The Labor Day holiday weekend is here; the last blast of summer, and Elkhart Campground is starting to fill up with campers. Sure, there are a lot of RVers here too, but holiday weekends really bring out the campers and weekend warriors.
You can tell the difference between campers and RVers by just walking around the RV park. Yesterday, Greg White and I ran a couple of errands, and the temperature on the bank clock sign downtown said it was 102 degrees. But when we got back to the campground about 3:30 p.m., we saw some folks sitting outside their rig around a campfire! Yep. Those are the campers. RVers have more sense, we stay inside with the air conditioning on! 🙂
I don’t mind the campers, even if they do show up with a dozen rowdy kids that they allow to run wild, along with a couple of barking dogs, and those campfires we talked about. I know that by Monday afternoon, most of them will be gone back to their lives and jobs, the kids will be back in school, and we’ll have the campgrounds to ourselves until next summer.
An update on the couple who wrote me about their workamping job that went sour, asking for advice, that I told you about in a blog post titled Call Me Dear Nicky a couple of days ago. Here is the e-mail I got from them:
“The day the blog came out, we told the campground owner that we were leaving the next morning. As my husband was unhooking the electric, the owner came by in his pickup, blocked us in, & demanded we pay him for our camping since we had been there. He called the police & when the policeman arrived, he claimed we had been there 8 weeks and had not paid. He never mentioned that we were workampers, just implied that we were campers. We told the policeman the situation & showed him the letter on the campground’s letterhead explaining our job and duties. He went back outside & asked if we were employees & Carl (the owner) said no we had just showed up & taken a campsite. The policeman showed him the letter & then Carl said we had stolen a bunch of stuff & it was inside our RV. We told the policeman he could search our RV & he said that wasn’t necessary. He talked to Carl a few minutes, then he moved his truck so we could leave. We also showed him our checks the bank had stamped NSF & he gave us the prosecutor’s name and number to call to file charges. He stood by while we finished getting ready to go & we were out of there in 10 minutes, & out of Colorado in 3 hours! If this is workamping, we’ll never do it again!”
I don’t know both sides of the story and I don’t want to get embroiled in a lawsuit, so I am not naming the RV park, but I urged them to leave a comment on RV Park Reviews and to contact Workamper News about their experience. I also assured them that their horror story is not the normal workamping experience, and to give some other RV park owner a chance, down the road, because they are not all like this idiot.
I appreciate all of the comments from folks about switching from a PC based computer to a Mac. You and my research have convinced me that, in spite of the learning curve with a new platform, it is the right choice for my publishing needs. But I have a question for any of you Mac users who also have blogs. I use Windows Live Writer to compose my blog posts, and then publish them to WordPress. Live Writer is not available for the Mac, so what do you use? And how many of you use one of the crossover programs to use Windows programs on your Macs, and if so, what do you use?
Thought For The Day - Money cannot buy happiness, but it’s more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than it is on a bicycle.