I have some medical tests at the VA clinic here in Bradenton this morning, and in preparation I had to fast for 17 hours. 17 hours? Seriously? Usually I’ve been told not to eat anything after midnight, but 17 hours? I’m going to be one hungry fat boy before everything is finished!
Fortunately, it’s only a short drive back to the campground, so I won’t have far to go to get back home to some of Miss Terry’s great cooking.
In yesterday’s blog I wrote about organizations for solo RVers and I said that in our time on the road we have met many single RVers and they have always been welcomed with open arms in any gathering or campground we’ve been to. My friend Al Hesselbart, himself a solo RVer, posted a comment to the blog saying that as a solo you must be willing to introduce yourself and that if you’re not, a wallflower will stay a wallflower.
Very true, Al, and that applies to everybody, not just solos. The Escapees RV Club is known for its friendliness, and it’s much more than an RV club, it’s one big extended family. But years ago we were at their main campground, Rainbows End in Livingston, Texas. At the time we had a reader who was pretty much a curmudgeon who seemed to go out of his way to be grumpy about anything and everything. He and his wife were in the park and we stopped to say hello and ask them how they liked the place. His response was that all of the hype about how friendly Escapees were was just that, hype. He said they had been there five days and not one person had so much as said hello to him.
Being life members of Escapees, I found that hard to believe. I told him that we had been welcomed at check-in, a couple of folks had said hello while we were getting set up in our RV site, and when we walked over to happy hour at the activity center we were greeted warmly by a couple dozen people. His response was that he had not been outside of his motorhome since they had arrived because, “Why would I want to go out and try to socialize with that bunch of snobs anyway?”
Trust me, you can make lots of friends out here whether you’re married or single, young or old, fat or thin, gay or straight, or whatever. But you do have to at least open the darned door and give folks a chance to get to know you!
Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Maximum Security, the third book in my friend Carol Ann Newsome’s very popular Dog Park mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – Sometimes the first step toward forgiveness is accepting the fact that the other person is an idiot.