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Lacey, Washington – Day 2

The motorhome is parked at American Legion Post #94 in Lacey, Washington. I’ll depart later this morning.

I lived in this area from 1980 – 1995. Yesterday I visited with some old friends.

I enjoy stopping in unannounced…you know sort of a surprise…just walk through the door and say hello…

First was Keri Kauffman who was my hair stylist for many years…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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Sometimes they surprise me by not being where they are supposed to be. At Public Access Thurston County Television (from 1992 – 1995, I hosted 95 TV programs here), I stopped to see Deb Vinsel the manager there for many years. She wasn’t there because she had a doctor’s appointment and they were not quite sure of her return time. So I passed about one hour with Robert (center) and Vicki (right) whom I had not met before. They were intrigued with my lifestyle, Blog and YouTube Videos. If you would like to see my YouTube Videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

Susan Willis, (left) whom I knew back then came in about 10 minutes before I departed…

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I had said my good-byes and actually reached my Bronco, when I heard HEY!!! It was Deb, so I got to chat with her for a few minutes…

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Which made me late leaving for my lunch appointment with my ex-attorney and friend Shawn Newman. He was running on a tight schedule and combined with a mix-up on my part about the location of the restaurant where we were supposed to meet for lunch, I missed him by five minutes. I did not have his cell phone number, so back I went to the motorhome for lunch. Shawn and I chatted later in the day…see you next year!

Larry Seaberg stopped in at 1:00 PM. His wife Jan had other things to attend to…

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At 2:30 PM, I drove the Bronco the about the two miles to visit with Jim and Joan Belluomini. They are now living in their 22 foot RoadTrek RV full-time and have been RVing since 1958…

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It was nice to see my old friends all apparently well and doing well!

Yesterday’s high temperature was 58 degrees with partly cloudy/sunny skies. At 5:00 AM when I arose thus morning it was 40 degrees! Brrr! Time to put on some miles heading south!

Last night I watched another old movie from the 1930’s. This time it was 1932 – Tarzan, The Ape Man starring Johnny Weissmuller. Another classic!

Enjoying old friends is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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MYSTERY ANTIQUES, PEND OREILLE COUNTY MUSEUM

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My daughter-in-law sent me a picture of an item from an antique store. The store owner couldn’t identify the object.  Laurie thought, since I go to so many museums, I might be able to help.  Well folks, I’m at a loss. I hope somebody out there might know what it is. (You can click on it to enlarge the picture.)

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Same item with the cover closed. I can’t even figure out how the cover closed? It sort of reminds me of a catering dish of some sort.

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We zapped through the panhandle of Idaho, with a night at Sand Point, and slipped into Washington State at Newport. The Pend Oreille County Museum there is a terrific visit, not only because of the great collections and multiple buildings, but because the docents are so friendly and helpful. I couldn’t identify the item above and the docent demonstrated it for me. There was no tag because they don’t know what it is either? We both laughed. It has a bellows and obviously puffs something  out of the rather large hole at the point. But, what? If you know, please satisfy our curiosity.

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Then she took me over to a cabinet of items they have not been able to identify. They are numbered and she has set out a paper and pen for people to guess what they might be. #10 looks like it could be a nail puller, except it doesn’t look strong enough. # 7 isn’t a bell. It has two big screws on one side of it.DSC01019 (Copy)

I turned it around to the opposite side for a better look.

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The inner works of #5 make me think it could be a telephone lineman’s test kit?

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This Springfield Morgan Envelope Company gadget is not an envelope opener.  The handle on the right lifts up and down. The gadget is all hand-operated and a mystery?

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#’s 6 and 8?  Six resembles a honey dipper without the knob on the end. Eight resembles a wool carder or maybe an animal grooming tool?

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The copper comb, you can’t tell it has fine teeth, has a heat protected handle and might be a hair straightener or curler?  #4, a possible gear, definitely a machine part.  (Sorry the picture is so poor.)

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These home made tools didn’t have a tag either? Maybe fruit pickers like apples or cherries.  But, apples and cherries have spurs. These gadgets would damage the spurs.

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One item the docents make and sell in the gift shop is this “button buzzer”. a toy my generation of kids made and played with. She likes educating visiting children about such gadgets.  She told me that kids today, some of them, have never even seen a dial phone.  We had fun.

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The museum is a complex of preserved buildings like this settlers cabin.

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Two small chapels. This one room for one person for private meditation with an altar and stained glass windows.

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This chapel has two pews enough to seat four people.

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This was a first for me. A root cellar. I thought, how nice. You can walk in through doors like a little house and get into the root cellar. Except, this one didn’t go underground like they were meant to be. Maybe, in a winter clime, they prevent food from spoiling by freezing. In Michigan as a child, the root cellar was underground and held potatoes, cabbage, turnips, carrots, rutabagas and apples. Mostly root vegetables. Thus the name.  A sloped piece of tin kept the snow from blocking the cellar doors. Down the musty steps and onto a dirt floor with hay bales holding boxes of good stuff.

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Above the stone, the chimney is wood strips with cement between them. A fire hazard? Naw! Nobody thought it dangerous.

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Because on the inside of that cabin is the only part that touched fire with a generous (joking) hearth. Oh,my.

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There are about a dozen buildings, plus three giant sheds like this with much to see.

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These docents joked that the woman was doing all the work while the men stood around and watched. She was making a flower bed around the ice house. There is a fire look out, a train car with signals and stuff, farm machinery, a dynamite shack and…you just have to see it for yourself. Nice, nice place. Two big buildings with the collections.

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I saw a lot of things I’d never seen before and this easy to use sock making machine I had never even heard of before.

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The all volunteer staff of docents  knew how to make a sock. Super! The docents made this such a fun place to visit.

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After the museum, we met Jim’s friends that live in Newport,  Jim and Sharon Davison. Jim and Jim spent the winter of 2001-2002 deep in the Baja, a six month small caravan of RVing friends. They share a lot of memories of that trip to Mexico. And, as it turned out. Sharon has volunteered for the Museum and provided the church doors for one of the little churches. Jim says, the only trouble with living on the road is you see your friends so infrequently.

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Grosse Ile, Michigan

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 105 miles from Norwalk, Ohio to Grosse Ile, Michigan. Grosse Ile is an island located in the Detroit River about 20 miles south of Detroit. We are here to visit with my long-time friends Art & Sue Lambart. It was Art who got me started in photography back in 1974. Here are some photos that I took…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

Crossing on to the island…

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We parked in my friend’s driveway…

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Here’s the usual dinette window photo…

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Yesterday morning I discovered the battery in the Bronco had gone dead. A cable between the motorhome does a number of jobs including keeping the Bronco battery charged…

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I spent about three hours trying to resolve the problem to no avail. I have had no training for automotive electrics, so this morning I’ll take it to a shop recommended by my friend Art. Once the problem is resolved we’ll continue our journey, now heading north towards the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where Mary lived for the first 14 years of her life. We’ll visit some of her relatives and friends while there.

Here we are reliving the old days. Mary is enjoying a sip of Art’s 40-year-old Pinch Scotch…

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Art has been a competition shooter for most of his life and once was the Michigan State Champion for hand guns. He showed us a recent target shot with one hand at 50 yards with a 45 caliber hand gun. Remarkable shooting for a 70-year-old man…

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While heading out for an evening meal I shot this photo of their tall oak trees…

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Here’s the restaurant we went to…

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Where we enjoyed a delicious meal…

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Enjoying visiting with long-time friends is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Pennsylvania. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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A Visit With Old Friends…

The motorhome is parked it my cousin Bob’s home at North Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Mary flew into Boston, Massachusetts to meet up with me once again the day before yesterday. We spent the night in a hotel at Revere, Massachusetts (about five miles North of Boston), and yesterday spent some time with some long-time old friends.

Yesterday was a semi-decent day. With a light cloud cover the high temperature was 79 degrees with 80% humidity. Still too hot and humid for my liking.

We met Bill and Loretta at 10:00 AM. I became friends with Bill at age 10 and Loretta at age 16…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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The four of us spent 1.5 hours riding around the area looking at old places we frequented 50+ years ago…reliving many stories from those by-gone days. One of the first stop was at Lee’s Trailer Court where my family moved to when I was age 10 and after my father’s welding business went through bankruptcy proceeding…so we must have been financially pressed. We lived there until I was age 14…

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Then moved to this apartment building on Hichborn Street where I lived until age 18. The building was old when we lived there 50+ years ago and appears now to have received little care since that time. We lived in the first floor apartment, right-side…

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We passed by Sufflolk Downs, a horse racing track where I worked from ages 14-16…

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Among a number of other places we also went to the Old Rumney Marsh Burial Ground, one of the oldest graveyards in the area, where the first recorded burial occurred in 1693…

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We finally ended up at Demaino’s Italian Restaurant on Malden Street where we used to go for great pizza at age 16…

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This is the original area from those long ago days. Yesterday we sat in addition to the left…

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At noon, we were joined by Dolly and Arthur…

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I just had to have a sausage and pepperoni pizza…just like the old days…

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Everyone enjoyed their favorite meal…

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We had the waitress take our all-together photo…

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Back at age 10, I also met Al, who now lives in the State of Washington and whom I will once again see in late September when we return to that area. Bill, AL and I were like the Three Musketeers… always seen together. As teenagers we were last together when I was age almost 18. Bill brought me a photo when all three of us met in Revere in June 1991…22 years ago. He printed this photo using his computer printer, hence some lack of definition…

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I dug back in to my archives files and found this photo. Bill is in the top row, furthest on the left. Al and I are in the lower row. Al is furthest right and I’m the third from right…

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Compare to above two photos and see what a difference 40 years can make!  🙂

So we ended up spending a total of four hours with these old friends. It was a great day. Mary and I departed at 2:00 PM to avoid the afternoon rush-hour traffic as we had to go through Boston to return to the motorhome at North Dartmouth…about 65 miles to the south.

Last night Mary and I went out with my cousin Bob and his wife Donna to a great Portuguese restaurant for another great meal. The annual Portuguese Festival in nearby New Bedford begins today and runs through the weekend. I’m betting Mary and I will both have gained a couple more pounds by time we depart next Tuesday. All in all, yesterday was another great day!

Enjoying visiting with old friends is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Massachusetts. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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She’s Back!

The motorhome is parked at my cousin Bob’s home in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. We are planning to depart next Tuesday.

Yesterday was 84 degrees with humidity in the 70% range. Still too hot and humid for my liking.

Yesterday afternoon I drove the Bronco the about 65 miles to Logan Airport at Boston, Massachusetts. Mary has returned to me. It’s nice to have her back…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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Today we will be visiting with long-time friends of mine in Revere, Massachusetts, so we stayed in a hotel here last night. I lived in Revere from the ages of 10-18. In the afternoon rush (?) hour drive, the 7.5 mile ride from the airport to the hotel only took one hour. I wonder why it’s called rush hour?  🙂

This afternoon we’ll head back to North Dartmouth.

Enjoying meeting up with old friends is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Massachusetts. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

USA1W

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

3E23M33J85Gb5Fc5M2cc4ab5610239cb71a2b

On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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MAKING PROGRESS

These months of confinement have been painful and frustrating, in big part because I’m separated from Jim. I watch him visiting places I would have seen with him, all the arts in Santa Fe and Taos. Now, the West Texas territory of Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings and other greats we listen to all the time in the Motor Home. We have never before been apart this long since we met.

This week I’ve been able to walk beyond my mailbox with minimal pain and get out in the fresh air and see some fall color.

Just looking at the leaves in the sun brings me joy.

This picture was not taken on my walk, but outside the eye doctors office. Maybe not as spectacular as the Eastern fall, but still a lovely color.

I don’t know the name of this fall bloomer, but it grows on a neighbors driveway.

I’m able to resume, (cautiously), my yoga that I’ve been addicted to for 12 years, another Hooray! And, best of all, I have a surgery date of Nov. 14th.

After much stressful delay, I’m finally beginning to see around the corner. I’ll be out of community, but the change was necessary. I must travel to St. Josephs in Stockton, over an hour distance from my home.  But, After Thanksgiving, I’ll be able to concentrate on accident related issues.  And, now that the election is over, I can quit ranting. Hah! says my son.

One compensation for being home so long, is catching up with old friends and trying new restaurants that opened since the last time I was home. My quilting friend, Kendra and I tried the new Magnolias restaurant in Murphys and were both impressed with the quality of the food. It is strictly lunch, but delish.

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