Mother Nature and Christmas

Merry Christmas!! We scooted out Coos Bay’s The Mill casino early. Drove thru some nice rivers. Made it back to good old I5. Stopped over near Eugene to get kids their presents all tax free. Spent 20 minutes talking to AT&T to get new phones set up while at Best Buy, which added more time to my “quick” shopping plan. Then had brunch then decided to wait till 11am when the AT&T store opened to talk to them about getting a hot spot. Turns out they have a buy one get on phones, but you got to get a new phone line. Which is the same cost monthly as the hotspot. Ended up with a phone, it took time to set up, which again added time to my “quick” plan.

Got back on the road with Almie driving, I was trying to set up my hotspot and camera system. Figured out that I needed to turn the inverter on to use the inverter ready plugs. Duh!! Who would design an outlet that could only be used while having a loud ass generator on. So that was a good lesson. Turns out thought the base system I bought could only be connected via Ethernet, lame. I think I’m about to go back to my Blink camera system that I already have at the townhouse . I’ll add their Doorbell feature. Looks like they just got bought by Amazon 2 days ago. Maybe they’ll develop some crazy Alexa skills.

So after playing with these toys. I focus my attention on the weather. We had 4.5 hours to go with weather about 45 minute away. Sure enough we get to Portland and Almie can feel the van slide around. I quickly search and find a Walmart in Longview that has some good ratings. But that’s like 40 more minutes in the snow. We opted out if also because of the Christmas Walmart’s close early. I find the nearest casino, 15 minutes away, luckily cause it was getting nasty out there. We adventure in the Ilani casino and have a good dinner. Now back in the van waiting to get home to be kids, my parents, sister, and nephew.

Could we have made it my parents house if we didn’t stop to shop?? Who knows the weather could have came earlier. You can plan a perfect picnic but you can’t plan the weather.

Merry Christmas!!

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