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Potpourri

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 262020
 

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 don’t have anything else to talk about today.

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You always have to keep your eye out for the scammers of the world because they are everywhere in this day and age. A friend of a friend is looking for a small travel trailer, and she has asked me about a couple of different ones he found online. Yesterday she sent me a link to an online ad for a 2008 Airstream Bambi, priced at $1,800 and for sale in Minneapolis, Minnesota, not far from her home. I knew immediately that it had to be some kind of scam because low Blue Book on a 2008 Airstream Bambi is $18,500. Then there was the fact that the RV is supposed to be in Minnesota, but the picture of the trailer was obviously taken in Arizona, with saguaro cacti in the background. And then the name of the seller, imythical, made it obvious that only a fool would waste time with this clown. People like this are like cockroaches. They come out of the woodwork in droves, and if you smash one, a hundred more show up for the funeral.

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I get a lot of questions about where to buy RV insurance, who sells the best RV satellite systems, leveling jacks, awnings, etc., about the pros and cons of different models of RVs, campground recommendations, and such. Unfortunately, we have been out of the RV lifestyle four years now and a lot has changed in that time. Most of the vendors we knew have retired and hung up the keys themselves, and I have not looked at any of the newer crop of RVs in a long time. So I’m afraid I am of little help with things like that.

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This brings to mind a question I have for you blog readers. Since we are not traveling anymore, not even making short trips in the van due to COVID, I occasionally run stories about places we have visited in the past. The response seems to be lukewarm to these types of posts. Do you enjoy them? Should I continue posting them? What say ye?

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A few days ago somebody sent me a message asking how I liked the gaming chair I bought last year and if it was helping my back. Somehow I deleted the message before I could reply, so I hope they see this. Actually, it’s not a gaming chair, it’s a Lifeform office chair that I ordered from Relax the Back in Orlando. At first, I balked at the price because it was incredibly expensive, but it has been one of the best investments I ever made and has really helped relieve my back pain.

With every other office chair I have ever used, after a couple of hours my back would start to hurt, and when I stood up, I would feel sharp jabs of pain in my lower back. With the new chair, the discomfort from sitting is gone, and when I stand up after three hours or so of steady writing, there is no pain at all. When I am working on a book (and it seems I am always working on a book), it’s quite common for me to be at my desk ten or more hours a day, seven days a week, and this chair makes it possible to do so.

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Along the same lines, people have asked how my RF nerve ablations have been doing and if they helped. Yes, no question about that. While I still have considerable lower back pain and always will because there’s so much damage back there, it is not the excruciating pain that incapacitated me and was getting to the point where I really didn’t want to face another day of it. They tell me that the effects of RF can last anywhere from a few months to a few years. It’s been about four months now, and if and when I have to repeat the procedure, I will happily do so.

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A young lady who considers herself an author contacted me the other day, asking if I would read her book before she publishes it. I told her that I get so many requests that I have no time to review books, but if she had any specific questions to get back to me. She wanted me to clarify some things in the opening scene that friends who had read the manuscript had called her attention to. In the scene, the main character pulls a 19 shot semi-automatic 12 gauge handgun from her shoulder holster and is firing at the bad guys with her right hand as she rides her 750 horsepower Yamaha motorcycle through a crowd of them who are blocking the road.

When I told her that A: The throttle on a motorcycle is in the right handgrip, so she could not drive the bike anywhere if that hand was busy firing a gun, and B: there are no 19 shot semi-automatic 12 gauge handguns, and if there were a person, would probably break their wrist trying to shoot it, and C: I’ve never heard of a 750 horsepower motorcycle of any kind, but if there was and it had wings, it would fly. Her response was to say that it was her book, and she would write it any damn way she wanted. Well, okay then. I wish you luck and success!

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Congratulations Arley C. Running, winner of our drawing for an autographed copy of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series. This is the last copy of this book that I have with the original cover. We had 73 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – Being old sucks, but getting old was fun.

The Rest Of The Story

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 252020
 

In yesterday’s blog, I told you about the tree removal and about us cleaning things up afterward, and about our trip to the nursery to order some citrus trees. But there was more to our day than that. And now, in the words of the late, great Paul Harvey, here is the rest of the […]

Oct 242020
 

We woke up yesterday morning to the sound of a Bobcat in our yard. No, not the wild critter. It was a bobcat used for doing heavy-duty work. The tree removal company that was supposed to be here on Thursday showed up on Friday instead, and by the time I got dressed and walked outside […]

Stood Up

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 232020
 

I wasn’t completely surprised when the company who was supposed to be here yesterday afternoon to remove the big tree in our yard never showed up or called. In fact, given the way most service companies operate in this area of Florida, I would have actually been more surprised if they did. It seems like […]

Oct 222020
 

As I’ve mentioned several times, we planted a bunch of perennial peanut plants along the side of our driveway, where we put in a retaining wall to stop erosion from the drainage canal. The folks at Lindley’s Nursery and Garden Center in New Smyrna Beach told us that they are hardy plants that require very […]

Civic Duty Done

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 212020
 

Yesterday we did our civic duty, driving to the library in New Smyrna Beach to drop off our mail-in ballots at the secure voter box. Even though there was quite a long line of people outside waiting to get in and vote, dropping the ballots off as we did was quick and easy. We pulled […]

Another Rainy Day

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 202020
 

Yesterday was another rainy day for us here on the Central Florida coast. And just like the day before, we had periods of hard rain and at other times it was no more than a light sprinkle, but it seemed to come down for most of the day. I was perfectly happy with that because […]

Two Days In A Row?

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 192020
 

Is it possible that I will actually be able to post blogs two days in a row without Go Daddy crashing again? Wow, that would be something, wouldn’t it? It does seem like they have finally fixed the problem, although I still don’t know what caused it to go down in the first place. I’ve […]

Lost And Found

 Posted by at 12:34 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 182020
 

Note: This was supposed to be Friday’s blog, before the big crash. Several years ago when my birthday was approaching, I mentioned that I was going to be turning 55 in a few days. Miss Terry corrected me and told me I was actually going to be 56. What? Really? I lost a whole year? […]

Oct 172020
 

By now most of you know that the blog crashed sometime Thursday, and I have spent more hours than I care to remember on the phone with Go Daddy’s technical support since then. First I had to work my way through the layers of lower-level geeks who assured me the problem was my local internet […]

Historic Deerfield

 Posted by at 12:17 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 142020
 

Visitors to Historic Deerfield can step back into the early days of Colonial settlement and learn about life in a typical small New England village in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts in the 18th century. From the Native Americans who lived on this land for 8,000 years to the first English settlers, the farmers, […]

More Of The Same

 Posted by at 12:51 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 132020
 

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m really looking forward to the election being over so we can get back to all those fun television ads for ambulance-chasing attorneys. It has to be better than all of the “vote for me the other guy’s a crook/vote for me the other guy’s incompetent” […]

Oct 122020
 

For a guy who makes his living with a computer, I am absolutely techno challenged. I know how to turn it on and off, how to write, and how to do some basic photo manipulation, but that’s about it. Saturday night after I had the blog ready to post, I decided to pull up the […]

Oct 112020
 

When a wildfire erupts in the rugged backcountry of the American West, getting firefighters on the scene as quickly as possible can make the difference between a minor problem and a major catastrophe. The men and women of the U.S. Forest Service Smokejumpers are specially trained to parachute into the fire zone, carrying everything they […]

Watering And Writing

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 102020
 

That’s pretty much what I’ve been up to the last few days, watering the new plants we put in and writing my next Big Lake book. As I said in a blog the other day, our yard guy didn’t realize the perennial peanut plants we put in were supposed to be there. He thought they […]

Oct 092020
 

Or even dark of night could keep us from finding funny and oddball mailboxes as we traveled the country in our motorhome, and we’ve collected pictures of some interesting ones along the way. I posted a blog with some of our favorites a couple of years ago that was well received, and ever since, readers […]

Oct 082020
 

We have a small blocked in flower garden area attached to the front of our house that has been home to a few flowers and some scraggly bushes. Terry has wanted to get out there and do some work on it once things cool down and decided she wanted some kind of a garden cart […]

Oct 072020
 

Note: This is a follow-up post to yesterday’s blog about our first trip to Savannah, in 2011. Yesterday we did a whirlwind tour of Savannah, and though it would take weeks to really do justice to this charming and beautiful city, we saw enough to know that coming back here and spending some time is […]

It’s Almost Warm!

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 062020
 

Note: This is a post from 2011 about our first visit to one of my favorite cities. After a very cold night in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, we made ready to hit the road yesterday morning, about 11 a.m. in search of warmer weather.  We took Interstate 40 into Asheville, where we picked up Interstate […]

Can You Say Moo?

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 052020
 

Montgomery, Alabama’s MOOseum offers a fun and interactive way for people of all ages to learn about Alabama’s beef cattle industry. Each year 10,000 school children and adults tour this unique hands-on educational museum, where they learn about the history of the beef cattle industry, the contributions the industry makes to society, and the many […]