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RE: Texas Drivers License Hassle

Interesting development: I went to the UPS store this morning, where I have my mailbox, to mail the completed form and required documents to the local SSA office via certified mail, and in my mailbox was a letter from the SSA office stating that I hadn’t provided a certain document and therefore couldn’t be processed. Evidently they finally found the documents I had originally placed in the drop box at their location. So by sending the new form and documents via certified mail I’ll have a record that it was received. No more guessing. I’m pretty certain I included the proper documents this time with the form (a copy of my medical record from the local VA, containing my name and DOB. Interestingly it also shows my SS# on several pages! If that doesn’t satisfy them, nothing will. ;)
mr. ed 06/22/21 02:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Texas Drivers License Hassle

Can't you print a replacement card online from SS? I had no idea that could be done...sounds too easy, but I'll check on that. Thanks. Also, I don't have a printer, though I know they're cheap (around $20 at WM). My other thought is possibly go to an income tax agency, like H & R Block. Perhaps they can dig something up with my SS # on it.
mr. ed 06/22/21 07:55am Around the Campfire
RE: Texas Drivers License Hassle

Thanks, both of you, for your kind assistance. The unfortunate situation is ALL of my personal documents were stolen along with my vehicle in Albuquerque a couple of years ago. I’ve managed to get a certified copy of my birth certificate but I haven’t paid taxes in years, so I don’t have anything from the IRS to show as proof. The VA managed to provide a document in lieu of the DD-214 that has my SS # on it, but I brought it to the DMV today and they wouldn’t accept it Anyhow, I filled out the form for SS replacement card again, and will mail it this time instead of dropping in the box at the SS office like first time. Perhaps that document and supporting paperwork have been mishandled or lost. I would love to meet with a SS agent, but they’re only doing that for new applicants. This situation has been pretty stressful, as you can imagine. Yes, the wheels of the gov’t turn slowly but this time there’s an excuse: COVID 19.
mr. ed 06/21/21 06:57pm Around the Campfire
Texas Drivers License Hassle

I moved to Texas from Arizona not long ago and have been trying for months to get my TX drivers license. The holdup is the local social security administration. I had applied for a replacement social security card a couple of months ago (SS card is necessary for TX DL), and they're so backed up, I guess because of Covid, they haven't even looked at my paperwork yet. The problem is, my AZ DL will expire at the end of August. That means I'll be driving without a license and whenever I apply again I'll need to take a road test, a hassle I don't look forward to. The way things are right now, I don't really expect the SSA to send my SS card by that time. At least my vehicle is licensed and insured in TX. All I need is the DL. I wonder how many other people are having a similar problem in TX. I'm thinking that perhaps the SSA can send me a letter stating that my request is in process, or something like that, in case I get stopped by police for some reason. I sometimes wonder if I should have stayed in AZ. I think the DMV there isn't as difficult to work with than here in TX. EDIT: Just called the local SSA today, and they still haven't gotten to my request. However, I requested that a letter be mailed to me stating that my request is in process, and that's being done. I don't know if law enforcement will accept that, but there's nothing else I can do. The official at the TX DMV gave me the impression there's nothing they can do either, so I would need to cease driving and I guess, take public transportation. I don't think so! :M
mr. ed 06/21/21 10:50am Around the Campfire
RE: Chicken Before Egg?

I wonder if that age old question, "Why did the chicken cross the road?", has ever had a logical answer? I guess only the chicken could answer that question. I also wonder, if you and a friend were in earshot of a chicken, and you dared your friend to perform a dangerous feat, and he refused, and you yelled, "Your just chicken!" would that chicken become offended and gather his friends and attack you? :h
mr. ed 06/18/21 05:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: A Very Touching Movie

A movie that I recommend is "Taking Chance." Is is based on the true story, staring Kevin Bacon, of escorting fallen Marine PFC Chance Phelps on his last journey home to his birthplace in Wyoming. Very dignified movie and as a Marine, even tougher to watch. Thanks for the suggestion. It was quite touching indeed, I'm also an ex Marine (Vietnam, approx 1966). I came very close to being a casualty. Many whom I knew never made it out alive. I returned home without a scratch. It still amazes me how that even happened.
mr. ed 06/18/21 10:08am Around the Campfire
RE: Roadside Assistance

I've had only good service from Good Sam. I had a similar tire experience as you some years ago when a tire blew out on my Hitchhiker 5er, close to my destination campground in NC. I slowly drove into the RV park and parked in front of the office. As I recall, I only placed one call to Good Sam and a couple of hours later help arrived. The spare tire was installed without issue and to my satisfaction. More recently, my battery died in my Toyota mini-van and Good Sam came quickly to the rescue. I've had no complaints. :)
mr. ed 06/18/21 08:30am Good Sam Roadside Assistance

There's also ROFLMAO. I'll only mention the first 4 letters for fear of getting deleted: Rolling on Floor Laughing...." :B
mr. ed 06/18/21 08:10am Around the Campfire
RE: Chicken Before Egg?

The Egg came first. NOT all eggs are chicken eggs, Other birds lay eggs as do some other non-birds... A bird not much different from a Chicken, but not a Chicken layed an egg. that egg was "Defective" by that bird's standard and hatched the first chicken. Farmers have encouraged that kind of "Defect" so as to improve the chickens over time but the egg clearly produced the first chicken. Source: Darwin The Origin of Man. extrapolation from same. Remember, Darwin penned the THEORY of evolution! ;) BTW, on the subject of chickens. I tried cooked sparrows (or a similar small bird) when visiting Portugal and Spain back in the 70's. Not much meat on the birds, but I remember it being tastier than a chicken. :)
mr. ed 06/18/21 07:55am Around the Campfire
RE: Chicken Before Egg?

Compounding the question...... you don't have to have a rooster to have eggs; only if you want to have fertile eggs... :) So, did the rooster come after the hen or before, or at the same time? :) Never having been a chicken farmer, I didn't realize an egg could be produced without a daddy chicken. But an unfertilized egg couldn't become a chicken. Therefore, there needed to be a rooster involved in order to create another chicken, unless a sort of miraculous conception took place via divine intervention. :):B
mr. ed 06/18/21 07:47am Around the Campfire
Chicken Before Egg?

We've all heard the saying, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" I believe I have the answer: An egg cannot survive and hatch without the mother bird sitting on it to keep it warm. Therefore, the chicken had to come first. Granted, there are other species, like turtles and alligators that lay eggs and leave them to hatch on their own. But considering chickens, there's another factor needing consideration. For an egg to be created there needs to be a father chicken also. Therefore, two chickens had to come before the egg. ;)
mr. ed 06/17/21 08:15am Around the Campfire
RE: Back before cellphones

I recently found some post cards I had sent to parents 65 years ago. I was 15 and took off hitch hiking around the country. You could do that in the 1950s. Parents didn't have a phone so once in a while I sent a post card. Here I sit with an I-12 and wonder if anyone sends post cards anymore I had 2 postcards (now lost) from around 1906. Both were made of soft leather and stamped (never saw a postcard made of anything but paper), and there was still barely legible writing on them. I vaguely remember they were sent from the east coast (possibly Brooklyn). I wish I still had them today as interesting curios.
mr. ed 06/17/21 08:01am RV Lifestyle
RE: Scamming the Scammers

Yes, there are other You Tubers who do the same thing as kitboga. I watched some of the others, but found kitboga the funniest, especially in those skits where he wears a wig and looks and sounds like an old lady. The others, while still humorous, aren't as hilarious.
mr. ed 06/17/21 07:47am Around the Campfire
RE: A Very Touching Movie

Here’s another top notch movie, though many of you may have seen it: “Of Mice and Men.” Also free on You Tube. Great acting and very touching, though sad ending.
mr. ed 06/16/21 05:57pm Around the Campfire
RE: A Very Touching Movie

Mr.Ed, We watched "Miracle in the Woods" last night on your recommendation. We really enjoyed the movie and thank you for the recommendation. :) I have been writing down the movies mentioned here and plan on watching some more this summer as time permits. :) Barney glad you’re enjoying the movies as much as I have, Barney. If I come across any more, I’ll post them here. BTW, did you watch one I posted earlier, one of my favorites, “Sign of the Beaver”? A great adventure story taking place in early American history. It will hold your attention. It’s also free on You Tube.
mr. ed 06/16/21 05:47pm Around the Campfire
Scamming the Scammers

If you want a good laugh, check out these videos, especially if you've dealt with a scammer before. The guy pretends he's a clueless, little old lady and what he does to these scammers is absolutely hilarious. You'll die laughing as the scammer gets frustrated with this "little old lady." I recommend you have someone nearby just in case you pass out due to excessive laughter. :E Go to YouTube and search for "kitboga". I try munching on a snack while watching, but begin to choke because I can't stop laughing. You've been warned! :B
mr. ed 06/16/21 10:17am Around the Campfire
RE: A Very Touching Movie

I just re-watched "Emperor" yesterday. It's based on facts regarding America's attempts to rebuild post WW2 Japan. It's free on You Tube and highly recommended. :)
mr. ed 06/15/21 08:09am Around the Campfire
RE: Gotta Roll With the Punches

Ed, can you get a unit on the top floor? The floor above me at this hotel is also handicap accessible and I asked if i could move there when available but management completely forgot about it. They’re famous for forgetting requests, at least mine. It’s been my experience that most apartments keep their handicap units on the ground floor, especially if there are no elevators. I know the veterans apt has an elevator, so i’ll l need to find out if one’s available. Of course, there’s a possibility I may need to wait a while until my desired unit becomes available, meaning I may need to accept an apt that’s less desirable in order to move in quicker. I also hope the soundproofing between units on the same floor is good. That’s one positive thing about my current apt as I rarely hear any noise from my immediate neighbors.
mr. ed 06/14/21 03:15pm Around the Campfire
RE: Gotta Roll With the Punches

I appreciate the suggestions, but I already run the AC unit or a box fan near my bed. I also have a white noise app on my iPad, but have found no way to muffle the sound of loud footsteps on the ceiling. Way back in the past I tried earplugs but found them annoying and a causative factor towards ear infection, besides being ineffective. I have very acute hearing which doesn't help, either. If the veterans apartment becomes available, I can only hope the residents will be respectful of other vets and also mindful of making excess noise, especially late at night. Life's a gamble and you can only hope things will work out. I've always looked at life's challenges in a somewhat positive note, and there's a certain satisfaction in overcoming them even though there are times you jut can't win. ;)
mr. ed 06/14/21 06:33am Around the Campfire
Gotta Roll With the Punches

Since leaving full time Rving 7 years ago following a stroke I’ve been at different rehab facilities and, becoming somewhat independent, I’ve lived 4 1/2 years in long term hotels that have handicap accessible rooms. Living in these hotels has had its share of issues, not to mention the extremely high cost. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. The VA here in Amarillo is offering assistance in obtaining an apartment in a building that’s for vets only. It’s possible I could save $1,000/month (I currently pay $1,450-1,500/month). I need to leave this hotel by the end of June due to serious issues, such as noise and uncaring management . Since it may take a while for an apt to become available in Amarillo, I’m looking at temporarily relocating to Pampa Tx to a motel which has pretty good ratings. It’s only about an hour from Amarillo, but unfortunately won’t have the kitchen facilities the hotel has. The room will have a mini-fridge and microwave, though, so I can make do temporarily. Sure is a big change from my RVing days. I envy you fine folks who are currently full timing. It’s the best lifestyle IMHO
mr. ed 06/13/21 01:10pm Around the Campfire
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