Many of you won’t believe this, but for all of her talents and her warm, outgoing personality, my beautiful wife is actually very shy. Terry loves people and you couldn’t ask for a better friend, but making the first move is always difficult for her. Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately), being married to an extrovert like me forces her to step out of her comfort zone a lot. And she’s found that many times it pays off.
A while back I got a message through RVillage from a solo RVer named Louise Turner saying that she is also a weaver and spinner and that people had been telling her about Terry and she really wanted to meet her. As it turns out, she was in Elkhart yesterday and stopped by for a visit. And I think Terry now has a new BFF.
The two are kindred souls, though Louise is just the opposite of Terry in many ways. Where Terry is quiet and reserved until she gets to know you, Louise came in talking a mile a minute with a smile a mile wide, and before I knew it they were both chatting away like magpies, talking about everything from fiber arts to cooking to the RV lifestyle and a hundred other things.
Louise’s daughter Teántae and her son-in-law Brian were with her, and I had a good time getting to know them. They are both super intelligent people and we look forward to seeing them again in our travels. As for Louise, I know we’ll be seeing her again; she and Terry were already making plans to hook up in Arizona this coming winter.
I worked on the new issue of the paper all day long, stopping only to eat and to check out a couple who pulled in with fifteen birds of prey. You just never know what you’re going to see at your local RV park! I talked to Ray Peña for a while and he told me that he is a master falconer and that for 22 years he has been touring the country giving educational presentations on raptors. If you are on Facebook, check out their page, Flight of the Raptor or their website, www.flightoftheraptor.com.
One of the most misunderstood components on an RV are the tires. We all have them, but how many of us know what a load range really is, or what the proper inflation should be for our weight, or how to read a tire date code?
My friend Roger Marble, who publishes the RV Tire Safety blog, will be putting on a webinar on tires for RV applications this Saturday, June 28th from noon to 12:45 Eastern time (9 – 9:45 Pacific time). While the topic will focus on RV tires, much of the information can also apply to tires on your pickup or even your car. The webinar will be on the RVTravel – You Tube channel. If you have a specific tire related question you can send it to [email protected], the moderator. The Webinar will be recorded and available for viewing at a later time but you can also sign in live and submit comments, ask questions, or even participate in a contest or two for prizes.
Speaking of contests, it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small town in the Midwest in 1951. With 75 reviews and a five star rating on Amazon, people tell me that this is my best book yet, and I tend to agree. All you have to do is click on the 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.
Thought For The Day – You cannot save everyone. Some people are going to destroy themselves no matter how much you try to help them.