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Old 02-01-2014, 10:08 AM   #10487
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There's a lesson to be learned. Ladies? Can you drive the rig? Could you make it home alone? Do you know how to do everything required to get on the road? Do you know the new CPR?


Hi, Mutants:

I'm an NREMT-E, and I can tell you this - CPR is easy, and nothing fancy is needed. Knowing how can save a life. If you've ever taken CPR, use the same hand position and do 100 compressions a minute. No rescue breathing, just compressions. 100 a minute equates to the rhythm of "Staying Alive" (BeeGees, anyone?). If you've never taken CPR, do yourself a favor and take the class. It also includes how to help someone who is choking. Find out if someone in the area has an AED - campground, store, etc. AEDs make a huge difference in successful outcomes. I'm saving my pennies to carry one on my rig. I carry a complete jump bag when we travel. You'd be surprised how many times I've had to use it.

On the same subject, carry baby aspirin (81mg) or regular strength (325mg) aspirin with you. At the first inkling that you may be having a heart attack, chew 4 baby aspirin or one adult aspirin. It may save your life, and costs less than a dollar. Hint - the baby aspirin tastes better. Symptoms for a woman may be very different than those of a man, so do some internet research and learn the warning signs.

Driving the coach - Mary drove it 50 feet during our test drive and said that was enough. She is a reluctant driver at best, even in our cars, so I don't push the point. If I got sick, we'd have to hire a driver or park it somewhere and come back for it. I'm not going to worry - if it happens, we'll deal with it.

Muddypaws, thanks for helping that lady deal with her loss and for thinking about her little dog.

On a lighter note, Mary finished her taxes. Sing with me - Oh, happy day! Refund's on the way!

Have a great Friday evening, mutant brethren.
Great info in your post. Your advice is spot on!! My wife does not want to drive our rig and says in the event that should happen, she has the toad and would get someone to drive the rig to a storage yard, and deal with it later.
None of us are getting younger so we all should be somewhat prepared.

Meanwhile enjoy the day, life is great.
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Old 02-01-2014, 10:24 AM   #10488
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We were in Quartzite for a week during the big RV show, but on our second day there I did something horrible to my back and couldn't hardly walk more than 2 or 3 minutes at a time. Didn't get to tour many motorhomes but still managed to have a good time.

Then we went to Laughlin and did the casino thing for several days. Mrs. Muddypaws is the queen of bingo and won enough to finance our stay in the RV park at the Avi Casino, and a bunch of other fun too. My advice is to pass on the dinner buffet no matter what the price is. The best meal we had in the area was at a Black Bear Diner.

On the trip out and back we spent the night in Boron and went to Domingo's. The place is famous for being the first stop for shuttle crews when they land at Edwards AFB. Pretty good Mexican food.

The low point was that when we returned from dinner there were fire trucks and an ambulance in front of our space. After the initial panic over our Golden Retrievers and the always present danger of fire in a coach we saw that the EMT's were in the fifth wheel next door. They were working on Gil, who we never met. He did not make it despite over an hour of everything they could do. Gil's poodle was in a panic and in danger of getting run over so I coaxed (carried) him into our rig and tried to calm him down. I made sure the EMT's knew where the dog was and waited for Gil's wife Marilyn to come get him. When they removed the body they brought her over and we talked for about 20 minutes and made sure she was going to be able to get home. She was doing about as well as could be expected of someone faced with the unexpected death of a spouse. What a horrible thing for her. Her daughter and son-in-law must have come in the middle of the night because when we got up at 6:30 the space was empty.

There's a lesson to be learned. Ladies? Can you drive the rig? Could you make it home alone? Do you know how to do everything required to get on the road? Do you know the new CPR?

My DW is working on it. She is still afraid to drive but has no trouble at all telling me how. That's going to change.
What an awful, awful experience. It is for you just as much as Gil's wife in a way. Let me explain; we stayed at Kettle RV, Eureka Springs, AR park in July 4, 2011, and our neighbor in a 5er died inside. He also had a small elderly terrier dog. Otherwise alone. We knew something was wrong right away because the dog was not being taken out. We also could see her staring out through a window night and day. It TOOK 3 DAYS for management to do something. Of which they broke in and took the body away. He was a fulltimer there, and neighbors knew him. One ended up taking the dog until next of kin could be notified.
I was so disgusted with the handling of that poor man's demise, and the suffering of that poor old dog, I wrote an online review of the whole thing. I will never stay at that park again.
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Lol Dave will quickly learn to pick them up at nite and put them in the recliner so that won't happen more than once..... an that's the voice of experience.
Which us exactly why i am not getting two or even one. Like the way they sit, like the way they look, but I am a super klutz, not DH.... I would be the one tripping....lol....
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Tripping.....

I keep a small LED flashlight near my side of the bed. Not because of an ottoman left out of place but because our original Muddypaws likes to sleep in the path to the bathroom. She does the same thing in our S&B house. I'd rather not step on her.

No matter where you are it's a good idea to keep a flashlight near the bed.

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If an RV park's management responded in only 3 days I would call them pretty good. It's not uncommon for someone to lay where they fell for a lot longer than that.

We were going to try to make it to Tehachapi but decided stay in Boron. If we hadn't been there Buddy, the poodle, probably would have gotten lost, or worse. So the way I see it we were there for a reason. It wasn't fun but we did what we could to help.
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No matter where you are it's a good idea to keep a flashlight near .
But, I think Dave would be much happier with ropus lightus around the ottoman area. NOT!
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But, I think Dave would be much happier with ropus lightus around the ottoman area. NOT!
Tim we have a new neighbor with a serious case of ropus lightus such as I have never seen before. Tucked up under his canopy is the ropus about 20 ft long and it changes colors constantly and being LED is very bright! When he turns on his stereo radio they change colors to the beat of the music. Sick Sick Sick! Makes me nauseous. No smoothies for me when he has that thing on!
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But, I think Dave would be much happier with ropus lightus around the ottoman area. NOT!
I think Dave has crossed over to the dark side.
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Hmmm, it seems that I now have another reason to enjoy my small abode. I have no fears of tripping over anything on my way to the bathroom at night because the door is right next to my bed. Also, the amber LED on the top of my frig shines on the ceiling making an excellent night light.
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Tim we have a new neighbor with a serious case of ropus lightus such as I have never seen before. Tucked up under his canopy is the ropus about 20 ft long and it changes colors constantly and being LED is very bright! When he turns on his stereo radio they change colors to the beat of the music. Sick Sick Sick! Makes me nauseous. No smoothies for me when he has that thing on!
Psycodelic, that's like a whole new color to the rainbow, like man!
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The margaritas only make you forget to care what you or the dog smell like. Tomato juice shampoo first, margaritas next.
Camp hosts took pity on me and gave me Skunk Kleen. Now I am enjoying a hard earned adult beverage.
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My back is much better. I took the fur-girls for a romp on the beach and in the water at Morro Bay today with nary a twinge. But I'm being careful because I'm right at that 'oops, did it again' stage. De-skunkify: An acquaintance of ours trains search & rescue dogs and they get skunked fairly often. She uses a mixture of Dawn dish washing liquid, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and water. Works good but keep it out of the dogs eyes & nose.
This is the skunk remedy I used when my lab and Great Dane played tug-of-war with a skunk last time. Effective for my Dane who was sprayed across the knees. My lab gets it right in the face-mouth, nose, eyes and ears. Sensitive and difficult areas to clean. I do really appreciate all the solutions.
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Did the Skunk Kleen work and how well?

If needed, use the Tomato Juice as follows:
  • Celery salt
  • 1 Lemon wedge
  • 1 Lime wedge
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Tomato Juice
  • 2 dashes Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 tsp Prepared horseradish
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch Celery salt
  • 1 pinch Ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch Smoked paprika
Pour some celery salt onto a small plate. Rub the juicy side of the lemon or lime wedge along the lip of a pint glass. Roll the outer edge of the glass in celery salt until fully coated. Fill with ice and set aside. Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into a shaker and drop them in. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake gently and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a celery stalk and a lime wedge.



Enjoy! - I think I'll make one myself!!!!
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Did the Skunk Kleen work and how well? If needed, use the Tomato Juice as follows:[*]Celery salt[*]1 Lemon wedge[*]1 Lime wedge[*]2 oz Vodka[*]4 oz Tomato Juice[*]2 dashes Tabasco Sauce[*]2 tsp Prepared horseradish[*]2 dashes Worcestershire sauce[*]1 pinch Celery salt[*]1 pinch Ground black pepper[*]1 pinch Smoked paprika Pour some celery salt onto a small plate. Rub the juicy side of the lemon or lime wedge along the lip of a pint glass. Roll the outer edge of the glass in celery salt until fully coated. Fill with ice and set aside. Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into a shaker and drop them in. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake gently and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a celery stalk and a lime wedge. Enjoy! - I think I'll make one myself!!!!
Your advice works perfectly! Delish!
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