Jun 172009

Being sick last week put me behind schedule getting the new issue of the Gypsy Journal out, so now I’m pushing the clock to get finished.

I know I should have been working on it last week, but my brain was just too darned foggy to concentrate. I’d start to write something and halfway through a paragraph, I’d totally lose my train of thought. I managed to get the blog out and to edit the Todays Hero Blog postings, but that was about as productive as I was.

Fortunately, we are both feeling a lot better now. Terry still has some problems with her ears, and I still have a nasty cough, but compared to a week ago, we feel great. We appreciate everybody’s get well e-mails.

I worked on the paper most of yesterday, except for a quick trip to the post office to mail off some new orders. Meanwhile, Terry waded through a backlog of paperwork recording sales receipts. How can taking a few days off get us so far behind? The weather forecast calls for rain for the next five days, so I guess it will be a good time to be holed up inside working.

Never underestimate the power of the World Wide Web. After I wrote about our new friend Michele Henry and her company, Phoenix Commercial Paint, in yesterday’s blog, Michele said her website recorded 321 new visitors, most from my blog post. I hope it gets her some new customers, because she really does great work at an unbelievable price.

Someone wrote to ask me how any company can turn out a quality full body paint job for so much less than anyone else in the business, and said it seems impossible.

Michele can do what she does at that price for the same reason we have been able to publish a successful RV newspaper for ten years without any staff and without filling it up with ads from the big RV manufacturers. We love what we’re doing and we do almost everything ourselves to keep our overhead low. If it takes working 18 hours a day when we’re against a deadline, we do it. The same with Michele; she loves transforming dated looking coaches with beautiful paint jobs, and she isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty to get the job done. If you love what you’re doing, it’s not really work.

I am going to take some time off this evening, though. The Verizon store is having a free class on how to get the most out of smart phones, and I want to go see if they can give me some pointers on my new Blackberry Storm.

I am really impressed with this new phone, and it has so many features that I’ll never discover how to use them all myself. Can you believe that I was even able to download a free level? It looks and works exactly like a bubble level that you would use to check your RV’s level, or a tripod TV dish, but it’s right there on the phone. I tested it against two levels we have, and it is just as accurate.

What do I need a telephone with a level for? I have absolutely no idea, but that’s why my pal Brenda Speidel calls me Gadget Boy! 

Thought For The Day – Be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

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  7 Responses to “Call Me Gadget Boy”

  1. It’s good to hear you and Terry are feeling better. I was getting a little worried about you. Just take it easy for a while….you’ll get caught up eventually. Take care………Pat

  2. Nick,

    We all know why you need another level that you will always have with you. There are some, not us you understand, but some who think your bubble is a little off. Having just one more reference to check will make Miss Terry’s life so much easier.

    Love ya, man! Charles

  3. “Find a job that you love and you never have to work”

  4. Your “geek’n” me out Nick! Glad you and Miss Terry are feeling better.
    Barry & Joyce

  5. Hello Nick, Glad to hear that you are liking your Storm. I also have one. I am hoping you learn some tips and tricks that you can share with us fellow Storm users. I have one for you. I downloaded Weather Bug and no matter where I am travelling (because of the GPS ability of the Storm) it knows where I am and gives me the current weather for the area that I am in. This is excellent when you are on the road and moving from county to county and state to state.

    I would like to find something that gives me severe weather warnings on my Storm as I am travelling.

    Keep up the great work. Bill

  6. Charles, that is just hurtful. It’s true, but it’s hurtful

  7. Maybe we should sell franchises for Geeks On Tour. Wanna buy in?
    Weather in Albert Lea is no better than Sedalia. What is it about RV Rallies?

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