Playing tourist is fun on vacation, but when you do it every day it’s hard work. We’ve been on the go since we got to Titusville and even before that, and we were getting tired. So yesterday we had a stay at home day.
But that didn’t mean it was a do nothing day; we seldom have those. Terry was busy catching up on laundry, filling orders that came in with our latest mail delivery, and bookkeeping.
While she was doing that, I was parked at my desk. A while back I pulled all of my print books from Lightning Source, the print on demand outfit that I have used for over 12 years, because I was tired of paying their $12/year "cataloging fee" per book, so I spent the day getting the last of them uploaded to Create Space, Amazon’s print branch. We have a slow internet connection here, so it was an all day job. So much for the writing I had planned to do.
I also caught up on my e-mail, replying to several people asking advice on RVs they were considering purchasing or the deal being offered, a couple who wanted suggestions on places to stay in Arizona for the winter, and a man who wanted to know if I thought he could comfortably fulltime with a monthly retirement income of $3,600 with no debt and owning his truck and fifth wheel free and clear. I told him I didn’t know about him, but I sure could!
There were also two e-mails that made me scratch my head and wonder if anybody could help the people. One was from a couple who recently took early retirement and want to fulltime, but their 19 year old son and almost 21 year old daughter refuse to move out so they can sell the house. They wrote that neither “child” is going to school or working, they just have it easy and don’t want to give up their easy life. According to their e-mail, the “kids” have run off every real estate agent they have brought in to list the place and they feel stuck. I wrote back that I’d kick their butts to the curb and tell them it was time to stand up on their hind legs and grow up. The mom did not appreciate that and sent me back a curt reply that “everybody” from the grandparents to their neighbors is always putting the “kids” down. Okay then, stay home and pamper them until they’re senior citizens.
The second e-mail was from a couple who have over $70,000 dollars “invested” in Longaberger baskets, collector plates, and commemorative coins from places like the Franklin Mint over the last 25 years. They were sure their “investment” would have at least doubled and possibly tripled by now, but they find themselves ready to retire and have received a rude awakening. Their “nest egg” is worthless. Coin and antique dealers are not interested in them at any price, and the RV dealer they approached about trading the “collection” for a new diesel pusher laughed at them. Yet they are still “investing” $400 a month in more of the same crap because the sales rep pushing this junk assures them that the dealers they have talked to are idiots who are trying to rip them off. How is somebody trying to rip you off by telling you they don’t want your stuff at any price? And why are you still buying more of it? I hear old P.T. Barnum chuckling from the netherworld saying something about suckers being born every minute.
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Thought For The Day – A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice. – Bill Cosby