Sep 012010

Can you be exhausted, footsore, and ache over every inch of your body, and still be having a fantastic time? You can if you’re running a Gypsy Journal rally!

Yesterday, after morning coffee and donuts, furnished by Bradd & Hall RV furniture, I spent part of the morning checking up on our vendors and seminar rooms to be sure everything was going well. Then late in the morning I did my Gypsy Journal FAQs seminar, an informal chat in which I tell the audience how we began our 12 year traveling and publishing adventure, why we do things the way we do, and what we see for our future.

I couldn’t get away for lunch, so Greg White grabbed a sandwich for me while he was out running errands, and in the afternoon I sat in on Roger Marble’s excellent Beginning Genealogy seminar.

At 7 p.m. we had door prizes, and then the real fun began. First Dennis Hill from the RV Driving School, in his pumpkin persona, took to the stage to act like…well, an orange version of Dennis Hill.

Orange Dennis

I eventually had to climb up on stage and put a leash on Dennis, because the crowd was having way too much fun! He’s wearing the world’s one and only orange Gypsy Gathering T-shirt.

Orange Dennis and Nick

Then it was time for the highlight of the evening, our Hoosier Honey Beauty Contest. Six of the most bizarre looking women, who had been pretty run of the mill middle aged men an hour or so before, strutted their stuff on the stage to win the coveted crown.

When he (or she) isn’t breaking hearts or creating nightmares for men nationwide, this is Al Hesselbart, author and historian for the RV Hall of Fame Museum. The things you don’t know about your friends until a cheap 99 cent tiara is on the line!

Al Nick

I miss my momma, but not that bad, thank you just the same!

Big Momma Nick

Here’s a face that only a mother or a cellmate could love!

Frank Honey

During the contest, I had to lecture several of the “ladies” on decorum. Apparently keeping their legs crossed is a real problem in their world.

Open Legs

Here are all six of our contestants, waiting for the audience to decide the winner by popular vote. Be still, my heart!

Hoosier Honey lineup

And the winner is Carmalita Camelback, aka Jim Guld from Geeks on Tour!

Miss Hoosier Honey 

Here is Denny Orr checking out our new Beauty Queen. I’m not sure what Denny is thinking, but forget it buddy. There’s not that much booze in the entire world!

Winner and Denny orr

After the beauty contest, the “ladies” collected donations from the audience for the Escapees CARE program. Our winner had a lot of money stuffed in her bodice.


All told, we raised $450 for CARE. Here I am presenting it to Brenda Neil from the Escapees RV Club.

Nick Brenda Neal

It was a busy and fun day, and today we get to do it all over again!

So yes, I’m sore, exhausted, and ache in places I didn’t even know I had. But I’m sure having fun!

Thought For The Day – We all have to get older, but growing up is optional.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  4 Responses to “Hoosier Honey????”

  1. Here’s yer video:

  2. Many, Many Thanks…for the gracious collection for Escapees CARE Center!! It’s wonderful to have fun and help folks out at the same time!!! HUGS!!!

  3. Chris, thanks for posting the video. Sorry we can’t be there this year.

  4. Looks like you are having a little fun, although those girls are looking a little like as they say in these parts “they have been run hard and put up wet”.

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