Family Time

 Posted by at 1:51 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 232015
 

Yesterday was a family day. Which means, of course, that it was a very good day. How could it not be? I was surrounded by beautiful women, had a great dinner, and there was cake for dessert!

We started the day fighting with the terribly slow Verizon internet signal, which seems to get worse every year when we’re in Apache Junction. It would be great if Verizon spent some of that money they blow on advertising telling us how good their service is to actually improve the service. Instead it seems to be deteriorating in many places where we travel.

About 11 Greg White came over to chat for a few minutes before he and Jan left to go to Countryside RV Resort, a Thousand Trails affiliate about four miles away, where they will be staying for the next two weeks for $4 a day. That’s a darned good deal.

We went to Terry’s parents house about 2 p.m. so she could help her mom get dinner ready. But the first order of business was to try the new power cord I ordered for her mom’s laptop computer from Amazon. The computer had stopped working and the local Staples wanted to charge her $300 just to troubleshoot it. I had Greg look at it the other day, and a quick test with his voltmeter showed that there was AC going into the power supply in the cord, but nothing coming out the other side.

Staples had told Bess that the problem wasn’t the cord, and also quoted her $120 to replace it, even though it wasn’t the problem. Go figure. I found a replacement cord and power supply for $18 on Amazon, ordered it Friday evening and it was delivered yesterday. I didn’t even know Amazon delivers on Sundays! And sure enough, I plugged it into the computer and wall outlet, turned on the laptop, and it worked just fine! Thanks for your help, Greg.

The dinner was to celebrate Terry’s sister Dani’s birthday, which is actually today, and soon after we arrived she showed up, followed by Lisa, the youngest of the three sisters. I was about to overdose on cute! We had a good time visiting, and I answered a couple of questions Dani had about her new fifth wheel trailer. Dinner was delicious and I think we all stuffed ourselves, and that was before we had the cake Terry made for dessert. I could hardly waddle away from the table when we were done.

We got home about 8 p.m., too late to get any writing done, except for the blog. But I plan to be back at my new book this morning. I’m also working on a new project that I’ll be telling you about soon.

Congratulations Din Milem, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Birdsongs by Jason Deas. We had 105 entries in the drawing. Stay tuned, because a new contest starts soon.

And if you’re a science fiction fan, my friend Saxon Andrew has a brand new series called Escape to Earth, and the first book, Running From Fate, is now available on Amazon. Saxon is a very popular writer with a lot of fans, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy his books too.

Thought For The Day – If at first you don’t succeed skydiving probably isn’t for you.

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  One Response to “Family Time”

  1. “It would be great if Verizon spent some of that money they blow on advertising telling us how good their service is to actually improve the service. Instead it seems to be deteriorating in many places where we travel.”

    Truer words have not been spoken, Nick. With campgrounds dropping the ball on Internet connections, more and more RVers are being forced to turn to the cell towers for connectivity.

    I’m with you, expand the service — happy customers will shout from the rooftops with a message that’s much louder than any TV commercial.

    GREG GERBER
    Editor, Let’s RV

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