While Terry was editing and proofreading another six chapters of my new Big Lake book, I snuck out for a while yesterday afternoon and went to the gun show at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in Deland.
I’ve owned more guns in my life than I could begin to count, but only once have I owned a Colt Single Action Army, better known as the Peacemaker. It was an old, worn-out .45 that a friend of my father’s gave me when I was 13 (it was a different world back then), and somewhere along the way I let it get away from me. Lately I’ve been thinking I wanted another one, and hoped I might find one at the gun show. I’ve seen collectors who have several for sale at some gun shows, but this time around, the only one in the entire show was a .45 that the seller said was made in 1921. It had cracked aftermarket grips, not much bluing left, and a lot of cylinder play. Frankly, it wasn’t much better than the one I had when I was a kid, and he wanted a lot more than I was willing to pay for it. I will keep looking.
When I got home, I spent a couple of hours on the phone with my old friends at Go Daddy. They have managed to screw up our e-mail again, and neither Terry nor I have been able to get any e-mail for the last several days. Apparently they were doing some kind of verification and sent an e-mail to an old AOL address we haven’t used in 20 years. The guy kept telling me that’s the contact e-mail address they have for me, and I pointed out that they have no problem sending me bills and renewal notices at my regular e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supposedly that issue will be fixed sometime today, and since the only thing I still have on Go Daddy is my Bad Nick blog and our e-mail, I will be moving those someplace else as soon as possible. The dweeb I was talking to at GoDaddy seemed disappointed that I wasn’t interested in hearing his sales spiel about the great products and services they have available to me. It’s amazing that a company can let you down repeatedly and then not understand why you don’t want to continue to do business with them.
In other news, Marc and Julie Bennett, bestselling authors of the excellent Living the RV Life: Your Ultimate Guide to Life on the Road, have just released a great new book that every RVer will find invaluable, called RV Hacks, which has over 400 ideas to make living on the road safer and easier. Everything from tips on driving an RV to maintenance and repairs, campgrounds and boondocking, RV living, cooking, and RV storage tips, along with chapters on working and technology on the road, and ideas for RVing families and traveling with pets. I got excited just looking through the book because there were some ideas that I not only could have used in our RV when we were fulltiming, but some that will come in handy right here at home. Click this link to order your copy today. Marc and Julie put a lot of effort into this book, and the result shows it.
And finally, 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. When my friend Diane Melde shared it with me, I told her I am always on the alert for those nasty critters.
Today is your last chance to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Buck Fever, the first book in my friend Ben Rehder’s immensely popular Blanco County mystery series. If you’re not a fan of Ben’s books you have no idea what you are missing out on. Wacky characters, great humor, and superb writing. Give them a try. You won’t be disappointed. To enter, 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 this evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with U.S. addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Thought For The Day – Sometimes God sends an ex back into your life to see if you are still stupid.