Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog. This is the third in a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I really don’t have anything else to talk about today.
How to start an argument on the internet – say anything and wait five minutes, as the comments on yesterday’s blog prove. Some people insist that the car in the photo is a 1957 Mercury, the owner of the car says it’s a 1959 and says the title confirms that, and even sent me a picture of the title. I don’t know, and I don’t really care, because it would not work out for us as a trade on the equity in our motorhome anyway.
A blog reader wrote to ask if I knew anything about RV caravans where the RVs are put on barges and floated down the Mississippi River. Years ago when we started fulltiming, I remember at least one company that did that, but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen any reference to it. As I recall, insurance and meeting the requirements of the different regulatory agencies got to be too much, so they stopped it. I’m sorry we never got around to doing it, because it sounded like fun.
From the time we started looking at buying a house somewhere on the Florida coast, people warned us we should keep our motorhome for traveling a few months a year, because we would never be able to tolerate the summers here. Well, today is August 1, and so far I don’t really see all that much difference between here and the many summers we spent in Michigan and northern Indiana. Last year, when we were seriously considering buying this house we spent most of the summer at Elkhart Campground in Elkhart, Indiana. Like it often is, it was really hot up there, and we spent a lot of days inside because it was just too hot and humid to go out and do anything. I watched the weather very carefully all summer and compared temperatures and humidity levels between Elkhart and New Smyrna Beach just about every day. Usually the difference wasn’t much more than 5 degrees, and the humidity level was 5 to 10% higher. To us, if it was 90° and 80% humidity, versus 95° and 90% humidity, it really doesn’t make much difference. Both are too hot to go out and play for this fat little boy.
If you have read this blog or the Gypsy Journal for very long, you know that Terry and I are history nuts and we are always looking for interesting places to visit. Recently blog readers Jim and Kellie Shepard shared a link to a website called US Forts, and I’m impressed with it. It has stories with photos about a lot of different historic forts in the United States and Canada, some I’ve never heard of. I’m definitely going to enjoy perusing it!
If you find places like this interesting, an excellent book is World War II Sites in the United States: A Directory and Tour Guide, by Richard Osborne. It has information on hundreds of military facilities that were built and operated in the United States during World War II. Everything from Army camps and airfields, to naval bases, prisoner of war camps, military hospitals, and a lot more.
And finally, somebody asked if I have had a chance to try out my new Garrett AT Pro metal detector yet. No, unfortunately not. I haven’t even opened the box yet. Between running back and forth to Arizona and Alabama because of my daughter and daughter-in-law’s health issues, I just haven’t had the time. And then there is that summer heat I mentioned above.
The good news is that Tiffany has been making an amazing recovery from her heart attack and being in a medically induced coma for a week following it. And yesterday we got a call from my son Travis telling us that his wife Geli got the report back from the biopsy that was done while we were there, and the news is good. No cancer, which was our big fear. She will need to have a surgical procedure done as a preventative measure, but that’s okay. She can handle that, and we will be right there with her and Travis all the way.
Thought For The Day – Friendships and relationships will fail if only one person is trying to keep them together.