I woke up last Wednesday (my actual birthday) with some kind of computer problem that tied me up all morning and most of the afternoon. With the problem still unresolved by the tech guys, Gia and I loaded up the three kids and three dogs and headed for Southern California.
Laid up in Calico for the night so we could visit the Calico Ghost Town Thursday morning before lighting out for our rendezvous with friends at their mountain retreat in Warren Springs, a bit northeast of San Diego.
Got just past Barstow when I heard something pop and noticed white smoke bellowing out of the tailpipe. It was NOT signaling the selection of a new Pope!
Pulled off interstate, did a quick check of the muffler bearings and smoke-shifter, and called Good Sam for a tow. After sitting on the highway for a few hours, we were finally towed to an RV repair shop down the highway about 30 miles in Hesperia, CA.
As we didn’t get there until around 4:30 pm, the shop owner – a great gun-lovin’/Trump supportin’ conservative – said they wouldn’t be able to take a look until Friday morning. So I rented a car from Enterprise and loaded the wife, three kids and three dogs for a rather crowded and uncomfortable 3-hour drive back to Las Vegas.
Camping trip cancelled. Bummer.
To make a long story short, the engine is completely blown. So I need to drive back down to Hesperia today to arrange to have the “Money Pit” towed back to Las Vegas to have a new engine put in. In the meantime, my computer problem still hasn’t been fixed.
Not exactly the best way to start my 58th year on the planet.
But everyone survived and is safe – and that’s all that’s really important. There will be other family camping trips. And the beat goes on…
Dr. Chuck Muth, PsD
Professor of Psephology (homeschooled)
Nevada’s #1 Irritator of Liberals and RINOs
P.S. My friend Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform advises that Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed 52% of the bills passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature there – 145 out of 277.