Tank Cleaners And Poop Sensors.

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Lets talk poop! Keeping tanks clean and sensors working is always a popular RV discussion. It’s been a problem for all of us. Why does my black tank sensor always read 1/3? Why won’t my tank drain? These are daily questions on RV forums and Facebook.

And for good reason. The sensor systems installed on most RV’s don’t work very well…
And when the tanks get a little scummy, they don’t work at all.

Ours quit reading less than a season in. My response (6 years ago) was to purchase and install a SeeLevel 709 sensor system (affiliate link)

And guess what?
After a couple years, the SeeLevel gray tank sensor stuck on 100%!
The black tank sensor was kinda flaky, but mostly read OK. Interestingly, our rig had a factory installed black tank sprayer, which I used most of the time.
The SeeLevel system is highly recommended and will be a subject of a future blog post (once I find the pictures!) but for now…
Calls to SeeLevel indicated that our gray tank had enough of a coating on the inside to kill the signal from SeeLevel’s external signals.

After some searching, I came across the “Tornado” sprayers by Camco. The part number is 40126, and they are available at Amazon (affiliate link).

These spayers ROTATE! poop sprayer test
The photo above shows the sprayer attached to a garden hose. It creates quite the spray!

The kit comes with everything needed to install it, except for a tube of silicone sealer. I decided to use 2 sprayers in each tank, as ours are long and flatish. I purchased a couple of Tee fittings, so I ended up with an inlet for the black tank and an inlet for the gray tank, each with 2 sprayers.

To get access in our Monaco, I had to remove the white cover that made the wet bay look nice. Under the cover, it looked like this!
poop tanks

Installation was simple, drill a hole, gob around it with silicone, insert the sprayer, and run in 4 (included) self-tapping screws
and attached the hose.
poop installed

I used the existing black tank sprayer inlet for one inlet (I sealed off the original black tank sprayer, it didn’t work well anyway) and used a Valterra RV water inlet fitting to add the second sprayer connection (affiliate link).
poop inlets

And then I put the original white cover back on over that mess of pipes and hoses.

For a future blog post, at the same time I replaced the original useless “outdoor shower” with a narrow base chrome bar faucet, and put an adapter on it so I can attach a hose. That lets me wash my car with hot water, and connect a short hose and use hot water to run my tank sprayers.

It took about 6 weeks of weekly dumps, spraying everytime, to get my gray tank sensor to work again. I continue to run the sprayers every time I dump, and the sensors on my tanks work perfectly.

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Roam Sweet Roam Has Bought A Home

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After a full year of travel, we have decided to purchase a home once again. This was a very tough decision, and we thought about it and talked about it a lot. Don’t get me wrong – we LOVE to travel and will continue to do so and will continue to blog here about RV maintenance, fix-it’s, DIY’s as well as bring you some great “living in the country” type posts like recipes, gardening, photography and whatever else I feel like writing about.

We will also continue to travel as much as we want. We remain independent as far as work goes – continuing to work our business from home (or wherever we want when we are on the road). This remains very important to us so we can continue to travel whenever and wherever we want.

The house we purchased is located in Tennessee, near the Smoky Mountains and on a beautiful lake (that’s sunrise on our lake in the picture). It was very difficult to pick a place to settle, as we love the west very much too! However, I seem to be terribly allergic to something out west (I’m guessing the blowing dust of the desert), and just can’t live out there. We’ve always loved the mountains of Tennessee, and in fact spent our honeymoon here almost 30 years ago!! Jim tells me all the time how beautiful it is here and how happy he is to be living here, and I couldn’t agree more! We have a little ranch on a lake, which needs A LOT of work,nasty-carpet-2387 but in the end will be a great house (sometimes all that gets us through a particularly grueling day of remodeling is to say, “The house is gonna be great!”). Right now our days are spent working in the morning, spending our afternoons working on the house and our nights sleeping in our RV in the driveway (guess we ARE still full-time RVers after all!). The house is too gross to actually live in yet, but will be livable very very soon. These photos show the nasty nasty nasty 1972 carpet that’s never been cleaned, which we removed and found beautiful hardwood floors underneath!! ugly-bedroomThis is our guest room which is complete now.pretty-bedroom-2472

On another completely unrelated but AWESOME note, my granddaughter has just turned 1 and couldn’t be any cuter!! And we are expecting a grandson in February!! So exciting!! kaison-2512willow-2497

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Blogging As A Full Time Location Independent Job – How Bloggers Make Money

Work while travelling with a blogI love business. I love entrepreneurism. I love having my own business, being my own boss, doing it my way. And now that we travel full-time in our RV, I especially love being able to bring my work with me wherever we go. That’s all I need is my laptop and an internet connection (see our article on WiFi That Works here).

See, here’s the thing about a regular job – you’re limited. You’re limited in the income you can make – you get paid $xx.xx dollars per hour and work xx hours per week, take home your paycheck, pay your bills, go out once with what’s left, and do it all again next week. I cannot stand the thought of being limited. After owning our own 7-figure business for the last 26 years, it is now ingrained in my DNA that I don’t “work for the man” – I AM “the man” (er, woman).

So when we started thinking about this full-time RV adventure, naturally our first thought was, “How will we continue to make money while travelling?” I see this question asked almost every day on the RV-related Facebook pages that I belong to. And while we still own and run our same business as before, we restructured it to make it more portable and simple. Now the business practically runs itself – we are basically dropshipping, so it’s super easy to run!

However, I still have to do something! It’s in my blood – my mom owned her own (graphic arts) business, my dad owned his own (printing) business after mom passed away, we owned our own (computer-related) business for many years, and continue to do so.  Since our business is structured to run so easily, I have too much time on my hands! And since I am a big believer in multiple income streams (more on that later) I just HAD TO do something!

Blogging As A Career

Blogging is so diverse. You can blog about ANYTHING in the world! Anything that interests you, or a talent that you are good at. Don’t get me wrong – blogging is no easy job! It’s not easy to continually come up with subjects and write blog posts. And there’s sooooooooo much to learn about how to make money with your blog! Not to mention, every time I learn a new program that I think will work well with my blog, somebody comes out with a new one that’s supposed to be even better! However, once you get the hang of it, there are many different ways you can monetize a blog, such as:

* Pay-per click ads – such as Google Adsense. Yes, I have Adsense installed on my blog, and so far I’ve made about enough money with it to take my family out for dinner (at a burger joint). It’s not a lot of money, but every little bit adds up (multiple income streams!)

* Paid ads on your site – I do have a couple of ads up on my blog, but one I’m running for free for my BFF,  and the other is actually another type of advertising known as:

* Affiliate advertising – Affiliate advertising is basically where you advertise for another company, and if somebody buys their product through your special link, you get a small commission. You can do this by running an ad on your blog, or by referencing their products in your posts and linking to their site so a person reading your blog can buy their product. Many companies have affiliate programs in place – all you have to do is find them! One of my favorite affiliate programs is Amazon Associates. With Amazon Associates, you recommend (and link to) a product on your website, and if somebody purchases that product through your Amazon link, you get a commission!

*Sponsored Posts/Product Reviews – Have a product that you love and want to share it with the world? Write on your blog about it and make a little money! I suggest you only write about products that you really really love – your readers can spot a fake a million miles away! Some companies will pay you for a product review, and some companies will give you free samples of their product for you to try and then write about. So many possibilities here!!

*Sell a Product – Anything from T-shirts to books and e-books, digital downloads to hand-made products, the sky is the limit here! Ruth Soukup, author of the book How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul is a great example of a person that has built a great business out of having a product to sell and blogging about it. By the way, I highly recommend you click the link above and get her book – it’s been a real game changer for me in my quest to learn how to blog!!

*Sell Memberships – Another great way to make money with a blog is to sell memberships to other beneficial areas of your website. For example: You can create some great content on how to do (name your niche here), and then sell a membership where people can keep coming back to your site for further knowledge on this subject. I’ve seen blogs where people sell a membership to their MasterMind content, which is regularly updated with new bits of information. It’s very important that you build a great rapport with your readers and that they trust you in order to be successful at selling memberships.

*Teach/Give Workshops – Do you love to teach? Do you have something that you are really good at that the rest of the world can benefit from? There are some big name workshops/life coaches out there who are making a ton of money teaching others their skills. If done well, BIG money can be made here!

These are just a few ideas to get you started thinking about how to monetize a blog into a full-time income. I hope it has given you some ideas on how to start your own blog!!

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Hi all! Hows everyone doin tonight?

We’re in Asheville, North Carolina. Believe it or not, we went here for the dog park! Our poor pack has been leashed for like 6 weeks, they were itchin to get loose, and we haven’t found a good fenced dog park in East Tennessee. (Now that I say that, hopefully a bunch of our friends will clue us into some?)

IMG_20160625_115021_01Anyway, we got here Thursday and took the huskies to the French Broad River Park dog park yesterday afternoon, and it was great. We even found a place where they could swim in the river. Maybe Carol has a pic…. It was under a bridge, and Nikko was just swimming around for like half an hour. He loves to swim. Kobi went in too, but he just kinda splashes around, doesn’t go into the deep water and swim like Nikko does.

Today we got out there early, it was cool, 70’s and kinda cloudy, there were a lot of other dogs there, and they had a blast. No swimming today, but there wore themselves out and slept all afternoon.
Today was also laundry day (BAH!) and grocery shopping day. We went to Walmart, and this one was not laid out like most. It’s always fun going to a strange grocery store (not!)
Dinner was Chicken Fajitas. Delicious!!!

We’re here to Monday morning, and we found a long term place for the rest of the summer! We’ll be at Bear Cove Village on Veterans Parkway in Pigeon Forge until October 1 or we buy a house. (ooops, that was a secret, forget I said that!)

The rest of the weekend, I’ll be watching Nascar on the outside TV (rigging an outside TV should have been a subject of a past blog post, hopefully will be a subject of a future one?) We also want to go to the Arboretum, which is much less expensive than the Biltmore Estate – LaDiDa!) and we’ll see what else.

web-farmers-market_1805They have a GREAT Farmers Market right here in Asheville, so before we went to Walmart (blech on their veggies!), we stopped there and bought a bunch of fresh locally-grown produce for our week of meals. Carol went back there on Saturday morning, camera in hand, to get some photos of everything Farmers Market to send to her stock agencies. She met a lot of really nice people and got some great pictures! The Market is broken up into 2 separate areas – retail and wholesale, and this is where many local restaurants go to buy their fresh produce. I highly recommend going there and buying fresh, locally grown produce. They are open every day! Check out their website HERE.


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Back to the Smokies

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Somehow, this place keeps calling to us. We enjoyed the West, the awesome scenery, the endless desert views, all that. A great place to spend the winter.

But come spring, the Smoky Mountains is where it’s at for us. We’ve been here for about 5 weeks now. We spent a month at the KOA in Newport, a nice if somewhat boring place with a great monthly rate.

IMG_20160610_153658641Brian and the Navy finally got on the same page in Morristown, Tennessee. MM1 Hatmaker is taking good care of him. Brian went to MEPS (forget what it stands for, but it’s where they go for the test and physical and all that) in Knoxville 2 weeks ago. Here he is taking the Oath of Enlistment, pledging to serve our country against all enemies. He got really lucky, the Navy just happened to need someone in Brian’s favored job the same day he showed up to claim it. So after boot camp, he will go to Quartermaster School, where he will learn to help the Navigator get the ship to the right places, work on the bridge, and even get’s to drive the ship. He leaves in January, and has to meet with his recruiter twice a month, so we are “anchored” here in the Smokies for the next 6 months. There are worse places to be.

Today is our last of 4 days at Panther Creek State Park in Morristown. We just love state parks, and this is a good one with a great campground. But while the $28 a day rate for a big beautiful full hookup site in the quiet woods is great for weekend campers, it’s double a good monthly rate. Also, typical of State Parks, it’s 2 weeks in, 1 week out here, no long term camping.

FB_IMG_1466431900467Another thing we did here is to finally get our Jeep a new passenger side wheel bearing. It’s been howling like mad for a long time, since we were at Organ Pipe some months ago. We were exploring this really cool road south of the National Park. It wound through a canyon down toward the Salton Sea, and we were stopping here and there to take pictures. I got it in my head to drive up this side canyon that turned out to be deep deep soft sand. And then I screwed up, and instead of flipping the dial back to 4 low, I flipped it forward to 2wd! Anyway, in my stupidity, I buried the poor thing to it’s axles. Finally discovering my mistake, I got it shifted into 4 low, and we hand shoveled the sand for a few feet ahead of all the wheels, and set some rocks in there. In 4 low she pulled herself right out, thank God. This place was so remote, no cell signal, and we were out of site of the road, which was deserted anyway. But we were moving again, I circled around and got the heck back on the pavement. Hmmm, I seem to be digressing here. But anyway, ever since then, car has been howling like mad. Anyway, thanks to a tip from a Facebook friend, Tuff Enuf 4WD Service got me in right away, and our poor lil Jeep is nice and quiet again!

Our next stop is Asheville North Carolina, for 4 days of rest and recreation (next blog post will detail why we need to rest…lol.) We’re going to Asheville for the Dog Park! Oddly, East Tennessee has no Dog Parks. And the “Kamp K9” in the Newport KOA turned out to be a chicken wire enclosure twenty feet by fifty. About 3 strides in wide open Huskie running. So into North Carolina to find a place the Huskies can play. I bet we find other cool things to do there, and we’ll get to stick another state on our door!

Today we’re driving the Jeep back toward Pigeon Forge to try to find a long term campground. Might not be an easy task. ALL of the campgrounds on Douglas and Cherokee Lake’s are “Seasonal only”, basically a place for locals to park their wheeled summer lake houses. No monthlies, and you can’t live there, you can just go out on the weekends. Anchor Down in Dandridge is wonderful, but pricey with a capitol P, and no longterm rates to keep the riffraff out.

So we’re going to try to find a long term home base in Pigeon Forge. Hopefully we score a nice campground with a reasonable monthly rate. A dog run would be a big plus. And close enough to everything so Brian can get a job while he’s waiting to leave for Great Lakes for boot camp.

Until next time!!

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Why Little Johnny Needs A Walk In The Woods

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Roaring Fork River Great Smoky Mountain National Park Tennessee in Fall close up

Nature – to most of us full-time RV travelers, it is the main reason we chose this lifestyle. We sold it all, left the rat race behind, and now spend our days hiking through forests, climbing mountains, and (finally) having a chance to smell the flowers along the way. We chose to make nature our backyard for ourselves and our families, mainly because we thought it would benefit us all in some way. But just how beneficial is nature to our well-being?

According to studies, most children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years spend an average of 1.5 hours a day with electronic media, and kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spend an average of 6.5 hours a day with electronic media. This is a total of more than 45 hours a week (more than a full-time job)!! Youth in this age group benefit the most from time spent outside in nature – particularly in their academic performance. A 2005 study showed that kids that participated in outdoor science classes improved their science test scores by up to 27%. Moreover, a study done by the University of Illinois showed that getting kids out into nature significantly improves symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder, helps kids learn cooperation and teaches them conflict resolution skills.

Every day I see parents asking on Facebook about taking their kids on a full-time RV adventure and homeschooling them along the way. If you are in doubt, go back to the last paragraph and read it again. My husband and I chose to homeschool our high schooler through his junior and senior year, while full-time RV-ing, and I can attest to the fact that he learned more than he ever would have in the public school system. He is now an Eagle Scout, a high school graduate with a 3.2 GPA, and he will be joining the Navy within the next few months, with a plan to attend college afterwards.


Not only is getting out in nature great for our kids, but it’s very beneficial to us adult’s health as well. In a study done in the United Kingdom in 2007, it was found that adults with mental health disorders who took a walk in nature felt a reduction in depression (71%), it reduced their tension (50%) and increased their self-esteem (90%). Known as “green therapy” or “ecotheraphy”, this phenomenon is catching the attention of researchers more and more. It’s being found that this type of therapy produces more benefits than medication alone.

Health benefits aside, we are truly so blessed to be able to take our family on these adventures! I’m pretty sure my family (who go to work in the same cube every day and get 2 weeks of vacation each year) think we are insane, but I think they are! (Love you guys, but you’re insane!)

So hitch up that camper and get out in nature! Light a campfire and toast those marshmallows! Take that hike to a beautiful waterfall or to the beach! It’s good for you and good for your kids. And so much fun too!

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Chicken Linguine In Cream Sauce

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I love to cook! There’s nothing like putting together a great meal that my family enjoys. However, I have a real love/hate relationship with my kitchen in my motorhome. It’s tiny – teeny tiny, itty bitty. Like, ZERO counter space tiny. I have no oven. I only have the microwave/convection oven and a 3-burner propane stove. And a barbeque grill that my husband might set up outside when the weather permits (which it hasn’t this week in Michigan!). Oh, and a crock pot. I love love love my crock pot!! On travel days I fill it up with all sorts of delicious ingredients, plug it in and travel on down the road, while we smell the deliciousness that will be dinner all day long. Yummmmmmmmmmm.

Anyways, I digress. This recipe for Chicken Linguine in all it’s creamy-sauce deliciousness was cooked completely on my tiny propane 3-burner stovetop, in my Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet (which I LOVE and highly recommend!). And it was absolutely DELISH!! My point here is that if I can do this, so can you!! So let’s get started!


You will need:

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

12 oz. linguine

2 TBSP butter

1 zucchini, finely chopped

2 red bell peppers, seeds removed and finely chopped

1/2 white onion, finely chopped

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

1-1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

fresh parsley, minced

kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. If chicken pieces are really thick, cut in half lengthwise. Place in 9×13 baking dish and season generously with kosher salt and pepper. Bake for about 30 minutes until chicken is cooked through and juices are clear.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook linguine according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  4. Heat butter in large skillet (I use my Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet) over medium heat and add zucchini, bell pepper and onion. Reduce heat to medium-low and saute slowly, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables carmelize. Just minutes before vegetables are done, add in the chopped garlic and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. SLOWLY, stir heavy cream into the browned vegetables. Stir constantly until the cream thickens. Add chicken breasts to the sauce and cook for 5 more minutes until warmed through.
  6. To serve, pile some linguine onto a plate, place a piece of chicken on top, cover with cream sauce, add fresh parmesan and garnish with parsley. Enjoy!!
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Eagle Scout Ceremony

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CloseUpPinThis past Sunday, we had our official Eagle Scout ceremony, where Brian received his official Eagle Pin (that’s the pin on his breast pocket in this photo). So we are back in Illinois right now, for this ceremony, and for his family graduation party which will be held this Saturday at my brother’s home (since we are “homeless” and all – LOL).

The times they are a’changin’. Very quickly. Perhaps too quickly for this Mama. Brian is my youngest, so this is all a little bit harder for me. Now that he is an Eagle Scout and graduated high school (through homeschool – yes, I made this diploma myself),diplima he tells me he is ready to start the Navy and begin his new life. So, today we are going to talk to the Navy recruiter and hopefully get a date set (or at least the wheels in motion) for Brian to join the Navy. The nice part is since he is an Eagle Scout, he goes in TWO ranks higher than everybody else! How cool is that!! I guess it was totally worth hanging around Illinois long enough for him to finish his Eagle stuff last summer! I am so incredibly proud of him that I just might burst!

The Eagle Scout ceremony was totally great! It was a lot of work on our part but totally worth it in the end. The ceremony was emceed by Brian’s troop Scoutmaster, BrianWithUswho has been fighting cancer for some time now (prayers appreciated – Jeff is a GREAT guy who gives so much to scouting!) Brian presented him with the Mentor Pin – a Scout tradition where the Eagle Scout presents a person who he feels has guided and mentored him throughout his journey to Eagle. And who better to receive this award than the Scoutmaster who has been there (even through chemo and radiation) almost every single meeting, not only for Brian but for all the other kids in the troop. Brian presented him with this pin, with a very well-written speech that honored Jeff in the best way. Another proud Mama moment!

EagleOathThe whole day was a great testament to homeschooling, as Brian had to also give a speech himself about what scouting has meant to him over the years. This speech was perfect – well-written and well-delivered. Not a single stutter – he sounded poised and grown up. When he was in public school, he would have struggled with giving a speech to a room full of people. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the change in him! I blame homeschooling – in a good way!

Not only is my baby joining the Navy and leaving me, my middle son (there are 3 of them) is moving to Wichita, Kansas on May 1. I guess we’ll be driving through Kansas often on our way to wherever we are going so I can visit with him! I’m gonna miss the big guy!!

MomHugHold them close guys and give them an extra hug today – their growing up goes by way too fast!! I’m about to be an empty-nester – not sure how I feel about this!


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The Location Independent Lifestyle Series – Work From Anywhere Jobs: Where To Find Jobs

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web-Pin-Work-From-Home6-So you’ve decided to sell it all and hit the road? Good for you!! But, you’ve realized that you still need to work while you travel. This is probably one of the most-often asked questions that I see on the Facebook pages and in forums about full-time RV living – “What do you do to make money on the road?” And similarly – “Where do you find these jobs?”

Well, there a couple of easy answers to this question, such as FlexJobs – a pay site that vets all job listings in order to make sure that none of them are scams and guarantees that all jobs are legitimate (worth the price of admission!), or WAHM – Work At Home Mom – a free site that has work-at-home job boards that you can browse. Another great choice is LinkUp – they only search company’s websites for jobs, so this is a great place to search to avoid scams. Use the keyword “telecommute” in your search. But what about if you’re looking for something a little different? Off the beaten path?

If you have a Pinterest account, you can follow my “Work While Traveling” board. I’ve been adding pins to this board for many months and have a pretty good selection of jobs or businesses that you can work while you travel. With over 250 pins, surely there is something to pique your interest. There’s everything there from transcription to running your own Etsy shop! Feel free to “follow” my board so you can see new pins as I add them!

If you have a specific skill, such as graphic arts or photography, you can put yourself out there on freelance sites, such as Fiverr, or Upwork. On these sites, you sign up as a seller and sell your tasks to buyers looking for your specific talent. The site keeps a small portion of your sale and you keep the rest. There are many people that make a full-time living off of these sites!

Just remember these safety rules:

*NEVER pay to land a job! They shouldn’t ask you for money for any reason! This is surely a sign of a scam company.
*Check out the company that you are applying to. A quick Google search of the company’s name will often uncover whether or not others have been scammed by this company.
*Beware of too-good-to-be-true claims of making a lot of money and/or easy work.
*Beware of companies that are vague about the job description.
*Never give out your credit card number or personal information until you are 100% certain the job is legit!


As you can see, there are many many places to look to find location independent work. With a bit of research, you could land your dream job and be on your way in your RV!! Good luck! And PLEASE – let me know in the comments if you land a job, or if you currently have a job that you work while traveling that you found online, so we can help others who would like to do the same!




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One Hot Night With Greg Brady

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Here’s the story
Of a man named Brady…

Sorry, I had to do it LOL.


web-1325We are in Branson, Missouri this week – home of many small theater shows. When we first arrived in Branson, we got the show schedule and looked through it. I immediately knew that the 70’s Music Celebration starring Barry Williams was THE show that I NEEDED to see! After all, who didn’t love Barry in The Brady Bunch back in the day? While my first love was Bobby Sherman followed closely by Donny Osmond, I did (like every pre-teen girl of that time) have just a small crush on Greg as well. And I absolutely LOVED The Brady Bunch. It was my favorite show. To this day, if I find it on TV in syndication, I will watch it. I believe I have every episode of their 5 seasons memorized, and can name that Brady episode in the first 30 seconds of the show every time. I’m pretty sure I had a Brady Bunch lunchbox too. Yea – I was all Brady all the time. A huge fan. And then when I read the show description on their website and it said that Barry takes time after the show to meet people, sign autographs and get a photo – well that just sealed the deal that this was THE show to see!

Of course all the while Jim is pretty much just laughing at me – but I don’t care! Bless his heart, he got on the phone and reserved 3 tickets at The Americana Theater (yes, Brian – my 18-year-old son – actually wanted to go too, which works out to be a really great thing as you will soon see).

We went out to dinner (Mexican food OF COURSE – it was Jim’s turn to pick) at Pancho Villa Tex Mex, which actually turned out to be very delicious! Then it was time to go see the show!

We got in to the theater and took our seats, about 30 minutes before the show was scheduled to start. The emcee was a lot of fun, and he was doing a game where the audience had to sing the next line of the song that he played, and whoever sang it the best and loudest got a prize. Now mind you, Jim and I are the youngest old people there, and there is NOBODY in this entire theater that is even close to Brian’s age. Most of the audience was bused in on motor-coaches from senior centers in neighboring states. Their walkers were blocking the aisles and the place smelled like Ben-Gay.

So they do the first 2 songs of the contest and some really old people win the prize. And then we get to the third song in the contest.

And Brian brings it!

The song they played was “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas. It just so happens that Brian knows this song from playing Guitar Hero with my other son when he was a kid.

So there’s sweet, shy Brian singing his heart out for all the world, just so he could win a prize to give to his Mommy (awwwwww!). And every old person near us in the theater is pointing to him and telling the emcee to “Pick him! Pick him!”

web-1330And so he won. He won THIS awesome photo of Barry Williams in his youth, looking all studly. At the time, the photo was not signed. So we also won the opportunity to get the photo autographed by Barry and get our pictures taken with him. Look, there’s even a little heart that Barry drew on his arm – because he loves me. Thanks Brian – for making this Mommy’s dream come true!!!

All in all the show was a lot of fun, and I would recommend it to anyone that is in the Branson area. Of course the icing on the cake was getting to meet Barry – he was very nice and very real.

Barry, if you’re reading this – thanks for a great show! And thanks for the memories…



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