Never underestimate the power of positive sniveling. I wrote in yesterday’s blog that I had been chained to my desk cranking out words in my next John Lee Quarrels mystery novel and that I needed a break. That’s kind of how we do things; we work hard for a few days, and then we’ll take a day (or sometimes two) to goof off. Yesterday was my play day.
Terry and I slept in, and when we woke up we spent some time just cuddling and enjoying being together without having to rush off to work or anything else. I think one-on-one time without any distractions is important to a relationship. At least it is to ours.
Terry’s Trek bicycle has spent the last few years riding on a rack hooked to the ladder on the back of our Winnebago, and it really needed a tune up. So once we got settled into our new home a few weeks ago, we took it to a local bicycle shop and asked them to go through it for us. We were less than impressed with the service, and when we got the bike back, it still needed more attention that they never got around to doing.
Our friend Jim Lewis took his Cannondale bike to a different shop in New Smyrna Beach, called Beach Bicycle & Kayak, and he was really impressed with the job they did for him. So yesterday we went to pick up Jim’s bike, and dropped off Terry’s. We immediately liked the two brothers who run the shop, Tom and Dusty, and after Tom went over what had already been done to it, and what it still needed, he quoted us a price that was lower than I expected. We left it with them and it should be ready early next week.
After dropping Jim’s bike off back at our house, we drove into Ormond Beach to a place called Dave’s Dart Shop. We are really enjoying throwing a few rounds of darts every evening, but we wanted to see what was available besides the cheap ones that we bought with our dartboard. And boy did we see a lot of darts!
Dave had an excellent selection, and spent a lot of time with us. He’s one of those people who is in the business because he loves the game, not because he’s trying to get rich off of it. He had a dartboard on the wall and let us try a half dozen or more different kinds of darts, explaining the benefits of each one, offering pointers to help us score better, and there was no pressure at all. Throw as long as you want, try everything, and see what works for you is his motto. So we did. In fact, by the time we were finally done, it was a half hour after closing time. But we came away with some nice darts and a few other goodies, so I think it was worth his time. We will definitely be going back.
By then it was dinnertime, and since we were so close to Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, it just seemed like it would be sacrilegious not to stop. So we did! We’ve been to a lot of Chinese buffets all over the country in our years as fulltime RVers, and this place stands out as one of the best around. The selection is huge, everything is always fresh, and the prices are very reasonable.
With our tummies full, we headed back home and finished our play day with several games of darts. What did you expect?
If you like to spend your play days reading, I’ve got some great news for you. My friend Jason Deas just released a brand new book, Boar’s Head Cove. And if you’ve read any of Jason’s Benny James mystery series, you know this is bound to be a good one, too. That young man knows how to tell a story!
In the first 24 hours, over 90 people signed up for our latest Free Drawing. And I’m not surprised because we’ve got a great prize this week. Jim O’Briant has donated a one year subscription to www.OvernightRVParking.com. This is a great resource for RVers, listing well over 13,000 free places where you can park overnight. It’s a $24.95 value and it could be yours free if you’re our lucky winner. 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.
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So…Terry’s bike is a writer too.
Jan I wonder if all of its’ books are about bike tours? LOL