Jan 082022
 

My father taught me many things, and one of the most important was to never judge a book by its cover. There was a grumpy old man in our neighborhood who never smiled and would barely acknowledge anyone when they said hello to him. Everybody called him Mr. Grouch. One day I said that I […]

Jan 072022
 

I said last week that I would share a few stories from my days selling new and used cars in Tucson, Arizona years ago. As with any industry, the first thing I had to do was learn the lingo, the special language that is unique to the automotive sales business. So today we’ll just start […]

Jan 062022
 

Note: I was working on this blog Tuesday night when the power went out throughout our area and was off for several hours. It was due to a drunk driver hitting a power pole and taking it down. The driver walked away from the accident, but a young woman riding with him was tragically burned […]

Back To Work

 Posted by at 12:21 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 272021
 

With Thanksgiving out of the way it was time to get back to work yesterday, if for no other reason than to work off the tryptophan from all that Thanksgiving turkey. My Mom used to always say that’s what made you tired after you got done eating on Thanksgiving, although some experts would disagree. I […]

Beyond Stuffed

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 262021
 

If you are like us I’m sure you were beyond stuffed by the end of the day yesterday. I wasn’t able to step on the bathroom scale this morning because when it saw me coming it started running. Friends invited us for Thanksgiving dinner, and what a meal it was! They provided the turkey and […]

Tale Of The Truck

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 112021
 

As I’ve shared here before, back in June I ordered a new 2022 Ram Laramie pickup. At the time, I was promised a delivery date from late July to sometime in mid-August. Of course the chip shortage and shortages of other materials put that way behind schedule, which is no fault of the dealership, and […]

Oct 072021
 

As I said in yesterday’s blog, before we can proceed with our carport project, we have to have a survey done of our property. Here in Volusia County, Florida, in an area zoned residential like ours, you can only have 35% of your property covered with structure. Looking at aerial views of our lot, it […]

Happy Birthday America

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 042021
 

We have a lot of problems in this country and so much division right now that it is saddening. But I’ve been to a lot of places and seen a lot of things in close to seven decades on this earth, and there is no doubt in my mind that we still live in the […]

Call Me Christopher

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 272019
 

From now on, you can call me Christopher, as in Christopher Columbus. You know, the guy who thought he was going one place and ended up somewhere else entirely and got credit for a discovery that he may or may not have been the first to stumble upon. Because I have made a discovery myself. […]

Celebrity Scam

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 172019
 

Note: This is a repost of a story from the “Nick Happens” files that I thought might start your day with a smile. Okay, before I write another word, I have to warn you: Do not try this at home (or anywhere else, for that matter)! Unless, of course, you think you can get away […]

Aug 162019
 

No, not for the reasons you think. Well, come to think of it, that’s a pretty good reason to avoid the refrigerator, too. But there’s so much good stuff in there! No, the reason I should avoid refrigerators is because I have spent so much time in MRI machines lately that I’m afraid if I […]

Spidey Sense

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
May 022019
 

Most of us have experienced it a time or two in our lives, some of us more often than others. I call it the spidey sense. That feeling that something just isn’t right, though we can’t figure out what is wrong or why we are feeling that way. I’ve learned to be aware and heed […]

Apr 062019
 

One of the most valuable lessons I learned in college is that we train people how to treat us. A psychology professor called a young woman to the front of the class and complimented her on a paper she had turned in, telling her it was one of the best he had seen in several […]

They Tied The Knot!

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 042019
 

I worked pretty much nonstop from the time I got up yesterday until around 8:30 in the evening, finishing my newest book, Big Lake Wedding. Yes, Sheriff Jimmy and Robyn finally got to walk down the aisle. But it wasn’t without plenty of challenges thrown in on their way to holy matrimony. This is my […]

Jan 032019
 

The weather here in Central Florida has been crazy. In the last week we’ve had overnight temperatures that dropped down into the upper 30s, and some days we had to wear jackets when we left the house. Other days, like yesterday, it was in the 80s and the air conditioner was running. I guess the […]

Dec 042018
 

A while back I did a blog post titled 10 Gift Ideas For RVers, and judging by the feedback I got from them, I thought I would post some more. So here you go, 10 more Christmas gift ideas, and each of these costs under $15. We use, or have used, all of the products […]