Apr 262020
 

My dad used to always say that some people are so cheap that if you were selling $100 bills for five bucks, they would ask for a discount. I thought that was funny as a kid, but when I grew up and started running my own businesses, I found out that it was all too […]

Nick In Drag

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 232019
 

It’s been a while since I’ve shared one of my Nick Happens stories, which are a collection of my adventures and misadventures over the years. Today I thought I’d tell you about an RV trip we took to Maine early in our fulltime RVing days, and how I wound up a drag queen. Maine was […]

The People We Meet

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 262019
 

We met some interesting people in our 18 years as fulltime RVers running a business on the road. Most have been nice, but some have been, shall we say, interesting? Challenging? Unique? Early in our fulltime adventure we had signs on our truck that said Gypsy Journal RV Travel Newspaper. Once, we were approached by […]

Jun 222019
 

Today we are celebrating Terry’s birthday, and though she modestly says it’s just another day, it’s a very special day. Who knew that that little baby born in Newton, Kansas would grow up to become the most beautiful woman in the world? And not just beautiful, but also strong, caring, intelligent, talented in so many […]

Nov 102017
 

Miss Terry has been keeping the folks at the post office busy, sending out refund checks for the unused portions of people’s subscriptions to the Gypsy Journal. If you were a subscriber, please e-mail me your current mailing address at Editor@gypsyjournal.net so we can process your refund. We have been amazed at how many people have […]

May 252017
 

It seemed like every day for the last week or two the weatherman has been predicting rain for our area. And though there has been some rain come down around us, all we have had here is a brief shower or two that lasted for a couple of minutes. But that all changed yesterday. A […]

May 072017
 

Note: This story is from the November-December, 2011 issue of the Gypsy Journal. The wild Dakota Territory left a mark on the young Theodore Roosevelt, who would become the 26th President of the United States, and there is no doubt that the man left his own mark on the land. Roosevelt, a lifelong outdoorsman, came […]

Jan 182017
 

For the last couple of days I have been involved in an email exchange with a couple who are brand-new fulltimers trying to adjust to life on the road. They are currently dry camping in the desert a couple of miles north of Quartzsite, Arizona and are freaking out about being in such a different […]

Jan 052017
 

Yesterday was one of those days when I should have stayed in bed. It seemed like from the time I sat down at my desk to make the final corrections to the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, things started going wrong, and they never stopped all day long. It started out with the batteries in […]

Ninemile Remount Depot

 Posted by at 12:11 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 062016
 

Note: This article first appeared in the September-October, 2007 issue of the Gypsy Journal. At first glance the Ninemile Remount Depot, with its white fences and Cape Cod style buildings, might lead you to believe you have been transported to a Kentucky horse farm, but one look upward at the mountains looming in the distance […]

Sep 282016
 

Note: This story first appeared in the September-October 2012 issue of the Gypsy Journal. Is there a kid anywhere who doesn’t know The Cat in the Hat, Yertle the Turtle, the Grinch, Horton the Elephant, or the Lorax? They all sprang from the mind of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the author, poet, and cartoonist known and […]

A Short, Easy Move

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 142016
 

When we arrived at Elkhart Campground on Saturday afternoon, owner Gita Patel had told us they had a big rally coming in so she was going to park us on one full hookup 50 amp site until Monday (yesterday), and then we would have to move to another site that was currently occupied, where we […]

Frustration City

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 052016
 

Yesterday was a busy day, much of it spent in Frustration City. You know that place, right? It’s where all of the bureaucrats and idiots of the world work. And I talked to a bunch of them! I get my medical care through the Veterans Administration (VA) Health System, and my primary care provider is […]

We Are Fine

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 252016
 

We had a lot of e-mails and Facebook posts yesterday from people asking if we were okay. Yes, we’re fine, and we appreciate your concern. The bad weather that hammered much of the southeast Tuesday missed us here in central Florida. We got some rain, but that was about it. We have some of the […]

I Blame Beverly

 Posted by at 12:18 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 142016
 

My cousin Beverly is probably my oldest friend in the world. We were born six months apart, and from the time we were in diapers we were close. She is more a sister to me than a cousin, and a friend more than anything. Over the years, as teenagers and later as single parents, we […]

Blue Sky And Visitors

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 062016
 

The rain finally cleared out sometime early Tuesday morning and we woke up to mostly blue sky, something we have not seen in a while. And to make it even better, it was in the low 60s and the wind wasn’t blowing. While I’d prefer it was in the 70s, I can live with that. […]

Will It Ever End?

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 042016
 

Will the wind and cold ever end? This is Arizona, darn it, not Minnesota! The wind has been rocking our motorhome so much you would think a couple of 20-somethings on their honeymoon were inside, not a couple of old farts like us. And that only adds to the cold. How cold is it? It […]

The Numbers Are In

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 302015
 

At the end of December every year WordPress sends out an annual report to bloggers, telling them how much traffic their blog received in the past 12 months, where those visitors came from, which blog posts received the most attention, and a lot of other interesting data. My report came in yesterday, and looking it […]

Not Quite There Yet

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 072015
 

Well, I didn’t quite make my deadline to get the new issue of the Gypsy Journal finished by last night. With all the delays messing with our power problem on Saturday I just could not catch up. I still have a little over four pages to go so I should be able to wrap it […]

Dec 062015
 

 There’s an old saying that reminds us that life is what happens while we’re making other plans. Or, as I was taught in the Army, you can plan and discuss strategy for weeks before an operation, but everything goes to hell once boots are on the ground. That’s how yesterday was for me. By the […]