I was talking to my friend Michele Henry from Phoenix Commercial Paint yesterday and she was telling me that she’s had a couple of cancellations with the reason given that it is an election year, so people don’t want to spend any money right now.
Huh? You planned to get your rig painted, but suddenly you realized it’s an election year, so you can’t? I’d be surprised, except I had a couple of people tell me they couldn’t come to our rally in Yuma, and somebody else tell me he’d like to make it to the Ohio rally in September, but again they were sticking close to home because it was an election year. What the heck does that have to do with anything?
Do we suddenly think that after the election all RVs are going to be confiscated? Or that our roads are all going to be closed? That we will be restricted from traveling more than 15 miles from our home? Give me a break!
A while back my son-in-law was telling me that we needed to buy any guns we wanted now, because it’s election-year. Before the last election, gun and ammunition prices went sky high because it was an election year and if Obama got elected we wouldn’t be able to have them anymore. Guess what? He did, and you can still walk into a gun shop anywhere in the country and purchase a firearm if you meet the legal requirements. I think my buddy Lyle Worman, who owns a gun shop in Pinetop, Arizona, starts these rumors every four years just to boost sales.
It reminds me of snowbirds I have met who complain because they have to leave someplace warm like Arizona or Florida to go back to cold places like Minnesota and Michigan to file their taxes. They just don’t seem to understand that you can mail your taxes from anyplace in the country. You’re not required to be at any certain place to file your taxes. Who knew?
And of course, right now we can add fuel prices to the list of reasons why the sky is falling. I’m surprised at the number of RVers who have told me they are sitting still this year, or greatly curtailing their travels because fuel prices have gone up. I’ve written about this in the blog before. It’s really not an issue. So it costs you an extra $100 or $200 to drive across the country. It’s not like you are going to turn right around the next day and drive back in the other direction, and then repeat the process again all summer long. If you are going to let a few dollars change your lifestyle, maybe you need to re-think whether you really want to be an RVer after all.
I think a lot of people are just looking for an excuse not to do something because they don’t have the self-confidence or whatever it takes to just say “I don’t want to do it so I’m not going to.” Instead, they come up with some lame excuse about elections, or filing taxes, or fuel prices.
A while back I created quite a controversy when I said that Terry and I had decided we don’t want to drive to Alaska in our motorhome. Not because of the cost of the trip, or because it’s an election year and they may close the border and not let me back into the country (who could blame them 🙂 ), or for any other reason than that we just don’t want to do it. There are a lot of places here in the lower 48 that we still haven’t gotten to that are much higher on our bucket list.
If you don’t want to do something, whether it be getting your motorhome painted, or traveling, or staying in your snowbird roost any longer, or going to an RV rally, that’s fine. But why try to convince yourself and those around you that it’s because of something beyond your control? Just say I don’t want to do it. It’s a free country, you’re allowed to do that!
And by the way, if you’re not afraid of election years, or higher fuel prices, or the bogeyman, give Michelle a shout at 574–238–5668. She’s got some downtime and you can get a heckuva deal on an RV paint job. And when you’re done, what the heck, come on down to Celina, Ohio, for our rally too, you wild and crazy animal you! 🙂
Thought For The Day – The difference between a liberal and a conservative is one mugging.