May 28/2017

For anyone who didn’t notice, I basically went AWOL for 9 days.

That is because on May 19, I started camping & went straight out camping, without signing on PC at all, & out camping while I do have a device that broadcasts a WiFi Network, everyday when I normally post, by that time out camping, I was basically just drained/ tired & didn’t feel like posting.

Basically, starting on May 19, me & a friend do security out where I go camping, & did the security from the 19th to the 28th. Wednesday, May 24/2017 we got booted, because of the storm that hit the area. Winds as high as 90 km/h & at one point 100 km/h hit the area, & basically we were told to get the hell out, & go somewhere without trees. We ended up heading back home, because the maintenance person out there, said at one point in about an hour, there was supposed to be winds, worse then earlier. We ended up staying the night at home, & then went back out Thursday, at like 3:30 – 4 PM. Heading back out Thursday, passed an interesting looking black GMC truck, that, if it was night, would’ve basically been a Christmas tree, because of all the lights it had on it. A tree had fell down Wednesday & blocked the south gate, & Thursday was taped off with caution tape, so we had to go in the north/ office gate. Ended up getting asked by the maintenance guy (Marty) if we had gotten a plate on that truck, because he was in the park snooping around. Sadly, we hadn’t. Marty was reprogramming the gates, because the wind from Wednesday had pushed the one gate open past its programmed open limit, & the other one was pushed closed a bit. Basically, the office gates are 2 gates that meet together & then lock & when you’re entering/ looking at them from the highway, the left one must reach its closed position first, because it has the electro-magnet on it, & the right one has the plate on it that locks to the magnet. After the wind though, the right one was reaching its closed position first/ well before the left one, so Marty was reprogramming it. The only solution I could think up to remedy this problem, that is also the smallest in terms of how big it’d be in size, in case of another storm, is having some sort of latch in the ground, that latches at the bottom of each gate &holds them open, & then at the same time, prevents them from being pushed open farther, or being pushed closed by anything. Likely an electro-magnet. It’s really the only thing I could think of, short of them building a “wall” behind each gate.

Went to the trailer & put our stuff in the trailer, then went up town for a drink from the store. Came back & the gates were fixed & closed, so had to use my remote to open them. As they were closing, a Jeep pulled in & opened them with her remote. They opened successfully & then closed halfway & remained there. So, ended up phoning Marty & letting him know they were stuck halfway/ closed/ open, but open enough that vehicles could still get through. He came up 20 minutes later & went through the reset process himself, tested the gates & explained how it worked, etc. & said once they’re locked, when it’s quiet like it was/ when you’re not in your vehicle you should hear a click. It clicked, but the right gate/ wing was still closing just a bit farther/ tighter then the left one, as you could visibly see it.

After he said he finally knows who we are (security), I sent him a text from my number with my name in it, since before, I only had his number (even though my friend, 98% of the time called Marty, because I’m doing the driving), Marty then went through & told us how to reset it (but added in, don’t tell the park director this. lol), if they ever did that again. Basically, we press a reset button on the control box, that is behind the left gate’s mounting post, which will then cycle it open & then use the remote/ fob to close it & it should work/ be fine & if we ever do that, send him a text when we do, so he can keep a log of it. He then went through & explained the photo eyes & such, & basically explained how the gates are kept open during the day, which was just a business card taped in front of the one photo eye. He also added in that if we’re ever around the park at, say, 10 or 10:30 PM, & the gates (north & south gates) are still open, just go ahead & remove the card from the photo eye & tape it behind it, because sometimes the park director (Cindy) forgets to do this, & one night they were open all night & he had turned in for the night at 10 PM that night.

After we learned all that, we headed back down to the trailer. A few nights/ days before we were taught this, I was tempted to take the business card off at 10:30 & let them close because they were still open after 10, but I did not, because I had not been specifically told to do so, if they’re still open at 10 PM or later. Now that Marty has basically given us permission to do that/ asked us to do that if, they’re open, I won’t hesitate at taking the card off, if they’re still open at that hour, but so far they’re normally closed before 10 PM (8 – 9:30 PM), so I haven’t had to yet.

Not much else happened the rest of the week. I will post some pictures of the trees & such that I was able to get pics of, on my Instagram. I did not get many pics, because majority of the trees that went down, were in Phase 4 & Marty had specifically asked us to stay out of there, just because there’s still a chance these may come down, before they’re removed by a third party & he doesn’t want us getting hurt (since we’re not paid staff & not covered by WCB) & doesn’t want a tree landing on my vehicle. The rest of the weekend, (27, 28 & 29) was basically a “lazy” weekend, because not many people were out, & since it wasn’t a long weekend, we didn’t expect there to be any “trouble” (someone having to many drinks, etc.) so we just hung around outside my trailer & on the 29th, went home before noon & did some airsofting around the property.

Anyways, that’s all for now at 10:11 PM. Until next time… or the first edit 😛