I have a reputation for bringing bad weather with me wherever I go, and I’ve done it again. I broke Yuma. And this isn’t the first time I’ve done it.
A couple of years ago we were holding one of our Gypsy Journal rallies at the fairgrounds here, and the city got more than its normal amount of annual rainfall on the day we were parking everybody. This time around, Yuma had been enjoying lots of sunshine and blue sky until we got here. Then yesterday the clouds rolled in, the wind picked up, and it was gray and gloomy all day long. I’m surprised the folks from the City Council and Chamber of Commerce don’t show up with a couple of cops to escort me out of the city limits.
We had a real treat yesterday when our longtime friend Dick Reed came by for a visit and to introduce us to his special lady, Joy. We first met Dick back when we were brand new fulltimers. We left Arizona in our motorhome headed for Life on Wheels in Moscow, Idaho so we could learn all about this exciting new lifestyle. But first we went to Torrington, Wyoming to visit Terry’s son and his family, and while we were there we stayed at the fairgrounds, which has RV hookups. As we were leaving after our visit, I turned too soon pulling out of our RV site and banged the back end of our brand new motorhome against the concrete post where the campground utilities were located, dinging up the fiberglass. I was sick about it, and though I’m sure she wanted to wring my neck, Miss Terry was very gracious about it.
At that time Dick was teaching RV driving at Life on Wheels, and as soon as we arrived and got registered I looked him up and introduced myself and told him what I had done. Dick took me by the arm and led me over to the instructors’ parking area and said, “You see the scrape on the side of this trailer. Bill Farlow did that on a fire hydrant in Alabama. This here is Charlie Minshall’s motorhome and she crunched that corner there on a light pole in Arizona. And this one here is so and so’s rig and he get that dent in a campground in California. So don’t sweat it, Nick. You’re not a “real” RVer until you bang up something at least once.” Little did either of us know at that time that in just a couple of years our motorhome would be parked there in the instructors’ lot at Life on Wheels!
I also credit Dick for our adventures in busing. We were at an Escapees rally in Lancaster, California and he was sitting outside his beautiful Eagle bus conversion. I admired the bus and Dick gave us a tour. I said I’d love to have something like that, but I didn’t have the mechanical skills to keep one running. Dick told me, “You don’t need to know how to fix anything,” and pulled one of his bay doors open to reveal the huge space under the bus. “All you have to do is fill this area up with stacks of $20 bills and keep it full.” It wasn’t too much longer that we bought our MCI and began our bus conversion project.
We had a nice visit with Dick and Joy and hope to get together with them again while we’re in the area.
About 5 p.m. we met John and Kathy Huggins, who produce the excellent Living the RV Dream podcasts, for dinner at a nearby restaurant called Foothills Eatery. It was All You Can East Fish Friday and the food was very good. We always enjoy visiting with John and Kathy and catching up on their latest adventures and projects, which includes their excellent books So, you want to be an RVer? and So, You Want to be a Workamper? We talked for a couple of hours, and before we realized it time had gotten away from us and the place was beginning to empty out. We plan to get together with John and Kathy again while we’re here.
Have you signed up for this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook of Birdsongs, by my friend Jason Deas yet? If not, there’s still time. All you have to do is click this Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
If you’re looking for a good science fiction book, check out my friend Jess Mountifield’s Sherdan’s Prophecy, which explores the chasm between science and religion in the story of a woman of strong faith in her religion and a man of science compelled to follow a prophecy. It’s currently free on Amazon.
And if you love cooking and cookbooks as much as Miss Terry does, another author friend of mine, Sherrie Giddens, has just released Sherrie’s Favorite Unleavened Recipes: For Passover and The Days of Unleavened Bread. Miss Terry says you can never have too many recipes for anything.
We are involved in a couple of projects here at home that we’re hoping to get wrapped up, and if we need a change of scenery we may hit some of the local RV parks here in town, dropping off bundles of sample copies of the Gypsy Journal.
Thought For The Day – Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.