By: joealaska , 4:49 PM GMT on April 03, 2014

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I got Leggs, now I have to learn how to use her.

So yesterday I FINALLY went and drove that big dog. I know that is probably the way most people buy an RV. Pay cash, then a month later test drive it. I only looked at it the one other day a couple months ago, so there were a couple details I had missed. It has a drivers side door! And a screen door in the main side entrance.

The test drive went pretty well. No real incidents to report. Took out a couple mail boxes, big whoop. First I drove around the neighborhood where it had been sitting, New Albany, Indiana. The roads were narrow, and it was just a way to get the feel of driving it. Then we went out onto city streets. I saw three police cars doing routine patrol in the first 10 minutes. It would have been a good story to get a speeding ticket on my first drive, but I backed off. I learned first hand there are still blind spots, even with all the mirrorage and rear view camera. Folks are friendly enough to give you a reminder toot if you start to run them off the road.

Then we hit the freeway. It was all pretty quick. There will be plenty of time to get used to driving. I will be one of those guys holding everyone up and not really caring.

It has been a real battle trying to get internet and TV for Leggs. Unless I am willing to spend a bunch of money, the internet will be operational only when I am in range of cell phone towers. No satellite. That means I will be out of internet range at times. The TV should be good unless I am blocked by mountains or something. I will continue to look for reasonable options.

I even loaded some of my stuff in the RV yesterday, just to get started.

Spring has finally arrived. My door is wide open to the patio, even though it is overcast and rainy. There was thunder and lightening overnight, very early in the morning. More storms coming through late tonight. Today is the 40th anniversary of the tornado that came through Louisville, as well as the killer twister that wiped out Xenia, Ohio near Dayton where I was. Oh yeah, there were hundreds of other tornados that day across the south and midwest, one of the worst outbreaks ever.

Last night I even got a few mosquito bites.

Just over three weeks before I move into Leggs. Spending a lot of money right now for the transition. Still unsure of the exact direction I will head in June. Plenty of time to figure that out. It will be west or northwest at first. Will be talking to other campers at Taylorsville for suggestions.

Last writing I noted Louisville was having their way with Kentucky. Well I guess UK could not take a joke, and in the second half they came on and won the game. It was disappointing for me, but I still like UK and they are the talk of the tourney. Five freshmen starting and they are in the Final Four, and not ready to stop playing just yet. Coach Calipari has been in the Final Four 3 of the last 4 years, winning the whole thing 2 years ago. Still, all I hear is how people do not like his style. What does a guy have to do? Judas Priest!

It is getting pretty dark right now, and thunder is moving in. Rain is starting to pick up. Have to go and enjoy the storm.

Saturday, GO CATS.

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29. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:34 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
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28. osdianna
4:23 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
UK, I'm so glad that truck driver gave you a heads up and the brief warning; scary situation. We have a single round-about at our town's busiest intersection where the one's who have the most difficulties with it are our residents; the out-of-towner's have dealt with them in their own cities for a few more years and are more confident...indeed, they fly through them with the normal city aggressiveness, despite signs posting the speed limit of 15 mph. It doesn't help that the most difficult part is the turn into the town's only grocery store right where the roundabout merges into one lane. Most of the one's uncomfortable or uncertain drive out of their way to come in from the back, avoiding it altogether.

Glad too that Betti emerged unscratched.

As for the new format, I have yet to find the statistics for the previous day's local weather, high and lows, total rainfall, etc., etc. I need to spend some time looking at everything; glad to know I can fall back to the old way.
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27. DHaupt
8:38 AM GMT on April 11, 2014

Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.

Winston Churchill

Glad she missed you! We certainly would have.

Rotty, I did understand that. But, I should have knocked on wood. That very night, our ditzy, weird cat, Skeeter, climbed on top of me in the middle of the night, something I can't recall him ever doing before, purred loudly enough to wake me up. I made to gently brush him to a different spot and -- You got it! Cat drool, not much, just enough to get it all over me before I figured out what it was. And, it was cold, rather like getting the sleeve of your flannel pajamas wet at the bathroom sink.
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26. Ylee
1:33 AM GMT on April 11, 2014
UK, all I can say is say a prayer of gratitude, and move on, it's all behind you now! At least, that's what I do....

Joe, when are you going to give Dotmom and JoeKy a ride in Leggs? After you've learned not to hit mailboxes? ;' )
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25. Arbie
12:46 AM GMT on April 11, 2014
I'm glad you're okay uk!

And cholla, that's nuts!

What I'm finding with the new interface is that it looks really nice and some of the stuff is cool but a lot of its really awkward too. The new placement of ads in the middle of the page is beyond annoying.
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24. Rotty3
10:07 PM GMT on April 10, 2014
Dave: that phrase was a reversal of "Dogs drool, cats rule" since the Cats (KY) lost to the Dogs (UConn). :P

So... the kitties are left drooling, the puppies are ruling ;)

As for drooling cats, I have one who will drool when he's happy. Go figure.
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23. insideuk
6:44 PM GMT on April 10, 2014
I think Cholla has ably demonstrated the 'improvements' in the system that await the rest of the WU community once it is dragged, kicking and screaming out of test mode.

Carpal tunnel syndrome awaits.

I note that my forays into preview WU have been limited to seeing the homepage today – anything beyond that goes into the 'old' GNUWU by default.

It is possible that they have decided they don't want me playing with the toys without supervision...

They have promised to keep up and running, especially for anyone that appreciates the simple splendour that delighted many and pissed off nobody.

I had a fright this morning. I was happily minding my own beeswax , driving Betti along a dual carriageway (2 lanes in one direction separated from the 2 lanes going in the opposite direction by a low metal barrier). I was travelling at the allowed 70mph. As I approached a roundabout I moved into the right hand lane to prepare for a right turn at the junction and noticed a truck driver furiously flashing his lights at me and using the universal hand signal that told me I was approaching EXTREME DANGER.

He saved my life today.

Ahead of me the road veered off into a blind bend, and out of that blind bend came a car – an elderly lady had taken a wrong turn at the roundabout, driving the wrong direction up the dual carriageway, and was now driving straight at me at about 60mph. I swerved left to avoid her just in time to see her hand fly up to her mouth as it seemingly dawned on her that she was in big trubba. She must have managed to pull off the road by exiting on the entrance only ramp at the next junction, about a mile further own the road, without causing a crash. Thank God there was so little traffic about.

Aside from Betti and I.

I parked up asap and shook like a leaf for the next 45 minutes. Still, I couldn't prevent tears of shock falling as I eventually got back behind the wheel and negotiated my way back home along the same stretch of road, almost too afraid to move into the right side lane to overtake, unless it was on a long straight section. Now I was constantly EXPECTING to see some other vehicle coming straight at me. Reliving the experience.

In all my years I have only ever seen 2 other drivers take a roundabout in the wrong direction (it sounds easy but it's not! - it involves extremely sharp cornering). In both previous incidents they were elderly gentlemen drivers, and in both cases they brought all the traffic to a stunned standstill before heading into the correct lane to exit. This lady today, perhaps confused by traffic cones set out for overnight roadworks, had gotten herself into just about the worst possible predicament. I was so lucky to have had that truck driver give me just enough of a headsup to be able to take avoiding action. Everything happens so terrifyingly quickly at those kind of combined speeds.

No doubt about it, today was my lucky day.
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22. cholla
5:04 PM GMT on April 10, 2014
I finally stumbled into a way to see Joe's photos in the "new format" which Arizona now has:
At the top, click "Photos and Videos"
Click "Wonderphotos"
Click "Search"
Click "Handle" and enter "JoeAlaska"
Set the date parameters: taken before -----, and taken after ----- .
Set the state. I first chose Kentucky, with recent dates, and then Alaska with a set of dates Joe was up there.
Voila--- there were the photos.
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21. bearpaints
3:11 AM GMT on April 10, 2014
Uk i found myself! Or at least what I wrote on mine I'm still on second maybe someone fixed me? Maybe it's the heat from here causing problems? Everyone in this state seems to be complaining about the heeat, but I rather enjoy being warm so better then cold. Had to kill my frist rattlesnake Monday. If tbey find their way into my aviary then their dead snake

On another note oldgal moved to Jackson Hole and now tbey have an averlance warnings so everyone keep them in mind and all the other people with homes in your toughts. Luckily they are just outside the zone butttt.
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20. insideuk
12:51 PM GMT on April 09, 2014
Oh arse. I think I broke it...
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19. insideuk
12:50 PM GMT on April 09, 2014
Haupty #16!!! Ha, this is like juggling!
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18. insideuk
12:47 PM GMT on April 09, 2014
Oh WOW - by putting a new comment on myself I bumped Bearpaints #2 comment back down the page and now OSDianna #4 is stuck up at the top right!

Who will bounce out next....
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17. insideuk
12:42 PM GMT on April 09, 2014
Apparently the new version of the WU website is being released today in Washington and Arizona, with New Zealanders being the International 'guinea pigs' for Thursday. The plans involve making changes as they roll it out to everyone, everywhere across the next few weeks, with users feedback guiding any alterations that become necessary as it gets tested across all types of browsers and devices. The changes are being made by an in-house team this time – so we can yell at 'em and perhaps be heard, as and when they make mahoosive cock-ups. Their task seems unenviable, but apparently WU has been creaking along for years, in desperate need of a complete reorganisation 'to make it easier to find stuff'.

My major issue with the preview site is that I can't find stuff I already know exists. I can find stuff I never knew existed, and I'm having some fun with that.

We can ALL still view and use the new version at

Currently, on the preview version I'm looking at on the Joealaska blog (Google Chrome / Win 7), I can see Bearpaints #2 comment sitting all by itself over to the top right side of the page, whilst all the other comments are down beneath the blog. It will be interesting to see if Bearpaints can find herself on her tablet in Arizona today?! Or if OSDianna can find us at all?

Maybe we should all be listening out for their PINGS to help locate them?

There are still no links into Joealaska photos Indeed any mention of this blogs boss is way down the blog page – all but lost except to those who enjoy hours of scrolling around aimlessly. If they leave it like this it is hard to see how new visitors will make a jump from blogs to photos. And if they view photos first they will have to scroll way down the page to notice the link into this blog.

The best thing on the preview pages is the local weather page and whizzy interactive graph (click on 'full forecast' from the new WU homepage to find your 10 day forecast graph). Despite it taking a few moments extra to load the page, I could quite happily spend hours dragging that little vertical line across it, watching it bump up and down over the precipitation, wind speeds and temperatures. It is cute. The more weather you get the better fun you have with it...

Daves Livermore precip bumpage fun is going to be limited.

Now I have customised mine to give me even more bumps to whizz about on – for my local weather the cloud coverage is an exciting ride, but the temperatures are a bit samey just now – a regular heartbeat between day and night, nothing that needs a doctor. A cold night and a really hot day would be the ideal graph tester, desert conditions should throw Bearpaints off on the coaster ride of a lifetime.

Assuming her tablet allows for such fun and games?
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16. DHaupt
7:47 AM GMT on April 09, 2014
Rotty, I have never been drooled on by any cat unless I had forced something unnaturally nasty like pediatric peppermint benadryl past its teeth with an eyedropper. I have been drooled on by many a dog for no other reason than the fact that they seem to simply like slobbering. Some breeds are much worse than others. CATS RULE! dogs slobber!
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15. preacherskidd
9:06 PM GMT on April 08, 2014
Stunning news. Online only newspaper Alaska Dispatch just bought Anchorage Daily News. Wouldn't care so much except that Dispatch did a hatchet job on Sue Aikens for feeding her foxes. They even tried to get police to go arrest her. She has to go 300 miles just to get to NOWHERE. Maybe she should just close her camp and leave Alaska. Busybodies.
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14. osdianna
3:20 PM GMT on April 08, 2014
Sorry the Cats lost...heck of a game, fact, the last several games were really good. I don't get the CBS channel, but it streamed live on my computer and I got to watch the whole thing live; ain't technology grand?
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13. Rotty3
12:19 PM GMT on April 08, 2014
Dogs rule, Cats drool....? Sorry KY lost.
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12. joealaska
12:01 AM GMT on April 08, 2014
Brewing moonshine and trying to get a radio connection...
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11. Arbie
11:06 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
Well, we all know what they're doing in KY tonight!
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10. joealaska
3:08 PM GMT on April 06, 2014
It was a late game on the east coast. And it was worth staying up to watch.

It has been an odd year for Kentucky. Their incoming freshman recruits had been labeled the BEST group of freshmen EVER in college basketball. This was determined, evidently, by a couple guys with too much time on their hands in a basement somewhere. So KY started the season as a rock solid #1 team.

It did not take long to realize there was trouble in Lexington. These high school all stars were not playing as a team in college. They lost games. Many games. They fell in the rankings. If they did not fall out of the top 20, it was close.

A month ago, just before the NCAA tournament started, I had given up on them. I predicted they may not even win one tournament game, and it would be over. Then they were put into the toughest bracket. They had to go through one big team after another, and they did just that. One of these victims was Louisville.

Several close games, all with UK winning and moving on. All of a sudden they were playing like everyone thought they could. Just at the right time. BACK FROM THE DEAD.

Last night they played in The Final Four. The first game had UCONN against Florida. UCONN was beaten easily by LOUISVILLE several times during the season, yet UCONN was now thriving and Louisville was just a red memory. And it appeared that Kentucky is destined for the title when UCONN beat Florida. This was a good thing, as Florida had beaten KY three times this year already. And now they were GONE.

In game two, KY played Wisconsin. Wisconsin was very good. They last won the NCAA in 1941. Back when they only had a few teams in the tournament. Not 68 like now. They were hungry. And most of the game they looked like they would win. But KY came on when they needed. At the end it was anybody's game. It was tied and Wisconsin was at the free throw line with only a few seconds left. Then a very good free throw shooter missed one, and KY had the last shot. They were down by 2.

Aaron Harrison had the ball and hesitated. Then he threw up a three point shot. Just like he did against Louisville. Just like he did with Minnesota. And one more time time.... SWISH.

So Monday it is CATS VS DOGS. Take the Cats. Go with the destiny deal.

I got a late call from Dutch Harbor where GNU GUY Doug wanted to talk about the game.

Then I called my buddy who was at the game in Dallas / Arlington Texas. He was stuck in heavy traffic, but having a great time. There were 79,444 people in that stadium. A record for the Final Four. I asked him where his seats were, and he told me they were in the TOP ROW. They watched the game mainly on the huge TV screen over the court, a screen bigger than the court itself.

Kentucky fans travel very well. I expect another attendance record tomorrow night.

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9. Arbie
1:06 PM GMT on April 06, 2014
I like the beta format a lot better than the last set of changes. I agree with uk though. Why didn't they put a link to the bloggers photos on personal blog pages? Thts a must have for me too. I put a comment that you can add votes to. To get there, go to "feedback". It must be filling up fast because I couldnt find UK's similar comment.

Osdiana that is an interesting idea, camping in the car. I wonder what you could do for privacy? You could stay in campgrounds and be safer and have a place to cook and bathe. We have the biggest size of Subaru wagon so we could do this too.
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8. osdianna
3:58 AM GMT on April 06, 2014
What a couple of amazing basketball games! That is what makes the playoffs so enjoyable for me, even after my choices of teams go down to defeat.

It's drizzly, not much fun to be outside today, so after talking four hours to fellow master gardeners and to the public at a plant clinic, I gave myself permission to put my feet up and enjoy the rest of the day in my recliner watching the glad I did.

Thanks all for the compliments on the car, and I haven't named her yet, UK; need to get the feel for her personality.

I had lost track of the Kulluk; such a waste of a great floating Christmas tree! Big oil just can't get it right and they keep messing up. I'm just really glad they caused no environmental harm this time.
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7. iaotter
3:19 AM GMT on April 06, 2014
The snow is gone and it is supposed to be 63 tomorrow. YEAH!
Too bad about Kulluk. You know we are the ones footing that bill with gas prices. It isn't going to come out of the bonuses for the CEOs or the stockholder payments.
Joe, keep having fun with Leggs and keep us all posted. I have been dreaming about a little RV, maybe van style just big enough for dog and me when I retire. Three or 4 years to go to get full SS benefits. I am hoping dog will be around that much longer. She's 9 now and seems to be in good health.
Leggs is way too big to suit me. I want something I can corner without worrying about mailboxes. All that truck driving from you past will come in handy.
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6. Rotty3
6:38 PM GMT on April 05, 2014
Congrats Joe for not taking out the cops ;) Leggs will need some getting used to, but by the end of the first year of travel, you both will be a bit more banged up and more experienced!

Congrats osdianna on the new set of wheels. Hey, that's pretty spacious. Many years ago, I traveled (in quite some style) the Scandinavian peninsula in a much humbler abode: A converted 2CV. Slept in there, cooked some nice hot meal while sitting at Nordkapp being buffeted by the Arctic Ocean's winds (it was a tad to far to see Joe from there lol) and made it home on half the engine's cylinders after nearly grazing Murmansk, Russia.

We hit 30C / 86F yesterday. My kinda weather. Yea.

UK: heard about the Kulluk report. What I find most funny, they attempted to possibly dodge 6 or 7 million in taxes. Now, after more than 90 million in damage and other cost, she's grounded permanently in an Asian shipyard. Smart move! Really smart! I don't think there's 'nuff scrap metal to make a profit either way...

As for the new site, I'm ready to go back to classic myself if they keep some of the features they have shown (and some of us have commented on as being pathetically bad).

Too bad WU sold out some while back. What was a great site is slowly (but ever increasingly faster) sliding into total commercialism). May have to find myself another site sooner than later. Alas.

RIP Kurt... 20 years and possibly more known today than back then.

Hope everyone has good weather ahead (and if I don't get around before) Hoppity Easter! Watch for those longears posing as L'eggs...!

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5. insideuk
2:54 PM GMT on April 05, 2014
OSDIANNA:- COOL WHEELS! Congratulations! Have you named her yet?!

I think you have room for a walk in closet and shower room in the back there...

I've been reading a lot about how the west coast of the US is sliding into oblivion whilst awaiting the long overdue BIG ONE earthquake, and then just this week I hear that people are starting to get jittery about Yellowstone exploding, what with its wildlife having been videoed trying to hitch a fast ride out of there.

I've given it some thought and decided that whilst a plague of locust would make for deeply unpleasant company they are infinitely preferable to a rampaging herd of wildebeest on Betti's back seat...

Obviously Leggy has more room for such incidents so Joe should be okay to proceed with caution.

Though the kitty litter trays may need attention a tad more often.

The seafront railway line that was washed away by the repeated storms during the winter has been reopened this week. Our Prime Minister, Dave 'the TOFF' Cameron, a former PR man, dropped down there, by train – 'cos it made a better photo - to take ALL the credit for repairs having been completed in good time. He gathered together a bunch of working class men in high visibility jackets (the ones who ACTUALLY did the hard work) and attempted to have them all do a 'hip, hip hooray' upper class type thing – literally. He went down like a lead balloon, and was soon looking around for a fast ride out of there.

In Somerset they have started dredging the rivers to improve the drainage. I watched them scraping the silt away, very slowly, seemingly just one inch at a time and found myself wondering if I couldn't find a better use for our Prime Minister, once fitted out with a high visibility jacket and a large spoon.

Going back to the KULLUK story from many moons ago, I read that the Coast Guards official report on the grounding has now been made public. It's 152 pages, in essence, conclude that they shouldn't have left Dutch Harbor when they did because the weather was going to be really crappy and that they only left when they did to avoid paying tax.

Quelle Surprise.

The whole grounding mess cost them upwards of $90 million. That doesn't include repair costs to the comical rig.

Sorry. Conical rig.

My former Christmas tree.

The investigation discovered the reason behind the mechanical failures of the custom-built tow vessel, the Aiviq. It seems a 'design flaw' had allowed seawater to reach the fuel tanks in stormy weather, mixing to a level 10 times the maximum specified by the manufacturer.

As a layperson, if I were going to 'custom-build' a ship then I might consider where the seawater could enter any vents in a storm. One wonders if the actual designers of the Aiviq had ever watched an episode of Deadliest Catch? It would have helped a little.

The ships engineers had also improperly fitted filters on the fuel supply system. Oh, and the crew had become complacent about a recurrent overflow alarm system that could have/ was recognising they were having fuel contamination issues.

But that wasn't the only alarm they were busy ignoring.

They had an alarm set to go off at 50 percent strength setting on the tow equipment, as the storm built the extreme fluctuations in tension caused that alarm to go off 38 times in one morning. The third mate mistakenly thought it was a different, faulty alarm. So he ignored it.

As you do. It's probably just someone burning their toast again...

No reason to think the huge shackle holding the Kulluk was going to snap off and disappear beneath the waves either. No reason at all.

That couldn't possibly happen because it had been 'visually' checked...

Is it there? Yes

Is it shackle shaped? Yes

Off we go then...

The captain of the Aiviq sent an email to the tow master the day AFTER they left Dutch Harbor - “To be blunt I believe that this length of tow, at this time of year, in this location, with our current routing guarantees an ass kicking” the Aiviq captain wrote. “In my opinion we should get to the other side just a soon as possible.”

Or, you know, TURN BACK?


Plus, I'd have got my tree back in time for Christmas Day...

Have you all checked out the soon to be radically altered Wunderground website?

They have a beta version for you to peruse at your leisure:

Which is an improvement on the way they just threw it out at us last time.

Its all a bit strange for those of us still feasting our eyes on the lovely blue blocked classic version (long may she remain). The blogs and photos layout is all changing as well as the weather graphics. There is a blog to comment on it (on front blog page) and give suggestions to the web designers behind the scenes. They call it things like 'visual hierarchy' and altered 'palette' to aid people with colour blindness...

They have already promised a few alterations to the new design after one or two flaws were pointed out (like users on tablets/ phones who needed microscopes/ eye surgery/ guide dogs to be able to see what was on each page that could not be stretched). And they will reintroduce the big red NEW MAIL sign for WUmail users – I have been getting phantom mail lately, that thing lights up red in classic and NOBODY IS THERE.

You have no new mail you billy no mates...

'Tis most disappointing when that happens. I said as much to my colour blind dog, though she was too busy checking the new weather forecast graphics on the Wunderground beta preview pages to pay me much heed.

She has the whole stretching thing down pat.

The new stuff takes a bit of getting used to, the biggest change is that I see there is no obvious link between the blog and the blogmasters own photos. The right side of the page is a blank space? That has got to change - SURELY?


Back to classic otherwise...

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4. osdianna
3:49 PM GMT on April 04, 2014
Congrats, Joe, for taking out just a few mailboxes and not sideswiping a few cars. I'm glad you had a "spotter" along though; it helps the first few times (or first time in your case). Glad too to hear the girls will have screen privileges, though that will have to be easily replaced. If I remember correctly, Dutchie likes to stretch as high as she can against the screen digging in her claws and hanging briefly...causing holes of course...big enough to welcome the mosquitoes.

I hope you are as excited as we are for this newest adventure; though I am sure you will miss your family you are more of a travelin' kinda guy. Arbie was right on with the remark about it stirring up old urges to travel...and by the way Arbie, there is another USTREAM site in Oklahoma City of Great Horned Owls just starting to fledge...very entertaining stuff. Thanks for the Sabal Palm Sanctuary site...pretty cool to see all those unknown birds.

I just bought a 2008 Scion xB..the one that looks like a Honda Element; the back seats fold down and I do believe I could sleep back there with the right pad/mattress. Am I thinking of doing some over-nighters? You betcha I am! But I am now free to drive around and get to know this state. I have lived here for 15 years and barely got acquainted. I have been down that road where the huge landslide took out all those people's lives. Lots of areas like that out here. just keep getting dumped on over there; storms from the USA, dust and sand from the out for locusts! I think you should ferry you and Betti over here and try for more wandering space. Just train Betti to drive on the other side of the road!

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3. insideuk
2:37 PM GMT on April 04, 2014
There is perhaps an east wing as yet undiscovered?

A library in the north turret?

Or a roof terrace?

Possibly the swimming pool is going to splosh about a bit whilst cornering...

I wonder how long our Joseph will spend consulting his owners manual regarding the seemingly faulty window washing system?

This will be a true voyage of discovery for all involved.

Not least the cats, whom are just 3 weeks away from discovering that hiding under the bed is much less of a refuge when said bed becomes inexplicably untrundled along with the rest of the HOUSE.

Even when Leggs gets parked up and the fur settles out back they will suddenly be aware that the house can breathe in and out without warning.

Then, once everyone has finally found a pitch of peace and solace in the equine section at Taylorsville – and my money has it at a straightforward 7 hours and 47 minutes first complete set up time – THEN WHAT HAPPENS?

Dutchie meets a horse for the very first time EVER.

“Must be some real generous chow porches operating around these parts” Dutchie will say “just look at the size of that bloody fox over there...”

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2. bearpaints
2:36 AM GMT on April 04, 2014
I agree with Arbie I'm really excited for you Joe. This sounds like such an amazing life. And sounds like we will be able to share the parts when you get connected so to speak. I always thought travelling is a great way to live. I have a women friend who just bought an RV before you, and she is still setting it up. She has to have everything perfect, her home away from home.
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1. Arbie
12:28 AM GMT on April 04, 2014
This is pretty exciting Joe! I know I would want to spend at least one winter on the Florida keys and at least one summer in the northern rockies.I'd probably want to spend some time in my home town. After that, I don't know. I wonder how much it would cost to ferry it over and go park in insideUK's driveway?

I think this is good for all of us. Joe's taking off into the wild blue yonder is making me think more about my own options.

By the way, here is a webcam at a bird feeder in a nature sanctuary on the Texas Mexico border. When I looked, some racoons were hanging out in the feeder, chowing down. Link to s tx bird feeder cam

Getting warmer and muggier down here in SE Texas every day.
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About joealaska

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!