Catching Up

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 022020

This is a blog about catching up. Catching up on the last day of our trip because I was too tired Saturday night to write much, and about catching up now that we are home.

As I wrote a couple of days ago, we spent Friday night at the Country Inn and Suites in Tifton, Georgia, which is right off Interstate 75, but just far enough that there was no traffic noise to bother us. We were up early Saturday morning and took advantage of the free breakfast in the hotel, then loaded our luggage into the van and drove a few blocks to Main Street to check out a couple of antique shops.

Most of them were pretty much filled with froufrou items, not antiques, though I did manage to pick up a copy of Paul Andrew Hutton’s excellent book The Apache Wars for just $3, and a license plate for my son-in-law Kenny’s collection.

We were pleased to see that unlike many small towns we have visited all over America with dying downtowns and block after block of boarded-up stores, Tifton seems to be thriving. All the buildings downtown housed shops and stores that seemed to be doing a good business for a Saturday morning.

It was a chilly, windy day and we didn’t linger long, getting on Interstate 75 southbound after we left downtown. Traffic was light to moderate, and before long we were crossing the state line into Florida. We were still several hours from home, but it sure felt good to be back in the Sunshine State!

The quickest route home was to pick up Interstate 10, take it east to Interstate 95, and then go south, but there was one more place we wanted to stop along the way. Webb’s Antique Mall, a few miles south of Lake City, is a 60,000 square foot browsers’ paradise, with over 400 vendor booths. We spent two hours there and I picked up a couple more badges for my collection and Terry got a couple of glass bakeware items she wanted.

I know that my son-in-law would have gone crazy there because they had more license plates than I have ever seen in one place. This is just a small sampling of what was available. Unfortunately, like so many places the prices were unrealistic. I have been in antique malls where license plates were selling for $3 to $5 in one vendor booth, and a vendor right across the aisle is asking $25 or $30, or even more, for the same ones. Go figure. In this case, the cheapest ones I saw were $10 and some were as much as $45.

Back on the highway we continued south to Ocala, then picked up State Route 40 and took it east all the way to Interstate 95. Somewhere along the way I got really tired again, and though Terry is still under the weather, we changed places and she drove the last couple of hours home.

As exhausted as we both were we thought we would sleep soundly, but for some reason that wasn’t the case. We went to bed and cuddled for a few moments before Terry rolled over so I could spoon her, and then we were both suddenly wide-awake. I don’t know how long we laid there, but the last time I looked at the clock it was after 3:30 AM. I don’t know, maybe we were both too tired to sleep.

Yesterday we pretty much played catch up, paying some bills, Terry did some laundry, I answered a huge backlog of emails, and we both had to spend some time getting our computers to communicate with our printers and other peripheral devices. I could kind of understand that with Terry’s, since she uses a laptop and took it with her to use on the trip, but here at home I use a Dell desktop and it seemed to take forever to get it to sync with my printer, external hard drive, and scanner. Maybe it was pouting because I didn’t take it with us on our road trip.

Congratulations Eddie Rawls, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Birdsongs, the first book in my friend Jason Deas’ excellent Benny James mystery series. We had 45 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – Be brave enough to suck at something new now and then.

Nick Russell

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

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