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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Always A New Experience

One thing we really enjoy workamping here at J. Strom Thurmond COE is we never know what we’re going to do next.  Today was a perfect example.

At first, we we going to go pickup an office printer from a nearby Army base, but that fell through.  So we we asked to do a different task, one we’ve never done before.  What was it?

Washing signs.


Actually, it is a necessary task.  The signs get dirty, bird’s poop on them, spiders spin webs on them and moss grows on them.  So we set out with a bunch of rags and some window cleaner supplied by one of the rangers we were helping.

In a short time, we realize that not only didn’t we have enough rags or window cleaner, but many of the signs were quite tall.  We put our heads together and came up with a better idea.  Off we went to the Journey and picked up a few of our things.

One was a broom.  I could clean off loose dirt and debris first before we started scrubbing.


We also grabbed our window squeegee, it has an extendable handle.  A bucket full of soapy water and we became a very efficient team.


In five hours we washed a bunch of signs.  And we were able to reach to the top of all of the higher signs, except one.  That one will require a ladder to get cleaned.  We even pruned some branches away from a few signs that were starting to get overgrown.

On some of the lower signs Marti still used the rags and window cleaner while I covered the taller ones with the squeegee.


There are still a lot of signs left to be cleaned, so it will be a good project for us to work at when there are not other tasks to do.  It was a great day, warm sunshine, fresh air and working with Marti.

We’re liking this workamping lifestyle!  :c)

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  1. Watch out! Next thing you know, you may have to paint all the posts. I could probably give you some pointers on that. :)

  2. "sign, sign, everywhere a sign"
    You definitely have your work cut out for you... there's a lot of signs around this great and beautiful lake. Have fun! :)

  3. They sure are lucky to have workers who bring their own and better tools for the job. I'll bet those signs are sparkling. Does sound like a great outside job on a nice day.

  4. Beauty is in the details...clean signs are one of those details;o)) Great job and get'er done attitude!!

  5. Sounds like you are having too much fun!

  6. You and Marti are going to get a promotion soon for your ingenuity and resourcefulness. I'm wondering just what the step-up is from sign washing??

  7. Don't let them find out how creative you will be reinventing the dam :-)

  8. Every job is better when you have the right tools.

  9. You are learning so many useful skills. Now you have "poop cleaner" to put on your resume!

  10. Interesting: Bird poo on the "Strom Thurmond Signs", I wonder about the connection?

  11. Good idea on using better tools for the job. I hope you're not over doing it Paul!!

  12. I see signs in your future. You could clean signs as you make your way across the country in exchange for a free site each night. Have squeegee, will travel :)

  13. Looks like you have the hang of sign washing.

  14. As long as the weather is nice it sounds like a nice way to spend the day together!