I Broke Florida

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 232014

I have a not undeserved reputation for bringing bad weather with me wherever I go. Did you ever see that old movie The Rainmaker? Burt Lancaster was conning drought-stricken farmers, promising to make it rain, a promise he could not deliver on. I don’t charge a penny, but I’m starting to think maybe I could do that gig in reverse, charging places who want good weather for me to to stay away.

A few years ago on the first day of one of our Gypsy Journal rallies in Yuma, Arizona, we got the town’s regular annual rainfall in one day. And I’ve done it other places, too. A lot of places. And now it looks like I broke Florida, too.

John Huggins insisted that the weather has been perfect here in Bradenton, with no rain since August. But the sky turned cloudy the day we got here at Pleasant Lake RV Resort, and it doesn’t look like it’s over yet. The forecast is calling for thunderstorms again today, and for the next four days. Seriously, I got to town and John and Kathy packed up their car and made a beeline for Maryland.

I hear folks all across the Sunshine State are taking up a collection now to get me to go to Texas for the winter. If I play this right, I may be able to pay my Winnebago off in a season or two.

Except for a persistent cough, I’m pretty much over the nasty cold that laid me low for a week, but now poor Miss Terry has it. When you live in the close quarters of an RV you share everything, good and bad. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving.

I’ve taken advantage of the last few days to get a lot of writing done, both on my next Big Lake book and the next issue of the Gypsy Journal. Terry started a new project on her loom a few days ago, but she’s been so out of it that she hasn’t been able to get much accomplished since then. Hopefully this thing will run its course soon and she’ll get to feeling better.

Today is your last chance to enter this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. It’s narrated by Eric G. Dove, one of the best storytellers in the industry. Many people tell me this is my best book ever, and I have to admit that it’s my favorite. 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 this evening.

Thought For The Day – Sometimes the thoughts in my head get bored and go for a stroll out my mouth. This is never a good thing.

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  7 Responses to “I Broke Florida”

  1. Too bad you’re on the East Coast, Nick. California could really use you right now.

    Hope Miss Terry gets to feeling better real soon.

  2. You must have been thinking seriously about moving to TX yesterday Nick ’cause it rained like a son of a gun! Hope Miss Terry feels better–I am enjoying your accounts of her weaving adventures, being a full timer with eight looms on board!

  3. Please stay in FL Nick. Our weather in AZ has been very nice. Thank you.

  4. Glad you’re feeling better and hope Miss Terry is better soon. And..keep the rain..we don’t need it here in southeastern NC.

  5. Texas needs you! So does California.

  6. It seems exceptionally dry here in Arizona! Stop on out!

  7. Up until now I was taking full responsibility for Florida’s cold wet weather. Before the RV Donna and I would fly some place warm in the winter to escape Boston weather. We went to Bermuda, Key West, The Bahamas and others. Every time we heard “so sorry,this is the coldest winter we’ve had in years. Now we are sitter my on the West Coast of Florida near Petersburg in Port Richey running the heat and bundling up. Oh well, at least we don’t need a snow shovel. Thanks for sharing g the blame Nick.

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