Saturday, June 22, 2019

The outage......

6:38 am - Saturday - June 22nd - Ramona, CA - 57° F, 90% humidity, wind 3  mph out of the south.....marine layer this morning with a forecast high of 77° F.......the view this morning......↴

Friday, once again, was my split shift day, and it was also the day the power of the announced power outage at RORVR from 8 am to 3 pm while SDGE and our electrical contractors switched over to the new electrical system.  True to their word the power was shut off at exactly 8 am on the dot.  I wrote about our plan to plug the coach into our Honda 2000 generator for the duration of the shutdown, and that is what we did at 8:05 am.  

Of course, when there is no power one cannot vacuum the pool, because the pumps which provide suction for the vacuum are electric, right?  Right!  That had been my plan, but both Rich and I never connected the two until there was no power. Additionally, we had to shut the pool for most of the day since there were no pumps running to circulate, and clean the water as well as add chlorinate it.  What I was able to do was to take the Stihl hand blower to the pool and blow all the dust, leaves, and dirt off the pool deck in preparation for vacuuming it Saturday, or Sunday.

Later in the morning I spent time weeding a cactus garden we have near the entrance of the park.  Weeding around cactus can be problematic as one might guess, and I got my fair share of stickers in my gloves, but the garden looks much better.  I also spent some more time working on the split rail fence I wrote about yesterday replacing a couple more rails, and straightening a few more posts.  

Just about the time 2 pm rolled around, and it was exactly then, I heard over the 2-way radio that the electricity had been restored to RORVR.  Always nice when they get done more quickly than you expected.  During my 3 hour break I had planned to drive into Ramona to buy a new 5 gallon gas can to replace my aging 12 year old one.  When we filled up the can the other day I noticed the pour spout was cracked, and leaking.  Napa Auto Parts is the closest auto parts store to RORVR, so I stopped there and picked up a new gas can for $20.....ouch, they have gotten expensive since I bought my last one!  After a quick stop at the local Union 76 station to add 11 gallons of Premium Unleaded at $3.97/gallon (a buck more per gallon than almost any other state) I was home by 3 pm.

By 5 pm I was back on the job making my rounds of the park, which included checking the water level in our water tank on the was down a few hundred gallons, so I took no action. I think most of our full time residents left RORVR for the day due to the announced electrical outage, so water usage was not that great during that 6 hour period.

We were home a little after 7 pm, and watching some recorded shows a few minutes later.....'Alone', 'Masterchef' and 'Elementary'.  We did our usual 9:30 pm shutdown of the park facilities, and were in bed a little after 10 pm.

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