Friday, January 13, 2023

More painting.....

8:04 am - Friday - January 13th - GNHS - 47° F, humidity 64%, wind 4 mph out of the west....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 70° F.  On this date in 2016 TLE and I were on our way to the Indio Elks Lodge with friends Steven, Linda and Michael.....Steven took this picture as they were passing us on Highway 86, just south of Indio, CA......↴

On Thursday there were no bookings, although we did have several walkups making inquiries for the weekend, so we've got that going for us.  Since there was no rental related work for me to do I got out my telescoping ladder and began to apply the first coat of white paint the decorative box above the door with the big 'X' in it.....

First coat

Second coat took me about 15 minutes for each coach, with about an hour in between coats to allow the first to completely dry.  Essentially we were just there watching the office in case we had a walkup, which does happen some days.  

A number of our machines need to have scheduled maintenance performed, as well as a couple of minor repairs to RZR #5, and #4, so Kyle took Thursday off from working for GNHS to work on those items.  Three of the RZRs needed to have their oil changed, and RZR #5 needs to have the inner portion of the clutch housing replaced as there is a hole in it from the broken belt suffered back on Christmas weekend, plus the steering column on this 2 year old unit was getting a little wobbly necessitating the removal of the front hood, and dashboard to get at the two large rivets affixing the steering column to the frame, drill them out, and replace them with bolts.  Wow, that was a long 'run on sentence' wasn't it?  Anyway I spent time working with Kyle to do those repairs, then watched him do the oil change on #5.

Just as he was finishing the oil change Kyle got called over to the office, so I sat down to read my book.  Just as I was getting into it Kyle came by and asked if I could help him help a guy with a large semi trailer rear door issue.....the guy was having difficulty getting the rear door to shut properly, and they needed another body to push on it.  Ultimately 'another body' did not do the trick, so Kyle retrieved GNHS's Kubota loader/backhoe, and using the bucket pressed high up on the door was able to push it in far enough to get the latches to close it.  By the time we finished with that it was 4 pm, and Kyle had to take care of a couple other thing for GNHS, so I headed home, took a shower, and got ready to grill some chicken thighs for TLE for our dinner.

Just as I was getting ready to light the Sea-B-Que we had another walkup customer inquiring about a rental for the weekend, so I spent time giving him pricing, and talking to him about what there was to see out on the BLM land.  By the time we finished talking it was pushing 5:30 pm, so I got the Sea-B-Que lit, retrieved a cigar, lit it, and turned on some Rhythm and Blues tunes.

By the time I had finished grilling the BBQ chicken thighs it was close to 6 pm, so TLE brought out dinnerware, and we ate outside.  TLE provided sides of smashed potatoes, and steamed spinach to go with the chicken.  We talked about our life, how happy we were, and just about being in the past, no future, just now.  It is so nice.  I suggested we play Yahtzee for our after dinner game.....once again the dice favored me, and I took 4 out of 6 games.  There is really almost ZERO skill involved in this game, so winning, or losing doesn't seem like a big deal, but it is always nice to win a game of chance.  The big bonus is just having fun with TLE, and being silly for a while....I smile as I think back on last night.

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