Congratulations to Sharon Ortloff, winner of this week’s free drawing for an audiobook of Explanations and Advice for the Tech Illiterate by Randall Morris! We had 167 entries this week, and next week’s winner could be you! So stay tuned, another contest starts soon.
It got down to 40 degrees here in Tucson last night but it could be worse! When I hear from our friends in the Midwest, that sounds positively balmy. With this terrible deep freeze that has descended on so much of the country, all I can say is that I’m damned grateful for global warming or we’d really be screwed!
A fellow has to dress warmly in cold weather or he could get hypothermia or something. But don’t worry about me, I’m well covered. What do you think of my new headgear? Is it me?
I’ve been busy working on my newest Big Lake book, and here’s a teaser to whet your appetite. Somebody you have come to know from previous books in the series is going to die, and somebody else is getting married. Hmmm…, I wonder who?
Speaking of books and such, have you read John and Kathy Huggins’ new guidebook How to Survive an RV Show…and Make it a Great Experience? It packs a lot of excellent advice into just a few pages, and is well worth the paltry 99¢ it will cost you on Amazon.
We spent part of last night watching Paint Your Wagon. I love that old movie! I think I really was born under a wandering star! Which reminds me, after reading my year end blog, Looking Back at 2013, reader Stephanie Sikes asked if we had a map that showed our route. Here is a screenshot of the Microsoft Streets and Trips map that I update throughout the year as we wander around, to give you an idea of the territory we covered in the previous twelve months.
Another blog reader and wannabe fulltimer, Chris Armstrong, wrote to ask me if the 8,500 miles we traveled in 2013 was typical of most fulltimers. I don’t think there are any “typical” fulltimers. We’re all different.
I had not realized it, but looking at the numbers, I guess Terry and I are slowing down. In 2012 we traveled 12,000 miles in our Winnebago motorhome. That compares to 9,842 miles the year before. By contrast, back in the days when we were running back and forth across the country teaching for Life on Wheels, we covered right around 20,000 miles a year. I sure don’t miss that grueling schedule! How about you? How many miles do you travel on average in a year, and has it stayed the same, gone up, or down over the years?
Thought For The Day – There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. – Aristotle