Tonight I’m writing from Hondo, TX, a tiny town about 30 miles east of San Antonio. A glass of wine is near my right hand, soothing nerves frazzled by dealing with a computer on the fritz and the inability of the manufacturer to understand folks who don’t have a permanent address!
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On Wednesday, the night before we left Davis Mountain State Park, I wrote a long blog about our stay there, and a review of the campground, planning to post both the next day when we left the park and had internet access via our Verizon aircard. When I turned on the computer on Thursday morning… ACK! The screen was completely black. All the normal sounds “coming to life” sounds could be heard, and the various drive and battery lights flashed, but without any life on the screen I could do nothing.
Long story short [represented here as &$*#(*%, NO, NO! #((%)$&%**$]: I could leave it at Best Buy for 2-4 weeks (and return there to pick it up), or ship it to Toshiba’s “service depot” in Kentucky via UPS and have it repaired and back in about 10 days.
A short exchange illustrating the tone of the entire, multi-phone call ordeal of figuring out all the hoops we need to jump through came when the service rep on the line told me to be sure to back up my computer, and to remove any “sensitive information” before shipping it. I said “you realize that is impossible to do when I can’t see anything on the screen, don’t you?”. He said “yes, but I still have to tell you that”. Sigh, and sigh again.
So for now, I am back on the little four-year-old Toshiba that we replaced 3 months ago with the new, malfunctioning one. This is the one with the binder clip to hold the screen together. :) Still dependable!
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…
We set out from Davis Mountain State Park on Thursday morning, as planned. During our 4 night stay there, we had a little excitement: our huge windshield shifted slightly out of its “normal” position when we leveled Scoopy in the state park site, which was rather sloped. We’re lucky it hadn’t rained, as there was a gap of about 1/2 inch in the upper corner on the driver’s side – you could poke your finger through it. The good news: the windshield didn’t fall out when we lifted the jacks and aired up the suspension. :) The gap wasn’t closed, but was improved. Very good.
We had an uneventful ride through boring scenery to Del Rio, Texas, right on the Tx/Mx border, and settled in at the quiet, friendly Del Rio Elks Lodge for an overnight stay. We were on the road by 9:30 am on Friday. A quick stop at the truck stop for diesel, and on to the Escapee park (Lone Star Corral) near Hondo, TX.
The terrain now is flat, flat, flat, something I don’t care for at all. After we arrived and set up Scoopy, we drove 30 (flat) miles to a Best Buy store in San Antonio to get the computer repaired. Suffice to say – it didn’t happen. We drove back home, 30 (flat) miles, tired and frustrated. Phone calls followed.
This morning we went back to San Antonio, to the UPS store, and shipped off the computer, then did a spot of sightseeing. The highlight of the day: lunch at a little Mexican restaurant (Rincon de Jalisco) pointed out to us by the ranger at the San Antonio Mission National Historic Site. I had tacos that were as good as those I remember from Alamos, Sonora, Mexico – the standard by which I rate all tacos. OUTSTANDING!
On the way home (after driving around 80 miles today), we promised ourselves to take a day off from driving tomorrow, other than a few miles to see what the town of Hondo has to offer. Sleep late, chill out, catch up on ‘round the rig chores, watch football… and look forward to our departure on Monday for the Texas Hill Country, the part of Texas that originally made me change my mind about this big state. Beautiful!