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Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 13, 2018 - 08:12am PT
It's that time of year again
 when the hateful Supertopians enjoy throwing barbs at me as being "too old" to be acting like they did when they were young, as if there is some age where a person is required to succumb to a desperate life of keeping up with mortgages and car payments, and socking aside as much as possible for impending care when they become too feeble in body and/or mind to care for themself.
 when the nice people enjoy a mix of laughter and encouragement, with a side order of wondering what kind of crazy is en route for me, Lucas and Penny, and if I'll be broken down along the way and have to become a bitter hash-slinging waitress as a greasy spoon in some barely inhabited town in the middle of Nebraska.
 when I hear some new noise coming from somewhere in the van and ask for online diagnosis


Yes, take off time is coming. Today is raining, and the only thing I plan to do is scrub out my cooler. If I get some of the household bins reorganized, that's just a bonus. Tomorrow is the crush, as I plan to take off on Thursday mid-day. But.....no hurry.

As usual - I am posting links and pictures of my chalkbags and jewelry, in my version of a homemade GoFundMe. If anyone gets grit under the elastic in their knickers over this - well....that's part of the fun! Feel free to be as mean as you like, but please keep it limited to the thread. Sending me anonymous hate email really is taking it too far.

Penny has 4 new tires, and oil change, and the tune up from a few months ago, and seems to be doing as good if not better than in the previous years. I don't have that initial nervousness - and THAT'S making me nervous!

Unfortunately, the last two months, when I have always put away as much cash as possible, has been frigging rain like crazy here, and my work weeks were about half the hours expected. Do I have the money in the bank for gas to get to the southwest? Nooooo. Not even close.

So - Chalkbags at http://www.ClimbAddictDesigns.Etsy.com

Here's a few of the newer ones:




Jewelry at at http://www.TalismanToo.Etsy.com



Once I get down into the southwest, my aim is toward Quartzsite, AZ, which is a gem and mineral hub. I am hoping to join their local club and do a bit of rock hounding plus learn to cut and shape stones. So, I won't be heading to Joshua Tree as early as usual - thinking I will get there like the 3rd week in January.

However - we'll see!
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Nov 13, 2018 - 08:23am PT
Best to you.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 13, 2018 - 08:36am PT
Thanks FRUMY and THocking!

Cosmic - Did you bother to read that thread? That thread which begins:
I'm referring most specifically to Reports of Injuries/Deaths and Condolences?Celebrations of Lives Threads.

I was referring to the hijacking of other threads to further one's agenda.

But feel free to attempt your hijack on this thread to further your agenda, if that makes you feel good. Hope your day is going nicely ;)
ionlyski

Trad climber
Polebridge, Montana
Nov 13, 2018 - 08:42am PT
Sounds like fun! Jealous; wish I could make it happen right now. Those are some nice looking chalk bags too!

Good luck with the van and call us if you need help with it.

Arne
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 13, 2018 - 08:52am PT
Happie trails!!
10b4me

Social climber
Lida Junction
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:09am PT
don't let that old fool get to you. he suffers from tds, aka trona derangement syndrome. nawmean?
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:12am PT
I'll use this thread to further my personal agenda, saying:
Your chalk bags are looking really good!

Matrix pattern is approaching eveningwear compatible fabric selection. Very nice.
Blue Clipper is a fantastic color. Blue shaded with green and gray. Might be described as periwinkle?

You're Etsy page is very well sorted out: eye-catching with good functionality.
A couple others which I like:
 I've got those along with Matrix & Blue Clipper filed in my hard drive under Art.

How's the body holding up currently, Happie?
Got any goals this year, or do you just get out there and play it as it comes?

If you don't mind my asking, what level are you leading at these days?
Most of my friends that are still hitting it have definitely notched down a couple grades from their prime, but climbing is climbing, no?
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:14am PT
from wikipedia:
Animal migration is the relatively long-distance movement of individual animals, usually on a seasonal basis. It is the most common form of migration in ecology. It is found in all major animal groups, including birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and crustaceans. The trigger for the migration may be local climate, local availability of food, the season of the year or for mating reasons. To be counted as a true migration, and not just a local dispersal or irruption, the movement of the animals should be an annual or seasonal occurrence

venture forth ... or back?!
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:15am PT
Yes, take off time is coming. Today is raining, and the only thing I plan to do is scrub out my cooler.

It would behoove you, methinks, to get fresh batteries for the multimeter.

Have a fun trip!
DanaB

climber
CO
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:27am PT
I'll use this thread to further my personal agenda.


Thanks, Roy. You're someone to emulate.

Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:30am PT
And
Do not Sweat the psychopath, I get Bi-monthly hate mail
Never say its name out loud or post it
like the Beetlejuice . . he is
Roots

Mountain climber
Redmond, Oregon
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:34am PT
Love the brass nuts you are using on your chalk bags. Very clever!
Barbarian

climber
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:55am PT
Safe travels HappieGrrrl!
I look forward to your updates as you make your way west. Hopefully the van will perform well and cause you less hassles than previous years.
I admire your spirit of adventure.
Hopefully I'll get out to JT after you arrive and say hello.
divad

Trad climber
wmass
Nov 13, 2018 - 10:46am PT
Always nice to follow this bi-annual migration thread. It has become a taco staple. Happie travels...
Winemaker

Sport climber
Yakima, WA
Nov 13, 2018 - 10:48am PT
Have a safe trip; hope we don't get any car questions!

I bought a chalk bag from you last year and can recommend them highly! They make great gifts too; help this woman out!
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 13, 2018 - 11:27am PT
Thank you all for the good wishes!

I'm working in developing a series of How To lessons in wire weaving over the winter. From basic considerations through the execution if some designs. These will be sold in PDF files, for maybe 5 or 6 bucks each. YouTube is already got people doing the pattern tutorials in a way better than I can, but I can do as my idea and get some income generated. As for taping as I make... I don't even know how each piece is going to go. They are almost completely serendipitous, once I decide on a starting point.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Social climber
Wilds of New Mexico
Nov 13, 2018 - 11:32am PT
Safe travels!!
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 13, 2018 - 11:41am PT
oops...forgot to answer Tarbuster. I can comfortably lead .5, follow .7, though I didn't do much this season at the Gunks. Hopefully will get out with people this winter.
thebravecowboy

climber
The Good Places
Nov 13, 2018 - 11:50am PT
Cheers to you Happie, travel well.

I dig my chalkbag that you made, thanks again.
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Nov 13, 2018 - 12:08pm PT
Go, Happie, go! We hate the haters and love yer stories and energy. Safe travels.

BAd
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, Bozeman, the ocean, or ?
Nov 13, 2018 - 12:19pm PT
Yeah Happie!

Safe travels to you and Lucas...I hope you get to Moab.

I’m so excited to add to my necklace collection. I can’t tell you how many people ask about them. I always give them your link.

It’s so hard to stay away from your site. I want them ALL!

Hugs to you and Lucas.

Susan
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Nov 13, 2018 - 01:27pm PT
I love your migration posts, it is like the leaves dropping, a reminder that it is winter. I envy you for being able to live that lifestyle. Please do not let whiners chase you off.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Nov 13, 2018 - 03:07pm PT
[Click to View YouTube Video]
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 13, 2018 - 03:15pm PT
hey there say, happiegrrrl... and dear pupdog...

happy trails... be safe... happy SALES... and tutor-days...

god bless and hugs... and prayers...


:)
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Nov 13, 2018 - 03:49pm PT
I'm off the curve on why that nice woman in Jon Beck's video posting is seeking conductive textiles, but I do like her burgundy nail polish!

The conductivity foray is explained here, though I'm not so hot on the trail of those milk chocolate colored nails she's sporting in this prior installment, just saying ...

[Click to View YouTube Video]

 Stainless steel thread! Sounds durable. But, maybe not the best choice for seam construction on your all-weather haul bag?

(Maybe all that much more highly conductive aluminum hardware was gonnah get you zapped anyway)
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 13, 2018 - 04:08pm PT
Do what moves you, give no regard to what others say. That old canard about acting your age is totally flawed. The older you get the better off you are by NOT acting your age. ACTING your age is just a lame excuse to give in to your age. They say climbing is eighty percent mental...same goes for aging.
canyoncat

Social climber
SoCal
Nov 13, 2018 - 04:13pm PT
Have you ever thought of doing some dog coats? https://www.mimiandtara.com/dog-coat-pattern/

There are a ton of doggies on ST.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Nov 13, 2018 - 04:25pm PT
Happie. I hope you have a wonderfull and safe trip! My chevy van now has 205k on it. we lived in it for 2 months this summer on a 9k trip and it did great. Got home and turned it into a tool truck and its not happy. Something with either a speed sensor or the computer messes up the speedometer and the shifting but not when the mechanic has it and it did not trip a code????? used my last AAA tow for the year so have to wait till june to break down again....
DanaB

climber
CO
Nov 13, 2018 - 04:39pm PT
The older you get the better off you are by NOT acting your age.

Aye. If you don't watch out, you're 80 years old and you essentially haven't been out of the house in years. I saw a lot of that when I was an ER nurse.
ClimbingOn

Trad climber
NY
Nov 13, 2018 - 10:01pm PT
Have a safe and fun trip! I saw you donated a chalk bag to the Mohonk Preserve's benefit auction - nice touch.
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
ne'er–do–well
Nov 13, 2018 - 11:29pm PT
Launch
wivanoff

Trad climber
CT
Nov 14, 2018 - 06:45am PT
Happy trails, HappieGrrrl!

('member me? The guy who's grandpa stole a ship from the Russians)
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2018 - 08:33am PT
I did consider making dog coats at one point. I had won a Patagonia jacket at a Facelift and a few years later scraped some holes in it on my first time in the Chasm of Doom. I cut off one arm of the coat and made a doggy cover, which I still have for Lucas. I even moved the Patagonia label to be above the hole for the leash attachment. I thought "PataDogia!" Of course, I knew that would be a small infringement issue. But - I am not that good at sewing.

Several years before that, when I still lived in NYC, I was thinking of doing a web-based Pet Gift Specialty shop; even went to a big trade show in research mode. That was around 2002, I think, when it would have been on the front end of such a thing. I had adopted Teddy and even in NYC there weren't a great many options of decent quality, tasteful, toys/harness options, dishes and such. I was going to do Gift Subscriptions like "Toy of the Month," and "Welcome our New Doggy/Kitty" party things with a Gift Registry, and things like that. Big on the concept that our animal companions were an integral addition to our family. After the trade show, I sat down and admitted to myself that I couldn't fund such a venture. That's been "the problem" with most of my commercial ideas.

Vivanoff - Yes, I remember!


Thanks again, all. Some of you have made purchases, and it's really appreciated. I'm in town and will ship those out afternoon.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 14, 2018 - 08:36am PT
You really should make some multimeter chalk bags! Call it yer Volt line!
Industrial chic is Da Bomb!
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Nov 14, 2018 - 09:06am PT
You can get custom fabric printed

https://www.spoonflower.com/spoonflower_fabrics
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Nov 14, 2018 - 09:08am PT
Happie. What is your webstore??
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Nov 14, 2018 - 11:02am PT
Here, HappieG, I got your lite work covered. From the OP:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/climbaddictdesigns

Just click on the item you want, tradman, and voilà, shopping cart functionality presents itself.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2018 - 01:37pm PT
Sorry - no new chalkbag patterns this season(except the ones I've finished with the machine and still need to hand finish). Next year, if someone wants a multimeter one, I'm happy to sew it up if they supply the fabric.

I'm a little unsure what trajectory I should be taking now. My first-stop sister just closed on a new house and I was going to help her with the unpacking, but now says they won't be in until next Wed, as carpeting is being done. They have a place on Lake Huron, and *probably* will be there this weekend and Monday, but if I aim that way, it really will be a lot of extra miles just to get there in time to leave on Monday. I hate to just tell her it's not worth it, but..... it just seems so stressful to try to do that. I am sad I won't get to see her though.

My second stop sister is working during the week, and I have the feeling she will do an in-law Thanksgiving at someone else's house, as she hosted last year. She hasn't said anything about it. So..... well, this is kind of normal for my family - tell me they want me to come, but then they aren't available when I do, and they never say that until I'm practically there. I hade kind of gotten ready to "do family," and was looking forward to it, and now I am feeling sad because...well, it's like they are in a different plane of existence. Sigh....

Anyway, I guess I will just head to the Wisconsin sister and try to be unobtrusive and helpful where I can be. And then continue onward.


Had a pre-trip debacle already. Long story short - I ran out of gas this morning and was really worried when it happened because I had miscalculated on the gas since last trip to the station, and didn't think I was at the run-out stage. The van didn't sputter, as it usually would, but just kind of lacked power. I thought maybe this was the Bog One....but it was just out of gas. My bad.

divad

Trad climber
wmass
Nov 14, 2018 - 01:42pm PT
Running on near empty can't be good for the fuel filter. Just sayin'.
John M

climber
Nov 14, 2018 - 02:10pm PT
Terri, have you ever contemplated supplementing your income with some kind of seasonal work that produces a fair amount of cash? I know that Amazon is hiring for the Christmas season. they pay $15 an hour and some locations provide a place for your van for you to live out of. They have a number of locations around the country. A month to 6 weeks work would really add to your coffers and not impinge too much on your lifestyle. Its mostly doing jobs like boxing up orders and preparing them for shipping.

This guy helps people living out of their vehicles. He runs a meet up called the RTR. The rubber tramp rendezvous. It is I believe in January. This year its in Bouse AZ. In previous years in was in Quartzite AZ. There is also a women's RTR. In this video he explains working for Amazon. He also explains working the sugar cane harvest which is in late sept to oct. That is in a different video.
warning.. he is kind of wordy.. :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHo3MzO7xMA&t=447s
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 14, 2018 - 06:39pm PT
HappieGrrrl, so glad you are on your way again. Living across the grain of regular is awesome, tho all don't understand it.

Cheers from another vanachick. :)
Jim Clipper

climber
Nov 14, 2018 - 06:55pm PT
good luck happie! have you thought about doing retro knockoffs? i think i saw at least one picture on the BMW thread. don't forget the zipper pocket in the bottom.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2018 - 09:44am PT
Last post before I go! I'm doing laundry and have to make my bed up, and then walk lucas/ drop off the dolly I borrowed from where I work, and say good bye to those around. Then - into the snowstorm. Hopefully I will get to a decent sized town before it gets dark, but it may just be the Walmart in Ellenville, at the rate I'm going. It was so clod these last few days that it was difficult to stay on task with getting the cabin shut down.


Neebee - Thank you for the card!!!! You are so awesome.

As for supplementing my seasonal work - that's backwards. It's my seasonal work that supplements my craft. Though it probably doesn't seem that way from the outside looking in. I know someone who did the Amazon gig, FWIW.... Thanks for the suggestion.
John M

climber
Nov 15, 2018 - 10:01am PT
As for supplementing my seasonal work - that's backwards. It's my seasonal work that supplements my craft. Though it probably doesn't seem that way from the outside looking in. I know someone who did the Amazon gig, FWIW.... Thanks for the suggestion.

never thought it was any other way because your seasonal work gives you enough time to do your craft. What I did see was that your seasonal work didn't supply you with enough extra cash, so I suggested the amazon gig to supplement that. You could head down to Alabama Edit: ( not sure of actual state )and get out of the cold and make some cash. they have centers all around the country.

Whatever you choose, good luck Terri.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2018 - 03:31pm PT

First snow of the season, at less that 3 hours from first flake down.... Holy crap! I decided to stop pretty much the nearest town with parking for overnight, Middletown. Glad I did, because by the time I got there, the windsheild was icing up, visibility was BAD, and the roads were already slippery.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Nov 15, 2018 - 05:43pm PT
Yikes! looks cold! I was frameing outside the last few days which is fun especially since I get to go home and have a hot shower and a woodstove at the end of the day.. Be safe!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 15, 2018 - 05:58pm PT
Oh Yikes! Hope you have down bags.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Nov 15, 2018 - 06:08pm PT
This thread made the cut and was included in the Supertopo.com Best of the Forum blurb.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 15, 2018 - 09:56pm PT
hey there say, happyGrrl... you are MOST welcome!
say, we JUST got this snow, too...

heard that farther, east, was worse, and man oh man, i can see that...

also, say, if you did not have to drive so far up,
you could stop by here, in mich, too...

but, that'd take you a bit off track of going under the
great lake... to head west, :O


keep us updated...
stay safe... SNOW, man oh man...
here, the only issue, of this early bit, is that my
leaves have not even dropped halfway yet, from oak...


thick lovely fluffy snow, though...
turning to rain now...

hope you get a clear way... driving is worse, in it,
than leaf-troubles...

love and prayers... hug the pup-dog...
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 15, 2018 - 09:58pm PT
hey there say, john bec... wow, neat link for printing custom
fabric or gift paper...


wow...

terrie... wow, lovely jewelry work!!!
and, of course, chalk bags are great, and i don't even climb,
but love them...

great job...
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Nov 16, 2018 - 05:07am PT
Happie, where will we look for you in Josh, The Pit being sold & shut down?
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 16, 2018 - 05:13am PT
Divad - Yes, I do know, and try not to run low. I had made a miscalculation on use, and it also has seemed like my gas mileage has somehow decreased this season, which has been taking me by surprise(the gauge doesn't work, so I take miles down). If I get back to normal now, I'll feel less like a paranoid fool knowing my suspicion that someone's been helping themselves was true. If so, next year will be game camera time.

I've heard lots of stories about "people who drove" last night. "Shitshow," by one guy, who said he'd never seen so many cars off the road. I expect he had some 4x4 with good tires, but couldn't help wondering if his superior driving skills got him through or just luck. I saw my port in the storm early berthed my boat, and am waiting for a while before getting on the road again.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 16, 2018 - 05:34am PT
Happie, where will we look for you in Josh, The Pit being sold & shut down?

I have been bivying in the Walmart most of the time. That's partly why I decided to reduce the JT time this year(but only partly). I can pretty easily be found when around, though, but it's easy enough for the hateful ones to figure me out, so I'm not going to post my routine. The easiest way is to send me an email if someone wants to go climbing, hiking, or wants a house sitter. But I won't be there until mid January this year.

Has the Pit land gotten sold? I was often unwelcome there anyway, and never got the invite to the place where all those denizens moved to. But the hell if I was going to be pushed out of the Pit by the energy that was. That doesn't mean I didn't feel it, and I still hope the one who was stealing my food gets what's due to him.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2018 - 08:30am PT
After a family visit hiatus, in Wisconsin, I'm about the get back on the way.
It's just too COLD here, and unfortunately it's going to dip to zero(with wind chill) tonight, so that's a bit miserable. Tomorrow morning will be a not-wanting-to-get-out-of-bed waking up, but I'm hoping that will be the worst of it.

tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Nov 26, 2018 - 04:18pm PT
Safe travels!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 26, 2018 - 06:49pm PT
hey there say, happiegrrrl...

just saw your update... safe travels...

:)
capseeboy

Social climber
portland, oregon
Nov 27, 2018 - 12:04pm PT

Wholed up in CO at friends for winter. Brrrrr
P.S. Killed the tranny on this as i never had the AT service done. Never had a AT till this one, just spaced it out.
capseeboy

Social climber
portland, oregon
Nov 30, 2018 - 11:27am PT
HappieGrrrl keep on trucking! Your quest seems to be in the spirit of adventure; as in adventure never knows the outcome but trusts the journey.

Fear is the mind killer that keeps me tied to soooo many "what ifs?" that I am killing myself with worry i e what about health ins, death ins, car ins, dental ins, home ins, etc. Maybe someone will come up with an app that covers everything!

Well, 8 billion people. How many of these live full lives without? How many die prematurely even though they have all of it? How many worry about how the hell to hold onto all of it---a lot.

Ha Ha. Seems like a lot that are old and have a lot worry a lot. Which is counter intuitive because they/me are even closer to death; hence, death takes care of itself, no need to worry!

Cheers!



Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2018 - 11:47am PT
Thanks for the wishes.

I will listen to/watch Dingus' video tonight. I'm still in Coldlandia, due to having discovered a nice bunch of vintage buttons for my hair accessories shop, and finding a library with great light for product photography. That doesn't happen very often! So, still in Kansas City, and will head off tomorrow, thinking due south for a bit to warm up!
plund

Social climber
OD, MN
Nov 30, 2018 - 12:18pm PT
Cool runnings, happie...keep on keepin' on...

I'm in MN, and find it amusing that it's blizzarding SOUTH of me...drive safe!

I'm sure someone has mentioned it, but getting your gas gauge fixed would reduce your stress significantly; always driving with that background doubt can be enervating, even subconsciously...

I ran a Ford E150 for years with no gauge, BUT had dual tanks; I ALWAYS had about ten gallons in the 2nd tank so when the first conked I could just flip a switch. Do you carry a jerry can for emergencies / miscalculations? Nothing kills fuel filters faster than sucking up the crap from an empty tank.
canyoncat

Social climber
SoCal
Nov 30, 2018 - 01:32pm PT
Having driven from Kansas to California several times I can tell you it is B.O.R.I.N.G.

There is nothing, seriously nothing to look at. I hope your doggie is a good conversationalist. :)
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2018 - 06:25pm PT
My van has duel tanks too, but when I bought it I was told the flip switch was broken, and whatever I do - DON'T flip it!!!! So, just the one tank in use. I have a small canister in case of run out, but I don't keep gas in it. I just try not to run out.

As for Kansas/Nebraska - Yes, the Plains. Say no more. This is why I may go due south. Get into Oklahoma and it's actually quite scenic. I don't mind the Kansa Plains so much, but Nebraska seems to have these roads that are just series of hills; not big hills, but quick little ones, coming fast enough that I get motion sickness from them.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 1, 2018 - 05:42am PT
hey there say, DMT and happieGrrrl...

say, as to this nifty and very serious info from DMT:

Happi a small tip for windshield deicing in a snow storm - don't let it get iced to begin with.

Seriously. Once it starts icing your goose is, froze.

You have to keep the windshield clear of snow. Keep your heater on the warmest setting and keep the defroster blowing full blast the entire time you're driving when it's snowing. If you get to warm crack your window for some fresh air. But keep that windshield warm!

The idea is to never let any snow or ice accumulate anywhere on the windshield (not just the wiper blade path), at all. Once it does start to accumulate, wiper-ice is inevitable.

Its a version of keep your powder dry.

DMT


i am not a mich-folks, but, only by living up here, now-- that is...

and-- i learned this awful bad, one night, driving home from
my dishwasher work, when some of the worst snow nights, showed up...

nothing helped my window-- thank god there was a gas station nearyby,
and was my 'safe place to call for help' and-- my ex son in law,
adviced me what to do, etc... as, what i WAS doing, was just NOT
good enough...

whewww... i got home... :O

scary stuff, though, really...

now, i try to either NOT dry on those days, or, if i have too...
keep the window, as dmt (YOU) said...


oh my...


best wishes, happy ... keep on trunkin' ... i mean 'vanning' :)
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Dec 1, 2018 - 06:00am PT
I pull over occasionally and get the ice off the wiper blades...
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2018 - 05:37am PT
Finally out of the Cold Zone.... In Oklahoma City today, and now I really need to decide on the angle of my trajectory.

This summer someone I was talking to mentioned the ethereal beauty of Taos, which I've never been to. I decided I'd take a look at weather when I got closer. Should have done that yesterday....I spaced out because it was SO cold I ran for south. Oh well....

I would probably get there on Wednesday late afternoon, maybe Thursday. NOAA says rain/snow on Thursday night. I suppose I could "hurry" and get there Wednesday and leave mid day Thursday. But I hate hurrying.

People say "It's flat!" getting to Taos. Maybe so, but what about getting out to the south, which would be my exiting route. I just do not want to be on a mountainy road in snow.

So, today I need to research a little.


Yesterday I came through small towns in Kansas, along hwy 99, and one was called Howard. On a Sunday, there was one - just one - place open for business, a restaurant. But it kinda looked like the rest of the places weren't really open for business any other day of the week either.

Old red brick pavement, but this is a town that has seen better days, probably decades, though there were some beautiful homes in one section. A block away....homes abandoned and barely standing. Interesting juxtaposition.


Here's an example of the state of the place. This was on the northeast corner of the road in the picture above. It's one of two prominently sized commercial buildings in the town. It was probably something, in it's day. Today - how depressing it must be for *this* to be your visual day after day, knowing that it's going to take more than a miracle for this one to see a restoration.

BUT!

Somebody does care...... This old gas station had vintage pumps, and the old truck had a Merry Christmas sign hug on the driver side door.

I am guessing it belongs to the people who have the Benson Museum, which was unfortunately not open yesterday. I peeked in one of the windows and saw a fully restored beauty of an automobile, and it looked like it might be just one of several. Here's the Facebook for that museum: https://www.facebook.com/howardksbensonmuseums/ I have the feeling it is well worth visiting that museum.


There also seemed to be an active business with this soap company. They also have a FB page, at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Gift-Shop/Red-Barn-Soap-Company-113145455430412/, but - ominously - the website linked says the account has been suspended. Times must be tough, for a touristy gift shop in a town like Howard, Kansas.
Winemaker

Sport climber
Yakima, WA
Dec 3, 2018 - 05:53am PT
Hey Happie, is it possible to buy stuff from your store while you're on the road?
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2018 - 05:57am PT
^ Yes, Winemaker. I have all my supplies and inventory with me.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 3, 2018 - 07:38am PT
Man, is that, the truth!
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2018 - 08:55am PT
I'm not sure what can be done for a town like Howard, as it is off the major routes. Nobody goes there except the locals and wayward travelers.

But here's an example of another town I visited this time, in southwest Wisconsin. It's Mineral Point, and just a mile or so off Hwy 151. Now, Mineral Point has historic note due to being the place where Wisconsin was signed into statehood, so that may also help, but what they have done in Mineral Point is make to TOTALLY restore the entire historic downtown. The buildings are all on the Historic Register, so that don't come cheap. Then, the artists and artisans moved in. The buildings have GOOD restaurants, antiques stores, specialty shops(private, not chain) and artist/artisan galleries and studio spaces.

They also have restored buildings with a mind toward educating the public on the history of the town, which was a major lead mining place, and produced 30% of the lead used for Union munitions in the Civil War.

One thing that seems really important for these small towns to reclaim an exuberance is NO CHAIN STORES ALLOWED. NOR CHAIN RESTAURANTS. Banks and gas stations get a pass, but even in Mineral Point, the downtown gas station was not a Big Brand shop. It was a Clark, and the price was same as on the highway.

Here are some pictures from Mineral Point:






Seems a bit different from Howard, doesn't it?


It seems to me that a town has to not only make a commitment to restoration but have a means to support it once it gets done. AND smart people doing the planning and restoration work. I see plenty of towns that got grants to revitalize their downtown but then kind of left it up to the entrepreneurs who try to make a go of it to make it go.

 Craft and creative work is vital - a commitment to the arts
 A GOOD reason for people to make the trip off the major route to visit, and an experience that ends up having them glad they did. Jerome, AZ and Julian, CA both do that.
 A sharp eye keeping out corruption and cronyinsm.
 Incentive for the local population to be active in the revitalization. Jobs nearby for people to spend money in the town instead of trying to struggle selling their doodads to their neigbors as the only option.


Every town should have at least one major thing it is known for, and that it wants to share with others.

Every town should have some kitschy festival - more, if they can manage it

Every town should SAY NO to chains - leave them to line the highways. People will still buy from the chains, and then make their way to Nowheresville a couple of dozen miles away, and the "familiar" chains aren't in Nowheresville to siphon the pockets of the person who decides an ice cream would be good right about now.

Federal SUPPORT for the rebuilding of our historic, and not so historic towns, and a promotion of travel throughout the country to visit them.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Dec 3, 2018 - 09:38am PT
Good stuff, I like driving the roads less traveled, but sadly for many towns most people are not so inclined.

Federal SUPPORT for the rebuilding of our historic, and not so historic towns,

I am very progressive but find this solution to be a very bad idea. These towns depend on discretionary tourists spending. That pot of money is a fixed size. If we double the number of "touristy" small towns that people want to go to guess what? You just cut the revenue of each one in half.

Mineral Point is interesting and more importantly close to huge urban centers. Howard on the other hand looks like a miserable location.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2018 - 10:19am PT
99 south from Emporia, KS(another small town that could have benefited from never allowing the Walmart/Hotel chain to plant outside their boundary) was actually nice. Rural, cattle ranches with few homes and very few structures visible, with beautiful red grasses. Howard did seem like it was probably populated with an aging generation. I saw about 6 people while there(for about an hour). They were all friendly enough, with a wave as they drove past, but I didn't talk to anyone. They were all about my age and a bit older. I saw no kids, nor much evidence kids were a significant part of the demographic.

I see your point regarding the pie slices for touring.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 3, 2018 - 11:28am PT
Glad to see you survived the KS blizzard!
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Social climber
Wilds of New Mexico
Dec 3, 2018 - 12:03pm PT
You will either love or hate Taos, it's that kind of place. Definitely beautiful and unique. It's cold though, don't let the desert landscape fool ya, probably single digits to teens at night. From there you could follow the Rio Grande south and hit Truth or Consequences for some hot springs and then cut over to Silver City for a cool funky arty mining town. Then take a southerly route through AZ, hit Bisbee and Nogales (and the Stronghold!!) for some interesting sights and culture.
spud

climber
Dec 3, 2018 - 12:04pm PT
Also, check out the Wisconsin Troll town of Mt. Horeb!! Good food, locally sourced vegetables and meat and wonderful beer at the Grumpy Troll!! Another gem is New Glarus! Home of New Glarus Brewing, only sold in Wisconsin! Beautiful grounds for beer tasting and hanging out! All in the driftless area of good old Wisconsin!

On Wisconsin!
John M

climber
Dec 3, 2018 - 12:25pm PT
If you are going to Taos, be aware that its high desert at 7000 feet. Also be aware that they are calling for black ice in the area with freezing fog for early this week.

If you do go, and the weather cooperates, you could continue on highway 64 over to see shiprock, which is this amazing rock formation sticking 1500 feet up out of the desert. Its worth seeing.

Edit: if you do take the back roads to tuba city like recommended below, realize that some of those places on the map are just a store with maybe a post office. They don't all have gas stations. So keep her filled up.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Dec 3, 2018 - 12:30pm PT
If you end up in Shiprock support the locals by eating at the Chat an Chew (burgers)

The back road through the rez (Shiprock to Tuba City) is a great drive, beats I-40

Winemaker

Sport climber
Yakima, WA
Dec 3, 2018 - 12:40pm PT
Seeing those pictures of Howard reminded me of a road trip my daughter and I took when she was at Smith. We went across upstate New York to get to Niagara and stopped (very briefly!!!) in New Amsterdam while looking for lodging. Man, nothing there, no jobs, nothing and scary to be in. We stopped for breakfast a bit further up the road and the town we chose was just like Howard; empty buildings, no businesses except the restaurant we ate at, all very depressing. Amazing that the area was once the industrial heartland of America, with the Erie canal for transport. Depressing too.
mikegrai

climber
ON
Dec 3, 2018 - 04:25pm PT
If you make it as far as Silver City, check out the nearby City of Rocks State Park. Great bouldering there, and if that isn't your thing, the rock formations are cool just to wander around and look at and the campsite is very well equipped and reasonably priced.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2018 - 05:15pm PT
I stayed the day in Oklahoma City and will head out tomorrow morning.

It got friggin COLD again here while I was having coffee in the shop this morning. Dang!

Looks like Taos/Sante Fe are coming off the agenda. Just too cold, and the mere thought of black ice is a no go. I drove on it once, trying to get into a motel parking lot one night. Thank god they had a steel pole to stop vehicles from crashing into the building, and thank god my tank's bumper is hefty enough there wasn't so much as a scratch. Complete loss of control while driving is not my thing....

I've never been to Shiprock and definitely want to. Have to look at the maps again tomorrow, but I will probably vear more southwest. My aim is Quartzsite, AZ for the mineral show in January, and I would like to be there early and learn stone shaping from the Gem and Mineral club people(the club has a workroom one can take classes in, receive guidance and practice for a small fee).

I've bee to the Tuba City area - usually on my way back in spring. But since I discovered Escalante, I either go up through Page, or come from the west via Las Vegas.

Silver City is definitely a still on the list place, but I have to admit coming over the Rocky Mtn passes causes me anxiety. Crossing low (Abilene TX, Las Cruces, Roswell - especially as I'm heading to Quartzsite - just makes more sense.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2018 - 05:20pm PT
So, I will almost surely take that route. Went through Socorro last year and bouldered a bit just west of town. Exploring the area around Globe might be fun - I have always just driven through in the past, except for a day once in the Superstitious Mtns.

My friend went climbing/hiking those mountains around Las Cruces(forgetting the range name), but I didn't check them out - any trailhead suggestions in that region(for hiking with Lucas, and if bouldering - very easy, close to the ground stuff)?

Edit: Oh yeah - City of Rocks was very cool. I did spend a little time there, but definitely saw just a wee bit of the offerings.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 3, 2018 - 07:05pm PT
Taos is on my bucket list. Wish you could have passed on thru it Happie...right now it's a Christmas treasure of the old southwest. I hope someday to be there right at this time. A classic treasure.....
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 4, 2018 - 12:13pm PT
*
Happie, Enjoying all of your travel adventures, keep posting up more travel photos, they are great....The first photo of Howard Kansas.. reminds me of a favorite movie , The last picture show.

a small clip from the movie...couldn't find the one i was looking for.
[Click to View YouTube Video]
Happy travels..
Saludos..

N.T.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Dec 4, 2018 - 12:21pm PT
hey Nita, loved the caption on that clip

If ever there was a more poignant metaphor for the futility of existence, I haven't seen it.

fear

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Dec 4, 2018 - 12:26pm PT
The Anasazi came and went, too.

And I believe they were here for far longer than us.
Winemaker

Sport climber
Yakima, WA
Dec 6, 2018 - 05:54pm PT
Happie just shipped a couple of things I purchased from her store. Thanks Happie!!! Patronize this person!
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2018 - 06:03pm PT
New Mexico, finally.

And finally it's not COLD! Although it's supposed to rain for the next 24+ hours...grrrrr.

Yesterday we were in downtown Lubbock, TX - I hate to diss a place but for such a sizeable town, the downtown area was nearly desolate. But for the bail bonds places across from the courthouse doing a brisk business, I didn't see a single person in any of the shops or restaurants. But - at least there was this big boot to place Lucas in for a photo op!


tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Dec 6, 2018 - 06:33pm PT
Penny is looking good :) its a cold grey time of year. Too bad Mexico is so unsafe to dirtbag in these days...
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 8, 2018 - 09:10am PT
Happy Girl!

Check this out:

Magikarp


Fi Fi Lou's Awesome Chalk Bags

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AwesomeChalkBags?ref=l2-about-shopname

Not saying you should be doing this kind of stuff, but thought you might enjoy it.

.........................................................

 And, being a bit of a boot guy myself, I'm digging that last photograph of yours! In Colorado, that whole bail bondsman motif could be co-opted for an MMJ storefront!
 Two thumbs up for the Last Picture Show.
McGinnis

climber
Dec 8, 2018 - 12:44pm PT


Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 8, 2018 - 01:12pm PT
^^^
Needs a zip pocket in the bottom for a can of Copenhagen and it's 10/10!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 8, 2018 - 03:37pm PT
Love all yo guys creativity. Thanks for sharing what's out there! Cheers!
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2018 - 04:22pm PT
Yeah...I just do the chalkbags that I do..... I'm not even accommodating people with the stash zipper pocket!

I've always wondered how happy people were with those plushy chalkbags after a few days climbing. I can see it for in the gym, but some of them seem pretty bulky.

I am in Safford, AZ for the night. Left Las Cruces this morning wanting to get to Globe, but I knew that was going to be a bit more driving in a day than I like. When I got to this town and saw they have wifi spots and a Walmart, I was happy to call it a day's drive.

By the way - if anyone is ever in Las Cruces, I had diner last night in La Posta(and have leftovers for tonight's meal) - and it was really good. Definitely recommend the place if you like Mexican. I had been looking forward to going there since my last visit when I heard about it, but could not allow myself two decent restaurant meals in a row. https://www.laposta-de-mesilla.com/
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2018 - 04:58pm PT
^ And shut up a dog who is like "Come ON! Let's stop and go sniff around! PLEEEEEAAAAASSSSSSEEEEEE!!!!"

hahahah

Lucas makes these snuffling sniffleing sounds when he wants to get out of the car and I have said no. If I thought he really had to pee or poop, of course I will stop, but I think he probably wants to mark that he was there. Which I get, but he wants to do this with any change in elevation, and slow down for a stop sign or speed reduce zone.




Edit:

Today as I was going down I-10, there came one of those mandatory pull-off check stations. As I got to the booth, the guy asks "US Citizen?"

I was a bit taken back but just answered "yes." He smiles and dismisses me - "Have a good day!"

It was upsetting. What happens to the person who has to answer "no?" Does it matter if they seem to be of European persuation? Does the middle class-looking Mexican non-citizen female get treated differently than the working class male Mexican non-citizen? How often is the non-citizen with brown skin tone who has every legal right to be there delayed because of their answer? And how often is the delay more than a simple request for documents? And - why doesn't EVERY person who passes the checkpoint not have to show documents?




Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Dec 8, 2018 - 06:02pm PT
That is wrong Jim, Congress gave them the power to conduct checkpoints within 100 miles of the border. There is no imaginary line inside the country. They can only ask you about your citizenship. Searches are not allowed unless probable cause arises. The San Clemente checkpoint finds lots of drugs based on probable cause.

Arguably you do not have to answer their questions, even about citizenship, although I suppose they could make your life miserable for a few hours. The only question I have been asked at a checkpoint is "Where are you going". My answer is only east or west. Always been waved through.
john hansen

climber
Dec 8, 2018 - 06:28pm PT
There are a lot of You tube vidio's of people interacting with BP at these checkpoints. They refuse to answer and say "am I free to go?" Then they are asked to pull over so they can keep harassing you. It did not feel right to me going through those stops, but I did say yes and passed right through.

Like you said, what would it be like to be a forth generation Hispanic US citizen having to go thru these on your way to and from work everyday.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2018 - 05:29am PT
^ Or the one who had a traffic stop several years back for rolling through a stop sign(anyone here ever NOT made a full stop? I'm not talking about a "thinking about stopping nonstop," but a "for all intents and purposes stopped, maybe another second and you'd be able to chalk tic the tire to street and match up type of nonstop).

Bad cop sees brown and is bored, and now the person has a record.

That person is stopped at one of these checkpoints and has their name looked up and is now about to be arrested and sent for deportation proceedings.

Doesn't happen? It HAS happened to more than one immigrant who hasn't gotten the stamp of citizenship but is fully legal to be here. May have been here since being a toddler - and now deported to a country they've not been to for decades. Under the Trump deal.

Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Dec 9, 2018 - 05:44am PT
OK
I didn't get much past Tars post, just that you don't . . . .
Don't say don't!
Just internalize the recommendation always reply to requests positively.

Childerns' toy chalk bags !
Fiona Williams?(GRRRR,if it is the same, long story)
I never go -don't pull plastic- but in the gyms those sorta things rox.

Now I'll give you an X-mas idea, no zip pocket. No patch the size of a can of chew. We all know what that will do - it will make one drop the stash when you least need it to.

A whole side panel that is velcro'd, up -down both sides & across the 'top', gusseted along the sides & hinged at the bottom, causing one to have a 2 full size (one slim) pockets, is what I would love to see you do. it would sell - bucket loads - me thinks.

Happy Safe Trails to you, Too!
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2018 - 06:25am PT
It isn't that I don't want to succeed in life.... Actually, I do succeed. In life. There is more to life than money and a constant backlog of work.

I have sold less than 20 chalkbags in 2018. Last year I worked much harder and sold 43.

I have donated 6 chalkbags to non-profits in the last 2 years.

My chalkbags are what they are.

Most people just throw a 1.5 inch webbing around the top - no stiffener. No elastic draw that cinches down well. No finished ends of the drawstring. One piece of fabric for the body, with a T-bottom gusset, the web collar and 2 loops.

The plushy people buy up the toys at thrifts, at like 25 cents a pop. They open a seem and drop in a lining pouch. There is no labor involved in the body of the bag. And - yes they are cute. But there are are also a dozen people making them. I remember when the first person did it. And then came the copycats. I'm not a copy artists - I did that for the commercial handbag business. I know what that's about. And I know what it feels like to have an idea that you came up with used by others and dilute your potential.

I have no interest in working to develop the ClimbAddict line to sell en masse. It's not going to be profitable for me, no matter what. I do it because I like to pick out the fabrics and sell a few chalkbags. Seriously - it takes 2 hours to make one as they are. To add more labor? For people to stash their things? And how much more than $35 is the average climber pothead willing to pay for said chalkbag?

I get that people want a little zip pocket.... I just don't want to add them. That's what cargo pockest are for(IMO).

People who have my chalkbags stand by them pretty consistently. I know I am supposed to smile and say thank you when people make suggestions as to what I could do to make a better living(not just in the chalkbags but in my other ventures too). It happens nearly DAILY. It happens the majority of times someone talks to me about what I do.

It's tiring.

Edit: I am sorry for the rant. It's just that...really, it is tiring, but worse, it opens up a chink in my armour that let's the "you're worthless" thoughts creep in. And when that happens - nothing gets done. When I smile and say thanks, knowing I will ignore - not because they aren't good ideas, but because they aren't my path, it's disingenuous. For what do I say to the person when 3,6, 12 months later they ask what came of their suggestion?

Sorry.


Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Dec 9, 2018 - 06:33am PT
Darlin' you do you!

And You Do It Marvelously

just wanted to chime in & show off me smarts
that is just me doin' me
Lotz can't stand it
sokay by mee-tooo


Peace & happy trails

A Gnome, off belay.
capseeboy

Social climber
portland, oregon
Dec 9, 2018 - 09:18am PT
I know I am supposed to smile and say thank you when people make suggestions as to what I could do to make a better living(not just in the chalkbags but in my other ventures too).

disingenous: not noble

The seller/crafter/artist is open to abuse by the most unnoble pubic. When it's obvious that you have been on this planet for more than a few years, the suggestions seem to be a little more than helpful, they seem to be offensive, as in a one-upsmanship way.

Some come backs to people's suggestions, that you will never use because you are noble, could be as follows:

-That's a good idea, why don't you do that? (teenager
-I would use that idea, but the help just won't listen! (upset boss
-My price point is already too high for my demographic market.(outsourced
-Sorry, my art and metrics are in cognitive dissonance. (throw me a bone
-Yeah Butt... (offense/defense
-I'm doing this for fun? (sound like Eeyore
-I'm doing this for fun! (eases peoples conscience

What are some of your favorite lines?
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2018 - 10:44am PT
Gnome, I'm sorry. I had just gotten up and was had just enough coffee in me to be cranky. You've always been so kind, I should have had enough brains to just think and delete instead of hit the Post button.


Re: The border clips - I agree the first guy is an azz. The second not really an azz, but I can't help thinking the border guy hears this day in and day out, from white people with very little to fear as a repercussion for being difficult. That's why, after I reflexively answered yes to the question, left it at that. Nothing was going to be changed by me getting into it with the guy, who's just doing his job and was pleasant with me. And yeah, a part of me knew that I would likely have spent a LOT more time at that station if I'd rebelled than I was interested in committing to.Maybe the nice guy isn't even the one who tools when the time comes. Maybe it goes like "you wanted to play with the nice guy? Well, he's done his job, and now you get the NOT nice guy who revels in putting people through the ringer."

The third one is very funny, agreed. Especially the driver getting the last word.

But it still seems wrong, the question "Are you a US citizen?" Wouldn't "Are you in the United States lawfully?" be more appropriate, since a good number of people who are not citizens are within the country legally?






Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Dec 9, 2018 - 01:42pm PT
White guilt is soooo hot these days....

As a manufacturer I get people telling me how to improve stuff all the time... sometimes they are right, mostly they are wrong, but I will always listen just in case. A while ago when we were really pumping out the goods I would get all kinds of nutcases raving at me about what I should be doing or making... I used to say that if I gave each one 50 bucks and told them to never contact me again I would be waaaaay ahead in the end. This still holds true.

These days a simple nope, or not interested usually gets us back to the beer quicker. They are grownups for the most part and by now understand a simple “no”. Try it sometime for quick and simple relief.
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Dec 9, 2018 - 02:50pm PT
^^^^^

LMAO!!!!! see!
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Dec 9, 2018 - 02:51pm PT
And WTF is wrong with answering a simple question?

and WTF is wrong with the Federal government abiding by the Fourth Amendment within 100 miles of the border. The right wingers like to hold the Second Amendment up as sacred. Shame they do not apply the same standard to the Fourth.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 10, 2018 - 06:02am PT
^
White guilt is soooo hot these days....

I didn't mention anything about feeling guilty. I mentioned finding the behavior of putting people who are legally in this country on a defensive posture as a starting point to be despicable.

Not the same thing.

I don't feel guilty about White Privilege; I feel sad that we as a society still can't see people as people, and that there are those who are just fine with that.


As for listening to ideas from people, I do listen. Zippers, for example. First chalkbag I made, I showed to Dick Cilley, who mentioned wanting the brush band and a zipper.

Now brush band...I probably should have been adding all along. But the zipper was a conundrum, as at the time I was sewing start to finish by hand. Wasn't going to happen until I git back to NY and got my sewing machine out of storage.

Then, I came across the supplier where I get most of my fabrics. High end upholstery fabrics, sales office swatches, which at the time were 50 cents a piece, and could make body fabric for 3 chalkbags.

I asked around - This is an example of the chalkbag "look." Zipper, or not, and how much more will you pay for the zipper.

Some people want zippers, but just as many don't care if it has one, and if they liked my type of chalkbag didn't care to pay for the zipper.

Cost of zipper isn't free. That left me with deciding to put zippers on all and charge accordingly, or choose some to put zippers on. Since there are almost always no more than 3 of a pattern, to zip or not zip particular pieces was decided pretty easily - no zipper option on a pattern.

With more thought, I realized that the zipper desire wasn't really why people chose my chalkbags. Sure, I COULD sell a few more if there was a zipper. But it was my opinion that the extra cost to consumer was not the way to go.


So, every time someone offers a suggestion - I DO think it through. Sometimes the thought process is really quick. Sometimes it's because I already spent the time on a similar idea.

Like yesterday.... in Thatcher, AZ. I am walking Lucas and notice a small business, Rainfire Beef Jerky. Then I notice they have a vending machine so people can just pull over and buy it when the place isn't open.

A brilliant idea.

And as I investigated, I started thinking on how this could be an idea I could take advantage of. Everything seems like a Snap your fingers and done thing, but then of course the logistics come into play.

But for the beef jerky place, that was a no brainer. Good thing I didn't see the owner, or I might have made some suggestions as to how they could do better with the idea.....hahahah

Edit: Today I am in Mesa, AZ, and doing last minute stuff before heading to Quartzsite where I expect to stay a few weeks. So far, Penny's been doing well - not a problem the whole time.

It has been COLD almost every day until I got into AZ day before yesterday. I think there were 2 nice days since I left NY - that's was rough.

And of course yesterday I went out to walk Lucas in the trails outside town and it was HOT! But soooo nice.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Dec 10, 2018 - 09:36am PT
your webstore is the vending machine.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Social climber
Wilds of New Mexico
Dec 10, 2018 - 10:01am PT
Glad you stopped at La Posta- cool spot! Next time check out the Adobe Deli in Demming for a unique middle of no where steak house experience! http://adobedeli.com/index.php

I've spent a good chunk of my life in the southwest so I don't even notice the border patrol stops... I do know it's faster to answer their questions and move on! I've been fully searched crossing the border coming back in to the U.S. but otherwise I've never had more than a cursory glance. I of course recognize it's not the same for everyone.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 10, 2018 - 10:28am PT
Nobody really needs a zippered pocket on their chalk bag. I doubt that would increase your sales one iota.
Your stuff is mighty fine just as is, Terrie. As I see it, the cachet of your product is all about fabric selection and you are slamming it out of the park on that note!

My comment about a zippered pouch for the Copenhagen or Skoal was purely a joke riffing off of that other manufacturer’s cowboy theme. (I'm sure you got that, HappieG.)
Definitely enjoying this cross country TR.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 10, 2018 - 10:52am PT
So what did that unplanned bivouac kit consist of?
Three squares of TP, a Bic lighter, one hand roll of the rad dank, and half of a foil space blanket?
sween345

climber
back east
Dec 10, 2018 - 02:49pm PT
So how about this.

A car parts store that will LOAN you the tools to do the work on your car. Apparently Auto Zone will loan you tools to do the one off job on your vehicle that you likely don't have and won't buy.

Need a gear puller. They've got it.

Need a tie rod separator. They've got it.

Need a .........

Wait for it.......

MULTIMETER! They've got it!


What a great idea.

https://www.autozone.com/landing/page.jsp?name=loan-a-tool#

So take comfort Terrie in knowing that should Penny start feeling a bit woesome in Quartzsite that salvation is about 40 miles away in Parker, AZ.

https://www.autozone.com/locations/az/parker/1120-s-kofa-ave.html

Happy Motoring!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 10, 2018 - 05:26pm PT
HappieGrrrl, where are you spending Cmas and New Years?
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Dec 10, 2018 - 06:09pm PT
Westward ho Terri! Happy travels!

Yeah- this time of year I am fully embroiled in live art sales. I get a lot of " suggestions" with some regularity. How I respond varies depending a) on my mood and b) how the person delivers their idea - I'll give anything from polite consideration ( if it's something new and they are cool) to bitchy snark. ( if it's something dumb and banal or if they are a know-it-all jerk) ).

The thing people seem to have the most difficulty with is that I'm not interested in increasing my sales. ( which Teri might be able to relate to) . I only do one show a year. People are incredulous that I no longer have a website and do not have business cards. If they see something they like they'd better buy it and Im not interested in doing any of the additional "good" art shows suggested to me ad nauseum.

My polite response is usually:"Thanks but I no longer need to do this as a full time profession "
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 15, 2018 - 09:14am PT
hey there say, ... terrie... have not seen you post...

just checking to see how you are... or, where, you are...

say, yes, wondering where you will be for the holidays... :)

good question, lynne, :)
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 15, 2018 - 10:11am PT
I'm in Quartzsite,neebee. Got here Tuesday and will be staying through much of January; that is,if I can take the preponderance of things like gun-toting men and stickers such as this:
The BLM camping is very convenient, though I wish the drone of trucks on hwy 10 wasn't so...there.

I joined the gem and mineral club and am learning to shape stones. Here's the second one I've done.
Today I bought a few slabs and will work on making cabs from those this coming week. There's also a metalsmithibg shop and I am going to learn the basics and begin doing that sort of work too.

For me in my life right now this is a very good situation and should further my artistic work.

But, I am one of not so many people in my age set here. The place has a LOT of octegenarians, and then a population of nomadic young people on drugs. A lot of alcoholics too. So there are pros and cons about the place. But I do want to stay and take advantage of the gem club offerings and the rock vendors who are beginning to arrive for the season.

Thanks for asking.


Edit: Here's a recent piece I made once I got here. Funnily, I bought this stone here last year and waited all this while to wrap it. Partly it was because I wanted to use sterling silver and needed to purchase the flat banding,but I did that a few months ago....

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 15, 2018 - 12:32pm PT
hey there say, terrie... wow, and wow, again!!!

hugs and love...

ahhhh, now i see, too, why you have not place to forward your card...

it is 'tailor made' for you... :)

just happened to find it, but-- it will welcome you home, :)
sending love and prayers...

happy HAPPYGRRLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ! WORK!!

:)
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 12, 2019 - 02:27pm PT
Well..at least my problem isn't *this* bad...
I have had THREE flat tires in the last few days, and just had to buy FixaFlat for this last one, since there's no tire place open til Monday.

They say the ground is so hard here that if you hit a rock *right* it has to take the path of least resistance, into the tire....

I feel like crying.

The first one was on Wednesday, and discovered by someone as I was in the lot at the mineral club. He helped me fill it up and told me where the tire guy was.

They fixed it, and explained that it was a "rock break," and to drive slow on the gravel roads. I DO!

Then, this morning I noticed the same tire very low. Filled up enough to feel kind of okay driving 1.5 miles to the tire shop and hoping they were open.

Luckily they were and fixed the tire again. Said it was a different place, otherwise they couldn't have repaired the first fix.

Then I noticed a different tire looked low, and when I looked at it a while later...flat. And tire guys closed now.

WTF? I'm already driving at idle in the BLM land. Three times in a few days???


Oh. The picture was from a guy looking to buy a new wheel to replace....that. He had been towing the car behind his Rosdtrek and around Not the heard...a strange sound... He has no idea how long it had taken to do that much damage. But holy carp!

I am going to move to a closer to the road camping spot tomorrow. But these tires are new, and its just so upsetting.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Jan 12, 2019 - 02:34pm PT
Owning a van and being single, I totally get it. Frustration! So sorry.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 12, 2019 - 02:34pm PT
Are you sure you have the right tire for your van and the weight in it?
John M

climber
Jan 12, 2019 - 02:59pm PT
Terri, do you have a "buy me a coffee" link? I enjoy reading your traveling reports. I'm hoping that you will do something on the mineral show.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Jan 12, 2019 - 03:02pm PT
Great idea, John M. Perhaps Terri could garner a following that would eventually be income producing.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 12, 2019 - 05:29pm PT
These are same tires I've used for years, bought from 3,maybe even 4 different dealers. Cheap.... Cooper Cobra but it's too dark to look at the numbers. I've never had a flat before this last week.

But no....I'm nite SURE, but will research for future reference.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 12, 2019 - 05:34pm PT
John, that's very nice of you to suggest and I'm glad you enjoy my story-telling.

I have been procrastinating on my blog posts but have been planning a Quartzsite one about my cabochon learning.

I do have an Instagram where I've been posting my updates, Instagram.com/TalismanToo

Edit: I some of the mineral show people who are here. @SilverHillLapidary is one @TheStoneTraveller is another and she also posts for the @DesertGardensRock show here. Also
@SailorCarey

I'll double check to see if I have those spellings right.edit-fixed 1 out if 4 was correct...:(
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado & Nepal
Jan 12, 2019 - 08:36pm PT
I always enjoy your threads and just read through this one from the beginning.

One thing to add is that your experience of family begging you to visit and then not having time is fairly common. When I lived overseas this always happened to me and everyone I knew. We would be in transit 21 hours through 8 time zones and our relatives couldn't drive 20 miles. Such is human nature. It's the same when people ask you how you are and they don't really want to know.

As for the citizenship videos, I laughed and laughed at the final comment on the third one. "If you're an ass#ole demanding your rights, they know you're an American". So true. In no other country of the world would a person have those kinds of exchanges with the authorities. Also, in no other country of the world would there be a unique personality like yourself. Long may you enjoy being you!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 13, 2019 - 12:57pm PT
Happie, I’m actually trying to be helpful. Something isn’t right if you’re getting that many flats,
unless you’re driving too fast, which I doubt. Last flat I had was on a gravel road in Death Valley
but I was going way too fast so it wasn’t the tire’s fault. You might have the correct size but
it sounds like you need a beefier tire with a higher ‘Load Range’ and ‘Load Index’ rating,
especially if you do a lot of gravel roads.

Maybe something along these lines? 🤡
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jan 13, 2019 - 10:19pm PT
hey there, say, happygrrrl... how's it going now... ? tire-wise...


good to hear from jan!

:)
EdBannister

Mountain climber
13,000 feet
Jan 13, 2019 - 11:58pm PT
hats off and encouragement sent...!!

1) 4 wheel alignment makes tires last longer, as does paying enough attention to not run over junk on the road, or off. and buy quality, not worth failed tires and the expense of replacement in the boonies. buy Michelin, or toyo.. i would add Pirelli but not for your van.

2) The chalk bags are beautiful...
increase sales with varied constructs such as a belt threadable sleeve instead of two loops for those that do not like a swinging chalk bag... also some with an extension of light fabric with a drawstring closure.. all the while keeping your trademark look..

3) blow off the mean and enjoy the kind, generous and, Happie!

REILLY!! as absurd as your van above is... still wayyyy better than a Jag or volvo.
Juan Maderita

Trad climber
"OBcean" San Diego, CA
Jan 14, 2019 - 02:52am PT
Your repeated flat tire problem is likely due to over-inflation. Over inflated for gravel roads with sharp rocks.

Your van should have Load Range C or D tires which carry more weight than typical load range B passenger car tires. The maximum air pressure should be embossed on your sidewall. Probably 44 PSI on your Cooper Cobras.

Tire shops and mechanical shops often inflate to the maximum pressure per the sidewall number. That is correct if you are carrying the maximum load, on the highway. But most of the time, the tire is not carrying anywhere near the maximum load. So the tire is overinflated, resulting in a harsh ride and tread wear in the center. (The load rating is per tire, so divide the weight of the vehicle by 4).

The more air pressure in the tire, the more easily sharp rocks will penetrate. On the other hand, if air pressure is too low, the sidewall will bulge out and expose the sidewall to sharp rocks and sticks.
It's some guesswork here, and a topic often debated by offroad enthusiasts. I have decades of experience offroading Baja and rockcrawling, with many different trucks, Jeeps, and vans.
Best guess: deflate to 18-25 PSI when driving miles of dirt/gravel roads with sharp rocks. There are some variables: tire size, weight of your van, and characteristics of your particular tire. I will stick my neck out and recommend 22 PSI. Drive slowly. Invest in a good tire gauge. The Accutire 4400B seems good for the $12 price. https://www.amazon.com/Accutire-MS-4400B-Pistol-Digital-Gauge/dp/B000G6M3VC/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1547461607&sr=1-1&keywords=accutire+4400b

Note: You MUST air up before hitting the highway, or within a very few miles. If you must drive a few miles, keep the speed down, maybe 45 MPH. Serious offroaders air down when leaving the pavement and carry an electric air pump or CO2 tank for airing up.

Hope that solves your problem. I'm curious how much air the shop put in your tires? Let us know when you put a gauge to your tires.
fear

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Jan 14, 2019 - 05:52am PT
Properly inflated these won't rupture on sharp talus....

https://tires.tirerack.com/tires/Goodyear%20Mtr

I've had great luck with them for many years.

Assuming you can find a size that fits your rims.

The regular GoodYear MT/R's... not the "military version" which is priced accordingly...
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 14, 2019 - 07:14am PT
Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

I'll talk to the guys at the tire place about psi. Listed at 35psi for this van. It's a conversion van and seats swapped out for my bed and gear. Plus me and Lucas as travelers and rarely others, so I can't imagine that changes the equation on that factor.

But it does make sense about the highway/off road variation.

I'll go up a step next tire buy. They sell Toto here but...if I'm getting new tires in the next six months, they will be used ones. These tires are 3 and 4 months old! :(

The big PowWow rock show begins this Wednesday. Through Sunday. If anyone near enough to come by likes geology, it's probably a fin visit.

I will be volunteering at the Quartzsite Gem and Mineral Club booth Thursday afternoon(selling raffle tickets) and Sunday morning(making sure the *prospectors* in the sawdust pile don't clean out the claim).

There are other rock show venues going as well. Desert Gardens being my favorite. Tyson Wells too, with a mix of RV stuff, decorative arts with a desert *touch* and well....stuff.

I hope this is the last flat. It seems some people out here are like "Wired! I've never gotten a flat." Or "These rocks will eat your tires. I crawl over them." But so far I seem to be the only one with three strike in any amount of time, much less with on a week.
BAd Wife

Social climber
Bishop
Jan 14, 2019 - 07:27am PT
Happie, if you're coming through Bishop I'd love to meet you and climb with you. I'm another woman-of-a-certain-age–––with a dog (and husband, aka BAd Climber); I'm a former jeweler and jewelry artist turned holistic nutritionist (nice wrap work, BTW).

You can best get me by email: jodi.friedlander@gmail.com

Happy travels and jewelry-making lessons.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 14, 2019 - 11:08am PT
At the tire shop now. The owner says I need to get my one of the crazy desert rigs if I want to be tearing around back there....I really hope this is it for flats.

BadWife, thanks for the introduction! I am not sure what the rest of my season out here will bring, but I've never been to Bishop and definitely want to go there!

fear

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Jan 14, 2019 - 11:16am PT
You don't need a crazy desert rig to crawl around slowly on relatively level marked "roads" but proper heavy duty offroad tires with extra sidewall protection are a must. Cheap tires aren't cheap in the long run where sharp rocks abound.

The MTR's aren't cheap but they aren't the only option, ask the guy what the locals use.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 14, 2019 - 03:52pm PT
Tire fixed. Guys at the tire shop got a 6 pack and a pineapple gift(the head guy doesn't drink) and a guy who I helped a few weeks ago with town runs when his fuel pump was out and not able to fix at once happened to be there - flat tire.... and he was worried he might not have enough in his account for the charge to go through(which I know, from experience, means I am in denial and damned well don't have enough). I insisted on paying for his fix so he didn't have to risk overdraft fees.

I am going to be sooooo careful until I move the camp closer to the road, but decided to wait until next week as there is a big gem show coming and that are which is already too full, will be even worse. Plus closer to HWY10 noise.

I also sold a pendant, which freed up a little cash for - more stone! I had been eying a slab of Tiffany Stone from a guy and picked it up today. Can't wait to work with it.....

Basically, I am feeling a lot better than I was this time yesterday.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 14, 2019 - 04:05pm PT
EdB, went dirting in the new Volvo 2 weeks ago in Anza. It has the air suspension so in
‘Offroad’ mode it pumps it up 2”, or a touch less than the Heavy Metal van. It’s also
La Femme’s ride so you can be sure nothing fun happened, but loose Anza sand was NBD. 🤡
Oldfattradguy2

Trad climber
Here and there
Jan 14, 2019 - 05:54pm PT
If you are buying gemstone type rocks at quartzite, they have likely been collected from BLM land without proper permits, very common. Very few are collecting according to law.....

If you run into a guy Daivid from Beaver, Utah, he is somewhat legit and has a lot of Claims. Tell him the former geologist from Fillmore sent ya, he is a good guy who knows his sh#t.

He spends some time down there every year and actually runs a conveyor on his claims and allows picking for a fee.
Bale

Mountain climber
UT
Jan 14, 2019 - 06:20pm PT
Happie, if you run into Bill Harrison from UT, say hi for me. He is an azurite guy.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 14, 2019 - 06:35pm PT
Edit: just noticed you wrote "gemstone type." No, I don't work with that type of rock nor have I really seen anyone selling it. But that could be because I know that stuff is out of my league and don't go in their booths. I always feel bad for just looking," even when they are the ones trying to draw me in as I'm walking by their places.

The vendors I'm working with are not based in this area nor mining here, but I can imagine people do as you said.
SilverHillLapidary is from Oregon and I bought some Dead Ringer Jasper rough from him. His claim.

I also bought this slab of Tiffany Stone from him today. He bought the rough and slabbed it.

Dang...the photo is in the wrong spot and I don't know how to get it too move with this phone....

Anyway, I did but one slab that was mined locally from the Red Top mine if I remember right. The guy I bought from works for Oldham, who is the owner, if I recall right.

Otherwise, most the vendors here are from around the country and Morrocco, Australia, Pakistan.... I can imagine some of the younger pop up on the fringes guys could be doing that but what do I know.

The club does some rock hound trips in the area but I would be pretty surprised to think they would be doing something not legal, especially as they also own one claim themselves.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 14, 2019 - 06:37pm PT
Bale, I think I remember his banner over at the show the other day. Would he know you by "Galen from Utah?"
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Jan 14, 2019 - 06:42pm PT
Collecting on BLM land is interesting. A permit is not required for non-commercial collecting. You are limited to half a pickup truck load (per trip?) The line between commercial and hobby use could be blurred.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 14, 2019 - 06:47pm PT
I haven't picked up so much as a chunk of Quartz myself yet, as I have not looked at the guideline for this BLM spot.

I looked at a guide for one area a few years ago, and it sure wasn't that much one could remove for personal use. Besides, I'm not using what I buy for personal use. So not looking to go there anyway.
Oldfattradguy2

Trad climber
Here and there
Jan 14, 2019 - 07:49pm PT
Once you sell it it is commercial.....most regulators look the other way for the minor stuff like moms making a few pieces of jewelry. I used to speak to rockhounding clubs to explain the regs.

I didn’t really mean actual gemstones...just fancy rocks like the Tiffany stone you mentioned.

On another note: glad to see the tradition of gunks folks selling chalk bags lives on, did the same over 30 years ago.
Bale

Mountain climber
UT
Jan 14, 2019 - 09:01pm PT
No, I’m a neighbor of his when he’s up here. He helped me gather firewood this year, cool guy.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 15, 2019 - 07:35am PT
Got it, Bale.

Got it, OFTG2(think that's right). Guy I got Tiffany Stone from, I highly doubt would be a skofflaw on that count. He has been offering it a few months now, and is an Oregon-based guy who has claims up there. He offers rough from that region, and buys good rough to slab and cab. He also gets rough from other big sellers here to slice up for us. But I will beware. If I had a claim, I sure wouldn't want poachers.


Also, yes, I realize my work is commercial and where the line on that is.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 16, 2019 - 12:23pm PT
Okay, finally I have an actual "What do ya think is wrong?" question thus trip!

So, the phone wasn't charging when I plugged it into the inverter....

Yes, I did check the fuses. The *cigar lighter* - it is a '90 model - was blown. Replaced it.

Still doesn't work. I plugged in the tire filler upper to check. That went direct into the socket. No inverter, so its not the inverter.

Is this a case where a multimeter would actually be helpful?

If so, what do I do with this multimeter thing.....
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Jan 16, 2019 - 12:46pm PT
Charging a phone on an inverter is a waste of energy and adds wear to the inverter and battery. Replace the cigar lighter with a 12volt socket.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 16, 2019 - 01:36pm PT
Yes, it seems the electrical issue is between the fuse(replaced) and cigar lighter, as the items do work when plugged in other electrical plugs.

I only use the inverter when the engine is running and I'm driving. I don't use it off the battery.

Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 16, 2019 - 11:43am PT
Okay, here comes the "Chalkbags and Artisan Jewelry" promo. Have at it, though who dislike these portions of the Happiegrrrl Travel Log....

The van needs framework, and fast. I've made an appointment and trying not to use the van until the issue is resolved. I heard metal on metal about a week ago, and hoped there was just a pebble in there, since I'd had all brakes done either in 16 or 17. Seems soon, to me, to have this issue but what do I know.

I have some cabachons I will also offer, which might interest someone. One would be sweet set in a wood frame, like trinket box top, or a wooden tray for change or as a decorative element on a wall key holder\dog leash holder or memo board. Have to see.

Jewelry at http://www.TalismanToo.Etsy.com
Chalkbags at http://www.ClimbAddictDesigns.Etsy.com
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 16, 2019 - 01:49pm PT
hey there. say, happiegrrrl... say, at the link...
it is YOUR page only, right...

and then, it has a 'hit' button and it says, 108 more ...
i will click on it now, but, still wanted to check if those are
going to be your work...

how soon do you need sales?
i am trying to do this for after the 28th of the month...
i will tell share the link, as well...

now a days, though, i only know a few folks that like jewerly,
and, of course, i just make my own, but, it is 'junky stuff'
with odds and ends, and i surely do not mind to buy
one of your lovely pieces...

>:D<


prayers and god bless... :)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 16, 2019 - 01:50pm PT
hey there, say, nearly fogot...

and--


happy good happie day... :)
pet the pup-dog there, too...
and give him a hug...

:)
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 16, 2019 - 04:18pm PT
Neebee, you are the most thoughtful and generous person I have ever met. You may not be in the Top 2% of the wealthiest people financially, but I'm pretty sure you're in the Top 2% richest in generosity in the world.

Don't even think about buying a piece of my jewelry to help me with this. Actually, I would like to make you a piece as a gift. You've given so much to so many. I have some pieces I need to make beforehand, but would like to know if you like silver or copper wire better, and what colors of stones you like.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 17, 2019 - 12:08am PT
hey there say, oh my... dear terrie...


awwww... copper...

but-- i will still order something... >:D<

i just want to make sure that i am not late... :)
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Feb 17, 2019 - 01:30am PT
I hope that providence shines on you, I would do more if I could

I have added those 2 pictures, from your above post, and your links as well as a mention of 'Wall Art' with a recommendation;

To the, below, request from Mnt Proj,
David D · 17 hours ago · Da South · Joined Aug 2018 · Points: 0
Not sure if this is the right forum but didn't know where else it would go. favorite climbing partner just bought her first house. Need ideas for a clever, climbing themed housewarming gift. Any help is appreciated.

https://www.mountainproject.com/forum/topic/116537981/housewarming-gift-for-climber#ForumMessage-116540215
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Feb 17, 2019 - 07:26am PT
Hey, Happie! You need something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Dual-Port-Charger-Android-Devices/dp/B071SKHZX4/ref=asc_df_B071SKHZX4/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=198071814168&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=14003860377743399104&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvl

Probably available at a one of those big truck stops like Loves.

BAd
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 17, 2019 - 10:19am PT
Gnome - Thank you.

Bad Climber - I do have an adapter to run things - the Plug In is the problem. Not a big deal, but it is helpful to plug the phone/laptop in while between towns, instead of relying on finding an outlet to plug into to recharge. Most libraries now accommodate the mobile crowd, but not always, plus libraries aren't always open. Coffee shops work to - sometimes - if there is a space by a plug. But of course then you're spending money on some food or beverage.

I'll have it looked at when I get back to NY this summer.

For now - back to the brakes issue - I mentioned having some cabochons for sale as well, to help raise funds. Here they are.
1)Deschutes Jasper Oval Cabochon - $40

I purchased this piece last year but didn't realize how chunky it was. It's a beautiful piece, and would be cool on a belt buckle, or hatband, if someone works with leather, or has someone who does metalcrafting. Or, placed on a small easel, a rather nice decorative element on a curio shelf. It has a flat top with lightly rounded edges to the side. The finish is a stain, not glossy.

To learn more about Deschutes Jasper, and see similar cabs and pricing, you can go to the following link. As you'll see, $40 is a very good price for this piece.
https://www.barlowsgems.net/deschutes-jasper-cabochons/

2)Deschutes Jasper Cab Trapezoid Shape $25 - not my work - issues as below:

This was also a purchased piece, but the seller did not disclose some issues that make it not workable for me. It was cut from an "end piece," meaning that the back of the cab is not a clean cut. There is major crevices on the back and sides, which make it unattractive in a wire wrapped setting. It is much thinner than the above one, and also has a flatt top with edges rolled into the sides. At the bottom, front, the shape is curved rather than straight sided.

I was thinking that I could use it at some point with a metal backing, when I become proficient in smithing. The back really does need to be covered, both to mask the messiness, and for the stability of the stone. I wouldn't suggest this as a display piece like the above, unless the owner was okay with the idea of someone looking at the back and being disappointed.

It could be placed within a frame of wood, shaped as a bezel, for someone who is good with woodcraft. It would be a cool design element on a trinket box, in that way. But one would need to form a frame that wraps the sides and holds it in that way.

Here is a backside view, to show what I mean by the issues:

3) Oval Deschutes Jasper Cabochon - My work - $25

This piece also has some issues with the back, but rather slight in comparison the one above.

The lapidary work, being mine, is not as fine as the two above. The polish is not as nice, and I did the best I could with creating a perfectly symmetrical geometric shape, but it was a thin stone and so I was limited with how long I could work it before grinding down to nothing.

It's too long sideways to be appropriate for jewelry unless someone was going to make a collar style piece, which at present is not my style. I was thinking I would hold on to it and either work as a decorative element in the lid of a metal box, or have someone create a wood box with it inlaid, which would be more likely. It would look awesome placed within, say, a black walnut setting on a box lid or tray.

I have several other cabochons I could offer, both my work and that of others. Some are quite nice, and priced between $12 and $25, plus shipping. If someone has interest, send me a message, and I can send some pictures.

You can reach me via the Contact Link in my shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TalismanToo I would then work via email to complete, through PayPal, since these cabs are not listed in my Etsy shop.


Juan Maderita

Trad climber
"OBcean" San Diego, CA
Feb 17, 2019 - 12:33pm PT
Blinny, Thanks for noticing and the appreciation.

Happiegrrrl2,
The van needs framework, and fast. I've made an appointment and trying not to use the van until the issue is resolved. I heard metal on metal about a week ago, and hoped there was just a pebble in there, since I'd had all brakes done either in 16 or 17. Seems soon, to me, to have this issue but what do I know.
When you wrote "framework", I'm assuming that you meant "brake work"?

How many miles have you driven since your last brake job? An E150 should expect maybe 30K to 50K miles, guessing due to many variables.

When you have the front brakes checked, take note:
If the wear on driver's side vs. passenger side is vastly different, or if the inboard and outboard pads on the same side wear unequally, that points to a problem with a sticking brake caliper (the piston that hydraulically squeezes the brake pads against the brake rotor not releasing properly). In which case, replacing the brake pads will again result in premature wear until the caliper is replaced. (Caliper $50 - $80 per side, with little additional labor when replacing brake pads).

A tip for making brakes last longer: Many people don't manually downshift their automatic transmissions, or even know how/when to do that. Save your brake wear by downshifting on grades. You probably have the 4-speed automatic with an overdive (4th gear) on and off button on the end of the shifter knob. Turning off the overdrive puts it in 3rd gear for descending grades on highways steep enough to have to apply brakes. Slower speed grades (maybe 35 to 40 mph) select 2nd gear. On a typical roundtrip up and over the mountains, I might manually shift my heavy E350 van 20+ times, almost never touching the brakes. If you already know this info, sorry.
Hope this info helps.


Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 17, 2019 - 01:03pm PT
Yes, it should have been brake work. I posted with my phone that time. It loves to incorrectly correct my words...

Glad you mention the mountains driving. My van has no on/off overdrive button. Just the shifter on the column, and goes left to right:P, R, N, D(overdrive), D (nonoverdrive), 1. I assume should use nonoverdrive D for mountainous. Correct?

It seems to the brakes needing work is too soon after last time. At the very low end of average mileage for pads. I don't brake heavily, not drive fast where one needs to brake. I pride myself on NOT using brakes from following too fast/close.
plund

Social climber
OD, MN
Feb 18, 2019 - 09:23am PT
I ran an '77 E-150 for years; it was quite the party mobile! Mine had the straight-6 300, nearly bombproof.

I DID notice that I needed to replace the front brakes (disk) much more frequently than the rears (drum), probably due to the vehicle weight and the disproportionate braking forces.

'Normal' disk-brake pad replacement is about as easy a repair as exists...FWIW....
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, Bozeman, the ocean, or ?
Feb 18, 2019 - 01:35pm PT
Oh no. You killing me.
Are they all on Etsy?

Thanks. Susan
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 18, 2019 - 02:24pm PT
they can cook up fast in western mountains. we smoked ours pretty bad coming from medicine wheel down into lovel last summer. Also the calipers can get stuck and will wear them out much faster.
jbaker

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Feb 18, 2019 - 04:11pm PT
Beautiful work, Happie!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 18, 2019 - 04:16pm PT
hey there say, just checking up on happiegrrrl....

as, as to this quote, juan madera:

A tip for making brakes last longer: Many people don't manually downshift their automatic transmissions, or even know how/when to do that. Save your brake wear by downshifting on grades. You probably have the 4-speed automatic with an overdive (4th gear) on and off button on the end of the shifter knob. Turning off the overdrive puts it in 3rd gear for descending grades on highways steep enough to have to apply brakes. Slower speed grades (maybe 35 to 40 mph) select 2nd gear. On a typical roundtrip up and over the mountains, I might manually shift my heavy E350 van 20+ times, almost never touching the brakes. If you already know this info, sorry.
Hope this info helps.


wow, things like this, folks like (simple local drivers, in medium sized towns) well, wow-- i'd never know...

my then, husband, back in the day, would, but wow... :O


thanks so much for teaching us all...
i sure won't need it, but, many sure will... again,
thanks for helping terrie/happie, here...
Pennsylenvy

Gym climber
A dingy corner in your refrigerator
Feb 18, 2019 - 04:32pm PT
Ok I'm fairly mechanical and operated a wide variety of machinery/heavy equipment for what that's worth. I guess it means I know one thing: treat your vehicles respectfully. Driving at the right speed I feel is huge. So...…..I am uncertain of what others posted about dropping your vehicle into a lower gear coming down hills. My super A type neighbor mechanic tells me brakes are cheaper than transmissions so don't do that ! I could probably look that up on google but that would not be as fun as the taco conversation. Please clear this up for me.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 18, 2019 - 05:00pm PT
On super steep grades you have the choice to either downshift or heat your brakes up to smoking level. For normal hills I would agree to save the tranny and let er roll. one of my tricks on the old Astro is to save the outside pad when I am changing pads. the inside pad has all the wear but the outside pad usually has plenty of meat left. I put the spare pad in the road trip tool box. Very handy! you can fix on the spot if need be.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Feb 18, 2019 - 05:10pm PT
but don’t drive like a Subaru either.

hey! I resemble that remark. Dropped a 2000cc in my 99 Forester (2500cc is stock), a little slow off the line but no speeding tickets and my brakes are lasting forever. Oh, and to hell with the guy tailgating me

as for carrying used brake pads. come on dude, it is so easy to check pad wear, why would you even risk interrupt a road trip with a repair. Save your space for belts and hoses.
Yury

Mountain climber
T.O.
Feb 18, 2019 - 05:13pm PT
tradmanclimbs:
For normal hills I would agree to save the tranny and let er roll.
What is "normal hill"?
What is elevation loss threshold when I need to start downshifting?
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 18, 2019 - 05:26pm PT
big effin long hill with lots of switchbacks. Red Mtn Pass, Bear Tooth pass etc. Some places in W. virginia, smugglers notch in Vt etc. If you start to smell your own brakes and there is a cloud of smoke behind you, you should have downshifted.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 18, 2019 - 05:30pm PT
John. I put new pads on before the trip but carried a spare because the trip had potential to go over 10k miles. one of the new calipers I put on felt sticky. I asked if they had another one but that was the last one in stock. the trip ended up being about 9K miles and I had to use that spare pad a few weeks after getting home. Greases the heck out of the caliper but it still feels like crap. a few months later I had to toss another spare in there.. Due to check it again soon.
Pennsylenvy

Gym climber
A dingy corner in your refrigerator
Feb 18, 2019 - 05:52pm PT
This sounds like reasonable logic to me. Just want to publicly clarify. I agree with STEEP downhills. Once again lowering your speed seems the ticket. I bought a vintage 23 Silver streak trailer I am refurbing. Towed it down a pretty good pass to it's temp home last fall. Keep hearing about trailer stabilizers as the ticket . She did pretty good without one but ...I'm a gonna check in with that logic too. Not so long ago, drove a crazy semi rig (double decker grand canyon rafts) that taught me there just isn't enough mountain pass in your travels to go into one 'hot' ;)
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 18, 2019 - 06:09pm PT
I loved the Lucy and Ricky clip...

Last autumn, I had smoking brakes when I came over the mountains between Prescott and Jerome. Luckily there was a big scenic lookout to pull off to, and I sat there for like 2 hours. Talked to plenty of guys and just like here, they all had different opinions, sometimes conflicting.

So, I am not sure about any downshifting on descents with my van. Because, as I said, it doesn't have a second gear on the gear selector.

It has 1, D, overdrive D, N, R, P.

I tried using the low gear for about 30 seconds on the rest on that downhill last year. The rpms(?) were very quickly too high. It was clearly not the right thing to do.

Another guy said that even if disc brakes are overheated, they'll still stop you. Is that accurate?

I drive as DMT described, BUT, the van gets rolling quivkly very easily on downhills of any grade.

I assume I should just not be in Overdrive on the mountains.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 18, 2019 - 06:11pm PT
you did the right thing. pull off and let them cool down.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 18, 2019 - 06:29pm PT
Oh yeah...appointment tomorrow morning for the brakes.

I borrowed the amount I didn't have from my sister. I'd rather not have to do that, but driving while knowing they needed repair was just bad. So, I made the appointment knowing that it would force me to borrow if I couldn't make the amount needed on time.
Juan Maderita

Trad climber
"OBcean" San Diego, CA
Feb 18, 2019 - 08:28pm PT
Happiegrrrl2,
I'm not sure about your transmission. I went back to old threads and saw your van is a 1990 E150, 5.8L (351 CID V8). Ford had a 3 speed and a 4 speed automatic in that year. Guessing yours is the 4 speed due to displaying "D-Overdrive". Apparently, there is no option to select 2nd gear and lock it in to 2nd).
Suggest that you consult your owner's manual about gear selection and downshifting instructions for the specific vehicle. But, sounds like "D" (non-overdrive) would be 3rd gear and help slow the van with engine braking on downgrades. While climbing, even on moderate long grades, selecting 3rd gear would let the engine rev to a higher RPM. That puts the engine into RPM range with more horsepower and torque. It also prevents the transmission from "hunting" back and forth between 3rd and 4th, saving wear stress on the tranny.
Front (disc) brakes tend to wear out faster than rear (drum brakes on your E150), probably by approx. 2:1. (2 front brake jobs to 1 rear brake job).

Another guy said that even if disc brakes are overheated, they'll still stop you. Is that accurate?
An oversimplification, and a dangerous one. True that disc brakes will dissipate heat better and tend to stop better than drum brakes when hot. But they will still "fade" (overheating causes the pads to ride over hot gasses between pads and rotor, stopping power is reduced). Riding the brakes down a mountain could cause another type of fade as the hydraulic fluid boils. The brake pedal will feel spongy. Once the brakes are into serious fade, stopping distance will be horrid. Or not at all. Ever see those runaway truck ramps on major downgrades?
Brake fade is a strong reason to downshift and avoid riding the brakes.

I assume I should just not be in Overdrive on the mountains.
Correct, IMHO.
I tried using the low gear for about 30 seconds on the rest on that downhill last year. The rpms(?) were very quickly too high. It was clearly not the right thing to do.
Low (1st gear) may sometimes be appropriate for a very steep, slow descent. Less than 25 or 30 mph. Not frequently encountered in normal driving. Offroading extreme descents, one uses low range 4x4 in 1st gear. The engine does the braking, while the wheels are still turning to provide steering control.

neebee,
You're welcome. Thanks for replying that it is useful info. Sometimes I hold back on giving info, due to worrying about sounding condescending if someone already knows.

Blinny,
That is absolutely an important question to ask, and glad you did. My answer is "Yes". While towing, the proper selection of gears is far more important than in normal driving. Towing puts the drivetrain under more stress. The brakes are at or beyond the limit they were engineered for (regardless of what the manufacturer touts).
Very nice camping trailer :) Great that you have electric brakes on your trailer. In addition to improved stopping distance, you can slow or stop more safely and maintain control.
That prevents "jackknife" situations and trailer sway when stopping.
Do you check your electric brake function before departing on a trip? If not, add it to your routine with lights check. Your brake controller should have a lever within reach of the driver to activate manually. Read the manual for your controller. Should be able to do a slow test run, 10-15mph, and without using the foot brake pedal, activate the trailer brakes. That should at least slow you down a little. Activating fully might lay down some skid marks, ideally equally. Alternatively, with a helper to activate the electric brakes, you should hear a humming noise from the electromagnets at each trailer wheel (put your ear next to each wheel).
If you tow frequently and want additional safety while towing, you might invest in a weight distributing hitch (AKA: equalizer hitch).
Combined with one of these friction devices, I've had great results pulling heavy trailers in high winds on mountain grades. Example:
https://www.curtmfg.com/weight-distribution/sway-control
Or, there are some weight distributing hitches with built-in sway control. (I haven't used those). https://www.equalizerhitch.com/how-equalizer-works

Pennsylenvy,
...vintage 23 Silver streak trailer... Towed it down a pretty good pass...Keep hearing about trailer stabilizers as the ticket . She did pretty good without one but ...I'm a gonna check in with that logic too.
See above on equalizer hitches and sway control. I wouldn't tow a 23' trailer without that setup, unless on a flat and straight highway. Worth every penny and the 5 extra minutes to hitch up.

Hope this helps everyone...


Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Feb 18, 2019 - 10:11pm PT
Do equalizer bars also provide sway control? I have used equalizers to level loads, they work great. The company trucks and trailers had no sway control though, never really seemed like we needed it, just towing on LA freeways.
Juan Maderita

Trad climber
"OBcean" San Diego, CA
Feb 18, 2019 - 10:51pm PT
Jon Beck,
The typical equalizer bars/weight distributing hitches add some stability. Not sure how much sway control, if any, they provide. Add a friction sway control device to it for sway control for around $50.
https://www.amazon.com/Pro-83660-Value-Friction-Control/dp/B0016KJ5MC/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550557782&sr=8-1-fkmr2&keywords=Draw-Tite+Friction+Sway+Control
The friction comes from a flat bar sliding between brake pads. Adjust the desired amount of friction by tightening/loosening the clamp screw. Simple design, and they do work. On mountain grades and in crosswinds, a noticeable improvement.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 19, 2019 - 08:20am PT
We have that type at the Gunks, though they're not limited to being Suburu drivers. It's so annoying, as the main roads between the cliffs and New Paltz are pretty much marked no passing the whole way.

On the roads across America, I see so many drivers who just WON'T use the slow lane on hills. Not that I am thinking of passing anyone, but if I'm in the slow lane and they're clogging the passing lane barely going faster...
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 19, 2019 - 10:20am PT
I'm going to try to be aware of the Subie Syndrome. I wouldn't have said I noticed that at all, more that it's people in wannabe sports cars that speed up/ slow down to keep *you* behind them, and definitely pickups who won't use the pullout lanes or slow lanes, but will just stay there in the passing lane as if they are going to filmed in a gone viral clip on Youtube titled "Pussy Drivers" if they do.
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, Bozeman, the ocean, or ?
Feb 19, 2019 - 10:29am PT
Hey Ekat...is that your house? Was it for sale a couple months ago?
It looks very similar to one that was in a Montana Real Estate listings mag that comes to my place in Bozeman.

Anyway..,if it isn’t the same it’s a clone.


Susan
Juan Maderita

Trad climber
"OBcean" San Diego, CA
Feb 19, 2019 - 12:08pm PT
Blinny,
Interestingly, my Toyota dealer (where I bought the Sienna, new.) tells me I should just run cruise control. The "Master Mechanic" who works on her said. . . and I quote, "Let that highly technological machine think for itself - that's why you bought a Toyota!"
?
So far, so good.
When the cruise control seems to shift too often, on hills, I turn it off and control it myself.

On hills or long grades, when the transmission is shifting too often between the higher gears (aka: "hunting"), you are right to turn off the cruise control. Additionally, choose the lower of the two gears being hunted. For example, when a 4 speed overdrive is hunting between 3rd and 4th gears, turn off the overdrive so that it stays in 3rd gear.

Automatic transmissions have internal clutches with friction material that wears. The back and forth shifting under load is not kind to it.
If you have a tachometer, keep an eye on it. The idea is that you don't want to be in the low RPM range (say low 2000s). That is where you have fuel economy but little power. Ascending grades while towing calls for more power. Depending on the vehicle, that is probably in the 3000+ RPM range. A little 4 cylinder maybe 4,000+. Shifting down a gear may let you use 3/4 throttle to maintain the same speed that you were making with the higher gear and your foot to the floor.

Modern automatic transmissions are electronically controlled, and many vehicles have a switch for economy or power mode. Power mode lets the engine rev higher before shifting up which is good for towing or mountain driving.

It's funny, I was just thinking the other day about how I miss my manual transmissions. I know exactly which gear I want to choose and when I want it. Dumbed down automatics can't think for me. So I'm always trying to manually flog them into behaving the way I want, when I want.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 21, 2019 - 05:28pm PT
Chaps Ekat! happie. do you make wallets? I don't keep money in it just cards and ID but a pocket for receipts sometimes gets used.. Mine is on it's last legs.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 28, 2019 - 10:02am PT
hey there say... bump.... :)
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