Oct 182009

We’re getting down to the wire and I’m hoping we can get everything done here in Elkhart that we need to before we leave. I’m wrapping up the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and hopefully will have it done by tonight so we can take it up to our printer in Michigan on Monday.

Then we need to make a quick overnight trip to Muskegon, Michigan to visit Rocky and Bernie Frees one more time before we begin our winter travels. We’ll get the new issue back from the printer Thursday or Friday, and Miss Terry will spend next weekend stuffing envelopes to drop off at the mail service the following Monday morning.

Meanwhile, I have to put some finishing touches on a website I’m building for Carlyle Lehman at Focal Wood Products and visit him in Nappanee to get his final approval before the website goes live.

And somewhere in that time we need to winterize our bus conversion and move it to its winter storage location. We located an inside storage location, but I still want to have the bus winterized, just in case a bad storm knocks out power for a few days.

I also wanted to get the Winnebago in to Cummins for service, and to a local shop to have a couple of small things done. We may have to wait until we get further south to do that. 

But you know what they say about all work and no play. So yesterday I got away from the computer long enough so we could go to dinner at a nice Mexican restaurant with Greg and Jan White. We first met Greg and Jan when they came to Life on Wheels as students, and I remember that during my Reluctant RVer seminar Jan began to cry. She told me later it was because she felt like I was talking directly to her and addressing many of the fears she had about fulltime RVing. The other day Jan credited me with “talking her in off the ledge” when she wasn’t sure if she could go through with the change to the fulltime lifestyle. Whenever somebody tells me something like that, I am very flattered, and I feel good that maybe I could make a positive impact in their life in some small way. 

Speaking of RV seminars, in yesterday’s blog I told you about my pal Charlie Minshall, the Silver Gypsy. Charlie has offered to come to our Arizona Gypsy Gathering rally in Yuma to present an excellent seminar called Moments in Time:  A 20-year full-time North American RV Adventure that will take you along with Charlie as she lives on a Mexican beach, drives the Trans-Labrador Highway, experiences the Blue Ridge Parkway, discourages a bear on the haul road to Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay, takes a Yukon River wilderness canoe trip, and mushes dogs on a glacier. You can bet this is going to be a great seminar, and I plan to be sitting right in the front row!

Even as busy as I’ve been, Bad Nick still found time to write a new Bad Nick Blog post titled Will You Stand By Your Principles? Check it out and leave a comment.

Thought For The Day – The trouble with life is there’s no background music.

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Nick Russell

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  5 Responses to “Getting Down To The Wire”

  1. Did you get your Wooden PressurePro Monitor stand built? Its neat to have it the same wood as your Coach Interior……..



  2. We are looking forward to seeing and hearing Charlie. We’ve heard a lot about her, and we are anxious to make a connection. Yay!

    To change the ancient advice, go south, young man! Get out of that cold territory!

  3. MY life has a soundtrack. Everything I see seems to remind me of one song or another. For instance, when riding through Montana my mind played Home on the Range. A classic Mustang on display outside a Ford dealer started Mustang Sally. A billboard for a bingo hall started me singing about the dog named B-I-N-G-O. Etc. I apparently know a LOT of songs. Well, at least parts of lots of songs. It’s probably a good thing I don’t sing them out loud–that would drive Dave nuts.

  4. Excited to hear Charlene again. We attended the first big Life on Wheels conference in Moscow, Idaho and many Escapades and she gives a great lecture.

  5. Really glad that Charlie is coming out of “retirement”.
    She is very motivational.

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