With Miss Terry busy editing and proofing my new Big Lake mystery, yesterday was a catch-up day for me as I tried to get a handle on the emails and other things I had set aside during the push to get the book done. I got quite a bit accomplished, but not nearly as much as Terry. By the time she finally knocked off at 9 o’clock last night she had worked her way through two thirds of the book. She will finish it today, and I will send it off to my second of four proofreaders.
Since I make no secret of the fact that I am a longtime gun owner and firearms instructor, as well as all the years we spent as fulltime RVers, I get a lot of questions about the legalities of traveling with a firearm in an RV. And as I tell people, there is no one answer to what is legal or not legal because so many of the laws regarding firearms are on a state-by-state basis. So what may be legal in Arizona could get you thrown in jail in Massachusetts. I always refer people to a book called Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States, or another book called Gun Laws By State. The legaities in individual states can change quickly sometimes, but these books are up-to-date for 2018 and are well worth the investment to save yourself a lot of legal trouble.
Another question I get asked quite often by new fulltime RVers is how much money they should carry with them. Most RVers I know use credit cards for just about everything, then pay it off at the end of the month. And if they need any quick cash, every Walmart, grocery store, and an even a lot of convenience stores and gas stations have ATM machines. However, all that being said, if the power goes out or some other problem like a natural disaster occurs, all the plastic in the world isn’t going to do you any good.
We always tried to keep some cash on hand, usually at least $1,000 when we were on the road. And it actually came in handy a couple of times when our bank declined our credit cards when we were buying fuel. The bank’s excuse was always that we were outside of our home area, so they were trying to protect us from fraud. We pointed out to them over and over that we had no “home area” because we were fulltime RVers. But banks are very conservative institutions, and they don’t understand square pegs that don’t fit into their round holes.
Even in this electronic age of blogs and Facebook, a lot of RVers we know still maintain written journals of their adventures. Recently a very nice lady named Barbara House was telling me about a series of RV camping journals she produces, and sent me a couple to look at. I was very impressed. The books have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. I immediately thought of my friend Jan White, who loves to keep a journal of their travels. The journals are available on Amazon, and here are a couple of examples, one with a scenic cover and one with a more whimsical vintage RV cover. Check them out, I think you’ll like them.
Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. I have 20 mystery novels out, as well as 10 nonfiction books, and I have to say that Dog’s Run is my favorite. It’s a gritty tale that is loosely based upon a real crime that took place in that part of the country when my father was a young police officer there. 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 – My neighbor’s diary says that I have boundary issues.