Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Take a step back...

Sometimes you just have to take a step back when you look at the things that are going on around you. This weekend was supposed to be a nice family gathering with a visit from my mom and Max with the opportunity for Denise and I to have a few hours of time to go do something together (a movie was the plan).

Everything quickly changed on Friday when Denise and I, who were both not at the house, came home to find the A/C broken and not working. Denise quickly called the air condition place that installed our unit a few years ago (and who happens to have his home office about 100 yards from our house) but was unable to get them to answer the telephone.

Here’s the deal, we live in the Mojave Desert, which was scheduled (and hit) really “nice” 100+ temperatures during the weekend. So trying to survive without a/c is really not an option. We made it through the first night (barely) but Saturday was a disaster from the beginning. The house never really cooled down during the night and when we woke up it was hot, hot, hot!!! I am not sure if you have had the opportunity to truly experience the joy of the Mojave desert but to image it turn on the oven at 350 degrees, once it has warned up, open it up, and sit your head in there. It is really cool because you can actually feel the water from your eyes evaporate! Needless to say I was a raving ass for most of the weekend. Oh, and just for the record, the a/c folks NEVER called us back over the weekend.

We decided to turn to plan “B” which was to light up our travel trailer and get some relief! The first problem is we did not have an electrical out that could support the current draw from the RV a/c unit. Okay, so no problem. Readers of the blog probably remember when we purchased the trailer and remember that I bought a really nice, China copy, of a Honda generator. I should pause here for a moment and remind everyone about the “buy it right, but it once” mantra that I completely failed to follow… So I powered up the generator, connected the trailer, and fired up the a/c unit. Well, as soon as the compressor kicked it, the generator powered off. Talk about a defeated feeling. Neither of us was very happy at that particular moment either! (Notice a trend do you?)

Keep in mind that at this time the temperature was just breaking 100 outside and the house was hotter than that (it actually felt cooler outside). We collectively decided to remedy our failed generator purchase and get a good (read Honda) solution. So I picked up the phone, called camping world (to make sure they had everything) and loaded everyone up and started heading toward Bakersfield. We ended up going with (2) Honda EU 2000i generators with the parallel kit that gives us 4000 watts of power in a more portable (ie – Denise can move the darn things). All I can say is the trailer with the generators was a lifesaver! We basically spent the entire weekend (until Tuesday) in the trailer living by generator. Now this was a major pain because we had to re-fill the units every 4 to 5 hours and we made numerous trips to the gas station. The other thing is we were worried about someone complaining about the noise (even though they are “quiet” units, it’s a generator, it makes noise). We would run the units as long as we dared with the longest time being Sunday night went we shut them off around midnight.

Okay so here’s the real deal here. We could focus on all the bad points, and boy was their bad points, or we could focus on the good. So, we did have a pretty nice trip in Bakersfield, we purchased a great set of generators, we had a nice lunch/dinner with Nana and Max, we got to test out the trailer before our Pismo trip, and we had an awesome grilled salmon (camping in the front yard). Denise was also able to get an electrician to come over and wire up a 125V 30 Amp RV circuit so we can now just plug the trailer into the house and run everything (include both the rv a/c and the house a/c). Devin and Desirae also had opportunity to stay with Nana and Max in a hotel in Mojave (which I am sure was an experience in and of itself). Considering the circumstances the kids were pretty good. Actually I ended up buying them a set of iPod for being so good about it

In the end I think I am starting to embrace the drama that is our life. Everything we always do seems to go just a bit off – but heck I know that, Denise knows that, so just roll with it… All I can say is sure is easier to type those words sitting in the house in the a/c!!!


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