Sunday, June 24

My #1 Co-Pilot - Xi Shi Quan

My #2 Co-Pilot - Bunny Kitty

My #3 Co-Pilot - Caiche

Got here at my friend Pat’s house yesterday and hooked up to his 30 amp electric outlet. Didn’t hook up to water because I’m only here till Monday at noon, then I’m off to the State Park. There was another camper with a couple of guys in it who are friends of Pat also staying near me. Usually I am the only one camping in his yard. They were really nice and gave me some boiled crabs that they caught and cooked the day before. The crabs were delicious and I had them for supper with a nice cold beer. Yummy.

It rained all the way to the island which was the first time I experienced driving the coach on wet and slippery roads. Stopped at the super market to get some bread which I forgot on my kitchen counter at home. Could not find a parking place. The island is packed with tourists and I usually don’t like to visit during this peak season.

Folks who come here really like to party and the one road in and one road out is backed up most of the day and night with people riding around drunk and hollering holding up signs saying, "Honk if you’re..." - well you know what I mean. Grand Isle in the summer puts New Orleans to shame as a party town. There are swimming pools set up in yards along the highway for the kids and folks grilling meat on the pit in every yard. Music is blaring from every direction. The bar rooms are overcrowded and the police try and turn away from most scuffles and displays of nudity. It’s kinda like, "Let the good times roll."

This coming weekend is the annual Tarpon Rodeo and I sure don’t want to be around here for that. It is a bigger event than the Fourth of July and the highway is literally blocked by a line of cars bumper to bumper not moving. The event gets larger and larger every year. I used to set up my tent and sell my crafts and books at the pavilion but the booth costs $400 for the 3 day event and that is just too high so I don’t do it anymore.

The recent rain has caused more mosquitoes than usual and it is no fun walking the dog. Pat and I sat on his covered swing this afternoon and enjoyed the rain and cool breeze till the swarm of mosquitoes came and covered our legs. So it was back to the coach for a movie and some blackberry pie that Pat made.

The Cat's Lair

Slept good last night but must get some new pillows. These in the coach are really too soft. Walked the dog for just a few minutes due to the mosquitos. It’s worse than I have ever experienced here on the island. Can’t wait for winter. Winters here are wonderful. No tourists and no mosquitoes and no one on the beach. No need for A/C. Campfires at night wrapped in a blanket. I just love it.
Got to my camp at 11:00am and was finished cleaning at 3:00pm. By the time I got to the downstairs area it started to pour down rain. I was so close to completing the job so I just kept going and got soaked. Never did get to clean the pool house.

When I walked around to the back of my property I noticed that a part of my fence was torn down. There was a large dog kennel and a kiddie pool in my back yard. Not mine. I called the neighbor and asked what that was doing in my yard. She said she didn’t know what I was talking about. I asked her to remove the objects and she said she would tell her roommate.

About an hour later I noticed he was moving the dog house and I asked him if he was going to repair my fence. He apologized and said he would. I also asked him to remove his stored tires that he had leaning on my front fence as well as all of the debris he had placed in my side yard. By the time I left, all had been done.

I’ll never as long as I live understand why people encroach on another’s property. Even having a fence does not stop this neighbor. I hate this neighborhood! I was so angry that I made up my mind on the spot to rid myself of this property immediately no matter what I have to do... lower the price again or a lease purchase. I’ve got to do something soon.

Came back to the coach and dried off. Pat invited me to eat some Bar-B-Q chicken so I changed clothes and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon. We went for a ride to Elmer’s Island where you can drive your car on the beach. It was great to be in the co-pilot seat for a change. My little Xi Shi Quan sat on my lap and hung her head out the window. And wouldn’t you know it... I forgot my camera.

We’re all chillin’ now on the sofa while I write this blog and thinking of what to have for supper. It’s been a pretty good day over all. Tomorrow we head for the State Park. YEAH!!!

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