Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WV Banding Together

As you may have heard the area I am currently staying in has been devastated by floods.  Altho I can walk in any direction and encounter devastation, I am safe.  The homestead Im at now is on a hill, but many around us are not so fortunate.   Ive been joining up with the family and local people from the church and been heading all over with 2 grills and water and feeding people.  It really lifts my heart to see the TREMENDOUS outpouring of donations and supplies.  Each little town seems to have someone somewhere reaching out to others.   We had to go back pretty far off the beaten path, past roadblocks and collapsed roads, and set up a tiny general store once.   Yet even back there we served up about 100 hotdogs to muddy, tired but grateful people.  The people at the store had been devasted, mud everywhere and their cabinetry literally ripped out into the muck.  But they generously offered us a spot to set up in their cramped driveway
Most will probably remember the jaw dropping images of burning floating houses smashing into bridges or buried cars, but the people running around and giving everything they can to help one another will be carved into my mind.  Ive been critical of the people here in the past, but when it comes down to it, most are good people at the core.

Might be a little muddier but still, Almost Heaven.  West Virginia.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Brief Van Update

The mechanic took apart the rear to check it and declared it fine.   He noticed my springs had no clamps, so he put some on.  I took the van for its first drive more than 10 miles in months, but the sound it was making when going up a hill is unchanged.  I am thinking it might be the flywheel.   I tried recording the sound on my phone, and will let him listen to it.  Might have to get him to drive it a bit to hear.

If i back off the gas, it will stop, so for now ill just creep where i gotta go.  For good or ill i can not afford to sit around without transport any longer.

Applied for a part time job today as well. : /