Wesley Chapel, Florida
The parts we needed to be able to tow the new truck behind the motorhome came in last week. The main thing we were waiting for was the drive-shaft disconnect.
We had to drop the truck off and leave it overnight, so that meant we had to drive both trucks over. grrrrr. We had to take it all the way across the bay to Clearwater. Of course they wanted it there by 8 am, so we had to deal with rush hour traffic. Fortunately, Al found a nice short-cut and we didn’t have any trouble.
We have decided to go with a new Blue Ox tow bar that is good for up to 10,000 pounds. Our new “little” Nissan Frontier weighs quite a bit more than the old Frontier and the tow bar we had wouldn’t have been sturdy enough. Anybody want to buy an almost new Roadmaster Falcon II All-terrain tow bar? It comes with the cables, cover, wiring and a bag. $450
After we dropped the truck off, we ended up close to downtown Tampa and decided to take a drive around and see how it was looking in preparation for the Republican National Convention that is taking place there in a few weeks.
There were workers all over the place spiffing things up.
The Tampa waterfront area downtown has gone through a lot of renovations during the past few years and it’s become a very nice place to visit. The Florida Aquarium and port started the renovation of our waterfront. It used to be a dumpy old port area on the wrong side of town. Many cruise ships dock there, which brings in a lot of tourism. It reminded me very much of Key West with all the bars and shops for the cruisers and tourists. It’s really nice now and once the weather gets a little cooler, it might be a nice place to go for a sunset celebration…..just like Key West!
The RNC is bringing a lot of people to the area, somewhere well over 50,000 It’s going to be very good for the Tampa Bay area, which is always a good thing in this terrible economy. Of course the people who work down town are going to be terribly inconvenienced. They are closing a lot of the parking garages and they have even removed all the blue USPS mailboxes! I guess they figured that would be a good place to hide a bomb. The convention is on the waterfront, so they are bringing lots of boats and gun power to protect the waters. It would be interesting to go down there during the convention, but the traffic is supposed to be terrible. We’ll have to see if we are brave enough to battle the crowds. It’s not every day you get to see such an important political event. I hope we don’t get a hurricane then.
After running a few errands, it was time to pick up my brother to take him to a doctors appointment. He and I don’t get a long so it was a constant argument, as usual. He knows everything and won’t listen to any advice. Of course if he knew half of what he thinks he does, he wouldn’t be in the mess he’s in right now. grrrrr
So for today, our plans are to first go to Sam’s club in Lakeland, Florida. It’s about 45 miles away.
They are having an in store demonstration of a Blend Tec Blender.
It’s a super duty blender that can make ice cream, juice, soup, or smoothies out of any type of fruit or vegetable.
Al and I are pretty happy with our new way of eating. He has lost 9 pounds and I’ve lost 6.5. We’re still eating all we want, and are not craving anything.
We decided we would like to eat more fruits and vegetables for health reasons, and this would be the easiest way to get in more fruits and veggies.
We are going with a super duty blender verses a juicer because it’s a lot easier to use, less mess and easier to clean up afterwards. They basically do about the same thing, but with a juicer all the pulp is expelled, whereas a blender it is pulverized and you drink it.
There are some demo’s on You Tube where the manufacturer shows the power of a Blendtec blender. I’ve seen a baseball, golf club, iPhone and lighters getting pulverized. Of course the golf club and baseball took a little longer.
Anyway, that’s our plans for today. Lakeland first, the all the way the opposite direction to pick up the new truck.
I guess we’d better get moving!