I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 4:31 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
Yes, I was tired after yesterday. Went to bed early but could not sleep.
I hate moving. And I almost always have done it by myself. I had to clean out the apartment, which was not that bad, but it took time and I wanted my damage deposit back. I still have a bad taste in my mouth after leaving Dutch. That landlord stood me up at the last minute for an inspection of the place. Then after I was gone they sent me a note saying they were keeping my $300 because of some damages and the place being left dirty. I spent three or four days cleaning it, I knew he was coming. But he did not show and it was his word against mine.
So I got that done on Saturday just as Dotmom and Yella came by to help me take a bed back that I was using. That was taken care of. Now Dotmom was going to help me out and drive me over to New Albany, Indiana to pick up the restless and waiting LEGGS. Then I was surprised to hear BIG JOE was going to come along. He normally likes to stay close to the house nowadays. But he had yet to visit LEGGS in person, plus now they would follow me out to Taylorsville and see my new hood.
We got out here with no problems. The girl at the front gate here was a little confused, and I thought there was a last minute problem with the campsite. But that was not the case. So I am now camped among the horses. As I type they are saddling one up in the next campsite over, about 50 feet away. It is all good with the horses, nice to see them riding around. Lots of horse sounds. One guy just drove by and he had a trailer with a few horses. One of them was screaming at the other horses tied up nearby, who all had wide eyes and perked ears. Horse talkin’.
The only problem are the kids around here. I know, I know. This is kid country. I am in THEIR territory. I am in a campsite that is a few hundred feet from a kids play area. It is a state park. I glanced at the rules they have out here, and there is a supposedly a QUIET TIME starting at 10 or 11 PM. Not sure. Normally that is no problem as I tend to stay up a bit later. Not last night. I laid down and had the windows open. Th evening was cooling down, but the RV was still warm from the day. I had my generator running for a while, but turned it off late, around 10. That is when I tried to go to sleep, but the kids were playing still. I figured the noise would stop soon as everyone started getting ready for bed. WRONG Dogface. I mean they were SCREAMING and HOLLERING. I was wondering what kind of parents they had, then it hit me...SMART. Smart parents. Send those screamers off to the playground until they were all screamed out and ready for bed. Then, and only then, should you come back Johnny. I bet it was a lot quieter at the parents campsite than it was at mine. It went on and on, and I just put up with it. It was so bad that I thought CERTAINLY this can’t be a common thing out here. Night #2 approacheth...
It is a nice area, scenic, and right now...quiet.
I took an hour to assemble my new BBQ grill after I was set up at the site. A basic device that was made way to complicated. I bought it because it was cheap and on sale. But this one has a hinged lid, as well as a rack inside that serves a warmer tray.. The warmer moves as you open and close the damn thing. Hell, all I needed was a bucket and a lid.
I left the cats back at the apartment while I brought the RV to Taylorsville. I actually went back to Louisville and picked then up, about 75 extra miles. I put them in cat carriers. I knew it was coming, but you are never really ready. The yowl fest. Fluff does it for a while, then calms down. Dutchie is unreal. It was worse then ever this time. I was timing it, one intense MEOW / YOWL every second One per second. Never stopping. The best way I handle it is mock everything she does. It surprises her, sometimes she loses her concentration. But only for a bit. She is relentless. But I watched her, and as she screamed and cried, she was rolling around on her back and waving her paws staring at me, like she was almost having a good time. Maybe she was just messing with me. I stopped for some food at the local store 8 miles away, then went camping.
The cats immediately hid under the blankets on the bed, but it was quiet. Eventually Fluff was out sniffing around, Dutchie was hiding until after dark. But they were out and checking out the window views. They did not want to go out in any way. Too early for that. Fine.
After I finish this, I move the RV to my permanent location for the next month. This place is full, and they were unable to keep me in the same spot the entire period. One day off. But now I set up for good. The space is one spot over. 50 feet closer to that playground.
The refrigerator is not working, but I believe I know what is wrong and it will be fixed tomorrow, hopefully. Steve and Becky, previous owners, had just bought the RV when Steve passed away. Becky was only able to show me general info regarding the vehicle, a lot based on her knowledge of the RV they owned before this one. So I knew there would be hiccups, no big deal. Frankly the refrigerator may be an easy fix.
Hope to post pics later. Move the RV. Cook out lunch. I got stuff to do.
Buying the tow dolly tomorrow.
Tornado chance the next couple days. A nice breeze just came through...
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