I was back at it again all day yesterday, working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal pretty much nonstop all day long, and into the evening. I got a lot accomplished and by the time I gave up for the day I had 15 of 36 pages done. That feels good.
About 5 PM I did take a break so we could drive into Clermont and I could get my Chinese food fix at Green Garden, our favorite Chinese restaurant in the state of Florida. We only discovered this nice little place tucked away on the side of a strip shopping center about six weeks ago, but we’ve been there often enough that they know us. Emily, the manager, welcomed us and knew my order by heart – house fried rice with no onions or vegetables. Terry ordered the hot and spicy shrimp with vegetables, and as always, everything was delicious and the service was excellent. This is a hidden gem and I’m glad we found it.
Back at the campground, I worked on the paper until about 10 PM, then decided to call it a night. Well, at least called it a night for that project. I had several e-mails to reply to, one of which was about the ban Van Horn, Texas has taken on RVers parking overnight anywhere in town except for RV parks. I did some internet research, and basically, the local RV parks have pressured the City Council to prohibit overnight RV parking at truck stops and places like that, claiming that the practice hurts their businesses.
We used to stop for fuel at Van Horn on every trip west, but I will let the City Council know that from now on I’ll fill up in Fort Stockton or Pecos and drive past without stopping. So not only will the RV parks not get my business, neither will the truck stops or restaurants, and the city won’t get any sales tax on my purchases. When a town does this, they are being shortsighted and unfair not only to RVers, but to other businesses that lose out on money RVers would spend there.
A few years ago we were hassled by the cops twice in one afternoon in Flagstaff, Arizona, when we were passing through on our way to Kingman and stopped at Sam’s Club and a shopping center. It was mid-afternoon, and at both places the police quickly showed up to tell us we could not park overnight. I told them we were just passing through and stopped to buy some things, but the officers were pretty rude about telling us we had better be gone very soon. I wrote to the mayor who replied, basically telling me that we could take our business elsewhere. We have done just that ever since.
We make it a point of avoiding a town when we run intro that kind of crap, or hear from RVers who have. Here is a list of some other RV Unfriendly Cities across the country. Somebody told me a while back that Missoula, Montana had eased up on overnight RV parking, but one couple we know were told to move on, back in September, so apparently they’re back at it.
Thought For The Day – I know I should behave, but there are just too many other options.