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    Oak Harbor, WA
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    Metal Work, Woodworking, Wine Making, Meat Smoking, and Goofing Off

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  1. It has been good seeing how folks are doing. I'm still up here in the PNW getting ready for another round of summer work. Been doing some traveling, but mainly up here in Oregon and Washington.. I do plan to be in Yuma for a bit this winter, but most likely only a month or so in the November/December time frame. Have some much needed Dental work to get done. So for the time being, it's just playing in the shop and enjoying our beautiful weather. Joe
  2. If you are talking about visiting the San Juans,ie Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands then you will need reservations. Also for those destinations you pay for your round trip up front. The only other ferry's that takes reservations are the Coupeville/Pt Townsend ferry and the ferry to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Just for additional information, if you are in a Motor Home with a toad, make seperate reservations for them, on the same ferry, and each of you drive one on and off the ferry. It is cheaper that way. I'm not sure how far in advance they take reservations. Joe
  3. Hi Dave, All I can say is WOW. I've known for years that the SLUMattle VA was a seriously messed up place. Many of my retired friends actually refuse to go there. I have had good luck with the Choice Program out of Mt Vernon, but then that has only been for one procedure. Being Medically Retired from Silly Service, I have kept my insurance through them and the more I hear about your problems the happier I am that I did. As for other places, a good friend lives in Harlingen, TX and has had nothing but stellar service from the VA there. They even sent him to Baylor, up in Houston, for his Proton Beam treatment for Prostate Cancer. As a veteran, it really pi___s me off that we have to put up with stuff like happens in SLUMattle VA. Joe
  4. Dave, While you certainly have more experience with our Mt Vernon VA Clinic than I have, I was told that if the local Clinic does not do the procedure that I needed done then they could refer me to an outside DR just by using the Choice Program. Choice also told me that since I live more than 40 miles from the SLUMattle Clinic that I can request to be referred out to any Dr through Choice for any service that I need. This worked well for me with my Cataract Surgery. I'm following your trials and tribulations here though as I may be needing something with a hip soon. Joe
  5. Dave, Another suggestion for RV Park is Rivers Edge in Winterhaven, CA. Just off I-8 and probably about as close to Algodones as you will get without boon docking. They are so close to Yuma there that they operate on AZ time. LOL Joe
  6. Oh Ya, that would be fun to watch. What I saw happened in the old Bellingham Costco and they just didn't have the room. The new store, open a bit over a year now, is a lot bigger so they can stock more product such as milk that goes so quick. Those folks will fill a shopping cart with nothing but milk. It is still a zoo if you don't get there early and get out before the cross border crowd hits. Only reason I sometimes visit that store is that being a larger store they carry some items that the more local, Burlington, WA, store just doesn't have the room to carry. Joe
  7. Sorry Barb, but you are wrong this time. People from Canada wearing funny looking head gear hit the dairy section of the Bellingham Costco like flys on a Gut Wagon. I've seen this. Watched Costco put out a pallet of milk and before they could load another one, it was gone. Not one person that was not wearing the funny head gear got anything off that pallet. Talking with friends that live in the area, they tell horror stories about dealing with the people from across the border at that Costco. At one time there was even a petition going around to try and get Costco to designate 1 day a week for NO CANADAIAN CUSTOMERS TO BE ALLOWED in the store. Joe
  8. I'm sure you guys will have a lot of fun and laughs around the campfires. Wish I could be there with you, but not in the cards again this year. Hmmm maybe if I do a rain dance, or 3, you won't be able to light the desert on fire. Naww that just wouldn't be right.🍸 Joe
  9. Just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of you a MERRY CHRISTMAS Joe
  10. While it's not quite Yuma, we will be in Tampa area of Florida for Thanksgiving. Only supposed to be in the low 80's there.🌞 Just returned from 10 days in Hawaii where it was in the mid 80's every day. Joe
  11. Dave, All I can add to that is this, AMEN BROTHER BEN. Having driven a Highway Striper for well over 30 years, I can't begin to count the stupid things I have seen on the roads. That said, while I have NO desire to see someone else get hurt, I will act in a manner that protects me and mine first. FLAME ON if you like. Joe
  12. Striper

    Winter Haven FL

    My Bad, sorry I missed that they were looking for Florida. Joe
  13. Striper

    Winter Haven FL

    Rivers Edge in Winterhaven
  14. I also just had cataract surgery. Right eye was done long ago and they did it for distance, so when they did the left eye last month I told them to do it for distance also. I do not need glasses to drive, etc now, but I am ordering glasses with progressive lenses so that I don't have to carry readers with me and will continue to wear glasses. That will help me remember that most of the things I get involved in REQUIRE eye protection. Joe
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