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Boys And Their Toys

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 252016

Yesterday was the hottest day we’ve seen yet here at Elkhart Campground this year. I’m not sure where the thermometer topped out at, but twice during the day power went out in the whole area for a minute or so. I think everybody in northern Indiana was running every air conditioner they had, at full blast, which overloads the system and causes the power levels to drop.

I sure was glad we have our Progressive Industries electrical management system (EMS) to protect us from low voltage, which is just as dangerous to an RV’s systems as high voltages. Seriously folks, if you don’t have an EMS, you’re playing with fire. We had one in our old MCI bus conversion, and it saved our butt several times. And when we got our Winnebago Ultimate Advantage diesel pusher, it was the first thing we added to it.

Progressive really stands behind their products, too. More than once the EMS has sacrificed itself to protect us from damage, which is what they are designed to do. Each time, Progressive has sent us the replacement board we needed to get up and running again. In fact, twice, once while we were in northern Michigan, and again when we were boondocking out in Quartzsite, Arizona, they actually sent a tech to us to get us up and running again.

It was way too hot to do anything outside, so I did what I’ve been doing, I stayed inside and wrote all day long. By the end of the day I had 7,650 more words done, and I’m over 25,000 words into the new book that I started on Wednesday.

The other day Miss Terry made several loaves of her delicious oat/flax/wheat bread. I guess Al Hesselbart could smell it all the way up at his old Newell motorhome, because sometime yeterday afternoon he showed up at our door with a hungry look on his face. Not only did Miss Terry send him home with a couple of loaves, she also invited him to stay for dinner, which was her outstanding pizza, which she makes from scratch, just like everything else. Al left here with a full tummy and a big smile on his face.

You know the old saying that the only difference between men and boys is the cost of their toys. But some boys have more toys than others. When this huge Haulmark truck conversion pulled in yesterday, towing a trailer almost as long as it is with a lift inside, I knew they had to have something fun in the back of that thing. And sure enough, they have two jet powered dragsters and a wheelie car that they take around the country and put on demonstrations at fairgrounds and racetracks. I guess they are only here for the one night, and the young man we were talking to said they had just left Wisconsin and were heading for the East Coast. With a rig like that, I could carry all kinds of toys with me! And Terry said she could carry a couple of huge looms!

Haulmark and trailer

Congratulations Bridget Wiemken, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of my friend Ken Rossignol’s Pirate Trials: Famous Murderous Pirates Book Series: THE LIVES AND ADVENTURES of FAMOUS and SUNDRY PIRATES. We had 57 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – Life is too short to waste one precious minute of it thinking about people you don’t like.

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Don’t Blame Me!

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 242016

I have a reputation for taking bad weather with me wherever I go. People can be enjoying balmy sunshine for weeks on end, and the day after I arrive it starts to snow or they get a record rainfall. At our Gypsy Journal rally in Yuma, Arizona years ago, they got their whole year’s quota […]

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 Posted by at 12:54 am  Nick's Blog
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 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 222016

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Weave Me To The Moon

 Posted by at 12:19 am  Nick's Blog
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(Sung to the tune of Fly Me To The Moon) Anybody who knows us knows that Miss Terry is an avid weaver, and you have probably seen my pictures of the beautiful articles she has produced on her loom. Weaving is one of the earliest known art forms, dating back to Neolithic times, approximately 12,000 […]

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I know you’ve heard it before, the old saying that boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses. Don’t believe it, because this boy (okay, old man) does! Yesterday we had to drive to Mishawaka so Terry could pick up her new glasses at EyeMart. I think she looks darned good in them, how […]

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 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 182016

I got an e-mail yesterday from a reader who asked why anyone would consider spending a night at a WalMart, truck stop, or highway rest area when there are so many campgrounds around the country. She asked if the RVers who do this are all cheapskates, or it there is ever a legitimate reason to […]

A Family Affair

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 172016

I don’t have a lot of family left in the world, and I’m not that close to most of them because I have lived in different parts of the country while I pursued my newspaper career, and then traveling for the last 17 years in our motorhome publishing the Gypsy Journal RV newspaper. But yesterday […]

Silver And Sixty

 Posted by at 12:34 am  Nick's Blog
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