Whenever I say that we have been looking around here for a winter base and someday home if we ever hang up the keys I get e-mails from people who ask me why we would consider living in Florida, the land of hurricanes. And I always reply that every place in the country has something, be it earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, or whatever. No matter where you are, you never know when Mother Nature is going to get a bug up her butt and go on a rampage.
This was reinforced yesterday with news that a major storm has been beating up the other part of the country that we love and have considered for a home, the Pacific Northwest coast. The National Weather Service was warning of wind gusts to 90 miles per hour there, and a tornado tore through Manzanita, Oregon, a little south of Cannon Beach.
Since we’ve been back here from our quick trip to the Tallahassee area, where we went to get out of Hurricane Matthew’s way, we’ve been busy running around doing things every day. And as I said, the roads around here are packed with motorcycles in town for Biketoberfest.
I was thinking about going to the gun show in Daytona Beach this weekend, but between all of the traffic, the fact that there is a $5 parking fee, and then it costs $10 to get in the door, I think I’m going to pass. There is nothing I’m really looking for, and by the time you factor in the cost of parking and admission, whatever I might need I can buy at a local gun shop for about the same money.
So instead, I’ll probably stay home and work. I’ve still got a few pages to go to finish the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and even though I’m well ahead of schedule, I’d like to get them knocked out and have it done with. Then I can get back to the Big Lake mystery novel I’ve been working on and finish it. I’d really like to have it done and out by the end of the month, if possible.
Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Caddo Cold, the seventh book in my pal George Wier’s excellent Bill Travis 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 – The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.