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Minnie Rally in Boise
« on: July 21, 2007, 07:07:02 PM »
Wow! And we got to “host” it! I think that should advance us to the rank of “Rank Beginners at The RV Forum!”  ;D Great time, meeting real members of RV Forum, our first! We have wanted to meet some real flesh and blood RV Forum folks, for a long time!

Don’t think we could have done better! They are great folks, great company! Well, we could have done a lot better job, planning the entertainment - but what the heck - it was interesting-entertaining, the whole time!

Ok. Ok. So the “Rally” was a visit from Jerry and Ardra. Like I said, we don’t think we could have done better, for a first. Great folks! It had been planned for three or four weeks. Anticipation - We’re ready to do it again!

They arrived Thursday afternoon. Talked to Ardra. Jerry hadn’t gotten down off of the roof, yet.  ??? She’d let us know when he did, and we were invited over.

An aside: I live in a three dimensional world. Left/right, forward/back - that’s two dimensions. Then there is time - a while ago - now - pretty soon. That’s three dimensions. Jerry, I learned, is unusual. He does four dimensions - up/down, too. I don’t do up/down. I don’t go to the roof. I take it on faith, that there is one there. I haven’t seen it. When we bought it, the salesman told us there was a roof up there. We took his word for it. More on this subject, later - -.

Got a tour. Loved their coach - drooling quality luxury - of course. I mostly liked the tile floor. We have carpet, and that is at the top of the list of things we will correct, someday. Well, then there was the computer credenza - and the - - - - very nice! Dani made it as far as the washer/drier.  :o That was it! I hope Ardra didn’t notice her drooling on the washer/drier. She really wanted that when we got our coach. Well, next one, we’ll get the washer/drier.

(I think the best place for it would be in place of the front TV. I don’t watch that much TV. At least, we could use it, as we drive along and the laundry would be done when we arrive at our destination. Co-pilot could fold, as we drive.  ;) The TV is useless, while driving. And, I’d be less likely to bang my head on a washing machine!) (Never heard of anyone banging their head on the washing machine!)

More on Jerry and the roof. A big attraction for tourists, in Idaho, is our water features. You can flyfish the entire state, including the Boise River, at all locations, right through Boise, including downtown Boise. The river is flanked, both sides, by parks and Greenbelt. Fishing is open year round and the featured fish is trout. (Steelhead, from time to time.) The fishing is excellent, 24-7, 365! You can approach, and/or wade, all of it, from anywhere. None of it is privately owned. You will see fisherfolk, year round, from one end of town to the other!

Jerry brought his own water feature - (I did say “luxury.”)   It is on his roof. I didn’t go look. (Like I said, no up/down for me - no fourth dimension!) I did see the inside part. Frankly, no more than a slow drip onto something that looked like a folded towel! Well, it was a bit interesting. They will be at a rally, soon, and he will have a factory rep take a look at it. He expects some improvement, at that time. A small, inside waterfall with maybe some gold fish might be nice. That’s a nice coach! I’ll leave it up to Jerry and the factory tech.

Well, a ton of gossip conversation, and off to dinner at Quinns. It’s an Irish Restaurant, my favorite for 35 years, owned by an (Irish) Marine friend. (No, he’s not active anymore, but he’s not “ex,” either. There are no ex-Marines!) Corned beef and cabbage - steak for me - great company - great conversation - great time.

Oh! Nearly forgot! Jerry won the transportation discussion. We rode to dinner in their toad. Nice. Can’t help but mention my “gotta have next time,” feature on the toad! They have a back-up camera/display to die for! I’ve never seen anything like it, and I have done a lot of looking! It’s color - it’s large enough to see, easily - it’s as clear as the view out the window! In fact, gonna start looking for something like that, now, for our coach! Yes, we have a back-up camera but there is no comparison!

Day Two:

Dani and I recovering from late hour bed time. Me sore from walking - which I don’t do well. Ardra on the phone - cooking breakfast. Jerry back up on the roof. I ask about this and Ardra assures me he’s pretty much known as an up/down, vertical sort of guy, sometimes on other people’s roofs! He’s pretty handy to have around!

Since the visit was to be a short one, I had planned to show the part of Boise I know best. That would be the parks and Greenbelt, where I patrol, and the attractions associated with that. We settled on the Museum, the City Art Gallery, and the MK Nature Center.

We would need more than one car, since I would need my scooter to get around. Dani had an appointment at the VA, (an hour), so she would need hers, as well, and would meet us wherever we were, when she got free. Three cars! Lunch, first.

Well, I am doing last minute stuff in a different part of the house, when I hear a shriek! Run to the dining area, to see what is wrong. Gotta be really bad!

It was!  :'(

Here’s what happened. Somehow the conversation had gotten to “what does an Idaho Driver’s License look like.” Dani had gotten hers out. Jerry was looking at it, and observed that it was expired, since February! Oh, my! Dani has no DL! Dani can’t drive! Train-wreck!

Skipping the bulk of the hullabaloo, I will drive her car to the Sheriff’s office/license office/jail. Jerry and Ardra will follow in their toad. We’re not sure where she’ll wind up, having driven without a license for five months! She’ll get a new license, if they don’t put her in jail. Then, the plan will proceed as previous. She has two hours before the VA appointment. Plenty of time.

Plan executed! Well, in the confusion, she left her cell at home. I give her my cell, and leave her car and keys with her. Jerry, Ardra, and I, go back to get her cell. We return and switch cells. She isn’t finished. She hasn’t even advanced, in the line. It’s a long, long, line! She calls the VA and reschedules her appointment. We leave her there. When she gets out, if she gets out, she will call and catch up with us.

(I’ll finish the Sheriff part of the story, here. It was all a big joke to the Sheriff’s deputies. The line took quite a while, but getting the license was a piece o’ cake! Five months driving without a license? No big deal! A little funny, to them, actually! No jail time.)

Back home, to pick up my car and scooter? Scratch that! I want to be a bit of a host, rather than just a passenger, being ferried around town. I’ll walk it! Really wanted Dani to be there, for the museum and art gallery, so decided on the MK Nature Center for a first tour.

The MK Nature Center is a landscaping dream. It’s a few acres of “man-made wilderness, with a stream, falls, and ponds. It was built by the Morrison Knudsen construction company, as a gift, for Boise! It's awesome! As you go, you are greeted by large windows, every little ways, where you can see the water features from below the surface of the water, where the fish are. You see the fish, and what they eat, possibly in action. To me, it’s fascinating.

I won’t belabor this. When we got there, the gate was closed. Thirty-five years in Boise and I have never seen it closed, before! There has never been a gate! There was a sign on the gate. Ardra got out to read the sign. One can still visit. One needed to go around the outside, to the Greenbelt entrance. That’s two or three blocks from where we park the car. It’s the same distance back when we finish - if I finish. I’m going to do it, or die! (I’m starting to feel like writing a book, “Hosting for idiots!”) (Wondering what Jerry and Ardra think of me, now!) (I gotta tell you, they are so gracious!)

Well, we did it! By the time we got to the other entrance, I was wondering. Half way through, I would walk 20 ft, and sit on a bench, then repeat. I love that part of the park! I enjoyed the windows, but only looked briefly, before sitting down, again. Tried to not make too many crying sounds. An hour later, we made it out the Greenbelt entrance. Three blocks to go and it looks iffy! I sit down for a brief discussion with Jerry and Ardra. Then, I hear the approaching sound of a golf cart - Patrol Vehicle!

Saved! That will be a Police Officer, a PD Volunteer, a Ranger, or a Sheriff’s Deputy. Doesn’t matter which. I know all of them! In my work, we stop and pick up older folks that look like they are on their last legs, regularly. We take them wherever they need to go. Official justification? Saves on 911 Emergency calls! I’m flagging them down and getting us a ride to the car!

Blew it! It was park maintenance workers! Blew it, again! I know all of them, too. I have been patroling for ten years! I could have flagged them down! They would have given us a ride! When I realized that, they were around the turn, out of sight. We walked to the toad. We left the park, for our house.

Dani had just called. She had finished, finally, had her new license, had to stop for a snack, as she had not eaten that day! She was a bit nauseous, from the stress and hunger. We would meet at home, and go out for dinner. “Dani. Don’t eat enough to spoil dinner.”

Back to Quinns. Jerry and Ardra wanted to go there, again. Filet Mignon for me! Medical necessity for my aching bones. Fantastic dinner, with great guests. Dani, who had already eaten, did herself proud. She ordered “all you can eat” ribs! First plate piled high. Second plate she made a deal with the waitress, and took home in a doggy box - for Jasper and Hoover.  ::) During dinner, I saw her putting some ribs on Jerry’s plate. From there, after Jerry “processed” them, the bones went into another “doggy bag.”  Carry out took some doing. A lot of doing!

My plans were wasted. Someone else was in charge of the actual schedule, and I don’t think I would have had a better time if the event had gone as intended. Really enjoyed our first RV Forum, in person, experience. Now, ready for the next one!

Jerry and Ardra: Y’all come back, y’ hear

Dani and Ray  ;D

Yikes! Had to edit!  >:(  forgot the pictures!
« Last Edit: July 21, 2007, 07:34:57 PM by Ray D »
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Re: Minnie Rally in Boise
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2007, 07:32:26 PM »
Ray,

What a story.  I'm so pleased that Jerry and Ardra were your first Forum friends.  They don't get any better than those two and yes Jerry has the up and down feature.  Did you see him walk and Shave at the same time.  Talk about multitasking!

Sorry we did not get a chance  to look you up when we were near Boise on Memorial Day.  We were on a mission to head up to Northern Idaho.

Playing on line daily is fun but attaching the faces and personalities to the on-line dialogue is what really enhances the Forum.  I gotta go now and look at the expiration  date on my driver's license.

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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2007, 07:59:13 PM »
Ray, now you know what this forum is really all about.  Hope many more of us get to meet you down the road.
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2007, 08:02:25 PM »
Thank you for the detailed report. Yes we agree Jerry and Ardra ar great folks.  Sounds like you had a great rally.  Hope to meet you sometime.

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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2007, 08:16:43 PM »
Ray D. and Jasper's Mom (Dani),

Well, after more up-down work on the A/C to figure out why there's a drip, we finally got off late this morning and have wifi tonight.  Yeaa!  We tried the park's "free one hour wifi" last night, but I barely got into it when (we think) the forum went down.  No more hour.  So here I am with a lot of catching up to do.

Anyway, we really enjoyed meeting you both.  And Jasper and Hoover (the dogs).  As Betty said, getting to put names to faces is half the fun with this group.  And, it was enjoyable even though it didn't go as planned.  Really, what in life does???

Ray, I love your description of Jerry's dimensions.  Not everyone has as many as he does!  Too bad we didn't think to send him up onto to your roof to verify it is in fact there.  ;)

Again, thanks for the hospitality and some good laughs.

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Re: Minnie Rally in Boise
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2007, 08:30:49 PM »
Ray,

I didn't want to mention it BUT the reason you got such a good price for Dani's old tired Allegro trade-in (I wonder if he married her for that Allegro) was because the new coach they were delivering to you does NOT have a roof.  You'll never notice the difference at least until it rains.  Thanks for the nice time.  We both really enjoyed meeting you and Dani. 

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Re: Minnie Rally in Boise
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2007, 08:38:23 PM »
Betty: You wrote, "I gotta go now and look at the expiration  date on my driver's license."

Did that work out, OK?   ???  ;D

I felt so sorry for Dani. License expired was bad enough!  :'(  Five months was just about more than she could handle.  :o
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Ned, " Hope many more of us get to meet you down the road."

That's the plan!  ;D
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Ron, we're hoping to wrangle an invitation to Sam's Camp, one of these days. Need to check out how those Montana Trout stack up against Boise Trout. We might have to check that out, several times, to get the correct scientific results.  :D

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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2007, 08:54:47 PM »

Ron, we're hoping to wrangle an invitation to Sam's Camp, one of these days. Need to check out how those Montana Trout stack up against Boise Trout. We might have to check that out, several times, to get the correct scientific results.  :D

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You are welcome anytime just let us know when.  From the reports I got this year the Montana trout are larger and more numerous than in Idaho. ;D ;D
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Re: Minnie Rally in Boise
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2007, 08:59:53 PM »
Ardra said, "And, it was enjoyable even though it didn't go as planned."

Ardra, you are so right. I hate to inject a serious thought into an otherwise "tongue in cheek" thread, but the times when things didn't go as planned are the times you remember forever. Those are the high points of life. Sadly, we don't realize how high they are, until we are much older, and find that those are the memories that last.

I am not the first to say that, here. Many, including you, have responded to threads folks have written about, here, where things just went haywire, from the git-go, on one of their early trips. Many forumites respond something like, "Yeah, that was too bad. But, this is a trip you will remember fondly, later. Now, get another trip under your belt!"

None of us will forget our meeting. Nothing was really seriously wrong and no one got hurt. But, with your roof leak and Dani's license fiasco - all balanced out with steak dinners and corned beef and cabbage - a memorable meeting, indeed.

Great minnie rally!

Ray D  ;D
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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2007, 09:22:13 PM »
Ray,

So true.  The events that go as planned can be great but you really do remember the others!

I'm just glad Dani is now legal and that they didn't throw her in the hoosgow or cuff her!  :D

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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2007, 09:25:23 PM »
Jerry, "because the new coach they were delivering to you does NOT have a roof."

But, the salesman told me it does have a roof. Surely I can trust the salesman! I'm going to have to check with Shayne about this!
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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2007, 12:01:17 AM »
Anonymous,

Dude, you're gonna get in trouble re your personals ad.  Lucky you have a MH where you can sleep until this all blows over.

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« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2007, 12:09:02 AM »
Betty: You wrote, "I gotta go now and look at the expiration  date on my driver's license."

Did that work out, OK?   ???  ;D

Yep,  License expires on my birthday in 2009.  So I've got a ways to go.

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« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2007, 12:42:24 AM »
Betty,

It's funny you checked yours because as soon as Dani realized hers was expired, the rest of us all pulled ours out to check too.  We're all okay for another year.  ;)

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« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2007, 12:45:53 AM »
Betty,

It's funny you checked yours because as soon as Dani realized hers was expired, the rest of us all pulled ours out to check too.  We're all okay for another year.  ;)

ArdraF

With you all talking about expired DL I just checked mine and confirmed its good till 2010. :D ;D
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« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2007, 12:48:16 AM »
I wonder how many people have read this thread, and checked their drivers license for expiration.  ;D
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« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2007, 06:44:53 AM »
Early this month Lorna realized she hadn't received a renewal notice for her drivers license and it was expiring in just a few days.  Downloaded the necessary paperwork from the TX DOT web site and mailed it.  They just cashed the check last week and she should be legal again next week.  Right now her license is expired.
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« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2007, 09:23:16 AM »
We tried to renew our TX license on line one time but because we had the class B license we could not renew on line and had to renew in person so they could witness the signature.
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« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2007, 09:45:24 AM »
Actually, we were both supposed to appear in person this time (2nd renewal can't be done online) but they do have provision for renewal by mail in our case.  But we only have Class C licenses, advantage of a lighter motorhome :)
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« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2007, 10:10:04 AM »
They insisted we had to appear in person so they could witness our signature.  Howver they gave me the form to fill out and sign which I did but after handing be the form she left and didn't return for several minutes.   Must have been log range witness of the signature. ;D ;D
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« Reply #20 on: July 23, 2007, 10:26:01 AM »
You didn't see the hidden cameras :)  I didn't check the Class B provisions for out of state, but I would guess you could use a notarized signature as well.
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« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2007, 11:14:43 AM »
When I renewed we called and they told us the ONLY way to renew was to present myself in person at a drivers license office.  So I did.  May have changed a bit now.  Sam renewed early since we were near the office and within six months of expiring.

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« Reply #22 on: July 23, 2007, 03:12:54 PM »
Hope that was her license that was expiring  and not her.  LOL  You'd be in deep DO DO if it's her   
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« Reply #23 on: July 23, 2007, 08:49:36 PM »
I do better at avoiding knocks on the noggin that somebody else reportably does. ;D
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« Reply #24 on: July 23, 2007, 08:53:10 PM »
Ron,

It would be difficult for you and me to leave our other halves at a Flying J as Shayne did because we're not the primary drivers. OTOH we run the risk of being the ones left behind  ;D
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« Reply #25 on: July 23, 2007, 08:59:52 PM »
Ron,

It would be difficult for you and me to leave our other halves at a Flying J as Shayne did because we're not the primary drivers. OTOH we run the risk of being the ones left behind  ;D

Hmmm hadn't looked at that way.  Gee I fill the tank and then go in to pay while my driver hopefully waits in the MH. ;D
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« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2007, 09:01:35 PM »
Thought for a bit I might escape the wrath, but on well, I suppose it's well deserved LOL
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« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2007, 09:28:56 PM »
Tom and Ron,

You'd better be on your best behavior!  I know those two ladies of yours and they have minds of their own so you'd better not cross them!  ;)

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« Reply #28 on: July 23, 2007, 09:46:50 PM »
You're dead right there Ardra.
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« Reply #29 on: July 23, 2007, 10:17:43 PM »
Tom and Ron,

You'd better be on your best behavior!  I know those two ladies of yours and they have minds of their owns so you'd better not cross them!  ;)

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Ardra you know I do my very best not to cross Sam.
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