Up And Out Early

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 312021

We were up and out the door early yesterday morning, or at least early for us, because I had a doctor’s appointment in Port Orange. The appointment was at 10:15, but I was supposed to be there half an hour early. We left the house a little before nine and arrived at the doctor’s office at 9:35. I went in, and they immediately had me do the pee in a cup thing, got me into an exam room for a blood draw, and the doctor was in soon after. He was a very good guy and checked out a possible problem I was having, said everything was okay, and I was out the door at 10:38. Not bad at all.

On the way back home, we stopped at Lindley’s Nursery in New Smyrna Beach, but they are apparently closed on Mondays, so we will have to reschedule that. Then we went to the Sandbar Café for brunch. It had been one of our favorite places before it closed last year during the midst of the COVID slowdown. It’s back now with new owners, and this was our first time to try it since it reopened. The food was good and the service was excellent. We will definitely be going back again.

From there, we stopped to get gas at $2.74 a gallon, which is apparently not bad compared to what some people around the country are telling me they are paying, I figured that after Hurricane Ida, oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico will be disrupted for a while, so I imagine prices will spike.

Then we went by the Edgewater City Hall to pay our water bill, because their online utility payment program sucks. It only works about half the time, if that. Either it doesn’t accept your payment at all, or if you’re not careful, you wind up making double payments and then have a credit on your account. The lady at City Hall said it’s a known issue, which makes me wonder why they don’t fix it.

Our final stop was at Publix to pick up a few things, and we noticed that more people are wearing masks again, which began to taper off a couple of months ago before the new variant of COVID kicked in. I’m glad to see that, because most of the hospitals here in Florida are full, as they are nationwide. I know people who are in need of surgery who can’t get it because there are no hospital beds available for them.

When we got home, I had a package from Amazon waiting with some print copies of Big Lake Shootout. I autographed a couple of them, and Terry got them packed up to mail out to people today.

I wasn’t very productive the rest of the afternoon. Judy sent back the chapters that she had proofread, and I made her corrections and then sent the chapters off to Roberta, my third proofreader. With that out of the way, I spent some time answering e-mails and doing some research for upcoming book projects. Besides that and writing the blog, I did not get anything else accomplished the rest of the day. Hopefully today I’ll be more productive.

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. Those of us of a certain generation we’ll understand what this is all about. Good times, huh?

Thought For The Day – If there were an award for laziness, I would probably send somebody else to accept it for me.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Up And Out Early”

  1. Love, love your books!

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