Dec 212014

No I wasn’t at Disney World, but I had the words to that old song running through my head yesterday. While we were having lunch with Don and Sharon Del Rosario the other day, we had a conversation about the small world encounters we all have from time to time. You know the ones I’m talking about, where you sit down in a restaurant and the couple next to you used to be your next door neighbors ten years ago. Or you’re talking to the guy fixing your car in some garage and discover that you went to the same high school.

RVers, especially fulltimers, have these kind of things happen all the time. We pull into a campsite and recognize the folks in the coach next to us because we all shared a table at some campground potluck dinner two years ago, or we met them at an RV rally on the other side of the country. It happens all the time.

So I really wasn’t surprised when we were returning from a walk yesterday and our neighbors came out of their Newmar motorhome to say hello. It was Gary and Cheryl Greene, who we met way back when we were teaching at Life on Wheels. The last time we saw them was at one of our Gypsy Journal rallies in Arizona several years ago. Since then they have been enjoying the fulltime RV lifestyle, including workamping in Alaska for five years or so. And now Gary is the new manager here at the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve! How cool is that? We had a nice visit, and we’re looking forward to seeing them again while we’re here.

Back at home, I sent out the link to the January-February issue of the Gypsy Journal to our digital subscribers. And as seems to happen every time, I got four or five that bounced because either the recipient’s e-mail box was full, or their e-mail address was no longer valid. If you’re a digital subscriber and didn’t get the link, that’s probably why. Please send me your current e-mail address.

I got a late start and didn’t start working on my new book until after 4 p.m., but I still managed to crank out 3,127 words by the time I knocked off. I did stop long enough to go outside and see the golf cart parade go by. Every year a lot of folks here decorate their golf carts for Christmas and drive through the park wishing everybody Merry Christmas. Here is Santa and Mrs. Claus. I have no idea where Rudolf and the rest of the reindeer were hanging out, but I’m glad I don’t have to pick up after them!

Golf cart Santa

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Crazy Days test final

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  5 Responses to “It’s A Small World After All”

  1. How’s that Mac working for you now that you have your keyboard and mouse issue resolved? 8^)

    — jc

  2. I am not RVing any more, but where ever I go I usually run into some one I met on the road. In Florida now and still catching up with old friends.

  3. JC, there has been a noticeable improvement. It’s running a lot faster and has not locked up once, even when putting the new issue of the paper together.

  4. we still run into folks who attended the rallies, for some reason they know me and start talking about the rallies and what a wonderful rally it was, only problem I have is that I usually do not remember them or their names, lucky for me I just agree with all the nice things they say, but as you say we run into folks who have parked next to us and I do remember them. I have never heard a bad comment about the rallies only wanting to know if and when you will have another, I can say that you have to contact you. I just re-read my comment, I have never heard a bad comment about the rallies.

  5. We met Don and Sharon Del Rosario at the Boomer’s Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta get together several years ago and two weeks ago we drove our new RV up to Bushnell Escapees Park to give it a test run and meet our Boomer friends Lonnie Huggins and Becky Hazen, who we have been with at the Balloon Fiesta at least three times. Lonnie and Becky along with Don and Sharon went out for dinner with us twice. Then the next week Don and Sharon are pictured with you and Miss Terri having lunch together. Just one recent small world adventure.

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