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We’ve Been Shot!

 Posted by at 12:37 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 262021

They say that it’s always good if a couple have things in common. Miss Terry and I have many things in common, from the type of music we like to the kind of television shows and movies we enjoy, the books we read, traveling, and things like kite flying and fishing. Something else we have in common is that we have both been hit by ricocheting bullets, although that was decades apart and not the topic of today’s blog. Today is going to be about us getting shot together.

No, don’t worry, we’re not engaging in armed robbery or insurrection or anything like that. Yesterday we went out to the Volusia County Fairgrounds and received our first round of Moderna COVID-19 vaccination shots.

I have to say that I was very impressed with the way everything was done compared to what I’m seeing on the news and hearing from friends in a lot of places around the country. The folks here did a good job.

Our appointments were in the 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. time slot yesterday. We arrived at the fairgrounds at 2:38, and they had a very efficient setup, including signage of where to turn in. Someone walked up to the van and greeted us, asked to see our appointment slips, and then directed us to follow a line of vehicles ahead of us. We were stopped a little farther on, where they greeted us again, asked if we had any allergies or if either one of us had had any kind of vaccinations in the last 90 days or had had COVID-19. It was all handled very safely, us wearing our masks and the people working there all masked, too. They would come up to the driver’s window, stay far enough away for safety, ask their questions, and get our answers, and direct us to continue following the vehicles ahead of us.

At the next station, someone asked to see the medical and consent forms I had printed out from the Internet and we had filled out ahead of time, and before long, we were up to one of several shade shelters where they were administering the vaccinations.

The nice lady who was doing ours came to my side first, wiped my shoulder down with an alcohol swab, and I never felt her give me the shot. The next thing I knew, she was putting a Band-Aid on me. Then she went over to Terry’s side of the van, vaccinated her, we were given cards for our follow-up appointments and sent to a parking area to wait at least 15 minutes in case there were any reactions. There were none, and 54 minutes from the time we pulled into the fairgrounds, we were pulling out. I was impressed.

While we’re relieved to get the first vaccinations out of the way, I feel guilty with how easy it was for us, from making the reservation the first time we tried, to getting in and out of the fairgrounds in such a short time and not having any discomfort whatsoever from the shots. I wish it was that quick and easy and comfortable for everybody else.

Since we hadn’t been out of the house in quite a while, we took the long way home, driving down Interstate 4 to Daytona Beach and cruising down International Speedway Boulevard to see what businesses were open or closed. We were surprised that except for one or two small restaurants, everything else seemed to be open and doing well, and our favorite Chinese buffet was open for takeout and delivery orders.

Back at home, my son Travis called to ask how we were feeling and if we had any weird reactions. I said that neither one of us had any pain or discomfort and that the only thing different I had noticed was that my new third nipple was lactating. Travis sometimes regrets asking me questions, and I don’t really blame him.

Thought For The Day – Kisses have germs and should be hated, but you can kiss me because I’m vaccinated.

Busy Creating

 Posted by at 12:21 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 252021

I had planned on watering our citrus trees and perennial peanut plants yesterday, but sometime early in the morning, we had a pretty good rain and woke up to big puddles in the street, so that saved me one chore. However, it gave us another one to deal with. My Bennington pontoon boat has three […]

Jan 242021

Note: I was busy adding another 7,200 to my new book yesterday and ran out of time to do a blog, so I thought I would share one from 2012 about one of our favorite experiences. We crossed something off our bucket list yesterday, and made memories that will stay with us forever! For years […]

January Q&A

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 232021

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, 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. We went to the Tampa RV show and I was surprised that in […]

Jan 222021

Seeing the 21 gun salute rendered for outgoing President Trump on Wednesday reminded me of an incident that I can probably talk about now because I’m sure the statute of limitations has run out. At least I hope so! Many people don’t know that in addition to training officers for the Army, every class at […]

We Got Lucky! 

 Posted by at 12:00 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 212021

I was online as soon as registrations opened for COVID-19 vaccinations at the Volusia County Fairgrounds yesterday morning and managed to get us registered for ours on Monday afternoon. They had openings today and Friday and again on Monday, and you had to choose a one-hour time slot. I clicked on 10 – 11 a.m. […]

Will We Get Lucky?

 Posted by at 12:46 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 202021

Are you going to watch the Presidential Inauguration today? We sure plan to. With all of the craziness that has gone on in our country, I don’t think I will breathe a complete sigh of relief until it’s over. A friend told me yesterday that she thinks the whole world will breathe a sigh of […]

Jan 192021

We have hitch itch, but since we are not able to travel due to the pandemic, I thought I’d occasionally share some of our previous adventures, such as exploring the back roads of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, one of our favorite places. This is the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, and on every back road we […]

Jan 182021

About three books ago, something happened that I can’t explain. For some reason, some of the quotation marks were two straight lines and others were curly. I tried to post examples to show you what I’m talking about in the blog, but here they all come out curly. I’ve gone through the manuscripts and changed […]

We Feel So Loved!

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 172021

Thank you to everybody who posted comments on Facebook and the blog or sent e-mail messages from the blog wishing us a happy anniversary. You all make us feel so loved. In spite of yesterday being our anniversary, it was kind of a frustrating day because somehow during the transfer of the blog domain away […]

Jan 162021

Can you believe this beautiful woman has been putting up with me for 23 years now? Don’t ask me why, because I have no idea. We all know she could do so much better. Here’s proof, here we are on our wedding day. Things have changed a bit since then. Her hair is a lot […]

Dry Eyes And YouTube

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 152021

I didn’t get any writing done Wednesday because Terry had an appointment with her eye doctor down in Titusville to replace the plugs that they do every four months or so for her dry eyes. She’s been having more and more of a problem with it, and even expensive eyedrops haven’t helped, so he gave […]

Jan 142021

We love getting off the interstate highways and taking the two-lane roads whenever we can. As I have said many times before, a Denny’s or a chain hotel at an interstate exit in Kansas is no different than one in Michigan or California. But the two-lane roads will take you to the real America. Small […]

Success (I Think)

 Posted by at 12:41 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 132021

David Carr from Carr Communications has been busy the last few days moving my blog from Go Daddy to a new host, and I think he’s been successful. There were several times during the day yesterday when people couldn’t get to the blog, or if they could, there were no photos or something like that […]

Back At It

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 102021

The events of the last few days have occupied a lot of my time, and I will admit that I have been rather snippy with some folks who believe that the insurrection we saw happening on Wednesday is all a plot by far left liberals or that COVID-19 is all a hoax. I just don’t […]

Jan 092021

Note: This is an updated repost of a blog from January, 2013. I thought we’d start your weekend off with a chuckle or two about what you may see in a campsite near you one of these days. We’ve seen some oddball RVs in our travels around the country, and if you’ve spent much time […]

A New Day

 Posted by at 12:24 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 082021

I know that a lot of us are numb from yesterday’s events in Washington DC, and I think we will be for a while yet. But it’s a new day, and while we should never forget the treacherous activities of the mob of terrorists who attacked the Capitol, let’s try to focus on some other […]

My Heart Hurts

 Posted by at 12:48 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 072021

Like millions of other Americans, my heart hurts for our nation following the violence at the U.S. Capitol yesterday. My heart hurts and I am ashamed of the country I fought and bled for. The right to peacefully protest is protected by the Constitution of the United States, but nowhere does it allow damaging and […]

Jan 062021

Apparently, the latest complaint by the politically correct crowd is their objection to someone saying Amen at the end of a prayer. They want something more PC, something gender-neutral. Or is that gender neutered? I guess some have asked why they can’t say Awoman instead of Amen. An old junior high school teacher of mine […]

Punched In the Heart

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 052021

It has cooled down considerably here on the Central Florida Coast, with daytime temperatures this week in the mid to high 60s and overnight lows in the upper 40s to mid-50s. Perfect sleeping and snuggling weather, and the fish are biting, too! And some of them are big. Look at this monster drum that one […]