That Figures

 Posted by at 2:47 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 082013

We spent the last three winters in Florida and shivered while our friends in Arizona gloated about how warm and sunny it was. So we decided to spend this winter in Arizona, where yesterday the high in Apache Junction was 54 degrees. Meanwhile, somebody e-mailed from Wildwood, Florida yesterday to tell me it was 84 degrees. Why am I not surprised? It seems that wherever I go the fish were biting last week and the weather is better somewhere else.

But that’s okay, because this too shall pass, and meanwhile, we’re snug and cozy in our home on wheels. Which is a lot better than being in Billings, Montana, where it was -18 last night. Those folks are really having it rough.

Our friends Russ and Debbie Davis just returned from a trip to Hawaii to visit their son, who is stationed there with the Coast Guard. Russ sent me this picture of them with the Gypsy Journal at the King Kamehameha Statue on Oahu. I knew it was a traveling newspaper, but I’d have to get a heck of a running start somewhere around Reno to get my Winnebago to make it all the way to the islands. Who else has a picture of our little rag in some faraway place? Send it in and I’ll share it in the blog.

Russ Debbie Kamehameha Monument Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)

I’ve spent the last three days working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal between bouts of sniveling and wanting to rip my skin off. Five more days to go of the Fluorouracil treatment, and I sure will be glad to have this torture behind me.

I also uploaded Big Lake Blizzard to ACX, the production arm of, Amazon’s audiobook division and I’m looking forward to getting it finished. Hopefully I’ll get some better auditions than I have for Dog’s Run so far.

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  3 Responses to “That Figures”

  1. Darn you Nick. We decided to spend our first winter here in AZ (thinking that it would be at least fairly warm) and the last few nights have been hovering just above the freezing mark.
    I forgot to check the “Nick Travel Schedule”. Totally my fault. Would it be possible for you to head somewhere (anywhere) else for the rest of the winter.
    Thank you very much.
    (The above is written in jest.)

  2. I’m grateful that you left Tucson about when we arrived or it would probably be 35 instead of 55 degrees. Seriously, it beats Denver where we just came from and where it was 1 on Thursday.

  3. We keep hoping to end up where you are someday, but now I’m having second thoughts about that. It’s hot and humid here in Bushnell and I’m not complaining about it one bit!

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