Mar 292015

There has been a lot of talk about the recent brawl at the Cottonwood, Arizona WalMart, where a family living in a vehicle attacked a store employee and then police officers who responded to the store’s calls for help. By the time it was over, a policeman had been shot, one of the suspects was dead and several other people, including officers, were injured.

Several internet threads are saying this is what happens when RVers turn a WalMart into a campground and that the practice should be banned nationwide for public safety. There are a couple of things wrong with this premise. First of all, we live in a dangerous world and violence can happen anywhere at any time. Second, these were not RVers, they were maggots existing on the fringe of society. They did not have an RV, from what I have been able to learn. According to this article on the AZ Central website, the seven members of the family involved were living in a Chevrolet Suburban and had been staying at the store for several days before the incident happened.

It’s getting hot here in the Valley of the Sun. Temperatures have been in the mid-90s for the last couple of days and the basement air conditioner in our Winnebago sure has been getting a workout. And it’s going to get worse before very much longer. People always say, “But it’s a dry heat.” Yeah, it’s hot inside an oven too, but I don’t think I’d find it comfortable.

I spent all day Friday writing and knocked out a little over 4,000 words in my current book. While I was busy with that, Miss Terry worked her way through a mountain of paperwork that seems to grow exponentially overnight. She finally finished the last of it just in time to make delicious pork tenderloin sandwiches for dinner. Yesterday we spent some time visiting with her parents, then stopped at the grocery on our way home. About 4:30 we met Greg and Jan White at Terry’s favorite Mexican restaurant in this area, Los Gringos Locos. The food was delicious, as always, and the company was fun, too. We only have a week left to spend with Greg and Jan before they take off in search of new adventures. We’ll be here until mid-April, then we’ll go up to our old hometown of Show Low in the White Mountains to spend some time with our daughter Tiffany and those two sweet little granddaughters of ours. We’re really looking forward to that!

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  4 Responses to “Not RVers, Just Maggots”

  1. X2 on the maggots Nick.
    Los Gringos Locos………….hey they named that place after me!
    Now , I’ve got to go there !

  2. Finally us crazy white guys get the respect we deserve.

  3. At Los Gringos ask for flour tortilla chips. They are wonderful . . .

  4. Too bad about the police officer
    We stayed in camp verde Valley for14 days and at that time we used at Walmart as a grocery store
    all of time we were there we saw the same three extremely well used RV vehicles with two dogs tied to the bumper on a rope in their parking lot
    I can see if you want to spend a day or two I think that would be fine any longer is really pushing it
    Now the property that is just before you come to thousand trails verde valley is BLM land and I believe it’s a 14 day maximum stay And posted however the two large RV trailer were there in the spring when we came through and also in the latter part of summer when we came back through so much for enforcing that rule
    Unfortunately that type brings a bad name and a sour taste to the managers of Walmart
    Even if there is no sign for overnight staying at Walmart (and Most establishments we have overnighted at) have always been courteous to seek out the manager and ask if it’s okay everyone of them have been respectful and appreciate the heads up
    And yes I’ll spend my money at that established in return
    Time to Moved to High country. Joy your day

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