Before I get into Wednesday's shenanigans I wanted to take a few minutes to salute a fellow nomad Tioga George of 'The Adventures of Tioga and George' fame. George was kind of a pioneer of RV blogging, and utilizing the internet for years using an expensive motorized DataStorm Satellite Dish ($5,000 at the time) to access the internet no matter where he was, and he camped in some pretty remote areas. As cellphone broadband became better and better he gradually stopped using the DataStorm dish, and relied upon his cellphone hotspot. I learned a lot about dry camping and boondocking from him. He also utilized an array of solar panels (again, a sort of pioneer in the day) for his electrical source as his goal was to avoid RV parks at all costs. He began blogging back in 2003 just after purchasing a used rental Fleetwood Tiogo Class C motorhome. He had just finished a serious bout with cancer and decided he was not going to live the rest of his life fighting cancer.....he just wanted to live, and if that meant a shorter life so be it. Well he lived another 15 years cramming probably 30 years of experiences into that time. I began reading his blog back in 2004, and have read it every single day since then. His blog provided a major source of monthly income, which he needed as his Social Security check was quite small, and he would averaged 100's of thousands of hits per day. He was my inspiration for becoming a nomad, and I learned a lot from reading his blog. Suddenly, about a week ago, his daily blog posts stopped, and I feared the worst, and then Wednesday it was confirmed that he had passed....I think he was 82 or 83. He never stopped planning, and seeking adventure. At the time of his passing he was in the process of converting a box van to live in as he traveled. He will be sorely missed by me and thousands of others. Take some time to read his blog....you will be amazed at the wealth of information to be found there.
It was windy, and it was bone chilling cold Wednesday so what to do? Well, I began working on our taxes a week, or two ago. Back in my workaday life I, like most adults who own property, and are in business for themselves, itemized. My Federal 1040 had about 5-6 schedules attached to it every year. I've always done my own taxes.....well, I did go to H&R Block back in the early 70's to have my taxes done and guess what? I got audited over $60. Ever since then I have done my own taxes, and have not been audited even one single time! At any rate there was just the Federal 1040 each year, and the California 540 form, again with schedules. It would usually take me parts of two days....usually weekend days, to finalize everything once I had all my W2's and 1099's in hand. Often there would be one,or two I did not receive by April 15th so I would almost always have to file for a 6 month extension. I got in the habit of really doing my taxes in early October in advance of the expiration of the 6 month extension on October 15th each year.
Now that I have been retired for 8 years, and no longer own a home, or have a business I no longer have any schedules attached. I can even use the California 540EZ form which takes about 5 minutes beginning to end as it calculates everything as you plug in the numbers. What is not the same as my workaday life is we usually work jobs in other states than California. In fact, in the year 2018 we worked 3 jobs in other states (Arizona, Maine and Kentucky), so I had to file 5 tax returns this year.......
In the afternoon we watched an English Premier soccer match between Manchester City and Everton, won 1-nil by Manchester City. It was a very good match, and could easily have ended in a 0-0 tie.
The surgical wound on my right buttock is doing great.....a little bruising, which is to be expected, but not much swelling, or redness, which is good. Towards the end of the day, after the soccer match, I took a few minutes to move a couple of things around in the trailer, and then we (TLE is the one who actually drives the car into the trailer as I am too big to get out the door in the cramped confines of said trailer) inserted the VW in advance of our departure Thursday morning. All that is left to do is unplug from the electrical and put our outside step inside the trailer. Our Jello plan is to be on the road by 9 am up to Flagstaff where is is 6º F as I write. We'll park at the Mall across the street from Findlay VW so we can drop off the car there to have the new seat belt buckle and air bag module installed. We'll hang out at the Mall while the work is being done possibly taking in a movie while we wait. When the car is ready we'll continue our journey down to Camp Verde which is at 4,000' elevation and much warmer where we'll spend a few days before heading down to Mesa, AZ for our annual Newell service.
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