Miss Terry had a very rough night Wednesday night, with coughing, a fever, and an upset stomach. All that on top of just coming off of a colonoscopy. The poor lady was just miserable! So yesterday was a stay-at-home day. I think part of it is that we are just both so run down from being on the go all the time, between getting the current issue the paper out, then the rally in Yuma, and then all of our medical checkups here in Tucson. I think if we could turn off our telephones, hang a Do Not Disturb sign on the door, and sleep for about 48 hours we’d both feel a lot better.
Even when she’s not feeling well I can’t get Terry to take a day off. Instead of just sleeping or resting on the couch yesterday she insisted on working on the rally paperwork, resolving more of the expenses, and she made out checks for refunds for folks who had to cancel at the last minute.
Except for a quick trip to Ace Hardware and then to Fry’s grocery store with Greg, I spent most of the day at home too. I got a lot of writing done on a new project yesterday, which made me feel good. Sales of my two mystery novels, Big Lake and Big Lake Lynching, have really dropped off in the last couple of weeks. I guess I need to get that third book in the series finished in a hurry, before I lose all my readers!
A couple of months ago when Big Lake was selling 1000+ copies a day people kept asking me what I was going to do when I became rich and famous. Well, it looks like I won’t get rich and famous being a writer, but I have come up with an idea that I think could make me millions. All I need is someone to develop it.
I cannot walk anywhere within three feet of our bedroom slide out without banging my head into it. I still have a dent in my forehead from when it knocked me flat on my butt a month or so after we bought our Winnebago. Not to mention all kinds of bumps, bruises and scratches from subsequent encounters with the slide. So I got to thinking (which is probably never a good idea), there has to be a better way. Our Ford Explorer has an alarm system that starts beeping when we are backing up and come within several feet of an object. The closer we get the faster it beeps. We need something like that for slide out rooms. Some kind of alarm to let me know I’m about to crush my crown again. And it doesn’t have to beep! It might be better to have a recorded voice that just yells “Watch out dummy, you’re getting close!” What do you think? Is that a winner or not?
Do you ever spend the night in rest areas or truck stops? Some people do and some swear they never will. Terry and I have spent many nights blacktop boondocking in places like that and never had a problem. However, one has to use common sense because there are people out there looking to take advantage of others. A good example of what can happen, and exactly how to handle it, can be found in the Lindaxtwo blog. While parked in a rest area overnight, some clown came knocking on their door with some sad story, asking for money. They handled it just right, calling 911 and not opening their door to the stranger. He was probably just a scam artist looking for a quick buck, but who knows? I wouldn’t even open my door to somebody in a police uniform driving a police car at night until I first called 911 and confirmed with the dispatcher that it’s a real officer outside my door.
Hopefully today Terry will feel better. The poor kid sure deserves a break!
Thought For The Day – A good listener is usually thinking about something else.