Aug 042016

After reading yesterday’s blog in which I posted a link to a story about a man who had a bunch of explosives in his motorhome at an RV park in Arizona, I got four emails from people who wanted to know how they could avoid a situation like that.

I have no idea. I’ve found that most criminals and wackos don’t have a sign outside their rig saying “Bomb Inside.” Just like drunk drivers and kids texting don’t send a flag car out ahead of them warning you to get off the highway. All you can do is take sensible precautions like not camping at a neo-Nazi skinhead resort, be aware of your surroundings, and enjoy your life.

The big thing I’m hearing about lately is the Zika virus. I’ve had several readers write to ask me if they think it’s safe to go to Florida this coming winter. I don’t know, didn’t we all die of ebola a couple of years ago? Well at least those of us that survived the world coming to an end when the Mayan calendar ran out? I guess about as far away as you can get from those nasty mosquitoes in Florida is the Pacific Northwest coast. Of course if you listen to the doomsayers, that’s all going to fall into the Pacific Ocean one of these days. So what are you supposed to do?

Folks, I’ve got bad news for you, so brace yourself. You have to die of something. Maybe not today or tomorrow or next year, or for another 50 years. But sooner or later, it’s going to happen. If we all stopped RVing or all of the other things that make life worth living, what are we here for?

It’s kind of like my friends who eat right, avoid junk food, watch every calorie, jog, and exercise every day. More power to them, but they’re going to feel really stupid lying in hospital bed someday, dying of nothing. At least my cholesterol clogged arteries and enlarged heart will know why we’re there.

Seriously, stop fretting over every little, or big, news story. That’ll probably stress you into a heart attack before any of the things they talk about will get you. The biggest benefit of the RV lifestyle is how laid-back and fun it is. So when you’re packing your rig to hit the road, whether it’s for a weekend or forever, pack a double load of adventure and a heaping helping of humor, leave that black worry cloud at home, and go enjoy. We have a beautiful country out here with a lot of wonderful things to see in every corner of it. So slather on some bug spray and get out there and have fun! In the words of the great Jimmy Buffet, “I’d rather die while I’m living than live like I’m dead.”

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Thought For The Day – I never think about dying. It’s the last thing I plan to do.

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  9 Responses to “You Have To Die Of Something”

  1. Like your Thought for the Day,

  2. FYI – The reason us health nuts eat healthy and exercis is so we have a better quality of life and can have fun until the end!

  3. Agree with you completely Nick. Something’s gonna get us all eventually. Might as well have fun along the way. I’m more concerned about all the folks driving multi-ton missiles down the highway with their noses stuck in their phones. That’s much more likely to interupt our journey than anything else.
    By the way, Jimmy’s lyric is “I’d rather die while I’m living than live while I’m dead”. He does tend to change things up in some of the concerts we’ve been to though. Same idea. Anyway, great post!

  4. Zika virus produces only mild symptoms — or none at all — in most people who are infected, it is particularly worrisome for pregnant women…

    I wonder how many of your readers fit into this category … pregnant or can get pregnant. It our age this is not a worry 🙂

  5. Nick, it’s about controlling the risks and not taking unnecessary risks. So, I will still wear my seatbelt, even though I know that something is going to kill me some day, just don’t want to accelerate to that day by doing foolish things. Although I still do lots of foolish things that I don’t expect to accelerate my demise.

  6. Whatever you die from will be fatal!

  7. We traveled in a motorhome for 13.5 years. We liked AZ and spent our winters there. I contacted Valley Fever which resulted in Scleroderma because of a compromised immune system. It’s been Hell for six years. We have now settled into a home in ID. We are thankful for every day we were able to experience full-timing. We could have avoided AZ but it was home to some very good experiences and I just happened to draw the short straw. We never once worried or said “What if”–we lived in the moment and now have many, many memories. What do I miss most? The people we met and ideas that were shared.

  8. Carol Burt

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