Timing Is Everything

 Posted by at 1:01 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 022017
 

They say that timing is everything, and I think there’s a lot of truth to that. Did you ever stop to think about how things happen, or don’t happen, just because the timing is or isn’t right? What if you had left the house five minutes earlier? Would you have been in the middle of an intersection when a drunk driver came through it? What if you would have left the RV park seven minutes later? Would you have seen your old high school buddy pulling in? Sometimes a minute, or two, or three, or half an hour, or whatever might change the course of your whole life. You’ll never know.



Years ago we were driving through Benson, Arizona and happened to spot our friends Tim and Ann Moran’s Safari motorhome in the Safeway parking lot. In one of those oddball flukes, even though they were all the way in the back of the store they happened to be at just the right place at just the right time that Tim could look up and see all the way to the front and outside, and he spotted our MCI bus conversion going past. We didn’t know they were in Benson, and they didn’t know we were anywhere in that part of the country. But when we saw their motorhome we found a place to turn around and went back, parked next to them, and went inside the store for a quick reunion. What if I hadn’t glanced sideways at just the right moment to see their motorhome? What if Tim had looked up two seconds later?

Another time, we were at an RV park in Crystal River, Florida and Tim and Ann were going to be staying in another campground there. For some reason, we didn’t have a cell phone or it wasn’t working at the time, and we didn’t know exactly when they were going to get to town. We were sitting at an intersection in our pickup truck when Terry asked me how we were going to connect with them, and I looked to my left and said, “Well, there’s their motorhome waiting for the light to change. I guess we could follow them.” And we did! But what if we had gotten to that intersection five minutes earlier or later? Yep, timing is everything!

Timing can also make a big difference in your RV travels. As anybody who reads the blog or the Gypsy Journal knows, Terry and I are not morning people. But for some reason, a lot of our friends are. I’m not sure I understand how that happens, but it has led to some interesting scenarios.

Years ago the same Tim and Ann were staying at the Escapees RV Club‘s RoVer’s Roost co-op in Casa Grande, Arizona and we were staying at another park nearby. From there, we were all going to the club’s North Ranch RV Park in Congress, about 130 miles away. The night before, Tim asked when we planned to leave and I said probably somewhere between 9 and 10 AM. He suggested we leave earlier with them, but I said no, we’d catch up with them there. So they left somewhere around 7:30 or 8 AM. We rolled out of bed about 9 and were on the road before 10. Imagine my surprise when we pulled up right behind their motorhome at a traffic light in Wickenburg! Once we got to the campground and were parked, Tim said they had run into a massive traffic jam going through the Phoenix area during the morning commute and sat still for what seemed like forever before things began to move at a snail’s pace.

The same thing happened years later with our buddy Mac McCoy, the RV fire safety expert. We were all at Elkhart Campground in Indiana, and from there we were going to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to teach at Life on Wheels. It was the same situation; Mac wanted to leave early and urged us to caravan with him, and we declined and said we would travel at our own pace and see him there. About 7:30 AM Mac pulled up next to us, blew his air horn, and shouted, “Wake up, Nicky!” I just rolled over and went back to sleep. We were on the road by 10 and took Interstate 80 across Indiana and Ohio. Just before we crossed into Pennsylvania we stopped at a truck stop for fuel, and guess who was at the island right in front of us filling his tank? That’s right, our buddy Mac! He said he got somewhere around Toledo and there was a major accident blocking the highway and he sat there for close to two hours. I spent most of that time cuddled up with Miss Terry, sleeping. Who do you think enjoyed their morning more?



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  One Response to “Timing Is Everything”

  1. Score a couple for night owls! I’ve tried to be a “morning person” off and on during my life and it just won’t work for me. But every so often, it’s not the early bird who gets the worm!

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