Friday, December 23, 2022

Here comes the Christmas weekend!

6:31 am - Friday - December 23rd - GNHS - 42° F, humidity 60%, wind 4 mph out of the southeast......crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 70° F.  On this date in 2016 we were attempting to leave our friend's home (Tom and Darlene McCloud) in Wittmann, AZ to drive back to SoCal for a funeral when we found our way back to pavement blocked by flooding......↴

We had one unpaid booking for Thursday, plus we had a call from another prospective customer, but neither of them showed up.  It would have been nice if they had called to advise they changed their minds as we opened the office at 8 am just for them.  In spite of that I was kept busy by washing three of the RZR's including #2, which Kyle was able to repair with the parts I picked up from COYNE on Wednesday, plus changing a tire on one of the Kawasakis.  Kyle, by the way, is a certified Polaris mechanaic, and he knows his stuff.  He had to remove 2/3's of the roll cage to replace the right front fender and mud flap, and the 'B' pillar portion of the roll cage itself.  He also replaced the passenger side doors, the entire roof, and the right rear mud flap, and he did it all in less than 5 hours......

.....he began working on the RZR around 9 am, and I took this picture around 11:30 am.....within another 2 hours he was finished.....I am impressed.

With the roof off I was able to get a picture of the 'C' pillar showing damage almost on top of the RZR, which adds further credence to our theory that the customer rollled the RZR....those dents were not visible with the roof in place....

.....once we had RZR #2 back I took time to blow out all seven air filters as they are all rented, and paid for Friday.  This will be the first time since we began running the rental operation that all 7 units will be out on the same day.  Essentially all 7 are rented for 'all day' excursions.  With all of them rented the odds increase dramatically that one will have a breakdown, a crash, a flat tire, or whatever, and I will be out in the Kawasaki Mule to the rescue. If not for the honor I'd just as soon pass....fingers crossed, and loud knocking on wood as I write.

I finished my work around 3 pm.  TLE only worked 3 hours Thursday tending to office stuff, but I was kept busy for 5 hours by the necessary grunt work required to get all 7 units ready for Friday.  The park is filling quickly, and should be at, or near maximum capacity by Friday can hear the noise level slowly rising, and soon no dropping pins will be heard for a few days.  I managed to go for a soak in one of the hot tubs for about 40 minutes between 3 and 4 pm.....soaking in mineral water heated to106° F temp virtually eliminates any aches and pains I may have, and I love that I have access to those healing waters whenever I need it.  As I continue to add years to my life those aches and pains become more persistent.

For dinner TLE added a new entrée to her repetoir......grits and shrimp.  WOW!  That girl can cook!  I wish I had taken a picture of the plate she placed before me.  I guess grits and shrimp is very popular in the south, and I loved it.

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