Mar 092017

Even though he is retired and doesn’t have to, my buddy Jim Lewis is one of those freaks of nature who insists on getting up in the hours in the morning that only have one digit in them. I keep telling him that nothing good ever happens before 10 AM, but when I do, Jimmy always reminds me that the early bird gets the worm. Yea? So What? I don’t like worms!

Nonetheless, we were up at the ungodly hour of 7 AM yesterday morning to see my cousin Berni and her husband Rocky off as they began their trip back to cold, snowy Michigan. Now, knowing that I hate getting up early in the morning isn’t a surprise to most blog readers, but did you know I also hate breakfast? Yep, a guy my size who doesn’t want to eat. Can you believe it?

Now don’t get me wrong, I do love Miss Terry’s delicious pancakes, and waffles, and French toast. I just prefer to eat them between the more civilized hours of 10 AM to noon. So I was less than thrilled when I discovered that not only did we have to get up so early yesterday morning, we were also going out for breakfast at Peggy’s Kitchen in Edgewater. It’s a small restaurant, one of those down-home places where the waitress calls you honey and touches you on the shoulder while she takes your order, but still, it was way too early for me. I sniveled and whined so much it was all I could do to eat my delicious chicken biscuit. But I managed to man up and get the job done.

Our house seems quieter with Berni and Rocky gone. Whenever they are around we’re always afraid the cops are going to show up because the neighbors called and complained about all the laughing we are doing. I was tempted to take a nap to catch up on my missed sleep, but instead, Jimmy and I threw a few games of darts, then Terry and I watched a little bit of TV, and I renewed my membership for six months.

I haven’t done much genealogical research in a long time because I get so involved in it that hours slip by and I realize that I haven’t done any real work. But after talking to Rocky, who is also very into it, I decided to play around with it for a while again.

By the way, family history research is an excellent hobby for RVers. It’s one thing to look at information on a computer screen from far away, but when you can actually go to the places where your ancestors lived and walk the same ground they farmed, and see their actual graves, it adds a whole new dimension.

Jimmy came back in the afternoon, and after eating the delicious dinner Terry made, the three of us threw a few more games of darts. I even managed to win one, which doesn’t happen very often!

We are taking a day trip down to Titusville today to meet some friends for an early dinner at Dixie Crossroads, and there are a couple of places I want to stop at while we are down there with the possibility of doing stories on them for an upcoming issue of the Gypsy Journal.

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. I’m trying something different this time around, just to see what kind of results we get. Instead of an audiobook or a printed book, this week’s prize is a USB flash drive with all of the digital issues of the Gypsy Journal from 2003 through 2016. That’s 14 years, or 84 issues. If each issue was purchased individually it would be over a $250 value! That’s enough to keep you reading forever! We weren’t quite as refined with the earlier issues – the photos are black and white and they don’t have a searchable table of contents, but there is still a wealth of RVing information in them. 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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