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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dollar Tree / Library / San Antonio

I am having a hard time finding anything but the new spiral energy efficient light bulbs even in Mexico. While I like their low watt consumption I have never found that they live up to their supposed longevity ranging from 7 to 11 years. The most I have ever had one last me is two years. It is a shame that I have a bunch of the old fashion ones in Houston that I could sure use here.

Went to Dollar Tree hoping to find some to no avail. While there I noticed an older couple loading their shopping cart with what seemed to be like 20 or more 18 count egg cartons.  Asked the gentlemen if those also sold for a dollar and he replied: " Yes, Sweetheart...you better get you some before they're all gone"...I must admit that put a smile on my face...it has been a long time since someone called me "Sweetheart." I had no idea Dollar Tree sold eggs. I did buy them but only one 18-count carton.

I am so tired of the Val Verde County Library not being finished after more than two years of renovations, at least not on the inside.  The new computers have not been installed and they have no control as they did previously on how long people use them.  I do not have a printer and needed to get directions to the new installations where the former Uvalde doctor and associates have moved to.


The one positive about the library is that it is always nice and cool. It was 98 degrees outside but a refreshing 69 degrees inside.  I almost did not want to leave!


After Googling the directions,  I decided that they were too complicated and I wanted no part of I-10 West or US 87.  My comfort zone is I-410 North going to the Medical Center and I-410 South returning to Del Rio. I inputted the former address as a starting point and got directions that even I could follow without ever having to go the route they wanted me to.  All I had to do was stay on Fredericksburg Road.

Monday morning we left early as I gave myself five hours to allow for traffic or other mishaps. The new facilities are beautiful, the patient drop-off/pick-up area was better than the former site and best of all I did not have to go up four levels to park in a very congested parking garage.  This location has ample parking space and best of all it's free.

Mother was ushered early to get her labs done and we only had an hour wait which in and of itself is amazing for this doctor.  I sometimes whine about long waits but I want to say that in his case, he is well worth the wait or we would not have followed him to San Antonio.  Of all the doctor's my mother has seen over the years this doctor, as well as her Primary Physician (who is not a doctor but a PA), are our favorite.  She hit the jackpot with both.

I was glad to see that gasoline prices are holding steady.  Hondo, Texas had the distinction of having the lowest gas price between Del Rio and San Antonio today at $1.93 per gallon for regular unleaded. I filled up in Uvalde since I like to stop at Stripes at $1.95 a gallon.


On a side note the only place I saw blooming purple sage was in Uvalde, Texas.



Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

22 comments:

  1. Del Rio has a home depot, I was there on way to Terlingua, LED bulbs last longest, I only use them now. Hint: get the daylight bulbs, brighter and no yellow hugh.

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  2. LED bulbs are all that I have been using the past couple of years but they are too expensive and do not last as long as they advertise.

    For some reason the bulbs are burning out very fast in the bathroom, we may have some wiring issues? I find it does not do that to the old fashion ones.

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    1. MsB I have the same results with LED bulbs as you. They are not better for me and cost way to much more.

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    2. I am glad I am not the only one this is happening to. So where do you purchase yours?

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    3. I only have one 60 watt bulb in this house (Comfort Castle) so when I found some 2 packs I purchased several a couple of years ago.

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    4. If you are using the bulbs in an enclosed ceiling fixture, heat will kill them, especially led bulbs which have electronics inside. They must have free access to room air. A good quality incandesent bulb can take the heat as long as it is 60 watts or less. Edison knew the issue was heat when he and his lab invented them. Sometimes you can find a case of name brand bulbs on ebay.

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    5. The bathroom fixture is not enclosed but the LED's do not last long. I gave up and now only have one 60 watts incandesent bulb which is more than enough to light up the area.

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    6. LED bulbs fail from over heated circuits within. They can not be mixed with other types in a fixture. Those life hrs are rated at only 3 hrs a day use for the 10 year rating life span. (just a FYI)The 400 sq ft cabin i'm building in Terlingua will be powered on 12 volt system. People tell me 12 volt lights are not that bright, so I ask them to stare into my headlights for 10 seconds. I dont know if you get lightning surges like i get here in FL but that will cut life spans down on even appliances. I got all my bulbs from Lowes, the LEDS i use look like a floodlight shape but have vents around the LED glass. been running for years.

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    7. Sorry Machete Freerider I had not seen this comment.

      Well no wonder my light bulbs have not lasted 10 years if they are only calculating a 3 hour per day usage, I use mine a lot more than that.

      Have you already started your cabin build?

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  3. I get my old fashion light bulbs at Dollar Tree - 2 bulbs for a dollar. 40-60-100 watt.

    You take the best route from Del Rio to SA in my opinion and just have to bear with it.

    gsg

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    1. Maybe I overlooked them when I was at Dollar Tree? I remember a long time ago buying the 4 bulb pack for $1.00 and buying several that I still have in Houston. Even at two bulbs per dollar it beats the high price of the energy efficient ones.

      I have no sense of direction and I have to keep it simple or I will end up in Boerne or Welfare, Texas as I have so many times in the past :-(

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  4. Sounds like a good trip. I'm on the west coast & gas in town went from #2.45 to $2.55 in the last two days.

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    1. After having read during the winter that gasoline prices were going to skyrocket this summer, I am pleasantly surprised that they have not.

      For the West Coast your prices seem reasonable hope they stay that way during your travels.

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  5. I found the bulbs at Dollar Tree burn out pretty quick. I did buy those new bright ones and they took some getting used to. I thought those squiggle things weren't going to be sold anymore, since they have mercury in them and some have exploded. I found the regular bulbs at Walmart

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    1. I had not heard that about the squiggly ones. Explotions and mercury does not make a good combination.

      Will have to pay a visit to Walmart.

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    2. CFLs have very high voltages and toxic mercury.

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  6. I'm almost positive that Obama somewhat outlawed the manufacture of old style bulbs to force us to save energy in 2007. Google tells me.

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  7. Old style dimmers will ruin most CFL and LED bulbs.

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    1. Hi RJ, fortunately we do not have dimmers. Thank you for commenting.

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  8. I wish we had your gasoline prices! I just paid $2.50/gal to fill my tank this morning. I bought some lightbulbs that gave great light and were supposed to last almost my lifetime. They burned out in a year, and I paid about $12 for each of them. I'll just use the kind I have on hand and not think about it.

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    1. Gypsy, for California your gasoline prices are not that bad. My main gripe about the energy efficient light bulbs is that they claim to last for years but do not deliver, yet they charge an arm and a leg for them.

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