Nick’s Blog

Mar 312021
 

Stretching an impressive 140 miles along the Colorado River from the mouth of the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead National Recreation Area is impressive with its lakes of deep blue water, towering desert and mountain scenery, its wildlife, and its many outdoor activities. Covering 1.5 million acres, twice the size of Rhode Island, Lake Mead National […]

Nobody Reads Anymore

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Mar 302021
 

As an author, and as someone who loves to read, I am constantly perplexed why anybody would not want to. And sometimes it’s depressing. All that time spent sitting in a classroom learning how to read, and so few actually do it. When we were traveling on the road as fulltime RVers publishing the Gypsy […]

Mar 292021
 

Interstate highways make it quick and easy to get from Point A to Point B anywhere in the country. But what fun is that? A Denny’s or a Pilot truck stop in Tucson looks pretty much just like one in Paducah or Toledo. All too often we find ourselves traveling the interstates because they are […]

Mar 282021
 

In an online conversation yesterday, somebody asked if anyone had ever heard of a rich guy who had a newspaper column and was famous for letting people write to him asking for money and then giving it to them. I replied that not only had I heard of him, I knew that man. Born in […]

Mar 272021
 

After going to the Preston Law Firm in New Smyrna Beach to pick up the binder with all of the documents for our family trust, Terry and I went to Ruthy’s Kozy Kitchen for brunch. This is one of those local places that the tourists never find, and locals like it that way. Nothing fancy […]

Love At First Bite

 Posted by at 12:46 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 262021
 

Yesterday afternoon Terry and I went to the Preston Law Firm in New Smyrna Beach to go over the paperwork for our wills, legal and medical power of attorneys, and revocable family trust. Braxton Bowen, the attorney handling it for us, was very knowledgeable and took the time to answer every question we had as […]

Lots Of Good News

 Posted by at 12:49 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 242021
 

After reading yesterday’s blog, I got private messages or e-mails from at least half a dozen people who wanted to know how our first night on our new Denver Mattress went. When I laid down, I didn’t experience the almost immediate backache I have been getting, and when I rolled onto my left side to […]

Potpourri

 Posted by at 12:23 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 232021
 

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog, a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I don’t have anything else to talk about […]

Mar 222021
 

It’s been a long time since we took a road trip, and even longer since we saw our friend Chris Yust. Chris and her late husband, Charles, owned C&C Insurance, and we worked the RV rally circuit together for years. We became close to them, and when we weren’t at a rally someplace, if we […]

Well, Hello Spring

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 212021
 

The other day the weatherman from News Channel 6 in Orlando said that Winter is over and Spring is officially here. But you couldn’t prove that by me yesterday. A cold front came through Central Florida, bringing rain and wind with it and keeping the temperature down in the low 60s all day long. On […]

Twits Can Kill You

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 202021
 

I have mentioned before that I rode motorcycles for much of my life. When Terry was a teenager she had a bad experience with a foolish uncle who took her on a wild ride, and she was understandably never comfortable on motorcycles after that. After we got together, I sold my last bike and didn’t […]

FDR Memorial

 Posted by at 12:34 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 192021
 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of America’s most beloved presidents, and the only man to hold the nation’s top office for four terms. He was a father figure to all of America, pulling us out of the Great Depression and seeing us through the darkest days of World War II. His Fireside Chats were an […]

Five Down, One To Go

 Posted by at 12:29 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 182021
 

So far, our family has been doing very well in getting our Covid-19 vaccinations. The first was our daughter-in-law Geli, who is a nurse at a hospital in Birmingham dealing with Covid patients on a daily basis. She received the Pfizer vaccine soon after it became available. We sure were glad to see her get […]

Mar 172021
 

I bet you’re wondering how I can tie those three things together in one blog, aren’t you? Well, stand by and watch it happen. Terry had an appointment at Kutryb Eye Institute in Titusville yesterday, and when she was done with that, we ran to Lowe’s to pick up a couple of things. It has […]

Mar 162021
 

Yesterday afternoon Terry and I had to have an uncomfortable video conversation with my son, daughter, and daughter-in-law. But it was necessary and one that every family should be having. While there are no life-threatening physical issues with either one of us, we both will turn 69 this year, and we are not foolish enough […]

Jimmy Did Good

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 152021
 

There was a time when gas cans came with a flexible metal spout that made it easy to fill a tank with. But, in their infinite wisdom, someone in the government decided that if something is working, they must find a way to screw it up. So they did, by mandating a new non-flexible “safety […]

Oil Change Required

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 132021
 

The last time I drove my Mustang I got a message on the dashboard that an oil change was required. This surprised me because even though I bought the car in November of 2018, it still only has 1,150 miles on it. So how could it possibly need an oil change? I had a few […]

Mar 122021
 

I have mentioned before that I love doing research for my books, but it can become quite addictive and a time waster if one is not careful. Then again, if you’re learning new things, is it ever a waste of time? I spent much of yesterday working on my new Tinder Street book, knocking out […]