Feb 072009

We’ve been running at full steam for two or three weeks now, and it is beginning to take a toll on my worn out old body. For the last couple of days I have had a huge knot in my gut and quite a bit of discomfort. I know it’s just stress. I’m a Type A person, and while I usually thrive on stress and chaos, sometimes it gets the best of me.

Now that we have all of the preliminary work done and the rally is almost here, hopefully I can relax a little bit and things will ease up. We have a lot of good folks arriving already to help out with the parking, registration, and other rally duties.

The annual Gourd Festival is going on here at the Pinal County Fairgrounds, and the place has been packed with people. Yesterday we walked down to the main area and checked out some of the gourds on display. I had no idea gourds came in so many shapes and sizes, or that there are so many people into collecting, carving, and painting gourds.

Yesterday Danny and Kay Brown, longtime blog readers, stopped in to introduce themselves and say hello, and we had a nice chat. Soon after they left, Jim and Lisa Haveron came by to visit, and Terry gave them a tour of the bus.

Soon afterward, our good friends Mike and Pat McFall arrived. Mike and Pat are PressurePro vendors, and pull their fifth wheel with a beautiful Volvo semi. I met them in the parking lot and rode in with them. Mike and Pat have been here before and know their way around the fairgrounds, but that gave me an excuse to ride in their truck.

When we visited them at their lot in Mission, Texas a few weeks ago, a cat had wandered in from somewhere and wouldn’t go away. Mike said they really did not need or want a cat, and they were hoping it would wander away before they left. But I know that soft hearted friend of mine, so I wasn’t surprised at all when Pat said “Look who came with us,” and pointed to the cat sleeping peacefully in the truck. Mike wrote a post about the cat in his blog a while back, check out his story about his New Friend. Of course, as fate would have it, the cat turns out to be very pregnant, so we may have some birthing taking place during the rally. Mike and Pat have always given some very nice door prizes at our rallies, but I told him kittens are not considered door prize material!

It wasn’t long after Mike and Pat arrived that Phil and Ann Botnick pulled in. This great couple has been to all three of our Arizona rallies, as well as our Eastern rally in Ohio in September. Phil is a top rated RV tech, and by the time he was parked, he had people lined up needing his services.

Once we had everyone parked, faithful readers and hardworking volunteers Mike and Elaine Loscher invited us out to dinner. It was nice getting away from the fairgrounds for a while and just relaxing with good friends. Thanks Mike and Elaine, I needed that.

Thought For The Day – Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.

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Nick Russell

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  One Response to “Gypsy Journal Rally Early Arrivals”

  1. I bet there are a lot of people who would take a kitten as a door prize:-)

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