Feb 142012

Thank you to everybody who e-mailed or left blog comments telling me to get well soon and expressing concern for my health. I think it is just a really nasty cold that has its grip on me. The good news is, yesterday I was feeling somewhat better and got a lot accomplished in the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. It’s going be a few days late, but I’m getting there. I appreciate all of our subscribers’ patience with the delay.

While I was working on the new issue, Miss Terry was knocking the piles of paperwork down that seem to grow faster than the national deficit. Just about the time she thought she had a handle on it, our mail caught up with us and she was buried again under an avalanche of orders, rally registrations, and subscription renewals. Of course, I didn’t help anything when I kept handing her things to proof for the new issue. We make a good team, Terry cooks and I eat, I make messes and she cleans them up, I write and she proofs, and I goof off and she does all the work. It’s a pretty good gig, guys!

Today is Valentine’s Day and I asked Terry if she would like to out to dinner, but she said she’d prefer a quiet evening at home. That’s fine with me too. In the next few weeks we will be surrounded with people, and chances for us to be together alone will be few until the rally is over. Happy Valentine’s Day darling, I love you very much.

Besides getting the new issue out, we also have a lot of other chores to get done while we’re here. We need to order copies of the printed version of Big Lake to have them available at the rally, we need to get rally T-shirts ordered, and we’ve got two seminar slots left to fill.

Speaking of rally seminars, Anita Rash has agreed to do a seminar on making ribbon and beaded suncatchers. Anita has done the seminar many times at Escapades and it’s always popular. There will be a small charge for materials, and the class is limited to 14 people. We’ll have a sign-up sheet at the rally registration booth when you arrive.

I also need to look into buying a new set of tires for our Ford Explorer. We’ve got one tire that loses air every day, and we can’t seem to figure out where it’s coming from. I’ve tightened the valve stem and the nut on the stem, and swabbed it with stuff to look for air bubbles with no success, and I can’t find any obvious puncture.

There’s a little bit of life left in the tires, but the wear bars are beginning to show and I need to decide whether to replace them now, or try to get the leak fixed and make do for another couple of months. I would just as soon put the new tires on now and be done with them than to have to deal with it later.

I had an interesting e-mail from a gentleman yesterday, apologizing to me for an argument we got into when I was teaching at Life on Wheels in Moscow, Idaho some years ago. We butted heads over a couple of things I was saying in the class, and it was decided that it would be better for all of us if he would leave. I’m sure he was convinced that his opinion was correct, and it was, based upon his experience as a weekend camper. However, the class was on fulltime RVing, and as I’ve said many times before, there are big differences between fulltimers and weekend campers. He wrote to tell me that he has been fulltiming for a couple of years now and has learned that the things I was telling the class were correct. I wrote back and told him no hard feelings, and we’ll get together for dinner sometime if we cross paths on the road someday. You know, we’d all be a lot better off if everybody would just accept that I really do know everything and leave it at that. 🙂

People from Alabama to Texas have written to ask me why the weather is still so nasty there when I’m all the way out here in Arizona. They asked what happened to the black cloud that always follows me around. It’s still here with me, and temperatures have cooled off quite a bit in Mesa since we arrived. But I like leaving a little bit of something behind to help folks remember I was there. Think of all that rain and cold you’re getting right now as my legacy.

When I wrote in yesterday’s blog that we’ve been overwhelmed with work now that my books have taken off and we just can’t find enough hours in the day to get everything done, some people wrote to suggest we might consider hiring help. That is something that Terry and I really don’t want to do. We have both been bosses and don’t want to be again. We’ve reached the point in our lives where we don’t want to be babysitters. Good employees are a blessing, but anybody who has ever been in a managerial position will tell you that the bad ones more than make up for the few good ones you get.

One way or the other, we’ll get a handle on things, and as I said yesterday, don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. We’d like to slow down a bit, we’ve been pushing very hard for 13 years now and we are tired. We’re also older than when we started out. I don’t see us ever retiring, but there will have to be some adjustments as time goes on.

As of now, we have well over 120 RVs registered for the rally, and more are coming in every day. I think we are going to have an excellent turnout. We’ve got great lineup of seminars, and quite a few vendors who we selling everything from satellite TV systems to RV supplies to jewelry. There’ll be something for everybody. We’re really looking forward to seeing all of our friends who make up our large extended RV family. It won’t be long now!

Thought For The Day – I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure – Clarence Darrow.

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  7 Responses to “It Won’t Be Long Now!”

  1. Gee whiz Nick, if you’d hire some help they could ride along, stay in the spare bedroom and help Miss Terry with your messes. They’d also be good to do the hooking and unhooking 🙂

    Get better ,, BTW “Big Lake Lynching” was great. Looking forward to another.

  2. If you checked all the usual places, your tire leak may be the bead around the wheel. Tire must be removed to check and you might as well replace it then. Make sure there are no defects in the rim.
    Live long and prosper,
    John and Kathy

  3. Tires>> This has been MY experience . stay away from Goodyear’s they have a bad habit of wall seperations. Stick with Michlins…they are of the highest quality. As for a Dealer out west here…I can highly recommend Discount Tire Stores. Again I have received exceptional service from that company…..Truck & Trailer.
    Oh here comes some more rain & wind from Las vegas just for you …..enjoy!

  4. Nick, I don’t blame you and Terry to not want to be bosses again. The good employees are a pleasure to work with, but the bad ones always find ways to push you to the limit. The bad ones are also the first ones to complain when the good employees gets the better raises and promotions.

  5. well good new for us here in TX the bad weather is all gone and it is to be in the high 70’s the next few days, We miss you but not the stormy weather. Question the T-shirts you mention are the rally shirts just for the rally or the Gypsy Journal shirts, if they are rally shirts please put us down for two extra large. I already have a Just a Gypsy shirt.Hugs to both

  6. I would also look at Fletcher Tire. I got Michelins there for both our cars over the years and found them to be a better price and service than Discount.

  7. Yesterday we got to Rockport, TX, area, and now heavy rain is forecast for the next 3 days. 80 degrees and 100 percent humidity. I don’t really blame this on Nick.

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