We had two very special visitors to the Gypsy Gathering rally yesterday. Terry’s parents, Pete and Bess Weber, drove down from their home in east Mesa to check things out. They have never been to one of our rallies, and when we introduced them, everybody made them feel welcome.
While they were here, they spent a few minutes in one of my seminars, and when they came in, I said to the class “Act like you respect me, I want to impress my mother-in-law.” Everybody was amazed at how young they both look, and several people told Bess she could have easily passed for Terry’s sister, not her mother.
You know, I love our extended family of RVers, but sometimes they leave me feeling just a tad bit inadequate, such as the other day when I posed for this picture with my pals Ed Allard on the left and Sid Dembowski on the right. Don’t I look like a goofy little brother looking up to the big boys?
As if that wasn’t bad enough, I had my pal Jodie Spiller up on stage with me the other night when we were getting ready for our Cactus Queen beauty contest, and I told the ladies in the audience “My name is Nick, but you can just call me Studmuffin.” Jodie took the microphone from me and said “It looks like more muffin than stud to me!” She’s a tiny little thing, but she sure packs a verbal punch!
Of course, I’m not the only one who can have a good time playing the fool. Check out Howie Glover and Dave Ault canoeing in the “river” left over from all of the rain we had here at the fairgrounds. Hey guys, where are your Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices?
Yesterday was our last full day of the rally, and judging by the comments we have received and the rally feedback forms I have read so far, I think everybody had a good time. This morning we’ll have coffee and donuts, and then it’s hitch up and go for most of the people here. We’ll miss them, but we know we’ll see them again somewhere down the road or at our next rally.
Terry and I will be hanging around through the weekend, wrapping up the post-rally chores, settling our bill with the fairgrounds, and visiting with a few of the folks who will also be staying over for a few more days.
Then we’re headed for Tucson. We had booked a month at Tra-Tel RV Park last year when Life on Wheels ended, in anticipation of coming back for this year’s session. Of course, there is no more Life on Wheels, but we’ll still go on down there, spend some time resting up and relaxing, visiting some family I have there, and waiting for it to warm up a bit in Arizona’s high country before we head further north.
Thought For The Day – Too many of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us.