Saturday, April 28, 2018
There's been a LOT of things happening around here and beyond since my last post back in March, so it's high time I get you caught up. First, there's been very little correspondence from the insurance company concerning Dodge's accident damage. Since Gary wasn't at fault, the other guy's insurance company is responsible to pay for the damages, and they are some little "fly by night" company that we have never heard of before. So, we're still waiting for payment or answers. Next, Casper (Gary's white cargo van) was in DESPERATE need of front suspension work, so Gary spent several days replacing just about everything. At the same time, he built a bed inside Casper. I suspected then that there may be some camping trips coming up that wouldn't include little old me, and I was right. Honestly, since Gary and Dodge seem to be accident magnets lately, I'm okay with being left behind from time to time, just as long as I'm not getting permanently replaced. Dodge doesn't mind being left behind either. After all he's been through, he deserves a break. Once Casper's repairs were done, his first round of camping was soon under way. There were stops at Elijah Clark State Park and Hamburg State Park, two places that Dodge and I have never been to. Gary and Casper had lakefront campsites at both parks. Then they went to Reed Bingham State Park, a place we've all been to many times before. There was LOTS of antique shopping along the way, and Gary got to hang out with our buddies Lou Ann and Dan while camping at Elijah Clark. Apparently, both parks were good, so Dodge and I will likely get to see them in the future. The boys came home for about a week, then headed out for a weekend trip to Little Ocmulgee State Park. We were there several years ago for a few days. Nice park from what I can remember. I didn't know that Little Ocmulgee is located in Dodge County. That's COOL!!! I wonder if there's a Toaster County somewhere. If so, I want to go see it. That brings us up to last week, and Gary got right to work after the Little Ocmulgee trip. The blue and white A-100 van is being sold next month, and the van along with Gary's old Dodge Dart were buried in the back of the garage. After moving a LOT of stuff that was in the way, the A-100 was relocated closer to the garage door, and the Dart was moved outside to the carport. Eventually, there will be tall shelves built where the van and Dart used to be, but for now, all the clutter that was moved around in the garage ended up back there on temporary plastic shelving. While all of this moving was going on, Dodge and I got to spend a few days outside. That's the first time I've been outside since our last camping trip, and it was a really nice change. I had a good time soaking up rays, seeing sunshine, and watching squirrels. The only thing that scared me was a LONG snake that was lurking around the garage. It was a "friendly" snake, if there is such a thing, but any snake gives me the creeps. Thankfully, I never saw the snake in person, only in the photos that Gary took of him. Now here's the REALLY big news. We LOVE it here in St. Augustine, but we've also grown extremely fond of Georgia during our many camping trips throughout the state. And although we have a good sized garage here, and a shed, and a storage container, we have outgrown the total amount of square footage we have here. So, Gary got the idea in his head of looking for a BIG industrial sized building somewhere in Georgia for us to possibly move to at some point. He is making a trip to four different Georgia cities early this next week to look at buildings ranging in size from 11,900 square feet to 13,800 square feet. Any of those is about four times the total square feet that we have here. I'll let you know what he finds, and if it looks like it will become reality or not in a future post. This is SO exciting, and SO scary at the same time. Like I said earlier, there's been a lot of activity here lately, and it doesn't look like it's going to slow down anytime soon. But such is life here at Green Acres.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Poor old Dodge. Just when he was getting over the brutal hit he took on Thanksgiving weekend last year, and the hours of "surgery" he had to repair the extensive damage, he was involved yet again in another accident this past Saturday. This time, a black Chevy Trail Blazer suddenly switched lanes as Dodge was approaching, and the two of them collided. Dodge jumped the curb and ended up on the adjoining sidewalk. His left front fender and the driver's door, along with the parking light and headlight bezel were damaged. This was more of a glancing hit instead of the 50mph impact from the previous accident, but it still did considerable damage. The driver of the Trail Blazer was cited with careless driving. Nobody was hurt, except for the vehicles involved. Both were able to be driven away from the scene of the accident. The damage to the Trail Blazer is more substantial than what you can see in the photos. The pillar between the doors is bent in, and that may be enough structural damage for the Trail Blazer to be considered a total loss. Dodge may be estimated by the insurance company to be a total loss as well, but Gary will NOT allow that to happen. Dodge was saved after the last accident, and he will be saved this time as well. It looks like Rampart the parts donor van will once again supply Dodge with whatever he needs to bring him back to his former glory. And once again, our buddy Chris over at Custom Coatings and Restorations will be in charge of Dodge's "surgery". He did a masterful job of repairing all of the extensive damage from the previous accident. We TOTALLY trust in his skills and the pride he takes in his job. So, that's the bad news for this posting, and I hope to share some much better news very soon. As for me, I guess I am lucky to have not been hitched to Dodge during either of these two accidents. It makes me sick that this misfortune has happened again to Dodge, and that Gary has to deal with all the hassles involved when working with the insurance company. Brighter days are ahead....I hope.