Mar 122015

Yesterday was the last day of vending at the Tucson Escapade, as well as the last day of my seminars. It’s all over for another year, and as much fun as we have had, and as much as we enjoyed seeing so many of our old friends and making new ones, I don’t think either one of us is going to miss getting up early and being on our feet all day long.

I had two seminars yesterday, The Reluctant RVer and Fulltiming FAQs, and both had a good sized audience. For me, one of the best things about an RV rally is presenting seminars. Especially when I have an audience that interacts with me and I can tell that my message is getting home to them.

I did come away with a couple of things I need to talk to the people who schedule the seminars about for the next rally. The Reluctant RVer needs to be on the first day instead of the last. After the seminar was over, several newbies in the audience said that I had helped put their minds at ease about RVing, and if they would have had it earlier in the week they would have enjoyed Escapade more. As one told me, “It’s hard to get excited about seminars on traveling and boondocking, or to be interested in buying products from the vendors when we’re still not sure if this whole thing is right for us.”

Another scheduling issue we need to work on is that at this Escapade and last year’s in Goshen, Indiana, my final seminar was the last hour of the last vending day. That leaves Terry scrambling to take care of last minute shoppers and to get the booth packed up so we can leave. I need to have that last hour free to be in the booth with her. It’s also when a lot of folks want to come by and pick up a bundle of sample issues of the paper to take with them, but Terry can’t leave to booth to go out to the Explorer to give them to them.

Speaking of sample papers, I still have 6 or 7 bundles of the current issue of the Gypsy Journal left, if somebody wants one to take to drop off at their next RV park. We’re leaving midday today, but if you want to help us out, send me an e-mail at and we’ll try to get together.

Once we had broken our booth down and came home to store everything away back in the motorhome, I had just enough time to jump in the shower and then we drove to the VA hospital for the CAT scan of my skull. Yep, I had my head examined. Apparently all those voices in there are getting too loud and the medical people decided to check them out.

CT Machine small

The scan was scheduled for 6:30 p.m., but we arrived a couple of minutes past 6 and they took me right in. I was done and out the door by 6:30. We were famished by then and stopped at a Culver’s just off Interstate 10. Culver’s is our favorite fast food joint and we have eaten in their restaurants all over the country. But I have to say, if this was our first experience with them, it would have been our last one too. We both had the fish dinners, which have always been delicious, with a light batter. But these had a heavy batter that was way overcooked and tasted like they had been cooked in old grease. Likewise the cheese curds. How can you screw up cheese curds? Well, these folks managed to do it. They were so overcooked that the batter was hard , and again, tasted like they were fried in old oil.

Today we will say goodbye to all of our Escapee friends and leave the fairgrounds for a short (5 mile) trip to Voyager RV Resort, where we’ll hang out for a week or so while we rest and recharge our batteries, wrap up some more medical stuff, and visit with my cousin Beverly before we head on down the road.

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to kick off a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Terry’s popular cookbook, Miss Terry’s Kitchen. To enter, all you have to do is click on this 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.


Thought For The Day – Sleeping in could easily be my super power if not for my arch-nemesis, having to pee.

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  3 Responses to “Over For Another Year”

  1. We are fans of Culver’s too. Love their butter burgers and custard. Also love reading the Gypsy Journal and your blogs.

  2. The tech’s just wanted a “heads up” on the ending of your next book!!

  3. hope you had a successful rally with your book sells, who ever wins Miss Terry’s cookbook will really love it. I use mine all the time.

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