Saturday, July 14, 2012

Monsooner or later?

The tricky part of having no sunshine is that the solar panels feel lonely. It's been eleven days since our batteries filled completely, and it's bringing us all down...to the public library where we can surf, type and recharge. We shut down all 110V systems, and all 12V besides the refrigerator. If we don't pull anything during these cloudy days, we can still make juice. But, not juice.

Everything else loves the rain. Listen for the sighs.

Once you're out here, you'll notice other people living "the life." We've run into Gail a couple of times, and another guy who stayed a while down in Willard Springs. Lots of places to be, but no particular hurry to be in them. One fellow lives in a bright yellow bus. Slender man, long, wild, gray hair? Has a dog? Wears his shirt open all the time? I'm describing him so you'll know what to tell the rangers, because Annie looked out the window in our no-neighbors campsite to see him standing and staring at the Duck. Dude. Don't make me load my egg cannon. This is no yolk.

I dreamed it was my son's 21st birthday, and I wrote him an amusing essay about Alexander McCall Smith, who, it turns out, is a very funny, very large, African-American gay man. [Mr. Smith may contact me to smooth out the details of my characterization, of course, but once written on the Internet, good luck with that.] Hope you like it five years ago, Phil!


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20 comments:

VtChris said...

In times of no sun do you ever run your generator? I have been wishing Annie was here as my "slip rings" need cleaning and I don't know what they look like.....or where to find them.....

Levonne said...

I guess I have that kind of weather to look forward to. Thanks for advice on the library.

Jim and Sandie said...

Bet the land is rejoicing in the rain. I know MT sure would like to be soaking up some of that stuff. Okay, got the description. How will I know you're missing?

The Odd Essay said...

I've wondered about the solar thing.... we don't have it... Bill says we don't need it.... heck, we're probably at top end of weight with our rig anyway.... (and I just had a big dinner... damn!)... BUT... So... how long CAN you last out there without recharging (your batteries...)? Also.. do you really get concerned about the long-hair, open shirt dudes? Just wonderin'

Blue Moon said...

No generator??

Al Bossence said...

I wondered about the 'no generator' thing too.

Michael Ultra said...

I'm sure that description fit a good 20% of the Arizona population. Did I tell you I had a winter home in Tucson? Way back in the roaring 90's? I am loving your new digs. I can't wait to check it out for my own self. I do know Flag gets plenty of snow in the Winter.

Campers4Life said...

Was beginning to wonder/worry a bit, been days since any quacks from the ducks. So now we all know who to look for if duckies go missing... will be a DUDE with open shirt and long hair... oh, that describes my hubby too .. eeeek

Karen and Al said...

Did you send your sun to David and Sherry? They received a package today from some duck people??

Sherry said...

Hmmmmm all rain, no sun, snarky dude.....and I was thinking boondocking was for me. If I tune in tomorrow do I get the rest of the story? Or if I tune in but don't see a story, who should I call? Oh dear that's whom should I call.

Soaring Sun said...

Maybe it's time to head to New Mexico. We have sunshine here.

Spotted Dog Ranch: said...

That dude was probably wondering why you have no generator. It was either Blue Moon or Al (though both have alibis, I suspect). :)

Gaelyn said...

Sorry about the lack of solar for power, but please don't send the rain away. Instead maybe send the open-shirted dude away.

cathie said...

You must be in the only spot in the US that is having rain. Maybe you could move on to where it is really needed. It seems to follow you.

¡Vizcacha! said...

Cathie, do you think we could make a living moving to dry places? We'd be the Rain Bringers.

Gaelyn, we'll keep the rain and shoo the dude. Oh look! It's raining again!

Ha Chinle! I have seen pictures of "Al," or so he says. No picture of Blue, though, so that puzzle is solved. :D

Sue, coincidentally, I have been thinking about you and TorC a lot lately. We came up with an e-product you should make and sell.

Sherry, we'll take care of wild, chesty dude before you get here. Annie thinks he was just harmlessly stoned, and didn't encroach on our site.

Karen, I wish it were weather in the mail! Or Jamaica Me Crazy ice cream, but some thoughtful friends already took care of that need.

C4L, your hubs doesn't drive a bright yellow bus, right? If SO, I've got my EYE on him...

I didn't know that, Michael. What caused you to move east? And, c'mon out! There's plenty of room.

Al, Blue, and Chris: we do have a generator. We just haven't used it since the solar install and now it seems like a very unpleasant prospect. It takes FOREVER to fill our bank, and has no exhaust pipe, so we have to time it for a moment with a stiff starboard to port wind. In general, it's such an unsavory prospect that we'd rather conserve and let the weak sunshine do its work.

Sharon, apparently at least eleven days. :D Our batteries are resting at 12.5 at night. That's not full, but not dangerously low, either.

We didn't get any heebie-jeebies from the wild-looking guy. We do pay attention to our HJs, should we get them, but it's rare that we actually feel unsafe. I think he was probably thinking, "that is one spectacularly-dull rig. I'd paint it yellow." And, so would we!

Levonne, the library is a wild and splendid thing. I'm in favor.

Chris, I'm not sure how I feel about my wife finding and servicing your "slip rings." I'm not closing the door on it, though.

Blue Moon said...

We have a generator, and not being as cool as you duckies are, no solar. Sounds like it would be simple to connect an exhaust pipe........ but then, like us, you might have to give up coolness points!!

Blue Moon said...

Although, on second thought, you'd be cooler! (I crack me up.............)

Soaring Sun said...

I'm very interested in hearing about the eproduct idea!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Sandie, a profound silence will fall upon your eyes. Your ears won't see a blog post. It will be unsettling and you'll be moved to get more; instead, you'll send up an alert for missing Ducks.

Sue, I sent you a super secret message on your blog.

The Good Luck Duck said...

BM ... no, that's very wrong. Blue, it seems like it would be sort of easy to do the genny exhaust. I was just given the suggestion of a Genturi. I guess we're reluctant to get back on that horse, even though the backup power would be handy.

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