What good would it do? You’ve all heard my rants about the post office before. More than once. I truly don’t know how they’ve kept their doors open as long as they have. A bunch of chimpanzees couldn’t run an organization any worse than the people they have there now do.
After we send out every issue, we get papers returned from addresses we have mailed to for years that we know are good, including Elkhart Campground last time around, and several Rainbow Drive addresses in Livingston, Texas, which is the Escapees Mail Service. In each case the envelopes were stamped “No Such Address.” So we have to send them out again, at $1.61 each, because the post office won’t acknowledge they are wrong and just put them back in the mail.
For a couple of years we used Stamps.com, but their system is very problematic so we switched back to regular postage stamps. Since we use a lot of stamps in a typical mailing, most post offices do not have them in stock and we have to order them. Two weeks ago I ordered the stamps needed to mail out the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and last week when I sent the files to our printer I talked to our contact at the local post office, who assured me they were there waiting for us. So what happened when I went in to get them? No stamps! Apparently they are locked away in a vault and the only person who has access to the vault is gone. “Maybe” she’ll be in today. Or maybe not. Sigh.
After reading about the severe storms that came through this area Monday night, somebody asked me what they should take with them if they have to evacuate their RV in a hurry due to fire or bad weather. Nothing, because while you’re trying to figure out where you put whatever you may need you could be dead.
My friend Mac McCoy, who teaches fire safety at RV rallies nationwide, advocates keeping a bailout bag next to the front door at all times, which contains at least one change of clothing, copies of your insurance policies, a credit card, medications or prescriptions, an extra pair of eyeglasses, extra vehicle keys, and contact information for your insurance agent, bank, and doctors. A lot of RVers also include an external hard drive with their important computer information backed up on it. I hope you never need it, but if you ever do, it will come in handy.
It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time to kick off a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Longnecks & Twisted Hearts, the third book in George Weir’s excellent Bill Travis mystery series. I’m a big fan of everything George writes and I think you will be too once you have a taste of his Texas tales. 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.
Thought For The Day – Let go of people who dull your shine, poison your spirit and bring you drama. Cancel your subscription to their issues.