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Sunday, June 1, 2014

It Wasn’t My Fault…Honest!

I should be thankful, I guess.  At least this time my shoes didn’t squish when I walked.  Nor were there “things” to pick up off the ground like the time my sewer hose came apart.

Nope, but I did everything right, and it still went wrong.

Prior to leaving the KOA this morning, I needed to dump the Journey's tanks.  Because of the poor layout of the campsite, I had to back up the Journey to the rear of the site to reach the sewer connection.  As it was, I had to use all 15 feet of my sewer hose to reach the hole.

No threads on the pipe to screw the hose into, so I had Marti keep her foot on the hose where it went into the hole.  I opened the black tank valve and you-know-what started to squirt right out around the hole.  Marti jumped back like a scalded cat and got away clean.  I slammed the valve closed and what remained in the hose continued to squirt out until the pressure dropped.

Now what?  I opened the gray tank valve for a couple of seconds and liquid started squirting out again.  With the valve closed water continued to trickle out until it ran clearer and soap suds appeared.

After a few minutes allowing everything to soak into the ground, I was able to disconnect the sewer hose and wash down the (thankfully) small spill.

I looked down the sewer hole and not even a foot down it was plugged by something.  Plugged solid. 

I was relieved that it wasn’t my fault at all.  We gave up on dumping the tanks, but notified the KOA office of the problem.

We did just under 150 miles to get to our “home” campground, Wood Smoke Family Campground, near our daughter’s house.  We had a nice visit with grandsons Andrew and Owen and they helped me clean the bugs off the front of the Journey and set it up.  We’ll be here for a week.

I picked up the mail packet I had my mail service send to Heather’s house and when I opened it, much to my surprise was a notice to appear for Jury Duty in Sioux Falls, SD for the entire month of July.

Hmm, we have plans to be in NJ for another incoming granddaughter.  I am not sure how to work this out, so I’ll call in the morning to see what can be done.

All during my law enforcement career, testifying in many trials. I wondered what it would be like to sit on a jury.  Now that I’m retired the chance has arisen and it’s not a good time.  Plus, even if I was called, I know I’d be dismissed because defense attorneys aren’t keen on law enforcement officers, active or retired, sitting on a jury.

Always something interesting.  Has anyone run into this situation before?  Any advice is appreciated.

In the mean time, I won’t be posting for the next few days, the laptop is going in the shop for a new screen.  I accidently  stepped on my laptop and cracked the screen when I was taking down that busted shade.


I’ll still be reading and commenting on other’s blogs using my back up netbook, but I won’t be able to post.

Hang in there, I’ll be back as soon as I can.  ;c) 

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.



  1. Marti was the smart one, lucky she was sooo quick.

  2. Geez ... you certainly have had your share of rotten luck. Mr. Murphy seems to know where to find you and that's not a good thing. Hopefully things will improve.

  3. Just call up SD and explain the situation. They are very understanding.

  4. Why won't you be able to post with your netbook?

    1. It's really old, has very little memory and I can't load Picasa to be able to post those amazing pictures I take... ;c)

  5. Wow, I'm waiting for the day, (hopefully never) that Joe will have something like that when dumping. RE: jury duty, I do know in our Clackamas County, Oregon, age 70 and older, can be excused from jury duty when requested. (but then, you certainly don't look even close to 70......

  6. Thank goodness no squishy shoes and no "things" this time!

  7. Normally a call to the courthouse to explain that you are a full timer will get you excluded. I know for sure it works that way in Lake County.

  8. If you look at the SD website, RVers are automatically dismissed from jury duty. Becki

  9. Sounds like a near miss. Way to go with the quick action Marti. Glad to hear you two have arrived in a hopefully "safe" campground. Try not to get in any trouble, ok?

  10. Good luck with your new campground and getting out of jury duty, don't think that should be a problem for you.
    I managed to get out of it years ago, when I was self employed.

  11. Your like a "Murphy Magnet" ;o)) Glad it wasn't really nasty this time!!

  12. Those black tank mishaps can be a nasty bit of business. I've had two of them & both my fault. Not nice!! I did the jury duty thing one time & found the experience interesting but would not want to do it again. It really soaks up your time.

  13. Glad you made it back to the home campground.

  14. Yay, you're within visiting range now :-) Hope that you get your laptop back soon! If you guys get time, let us know, we'll meet you halfway?

  15. Dang...and we thought we had such interesting tales to tell...always seems to make this life much more interesting but wouldn't you prefer a different approach to the excitement...I know we would!

  16. Good thing Marti's fast or you'd have been found guilty and sentenced to hard time!

    Good luck with the screen fix.

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  17. Looks to me like Marti could play short stop since she is so quick. You go girl!

  18. I think you're going to have a hard time convincing Marti to EVER put her foot on that hose again! :)