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Rich&Sylvia

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  1. "Desert-if-ication" is what I think is happening. According to one of my long departed university professors (pre-global warming) the earth has been heating up for ages. The desert areas have been moving north and south from the equator for decades. Deserts temps are typically marked by higher-high temps and lower-low temps. The average may remain the same. Currently, it seems that both the highs and lows are becoming consistently higher. And droughts are becoming more common world wide. "Desertification" is too much of a mouth-full for the news media. And so it will not become a media star. The consequences are serious beyond belief.
  2. Thanks for the reminder about head walking into the slideout. We've been grounded mostly because of health issues but I loaded the camper onto the truck yesterday and took it for a short test drive spin. I had remembered everything except to put air in the air bags and adjust the shocks to a higher setting. The ride was really cush till then.
  3. It sound a little like "Time Enough for Love" by Robert Heinlein The book covers several periods from the life of Lazarus Long (born Woodrow Wilson Smith), an early beneficiary of a breeding experiment designed to increase mankind's natural lifespan, known as the Howard Families, after the program's initiator. The result of more a mutation than the breeding experiment, he is the oldest living human, at more than two thousand years old.
  4. "Educated" by Tara Westover - a worthy read quite unlike anything that I've read to date. It's a remarkable true story of a very different life lived. Currently reading: The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History Book by David Enrich
  5. Yes. I have several PDF manuals that I've transferred to my Paperwhite. It's pretty nifty to have important manuals at hand without resorting to the internet. Also, I often use Cutepdf writer to print anything to a pdf file.
  6. Wall Street Journal published a report today that may be of interest: https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-much-are-prices-up-heres-one-familys-day-to-day-expenses-11625841223?st=31eei4xokm46u1l&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink
  7. We haven't been impacted in any meaningful way with inflation just yet. BUT, I was looking at prices of new Jeep Wranglers last month and a top, or near top of the line Wrangler was listing at around $50,000. ($40,000 would also get a pretty nice unit too) Yesterday, while again looking at online prices, they were listing at around $60,000. Is that just because it's a "Jeep" or are others also finding astonishing price increases in other areas?
  8. Inflation may soon make the original post a moot question - or answered with a simple "No".
  9. Wealthy out-of-staters will own those parks. First come, first serve systems often eliminates many long term planners. Wanna' drive a 40' rig with toad on the off chance you might get a spot? Probably not so much. (Of course with enough money, one would reserve a backup site and not care.)
  10. Underweight, possibly. I scaled at the state scale at Farewell Bend and came up 50 lbs below GVWR. The camper is new and it the first time I've weighed this rig - previous campers have always been a few hundred pounds over GVWR.
  11. Oregon truck scales - mostly closed on weekends - are still active and open to all. I've used the one at the Farewell Bend State Park many times.
  12. Best book of 2021 for me so far is "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles It is one of those books that one wants it to keep going, to not end.
  13. 91 gallons of fresh water would last us about 2 weeks. We never wash dishes the traditional way in a sink - instead use paper plates mostly and use them for kindling.
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