Every year in October we come to Mesa Arizona for the winter. Every year I stand there all confused about what to do next.
Mostly it is easy — book Southwest Gas to turn on the gas the day after we arrive. Ask Dish Network to activate the satellite account and get Cox to activate the phone and internet.
But stuff happens that is not in the plan. We buy our tickets at Flight Network. I should have realized there was a problem when we checked to see if the price had dropped. If it had, we get a credit toward our next ticket.
Flight Network could not find any updates for our itinerary. Yet, the day before we flew, the electronic tickets still looked the same.
It was only when we went to check in online and our boarding passes showed up with an entirely different flight leaving earlier than our itinerary claimed we were leaving.
It all worked out. It meant a longer lay over in Toronto but only one stop rather than two. This is good.
NOTE TO SELF: Confirm the actual flights earlier than the day before.
We use Koodo prepaid when we are on the Island and a Tracfone down here. Neither phone will work in the other country so we use Koodo until we leave Canada and Tracfone when we arrive. This worked out well because we called the shuttle person from Toronto to say what flight we were on and then the Tracfone once we had our luggage so we could tell her we were at Gate 8. Two minutes later, there she was.
NOTE TO SELF: make sure you have the gate code written down and recognizable keys.
I forgot about this but Gerald remembered it and it worked.
Speaking of gates, we took home one set of keys but after six months, all keys look alike and there was a bad moment when the first three keys did not work. We plan to have a colored key cut for next year.
When we arrived, neither the phone nor the TV satellite Dish worked. Luckily the internet did and I could get online and do a live chat with reps of each company and get the services going. The phone took a while and finally a Tier Two Tech had to reset it from the start. The internet and wifi were perfect. Just as we left them, same wifi password and all.
The park is always trying to upgrade and apparently some big truck ran over something and broke the water line in four places no less. So day one, no water for 12 hours.
South West Gas came and turned on the gas and checked the stove, furnace and water heater. All good. No water to heat but otherwise great.
NOTE TO SELF: Do not leave sink plugs in the sink.
We turned off the water but did not drain the hot water heater. The bathroom sink has a slight drip and the sink overflowed and six months worth of dripping water ran all over the floor and did bad things to the counter-top and cupboard under the sink. Also when the water dried out in the 40 degree Celsius weather, it baked nice and rusty all over the floor.
Getting on the Road
We have a car here and the registration runs out in June so when we get here, it is a hassle to get it back on the road. How does one get to the motor vehicle office with an unregistered vehicle. Also every second year the Cadillac needs to be run through an emission test and that requires a temporary road permit. Thanks to Peg down the street, I found out that you can get the temporary permit online.
That’s it for now. Until i find more things to make note of for next year.
The photo was taken shortly before we left PEI. It’s Gerald and Jim kicking back in Rollo Bay West. Makes me happy to see it.