Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I think one of the best things -- one of the most stimulating things -- about traveling with your very own moving house (an RV), is you never get bored with the scenery because it keeps changing. Some days are better than others, yes. But the difference from place to place always keeps the view interesting.
Posted by Staff Report at 9/28/2010 09:37:00 AM
Many of today's pay phones look like the one in the picture. And more look like it every day. And not too long after the phone is gone, so goes the pedestal.
A few years ago, as my then-16-year-old daughter and I passed a pay phone, I asked her if she had ever used one or if she knew how to use one. She answered "no" to both questions.
Posted by Staff Report at 9/28/2010 09:06:00 AM
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I didn't spot the pizza until I was leaving the restaurant. It was displayed for all to see with a price tag of $6.50 a slice. But I didn't take a piece to go. My stomach would have erupted like a volcano.
Posted by Staff Report at 9/26/2010 07:13:00 PM
Posted by Staff Report at 9/26/2010 05:32:00 PM
Thursday, September 23, 2010
A guy was wearing this tee-shirt today on my bus tour of the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. There is nothing to laugh about on the tour, where you learn about one bloody battle after another, sometimes on the ground right where you're standing. But even during all this seriousness, when I spotted this shirt, I laughed.
Posted by Staff Report at 9/23/2010 12:51:00 PM
Sunday, September 05, 2010
So, visiting with my neighbors Bob and Shirley here in the Sterling KOA park in Sterling, Connecticut, I asked if there were fish in its small pond. I thought I might try to catch one. But they said they didn't think there was anything in there worth catching. But they said that what is in there are snapping turtles. They said they are aggressive. For example, if a duck were to land in the pond, a snapping turtle might sneak up on it, grab its legs, drag it down, and then have a tasty meal.
I walked around the pond this morning but could not see a snapping turtle. I saw big polywogs, minnows, and every so often a frog would jump from shore into the pond. But I did not see a snapping turtle. Bob camps here a lot and he says you hardly ever see them. But he has seen them on occasion. He said they are about a foot long. I did a little research on Wikipedia and learned they can be a lot longer and weigh up to 75 pounds.
"Snapping turtles are omnivores, consuming both plant and animal matter, and are important aquatic scavengers," said Wikipedia "but they are also active hunters that prey on anything they can swallow, including many invertebrates, fish, frogs, reptiles (including snakes and smaller turtles), unwary birds and small mammals." It also said that "common snappers are noted for their belligerent disposition when out of the water, their powerful beak-like jaws and their highly mobile head and neck."
I have never heard of snapping turtles in the West. Maybe you have. If so, let me know. At the KOA here a sign says, "No Swimming." No kidding.
Posted by Staff Report at 9/05/2010 09:46:00 AM
Friday, September 03, 2010
My bed is behind the camera in the photo above, over the cab area. It's called queen-sized, but it's really just a double bed plus a few inches.
I can live and work here just as easily as back home near Seattle. A Verizon Air Card connects my laptop computer to the internet at broadband speed, and I have my cell phone, which is what everyone calls me on at home, too. I can also video chat on the internet with my friends and co-workers. It's almost like sitting across a table from them.
These days I use a Garmin GPS system to tell me which road to take to get somewhere. I call it Eleanor because it has a female voice.
Today I am in Connecticut, where I will be for at least two more days. Then I don't know where I will be. The view out my windows changes a lot, but inside, my little home always looks pretty much the same. This the life!
Posted by Staff Report at 9/03/2010 01:36:00 PM
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Posted by Staff Report at 9/02/2010 08:07:00 AM