Sunday, May 20, 2018

'Snap' it up!

8:02 am - Sunday - May 20th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 50º F, 100% humidity, wind 14 mph out of the southwest......heavy cloud cover......rained most of the night, and is supposed to rain more this morning.  Forecast high for Sunday is 67º F!

I mentioned in my prior post that I would be helping TLE and Sam deep clean cabins Saturday morning.  They were able to get 4 of the 8 Deluxe cabins (kitchen, bathroom, heater, sleeps 5) deep cleaned Friday in about 5 hours.  Management wanted them finished by Saturday, so I was assigned to help them get the last four done.

Sam, who lives in Bar Harbor and commutes to Southwest Harbor to work here, met us at the garage (looks more like a barn to me, but we call it 'the garage') at 9 am to help us pick up the cleaning supplies, we then walked down to the office together to pick up a one of the Club Cars, and then drove over to our first cabin.   In all it took us a little less than 3 hours to clean the four remaining Deluxe Cabins.....makes a big difference with one extra person.  All that remains now is the cleaning of the four 'Rustic Cabins' (heater, small dorm size kitchen, or bathroom.....just bunks).

We clocked out about 12:07 pm and headed for the barn.  When we began our workday it was sunny, and almost balmy if you can call 52º F's really all a matter of perspective.  By the end of our 3 hour shift it was getting windy and quite could tell the weather was changing, and that rain was in the offing. 

I had thought about going for a bike ride in the afternoon, but had no desire to fight the wind and/or rain so I opted to stay home with TLE.  On our door step when we arrived home was a package I had ordered from Amazon just a few days earlier......a case of Snap-E-Tom Tomato Cocktail 6 oz. cans...... 

A case of 6 pack is already in the fridge cooling

......I have been consuming Snap-E-Tom since I was a little Dad loved it, too.  It never occurred to me that Del Monte would ever discontinue this item.....after all it had been available for my entire life.  We ran out of Snap-E-Tom sometime during our 1 month journey to Maine and hoped to either find a local supermarket which did carry it, or order some from Amazon as I had done several times in the past.  After none of the local supermarkets had it in stock I decided to go online to buy some to replenish my supply.  I was shocked to find out that it was no longer in production, and that the last case of 6 oz. cans was on one else anywhere had it in stock.  That last case of twenty-four 6 oz. cans cost me almost $50......ouch!  I will keep searching to find another case out there, but in the interim I will cherish every single can I have left.

So, I guess the Snap-E-Tom era has come to an end.  Don't get me wrong, I do like Spicey V-8, and will probably begin buying it again, but Snap-E-Tom reminded me of my Dad every time I took a sip, and I will dearly miss that.

We spent the afternoon staying warm.....around 3 pm one of my favorite Spaghetti Westerns came on AMC.....The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.....this movie, uncut, and without commercials is 3 hours and 7 minutes long......a very long movie for 1966.  Well, I watched the entire movie....haven't done that in a long time!  One of my favorite movie lines comes from this movie......"There are those who have loaded guns, and those who dig..."  (Clint Eastwood aka: Blondie to Eli Wallach aka: Tuco).

After the movie I lit the Sea-B-Que and grilled up some more carne asada for some more street is good!

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  1. Clarke, just want to let you know how much I really enjoy reading your blog. We haven't yet made the transition to full time - both my kids deciding to get married in December has put a temporary hold on that plan. We hope to make that happen sometime next year however. We do get out for extended trips, and when we do I try to blog as often as possible. Reading your blog for the past couple years provided the inspiration for that. Keep it up!

  2. Thank you Steven for your kind comments! Looking forward to meeting you out on the road some day!

  3. Mix bottled or canned tomato juice with spicy rotel(include the can juices) in a blender. Add a pinch of salt and a dash of worcestershire sauce. Blend and then strain through a wire mesh to remove the pulp. Adjust spiciness by adding or deleting the Rotel. Perfect match to Snap e Tom!


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