Thursday, May 9, 2013

IMS - Day # 3 - Anxiety

Since December 22nd, when we finished our Amazon.com stint, TLE and I have resumed living the nomadic good life.....hard to believe it's been four and a half months......eating out and enjoying fine draft beer as often as strikes our fancy, traveling wherever the wind was blowing on a particular day.  We have been visiting dear friends and relatives, and seeing cool stuff, and changing our view on a regular basis.  This is what the nomadic life is all about, and why you are interested in our version of that life, right?  Of course you know this if you have been following our blog for any length of time.

Before we even left on our journey back on January 30th, 2012 we knew we would probably take "workamping jobs" on occasion to supplement our retirement income.  We knew from reading the blogs of others who have preceded us that there are a lot of part time jobs all over the country for us nomads.  Our first such "workamping" experience was at Amazon.com.  Now after another 4.5 months of play and travel we are about to embark on our second "workamping" gig.....the INDY 500.  We found out about this job when we attended a job fair hosted by Amazon.com at Heartland RV Park, where we stayed for 11 weeks.  On Saturday we start 16 consecutive days of work here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  We'll be getting up around 5 am each day, and starting our jobs around 7 am, and getting off around 6 pm each day.  Some days we'll start even earlier, and some days we may go later than 6......BUT in 16 days that will be done, and our wallets will be about $2,000 fatter, and we will again change our view and resume our nomadic adventure.

The title I chose today reflects the feeling I always have had going back to my teens when starting a new job.  There is always a learning curve.....that uncomfortable period of time when you are getting up to speed, and everything you do seems brand new to you.  When that "new job" anxiety kicks in I wake up early thinking about it.  Tuesday I woke up around 4, and this morning I woke up around 3:45.....I didn't go back to sleep in either case, so here I am at 5:38 eastern time writing another entry into my blog.  Now, this is the part that has changed.......waking up this early used to increase my anxiety level, but not anymore.  "So What!" I think......after Amazon.com I know I can get by on 5, or 6 hours of sleep for weeks at a time.....16 days is a "cake walk" compared to Amazon.com.  The other thing is that I'm going to have to start getting up at 5 am anyway, so I might as well get used to it today.

It started raining Tuesday evening late....around 11 pm, and rained on and off the rest of the evening.  Since we are currently living in a 200 acre grass field that overnight rain added to the humidity level we were feeling inside the coach, and necessitated the redeployment of our DE-humidifier.  Around Noon we had to turn on the A/C to dry out the interior air.

While I puttered around camp deploying more of our "stuff", TLE headed out to do laundry (we can't use our washer because we have no sewer hookup), and to do a little shopping.  You are probably thinking "They seem to shop a lot"......well, yeah, I guess we do, but we don't have a very big refrigerator, or pantry, so every 4, or 5 days we have to resupply.  We haven't really done a big shopping ($200+ is what we consider "big") in a long time.....just $50-70 bux here and there.


The awning lights are up for the first time since Cedar Key!

I also had a lot of insurance work to take care of.....my largest commercial account renews June 5th, and I needed to get new applications out for renewal quotes. Unfortunately my Verizon Hotspot on my phone was running slowly Wednesday, even though we have strong 3G broadband here with 5 bars.  No doubt there is a high demand from broadband where we are, and that is a contributing factor....another good reason to be up before 6 am....it's much faster now!

I spent some time reading, then late afternoon got a reminder on my phone that I need to pay the car registration for my Ford Expedition, which is sitting back home....well, not sitting.....my daughter drives it off and on, so at least it's getting used.  Also, I needed to purchase an airline ticket for TLE who will be flying to Portland on the 29th for 5 days after  we finish our job here.  I'll wait here for her return on June 4th, then we will resume being blown by the wind.

After dinner (TLE made anchovy pizza, and I provided the beer) we watched some recorded shows....NCIS, NCIS L.A., Body of Proof, and Hells' Kitchen.....looks like the two NCIS's will have exciting season finales next Tuesday.

After that I watched the Heat wipe out the Bulls, and the Warriors beat the Spurs....with any luck the Warriors should be up 2 games to none, instead of tied 1-1.

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