April-a Mixed Bag
April started with a beautiful stay in northern Florida. We parked the RV at a friend’s property just east of Gainesville while Chris attended a writing workshop. A special treat was the setting of the workshop on the shore of Lake Santa Fe. Then we had the last rally of our winter season – The Roadtrek Camping and Technology rally. For the last two weeks of the month we came back home for doctor, dentist, and RV maintenance visits.
We had a flat tire on the motorhome while on the turnpike headed home. We felt an unusual vibration, and Jim had already started slowing down when our Tire Tracker confirmed that the left front tire had lost pressure. The worst part was that there are very narrow shoulders on the turnpike, at least where we were. It was a bit scary to feel the RV getting rocked by the air blast when a big truck went by. The best part was that, with cell phone technology, and Good Sam Emergency Road Service, all we had to do was sit tight in our comfortable motorhome while the problem was fixed for us and we were back on our way.
Well, all I had to do was sit tight! Jim helped get the spare out of its hiding place and handed tools to the guy from the road service. A second road service truck came and parked behind us with the guy standing on the road and waving traffic over to the far lane while our tire was being changed. Before buying one new tire, Jim checked the dates on all the tires, then he called our friends Roger Marble of RV Tire Safety and Walter Cannon of RVSafety.com. With all the information gathered, we decided it was time to get 6 new tires. $3,000 later, we’re ready for our summer on the road!
Escapees RV Club Endorses Geeks on Tour
We have been members of the Escapees RV Club for several years and always participate in their annual rally, the Escapade. We were thrilled when they contacted us to give use their endorsement.
"It is with great pride that we offer our endorsement to Geeks on Tour. We have long been a supporter of Jim and Chris Guld’s program and have enjoyed working closely with them at Escapades and Camp Reboot pre-Escapade events. We hope you will seek them out at Escapade and at other major RV events across the country. " Escapee RV Club
Calendar: Coming up in May/June
- May 14-18 RVSEF Conference in Colorado Springs, CO
- May 23 Massachussetts Good Sam (remote) Greenfield, Mass
- June 3-6 FMCA Full Timers Rally, Sturgis SD
- June 19-22 FMCA Convention, Gillette, WY
- June 24-28 Safari Int’l Rally, Rapid City, SD
- June 28-30 Camp Re-Boot Hands on Windows 7 class, Pre-Escapade, Gillette, WY
- June 30-July 5: Escapade Gillette, WY
For more details, see our website Calendar.
Some Geeks on Tour members tell us that the Q&A forum is worth the entire cost of membership! Here are some of the topics that have been discussed this month:
- I Like Windows 8!
- How to Add Copyright Notice to Photos
- Putting Pictures on an External Hard Drive
- How to Insert a Map into Blogger
- Updating to Streets and Trip 2013
- Android Jelly Bean is NOW compatible with FoxFi (read later posts)
There’s always something of interest in the RVtravel Newsletter. This week I was impressed to read that Naked Bookseller of Quartzsite (Paul Winer) may get a TV show! Read about that and more RV news in the current issue of RVTravel.
Pictures from Picasa to Blogger thru Google+
If you make a Blog with Blogger and use Picasa to share the pictures you want in your blog, you’ll want to read this article.
Don’t make it hard! I’ve seen people go thru so many steps to get their pictures to their Blog. They think that now, with Google+, the way they used to do it with Picasa Web Albums is all gone. No! It’s easy. Google+ is the same thing as Picasa Web Albums. It’s just a couple of steps.
An Audio Travel Journal, Using your Smartphone
This article will give you some ideas how you can do this with tools you already have – your smartphone. The article goes on to tell you about a new development at Geeks on Tour using these techniques, an audio version of Gabbing with the Geeks.
Windows 8 – Jim’s Take
I like it, now that I am getting used to it. Change happens far too often for most of us.
Every time Microsoft, or Apple, makes a major upgrade to their operating system, some consumers resist the change. Why should I be forced to learn something new and different? I just got used to doing things that way, now I must learn to do it this way!
This article will tell you about the Start page, the Corners, the Charms, and more.
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