Nick’s Blog

Oct 232019

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, a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I really don’t have anything else to talk about today.


How understanding is your spouse? How far does trust go in your relationship? I’m asking this question because one of my blog readers is seeking input. He told me he retired in early June, but his wife still has three years to go before she can retire. He wants to go to Mission, Texas to escape the cold Pennsylvania weather, and the idea was that his wife would fly down for long weekends once a month or so. But then his wife’s sister, who is two years younger and has been single for several years, invited herself to go with him and stay in the motorhome with him for the winter. His wife objects to that. I would even go so far as to say she strongly objects to that. He doesn’t see the problem and asked what myself and my blog readers thought. My first response was to tell him not only no, but oh hell no, and I pretty much still feel that way. How about you, folks? What say ye? Post your answers below. I think it might be interesting to hear your opinions.


I also recently heard from a couple who have been fulltime RVers for two years and say they love the lifestyle. But they wrote to say that after the big tornado hit Dallas this week, they are done. They plan to go back home, wherever home is, and hang up the keys and live in a “real” house that will be safer than an RV in catastrophic weather. Now, they weren’t in Dallas when the tornado hit. They were 400 miles north, but said that’s still too close. We have been through some bad weather in our many years as fulltimers, and while we didn’t take storms lightly, we were also not ready to give up our dream because something might happen. It’s like the people who tell us we are crazy for living in coastal Florida because of the hurricanes. But you know what? Every place has something. Tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, blizzards, mudslides, wherever you are, you pay your money and you take your chances. The only guarantee in life is that we’re not going to get out of it alive. So while you are alive, live, damn it!


Well, it took five weeks to get here, but I picked up my new Lifeform chair from Relax The Back in Orladno on Sunday. What do I think of it so far? I love it! I have never sat in an office chair that is so comfortable. These are not just off-the-shelf office chairs that you buy at a place like Staples or OfficeMax. Cory at Relax The Back spent a lot of time with me in ordering the chair, making sure it would fit my body just right. And it was worth the effort, because it fits like a glove. Every surface on the chair is adjustable for overall height, tilt, back and headrest height, forward or backward movement of the seat surface, armrest adjustments, and lumbar support. I have not spent a lot of time in it yet, maybe two hours at a time, at most. But with my old office chair, by the time I’d spent two hours in it, I was in pain when I stood up. Not with this chair. None at all. Yes, it cost more than my first car, but I normally spend anywhere from 8 to 10 hours a day at my desk, and I feel it was a good investment. Thanks for all your help, Cory.


I have to brag just a bit here. Over the weekend my newest book, Dead Romeos, made it to #72 on Amazon’s hot new release list for mystery and thriller books. When you consider the millions of books available on Amazon, and the fact that some of the finest mystery and thriller writers around have new books out at the same time, that’s a bit of an accomplishment that I’m proud of.


And finally, here’s another chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – Just because you think it, doesn’t mean it should come out of your mouth, or your keyboard.

Oct 222019

Among the things my daughter Tiffany wanted to do while she was here, besides eating lots of seafood, was to see a cruise ship and a lighthouse. No problem, kid, got you covered. One day we drove down to Port Canaveral, where you can always see a cruise ship or two. Some of them are […]

Kids And Cars

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Oct 212019

Something both of my kids seem to have inherited from me is my love of cars. Especially old cars. That may be because during their formative years there was almost always a classic car or two around the house. One of the nice perks of being in the small-town newspaper business is that you get […]

Seafood And See Nude

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Oct 202019

I think all travelers, whether they do it by RV, automobile, or airplane, have a bucket list for the destinations they visit. At least I know we did during our 18 years as fulltime RVers, and so do my kids when they come to visit us. One thing on everybody’s bucket list was to get […]

Oct 192019

I appreciate everybody indulging me for the last week while I re-posted old blogs so I could spend time with my kids while they were here visiting from out of state. Now they’re gone and I’m back, and I’ve got a lot to share with you. In fact, it will take me a few days […]

Oct 182019

When I was a kid, long before the days of Playstations and Xboxes, we had simple toys that required us to get down on our hands and knees to play with and actually use our imaginations! Sometimes I think the world would be better off if we unplugged all of the electronic time wasters that […]

Celebrity Scam

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Oct 172019

Note: This is a repost of a story from the “Nick Happens” files that I thought might start your day with a smile. Okay, before I write another word, I have to warn you: Do not try this at home (or anywhere else, for that matter)! Unless, of course, you think you can get away […]

Oct 152019

Tucked away on a narrow two-lane road in Sandwich, Massachusetts we discovered the wonderful Heritage Museum and Gardens, a combination art museum, old car museum, museum of New England history, and delightfully landscaped gardens. This place was a real hidden gem! Founded in 1969, the 100+ acre museum complex is southern New England’s largest public […]

Oct 142019

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m not really a Hank Williams fan. Though I love country music, his “twangy” style just never caught my fancy. But who can not appreciate the contributions he made to the American music scene? Over 50 years after his untimely death, Hank Williams has an ever growing legion of fans, his […]