Thanksgiving Shenannigans…

For Thanksgiving, we had breakfast at the local Waffle House. The one that has the TouchTunes internet-connected jukebox – which, naturally, I trolled… For my $5, I played:

  • Temple of the Dog – Hunger Strike
  • Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
  • Muse – Follow Me
  • Cage The Elephant – Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked
  • Blind Melon – No Rain
  • Weezer – We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • Creed – My Own Prison
  • Creed – Torn

And then I got inspired…

  • Bing Crosby – White Christmas
  • Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas
  • Wham! – Last Christmas
  • Taylor Swift – Last Christmas
  • Donnie Hathaway – This Christmas
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks – All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks – White Christmas
  • John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War is Over)
  • Jose Feliciano – Feliz Navidad

Then I ran out of Christmas songs, and reverted to some old standbys…

  • Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual
  • Tom Jones – She’s a Lady
  • Frank Sinatra – New York, New York
  • Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls
  • Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Nickelback – What Are You Waiting For?

Not that I got to hear any of the songs (someone had a ton of songs in front of us), but I’m happy in the knowledge that I queued up a couple hours of pretty terrible music as the best sort of holiday gift to the staff and customers.

Surviving the Record-Breaking Cold…

The YarrVee crew has been very, very lucky with this massive, 98 year record breaking cold snap here in Denver. We’re still packing up our apartment, and while the YarrVee is in it’s new home, it’s been unoccupied.

The last 3 days have been bitter cold. The highs for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were 17, 6, and 10. Fahrenheit. (-8/-14/-12 C, with lows of -14/-22/-24 C!). The high of 6 on Wednesday was a record breaking cold – the lowest high for November 12th in 98 years. The low broke a 130 year old record. Fortunately, between our new $50 oil-filled radiator, and setting the propane furnace to 55, the interior has remained between 40*F/4.5*C and 48*F/9*C, and we’ve got around a 1/2 tank of propane left.

Thanks to the RVGeeks Winter RVing suggestions, the water bay has a 40 watt utility light hanging in it. It’s remained below freezing, but we made sure that our water hose is empty, insulated, and has 15′ of heat tape inside the insulation. To keep the bay itself warmed up, we need a bigger bulb in there, for sure.

I crawled under there on Sunday (when it was almost 70*/23), and it looks like our black and grey tanks are mounted across the whole width of the coach, just below the floor in the bathroom, and are very flat and wide. This is good, since they’ll suck up a lot of heat from the flooring.

Even if we’d already moved out of the apartment, living the last several days in the YarrVee would have sucked (especially the showering part!), but the RV would have remained reasonably livable, if rather uncomfortable, with our current level of preparation, and that’s encouraging. We’ll probably purchase a second radiator for the 110 outlet at the front of the coach to take some slack off the propane furnace in preparation for January and February.

Once it’s not “We’re all going to die!” cold out, we’ll shoot some video of our winter preparations, including what’s worked, and what still needs work!

How To Use a Free LavMic with GoPro

Using a “free Lavalier Mic” (an old cellphone headset) to get “lavalier audio” with your GoPro Hero 3 or GoPro Hero 4 camera, in GoPro Studio, even when your GoPro was in a waterproof case, or you were hundreds of feet away, or the camera was on the outside of your vehicle, and you wanted audio from inside…

Synching the two audio sources is a little fiddly, since you can’t “nudge” the audio track, and you can’t zoom in on the timeline to make tiny adjustments.

My recommendation is to find the sound that you want to synch on, and put a cut in the video at that point. Then edit the audio file from your phone (using Audacity, or similar) to snip out anything in the audio file prior to that synch point. That way, the audio *should* ‘snap’ to the right place when you drag it onto the timeline…

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Tentative 2015 Itinerary
January 10, 2015 – Amarillo, TX
January 11-12, 2015 – DFW, TX
January 13-14, 2015 – Houston, TX
January 15-16, 2015 – New Orleans, LA
January 17-18, 2015 – Pensacola, FL
January 19-?, 2015 – Jacksonville, FL

April 19-24, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV
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September 4-7. 2015 – Atlanta, GA
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