Tuesday In Tucson

 Posted by at 2:40 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 192013

After the usual morning routine of checking e-mail, discarding the junk and forwards, and responding to those that needed it, I spent most of yesterday creating back issue CD sets and printing out our various RV guides to fill orders that came in over the weekend.

I hoped to get done in time to get to the little post office substation a couple of miles north of the fairgrounds on Houghton Road before they closed, and we arrived one minute after 4 p.m. only to discover that their hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Huh? Who works four hours a day? This is a private contract substation so it’s not like they’re actual government workers!

Well darn, now what? Terry fired up the GPS and found a real post office six or seven miles away and we made our way through what seemed like endless road construction to get there, but we finally did and everything is now making its way to our customers.

I’m not sure what’s on our schedule today. Our Splendide washer/dryer combo broke again a few days ago, and we suspect it’s the belt this time. We need to pull it out of the cabinet, which is always a pain, and try to figure out what’s wrong with it, again. We’re about to the point where we’re fed up with it nickel and diming us to death, so we may go shopping for a new unit, or at least to get an idea of what a replacement is going to cost.

Today I also need to go up to the fairgrounds RV park office and pay for another week. We were debating whether to just stay here until after my next visit to the V.A. hospital in mid-December, or to go back up to Apache Junction for a while and then come back here. I think we’ll just stay put until after I’m done with the V.A. and then go to Apache Junction to spend Christmas with Terry’s family. We plan to spend January and February wandering around, with a visit to Yuma, over to the Escapees Jojoba Hills co-op in Aguanga, California, and then maybe up to the Las Vegas Thousand Trails Resort. But nothing is set in stone and we don’t want it to be; we want to remain flexible.

A lot of people have asked if we’ll be going to Quartzsite for the huge RV gathering there in January. Probably not, we’ve been there and done that, even have the T-shirts. Except for maybe seeing a lot of our RV friends all in the same place, we can’t think of a good reason to go back. We used to do a lot of dry camping but we’ve gotten a bit spoiled and now we much prefer a comfortable full hookup RV site.

A while back I told you that I participated in an e-book bundle called 9 Killer Thrillers, in which nine bestselling authors, including yours truly, combined nine full-length novels into one collection for just 99 cents. What a deal! Here’s an interesting article on e-book bundles that I am quoted in.

Killer Thrillers

Speaking of book deals, here are some freebies and good deals from four of my author friends. Michael G. Thomas is offering his Legions of Orion, the first book in the Star Crusades Nexus series, free on Smashwords. Just use code EE99S on checkout.

If you like paranormal stories, check out Scott Langrel’s The Grass Monkey and Other Dark Tales, it’s free on Amazon. Another new paranormal thriller is Blackwood Legacy, by my pal Andy Downs. And if you’d prefer a contemporary romance, Suzie O’Connell tells me that Mountain Angel is free today. That should keep you busy for a day or two.

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  6 Responses to “Tuesday In Tucson”

  1. Nick ….. Camping World has deal on installation, $29.95. If you trust CW to do the job that seems like a good deal if the cost of a Slendide is right.

  2. Splendide 😉

  3. Nick, We replaced ours this past summer. We have the new model 2100 XC from Camping World. We had to pay $1199 less our Good Sam club discount, but every now and then they have it on sale for $995. Since we took delivery at the store, there was no delivery charge. You will need some help getting it in and out of the Explorer and rig. My next door neighbor and I did it with no lasting back misery’s. It has a 20% larger drum, still small, but better. It is also lots quieter. Its a lot of money, but Kathy is happy, what else matters?

  4. As John stated above we upgraded our unit this past summer and it is well worth it. We bought ours online at CW and did the installation ourselves.

  5. Jim,
    Past experience has taught us not to trust Camping World’s installation on anything. But we’ve had the old washer/dryer in and out of the cabinet so many times that we could do it in our sleep.

  6. Good luck with the washer/dryer. We have a small oil leak on the engine so we are headed to the CoachCare in Phoenix. If you want to read a laugh-out-loud book, check out BAD MONKEY by Carl Hiaasen. Linda & I laughed out loud and then portions to Jim & Larry and they laughed also.

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