Sharks In Seaside

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 282015

Seaside, Oregon is a nice little town on the Oregon Coast, and the emphasis here is on the beach and the ocean. But when Miss Terry said something about wanting a shark, I started thinking that maybe it was time to take her inland. I saw Jaws and I don’t want anything to do with that critter! But this was an entirely different kind of shark.

For the last few years she has been using two different Dyson cordless vacuums. With both units, they seem to pick up okay but battery life has never been dependable and even here in the small confines of the motorhome, they seem to fade in and out before she’s done using them. So she started researching something to replace them with and decided on a Shark Rocket TruePet Ultra-Light Upright. Several people we know have them and they all seem to be pleased with their performance.


Since we were ordering from Amazon anyway, I also got myself a new toy. It’s a Gerber Tactical Pen. It’s a regular pen that will write in the rain or anyplace else, but the tempered steel glass-breaker tip and stainless steel body make it a handy tool to have with you any time. If I ever get attacked by a rabid fan in the rain and need to knock them out and break a window to escape, I’m covered.


It’s going to be a busy weekend here in Seaside. The annual Hood to Coast Relay is this weekend, and locals tell us that over 15,000 runners and their support teams will be in town. Even the local business owners have been telling us to stay home because it’s going to be a madhouse.

How busy will it be? This portable bridge should tell you something. The race route crosses U.S. Highway 101 a few blocks from the campground, and apparently the first year they held the race traffic was so backed up waiting for the runners to cross the road that they bought this bridge for the runners to cross the highway on, which is used just for this weekend every year and then disassembled and stored away.

Seaside bridge small

But athletes are not the only people this town likes. They actually named a store after me!

Old Crab small

Hopefully while everything is so crazy in town we’ll be busy stuffing envelopes with the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. That’s if we ever actually get the papers. As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, we were supposed to pick them up at the freight dock in Astoria on Tuesday, then it got changed to Wednesday, and then Thursday. Well, Thursday came and went and still no papers. All anybody can tell us is that they are on a trailer somewhere between Portland and Astoria. That’s about 100 miles, so how long can it take to go that far? Apparently four days and counting. Though we resisted it for way too long, we are really, really looking forward to how much easier our lives will be with an all digital edition.

Our friends Wil & Cyndy Olsen arrived here at the Seaside Thousand Trails yesterday and Wil popped in to say hello. We’re looking forward to visiting with them while they’re here. The last time we saw them was at the Escapees rally in Tucson back in March, but we were all running vendor booths and didn’t have time to do more than say hello a couple of times.

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  5 Responses to “Sharks In Seaside”

  1. Is your new Shark Vacuum Cleaner Battery or 120VAC?

  2. I have had that same Shark Rocket for about a year and LOVE it. Hope she does too.

  3. We bought a Shark Rocket about a year and a half ago and really like it. Showed it to a friend of ours who bought one and she showed it to a couple of people who also both bought one. I should get a commission! Maybe should have been a vacuum cleaner salesman instead of a heavy equipment operator?

  4. Ray it’s 120 V AC

  5. Sounds to me likely that the trailer hauling the Journal broke down. If the driver dropped it for a different load, there’s not always a lot of hurry regarding what’s in the trailer.

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