If you didn’t know better, you’d think they were brand new . . .

After coffee this morning, Jan read her Kindle and I tried to figure out how I wanted to hook up the replacement drinking fountain that I bought back in Reno, NV a couple of weeks ago.

Home Depot Drinking Faucet

I had put it off because I also had a Filtrete Under-Sink Advanced Water Filter and I figured if I had to pull every thing out from under the sink and then crawl under there, I’d rather only do it once.

3M Filtrete 3US-PS01

But I wanted to figure out how the best way to hook it in place of the old Omnipure in-line filter that I was replacing. After thinking about it over coffee, I figured that if I just got some adapters that would go from the 3/8” tubing of the new filter to the quick connect fittings on the old filter, that would do it.

Water Filter Connectorasdfsdf

If I could find a adapter like that, I could just plug the new filter’s tubing into the old quick connect sockets and be done with it.

So I’ll make a stop at Lowe’s this afternoon and see it I can come up with something that will work.

Later in the morning, Jan talked to both of our kids. Brandi, Lowell, and Landon are getting settled into their new house, and Chris, Linda, and Piper are in the process of moving into our house. Hopefully we’ll be able to Skype with Master Landon next weekend.

About 2:30 Jan and I headed into Bend for some shopping and dinner. Our first stop was up north of Bend at the local Lowe’s to see if I can find the adapter that I need. And after a little sniffing around the plumbing section I found exactly what I wanted.

Water Filter Adapterasdfsdf
The tubing from the new filter slips into one end and locks, just like one of those old Chinese finger traps. Then the quick connect adapter screws into the other end.

Easy Peasy.

Or at least it seems that way right now. How it goes tomorrow might be a whole ‘nother story.

Leaving Lowe’s we headed over to a place that we’ve been anticipating since we got here.

Baldy’s BBQ


You’ve just got to love a guy with a hairline like that.

Although it’s a BBQ place I know from past experience that their steaks are fantastic. So I went with the 16oz Ribeye with fries, beans, cole slaw, and honey-jalapeno cornbread.

Baldys Ribeye

Just as delicious as last time.

Jan went old-school with a full rack of their great ribs. Along with the beans and cole slaw, she got the chipotle potato salad. Notice when they say a ‘full rack’, they mean it. When means Jan has plenty of leftovers to take home.

Jan's Baldy's Combo

We also had a good time talking to our waitress, Kalani, whose in-laws are RV’ers, and are presently at the Verde Valley Thousand Trails park in Cottonwood, AZ, one of our favorite areas too. Before we left I gave her a couple of copies of Nick Russell’s Gypsy Journal newspaper to pass on to them.

Completely stuffed, we headed home with a stop at Fred Meyer’s (that’s Kroger’s out here on the West Coast) for a few things before getting back to the park about 6:30. We stopped off at the produce stand, but they were out of the fresh cherries Jan wanted, so we’ll have to try again later.

As we came further into the park we came across a flatbed trailer behind a semi that had these two beautifully-restored old trucks. Ironically I had seen this truck coming south on US97 as we were heading north into Bend this afternoon. So it was really great to be able to get a closer look.

This is a Ford C500 COE (cab over engine), Based on my internet research, I think it’s about a 1955 model.

Ford C500 Truck


This one says Hall-Scott on the side, but I think it might actually be a Kenworth, with a Hall-Scott engine. Hall-Scott was mainly a engine manufacturer, though they started out building self-powered rail cars in 1910.

Hall-Scott Truck

I wish I had been able to get a look inside, but anyway, these are really neat.

Tomorrow I’ll see how the filter/faucet install goes.


Thought for the Day:

Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)