In yesterday’s blog, when I talked about RV fire extinguishers I recommend my friend Mac McCoy, the world’s acknowledged RV fire safety expert, and included a link to his website. As it turns out, I goofed.
When Mac and I talked a few weeks ago, he told me that he was planning to pull the plug on his business and his RV travels soon. And last month, 20 years after he started with his first seminars at the RVing Women rally in 1997, he did his last rally and last seminar, again at RVing Women. I called Mac yesterday and he told me that he and his wife Annie are planning to spend most of their time at their home in Oregon, with occasional trips down to Yuma, Arizona in the wintertime. But like us and so many of the old time instructors and vendors we know, he has hung up the keys. Mac told me he still has a few fire extinguishers left, but once they are gone, he won’t be getting any more in.
Mac was one of the first people we met as fulltime RVers and we had some wonderful times over the years. And a misadventure or two along the way, just for laughs. Mac’s sense of humor is just as sick and twisted as mine, and anytime we were together without adult supervision, trouble was sure to follow.
You’re leaving behind a hell of a legacy Mac, and I know some lives and some RVs were saved because of you. We actually had not one, but two RV fires, and both times they were extinguished quickly because of the lessons we learned in Mac’s seminars. If there’s anything that Terry and I miss about our life on the road, it is having the opportunity to cross paths with Mac and all of the other friends we made out there.
Speaking of our friends, here is a link to a very nice Kirkus review my good friend Billy Kring just received for Hunter’s Moon, the fifth book in his excellent mystery series featuring Border Patrol Agent Hunter Kincaid. Billy had a long career in the Border Patrol himself, and when he writes it’s just like you are out there in West Texas riding along with his characters. If you haven’t read any of Billy’s books yet, you really need to. They are great, and I never miss getting a new one as soon as it becomes available.
As for what’s going on around here, yesterday was another writing day for me, and I cranked out another 4,500 words in my next Big Lake book. Meanwhile, Miss Terry has been busy figuring out the refunds for unfulfilled subscriptions from the Gypsy Journal. But that didn’t stop her from making a delicious cheesecake the other day, and an outstanding dinner to go along with it. I hope to get another 4,000 to 5,000 words in today, because we are going to be busy with some other things Wednesday and Thursday and I probably won’t get much done then.
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Thought For The Day – The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. – Will Rogers