27th. June till the 6th of August 2010-08-06
Spent today "no-more-gapping" the many nail holes in the shingles on the roof from the inside!!. Very poor roofing installer many years ago and a few larger holes effectively repaired. Filled the long gap alongside the chimney. Should be weatherproofed for a year or so now. Borrowed 3 foot pry bar from Ken the neighbour at 405 and removed the top floor kitchen bench and the entire wall covering over the rotted and rusted out cast iron stand (stink) pipe that runs from the basement to through the roof. The section from the floor level of first floor to basement is totally rotted away. Will replace with 3” plastic and fit new waste pipe from first floor kitchen sink which was doing all the water damage. 90° F today! Prepare to lift flooring of front porch by car jack and fit 4” beams on bricks to re-level it from the 40cm depression in middle that exists now!
Relax after a big day by watching Spanish Grand Prix on TV!
Next day I am able to contact the recalcitrant contractor who accepted large payment up front for work and then did a “no-show”. He turns up for a meeting and is a “new man” after problem with cocaine!! He is a 49 year old ex CEO and Inventor with an MBA and a world patent! http://www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/wo.jsp?wo=1996039232
He assures me that he will provide labour to the value plus interest for our payment. I am hopeful but not confident!
Get all the plumbing materials, the neighbour has a utility and is a great help with 10 feet pipe lengths.
The roof has come through its fir5st rainshower withy no leaks!
On Tuesday the 29th I am able to jack up the porch deck and now it is level again. Screw doublers under all the suspect decking material between the bearers! The Rental managing Agent has and is a problem, has avoided meeting and now I find that he has taken out a small claims case that was undefended by virtue of supplying the court with an invalid address for us!! So we did not find out it was happening!
The other house in
Next day Ken and I head over to warren where a 4 apartment property is located. Jeff, the CEO, is to meet us there and take us to the house.
No one will work where this has occurred. The winters here are quite terrible with -20°Someone has already unscrewed all the heating water radiators, but they were still on site, all the copper plumbing fittings have been stolen. Remarkably the very large furnace boiler and gas hot wat6er system are both still there. I arrange for these to be removed and taken to
The City had posted a demolition order on the house that was going to happen in August… disaster.
Have the City water Authority reconnect the water to 407 Dewey to find a myriad of leaks in the 2 units. A trip to the hardware store to buy a variety of plastic fittings and repair them!! Eventually!! Test the sewerage system by dumping all my waste from Rocinante into the basement main!!! No blockages!! Thank goodness. Cut all the grass at the
Friday is a trip to The Courthouse to talk to the Small Claims Office and write a detail rebuttal to the judgement of 6 weeks previously. This was to be presented to the Judge on our behalf.
I had information that my presence in
On Saturday I head to the Hartville Flea market. http://www.hartvillemarketplace.com/
This has to be the biggest and best flea market I have ever seen. It is operated by the Amish Community that is very large here. Bought some great bargains and my only toast rack I have found this trip!!
The 3rd of July evening fireworks were readily viewed from my Wal-Mart parking spot. Great display. Flat batteries on Sunday morning!! I had left the headlights on. I had moved in the Wal-Mart parking lot late at night and the bright Parking lot lights meant I did not see that my lights were on!!!
The joy of an on board generator saves the morning!! And I am able to go out to the Blossom Festival area and await the evening performance. I have met some marvellous people here, very friendly and have been taken out sightseeing to local beauty spots. The concert is fantastic and I shared it with 25,000 others. The fireworks at the conclusion of the performance; which concluded with the 1812 Overture!! Were magnificent. Traffic jam to end all traffic jams afterw2ar5ds. But I just waited till all had disappeared.
Next morning it was a little bit of local sightseeing and my friend’s wante4d their 95 year old mother to meet me and to see Rocinante. She arrived in her small 4 cylinder sedan and was more agile than the kids!!
Next port of call was Darlington on
Stinking hot for next few days and I had power connected to Rocinante and was able to relax on the small farm, Thank you Jeffrey and the boys. A little bit of local exploring and and a good look over the
Back up north on the 8th July to
On Sunday morning I headed for
Checked into the local Wal-Mart and had a comfortable night. Early next morning went back to street and asked at Ex?? Tenants parents house and was informed that they left our place some 18 months ago!!! But no-one in the street had ever seen the mystery occupants!!!!
Went to local bank to open an Account into our LLC (Pty Ltd) Company’s name so the back rent being held by Social Security can be recovered??!! And then went to Social Security and stood in a line for 2 hours and 5 minutes; after the severe security check, to be told to ring a number I already had!! So was given an alternate number that had a full message bank!~!! Off to the Sheriffs Dept, City Police and Eviction Office to discuss Squatters. Result= squatters have rights, Landlords have a problem. Was told to call police when I wanted access.
Next morning at 5.30AM I am knocking on the front door; my notes had been removed! I am using a length of 4 x 2 softwood for a door knocker!~! No answer, so I let myself in and surprise, houses squatters are not here, but all their stuff is. You see I have not been inside before!!~ Well that was what I told the Police when they turned up 10 minutes later after I made the 911 call. In fact 4 cars arrived within the next 10 minutes! And later a 5th!! They went inside with guns drawn and I followed. They said that it was the neatest squat that they had ever seen. They went through everything… pockets books, clothes, bags, under bedding, found nothing but latest Playboy magazine!! They did get the names of the 2 occupants from paperwork. The Police were marvellous and all got little koalas!! And I got a signed incident report! The occupants had been using a hot rock cooker on the table to cook with!! And candles and all blind were drawn. They said I could toss all the stuff out on the street, but I was only one person and did not need a confrontation from someone who was clearly my build of larger and about mid 30’;s from clothing size and styles!! They suggested as an alternate to move all the stuff into the unrenovated 2nd apartment in the building, but bit sounded like to much work, and still dangerous. So I went and bought all new locks and a bunch of padlocks and locked the water valves closed and used 3 inch screws and 2 x 4 studs to fasten all the doors except the front door from the inside. The front door was fitted with conventional and deadlocks; both locked and I gave a Realtor the approval to list and sell the property.
I did one last inspection and slammed the front door and as I locked the deadlock, it sounded like a kid was on a skateboard on the first floor room! Could not be, But someone may have come in, so opened the front door again and as I stepped inside, the rest of the suspended ceiling in that room fell down on me!! Only injury was a large bruise on my left arm above the wrist as I protected my head! So I disconnected the power wiring that was holding the parts connected to the li8ught fittings and stacked all the panels against the wall, locked the door again and left!! What else could I do!!! I was due to be at Paul and Lorraine Irwin’s farm in
Next stop was
A nice level place in front of the garage gave me a panoramic view to the west, the newly painted house and barn are a dramatic improvement to their property. Young Dalton who is 15 is in
I spend 4 days cleaning the underside of Rocinante with detergent by high air pressure and after a couple of coverages of that, I had my high pressure water blaster do the final clean. Looks good.
Did a few jobs with Paul and had a big rubbish tip run and rear porch spring clean.
Head off on Sunday about 9am and head to the
This is a history of the area where Paul and
My destination on Tuesday is the home of Gary and Carol Tripp. I met
It was quite magnificent, but a chilly night! Carol went off to
Next day was a very early start to Ludington where the regular ferry crosses massive Lake Michigan and departs from for
Felkers Farm at 1864 Waukau Av was to be my home for the week. As I was set up in a few minutes, I wandered down to the open air Theatre. It was a 25 M wide and 15 M high blow up screen. The projectors were located in the back of a big tray pantechnicon and shot out the back. All the movies had an aviation theme of course!! The camp site was just 200 M from the
It was onto the airshow ground early on every day. Registered at the Overseas Visitor Tent and there are hundreds of Australians here. Several large organised groups. They were accommodated in vacant school rooms!! In town! Accommodation over AirVenture week is big business.
There are no words that can describe what AirVenture; or Oshkosh Airshow, really is. Gigantic and immense are just not enough. The website is a good start, http://www.eaa.org/photos/
23 DC3’s flew over in formation on Tuesday before landing to celebrate their 75th anniversary!!
Hoards of T6 Harvards created aluminium overcast and private jet fighter were so common, about 10 T39 Albatrosses were in the air bat one time!
As things dried out, thousands more private aircraft arrived. They had been waiting at numerous local airfields for the OK to come in.
Friday at 12 midday was time for the International Visitors Parade march and official welcome by the CEO of EAA and also a welcome from the founder Paul Poberezny. I was fortunate to speak briefly with him and shake his hand at the end of the ceremony. See Picture at head of this blog!!! A couple of thousand people were in the march and at 5.30pm that afternoon a free dinner with unlimited beer and wine was provided. The Canadians and the Brazilians were outstanding performers in this arena!! It was early to bed this night. The Saturday night was the first Night air display and fireworks display afterwards. See the above photo link for magic photos of both these events.
Asleep at the Wheel; http://www.asleepatthewheel.com/ gave a magnificent Show in the theatre in the Woods at 6pm before the Night airshow. People dancing in the aisles, I even was invited to get up!! Just lucky some days!
After the spectacular finale of the Fireworks, it was in the stampede to get out of the very dark grounds!! But I managed to find a courtesy bus back to the Museum to save my aching feet!!
I had planned an early start back to
Out on I231 again and in no time I was in
Up early next morning to be at Rivers RV and Bus Workshop to be in time for my arranged appointment. Needless to say, the process of this job has drawn out and 4 days later; Saturday, I am sitting in their lovely Customer lounge; airconditioned and Wi-Fi and large screen TV, while Rocinante is in the complimentary campground about 100 M away with lots of parts and panels removed waiting for the expert to arrive with the parts on Monday morning!!
I have had the opportunity to replace the 2 fan belts on the hydraulic pump that have been squealing for the last 10 weeks. I fitted a 1” shorter pair of belts and now have ample adjustment and no screaming!! The camp site is under trees, so it was a good location to work on it. I have the use of the Company’s courtesy car; a 2005
Rocinante is booked to be shipped out of
Magnificent and adventurous holiday!!!