Jul 022016

It sounds like we are in a war zone here in northern Indiana. There have been fireworks going off all over the place for several days now, and it will probably continue into Tuesday. They are legal here and folks are having a great time setting them off. They don’t really bother me, though I know many veterans who have a real problem with them and I can understand where they are coming from.

Elkhart Campground is busy with lots of folks coming in for the holiday. It seemed like every time I went by the office yesterday or left to run an errand, there were two or three RVs lined up waiting to check in. Big diesel pushers, Class C motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, and pop up campers. Some old farts like Terry and myself, lots of young families, a cross-section of America. What better way to celebrate our country’s birthday?

Sure, they are going to be some barking dogs, some screaming kids, and some smoky campfires. But that’s what it’s all about, right? People getting outside and enjoying themselves. So build those campfires, let those kids run and play, let those dogs bark, and set off those fireworks. Fortunately, things will settle back down in a few days and life will get back to normal.

Yesterday Miss Terry wet finished and then steam pressed the new shawl she made for our friend Gita here at the campground, and I knocked out close to another 3,000 words in my new book.

Finished shawl Gita

Then we went to dinner with our friend Al Hesselbart at King Wa. While we were there, the owner told us that somebody named Helen Bates had been there because I recommended the restaurant, and she’s a fan of the blog. So hi there, Helen, I’m sorry we didn’t get to meet in person. Hopefully we will one of these days.

Before I close for today I want to have just a very quick rant, if you will indulge me. As you know, each week we give away a book or an audiobook in our Free Drawings. The drawings begin on Thursday and end on Sunday, but even after we announce the winner we still get four or five people who enter again between contests. I’m not sure if they think they’re getting a head start on the next drawing or what, but all they do is make extra work for me when I have to go in and manually delete their entries.

But that’s just a minor irritation and not what I want to complain about. Every week the winners are drawn at random, based upon their entry number. Twice now the same lucky person has won. The first time, this person said they didn’t listen to audiobooks and wanted to know if they could have a free one-year subscription to the Gypsy Journal instead. No, the drawing was for an audiobook, not a subscription to the paper. The same person also won again recently and contacted me to say again that they don’t listen to audiobooks, and even if they did, the prize they won was not something they would enjoy. So they wanted to know if they could trade it for our 8-in-1 e-book of free campgrounds, fairgrounds with RV parking, RV dump station guide, etc. No, this is not Let’s Make A Deal and there is no Door Number 3 you can trade up to. If you’re not going to use the prize, please don’t enter. Give somebody else a chance to win who will enjoy it. Why enter just for the sake of entering?

And speaking of our Free Drawing, this week’s prize is for an audiobook of Mountain Angel, the first book in my friend Suzie O’Connell’s Northstar Angels romance series. 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.


Thought For The Day – I don’t need anger management, I just need people to stop pissing me off.

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  8 Responses to “Let’s Not Make A Deal”

  1. Thanks for the work you put into running your drawings. Sad that some people don’t THINK about what they are doing. Stay well and keep writing!

  2. Exactly why I do not enter most of the drawings. No use in winning if I can’t really use it.

  3. Ah….I hear Bad Nick coming out. Nice to hear you again and getting things off your chest. Missed you! Greg

  4. Makes no sense to me why somebody would enter a contest for something they don’t even want. Is it because they are selfish or just stupid?

  5. I have a sister in law who is that way with coupons. She is addicted to couponing and will drive 15 miles to get a buy one get one free even if it is something she will never use. Seriously she is 54 years old but grabs Pampers and baby stuff on coupon deals. That would be okay if she donated them to a shelter or something but she just hordes the stuff. The last time we visited she had 3 bedrooms crammed full of stuff. Charcoal briquettes, dog food, cat food, ketchup, canned food. Not because she is a prepper waiting for doomsday, she just said the deals were too good to pass up. She doesn’t even have a cat or dog or grandchildren who can use the Pampers.

  6. The people at the state fair don’t understand me–I won’t enter a contest I don’t want to win. That means they don’t get my contact information for their sales list. Why wouldn’t I want to be on their list?

    Terry’s newest creation is absolutely beautiful! She’s a very talented lady.

  7. Nick!
    If I win, can I trade for your motor home?



  8. Nick
    I don’t understand people, in my case I have bought several of your books and others you have recommended. So I try to never enter when it would be a duplicate or a book that I don’t think neither my wife or I would be interested in. I really miss being somewhere that fireworks are legal! Enjoy the 4 th and thanks for your service.

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