Yesterday was our first vending day at the Escapade rally, and though it was a short day, we were very busy. From the moment the Market area opened it seemed like every vendor had people standing at their booths, and many had a crowd.
All day long we had friends stopping by to say hello, to renew their subscriptions, and to purchase books and RV guides. And we were surprised at how many new faces we saw, people attending their first Escapade. I can’t remember ever seeing so many newbies at an RV rally. Terry and I always enjoy talking to new and wannabe RVers and we get enthused all over again when we’re sharing our love for this wonderful lifestyle.
At 1 p.m. Greg White and I, along with a small crowd of people, attended the Seminar Speakers and Hosts Meeting, where we were told about how our seminar rooms will be set up and who will be available if we need anything. I can’t count the number of seminars I’ve done at Life on Wheels and RV rallies over the years so it’s all pretty routine for me, but it’s still good to meets the room hosts in advance and get an advance look at the layout of the seminar rooms.
I am doing two seminars today, The Frugal RVer from 11:30 to 12:30 and Highway History and Back Road Mystery from 1:30 to 2:30. On Tuesday I’ll be presenting Welcome To My Arizona, and I’ll be doing two more on Wednesday, The Reluctant RVer and Fulltiming FAQs. That sounds like a lot, and it is, but I love doing them. It’s the one thing I miss most from Life on Wheels and our own Gypsy Journal rallies.
The Market area closed at 2:30 yesterday so everybody could get settled in for the door prizes, ice cream social, and welcome ceremony. We went home to drop some stuff off, and since we were both tired, I asked Terry if she wanted to go or just stay home and relax. I’m not sure what she said, but the next thing I knew it was an hour later and I was waking up from a nap. So I guess we didn’t feel like going.
This morning the Market area will open at 9 and close at 4, so we’ll have a full day. Poor Terry gets stuck in the booth all day while I’m off doing seminars, trying to drum up business with the vendors who might make good advertisers for the Gypsy Journal, and goofing off. But I try to stay close enough to help her out and give her a break when she needs it.
Congratulations to Nina Seibel, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Mountain Angel by Suzie O’Connell. We had 80 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – I know a lot of people who fail to understand the difference between “How are you doing?” and “You really should talk to a therapist about that.”