Domiciles And Kites

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 292015

After reading yesterday’s blog in which I said we would eventually be changing our residence from South Dakota, several readers e-mailed or messaged me to ask why.

Where you choose as your legal domicile isn’t just about where you register your RV or how much sales tax you pay. There are many other factors to consider, and what works for one person or couple may not work for somebody else. It’s a complicated issue and I do an entire 60 minute seminar on it at RV rallies.

We are changing for several reasons. We spend a lot of time in Florida and when/if we ever hang up the keys, it will be there. As Florida residents we can get fishing licenses at a reduced rate and once we hit 65 it’s good for life. Concealed weapons permits don’t have the hassle of having to be in the county for 30 consecutive days that South Dakota now has. And perhaps most important, Terry can get medical coverage in Florida that she can’t in South Dakota, because South Dakota does not participate in AHCA, and health insurance for South Dakota fulltimers can be hard to get, and even more so for somebody who has had cancer.

And now that the Escapees RV Club has expanded their excellent mail forwarding program to include Florida, changing residence just makes sense for us. Again, this is what works for us. As they say in the TV commercials, your mileage may be different.

The wind was supposed to be stronger yesterday afternoon, so we planned to get some kite flying done, but at 2:30 p.m. it was still pretty calm here at the campground. We decided to go for it anyway and see what happened.

And I’m glad we did! According to my WeatherFlow wind meter, when we got to the beach, a mile away, the wind was blowing at 17- 20 mph. Perfect kite wind!

I got to fly both of my new kites. The Prism Micron Stunt Kite I just won in a Kite Life drawing is definitely a challenge. Fast does not even begin to describe it, and that long tail turning circles in the air looks really cool. Was it fun? Yes. But it will take some getting used to.

Then I broke out my new Revolution B Series full vent and I have to tell you, I love my wife, I love my kids, but I LOVE this kite! Love, love, love it! It almost seems like it anticipates my movements because it reacts so quickly and smoothly.

Flying B series 3 small

Flying B Series small

Flying B series 2 small

I flew it for over three hours and only stopped when the wind started to die off and my arms felt like there were going to fall off. I’m still a newbie, but several people walking by gave me a thumbs up as I practiced hovers and spins. I’m hoping we have good winds again today.

I wasn’t the only one having fun. Dan Chance flew his Prism Snapshot 1.9 speed foil until his arms ached, and it really dragged him around. And Nancy Kissack is proving to be a natural with her Revolution 1.5 SLE kite. She’s really getting good with it quickly.

Poor Terry wasn’t as lucky. She wasn’t feeling well to start with, and then the wind caught her kite lines as she was unwinding them and they quickly became a complete tangle. She tried to straighten things out but they only got worse, and eventually she decided it just wasn’t her day and put everything back in the kite bag. Hopefully today she’ll feel better and have better luck.

We left the beach about 6 p.m. and decided to check out Norma’s Seafood and Steak for dinner. It was really crowded and I can understand why. We both had the Captain’s Platter, which came with salmon, prawns, halibut, calamari, scallops, oysters, and razor clams. It was delicious and the servings were more than generous.

A while after we got home, Nancy Kissack came by to give me the pictures she took for today’s blog and to talk about kites and flying for a while.

Did I mention that we’re loving our summer here on the Oregon coast?

Thought For The Day – Friendship isn’t a big thing, it’s a million little things.

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  One Response to “Domiciles And Kites”

  1. Ah, you guys should stay in Oregon when you hang up the keys! I know, I know, income tax. Well, you can come visit from Florida anyway… Always a place for you in Port Orford. No extra charge for the wind.?

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