Day Trip to Mesa

 Posted by at 2:57 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 152013

We were up a little after 7 a.m. yesterday, which is way too early for any civilized human being living in the Western world but we had places to go and people to see. Very special people, Terry’s dad and mom.

After checking e-mail, deleting the spam and forwards, and replying to those that required a response, we left the campground a little after 9:00. It was about a two hour trip to their place in Mesa and traffic was light, which made for a nice ride.

Terry’s parents greeted us with smiles and hugs. Her dad, Pete, has had some health scares lately and though he’s doing well now, she needed to see him with her own eyes to know that everything’s okay.

Her mom, Bess, was simmering some spaghetti sauce that really smelled good and soon after we arrived she made lunch, which was delicious. I think we all ate way too much, but we couldn’t help ourselves, it was so good.

We had a nice visit, bringing them up to date on our travels over the last four months and catching up on what’s been happening in their lives. They were fulltimers for about twelve years, bouncing between Arizona and Idaho, but these days keep their motorhome on a lot at the Hon-Dah RV Park up in Pinetop and spend their summers there to escape the desert heat, than come back to their home in Mesa for the winter.

As always happens when you are with people you love, the hours slipped by way too fast and before we knew it, it was after 6 p.m. and time to head back uphill to our home on wheels. Since my night vision is very poor Terry drove, and except for a bit of traffic in the Phoenix area and having to stop for a few minutes at a construction zone on Interstate 17, we made good time.

By the time we got home my e-mail had piled up again and it was the usual routine of deleting all of the spam and forwards, answering the rest, and filling a couple of orders for new subscribers to our digital issue.

One e-mail was from a couple who have been Gypsy Journal subscribers for a long time and who have been shopping for a new motorhome. A while back they found the one they wanted and made a deal on it, only to find out that their bank would not finance them because they are fulltimers and don’t have a “real” address. Never mind the fact that they have used the same nationwide bank for over 25 years, financed their home, several cars and their first RV through that bank, had a big chunk of money in CDs and IRAs with them and had an excellent credit rating. Round pegs don’t fit in square holes and the bank wouldn’t even talk to them. I had referred them to Alliant Credit Union, where we have our motorhome and Explorer financed and a high limit credit card, and told them that Alliant is very friendly to fulltimers. They took my advice and said it was a quick and easy transaction and they are now rolling down the highway in their new coach. If you’re RV shopping, contact the good folks at Alliant when it’s time to finance. And no, I don’t get a kickback for recommending them. I just like to spread the word about businesses you can trust.

While I was taking care of the e-mail, Terry made us a light snack and before we knew it it was bedtime. I think today is going to be a lazy day, to make up for the last few, which have been very busy.

Thought For The Day – A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

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  9 Responses to “Day Trip to Mesa”

  1. Happy birthday Nick. I hope you have a wonderful relaxed day with your pretty lady. Although we have never met I feel like I know you both and you have come to be a part of my extended family. I hope someday to actually get to meet you in person and thank both of you for all of the good reading, advice, and entertainment over the years.

  2. Happy Birthday Nick!

  3. Happy Birthday Nick–have a fun day today and celebrate in style.

    We had a similar experience about financing our fifth wheel as your friends. Luckily it finally went through but I will remember the name you suggested to pass along to friends and in case we ever upgrade again. So thanks again!!

  4. Happy Birthday! I hope the couple that had trouble financing thanked their bank of 25 years by moving all their funds to another bank. May be the same result but at least old bank would lose a good customer…….

  5. Happy Birthday Nick. Enjoy your day and I wish you many, many more. As for Alliant, I had a different experience. I had trouble opening an account with them, even though I was an Escapee and had excellent credit. I finally got an account there after providing my brother-in-laws address, but then they just ignored my requests to start the process of obtaining a loan on my new fiver. I heard that loans were available through Good Sam; applied and got a loan a 1/4 percent lower than Allient was offering with no hassle at all.

  6. Now that my old timers is on hold and computer is OK Happy Birthday Nick. Hope you have a great day

  7. After 30 years of business, our CU “couldn’t” finance our MH ’cause it was over 10 years old. . .and although I’m sure they would have done it had I pushed. . .Alliant CU financed it in a flash. . .our CU’s loss. . .

    I’m with Terry. . .sometimes ya just gotta put eyes on the folks to make sure they are really okay. ..glad all is well.

    HAPPY, HAPPY Birthday. . .you got a few (very few) years on me. . .I think. . .LOL!

  8. Happy, happy birthday to a fun person who delights people around him by making them laugh but also think and consider. Tommy says, “happy birthday!”

  9. Happy Birthday Nick Hope you had a great .Linda birthday is today too

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