All of this medical nonsense the last couple of weeks has really screwed up my schedule. I totally forgot we were in the holiday crunch season and that I needed to get the new issue of the paper to our printer in Michigan ASAP so they will have time to get it printed and shipped back to us here in Arizona in time to mail out by the end of the month. So I’ve had my nose to the grindstone the last couple of days and I’m making good headway. By the time I knocked off about 9:30 last night I had 12 of the 36 pages done.
This is issue 100 of the Gypsy Journal and our last printed issue. Starting with the March – April issue we will be strictly digital. I know miss Terry won’t miss all the hard work of loading papers into the Explorer, hauling them into the motorhome, stuffing envelopes and putting stamps on them, and then hauling them back out to take to the post office. And I’m not going to miss it either, though as a lifelong newspaperman it’s still hard for me to give up the feel of a real newspaper in my hands.
We did take a couple of breaks yesterday, one when my daughter Tiffany stopped in for a quick visit on her way to a doctor’s appointment in Phoenix. She said it was a lot warmer down here than it was back in our old hometown of Show Low. I told her that’s why I’m here and not in Show Low!
We had an Amazon order delivered to Terry’s parents, so during the afternoon we ran over and picked it up. I’m afraid I wasn’t much company. My energy level is still in the toilet so I pretty much sat there and tried to stay awake while Terry visited with her mom and dad. Back at home, I took a nap and when I woke up I felt energized enough to get back on the computer and back to work.
I got an email yesterday from a lady whose husband passed away and is in the process of trying to sell their motorhome. She got an email from somebody who told her he was interested in the RV but is deployed with the Army overseas. He told her he would send a friend to look at the RV and if it was as described he would buy it. He also wanted her bank account number so he could wire transfer the money for the purchase to her. In fact, he wanted to send it that day because he said just from the description on the Internet he knew it was the perfect rig for him and his family when he came back home. She wrote to tell me something seemed suspicious about the deal and asked if I thought it was on the up and up. I wrote back and told her that I was 100% sure it was a scam and not to reply to any more emails from the person. There are a million scammers out there, all looking for a way to rip you off and you really can’t be too careful.
Over 60 people have entered our latest Free Drawing so far. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Birdsongs, the first book in my friend Jason Deas’ excellent Benny James mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page 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 – How come theme parks can take a clear picture of you riding a rollercoaster at 70 mph, but bank cameras can’t get a decent picture of a robber standing still?