I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, my writing activities, what’s happening in our lives since we hung up the keys, and all kinds of other things. While I try to answer all questions individually, I also share some here occasionally
Q. Before you and Miss Terry left on your trip, you were working on a new book. Have you had a chance to release it, or have I missed the announcement of the release? I really enjoy all of your books.
A. I am still working on Pucker Factor, my next John Lee book. We took a month off to spend time with our family scattered around the country. I hope to have it out sometime toward the end of July.
Q. We are seriously considering selling our RV three months into our new fulltiming life due to the crazy gas prices. Are we panicking and jumping the gun? Do you think they will ever come down to a reasonable level again?
A. In my book Meandering Down The Highway, which is about our transition into the fulltime RV lifestyle back in 1999 and our first year on the road, I noted that gas prices had risen to over $1 a gallon and wondered if we had made a mistake deciding to live in an RV. Fuel prices continued to rise, but the many adventures we had, the wonderful people we met, the places we saw, and the things we got to do over the next 18+ years of our lives were much more precious than the price of a gallon of gas, no matter what it cost.
Q. Reading about the pain from your tailbone during your trip out west and back makes me wonder why you didn’t just fly?
A. Terry and I have done a lot of flying in our lives, and while the actual flying doesn’t bother us, the hassles of waiting in line at airports have always been a turnoff. Also, we enjoy being able to turn off on a side road to explore something that catches our interest along the way. However, that being said, we did talk about maybe flying on our next trip to Arizona just for the time savings.
Q. Why can’t I enter your contest just because I live in Canada? That seems like discrimination to me and I’m not happy about it.
A. I am sorry you feel that way, but as stated with every drawing announcement, because of the high cost of shipping printed books, and Amazon restrictions on sending e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Q. I was disappointed to read about you buying marijuana while in Arizona. Don’t you think that sets a bad example for your readers?
A. To be clear, I did not buy marijuana. I bought gummies and salve that contain THC, an ingredient in marijuana that has proven to be very good at helping deal with pain, just like the medical marijuana products sold at legal dispensaries here in Florida and many other states. I have never used marijuana or any other drug to get high, including alcohol. But I wonder if you tell your friends who drink that they are setting a bad example too?
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. I feel this way every time I am on time for a medical appointment and then have to wait an hour or more longer to get in.
Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is both books in my Highway History and Back Road Mystery series, featuring oddball little stories we picked up in our travels across America as fulltime RVers, both books personally autographed to the winner.
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 Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Thought For The Day – I need to teach my facial expressions how to use their indoor voice.