Being Lazy

 Posted by at 3:59 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 252010
 

I was lazy pretty much all day yesterday. Actually, I’m lazy every day, but most of the time I make myself do something. Yesterday, I just indulged myself and didn’t do much of anything.

The Stamps.com website was down all day Friday and Saturday, so I couldn’t print the last of the labels for our final batch of mail that needed to go out. But it as back up by yesterday morning, and I wrapped them up so Miss Terry could stuff the last few envelopes, which we’ll drop off at the post office this morning.

Then I spent the rest of the day goofing around on the internet, loading up some of the tombstone pictures we took Saturday to Find A Grave, doing a little genealogy research, and watching old movies on TV.

At 4:30 we walked up to the clubhouse for the Sunday afternoon ice cream social. There is nothing like ice cream to bring a bunch of Escapees together, and we had a good time visiting with folks, talking about our RV travels, and sharing a few laughs.

Back at the motorhome, it was more of the same – just being lazy until I wrote the blog and got ready for bed. I really didn’t accomplish a darn thing all day long, and I didn’t even feel guilty about it!

I had some interesting responses to Saturday’s blog post Why Buy New When You Can Upgrade?, and most of the folks I’ve heard from seem to be in agreement that they would rather keep their present RVs and upgrade them than go into debt to buy a new rig.

One e-mail, from RVing friends who just purchased a new diesel pusher last year said that they are really regretting their purchase, and that they wish they had kept the coach they traded in and remodeled it instead. Another RVer wrote to say that they had crunched the numbers several times, and they decided that if they didn’t buy a new fifth wheel, they would save enough in interest over the next five years to cover the costs of remodeling the one they now have, and not have any payments to make.

I’ve had a couple of people ask me if Byron Hibshman from Traveling CCW will be at our Arizona Gypsy Gathering rally in Yuma, presenting his evening class to get a Utah concealed weapons permit. Yes, Byron will be there doing a seminar on Transporting Firearms In Your RV, and teaching the evening class to get your permit. You don’t have to be a Utah resident,  nor do you have to go to Utah to get the permit. Once you take Byron’s class and he signs off on it, you send your paperwork to Utah with the appropriate fees, and the permit is mailed to you. There is a separate fee for the class, which you will pay directly to Byron at the rally. You can contact him ahead of time at contactus@travelingccw.com if you have any questions.

There were a couple of places we wanted to visit in this area for stories in a future issue of the Gypsy Journal, but we have thunderstorms predicted for most of this week, so we’ll see how it goes. Who knows, I may just stay home and practice being lazy some more!

Thought For The Day – I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

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  7 Responses to “Being Lazy”

  1. Nick, your blog on upgrading was timely for me also. But now, maybe you can do one on when you SHOULD purchase a new rig. Ours is a 1988 (built in ’87), and besides all the obvious cosmetic upgrades (horrible carpet, ugly window treatments, faded exterior, etc), we have to consider the aging plumbing system, inaccurate tank monitors, recurrent leak, and pieces of trim which are just GONE. OTOH, we think we’ve finally licked the recurring electrical problems, the engine only has about 65,000 miles on it, we like the layout, and it is PAID FOR. Plus, we are not full timers…yet. So, when does “old” become “too old”? Just pondering out loud here…. Thanks for all your great advice!

  2. There are some people out there that are still running buses from the 40’s and 50’s and they are beautiful. And look at all of the old cars that people restore. I have heard about people that have bought new rigs that depreciate at several thousand dollars a month and that is after they take the big hit from driving it off of the lot. Each to his own though. :>)

  3. We also have a 1988 Georgie Boy motorhome that we have lived in for 8 years. We love it, but could use more room especially when we have 6 of the 8 grandkids come and stay a week-end with us. But, we do not want to have a payment and as we look at the newer ones, do not find the storage space even with a slide out, that we have in this one.

    We did replace the engine in Jan of ’09 in the bitter cold of the north, also replaced the carpet, bathroom, an air conditioner with a fan in the back. And now my husband is replacing the headers he put on that blew a hole in them, with manifolds.

    We always seem to have a new issue develop before he fixes the last three, including the antenna not working, but we replaced the bat wing a year ago, so replacing that with the warranty, hopefully that will work.

    Even with all of the expenses we have had on the RV and the cost of the RV, when we break those numbers down over the past 8 years, we just could not have had a newer RV for any where near those numbers.

    We did put new stripping on the outside and have been polishing it up, so we are going to keep it until we feel like we want to have payments or find the right one that just says buy me!

    No matter what you have, you will always have to fix something!

  4. Just because you weren’t working doesn’t mean you were being lazy. It actually sounds like you did quite a bit, it just wasn’t all work related.

  5. Hello,

    I’d like to apologize for any connection issues you may have had with Stamps.com. We did have a scheduled maintenance, but it should have only occurred between 8 and 10 PM Pacific Time on Saturday; it sounds as though you were experiencing problems beyond that window.

    Based on your post, it looks like everything is working properly for you now. If you run into any more problems or if there are any questions I can answer about Stamps.com, please feel free to let me know.

    Thanks!
    Chuck
    Stamps.com

  6. BULL-PUCKY, you’re a lazy lout, a ne’er-do-well, a steaming heap of procrastinating homosapien. Live instead by my example: I’m not just lying here in a hammock, I’m busy contemplating my navel. Important stuff. The ramifications of my actions for the future are immeasurable.

  7. On the other subject. Our fifth-wheel is a 1984. It doesn’t leak and everything works but the oven. In addition to the fact that I can’t afford one, new fifth wheels are just not built like they used to be, unless you can afford a Heartland or NuWa some other top-end unit, you’re looking at massive depreciation and no guarantee that the new unit will be trouble free.

    True, every month or so I’m doing something to the one we have, but I enjoy a little mechanical endeavor now and then. I like problems that I can solve. Beats the heck out of worrying about the deficit.

    Besides, if I had a brand new rig, I wouldn’t have anything to do except enjoy it. Believe it or not, I think that would get old without a little adversity once in a while to make you appreciate the days when everything actually turns on and runs without involving the pliers.

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