Busting The Budget

 Posted by at 1:06 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 022012
 

We’ve all been going in so many directions at once around here that a couple of times yesterday I almost rear-ended myself! Miss Terry, Tom and Barbara and Greg and Jan have been scurrying around helping get schedules resolved, collecting door prizes, making sure we have the equipment we need for the different seminars and on and on. I’m sure glad these people work for free, because we could never be able to afford to pay them for all they do!

I started yesterday with the usual stack of e-mails that needed to be answered and phone calls to return. After mentioning in yesterday’s blog they we had some last-minute cancellations and I needed somebody to fill in moderating a few seminars, our great readers stepped up to the plate, and in no time at all everything was handled. It’s great to have such wonderful friends who all pitch in to make our rallies a success.

I mentioned a while back that I had a tire on our Ford Explorer that kept losing air, and yesterday I finally got tired of airing it up every morning and took it to Big O Tires right next to the fairgrounds. As it turned out, there was a nail on the inside sidewall where I couldn’t see it and was not repairable. There were a few miles left on the tires but I’ve always believed in taking care of equipment beforehand rather than waiting for it to strand me alongside the highway. So I had them put on four new tires and change the oil. I told the manager to let me know if anything else needed attention, and once they get the tires off he showed me that the brakes were really getting down there. Oh hell, let’s just bust the budget in one day and get it over with! So three hours and $1432 later, everything was done and we’re good to go for a lot more miles. I really can’t complain. Except for routine oil changes this is only thing we’ve had to spend on the Explorer since we bought it well over a year ago.

Monday, the screen printer who makes our T-shirts told me that he would try really hard to get them to us by Friday (today), but that we would be better advised not expect them until Monday. So I was really pleased to find they showed up yesterday afternoon. Now that’s great service! This year’s shirts are a deep forest green with white and gold ink. They look pretty sharp!

When I got back to the motorhome after picking up the T-shirts, we had company. Longtime readers Tom and Pat Whitaker were here visiting with Terry, and we had a nice chat before they had to leave and we had to get back to work. Thanks for stopping by Tom and Pat, we’ll see you at the rally.

About 5 PM, we rode over to Mimi’s Café with Greg and Jan, and met Tom and Barbara for dinner. Mimi’s always gives us door prizes, which we appreciate and try to show them by going there for dinner while we are in town. Yeah I know, every night we are forced to go to a different restaurant. But what can I say? It’s all part of the job. How can we tell you about all of the best eateries in town if we don’t check them out ahead of time? It’s a rough job, but somebody’s got to do it!

Thought For The Day – When a man talks dirty to a woman, it’s sexual harassment. When a woman talks dirty to a man, it’s $3.95 a minute.

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