I spent a lot of time yesterday greeting RVs as they arrived here at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Several RVs pulled in, beating the crowd for next week’s Ohio Gypsy Journal Rally. It sure is nice to see so many old friends, and to meet some new ones too!
Jack Allen, his wife Nell, and her mother Blondie Dahl are parked right behind Charles and Chris Yust; John and Jean Watson arrived about the same time as Tom and Barbara Palmer did, and a couple of hours later, Jim and Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour rolled in. There are others, but I’m not smart enough to remember everybody, so if I didn’t mention you, I hope you’ll forgive me.
The Geeks have four people signed up for their excellent Computer Boot Camp, which will take place here at the fairgrounds Friday and Saturday, and Chris tells me that they have room for more. So you still have time to come in early and learn how to get the most out of your computer, from the experts. Jim and Chris present their computer education programs at some of the biggest RV events in the country, and we feel very grateful to have them here with us.
We are also fortunate to have Howard and Linda Payne coming in late next week to weigh RVs, as part of the RVSEF weight safety program. If you have not had your RV weighed lately, click the RV weighing link to make your appointment now. An improperly loaded or overweight RV can lead to premature tire and equipment wear, unsafe stopping, and a lot of other things that you really don’t want to happen. Take the time to have your rig weighed, and you’ll feel much better, and safer, going down the road.
In mid-afternoon, Mike and Elaine Loscher pulled into the space next to us, and everybody had to check out the beautiful full body paint job that Michele Henry from Phoenix Commercial Paint just did on their motorhome. Would you believe that this rolling work of art is a 2003 Winnebago gas powered motorhome?
My buddy Michelle does great work, and at prices that would make the high priced shops blush. Why buy a new RV when you can have yours looking like this for a fraction of the price?
When I wasn’t greeting RVs and showing them where to park, I spent most of the afternoon printing out copies of our our Free Campground guides, Dump Station guides, and the other money saving booklets we publish, so we will have a supply on hand for the rally. I also made up thirty of our 7-in-1 CDs, which include all of our RVing guides.
While I was busy with all of that, Miss Terry was doing a dozen things at once – checking in some folks who had not already registered for the rally, working on the rally name tags, getting some laundry done, making all of the folks who came by to say hello feel welcome, and answering e-mails, and a lot more that keeps her on the go from early morning until late at night during the days leading up to a rally. People always talk about “Nick’s rallies” or “Nick’s newspaper,” but nobody knows more than I do that my pretty wife is the one who does all of the work that makes it all come together so seamlessly. I always tell people, without her, I’d just be a fat guy telling jokes.
Today will be more of the same. We have a lot of people who keep offering to help, and believe me, we’ll sure keep them busy. But there are a few chores that we have to get out of the way first, before we put everybody to work.
Thought For The Day – I’m not into working out. My philosophy is no pain, no pain.