Not Much Happening

 Posted by at 1:01 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 272018

I’ve been posting a few stories from our travels in the blog lately because there’s not much happening here on the home front to write about. But today I thought I would bring you up-to-date on what little has been going on.

I wrote a few days ago that we were going to check out the medical marijuana dispensary in Port Orange. This was after losing total confidence in the people at the one here in Edgewater following the overdose I got because the pills they sold me were more than twice what I’m supposed to be taking. The name of the place in Port Orange is Surterra Wellness Center, and the difference between the two is like night and day.

At the facility in Edgewater, nobody can answer a question for you about the different products, and when asked, they tell you need to look it up for yourself because they are not allowed to give advice. There, you enter a small lobby with uncomfortable chairs, somebody slides a window open and takes your card, and then they call you into a very cramped back room to talk to a “consultant” who can’t tell you anything. Even though medical marijuana is legal in Florida, the whole place has a shady feel to it, in my opinion. We know it’s legal but we feel like we’re doing something wrong just by being there.

On the other hand, Surterra has an open, spacious lobby, we were greeted by not one but three very pleasant young ladies, display packages of all of their products are on one side of the lobby, and two of their employees spent at least an hour and a half with us going over the different products, the benefits of each one, how to use them, and answering every question we had without hesitation. They made suggestions on what might work best for our needs, gave us a phone number to call if we had any questions later, and even deliver for free. It’s definitely worth driving a few extra miles to get that kind of service.

On another topic, I’ve been working on my newest book, Big Lake Wedding, and I’m pleased with where it’s going so far. I need to have it out by December to make my four books a year goal, so that’s a priority right now.

But I did knock off for a while yesterday when our friend Jim Lewis came by to visit, and we even threw three rounds of darts, all of which Jim won like he usually does. Jim is a sharpshooter who hits where he’s aiming more often than not. Me, I throw like a shotgun shoots, spreading the pattern out wide and hoping to hit anything at all. When I was a young soldier that technique was referred to as spray and pray. It wasn’t very successful back then and it still isn’t.

It looks like we are past the worst of the summer heat, and it’s been in the low 80s the last few days. In fact, we have some 70s predicted this weekend, which I will not object to at all. We’re talking fishing and boating and kayaking weather. I’m really looking forward to that! I’m not sure my back is up to any of that yet, but I’m looking forward to trying.

We’ve been concerned because the terrible red tide that has been killing tens of thousands of fish on Florida’s Gulf Coast is now showing up here on the Atlantic Coast, too. In the last few days thousands of dead fish have washed up on Cocoa Beach, which is just 55 miles south of us. Everybody around here is hoping it doesn’t get any closer than that. Keep your fingers crossed for us.

So far over 170 people have entered our latest Free Drawing, and I’m not surprised. This week’s prize is an Amazon Kindle e-book reader. 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 – It makes sense that the target audience for fidget spinners lost interest in them so quickly.

Nick Russell

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

  2 Responses to “Not Much Happening”

  1. What a very useful description of your dispensary experience! We found the same thing in locations in Colorado, Washington, and Arizona. Not unlike regular pharmacies, really. Not everyone filling your prescriptions graduated first in their class at school. One reason I am fairly passionate about the subject IS that cannabis really needs more study so that it can be safely made available to the folks who need it. The benefits are so great and can help in such myriad areas. In our case, 5mg to 10 mg at one time is plenty. On good days my husband will take about 5 mg twice a day, morning and night. Some days he adds a dose in the afternoon. Every batch of fudge I make will be slightly different, so he experiments to find his therapeutic dose. We are not kids chasing a high! But you need blessed relief from pain. It is good to shop around and find a place you have confidence in, as well as doing your own research online about various strains and what each is best used for, medically. Some dispensaries have that on their own website!

  2. “Past the worst of the summer heat” and skiing in Vermont all on the same Saturday in October!

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