Another Year in Review – and The Road Ahead

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to 2017!happy-new-year-sparkler-gold-animated-gif.gif

Last year was a real doozy for everyone, everywhere. There were some great things that happened; Giant Pandas, Humpback Whales, Manatees and Sea Turtles are no longer endangered! Leo FINALLY won an Oscar! The Ice Bucket Challenge helped fund the scientists who found the gene for ALS! Woohoo!!

Your favorite adventurers had some pretty epic awesome this last year, too! Let’s not forget our incredible trip to Nerd Mecca, our personal guided tour of Jet Propulsion Labs, and our trips to  various beaches! We even took our mews Matilda Pants to the beach!

Along the way we made some pretty incredible new friends, and we certainly learned a lot. Some of the nicest people we encountered on our adventures were (but certainly not limited to)…..

Harvest Hosts – Kim and Don are incredible people. We were gifted a membership with them, but were unable to use it. They not only refunded the gift to the buyer, but they also gave us “Does Not Expire” membership status! If you are on the road, and looking for a unique and awesome adventure, be sure to check out what Harvest Hosts has to offer!

Royal Prestige – Before we hit the road, we bought a full set of these amazing pots and pans! This set was going to last us the rest of our lives, if we took proper care of them. They have a great layaway program, and we were able to make payments until we were finally able to purchase the set. Granted, the set was expensive, but worth it. Of course the thieves new the set was nice, too, and they took every last piece. Even the salad shooter. Over $3000 worth of cooking items. After some convincing from the Head of our Fan Club, we emailed Royal Prestige to see what could be done. They were VERY generous and offered to sell us another set for 50% off. While we are not financially able to take them up on this offer, it was very kind of them. If you are looking for the best set of pots, pans, and cooktops in the world (and worth their weight for RVing), please check these guys out!

Geeks Who Drink – Our Brother from Another Mother works as a QuizMaster, and is a Quiz God with GWD. When our RV was first stolen, he started a GoFundMe for us that literally saved our lives. He sent it out to everyone he knew at GWD, which is a lot of folks, and through their donations we were able to find places to stay, eat, and keep the Mews healthy. We also made a couple life long friends in the process! We can’t wait to see everyone at the annual GeekBowl in Seattle, and give HUGE hugs to our Brother From Another Mother, as well as our new favorite Quiz Mistress, and our favorite Wedding Crashers from Texas!

There was, of course, the whole business of our RV, and everything we owned, being stolen or destroyed. Then dealing with “Outdoor Planet” (We aren’t allowed to say who they are, but you know who they are), then Outdoor Plant “losing” our trailer…not to mention that it took them OVER SIX MONTHS to repair damages from the theft. That is a long time to be homeless. So, while we waited, and waited, and waited some more, we set up an AwesomeSauce Headquarters in sunny California!

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During the course of the RVpocolypse, we drained all our resources. From hotel rooms and Air BnB’s, to traveling up and down California a few times – and back and forth to Vegas a few times, to eating, taking Mews to the vet a few times (turns out stress can really do a number on pets), to the adventurers getting sick (stress can also really do a number on people)…then getting a “Brick and Mortar” HQ. When you have no job, and no real rental history for a few months, getting a rental can be very difficult. We had first and last months rent, and a security deposit, which helped A LOT. That, and a very understanding and cool landlord, got us into a very cool house. A nice fenced yard for a Mews to meander, filled with hummingbirds, oranges, and a few bugs we have never seen before. After that we set up gas, electric, and internet. All with down payments.

Then there was the task of getting some furniture. We needed a bed for sleeping, chairs for sitting, and a table for eating (not to eat the table..but to eat at! Silly). Our table doubles as desk, our chairs function as chairs, stepladders, and cat bed holders. We also needed to get some clothes! After a few trips to all the thrift stores, and one trip to a new mattress place, we were able to function in our house.

To make a long story short (too late), we went through all of our monies dealing with the RV, the legal stuff, and getting back on our feet.

Fear not! Some other highlights of 2016 was that Awesome K was able to get a couple of interesting jobs! He was a food inspector for items going to the South Pole, he served a new culture of people in “Little Saigon,” finally landing a regular gig doing what he loves, dealing cards! He is now a dealer at a Four Diamond Triple A rated casino resort! Fancy-schmancy! Saucy G FINALLY started really working on her novel writing, and has gotten a great start on a few stories. Even the Mews are back to work, with Archer head of Agriculture, Matilda is Head of the Neighborhood Watch, and Lana continues to work in Security while dabbling in being a Cat Food Critic. We also welcomed a new Mews to our Team! The incredible and marvelous Castielanova Bagginsess Pants, or Cass for short. He is working closely with his idol and mentor, Archer, and learning all there is to know about being an Adventure Cat.

Our final bit of excitement in 2016 was FINALLY bringing the RV back home! We were able to drive her from Vegas in late December, and she was home in time for Christmas! 2673.jpg

So, 2016 had it’s ups and downs, like a roller-coaster at Circus Circus, but we ended the year healthy, safe, and together. What more could we ask for?

Thanks for helping us through 2016, we honestly and truly could not have done it without you and your never ending support! You are beyond Awesome, and we love you to pieces! you-are-seriously-awesome

We aren’t sure what 2017 has to offer us, but we have a few ideas as to where we would like to go with it. What about you? How was your 2016? What are you looking forward to in 2017?

 

 

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From Bad to WTF

Many of you have asked on the status of our RV. WELL! We have a doozy of a story for you!doozy_of_a_day_tucker_dale

As you might remember, our RV was stolen back in June of 2016. After being recovered, it, and the tow trailer for the Smart Car, were taken to Camping World Las Vegas. Where it sat. And sat. And sat some more. Baking in the Nevada heat in the dead of summer. Do you know how hot it gets in the Nevada desert? The average is 104, but it can, and did get up to 114 degrees. 114. They have weather advisories for the extreme heat!  We have all heard the joke about cooking an egg on the sidewalk, well, in Nevada, you could  do just that (on the asphalt. The average temperature for an egg to cook is 158 degrees. The asphalt can get up to 2oo degrees on a 114 heat day. TECHNICALLY you can’t cook an egg, because the heat source needs to be constant, but you get the idea).

If the temperature could do that to an egg, imagine what it can to do unprotected tires, and roof. Yup, destroy them! The roof has sustained damage while sitting at Camping World, but they are not going to fix the roof, because “They cannot prove the roof wasn’t damaged before hand, the roof wasn’t damaged during the actual theft…” and they don’t care. They refunded us the inspection report money from Camping World Colorado, saying that Camping World in Colorado did not do a quality inspection of the roof. So, even though their company inspected the roof, okayed the roof, DID NOT report damage to the roof during the initial inspection in Las Vegas, they are saying they have no liability for the damage that happened on their lot. So that’s fun. We don’t even know the state of the tires. Why is that you ask?

BECAUSE THEY DON’T INSPECT TIRES! Yup. Even though they claim to install and inspect tires, and tire pressure monitoring systems, they don’t actually. You know how we know? We were told, and received an invoice showing, that the replacement tire pressure monitoring system was installed. It wasn’t. There was no explanation for this, other than “we don’t work on tires.” So why does it say, on the invoice, that they do, and that they did? Are they lazy, lying, or negligent?

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Tire Pressure System, Programming, and labor hours. For something that was not completed.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

Awesome K went to retrieve the RV, and attached towing trailer, on Friday, October 21st. Camping World had the RV and trailer, in their possession, on their lot, for;

  • 112 days
  • … or 16 weeks
  • … or approx. 3 months

Between July 1, 2016 and October 21, 2016 (exclusive) there are:

  • 77 working days (616 hours),
  • 35 non-working days including:
    • 16 Saturdays,
    • 16 Sundays,
    • 3 federal holidays falling on weekdays

(https://www.calendar-12.com/days_between_dates)

The numbers of weeks, months and years are rounded down to the nearest full value. The number of days is always exact.

In that time frame, in addition to not completing all the work, the roof baking off, the tires melting, and the remainder of our stuff being cooked inside the RV…they “lost” our towing trailer. THEY. LOST. THE. TRAILER. Yup. “Lost.” After searching the lot a few times, calling managers, calling more managers, and more searching, Camping World told us that we “should probably go ahead and file a claim with our insurance, because they lost the trailer.” So Awesome K filed another police report, filed another claim with insurance, and left. Without the RV, because he had no way of driving it, and the car, back to where we are now.

What about surveillance? Maybe someone saw something?

Nope. Turns out there is absolutely ZERO security of Camping World. No cameras. No guards. No gates. Nothing. The locks we had for the trailer were in the center console of the RV. So someone there unlocked it, then they lost it. Perhaps they took it to the desert to bury it? Maybe they sold it? Maybe they tried to put it in a blender? yes it will blend.jpg

The world will never know, because of total and utter lack of security. Oh, and they keys to our RV? In the ignition, with no doors locked. So someone could have driven off with our RV, too. Again. They wouldn’t even have had to destroy the steering column to do it this time, either.

Our insurance said to “just buy another one.” Oh, ok. Sure. Oh wait! This was a custom built steel trailer, from Nebraska, made specifically for a Smart Car. Not to mention we are…for lack of a better term, broke. We don’t have thousands of dollars to “just get another trailer” with. So that’s fun.

Words cannot begin to describe the way we feel (but the below gif does). This nightmare will never end, thanks to Camping World. hulk_smash_loki

Please. If nothing else comes of this, learn from us. DO NOT use Camping World for anything serious. At all. Ever. Even their prices for products is too damn high! Everything they sell there you can get on Amazon.com, or any number of places. It may seem like they have the monopoly on RV resources, and literally everyone you talk to will refer you there. PLEASE DON’T DO IT!

We will compile a list of reputable places, at some point, and post here it. Eventually.

Who loses a towing trailer? Ulgh.

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These guys. These guys lose a trailer.

 

 

The Anti-Awesome (a rant blog)

Days have gone by. They have turned into weeks. WEEKS have gone by. Then we get a phone call! Hooray! Joy! Something is happening!

Wait? What? No. Nothing is happening.

We told the Big Box Store that we would be leaving for California, and if we needed to do ANYTHING before we left, they should let us know. Being told there was nothing we could do, we drove four hours away.

By the way, you don’t know what fun is until you, your spouse (neither of which could be described as “svelte“), and three cats (one of which is also not at all svelte), cram into a Smart Car. With the rest of what you own. For four hours. Through the desert. In July.

After the ride of a lifetime (or the ride that felt like a lifetime? Either way…) we ended up Altadena! We settled into our very nice Air BnB, and waited. After about a week and a half, we finally got a phone call! YAY! Something was happening! Wait…no…no..instead we were told that we needed to come back to Vegas. Apparently they hadn’t had a chance to look at the RV yet, because of all the debris. Oh? Is this not something that could have been taken care of BEFORE we drove away? Yes, it could have, by the way, but we were told everything was cool. It wasn’t.

So, we hopped back in the car (sans Mews), and drove the four hours back to Vegas.

Do you want to know another way to have ALL the fun? Clean out the carcass of your dead dreams, throwing away ruined and broken goals, all the while in 115 degree heat. OH, and the carcass of your dreams is at least 120 degrees or more? By the way, the holding tanks have probably melted, because they sure smell like they have. That is a very distinct, and unique, smell. Rotten fridge, boiled waste, melted plastic, and despair all mixed together under the Nevada sun.

After about two hours, uncountable trash bags, blood, sweat, tears, and only a little bit of gagging, we finally got all the trash and ruined things out. We moved the rest of the things to the bunk area, and out of the way of anyone who needed to get in and get to work.

During all this we found a few more things were missing. There was the weird stuff – like the coffee press, the rack of knives was literally torn off the wall, and the jar of cooking utensils. Then there was the devastating. That term gets used a lot when describing all this, but there it is (and Saucy G doesn’t feel like using a thesaurus right now). We mentioned previously that the thieves had desecrated the urns we were transporting, and that they had tossed the urns around. Turns out they also STOLE one of the urns. STOLE. AN. URN. Who does that? After finding the first SIX urns, they get to the SEVENTH URN and thought, “you know what? They can’t ALL have ashes in them, lets just take this one.” Maybe they thought they needed an urn. MAYBE they were just trying to hurt us as much as possible.

WHO STEALS AN URN?!

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We packed up what was we could into the SmartCar, and got ready to drive the four hours back. Stopping into the office of the Big Box to let them know we were done, we were then informed that they would not be able evaluate the RV for three weeks. THREE. WEEKS. Just to ASSESS IT! All the while, it is sitting in the Vegas sun, tires exposed, wires exposed, holes in the hull…then when they DO finally assess it, then the insurance company will decide if it going to be totaled or if they are going to fix it, and what they are going to fix. Which might not be everything. THEN it will take AT LEAST another couple of weeks JUST TO GET A WINDOW! Not any of the other parts, or fix any of the other things.

Want more good news? Well! Worry not! There’s more!

Remember the Casino where we were parked? Where we were assured by security that the RV would be ok? Parked under a camera, under a light, where it was stolen in broad daylight? Under the “watchful” eye of security? Who then LITERALLY LAUGHED IN OUR FACES? Oh yeah, so, we got a letter from them this morning stating that they found themselves not liable. Surprise surprise. They thought they didn’t do anything wrong, and we are outta luck. No, there was no number to call or any way to appeal. Thanks a lot, Casino. Again, a real kick in the gut. Not even a comped meal, or a “hey, sorry your entire house was stolen under our watch, and your dreams crushed, here is a coupon for a buffet.” Nothing. Just a one page letter telling us to go away.

Now we are back to hurry up and wait, while wallowing.

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This is the exact opposite of awesome. UNAwesome. The Anti-Awesome.

Thankfully the Mews are happy and healthy and safe. We are safe. So, here we are, and here will wait until something else happens with the RV and we can move a step forward. Maybe. Hopefully.

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BoBana having a relax

Anyone want to go sit on the beach with some (possibly adult) beverages? We need a beach day.

Rating: You sit down at a table, then get moved to another table. The table you were just on, and got moved from, just one a Jackpot, and everyone at the that table gets $400. You get no dollars.

MORE UPDATES! Less tragedy!

We would like to thank you. Yes you. The outpouring of support, compassion, generosity, and the sharing of your own stories has helped us more than you know.

It’s not a lie. This has been devastating. Terrifying. Speaking for myself (Saucy G), I have had thoughts of giving up.

We won’t give up, though. We will never surrender! galaxy-quest-never-give-up-never-surrender

First, we have to see about repairs. Insurance will cover some, but not all. We are going to have the Big Box Place look at it, and repair it if possible. This has us a little wary, but the work will be “guaranteed” by insurance.

Other than that, though, we are pretty much on our own. Insurance will only cover the minimum of what was lost, only $3000. That SOUNDS like a lot of money, but the impressive new pots and pans set cost $2500. Granted, we wanted to live a minimalistic lifestyle, but this isn’t exactly what we had in mind. Obviously we won’t be getting the impressive big kid pots and pans, but there is so much to replace! All the things! Literally!

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Farewell Royal Prestige. We hardly knew ye. 😦

We are also looking into where to stay in Vegas for the next week or so. It’s harder than one might think to find a room, that allows pets, over the 4th of July, in America’s Playground. *sigh* They are either WAY expensive, WAY sketchy, or WAY Don’t Allow Pets. Who knew.

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We can tell you that we slept like babies last night, though.

Waking up every two hours crying.

 

When we awoke this morning, it was a brand new day! The sun was shining, the Mews were smiling (well, not really, they are starting to get antsy), and we started on “Operation RV Recovery” or “Operation BAD GUYS SUCK, We are AWESOME.” Not knowing where to start, we thought we would check out social media to see what the rest of the world was up to.

Turns out you were all trying to get us back on our feet!

Jason Hart has been a friend to Awesome K for over *cough lots cough* years. He is like a brother-from-another-mother. Well, Mr. Hart has set up a GOFUNDME page. This is so Awesome, and Wonderful, and Thoughtful. It is so, well, Awesome!

https://www.gofundme.com/AwesomesauceDuo

We also saw that a lot of people on here wanted to donate to our cause, and were looking for a paypal! We set one up, in case you were still feeling like helping. That can be found at:

https://paypal.me/awesomesauceduo

The name on the account is Saucy G’s real name. Apparently AwesomeSauce Duo isn’t a legal name. Silly.

Today we are feeling a little better. A little stronger. A lot more loved. Thank you, again, for lifting our spirits when we needed it the most. It can be a scary world out there, but it is also filled with wonderful people. Thank you for reminding us of that.

More to come soon. Maybe even an adventure post or two, since that is what we do after all!

 

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