The last time we came to Quartzsite in January 2011, Jim got sick and we left after only a few days so he could have his gallbladder removed at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. This year he’s been feeling great, but it’s been a long time since he’s had a dental emergency. Yesterday morning when I got back from doing laundry, the first thing he showed me when I walked in was one of his crowns in a ziplock bag, which came off while he was eating breakfast.
So Wednesday he has an appointment in Algodones, Mexico with Dr. Urena, who Nina from Wheeling It blog fame uses and recommends. We are going to stay here but just take a day trip to Mexico since it’s an easy 90 mile drive from Quartzsite and we’re planning to be here until the 28th. Fortunately the tooth with the missing crown had a root canal done many years ago so it isn’t causing any pain. Other than to our pocketbook, of course, but he was quoted $220 for a new crown if it can’t be cemented back on. In the states it would probably be over $1,000.
On another note, our Blue Ox tow bar has gotten rather floppy, so when Jim emailed the company about getting the parts to repair it they told him they didn’t sell those due to liability issues. But they did say we could bring it in to the Blue Ox bay at the Quartzsite show and for $25 they would clean and lube it and replace any parts it needed. Debbie had a torn rubber boot on hers, and David and Mary had never had theirs serviced, so we put them all in Debbie’s car and she and David took them over on Saturday morning. The RV show opened at 9, so they arrived around 8 hoping to be one of the first in line. Turned out they were #9! They dropped them off and picked them up yesterday. We weren’t the only ones having the bars refurbished.
We decided to walk over to the Big Tent yesterday afternoon and were pleasantly surprised at how few people were there. Apparently they were more interested in football, because Debbie and I walked over again this morning and it was extremely crowded. Spent a few hours and only a few dollars on some odds and ends. It’s always fun to see what’s at the show and the flea markets. Judging by what people were buying, the big sellers seem to be LED tube replacements for fluorescent fixtures, a rubber broom similar to this(2 for $20), and bamboo pillows.
Today our friend John Leach, who loves working on other peoples Lazy Daze, came by to help Jim diagnose the problem we’ve had for a couple years with our indicator light for the brake controller for the Subaru. I think he finally figured out what’s wrong, but whether or not they will be able to fix it is another matter.
We’ve talked with many RVers who don’t understand why groups of owners with the same RVs get together. I’ve had several people say that just because you own the same RV doesn’t mean you have anything else in common. This may be true, but we have always enjoyed getting together with other Lazy Daze owners, and this time is no exception. There is always someone willing to help work on your rig, give advice, and show off their modifications. We’ve made some really good friends by attending Lazy Daze get togethers over the years. Tomorrow a group of us are heading to the Kofa WIldlife Refuge for a hike. But now it’s time for happy hour! And maybe another beautiful sunset like we had last night.