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Sat Jun 1 = I spent a good part of today at the Nags Head Staples, getting more posters and microposters printed.
- I also stopped by the Kitty Hawk Kites warehouse and had a wonderful but brief visit with John Harris, the owner. He is going to put my T-Shirts and USB Show Fobs in his Avon store. Thanks, John.
- Heading on south, I crossed the new Marc Basnight two-lane 2.8-mile $254 million 100-year bridge, which replaced the old Bonner Bridge. I snapped this picture while driving south on the north approach portion of the new bridge. You can see part of the old bridge to the left.
- I stopped by Kitty Hawk Kites in Waves, then headed down to Avon and home under the shade trees at the Sands of Time Campground. Got to bed early, a little after 11pm.

Sun Jun 2 = This morning I settled up with Alecia in the Sands of Time Campground office, picked up the three packages waiting for me and then headed out to continue putting up my posters from north to south. Got as far as Outer Beaches Realty before I made a B-line down to the Frisco Bath House for some sun and a beach run.
- Then I worked my way up north, doing some shopping and putting out more posters. I stopped by Haulover to fix and eat supper and watch the sunset, telling interested people about my show there on Tuesday. I met lots of nice people.

Mon Jun 3 = I got up about 5:55 this morning and phoned Jody on Beach 104 FM to plug my Comedy-n-Sunset show tomorrow. He does a good interview and makes me feel right at home, here on
Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina
- It took quite a lot of time sorting and processing my T-Shirts and Show Thumb Drives for the Kitty Hawk Kites Store here in Avon. I got the merch delivered to Caroline there. The Kitty Hawk Kite people are the best! Of course they have a good leader, John Harris.
- I made some new friends today. But first, evidently there was a misunderstanding with my arrangements with Sands of Time Campground. It appears it will cost me three times as much as I expected to stay their beneath my shade tree. So I have arranged with Trey at Avon Motel/Cottages to park in their front grass area. Thanks Trey. I gave him a tour of my Minivan home. He was especially impressed the ceiling fan. First new friend.
Second new friend was Jenn Acree who, along with Seth Foutz, has started the neat new Raise the Bar Gym by the north traffic light in Avon. When they get the details worked out, they will be the only Silver Sneakers gym on Hatteras Island :)
- Heading on south, I distributed more posters, said, "Hi" to the Avon Post Office, did some shopping at Food Lion and hung out at the Billy Mitchel Air Strip for a couple hours, conditioning my voice by practicing my routine for tomorrow night's full show. This evening I sent out 30 emails to people in the Raleigh area about my show on Saturday.

Tue Jun 4 = This morning's project was to install the new radio in my van. It took me 70 minutes. An experienced tech could have done it in about 15-20 minutes. The radio is like havng a new van. The sound is awesome... except for the left rear speaker, which has no sound. Right now I don't have time to troubleshoot.
- I mailed a couple thank you notes. Wrote them in the Avon Post Office and then had the clerk put them directly in the recipients' post office boxes so they'll get them today if they pick up their mail.
- Other things, I picked up my comedy stool at Dollar Tree, washed my van (wheel covers and all) and worked at the Billy Mitchell airport for an hour or so.
- Comedy-n-Sunset tonight was probably one of my best yet. The spirited audience of nine adults was fabulous. They came for comedy and got it. I got near my goal with 5.34 laughs per minute and laughing 27.5% of the time. That's pretty good for a 50 minute show.
- After the show I drove up to Waves for the night.

Wed Jun 5 = I drove to the Newport News Main Street Library, where I analyzed and produced the video from last night's show. Because it was a full show, it was a big project that took about four hours; three hours of my time, and the rest, computer processing and rendering time. Unfortunately it is unusable because the audio from the wind cage did not sync. Next will be to see if I can fix it with the audio from my body mic.
- It took me about a year to find collapsible information card holders for my T-Case. This replaces the bulky, impractical, plastic holder (right) that I was using around Phoenix, but can not take on my road tour.
holder holder holder
- I spent the night with good shade at the Planet Fitness in north Newport News.

Thu Jun 6 = Job one this morning was going to Office Max and printing 160 micro posters for Comedy-n-Sunset, 60 Announcement slips and six 8.5 x 11 colored posters.
- Cozzy's Comedy Club was the venue for tonight. My Towel boy set did not go over as well as I had expected. Sid, the producer told us, just before the show began, that he was looking for clean for the competition to host a weekend show. My set did not fit the bill. After the show, he gave me some helpful feedback. He said the audience wasn't really into my topic, structurally my set was great but he wants to see more about me personally.
- I spent the night at the Anytime Fitness in Carrollton, VA.

Fri Jun 7 = This morning I hung around the Anytime Fitness in Carrollton, VA, did only my Egoscue exercises and made lots phone calls to Washington state and Oregon for bookings in July.
- I drove down to Fuquay-Varina in some driving rain. About half way, I stopped to make some follow-up booking phone calls. It paid off. I'll be doing a show in Milwaukie, OR at the American Legion Post 186. At the Fuquay-Varina Walmart, I did a little shopping and holed up in my van on the east side of the store by some trees that should make fantastic shade in the morning.

Sat Jun 8 = Surprise! My second marquee showed up by the Johnson Pond Road!
- Tonight was the first time I did two full-length shows back to back (7pm and 9pm). My concern was that my voice would hold out, which it did just fine. Both shows were fun... particularly the second show with more people (some from the first show) and a little more topic latitude. Norm, the post commander, and Joy, the publicity officer, were great hosts. Asking for feedback, Norm said the shows were about what he expected. Joy said they were better :)
- I had a peaceful and quiet night in the parking lot of American Legion.

Sun Jun 9 = Today I drove to Nags Head where I got my kite lines straightened out, got about $4.50 worth of frozen yogurts and parked outside the studios of Beach 104. I met Lisa Davis, DJ for the stations, who also goes by Lisa Brickhouse.
I uploaded a new web page to honor my fans. You can see it here or click on Fans, on the menu at the top left of any of my web pages.

Mon Jun 10 = I got up at 5:45 this morning for an in-studio appearance with Jody at Beach 104 Radio, talking about my comedy show tomorrow.
- After that I drove to the OBX Sports Club to finish my night's sleep in their parking lot and then to take a shower, pay all my credit cards off and added a FANS link to the turquois side memu on my website. At the gym I met Gunner, DJ for WOBR Pirite 95.3 FM, and arranged to call in at 3:20 tomorrow afternoon.
- Caroline and the staff at the Avon Kitty Hawk Kites store did an awesome job on my T-shirt display. From the bottom, you can see the sized shirts, a little carousel with my Show Thumb Drives, Information about Duet, the charity that receives all the profits (under the Love Your Dad block) and a shirt on their mannequin. Thanks, guys. You're awesome!
- I spent my first night parked at the Avon Motel, courtesy of Trey.
t-shirt display
- Back at McConnell Airforce Base in Wichita, Kansas today, my son-in-law had his final flight, piloting a KC-135. Everyone was celebrating, including my two granddaughters, guiding their dad's plane in.

Tue Jun 11 = On the drive south to the Billy Mitchell airport I put out another poster and worked on stuff. The morning was mostly cloudy rainy so only two planes arrived in the afternoon. One was a little Cessna 150.
- At 3:20 I phoned Gunner at Pirate 95.3 FM Radio to plug my 7pm comedy show. I expected an interview. He gave me two minutes for a monolog so things were not really well organized. I learned to be prepared for a two-minute monologue or anything else they throw your way.
- A little after 5:00 I did my pre-comedy show routine: Used the facilities and bought a banana at the Frisco Market and drove to Haulover to fix and eat supper and then do my Comedy-n-Sunset show. All eight audience members arrived on time for the 7:00 show. They were a good crowd, as they came specifically for the show and arrived on time.
- I told the sunset watchers not to leave after the sun set because red light from the already-set sun was going to light up the clouds. I snapped this picture about ten minutes AFTER the sun had set.
- After the show, I returned my comedy stool to the Avon Dollar Tree and drove up to Rodanthe for the night.

Wed Jun 12 = First thing this morning I headed west toward Raleigh, driving to the Zebulon, NC Library. Before going in I cleaned my refrigerator and dried it all out for depowering tomorrow morning.
- At a Walmart near the Raleigh Durham International Airport, I got things organized for tomorrow and spent the night in their parking lot, getting to bed about 8pm ET.
- My van is starting to use some antifreeze, although there is no obvious leak. About once a week the reservoir is empty and I have to add two to three quarts. After I add a gallon of water, I switch and add a gallon of antifreeze contrate to keep it at about a 50/50 mix.

Thu Jun 13 = I got up at 2:58am ET (1:58 CT, Wichita time), fixed breakfast and drove to RDH (Raleigh-Durham International Airport) and parked in their Economy Lot 4. Getting through securety was a breeze with my TSA Pre-Check. While waiting for my plane I did my monthly blog roll-over. The first Delta flight was a short one, to ATL (Atlanta International). I managed to continue my tradition of leaving my carry-on lunch somewhere. This time at the RDH security from where I retrieved the lunch so I could leave it in my seat aboard the airplane.
- The second flight, to my destination, ICT (Wichita KS) was a little over three hours so I got my checking account resolved for June and got some rest. I got some additional rest at the Air Force Inn, my hotel on McConnell Air Force Base. We each got to fly the refueling boom, which is located in the tail of the plane and extends to refuel other planes. Our target was an older and smaller KC-145. It was like playing a video game. We had to get the probe into the socket. We also got to fly the simulator of the flight deck.
- Zoës Kitchen was our stop for supper. Unusual and good food.
- They dropped me off at my hotel (Air Force Inn, on base) so I could catch up on my website and get to bed early for tomorrow's ceremony.

Fri Jun 14 = Here's the hanger for the Change of Command Ceremony. Before the ceremony we were honored at a VIP reception. We got to meet the new commander, Colonel Thad Middleton who is taking over from Robby (Colonel Robert Hanovich Jr). What a ceremony!
- Outside the hanger they had the older, smaller, four-engine KC-135 (to the left below) and the new, larger two-engine KC-46 (to the right). After the ceremony we toured both aircraft. Here I am in the cargo area of the KC-46. These planes main function is refueling, so they have a relatively small cargo area. Yeh, this is small!
KC-46+KC-135 inside KC-46

Sat Jun 15 = After I checked out of the hotel, Anne took me to ICT and I flew back to RDH. It took a while for me to locate my van in their huge Economy Lot #4 because the shuttle bus dropped me off at an unfamiliar location. I used Google Earth on my phone to locate the parking lot entrance, near which I had parked.
- I drove toward the
Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina
. and spent the night in a town I have passed many times, but never stopped in: Rocky Mount, NC.

Sun Jun 16 = On to Naggs Head on the OBX where I did a short heavy legs workout. With wind sports, you never want to leave wind for wind, so I had my first, and possibly only OBX kiteboarding this year: about 30 minutes from the beach at the Jocky's Ridge State Park. It was neat to be back among my kiteboarding friends.
- I drove down to Rodanthe for the night.

Mon Jun 17 = Up this morning at 5:54 to phone Jody on Beach 104 about tomorrow night's comedy show, then went back to bed until a more decent hour.
- Driving down to the air strip I stopped by Haulover and invited a bunch of people to tomorrow night's show.
- In the pilot's lounge at the air strip I did a BIG harry project: retroactively included my comedy-related radio station appearances in my PAST COMEDY APPEARANCES list. That brings me to over 870 appearances in 250 venues and 111 cities. I count my audience for TV and radio appearances as how many people I was talking to in the studio or on the phone: usually one.
- I spent my second night on the grass area of the Avon Motel. Tonight I had the company of a motor boat that someone had left there on a trailor.

Wed Jun 19 = This morning I made some Raleigh TV station phone calls in my van, then went up to the Good Winds Restaurant for a couple hours or so, sending out emails for Friday's show to 30 of my fans, uploading last night's videos and adding The Poacher's Arms in Ontario to my list of future comedy appearances.
- Back down in my van, arranged for Carmedix in Durham to check my van's cooling system tomorrow, since I have to add about a quart of coolant every day or so, fixed lunch then drove from Rodanthe to the Zebulon Library, fixing and eating supper before going inside to work on this Friday's show, process the video from my G show two weeks ago and work on this blog.
- I spent the night in the parking lot to the east of Carmedix: quiet and shady in the morning. Shade wasn't much of an issue because I set my alarm for 7am so I could check in first thing when they opened.

Thu Jun 20 = I spent the day in the waiting room of Carmedix. They did a pressure test of my van's cooling system and found coolant gushing out through a break in the timing belt gasget and from the water pump's weep hole. It got pretty complicated because some parts are no longer available, but we figured a plan anyway. They were unable to get to my van today and I did a lot of sitting in their waithing room. />
- For exercise I jogged around a little and walked along the CSX railroad to the east. Only a couple of slow freight trains went by today at about 6 mph. Hey, would you go any faster on these rails? I'll bet the crew holds on and holds their breath. This gives me a little different view of CSX than their flashy commercials.
- Carmedix graciously streteched an extension cord out to my van, which they had pushed out to a parking place to the east, to run my refrigerator for the night. I had a good, quiet night there.

Fri Jun 21 = My van was Carmedix' big project today. They got it finished by a little after 6:00, their closing time. They had only one technician. All they had to do was to replace the timing cover gasget and the water pump. Of course that involved taking appart most of the right side of the engine. While they were at it, they changed my oil. Thanks guys!
- Comedy this evening was a benefit for the Fuquay-Varina American Legion Post 119 out by Jhonson Pond Road. I tried to cut out everything that did not get good laughs two weeks ago there and ended up with a 35-minute show for tonight's 13 audience members. It was another fun show.
- I spent the night in their parking lot with shade of trees in the morning.

Sat Jun 22 = This morning I had to add about a pint of water to top off my van's cooling system before heading to
Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina
- I have been having a terrible time with the 10A ignition fuse blowing. It operates the relay that operates the AC and a lot of other things. Five 10A fuses blew today, so I started putting in 20A fuses (15A didn't seem to do the trick).
- I stopped by the OBX Sports Club for a shower and workouts then drove down to Kitty Hawk Kites in Waves for the night.

Sun Jun 23 = I organized phone calls to make for publicity for my Detroit and Billings appearances and planned what I will say on my local phone calls to the
Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina
radio stations

Mon Jun 24 = I got up before 6am and phoned Jody at Beach 104 for my last Comedy-n-Sunset show tomorrow. I went back to bed for a couple of hours then drove down to a new find: Radio Hatteras in Buxton. The idea for this non profit community radio station originated with Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative's former general manager, Jim Kinghorn. In times of emergency, the cooperative and other organizations needed ways to communicate with Hatteras Islanders. Now they play music all day and have a few locally pre-recorded informational programs, in addition to being there during emergencies.

Tue Jun 25 = With my LG3 cell phones, I did some test with my furry dead cat heald on my hair claw clips. The result was disappointing so I stopped by Dollar Tree again. This time I got some fuzzy pony tail bands that will stretch around the LG3 phones lengthwise, cover the microphone and, hopefully, deaden the wind noise. I'll find out this evening.
- I washed my van for the last time and took down some of my Comedy-n-Sunset posters on my way to and from the Hatteras-Mitchell airstrip.
- My last Comedy-n-Sunset show was PG fun, with an enthusiastic audience of 22, including six kits, that came specifically to see me :) ...
.. and the sunset. I took this pic about 16 minutes after the sun had actually set.
- After the sunset I set to work leaving the island: Returning my stool to Dollar Tree for them to keep until I return next year; Retrieving the T-shirts and thumb drives I had at the Avon Kitty Hawk Kites and driving up to Rodanthe where spent the night, Canada bound.

Wed Jun 26 = Heading toward Canada, I spent some of the morning at Logo The OBX Sports Club where I trimmed my beard back to 1/8", did double Egoscue routines and a short, slow, heavy arms workout.
- I drove all they way to Fredericksburg, VA for the night. On the way I thought of a few tweaks for my comedy routines.
- About 13 miles south of Moyock, NC my van hesitated twice so I pulled off the road and it died. Wouldn't start or run unless I pressed the accelerator pedal. I got on the phone and arranged for Steve, the tech at NAPA Auto Parts- Old's Auth Supply & Service, to look at it before he left, prepared to spend the night. I guess Steve, the tec there, scared my van into working. He checked it out, reset the codes and charged me nothing. Thanks Steve. The world is sure full of good people.

Thu Jun 27 = Mostly driving today, I spent the night at a Walgreen in Seneca, NY.

Fri Jun 28 = Crossing the border into Canada did not go as smoothly as I had expected. Good thing I allowed plenty of time. I think the ramp agents thought they'd explode if they smiled. They went through about everything in my van. They even looked at my nuts. I keep them in boxes in the passenger foot area. I pack enough for the whole trip.
- My diarrhea is getting out of control. One time, in my van, I had a choice to make a huge mess or make a smaller mess by doing something disgusting. Suffice it to say, my cereal bowl ended up smelling like cinnamon flavored poo. Another time, in a library bathroom stall, things did not go so well. Cleaning up underwear and shorts in that situation was a new challenge.
- I finally called United Healthcare's Nurse line and spoke with RN, Christian. She gave me some ideas to work with. Among them is changing from my healthy high-fiber diet.
- Speaking of healthcare, it is amazing how some of the streets here in Toronto seemed to be lined with medical dispensaries.
- Rush Kazi ran a good comedy show with a fun crowd at the Hawaii Bar 989; in Toronto Ontario. This was my first show in Canada, my fifth country!
- Tonight, in a parking lot, in the dark, in the rain I ran over a curb divider at about 3mph.
- I spent the night in Etobicoke, ON

Sat Jun 29 = This afternoon I did my laundry. Believe me, it was needed! Also I arranged for Canadian Tire in London to check my alignment in the morning.
- I spent the night by the only shade tree... around back on the east side of Canadian Tire, 1125 Wellington Rd, London, ON. Nearby there is even a public library (Jalna Branch) and a Walmart!

Sun Jun 30 = I got up early this morning to check in with Canadian Tire. They got my alignment done. It was only a little off.
- This afternoon I had time for a shower and an Egoscue even day workout and a shower at Planet Fitness before they closed early for tomorrow's holiday, Canada Day. I didn't have time to update my website there, so did it later, tethered to my phone's hot spot. No libraries are open today and none will be open tomorrow.
- I spent the night at a different Canadian Tire than last night. I figured the shade well, including the sunrise at 42.9849° N latitude here in London, ON.

Mon Jul 1 = HAPPY CANADA DAY! Almost every store is closed, even Walmart. I celebrated by running (faster than jogging) to the far end of Canadian Tire and back. For a couple of hours I organized and phoned a few Portland, OR TV stations regarding my benefit show there later this month. Then I found high quality shade in the Forest Lawn Cemetery. Here in Canada I have seen acres and acres of cemeteries. Canadians must be big on 'em.
- At the cemetery I processed my last OBX video from June 25th.
- Tonight's comedy show was neat, with host Aaron Stevenson. Young, relaxed and a good host. I finally got the gumption to do one of my improved sets rather than just trying to get the audience to laugh. They laughed anyway. No comedian at any of the two shows I have been to here in Canada mentioned marijuana (which is legal), which seems to be a perennial topic in the US (where it is illegal).
- I spent the night parked by a little tree to the west of the Canadian Tire, 1125 Wellington Rd in London, ON.

Tue Jul 2 = Today's big project was to drive all the way to the Green Leaf Vapor Lounge in Brampton, ON, only to find that Shane, the owner, has no phone and has discontinued the Wednesday night open mics without updating his website to reflect that fact. He seemed to not be concerned that I had driven 105 miles (169km), or 210 miles (420km) round trip for nothing. The double frog here shows that the Orangeville-Brampton line is obviously subservient to the two-track Canadian National line which crosses it here. I waited about a half hour to see this Canadian National train, which had just left the Brampton Station. Propulsion was by a pusher engine.
tracks train
- Since I'd rather have my van's electrical problems addressed in the USA, I researched and phoned a number of shops in the Detroit area and found that none could take me later this week. Detroit would be the last place where I would not driving for several days until Seattle, WA. So back to my fall-back plan: Friday with Johnny's Auto Electric in London, ON.

- I drove back to London, Ontario and spent the night parked by a little tree to the west of the Canadian Tire, 1125 Wellington Rd in London.

Wed Jul 3 = Hanging around London to get my van checked, today I researched various lactose-free milk substitutes and updated my blog.
- I spent the night parked by a little tree to the west of the Canadian Tire, 1125 Wellington Rd in London, ON.

Thu Jul 4 = Today I made some TV station calls to Seattle, washed my van, spent time at the neat Jalna Branch Library, took a shower and did Egoscue at Planet Fitness and spent the night parked outside Johnny's Auto Electric, all in London, ON.

Fri Jul 5 = Johnny, the Auto Electric guy, found bare wires where the insulation had melted on the transmission at the Neutral Safety Switch. None of the options were good. We decided that he would separate and wrap the wires as best he could up to the point they disappeared into the wiring harness. Who knows what problems might exist inside the harness somewhere.
- I spent the night, heading toward the US.

Sat Jul 6 = Immigration & customs went like a breeze. It's good to be back to the US where I know by exactely how much I am exceeding the speed limit.
- My driving and my investing may involve some occasional risk, but I do not like risk when it comes to my data. Today I bought a Segate 2T hard drive for $60 from Walmart in Livonia, MI. I set right to backing up my
Dell XPS-13 computer with 13.3" touch screen, 60WHr Integrated Battery, Windows 10, Intel 7th Generation Core i7 CPU, 16gb memory and 1TB SSD
. Although the backup is not offsite, it IS in a different part of my van than my computer.

Sun Jul 7 = My van's transmission went into Limp-In mode today. That means it stopped functioning and kept itself in third gear. In this mode you can go about 30-35 mph. I stopped in a remote industrial parking lot as all sorts of contingencies went through my head. I checked the OBD for fault codes and nothing was new. The P1784, "Low and Reverse Pressure Circuit" has appeared previously without the problem. When I started the van up, the transmission worked normally.
- Tonight's comedy show was a 58-minute benefit for an audience of 28 at The American Legion Post #396 in Garden City, MI, a Detroit suburb.
- I headed toward South Bend, IN and spent the night in Jackson, Michigan.

Mon Jul 8 = Today was spent mostly driving to South Bend Indiana. I have started to feel a little vibration, like driving a massage chair. Discount Tire companies in two different towns found nothing wrong. However, disparity in their measurements of my tire tread (up to 3/32 difference) is disturbing. The first Discount Tire shop said that the rear tires needed to be replaced and were so far gone, he couldn't balance them or even touch them. The second Discount Tire noticed no problem with my tires. Neither one found that the passenger rear tire had started to separate (which I didn't find that out until three days later).
- Since I have started replacing the 10-A fuses when they blow, I have blown and replaced 30 of them.

Tue Jul 9 = Still driving to Billings. Today I only used three 10-A fuses.

Wed Jul 10 = I-90 is a long stretch between South Bend, IN and Billings, MT. Along the way, looking at the clouds, I knew there was going to be a good rainbow. I think this is the brightest I've ever seen. I snapped this picture from my 75mph window in North Dakota.
- I spent the night in Fairmont, Minnesota.

Thu Jul 11 = Clouds do intereting things. Here you can see three sun slots for red light, and above, the clouds radiating blue light.
- My phone didn't get the new time zone correct until I restarted it.
- My van went into Limp-In mode today at 385,925 miles. Stopping, shutting it off and back on solved the problem.
- The shaking of my van became worysome along Interstat 90, so I took my van to Affordaable Tire & Alignment in Sturgis, SD. They had just closed, but were hanging around the office. We had a lot of fun getting acquainted, telling jokes and laughing a lot. I told them my sob story of needing to make it to Billings, MT to do comedy and they fixed me up. They found that my passenger rear tire was starting to bulge a little due to the beginnings of tire separation (not cought by Discount Tire). Rob switched that tire with my spare (which was identical except in good condition). Rhys (REESE) showed me his school bus conversion (even with a wood-burning stove) and bought one of my thumb drives. Eric, the manager bought T-Shirts for Rhys and Rob. They didn't even charge me anything. The world is full of nice people.
- Sometimes you get by with doing something stupid. With my good spare in place, on I-90 near mile post 73 in Wyoming I got my van up to 103 mph - fastest yet. I was hanging on and holding my breath. I would not have done it if I had someone else aboard, was married or had young kids.
- I spent the night at the Sheridan, Wyoming Walmart.

Fri Jul 12 = I got a short night's sleep. I got up early, and before leaving Sheridan, WY, I phoned Cat Country 102.9 in Billings to promote my comedy, as recommended by Rick Olson, my Billings contact. It turns out that all the call-ins are prescheduled, so I did not get on; just wasted some time and lost some sleep.
- I arrived in Billings in time to spend some time at the Billings Library. My van went into Limp-In mode in town. Stopping, shutting it off and back on solved the problem. The van never goes into Limp-In mode while I'm driving driving, just on initial start-ups.
- Rick Olson, my Billings contact arranged for me to spend my Billings nights parked at Art and Eva's place. Probably a couple acres and some trees! Perfect.

Sat Jul 13 = This morning I met Art, owner of my night spot. What a guy! He offered me his bunk house with AC and refrigerator. I declined because my van has everything but the AC.
- I took my van to Tire-Rama, 2550 Gable Rd for an oil change and tire rotation. Good guys. While waiting, I changed the batteries in my van's key fob. Now it has a good range.
- Then I stopped by the Downtown NAPA store to pick up a 10A automatic resetting circuit breaker to save the expense and trouble of replacing the ignitionfuse when it blows.
- The post did not have a microphone for their PA system so I used my Samson portable PA system. I was pleased that, at full volume, it filled the large room nicely without any distortion.
PA System Controls

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- It gave me a good feeling to be the headliner for a fund-raiser gila event for the christening of the USS Billings. The show was PG. The most fun part for me was picking on Billings Mayor, Bill Cole (below), for which he gave me an applause.
- The least fun was forgetting that I had parked close to a bollard, which I hit with my van. Now I am the proud, but embarrassed, owner of a 10"x11" 5/8" (15mm) deep dent in my passenger front quarter pannel. By hand, I pulled out the place where the panel adjoins the passenger door so they don't scrape when I open the door. Now my van is worth less - probably $5 less, considering its age and mileage.
- I spent the night in the shade of one of Art's big trees.

Sun Jul 14 = I spent the day until about 3pm, working in my van, combining my nuts boxes, revising my Show Slips, updating this blog and shuffling my van around to stay in the shade of some of Art's big, beautiful trees. Without driving, each shuffle, I idled my van to keep my
our van's Lithium/Iron/Manganese/Phosphate/Oxygen house battery
- The new 10A circuit breaker has blown several times. I notice when the AC pauses for about one seond.
- The rest of the day timing was bad. I went to Walmart before Office Depot. When I got to the latter they were closed so I did not get my Show Slips printed or my pink email slips cut.
- 8:00 Comedy for the VFW Post 12181 at the Plaza Arcade Bar & Grill in Billings; was not meant to be, with heavy rain and a power outage. Bad timing.
- I drove to the Laurel, MT Walmart for the night, parked in the morning shade of a dinky tree because a motor home pulling a SUV was hogging the good morning shade.

Mon Jul 15 = In spite of my small tree, it turns out that my shade in the morning was pretty good.
- All along I-90 they have crossing gates, like for railroad crossings and signs indicating that the freeway can be closed. If you know, pass the info along to me because I am dieing of curiosity and never seem to remember to ask when I stop for gas.
- Today I made it as far as Missoula, Montana. I spent a couple hours at the public library there and got all my credit cards paid off, checked my email and worked on this blog. Then I drove to the Walmart Super Center in the east part of town for the night. The north part of their parking lot looked like Good Sam's. I parked by a tree that will provide good shade in the morning.

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