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The Conductor & the Lighthouse Keeper

I needed to spend the day in the trailer working, which required considerable discipline since it has been an absolutely beautiful day outside. Best I could do was open all the windows and let the warm desert breezes fly through the trailer. Eleanor and Emma at least got out a bit, heading into town to do laundry and talk to some of the locals.

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While working, I got the following email note:

Hey there, Rich, Greetings from the Komfort 5th wheel across from you! We've been using your WiFi since last night, so thought I'd better pipe up and say thanks. My husband Geno and I RV about 7 months out of the year. He's cycling up Montezuma Pass right now. Instead of working, I've been enjoying your site, the IIM site, the Digital RV forum, etc. If it's OK, we'll plan to stop by to meet you this afternoon. Thanks again, Pat

It's strange to meet people as a result of providing free wi-fi, but hey, whatever works. Pat and Geno popped over after lunch and turned out to be very nice folks. Wish I'd had more time to chat but work still needed to be done, and even now (at 10 pm) there's more to be done.

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This afternoon we got another visit, from Mike and Sam. We last saw them in Salem, OR at the International Rally. Their wives were unavailable today so the guys drove nearly 2 hours over the mountains from San Diego just to hang out for a couple of hours with us. And they brought us a Dutch Apple pie from Julian Pie Company, which pretty much puts them on our "A List".

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At 5 pm, Bill put on his lighthouse-keeper's uniform. He does docent work at Cabrillo National Monument, recreating the persona of Capt. Robert Decatur Israel, who managed the Old Point Loma Lighthouse from 1871 to 1891. Since he also looks a lot like the conductor from "The Polar Express", he did a little routine for Emma based on that story. Between him and Emma it was hilarious. At the end, he presented Emma with a copy of the book and a little silver bell. If you've read the book or seen the movie, you'll know what the bell symbolizes.

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