Apr 172009

Yesterday we were running around in short sleeve shirts, but that didn’t last long! By evening it had turned downright chilly here in Albuquerque, and today’s high is only supposed to be 53 degrees!

We spent most of yesterday printing off copies of our various RV guides and making CDs to sell during the rally. This is our first Affinity rally, and while we have been to some big RV events over the years, I don’t think we’ve ever been to one single venue with so many vendors.

If you were looking for anything from a Fantastic Fan for your ceiling or a rooftop satellite TV dome, all the way down to wheel covers and tire pressure monitors; from headlights and auxiliary running lights to mud flaps and ladders for the back of your RV, they’ve got you covered from top to bottom and back to front. A shopaholic would be in heaven here.

The rally has some excellent seminars on all aspects of RVing, as well as some top notch entertainment lined up. Tonight legendary singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka will be performing, and tomorrow night Rita Coolidge will be the star attraction. On Sunday evening the Osmonds take the stage. I think it’s going to be a fun rally.

I try to stay out of politics and such, because I really just am not at all interested. I prefer to just live my life, roll with the flow, and try to stay under the radar. I have several people who constantly send me forwarded e-mails that would have you believe that President Obama is the devil incarnate, and just as many people forwarding me stuff about how those darned Republicans are the scourge of the earth, and I just delete them all without opening them. I think they all need bumper stickers on their cars that say “My Conspiracy Theory Can Beat Up Your Conspiracy Theory.”

In my little world, it’s all about me, and it really doesn’t matter who is in the White House, because none of them yet have offered to buy me a new bus or give me a cushy political appointment.

Extremists turn me off. My definition of an extremist is anybody who insists on sharing with me his views on religion or politics once I’ve politely said I’m not interested. Usually when people start spouting off about their political or religious opinions, I just nod my head, tune them out, and take a mental trip to Margaritaville with Jimmy Buffet.

That being said, I just had to respond to a guy yesterday. We had a couple of orders to mail out, and the fellow in line in front of me at the post office looked me over and said “You look old enough to be a Vietnam vet. Are you?”

I allowed as to how my Uncle Sam had given me an extended jungle camping trip as my high school graduation present.

“Did you hear what Obama just did?” he asked.

Now, it’s bad enough when my friends start sharing their agendas with me, but when it’s a complete stranger, I immediately start hearing Jimmy singing about shrimp boiling as we waste away in Margaritaville. So I didn’t answer him, just looked toward the counter, in the hope that the line would move quicker.

But he continued by saying “Today Obama and the Department of Homeland Security declared that all white Vietnam veterans are a national threat and he has ordered that they all be rounded up and put into concentration camps by the end of the month, along with their families.”

I tried, but even I couldn’t ignore this! Jimmy was stroking his six string and hit a sour note, and I said “What the hell are you talking about?”

“It’s true.” He insisted, “The mainstream media is keeping it a secret, but it’s all over the internet if you know where to look!”

I know I should have ignored him, but sometimes I just have to say something.

“Are you really stupid enough to believe that?” I asked him. “Do you really think that could happen? And that not one radio or television station or newspaper would report the fact that millions of Americans are headed for a concentration camp? And do you really think we’d all just go along quietly? Have you even considered the logistics of it? How could they make it happen in less than two weeks?”

“It happened to the Jews in World War II,” he insisted. “You just wait and see! I’ll be waving to you from outside the fence when they take you to the gas chamber!”

Now, I’m not going to lose any sleep over his dire predictions. I’ve ridden in Mac McCoy’s van with the windows rolled up on the drive home from the Golden Corral buffet, so I know all about gas chambers. But what really concerns me is that people that dumb are allowed to drive cars and procreate!

(And please, don’t start replying with your political viewpoints, okay? Remember, I have a delete button, and I’m not afraid to use it!)

Thought For The Day – I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

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Nick Russell

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  17 Responses to “Vendors, Entertainers, And Fanatics”

  1. Nick, you are too funny (as usual) you had me spitting up my coffee this morning. Now, agreed this guy is dumber than a rock to believe such nonsense; but his idiocy led to one of your funniest blogs yet.

    Safe travels to “the Nick Russell”.

  2. Nick, You should have just “flipped” him the ole’ peace sign & went on! ha ha Great line on Mac!

  3. I almost choked on my bagel! Too funny!


  4. NICK: They’re coming to take you away, ha, ha, they’re coming to take you away! I truly enjoy idiots such as your “postal” buddy yesterday: they make me look so sane. Ha, ha, they’re coming to take me away. You know that it takes all kinds to make the world go around. . . the only things keeping you and me “sane” are Miss Terry and Dear Nancy. As always, oRV

  5. Hard to explain stupidity.

  6. I try to stay away from politics, religion and crackpots, but sometimes you just can’t.

    Two years ago, we were in the Black Hills and I got to talking with a couple camped next to us. It wasn’t long before they were talking about how all their problems were because of “the Indians.” I listened politely for a while, but then had to find a reason to excuse myself.

  7. Gee, Nick after reading today’s post I thought I was back in the ****** Valley again with all of the Q-tips. Everyday I heard a comment like this based on nothing but stupidity and total lack of information. Go figure! Have a great rally!

  8. “You can’t fix Stupid”……Ron White

  9. A fanatic is someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.

    Can’t remember who said it; somebody British (Orwell? Churchill? Wilde?)

  10. Nick;

    Too bad you weren’t selling something because that fella would buy anything!


  11. Nick we are at the Rally here also and its begining to look as if we were at Qsite with all the RV’s still coming in here. We even came in as early birds. We are in the dirt parking area on top of the hill and can look down at all those white roofs! One thing we as full-timers can do is just stay in our little corner of the world and not have to listen to all the political s****! We dont even have to read newspapers or watch tv in our world if we choose.

  12. Unless you consider the Wall Street Journal extremist, check out the article entitled “Veterans a Focus of FBI Extremist Probe” at this link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123992665198727459.html

  13. Good thing that Mac is a friend of yours. Interesting story and a sad commentary on behaviour of some people. Safe travels, Nick.

  14. There is one special reason for being a full-time RV’r—you can always leave. Means, of course, that idiot neighbors aren’t permanent.

  15. Nick, I used to send people to http://www.snopes.com when they sent me some of the more egregious stuff. Finally I asked one guy why he didn’t check out some of his emails before sending out obvious falsehoods? And he replied Oh! I’m much too busy to do that! ?

  16. The issue is that one can not actually reason with someone who is not grounding their information with logic and reason to begin with. ….And they get to vote and own guns, too! 🙂

  17. The guy in the post office was clearly off his rocker. But I really like your idea for a bumper sticker “my conspiracy theory can beat up your conspiracy theory!! Think I’ll get one made!

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