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I Want A Nap

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 282016

When I was a kid I hated taking a nap. Hated it! There was too much going on to waste time napping. I could think of a hundred reasons why I shouldn’t be taking a nap, and my mom wouldn’t buy any of them. I’d get up, she’d make me go lie back down, I’d get up again, and we’d repeat the process again until she ran out of patience and told me to take a nap or else! I knew what “or else” meant, so she’d win.

But now it’s a whole different world. I LOVE naps! Love them. I can take a nap waiting in the car while Terry is inside the grocery store picking up a few things, I can take a nap in the car while somebody else is driving, but my favorite place in the world to take a nap is our sofa. I think I love our sofa more than I love my drone or any of my kites. I mean, after all, I don’t even have to go outside to use it!

Now, you know and I know that I’m just being lazy when I stretch out on the sofa, but don’t tell Miss Terry! She thinks I’m mulling over the next chapter of my current book, or working out some snarl in the plot. At least, that’s what I tell her, and so far she hasn’t told me just how full of it I am. Then again, maybe she’s like my mother and just glad for the quiet time.

I mentioned our electrical problem in yesterday’s blog. I pulled the cover off of our main breaker panel and the sub-breaker panel, checked all the wiring to make sure it was tight, and couldn’t find anything that appeared to be loose. I also pulled the breakers themselves out and they all look to be good. So I guess the next step may be to call Winnebago and see if someone there has any ideas.

Reading this, I imagine that some of you are wondering what the heck I’m doing messing around with tools inside of an electrical panel. Actually, that’s one of the few things I know something about. When we built our MCI bus conversion I designed and laid out both the 12 volt and 110 volt systems, including dedicated circuits for the washing machine and dryer, air conditioner, and microwave, installed the generator, inverter, and transfer switch, and everything else that went into it. I probably over engineered everything, but that’s okay. I’m pleased to say that in 8 1/2 years of fulltiming in the bus, we never had an electrical problem related to either system I installed. And it didn’t burn down, either, so I guess I did something right.

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of my friend Ken Rossignol’s Pirate Trials: Famous Murderous Pirates Book Series: THE LIVES AND ADVENTURES of FAMOUS and SUNDRY PIRATES. 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.

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My Work Here Is Done

 Posted by at 12:20 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 272016

Well, not really, but at least my work laying out the new issue of the Gypsy Journal is done. I finished at about 11:30 last night and printed it out for Miss Terry to proof today. We’ve got some great stories in this issue, including a feature on the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield, California; […]

Fire And Glass

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 262016

Note: This story was in the September-October, 2008 issue of the Gypsy Journal. Bruce Breslow banters with his audience as he casually waves a pair of colored glass rods through the 1400 degree flame of a propane heater until the glass begins to melt, then allows it to drool into a graphite mold. With a couple […]

Apr 252016

Okay, we all know that’s not true. The thought of crossing the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan and the Astoria-Megler Bridge in Oregon still terrifies me. But the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay? It’s a piece of cake. We crossed it twice a week ago today when I had to go to the Bay Pines […]

Six To Go!

 Posted by at 12:21 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 242016

Yesterday was another day of working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and I got a lot done. By the time I wrapped it up sometime late in the evening, I only had six pages left to go. Actually, five and a half pages, because Terry’s recipe column will take up half of one […]

Apr 232016

Since we took Thursday off to play tourist in Tarpon Springs with our friends Charles and Chris Yust, yesterday was a working day. Except for occasional short breaks to check my e-mail and answer the most pressing ones, I spent most of the day at my desk writing and laying out pages for the new […]

Sponge Town

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 222016

Even workaholics need a day off now and then, so when our pal Chris Yust told us that she and Charles were taking yesterday off to go play and that Miss Terry and I were going to do the same thing, who was I to argue? They picked us up a little before 10 o’clock […]

The Best Medicine

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 212016

They say that laughter is the best medicine. If that’s true, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to live forever. I learned a long time ago that a sense of humor will get you through just about anything, and one of the best things you can possess is the ability to laugh at yourself. I […]

Two Special Ladies

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 202016

The first order of business in today’s blog is to wish my two favorite cousins in the world happy birthday, Beverly McKiddy and Berni Frees. They’re not twins or even siblings and their birthdays are a few years apart, but both ladies are very special to me. We wish we could be with both of […]

Is That All There Is?

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 192016

Over the years a lot of people who know about my phobia of high bridges have told me about the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, and I was definitely not looking forward to crossing it yesterday for our trip to the Bay Pines VA Hospital. But as it turns out, it reminded me of […]