May 142014

We were so worn out from being up early three days in a row that I set yesterday’s blog to automatically post at midnight and we were in bed by 11:30 Monday night. And even though we slept well in spite of a heavy downpour sometime in the night, we were still tired when we woke up at 7 a.m. yesterday morning.

Since that was about three hours earlier than normal for us both in going to bed and getting up, it upset the balance of nature. Or at least my balance, because I was groggy and felt hung over half the day.

As I predicted in yesterday’s blog, we quickly sold out of the rest of Terry’s cookbooks. I wish we would have ordered a whole lot more of Miss Terry’s Kitchen for the rally, because the book is really popular. Hey Honey! I told you so! Smile

Overall, sales were slower yesterday which we expected, since most of the people were busy attending seminars. But that was okay because it gave us more time to visit with the folks who did come by our vendor booth.

It started raining hard in the late morning and didn’t stop for over an hour. Since I was going to be giving seminars at a couple of buildings a ways down from the Market building, as soon as the rain stopped I told Terry I was going to take advantage of the break in the storm to run back to our motorhome and grab an umbrella in case it started raining again on my walk over to the seminar buildings.

Before I got get three steps from the building the sky opened up again and water started coming down in buckets. I was drenched in a matter of seconds so I made a run for our Winnebago, fumbled with the keys and dropped them trying to get the door unlocked, and when I finally did and scrambled inside I must have looked like a drowned rat. A fat, bald drowned rat. And I swear, a second after I got inside and slammed the door behind me, the rain stopped just as quickly as it started. I just looked up at the sky and grinned and said, “I know that was you.”

I was scheduled for two back-to-back seminars during the afternoon, first my signature Highway History And Back Road Mystery seminar, and then The Frugal RVer, which is about living the RV lifestyle for less. Both are based upon books I have written and it was fun to be in front of an audience again. I really enjoy teaching and presenting seminars and folks seemed to enjoy them, based upon their applause at the end of each one. Or maybe they were just happy I had finally shut up.

For some reason my Aesus laptop computer that I use for my Power Point presentations did not want to cooperate with the LCD projectors that were in both seminars rooms. The first time around the computer’s desktop image showed up on the computer screen, but when I went to the Power Point it wouldn’t show it, just the image from the desktop. I couldn’t get it to work and a couple of guys fiddled with it, then we called Mark Nemeth, the Escapees technical guru. Fortunately he was there in a minute and fixed whatever was wrong in about the same time and we were good to go. But when that seminar ended and I went to the next room I had another problem, the image was the wrong size and wouldn’t reset. In all of the seminars I have presented in the last 15 years I never ran into technical problems like that I couldn’t figure out. Fortunately, there were a couple of sharp guys in the audience who figured out the problem pretty quickly. But not before somebody in the back of the room called out to suggest that Greg White get his a$$ to town and keep me out of trouble.

By the time Terry and I got back together at the motorhome it was close to 5 p.m. and we were hungry. One of our favorite places to eat in Goshen is the South Side Soda Shop, which was featured in the TV show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives a few years ago. We lucked out and got to have dinner with our friends Dave and Lynn Cross.

We’ll be back at it today. I have one seminar scheduled, Boondocking: Living Well Off The Grid. If you’re here at the rally, I hope you will sit in.

And finally, here is the flyer for my self-publishing workshop next Monday at Elkhart Campground:


Monday, May 19, 10 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Elkhart Campground

Learn how to make money with blogs, websites, niche publications, specialty guides, e-books and audiobooks. Presented by New York Times bestselling author Nick Russell, this informal workshop will explore the many ways you can supplement your income or earn a living as an independent self-publisher. There is absolutely no cost for this workshop except for your campground fees. To register, sign up at the Gypsy Journal vendor booth in the market area or e-mail Nick at

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  2 Responses to “Early To Bed, Early To Rise”

  1. Sounds like you and Terry are having a great time despite the weather…lol..Yes I bet you were a really funny site….I would have laughed at you…..Your workshop sounds so exciting….and it’s 6 hours….Awsome….You have so much info to teach…Hope you continue to teach this particular workshop, and we can make it to another Rally…Would so love to be their…..Continue to Enjoy your week….Can’t believe you sold out of Terrys books already….Next time order more…lol…

  2. Can you record or video tape the self-publishing workshop and offer the CD’s or tapes for sale? I’m so sorry to have to miss it. I’d love to purchase a vicarious attendance. Janet

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