Recipe for Murder . . .

Saw an article today that according to the Coast Guard the Great Lakes are freezing over at the earliest date since the 1930’s. And the same thing is happening at Niagara Falls,

Here’s what it looked like when we were there September 25th, 2009.

Niagara Falls 2ba


And here’s what it looks like now.

Niagara Falls Frozen Over

I finally got a chance to crawl under the rig and look at my Kwikee step problem. It just suddenly quit working one day while we were gate guarding late last year. I could still hear the motor running when it was supposed to, but the step could be pulled in and out like it wasn’t connected to anything.

At that point, I figured my homemade cotter key, i.e. a paper clip, had come loose.

Kwikee Step - Broken 4


But what I found was this. The linkage was hanging down, not connected to anything. All I could see was where it had broken off.

Kwikee Step - Broken 2


When I pulled it off, it looked like this.

Kwikee Step - Broken


And below is where it broke off from the motor shaft. It must have just been old age because there was never any binding to cause it. My next thought was “Oh Crap. I going to be buying a new motor.” I figure there was no way t was going to be able to buy just the shaft and linkage. I could see a lot of $$$$ in my future.

Kwikee Step - Broken 3


But luckily for me, I was wrong. A little interneting showed me this linkage kit for my Kwikee Series 28 step. And with a little more perusing, I found that PPL Motorhomes here in Houston has them in stock. So I’ll pick one up later in the week.

Kwikee Linkage Kit

I was also happy to see that all the different parts for my model are available, including a complete new step for about $420.

Early in the morning I started a big pot of soup, basically using whatever we had in-house. I started out with a big box of chicken stock, a big tomato juice. a can of Habanero Rotel, a can of Diced Tomatoes, 2 cans of Kidney Beans, a bag of frozen kernel corn,  and 2 shredded poached chicken breasts. A few hours later we had a great batch of soup for supper, and plenty left over for more meals. Hmm! Hmm! Good!

Tomorrow Chris and I are going to meet Lowell and Landon in downtown Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center for the Great Train Expo, a traveling model railroad show. Brandi says he’s really looking forward to it, and talks about it constantly.

Me too!

Train Show 2

This will probably be Landon’s favorite part.

Train Show 1

I noticed the new ads for the Publisher’s Clearing House.


You can win a Million Dollars a year for life. That’s not an unusual prize these days, but the unusual part is that after you win, you get to designate another person to also receive a Million Dollars a year for life.

You can only imagine that no matter who you chose, you’re going to make someone, or a lot of someone else’s mad as hell. It will not end well.

Here’s another story about a elderly man who won $500 a week for life, and all his ‘relatives’ who never cared about him, came out of the woodwork.

Easy Come, Easy Go.

Thought for the Day:

Men Are Just Happier People — What do you expect from such simple creatures?

Your last name stays put.

You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.

People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them.

One mood all the time.



3 Responses

  1. lol…Your thought of the day….Really….Happier…Maybe you last name stays the same, but some of you don’t even use the gas station, you just go out back….People just look lower when talking to you…suppose thats makes men happy…Yea, one mood all the time….How boring is that…….Now women…We are the happier people…We like adventure…sometimes changing that last name…and not just a gas station, but a fancy powder room….and above all sometimes many different moods….hahaha…and you men JUST KEEP FOLLOWING….So who is the smarter…….

  2. If you were not a handy guy, getting that step replaced at an RV dealer would probably cost you about $1,000 and your rig would be in the shop at least one night.

    The train exhibit is neat looking. I’d be excited too.

    And the guy who won $500/week for life. It demonstrates the greed in so many people And AMSCOT sure did screw him over.

    And what’s up with the person who posted the first comment?????

  3. Sorry George….I read the thought for the day…Didn’t mean anything by it…Just a little female sarcastic humor….thats all…Sorry Greg….

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