Nov 262010

It’s Black Friday, let the madness begin! For the next month, I will do everything in my power to avoid any WalMart, Sam’s Club, Best Buy, or any of the other big box stores. I just can’t handle the crowds and all of the “happy” holiday shoppers pushing, shoving, and scrabbling to save a buck on something, or to find that perfect Christmas gift for somebody on their shopping list. Bah humbug!

I’m not against Christmas, but we have gotten so far away from the reason for the holiday that these days, it is all about the almighty dollar. It wears me out very fast.

Miss Terry says she’s feeling somewhat better today, and I think I’m on the upswing too. I spent most of yesterday doing the same thing I did the day before, sleeping a lot and sniveling even more.

Our friends Joe and Marcia Jones came by to say hello, and we visited for a little bit before they went over to the activity center for the big Thanksgiving dinner. We stayed home, because neither of us felt like being in a crowd of people, and because we didn’t want to make everybody else sick too.

We watched some movies on the Hallmark channel, and Terry made us a delicious anchovy aioli pasta dinner, with homemade Italian bread. Who says you have to have turkey on Thanksgiving anyway? Do I look like a pilgrim to you?

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In the evening, my daughter called from Show Low, Arizona, and while I was talking to her, Terry’s mom called from Apache Junction. We miss our families during the holidays, but I have to be honest and admit that I really do like having a quiet day at home too.

We’re only going to be here at the Escapees campground a couple more days, because we are scheduled to go back to the Orlando Thousand Trails on Sunday, so we can get the Blue Ox base plate installed on the Explorer next week at Camper Connection. I’m hoping that we’ll get to feeling well enough to hit some of the local RV parks around here and drop off sample bundles of the Gypsy Journal before we leave.

Somebody wrote to ask me if I wasn’t worried about not having our whole winter booked up here in Florida, and if we were going to be able to find a campground to get into, once all of the snowbirds start flocking in during the next few weeks.

We’re really not concerned, we purposely have not booked any long term stays anywhere, because we want to be able to bounce around and do whatever we feel like doing, wherever we feel like doing it, while we’re here. Between Thousand Trails preserves, Escapee campgrounds, Passport America, Elk and Moose lodges, and VFW posts that welcome traveling members, we figure we can always find somewhere to park.

We’ve had to be someplace at some certain time for so much of the last few years that we are really enjoying the freedom of not having a schedule. The only place we have to be is Yuma in early March, for our Arizona Gypsy Gathering rally.  Hey, if worse comes to worse, there is always Camp WalMart! Wherever we end up, we’ll be together, and that’s all that matters, right?

Thought For The Day – When you’re willing to be seen as someone who makes mistakes and has flaws, you’re essentially telling yourself being human isn’t something to be ashamed of.

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Nick Russell

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  7 Responses to “Let The Madness Begin”

  1. Nick ole buddy I know some of it is age…but I agree, the holiday season has changed so much over the years. I watch the children now at this time of year and I don’t see that excitment…I see “I want”. Snow ball fights/sledding/the first snowman of the season etc. The family trip out to see all the neighborhood lights and of course the countdown to the Christmas school break were all big events. I don’t see ads that promote love of family and friends…I see buy them this or that that or you’ll be a loser. I don’t see smiles or hear real Christmas music on the streets. Yes, we now live in a time where new changes happen on an hourly basis….some great… some not so great, but there is still a lot to be said for GOOD ole traditions that never change. Hummm…wonder if my old sled would go down a sand dune in Golf shores, Al?

  2. When we were in FL two yrs ago found the Elk’s, Moose, VFW, AL etc didn’t even want a donation. We partook of their meals and had a good time. Stayed at both TT parks and SKP parks too. Enjoy….

  3. We had a nice quiet Thanksgiving dinner with my dad and Chris’ mom, Marilyn, in the dining room at the place where Marilyn has recently moved. Many of your readers have met Marilyn at the Gypsy Gatherings.
    We are thankful for so many things and you guys are part of that.
    I’m kinda glad I have to work in the office today. That will keep me out of the crowds and hustle bustle. I don’t think I ever went to stores on Black Friday.
    I do hope folks will do some of their shopping at small independent stores to support the local economy.

  4. I don’t do Black Friday. Never have. TOO many people. I looked through the flyers yesterday and nothing there we need. Especially I don’t need to get up at midnight to go to the store to buy more STUFF!!!! We can find the same stuff on sale or on the internet for similar prices. Thrift shops, consignment shops, garage sales, flea markets are much more fun.

    We spent Thanksgiving with Peter’s mother, 98 years old. She walked to the meal and ate more than usual with help from the nurse. We are thankful for everything we have. Life is good.

    Hope you too are better!!!!

  5. We chose a quiet meal over the meal being held at the clubhouse. Although all of the folks are really nice, we do not enjoy the chaos.

    In Florida there are many, many campgrounds that are not never 100% full so I don’t think that finding a place will be difficult.

    May I please take this opportunity to remind folks of Small Business Saturday which is to support the small “mom and pop” businesses in our neighborhoods. Small businesses are the ones who are provide most of the new jobs created and it keeps the money in your neighborhood.

  6. Thanks Nick and Miss Terry for all you do. Hope that you are both feeling better today!
    I totally agree with you about the holiday greed…now the stores are open on the holiday. yikes! It has gotten way out of hand…shopping at midnight…people are crazy!
    We enjoyed a nice potluck here at Jekyll Island Campground with 20 fellow campers and friends. MMM…food was great and we have leftovers to enjoy tonight.
    Regarding FL camping in the winter..usually you can find a spot so I know you are not worried but, Passport America doesn’t do discounts in the winter in FL. We paid for the membership and never got to use it because of we just through the $$ out the window. You don’t get a chance to look at the book before you buy 🙁
    Enjoy each day and keep up the good work.

  7. We are glad that you are feeling better both of you. You dinner sounds wonderful. We did go to the dinner here at Lone Star and it was nice. Plenty of food and great company. As for the black Friday thing, I can not believe all the dumb people who really think that by staying out all night will actually save them anything. We will wait until the lunatics get thru before we get our shopping done. Hondo is have a special night on Dec 10 that will benefit the small business owners in town. They have a family evening planned that will include caroling, and snow machine with lots of surprises planned. We will do our shopping with the local people, Travel safe.

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