I’m a klutz. I was born a klutz and I’ll die a klutz. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if I died from being a klutz! My dad used to say that I should probably get a job in a mattress factory, but I’ve always suspected that if I did I’ve have been smothered by an avalanche of falling mattresses. Seriously, I was the point man on a combat patrol once and my commanding officer said, “I hope he doesn’t stumble on a trip wire and kill all of us.” One of the NCOs heard him and said, “Hell sir, let’s just be glad if he doesn’t fall off the mountain.”
I reaffirmed my klutz status yesterday and I’m feeling the effects of it. When we had the new tires put on our motorhome last week they discovered a bent wheel on an inside dual and had to order a replacement wheel for it. The old tire on that wheel had not been holding air before we bought the new ones, and the replacement tire went flat in just a few days sitting here at the Elks lodge campground.
We went back to the tire shop yesterday to have the replacement wheel put on, and while getting ready to go, I was airing up that tire. I forgot that the bedroom slide was above me and stood up, banging my head, then lost my balance and fell, landing on my side on top of the air compressor. You’d think a guy as fat as me would just bounce but if I did, it wasn’t far.
My back, ribs, and one wrist are all pretty sore, but I think the worst damage was the big bruise on my dignity.
You can add Medford, Oregon to the list of RV unfriendly towns. Recently, RVers asking to park overnight at the WalMart in Medford have been told that while the store management has no problem with it, the police may give them a ticket and/or make them leave. I sent an e-mail to the City Manager explaining that people traveling in self-contained RVs don’t always want or need to stop at a campground if all they want to do is grab a few hours sleep and go on down the highway the next day. I also added that quite often when we stop at an RV-friendly business overnight, we do some shopping, have dinner in a restaurant, and buy fuel. I said that in the future we will avoid Medford and go on down the road to a community that welcomes us. Here is the response I received yesterday:
Dear Mr. Russell, Thank you for contacting the City of Medford. I spoke with our Code Enforcement Department regarding your concerns. Apparently, Medford has been working with Wal-Mart’s Corporate Office to enforce the Municipal Code prohibiting overnight camping. Wal-Mart has also installed signage in their parking lots advising that overnight stays are no longer allowed. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. The City of Medford welcomes visitors and hopes that you will continue to stop here during your travels. Winnie Shepard Mayor and City Manager’s Office
No thanks, Winnie, we’ll spend our time and our money someplace else. If you want to let the folks in Medford know how you feel about their ban on overnight parking, you can e-mail the City Manager’s office at [email protected]
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Thought For The Day – We live in an era of smart phones and stupid people.