Veterans Day

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 112015

Before I do anything else today I want to thank all of my fellow veterans for their service to our country and to say Welcome Home. And for those of you who never wore our country’s uniform, I know you’ve heard it before, but it applies today even more than any other day of the year – if you love your freedom, thank a vet.

Several companies are thanking veterans today in very visible ways with free meals and special discounts, including Chili’s, Applebee’s, Denny’s, Golden Corral, and a long list of others. Here is a link to a list of businesses honoring our nation’s veterans today.

We also want to do our part by offering all VFW members a free e-mailed copy of our
guide to VFW posts with overnight RV parking. To get your copy, just e-mail me at We will be on the road today so you will have to wait until we stop for the night for me to send them to you, but I promise that as soon as we are parked and set up I’ll get it off to you.

Terry and I have really enjoyed hanging out with our pals Tom and Barbara Westerfield for the past week. We always have fun when we get together with them and I always learn something new from them.

This time around, among other things, I discovered that external computer hard drives have come a long way. After losing about three years of work when a virus wiped out my computer years ago I learned my lesson, and I back up my computers to an external hard drive on a regular basis. In fact, I usually back them up to two separate hard drives.

Until now the hard drives have been big clunky things that hold about 500 gigabytes. But Barbara showed me her nifty little 2 terabyte external hard drive that is about the size of a deck of cards. Wow, that much more data storage in such a small package? And they cost less than $90 on Amazon! Guess what we now have two of?

external drive

Now I just have to strip the data off my big old external hard drives and render them unusable and send them to wherever hard drives go to die. I know that just deleting info off a hard drive is not enough as it can still be recovered, so I’ll have Greg White walk me through the proper way to safely dispose of them.

Today we’ll say goodbye to Tom and Barbara, and to the Central Coast, and move on down the road. We’re taking a roundabout way to get down to the Escapees park at Jojoba Hills. I plan to backtrack to Interstate 5 by way of State Route 46, then either across Tehachapi Pass on State Route 58, or else down to Palmdale and then east. Either way we’ll pick up U.S. Highway 395 south to Interstate 215 and down to Temecula. It’s about 35 miles longer than going through Los Angeles, but the extra miles are worth it to avoid all of the traffic.

I mentioned some freebies for veterans, but three of my author friends are also offering free books today and you don’t even have to be a veteran to take advantage of their generosity! Mona Ingram’s contemporary romance novella Fixing Freddie is the story of two school friends who meet again ten years later and the sparks that fly when they do. Ken Rossignol has a new book out that action adventure readers will like, Coke Air, about how cocaine and politics play a role in one state. And if you have a dog or are thinking about getting a fur kid, be sure to download a free copy of The Perfect Companion – Understanding, Training and Bonding with your Dog by Karen Davison. Karen has several books that help dogs and the people who love them have a better, happier relationship.

Thought For The Day – Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

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Nick Russell

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  12 Responses to “Veterans Day”

  1. Nick, thank you for your military service and for saluting your fellow veterans. Also thank you for posting the link to the free “Perfect Companion” book. Our new 3 year old German Shepherd Rescue dog doesn’t need the book, she has already bonded well with us and is training us just the way she wants.

  2. Nick, as a first responder while you served, I second Judy’s thanks for your service.

  3. Thank You for your service Nick and may you now enjoy the freedom that you helped for others to have.
    When you get to the Escapees park look up Judy Bell (AKA The Birdlady of Blogland) and you can get your doggie fix with Emma while you’re at it.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  4. Nick, I also want to thank you for your service.

  5. Thank you and all the other vets that served.

    Look what Golden Corral started in Branson in the mid-late ’90’s.

  6. First from a fellow Veteran, thank you for your service.

    To destroy a hard drive, take it apart and physically destroy the disk. I do this by running a magnet on both sides of it, I use a magnetic money clip to do this. The actual disk is very easy to cut up. I drop the remains in different dumpsters. One can also run an electric drill through them. Large electronic stores, I prefer MicroCenter will recycle them for you.

    Please be careful on the road.

  7. Nick, I’m no computer geek so maybe this is a silly question. Why can’t you just break up a hard drive into multiple pieces and dispose of them into multiple places? I’m still trying to learn something new everyday. Bob

  8. Happy Veterans Brother, them was the years, ahh…. to be young and bullet proof just one more time.

  9. Thanks for the kind words Nick and Happy Veterans Day to you! You’re taking a good route south on 395. We used to live in Apple Valley/Victorville so have traveled that road many times.

    We already have the VFW guide but what a nice gesture.

    Travel safe.

  10. Nick,

    First, A sincere thank you for your service and for you Blog message for our Veterans.

    Second, If you are not already aware, an AR, a 1911 or a Glock, will permanently erase a hard drive, and provide a bit of entertainment at the same time.


  11. From one former buckeye to another former buckeye, thank you for your service. Until today I did not know that some VFW posts had RV parking.

  12. Thank You, for your service and for all the valuable information you’ve shared over the years.
    I once tried to join the VFW but they didn’t allow women. Do you know if that’s still a problem? I’m a disabled vet having served in the 60’s.

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