Happy Birthday Greg

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 052012

Today is my buddy Greg White’s birthday. I don’t know exactly how old he is, but I do believe he sat next to Moses in grade school, and when I wrote about building an ark the other day, he sent me pictures of one he helped a guy named Noah put together.

Actually I think Greg told me he’s 63 today, or as he puts it, 17 Celsius. I was teasing him about his age, but Greg insists that he’s not old, he’s just chronologically gifted.

Greg White

At any rate, happy birthday, my friend. My world is a much better place with you in it. Love you, big guy.

I think that after years of practice, I have finally mastered the art of being lazy. I slept in yesterday, then when I did get up, all I did was eat one of Miss Terry’s delicious cinnamon rolls for breakfast, answer a few e-mails, and then I took a nap. When I woke up, I just wasted the rest of the day goofing off. Yep, I think I’ve got it down to a science.

We got more rain Wednesday night, and apparently re-leveling the motorhome so the water didn’t channel to the bad spot in our bedroom slide seal did the trick, because the carpet stayed dry.

When people find out that we are fulltime RVers, they always ask us where our favorite place is in the country. We tell them we don’t have one “favorite” place, because we have found things to like about every place we’ve been. Well, except for the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, anyway.

But nothing is perfect, and most places have some drawback to them. Florida has hurricanes and high humidity, which we try to avoid by staying away in the worst months, but they also have kissing bugs, which can ruin your vehicle’s paint job. Arizona has plants and critters that poke, sting and bite you. The Oregon and Washington coasts are beautiful when the weather cooperates, but a lot of the time it is chilly, rainy, and foggy.

Here in this part of Pennsylvania we have stink bugs. If you are not familiar with these disgusting little creatures, whose scientific name is Pentatomoidea, they excrete offensive smelling liquid from their thorax glands and they love invading houses, RVs, and cars, slipping in through any little crevasse, or hanging on the door just waiting for it to open so they can fly in. And they are like roaches, once you get them it seems to take forever to eradicate the nasty little buggers. They hibernate when it gets cold and then reappear when it gets warm or you travel to a warmer climate. So far we’re keeping them at bay, but there are a lot more of them than there are of us, so I’m not claiming victory yet.

stink bug

It looks like we’re going to have another decent day today, probably the last of our stay here. So we plan to go out and play tourist for a while. There is a lot more to see and do in this area than we have time to cover. But the good news is, that means we get to come back again. Stink bugs and all.

Thought For The Day – Forgive your enemies, but remember their names and addresses.

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  9 Responses to “Happy Birthday Greg”

  1. How are you keeping them at bay? Just wondering ‘cuz we’ve got stinkbugs here at Elkhart Campground, LOTS of them! Last year they traveled with us to Florida after we left Elkhart in late October. We were finding them for WEEKS afterwards! I don’t want to spray chemicals around the windows for fear of damaging the paint.

  2. Um, they’re not called kissing bugs down here in Florida…if you look closely, you will see that they are attached to each other tail-to-tail. I don’t think they’re kissing!

    We call them Those Damn Love Bugs:)

  3. Since you are talking about bugs, here is a little tip for easy cleaning of dried bugs off of your vehicles. Take a new ,(best), or even used fabric softner sheet and get it wet and start scrubbing using more water as needed. Works real well on glass and stainless steel and doesn’t affect my paint job but you might want to test it on a small area first to see if it does anything to yours.

  4. Now you’ve done it Nick–talking bad about that Rio Grande Valley will get you lots of nasty emails!

  5. I agree with Nick about the RGV. It may have some redeeming characteristics, but I looked and couldn’t find them. Lots of nice people love it there, though. I prefer the Gulf coast or the Hill Country of Texas. Nice picture of Greg.

  6. Nick I know you have different last names, but are you and Greg half brothers? Or cousins? I see a very strong family resemblance. Especially in the picture of him in todays blog without his glasses.

  7. Well, Daddy was a traveling man…. but no, there is no family connection, though Greg is closer to me than either of my brothers ever were.

  8. Bob Hensen beat me to it! Greg IS your brother…I just know it! 😉

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