CC and DD arrived in Newmarket at MODDS on October 3, 2016 after dropping Eagle5 off at Sicard RV near Hamilton. Eagle5 was scheduled to have the front cap painted and the slide rooms adjusted and our pick-up date was October 15, 2016 at which time we would begin our trip south for our 4th winter at Imperial Dam.
The BIG plan would have us spend 2 weeks at MODDs while the work was being done and get in some visits with the Oggorfian clan. Our stay this time at MODDs would be reminiscent of the proverbial teenage couch surfing experience in that we would literally be sleeping on the TV room pull out couch as DDs sister Maureen had commandeered our much more luxurious boudoir accommodation. As DD is well beyond her teenage years I expect one can hear her tortured moaning even as I write this account but miraculously she has managed to survive the experience.
But I digress. As it is with best laid plans, things sometimes go off the rails and in this case the plans didn’t even get on the rails. We had not received any news from Sicard for over a week so on October 9, 2016 the Captain called in for a progress report. We left a call back message with our less than erstwhile Service Advisor who failed to return the call despite 2 additional calls on October 10th. After contacting the supervisor we finally got a call back only to be advised that “like sorry dudes we can’t get your rig into the paint shop until the weekend so like you won’t be able to pick it up until at least October 19, 2016, bummer”. When asked if the other work had been done he didn’t know but would get back to us which of course he didn’t so another call to the supervisor was made. Sorry kids we can’t get that other work done until the weekend and then get the painting done on the Monday October 17, 2016 which would mean a pick-up date of October 20, 2016. Sheeeesh.
October 18, 2016 CC calls in to arrange a pick up date of October 21, 2016. Oh sorry again kids the painter was away and the rig wasn’t painted until today so if you want to pick it up on October 21, 2016 you can but the decals won’t be on?? Okay so maybe this will work for us but another call from the supervisor advises the decals can be done on October 20, 2016 and all will be well with the world. CC begins to wonder how they have managed to condense an originally scheduled 2 week job into a 3 day job?? Well a call by CC to the painter puts the lie to that story and the painter advises to be done properly, the decals shouldn’t go on until October 24, 2016. So back to the supervisor to give this instruction and listen to her bemoan about already having the work scheduled for October 20, 2016. With a great deal of gnashing of the teeth CC is able to convince her that a change of schedule is the right course; she reluctantly concurs. So unless there is some unexpected complication (how could this be possible, but then again?) we will be picking up Eagle5 on October 24th and crossing the border at Sarnia/Port Huron on October 25, 2016. Only a week behind schedule but hey it could always have been worse, not.
Meanwhile Back at MODDs
DD went on her first officially sanctioned Seniors Bus Tour with MODD and about a hundred other “seniors” as they travelled north to tour the Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh in Bala and also take in a paddlewheel boat trip to Big Chute Marine Railway and falls. DD claims she was the youngest senior on the trip and that included the bus drivers.
For our Canadian Thanksgiving on October 9, 2016 the Oggorfian hordes gathered at DD’s sister Jeneen’s for turkey and pumpkin pie. This year’s event saw a relatively small crowd of 30 down into the converted basement dining room. Lots of great food, drink and chatter! I know this seems like a very early date for Thanksgiving to our American friends but it is important to get in before the snow files and folks would be hard pressed to be thankful for going out to dinner in the cold and a blizzard perhaps.
We have spent some time driving around the countryside enjoying the wonderful fall colours of the leaves. The colours this year seem much more vibrant than last.
Debbie Dewdrops and the Captain were very disappointed when the puppy they were trying to adopt was sold off right under their noses. We had contacted a seller about a miniature poodle girl and told the seller we were going to buy her and while we were trying to arrange the deal she sold her to someone else. DD had already picked out the name of Ellie for our new baby. Oh well we will keep looking.
We also had to travel back to the Bath House to check up on the Aud One who has been experiencing a flare up of her chronic back problem. Happy to report at this time that the Aud One now has a plan and some assistance to get her through this difficult time. Brothers Don and Jim will be on hand to assist the Coach with the Aud one’s care.