Well, the rain and other miscellaneous bad weather fronts moved in right on schedule today, with more high winds gusting to 40 mph waiting in the wings for tomorrow. Oh boy!
After our coffee I got back on the phone with Galveston Bay RV Resort. We’ve stayed there over the holidays for the last three years and really like the place. But after I called to get our site #, I realized they had put us in a site too small for our coach, so I called them back to get it straighten out. Then while waiting to hear back from them, I spent some time on the phone with a client trying to straighten out his email problem. And as soon as I hung up with him, Galveston Bay called back with a good site for us for this winter. These photos are just one reason we like this park so much. This is the view out our windshield.
After a great lunch topped off with one of Miss Terry’s delicious cinnamon buns, I got ready to head over to the RV/MH Hall of Fame to work on setting up their new computer system. Ended up having to order a new external HD case from Amazon to help straighten things out, but it’s finally starting to come together.
Leaving the museum, I stopped off for one of my semi-annual haircuts before heading home about 5. And then a little while later we all headed out to Culver’s, a fast food chain where the food tastes much better than fast food.
All in all, a nice day, despite the weather.
And now for another installment of . . .
Things Every RV’er should have:
Today I’m going to tell you about a service, and not a gadget. It’s Amazon Prime, a special service from Amazon.com, and we find it invaluable while traveling full-time.
The bad news is that it costs $80 a year, but the good news is that if you order a lot, or want to order a lot from Amazon it will save you money.
But in our case, we also like the time it saves us. Time, as in how long it takes to order and receive something.
And Amazon sells pretty much everything.
Need a genuine Cummins Fleetguard Fuel Filter for your diesel pusher? They’ve got it. Need a giant 50” black spider for Halloween? Take a look. Need diabetic test strips? Just place your order.
How about a Cisco Ethernet 8-port Switch? You’re good to go. Or maybe a Valterra black tank waste valve for your RV? Well, you get the picture.
But the fact that they have all this stuff is not the main thing. The main thing is that with Amazon Prime you get 2nd Day shipping FREE on all items shipped by Amazon. And it you want it tomorrow, it’s just $3.99.
I just checked my Amazon account, and so far this year we have purchased 66 items from them. At only $2.00 each shipping charge, that would be over $130 for the year. And it’s pretty much impossible to get anything shipped for $2.
But, for us, it’s not only the free two day shipping, but it’s the fact that it IS only two days. Only occasionally are we in a place long enough to receive something shipped in “3 – 5 business days” like normal shipping. And when we need something fast, there’s the overnight shipping for $3.99.
An example of how this can be useful is a story I read about a guy who lived near the coast of North Carolina during the recent hurricane. A few days before the storm was supposed to hit, he decided to buy a 4000 watt generator, and he also wanted some extra ‘D’ batteries.
But when he went shopping, he found every local store sold out of both. Then he thought about his Amazon Prime. He went online, found the generator he wanted, added in a case of ‘D’ batteries, and placed his order about 4pm that afternoon, selecting Next Day delivery for $3.99 for each item.
At 10 am the next morning, the FEDEX truck pulls up and unloads his generator and his batteries. He said he just wished Amazon sold gasoline too.
Lastly, Amazon recently added over 10,000 movies and TV shows that you can stream to your computer for free with Amazon Prime.
Check it out.
Thought for the Day:
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds." — Samuel Adams
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