Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The folks have been wanting to tour the Harley Davidson factory for a long time. Unfortunately, the tours are during the week. A few Saturdays out of the year, they let people in for tours. This past Saturday was one of those days. Most of the factory was shutdown, but there were some workers making fenders and testing bikes.
When you arrive at the factory, you are asked to fill out an information sheet and are given a tour time. You are then free to look at and sit on bikes that are on display.
The tour begins with a video about the history of Harley Davidson. Guests are then given protective glasses to wear and an audio pack so that they can hear the tour guide. Two employees are on the tour. One is the guide and the other is making sure all the guests follow the rules. No cameras are allowed and you must stay in the yellow lines while walking on the tour. Mom said she has never seen a place that is so strict on following the rules. Even though there was not much going on, the employee made sure that everyone stayed within the yellow lines. They were told that if they were caught taking photos, they would be removed immediately. Mom says she is sure they would follow through on that.
The tour was pretty interesting. A bike can be made in three hours. That does not include the time it takes to paint it though. The painting is done ahead of time and the assembly takes three hours.
They ate lunch at Aroogas.
|Lots of TVs at Arroogas.|
|Mom had a hot dog wrapped in a pretzel and onion rings.|
|Dad had a mac and cheeseburger and fries.|
|Old tractor. It made lots of noise.|
|The mechanical bull was busy bucking people off of him.|
|I am a cute as ever. BOL!|
Mom has been busy making a little pocket change taking surveys and doing other small jobs on the Internet. She said it is fun to do. She had another job posting on forums, but the most she could make was $1.40 a day and she had a boss and commitments. She said that wasn't worth it for the low pay. She likes what she is doing better now. She just does it when she wants to which seems to be a lot. She is not bothering me, so I am happy.
The Greyhound Who Likes Broasted Chicken
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
|They even have cup holders. I think that is what sold Dad.|
On Sunday, the folks took a day trip to Annapolis, MD. They toured the Naval Academy. It is huge! Students attend for four years and then, Mom thinks, they commit to six years of service. Mom said it looks really hard and it really is a big achievement when they graduate. They are officers when they graduate.
Mom was surprised by how crowded Annapolis is. It wasn't full of people as much as the streets are narrow with parking on both sides. They took a trolley tour and the driver had problems in some areas.
|The Naval Academy is across the water.|
|This is the WWII memorial.|
|This was across from where they parked. The capitol is in the background.|
|Ego Alley - it is supposed to be full of expensive yachts, but not on Sunday.|
|Another view of the city.|
After the tour, the folks ate at Middleton Tavern. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin were regular patrons It was established in 1750.
|Inside Middleton Tavern|
|Sliced Rib Sandwich|
Mom hasn't been feeling well this week. She woke up with a stiff shoulder on Monday but then she started having spasms in her back. She has a history of back problems. When she was 12, she was in a car accident where she hit and broke the windshield. She figures that is why she has issues. Monday, we took it easy. Yesterday, she started using her walking stick on our walks because her legs were really hurting when she walked. She has never had that happen before. The walking stick helped quite a bit. She was really tired yesterday and took a few naps. Today, she is feeling much better which is good, except now she feels good enough to vacuum.
It is a rainy day today, but we sat out under the awning after our chores were done. They are cutting the grass in the rain because this weekend is the Truck and Tractor Show and they have to be ready for it. It will be across from us, but the folks will be gone doing other things this weekend. I will have to keep an eye on things, I guess.
The Greyhound Who Is Having A Quiet Week
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Car ShowWe were pretty excited about the car and motorcycle show that was in our campground last Saturday. Our site is right across from where it was held, so we had a good view. The folks decided to stay home so that they could attend. Unfortunately, not many cars or motorcycles came. It was an overcast morning, so maybe people didn't want to bring their cars out. Mom thought about showing off Buddy, but she didn't. She might have won the contest since not many bikes were entered. The campground only allows motorcycles to be ridden in the park the weekend of the car and motorcycle show. Mom didn't see anyone riding around, so she didn't ride Buddy.
The poster said there would be lots of vendors. One vendor showed up. She sold jewelry, we think. We didn't even look.
|A view of the car show from our site.|
|Setting up the Redneck Games|
|They said it was going to be a mechanical bull, but it was this. People had to try and stay standing while that arm tried to hit them.|
|Not many cars.|
|Did people obey the sign? Nope, we saw a few dogs beyond this sign. I followed the rules.|
We were disappointed in the car show. They were supposed to have several redneck games such as throwing toilet seats and toilet paper, but that didn't happen.
Saturday night, the folk ate dinner at El Rodeo. The food was really good according to Mom.
On Sunday, I hurt my foot while coming down the RV steps. I came down too fast and stubbed my foot. It was my bad foot, so it wasn't that terrible. I am good not using that one. Later in the morning, Mom tried to put my boot on me and I did the GSOD "greyhound scream of death" which scared her, of course. I was allowed to be bootless for the next two days, but I am back to wearing my boot when we go for long walks.
The folks ate lunch at Glen Rock Mill Inn. It used to be a mill. It was built in 1837.
|That is not a fireplace, it is a fountain. The water comes from the spring that runs underneath the restaurant.|
|Appetizer: Southwest Rolls - The folks really liked these.|
|Cheese burger with onion tangles and fried. Mom said it was good. She did not bring me any home.|
StormAfter they got home, we had a quick moving storm. The wind blew really hard. Our electric went out. Mom decided to go out and pick up dinner. When she left, the security gate was up. She scanned her gate card, but it didn't beep. When she came back with the food, the gates were down and her gate card wouldn't work. The office closed two hours early, so she had to park the car and walk home. The gate cards are really touchy. If you don't do everything just right, you are locked in or out. The next morning, Dad had to walk to the car and then leave work early to get the card fixed. It is working again.
|Several trees came down during the storm.|
|See the chipmunk at the top of the sign?|
Mom has been watching the DC eagles online. Freedom fledged on Sunday. Liberty hasn't yet, but he is flying from limb to limb. He dropped past the camera once and Mom screamed. He is okay though. I think watching them is boring.
|I am more interesting to watch than an eagle.|
The Greyhound Who Is Cuter Than An Eagle
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
|The cone marks the spot where Dale lived. Unfortunately, Mom was too late to get the actual picture of Dale's remains.|
Dale's friend Chip will carry on.
The folks like mozzarella sticks. They really like the mozzarella triangles because those are usually handmade. They tried mozzarella sticks rolled in a spring roll this weekend. Mom said they were good, but not as good as the triangles.
|Mozzarella cheese in a spring roll.|
The Greyhound Who Is Resting Up For The Weekend
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
|Lots of activity.|
On Friday, Mom looked out the window and noticed a motor home going the wrong way on the street.
|He sat there for a while deciding what to do. His rig was too big to make this turn. There were trees on both side of him.|
|We walked down to get a closer look. He has a golf cart and a car on a carrier. The part where the golf cart is riding is wider than the car.|
|It got the tree.|
Friday night was a late night. We were up until 1 a.m. Dad had some work issues, so he was up, which meant I was up. Mom took me out at 1 a.m. and we slept in until 6:30 a.m. When we got up, people were already up and doing things. Mom did some shopping in the a.m. and then the folks went out in the afternoon. They brought me some chicken. Yum!
Sunday was a fun day. I stayed outside for four hours and watched everyone. The folks went out in the afternoon. They stopped at Ollie's Bargain Outlet which Mom decided was a fun place to shop. They have just about everything there. She bought a cookbook for $3, Lost Ocean coloring book for $5, normally $15.95, an oriole feeder for $5 (it was $10 at Walmart) and a few other things. They ate at another Chinese buffet, but were disappointed. They have not found a buffet here that they like. We grilled some chicken for dinner.
Yesterday, we drove to a park and walked. I almost walked to Pennsylvania I could have made it, but Mom wanted to turn around. We were so close. We walked on a trail that used to be where the railroad traveled. We had to share it with bike riders. It was okay, but not a lot to see.
|This guy was on the road.|
|Me and my Dad.|
|Just some rocks.|
|I think Mom was trying to get the creek in the picture.|
This morning, Mom and I sat outside until the bees came and then we came in and cleaned. I hate cleaning. It is chilling time again.
The Greyhound Who Is Really Good At Chilling