Well, we did it again! Our Fourth Annual Western Gypsy Journal Rally ends today with morning coffee and donuts, and then folks will hitch up and scatter to all points of the compass. It’s been a frustrating, rewarding, exhausting, exhilarating week that we thought would never end, that went by way too fast.
Yesterday evening, when we finally got all of the vendors cleared out of the exhibit building, finished with all of the door prizes and end of rally announcements, had all of the folding chairs stacked, and the exhibit hall swept out, it was almost 10 p.m., and we still had not eaten all day.
Greg and Jan White drove us to IHOP for a quick meal before we returned to the motorhome to do a couple hours of paperwork before bedtime, and as we plodded our stiff bodies across the parking lot on aching feet, Terry and I asked ourselves if it is all worth it.
But then we thought back on all of the positive comments we got all week long, the many warm hugs from friends, the volunteers who saw a job that needed done and pitched right in, the opportunity to teach others about the RV lifestyle, the standing ovation that Miss Terry got at the end of the rally for all of her hard work and organizational skill, and the camaraderie we all shared this week, and we knew that yes, it really is all worth it!
We may not be wealthy in terms of dollars in the bank, but with friends like we have, we are truly rich!
A lot of attendees took photos and shared them with us, and just looking at them shows you how much fun these rallies are, whether it’s a bunch of people sitting around having morning coffee and donuts, or a couple of guys just enjoying the opportunity to get together and hang out.
And, of course, no matter how busy we are, there’s always time for merriment. From the look in this photo, you’re probably not sure if Mac McCoy is chewing me out, or getting ready to kiss me. Given my “druthers” I think I’d prefer the butt chewing!
I did get a little nervous when I was making my announcements last night, and Ken Pace, Ed Allard, and Sid Dembowski, three fellows that are just a little taller than your average redwood tree, came up and took over the stage.
If you’re my size, giants can be downright intimidating! Ed said that they had a good time at the rally, but that they had a suggestion for future rallies. It seems that they didn’t feel that we had enough activities for tall people, and suggested a rousing game of dwarf tossing! Hmmm, now where are they going to find a dwarf???? I’m outta here!
It’s been a lot of fun, everybody seems to have had a good time, overall, and the few complaints we have had were usually about things that were out of our control, such as the noise from the aircraft from the Marine Air Station across the street. I’ll have more photos and a rally recap in tomorrow’s blog.
Thought For The Day – A half empty glass means there’s room for more.