Like Tucson! The sun is shining today and it was warm enough to have the top down on the convertible again. FINALLY! The overnight temps for the last week or more have been below freezing and daytimes still aren’t as warm as we might like, but it’s much, much better. LeRoy is even wearing shorts again today. He hates it when he has to wear long pants!
We had an interesting experience early this past week. We had a chance to meet Facebook friends Duane and Jean Morford who also know many of our friends back home . They have been full timers longer than we have and we’re just now getting acquainted, although we felt as though we had known them forever. I actually remember Duane from church camp in Kansas, back when we were all teenagers, but he was a couple years older and didn’t really remember us. We also found out that we went to college at Friends University with Jean’s twin sister. I was on the yearbook staff, so I was familiar with all the names and I remembered her! Beyond that connection, a year ago in the summer we met new friends from the Kansas City area and it turns out that they attend the same church as Morfords do. This world gets smaller all the time! We sat down over coffee and more than two hours later we said goodbye so they could get back on the road. I’m sure this won’t be the last time we see them.
I think Christmas is all tied up on our end. The last packages were mailed on Monday and the last gifts arrived yesterday so we can take them with us to Kansas on Wednesday. I sure hope we have enough room in our suitcases for clothes and toothbrushes!
Technology is one of the things that keeps us connected with family and friends as we travel. Our first computer (other than a Vic 20 in the early 1980s) had far less capability than our smartphones! The advent of Al Gore’s internet made a big change in the way we communicate. We used to use email to reach family, long before texting or Facebook. Now our email is filled with ads or blog notifications with just a few occasional letters from friends. No more long distance or roaming charges, either. Yesterday I traded in my iPhone 5c, which was two years old, for a new iPhone 6s. Back when we first started carrying cellphones, it was important to have the smallest one around, but then all we did with them was make calls. Now, bigger is better because we take better pictures with our phones than with the fancy little camera we bought 4 years ago and view them on our cellphones, watch videos and read books. While the phone itself cost me $1.00, we pay the price for the convenience of calls, text and data by the month. Is it worth the price? I know I certainly appreciate the close ties it facilitates.
We are headed to Kansas on Wednesday and soon after we get back, Ron and Carol Young will be leaving for another campground and then Florence Marie will be arriving. Our new year will start off with a bang, I think.
My next post will probably be our Christmas letter, which as usual I haven’t started yet. Oh well, Merry Christmas to all anyway!