In a blog post a couple of weeks ago I managed to offend somebody from Roswell, New Mexico in my response to someone who asked if we had ever been to Roswell, and if we thought it was worth the trip. I replied that I’ve always believed that if the whole spaceship crashing thing is true, it was suicide, because those aliens made it all the way across the universe only to end up in Roswell.
A couple who grew up in Roswell and lived there for over 50 years before becoming fulltime RVers emailed me to tell me that it is a wonderful community and I was acting like a jerk and being very unfair in my assessment of their hometown. Maybe so, but then again, folks, you left it to travel in an RV.
Putting the whole Roswell thing aside, someone else asked if I believed in UFOs. I really don’t know what I believe. I have seen things flying that I couldn’t identify, but that doesn’t mean somebody else wouldn’t be able to. I think we are pretty smug creatures if we think that we are the only life in the whole universe. Who knows, somebody from the far reaches of space may have visited Earth, only to return to their home planet and report that there is no intelligent life here.
But I do know that UFOs can kill you. Not those outer space ones, I’m talking about unsecured flying objects. How many of you jump in your motorhome and go down the road with a coffee pot or a crock pot sitting on the counter or in the sink? How many of you have a portable toaster oven that you to sit on the floor when you travel? What do you think will happen to them in a crash?
I once heard somebody say that, “If I get in that bad of a wreck, I’ll have a lot more to worry about than something flying around inside the rig.” You’re right, so secure that stuff so you don’t have to worry about it bashing your head in. Put it in the bedroom with the door closed. Put in the shower. Tie it down so it can’t move. Even small items can become deadly missiles in an accident. Think about it, how much does a bullet weigh?
Yes, I said deadly. Did you ever hear of Tom Mix? He was an old time cowboy movie star in the early days of the cinema. Mix was one of Hollywood’s first superstars, with over 290 films to his credit. If you ever take Arizona State Route 79 north from Oracle Junction through Florence and on to where it connects with US Highway 60, stop at the little roadside rest that is home to the Tom Mix Monument.
He was killed near there when his car ran off the road and a suitcase sitting on the rear deck lid hit him in the back of the head and broke his neck. Please secure the things inside your RV and any vehicle you drive. I don’t want to have to stop at a monument dedicated to you someday.
Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Slow Falling, book six in my friend George Weir’s excellent Bill Travis 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 – If all is not lost, then where the heck is it?