January Potpourri

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 052018

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog. This is another post in a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I really don’t have anything else to talk about today.

This time of year I always get e-mails from people writing me to ask about the bypass we use to avoid El Paso, Texas. It’s easy and has a lot less traffic than going through El Paso on Interstate 10, which always seems to be busy and under construction.

If you are eastbound, a couple of miles before the Texas state line get off I-10 and onto State Route 404 and follow it east for eight miles to hook up with State Route 213 and turn right (south) a few miles and cross into Texas. From there it is just a few more miles to the 375 Loop, which bypasses El Paso on the east side. Westbound, get on the 375 Loop coming into El Paso and follow the directions in reverse.

When we are eastbound we often get off the 375 Loop about midway and take US Highway 180 east through Salt Flat to State Route 54 and take that south to Van Horn, or the reverse if we are westbound. It is a nice two lane trip, there is not very much traffic, and the scenery is pretty. Be sure you have fuel because there is no place to fill up along that route.

I have said this before, but it bears repeating; if you travel with cats, please DO NOT ever close or open your slides until your cats are secured. We know several people whose cats were badly injured or killed when they tried to open or close a slideout and the cats were hiding in them. Lock them in the bathroom, put them in a pet carrier, hold them in your arms – do whatever it takes to be sure they are out of harm’s way before you extend or retract those slides!

In book news, yesterday I finished reviewing the audiobook of Big Lake Burning and asked the narrator for a couple of small changes in pronunciation of a character name and a place name. I am very pleased with Frank Clem’s work, and once he makes those last corrections I will submit the finished project to Audible Creation Exchange, the production arm of Audible.com so they can get it formatted and ready for sale.

Somebody wrote to tell me they were at a truck stop the other day someplace in the Midwest and saw someone with an older bus conversion putting a couple of gallons of gasoline in his diesel tank. Knowing we had an MCI bus that we converted ourselves and traveled in for many years, they asked if I had ever heard of that. Yes, it’s an old bus nut remedy and I did it occasionally when I got algae in my fuel, usually when we had been parked and stationary for a while. It works just as well as any off the shelf algacide and costs a lot less. I don’t think I would put it in a modern diesel engine, but the old Detroit diesels are bulletproof and it never caused any problems.

Speaking of diesel motorhomes, several people have asked about the status of our Winnebago Ultimate Advantage. It’s still on consignment at PPL Motorhomes in Houston. We thought they had it sold a couple of times, but the deals fell through. Getting financing on a 2002 coach can be difficult. We sure wish it would sell, because it would be nice to have somebody enjoying it instead of having it sitting around gathering dust.

A lot of you do your online shopping by clicking this Amazon link or the Amazon Search box at the top right sidebar of this blog. We appreciate that, because when you purchase an item on Amazon any time of the year from one of our links, we earn a small commission, which helps us offset the cost of publishing the blog.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Fly Paper Soup, the first book in my friend Cleve Sylcox’s David Winters mystery series. The story starts with an attorney leaving warm and sunny Florida to go to cold and snowy Missouri to help an old friend whose aunt has been accused of murder. But then he finds out that the woman in question seems to have a history of killing husbands and getting rich from their insurance policies. Buckle your safety belt…you are in for a wild ride! 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 (first and last) 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 – Don’t believe everything you think.

Nick Russell

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

  2 Responses to “January Potpourri”

  1. My CD player in my car is dead, which is where I would listen to audiobooks. If I ever get it replaced, I’ll enter the drawings.

  2. Good timing! We’re going to be going thru/around El Paso tomorrow. Thanks!

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