Getting the Mail

After putting in a few hours of work on my book this morning, I headed out to the post office where a new battery for my cell phone was awaiting me.

The cell phone has pretty much been dead for weeks, but it took me a while to concede this fact even though the phone will randomly turn off even when it is plugged into a power source. I found a genuine Verizon battery on Amazon for just under $7 with free shipping from a well rated seller. The new battery’s arrival could not have been timed better because the phone shut off late this morning and refused to turn back on!

To my surprise, my O’Reilly’s gift card had also arrived! Walmart didn’t have any refrigerant for vehicle ACs, so I headed to O’Reilly’s to see if they carried such a thing, which they did. Since I’m not sure that adding refrigerant will actually start my compressor, I bought the cheapest kit they had, which was about $20 and included a hose but no gauge.

Next, I moseyed over to the tools to look for a socket wrench kit. Everything on display was way more expensive than I was willing to pay ($50 to several hundred dollars). I crouched down to see what was on the bottom shelf, knowing from my days in retail that you can find very good deals near the floor, and I emerged with this:



It’s a 57 piece set with both metric and imperial sockets. Not the best quality, but should serve me well for the little amount I will use it, and was just $20.

I wasn’t even tempted to have lunch in Port Lavaca since I had my lunch all planned out even before I headed out:


(Lightly seasoned black refried beans, tomato, avocado, a squirt of lime juice over a grilled tortilla.)

It is scary windy out there right now, so I’m staying in, putting as much weight as I can on the passenger side (JOKING), and will wait patiently to see if the can of refrigerant helps my truck at all. As for the socket wrench set, I will be using it to disconnect my truck battery to reset the check engine light. I know why the light went on and the issue was resolved, so there’s no point having it on the dash mocking me. 🙂

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  • L. Here. I’m about 50meters west of you and it is calm and not windy at all (inside) it is blowing like crazy outside. I’m guessing gusts to 80 kph. A little worried about the stuff blowing off the beach piting my PU. I went out and it is staying low to the ground. I will have to shake the beding out or change it. Fine layer of dust on everything. Just like home in Kansas.

  • Hey you! *laughs* I’m looking at your marshmallow and it seems a heck of a lot more stable than my rig! I’m also worried about pitting. 🙁

    Now, I know what I have to look forward to in a few months!

  • If it is as windy as here in San Antonio, I would be hooking the truck up to help hold things down. The wind broke a 4 inch square fence post and blew the panel of boards down.

  • It’s not THAT bad, but I am starting to feel a little queasy!

  • That socket set should last you forever. The weak point of these inexpensive sets is the ratchet itself and I have broken a couple of them by applying too much torque (probably more than you would ever apply). The ratchet itself is easily replaceable in any case, even at a swap meet.

    Nice find!

  • It seems pretty good for $20, and even more so that O’Reilly paid for it. 😀

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