Our time here in Mission, Texas is just about over, and not a moment too soon in my opinion. Everybody at our campground has been very friendly, the weather has been nice and warm, and we have enjoyed visiting with several friends who winter here. But it just isn’t for me.
We have dropped off sample bundles of the Gypsy Journal at many of the RV parks from Mission to Harlingen, and there sure are a lot of grumpy old people in this area. Now understand me, I have nothing at all against older people. Terry’s parents are in their upper 70s, and I even like my mother-in-law. J But old is a state of mind. My in-laws are in better physical shape than most people 20 years younger, and they have a young mindset. Terry’s dad will be 79 in February, still walks several miles every day, and I’d never challenge him to a contest doing pushups. Her mom is active from the time she awakes in the morning until her head hits the pillow at night. They are not, and never will be, old. They are just too darned busy to get old! But too many of the people we have seen here seem to be just sitting around waiting to die, and their attitude shows it. They scowl at everybody and everything. One of the local jokes is that every time an ambulance goes past with its siren blowing, another RV site becomes available. Of course, there are a few islands of younger, more vital folks around. Yesterday we spent some time at Ratama Village visiting with Mike and Pat McFall from PressurePro. Several of the boomer generation RVers we know, many with heavy duty trucks, are staying at this very nice RV resort, and we enjoyed sharing happy hour with them. There were several people we have met before, and a few new ones we’ll meet again. It was good to see all of them again. Hopefully we’ll see them again somewhere down the road, far from the Rio Grande Valley.
Every day new registrations come in for our Arizona Gypsy Gathering rally, and I keep refining the seminar schedule. I just added two new seminars, on volunteering and RVing on a budget. My hardworking buddy Jaimie Hall Bruzenak will be presenting these seminars, along with several others already on the schedule. And if you are interested in workamping, don’t forget to check out Jaimie’s great new online seminar for workampers called How To Get Your First Workamping Job at www.workamper.com/university/workamper101/
Several people have asked if we will have an RV tech at the rally. Yes, Phil Botnick will be back in his usual spot, ready to fix all of those things that need attention in your rig. Phil has solved problems for us a couple of times, and he’s an expert. He’ll take good care of you.
Thought For The Day – There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.