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Old 06-07-2010, 05:07 PM   #617
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Grant, thanks.

I drove over to the Tillsonburg library to write you but forgot the measurements in the trailer! I think the pie shaped piece I might need is about 22" by 25". Your kitchen left over may work but it will be close.

I'll re-measure tomorrow and write you again.


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Old 06-09-2010, 09:03 PM   #618
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I'd sing that song called "Memory", but I can't rememebr the lyrics. Of all the things I've lost, I miss my memory the most...
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:15 AM   #619
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World Cup Fever

While I was in South Africa last winter (it was summer there), MINI dealers were giving special slip-on national “flags” to local Mini owners, in advance of the FIFA World Cup 2010.

The dealer in Bloemfontein, Free State was kind enough to grant one to a Canadian visitor and my Mini had been proudly wearing them now that the festivities have broken out worldwide.







Even if Bafana Bafana didn’t enjoy a miraculous victory over Uruguay yesterday South Africa remains a Land of Miracles.

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Old 07-20-2010, 08:58 PM   #620
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Shower curtain for a minimalist



Originally, I wanted my minimalist bathroom to have no shower curtain spoiling the lines or chopping up the space.

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But that proved unrealistic. There will always be some splash and overspray on the floor to clean up that way.

When I stumbled upon a stainless steel wire device meant for hanging fabric curtains at IKEA recently, I sensed I might have found something that could work with the unique curves of the Airstream.

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The secret is that the wire holders swivel and bend up to 180 degrees.

One end is affixed to the curved ceiling/wall and bends down; the other end runs straight out from the partition wall. The wire is tensioned from this end.

Then I went to Tractor Supply Company and bought some nickel-plated swiveling chain hooks.


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An inexpensive plain white EVA curtain, found at my small town hardware and folded in half works perfectly.

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Old 07-20-2010, 09:08 PM   #621
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Hello Sergei..... Looks great.... Are you still at the Fairgrounds in Alymer?.. Marvin and I thought we might come down and visit you sometime..
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:16 AM   #622
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Annie and Marvin,


I had to be in Toronto from July 10 through August 15. The rig is parked on my friend Vince Melvin’s grassy lawn at Port Bruce while I’m away from the Fairgrounds.

I hope to squeeze in a fall trip to Newfoundland if everything goes OK here and I plan to travel down through Mississippi to Louisiana, perhaps Texas too this winter.

How about you?

Feel free to visit anytime.


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Old 08-08-2010, 06:49 PM   #623
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Real pretty! I ave a bigger one with the center bath and rounded glass windows front and back. I have read that the Argosy models were painted so that Airstream could use lower quality aluminum, offer a lower price and appeal to a larger population of buyers. Well we Argosy owners had the last laugh because the paint didn't need anywhere near the maintenance of the silver Airstream models! Mine has its original paint job with minimum touch up. ENJOY your rig!
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:04 AM   #624
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Hey,
Good to hear from you. I've been falling behind on reading AS forum. I was really close to selling ours as we have no time to use it any more; let alone do the work required. However, a recent discussion with a friend has found it a new home down at their lake house as a second bedroom. Funny thing is, I think I'll actually work on it more when it's down there than I did with it in the driveway!

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PS. Great promotion for the Mini. My brother-in-law has one. I'll have him check and see if any are available state side now that the cup is over.
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:32 PM   #625
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There was a thread on “planning your route” here the other day, to which I posted this contribution. It may be of interest (and serve as an up-date too) to friends who follow this thread:

Joe Reddington, the founder of the famous Iditarod Dog Race in Alaska passed on several years ago. His obituary told that he had often said : “if you don’t have a plan, that’s one less thing that can go wrong”.

I liked that, perhaps because I’ve mostly thought like that too.

I generally motor with a rough idea of where I’m headed but rarely book hotels ahead. I find having to be someplace at a certain time is stress producing. People who are wired oppositely will worry about NOT knowing were they’re staying that night.


I want the flexibility to get distracted or wander off-course.

An exception to my travel style had to be made when I took a 27-day, 4428-kilometer Rent-a Car-drive across 5 of the 9 South African provinces last winter. Because travel warnings made me realize that an elderly, lone driver should probably not be on the road after dark I plotted out my route and booked my accommodation, using internet searches and email, before I left Canada. I admit that it was nice to be received as “the traveler from Toronto” when I arrived at hotels, lodges and B&B’s there.

South Africa was a magical place - with stunning, ever-changing views around every bend and warm, smiling, welcoming people everywhere.

My rig hasn’t been out on the road yet but I want to spend this winter in Mississippi and Louisiana with it.

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Trailer parks are not for me. I prefer a small-town fairground, or to be parked behind a farmer’s red barn - within Mini Cooper striking distance of, say, a Memphis or a Baton Rouge.

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A couple of winter’s ago, I Mini-motored The Blues Highway, Mississippi # 61, down to New Orleans. At Clarksdale, Mississippi, near the famous Robert Johnson corner were Highway 49 crosses 61, I stumbled upon this gem:

ShackUpInn.com | Home


I loved the Shack Up Inn so much that I stayed there on the way back North too.

The Shack Up is on the original, famous Hopson Plantation and virtually unchanged from cotton pick’ in days. The rooms are in a restored cotton gin and in authentic sharecropper’s shacks. The whole thing is like a genius, primitive folk-art piece.

So, the other day, beginning my trip South in my mind, I wrote the owners of the Shack Up to ask if I could park in their yard, behind some sheds, for a week or 10 days at the start of my Mississippi exploration. They replied; “Come on down”.


From Clarksdale I’ll plot whether to turn east or keep going further south, hoping always to find a spot in a park or sports field or fairgrounds -or maybe a farmstead to take me in.

Long ago, planning my rig, I decided to build a “waste management compartment” (fancy talk for a macerator) into the trailer.

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I think this gives me options that don’t tie me to dump stations. Maybe we could say that I was planning then so as not to have to plan too much now.


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Old 08-27-2010, 09:39 AM   #626
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Sergei, you have a lovely trailer. Is it possible for you to post some pics of the entire interior? Lots of great detail shots, but I'd love to see the "wide-angle view", if you will.

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Old 08-27-2010, 09:49 AM   #627
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I too would enjoy some pull back photos.

I am psyched that you are traveling south. I know you've been wanting to do this for a long time. Good luck and have a safe trip. Don't forget to let us know when you are in CT. Mistral Blue and I still want to take you for pizza in New Haven. I bet mutcth will want to tag along as well.
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Look into John T. Edge and the Southern Foodways Alliance. Be sure to have dinner at Doe's Eat Place in Greenville, MS.
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:14 PM   #629
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Rednax!

I opened up the SFA site and it’s just terrific. You’ve sure got me figured; I’m really going to enjoy this!

I arrived in Greenville a couple of years back in the early dark of a winter’s night and stayed Downtown, along the riverside, near the casino.

The old city was dark and barren looking but it seems that Doe’s might have been down there. We found a good enough New Orleans styled dining room on the outskirts but will hunt for Doe’s this time.

Thanks for the hot tips.


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PS: I discovered the Oxford American while in Louisville, Kentucky one time and will look for current copies of that too.
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Sergei-- Don't forget to book your stay at Pecan Grove. I'll meet you at Green Mesquite for BBQ and beer, or Baby Acapulco for Tex-Mex and margaritas.

Or both.

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