Feb 212020

Get your mind out of the gutter. The title of today’s blog has nothing to do with one of those “gentlemen’s clubs” where guys go to be anything but gentlemen. I’m talking about being surrounded by beautiful girls here in our old hometown of Show Low, Arizona.

This is me with my daughter Tiffany, and no, I’m not a giant and she’s not a little person, as the weird perspective of this selfie might lead you to believe. This is the same girl whose heart suddenly stopped almost three years ago, and who we thought we might lose. As you can see, she made a full recovery and is now healthy and happy, thanks to a lot of prayers, an excellent medical team, and a defibrillator implanted in her chest.

This young lady is granddaughter Britni, who just turned 14 the other day. She says she wants to grow up and be writer someday, and I keep telling her that one does not have to “grow up” to become a writer. After all, I still haven’t grown up, and I’m not sure I ever will. Britni reminds me of myself when I was a kid. She is never happier than when she’s got a notebook and a pen in hand, creating stories of worlds that I think if she keeps at it we will see in print someday.

Now these two, they are what is called double trouble. That’s Destiny on the left and her big sister Hailey on the right. How did an ugly old fart like me get so many beautiful girls in his family line?

Someone asked me how our Consumer Cellular service is up here in the White Mountains, where any kind of cell phone reception can be hit or miss. We don’t have any problem making calls in some places, and a few blocks away we will get nothing. But folks who live here and have ATT and Verizon complain about the same thing. What we have noticed is that even when we have good voice service, data is nonexistent unless we are connected to the WiFi at Tiffany’s house or here in the hotel, and then it’s not all that great.

There is never enough time when we come here to visit, and so it is with this trip. This is our last day here; Saturday we will point the van east and start our journey back to Florida, with a few stops along the way.

Before I close, I appreciate so many of you who sent emails and text messages hoping we recover quickly from our colds. I think I am over the worst of mine, and either Miss Terry only caught a passing glance at it, or else she is tough as nails and won’t allow herself to get under the weather. I’m betting on the latter.

Be sure to enter our a latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Burning, the sixth book in my Big Lake 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 – It’s normal for married couples to fight. The trick is for you and your spouse to find a couple you can easily beat up.

Nick Russell

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

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