Hurry Up And Wait

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 152015

The shipment of the new issue of the Gypsy Journal got to the freight dock in Astoria either Monday or Tuesday, but we never received a call, so I called yesterday to see where it was. After tracking it down on her computer, the woman at the shipping company’s office in Portland said it was there, but that since Astoria is a small depot and not staffed full time, nobody was there to let us pick it up.

She said somebody would call us back within the hour, but I’ve played that game before so I wasn’t surprised when two hours had passed and we still had not heard anything. Rather than sit here waiting for the phone to ring and knowing from past experience that it probably wouldn’t, we drove up to Astoria to see if we could catch somebody there. In the past we have had to wait anywhere from a few minutes to several hours before someone showed up, but this time around we were lucky. A truck had just arrived and was being unloaded, so we were able to grab our load and go. I asked why nobody had called us, like I had been told would happen, and the guy said he forgot.

I will be so glad when we go all digital and don’t have these hassles to deal with any more. January-February will be issue #100, which sounds like a good round number to end with, and it should give people plenty of time to decide to switch to the digital issue or cancel their subscriptions and get a prorated refund. Obviously, we hope they will at least try the digital issue. We have found that those who do adjust quickly and really like it.

A couple of months ago a blog reader had asked me if there was any possibility of finding her daughter’s name on a block at the Astoria Column. Her daughter had served in the Coast Guard in Astoria and loved that area, so when she had the opportunity to have a memorial brick inscribed with her name a few years ago she had done it. She said she’d love to have a picture of it if we could take one for her.

Unfortunately, the Column was being refurbished and the whole area was blocked off then. But the project was finished and they just reopened it, so after we loaded the Explorer with the new issue, we drove up the hill to look for it.

It was a clear day and the views from the top of the hill were spectacular. That’s the Astoria – Megler bridge over the Columbia River to Washington State. I love looking at that bridge, I just don’t like driving over it. That’s why whenever we have to cross it Terry drives. At least I don’t whine and snivel out loud anymore.


There are nearly 3,000 blocks at the Column with names inscribed upon them, and somewhere over the years any records of which names were where have been lost. A wonderful lady name Sheri Mitchell in the Visitor Center spent well over an hour helping Terry and I search for the correct block. She finally had to give up and go back to her other duties, but told me that plans are underway to map out where all of the blocks are and promised that when they did she would e-mail me a photo of it. Miss Terry and I spent another hour or so going block by block, and we were ready to throw in the towel when I happened to look down and there it was, right in front of me! All three of us had been over that same area a couple of times each and I don’t know how we missed it before.

They’ve done a wonderful job on the restoration of the Column and we will have a feature story on it in the next issue of the Gypsy Journal.


It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. And we have a great prize for you this time around! Marianne Edwards from Boondockers Welcome is donating a 3-year membership for this week’s lucky winner. That can save you a ton of money in your RV travels! 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.

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Thought For The Day – At my age, multitasking means I can sneeze and pee at the same time.

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Nick Russell

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  8 Responses to “Hurry Up And Wait”

  1. Happy birthday Nick. Put those newspapers away and go play. And have Miss Terry make you a big old cake!

  2. Happy Happy Birthday!! It’s time to go celebrate with a lot of cake and ice cream!!!

  3. Happy birthday Nick. Wishing you a wonderful day.

  4. Happy Birthday to you. Thank you for your posts.

  5. Hope you have a fun and wonderful birthday Nick…at least some great food!!

  6. omg I almost forgot your birthday, we are on the road again after a big costly repair from hitting a pot hole that not only blowing a tire but also took out our struts so its been a bit stressful, but we are on the road again. Hope you have a great birthday and I know Terry made you a wonderful delicious cake. Love you both

  7. Is it a coincidence that your thought for the day and your birthday are today!!! Enjoy your day. Bob

  8. Happy birthday Nick!

    You are a blessing to many!

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