Back To Work

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 312013

The last couple of days have been beautiful here in central Florida, with highs in the mid-80s and overnight lows in the upper 50s, and lots of blue sky. But a cold front is moving in and the next two days will only get up into the mid-60s, with overnight lows in the upper 30s. We’ve had a lot of wind coming in ahead of the cold front.

That means it will be good weather for staying home and writing. I had hoped to have the new issue of the Gypsy Journal done by now, but due to a scheduling snafu at Terry’s dentist’s office, she wound up with back-to-back appointments both Tuesday and Wednesday. Since the dentist’s office is on the other side of Orlando and the appointments were mid-afternoon, my schedule got off track. But I only have three pages to go, so it will still get done and to the printer on schedule sometime tomorrow.

When we got back to the campground, we stopped by for a visit with Margie Rodgers, a solo fulltimer friend of ours. Margie introduced us to two of her friends, also solo ladies, but you know how I am with names, so I’m afraid I can’t tell you who they were. But they were very nice and we had a fun visit, even if it was short.

Our friends Stu and Donna “Froggi” McNicol are here at the campground, so after we left Margie, we stopped at their fifth wheel for a visit and then the four of us went to dinner. Is there anything better than enjoying good food and good times with good friends? Stu and Donna are two of our favorite people and we love getting together with them. The only problem is I get tired just trying to keep up with all of their adventures! They just came back from a seven day cruise, next week Stu has a reunion with his pals from his working days as a firefighter, there are a couple more adventures planned in their near future, and in a few months they plan to ride the entire length of Route 66 on their motorcycles! I told Stu he should think about buying an RV and enjoying the slow paced life of a retired fulltimer!

Our condolences go out today to another fulltiming friend, Jim Guld from Geeks on Tour, whose father passed away yesterday. When they visited with us Monday, Jim had told us his dad was in hospice and they knew it wouldn’t be long. Rest in peace, Mr. Guld.

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  6 Responses to “Back To Work”

  1. After reading your Blog ” Minding Your Manners” and pondering upon all that you were so annoyed about,I had to evauate my two years on the road thus far.
    My recolation in those 700 plus days have been adversley in any way except one time.
    Your choice to sleep till 10:00 AM plus and work as an uninteruptered auther is admirable,but maybe you should seek some RV parks that feature the following:
    No noise before 10:00 AM
    No childeren
    No smoking
    No camp fires
    No noises above (?) desimals at 30 feet: man made; dog made music made; motor generated.
    Deal with your laudry schedule around the high usage times.
    There is a man next door to you that makes his living as an author and requires solitude. Be quiet
    Nick, I love you but you should realize that if you are in an other than an over 65 RV park that there are a whole lot of people out there that will do all of the above that annoy you, And that group isn’t going to get any smaller.
    One out of 700 does not constitute an exprnlation and I think that on the whole everyone would agree that their experirence has been in the upper 97 perceentine
    Get over youself

  2. I wish I was dealing with your Florida cold front….the high here today is supposed to be 7* with a wind chill of -13. Appreciate what you have.

  3. I have family back there, and when a cold front comes in they become the biggest babies ever (and I say this because we are currently in Idaho where real cold is). Love your blog and have been following it for some time now!!


  4. Mark, I based that blog not only on my own experiences but those of a good number of RVers I get comments and e-mails from. If you were to read the comments from that blog, and how many people said they felt it should be required reading at every campground, I think you would find a lot of people feel the same way. I think the fulltime RV lifestyle is the best there is, or I wouldn’t be doing it. But that doesn’t mean it is perfect.

  5. Nick not only do I think it ought to be required reading it should be a handout. Some times it is hard to find enough paper or kindling to get a fire started and it could sure come in handy! Who let Bad Garry out?

    The interesting thing I see is that it seems to be full timers complaining about other full timers. The kids could be an exception to this observation but even then they are sometimes the grandchildren of full timers. But somehow they always make it sound as if it is the weekend warrior that is the problem.

    I really think it is mostly just the different expectations many people have and the fact that so many of the commercial “campgrounds” place the guests in such close quarters that it much like living in a condo or mobile home park. The really good thing is that one can leave a bad situation. Maybe we need some theme parks for full timers sorta like the “birds of a feather” idea from the Escapees. Just a thought.

    As far as the temporary workers I have seen a couple of parks in the midwest have a windfall from workers building a new highway. Then close after that section of highway was completed because the normal users had been basically ran off,

  6. Nick, glad you were able to get back to work. I’d like to make a comment about yesterday’s blog which was enjoyed very much. I think it boils down to a common sense / golden rule thing with respect for fellow campers being the most important factor, regardless of whether they’re full timers, weekenders, or somewhere in between. Campground management needs to come into play if there is a problem, and the folks that are a problem should be asked to leave rather than the folks that have been there and resent the sudden imposition of the smoke, noise, or whatever. Your comment about dumping your tanks at the proper time vice the convenient time was very good. Please keep up the good work.

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