Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Big Day

Tomorrow is the big day.  I dropped off the SUV at 5 p.m.  Surgery is scheduled for 9 a.m. with no results until Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.  I told the guy to take it nice and slow.   I took the SUV to get it washed first, imagine going in for surgery without taking a bath.  Yuck.  She sure looked good going in for observation.
I got some things done today, paid bills and went to see my accountant.   I pay a mere 250 pesos a month to keep my taxes straight and take advantage of all my possible deductions.  Being self-employed, I have to register and pay taxes monthly.   All of it is done via internet and having an account who is in the know makes it much easier.  So far this year, apart from the 20% I pay on income, everything else has been in my favor.  This amount accumulates month by month and helps to reduce or eliminate what I owe at the end of the year.
I got ahold of Wandering Mike.  He had some rv issues and was in San Antonio.  I was hoping he could pick up a quick disconnect hose at CW while he was there but his trip has been delayed.   Today I went out hose hunting and came up empty.  Close, but not close enough.   Two places carry the hose but are out and a special order could be a week out, to close for comfort.   Tomorrow I have two more options and then I will call it quits.  I may opt out for another heater I can buy locally and return the Mr. Heater some time in the spring.  I am still optomistic.  The interesting part is running around downtown to all these specialty shops.  So much that you can still find.  Home Depot is a generic store that carries very little of what one really needs.  I have pretty much written them off.  Enter the store and you are greeted by people who know very little about products and would do little to inform themselves.   I'll never get it.
If you work in the section for gas and electric heaters, instead of standing around with your finger in your (you fill in the blank) you would grab a manual and make yourself an expert on the products you sell.   Sad times we live in.


  1. Sorry to hear you couldn't find the hose. I would be careful when choosing another heater. Many really aren't efficient enough to run inside.

    Amazing about Home Depot and such places. Although now and then you find a retired guy who really does have the background. That is one of the things I do like about a lot of Ace Hardware stores in the US.

  2. I've found Home Depot much improved in the last 2 or 3 years. They have lots of help, and the help will walk you to the aisle where the product is. They'll even open a blister package if you need to compare the items. Much different than 5 years ago.

  3. Chris, why don't you get in contact with Barb and Sal, maybe they could pick up the hose for you on their way back to Hacienda? Just a thought.

    Kevin and Ruth

  4. Too bad Croft is already crossing as I type!

    Good luck with the surgery.