Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Desert View - Day 13 - A great arrangement

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6:47 am - Tuesday - November 21st - Grand Canyon - 33º F, humidity 31%, wind - CALM....forecast for today is partly cloudy with a high of 61º F......I'm up later, because TLE has the 'open' shift today.....I report at 12 pm for the 'close' shift.....wish I could have slept in longer.

One of the most common questions I am asked each day is "Is there some place I can get some water".....typically I am standing at my register with my back to the rear of the store.....right behind me, in direct eyesight with no obstructions is the Water Station sign......


.....which can be seen as soon as you enter the store.  When I turn around and point they begin to apologize immediately.  It's no big deal, but I find it humorous.....sometimes we can't see what is right in front of us because we don't expect to find that for which we a looking so easily. Our minds seem to want to make most things more complicated than they really are.

On Monday I had the 'open' shift, and after completing my 1/2 mile walk through the juniper forest, arrived at the General Store at 7:24 am, punched the clock and then began my 5 hour work shift.  Nothing really interesting to report about the day......things were so slow that by the time TLE arrived to relieve me I had accumulated just $100 in cash receipts.....I'm sure I had 3-4 times that in credit card receipts, cash receipts is how I judge how busy I was.......on a weekend day I will do $300-400 in cash receipts in the same time period, which is still not being very busy.

I was home by 1 pm....usually it is earlier, but I spent about 15 minutes talking with Jonathan (custodian) who is an avid mountain biker like I used to be.  As was the case back when I still lived in a 'sticks and bricks' home and had a garage full of bikes of all types (recumbents, MTB's, road bikes, etc.) Jonathan is afflicted with the same 'disease'....we discussed all the various types of bikes he owns, and how he needs to thin out the herd so to speak.

I took some time to eat a small lunch TLE had prepared for me......she is so good to me....always making sure I have lunch whether she is there, or not.  Anyway, she made some 'deviled eggs' in one container, and some yogurt with strawberries in another.  I'm trying to cut down on my caloric intake again, so I can shed some more unwanted inches and pounds.  Being able to work out every day is helping me begin to shed weight again.....I've managed to lose 2.5 pounds this week and am once again marching toward my goal of 189.  You will recall that early this year I had ballooned up to 215, which is the most I have every weighed.  Over the next few months I was able to get down to 198, but stalled out after we arrived at SLT.  I was back up to almost 204 again, but am now back down to 201......12 pounds to go!

After I finished my 5th workout in as many days I thought I should take a few pictures of how I have arranged the trailer interior while we are here at Desert View.....the only way to really get a good picture is to take a selfie.....

 Here I am standing at the front of the trailer taking a selfie looking toward the rear of the trailer.....you can see my Cannondale Bad Boy on the 'trainer' to the left, then the back/situp exercise apparatus in the middle, and to its right my Intense 5.5 MTB.

 Further to the right you can see my table with all my tool bags sitting on it, then to its right the Workmate® with the bench grinder mounted on it.....I was given that Workmate® as a Christmas gift back in 1978, or '79.

 Just to the left of the door I have a battery charger for my cordless impact driver, and also mounted a fan, which I am not using a lot right now

 On the floor is my heater, which I am using a lot right now

 My screw organizer is to the left of the fan

 All of the beer coasters we have collected over the past few years

 My XM Radio receiver

 My stereo, through which I play my XM Radio on channel 107.3 FM

 My small, but more than adequate flat screen TV

 A few more tools, and my weather station.....temp, air pressure and humidity....bought this in Coos Bay, OR back in 1978 when we were on a 2 week motorhome trip

Just finished recalibrating the settings for our current location and altitude


 Everyone needs at least one street sign, right?

.......I know, I know.....I've got a lot of stuff crammed into a small space, but all that stuff gets used on a regular basis, and it makes me happy.

TLE was home by 5:40 pm......shortly thereafter we were treated to a little color to the west as the sun set on another day at Desert View......




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2 comments:

  1. Looks like all the comforts of home in your trailer. I am filled with envy for your experience at GC. Life is good!!

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