Yes, Nick’s in Alabama. It’s cold, and last night we heard rain tapping on the roof of our motorhome a time or two. I expect the locals to show up at our door with pitchforks and torches any minute now.
Speaking of people showing up at your door, blog reader Dave Bossert sent me an e-mail yesterday, relating an uncomfortable incident he and his wife experienced. In Dave’s words: “We’re currently in Quartzsite and last night had a hippy type person come to our door at 10:30 PM. We didn’t open the door when he knocked but rather talked through the kitchen window. Long story short, he was looking for drugs and was all messed up. He finally left after I threatened to call the police. Now I know, to a smaller degree, what you went through with your intrusion. Lucky for us the bad guy was on the outside not the inside, as in your case. Could you please advise people to know how to contact the local police in their area and also know exactly where they are to guide the police? I think you need to update your cell phone for the area you are in, or else a 911 call could go to the wrong area.” Folks, the RV lifestyle is pretty safe overall. But as Terry and I learned when we came home late one evening to confront an armed burglar inside our coach, bad things can happen. Always be aware of your surroundings, and don’t get complacent.
We like the Plantation, it’s one of our favorite Escapee campgrounds. And apparently we’re not the only ones, the place is packed. We got the last available 50 amp site when we arrived, and there were only a couple of 30 amp sites available when I went up to the office to check in yesterday morning. I considered moving to one of those sites, since a tree is blocking our rooftop satellite TV dish where we are, but since we’ll only be here until Sunday morning, we’ll rough it with the crank up air antenna.
The good news is, our Verizon MiFi is getting a strong 4G signal here, and when I ran a speed test last night, I was getting download speeds of 1326 kb/s and uploads of 186 kb/s. That’s good! Of course, it still doesn’t keep the MiFi from locking up and having to reboot it a couple of times a day. 🙁
The Activity Center is the hub of the community here at the campground, and yesterday when I stopped in to drop off a bundle of sample issues of the Gypsy Journal, there was a group of people caning chairs. Old wooden chairs are collected at yard sales and flea markets, then the folks here restore them, and when they have enough ready to go, they will auction them off, with the proceeds going to the the Escapees CARE facility in Livingston, Texas.
Yesterday afternoon we went up to the Activity Center for the 4 p.m. Social Hour, and ran into a lot of people we know, including Darrell and Judy Patterson, Norm and Linda Payne, Judy Hughes, and a bunch of other folks. But unless they are wearing name tags, and unless I write their names down right that moment, I usually can’t remember who I spoke to five minutes ago. It’s not that people aren’t important to me, it’s just that I’m terrible with names. I’ve been married three times, and had a couple of other serious relationships, but I’ve never kissed a woman who wasn’t called Baby. 🙂
After Social Hour, we stopped to chat with our neighbors for a few minutes, and to compliment the husband on his mandolin playing, which we enjoyed listening to yesterday morning as he sat outside and picked. Then we drove to another of our favorite restaurants locally, Big Daddy’s Grill, on the bank of the Fish River. I had blackened shrimp, and Miss Terry had a shrimp quesadilla and a Greek salad. It was all delicious, and the Key Lime pie made an excellent dessert.
If the weather is decent today, we may go out and play tourist for a while, and if it’s ugly, we’ll stay home and work on the sequel to Big Lake. Final editing and proofing is taking longer than expected, but I want it to be as perfect as possible before I upload it to Amazon’s Kindle bookstore.
Speaking of Kindle e-books, my friend Traci Hilton’s mystery Eminent Domain is free on Amazon today. Check it out. It’s a very good read!
Thought For The Day – When does it stop being partly cloudy and start being partly sunny?