It’s been so windy here in Apache Junction that I’m afraid a farmhouse might land on my ex-wife’s mother! The wind started blowing Tuesday night, and it rocked our motorhome all night long, rattling the slide covers and keeping me awake most of the night. It slacked off a bit during the afternoon yesterday, then came back again just after dark. I’m sure glad we weren’t driving a big RV down the highway in that stuff!
I wrapped up the new issue of the Gypsy Journal last night, and need to upload it to our printer’s internet server this morning. Of course, as windy as it’s been, maybe I should just throw the CD out the window. It might blow all the way to Michigan before it gets there with the slow internet connection we have here.
I had forgotten how bad the internet service is here, when all the snowbirds are in town. I’ve updated my Verizon air card and Cradlepoint wireless router, but it hasn’t helped a bit. So I spend a lot of time grumbling and being frustrated when I try to work online.
Now that the paper is done, I have to get busy on all of the final details for our Arizona Gypsy Gathering rally in Yuma, which starts in less than a month. Yesterday I updated the schedule on the rally registration page, adding a couple of new seminars, including a two-session seminar on learning to crochet, by Jodie Spiller. Jodie will also be hosting an afternoon craft and hobby show and tell at the rally, so bring your goodies and join in the fun.
Another interesting event will be Why Didn’t I Think Of That, in which rally attendees share some of the shortcuts and tips they have discovered to make RVing easier and more fun. I’ve learned a lot from my fellow RVers over the years, so come prepared to share an idea or two.
Several people have asked if they can come to the fairgrounds a few days early and hang out before the rally starts. Unfortunately, the City of Yuma will not allow that, because they seem to think that it will hurt business at the local RV parks. Only RVs taking part in an event at the fairgrounds can park there overnight. There is a Good Sam rally at the fairgrounds that ends Sunday morning, just before we take possession at noon, but unless you are part of that rally, you’ll have to find someplace else to stay before the rally starts. Terry and I will be there with a couple of other RVs as the advance party for our rally, but we can’t get the okay for anybody else. Believe me, I’ve tried.
I mentioned a while back that we were looking at Tucson for our Western Rally next year, but I’m afraid that isn’t going to happen. The only dates they have available just don’t work for several reasons. A lot of our vendors have other commitments during that time period, and it conflicts with several other events that a lot of our regular attendees and seminar speakers will be going to. So the tentative dates and location for next year’s rally will be March 5-9, back in Yuma. The contract isn’t signed yet, but those are the dates they have us penciled in for.
It’s hard to plan a rally too far in advance, because so many of the other RV groups don’t seem to be willing to share their schedules with us ahead of time. But to get any choices of dates, we have to make reservations at the different fairgrounds a couple of years in advance. So we always seem to be bumping into some other event. But we do the best we can, and hope it works for the majority of folks who want to come. I guess that’s all we can do.
Thought For The Day – If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.