Yesterday Miss Terry reached an important milestone when she applied for Social Security. It won’t be a lot of money coming in every month, but every little bit helps, right? I’ll be doing the same thing in about three months. Yes, I married an older woman. Or Terry robbed the cradle, depending on how you look at it.
We could have held out until we were 65, or even 70 and received a bit more money but we’ve always lived for today because we both know tomorrow holds no guarantees. That’s why we walked away from our old lives at age 46 and hit the road long before many fulltimers were under age 60. We were definitely the new kids on the block back then.
For as long as we’ve been on the road, and even before, we used Bank of America for both our business and personal banking. But it seems like every week they get less and less user friendly. Little things like one branch refusing to accept a couple of rolls of coins Terry wanted to include with one of our deposits, or having them decline credit or debit card transactions because we’re someplace far away from the address on our account, even though we repeatedly tell them we publish a travel newspaper, which means we travel. But now that they are closing most of their small town branches, we find that Bank of America doesn’t fit our needs any more.
A few years ago we joined Alliant Credit Union, which is very RV friendly and works with fulltimers. So much so, in fact, that they have a vendor booth at Escapade and other RV rallies. Both our Winnebago and our Ford Explorer are financed with Alliant and we have always had a good relationship with them. But we wanted to keep our business and personal accounts separate, so we’ve been looking for a new bank. The problem is that with todays screwy banking rules, Homeland Security and all that nonsense, sometimes banks shy away from fulltimers. Especially fulltimers who operate businesses on the road.
Our pals Greg and Jan White have been with Chase for a long time and have always been happy with them, and a lot of other RVers we know use Chase, so the other day we visited with a very nice lady named Kristen Wargo, a personal banker at the Chase branch here in Elkhart. We explained our rather convoluted situation in that we have South Dakota drivers licenses, a business that originated in Arizona with a Nevada mailing address, and we spend a lot of time in Elkhart, Florida, and Arizona. Kristen said no problem, navigated her way through all of that, and in no time at all had us set up with a new business account. We’re looking forward to being Chase customers and to saying goodbye to Bank of America.
Have you entered this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series? All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
And here are some more free and low cost books from four of my author friends. Meghan Ciana Doidge’s post apocalyptic love story After the Virus is just 99¢ this weekend. Another great 99¢ book is Angie Jenner’s horror and zombie graphic novel Decay of Innocence. If you’re a science fiction fan, be sure to get a free copy of The Tube Riders, the first book in Chris Ward’s Tube Riders Trilogy. And last, but certainly not least, Anna J. McIntyre’s Sundered Hearts by is currently free on Smashwords.
Thought For The Day – Women want somebody who will make them laugh, but also feel safe. Basically, a clown ninja.