Sunday, August 21, 2016



When something goes wrong or needs to be done it usually comes all at once. I held off to get maintenance done since we are not moving this summer and when I finally took the RV in the list grew from stuff we need to get done while adding stuff we wanted. First I had to buy the Ford headlight from a Ford dealer. The RV shop said it could take up to two weeks to arrive, while I got it from the dealer the next day. Next I had the roof resealed and coated. They said there was no cracks in the sealing so they just cocked over the old sealing. It looks like crap and missed the whole section by the ladder. At least it won't leak if it snows when we are in Tennessee this Peak Season at Amazon. Hiromi kept saying she wanted a new toilet. So I got her a new toilet. It's a little bigger then the old one. The flush is by foot where our old one was by handle. The weird thing is we still reach for the handle after we flush by foot. We got hit by a rock (or something) as a semi passed us on the highway and the window cracked. The shop estimated $1,500 so I called my insurance to help cover the coast. After taking the RV to a body shop it only coast $225.00. The RV shop prices are jacked to high. Over all I paid way more for all the maintenance and upgrades than I wanted, Hiromi said that what I get since I waited to do everything all at once.

I did some DIY on our steps. Rreally easy except for the old hook springs were rusted, but the the mat came off with ease.

                                 BEFORE                                                      AFTER                 

There still are a few more thing we want to upgrade to the inside of the RV that we will DIY. We want to pull up the carpet and lay tile, remove our day/night shades in the bedroom & put up curtains and our dinning cushions are getting warn and need replaced.  We still have lots of work to do in the five or so weeks we have left in Ohio before we hit the road. I hoping to video record the carpet and bedroom upgrades to have a DIY on Youtube.

It took a few day to set up the car maintenance appointment, I wanted to make sure everything with the RV was done first. The turn single would not turn off after I made a turn, the AC / heater would only work on high and not the lower levels and front turn single light burned out. There must be a leak somewhere in the front of the car as they found rust in my vents that prevents the AC/ heater to work correctly. They told me I was lucky to have it working at all. I thought that I could DIY on the headlight bulb, sounds pretty easy right? Not anymore these days. The bulb is located under the wheel wall. I took out the screws but then there are plastic bolts with no way of coming off unless I broke them off, then the wheel wall would be flapping when I would drive. The body shop did the turn light bulb for free.

Both the RV and car should now be in perfect working order (knock on wood) and should have nothing to fear. It's good that we got all the work done while we are located in one spot then have to have something go wrong when we are on the road. Time to go back to work at Amazon so we can replace our emergency funds.

We still have to find time to do spring cleaning in our outside storage and lose some weight that we are carrying. We will be on the road for the next three years and there is no better time to clean now when we are at home so we can put stuff in my parents attic. Also, we want to spent a couple days on a local road trip to give the RV a road test to make sure it's running smoothly after being parked all summer before we hit the road again next month.

I know it's been a while since my last Youtube video, but I still need to do voice over for the cooking episodes. I can't talk Hiromi into doing them with me, I guess I'll have to do it myself. Keep your eyes open for new post I have in the works. Just to give you a taste of what videos I'm working on, Cooking with Life-in-RV, RV tour, American Sushi, What is there to do in Canton, OH? and of course where ever we go on our local trip.

Sunday, August 14, 2016



The last three weeks have been non stop. There seems not to be enough time in the day to get everything done. We wake up and are busy all day, before I knew it three weeks have flown by. We had two straight days of RV maintenance, followed by one day of car maintenance. A week of Akron RubberDuck baseball, football Hall of Fame game, family yard sale, Youtube editing and that's just the tip of the iceberg. To keep the post somewhat in order and understandable I broken them up by topics and I'm working on four different posts all at once.

Our family has had tickets to the Football Hal of Fame game before I was even born. Living in the Football Hall of Fame State, I grew up loving football. Growing up I always looked forward to the start of the football season, I would see the first game of the year. Now that I'm on the road anytime we are in Ohio in August there is always a ticket with my name on it.

You know I'm getting old when 6 of the 8 players getting inducted into the Hall of Fame I watched growing up. For the first time EVER, the game was canceled after fans have already entered the stadium. There was issues with the paint that was used on the field. Most of the newly inducted Hall of Famers came out on to the field as there name was announced, just like they would have if the game was going to be played. Fave was in shorts and no Hall of Fame gold jacket. I would rate the game a big fat ZERO and a black eye to the Hall of Fame and the NFL. Right now I want to boycott this years NFL season, but who knows how long I can hold out when the baseball season comes to an end? The best part of the whole game was meeting my nieces KaraLynn (17) and Mei (20) for the first time.

Here is where I would have sat to see the game from Row E 50 yard line. Can't get much better than that.

When the Hall of Fame weekend comes rolling around, so does my Aunt's yard sale. It seems to get bigger every year. This is her 43rd year of having the yard sale and this year there are 18 different families who have brought stuff to sale.

Monday, August 8, 2016



18-24 Jul
Akron is on the road all week and no home games for week 15. 

Week's total: 0 games, 0 balls (0 give-a-way), 0 autographs
Games: 0 day  0 night  0 doubleheader   Home record: 0-0

Akron's total: 38 games, 133 balls (56 give-a-way), 131 autographs, 2 bat, 9 SGA,
Games: 9 day  29 night  1 doubleheader   Home record: 25-13

2016 baseball season total: 55 games, 165 balls (61 give-a-way), 216 autographs, 9 bats

25-31 Jul
Akron is 54-48 and in third place 2 game back. Depending on how you look at, bad new for the Ducks. Zimmer and Frazier, the Tribe number one and two prospects got the call up to AAA. Lots of teams are trying to trade for them, maybe the Tribe is trying to fast track them and get them on the 40 man roster to protect them. Whatever the case most of the Ducks who started the season in Akron is now in Columbus. Good for them and their career, but bad for Akron fans who were looking for a Championship in 2016. Most of the roster is now new players from Advance A Lynchburg. I hope the team can start to click with this new group we are still in the playoff race.

Game 1: I arrived early for BP and for the first time EVER a player asked me if I wanted a ball. I said sure and Tyler Mizenko from Richmond threw it to me in the stands. The ball was beat up, but it was a 2016 AZ logo spring training ball. I would get two more balls in BP.

With the big name players gone there was very few autograph seekers. I got three autographs and I'm still working on the 2016 Akron team set. I got a game used foul ball toss up by Akron catcher Eric Hasse. Another major league player, Zach McAllister was on rehab with Akron tonight. He threw one inning and his fastball was 93-94 and no one could hit. His off speed that was left over the plate got hit. That would be the only hit in his inning of work while recording one strikeout.

The team my have new players and at times it looks like it, but they played a good game only to lose in extra innings 2-1. I gave away two BP balls to kids before I left the stadium.

Game 2: I arrived early once again for BP and got 5 balls. I would gave them all away to the kids sitting in my row before I left the game. The Ducks would lose 4-10.

Game 3: A afternoon start time and I could not make it to the game, I had RV maintenance appointment. (Blog post to follow soon)

Game 4: Another day of RV maintenance, by the time I got back to the campground and hooked everything up the game was had already started. (Blog post to follow soon)

Game 5: I was running behind schedule with my long list of to do and arrive at first pitch. The Ducks pulled it out and stopped the losing streak at 7 game and won 3-1.

Game 6: Saturday give-a-way and firework show. Hiromi came to the game with me so I could get two bobbleheads of Ducks manager David Wallace. The Ducks lost another close game 2-3.

Game 7: The last game of the current home stand and the Ducks once again lost a close game 0-1.

Week 16 Haul

Week's total: 5 games, 9 balls (7 give-a-way), 3 autographs
Games: 0 day  5 night  0 doubleheader   Home record: 1-5

Akron's total: 43 games, 142 balls (63 give-a-way), 134 autographs, 2 bat, 9 SGA,
Games: 9 day  34 night  1 doubleheader   Home record: 26-18

2016 baseball season total: 60 games, 174 balls (68 give-a-way), 219 autographs, 9 bats