Okay, so we decide we wanted to try our hand at Gate Guarding in Texas. We had been reading the ads with some interest for a couple years on the Workamper website. We were in Texas and needing some steady employment for a while so why not?
Our grandson was down from KC, MO, so visited with him for a few days in Waco, then arrived Thursday afternoon in Boerne, Tx, to the TimeKeepers (TK) office. They said to stop by and pick up the forms, test, etc. BEFORE we went to the RV park, as there were places to park the RV. THEY FAILED TO SAY THERE WERE LOTS OF LOW TREES AND BRANCHES THAT WOULD SCRAPE OUR RUBBER ROOF OFF!!!! But that's a whole other issue. We filled out all the papers, completed the test, took everything back to them Friday morning. Got an appt for the "golden flow" test for Friday afternoon and the "black fingers" test scheduled for Saturday. Friday afternoon, while we were in San Antonio goofing around, we got a call from TK that they needed us to go south NOW. Not in the morning, NOW. So we made a mad dash to Wally World, got water jugs filled, bought a BB gun (that later broke after being fired 5 times), other essentials and dashed south. This was about 8 pm so we arrived at our location about 10 pm. Do you know how hard it is to back up a 5th wheel in the dark, in an unknown area, and get it between "that fence" and "that generator"???? Do now. The couple who had been gate guarding prior to our arrival on the Petty Ranch had gotten mad about their pay and/or other things and left. We got hooked up to the generator and BOTH air conditioners worked. HALLELUJAH.
That had been one of our biggest fears, was that the generator would not be able to handle the bedroom ceiling a/c and the kitchen/dining room a/c. We knew from our previous experinces when the a/c in the kitchen/dining room died a horrible death (and we had to have a new one ordered and shipped in, etc., OUCH) that we could NOT live without both a/c's. Not with one of us trying to sleep while the other one worked. No way. Our delight was short lived because Sun afternoon the generator quit generating. It was still running, but not putting out any electricity. Of course this was just after David had worked and worked and sweated and really needed to sleep. We are not technical or mechanical people. What do we know about generators, anyway, except that if you don't have one, you need one. We have wished a hundred times that we had one on our RV. We called our peeps and they got a guy out here with a different generator. The different generator would not allow both a/c's to operate at the same time without tripping a circuit breaker on the generator. We were told the generator should be able to run both our a/c's. We cannot close the door between the rooms so one can work while the other sleeps. We had to try to sleep and work in the same area. If it was only David and myself it would not be too bad, but we have two dogs, Romeo and Juliette. Juliette truly is man's best friend. She's the absolute best dog EVER. But every time the sensor goes off and I jump up, Romeo starts barking and wakes David up. Okay, I must stop here. More later. Penny.