On Sunday three gate guards moved to new assigned gates, so we moved over to full hookup sites. Nice to be settled with hookups as we wait for our paperwork to be approved and be assigned our own gate to work. I had to laugh as I had been worried when I had read some blogs that were saying the lot was full in Whitsett and I had pictured 25-30 rigs waiting for a gate LOL. Happily, it was only five sites and they seem to move out in a timely manner, although one rig has been in for nine days.
We were so excited to find out our friends, The Two Lindas, were moving from Port Aransas to Schertz and were driving right through Whitsett. We last saw them in South Fork, Colorado, this last summer. They arrived around 11:30 and we were able to spend a couple of hours together. We sure enjoyed checking out their new toy hauler Class A. Quite a set up that I really liked, especially the loft bedroom.
We had lunch at a barbeque restaurant across Hwy 37 from us. Jim said the brisket was very good. After more socializing and catching up, we bid them farewell, knowing we’ll see them again as we’ll be within 100 miles of each other for the next couple of months.
The Mossmans drove with us to Kennedy, Texas, to visit more friends, Rita and Jerry Scarbrough, who are the ones responsible for us being gate guards. We first met Rita and Jerry in Coffeyville, Kansas, in 2009 when we all worked at Amazon.com together and were at the same RV park.
I had to laugh when I took another photo, but this time with the flash on. LOL, all you see is the reflective tape…kind of funny.
It was good to speak with yet another gate guard and learn how they do things and actually watch them do their job. The Scarbroughs have been gate guarding for almost a year, so they have a lot of good information to share. It is an easy job, just a lot of up and down off a chair and in and out of the rig. And, of course, it is a 24/7 job, so someone has to be at the gate at all times. That should really help the budget as there won’t be any going out to eat together anymore.
Monday another gate guard couple got assigned a gate and off they went first thing in the morning. Jim and I drove to Pleasanton about 30 miles away to check out the H.E.B. store and to do a little laundry. We are so happy to be in an area with an H.E.B. grocery store as they are really nice with good meat/seafood selection and superior produce, IMHO.
By 1 p.m. it started to rain, which was actually refreshing. We’ve only been in a couple of rain showers since September and it was kind of nice. We sat under the Mossman’s awning with another gate guard couple again learning more about this new job. They were hooked up and ready to go, just waiting for the service guy to hook up the water/generator trailer and take them to their new gate. In mid-sentence they got the word and off they went. So now it is just the Mossmans and us here in the lot waiting for a gate assignment.
We enjoyed a great navy bean soup at the Mossman’s for dinner and then enjoyed TV till bedtime.
OK, now I am caught up on my blog…goody! I’m a bit concerned how much blogging I’m going to be able to do around here, as Texas is AT&T country and Verizon cell phone and internet service can be “iffy”. Here in Whitsett it has been full bars all around without any problem, but we’ve heard some of the gates are in areas where an antenna and booster may be needed. Since we’ll only be here for a couple of months this time, we’ll just suffer through if need be, and may have to limit blog posts to when we go to the laundry or something. I’ll let you’ll know though.
See you later…..remember, you are loved.