Tinder Street Is Live!

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 262020
 

If I had any hair I probably would have pulled it all out yesterday. Yeah, it was that frustrating. With all of the final changes made to my new Tinder Street book, I formatted the e-book version to get it ready to upload to Amazon. I’ve done this many times, and it’s not very hard […]

My Rotten Kids

 Posted by at 1:21 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 242020
 

Every parent wants to raise children who become adults they can be proud of. Adults that they can look at and say to themselves with a smile of self-satisfaction, “Yeah, that’s my kid!” Unfortunately, I don’t do that. As much as it hurts me to admit it, I raised two rotten, selfish kids. My son […]

A New Lease On Life

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 232020
 

Friday will be five weeks since I had three RF nerve ablations done on my lower back, and for those who have asked about the results, it has been nothing short of amazing. I can’t believe how much relief you can get from a relatively simple outpatient procedure. Since the day of the procedure, I […]

I Have Been Ablated!

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 202020
 

Thanks to all of you who sent e-mails, text messages, and made Facebook comments about the RF nerve ablation on my back yesterday. We had to be at Park Place Surgical Center in Maitland, Florida, at 2 p.m. We always try to arrive early for an appointment, especially to a place we haven’t been to […]

The Halfway Point

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 182020
 

Writing and storytelling have always come naturally to me, so while I know authors who complain about writer’s block, it’s not something I’ve ever experienced myself. That may be because of my years in the small town newspaper business, where you had to get an edition out on the street, and you couldn’t fill it […]

Jan 052020
 

As a former newspaperman and an independent book author and self-publisher, I hate typos. But I’ve also been at this game long enough to know that they are a part of life, and no matter how carefully you watch for them, they slip in. I have at least three or four proofreaders for every book […]

Jan 042020
 

After driving my Mustang to Daytona Beach a few days ago and some running around I did yesterday in it, it now has 840 miles on the odometer. So I was a little distressed to find rust on one of the bolts that holds the driver’s side door hinge to the car. It lives in […]

Jan 032020
 

Here’s another tale from the Nick Happens file, a collection of true stories about my adventures and misadventures over the years. We all know you can save a lot of money by doing your own vehicle maintenance and simple repairs. I even suggest it in my book The Frugal RVer. The problem is that there […]

Where The Buoys Are

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 022020
 

An oversize visitor from the north cloaked in red came to visit New Smyrna Beach for the holidays and has been generating a lot of excitement around here. No, I’m not talking about jolly old St. Nick. He comes around every year. This event is probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing. News reports say that this huge […]

Oct 052018
 

Before I do anything else, I want to wish my buddy Greg White happy birthday. Years ago Miss Terry read something that said more Americans were born on October 5th than any other day. I think that’s because they all just wanted to copycat Greg because he gets to hang out with me. But that […]

A Foamy Friday

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 172018
 

In a blog post a couple of weeks ago, when I told you about Miss Terry doing some painting at our house, I mentioned that we still had a couple of other home improvement projects we wanted to get done. One of them was insulating our garage. It’s a huge 1100 square foot metal building […]

Melrose

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 162018
 

Lavish plantation homes are the symbol of the antebellum South and throughout the region stretching from Georgia to Mississippi, many fine examples of these old homes have been lovingly preserved and restored. While some remain in private hands, serving as homes or bed and breakfast operations, others are owned by historic preservation organizations that open […]

We Like Quiet Weekends

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
May 152017
 

This past weekend was a quiet one at home, which suited us just fine. We don’t always feel the need to be on the move, and sometimes we like days like that. Florida is in a real drought and in desperate need of rain. Wildfires are burning all over the state. We got a little […]

Making Friends

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
May 122017
 

A topic that often comes up in the seminars I present on fulltiming at RV rallies and other events is making friends on the road. More than one new or wannabe RVer has told me that they wonder if they will have anybody to talk to when they are surrounded by strangers. I am always […]

The Pig War

 Posted by at 1:00 am  Nick's Blog
May 112017
 

Note: This story is from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery. The United States and Canada have enjoyed a long and friendly relationship. Our boundary with our neighbors to the north is the longest unguarded border in the world. But there was a time when a lowly pig almost brought the two nations […]

The Day Went Astray

 Posted by at 12:53 am  Nick's Blog
May 122016
 

We planned to get a lot done yesterday here at home. My goal was at least 4,000 words in my sequel to Dog’s Run, and I was hoping to get all the way up to 6,000 done. Meanwhile, Miss Terry wanted to get the 464 threads threaded through the heddles on her loom for her […]

Mar 062016
 

Note: This story first appeared in the November-December, 2013 issue of the Gypsy Journal. Located off the coast of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Destruction Island is a low, flat piece of land with an interesting history, much of it tragic. In 1775, the Spanish schooner Sonora was anchored in the lee of the island when the […]

Close, But No Cigar

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 052016
 

As I’ve said here previously, we are looking for a place to buy to use as a winter nesting spot, and maybe a fulltime home if and when we ever have to hang up the keys due to health issues or something like that. We have certain criteria that we will not compromise on, and […]

Off To See The Printer

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 172015
 

Yesterday we put the final touches on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and after Miss Terry proofed it I sent it off to our printer back in Michigan. Well, I didn’t send it, I actually uploaded it to their web server. They’ll print it this coming week and get it shipped back to […]