I got an email yesterday from a someone who has only been RVing for about three months and was incensed because they went to a campground here in Florida and discovered it was completely full due to spring break and some big local festival that was going on at the same time.
The campground owner told them that all of the sites had been reserved quite a while in advance. They said they didn’t have a reservation, but wanted to know why campgrounds would be so foolish as to rent out every site on a busy weekend and not leave four or five sites available for travelers who just pulled in off the road.
I replied that it just makes good business sense to take a reservation and deposit rather than the run the risk of not renting all of your sites. I asked them to consider two things – what if a campground did leave those four or five sites open and nobody showed up? That’s lost revenue they can never get back. The second question was, what if they kept five sites open, and five people off the street came in and rented them. What happens to RVer number six who shows up? Their response to the first question was that lost revenue is just a part of doing business. As for the second question, they never bothered to answer. Some folks just never seem to get it.
I’ve always been a car nut, and before we hit the road we had several classic cars. So whenever I see something old or different I have to check it out. We spotted this unique vehicle the other day in Daytona Beach. It started life as a Morris Minor 1000 automobile that someone turned into a pickup truck. Whoever did the work put a lot of effort into it and I was impressed.
I’m still cranking away on my new book and I’m somewhere around 10,000 to 15,000 words short of finishing up. Since I’ve been turning out 3,000 to 5,000 words a day, hopefully it will be done and ready to proof soon. Then again, I never really know exactly how many words it’s going to take to tell the story until it’s done. So it’s possible it could go another 20,000 words. But I’m getting there, I promise.
For a long time now I’ve been interested in genealogy and I had a membership with ancestry.com that I let expire a couple of years ago because I just didn’t have the time. I love doing research and found it was all too easy to spend five or six hours tracking down elusive threads from my family tree. I ran into a roadblock on my father’s side of the family. My dad and his father did not get along very well and had little contact, and now that so many people have died, I don’t have any direct connection with anyone from that side of my family tree. This has made research difficult.
Recently I re-subscribed to ancestry.com and got an email from somebody with a DNA match of third cousin. He is a great, great, great grandson of a brother of my paternal great grandfather, who was born in the early 1800s. He seems to have done a lot of fact checking and opened up some doors for me that I have not been able to get past. He said he has a handwritten family journal from his third times great-grandfather saying that their parents were “masacreed by indians” when they were very young. He told me he will copy some relevant pages and send them to me. I’m really looking forward to that.
Something else I’m always looking forward to is a new book by one of my favorite authors, George Weir. So I was happy to hear that he just released Trinity Trio, the 14th book in his excellent Bill Travis mystery series. I’ve got mine and can’t wait to read it.
Congratulations Connie Bradish, winner of our drawing for a one year subscription to www.OvernightRVParking.com. We had 234 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon!
Thought For The Day – More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse. – Doug Larson