Before I get into yesterday’s activities, Terry and I want to thank everybody for your positive blog comments and wonderfully supportive e-mails after our announcement yesterday that this would be our last Gypsy Journal Rally, at least for the foreseeable future. Your overwhelming expressions of love and support have reinforced to us that this was the right decision at the right time. It also reminded us just how wonderful our extended family of RVers is.
A couple of people have asked me if this is only the first step toward us shutting down entirely and hanging up the keys. Absolutely not! We plan to be out here running around the country writing stories and having adventures for as long as our hearts will beat and our wheels will roll. All this will do is let us relax a bit, enjoy life a bit, and concentrate more on our writing and publishing business. You’re not getting rid of us that easy!
Okay, now let’s get to yesterday’s nonsense. My eyes hurt! Not because I’m tired, though I am; not because we have been really busy, though we have. My eyes hurt because of the things that they saw yesterday evening here at the Gypsy Journal Rally.
But before we get to that, there was a lot going on all day yesterday. As it does during a rally week, Terry’s day started about 5 AM when she got up to start getting ready for coffee and donuts. Lazy me stayed in bed until about 7 AM, which is only 3 or 4 hours earlier than I normally wake up.
I only had one seminar to teach yesterday, and that was in the afternoon, so I spent much of the day hanging around the registration booth visiting with people or out mingling with the crowd. One of the comments that we have gotten many times is that rally attendees like being able to talk to Terry and I one-on-one, and that we make ourselves accessible to them. That’s because we love our readers and we truly enjoy that interaction. It’s one of the things we will miss most about our rallies.
From 4 to 5 PM I presented a seminar on guns in RVs, which was well attended. We talked about the responsibilities that come with gun ownership, the necessity not only for safety training but tactical training if one is going to carry a firearm for self-defense, the legal aspects of traveling with a firearm, and the emotional repercussions if one ever has to pull the trigger on another human being. I also demonstrated several different types of weapons, including a pump action shotgun, single and double action semi-automatic pistols, and a double action revolver. The feedback I got after the seminar was all positive.
At 6 PM we had our pizza party, and as she has at every rally, Terry amazed everyone at her ability to serve over 200 people in about 7 minutes time. That girl has it down to science!
It was time for the grand event, our Buckeye Beauty Contest. And oh, what an experience it was! Check out this collection of cuties. Now can you understand why my eyes hurt?
My eyes weren’t the only thing hurting, though. A lot of people told me their sides were aching from laughing so hard at the antics of these… errr…. ladies? Oh, let’s be honest, there wasn’t a lady on that stage.
I warned the audience before the show started that if they were easily offended, it might be best to leave right then and there. It was all in good fun, and while some of the “girls” may have been a little naughty, nobody was nasty. Well… maybe just a little!
After we crowned our queen, the contestants went down into the audience and collected money for charity. We got $210, which will go to a good cause. Thank you everybody for your generosity, and a special thank you to our cuties for putting their dignity on hold to help us put on a good show.
Thought For The Day – Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.