I got the new issue of the Gypsy Journal finished yesterday and we dropped it off at the printer a little before 5 p.m. If all goes according to schedule, we’ll pick it up late today or tomorrow morning, and the next task will be to get it mailed out to all of our subscribers next week.
We’re always a little nervous when we use a new newspaper to print us, but their production manger seemed to think it was going to be fine. I’m sure it will be, but every time, it’s like sending your baby off to the first day of kindergarten. Are they going to take care of him and treat him nice?
This is issue 69 of the Gypsy Journal. That’s a lot of stories over the years, and we really appreciate all of our faithful readers for their support. Your subscriptions allow us to keep living our dream and doing what we do. We’ve come a long way from the night I thought this thing up, sitting at our kitchen table back in Arizona.
Back then we were overworked and stressed out, and never had time to really enjoy life. These days it’s a whole new world. Yes, we still have to work, but our job is to go the places other people go on vacation, and we get paid to do it! That’s a pretty good gig, if you ask me!
It seems like it’s a long time away, but our Arizona Gypsy Gathering is coming up fast, and we have a lot to get done between now and then. Yesterday I talked to David Bradley again, and we confirmed that he will be performing for us at the rally, on Tuesday evening. David was a big hit at this year’s Arizona rally, and we look forward to having him back.
We already have several vendors registered, and a number of regular rally attendees, too. At every rally, we have vendors who are disappointed because they waited until the last minute to register and request a seminar time slot, and there are none left. Here’s a heads up folks, vendor seminars are on a first come basis, and the sooner you register, the better your chances of securing one. We only have so many slots available, and if you snooze, you lose.
I’m looking over the seminar schedule, deciding what we’ll bring back again and what new seminars to add. We repeat some seminars every rally, because they are so popular, but I am always looking for new topics so our rallies don’t get stale. We’ve been to some RV rallies where it’s the same seminars year after year, and after two or three times, there is no reason to go back again. We don’t want that to happen to our events.
Several people have e-mailed asking me how I like my new Droid Incredible phone, and how it compares to the Blackberry Storm I had before. All I can say is, wow!
Overall, I love it, and I’m glad I switched. There are more apps available than I could ever use, and I have already downloaded several very good ones.
Accessing the internet on the Droid is both easier and much faster than the Blackberry ever was. The Droid’s keyboard is slightly larger and more intuitive, and I find it easier to use when I reply to an e-mail.
With the Blackberry, I was constantly bumping the side buttons and either disconnecting calls, or getting a mechanical voice asking me to “Say A Command.” That isn’t a problem with the Droid’s control layout.
With the Blackberry, it costs $10 a month extra for GPS navigation, and it’s free with the Droid. Even though we have a GPS in our van, I’ve found that many times the Droid can find stores, restaurants, and even addresses that the GPS can’t. The Droid gives both spoken driving directions and a map on screen. The Droid came with two or three excellent mapping programs.
There are a couple of features I miss from the Blackberry that I wish I had on the Droid. Whenever I got a new e-mail, the Blackberry would beep to alert me, and with the Droid, I don’t know a new message has come in until I notice the icon on the screen.
The ringer and talk volume was louder on the Blackberry, which I miss. I also am not impressed with the ringtones on the Droid as compared to the selection on the Blackberry. I have not figured out how to download new ringtones yet, or transfer them from my computer.
I was also disappointed that the Droid came with a very skimpy instruction manual, and there doesn’t seem to be anything on the manufacturer’s website to help me get more familiar with the phone. The Blackberry came with a much more comprehensive User’s Manuel.
The Droid is a major step forward in Smart phone technology, and while I kept hoping that Verizon would finally get an iPhone, I don’t know that the iPhone will do anything the Droid can’t.
Speaking of apps, I mentioned the other day that I had lost my State Lines app when my iPad crashed and had to be replaced. I was eventfully able to download it again from the iTunes app store. I got an e-mail from Cherie Ve Ard, one of the creators of the State Lines, and she told me that they will have an updated release out soon with even more useful info. If you are an RVer that owns an iPhone or iPad and don’t have this excellent app, you need to get it. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.
Thought for The Day –The rate at which a person matures is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate.