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. In a blog last week you talked about carrying a gun to kill snakes on your property and I was sick to hear that. I always thought you were a good guy until then. Why would you want to kill an innocent animal that God put on this earth with a purpose? What’s wrong with live and let live?
A. As I wrote in that blog, I encountered two black snakes while mowing and let them go away. But yes, I will kill any venomous snakes I come across on our property. I don’t want one of us or any of our pets to get bitten. They are trespassers until they start paying their share of the mortgage and taxes.
Q. Are you going to stain your new deck to protect it from the weather? If so, what are you going to use and what color? I’m asking because we want to have a deck built at our place here in Arkansas.
A. Yes, getting the deck stained is on our to do list. I’m not sure what brand we will use. Our son-in-law recommended one he is familiar with, but I need to have him tell me again because I can’t find my note about it. We want to go with a natural color.
Q. You mentioned that you both got COVID booster shots and then Terry got sick. You don’t see any connection there? Do you not know how many people have died from that vaccine the liberals brainwashed you into taking?
A. Normally I don’t respond to comments with conspiracy theories, but just to let you know, Terry was sick before we got our booster shots. And while I don’t know what kind of wacko numbers of people were “killed” by the vaccine you believe, I do know that we lost several friends and family members to COVID, and I have friends and family members who worked in the medical field during the worst days of the pandemic. I have heard their horror stories of the thousands who died because they did not get the vaccine.
A. Why didn’t you have them spread the gravel when it was delivered instead of piling it up and then using your tractor? They could have done in minutes what took you two days.
A. It was leftover gravel from when we had the backyard re-sloped and French drains installed to help with drainage problems. The company that did that work ordered it delivered and piled so they could use it as they needed it. When I do order more, I will definitely have the driver spread it for me.
Q. I know some former RVers moved to Ecuador when they hung up the keys, and it seemed like they enjoyed living there. I am wondering if they are all still there, given the chaos and political violence going on there these days?
A. All of the people we know who moved to Ecuador have long since moved back to the United States.
Q. Nick, just wondered what your opinion is on regular people owning AK-47 like weapons?
A. An AK-47 or an AR-15 is just like an automobile or a chainsaw. It is not dangerous in and of itself. In responsible hands it is harmless, but in the hands of a fool or a madman it can cause havoc. I have had two AR-15s for many years and neither one has ever hurt anyone. They are semiautomatic rifles that can accept high-capacity magazines. A Ruger Mini-14 uses the same ammunition as an AR-15 and can also accept a 30-round magazine. But because it has a wooden stock instead of plastic, nobody talks about them. I have always said any law-abiding citizen should have the right to own any kind of firearm they want. I have also said that there are a hell of a lot of them that have no business with one.
Q. At one time when you were living in Florida you and Miss Terry talked about taking a cruise. Did you ever do that, and if so, where did you go and what cruise line did you use? It’s on my bucket list.
A. No, we never got around to taking a cruise. The high numbers of cruise ship passengers getting sick during the pandemic changed our minds about it back then, and now with pets it makes it hard to go away for very long.
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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.
Thought For The Day – Smile today, tomorrow could be worse.