5:52 am - Sunday - November 19th - Grand Canyon - 32º F, humidity 22% (now that is low humidity!), wind 3 mph out of the south by southeast.....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 52º F.....slightly warmer than yesterday.
Saturday was my first opening, so I was up by 5:30 am sipping some java and typing my daily missive as I have done faithfully since every day since October 4, 2012 when we first arrived at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Campbellsville, KY. I was off walking the 1/2 mile to the General Store by 7:15 am and was it cold! Thankfully there were no clouds so the sun was on my back, and the brisk walk warmed me just enough to keep frostbite at bay. I arrived at work by 7:25, punched the clock, pulled my cash drawer and then went about completing the opening duties I had been assigned by Ian, my floor supervisor, which include recording the temperatures of all the freezers and coolers, turning on the lights, dry mopping the floor, cleaning the glass on the front doors, and vacuuming the four doormats at the entrance. By the time all that was done it was time to flip the OPEN/CLOSED sign to 'OPEN', and then retreated to my register to prepare for the first customers of the day it was 8 am.
Mornings tend to be slow until about 9:30 am, but I found plenty to do to keep me busy.....from 9:30 on the business was steady, and the time seemed to move quickly. Pretty soon it was coming up on Noon time, which meant TLE would be walking through the door any minute to trade places with moi. I was beginning to think about an afternoon filled with NCAA College Football, and just maybe dong a little repair work on my erstwhile air system.
As I wrote here I discovered that I had a serious air leak in the rear air valve sixpack......these six valves control the 'ride height' when we are under way, and also control the raising and lowering of the rear of the coach when we are stationary and need level the coach. I discovered that the regulator/filter fixture was leaking out 10 psi of air every 60 seconds when the engine was not running. Apparently the air compressor was able to overcome the air leak when we were underway, but within minutes of turning off the engine I would lose all air pressure, which would mean I would have to wait a few minutes every time I started the Newell for the air pressure to build up again before I could roll.
Anyway, I had found a new regulator/filter module on eBay a few weeks ago, and it finally caught up with me here at the GC*. It was a used unit, but was warranted to be in operating condition. I've never taken this thing apart before and really did not know how to dismantle it so I decided to practice on the 'new' one. This was when I discovered the internal plastic guts of the 'new' regulator/filter were broken.......
TLE was home by 5:40 and I was sharing my success with her. We spent the evening watching the annual USC vs. UCLA game played this year in the L.A. Coliseum which was won by USC 28-23.....it was a good day!
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* GC = Grand Canyon