (barrier to barrier?) rain and next week looks PROPER WET.

There is nowhere to put it all, all the rivers in my immediate area are outside their banks and the ground is saturated, so further rainfall will exacerbate any issues locally. The main areas of flooding that are featuring on the news start about 50 miles south of where I live, along the River Severn. This area has had its new flood barriers, mostly built since 2007, put to real test. In Worcester they came within an inch of overtopping major flood defences, walls built to 19 feet high. That could still be overtopped if the rain keeps falling, as the Severn is a slow to rise/ slow to fall river (just like the Thames in London) – and a lot is depending on what is happening weather wise many miles upriver.


We have officially run out of flood defence barriers – and are now borrowing them from places like Holland and Sweden. We have around 2500 troops (plus Princes William and Harry) working on erecting new defences, and they have apparently been told to expect to continue such tasks at least until mid March. These new defences often take the form of a giant (600 foot long) sausage shaped plastic bag full of floodwater. These are placed along roads, and hold the rising river water on one side, the other side staying dry. This has obviously pitted neighbours against each other, since it would be hard not to feel that you were being sacrificed to ever deeper waters in your home just so the properties on the dry side can avoid the same fate. Hence these giant plastic sausages have now been given 24/7 security in the form of police officers keeping watch to prevent any acts of sausage scissor sabotage from pissed off underwater householders.

People are trying to do battle with insurers who are reportedly finding ridiculous clauses to squirm out of paying for repairs and losses. Apparently they do not count a rise in the water table causing water to flood your property from within as the same thing as covering you for a flood from the outside!

Wouldn’t it be reasonable to assume that if you took out cover against damage from flooding that water bursting up through your flooring, out from your drains or up through your toilet or shower tray would be included?

One insurance company has not yet sent its team of assessors out to homes along the River Thames as they do not have waders – so they cannot help policyholders until the water drops below the height of their Wellington boots. It beggars belief, it really does.


One upside of all this flooding business has been that my Dads car insurers appear to have been hit with so many new claims in such a short space of time that despite the repairers questioning if it’s an economically worthwhile repair, the insurers have quite suddenly given it the nod! The repair shop have seen this happen dozens of times already this week, and I’m very happy about it because it will save my parents a great deal of money to not have to buy a replacement used car.

Particularly as I feel there are about to be many hundreds of (hidden) water damaged models appearing on car sales forecourts. Way too many people have found themselves submerged after trying to pass through water of unknown depths.

Several more sinkholes have opened up too. One man arrived at his home in Ripon, North Yorkshire, to notice a crack in the footpath leading to his front door. Then he couldn't get the door to open, it was wedged shut. He looked up to see huge cracks had appeared across the front of the house, behind that much of the rest of the house was already falling into a 25 foot deep hole.

It's hard to imagine how the human brain copes with that kind of situation, without just shutting down, or going into reverse. They say that when people experience a near death event that the brain is forcing every last idea of how to 'fix' the situation through the mind with such force that this is what people remember as their 'life flashing before their eyes'.

But really, in such circumstances as your home and its entire contents suddenly disappearing into a big hole, remembering all the stuff you've EVER DONE BEFORE is going to be about as much use as a burst Swedish sausage.

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1. Rotty3
2:12 PM GMT on February 19, 2014
Certainly local weather is badly out of whack. Heard yesterday that unusually fast warming of Arctic areas are causing some of the Jet Stream hiccups.
Not much comfort for those staring a possible Winter Storm #15 in the eye.

Hope the flood waters in Somerset recede soon. WurzelDave shares regularly some images of the Somerset flooding here on WU.

Congratulations on the new purchase. Hope the RV manufacturer is "biting" on the sponsorship idea. :)


It was almost t-shirt weather here yesterday. Today, sunny, warm, supposed to hit 77F/26C. I can deal with that.
First riding lesson in a while where it's not massively cold / misting.

Sending lots of healing energy to Miranda and lots of strength to the whole family. Thank you Dave and Dotmom for keeping us updated. Work / School is keeping me pretty busy these days, but things are almost done. Hmmm... getting senioritis. 8 weeks (without Spring Break) and counting lol.
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On June 4th I left Kentucky driving my RV known as Leggs. The trip is mostly unplanned, it will be interesting to see where I end up. Let's GO!