Post by Jim Scanlon (deceased) on Aug 11, 2010 1:12:58 GMT 9
De and I left New Braunfels on 15 July, headed for a family reunion near Minot.
We drove out to MAFB the day we got to Minot. Needed a couple items, including a new point and shoot camera for De. So, made a BX run.
The year old BX is really nice, and much larger than the old one.
The highlight was visiting the new gun shop in the BX.
Had a great time at the reunion, visiting with family members from around the country and from Sweden.
Then we did some cemetery walking in Hankinson, ND. Looking for some of De's relatives she didn't know about, until a couple years ago.
While at Hankinson, we met with Walter and Peggy Schmidtke, of our Forum, for an enjoyable visit and a good meal.
Then it was on to Pepin, Wisconsin
Yep, more cemetery walking.
De's mother was born near Pepin.
Laura Ingalls Wilder was also born near Pepin.
Our trip was great. We did, however, cut the jaunt to Wright-Pat off of the plan.
We were tired after the reunion, and not wanting to go that far East.
We did, though, go to Branson for a couple nights and saw two shows.
Shoji Tabuchi, is a fiddle/violin player, who really puts on a great show. Saw it some years ago and happy we went to see it this trip.
Also saw the Sons of the Pioneers. Wonderful show. Their leader has been with the group for over 41 years. Great music.
We got home Friday evening, 6 August, and had a not very pleasant surprise.
When we opened the door, there was the smell of death in the house.
De opened the refrigerator door and quickly closed it.
Seems the compressor quit while we were gone.
The house being at 85 degrees, made everything that temp in the refrigerator/freezer.
We emptied everything in to plastic garbage bags and put them in the outside garbage bin.
Then we sprayed with Lysol, opened the doors and set a fan blowing out.
There was meat in the freezer. That's what caused the smell of death.
So, Saturday morning, we went to Denny's for breakfast and then shopped for a new refrigerator.
Went to Home Depot, Sears and Lowe's.
Lowe's had what we were looking for. It was on sale. They have next day delivery at no cost, and remove your old unit.
Lowe's gives a ten percent discount to all active and retired military.
So, if you need some items that Lowe's carries, it may be worth your while to take advantage of the Military Discount. So, Sunday morning, we got a new refrigerator delivered, then headed to Costco and Randolph Commissary to buy groceries.
Now we can eat at home.
All-in-all the trip was great.
Would have liked to meet more of our Forum members.
However, the two who live in areas we were passing through, were not going to be home. So, will try again on another trip.
It is a real pleasure to meet our Forum members, and well worth the time and maybe a detour to get together with them.
What God says is best, is best, though all the men in the world are against it. - John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress
Hope you had a nice trip. Sounds like you did. Except for the bum fridg. That can get stinky.Pew We got called back from Minn. because of floods in Iowa. Sorry we wern"t home to share a cup of Joe and stories.
Trips are always and adventure. Never know how they will go or what you will find when you return. I always turn off my water when we are gone and unplug the major electrical appliances like computers and large screen TV. After I retired from the USAF I worked as the service manager in a home appliance store. I could tell you some horror stories. I've seen that refridg thing happen too many times. Those units love to fail when you are gone.
Now here is alittle tid-bit of information you can use. If you have a freezer save the top shelf for milk jugs of frozen ice. We had a big storm and a massive ceder tree fell across the power lines about 3/4's of a mile down the road. Took out the powerlines three power poles and two transformers down the line. We had to empty the refridg and throw out most everything. But the freezer out in the garage/shop we never opened. Eight jugs of ice kept the contents frozen enough to last out the power outage of 4 1/2 days. Just something I thought I should share. .
BTW, going to post a few photos of your trip? :idea
Only thing that could be worse would be coming home to a basement full of sewage Jim & Dee.
We were gone for a week to northern Minnesota for a family reunion with Peggy's side of the family. Glad we had a generator & AC. The first 2 days were sticky, then it cooled off. Was fortunate to see a modern logging operation. The day of the chainsaw is more or less over. Logging has went the same way farming has. Lots of investment and volume. The owner said his operation was by no means a big one, just average. Had a $1,300,000 worth of equipment on site. Skidders, processors, chippers trucks and a few men.
Thanx again for the get together in Wahpeton. Hope next time we can visit longer. :god_bless_usa : :patriotic-flagwaver
I remember that sign when I was there in 1970 & 1971.
I also had a freezer experience similar to yours except that the sump pump motor burned out and popped the circuit breaker. That's when I found out the freezer was plugged into the same circuit. I lost a lot of beef and venison but it sure did stink!
As De and I travel, it is quite often that we visit military installations.
I am struck by the differences in security from base to base.
At Randolph, 20 minutes from home, we usually go through the main gate with just myself needing to hand the guard my ID Card.
Here at Minot AFB, every person in the car has to hand the guard a valid ID Card, and it is checked every time for eligibility.
I asked what needed to be done to bring a guest on base.
The gate guard said I had to take them to the Visitor's Center, then they would have to show two forms of picture ID, and their information put in the DoD checking program.
When they were given permission to enter the base, I would then have to sign them on base, and be responsible for them.
Troops having family visit the base can do most of it in advance.
Once they are in the program, it is just a short stop at the Visitor's Center for a new pass.
Seems like a lot of hassle.
However, Minot is a Nuclear base, both B-52s and Minuteman Missiles.
Oh, the base is on Security Status Alpha, so not anything high.
They are this way all the time.
To-night, coming on base, they were checking the trunks/storage on every few cars.
I didn't mind a bit.
I'll take high security anytime, if it keeps our troops safe.
USAF uses DBIDS (Defense Biometric Identification System) now and is getting close to having all their CONUS bases installed. Some have had it for about 2 years or so, while others are still on the install list. If you've been through a gate anywhere where they scan your ID card with a handheld PDA, that's DBIDS.
Unfortunately each base plays by their own policies and procedures so it's hard to know what's different at each base until you get there.
there are putting in a drop down gate and a place to scan your-self here at tcm.., i wonder how thats going to inprove security...
Well, it doesn't and that's part of the CONUS way of thinking. It's more about convenience than security. Anyone who's been to Fort Hood has seen their main gate entrance which is a combination of the DOD DBIDS system and an Army drop-arm barrier system. The line between security and convenience definitely goes to the convenience side more.
Anyone who comes to Korea will see what base access control security is all about, of course as well as SWA. FPCON B all the time. Korea BTW is who DBIDS was originally developed for back in 99'.
I would not make a good cop... shoot first ask questions later.
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