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Comment by Kevin F Smith on September 29, 2019 at 2:25pm

Camp is all set up...and that is all I could do today.  Too hot!  95 degrees and super humid.  Yuck!


Comment by Kevin F Smith on September 28, 2019 at 7:14am

Summer vacation is over, and after our morning coffee, we'll be hitting the road to the Carolina Renaissance Festival, 35 miles away.

Of course, no trip ever begins without something breaking...this time the string on the small pleated window blind next to my desk.  I took it down and stowed it for now.  I had a shop fix the last two that needed to be restrung, but I'm going to do this one myself...since it is small, and will be a good place to start to learn how to do it myself.  I'll fix it sometime this coming week, after we are all settled down in camp.
I'll start a new thread tomorrow titled, "Carolina, 2019."
Comment by Kevin F Smith on September 26, 2019 at 8:04am

This six days of relaxing in a posh RV park is JUST what we needed before getting back to work at the Carolina Renaissance Faire next week!  It has been a very busy summer vacation!  So this was kind of like a vacation from our!

Comment by Kevin F Smith on September 22, 2019 at 5:49pm

It was a sad farewell to my kin...but we had to go!  We drove all the way to an RV park in a little town called Linwood, NC.  We are only about 40 miles from the Carolina Renaissance Festival...but can't enter and set up until this coming Saturday.  So we are going to stay here and pamper ourselves until Saturday morning!

The pups and I are going to explore this place tomorrow morning, as there are hiking trails and even a pond.  I'm not going to let the pups in the water though...there are water moccasins here, and some scare about a toxic algae that has killed some dogs in the southeast. 
Comment by Kevin F Smith on September 21, 2019 at 5:06pm

Oh yeah...and because the air show was held at NAS Oceana Air Force base, the bastages confiscated my TINY little Swiss Army Knife on my key ring...and my wife Patti's .38 caliber bullets out of her speedloaders!  They let her keep the speedloaders, but still!  We knew not to bring our sidearms...but the smallest Swiss Army knife ever made?  I kind of get the bullets part because Patti forgot to take them out of her purse when she took out her revolver...but my tiny little Swiss Army knife?  Why?  This is the second one of those I had confiscated...the first one at a Trump rally...but that I kind of!

Comment by Kevin F Smith on September 21, 2019 at 4:53pm

The air show was fun...but pretty lame.  The food was VERY expensive...and they hardly had any planes flying, and when they did, just one plane flying in the sky at a time.  Some jets...some biplanes trailing smoke....that was pretty much it.  I remember going to a couple of air shows when I was a kid with my dad (at the Trumbull Airport in Groton, CT), and the sky was full of planes...even the Blue Angels made an appearance.  Biplanes and WW2 fighter planes having fake dogfights with machine guns firing blanks...wing walkers...skydivers...the works!  And I remember getting to go on a bunch of vintage WW2 bombers and other planes...but this one only had one cargo plane for the kids to go into, and they couldn't even go into the cockpit.

Ah well.  The kids still had fun, so that is what really matters.


Comment by richard nance on September 21, 2019 at 9:09am

great weather for going to the beach.i may go monday.

Comment by Kevin F Smith on September 21, 2019 at 8:09am

Today is our last day visiting my daughter and grandsons in Suffolk, we are taking them to an air show in Virginia Beach!

Then tomorrow we hit the road and meander our way down to Huntersville, NC for our last Renaissance Faire of the season.
Comment by Jimco_W001 on September 18, 2019 at 6:00pm

Thanks for the update Kevin. Lydia and I enjoy hearing about what you and Pattie are up to.

Comment by Kevin F Smith on September 17, 2019 at 8:29am

I've been remiss in my updating this post...but we are having a great time visiting my daughter and my three wonderful grandsons!

So far we've taken them to the Virginia Children's Museum, and a gun show!  I bought my oldest 10 year old a slingshot and a throwing star...and if he can follow the rules and not get in trouble with them, then next year I'll be buying him a BB gun.
We'll be here until this coming Sunday morning...and then we'll be on our way to the Carolina Renaissance Festival in Huntersville, NC.
I got a few projects done on the RV and have a couple more little projects to do before we leave.  
Our Tailgater satellite dish (or the old Dish receiver) gave up the ghost, so we upgraded to the Dish Carry Out antenna with a roof mount, which came with a new receiver.  Now I won't have to keep climbing up on the roof to set up the satellite for Patti.  Sweet!
There is a trim piece under the entry door coming loose, so I have to pick up some next-size-up stainless screws to secure it back in place.  And I have to install a new starting battery in the is turning the starter so slowly that it takes too long to start the diesel engine up now.  The battery in this rig is 7 years old, so time for a replacement!



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