It sounds like we are in a war zone here in northern Indiana. There have been fireworks going off all over the place for several days now, and it will probably continue into Tuesday. They are legal here and folks are having a great time setting them off. They don’t really bother me, though I know many veterans who have a real problem with them and I can understand where they are coming from.
Elkhart Campground is busy with lots of folks coming in for the holiday. It seemed like every time I went by the office yesterday or left to run an errand, there were two or three RVs lined up waiting to check in. Big diesel pushers, Class C motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, and pop up campers. Some old farts like Terry and myself, lots of young families, a cross-section of America. What better way to celebrate our country’s birthday?
Sure, they are going to be some barking dogs, some screaming kids, and some smoky campfires. But that’s what it’s all about, right? People getting outside and enjoying themselves. So build those campfires, let those kids run and play, let those dogs bark, and set off those fireworks. Fortunately, things will settle back down in a few days and life will get back to normal.
Yesterday Miss Terry wet finished and then steam pressed the new shawl she made for our friend Gita here at the campground, and I knocked out close to another 3,000 words in my new book.
Then we went to dinner with our friend Al Hesselbart at King Wa. While we were there, the owner told us that somebody named Helen Bates had been there because I recommended the restaurant, and she’s a fan of the blog. So hi there, Helen, I’m sorry we didn’t get to meet in person. Hopefully we will one of these days.
Before I close for today I want to have just a very quick rant, if you will indulge me. As you know, each week we give away a book or an audiobook in our Free Drawings. The drawings begin on Thursday and end on Sunday, but even after we announce the winner we still get four or five people who enter again between contests. I’m not sure if they think they’re getting a head start on the next drawing or what, but all they do is make extra work for me when I have to go in and manually delete their entries.
But that’s just a minor irritation and not what I want to complain about. Every week the winners are drawn at random, based upon their entry number. Twice now the same lucky person has won. The first time, this person said they didn’t listen to audiobooks and wanted to know if they could have a free one-year subscription to the Gypsy Journal instead. No, the drawing was for an audiobook, not a subscription to the paper. The same person also won again recently and contacted me to say again that they don’t listen to audiobooks, and even if they did, the prize they won was not something they would enjoy. So they wanted to know if they could trade it for our 8-in-1 e-book of free campgrounds, fairgrounds with RV parking, RV dump station guide, etc. No, this is not Let’s Make A Deal and there is no Door Number 3 you can trade up to. If you’re not going to use the prize, please don’t enter. Give somebody else a chance to win who will enjoy it. Why enter just for the sake of entering?
And speaking of our Free Drawing, this week’s prize is for an audiobook of Mountain Angel, the first book in my friend Suzie O’Connell’s Northstar Angels romance 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 – I don’t need anger management, I just need people to stop pissing me off.