Sep 012016

As an author of mystery novels, I’m constantly seeing some crazy thing in the news and saying that if I included that in one of my books, nobody would believe it.

After all, I get a lot of people saying that some of the questions I tell you about that I get from our readers can’t be real. After one particularly strange one a while back, a friend said he couldn’t believe someone would really ask something like that. Yes, they really do.

I got two of them just yesterday that had both Miss Terry and my buddy Greg White laughing out loud. One was from somebody who wanted to know if there is any place to boondock at the Statue of Liberty. I have no idea how he’s going to get his RV onto the boat that takes you out to Liberty Island, but even if he could, I’m pretty sure the park rangers wouldn’t be too pleased.

The other was from a fellow who has an MCI bus conversion. He said when he arrived at his current campground, his Progressive Industries electrical management system (EMS) was showing an open ground when he plugged into the power pedestal. He said it was really hot and he wanted his air conditioning to work. So he bypassed the EMS and now has power, but every time he touches the metal body of the bus he gets an electrical jolt. He wanted to know if I thought that was a problem, and also if I thought it would be okay to leave things as they are and just wear leather gloves to open the door. I just hope it doesn’t start to rain the next time he reaches for the metal door of his metal bus while standing on the wet ground.

Yesterday I finished making the last minute changes to the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, then got it uploaded and sent out a link to our subscribers. I may take a day off to play today, and then I’ll get busy and start working on my next book. I’m looking forward to getting back to Big Lake and seeing what’s going on with Sheriff Weber and the folks there.

It’s Thursday, which it means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery 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 – Every time someone comes up with a foolproof solution, along comes a more talented fool.

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  9 Responses to “Yes, They Really Asked That”

  1. I have no words for the guy with the MCI bus except RIP.

  2. Makes one wonder how the guy with the MCI got so old in the first place

  3. Any body who ever wonders if those questions are true should spend some tinme dealing wih the public. We volunteer at Corps of Engineer parks & Nat’l Wildlife Refuges. I had a lady at one park ask us when the fish would be close shore so her kids could catch some since they don’t have a boat. And a lady at one refuge asking if we had any “nice” elk her kids could ride. And a man who wanted my husband to replace the slide seal on his fifth wheel at a Carps of EWnginees park. When husband said it wasn’t in his job description the guy cussed him out for being a lazy public servant.

  4. Had a couple complain at the RV park where I workcamp in south Florida that they could not see the Northern Lights

  5. It never surprises me. I’m an RV tech and I have had so many dumb questions. Latest was somebody who wanted me to fix his rooftop sat TV dish. I spent 2 hours on it and could not find no problem. He picked up the RV and called the same day to complain it was not working. Brought it back and yelled at me, I still could not find the problem. He went home and called raising hell so the bos sent me out on a service call. At his son’s place the RV sits under a metal roof like a huge carport. No way the sat would work. He said that was my fault and to just quite making excuses and fix it!

  6. Try working retail. I had a woman bring back 2 pair of jeans and a sweater she had bought 2 years before (and worn a lot) because they did not fit any more. I guess she didn’t think the 45 pounds she had gained since then made a difference

  7. Leather gloves? How foolish, you should have told him rubber gloves are the way to go!!!!

  8. Maybe he didn’t know or maybe he was just stupid

  9. Working as a college student at Mt. Rushmore we enjoyed questions like, “What time will the fog lift?” (As soon as they get George’s nose clean.). “I heard they we carved in Germany. How did they get them up here through the tunnels?” (They we smaller back then.). “Is there anything special to see at this stop?” (Just off the tour bus with her blue hair and back to the 30ft tall windows framing the mountain.) I worked in the snack bar … ”How much does the half pound burger weigh?”

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