Ron and Mary had a long drive yesterday, and an exhausting 10 days prior to that, so they went to bed tired. Consequently they did not get up early and I did not make coffee right away. I was up at 7:30 AM and went to my office instead. Chris at KF7P Metalwerks accepted my change to the cable entrance box late last night and sent me a PayPal invoice. I paid that this morning and e-mailed him back to clarify and confirm a couple points about the box. Once everyone was up we had coffee (us) and tea (them) on the back deck and enjoyed a beautiful early summer morning. We eventually went back inside and had the granola for breakfast that Linda made yesterday. So good.
After breakfast we gave them a tour of our partially disassembled motorcoach and explained what we are trying to do. I mentioned that the motorized windshield roller shades were not winding up straight and that the driver side was binding part way up. One of the MCD vendors at the rally last week told me to put a piece of tape on one end (lengthwise) to force the shade to not run (in that direction). Ron, who is a retired mechanical engineer, suggested that I create a tapered roller by putting tape around the roller tube at 5 to 7 places. The tape cannot go all the way around the roller tube because of the shade but it can go most of the way around. Ron’s suggestion was one layer towards the outside, two layers next, then three layers and finally four layers in the center. These tapered rollers are commonly used in industry to keep conveyor belts centered.
We had just exited the bus when a minivan that I did not recognize pulled in our driveway. It was the electric power company meter reader. We chatted briefly, and she was very nice but was obviously on a tight schedule.
Ron and Mary needed a duffle bag and some batteries so we drove to the Dick’s sporting goods store at US-23 and Lee Road. They found a nice duffle bag but not the batteries so we stopped at Meijer’s on the way back to the house and they found what the needed there. We also picked up a card for our daughter, Meghan, whose 34th birthday was today.
Back at the house we called Meghan and wished her a happy birthday via voice message. We got a text message later saying thank you. We also had a voice message on our home phone from Pat Davidson at Apex Roofing indicating that the shingles for our new roof would be delivered on Monday. For lunch we had pretzels and pita chips with hummus and some grapes. I slipped off into the small bedroom and opened the box from Cellular Solutions to make sure everything was there. It was.
Although Ron and Mary slept well last night they were still tired and decided to take naps. That left Linda free to go for a walk and me to work in my office. I transferred rough drafts of blog posts from my e-mail to MS Word and then started editing them but did not have time to upload them to WordPress before we had to leave to go to dinner.
We left around 5:15 PM for La Marsa. They were in the second of two days of their 4th year celebration for the Brighton location and everything was 34% off. They were backed up 90 minutes for carry out orders but we got a table after only a short wait. We had Koshary and they had kabobs. After dinner we went for a walk around the Brighton Mill Pond where we saw two gigantic snapping turtles in the pond. One of them almost caught a muskrat and they eventually bumped into one another and seemed to be fighting. It was quite the show. Snapping turtles are nothing to mess around with and the shells on these two were about 2 feet long, front to back. Gigantic.
When we got back to the house we played 13 rounds of Mexican Train. By the time we finished it was midnight and we all got to bed around 12:15 AM.