Why Do I Try?

 Posted by at 1:05 pm  Nick's Blog
Dec 222009

I don’t know why I even try to give our readers an idea of our travel plans, because the minute I do, everything changes. I reported in yesterday’s blog that we would send the CD with the new issue to our printer, and hopefully head west by way of Livingston, Texas and across the central part of the Lone Star State. What a difference a day makes! 

When I called the printer we normally use here in this part of the country, they didn’t have us on the schedule as promised, our contact person was unavailable, and it was obvious they were neck deep in chaos due to internal problems. Now what? We’re already running late and we don’t have time to wait for them to resolve their personnel issues.

I called another newspaper printer we have used in Victoria, Texas, explained our problem, and the customer service rep we work with there promised that if I could overnight the CD to her, she’d make getting us printed a priority. So it looks like we’ll be driving across Interstate 10 counting the road kill after all.

Publishing a newspaper on the road presents these kinds of challenges all the time. It would be great to have one newspaper do all of our printing, but the cost of having them ship the finished issue to us wherever we happen to be would be prohibitive, and timing would become a real issue. Most newspapers could actually handle the mailing for us as well, but besides the papers for our subscribers, we also print several thousand extra copies of each issue to pass out at RV parks, rallies, etc, and those would have to be shipped to us, with the inherent costs mentioned above.

Anyway, with all of that worked out yesterday morning, we drove about 35 miles to Pensacola, Florida to take care of some business, and made the mistake of stopping at a couple of stores. I was quickly reminded of why I try to avoid stores from Thanksgiving until New Years Day. Crowds of shoppers, everybody in a hurry, screaming kids, and frazzled store employees are about as far from the spirit of Christmas as you can get. Bah humbug!

Today we have an appointment at Camping World in Robertsdale to get the last of the repairs done to our motorhome from our burglary and vandalism. Our appointment is for 8 a.m., and they say we’ll be out by noon.

We had expected to be here in Summerdale until after Christmas, and probably until right after New Years, but, with this change of plans in our printing schedule, we’ll be heading toward Texas no later than Wednesday morning. In fact, if they get the work finished at Camping World early enough in the day, we may even put a couple of hundred miles behind us yet today.

We know we are disappointing some folks who wanted to get together with us while we were here, but we really have no choice. Unfortunately, we are not retired and we don’t always have the luxury of the relaxed schedule we like to have. It’s a lot better than our old workaholic lifestyle, but sometimes when duty calls, we just have to answer.

Tune in tomorrow and find out where we are. And if you find out before I do, send me an e-mail and let me know!       

Thought For The Day – I feel like I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

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  6 Responses to “Why Do I Try?”

  1. Like the books and game ‘Where is Waldo”, Where are Nick & Terry?
    You are a proponent of goals in concrete and plans in Jello, so another period of time to go with the flow.
    Could the pages be transmitted and then you only have to show up to pick up?
    Merry Christmas

  2. There you go skipping about all flustered and hassled trying to get everything tied up when you could be up north here with the rest of us just relaxing by a fire and looking out at all the pretty snow.

  3. If you are coming west early, you have plenty of time to stop by at Benson. There are a few folks here who’d love to see you! Let us know, we’ll put out the word on the park’s TV channel.

  4. Keep that old “cast in jello schedule” going. Someday when you least expect it, everything you have scheduled will go as planned.

  5. Sorry to read where you’re having problems printing the next Gypsy Journal. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that everything works out for you.
    I hope that the repairs being made to your new MH are over and done today as planed.

    How about an update on your bus, did the guys that picked it up make it home okay?

    There is still lots of snow here in northern Indiana and you should be glad you are far away from it. It’s pretty, but cold and icy to drive on.

    Here’s wishing you both a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year..

  6. I saw this sign, and it might describe you and Miss Terry at this time, or at least one of you.

    It said:

    I am lost. I have gone to find myself.
    If I should return before I get back,
    Please ask me to wait.

    Have a Merry Christmas and be careful on the the road.

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