Oct 122010

Yesterday I took a break from working on the new issue so we could go to the post office and mail out some orders, and drive into Gloucester Courthouse to touch base with the newspaper that is supposed to print the new issue of the Gypsy Journal later this week. As it turns out, both were wasted trips.

I had forgotten that yesterday was Columbus Day, and the post office was closed. Oops. Then we drove another 8 miles to the newspaper office, only to discover that the fellow we needed to talk to had taken the day off to go fishing. I guess I should have called ahead.  🙁

But the trip wasn’t a total waste. A few days ago, our friend Linda Spindle told us about the Ware Neck Produce Market in Gloucester Courthouse, which also carries excellent fresh seafood. Since we were there, we stopped and Miss Terry picked up some fresh picked crab meat and some scallops. Can you guess what we had for dinner? Delicious! I enjoy dining out, but I have to say that nobody cooks scallops like Miss Terry does. Then again, no matter what’s on the menu, her culinary skills are pretty darned hard to beat. I keep nagging her to do a cookbook and/or a cooking blog, but so far she’s not convinced.

I was talking to Tiffany Ingram at Passport America in Long Beach, Mississippi yesterday, and she told me that they just created a new free app for Droid phones. I downloaded it, and it’s really nifty. It shows all of their affiliate campgrounds, along with contact information, rates, and directions. That’s going to come in really handy. They also have a free app for iPhones.

Speaking of apps, a while back my iPad went on the fritz and had to be replaced. Unfortunately, in the process I lost my apps for Escapees RV parks and a really good one called State Lines, that I used a lot. I can’t seem to find them in my backup files, so if you are the producer of either app and are reading this, help! I really miss your applications.

Even with the time we lost yesterday running around, I’m still on schedule with the paper and things are looking good. I just wish we could have actually talked to the newspaper’s production foreman face to face. Any time we use a new printer, there can be unexpected surprises.

We use different newspapers around the country to do our printing, and I really wish we could find one shop to do it every issue, but then shipping it to us wherever we are becomes an issue, since in addition to the papers for our subscribers, we print several thousand extra each time around to distribute at RV parks, RV rallies, and to give to our readers to pass out in their travels.

That’s one of the things that has held us back in taking a trip to Alaska. When we make that trip, we want to do it right, and spend at least three months. We don’t want to go all the way up there, and then have to rush back to the Lower 48 to get an issue printed, and getting the job done up there is prohibitively expensive. I’m working on a couple of possible solutions to that problem, since going to Alaska has been a dream for both of us since before we bought our first RV.

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  9 Responses to “Crabs, Scallops, And Apps”

  1. Nick, If the iPad apps are like the iPod apps you can go back to the app store and download them for no charge.

    After I destroyed my first iPod (long story, but it involved a swimming pool) when I went to reload my apps I got a message that said something like “You have already purchased this app, would you like to download it again?”, and I was able to reload them no charge. Worth a try.

  2. Nick, any time you buy an app using your iPad (instead of via iTunes) you should sync it back to iTunes so that it has a copy. Then you can always restore it back to your new iPad directly from your copy of iTunes on your PC.

  3. So go to Alaska, print out two newspapers before you leave the lower 48 and send the second one from Alaska…we’d never know. Alaska is a state so the postal charges should be the same.

  4. Thanks for the tip on the Passport America Droid App. I just got my Droid and am always looking for good apps, and tips!

  5. The developers of State Lines say on their blog that it’s available at the app store. http://www.technomadia.com/apps/State_Lines/State_Lines.html

  6. Another great iPhone app is:

  7. Thanks, Nick for the PA app tip. 5 min. before reading it I had asked Charles to bring the PA directory to me here at the show. Now it’s on my phone. Cool!

  8. Nick,

    The Anchorage Daily News has a state-of-the-art printing press. Additionally, there is a smaller weekly paper up there (the name escapes me at the moment). I’m sure you can get some printing done at rates not a lot higher than elsewhere. I lived there for 30 years; you can believe me…Alaska may be the last frontier, but Anchorage is just another city!

  9. Hi Nick! Sorry to hear about your iPad problems. I believe we had sent you a free promo code for our app, State Lines. If you’re unable to get it reloaded from the App Store (as others have said, if you’re using the same iTunes account on your new iPad, this should be no problem) – we’ll be happy to send you another one! Just be in touch.

    We should also be having a new release of the app out soon – one that is designed specifically for the iPad’s dimensions. We appreciate that you like the app!

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