Another Year Flew By

I can’t believe it’s New Year’s Eve.  Where did the time go?  I remember that time was dragging by when I was waiting to turn 18.  Ha, don’t have to worry about time dragging by now, do I?

This beautiful photo was taken by a man in Front Royal, VA during the last snow storm….

Front Royal train

The snow is almost gone now, but there is still enough left over in the yard for me to still use the path that I dug.

I was all set to go to my Mom and Papi’s house before work today, but I was asked to come in early to work, so I’ll see if I can make it there sometime next week.  Maybe the weather will be better.  Icy rain hitting my roof this morning woke me up.

I finally finished the commercial inspection yesterday.  After researching the company more, I found a photo of the storefront on and it turned out the company had two names.  That explains why no one knew what I was talking about.

The people of Fall Church must have been having a bad day yesterday.  Everyone was so impatient.  Riding my bumper to make me go faster while I was trying to avoid pot holes.  An elderly lady was screaming and cursing at her mother in the parking lot.  While I was taking photos a guy from the grocery store in the shopping center tried to get me to take photos of where the snow removal crew had screwed up and it took a while to explain to the guy that this was not what I was there for.  After I was done, I was too glad to go back to the calmer side of the world.

It looks like my next day off will be on the 9th, that’s if I don’t have to chase anyone.

Thanks for stopping by, for the laughter and advice.  I wish all of you a happy and safe slide into this coming year.

…and for those that own them, keep those Scions on the ground. 🙂


27 Days On One Tank Of Propane

I had the furnace on for a while last night, but the temperature wouldn’t go above 62.  I figured the tank was getting empty, but it was time to sleep so I went to bed without switching over to the full tank.  This morning I tried again, but she was just blowing cold air.  Sure enough, when I went outside the gauge showed red (empty).  I’m very happy that the tank lasted 20 more days than it would last winter 🙂

Thinking I was going to have an easy day yesterday.  I drove to Falls Church to do the commercial inspection around noon.  As always I had a printed copy of MapQuest and Gloria (GPS).  Plugged in the address for the business that I was looking for…no problem.  I get there and the house numbers don’t match what I have…not even close.  I call the woman that owns the business and she doesn’t speak enough English to tell me where she is located at nor how to get there.  I call the lender and there is no answer.  No one in the neighborhood knows what I’m talking about and I’m running out of time.  I had agreed to go to Leesburg to chase a car.  With traffic being crazy on top of everything else, I couldn’t stick around to try to find it.


It took me 30 minutes just to get out of Falls Church.  I can’t imagine having to drive through this mess every day.  I’m glad I don’t have to go out there too often and especially glad that I took Loudoun and Fairfax Counties off of my zip code list.

So off I went to Leesburg, leaving me just enough to get to Millers by 4:30.

I took the back roads back to Manassas and avoided any more traffic craziness.

After I had been on Gum Spring Rd for a few miles, I noticed that the Evil Twin was feeling a bit wobbly.  I turned down the stereo to see if I could hear anything unusual.  There was that all familiar “tire without air” sound.

I drove slowly to Millers.  When I got out of the car I could see that the left rear tire was almost flat, so I went straight to the service department and told Cecil my problem.  I was still hoping it was a slow leak.

About an hour later, Cecil informed me that the tire had to be replaced and that it was not safe to drive anywhere else.  On top of that, they wouldn’t be able to get me a tire until Thursday.

I ended up borrowing one of the loaners and drove to NTB to pick up a tire.  By 9 PM the new tire was mounted and I was good to go.  Now I have one more tire to go to make a new set.  I guess the driver’s side tire is next.

By the time everything had calmed down, it was too late to call my Mom.  Oh well, today is another day.  I just hope that I can beat the freezing rain that’s coming our way later on today.