Oct 302018

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, a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I really don’t have anything else to talk about today.

There’s a lot of talk on the different internet RV forums about how hard it is to find a campground these days at an affordable price, if you can find any kind of vacancy at all. That is especially true here in Florida and in other sunbelt states where snowbirds congregate for the winter. It seems like every day I hear from at least one person wanting know where they can find a campground in Florida, preferably within a few minutes of the beach, with full amenities, and they’d like to keep it somewhere around $350 a month. I’m sorry, there’s no such animal. A rental campsite is just like any other piece of real estate – it all comes down to location, location, location. While Florida has a lot of coastline, we are talking expensive properties. The campgrounds anywhere near either coast usually book up well in advance, and they don’t come cheap. However, if you go inland there are still plenty of small mom-and-pop campgrounds in central Florida available at reasonable prices. Not that I’m sure $350 a month is realistic to expect anywhere in Florida this time of year.

In a blog titled How About Some Q&A? a week or so ago, I mentioned the Olympian catalytic heater we used in our MCI bus conversion. Two people wanted to know how I connected it to a fuel source, asking if we kept a propane bottle inside the bus or how we did things. I installed a T in the gas line going to the stove, and ran a propane-rated hose from that with a quick connect on the end of it. That way it was easy to hook up and unhook the line from the heater, and when not in use we stored it under a cabinet in the kitchen.

In that same blog post, I explained why Terry has not offered any of her custom woven shawls or scarves for sale, saying that the cost of the materials and the time involved to make one of them is such that she cannot sell something for $15 or $20 when she might have over $100 invested in the materials alone, not to mention the 20 to 25 hours of labor involved. I said then that she makes them for the pleasure of weaving and enjoys giving her creations away as gifts to friends and family members. In response, someone wrote to say that if she just does it for the pleasure, and gives them away anyway, it really shouldn’t matter how much it cost her or how long it takes to make one, or how much she sells it for. For that matter, she could give them away to anybody, what would it matter? I wasn’t sure how to respond to that then, and I’m still not sure. But I guess the thought that comes to mind is that just because she gives me kisses doesn’t mean she should just give anybody who wants one a kiss.

This is a question I get every time there is any kind of an election coming up, and I’ve never really understood it. Somebody asked me if I thought it was okay to travel right now, or should they wait until after the midterms to see what happens before they start heading for a warmer climate for the winter. Why wouldn’t it be okay? No matter who wins the House or Senate, do you plan to sell your RV, or park it and stay in one place forever? Do you think the Democrats or the Republicans, whoever winds up with the majority, is going to ban all RV travel? Or interstate travel altogether? I’ve heard a lot of conspiracy theories over the years, but not that one.

Another question I get a lot of is which is better for fulltime RVers, Dish Network or Direct TV? We have had them both at different times over the years and I don’t think it really matters. There may be some minor differences, but overall their programming is about the same, and when it comes to calling customer service, you are going to talk to somebody in Bangladesh or someplace like that who can barely communicate with you anyway. Flip a coin if you can’t decide any other way.

And in closing, here’s a chuckle to start your day, from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – The first person who inhaled helium must have been so relieved when the effects wore off.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Tuesday Morning Potpourri”

  1. My back is broken in 8 places that can never heal, thus I understand back pain very well.. I am also allergic to almost all pain medications, morphine, Darvon, Demerol, talwin, Vicodin, acetaminophen, Fentanyl and a couple others. Acupuncture is great and probably kept me from blowing my head off. And the other thing that gets me relief is an ounce maybe 2 ounces of scotch in a 12 can of Sprite. I tried rum and that did not help. I tried Jameson Irish Whiskey and that kind of helped. I have not tried vodka. I do not have to drink every day, sometimes I go months without having any, I still hurt but not enough to warrant a drink.

    My doctors have told me that I will never be pain free. I also take 2400 mg of Gabapentin or Neurontin a day. I also take 2 OTC Naproxen a day.

    Good luck

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