Aug 242017

If you are hanging out on the Texas Gulf Coast right now you should probably either hit the road or batten down the hatches because you’re gonna get wet! The weatherman here in Florida says tropical depression Harvey is headed toward the Texas coast and very likely will increase in strength before it gets there sometime Friday.

When we bought our place here on Florida’s Atlantic coast, a lot of people asked us if we weren’t afraid of hurricanes. Not really. In our 17+ years of fulltiming, we spent a lot of time in the Midwest during tornado season, and even had a couple of close calls. I have friends who are absolutely terrified of coming anywhere near Tornado Alley, even though tornadoes can hit anywhere. And I know other people who won’t go to California because they are afraid of earthquakes. Whether it be tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes or whatever, you can’t stop living just because something might happen someday. At least hurricanes give you lots of notice and plenty of time to get out of Dodge before they hit.

If I was going to be worried about being anyplace, it would be the Oregon and Washington coast. After all, when we were there two summers ago all the prognosticators were saying that the whole coastline was going to fall into the Pacific at any moment. Yeah, that didn’t happen either.

Actually, looking at the weather reports these days and reading our friend Nancy Kissack‘s blog, Terry and I are glad that we didn’t go to the Pacific Northwest this summer. Overall, it seems like it’s been a dreary, wet experience up there.

I spent all of yesterday working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, which is what I will be doing for a while yet. I made a lot of headway, formatting all the letters to the editor, and getting the Meandering Down The Highway travelogue done, as well as our columns on free campgrounds and RV dump stations.

Meanwhile, my new book, Big Lake Tragedy, is doing very well. Yesterday afternoon it hit #2349 in Amazon’s Kindle store and #68 in mystery/police procedurals. And I’m getting some nice comments from those of you who have read it. Thank you for your support.

Several blog readers have asked where they can find pictures and information on the 2002 Winnebago Ultimate Advantage motorhome we are selling. I have set up a page for it, with lots of info and photos. You can access it here at this Motorhome For Sale link.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Point Taken, the tenth book in my friend Ben Rehder’s excellent Blanco County 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.

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Thought For The Day – Never argue with a fool. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  6 Responses to “You’re Gonna Get Wet!”

  1. It’s been a great summer in Sequim, other than the week of smoke Fromm the BC fires.

  2. Don’t forget Yellowstone National Park it’s got a blowup tomorrow,, and Don’t forget fat kim Junior over there, I think he’s going to send Rockets over to California
    But I hear the East Coast of New England is trouble free until the snow start

  3. I think today will be the first full day of sun. Luckily, I don’t mind the fog and cold. It chased the mosquitos off!! LOL

  4. I’m thinking that you are pretty happy with your Florida decision over the Rockport, TX area………… That’s where they think, at this time, that it will hit.

    Enjoy the calm and best wishes,

  5. Gee Nick, we are in Florence Oregon now. Do you suppose we will be OK? Hahaha.

  6. Nancy must be stuck under a sprinkler if she is experiencing dreary, wet weather.

    0.02 inch of rain at SeaTac on Aug 12th ended the record streak of 55 days (June 18-August 11) without measurable rain.

    0.02 inches of rain in all of July and August this year.

    Number of days above 70 degrees IN A ROW in Seattle stands at 56 today. Projections are for the streak to continue until 69 days are reached.

    This IS a very unusual summer for Seattle, but no complaints.

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