Assimilation

We have now been in Marble Falls 1 week. 3 more to go. A lot of Borg-like activity has taken place.

One of the major items we needed to do was to get Roxie established with a pain doctor in Austin. We took care of that yesterday. The meeting went very well and he is willing to do whatever she needs to help her out. Check box one of assimilation.

Not only does every Texas town seem to have a Dairy Queen and a Sonic but they have BBQ places. I would eat at one every day but luckily Roxie tempers that for me. But we still do hit them up. One here is town was pretty good: (Check)

Relaxing. I guess we are supposed to do that but we haven’t seemed to do much of that yet, but Roxie did find a swing a short distance from our site. Most Texas homes have such a swing, don’t they? (Check)

We are now experiencing some of the humidity that we have heard of. At night it is pretty cool with the windows open and the fans blowing. During the day it can get a bit warm but we haven’t used the AC yet (did I mention we have metered electricity?). Supposedly some T-Storms are coming this weekend. Texas weather – check.

At the end of January, our trailer registration expired. I opted to not pull the trailer anywhere and let it do so. It was almost $420 to renew. I was able to get a single trip permit to Texas for $20. My first priority was to get the trailer registered in the new state. Fortunately, since we had a rental agreement with our RV park we were able to register it in our local county (Brunet) and in the local satellite office. Very easy. $7 inspection, about $200 in fees ($90 of which is for being a new resident and we don’t pay that next year). In fact, it was so easy that I did the truck that same day. The difference between California and Texas for the truck was about $500! That is including the $90 that will go away. Good with me. Check.

The full assimilation will happen when we get our Driver’s Licenses. When you have an existing out of state license, you surrender it and you don’t have to take the written test. HOWEVER, you still need to prove who you are and your citizenship. The papers that we need should arrive Monday as we had to have our son get them together and mail them. Once we have them I guess we are full Borgs, I mean Texans. Yeeeeee Haaaa!

End of the Year Trifecta!

Thanksgiving

We celebrated at home this year and it was very enjoyable. A couple days after Thanksgiving we decided to put the rest of our rain gutters back on the house. We took them all down when we had the house painted. We were working in the front of the house (me, Roxie and our son Aaron). I went to the back yard to get up on the roof to get some leaves off the roof. I setup the ladder and started up to the roof. When I reached the top rung the ladder slipped out from under me. Down I came, hard!

Roxie heard a crash and me moaning and rushed to the back yard. I was on top of the ladder and writhing in pain. I was checking arms and legs for any major injuries and wanted to stand up. She didn’t want me to but I was able to. We knew the next stop was the ER.

After about 3 hours in the ER I was found to have 2 displaced broken ribs (not fracture but completely broken), a very sore tailbone, two gashes in my elbow (even though I had a coat on) requiring 10 stitches. The rib pain was manageable but I developed a cough shortly after which was pretty painful.

Here is the ladder that I landed on:

A couple of days later I realized that we had a surveillance camera right where it happened. Here is the video:

Youtube

Christmas

This is the first Christmas with Atlas. We knew we wanted to celebrate with him, Hannah and Lukas. However, we are not the only set of Grandparents. He has Lukas’ side that lives in Auburn. Luckily we were able to spend Christmas with the Prassinos family.

This turned out as an opportunity to tow the trailer on the truck’s maiden tow. It did very well and I had a heck of a spot to get the trailer in there. It was down their driveway and a hard 90┬░ into their spot. It was pouring rain and there were people watch so it was a double hex. I was able to get it on the third try and just chewed up a small portion of their ‘lawn’.

It was really cold and we had both of Aaron’s dogs in the trailer but we did just fine. There were 10 people and 7 dogs to make a grand old time! We were able to spend Christmas with both of our kids and both of our grandkids. Win!

Retirement

I started working at the Tulare County Office of Education on August 26, 1985, as a Programmer Analyst programming on the HP3000 minicomputer in COBOL. 4 positions and 31 years later, it was time to retire. I was planning on going a year earlier at 55 but we were in the throes of building a new building and were given a 4.5% COLA. That was enough to push it back. It worked out well. It gave me a chance to prepare for the afterlife a bit more.

It was a bit surreal to retire at 56 but you never know how much time you have. It also felt like the right time to do it.

As I write this entry it has been over 1 month of retirement and I don’t regret it at all. I have achieved a milestone of sorts, I don’t really remember what day of the week it is now.

Retirement allows us now to move off to our travel plans, but we have to finish our shower in the house first. <sigh>