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Terry and I want to thank everybody for their comments and e-mail input about the switch to an all digital Gypsy Journal. As expected, we had a few subscribers who were not happy with the decision, but after seeing our sample of the latest issue, several print subscribers said to switch them to digital now instead of waiting.

Yesterday started out dead calm, and when our friend Nancy Kissack came back from the kite festival about noon she said nothing was flying. But we were meeting with Lolly Hadzicki from Revolution Kites, so Terry and I headed out anyway.

We must have timed it right, because by the time we got there the breeze was starting to pick up. There was a big crowd, both in the vendor area and on the beach.

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These big plastic balls that kids can get into and roll about like human bumper cars are very popular. They need to make them in adult size! Can’t you just see me and Greg White with a pair of these? I’m already built in the proper shape.

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As the wind increased, more and more kites were taking to the air.

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Pretty soon the sky was filled with kites, but it didn’t last long because the wind kept getting stronger. A good wind is great for kite flying, but past a certain point it gets too hard to control most kites.

Here is an exception. It’s a custom Revolution made by Eliot Shook of Flying Smiles Kites. The lattice design allows lots of air to flow though so the kite can fly in high wind.

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Lolly had her own Shook with her and let us take it for a test fly. Wow. Just wow! I’ve never flown a kite as smooth and responsive. I need to write some more books to afford a couple of these.

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Nick Flying Shook small

We spent some time talking with Lolly and a couple of more experienced Rev flyers, as well as some folks who stopped by to ask questions. When they were invited to try a Rev on a test flight, most were immediately hooked. We know what that’s all about!

Finally the wind got to be too much and the temperature was dropping. The kites were all coming back down, so we called it a day about 4:30 and headed back to the campground.

The evening news out of Portland said that the smoke from all of the wildfires burning in the region is going to be reaching the coast today, and by yesterday evening we were already starting to see it. All of the dust and smoke did make for a remarkable sunset, though.

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Today is your last day to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Mountain Angel, the first book in my friend Suzie O’Connell’s popular Northstar Romances series. 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 this evening.


Thought For The Day – Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

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  8 Responses to “A Windy Day At Long Beach”

  1. Nick, I understand your decision to go digital, but it will be a problem for me and probably others. My online time is limited since my only online connection is thorugh Verison and it’s VERY expensive. I won’t be able to read your newspaper at all. I’m so disappointed. Also, I have always given my copy of your newspaper to others at whatever campground I am at and hopefully have made new friends/subscribers for you. On the bright side, maybe you will have more time to write more Big Lake books!!! Love them! Thank you!

  2. Spent the past few days in Billings, MT and Cheyenne, WY. Very smokey. Heading for Colorado Springs and hoping for clear air.

  3. Smokey here in the Denver area too, Richard.

  4. I was thinking maybe one could print it out if they wished?

  5. Nick and Miss Terry, we owe you dinner or something! Our Splendide washer-dryer was having the same problem not drying and we had a tech out at a cost of $168.50 who told us the control board was out and needed replaced. He said he’s order the part and get back to us next week. We read your description of the self-cleaning and it worked like a charm! Wish we had known this before we spent the money on a service call.

  6. Norma – it takes a minute or less to download and then you can save it to your computer to read offline.

    Sandy – Yes, some of our digital subscribers do that now.

  7. I took a look at the sample you provide for the gypsy journal and it convinced me to subscribe to the digital version …..all this time i missed a lot.

  8. I bet Miss Terry could make one of those lattice kites.

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