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Tom Week – Alligator Time

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3/26/20 – Saw an alligator

Sitting in the RV this afternoon I saw a dark lump out on the lake. I walked down to the shore to what it was. An alligator! It was just floating there so I was able to get a decent picture. Then he submerged and was gone.

3/27/20 – All Along The Spillway

The lake is a weird place wind-wise. No matter which way you are going the wind seems to be in your face. Turns out that is caused by how the spillway was built. Weird.

3/28/20 – Laundry Cart Shopping

Not shopping for a laundry cart. Shopping with a laundry cart. I felt kind of like a bag lady but since I have to walk to the store it made bringing stuff home much easier. It’s only a half mile, but still.

Speaking of shopping; the stores here are starting to fill up again. I found everything I needed except for water.

3/29/20 – Not a tornado

Whatever that was last night it was definitely not a tornado. I woke in the middle of the night to the sound of a train going by. Which is kind of impossible since there are no train tracks anywhere near here. Then it hit me, all those tornado descriptions, “It sounded like a freight train.”

Then the RV started rocking in the wind. Fortunately, that didn’t last too long. The wind died down a bit and the rain came down. It’s a myth that it doesn’t rain hard during a tornado, but it’s a comforting myth.

3/30/20 – Water Day, not

The theory was that stores would get deliveries on Monday morning so there would be plenty of water available. My theory was mostly correct, however I failed to fully define my terms.

By “water” I meant drinking water that does not taste like ass. Dollar General had a shelf full of Dasani. Kroger had a huge pile of Ozarka. Neither is considered drinkable by any of the occupants of the big yellow truck.

3/31/20 – Cold Day in Jackson

It rained hard again last night but no freight train wind. Today is 30 degrees colder than yesterday. Tonya still insisted to go out and rock.

Today I did a bunch of research on the best place to be during the lockdown. The answer might be here.

4/1/20 – Safe Shopping Day

Had to go shopping today. I wore a face mask just in case. Found a bunch more food that’s missing from the shelves.


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Tags: | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: April 1, 2020

RVing – Merry Christmas

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! Last night we were visited by the Christmas Caroling Golf Cart Parade. This is a great park. Today we took Abigail to the dog park. She actually played a little with some of the big dogs. Later I went for a bike ride. Christmas in Florida!


Boxing day without the boxes. Today was our monthly vet visit. Abbie did very well with the other dogs. We went shopping for a dehumidifier but found nothing but humidifiers. You wouldn’t think that central Florida would a big market for humidifiers.


Relaundry today. We discovered mold in the closets and I had to wash every shirt and pants I own. Last night Abigail had a bad digestive reaction to her new ear meds and we had to clean up after her a couple times. Such fun.


My sister Ann and her wife Jenn are visiting. Our first guests in the RV.


Zoom zoom! My sister Ann and I went to Andretti Karting in Orlando. Much fun. We raced on track #2 which has big hills and tight corners. I spent most of the session trying to get around one guy. I wound up with the 4th fastest time, just .095 seconds behind third place.

Ann was a few seconds slower but she kept getting caught behind a VERY slow racer.


Had a great lunch at a place I found on Google Maps. My favorite part of looking for new places is reading the reviews. Not the good ones, the one-star ones. If all the other reviews are positive, you can be pretty sure the bad reviewers are assholes.




New Year’s Day. 80 degrees. Yee-Haw! Finally got a to see a real live alligator.


bicycle statue

This very funky bike sculpture is in downtown Oakland FL.


One does not usually expect to see zebras in Florida.


The current campsite is overloaded with this cute little lizards. Abigail is watching them.


A family of peacocks crossed the road by the bike path. That’s dad bring up the rear.


This mighty warrior just chased off two other squirrels to claim the winner’s share of the acorns.


Finally, an actual alligator. He was only about four feet long.

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