Sometimes I get up in the morning, take a look at myself in the mirror and get really depressed. I’ll tell you what, if I had known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken a lot better care of myself. Roly poly may look cute in polyester, but naked, it’s just wrong.
Even when I’m dressed it’s not pretty. I remember having hair on the top of my head. Contrary to what you might think, I didn’t go bald. I still have the same amount of hair I always did, it’s just migrated south. I don’t think I could pass for one of the mop top Beatles from the 1960s, but I’m pretty sure if I trimmed my ears, nostrils, and eyebrows I could come up with enough hair to make a halfway decent toupee. And if I got Miss Terry to shave my back, I’d have enough for a rug for my buddy Greg White too.
And at least Greg can fix things! Give me a tool, any tool, and I’ll get into trouble. Years ago, long before we started our fulltiming adventure, I decided to get my vehicles ready for the winter and I broke three cars in less than two hours. True story! I kept the local mechanics in winter firewood and booze just with what I paid them on a monthly basis! So no matter what my loving and supportive wife says, I’ve got good reason to be down on myself at times.
But then I hear from somebody who makes me say, “Heck, Nick, it could be worse. You could be like that guy. Being pretty or handy isn’t everything.” Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.
A few days before Christmas I posted a blog on Gift Ideas For RVers, and one of the items I suggested was a Progressive Industries Electrical Management System. We had an EMS in our MCI bus conversion, and it saved us from major damage three different times. When we sold the bus and got our Winnebago Ultimate Advantage, an EMS was the first thing we had installed.
A blog reader told me that most of the things I recommended were a waste of money and that the chances of needing an EMS or a tire pressure monitoring system (something else I suggested in the same blog) were slim to none. He said he’d rather save his money and use it to buy diesel fuel. Three days ago I heard from the same blog reader, telling me that he had to eat crow because he had just fried his TV, satellite TV receiver, microwave, computer and a couple of other things in his motorhome while plugged into a bad campground electrical outlet. I’m not sure if the problem was a power spike, or low power, which can be just as deadly to electrical components.
I really wanted to say “I told you so,” but instead I sent him contact information for Daryl Lawrence from Lawrence RV Accessories and Phil May from TechnoRV , both of whom carry EMS systems, and suggested he get one ASAP. I took the liberty of pasting in his reply below.
“The damage has already been done. It’s going to cost me too much as it is to replace everything. Besides I’m still not convinced I’ll ever need one again. Lighting doesn’t in strike the same place twice.”
Yeah, Nick, ease up on yourself. You’re not that bad after all.
Thought For The Day – You, out of the gene pool – Now!