What's the difference between The Old Fat Man and a catfish?
One is ugly, has a big belly and smells bad...
And the other one's a fish.
This morning started with a big nasty thunder storm that had the area wet, hot and rocking in the wind. Man o Man it was nasty. Right before it hit, I tightened the stabilizing jacks on the trailer and that proved to be a good thing.
This evening I sent to a lot of folks an email about a man in New Mexico who had been killed and partially eaten by a mountain lion. Those areas I like to wander are wild like that. The problem is I run in to a lot of fools who think wild animals like alligators, bears and mountain lions will not mess with humans. Most are fortunate enough to not get eliminated from the gene pool, but some get to enjoy the stupidity of their ways. It is guaranteed that messing with alligators, mountain lions, bears, sharks, sting rays or most wild animals will NOT give you a day of having tooooo much fun.
The good part of the storms is that I took the time to trim the golf club that needed trimming. The campground has a small shop that they graciously allowed me to use for re-gripping that club. The chore was easily accomplished and tomorrow the club will be ready to bring the course to it’s knees. Sure, right, ok, believe that and I want to sell you a boat.
Now for the big excitement. My truck has occasionally been making a funny sound on turns. Kind of a loud SCROANCH. Everything works well, but the weird noise bothered me. Checking of the normal stuff has been done at least three times and I found nothing visible. An auto shop was recommended to me by the owners of the campground. Off I went.
Naturally when I tried to get the truck to sound off for the mechanic, nothing. The mechanic took it out for a spin without me, then put it up on the rack. In less than two minutes he motioned me over to see. You could grab the right front wheel and wiggle it back and forth at least 1 ½ inches. PANIC AND DESPAIR ON MY PART. If this wheel came off while towing or not towing. I could have hurt or killed an innocent person.
The wheel bearing assembly was replaced. There had been no weird tire wear or pulling of the steering or anything but the noise. Thank GOD I finally took the problem to someone who could figure it out and repair it. This truck must have had a problem from the day I purchased it with 56,000 miles on it, because it drives very different and very well and tracks like on rails now. The price was $450 for the part and $150 for the labor. Add the Texas rape tax for a drive out of $660. But now the truck is safe and likely not to hurt anyone. Here is the place in League City, Texas who treated me straight and no nonsense, met the price quoted, the time schedule quoted and delivered an exceeding pleasant experience.
First the business front
Frank at the front counter who provided excellent service and helped me calm down that the wheel would not likely have just come off, but wobbled enough for me to stop driving and get it fixed.
Jack who did the diagnostics and repairs and answered my stupid and endless questions like I was being sensible.
And importantly for my readers who happen through League City Texas, this is the business card for this business.
This was not a great day of to much fun, but it relieves my mind so tomorrow I can relax and eagerly chase having tooooo much fun. The OFM