Arizona Rally Update

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 302011

It has really cooled down here in central Florida! If I had a fireplace, I’d put another log on it! I’m kind of wishing I had that dog the guy at Thousand Trails accused me of owning last week, because I’d let it sleep on the bed to help keep my feet warm! 🙂

I guess I shouldn’t complain, one weather report I saw said that some part of northern Indiana and southern Michigan might get as much as six inches of snow. That will teach all of you folks up there to live in a place like that! 🙂

I spent most of yesterday working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and made a pretty good dent in the job. I did stop long enough to go out and help a couple of ladies who were trying to pull a very large Class A into a very tight site between a tree and a fence, with little room to maneuver. Then Terry and I walked over to the Activity Center to drop off my last sample bundle of the current issue of the Gypsy Journal, and the four o’clock Social Hour. Except there was no Social Hour. It seems that folks here get together at 10 a.m. for coffee instead. It’s a pretty good bet I’ll never make it for that! 🙂

Somebody wrote to ask me how the Verizon internet service is here at the Escapees campground. We have a good 3G signal, and decent speeds on our air card, but no 4G on the MiFi.

My friend Kelli Faidley registered for our Arizona Gypsy Journal Rally yesterday, and asked if we would have line dancing in Yuma. Well, Kelli and Carol Hill are both going to be there, so how could we not have line dancing? Those two gals know all about boot scootin’ and all that, and if you’d like to learn how, too, or if you’re already a line dancer, come join in the fun.

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In response to several requests, I will be doing a seminar on e-book publishing at the rally, and Judy Rinehimer suggested a seminar on my mystery novel, Big Lake, focusing on the logistics in creating/tracking the characters in the mystery and the sequel, which will be out very soon. Would anybody else be interested in something like that?

Today is the last day of the month, and Big Lake sales have topped 4,000 copies this month, and at midnight last night the book was number 136 in all Paid Kindle books. I know that kind of volume won’t last forever, but it sure is nice for now! 🙂

Another rally seminar request we had was for a CPR course. I’m not sure who I would need to contact to set something like that up, but if enough folks are interested, I’ll look into it. Let me know what you think.

At both the Yuma and Ohio rallies this year, my buddy Greg White did two very popular seminars,  Do’s & Don’t Of Computer Security, and 10 Things To Never Do With Your Computer. Greg will be bringing them back to Yuma again, and he told me that he’s working on something else, too. I’m, not sure what it is, but I’m sure it will be a hit.

And we still have some seminar spots left, if you have an idea for one you’d like to see, or better yet, present for us. Send me an e-mail at and share your suggestions, or leave a comment below.

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  12 Responses to “Arizona Rally Update”

  1. Hi Nick,
    As far as the CPR class, you may want to contact the local fire dept in the town where the rally is being held. They would certainly know of an instructor. They may even have someone on staff who does it on the side.

  2. Nick
    You might contact the American Red Cross and see if they can give a coarse on CPR. Or they might have some recommendations.

  3. For a CPR course you might try the American Red Cross Nick. I know in Canada the Red Cross offers that kind of thing. Great idea for all us old farts in this game. I carry an AED in our rig with us, in hope that if I ever need it someone will know how to use it.

  4. The fire department here in Quartzsite does it so perhaps they do in Yuma too.

  5. American Red Cross gives a two hour class to certify people in CPR, but I believe they limit it to about 15-20 students. They are limited on size do to availability of test equipment and time to test the students.

  6. Red Cross only offers the CPR certification for one year. Try the American Heart Association. I always put my employees throught their course since it has the 2 year certification. Congrautlations on the book sales. That is terrific. Wish we could be there to go to your writing seminar!

  7. YES, YES, YES, to the e-book publishing and writing seminar. I am so excited to be signed up for my very first rally of any kind. Glad it’s a Gypsy Journal Rally. See ya’ll in Yuma!

  8. CPR Class a great idea. Maybe our friends across the street at the Marine Base could help us out?????

  9. “a seminar on my mystery novel, Big Lake, focusing on the logistics in creating/tracking the characters in the mystery and the sequel”

    Absolutely! If only I thought Dave would decide we need to buy another RV and be in Arizona by then. Maybe I could fly down and rent an RV for your gathering? Or maybe you’ll publish that seminar so I can at least read it? I’m really missing you guys already and we’ve only been off the road a month.

  10. Really, really wish we were going to be there, but we committed to a workcamping gig in CO. starting April 1. At least that should leave the good weather for you, ’cause it will still be COLD in Colorado!

  11. A resounding “Yes” to an additional seminar covering character and plot development, etc. Really looking forward to the Rally!

  12. Contact Rural-Metro in Yuma, They have given instructions on the new CPR at many organizations.

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