They’re In The Mail!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 012015

We were up at 7:30 yesterday morning, which I find highly objectionable, but we had a good reason for it. (Is there ever really a good reason for waking up that early?) Working hard all weekend to make up for the late delivery from the trucking company, Terry finished stuffing the last of the envelopes with the new issue of the Gypsy Journal Sunday night. So yesterday morning, we drove back across the Columbia River to Seaview, Washington to drop them off at the post office.

We’re always happy to have that big job out of the way, and Terry said she will sure be glad when we make the final switch to the digital edition. And she added that her back will be glad, too!

The 593 foot long Regatta was docked in Astoria when we passed through town, making a port call on her way south from Vancouver, B.C. to San Francisco. We’ve never taken a cruise, but we have talked about it many times. In fact, I’ve been approached to do some travel and self-publishing seminars on cruise ships and I’ve been very tempted to try it sometime. After the print edition of the paper goes away, we will have some more free time and we may dip our toes into the water, so to speak.

Regetta small

On our way back through Astoria after the papers were mailed, we stopped at Josephson’s Smokehouse, because it’s sinful not to stop when you’re that close. I was good this time, only getting smoked sturgeon and smoked mussels. Of course, we still had smoked salmon, smoked scallops, and smoked halibut at home from our last visit.

If you’re ever worried about a vampire uprising, go to Josephson’s and stock up on some of this stuff. Then you can cut the cheese and drive those scary vampires away.

Vampire Slayer cheese small

We made another stop at Fred Meyer for gas and a few things in the store and then came back to Seaside. It was too gray and chilly to fly kites, but after being cooped up inside the last few days we had cabin fever, so after putting the groceries away we went back out for an early dinner at El Trio Loco, Terry’s favorite Mexican restaurant in this area. From there we popped into Northwest Winds Kite Shop to say hello to Ted, the manager, who has been great to deal with.

You can tell the kids are back in school because we were able to park right in front of the store. And when we came back out there were three empty parking slots! The store is on Broadway, less than a block from the turnaround at the beach, and it’s been a madhouse down there all summer long. Fulltime RVers are always thrilled to see school start again and things slow down on the highways and in the campgrounds

Another of our favorite towns is Morro Bay, California, and two of our favorite people, Bob and Lynn Throckmorton, sent me this picture they took on a recent trip there. I guess that beats the heck out of chicken noodle soup, doesn’t it?


Are you in the mood for something good to read at a great price? How about free? Two of my author friends have freebies on Amazon today. Check out The Chesapeake: Tales & Scales by Ken Rossignol, which tells the stories of the Chesapeake Bay region, past and present. And if you enjoy hard boiled crime and mystery books combined with a good old fashioned ghost story, be sure to get a copy of Tim Bryant’s Dutch Curridge. Tim was named one of the Top Five Texas Authors of 2014 by BookPeople in Austin. After reading his book, I think you’ll know why.

Thought For The Day – Some people should use a glue stick instead of a Chapstick.

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  5 Responses to “They’re In The Mail!”

  1. We’ve thought long and hard about the digital edition and we just don’t feel that we would read it as diligently as the paper edition. The paper we put in a pile with our other magazines and read them in order, sometimes weeks later. Not sure we would do that electronically, call us old fashioned 🙂

  2. I am so tired of printed newspapers and old magazines, gathering dust around here, that I have learned to relish getting the digital versions. When we get them, we save them in our technology things and go back and read them at our leisure. Additionally, Nick, it makes NO sense for you to net $0.04/copy per printed piece. So keep ’em coming via The Inter Tubes for us in this household!

  3. Bob and Joe Baskerville I thought the same thing until I tried it. And it took me a while. Maybe 2 or 3 issues to get used to. Now I love it. No waiting for the mail to catch up to me, no extra weight to haul around and I can keep it forever to go back and find anything from a past issue. Give it a try and you might be surprised.

  4. Cruising is a lot like RVing–you move in once but the view out the window changes frequently. I think you would like it as much as I do.

  5. You can still print it out and read later. If you print on both sides of the paper it doesn’t take that many pages

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