Category Archives: Local Business

Meadview Boathouse restaurant closed for winter

There we go again …

The Boathouse was recently closed for “remodeling” and was also often just closed.  Now they’re closed for the winter.  Not the way to run a business, especially when you’re trying to sell it.

I read on Facebook that they served grass fed beef at one point, but unfortunately I missed that.  So I haven’t eaten there at all as I had heard that it was frozen burgers with little service.

The covered patio looked so inviting, especially on summer evenings.

No progress at the Crows Nest.

Canyon’s End is the only restaurant now.

Black Friday Tractor Supply Company – TSC Champion generator order nightmare

I hate Black Friday shopping with a passion and would never actually go to a store to participate in that madness.  But since I needed a new generator, I spent a number of hours researching various brands and models.  In spring I got a new Harbor Freight Predator generator that lasted less than 6 months — CRAP! FYI, the Harbor Freight warranty requires you to SHIP the generator for repairs and that makes the warranty pretty much useless.

Over the years I’ve owned at least a couple Champion generators and I had been using my previous Champion for over 2 years with almost daily use for several hours.   So, back to Champion it is.

A generator mechanical question:  I’ve been running my old Champion for at least two months since the Harbor Freight Predator generator kinda died and while the Champion still runs great, it doesn’t put out much power anymore.  I read somewhere to plug in a hair dryer (or other high watt appliance) occasionally to make the brushes last longer.  Is that true?  Is there a way to replace brushes without a major expense?

So I looked online for a 3000 – 4000 running watts model and I could have bought a Champion with free shipping on Amazon for around $279 plus tax.  TSC had the Champion 3650W online on sale for $250 (regular $330) plus tax and I decided to order a week ago on Black Friday.

I got an order confirmation, but the next morning I received a CANCELLATION.

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Homeowners insurance for Meadview mobile homes?

Our new neighbor asked me about home owners insurance and I used to have my old (really old single wide) insured through Foremost until 2007.  I had one claim when one night somebody fell through my porch while it was under construction — my fault for not having lights on. Foremost paid almost $8k and did not increase my premium.  Having to deal with a doctor who failed to submit his bill despite my notice of the impending insurance settlement was a nightmare.  Fortunately I could prove that I notified his office in writing and eventually they wrote it off, but it sure was a hassle.

So Foremost worked for me, but the Kingman AGENTS did not.   I’ve had nothing bad AWFUL experiences with Nelson. One time  I emailed pictures of a truck with tool boxes on the sides to them for a neighbor who had just bought the truck and wanted a quote because he had Progressive through Nelson.   Despite several phone calls, they never got him a quote and they chose to ignore me.  My neighbor is now with another insurance company and I certainly wouldn’t deal with Nelson.

At my new place I had Farm Bureau for a while.  Talk about a NIGHTMARE!   When the post office changed the address requirements for rural routes from HC Box ### to requiring the street address, I didn’t get a bill.  I knew it was due around the end of the year and being low on cash, I sent them $70/month for 3 months and hoped to eventually be able to sign up at their website for more info (that was back around 2008 and their website was a nightmare).  Then I got a cancellation notice.  Their Kingman agent Wendy Baker (no relations) states at her web page:

Hi, I’m Wendy Baker, a Farm Bureau Financial Services agent in Kingman, Arizona.  I’m here to make insurance simple for you.  I’m committed to helping you prepare for the future and protect what matters most.  Let me help you through all stages of your life.

Yeah right!  I called her and asked why she didn’t contact me and apparently she just doesn’t give a rat’s ass.  She had my home phone number and she didn’t make a single call to inquire why their mail was being returned or why I was making monthly payments after they had cancelled me.  Eventually they sent me checks for refunds and then one of their checks was returned unpaid.  I had to pay the bank fee.  So I definitely do NOT recommend Farm Bureau, although they did come highly recommended from other neighbors.

The bottom line with ANY kind of insurance:


When I moved to San Francisco in 1985, we met an Allstate agent who recommended that we continue to insure our car in Nebraska as long as possible as the premiums are much higher in San Francisco.  This guy had ALL of our business until we moved.  He was totally honest, explained our options and showed us how to SAVE money while still having great coverage.

If your agent isn’t your friend, bypass the agent and get insurance online.

One more thing, since it’s RAINING — depending on your location, you might want to get flood insurance.  It didn’t cost much extra when I had it and I know some people who WISH they’d had it!

If you have any noteworthy insurance experiences and/or recommendations, please post your comments!