After the long hours and hectic schedule of the rally and the weeks leading up to it, it sure was good to sleep in yesterday! When Terry and I did wake up, we just laid in bed for another hour or more cuddling and talking, just enjoying our time together. We need this time to unwind.
Eventually we got up and Terry started working on the big pile of laundry that had accumulated during the rally while I began answering e-mails that I didn’t have time to deal with during rally week. Though we were busy with those chores, it was nice not to have to go anywhere or do anything for a while.
Sometime around noon I walked over to Greg and Jan’s motorhome and visited with them for a little bit and we talked about the rally, what we did right, but could’ve done better, and things we might implement for future rallies. Overall the feedback we got was very good and once I finish reading through all the forms I’ll share some of it with you. Thanks again to everyone who came to the rally, all of the volunteers who work so hard to make it a success, and to our hard-working advance crew; Tom and Barbara, Greg and Jan, and Mike and Elaine. What would we do without you?
I heard a lot of comments at the rally from folks who have Verizon MiFi cards, and the overall consensus seems to be that they are garbage. I have yet to meet anyone out here on the road who is satisfied with the devices, and more and more people I talk to are completely discouraged with Verizon’s service. At one time they were the best choice for fulltime RVers but those days seem to be gone. We spent a couple of days in the Foothills area of Yuma after the rally, where we had full bars of service on our phones and air cards, but most of that time, while the phones worked fine, data service was atrocious. If there are a lot of people using the same towers, it doesn’t matter how strong your signal is, your speed is going to be terrible. Here is an interesting blog, one of many I have read, complaining about the Verizon MiFi and Verizon’s service in general http://rsanityrvtravels.blogspot.com/.
About 2 PM we drove over to my cousin Beverly’s apartment and spent a couple of hours visiting with her. I always love getting together with Beverly, she is one of my favorite people in the whole world. A little before 5 o’clock we drove to Lucky Wishbone, which is a local favorite where we always eat at least one time when we visit Tucson. Greg and Jan met us there and we had a nice time chatting while we ate. Then we all went back to Beverly’s house for a while, and Greg spent a couple of hours cleaning up her laptop computer and installing some updates. It’s great to have a computer guru in the family who works for free. 🙂
I have to brag a little bit. Since I released my first mystery, Big Lake, on the Amazon Kindle bookstore on May 22, 2011 it has sold over 103,000 copies. Nobody is more surprised than me by the book’s success, and I appreciate all of you who bought it, left reviews, and told your friends about Big Lake. The sequel, Big Lake Lynching, is also selling well, and now that the rally is behind us I can concentrate on book three in the series, tentatively titled Crazy Days in Big Lake. I’ve only got one chapter done so far but I hope to release it by late spring or early summer.
Thought For The Day – By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.