Feb 202012

Yes, another one bites the dust. We finished the new issue of the Gypsy Journal Saturday night and Miss Terry spent Sunday proofing it. Then I made the corrections and uploaded it to our printer’s web server.

This is issue 77 of the Gypsy Journal, and that’s a lot of travel stories over the years! But I still get nervous waiting for the new issue to get to us, worried that we missed a typo someplace or made a mistake somewhere. It’s almost like having a new baby born every two months!

We’ll have a couple of days to catch our breath and try to catch up on all of the other chores that get neglected what we’re focusing on the new issue. We’ve only got a few days left here in east Mesa, and on Thursday we’ll be headed for Yuma.

Once we get there it’s going to be a mad rush of getting ready for the rally, and getting the new issue mailed out when it arrives. Somewhere along the line Terry and I may even find the time to give each other a quick hug and a kiss in passing. Now you all know that’s a joke, because no matter what we are doing, we always make time to show our affection for each other.

While we’re looking forward to seeing all of our friends at the rally in Yuma, it’s always a little bit intimidating trying to pull it all off. But, we are blessed with a wonderful crew of volunteers who are always ready, willing, and able to do whatever it takes to help us get the job done. And trust me, we will sure be relying on them this time around!

After reading in yesterday’s blog that we will be going back to Tucson for a while after the rally for some medical appointments, I had a number of folks e-mailing asking if we could get together for breakfast, lunch, or dinner sometime, or just for a visit. While we love the opportunity to visit with our friends and readers, there are only so many hours in a day. We’ll do the best we can but I can’t guarantee we’ll get all of the bases covered. By the time we get the rally over, we are really going to need some downtime just to recharge our batteries.

Sometimes we find ourselves walking a tight rope. A while back somebody accused us of being stuck up because we wouldn’t take part in some social events they invited us to. We hate to have anybody feel that way about us, but we are just not always able to be “on.” While we enjoy spending time with people, we also have a business to run, and we need some time to ourselves now and then. I guess I really shouldn’t worry about it but I do. We know that without the support of all of you, we couldn’t live the dream we do, and we appreciate each and every one of our readers.

On another topic, after seeing the pictures of the alligator in yesterday’s blog, somebody wrote to tell me that they were going to spend all their winters in Arizona from now on and never go near Florida again. I guess I won’t tell them about the rattlesnakes, scorpions, Gila monsters, mountain lions, and bears here in Arizona. If I spent my life worrying about all the things that could happen, I’d never have time to do anything else. Instead I choose to exercise reasonable caution in everything I do, and enjoy every minute I live. I hope you do, too.

Thought For The Day – It is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.

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  6 Responses to “Another One Bites The Dust”

  1. You forgot to include our coyotes here in Arizona. In our area in northwest Phoenix, we see them and hear them almost every day! They used to nap on our patio furniture, but we haven’t had that happen for awhile!

  2. Happy to hear that you can now maybe take a day or so to rest and recover from being sick and so busy. We are excited now that we know that we will leave here next Wed heading for the rally. We have the hitch itch. I got a good laugh at the person who will not go back to FL because of alligators, you are right there are creatures everywhere you should use caution when out and about. We had a problem here in TX with Coyotes last year,as well as the odd assortment of snakes and creepy crawlies. They were here long before we took over their spaces. Be safe traveling down to Yuma.See you soon

  3. Hey Nick… maybe you should just post on your blog that you’ll be able to meet with everyone that wants to meet you at such and such place on a certain day and anyone who wants to visit can come there. Make a party out of it and get everyone visit done at the same time. Oh, wait, that would also be called a rally… LOL nevermind. Just remember… it’s good to be loved.
    PS> haven’t heard much from Bad Nick lately.

  4. Yep, we too were unable to lure you in with the offer of a free dinner when you were in S FL. But I figured it out. Effective immediately, I will take a shower EVERY Saturday instead of just the first Saturday of the month! There, now you have no excuse.

  5. The remark of being “stuck-up” was just plain rude!

  6. You’re right, Nick, fulltiming is just a way to enjoy life more but you can’t escape the mishaps and obstacles. We are at Aransas Pass, TX, and in a nice trailer park, just minding our own business, so the guy mowing managed to throw a rock at the our camper hard enough to break a window. Good thing it is dry here. Now we have to deal with insurance, ick!

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