Sep 052021
 

It took a long time and a lot of digging and frustration, but I finally got the last of the root balls from our banana palms dug out, and no more shoots were coming up over the last month or so. Now it was time to plant something else where those nasty, shedding things were. […]

Five Quick Q&A

 Posted by at 1:09 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 042021
 

It’s late and I have to be up early, so all you’re going to get today are some quick questions and answers that have come in recently. Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll be able to have a longer blog for you. Q. My sister and her husband had been displaced by Hurricane Ida and we’re letting them […]

Sep 032021
 

In a blog post a couple of days ago, I said that in anticipation of Hurricane Ida hitting the Gulf Coast and shutting down refineries and oil rigs, as well as the Labor Day weekend coming up, I thought it might be a good idea to fill up the gas tank on Terry’s Chrysler Pacifica. […]

Pawn Shops And Puppets

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 292021
 

Note: I was busy editing the chapters for my new book that I narrated the other day and ran out of time to write a new blog post, so here is one about a visit to Las Vegas during our days as fulltime RVers.   Terry likes opals, and a while back the stone fell out […]

I’m A Whore

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 232021
 

We’ve all heard the saying that truth is stranger than fiction, and there’s no question about that. More than once someone has asked me if the oddball questions I get and sometimes share here are real. Oh yeah, they’re real. I don’t have the imagination to come up with some of the things people ask […]

Aug 222021
 

The life of a small town newspaper publisher is always interesting, and though we didn’t usually deal with a lot of crime and political nonsense, I covered a few murders in my time and definitely uncovered a lot of crime and political nonsense. And along the way, I made some enemies. I’ve had my nose […]

Why Would You Do That?

 Posted by at 12:41 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 212021
 

I got an e-mail yesterday from someone telling me that they are in New England and asking if I knew of any RV parks close to the ocean in the Boston area that would have vacancies on such short notice. I replied that with Hurricane Henri headed that way that the last place I would […]

Losing Wars

 Posted by at 1:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 202021
 

News reports are full of stories about the fall of Afghanistan, and though a lot of people are distressed by what they are seeing, it was inevitable. When the US went in there 20 years ago, I told my wife that it would be another Vietnam, and that’s exactly what happened. We were fighting a […]

It Gets Frustrating

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 192021
 

Overall, I love my job. I get to stay up late at night, sleep late in the morning, and spend my days sitting on my butt telling stories. It darn sure beats working for a living! But that doesn’t mean it can’t be frustrating at times. Yesterday I started the day close to the halfway […]

Aug 062021
 

Yesterday I was formatting the e-book version of Big Lake Shootout, and when I was about halfway through, my darned computer froze up. I had to reboot it before I could work anymore, and since I broke one of my own rules and hadn’t saved very much as I went, I lost about half of […]

Keeping Jesse Busy

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 252021
 

Jesse Bolton, our neighbor from across the street, has been busy helping us with some home improvement projects whenever he has time away from his regular job as a heavy equipment operator. Jesse is one of those guys who can do anything, and I do mean anything. When we replaced our original microwave with a […]

Jul 242021
 

Yesterday morning Terry and I had to go to LabCorp to get blood draws for upcoming doctor appointments. We finished there about noon, and since we had to fast before the appointment and we had some other things we wanted to do while we were out, we decided to try a small restaurant on U.S. […]

Thousand Trails Advice

 Posted by at 12:17 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 232021
 

A longtime reader contacted me yesterday saying they are considering a Thousand Trails campground membership and asking me for my thoughts on the matter. Thousand Trails is like any other membership campground system. If you use it, it can be a good deal, and if you don’t, it’s a waste of time and money. We […]

We Got Geeked!

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 202021
 

Just as we and many of the working RVers we knew during our years as fulltimers, our good friends Jim and Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour have taken a new course in life. While we hung up the keys completely, Jim and Chris downsized to a Roadtrek B van, and are still traveling part […]

Are You Serious?

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 192021
 

I get a lot of e-mails every day from people asking questions about my books, RVing, or life in general. Many times I share those questions here in the blog if I think they would be of interest to other readers. But sometimes I get an e-mail asking me something and I have to scratch […]

They’re Back

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 172021
 

In a blog post less than two weeks ago I told you that my son Travis and his wife Geli removed the banana palms at the edge of our driveway, which didn’t produce edible bananas but did make a mess all the time. Here’s a picture of what it looked like when they were done. […]

Douglas The Camel

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 102021
 

Note: We find some of our best stories wandering around in old cemeteries. This one began with a visit to the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Animal mascots have been an important part of military life for centuries. Mascots became symbols of loyalty and courage and provided lonesome soldiers far from home something to care […]

The Outer Banks

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 012021
 

Note: This is a blog post about one of our favorite places from our days as fulltime RVers. Terry and I drove to the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Most people think that the aviation pioneers made their first flights at nearby Kitty Hawk, but it was actually a couple of miles south at Kill Devil […]

Do The Zoo

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
May 242021
 

I saw an article online yesterday saying that the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC will reopen to the public on July 24. There is so much to see and do in our nation’s capital that we’ve never made time for that, but maybe we should someday. Do any of you go to zoos locally, or in […]

May 222021
 

With only a few days left before our kids come to visit, Terry and I have been busy getting ready for the big event. I started the day by going out to the garage and clearing off an accumulation of stuff that had piled up on the workbench. They say a tidy desk is a […]