I finished laying out the new issue of the Gypsy Journal last night, and after a final proofing this morning, I will upload it to our printer’s web server so they can do their thing. This is issue 74, and I still get a thrill every time we put a new issue to bed. Then I fret and worry until we pick it up from the printer. Did I fix that typo on page 6? Do the photos have enough contrast? Will the printer do a good job? You’d think after over 30 years of publishing newspapers I’d learn to relax by now, but I always feel like a new father pacing outside the delivery room.
Just because the paper is finished doesn’t mean our work is! We’ll pick up the new issue from the printer on Thursday, and spend the next several days stuffing envelopes and getting them all mailed out to our subscribers. Well, okay, Miss Terry will be the one doing all of the work, I’ll just be the gofer, lugging bundles of newspapers inside, and bins full of stuffed envelopes back out to the Explorer.
And, of course, once we get the mailing all done, it’s time to get busy on all of the final details for our Eastern Gypsy Journal Rally the end of September. What’s that they say about all work and no play? 🙂
Hey, don’t worry about me – my work is play to me! I know I’ve got the best job in the whole world, and I thank all of you for making it possible for us to continue doing it. We don’t plan to stop until we get too feeble to turn the key in our motorhome’s ignition, and hopefully that won’t be for a long, long time!
Speaking of rallies, we have to do a lot of long range planning to make them happen. Our next Western Rally will be in Yuma, Arizona March 5-9. And we need to make a decision on a location for next year’s Eastern Rally. One option is at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Celina, Ohio again. Or we could hold it at Elkhart Campground, like we did last year. The campground is a popular location, but presents us with some challenges, because they don’t have enough buildings for all of our seminars. Last year we had to rent a huge tent for some of our seminars and for the evening entertainment. It worked, but it really put a dent in our budget.
And there is no reason we can’t look at other venues. The Amana Colonies in Iowa have been suggested, and an upscale RV park called Sun-N-Fun in Sarasota, Florida has been courting us. That would force us to push the rally dates later into the winter, but who knows, maybe it could work. We need a place capable of accommodating 100+ RVs, and at least four buildings for seminars, as well as a large hall for evening events. I’d appreciate your feedback. If you’ve been to our Eastern Rallies, where would you like to go? We’re open to suggestions.
Thought For The Day – Never regret something that once made you smile.