With 770,000 visitors last year, this blog generates a lot of e-mail. Usually around 100 a day. Much of it is from readers with comments and questions, which is always fun. But there is also a lot of trash.
Besides the spam that slips through in spite of my filters, the never-ending forwards that I immediately delete without opening, and the occasional crank, in the last three or four months I have been getting a lot of requests to post links to Go Fund Me pages. This really irritates me. Yes, a few people have legitimate needs, but who is to say if one is real or just a scam? And then there are the those wanting something for nothing, like this one I want to share one with you, along with my response.
Hello, we are reaching out to you hoping you will help us achieve our goal of traveling in an RV for a few years as we raise our two girls, exposing them to all our country has to offer. We are both 27 years old and our girls are ages 6 and 4. We have always wanted to see America by RV so we have set up a Go Fund Me page that I hope you will share a link to with your readers to help us buy an RV. I know to rich people like you living in luxury RVs we may seem like beggars but that’s totally not the case. We don’t want something expensive, just a reliable home on wheels for our family of four. We have to start somewhere. We are unemployed so there is no better time than now to do it and we don’t want to wait until we are too old to enjoy it. Colleen and Raymond
I replied: Colleen and Raymond, I wish you luck in your quest, but I’m too busy to help you out right now. I’m about to leave my luxury motorhome, get in my SUV that is paid off, and drive to a beach to fly the $350 kite I bought by WORKING for a living. Nick Russell.
We went to the beach yesterday afternoon with Nancy Kissack and Dan and Patty Chance to get some kite flying in. Nancy was flying her new full vent Revolution kite and I gave her a few tips on launching it and some basic maneuvers, but she’s a natural and it didn’t take long before she didn’t need me bothering her.
Dan was zipping through the air with his Prism Snapshot 1.9 speed foil and Miss Terry was working her Revolution EXP but the wind was flakey, and by the time I got my kite in the air it was fading away and results were not all that great so we didn’t fly long. There will be other days. Lots of other days.
When we left the beach we stopped at the post office to mail out an order, and then at Northwest Winds Kite Shop. And who should we run into there but Nancy, feeding her addiction with a new Revolution ultralite kite! Of course, she’s not the only one with a monkey on her back. While we were there I spotted a beautiful John Barresi Signature Series full vent Revolution kite that I fell in love with, and the manager allowed me to return the full vent that I bought at their shop in Lincoln City on Sunday and never used, in exchange on this stunning red and black beauty.
I also found something else there that I was planning to order from Amazon, a WeatherFlow Wind Meter that plugs into an Android smart phone or device, or an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. I’ve found that the weather apps I have on my phone are good but not all that reliable when it comes to current wind speeds where I am. These are great not only for kite flyers, but also boaters, kayakers, and anyone else who spends time in the great outdoors. It would even be good for RVers who want to know what the wind is like before they hit the road.
It’s Thursday, so 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.
Thought For The Day – Friendship is one mind in two bodies.