Dec 152010

Today is the last day to take advantage of our Two For One Holiday Special. So if you haven’t clicked the link above, there’s still time. You can enter a new subscription to the Gypsy Journal for yourself, or renew your subscription early, and we’ll give someone on your Christmas shopping list a free one year subscription, with a note that it is a gift from you. All you have to do is enter your mailing address, and send me a separate e-mail with the name of the recipient of your gift subscription at and we’ll do the rest. The special ends tonight at midnight, so if you snooze, you lose!

It’s still unbelievably cold here in Fort Lauderdale, but at least the wind has stopped. We’d like to do some sightseeing while were in this area, but between having to get the new issue of the paper finished, and the weather, I don’t know if we’ll do much of anything but stay home and work.

I got an e-mail from my friend Tom Owen down in Key West yesterday, and he said they tied a record low, set in 1952, and that folks on that tropical island are running around in winter coats, gloves, mufflers and longshoreman caps. Tom said that the wind chill was 30 degrees in Key West! We won’t be going to the Florida Keys this year after all! 🙁

Speaking of the cold weather, I have been exchanging e-mails with a couple who are staying in their RV, in a relative’s driveway in the upper Midwest, until after the holidays. They wrote to ask for advice because their water lines were frozen, and I suggested that they put a droplight in their utility bay with a 25 watt bulb. That’s what we did when we were stuck in northern Michigan years ago during Terry’s battle with cancer, and it kept it toasty warm in the water bay.

They replied that their son didn’t want them to do that, because it would run up his electric bill. I also suggested they use heat tape on any exposed water lines, but the lady wrote back and said that was an “awful lot of trouble” and asked me if there wasn’t a simpler way to solve the problem. Uh, yeah, there is. Turn the key and get the heck out of there!

My friend Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour spent most of the afternoon yesterday helping me make some changes in our e-mail program, laying the groundwork for migrating our websites to another host, and talking about where we want to go with our online business in the future. The technology is changing on a daily basis, and it is amazing what we can now offer our readers online.

Later in the afternoon, Chris and her hubby Jim treated us to a wonderful seafood dinner at a restaurant called Catfish Deweys,  that is a local landmark. I had the blackened seafood platter and Miss Terry had blackened catfish, and both were excellent. Thanks Jim and Chris!

Bad Nick has been quiet for a while because he has been on strike, protesting the cold weather. But he finally got of his duff yesterday and posted a new Bad Nick Blog titled Snappy Comebacks. Check it out and leave a comment.

Thought For The Day – You shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back sometimes.

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  9 Responses to “If You Snooze You Lose”

  1. I wonder if that lady made her son sleep outside in the winter when he was a baby? If my son treated me like that I’d leave there and never look back.

  2. While I wouldn’t want to look down on a “free” parking spot in a relative’s driveway, your idea about the drop light is perfect and it only costs about 10¢ per day. I would hope that one of my kids would cut me a little slack for $3 a month in expenses. You have to wonder if he really wants mom and dad in his driveway for the holidays…

  3. It was 45* here in Big Pine Key this morning near where we are workamping this winter. Doggie sweaters are certainly fashionable these days. It was 85* just a few weeks ago, at least now we will appreciate 65-70* with a passion when it comes back to us tomorrow! We can’t wait to try out kayaking!


    Dave & Sheila Knapp

  4. I wonder how many strings of Christmas lights the “good litle son” has lit in and around his house

  5. I can commiserate with you all. I always thought that this part of Texas was mild in the winter. I have come to know that is not so. True are daytime temps have been reasonable for a while. But starting late afternoon when the sun starts to go down it gets downright cold. We have been staying in the mid 30’s for the most part but a few nights we have dropped into the 20s. We even went down to 19 one night. We use our propane heat at night just so the bays will stay warm. Our Winnebago will automatically switch us to propane from electric if the temp drops below 45, this is a safety measure to prevent the pipes from freezing. We will wrap our hose with insulating wrap to prevent it from the weather. The son of the folks you mentioned must really be a cheapskate not to let his parents put in a low watt light to prevent the freezing problem.

  6. It is amazing how much heat a 25 watt bulb puts out for 10 cents a day. When we owned a 26′ sailboat that was kept in the water down in Long Beach we always left on a 25 watt bulb when not there. Kept the humidity down inside!

  7. I had a similar situation when I parked in my sisters drive overnight. We took them out to dinner and they wanted us to babysit their daughter in our Rv over night. When we asked to plug in they refused saying it would cost too much. I offered to give them $10. for electric cost over night but that too wasn’t good enough. So, we refused to baby sit their daughter and left first thing in the morning. It reminds me of why I am in AZ for the winter, and not visiting the relatives for the holidays. A Christmas card will do just fine.

  8. Can’t afford a 25 watt light bulb to help Dad thaw out some pipes ! Wow, hard for me to believe these relatives are such cheapskates ! Even to solve a freezing pipes problem. This son must already have a problem with Dad and if he didn’t, he does now. Nick has it right, get out of there. Oh, and Merry Christmas Dad, but don’t even think about getting your laundry done here !

  9. Howdy Nick,
    Thank you, for being my friend… You can plug-in @ my power pole anytime(30)

    As for the ‘Dad’, the boy was RUDE AND MALISCIOUS besides.. I never hear from my

    kid and he probably wouldn’t let me plug in either… He’s so tight his handwriting’s

    small and he got ‘marked down’ in school & college because of it!!!!!

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