I was up at 7 AM. It was 66 in the coach; cool but tolerable. I put on my sweats, fed the cats, and cleaned their litter tray, but did not turn on the heaters. Linda was up by 7:15. I made coffee and we delayed breakfast until later. We are going to Satchel’s for dinner with John and Ali this evening so we decided to have brunch instead of breakfast and lunch. Satchel’s has some of the best vegan pizza we have ever had, including a choice of vegan cheeses, so it will be a big meal for us.
Linda used her iPad to do some holiday shopping. I checked my e-mail and was then going to play a few games on my iPad but the iOS 9.2 update was available so I started the installation process and set it aside. Once the updated OS was installed I had five app updates available so I initiated those, one at a time, and started working on this post. The updates downloaded fast enough to be reasonable. Either the Resort has made significant improvements in the Wi-Fi and Internet connection bandwidths or very few people are using the system at the moment, or both.
I got the BCM boxes out from under the bed and integrated in the issues I received on Monday. Everything was there so the three sets of issues are ready to give out as door prizes in at the Arcadia Rally 2016. I worked on the photo tips article for BCM for a while and then decided to do some more work on the BCM page on our website. I had a detailed e-mail from Gary at BCM with suggestions, and I find it easier to use that kind of information when it is printed out, but when I tried to print it my computer said the printer was offline. The printer display said it was “Ready” so I had a problem to investigate and resolve.
This was the first time we tried to use the HP Color LaserJet 3600 printer since we put it on board the bus and it was the first time we had connected it via the Amped|Wireless SR20000G network extender / router. I had expected it to plug-and-play as this trip was also the first time we have used the newer/larger NAS on the bus with this particular router and it worked without me having to do anything to configure it.
I downloaded an updated version of Advanced IP Scanner and ran it. It could not find the printer and claimed that both of our computers and the NAS were “dead” connections, even though they were communicating with each other and the Internet. All of the evidence suggested that the problem was somehow related to network addresses. I went into the printer configuration menu via the front panel and changed two settings, turning on IP Release and IP Renew. I turned the printer off and back on but that did not cause it to connect.
I went in and out of the control panel in my computer looking at the various screens related to devices and drivers, specifically printers. I also went into the web interface for the SR20000G where some settings and context dependent help screens caught my attention. In particular, the SR20000G appeared to be set up as a DHCP client rather than a server and the help screen suggested that it was getting IP addresses from the primary router, i.e., the one connecting our “home” network to the Internet. In our motorcoach, that is our Wi-Fi Ranger, and the Wi-Fi Ranger operates on a different range of locally routed IP addresses (10.139.1.nnn) than most home networks (192.168.17.nnn). I opened the Advanced IP Scanner again and figured out how to get it to scan the local address range served by the Wi-Fi Ranger and voilà, there was the printer, the NAS, our computers, and the SR2000G.
The final step was to revisit something that caught my eye earlier. In the printer driver configuration there is a Port screen and the printer was configured with a Standard TCP/IP Port in the 192.168.1.nnn range. I created one in the 10.139.17.nnn range to match the address that Advanced IP Scanner indicated had been assigned to the printer. I tried printing a printer test page and voilà (again) I heard the familiar sound of the printer indexing a sheet of paper and shortly thereafter had the test page in my hands. I went into my e-mail and printed the one from Gary. This was not what I expected to be doing today but it was satisfying to get it resolved and not have it take any longer than I did to get it done.
One of our tasks for today was reinstalling the awning style window in the living room. I happened to notice this morning that one of the lever pins on the other driver side window was coming out, indicating that the C-clip was missing. Closer examination revealed that the lever pins on the four windows we had repaired in April 2014 were all reinstalled with pins put in backwards.
I took a break from my other work at 1 PM and drove to the local NAPA store to buy new C-clips. The clerk at the store had a kit of clips and a paper template for matching style and sizes. He said our existing clips are actually E-clips, not C-clips, and the size I needed was a 1007. He did not have any in stock but ordered them from another store and said they would be in at 4 PM. We would be on our way to dinner by then so I indicated I would pick them up in the morning.
Back at the motorcoach John stopped by to let us know that he and Ali were going to do some shopping before dinner and to figure out a time to meet us at the restaurant. We agreed on 5 PM. As long as he was here I gave him the bag of Fire Ant Killer I bought for him on Monday.
We decided that we would also do some shopping before dinner. We left at 3:15 PM and headed up FL-121 towards Gainesville. When we got to I-75 we headed north to the next exit at Archer Road (FL-24) and made our way slowly through the traffic, into the outdoor mega-mall, and to Walmart. We needed a small hassock (that would double as a storage cube), a small table (that we could put between the two captains chairs), a non-slip shelf liner (to put under the printer), a seat cushion (for the card table chair at the desk), a small mat (to put on the floor outside the shower to catch cat litter), batteries (for our bathroom scale), and high quality 8.5×14 paper (to print our holiday letter). We found all of those items except the last one, but did not buy the hassock as the store only had them in gray. We then worked our way to the Office Max store at the center of the mall. They only had one (open) ream of 8.5×14 paper and it was regular copy paper. Useless for our needs.
We put the address of Satchel’s pizzeria/restaurant into the GPS and worked our way over to the east side of town through rush hour traffic. We pulled into the restaurant parking lot at 4:41 PM just as John and Ali were stepping out of their Tahoe two spots down. Satchel’s is a very popular place but at quarter to five it was mostly empty. It was a lovely late afternoon but the sun was already setting and the air would being cooling off quickly so we asked for an inside booth, which also happen to have padded seats.
We started with a small salad that was still big enough to share with Ali and John. They had pizza slices but we ordered a medium (13″) pizza with Daiya mozzarella cheese, onions, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes. Soooo good. John and Ali split a bottle of Cabernet, Linda had water, and I had ginger ale. Satchel’s makes their own soda pop and it is very tasty (but contains sugar).
By the time we left the restaurant at 6 PM it was full of people, inside and out, and the noise level had risen to where Linda and Ali were starting to have difficulty with conversation. We settled our bill and went on our way. John and Ali had more shopping to do but we headed straight for Williston. As we were approaching the intersection at I-75 I noticed that I was getting low on fuel. I probably could have made it to Williston, but why chance running out of gas. There are five filling stations near this intersection but the Mobil station was the first one on the right so I pulled in. A few minutes later we were on our way again and we arrived back at our motorcoach at 7 PM.
I put the cushion on the desk chair while Linda put the placemat in the bathroom. We opened the folding table and adjusted the height so the cats’ scratching post just fit under it and put it in place between the two captains chairs. Having a table in that spot has been the plan from the beginning of the remodeling. Although the folding table is temporary, it immediately increased the functionality of the interior. It also allowed us to better visualize how the living room will look/feel when we finally install the permanent table.
Linda spent much of the rest of the evening shopping for holiday gifts and domestic necessities on Amazon. She got presents ordered for everyone except her sister, with all of them being drop shipped directly to the recipients. She also ordered a 15″x15″ brown storage hassock and a pair of washable floor towels (for the bathroom). We definitely get our money’s worth out of Amazon Prime.