The Day Went Astray

 Posted by at 12:53 am  Nick's Blog
May 122016

We planned to get a lot done yesterday here at home. My goal was at least 4,000 words in my sequel to Dog’s Run, and I was hoping to get all the way up to 6,000 done. Meanwhile, Miss Terry wanted to get the 464 threads threaded through the heddles on her loom for her latest weaving project. Yeah, that was the plan, but then the day took off in its own direction.

During the late morning the maintenance crew was cutting the grass and trimming the bushes around our RV site. A little later on, I went out to dump our black water tank and discovered that our RhinoFlex sewer hose was neatly sliced in half. Well that sucks!

Broken sewer hose

I always carry three sections of hose in different lengths, so usually it would not have been a problem to just hook up another one. However, to get to a place where our rooftop satellite dish could shoot through a couple of trees next to our site we had to pull far forward, which requird the use of all three sections of hose to reach the sewer outlet.

I told Terry I needed to go to the store and buy a new hose, but being the analytical person that she is, as well as frugal, she said all I had to do was buy a couple of sets of connectors and put the severed hose back together. That’s just one of the reasons I love her!

Since I was going to have to go to WalMart to buy the connectors, Terry decided she would ride along and pick up some things she needed. So off we went, like a herd of turtles.

Unfortunately, while WalMart carries RhinoFlex hoses and accessories, they didn’t have any of the connectors in stock. So I bought a new 15 foot hose. Then we had to stand in line for what seemed like forever waiting to check out.

But at least we didn’t get bored because we got to watch a mom and her little boy of about seven sharing their own little drama. She was in line and the kid was wandering around grabbing things off of the shelves next to the counter. She told him to get back over there with her and he ignored her, so she told him again, and he ignored her again, and after about the third time she told him she was going to count to ten and he had better behave. He replied by giving her the finger. Then she told him that he was going to be grounded from his cell phone and Game Boy for the weekend. My first thought was that if I had done that to my parents on a Wednesday, I’d be happy to just regain consciousness by the weekend! My second thought was why does a kid that age need a cell phone? He continued to ignore his mother, continued messing with things on the counters, and she continued telling him to behave. Yeah, he is going to grow up to be a fine citizen!

Then we went across the street to Home Depot, where I bought three 10 foot long sections of plastic rain gutter. They make excellent sewer hose supports, and protect it from things like killer weed eaters.

Sewer support

By then it was close to 5 o’clock so we decided to stop at Culver’s for dinner. We’ve always been impressed with any Culver’s where we have dined, both for the quality of the food and for the service. But this one has to be one of the best we’ve been to anywhere. Besides the friendly greeting, fast service, and excellent food, one of the employees asked us if we would like a free Turtle sundae, which came with caramel, chocolate, pecans, whipped cream, and a cherry on top. She told us it was made by mistake and they did want want to throw it away. Well sure, why not!

Than another young lady came by and told us they had a promotion going on and if we texted them we would get a second frozen yogurt, and then every Sunday we’ll get another text with a digital coupon for another one. Okay, twist my arm! If that wasn’t enough, another young employee came to our table and visited with us, asking where we were from and how long we would be in town. She was fascinated with our fulltime RV lifestyle and an absolute joy to visit with. We saw the owners on the way out the door and made it a point to tell them how impressed we were.

Back at the campground, as I disconnected the two pieces of the broken sewer hose we also discovered half a dozen other holes in it. I have found these things to be darned near bullet proof, but apparently they’re not weed eater proof.

Since the day was pretty much shot already, and since it needed to be done, while we were at it we changed our two water filters. It was a chore that was past due and only took a few minutes.

Maybe today we will get some of the things done that we planned to do yesterday. Then again, we may go play tourist. Our inner children are a whimsical pair, don’t you know?

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Thought For The Day – I think I’ll just put an “Out of Order” sticker on my forehead and call it a day.

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  10 Responses to “The Day Went Astray”

  1. My Mom and Dad were camping with us once and the groundskeepers cut his sewer hose. The campground gave him a new one from their store.

  2. Nick another way to protect them sewer hoses are to take that rain gutter and lay it on top of the hose. Then take a ball type bungee cord and wrap around it. It not only protects them from them wild weed eaters but it protects the hose from the sun which is the biggest killer of them.

  3. Funny … that gardener also works at my house!! He’s constantly cutting my drip irrigation lines in half. Do you think they get a laugh out of doing that or is it a “no brains” kind of thing?? Guess I better buy some extra connectors!!

  4. I agree with Dale they should’ve bought you another hose
    Let me see if I can get this right
    Inside of the rv bay is about a tad less than 8 feet
    you have a 10 foot piece of gutter pipe
    Well all I can say Brother is good luck getting that 10′ in the 8′ baggage Bay

  5. Ed.
    I plan to cut them in half and they will nestle together in the pass through bay.

  6. Where can I get one one of those stickers you mentioned in the thought for the day? It would save sooo much explaining.

  7. The free book is going to be great for someone.

    We have already read it so will stay out of this drawing to insure we don’t win and deprive some else the chance to get one of your books..

  8. A day in the life of an RVer! Gotta love it. I never fail to learn something when I simply observe. The mother and young son…oh, good times are ahead, right? I’ll have to try Culver’s the next time we see one, too. Nice read! Thanks!

  9. It must be a day for such things. We took our blue boy to the dump and the hose came unlatched at a joint midstream in the dumping process. On the second trip with grey water a wheel came off unbeknownst to the driver, who proceeded to drag the full tank tote creating a hole in the tote and leaving a trail around the park to the dump. Even though it was grey, we spent a long time cleaning everything up. Needless to say, we are infamous to the rangers, camp hosts and other campers.

  10. I’m sorry, Judy, but your comment caused me to bust out laughing! Sounds like what could only happen to us. I’d move the next day or make a dang fool of myself running around trying to make sure everyone knew it was grey water.
    Nick, I love the way you and Terry turned a broken sewer hose into a good day anyway. You’re my inspiration…y’all got this RV living thing down!

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