Jan 052014

Watching the news of the terrible winter storms and frigid temperatures that so much of the country is experiencing sure makes me grateful that we have wheels under our house and don’t have to deal with any of that. I almost felt guilty for wearing a long sleeve shirt when we went out yesterday, and for turning up the thermostat when the temperature dropped down to 45o here in Tucson last night. Almost, but not quite. Smile

It’s been a while, but we are not strangers to cold weather. Terry and I have both lived in cold places like Maine and Minnesota in the past, and getting a foot or two of snow in our old hometown of Show Low, in the White Mountains of Arizona, was not uncommon. A lot of people are surprised to learn that it snows in Arizona, but it does. We lived just a short drive from Sunrise, one of the most popular ski resorts in the Southwest. This picture was taken last spring at Hon-Dah RV Park in the White Mountains, where Terry’s parents keep their RV.

Hon Dah snow motorhome 

We’ve also experienced winter living in an RV and I don’t recommend it. This is my cousin’s driveway in Traverse City, Michigan where we were parked while Terry was being treated for cancer.


We had close to thirty inches on the ground when the doctor finally released Terry and we could escape. In those days we had our Pace Arrow Vision, which came to be known as the Motorhome From Hell, and I think most of the time it was almost as cold inside that thing as it was outside. We quickly learned that the most inefficient thing ever invented was the typical RV furnace. If you don’t believe me, stand outside your RV with the furnace running and feel how much heat comes out of the vent.

When we built our MCI bus conversion, we spent a lot of time and effort insulating it far beyond what any production RV has, and also installed a Suburban furnace. We never used it, because soon afterward we discovered how much heat an Olympian Wave Catalytic Heater puts out, and combined with our insulation job, we stayed toasty warm even when we found ourselves in single digit temperatures.

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Explanations and Advice for the Tech Illiterate

If you’re looking for a few good reads to tide you over while you’re stuck inside waiting for things to warm up, check out a charming little short story called Geek of Legend: The Elvish Screwdriver. Picture a computer nerd fixing computers and technology in a world inhabited by goblins, dwarves, elves, trolls, and talking horses. And if the cold weather doesn’t give you enough chills, James Rozoff’s occult/horror book Perchance to Dream (The Amazing Morse) just might do the trick, and it’s free on Amazon. My buddy George Weir, best known for his Bill Travis mystery series, has a 99¢ short story called The Woodsman, which he describes as “kinda horror-ish.” That’s not usually my thing, but knowing how much I like George’s work, I’m going to check it out.

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  2 Responses to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside!”

  1. This comment is about your previous posting and being seen by the VA hospital in Tucson.

    What is very important in this narrative is that Nick was being seen by a “PA” or Physician’s Assistant. A PA in NOT a physician but rather an RN that has had additional training. That training does NOT make then a physician! I would like to see where a PA is considered properly trained in diagnosing and treating cancer and has the final word on proper treatment. They are supposed to be supervised by a physician. I doubt that was being done in Nick’s case!


  2. Nick – We were to leave today for the Rio Grande Valley and instead are
    sitting here with about 15″of snow on the ground and windchills tomorrow
    expected to be -15 to -25. Our wheels aren’t taking is anywhere – yet.
    We are in southern lower Michigan. Wishing you much warmer weather.

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