Miss Terry finished proofing the new issue of the Gypsy Journal yesterday, and about 5:30 PM I made the last of the corrections and uploaded it to the printer’s web server. They will go over it again this weekend, and plan to print it on Monday. Then it will go onto a truck Tuesday, and make its way to us here in Arizona Thursday or Friday of this coming week. That’s assuming everything goes according to plan and there are no problems.
This is issue 78 of the paper, which makes it our 13th anniversary issue. That’s a lot of stories over the years, and there is still so much we still want to see and write about. We will never run out of material, that’s for sure.
So we have a few days off before we get the paper back and start all the mailing chores. Terry is looking forward to getting a little more familiar with her sock making machine, and I’m looking forward to getting back to work on my new Big Lake book. I’m a bit disappointed in the sales of Big Lake Lynching, but sales of all e-books seem to be down quite a bit for every author I know, and have been since Amazon started its Select program of giving e-books away. Why should a customer buy a book when Amazon is giving thousands of them away for free?
A major cold front is coming through the West, with strong winds and rain predicted here in the desert today, and several inches of snow in Arizona’s high country. So much for April showers up there! It will be a while before we head in that direction, and hopefully they’ll start getting into some warmer weather before we do.
Watching the news reports of all the tornado activity in the central part of the country is really scary. A lot of our RVing friends are traveling in that region and we hope they will be safe until the storm systems move onward.
Which reminds me, if you are starting your summer travels, or are headed home from your snowbird roost, please send us an e-mail with your summer mailing address. The post office does not forward Standard Rate Mail, and we want to be sure your Gypsy Journal gets to you.
In response to yesterday’s blog, I received e-mails from two or three people wanting to know why we would drive all the way to Redlands, California to get the exhaust leak fixed on our motorhome and decide what we are going to do about upgrading our exhaust brake, when there are all kinds of shops here in the Phoenix area, or Yuma or Tucson, that could do the job. It’s simple, we trust the folks at Redlands Truck & RV Performance Center, we have a long-established relationship with them, they are always vendors at our Western rallies, and they always go the extra mile for us. They even sponsor the morning coffee and donuts at our Yuma rallies, an expense of several hundred dollars out-of-pocket, in addition to their regular vendor fees. We believe in doing business with the people who do business with us and support us. It just makes good sense, don’t you think?
Thought For The Day – I’m reading a book about anti-gravity, and I just can’t put it down.