Not Just By E-mail

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 022017

Before I do anything else today, I want to wish Terry’s mother happy birthday. I’m not sure my mother-in-law always knows how to take me, but she has let her daughter hang out with me for the last 19 years so I guess I must be doing something right. Happy birthday, Bess! We love you.

In yesterday’s blog I shared some of the strange email questions I get from folks. But I get some interesting questions in person, too. Here are two I’ve shared previously, but that are worth a second go-round.

Once when we were parked at a WalMart somewhere in the Midwest for the night Terry noticed a car stopped near us and an elderly lady staring at our motorhome. She drove off, and a few minutes later came back and just sat there. I’ve never met a stranger, so I went outside to ask if she needed anything, and she told me she was just fascinated by “campers” even though she had never been in one. She asked me a few questions about it, so I invited her inside for a tour. What a delightful lady!

She gushed over how nice it was, and was fascinated that we had two televisions, a microwave, refrigerator, a complete kitchen, a bedroom, and even a bathroom. Then Terry showed her the washer/dryer combo and she just couldn’t believe it. We chatted for a while and she loved hearing about all of our travels.

Eventually she thanked us for our hospitality and started to leave, then stopped in the doorway and said, “Can I ask you a personal question?” I said sure, and she asked, “Where does the poop go? When you flush the toilet, does it just fall out in the street?” I explained that we were self-contained and had holding tanks for our waste, which then led to a tour of the outside of the motorhome and an explanation of its plumbing system. She left happily informed about all things RV, including where the poop goes.

Back when we were teaching at Life on Wheels we met many wonderful people, including an older couple who sat in on many of our classes on the RV lifestyle. At the end of the last class on the last day, I opened the floor for questions and the wife asked if she could ask us a personal one. Sure, why not? I know where the poop goes. But she had a different question.

“When you’re in an RV park and you’re parked close to the neighbors on both sides, when you’re making love, does it shake the RV so that everybody can tell what you’re doing?” she asked.

Friends, I looked that lovely mid-70s lady right in the eye and told her, “It does if you’re doing it right!”

Speaking of the wonderful people we have met, the other day I got an e-mail from blog readers Charles and Barbara Anderson saying they were in our area and asking if we could get together for lunch. So yesterday we met them at the Beef O’Brady’s in New Smyrna Beach and had a nice visit, talking about some of our favorite places we have seen in our RV travels, about the quality (or lack thereof) in so many of the RVs on the market, and solving most of the problems of the world. Thanks for lunch, friends, and safe travels!

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Midwestern town in 1951.To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us, but those who win battles we know nothing about.

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  One Response to “Not Just By E-mail”

  1. Thanks Nick, we sure miss u guys but happy u are enjoying your new home
    Love you both

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