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Monday, November 21, 2011

It's not all fun and games

I still have to do normal, everyday things.

I'm just in a more relaxed environment and have nice views out my windows. 

On Sunday, I did laundry and today I washed part of the RV. I haven't washed a vehicle in many, many years. I kept thinking of the movie 'Karate Kid'. This is good exercise for my arms, I won't need to buy one of those "As seen on TV" shake weight, arm exercisers.

When I was at Walmart, I picked up a bottle of RV Clean and Wax. I just did the cab/front of the rig to get all of the bugs and tree sap off. I had to do this by hand with a rag. Tomorrow or Wednesday (it may rain Tuesday), I will use the brush that attaches to the hose to get all the road dust off the rest of the RV.

I also spent a few hours making phone calls to change my address on several accounts. Things actually went pretty smoothly with the phone calls.

I actually received  mail today, the first time in 2 weeks, it was not forwarded mail, it was from businesses I had contacted last week. I hope it doesn't take too long to get the mail that has been sitting around for the last 2 weeks. I received a confirmation in the mail today - that my business mail is being forwarded, I did not receive one in my name, for my old home address. I called the Moraine Valley Post Office in Bridgeview and they were not helpful at all, he just kept saying it would take 2 weeks. I asked why I did not get a confirmation letter and he said that it was not necessary, he would not check if the forwarding request went through.  I did the request online and have a confirmation number. When I checked online, they say to call your local post office that you are moving from......... Crossing my fingers that it is done correctly.

Also, online they would only take my business name to forward mail from the PO Box.  When I called and asked about this, she said I would have to go into a post office, anywhere, and fill out a form to get my personal mail forwarded from the PO Box.

I thought having the PO Box would make things easier, I have had it for 3 years now, since I sold my business. Several weeks ago, before I received my Texas address, I requested the mail from the house be sent to the PO Box and then when I received my Texas address, I asked for that mail to come here.
They wanted me to cancel the original request that sent the mail to the PO Box and set up a new forwarding request to have my mail sent to Texas. Doesn't make any sense to me.

I am signed up to get 90% of my statements online, there are still a few items that I have to check on to see if I can do them online. Some places change things instantly when you call. Some, like the union, said it could take 90 days???

I also went online to research changing my vehicle registration and drivers license.

This is the order for doing things.
1. Vehicle Inspection
2. Registration and License Plates
3. Drivers License
4. Update Insurance

There is an RV Store in town that will do the inspection, I have to print a picture of the motor home and the weight information off of the manufacturers website, this is required for the registration.

All of the offices for the registration and license are in town, just a few miles down the road.

I use Progressive Insurance for the RV and there is an insurance office in the RV park, they sure know how to cater to the RV group here.

I will go early next week to get this done, I want to call the RV Store and find out if I need an appointment for the inspection, I'm thinking I should be able to do it all in one day.


  1. You sure are taking care of business ;-)

  2. Sounds like a lot to do but you are on top of it. Good for you.

  3. Grown up stuff... hate having to do grown up stuff

  4. sounds like a busy day!!..good luck with the to-do list..sure sounds like you are getting through it!!

  5. It is so much work to get the post office to get a move on. And they sure aren't very friendly folks either. Good luck getting everything in order. But it sounds like you are on the right track.
    I washed my rig when I got back to Tucson in Oct. We had some really bad winds this summer and it was covered in dust and sand. I had one of those windex bottles that hooks up to the hose that sure helped and I have the RV brush on the extended handle. But it sure is a tough job. My arms hurt for a few days.

  6. Yep, one still has to take care of business. Sounds like you've got a handle on everything, though. Once you get everything lined up with mail, etc., it will be less crazy. :)

  7. Ack, dealing with the PO is enough to make one go postal huh? Good that you are getting all your ducks in a row though. I'm sure you'll be relieved once it's all done!


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