ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS APRIL 14. 2013

ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS
     "Being a 'normal' Iowan, we've come to expect the weather to be changeable in our home state."  Bob Everhart, resident of Anita, Iowa, half the year, and the other half of the year he and his wife Sheila, and daughter Bobbie Lhea, travel the country in their RV looking for work as performing artists for the Smithsonian Institution.  "Last year when we came back from California," Bob said, "the temperature was 84.  This year when we came back from Florida it was 24.  I think we'll keep going to California."
     "April is also income tax time," Sheila added, "and that puts Bob in a snit because he thinks taxes are too high.  Anyway, he likes to use H&R Block because they have a specialist who deals with non-profit associations.  Which means we have to make out two sets of taxes, three if we pay Iowa taxes.  I suppose that would cause anyone to have a snit.  We went to Council Bluffs for the tax session, and while Bob was in that office for three hours, me and Bobbie Lhea went shopping.  I shouldn't say that when it's tax time, we just went looking around."
     "We got it all under control," Bob added, "and it's not easy.  What in the world does the government do with all that money they collect from us?  It wouldn't be so bad if we didn't also have to pay a high fee just to get the taxes done. We're well on the way of getting some help fixing the roof on the Pioneer Music Museum, so I needn't complain."
     "We're definitely looking forward to a great SpringFest at the Oak Tree Opry," Bobbie Lhea said.  "There are so many really good performers coming to be with us April 19-20-21.  Jackie Shewey was one of them, but she has been in the hospital waiting for a liver transplant, so she might not make it, but she is on schedule to do a special show on July 5th.  We also hope Francis Hahn will do his 'patriotic' show that day too.  We had an interesting 'budget lunch' and dad is always working on ways to make that happen.  When we went to Council Bluffs to do the taxes, we decided to go to the Olive Garden for lunch knowing we wouldn't get three meals for $20, but darned if they didn't have a new special.  If you bought one of their 'specials' for $12, you could get another one free to take home with you.  Sure, dad ordered his that way, left some for the 'take-home' bag, and then had another whole meal the same, so that was our budget lunch, and darned if it wasn't enough for all three of us.  I guess it works, but we ate at 7pm.  Dad says it doesn't matter, he paid for it at lunch time.  See you at the Oak Tree April 19-20-21."
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