More Of The Same

 Posted by at 1:42 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 172012

It’s11:50 P.M., time to post my blog, and I have absolutely nothing to write about! Now what do I do?

I could tell you that we are still dealing with colds, and that I spent all day and all evening working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and that I’m almost done. But I think I said all of that yesterday, didn’t I? So do I really have to be that repetitive? Do you really want me to be that repetitive?

But to be honest, that’s about all that’s going on here. Not every day in the life of a working fulltime RVer is about traveling or doing something exciting. Sometimes it’s just about working, or dealing with life, and yes, sometimes it’s about not feeling well. Believe me, it is just as boring for us to live it as it is for you to read about it!

About the only thing I did different yesterday than the day before was to call Dish Network and have them transfer our local channels to Phoenix. In addition to the distant networks (New York and San Francisco), our programming package includes the local networks wherever we are. If we’re just passing through an area and won’t be there more than a few days I don’t mess with it. But when we’re in Indiana, or Florida, or here in Arizona I make a quick phone call and within twenty minutes or so the local channels are on.

Who really needs that much television? Well, I do. I like my TV. A benefit of having the local networks is getting the local news. After spending most of my working life in the newspaper business, I’m a news junkie. I don’t really care what’s happening on the world or national front all that much, but I like to know what’s going on around me. An added benefit is having the local weather forecast, and also hearing about festivals and events going on around us.

Blog Reader Tom King e-mailed me to ask how the 4G service was on our Verizon MiFi here in the Mesa/Apache Junction area. When it works, it’s fine. But like everywhere else we’ve been, it doesn’t work all the time. I did the recent upgrade to the MiFi, which was supposed to fix a lot of its problems, and it did to some extent. It was locking up at least a couple of times a day no matter where we were, and now it usually only locks up once a day. But there are times it’s still very slow. I’ve even switched to our old 3G air card and had faster service quite often. I don’t care what kind of glorious claims Verizon makes about their 4G service, it still has a very long way to go. More times than not, it delivers far less than they promise.

You remember me telling you about how we had to move off our original site here at Patio Gardens because somebody else was coming in that very day who had already reserved it? Well, it’s been over a week, and the site still sits empty. The site we moved to is fine, but it still ticks me off that we had to rush around and move for nothing. But, looking at a lot of the other RV parks in this area, this place is still the cleanest and nicest around.

It’s hard to believe we’ve been here for over a week already. The good thing about being busy working is that the time goes really, really fast. The bad thing about being busy working is that the time goes really, really fast! By this time next week, we will probably be in Yuma, or at least on our way there.

Hopefully between now and then we can spend some quality time with Terry’s family, and maybe, just maybe, we may even have a few minutes to just relax and do nothing. Wouldn’t that be fun?

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  9 Responses to “More Of The Same”

  1. It is good that you let the RV world know that full timers don’t continually rush around. Sitting still can be a good thing.

  2. Nick, do you know of places that have lifts to get people into RV’s. Tom has fx his hip and will be quite a while before he can do stairs, etc. Still inpatient rehab, but must be out end of March. I am in N. Fl. and hoping to be able to have external lift attached at door to boost him up to level entry. Thanks for any info you may be able to get to me.

  3. Re the empty site which you had to vacate in a hurry…. whoever suggested that YOU were the party who was expected to check in there, was probably right!

  4. Re: Local Channels
    Why not cancel the look part of your Dish account and rely on Over The Air which is what we do and get all the local stuff much in HD. It cuts the bill a few dollar so we each can have a Dairy Queen during the month 🙂

  5. Debbie – No, I asked that right off. It is supposed to be a woman who wants to be parked next to her sister and brother-in-law.

    Rod – As I said, I like TV. We watch a lot of thngs on the History channel, A&E, and other channels we can’t get off the air. I’ve already cut back on Dairy Queen, allow me my few pleassures I have left in life 🙂

  6. Ann – Yes there are, but I’m not sure where. Let me do some research and I’ll e-mail you.

  7. You misunderstood – only get rid of the locals not the E-W feeds nor the rest of the satellite package. Maybe Dish will not allow to not get the locals. Direct does allow to subscribe sans the locals and still get all the FOX CNN ESPN History etc. find out and have a DQ twice next month.

  8. WHAT! Full timing is not all fun and games and constant excitement? Now you tell me…oh well.

  9. Nick
    I just created an online account with Dish and one of the options was to change my local channel network address. Wrote in the address here for Rainbow Plantation and within a few minutes my receiver began adding in the channels. It took about an hour for it to locate them all.

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