Thursday, May 21, 2020

It's Been A Year Since I posted Last

Update after a whole year of not posting. It's the year of Covid-19 and Ronda is working from home most days and going to the office for mail and paperwork each week. I work every other week at home and found out I am not a work from home kind of person even though I thought I would love it. Many projects are on hold due to social distancing orders and all that gobbledygook.

The campground opened on time but was very restrictive and wasn't allowed to have recreational campers. Starting this Saturday they can accept recreational campers but the store has to stay off-limits, they can come to the window though and get supplies that way.

My diabetes has progressed and my feet are worse. They're swollen pretty much 24x7 making it impossible to enjoy the motorcycle so I am going to pay it forward and let the Blackhawk campground sell it during their fall auction for the person in need they'll be doing the auction for. My best friend gave me this motorcycle and I wanted to keep it forever but it will just sit and that isn't good for it, he is ok with me donating it for somebody in need which is great.

The RV is doing well, everything works and winterizing was easy, so was de-winterizing. The front cap however is filthy and I need to have somebody come out and clean it and then buff and wax it. The rest of the rig is clean including the roof but the front simply refused to wash off. Hopefully with restrictions being loosened I can get somebody out to get the front looking like new, this is one seasons worth of gunk, incredible.

We removed the bushes from the side of the garage and this summer I need to fix the lawn that recedes more each year due to root growth and too much shade.


Unfortunately I have to hire people to do most of the outside work, they cut down the bushes and now we are going to have the house re-painted this summer and some trim work repaired.


I'll post another after picture once the house has been painted and we have our lawn back. The grass around the rest of the house looks fantastic. We are still hoping to sell the house soon, we'll see how this year goes.

I added studio monitors to my computer in my home office, the main monitor in the middle is now a 43" LG 4K monitor, the monitor on the right is an HP Omen 2K 32" monitor and the monitor on the left is my old Dell 27" WUXGA monitor. Having such sound quality near field is incredible, I never knew so much dynamic powerful sound could come from such small monitor speakers!

I hope all of you are healthy and stay that way! Have a great holiday weekend! I'll post more when projects are completed.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Remember The Windows 2000 to 2012 Server Migration? Updated

The person I busted my ass to migrate his network, last year I received a court document stating his business was going into bankruptcy. Keep in mind he had no problem buying a $35,000 Harley, then modifying the engine for more output as well but pay his bills, nah.

He was into me for over $3,500.00, lesson learned, always do contract work with payment in advance and never trust anybody, period.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Life Comes At You, Sometimes Hard

I know I haven't been posting a lot, staying at the same campground every year things stay pretty much the same, the time zips by like the wind. Work keeps me busy, family things, wow, getting older sucks because you see family die, friends die, bloggers I read die. 

The last few years have been rough, my Brothers wife died, Ronda's Mom died last year from Alzheimer's, my best friends Mother has it, my Father has it. A week ago my Brother was rushed to the hospital where he spent a couple of days with no final diagnosis, just a maybe it was a TIA and dehydration, unless something jumps out from a test they know nothing and they don't even bother to show up to your room to tell you which I guess is telling you, 'eh?

I found out this morning that my Dad's wife is in the hospital, they claim she may not make it. He has Alzheimer's and can't care for himself. They moved to the Philippines to save money 4 years ago but apparently made no plans (are you kidding me?!? no will???) for if something happened to either one of them such as dying or ending up unable to care for the other.

What do you do when you receive an email from her family that says, quote – “we can't take care of him, what should I do with him”.... incredibly insensitive like he is a sack of potatoes rotting in the kitchen. I know they don't mean it that way but, that's how it came off to me.

They moved to the Philippines, clear around the planet without keeping an address in the USA so he has no residency here anymore (he is a green card holder) so I can't just spend $3,000 in tickets to pick somebody up that can't make it through customs. All of the money they had in savings has been spent on their care in the Philippines and for trips to the US. My Fathers inheritance of $40,000.00 from his Mother, also gone.

Responding to his wife asking me for help a few months back I went to nursing homes in my area and they gave me a list 5 pages deep of the things that will have to be done before they can do anything. I sent that to the Philippines and have heard nothing back until I got this latest email earlier today. I also talked to the Norwegian Consulate and his advice, get Immigration and Medicare attorneys. With what money, I have no clue and I have not heard back from her except for the email from her Niece this morning who from previous emails had been pressuring his wife to get rid of him so she could relax and write a book, nice 'eh?

So his wife is very ill, he is incapable of caring for himself and is on the other side of the planet in the care of hired caretakers and family that has no wish to keep doing so even though her retirement pension would cover the cost, I have zero idea legally what my options are since they are in the Philippines.

I'm not looking for a way out, the door was slammed in my face when they moved around the globe and made no plans, I mean seriously zero plans for their future. She has a full retirement pension, they are married so isn’t she supposed to have a will or something that states what is supposed to happen to help care for her husband? I'm blown away by this and her Nieces email, black white, cut and dry “What should I do with him”……

Life comes at you hard is how I titled this, my Father was the boogyman for the first 18 years of my life until the day I walked up to him, stared him in the face as he was threatening to kick my ass once again that on that day, if I wanted to I could beat his ass into the concrete and he knew it. I walked away from him and our business together until 1993 when we both sat down and I forgave him for the past.

Through the years since we had grown close, I ignored him when he discussed the past in revisionist fashion, his way of coping with it. When needed I reminded him, because at that moment he needed reminding, something I hated to do but he doesn't get to dictate his sins with new twists and turns that took blame away from him, why did he feel the need to open his mouth and do that, I don't know but we stayed close even still, you only get one Father. 

Fast forward to 2019 and he is alone and apparently with people who have no wish for him to be there. Tomorrow I'm going to make some calls and try to reach out to family in Norway where his brother still lives and find out if any of them are willing to help out for the first time since he moved away in 1964, what are the odds I'll be able to reach anybody.....

After that, I have no clue, I'm sure by the morning I'll have a new email to absorb, hopefully it has usable information other than what do I do with him.

Sunday, September 23, 2018


Wow, it's been a year since my last post. We had family over last weekend just like last year at this time. I forgot to take pictures, life has been so busy the past few years, my job is very busy, we are going through a major remodel at the main office, I hired help finally and we are still crazy busy.

Two years ago I was diagnosed with two forms of skin cancer, did I post about this? I don't remember but I had surgery for both and I think so far so good.  Unfortunately since then my feet have succumbed to severe neuropathy and morton's neuroma in my left foot.

EDIT: I left out the one event that has changed my life. 2 months ago I fell down the stairs going to the basement. I was carrying laundry when I went to take the 2nd step and I found nothing but air so I went straight down and landed on both knees and into the laundry basket with my feet wedged behind me caught on the riser above where I landed. This hyperextended both feet, the left one severely so it took a while to heal from the cuts but to this day I'm dealing with swelling, that never seems to end.

This makes walking a  bit of a chore and very painful, at work I try to get through the day but by the end of the day I'm wiped but still don't sleep much at night. So we take each day one at a time. I'm not posting this for sympathy, more for tracking so a few years from now I'll remember what was going on.

I'm down to 195lbs, that's a pretty big change from when we bought the Fifth Wheel and I was over 250 or 260 at the time. I may post a before and after pic, we'll see.

The RV is doing ok, the rear AC unit still doesn't work, we're going to have it repaired when it's needed. So far the front AC handles the hottest days with no problem so, we'll wait. All other systems this year have been fine, I know what a shocker right? The front LED lights don't work again, but they were replaced each of the previous years anyway, so now we don't use them.

We have had a very busy year at work so we haven't been at the rig every weekend like in years past but next year we will be. Ronda has decided to work at the campground store every Saturday next season so we will definately be up there every weekend, I may not be because of work, we'll see.

I'll post pictures when we have Halloween at the campground on October 6th, until then I hope everybody has been having a great camping season!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Getting Ready For Halloween and Winter

We are going to start decorating the site in 2 weeks for Campground Halloween on Oct 7th. In the meantime I found out the RV dealer won't be able to pull our rig out to winterize and store it. So the rig will be staying in the campground this winter and I will be winterizing it myself for the first time.

A few updates on the rig, this is the first year we have not had to have any repairs performed since we bought it new July of 2013. We still need the main AC unit replaced but we haven't needed it so it can wait.

I believe a chipmunk is in the rear cap, no amount of traps or other attempts has gotten rid of or caught the little bastard so he/she may have an entire winter to do damage. So I'm going to do what I can to get it out of there. Cosmetically the rig looks great, but one stripe on the front is starting to peel in small places, something I have worried about, but can't do anything about.

Also the LED's on the front of the rig that are so bright in this picture, have been replaced 3 times and need replacing once again so I don't turn them on anymore.

Here is a picture from Labor Day, you can see how dirty the rig is on the front cap, the roof is black. All of which I'll be power washing this weekend, I power washed the patio blocks because with all the rain we've had moss had started to grow like crazy.

Picture of family over on Labor Day for a cookout on the firepit and to have a bonfire. It was a bit somber, Ronda's Mom died a few weeks before from the devastating disease Alzheimer's. We miss her very much.

Till next time, get out there and enjoy the vast beauty around us, we are only here for a short time.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The movie "The Circle", Scary How Society Is Going This Way

I'm watching "The Circle" and holy bag of cats, this is how the world is going... pure insanity. It got 2.5 stars which makes sense considering how it mirrors how society is going.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Is This An RV Blog Anymore?

I know I don't post much about RV'ing anymore. The thing is when you're in the same spot and you don't own the land things don't change much. We work the campground store on Saturday's and spend the rest of Saturday at Ronda's parent's house to have dinner, watch a movie and help her Father watch over her Mother who has Alzheimer's, a disease that I couldn't wish on anybody. Sunday I cut the grass and do some outside stuff, nothing worth taking pictures over.

We have decided not to work in the campground next year and to try and save up for a used Class A Pusher (Yes I know we had one picked out in 2013) but we have learned a few things while owning a Fifth Wheel. Such as they are ALL built to the same standard and that standard is low. We talk to a lot of seasonal and weekend campers while working in the store and the sheer amount of problems people report is mind boggling.

Typical issues are slides stop working, water leaks, holding tank issues, hydraulic landing jack issues you name it I have yet to hear anybody report they bought a new rig and have had zero issues. Our neighbor bought a new travel trailer and I helped him with a few things, I opened the front hatch and saw that the front floor was supported by 1x1's, friggin 1x1's!!

The problems reported by people who own pushers, very few, some are expensive but over all pushers seem to be very well put together. Anyway, we plan on trying to sell the Montana in a few years and hopefully find a nice pusher for a reasonable price. We realize to keep the Montana and use it on the road we will have to find a truck worthy of towing the Montana and those, even used cost's a boatload.

As of today, all systems are working save for the main air conditioner that Keystone refused to anything about. Keystone is a company we will avoid, forever. Sadly 3 companies are buying up other companies and spreading their low standards into companies that used to be pretty good, such as Holiday Rambler. Their latest Navigator new cost 1/2 what a 10 year old used one costs, how can this be a bad thing? Well, they cut corners and reduce the quality and now it's just a shadow of its former glory.

We had one in the campground a few weeks back, while he was checking in the main slide was a few inches out at the bottom, I brought this up and his response was it has been repaired several times, it's a design flaw they don't know how to fix, how awesome is that? When we're ready we'll be looking for a mid 2000's pusher from Newmar, we know how those were built and if we stick to a Dutchstar or Mountainaire we should be able to get a rig that will last a long time if cared for.

That's it for now, I have to go up on the roof and clean it, then cut the grass and do the usual. Have a great Sunday everybody!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Paypal Dispute Process - Seller Protection = Paypal Protection ONLY

I put an HP Omen Laptop onto eBay for sale back in January. I put if there for $550.00 which is 40% less than it should be sold for because the keyboard backlight went bad. The laptop sold for $580.00 so I'm happy right? The buyer emails me how happy he is and that he is from China.... I knew right away this could end up badly.

He paid instantly so my hopes were high, I find out he has a forwarding company so I ask for their contact info. I call them, only get voicemail so I try a few times and no call back plus UPS was unsure of their address. I emailed the buyer that UPS will ship there but that the company does not reply to calls or emails.

His reply, I use those guys all the time, so please ship it. I ensured the laptop for the full amount paid, boxed it up better than HP did and shipped it. He finally receives it in China and the next day files a Paypal dispute for "Item not as described" and says the hinge is damaged, internal screws are damaged (which means HE took it apart!!) to which I add all the pictures showing it running diagnostics and passing, I also have internal pictures as well (he still doesn't know this part).

I add the pictures to the dispute center, I call Paypal, the person agrees he must have taken it apart, and this morning I get this message.

How in bloody hell does he win this case? Well, a simple call to Paypal answered that very quickly, after being on hold for 15 minutes. They found for him because "he might file a claim with his credit card company, so they always find for the buyer", this is to protect the seller.... let that sink in. 

My response is, why even have a dispute process if the seller loses every single time?? This buyer took the laptop apart, clearly screwed it up, provided no emails, never responded to dispute queries for evidence, no pictures offering proof of his claim, he didn't even respond to the last request for info and he wins the case by default because you're afraid he will file a claim with his credit card bank and you call this "Seller Protection?!?"

Indeed, when I receive the laptop back (keep in mind I have to accept, even if it gets damaged in shipping!!) "if it isn't the same as I sold it" I can file a counter claim, or if he doesn't ship it on time. He has 10 days in which to ship it, then he has until the end of March for it to arrive here and then I have I don't know how long to make a determination because that isn't something they divulge yet. 

I ask how many times the seller wins a counter claim, their response "I don't have that info" this laptop has been taken apart by the buyer, he now claims the display doesn't work which means I sold a mint condition laptop where everything but the keyboard light and looked perfect and it will now be up to me to prove it not only worked perfectly when I shipped it but that he messed it up.... 

I have a credit account with Paypal, I have used them since they started business, this is the 2nd time somebody outside the US was able to get around the rules and buy something from me, it's also the second time I received a dispute. I'm closing my Paypal account as soon as this is resolved and also closing my eBay account. You can't leave negative feedback on buyers anymore because "fairness" and the buyer wins by default no matter how wrong they are so why use a rigged system?

Sold As Is and no returns means nothing because Paypal makes it so. The only way to respond is to take them out of the equation, both parties should be protected and in this, only Paypal is.

Here is the mint condition laptop...... who knows what it will look like when I get it back.