Okay, I Give Up

 Posted by at 4:01 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 062010

Okay, I give up. It’s obvious that God doesn’t want me to watch the space shuttle being launched. Yesterday’s liftoff was canceled due to a fuel leak, and now NASA officials say it will be the end of November, at the earliest, before the shuttle will take off. We’ll be gone from the Space Coast long before that. We’d like to see it, but there is a lot more here in Florida that we also want to see.

Yesterday we had a very nice lunch with Peter and Connie Bradish, our hosts here at The Great Outdoors, and then we went back to their beautiful home and spent several hours visiting. Peter and Connie are really into genealogy, and have many years of experience in family history research, and I learned a lot talking with them that will help me in my own research. In fact, back at our motorhome, I logged onto a website Connie told me about, and discovered two sisters of my father, that were born and died in infancy, that I had never known about!

By the time we got done visiting with Peter and Connie, the weather had turned very cool. The day before we were running our Winnebago’s basement air conditioner, and yesterday evening we were sitting around whining about how chilly it was!

In addition to doing some genealogy research yesterday, I also worked on the seminar schedule for our upcoming Arizona Gypsy Gathering rally. Dennis Hill from the RV Driving School will be doing four seminars at the rally, including one for ladies only, called Yes, You Can Drive That RV.

If you’ve been reading my blog or the Gypsy Journal for very long, you know that I believe that both people in an RV need to know how to drive it. One person may do most of the driving, but you both need to at least know how to get the rig off the road and to a safe place, in case of an emergency. In addition to the seminar at the rally, the RV Driving School will also be offering behind the wheel driving lessons in your own RV at the rally, for a separate fee. Anybody who has taken the class will tell you that it is one of the best investments that you can make for your RV safety.

Dennis will also be presenting seminars on Testing Air Brakes, RV Driving Tips & Techniques, and Preparing To Drive To Alaska. I think if I snivel and beg hard enough, he will probably also sit in on our RVing Alaska panel discussion. Gee, I feel kind of bad about making Dennis work so hard when his pretty wife Carol is just sitting around running their vendor booth and being bored. I wonder if I can get her to teach a line dancing class?

Today is our last day in the Titusville area, and we’re going to spend it with Tim and Ann Moran. Tim has been wanting to show me a museum near their house, but hasn’t been up to it all week. If he’s feeling better, we may do that, and if not, we’ll just sit and visit. When you’re with people you love, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing, it’s all about just having that precious time together.

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Thought For The Day – There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

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Nick Russell

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  5 Responses to “Okay, I Give Up”

  1. Sorry you aren’t going to see the space shot. I have never been to see one at the Space Ctr. We are south of there (maybe 60 m) & we can see it go over. We were at “Great Outdoors” in their rally area a few years ago when one came back. There were 2 bangs (sound barrier) & I could see it going by. The closest I have seen a takeoff was a night one (I was in Melbourne). It was spectacular — lit up the whole area. I will never forget it.

  2. Can you share the genealogy website?

  3. Clairese,
    It is http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html
    FamilySearch.org has begun a program to digitize all of the records of the Famly History Library, and this is the first phase.

  4. This may be the year we “do” Alaska. I’ve started doing my research so I look forward to attending Dennis’ classes. I had heard from a few folks that they were planning on going again this summer.

  5. If you are upset about the space shuttle delays how do you think the astronauts feel sitting in what amounts to a spaceship that should be covered by Florida’s “Lemon Law”. I would be trading my ticket in on a cuise to the Bahamas myself.

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