When I was a kid I always heard adults say that the older you get, the faster time goes by. I never understood that because it just didn’t make sense. A minute has 60 seconds in it, an hour has 60 minutes, a day has 24 hours, and a week has 7 days. It’s the same whether you’re 6 or 60, right?
But as it turns out, those people knew what they were talking about. Do you remember when summer vacation seemed to last six months? Where did all that extra time go? The other day Beverly was going through some old photographs of her and a friend when they were schoolgirls, and it’s hard to equate those photographs with the women I know today. And it’s even worse to see pictures of myself in that time period and then to look in the mirror and see the old fart looking back at me. I could swear I was a teenager three weeks ago. Then again, if you ask Miss Terry, I’m pretty sure she would tell you that I seem to spend a lot of my time acting like an adolescent, so who knows?
I was reminded of all of this yesterday when Terry and I received our 20 year membership pins from the Escapees RV Club. I can still remember sitting at our kitchen table back in Show Low, Arizona telling Terry about this club that I thought we should join when we were doing our research on the RV lifestyle. When we were fulltime RVers we belonged to several different RV clubs over the years, including the FMCA, Good Sam Club, and a couple of bus conversion clubs. We used to tell people that we belonged to all those organizations, but we were Escapees.
Over time we dropped all those other memberships, but we became lifetime members of the Escapees. It’s more than just an RV club, it’s a total support network for RVers, and when you join you don’t just get a membership card and a decal for your RV’s window, you get a huge extended family of like-minded people. If you are an RVer or a wannabe, whether fulltime or a weekend warrior, you should become an Escapee, too. It’s the single best investment you can make in the RV lifestyle.
Yesterday I had a follow-up appointment with my civilian primary care provider to go over my lab results and see if I’m going to live long enough to make it worth buying a new toothbrush. Overall, things look pretty good. 18 months ago my A1c was 7.7 and now it’s 6.4, my blood pressure was 100/68, and everything else looked fine. Part of what has helped is the fact that I have lost about 40 pounds. That was enough to take me off the diabetes meds completely, and while I don’t ever expect to be skinny, I continue to work at it. I eliminated soda from my diet over three years ago, and I try to watch how much junk food I eat.
My buddy Greg White has lost a ton of weight, something like 70 pounds. Greg’s an unconventional guy in every aspect of life, including his weight loss methods. Let’s just say they’re not exactly what you would find in the Weight Watchers handbook. Here’s a blog post he wrote the other day explaining how he’s accomplished such dramatic weight loss.
I’ll be back at it the rest of the weekend, trying to get my new John Lee Quarrels book finished so Terry can start the editing and proofing process. As much as I am eager to start on my next Big Lake book, once this one is out I may take a couple of days off and go fishing or kayaking, or just goofing around. That’s assuming the weather cooperates. Around here this time of year, you never know what to expect, from cold windy days with lots of rain, to uncomfortably hot temperatures that make you want to stay inside next to the air conditioner.
Before I go, here’s another chuckle to start your day, from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. I am pretty sure we have driven down this road before.
Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audio book of undone, the first book in my buddy Jason Deas’ new Burt Bigsley 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 (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 – I’m at that delusional age where I think everyone my age looks way older than I do.