Wild Blue Yonder . . .

First thing this morning I went down to the office to let them know I had mail coming in.

Then it was underneath the rig to look at my fuel tank vent problem. As it turned out the hose wasn’t where they said it was, but it was pretty obvious where it was.

Fuel Tank Vent Hose

It was hanging down from the back of the fuel tank, and by sticking a small wire up into it found it definitely stopped up. So that was the source of the vacuum on my tank system.

When I went over to Nick and Terry’s to see if Terry had any ideas about what I could use to clear the clog, Nick suggested a straighten-out coat hanger. It was one of those ‘DOH’ moments for me.

Nick was thrilled to think that he had thought of it before me, until I reminded him that sometimes even a blind hog can find an acorn.

In rodding out the vent tube I found the remains of what looked like a dirt dauber nest. And after carefully cleaning out the tube, I was able to blow air into the tank. So that problem was fixed.

But the next problem will be harder to solve. I knew that the vacuum on the fuel system had crumpled in part of my fuel tank. In fact it seems I’ve lost about 25 gallons from the capacity of my 150 gallon tank.

At first I thought the sides of the tank were just dimpled in, and that maybe I could put a little air pressure on the tank and pop it back out. But it turns out that the front end of the tank was crumpled in such that it might be hard to fix without replacing it.

So I’m going to have to give it some further thought and maybe check with Spartan, my chassis manufacturer. We’ll see.

Later in the afternoon Nick and I went out in a nearby field to try out our Air Hogs Hawkeye planes.

Air Hog Plane

The planes are equipped with a combination still/video camera and we wanted to see what kind of shots we could get.

Here’s a photo that Terry took of me launching my plane.

Plane Flying 1

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Here’s some of the still shots. The videos are interesting, but you need a strong stomach to watch them, what with all the swooping and diving. In fact the manual warns you about that problem.

Air Hogs Pic 1

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My plane even got a shot of Nick and I below.

Air Hogs Pic 2

Air Hogs Pic 3

We flew until the batteries ran out. because someone left the charger cable back in his rig. He can think of a coat hanger, but he can’t remember to bring the charger cable.

Later, a little after 5pm we all drove over to Greensburg to have dinner at Chili’s. And as usual the food was good and the service was great. But the really neat thing was the Ziosk on every table.

Chilis Ziosk 1

It’s a small computer, about the size of the Kindle Fire, that allows you to play games, order desserts, or reorder drinks. But the neat thing is that you can pay your check right at your table.

There is a credit card swipe slot on the right side, and it even prints you a receipt from underneath. You merely select your check by number, swipe your card, and sign your name on the screen.

Chilis Ziosk 2

Really neat! I wonder how long it will be before we can order our meal on it too.

Tomorrow, if Jan’s still feeling OK, we’re going to do some sightseeing, possibly into Cincinnati to take Terry to visit Jungle Jim’s Market, a really amazing grocery store that covers several acres and has products from all over the world.

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Thought for the Day:

The U.S. and Canada have a lot of bureaucracy in common. A lesson in irony..

The Food Bank Program, administered by Social Welfare Canada, is actually proud of the fact it is distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food vouchers ever.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the Canada Parks and Natural Resources, asks us to "Please Do Not Feed the Animals."

Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.

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7 Responses

  1. Greg,
    Great talking with you guys last nite!
    Neat view of Bigfoot (our rig) in your pics from the jets!
    See you soon, Russ & Deb
    ps; hope Jan is feeling better!

  2. I think hogs find truffels, acorns are for squirrels

  3. Not sure it will work if the tank is really crumpled, but what about a dent puller ? Less than $5 at Harbor Freight. When finished, they are useful around the rig for things…

  4. I thought about that, but I only have a couple of inches of clearance on all 4 sides of the tank. There’s just no way to get a dent puller in there and then be able to pull sideways.

    I’m going to talk with Spartan on Monday and then maybe try some air pressure to at least pop some of the damage back out.

  5. Ha! It’s easy to see you didn’t grow up in the South.

    Here’s the entry from the Answers website:

    Who first said even a blind pig finds an acorn?

    Answer: This is a common phrase in the Ozarks where I live, years ago, folks around here would let their hogs run free, and gather them in the fall. They hogs would forage on mast and survive as best they could. It is said “even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while” to express the thought that even the most incompentent can get lucky on occasion.

  6. We enjoyed it too.

    Hope we see you down the road.

    Drive safe.

    Greg and Jan

  7. I think you all are having too much fun!! My hubby would LOVE to fly airplanes with you and Nick…got him a helicopter a year or so ago…but it had a few too many wrecks so time for another one.

    Some of the sayings you and Nick say to each other are hilarious!! Thanks for the laughs!!

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