May 9, 2013 – Too Hot in Las Vegas, We head to California!

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Too hot for sane human beings, and us too!

It was so hot and we did not know where to go. We talked to a neighbor and he said California is where you need to be. So we got out the GPS and loaded up the RV. California is where we would go. I drove the rig to the truck stop and got our fuel, but getting on the Freeway was a show. With Athena at the wheel, it was my turn to navigate, she said get us on the freeway heading south. That’s easy I said the southbound lanes are  on the right, the truck is turning right; so I said follow that truck. She dutifully followed the truck. Just then I looked the left and there was a ramp there headed in a circle. Then, I began to turn purple. We had to turn left to go right! Who Knew! Athena was none too pleased. We were headed to Salt Lake City. I was not too worried, the fuel tank was full, and I was sure the weather was cool.  Athena had her heart set on California, we had plans to meet other people. So California it would be, I guided her 20 miles to the north to the first overpass with a road close by leading south. I told her not too feel badly, she was getting extra diving experience in heavy traffic, and it would come in handy later.  She had something to say about that, and she could not have put it to me straighter. All I can say is it is a good thing she is a pleasant wonderful, selfless woman.  There was something else I forgot, and that surprise was at the California border.

Those that run in and out of California know what I am talking about, but for everyone else’s benefit, the problem is they don’t want outside fruits!  The four of us are gleefully headed south relaxing to the soothing hum of 60 MPH when it hits. “Athena, I just remembered something. Did you remember that there are no fruits allowed in California? Remember those border guards? They always say “do you have any fruits or vegetables?”  and we give them the standard answer; “Out side of our family, no” and they sometimes smile and wave you on while thinking ” Another one of those Yankee imbeciles!” (Actually they are thinking something else, but this blog is rated G-8 because Athena says I have the humor of an 8-year-old)”  Athena, then says yes “I remember those guys, why?” “Well, I see on the GPS the guard post is just a few miles ahead, I was wondering if you tossed out the fruits and vegetables, as I really don’t want to go to jail. They will not let us share a cell, and they will sell the kids in order to fund the border crossing.” I replied She said she just bought $80 worth of this contraband last night. For me, that was sheer terror and I had to think of something quick! I suggested I go into the kitchen chop up all the potatoes, carrots, pineapples, peppers and what not and flush this all down the toilet. She shot that idea down in an instant, as I would not be following the toilet rule, and eating what goes down it first. Shoot, with that idea gone, now what. I had another idea, lets open the back window, and toss the items out one at a time, the feds will never find it I thought.  She said our car is tailgating us back there, and besides throwing organic material out the window is, illegal. I was despondent!

We were headed to California with 25 pounds of contraband. Never thought I would be caught smuggling herbs, vegetables, and Fruits.  We were in trouble due to being absent-minded. Athena suddenly says “I have an idea, let’s go to the casino” I thought gambling at a time like this, that’s just bad taste. So I said OK let’s do it! We pulled into Whiskey Pete’s and there was ample parking for our 65 foot rig, and I saw they had a prime rib lunch on sale. Now things are looking up! I went and got my wallet, and my hat and came back out to kitchen, and she was standing there chopping vegetables and fruit. “I thought you nixed the toilet idea!” I said. She said “Not entirely, we agreed the toilet idea is just fine, if we eat the fruits and vegetables first.” I said “There is real food like beef and stuff in the casino! If we eat the fruits and vegetables, we will likely reach the guard station with them still in us, and we would be guilty of possession by consumption”  She did not buy it and my protest did not fly, we ate 20 pounds of fruits and veggies at one sitting, and she carted the remainder to a nearby trash can.  With the problem solved, Athena got us underway and we worked our way into the special lane we needed to be in to get through the border crossing, and when we got to the gate we were smiling because we knew we did the right thing. There was no body there, the aliens had kidnapped all of the border guards.  Down to our last few dollars, and had eaten the entire next weeks groceries for lunch, we were feeling just a tad foolish for forgetting about the crossing, then needlessly fixing the problem at a great expense.

Welcome to California where no outside fruits or vegetables are allowed!

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Heavy traffic in the middle of the desert
Heavy traffic in the middle of the desert
ZZYZZX Road – I think the owner was sleeping when the California department of Transportation called the homesteader to ask what he wanted his road named.
ZZYZZX Road – I think the owner was sleeping when the California department of Transportation called the homesteader to ask what he wanted his road named.
The ground is getting sparse, but the truck is cool, it is hauling one side of one set of trucks (Wheels) for one end of a train car. Train wheels are huge and heavy.
The ground is getting sparse, but the truck is cool, it is hauling one side of one set of trucks (Wheels) for one end of a train car. Train wheels are huge and heavy.
Some know it all started a water park, 70 miles from the nearest population center over 50 people. I like living where I can’t see my neighbors smoke, but a business like this needed to be located closer to a town of some kind.  It was probably a brain child of Jon Stewart figuring he would start this business, cause Orange County to make a law stating that all residents would have to frequent his park using clean federally funded transportation brought to congress by him. This all was probably a great idea, but he should have waited until Regan was out of office first. Grants and pigs have their best chance of flying when the Democrats have the three branches of government. Now it appears Jon Stewart feels slighted by the world and has to use foul language in order to make conservatives look dumb and uninformed.  Come on Jon the politicians regardless of party affiliation have all this mastered, they don’t need your help.  Mr. Stewart, you are funny once in a while, maybe you should try waiting tables, I’ll leave you a tip if you remember to bring me water without my having to beg for it.  You don’t need the water anymore, the water park is not happening.
Some know it all started a water park, 70 miles from the nearest population center over 50 people. I like living where I can’t see my neighbors smoke, but a business like this needed to be located closer to a town of some kind. It was probably a brain child of Jon Stewart figuring he would start this business, cause Orange County to make a law stating that all residents would have to frequent his park using clean federally funded transportation brought to congress by him. This all was probably a great idea, but he should have waited until Regan was out of office first. Grants and pigs have their best chance of flying when the Democrats have the three branches of government. Now it appears Jon Stewart feels slighted by the world and has to use foul language in order to make conservatives look dumb and uninformed. Come on Jon the politicians regardless of party affiliation have all this mastered, they don’t need your help. Mr. Stewart, you are funny once in a while, maybe you should try waiting tables, I’ll leave you a tip if you remember to bring me water without my having to beg for it. You don’t need the water anymore, the water park is not happening.
This town, is one of the most important towns in California. It’s name is Hesperia, it is important, because it has one of three California located Golden Corral Restaurants.
This town, is one of the most important towns in California. It’s name is Hesperia, it is important, because it has one of three California located Golden Corral Restaurants.
We meet our first Colorful Californian. He is not as pretty!  We heard they were turkeys behind the wheel, but their supposed to be friendly and more human like when the get out of the car. There are exceptions to every rule I suppose.
We meet our first Colorful Californian. He is not as pretty! We heard they were turkeys behind the wheel, but their supposed to be friendly and more human like when the get out of the car. There are exceptions to every rule I suppose.
We arrive at our park, and have a great view compared to what we had in Vegas.
We arrive at our park, and have a great view compared to what we had in Vegas.
Not much cooler than it was in Vegas! Since this park only offers 30 amps and each air conditioning unit uses 19, it remains hot inside.
Not much cooler than it was in Vegas! Since this park only offers 30 amps and each air conditioning unit uses 19, it remains hot inside.
When it is hot. go to the pool! Duh! Here is my beautiful chauffeur. We have been having an affair for over 20 years. I am getting too old to keep track of exactly how many, or it maybe that like the days of the week, numbers are not that important to me anymore.
When it is hot. go to the pool! Duh! Here is my beautiful chauffeur. We have been having an affair for over 20 years. I am getting too old to keep track of exactly how many, or it maybe that like the days of the week, numbers are not that important to me anymore.
The girls, made friends and brought them in the pool with them.
The girls, made friends and brought them in the pool with them.
This is just a cool picture demonstrating the properties of water, and hair when mixed
This is just a cool picture demonstrating the properties of water, and hair when mixed
A strange bird! Found it on my morning walk.
A strange bird! Found it on my morning walk.
We took the kids to the mall, and found lush grass. Athena is sampling the grass; checking to see if it is real and the quality is good.
We took the kids to the mall, and found lush grass. Athena is sampling the grass; checking to see if it is real and the quality is good.
Holly, Sarah and one of their friends were swallowed up by this building. It was hours before we were able to convince the building to return our kids.
Holly, Sarah and one of their friends were swallowed up by this building. It was hours before we were able to convince the building to return our kids.
This picture, is about what not to do.  We cooked a dead chicken in the little oven on the counter. We cleaned the counter and pushed the oven again the window. The lesson is, the window fabric is not fire-proof, it melts!  We now have to replace the window fabric, next time it will be flame proof, and melt proof. This brings me to the next question, does anyone know if these properties I am looking for, can be found in Kevlar? bullet proof would be a nice benefit.
This picture, is about what not to do. We cooked a dead chicken in the little oven on the counter. We cleaned the counter and pushed the oven again the window. The lesson is, the window fabric is not fire-proof, it melts! We now have to replace the window fabric, next time it will be flame proof, and melt proof. This brings me to the next question, does anyone know if these properties I am looking for, can be found in Kevlar? bullet proof would be a nice benefit.
I surprised Holly, I hid behind the seat, popped out and hit them with the flash. Totally cool! For a second anyway, they seemed to not enjoy this as much as I thought I did.
I surprised Holly, I hid behind the seat, popped out and hit them with the flash. Totally cool! For a second anyway, they seemed to not enjoy this as much as I thought I did.
We woke up and it was wet. I splashed in the puddles.
We woke up and it was wet. I splashed in the puddles.
Now it is wetter, and did this for a couple of days. After the rain, four families showed up, we had supper with all of them twice, but on the second night one more family showed up.  One family is now semi gone, for the week, and another is gone for the weekend. How many families are here for us to see next Tuesday? (Just thought I would throw this question at all the young home schoolers)
Now it is wetter, and did this for a couple of days.
After the rain, four families showed up, we had supper with all of them twice, but on the second night one more family showed up. One family is now semi gone, for the week, and another is gone for the weekend. How many families are here for us to see next Tuesday?
(Just thought I would throw this question at all the young home schoolers)
Kind of a neat water feature we see if we walk around in the RV park at night. I like plants, water and colored lights. On a more serious note Holly’s boy friend in Phoenix Arizona is quite ill with something that is keeping his Dr.’s from feeling intelligent and smug. He is 19 years old, and in a lot of pain, can’t hold down anything, and has symptoms resembling appendicitis and some medication related allergies I have seen.  He keeps going to the hospital for a few days then sent home, then has to return, then has to go home, but everyone is clueless. The cluelessness of the Dr.’s can be really unsettling. Having great pain and never getting a solid diagnosis is hard physically, but is also hard on the self-esteem. I know this from experience, and hate to see others go down that path. Please pray for him, his parents, and his Dr.’s  during your prayer time.   We all need to take heart, Christ knows our trials, and he has a grand plan,  we may never live to see it fulfilled. From our vantage point God’s work may look like a room looks when you dig everything out of a closet to clean it. It seem rather chaotic, and even hopeless at times, but the end result is wonderful. Have a good evening and a good night PS: There are a lot of wonderful Californians, and many of them are not communist.
Kind of a neat water feature we see if we walk around in the RV park at night. I like plants, water and colored lights.
On a more serious note Holly’s boy friend in Phoenix Arizona is quite ill with something that is keeping his Dr.’s from feeling intelligent and smug. He is 19 years old, and in a lot of pain, can’t hold down anything, and has symptoms resembling appendicitis and some medication related allergies I have seen. He keeps going to the hospital for a few days then sent home, then has to return, then has to go home, but everyone is clueless. The cluelessness of the Dr.’s can be really unsettling. Having great pain and never getting a solid diagnosis is hard physically, but is also hard on the self-esteem. I know this from experience, and hate to see others go down that path.
Please pray for him, his parents, and his Dr.’s during your prayer time.
We all need to take heart, Christ knows our trials, and he has a grand plan, we may never live to see it fulfilled. From our vantage point God’s work may look like a room looks when you dig everything out of a closet to clean it. It seem rather chaotic, and even hopeless at times, but the end result is wonderful.
Have a good evening and a good night
PS: There are a lot of wonderful Californians, and many of them are not communist.
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