Monday, April 29, 2019


6:01 am - Monday - April 29th - Ramona, CA - 54° F, 84% humidity, wind 6 mph out of the south.......heavy cloud cover with a 70% chance of rain today and a forecast high of 60° F.  Lightly sprinkling as I write.

Monday we left the rolls of the unemployed reporting for our work orientation at 9 am, which, coincidentally will be our starting time every day for the foreseeable future.  We work from 9 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 9 am to 2 pm on Sunday for a weekly total per person of 33 hours.  We get a 30 minute PAID lunch....that is a first!

For the first 2 hours Rich took TLE and I around for an official tour of the park.  We currently have a temporary water tank, which replaces the original 50 year old tank which suddenly collapsed back in February.  The temporary one is situated at a different location than the original, which is about 15 feet lower in elevation than the original resulting in slightly lower water pressure for the time being.  Once the surveying, and engineering is complete a new water tank will be installed at the original location, or perhaps even higher.  

Additionally the owners are updating the electrical system (new junction boxes, transformers, pedestals) in the park, and that project has been underway for a couple of months now, with perhaps another month to go.

Once the tour was done I continued riding around with Rich, and TLE remained in the office with Marnie to begin learning their campground software (Campground Master), which TLE says reminds her of the DigiRez sofware Equity Lifestyles uses (Tahoe Valley Campground). Rich and I headed out to read the electric meters of the monthly residents, and check all of the propane levels in each tank for which the park is responsible.  He also spent time acquainting me with the tool shed, supply shed, and the garage where the lawnmowers, tractor, and cherry picker are stored. Everything appears to be well maintained, and organized.  It looks like it is time to have a propane delivery as we edge toward the beginning of the summer season.  We were not quite done with meter reading when it was time for our lunch break.  Rich and I finished the meter reading right after lunch, and then collected two Stihl string trimmers from the tool shed to remove the weeds from our four tent sites.....yes, there are only 4 tents sites.  There will be a lot of string trimming in my immediate future, but not to the extent at Smuggler's Den.  This is a much more arid climate, and the growing season for weeds is about at an end.  Once this crop is cut we won't have to deal with them again until the rainy season begins in the Fall.  We finished trimming the weeds in the tent sites just before 2 pm, and headed back to the office.

By 2 pm TLE and I were making the ¼ mile walk home.   Our off days will be Mondays and Tuesdays for the time being, but that could change over time based on need.  Thus far we are happy with our situation, and we like our co-workers. Everyone is laid back, but highly motivated to do their jobs.

So day one is in the books.  We'll have our regular two days off work, then hit the deck running on Wednesday for our first 7 hour work day......thanks for stopping by!

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