And The Madness Begins

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 272015

It’s Black Friday, let the madness begin! This is the official start of the Christmas shopping season, and my official boycott of all big box stores until all of the nonsense is over. Until January 1st I do everything I can to avoid the crowds and insanity driven by American consumerism. It has nothing to do with the true meaning of the holiday season, it’s all about mega-profits for mega-companies.

We had a quiet Thanksgiving at home. I tried to get some writing done, napped on the couch, and watched TV while Terry was making a delicious dinner that I’m afraid I just could not do justice to.

One side effect of my recent medical issues is that I have no appetite at all. In fact, I’ve lost 20 pounds since I got out of the hospital ten days ago. If I had known it was this easy to lose weight I’d have gotten sick a long time ago! Hopefully my appointment at the VA hospital today will give us some information on what’s going on and life can get back to normal.

It needs to get back to normal because I’ve got a lot of work to do and I’m behind schedule. I had hoped to have my new book, Black Friday, out by now, and I have several chapters of the audiobook of Big Lake Burning waiting to be reviewed. And it’s time to start working on the next issue of the Gypsy Journal. If I don’t start earning my keep, Miss Terry may kick me to the curb. And who could blame her?

Last year this blog got over 770,000 visitors. While the biggest majority of readers are RVers or wannabe RVers, I also have a surprising number of regular readers who are armchair travelers, fans of my Big Lake mystery series, or who just seem to enjoy my daily prattle.

I get a lot of e-mails from people who want to start an RV blog, asking me how much money they can make with one. If you plan to start blogging to make money, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. Yes, this blog is an important part of our income stream and it does make a profit but trust me, there are a lot of easier ways to make a buck. My friend Nina Fussing of the popular Wheeling it blog recently published an excellent look at blogging titled The Darker Side of Blogging that any potential blogger should read before they take on a blog.

Over 140 people have already entered our latest Free Drawing, and I’m not surprised, because this week’s prize is an autographed copy of Terry’s excellent cookbook, Miss Terry’s Kitchen. 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.

Miss Terrys Kitchen

Thought For The Day – I’m not a procrastinator, I just prefer doing all of my work in a deadline-induced panic.

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  6 Responses to “And The Madness Begins”

  1. I, too, try to avoid the stores during this time of year. Unfortunately, our microwave died yesterday as I was fixing Thanksgiving dinner, so I will be heading out for a new one this weekend. At least it will be after all the door-buster crazies have gone home. 😉

  2. Black Friday to me means staying at home and enjoying the peace and quiet. I have never been a fan of frenzied buying. Most of the people out there are putting this all on credit and have difficulty paying off the bills. I have lived by this Old English maxim: Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.

  3. Thank you so much for the shout-out! I too avoid the stores. In fact I’ve never (not once) shopped on Black Friday since I arrived in the US almost 20 years ago. I’ve just never been able to understand that madness.

    We’re crossing all paws and fingers that you’ll get a quick fix at the VA.


  4. Good luck today Nick. Hope you get some answers. Will be thinking about you.

  5. I too avoid Black Friday shopping. Only left the house early this morning to get some blood for fasting lab work (routine) drawn after checking to see if they were open today. After making a second trip (forgot my lab slip the first trip) I arrived to see the sign on the door showing them closed yesterday and today.

    I may end up shopping for a cheap TV to watch and record a football game tomorrow (O.U. vs O.S.U.). The little 13″ that I have just does not do justice to tryingto follow a football game especially for someone like me who does not have extensive knowledge of plays, etc. Would go to a sports bar except here in southern ca there is another big game (UCLA vs. USC). I am trying to resurrect an old TV that I think was still working and just got relegated to the dead electronics room when I got a new TV which is now not working and residing in mu old office.

  6. We have found that going to stores after about 11AM on Black Friday is not much problem. The shoppers came early and have already left, while the clerks are all tired and not bugging you. This year we went to Costco and it was more like a normal day there, not a frenzy at all.

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