People Of Size

 Posted by at 12:41 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 212011

The rain stopped and yesterday was a very nice day. But today we have a 30% chance of thunderstorms again. I hope it dries up before our Early Birds start arriving on Sunday. If we still have any Early Birds left, that is. Since I announced that the fairgrounds will allow Good Sam and Passport America members to come in any day this week, for $15/day, we have had several RVs arrive, and more who have e-mailed or called and said they are coming in early.

Yesterday morning, Ted and Donna Wallin showed up in a much smaller Class C motorhome than we saw them in last time. Ted said they still have their big rig, but after reading about so many of the places we have visited, they wanted a smaller rig that would be better for short trips.

We also heard from our pals Mike and Elaine Loscher, who just picked up their Winnebago Class A motorhome from Phoenix Commercial Paint, where Michele Henry has been working her magic on it. Elaine said she was not allowed to see the coach until it was finished, and she was blown away by how beautiful it turned out. They are supposed to roll in this afternoon, and we can’t wait to see it.

Some folks have asked me if the fairgrounds has restrooms and showers available. Yes, and they are very clean and modern. The shower rooms are locked for security, and we will provide rally attendees with the combination to get into them when they arrive.

Yesterday, Terry and I stopped at Domino’s Pizza to arrange for our pizza party, which will be on Wednesday, just before our Buckeye Beauty contest. If you have not seen one of our beauty contests yet, I guarantee you’ll be wiping tears away by the time it’s over. Either because you are laughing so hard, or because they are some really, really ugly women!

Well, okay, actually they are not women. We con five or six guys into dressing in drag to compete for the title of Miss Buckeye Beauty. Every year, all of the guys we approach say no, and every year I appeal to the wives, and they always come through for me and get enough recruits for the contest. And do you know what? Every year, the guys who were the most reluctant seem to have the best time! (I won’t even try to analyze that!) So ladies, don’t let me down; start working on those guys now.    

To give you an idea of what to expect, here is a You Tube clip of last year’s Hoosier Honey contest, at our rally at Elkhart Campground.

Okay, about that blog title. Yesterday  afternoon we were sitting in our motorhome with our friends Greg White and Chris Yust, trying to decide where to go for dinner, and as usual, nobody wanted to make a suggestion. Finally, I said “We’ll, somebody make a decision, because fat guys like us need to eat.” Yeah, I know, it’s not politically correct to say “fat” in reference to people. But I think if I include myself in the equation, it’s okay. And even if it’s not, when the heck have I ever been politically correct?

Let’s be honest here, Greg and I are not exactly small men. In fact, if you look at us, you might call us the Dunlap Twins, because our bellies done lapped over our belts.

However, my pal Greg is a lot more sophisticated than me, obviously. I mean, after all, the man worked for NASA! How can a simple RVing wordsmith like myself compete with that résumé? It can’t be done! So Greg corrected my rather crass description of ourselves, and informed me that we are  not fat! No sir (or ma’am), according to Greg, we are actually “people of size.” How cool is that? I wonder if we have a support group or an association, or something like that?

Thought For The Day – The greatest gift any of us can have is the ability to laugh at ourselves.

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  12 Responses to “People Of Size”

  1. You need to re-define yourself as vertically challenged. If you were just about 8’3″ you would be the perfect height for your weight. That would give the term “people of size” a different view — people looking up at you for other reasons. Unfortunately, you would probably lose out on those many kisses you get on the top of your head now. 😉

  2. Nick, Can you post a pic of Mike and Elaine’s coach when you get a chance? We would love to see it as we have the same model. Thanks

  3. 2X Rod’s request.

    People of size and Dunlap Twins. Nick. You should so stand up commedy.

  4. I suspect some people would even be offended when the mortician comes to pick up their dead body. But I don’t know that they’ll be in a position to voice their disapproval.

    When did people get to be so thin-skinned?

    At 290, I’m fat and admit it. And I refuse to color my hair — I figure I worked hard to earn those gray ones up there and I’m just thankful that I HAVE a head of hair and that I’m not sartorially challenged. 🙂

    I Shoot People

  5. Well, I for one, do not find your fat jokes at all funny. They are tasteless and immature. As one who has battled her weight since grade school, it is no laughing matter. I am very disappointed to log into an RV blog and find this childish prattle. If this is the best you can do, just don’t write anything at all. Making fun of people with physical challenges is NOT funny!

  6. Sheila,
    I’m sorry if I offended you, that was never my intention. But, with all due respect, have you SEEN me? I’m short, fat, bald, and ugly. But I have learned to accept myself for what I am. I hope someday you can define yourself by your many positive qualities instead of what you see as negative.

  7. OK, here’s the dinner plan. Make a list of the places you want to eat. Cut the list into strips and pick one every night. Put, your favorites back in so you can go there multiple times. No more decision making. Once you get done making the list, of course.

  8. Nick, we seriously need a list of all your favorite restaurants in Celina!!

    Before Sunday, preferably:)

    Make sure there are at least 5 on the list, or else I may have to cook next week…

  9. love you blog i’m people size my self and old too me 64 years to get that way, keep up the good work.

  10. It’s been a long day. I’m trying to catch up here.

    Lemme see if I got this right:
    Sheila is blaming you, Nick, for her reading your post only to find that it did not meet whatever her customary standards are for humor; did I get that right?

    Just for the record:
    I don’t find your commentary to be tasteless and immature; it is just interesting to me. I am so grateful that I can come here every day, read your offerings and just smile and enjoy them. Please keep them coming.

  11. Oh, come on Nick, your not THAT ugly! 🙂

  12. You and Greg are not people of size, you are people of substance! I start out every day by reading your blog, Nick. Keep up the good work!

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