High winds and very cold temperatures across the southwest made for a miserable day yesterday. When I went outside to dump our holding tanks in the afternoon, I would have sworn I was in the Arctic, not Arizona. If this crap keeps up much longer, I’m going to launch into an epic sniveling fit that may last until Independence Day, so be prepared. You have been warned!
Of course, it could have been worse. We could have been out on the highway somewhere. The news said that in some parts of southern California and western Arizona, gusts were up to 50 miles per hour. I heard from four or five readers who were traveling towards Quartzsite or somewhere else where the wind was really beating them up. One reader said that the wind blew him from one lane to another several times. Why? Where does anybody have to be that they would drive in those conditions? Get yourself into a rest area or to an exit and pull off somewhere you can safely wait it out. You have your house with you, what’s the rush?
Since we’ve been so busy with Christmas and spending as much time with family as possible, the nasty weather gave us a good excuse to stay home yesterday, and that’s just what we did. Terry was busy with laundry and other chores she wanted to get caught up on, and I managed to write about 2,000 words on my new Big Lake book.
I don’t know where the last month went, but today is our last day here. We plan to spend part of it with Terry’s parents, destroying the leftover prime rib from our Christmas dinner. Hopefully her sister Lisa and her hubby Jim can join us. But if not, I’ll eat Jim’s share of the prime rib, too.
Tomorrow we’ll return to Tucson for some more medical appointments at the VA hospital. I’m hoping we’ll get all of that behind us so we can scratch our hitch itch and get back on the road. It’s been in the 80s in Florida and I need to get there and put a stop to that nonsense.
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery novel set in a small town in Ohio in 1951. Many people tell me it’s my best book ever, and I have to agree. 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 this evening.
Speaking of books, my friend Steven Thomas is flying high right now. Chase The Rabbit, the first book in his Gretch Bayonne action adventure series, is free on Amazon right now and getting lots of downloads. Another author friend of mine, Tom Harris, just released The Unreachable Stars, book #11 in his Human Chronicles saga. Check it out.
Thought For The Day – When you are criticized for being short, what they are really saying is that the only thing wrong with you is that there is not enough of you.