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  1. Actually, if you're looking for alternatives to a microwave, it sounds like you do have a use for a microwave. 😁
  2. Instead of putting forth what we believe, how about some facts? From the link Kirk provided, there's also this: The MSA plan is designed to do exactly what you believe it does not do.
  3. Actually, I think there is a government contribution. I clicked on some links, and for one plan, it says, "Medicare’s Yearly Deposit into Your Saving Account is $1,500." For another plan, it says there's a $2,250 "deposit," and for yet another plan, the deposit from the plan is $2,400. But I didn't see $3200 anywhere. Where did you get that number, Brian Boss?
  4. I signed up with DirecTV in 2003, and got DNS with both NYC and L.A. feeds. At some point they quit offering that to new customers, and they would get either NYC or L.A., but I guess I'm grandfathered because I'm still getting both the east coast and west coast feeds. It's one reason I'm reluctant to give up DirecTV. So far, the reported terrible customer service from DirecTV after the merger with AT&T hasn't affected me because I don't ever change my service address, and my east coast/west coast DNS works the same wherever I am.
  5. We fulltime in a motorhome and don't have anything on the outside. All bikes must fit in storage compartments. One bike is a 10-year-old folding Dahon Jetstream mountainbike (has some suspension) that has 20" wheels. It's been ridden on trails, some of them very challenging, all over the country. It's not meant for hardcore trails, and had to be rebuilt several times over the years, but that's strictly a case of the owner using it for much more gnarly conditions than Dahon recommended (or even dreamed of). It's now used on mellower mountainbike terrain (no jumping, for example), and the little wheels make it pleasingly nimble. Another in the fleet is a folding Dahon Mu that has 20" wheels, with street tires on it for riding around town. It's no different comfort-wise from a full-sized bike. In fact, this one has a handlebar height adjustment. When two of us want to ride around town, we use these two folding bikes, and loser gets the one with the knobby tires. 😀 The third bike is a real mountainbike for expert trails, that fits into an underneath compartment if the front wheel is removed. We got that only once it was confirmed that (1) it was needed, and (2) it fit into a storage compartment. I can't imagine not having the bikes. I think they're perfect for sightseeing--riding around neighborhoods in towns I've never been to. Or major cities' downtowns on Sundays or holidays (one of my favorite things to do). Not fast riding--the pace is about 8 mph. I routinely get passed by women in skirts and flip-flops on Citibikes, not to mention kids. But it's perfect for riding around getting a real good look at stuff. It's much better for sightseeing than a car, and you can cover vastly more distance than walking while still getting the same "view," and if something is super interesting, you just stop to take it in, and then start pedaling again. It really is one of the parts of fulltiming I prize the most. I know a LOT about a bunch of different in the U.S. because I toured them at 8 mph.
  6. I hope the editing for the publication is more rigorous than the editing for the job description.
  7. The water there tastes awful, but reverse osmosis isn't necessary. I found that just using the one-filter drinking water thing that came on my RV made the water taste fine, and for the life of me don't understand why everybody who lives there doesn't just use one of those.
  8. Not sure what you mean by "decent." Pretty much any place in that part of the country is going to be fairly barren, especially if you're not used to it. I've stayed at the KOA and Spring Creek Marina, both out by Lake Nasworthy (which historically is known as Lake Nasty Water). Spring Creek has a more trees and is on the water, but that could mean recreating weekenders, depending on the time of year. The KOA is a little closer to town, and a little more barren looking than Spring Creek. You won't need the shade in the winter, but you might appreciate the aesthetics. Which hospital has the position? If it's Shannon downtown, you might consider the RV park on the north side of town--Concho Pearl RV Estates. I've never stayed there (and think the name might be stretching things a bit) but it's closer to Shannon than the ones by the lake. If she'll be working on Knickerbocker, the KOA will be only a couple of miles away. Those are the only RV parks I know of. There are RV parks springing up outside of town, but I'm pretty sure they're all man camps for the oil fields. The new retail development in town is where Sherwood Way (Highway 67) and Loop 306 intersect. The new H-E-B grocery store there is fancier (organic food, craft beers) than the one just two miles away at Sherwood Way and Avenue N. There were fears that they would close the one at Avenue N, but according to some local knowledge I got, they're going to keep both open, serving different demographics. The north side of San Angelo is not traditionally considered the ritzier part of town. For example, that's where the fairgrounds is.
  9. It's 25 miles from I-25. Easy miles, but a lot of them. And the OP is in the area only because of family in Fort Collins, which is 70 miles from Curt Gowdy. Places like that are great for getting away from it all (well, except generator noise), but that's not what the OP is seeking. I don't know where they're getting the idea to do it (probably the internet), but I do agree that people are doing it in lieu of living in an apartment or house, and it's bound to be more common in places where housing costs are already high or skyrocketing to get there. You don't see as much of it in California, even though you'd expect it, but I think that's because they have landlord/tenant laws that provide a disincentive to RV parks to rent to people for more than 30 days, plus the demand by travelers is such that they probably don't need to cater to the long-term crowd.
  10. Yes, that's the problem that people are overlooking in their zeal to infer insults. I don't care if people want to live in an RV because it's cheaper than alternative housing, but they're taking up spaces that were traditionally for travelers, and this practice has exploded over the last few years. Of course it's an RV park's right to rent spaces to them on a monthly basis instead of holding sites open for people visiting for a day or seven--nobody disputes that. But it does create a hardship for those looking for a place to park their RV for a short stay. And it has turned what used to be RV parks (places for travelers to stay) into places that more closely resemble trailer parks (places where people park trailers for more extended periods), with no one rushing in to fill the void created. It used to be that finding places to stay wasn't an ordeal except on holiday summer weekends, or in some areas like New England, during the summer in general. But in the over 15 years I've been fulltiming, the landscape has definitely changed and it's become vexatious even during less popular travel periods. It's a tough area, and it certainly doesn't get any better as you go south to Denver. You hit the jackpot. We can stay at a friend's property in Denver. It's fairly squalid, but it exists. For other people wanting to visit Denver over a period in the summer that includes a weekend, good luck. I've stayed at the Fort Collins KOA in a 40-foot motorhome with toad. Not a bad place at all. When I was there, they had a guard at the gate, and we had to pay a fee for any visitors. The nightly rate is like $60 now. Curt Gowdy is out in the middle of nowhere. I've boondocked there, in a nice open area that would have been lovely if somebody with a generator hadn't decided he wanted to be in that area, too. There are only a very few sites with electricity, and no sewer hookups or dump station. It's great for on-site mountainbiking, but not great for visiting Fort Collins.
  11. Upthread, Barbaraok said, "As I remember, Escapees sent out information about the census several weeks ahead of time and then we were notified when forms were received in Livingston so we could get them forwarded to us." What information did Escapees send out about the census in 2010?
  12. The only reason you were obliged to admit them is company policy, and the only reason they had to be seated in the disabled section was company policy. It's a shame that people with service animals had to be turned away, but that's the company's choice.
  13. Not entirely accurate. And certainly not the entire story. While the ADA did remove miniature horses from the definition of "service animal," it included a new provision that does cover miniature horses. When it comes to service animals, the ADA provides: "Generally, a public accommodation shall modify policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability." In the case of miniature horses, the ADA says: "A public accommodation shall make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a miniature horse by an individual with a disability if the miniature horse has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with a disability," followed by a list of things to be considered when assessing the reasonableness of the modification. So while miniature horses aren't included in the ADA's definition of service animals, the ADA says they must be allowed under certain circumstances, which is never the case with a pet or emotional support animal.
  14. But it doesn't matter where you're considered a legal resident--it's the place where you live and sleep most of the time, or more than anywhere else. It sounds to me like for census purposes, Arizona would be considered your "usual residence" even if you're not there on Census Day. That's no doubt what you'd prefer, but that's not how rules work, and I'm a little concerned that Escapees apparently promoted a similar view, in contravention of what the census rules I was able to locate provide. And the rules specifically say that voting address isn't determinative, no matter how much you think it should be. I agree with you that fulltimers are often square pegs when it comes to some issues, but this doesn't appear to be one of them, since it's all location based--where you spend most of your time, or alternatively, where you are on that day.
  15. The campground at Mustang Island is closed. There are designated sites at Bird Island. They are very very narrow; our motorhome with slides extended completely filled the space side-to-side. Kiteboarding is not allowed there. Like Kirk, I'd be very concerned about the salt air down there. It's heavy and oppressive on its own, and the incessant wind pushes it into every nook and cranny and corrodes everything alarmingly quickly. I swear I've seen plastic rust down there.
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