Thursday, November 29, 2007

On-the-go Internetting

WHEN? Thursday · November 29

WHERE? Jackson, Mississippi · find us on the map

Airstream parked at: Timberlake Campground

We're up and running!

After several months of frustration, we hope we've found the Internet connection that will best serve our needs as fulltime RVers. We are getting wonderful connectivity in the Jackson area now with the Verizon Wireless PC5750 PC Card. We look forward to seeing how it works for us as we travel.

The addition to our PC Card line–up operates on our Rev. A broadband network with typical download speeds of 600–1400 kbps and uploads speeds of 500–800 kbps*. With the Verizon Wireless PC5750 PC Card and VZAccess Manager you can connect to corporate applications, email, instant messaging and the Internet. This PC Card also comes with a high performance hinged antenna and an external antenna connector to boost signal strength and improve network connectivity in fringe areas.
* Speed claim based on our network tests with 5 MB FTP data files without compression. Actual speeds and coverage may vary. If usage exceeds 5 GB/line/month, we reserve the right to reduce throughput speeds to a maximum of approximately 200 Kbps.
We're calling this purchase our HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY & HAPPY NEW YEAR gift to ourselves.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


WHEN? Tuesday · November 27

WHERE? Ross Barnett Reservoir just outside of Jackson, Mississippi · find us on the map

Ross Barnett Reservoir

After spending 10 days with family at Thanksgiving in Olive Branch, Mississippi, we are now here TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS.

Jackson is the closest thing to home for us since we lived here last before going into fulltime RVing, and we lived here over 25+ years, which is longer than we have lived anywhere else.

This is our third day at Timberlake Campground. We're not sure how long we’ll be here, but the good news is they have full hookups and WiFi.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Is that what I think it is?

WHEN? Monday · November 26

WHERE? Olive Branch, Mississippi · find us on the map

Happy birthday ... and dig in !

click on the image to learn all the yummy details
You call this a BIRTHDAY CAKE?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

And the pilgrims give thanks

Can you blame him for hiding?

WHEN? Thursday · November 22

WHERE? Olive Branch, Mississippi · find us on the map

Good food:

Great fellowship:

A perfect start to the holidays!

Wendell and I weren't the only pilgrims at Carla's for Thanksgiving this year, but I'm certain we were the only family members who also enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal last August.

See more Thanksgiving photos on flickr

Monday, November 19, 2007

Mr. Whipple

WHERE? A supermarket anywhere

1970's Charmin spokesman Mr. Whipple

Isn’t it mind-boggling how products have changed over the years? Wendell is our grocery shopper, and he has discovered that picking the right product from the grocer’s shelf is so much more complicated than it once was. It seems that everyone has realized New and Improved is a catchy little phrase that promotes sales.

Poor Mr. Whipple

by Wendell

Poor Mr. Whipple, he came along about 25 years too early. You aren’t old enough to remember him? He was the grocer in a television commercial that got caught in the bath tissue aisle squeezing a certain well known brand. It’s just that the tissue was so soft he could not keep his hands off it. Just had to cuddle and feel its softness.

When Mr. Whipple was around there was only one type of tissue, one size roll, and one size package. To say that has changed would be an understatement as big as the Sears Tower is tall. Today that same well-known brand sells what they call Basic, Ultra Soft and Ultra Strong.

If Basic was the product that caused Mr. Whipple to take a stroll down the bath tissue aisle several times a day, it would be nearly impossible to keep him out of there now that Ultra Soft has been introduced. That leads us to Ultra Strong. Just its name makes one ask, “Are Basic and Ultra Soft strong enough to do their job without tearing apart?” (Don't answer that.)

Not only do they have their 3 different products, they have different sized rolls. The Regular Roll, and the Big Roll that has twice as many sheets than the regular roll. Then there is the Giant Roll that has 2½ times as many sheets as the regular roll. As the TV pitch man Billy Mays would say, “But wait, there's more!" There’s the Mega Roll that has 4 times as many sheets as the regular roll. Not only that, but these 3 different products and their 4 different sized rolls are packaged in rolls of 4, 12, 24, and 36. You do the math, and I think you'll agree that poor Mr. Whipple would be a very busy man if he were with us today.

Oh I almost forgot! There's a variety with lotion added for those sensitive parts of our bodies.