I got an e-mail from a new fulltimer, who said she had totally embarrassed herself while guiding her husband into a tight site in an RV park where the rigs are only feet apart. She reported that she was walking slowly backward, waving her hands to help him get parked, and was so busy concentrating on the job at hand that she wasn’t paying attention to what was around her until she suddenly tripped and fell, after backing into a folding chair in the site behind theirs. She said the fact that a lady was sitting in said chair, talking to several other people, and that she landed in that lady’s lap, only made things worse. She’s got a good sense of humor, which is something every RVer should pack, and was able to laugh at herself once it was all over, but said that she really felt dumb when it happened. She said it was a great way to meet new friends.
I told her not to feel all alone, we all have our stories like that. And we don’t stop doing dumb things just because we get some miles under our belt and stop being a rookie.
A couple of years ago, Yuma, Arizona got a year’s worth of rain on the day we were parking RVs at our Western Rally, and I did the same thing while guiding an RV back into a parking site. The only difference was that, instead of landing in anyone’s lap, I landed in a drainage ditch half full of cold, muddy water. I think I’d have preferred a stranger’s lap!
Early in our fulltiming adventure, we spent some time at a campground in California, and met some very nice folks while we were there. The day we left, I unhooked our utilities, ran in our slide rooms and retracted our leveling jacks, and away we went. As we were driving out of he campground, first one person, and then another waved at us. In fact, everybody seemed to be waving at us. Some of them even pointed and waved!
I honked my horn and waved back, commenting to Miss Terry about how friendly all of these RVers were, and how we sure had picked a neat lifestyle. About that time, we pulled out onto the highway, and I glanced into my rearview mirrors, only to see that I had left all of our window awnings out! Of course, there was no way I was going to stop then, with all those people who had followed us to the exit to see us off watching! Terry said later that leaning out the windows to release the awnings while I was driving was not her idea of a “neat lifestyle!”
And most of you are well aware of the infamous episode in Bremerton, Washington a few years ago, when I proved that you can drive a 40 foot long MCI bus conversion up a hill so steep that the front tires are on the ground, and the rear bumper is dug into the pavement, and the drive tires are several inches in the air.
I also proved that while you can drive into that situation, you cannot drive back out of it! That requires the assistance of the police department, the fire department, a very large tow truck, the local news media, and a large crowd of onlookers!
We all pull dumb stunts now and then. And some of us seem to make a career out of it. The important thing is not to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. That gets boring. Variety, after all, is the spice of life!
I’ve got a good friend, whose name I won’t reveal to keep from embarrassing him, who is a very intelligent guy. In fact, he’s one of the smartest people I know. But that still doesn’t keep him from occasionally doing something dumb. Really, really dumb.
At our rally in Casa Grande a few years back, we had a lot of rain, and the ground was saturated. On the day the rally ended, this person, whose name I won’t reveal, decided for whatever reason made sense to him, to take a shortcut across a flooded area instead of staying on the road, which would have taken him all of, maybe a whole 30 seconds longer. I don’t think it was the same large tow truck that came to our rescue in Bremerton that showed up to pull him out, but it sure was a biggun! 🙂 Looking back on the incident my friend, whose name I won’t reveal, has all kind of excuses, but his wife Jan White, whose name I will reveal, doesn’t believe a one of them!
A few months ago, while we were staying at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Arizona, this same friend, whose name I won’t reveal, proved that he is versatile if nothing else. My friend, whose name I won’t reveal, was moving from one RV site to a different site, and unhooked his water and sewer hoses, but then pulled away without unplugging his 50 amp electric cord. It’s amazing how long those things can stretch! My friend’s wife, Jan White, knew I’d needed to know about this as soon as possible, so she wasted no time in pounding on our door to say “Come and see what (name deleted) did!”
Now, even though I have not revealed his name, my friend was a good sport about both incidents. Like I said, we all need to pack a sense of humor. In fact, he’s such a good sport that, after he reads this blog, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to find him under my Winnebago adjusting the brakes for me or maybe putting some kind of additive into my fuel tank, as a way of thanking me for respecting his privacy! 🙂
So what about you? Do you have an “errors in judgment” that you’ll admit to?
Thought For The Day – Mistakes often result in the best memories.