2014-09-18 Thursday night – GAAtlanta,Falcons Game

2014-09-18 Thursday night – GAAtlanta,Falcons Game

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I have a friend who purchases season football tickets, but doesn’t like night games (i.e., has to go to work in the morning). So, I was able to connect with her and get a ticket that she didn’t want. I was told that last week, a neighbor in the season-ticket section sold their tickets to someone from the opposing team -and- that is a ‘no-no’ in the ticket-resale-rulebook. Anyway, I was in the ‘home-team’ area and I had a wonderful time. The Falcons won 56 – 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
I took many pictures of the new stadium under construction – right next to the current stadium. Also, on top of the parking deck, there is a lawn area where vendors and the Falcons promotions play games and sell items. The Georgia Dome is the Marta stop of the Falcons games and next to Philips Arena, the large concert venue. One of the pictures is blurred because the escalator was moving when I pressed the shutter. Also, I saw the Garth Brooks/Trisha Yearwood show on 9/28 and included a picture of the stage for the last shot.

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2014-08-16 GAAtlanta – Van Renovation

 

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2014-08-16 Van Renovation (The side behind the passenger seat.)

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A few years ago after I bought the van, my older son built a wonderful 2″x4″ and plywood bed for me. After installation, we weren’t sure what would be best and when I decided afterward, he didn’t have time to build what I thought would work for my camping needs. So, I went to Lowe’s and bought a kitchen countertop and metal braces and built a set of 2″x4″ legs for it. I didn’t know what I was doing and I’m not as strong as my son. It also took a couple of days for me to build what I called ‘the bookcase’ attached to the countertop. The configuration left an aisle down the middle of the van and it made loading water and food onto the countertop from the side open doors easy. I enjoyed the setup, until, after some wear, the wood “cracked” at many joints and it made noises when I stopped and started. It became obvious that my construction was not going to last. My son said that he would build me a new tabletop and storage area during the summer. He told me to take EVERYTHING out of the van so that he could begin construction. I had accumulated quite a bit of ‘stuff’ – I carry things that I -think- I may need – not what I actually use and will definitely need. So, I put all the van gear on the floor of the house and in the garage – scattered everywhere. In mid-August, I drove the van to his house and he began work on the new countertop. He cut some plywood and talked me into putting the bar-sink into it (instead of the orange crate that I used previously). He replaced the 2″x4″ shelves with a piece of plywood on the bottom (across the van wheel well) and wire shelving braced with a deck wood piece. The top wire shelf was placed for lightweight items and, at present, rests on top of a 3-drawer plastic drawer. My son said that he would brace the top wirerack for me on a future date. I placed all the items back in the van that I thought I would need. I haven’t been camping since the rebuild, but am currently planning a driving trip to see my younger son in Chicago next week. The ‘big-thing’ about the work was that my son also took apart the batteries and inverter. He secured the batteries to the plywood floor and reinstalled the AIMS inverter. We tested the inverter and determined that the $35 microwave will not work with the batteries, but requires shore power. (I haven’t used it yet as I am not a coffee drinker and have-to-have caffeine in the morning. At the time of building the van, we thought that it would be something nice-to-use.) Note: At the beginning of building the van, we also thought that having a generator was necessary. I was reluctant to use it because I had read that you must ‘maintain’ it and I wanted to make sure that I needed it before opening the box. The generator box remains unoped to this day – AND in the last couple of years, many more solar collector options have appeared on the market. My longest camping was at Quartzsite last winter. My camping neighbor from California had excess solar capacity and offered to let me charge my batteries from his solar system. I was able to go several days longer with his help. <Note: I have an isolator, so that if I need battery charging, I can drive somewhere or use a generator. Additonal note about the batteries: they were installed behind the passenger seat and the weight of them didn’t have any movement. However, over the last couple of years of reading other vandwelling posts, I learned that if the van were to have a wreck and rollover, there was the possibility of being hit in the head and killed by a battery. Something to think about.>

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