If there is one thing you can count on in northern Arizona this time of year, it’s that the wind is going to blow, and it’s going to blow hard. The wind came up Sunday, and when it started blowing, it never stopped.
Yesterday morning we had to drive to Flagstaff to drop off a truckload of envelopes to the mail service, and there were a few times when the wind caught us and really threw our Explorer around the highway. Of course, having those two kayaks on the roof didn’t help things too much. 🙂
We’re leaving the Verde Valley tomorrow to go to Show Low, and with the high winds that are predicted, I think we’ll take the much steeper, narrower State Route 260, instead of going up to Interstate 40 and taking it across to Holbrook, and then State Route 77 south to Show Low. That route is longer, but in good weather, it’s just as fast, and a much easier drive. The keywords here being good weather. Driving that stretch of Interstate 40 last year about this time, we got caught in the worst dust storm I have ever experienced, and it was a very scary trip. I don’t want to do that again!
We have several different mailings that go out; our Standard Rate Mail subscribers, those who use commercial mail forwarding services such as Escapees, FMCA, and Alternative Resources; Canadian subscribers, those who choose the First Class Mail option; digital edition subscribers, etc. Each group of subscribers is maintained on separate mailing lists.
When we got back to the Western Horizons campground in Camp Verse, I printed out the mailing labels for those lists, and Miss Terry started stuffing envelopes again. Then we looked outside and saw Ken and Kathy Adams walking past. Ken and Kathy are vendors for Rescue Tape, one of the handiest products around. We had not seen them since we all worked an RV show in Pennsylvania last year.
I called out and invited them in, and we had a nice visit. Ken and Kathy are headed toward Las Vegas for their son’s wedding, and then they have to turn right around and get to Elkhart, Indiana to vend at an RV rally. Ahh… life on the RV rally circuit!
After Ken and Kathy left, I logged onto Stamps.com and started printing out the labels for our First Class Mail subscribers. Or, at least I tried to. But I quickly ran into formatting problems, and things went from bad to worse, as my frustration level rose into the stratosphere. At one point I realized that the software had printed out duplicates of several labels. At $1.48 each, that was over $12 wasted! 🙁 I can probably get a refund on the duplicate postage from Stamps.com, but it’s a long process that can take weeks.
Greg and Jan came by, so we took a break and went to Crusty’s Pizza in Camp Verde for dinner. The food was excellent, and Greg and Jan both said it was right up there with Da Boyz in Yuma. That’s a pretty good endorsement!
After we were finished eating, we came back to the motorhome, where Greg spent a couple of hours sorting out the problems with the First Class mailing list for me. I don’t know what I’d do without Greg, because I was in way over my head. Thanks buddy! Note to self, find a replacement for Stamps.com, hopefully something more user friendly.
Today will be more of the same – getting papers mailed out, and shipped off to the commercial mail services mentioned above. Our pals Dennis and Carol Hill, owners of the RV Driving School, pulled in yesterday evening while we were busy dealing with the mailing list problem, so we’ll hunt them down and check out the new cabinets they had made for their motorhome since we saw them at our rally in Yuma. Dennis and Carol are headed for Alaska, and I wish we were too! We’re thinking that next year may be the time for our first Alaska RV adventure!
Thought For The Day – Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good.