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tbutler

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I am Tom, my wife is Louise. I'll not spend time on further introductions. If you want more information, please see our Meet a Member feature under Join FMCA on the main menu of the FMCA page. I promise you more information than you could possibly want to know. Even my friend Pipewrenchgrip said he read MOST of it!!!

I have been very active on the FMCA Community the last few days. We are away from our motor home doing babysitting for my daughter and her husband. Grandson Ryan and granddaughter Kaitlyn are pretty good most of the time so I have time on my hands while they are busy. We are in Foristell, Missouri (Go Tigers!) where the temperatures are 50 degrees right now. Our motor home sits in Edinburg, Texas where the temperature is 100 degrees today! Glad we left the air conditioner set or we'd find the interior melted when we got back.

Speaking of Tigers, was that a great game last night or what?? I guess that depends on your perspective. From the Missouri bench it was fantastic. Sorry Memphis fans. I'm speaking Elite Eight in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

We'll fly Southwest Airlines back to Harlingen (about an hour East of Edinburg) tomorrow and be in our cozy home by evening. Pipewrenchgrip, Bill and Laura, will have dinner for us tomorrow evening. Sure hope I can convince them to tune the NCAA for the Mizzou game. They have been watching our rig while we are gone. This is a duty we've traded off during the winter for the last seven years.

Harlingen, Edinburg, McAllen are all in extreme southern Texas in an area known as the Rio Gande Valley. You have to look at a map or drive there to really appreciate how far South these cities are. Our latitude is about equal to the southern tip of Florida. We are much further South than Yuma or San Diego. In fact, Amarillo Texas is closer to Fargo, North Dakota than it is to Brownsville, Texas! Mild winters and hot summers rule. We usually arrive about the end of October and depart for cooler climes in mid April. Our community is a close knit "family" and springtime brings the sorrow of parting. Being one of the last winter visitors to leave means saying good bye to everyone one at a time. Most of them will return but there are a few every year who we won't see for some time. We have a directory that lists all who want to be listed and use it to plan visits when we are near our friends.

Enough for today, got to leave something to say in the future. Look for more information once or twice a week.


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Great! Another blog to read. If you read my last blog it was about a bonfire night. We got along great with a couple from Florida driving a 2007 Monaco Diplomat. Actually we are planning to get together next February with that same couple to tour South Texas. The town of Harlingen actually came up. Plan on having visitors next year. This website is great to keep in touch with other motorcoach owners and their travels.

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Great! Another blog to read. If you read my last blog it was about a bonfire night. We got along great with a couple from Florida driving a 2007 Monaco Diplomat. Actually we are planning to get together next February with that same couple to tour South Texas. The town of Harlingen actually came up. Plan on having visitors next year. This website is great to keep in touch with other motorcoach owners and their travels.

Yes, I read about your multi-state campfire. Sounds like great fun. You'll fit right in with the crowd down in "the valley." We'll plan on seeing you in the fall!

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I'm envious that you have help in cleaning the Coach. I hope you pay them well. I'll have a chat with them about that if I meet them.

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I'm envious that you have help in cleaning the Coach. I hope you pay them well. I'll have a chat with them about that if I meet them.

Wayne, They are way to eager to be paid! :D They will grow up soon enough. For now, I'll enjoy the Tom Sawyer role and take advantage of their youthful enthusiasm. Their pay will be trips with Grandpa and Grandma. We'll take the oldest boy in the picture and his cousin on a trip through Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky this summer. If all goes well, we'll spend 12 days with them. We plan to visit the Lincoln Home and Museum in Springfield, the Indianapolis Children's Museum, Schimpff's Candy Store and Factory, the Louisville Slugger Factory and the Zoo in Evansville. There are other stops and some time to play and ride bicycles. We'll be within a days drive of home in Missouri if the boys get :rolleyes: homesick.

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