Party Time!

 Posted by at 12:24 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 102016

RVers are always fun people to hang out with, and the most fun of them all of the members of the Escapees RV Club. Those folks know how to have a good time!

Yesterday afternoon I happened to look out the window and saw a large crowd gathering in front of the office here at the Sumter Oaks RV Park. Given the way the weather has turned bad since we got here, my first thought was that it was a mob forming to run me out of town on a rail.

Immediately my fight-or-flight response kicked in, but while I was trying to decide whether to reach for my .45 or my motorhome keys I realized that it was something else altogether. It was the campground’s Mardi Gras parade. And while it may not have been as big or elaborate as what you might find in New Orleans or Mobile, everybody was having a lot of fun.

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This pickup was leading the procession, with a couple of musicians and this dancing lady in the bed. I was tempted to pull my shirt up and see if anybody would throw me a string of beads, but nobody wants to see that. And I know how quickly a crowd can turn into a mob, so I held myself in check.

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And you thought only college kids were party animals!

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This is Mike and Patricia Chiles, a longtime blog readers who we met a while back at the Visitors Center in Savannah, Georgia.

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I don’t know who the heck this guy is, but I wouldn’t trust him as far as I can throw him! Hey, if you can’t beat ’em, join them!

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I spent most of the day writing and knocked out a couple more chapters in my latest Big Lake mystery novel, while Miss Terry was still busy with paperwork. I think she’s finally catching up, but knowing the way these things work I wouldn’t be surprised that when she wakes up tomorrow morning they’ll be a brand-new stack waiting for her attention.

A little after 5 PM we drove into Bushnell to meet Jim and Jan Hollis for dinner at Beef O’Brady’s. Jim and I have been exchanging e-mails and Facebook messages for a long time now, and he picked my brain quite a bit when they were shopping for their motorhome, but this was the first opportunity we had to meet in person.

They are a delightful couple, and we spent hours talking about the RV lifestyle, our adventures on the road, and pontoon boats. They have a very nice 23 foot G3 sitting on a lake up in Georgia and Jim let me know that for the right price it could be mine! Hmmm…. I wonder how triple towing would work out.

After we parted company, Terry and I made a stop at WalMart for some things and then came home. The wind and the cold weather are still hanging around, so I’m not sure what we are going to do today. We would like to get out and do some exploring but we have to consider the wimp factor. I’m not sure Terry wants to spend the day cooped up in the car with me, listening to me snivel.

Thought For The Day If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.

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Nick Russell

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  4 Responses to “Party Time!”

  1. 35 this morning. Not going to get into the 60s for a high today.

  2. Maybe You can have a break from the public on the subject of weather by Monday when the 70s come back to the area. Meanwhile just keep moving and cuddling for heat Have fun

  3. You know that Greg is going to be jealous when he sees that picture with the new rug.
    Looks like Connie is not impressed with your temps. She wouldn’t want ours.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  4. Nick thank you so much for heading to Florida. It will be 85 degrees today in Casa Grande, AZ.

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