Oct 182011

Yesterday was just another working day for us. Terry put the finishing touches on her recipe column, then waded back into the pile of paperwork that never seems to go away or even diminish, no matter how many hours she puts into it. I think all of those sheets of rally registration forms, subscription forms, and volunteer worksheets multiply overnight while we’re asleep. I know for sure that the bills do!

I started a little after 9 a.m., and spent most of the day working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and by 11:30 p.m. I had 23 out of 36 pages finished. I’ll really have to push hard to get it to the printer by Wednesday afternoon, but I’m sure trying! Now that I seem to be getting the hang of laying the paper out on the iMac, I think it will start going faster.

In mid-afternoon, Linda Loutzenhiser stopped by to drop off some photos that her husband George took of the Buckeye Beauty Contest at our rally in Celina. George and Linda will be working at Amazon, in Campbellsville, Kentucky this year, helping to meet the rush of Christmas orders the big online retailer gets every season. We know quite a few RVers who have worked in Amazon’s fulfillment warehouses, and they all said it was hard work, but the pay was good.

A little after 5 p.m., we took a break to go to El Maguey for dinner with Greg and Jan, and by then I really needed to get away from my keyboard for a while. During dinner, we talked about our upcoming Arizona Gypsy Journal Rally, and brainstormed some new seminar topics. One of the complaints I have heard about a lot of RV rallies is that they repeat the same seminars year after year, and we try to avoid that by having a mix of returning favorites and new offerings at our events.

This year in Yuma, some of our new seminars will include roundtable discussions on diesel pushers, fifth wheel trailers, traveling in smaller RVs, workamping, volunteering, and solo RVing. Henry Kozminski will be presenting two seminars, one called RV Safety Plus, and another titled RV Tips & Tricks. Henry has done these seminars at Good Sam rallies in the U.S. and Canada, and he will be instructing at the Okanagan College RV Lifestyle Seminars next year in Kelowna, British Columbia.

In addition to bringing back his two popular computer seminars, 10 Things To Never Do With Your Computer and Do’s & Don’ts of Computer Security, Greg will also be doing a general Computer Q&A seminar at the rally. Lately, Greg has been writing about different gadgets and tools that will make every RVer’s life easier, in his blog, and he has agreed to do an RV Gadgets & Gizmos seminar. We also talked about having a roundtable discussion on RVing Grandparents, and a seminar on Getting Online On The Road, discussing the different options for internet access RVers have.

Our iMacs came with 4 GB of RAM memory, and we had ordered an additional 4 GB for each computer, which arrived yesterday. Back at the campground, Greg added the extra memory chips, which only took him a few minutes. Since a screwdriver was required to remove the access cover on the bottom of the computers, it would have required a week and at least one trip to the local Emergency Room if I did it. Thanks Greg!

Today will be more of the same as I try to get the new issue wrapped up. I should have been working on it all along the last few weeks, which is my usual routine, but lately I seem to have gotten lazy, and put the task on the back burner. Now I’m paying the price for that. But in the words of Larry the Cable Guy, I’ll “git –R-done!”

Thought For The Day – If vegetarians love animals so much, why do they keep eating all of their food?

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  2 Responses to “Just Another Working Day”

  1. Nick, sounds like you guys are coming up with some great titles for seminars that will be appropriate for more than a few. Keep up the good work, I’m looking forward to Yuma.

  2. It sounds like some great new seminar topics and especially the one about internet on the road since we’re dealing with that one right now. Yes, keep up the good work and we’ll see you in Yuma.

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