Proofing the new issue of the paper took longer than I expected yesterday, and then uploading it to the printer’s web server was very frustrating. Even though we have full bars of EVDO service here at Elkhart Campground, the service on our Verizon air card is very slow, and we keep getting knocked offline. We are finding this more and more around the country, as an ever increasing number of smart phones, air cards and other wireless devices all eat up bandwidth.
Finally, a little before 4 p.m. I got the new issue uploaded, and by then I had a bad case of cabin fever and needed a break. I told Terry I wanted to get away from my desk for a while. Our friends Mike and Elaine Loscher are at Phoenix Commercial Paint getting one of Michele’s custom full body paint jobs on their Winnebago Adventurer, so we drove over to say hello.
It’s been almost a year since we saw Mike and Elaine, and we’ve sure missed them! We had a nice visit, talking about our mutual travels, and making up for lost time. Mike and Elaine will be in the area for a while and we’re looking forward to getting together again while we’re all here. And then they will be at our Eastern Gypsy Journal Rally in Celina, Ohio next month, helping us with parking and registering folks when they arrive. Mike and Elaine are always a big help to us at our rallies, and have been to every one except our Western Rally this year, when a medical issue kept them at their lot at the Escapees co-op in Hondo, Texas.
While we were at Phoenix Paint, Bob and Judy Farmer were there picking up their motorhome, after having owner Michele Henry and her crew repair a minor scrape, and we got a chance to say hello. Bob and Judy are longtime Gypsy Journal subscribers, and it was nice to meet them. I invited them to join us at the rally in Celina, and Bob said they’d try to make it.
After we said our goodbyes to Mike and Elaine, we stopped in the office to chat with Michele for a while, but before long my stomach starting sending me messages asking if my throat had been cut, so I decided it was best to feed it and stop its (literal) grumbling. We decided on Ryan’s Buffet, which is usually one of our favorites locally, but this time around it was a real disappointment. Even though the place as busy, everything seemed to have been sitting on the steam tables for a while, and nothing tasted fresh. But at least my stomach shut up.
While we were finishing our dinner, our pal Greg White called to check in. Greg and Jan are at the Horseshoe Lakes Thousand Trails down near Terre Haute, Indiana. Greg said the Verizon signal and service was strong, but that their site had a flakey 30 amp breaker, and he had to reset it several times. They’ll be there a couple of weeks, and then Greg said they would head toward Elkhart Campground. We’re looking forward to seeing them again.
Back at the campground, we took our hard kayaks off the roof of the Explorer. They have been riding around on top of the SUV since last December while we were in Florida, and I’d be just as happy if somebody would come by and buy them, so we don’t have to load them back up again. We hope to get our inflatable Sea Eagles in the water while we’re here. There are a lot of miles of great paddling on the Saint Joseph River, and I’d sure like to cover some of them!
Thought For The Day – Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.