Or even waddle. It was 92 here in Colonial Beach yesterday with sky-high humidity. In other words, it was a good day to stay home and give our Winnebago’s air conditioner a good workout. Hopefully it will start cooling down so we can enjoy getting out and exploring the area.
Being at home meant that I managed to get a lot done yesterday, which is always a good thing. I started off answering e-mails, including one from a couple who have been reading the blog and Gypsy Journal for a couple of years now and are brand new fulltimers. They wanted to tell me that even though they had two flat tires on their brand new fifth wheel trailer within the first week, that they managed to run over the water bib backing into their first campsite, and left their credit card at a truck stop and had to drive 70 miles back to get it, they were loving every minute of it. I’ve got a feeling that they’ll do well.
On the subject of e-mails, every so often I get one that needs a reply and when I do so, in response, I get an online form to complete and usually have to enter a set of numbers and letters to prove I’m a real person before I can re-send my original reply. And for whatever reason, sometimes all I get is the same response a second time! That’s when I give up and move along. I know spam is a real problem, lord knows I get enough of it myself. But I often deal with well over a hundred e-mails a day and I don’t have time for all of that. I’m not sure what the answer is, but if you don’t get a reply from me and have that kind of security set up, its probably the reason why. I’m just too busy (or maybe too lazy) to jump through so many hoops.
When it comes to spam and junk mail, we hate it as much as you do. Yesterday I turned down a company that wanted to place a half-page ad for a year and was willing to prepay for it. That’s a lot of money, but the deal breaker was that they wanted access to our print and digital subscriber mailing list. That will never happen, no matter how much money we are offered.
Like any publication, we need advertising to survive. By the time you factor in the cost of production, printing, envelopes, mailing, etc., we make very little on a subscription. And compared to other publications, our ad to content ratio is low. But we still won’t compromise when it comes to our readers’ privacy. It’s been that way from Day One and it always will be.
Another e-mail yesterday was from a brand new website called Workamping Reviews, which is a place for workampers and volunteers to share their experiences and read reviews from others. The idea is to give workampers a voice; to help avoid bad experiences, find good opportunities, hold bad employers and organizations accountable, as well as praise and encourage the good. There have only been a few reviews posted so far, and founders Alayne and Christian Dunn said the website is all about feedback and they need yours to help get it off the ground. No registration is needed and reviews can be posted anonymously.
It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to start a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page 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.
I have a couple of good books to share with you today from some of my author friends. Bestselling author Russell Blake’s newest book, Requiem for the Assassin, will be released today. It’s the fifth book in his popular Assassin Series. Another of Russell’s books, The Voynich Cypher, is on sale today on Amazon. Blake x 2, how can it get any better than that?
Well, maybe with a new mystery series about a haunted bed and breakfast on the Oregon coast? Check out Haunting Danielle by Anna J. McIntyre and Bobbi Holmes, it’s a good read.
I’m not sure what’s on the agenda today, it depends on how high the heat and our lazy level is. If both are down in the acceptable range, we may play tourist. If not, we have plenty to do here to keep us busy.
Thought For The Day – To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee.