Wednesday, April 28, 2010

History Channel. Prairie Dog Day. Trivia. B+ Starting!.

'America: The Story of Us' Premiere Breaks Records for History Channel. It is on again, tonight:
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Bryce Canyon National Park will honor the Utah Prairie Dog on April 30 during a special, first-ever celebration of the endangered animals.

A Pennsylvania woman has unearthed a 3.17-carat canary yellow diamond at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park. The park's diamond mine is the only one in North America where the public can search and keep diamonds and other gems.
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Actual computer tech support question
Tech support: "How may I help you?"
Customer: "I'm writing my first e-mail."
Tech support: "Okay, and what seems to be the problem?"
Customer: "Well, I have the letter 'a' in the address, but how do I get the circle around it?"

The giant squid, the world's largest invertebrate, grabs its lunch with tentacles up to 40 feet long and gazes upon prey with eyes the size of basketballs. It lives at depths of 985 to 1,970 feet, where it's the prey of sperm whales.

Fire Safety Tip from Mac McCoy
Invert and shake your dry powder or dry chemical extinguisher monthly to loosen the powder. The jarring of the coach while you travel down the road does not keep the powder loose; in fact, it packs the powder, which may make your extinguisher useless in fighting a fire.

Like good against evil, there's a constant mini battle going on in your gut -- between good bacteria and bad bacteria.
“Adam and Eve ate the first vitamins, including the package.” - E.R. Squibb (American drug manufacturer)

Descriptions of RV Items:
Blown Fuse: Electrical device in an unknown place that shuts off everything.
Crank-up Antenna: Device to find low tree limbs.
Dip Stick: Five-foot metal device invented by a urologist.
Dump Station: Bad place to wear thongs.
Inner Dual: The one that goes flat first.
Level campsite: One where the rig doesn’t quite tip over.
Refrigerator: Slightly cool container capable of holding two cans of beer.
Spare Fuse: A blown fuse carefully kept in a small box.
Toolbox: Contains all tools except the one you need.
Tools: Everywhere except in the toolbox.

"As more and more motorized travelers took to the growing roadways, they formed groups for camaraderie. One of the first was the Tin Can Tourists, which flourished in the 1920s and ‘30s. How they got their name is not known, but one popular thought is that they carried with them mostly tinned food that wouldn’t spoil on the road.

Another theory is that the name came from the practice at that time of tying tin cans to the trailers just above the road level. When a tire would go flat, which happened several times a day, the cans would start clinking on the roadway to alert the driver to the problem." 

Was this the first Pressure Pro?? 

B+ is up and running:
Lil-black-wagon.(Small) Jay, the black wagon of pertinent tools, and I, put the starter back on the B+ TranStar this morning.

It is in such an awkward place, that you know Jay was a-bitchin'.  Finally it was installed, and the B+ roared to life just as soon as I turned the key.  Hasn't started that quickly for a long time. 
But it has an auxiliary manual electric fuel pump, and when I pushed that momentary button, I couldn't hear it clicking.  I only have to use that if it has been sitting for a long time, but it sure is handy.  (It worked like a kill-switch one time, when someone tried to steal it, and they couldn't get it started!)

Jim, the mechanic, was going to take the B+ to his shop as soon as we got it going, to fix a transmission leak, so he will track down that wire to the extra fuel pump.
Later, I was glad he took it, as Jay had the starter wires too close to the manifold, and had not put in one of the heat shields.

Lovely, "open windows", "cats on the porch", "no AC" day.


Terry said...

I have a photo album and trip report that says the Tin Can Tourists were named after the Model T's or "Tin Lizzies" they all were driving at the time. They eventually placed Tin Cans on their radiator caps to recognize members.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thanks for your comment, Terry.

Yes, I have heard that too. In fact it is mentioned here:

Happy Trails, Penny, TX

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Oh so glad it was only the starter and now you are purring along! Loved those RV terms. Read them aloud to Steveio over coffee this morning. LOL

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard