Nov 252010

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! I hope you are having a nice holiday, and are spending it with people you love.

We are at the Escapees Sumter Oaks campground in Bushnell, Florida, and they are having a big dinner at the activity center this afternoon, but we’re going to sit it out. Miss Terry had a nasty cold earlier in the week, and while she says she is feeling somewhat better, yesterday it hit me hard. We don’t want to spread this crud to everybody else. I’m hoping we didn’t pass it on to my nephews and niece when we visited the other day. That would be a heck of a gift to bring them after a 25 year absence, wouldn’t it? They’ll probably want me to stay away another 25 years!

We never even stepped outside yesterday. I slept late, and then took part in a Skype video conference call in the mid-afternoon. I had never used Skype before, but it’s pretty cool. With a webcam and microphone, which most laptop computers come with these days, you can have a face to face visit with any other Skype user, and it’s all free! There was some lag in the video, but still, it was a great way to communicate. I need to get my daughter Tiffany to set up a free Skype account, and then I can see those beautiful little girls of hers more often!

Being a guy, I’m much more of a wimp when I don’t feel good than Terry is. While she was the sickest, she helped load the kayaks on the roof of the Explorer, packed the motorhome for traveling, drove the Explorer from the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve to the Escapees campground, and then got our home on wheels opened up and livable again.

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I, on the other hand, am totally worthless when I don’t feel good. Except for the Skype call yesterday, and a brief visit from George and Starr Sharrer, I spent much of the day napping and feeling sorry for myself. Terry didn’t walk up to the couch and kick me in the butt, but who could have blamed her if she did?

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I also got an e-mail from subscriber Trisha Schmidt, asking me to pass on the word that if anyone lost one of their DIRECTV coastal feeds for the major networks, and had that service prior to May 2010, you need to call the DIRECTV telephone number that deals with RV travelers, 800 769-4635. Trisha said she was on hold over 20 minutes before she spoke to an actual person, but then she had both coastal feeds restored within a few minutes.

Apparently there has been quite a lengthy discussion about this on the Yahoo Boomer group site, and Trisha said that even though she called DIRECTV twice to be sure that she was ‘grandfathered’ in, they still disconnected her West Coast feed the other night.

She told me that DIRECTV’s website has a section for RVers having difficulties at, and that she was told that if you lose one of your coastal feeds, you only have until November 28th to remedy the problem, and after that it may not be possible to get both feeds restored.

As I said, we’re having a quiet day at home, and that’s just fine with us. We have a lot to be thankful for – overall good health, a loving marriage, wonderful family and friends, and we get to enjoy the greatest lifestyle there is, in the greatest country in the world. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

How about you? Where are you, how are you spending the day, and what are you especially thankful for this holiday season?

Thought For The Day – To know when to go away and when to come closer is the key to any lasting relationship.

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  18 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving”

  1. Boy, are you a troublemaker.

    I first heard about this happening at a seminar in Elkhart in August, but haven’t heard anymore recently.

    Then your mention about it tonight, so just for the fun of it, I check my West Coast channels. And they’re gone!

    They were working just fine a few hours ago.

    See what you caused.

  2. Apparently they sent out postcards to be returned by Nov 22nd. I never received a postcard, called them a week ago and they were to call back to resolve (they never called back). Boom, on Nov 22nd lost my East feed; called the RV line and waited 50 minutes. Evidently DirecTv made a mistake and which affected lots of people. My rep got the East feed back for me in a matter of minutes. It will cost more now (of course) going from $14 to $22 if you have both feeds.

  3. Nick… may want to check your Verizon air card when using Skype. I understand it uses part of your 5MB limit. We enjoyed visits with out daughters using Skype, but now are cautious using it for fear of going over our limit. This is just what I was able to figure out….not sure. :=(

  4. You asked, so here goes…

    We’re spending this Thanksgiving at the Chambers Farm Pow Wow in Fort McCoy Florida. Thanks to Cynthia Lee, who posted a notice on the Yahoo Boomers group, there are over twenty boomer rigs here for the Pow Wow. This is our first Pow Wow, so we’re not quite sure what to expect, but with a bunch of Boomers around it’s bound to be fun!

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there, especially you and Miss Terry.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Miss Terry. We are currently working at a Christmas tree lot in Savannah, a new adventure for us, but will be able to have dinner w/my mother in Richmond Hill before we have to open up the lot at 2 pm. Then tomorrow, my sister and her husband are bringing us ‘take-out’ from their feast today – Pat’s family are great cooks – their spread every holiday can put a four-star restaurant to shame. So we get to enjoy the holiday twice – life is great!
    Lu & Larry
    PS…Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  6. We lost our east coast feed even though i had filled out and sent back the card. Took about 50 minutes on the phone,( mostly on hold) to get it turned back on,,,,,,,i think they are really busy right now. :>)

  7. We are in New Hampshire at Bob’s daughter-in-law’s parents home. There are 13 of us for dinner. Spending two nights here before heading back to Maine. Suppose to be freezing rain mixed with snow on our 2 hour drive north tomorrow.

  8. I’m in Eagar AZ at the home of an old (and I do mean old) boyfriend — we broke up 30 years ago and have just reconnected. He’s got hookups on his property. Woke up at 7:30 this morning to about two inches of snow, and it’s still coming down. We’ll have a quiet dinner later today, and probably nap in front of the tv.

  9. Regarding Direct TV, this was a planned price increase. Anyone with the Mobile RV Waiver were notified via mail of the following: depending on your mailing address, you were losing either the east or west coast feeds of the 4 major networks, however you would start receiving CW and PBS. Your rate would go from $14 to $15. If you wanted to maintain both feeds, the new rate would go to $20, but you had to reply by a certain date. People with electronic billing might not have noticed this change coming which is why I still like paper statements.

  10. We also lost our west coast network channels from DirecTV yesterday. After waiting 30 minutes on hold I was told the exact same thing Bob Plaskton was told. They restored our west coast channels immediatly but the DNS will now cost $20 rather than $14.

  11. We never got the reply card but I called several weeks ago, we were told we were okay (we were already receiving both E/W coast HD feeds). Just in case, I mailed a letter out before the 18th. So far, we’re still okay….got all feeds including PBS/CW.

    As to turkey day….this will be the first year in a long time that I haven’t been with at least one of my kids. We’re going to dinner at a good friend’s house here in TN, she was also our realtor fot the property here. Other than that later today…gonna be a LAZY day.


  12. We love the Skype too! We can get on the computer and talk to the grandson back in Wisconsin. It’s so good, he tries to hug the screen when he sees grand ma. It’s nice to see the family back home on the holidays. We strongly suggest it to others. The next best thing to being there.

  13. Happy Thanksgiving to you. I am sorry you are under the weather; Hope the two of you start feeling better. We are at the Lone Star Corral Escapee Park here in Hondo. Later today we will take part in a huge Thanksgiving Dinner. This is our first time here for the holidays. We also lost our direct both coast programming on Direct TV. We never received the post card either. We spent over an hour on hold to get thru. It took less than a minute for them to restore them. The first thing they told Mike was the price was going up, Being full timers we need the service. Mike did send a e-mail stating he was not happy with the wait time that it seems everyone was having. Direct really dropped the ball this time. Surprising they did send an e-mail back apologizing for the wait.

  14. Paul, thanks for the heads up on Verizon. Fortunately for us, we got our air card before they instituted the 5 gig limit, and we are grandfathered in.

  15. Hope you and Miss Terry feel better soon. We also lost our West Coast Feed on our Direct TV…..but thankfully it only took me a few minutes on the phone to get it straightened out. I did send in the post card, but I guess it didn’t make a difference. Glad it is taken care of.
    Hope all of the reader’s of Nick’s Blog have a Wonderful Thanksgiving. Many, many blessings to be thankful for.

  16. Nick,

    We too are grandfathered in with our Aircard but if we do go over 5 gigs during the month, service slows down till the new cycle starts. We keep a close eye on that now.


  17. For the first time in 10 years we spent Thanksgiving with my brother in Fresno, CA. Usually we spend the holidays in an Escapee park; but since there are only 3 out of 7 of us kids still living, we try to spend more time with my sister in Ocean Shores, WA, or my brother.

  18. By the way, we have DISH and never were offered E/W feeds so now we have gotten used to NO NETWORK TV! Hooray!

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