Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New York - the Empire State

Tonight, my two oldest boys and I went out and spent some time with Sophia (albeit with two electric heaters going).... it wasn't that cold at all... and it felt great to be back in the trailer spending a little time with her. I turned on the 22" HD TV with a DVD for the boys - Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emplorium (a neat movie) and so they were entertained while I set out to install my wonderful patch that Frank's Trailer Works sent me a few weeks ago. The patch is for where my over the door outside light switch is installed. I was trying to figure out what to do there, since my switch was not installed when we did the wiring and I needed something to cover the hole I'd need to create to get the switch inside the wall. It works perfectly!

Here is a before and an after shot. I know the patch needs a little polishing, and I will do that, but I wanted to get it installed.

It was a good time for just the three of us and it gave Zoe' a little quiet time too! Thanks Frank!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Pre-Planning a Caravan

I know it's more than a few months away, but as the WDCU President, I'm working on planning a WDCU caravan out to the Wally Byam Caravan Club International that is June 28 - July 4th this year in Madison, Wisconsin. Right now I'm looking, since many members of our unit are up and down the east coast, to rhendevous at Heinz Field, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for members to show up on Tuesday, the 23rd (there's a Pittsburgh Pirates home game that night against Cleveland) - it might be fun. My goal is to get to the Jefferson County Fair Park, near Madison, Wi by Friday, the 26th - the site where the VAC (Vintage Airstream Club) will be rhendevousing for their Parade into International on Saturday the 27th. What I'm planning is from Pittsburgh, to leave the early on Wednesday and head the approximate 250 miles to Jackson Center, Ohio - home of Airstream Inc. for the offical Day 1 of the Caravan. The plan is to make it there by 1pm to be able to make the daily tour at 2pm. We will spend the night there at the Factory. Day 2 will be a trip from Jackson Center, Ohio to Elkhart, Indiana - home of the RV/MH Hall of Fame where we'll spend the night and then get up and go the rest of the way on Day 3. So, that's what I've been working on today!

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Zoom out to see the entire route of the Caravan. Take care, everyone.

Friday, December 26, 2008

A new digital camera

For Christmas, Zoe' got me a new digital camera, so now the photos will return and they will be higher quality... I've promised her I would not jump up onto the Buick Fender with my camera in my pocket. Here's a shot of our three trailers sitting here in the snow... I have a goal to get the Sovereign of the Road into the barn, but it might not happen. Also, one of our coop and then a shot of the snow that's come off the roof (for Marcus). Now, when I start tearing into the Safari, I'll be able to grab good pictures as I go! Take care everyone!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Another Egg!

Well, Zoe' went out after we heard one of the chickens making funny noises, and there was one of our big black hens laying... we've been getting one egg a day, but today, there were two - and by the looks of it, our black hens are laying extra large eggs...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Here are a few more of the puppy

I think they like her! I know - look at how much they are smiling...

Cricket - A puppy for Christmas

The boys all have a Puppy as their number one wish on Santa's Christmas list. Well, last night, Santa dropped off (early) a little puppy he found out in the snow when he was working on the sleigh and checking out the reindeer harnesses for the big day. When he found her, a little 8 week old Chesapeake Bay Retriever, he knew the little boys wanted one and knew what he had to do - so under our tree this morning was a little note with this sweet little puppy with a bow on her. Boy the boys are excited. They've named her Cricket. I sure am glad I put all those Airstreams on my Santa wish list - I even attached maps to where they are sitting! Enjoy!

Monday, December 08, 2008

My life - sometimes!

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This is where I end up when I go and buy an Airstream without getting permission... and, Zoe' wants a nice vaccumm cleaner, so she says.. maybe it's a trap! Enjoy this like I did.

Our first - It took forever

This post is for my buddy Steve "aka ByamCaravanner" - See, we bought chicks this past summer and have 12 of them now, all outside and living in the coop. We thought we'd never see an egg now that it gets so cold out and gets dark so early, but yesterday I got an email from Zoe' and the boys of this - our first! I wonder if there is one out there this am - it's only 7 degrees outside (that's for Marcus in Texas). People wonder how chickens and eggs relate to Airstreaming - well, with 4 boys in the house, we go through alot of eggs from the store, and eggs add up to $$$$ - money that's taken away from my Airstream fund - so, now I should have a little more discretionary $$$$ for my aluminum habit. I hear that 10 chickens can give off 5 dozen eggs a week - we'll keep a couple and sell a couple - and that way I can restore the fitty-for (for Frank) with the dough!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

The time of Year is FUN!

I love this time of year! Why? These pictures tell part of the story - 3 reasons!

This morning was a Breakfast with Santa and then this afternoon the boys went over to my mother and father in-laws to help decorate one of their trees - that's a future rally site in the background - up on top of the hill on the 85 acres! Big Bass - so bring a pole!
I got a question thanking me for one of the pictures I posted yesterday. I'm missing one of those clips for the antenna as well. See below for antenna parts. He doesn't have the hold down clips, but does carry whip antennas.

Anyone needing radio whips or antenna bases, or gutter antenna clips - contact Auto Outfitters, Inc: Northern Virginia's automotive electronics and accessories providers: Sales, ... Manassas, VA 20109. Phone: (703) 368-1756

Tell him the Rob, Airstream guy sent you! He'll hook you up!

Friday, December 05, 2008

When it rains Vintage, it pours Vintage

Last week, on my way to Virginia, I took a road I hadn't taken not too far from my house. I spotted an old Airstream that I tagged the location and said, I'd stop by on another trip. Well, today I did just that. I originally thought it was a small Safari sized mid 60s trailer... but today, when I stopped to see if anyone was home, I spotted the two axles and then saw the windows and knew it was a early 60s, Overlanderish sized trailer. So, here are a few pictures. I think it's a 62 Overlander with the International package. So, now we have the 48 Liner, the 52 Cruiser, and then this 62 Overlander.... the Overlander and Cruiser are like 5 miles apart... too cool! I'll be working on getting this one as well.