I was surprised by how many people left comments or e-mailed me after reading yesterday’s blog to say that they carry chainsaws with them in their RVs. Most said they use them for cutting firewood, or for trimming the occasional tree limb that is too close to their home on wheels. Who knew?
But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean I’ll be getting myself a chainsaw. Can you imagine how messy that could be? I actually bought a chainsaw one time and was going to cut up some firewood. I was out in the backyard trying to figure out how to get the darned thing to work when a friend of mine, who was a sheriff’s deputy, called. My wife at the time told him what I was up to and he said “Oh damn” and hung up the phone. Seven minutes later he was pulling into my driveway (and he lived ten miles away). He grabbed the chainsaw away from me, slapped my hand, and said “Bad boy Nick, bad!” My fragile male ego was bruised just a little bit, but probably not as bad as my fragile body would’ve been torn up if I had ever gotten the damn thing started. It would look like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre on the Washington coast.
And believe it or not, I also got an e-mail yesterday from longtime blog reader David Burkeholder, who told me that a couple of times he has actually taken his Rototiller with him when they went south for the winter. But David said he had an excuse; his daughter and her husband have some acreage near Plant City and he was helping them with some work there. Okay David, you get a pass, but don’t make a habit of it. 🙂
I’m sure glad my buddy Greg White talked us into joining the Amazon Prime program a while back. It costs about $80 a year as I recall, so we quickly made up for it in savings on shipping, and the convenience is wonderful. Wednesday evening I ordered a training DVD for the Dragon Dictate software I use, and also some bookkeeping software. Yesterday (Friday) morning about 11 AM the guard shack here at the Verde Valley Thousand Trails called to tell me that it had been delivered. That’s fast service!
I watched the Dragon DVD and it actually did help me by showing several features of the program that I wasn’t aware of, as well as how to do additional speech and vocabulary training. Hopefully it will increase my productivity with the Dragon software. So far, while writing this blog post in the early afternoon after doing the additional training, it does seem like things are a little easier. There were still some corrections that needed to be made, but I did see some improvement. According to the DVD, the more you use Dragon the better it gets.
Thought For The Day – We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time – Vince Lombardi.