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This, That, and the Other Thing

Back flow Valve Install

A few days ago I filled up our RV water tank, turned the water pump back on, and went about doing other things.

An hour or so later I checked the level of water in our tank and most of the water was gone. Say what? We hadn’t done the dishes, showered, or washed the clothes. So where did the water go?

Turns out we inadvertently pumped the water out of the tank because I had left the water fill valve open. A bad thing.

So I ordered a back flow valve and installed it today. A back flow valve only allows water to flow in one direction. So we’ll let water flow into, but not out of, our water tank from now on.

The Camco 23402 Back-Flow Preventer


How a Back-Flow Valve Works


BEFORE Back-Flow Valve Install

Water, water everywhere . . .


AFTER Back-Flow Valve Install

Dry, dry, dry . . .


Flirt Surgery

Last week we took Flirt to the vet to have her teeth cleaned and a lump removed from her head.

After the surgery the vet advised us to have a biopsy done on the lump as it was unusual. Great. Possible cancer in our 7-year-old doggy. However, the vet called today and told us that the lump was benign. Whew.

Flirt looks worse than she is, but we’ve avoided having her wear a Cone of Shame.

Flirt Post Surgery


Bob at 98

Bob is a WWII aircraft carrier fighter pilot vet who has lived at our campground since we’ve been working at the RV park. So he’s been here at least 5 years.

He’s independent, sharp, and a pleasure to be around. Whenever Jan and I are feeling “old”, we remind ourselves that Bob is almost 30 years older than we are.

Bob out for a spin around the campground

Another one, Just like the other ones

Phone alert came about 5 minutes after the quake


That’s right, a 5.8 quake in Lone Pine about 60 miles south of us. This quake was fairly strong and lasted about 10-15 seconds. Just like the previous quakes, I thought it was just wind gusts at first. Exciting.


Lone Pine 5.8 Quake

BLM a la Bishop, CA


June 1st, Monday afternoon — Jan and I were both working in the campground office when some guy stopped by to tell us that there was going to be a Black Lives Matter protest in Bishop on Tuesday.

He said something to the effect that four bus loads of people were being bussed into the protest. He seemed to think that it was time to circle the wagons.

June 1st, 9:30 pm — Because of death threats, the organizer of the BLM protest calls off the Tuesday protest.

June 2nd, Tuesday 9:30 am — I went for a Starbuck’s run into Bishop about 9:30 am, and passed by about 50 or so demonstrators in the city park. No sign of any busses. Peaceful.

June 2nd, Tuesday, 10:30 am — While out grocery shopping, passed by a much larger city park crowd (100 – 200). Still no sign of busses. Still peaceful.

June 2nd, Tuesday, 12:30 pm — Maybe 50 people left in city park. No busses. No violence.

Heard that one of the campground campers hoped that there would be violence so that she and others could go the park with their guns.

We have a long long way to go.


Deja Vu

The nationwide BLM demonstrators reminded me of a different time, a little over 50 years ago, when I was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

April 28, 1970 — President Nixon approves “incursion” (ie, military invasion) into Cambodia.

May 4, 1970 — during anti-war demonstrations following the incursion, four Ohio Kent State University students killed by the National Guard.

May 6, 1970 — protests erupt across the country, including at UW-Milwaukee . . .

In front of Mitchell Hall, UW-Milwaukee


Mitchell Hall looking towards Downer Ave

Dining Out . . . Again!

The New Normal

It’s been a month of Sundays (ok, maybe just about 3 months). But tonight’s dinner at The Sage was glorious.

I had Filet Mignon and Jan had Surf and Turf.

Yes, yes, yes


During dessert, we were party to a Paiute ceremony for a high school graduate . . . lovely . . .


Our 2020 Duck Family

Another Quake

This one was a 6.5 earthquake centered in Nevada about 30 miles northeast of Bishop, CA. It woke me up at 4:00 am this morning. At first I though it was a strong gust of wind, but then it kept on coming. Still exciting.