Apr 092009

So what do you do if you run a company that supports the RV industry, and most of your customers go out of business?

If that company is Decorator Industries, of Elkhart, Indiana, you put on your thinking cap and come up with a way to keep your employees working. Decorator Industries was a major supplier of window coverings to RV manufacturers, and with that business disappearing, the company has come up with a neat line of bags and totes made from leftover material, and is keeping at least some of their employees working, hopefully until things turn around. You can read more about this story at my friend Jaimie Hall’s blog post on it titled Out of the RV Ashes on the RV Home Yet? blog.

I think this is a great idea. We spend a lot of time in the Elkhart area, and our hearts ache for the many great folks there who have lost their jobs. I heard from Al Hesselbart at the RV Hall of Fame Museum in Elkhart a while back, and their attendance numbers are way down. If you’re headed through the Midwest, be sure to stop at the museum and see their wonderful collection of antique RVs. The museum is just off the Indiana Toll Road (Interstates 80/90) at Exit 96, and they have plenty of room for RVs to park. It’s a stop that should be on everybody’s bucket list.

Well, we have solved the problem of the Mysterious Wet Spot. The day after I reported on the problem, Miss Terry was working at her computer and looked down to see a trickle of water running from the bottom of our refrigerator in the direction of the rug that got wet.

The RV site we are parked in slopes downward at the front, and we’re not sitting level. It seems that when the refrigerator went into defrost mode, some water escaped and ran across the floor. By morning, when we discovered the wet rug, the trail of water had evaporated between the refrigerator and the rug, but left the previously reported on wet spot.

And as for the clown who suggested to Miss Terry that maybe it as time she admits she has a “Depend-able” husband, there will be paybacks!

We are always on the lookout for off the beaten path adventures and destinations, and here’s a link to a neat interactive map called Hidden Treasures of North Florida that someone posted on the Escapees forum. We’ve spent quite a bit of time in that area, and visited several places on the map, but there are some listed we never knew about until now. I’ve bookmarked it for our next trip to the Sunshine State.

Thought For The Day – Opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “Making Lemonade From Lemons”

  1. Someone? Thanks for the acknowledgment, Nick.

    Linda Sand

  2. Oops, Linda was the “someone” who posted the Hidden Treasures link. Sorry, Linda, I need to write the blog earlier, before my brain falls asleep.

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