Geez Jeanie, We're in France!

Once upon a time, in the dark ages before GPS devices, a young married couple sit in the backseat of a motorhome/camper, her parents occupy the front. They've embarked on a vacation of a lifetime with The Dad is driving on the German Autobahn and The Mom is navigating. Armed with her trusty paper road map, The Mom is attempting to detour around the large town of Karlsruhe, Germany because The Dad is concerned about impending rush hour traffic.


"Take a right!", The Mom announces, confident she has succeeded in avoiding rush hour. Mom smiles, reveling in her superior navigational skills. The joy of the moment is suddenly interrupted by a bellow from The Dad, "Jeanie, the sign have changed .... Geez, Jeanie we're in France!"  The Mom looks forlornly out the window at the road signs which are no longer in German, they are in French!


The young couple in the backseat struggle to comprehend why this is such a heinous crime but are afraid to laugh. (They learn later that they have no French money and some of the roads are toll roads....which is apparently a bad thing!)


The sound of flailing paper resounds from the front seat as The Mom battles the map and exclaims, "France? France! How can we be in France?!!!" (Note: The country boundary line in this map has been manually enhanced...the boundary line on the map used on the trip was NOT this vivid!)  

In the meantime, The Mom pulls herself together and directs, in another confident voice, "Turn Left!" This brilliant move has now placed them in a line of vehicles --- a line of vehicle waiting to board a ferry to cross the Rhine River back into Germany!

Expletives fly from The Dad who is, for some reason, very concerned about taking the camper they are driving onto the very small ferry. (This is not at all like the big, fancy ferry's in New York City!) But there is no way to get out of the line and now the man up front is waving the camper forward. You've GOT to be kidding!

The Dad slowly inches onto the ferry along with a small delivery truck and a number of people on foot or with their bicycles. The ferry begins to pull away from the shore and the camper passengers discover it is an "old fashioned" guy-wire and pulley system that uses the current of the river for propulsion. The Dad's scientific mind is elated - this is fascinating! Almost the best part of the whole trip!

The Mom is forgiven!

Is the above story true? You betcha! It was amazing and we didn't sink but it could have just as easily turned into a fiasco.

Do you know that AAA can help you plan your trips and provide you with maps so you don't end up in France (unless you want to!) AAA can help you if you are stranded with emergency road service such as towing, fuel refills, lock opening services, and tire changing (NO ferry rides, sorry). AAA can also provide you with a myriad of discounts to help you save on your trip or on your everyday purchases.  

Don't end up "up the creek" (or across the river) on your summer trip this year....  Call us or click today: 308-436-4202 or www.insurance-by-katie.com  Find out how inexpensive and valuable your AAA Membership can be!

The Smell of Money (and other "Unmentionables"

As our days get increasingly warmer here in Western Nebraska, the "smell of money" begins to fill the air. Now ~ I grew up as a "big city kid" so when I first moved to rural Nebraska,  I had no idea what people meant by that saying: "the smell of money". All I knew was that it smelled BAD! 

(If you are also a "big city kid" and don't know what I'm talking about, I'll let you in on a little secret....  apparently "money" smells exactly like cow poop!) 

Recently, there was another smell emanating through the Valley and it was coming from my backyard! Spring has sprung and with it the glorious event that takes place every year about this time: It was "pond mucking out day"!  Oh joy! This is an experience everyone should have at least ONCE in their life.....and once is about all you probably can stand!  You see, we have a very small, homemade pond and creek in our backyard that we shut off during the winter. Thus, rain/snow water, leaves, and other "organic material" (dead bugs, worms, and other unmentionables!) collect in it all winter, creating a very special aroma by the time spring comes!

All I can say is that I am eternally grateful that the mess and stench have remained outside my house. Unfortunately a similar mess can happen inside your house. It's called sewer backup and I would imagine it is even less fun than "pond mucking day". An optional insurance coverage for this can be purchased, generally for a reasonable premium. Often the coverage is limited to a $5,000 or $10,000 maximum. However, if your sewer system backs up into your home, I am sure that any amount of coverage would be very welcome.

For more information on this or other insurance coverages, please visit with our knowledgeable agents: call or click 308-436-4202 or www.insurance-by-katie.com .

By the way, my husband has informed me that next year during the blessed "pond mucking event", I will have the happy privilege of serving as the Grand Master of Ceremonies (basically he has turned in his resignation). I am thinking that as Grand Master, my first order of business will be to delegate the duties of "pond mucker". Anyone want to apply?

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's in the world! (Too bad they haven't invented "behavior" insurance....hmmmm!)





Don't forget to hug your mom today!

Customer Appreciation Event was a Success!

Our Customer Appreciation Event was a tremendous success!











Visitors were able to enjoy great food while having a chance to relax and talk with friends.


Brochures and other helpful information were available to aid in understanding their insurance coverages.









Some even tried their skills at completing insurance related crossword puzzles and/or coloring books! (The did pretty darn good, too!) Many people won door prizes and a good time was had by all.


Again, I wish to personally thank all my wonderful customers and friends for making my "job" a pleasure not a chore. You all are the reason I am here and why I am passionate about what I do. Thanks !

Katie  insurance-by-katie@embarqmail.com

Spring 2011 Newsletter

My 2011 Spring Newsletter is now available! Click here to read about how to prepare for an emergency (a natural disaster, a storm, a man-made catastrophe or other situation).  Review the pull out checklist to create your emergency kit (Did you know you need three of them?). Or explore the need for, and steps to take to ensure the safety and care of your family and your pets in a crisis situation. And much, much more!

You can access past issues of our newsletter on our website: http://www.insurance-by-katie.com/. Enjoy!



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