Thursday, September 6, 2018

"I love that dirty water...."

6:34 am - Thursday - September 6th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 66º F, 96% humidity, wind 15 mph out of the southwest.......cloudy with a 40% chance of rain, and a forecast high of 76º F today.

Our time here in Southwest Harbor is coming to an end in just over a week.  The last 4 weeks have been such a Godsend.  We've been able to finish hiking most of the trails we wished to hike, and seen pretty much everything we wished to see.  Being given that time by Tony and Janet is such a gracious gift, and we are forever indebted to them.  In about 9 days we will haul our anchor and begin a leisurely 5 week trek to our next and final job of the year in Campbellsville, KY passing through New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Delaware.....that's a lot of states in 5 weeks!  Of course we will pass through numerous other states we have passed through in prior east coast swings, but our goal is to finish our east coast swing having visited all 48 States in the Continental USA before we notch our 49th (Alaska) next summer.

Thursday Elaine's sister, Laureen, and her husband, Glenn, will be arriving in Southwest Harbor for a 3 day stay.  We are looking forward to spending time with them.  Had we still been working, it would have been much more difficult to co-ordinate their visit with our pretty inflexible work schedule......now it is not an issue.

We had scheduled a pump out service to come and pump out our black tank as it has been four weeks since we last dumped and flushed the tank.  We did drain some of the black water out about two weeks ago into a large 30 gallon blue tote designed specifically for that purpose, which has helped extend the time before we have to really dump everything.  All we knew is that the driver was supposed to be here between 7 am, and whenever, so we were relegated to staying home until he arrived and did his duty.

The blue tote

In the interim we spent some time watching the confirmation hearings of Judge Kavanaugh who has been nominated to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.  What a circus! Or better yet......great Kabuki Theater!  In the first two days of the hearings significantly more than 100 spectators have been removed and arrested for screaming various leftist slogans, and insults.  On top of that those senators who reside to the left of center, speaking out of order, interrupted the chairman of the Judiciary Committee over 70 times.  I don't recall anything of this scale and breadth like this ever happening at a the Kagan, or Sotomayor confirmation hearings.  Of course, my memory could just be deficient, but I'm pretty sure I'm right.

The pump truck finally arrived about 1:30 pm, and within 30 minutes his truck had sucked up about 65 gallons of black water we generated over the past 4 weeks for a cost of $50 American.  Glad we didn't have to do that every week since we have been here....it would have been quite expensive!  Now we won't have to worry about dumping again until we are on the road.

"I love that dirty water!" - Standells (1966)

Our Wednesday was pretty much 'all about nothing', but sometimes it's just nice not to do anything.  We did watch the 9th of 10 episodes of 'Pacific' before watching recorded episodes of 'Elementary' and 'So You Think You Can Dance' before retiring to bed for the evening.

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