A lot of people in Florida are walking around with red, burning eyes, and I think the stock in the company that makes Kleenex has gone up dramatically. But it’s not hay fever or some other seasonal allergy, it’s because of smoke. There are currently more than 100 wildfires burning in the state, one just south of us on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge that has already consumed over 500 acres.
Having lived in forested country for many years, we are all too familiar with wildfires and the damage they can do. That’s why I said hooray the other day when some fool in front of me threw a lit cigar out the window of his minivan going down US Highway 1, and was promptly pulled over by a policeman in the lane next to me. There are burn bans all over the place and this idiot is throwing a cigar out of his window? I hope he gets a big fine out of it.
Of course, this is nothing new. When we lived in the White Mountains of northern Arizona it happened, too. I remember one year when the forest was tinder dry and no open fires were allowed anywhere, and yet some jerks were setting off sky rockets in my neighborhood on the Fourth of July. And a few years ago at the Long Beach Thousand Trails Preserve some campers set fire to the grass with their campfire while they ignored the statewide burn ban in effect. You just can’t fix stupid. We’re supposed to get some rain today and tomorrow, and hopefully it will help the firefighting effort.
Since it’s hot and smoky outside, I’m just as glad to be cooped up inside working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. I’ve got most of it written, now I have to start laying it out. I think we’ve got a good mix of stories this time around that our subscribers are going to enjoy.
Lately I’ve been hearing from folks who are concerned about RV parks requiring background checks for anyone staying on a site long-term. This isn’t a common practice, but I have seen it before. In fact, the same Long Beach Thousand Trails Preserve mentioned above was requiring them of people renting seasonal RV sites a couple of years ago. I suspect we will see more of it as time goes on. Nothing is simple anymore.
I remember talking to a friend who owned a campground in Texas a few years ago, and he was telling me about some campers from hell that he had to evict. He said he applauded websites like RV Park Reviews that help RVers share the news about both good and bad campgrounds, but he wished there was one for RV park owners to alert others in the business about bad customers. At least 95% of the people we have camped near in all of our years of fulltiming were great neighbors. But there have been a few jerks along the way, too. Nobody does a background check when they sell you an RV.
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Before I close today, I want to thank so many of you who posted comments on yesterday’s blog or sent emails or messages of congratulations and encouragement on my new exercise routine. I appreciate all of you.
Thought For The Day – A whale swims all day, only eats fish, and drinks water, but is still fat. What’s up with that?