Yesterday afternoon I broke my own self-imposed rule not to enter a big box store between Thanksgiving and the middle of January. To me, nothing spoils the Christmas spirit like fighting for a parking space so I can go into a store and fight a crowd of people to find stuff I really don’t need, and then stand in line to spend money. Yes, I am a Grinch, I know.
But yesterday I broke that rule because we were out of ice cream. In the universal game of rock/paper/scissors, ice cream trumps all of that nonsense. So I ventured into the WalMart in Clermont and I have to say that overall, it wasn’t bad at all. Maybe because all of the real people were at work, or maybe I’m just mellowing out in my old age… nah, I’m pretty sure that’s not it.
Rules? We don’t need no stinking rules!!!
In a blog a couple of days ago I said that one of the best things about the RV lifestyle is the wonderful friends we have made all over the country. Yesterday we had lunch with two of them, Don and Sharon Del Rosario. We love these guys and have known them forever, but it always seems like when we cross paths it’s at an RV rally or there is something else going on, and we seldom have time to just sit and visit for a while. We made up for that yesterday.
Don and Sharon are staying at the Escapees campground in Bushnell and met us at the Green Garden, our favorite Chinese restaurant in the entire state, and I think by the time we were all done eating, it had become one of their favorites, too. Of course, it’s not just about the food. We sat and talked for about three hours, just catching up and sharing our adventures from life on the road.
And what’s Chinese food without a fortune cookie? We all got a good laugh out of Don’s fortune. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like that before.
We really enjoyed our visit with Don and Sharon, and we’re looking forward to seeing them again in a few weeks at the Tampa RV Show, where they will help man a booth for the Escapees RV Club. I hope we see you at the show, too.
Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Crazy Days in Big Lake, the third book in my Big Lake mystery series. Here’s a five star review the book just received from Sue Blumenfeld, “I really tried hard to pay attention to the details so I wouldn’t be surprised in the end. Once again, Nick Russell had me fooled with a surprise ending. This series is very easy to read and even easier to get addicted to.” To enter, all you have to do is click on the 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.
We appreciate everybody taking part in our weekly drawings, but please only enter once per contest. Every week I hear from people complaining that their name isn’t showing up in the list of entries, and when I check it’s always the same problem – they entered their name and it didn’t appear immediately, so they entered it again. Sometimes three or four or five times. When that happens the filter I have set up immediately kicks out all of your entries. So I have to go in and manually delete all of those multiple entries. Trust me, if you enter your name just once it will get added to the list. It may not show up instantly, but be patient, it will get there.
Thought For The Day – My cousin had an exorcism but couldn’t afford to pay for it, and they re-possessed her!