Dec 222014

Congratulations to Jimmy Cullipher, this week’s winner of the our drawing for an audiobook of Crazy Days in Big Lake! We had 137 entries in this week’s drawing. Stay tuned, a new drawing starts soon.

Except for a quick trip to the dumpster, yesterday was another writing day for me. I did another 3,249 words by the time I knocked off about 11 p.m. That’s something over 11,000 words in the last 3 days! Imagine what I could do if I was more than a two-finger typist! I was thinking about hiring me one of those cute little stenographers to take dictation, but Miss Terry said I couldn’t afford two motorhomes, one for me and one for her.

While I was doing that, Terry was busy finishing the setup a new project on her loom, and I think this is going be one of the prettiest ones yet. The colors are beautiful and the pattern is outstanding. I wish I had her talent. (I’m trying to make up for that cute little stenographer comment above.)

Sometime around 4:30 or 5 PM it started to rain so we decided to pull in our big patio awning, and just in time. Not fifteen minutes later it began to rain cats and dogs, along with thunder and lightning. Fortunately it was a fast-moving storm and was out of the area before too long. We continued to get periods of rain and sprinkles on and off during the night.

A lot of RVers leave their awnings out all the time, and if you stake it down well you’ll probably be okay. But we’ve seen a few times when heavy rains or wind played havoc on awnings. We always believe better safe than sorry and put ours up when weather threatens. I know a lot of folks who have automatic awnings with wind sensors that are supposed to close the awning if the wind gets above a certain level. They almost always work just like they are supposed to. Almost always.

Good news for people who are thinking about finding work as gate guards at drilling sites around the country. I talked to my buddy Greg White last night and he confirmed that he and Jan will be doing their seminar on gate guarding at the Escapade in Tucson in March, called “Gate Guarding for Fun? And Profit.” The seminar covers everything from how to get started to how to survive on the gate, the do’s and don’ts, and what to expect. Greg presented it at several of our Gypsy Journal rallies and it was always very popular, with standing room only.

Are you planning to be at Escapade? If not, you really should be. It’s always a lot of fun, the chance to meet new people and renew acquaintances with RVing friends, lots of seminars, and you may even when a door prize! I hope we see you there.

And before that, we will be at the Tampa RV SuperShow in January, along with John and Kathy Huggins from Living the RV Dream, and my buddy Al Hesselbart, retired historian for the RV Museum in Elkhart Indiana, who will have a display of vintage RVs set up on the grounds. This is the biggest RV show you’ll find anywhere in the country. The folks in Hershey, Pennsylvania like to claim they have the biggest RV show around, but I’ve been to both, and Hershey can’t hold a candle to Tampa. We will be wandering around the show grounds and through the vendor areas, checking out all the goodies, drooling over the new rigs, and visiting with lots of people. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you’ve never been to an RV show before, be sure to check out John and Kathy’s guide called How to Survive an RV Show…and Make it a Great Experience. It’s a great introduction to RV shows for newbies, telling you what to expect, how to get the most of the show experience, and what not to do.

Thought For The Day – He who angers you controls you!

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  3 Responses to “Words, Awnings, And RV Shows Too”

  1. I think they should establish a trophy for the best B>S> speaking salesman at those shows. As the truth never exists coming from their mouths. LOL LOL

  2. Nick, have you tried the new version on “Naturally Speaking”? Maybe it works better than the previous versions. You should contact the company for some private lessons on using the program. It would be great advertising for them if they could teach you how to use the program successfully.
    P.S. My heart Doctor uses it with great success but my experience is like yours.

  3. How about an ugly little stenographer?

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