Nov 132013

Yesterday was a whirlwind of last minute chores as we got ready to leave Santa Fe RV Park in Apache Junction and move down to Tucson today. And we still didn’t get everything done that we wanted to!

As always, the day started with answering a lot of e-mails and deleting even more without looking at them. I guess when I say please don’t send me forwards about political crap, your latest conspiracy theory, “proof” that Obama was born in Africa, UFOs do exist, and Elvis is alive and well and working at a Taco Bell in Indianapolis, some people are pretty sure I don’t mean them. Actually, yes I do! It’s time to ban another half dozen or so from my e-mail list.

Then Greg White called to go over some changes we may make to the blog layout and we solved some of the problems of the world, though not all of them. It’s always good to leave a little something to prime the pump for next time.

Then we took off, going to the post office to mail out the orders that came in over the weekend and stopping at the bank to make a deposit, then we stopped at WalMart, probably my least favorite thing to do in the world. But Terry needed to pick up a couple of things and it will only be a few days before I begin my annual boycott of the place until after the first of the year so I didn’t snivel too much. Well, yeah I did, but at least I didn’t stamp my feet and hold my breath until I turned blue. The last time I did that some stupid kid thought I was a Smurf and wanted my autograph.

Back home I did some more banking, online this time, reviewed two more chapters of the audiobook version of Crazy Days in Big Lake, and started whittling down the e-mail that had come in while we were out.

One was from somebody asking me to send them a free digital subscription to the Gypsy Journal because they are on a fixed income and can’t afford it, and since it was digital and there was no printing or mailing cost, it didn’t cost me anything to do so. We seem to get that line two or three times a year. I wish somebody would fix my income because it’s broken! It’s never enough to pay for everything I want.

I did find it interesting that the signature on her e-mail included the line "Seeing America in our 2013 Phaeton with our two furbabies." Really? You can afford a 2013 diesel pusher with an MSRP of what, $275,000 give or take a few grand, and you want me, who is still working for a living and driving a 2002 rig we bought used to send you a free subscription? Really?

About 4 p.m. I finished all of that and then we went back out for dinner at Los Gringos Locos, one of Miss Terry’s favorite Mexican restaurants. The food was great, as always, and we had been looking forward to going back since our last visit back in April.

After a quick stop at the grocery store for some things we didn’t get at WalMart, we drove up to the Apache Junction Elks Lodge to touch base with Phil and Ann Botnick, the RV tech I wrote about a few days ago, about some work we need to get done on our Winnebago. As I said, they will be camped at the Elks lodge for a few more weeks, and if you need any RV repairs done, call Phil at (828) 606-9918. He’s got a great reputation for good work and he’ll treat you right.

It’s time to announce this week’s Free Drawing, and this time around it’s for an autographed copy of The Dumb Things Sold Just Like That, A History of the RV Industry In America by my good friend Al Hesselbart. For those of you who don’t know him, Al is the historian for the RV Hall of Fame Museum in Elkhart, Indiana and a popular speaker at RV shows and rallies nationwide. If you ever wondered how the whole RV industry came to be, you’ll find Al’s book fascinating. All you have to do to enter is click this Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section below. Only one entry per person per drawing please! The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday evening.


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  7 Responses to “Tucson, Here We Come!”

  1. That lady is just like the man with the Mercedes and Rolex watch wanting me to come down 20.00 on a dresser I was selling on Craiglist, umm you can afford the extra 20.00 but nice try.. lol

  2. How do you think they got that money for the DP? By getting people to give them things!

    They are the type to show up ate, after the gate is closed and leave early to beat the price of a nights stay. I may be almost broke but that is not the way choose to live.

    What you say Bad Nick?

  3. I think Joe is correct. These people are nothing but cheapskates.

  4. As soon as I saw the signature I knew who those people were Nick! They parked next to us for two weeks at Hershey Thousand Trails a year ago and “adopted” us. We made the mistake of going to dinner with them one time at a nice restaurant. Bill came to about $50 each and they left the waitress a nickel tip. That’s right, a freakin NICKLE!!! This after spending the whole meal telling us about their son the corporate attorney and their other son who is a dot com millionaire. By then we had listened to their crap for days and I was at the end of my rope. I said Are you really going to leave just a nickel? The service and food were great and the waitress has to eat too. The wife said Then she should go to college and get a real job! It was a VERY quiet ride back to the campground.

  5. I think we met this couple on a rally, cheap, nasty to everyone but wanted everyone to think people should feel sorry for them and pay for their share. This couple also made it known that they had all this money. This weekend I ran a bake sale to raise money for the park, I could not believe the folks that wanted folks to lower prices that were already more than reasonable. I even had folks who thought that we should have lowered the price on our bake goods to half of what we were charging, Nick our most expensive item was one dollar, and well worth more than that. People now days just want what they can get free not realizing folks worked hard for their stuff.

  6. Yup, their out there. In response to Elaine…..when people like that think I should change the price I tell them yes…….that would be $2 for you just for asking for a discount on a $1 priced item. I really think the “free” for me is coming from the way the government hands it out. WOW

  7. Sounds like you have plenty of these weird people encounters to write a book!! But then when you deal with the public these days I guess it is not so odd!! I last worked in retail back in the early 90’s and plenty of strange things happened during those years too!! I guess you can only laugh!!

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