Mar 212009

I spent most of yesterday setting up my new computer, loading all of the programs I use into it, and transferring projects I had been working on from my laptop to the new desktop unit.

Even though the laptop and the desktop are both Dell computers using Windows XP, there were still enough things that were different that it took me a while to get things set up optimally for my use. It’s nice to have a full size computer to work on again.

While I was doing all of that, Miss Terry was sorting through cabinets and cubbyholes, doing some Spring cleaning and deciding what to keep and what to pitch. Even after ten years on the road fulltime, we still find things we’ve been carrying for years and have not used.

Sometime in the evening I started sniveling about being famished (and trust me, when it comes to food, I can out-snivel the best of them!). So Terry made a delicious dinner of fried chicken with a crispy coating that just melted my the mouth. It was so good that I ate until it hurt, and I still wanted more.

A couple of days ago I wrote in a blog post that Terry and I were recognized with the honor of bringing in more new members to the Escapees RV Club than anyone else. In our mail this week, we had a note from Escapees Executive Director Angie Carr telling us that two more members have joined on our referral. We’re pretty proud of that.

As I’ve written before, our travel plans are always set in jello. This summer we had planned to explore the Pacific Northwest, but now we’re looking at another plan. We want to try to put some money away to either upgrade our bus or buy a newer rig, and by aggressively working some rallies, hopefully we can do that.

We think we’ll go to Escapade in Sedalia, Missouri in May instead, and then work several RV rallies in the Midwest and East this summer.

Of course, as you well know, anything can change at a moment’s notice. But right now we’re looking at the FMCA Midwest Area Rally in Albert Lea, Minnesota in June, the FMCA International Convention in Bowling Green, Ohio in July, and the FMCA Northeast Area Rally in Essex Junction, Vermont in August. I’m also scheduled to teach at the new RVSEF RV Lifestyle, Education, & Safety Clinic in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in mid-September. Then we’ll be in Celina, Ohio for our Eastern Gypsy Gathering rally September 28 to October 2. And who knows, we may find a rally or two along the way to pop into.

What was that I said about slowing down? I think that was just a campaign promise.

We have been talking about getting a vendor spot at The Rally, Affinity’s big event, which will be in Albuquerque in April. But between the cost of the booth and the fee for RV parking, we’re looking at an investment of over $1,000 for the rally. We’d have to sell an awful lot of subscriptions and books to make any money at that rate.

Thought For The Day – The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is to decide what you want.

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Nick Russell

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  9 Responses to “Revised Summer Travel Plans”

  1. What happened to your bailout plan?

    Seriously, we hope you have a profitable summer, but feel bad for you that your “vacation” has evaporated. At least the price of diesel is down, so that criss-crossing back and forth across the nation will not be quite so costly.

    On another topic, I am a bit surprised you can still buy a new computer with XP instead of Vista. Smart move! Vista is a PITA.

    Travel Safe!

  2. I’m surprised you’re not using a Mac with its wonderful publishing programs and ease of use.

  3. You can take the man out of the office but you can’t take the work out of the man.

    After I retired I had a big problem with having to much time on my hands it took me a long time to deal with it thought I’d go crazy not being able to use my hands to build something.
    But then I found RVing fulltime and and then I was able to fill my time with new adventures and new toys. I worked all my life and it took a new life style to change me.
    You have the best of both worlds with your Rv & work all in one being able to travel and getting paid for it. Do it while you can and keep up the good work.

  4. Nick,
    I love XP and I love my desktop! You are a man after my own heart.

    I’m trying to figure out a way to go to the Escapade in May. Hoping to be close enough to find our way there. If so, we’ll see you then!

    Joy and Phil

  5. So glad you’ll be at the Escapade! We’ll see you there.

  6. Nick, As I offered to you & Terry last year when you were in Traverse City, MI, on your way from MN go through the UP to Mackinaw then south to Ohio. On your way I am about 30 miles south east of Mackinaw, parking with hookup available at our place. We are in the escapee directory. Also, Great Lakes Chapter 6 has rally in July at Cheyboygan, 20 miles from me. Any other escapees interested let me know.


  7. Darn, I was looking forward to meeeting you and Terry at “The Rally”.

  8. Nick–
    Hope to see you folks in Sedalia; I think we even have Lisa’s folks talked into going.

  9. Nick: Have you considered the FMCA Great Lakes Area Spring Spree? Memorial Day weekend (more or less) in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

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