Aug 162016

And that’s what it started doing yesterday morning and continued all day and all night. The weather report said we could expect as much as three inches to come down yesterday here in northern Indiana, and the 10 p.m. news last night said some areas in the region got five inches, and it was still coming down. There were flood warnings out all over the region.

But compared to the poor folks down in Mississippi and Louisiana, I’m not going do any complaining. A regular reader sent me an email yesterday saying that they had to evacuate and later they saw news footage of their neighborhood taken from a helicopter showing water up to the bottom windows of the homes.

Except for a quick trip to the grocery store yesterday morning, it was a stay-at-home day. Miss Terry was busy proofing my new book and I was making corrections as she went.

Since I can correct faster than she can proof, I did sneak in a short nap sometime in the afternoon. Is there anything better in the world than taking a nap on a rainy day? Yeah, probably, but it rates right up there near the top of the list.

A little later on, our friend Al Hesselbart stopped over for a visit and we chewed the fat for a while. Al, the former historian for the RV Museum here in Elkhart, is also the author of an excellent book on the history of the RV industry, The Dumb Things Sold…Just Like That! If you’ve ever wondered how today’s modern RVs came into being, get yourself a copy of Al’s book and read it. It’s really interesting.

Al book

After Al left it was back to correcting the edits Terry was recommending in the new book. I’ll probably be able to send it over to my cousin Beverly, my second proofreader, sometime today, or tomorrow at the latest.

I also spent some time catching up on email and answering questions for people. A while back I told someone that I’m a big fan of the Strongback chairs, and one reader wanted to know if I felt they were worth it, since they are $99 on Amazon and he could buy chairs for less than $20 at WalMart. All I can say to that is, you get what you pay for. We’ve had our two Strongback chairs for over eight years now and they are still as good as new.

Strongback chair

Our friend Nancy Kissack is hanging out up in the Pacific Northwest again this summer, and right now she’s in Long Beach, Washington for the Washington State International Kite Festival. Are we just a little bit jealous? No, we’re really, really jealous! If you ever get the opportunity to go, it’s a can’t miss event.

Kite festival 2

Just be careful. The first time we went there about four years ago I had not owned a kite since I was a kid. Then I was introduced to the Revolution quad line stunt kites. Now, at last count, I think we have somewhere over a dozen of them between Miss Terry and myself. We decided to stay East this summer, but you can bet we have plans to be back out there next year!

Thought For The Day – I am the friend you have to explain to your other friends before they meet me.

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  4 Responses to “When It Rains, It Pours”

  1. I have to agree with you Nick Strongback chars are the best. Most comfortable chairs we have ever had.

  2. The morning fog hasn’t cooperated very well, but by noon we’ve had blue skies filled with 10 mph winds and lots of beautiful kites!! So sorry to hear about all your rain … stay safe!!

  3. We bought our Strongback Chairs over four years ago on your recommendation and they have proven their worth in comfort and durability! They have needed a few rivets replaced over the years (with stainless steel nuts & bolts) but I’m sure that even totally discounting the issue of comfort (and why do that?) we are ahead compared to purchasing four or five “el cheapo” chairs from Walmart or wherever.

    I’m always amazed at folks who think that they can get away with being cheap in all things and come out even.

  4. Nick FYI referring to the comment on the Strongback Chairs. I bought two of them ~2 years ago, I like the chairs, but I’ve had to replace almost all the rivets that hold them together, they keep breaking. Now I’m no light weight, but don’t think I’m so heavy that it would cause the rivets to break (you and I probably weigh about the same). In any case since you promote these thought you would like to know about this issue.

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