I’m not one for conspiracy theories. Maybe there was somebody on the grassy knoll when JFK got shot, and maybe not. Maybe the government really is hiding all kinds of information about UFOs from us. But if they are, I don’t really care. And maybe the last election was rigged, or the one before that, or the one before that. We’ll never know.
But for a very long time I have believed there is a secret society known as the National Coalition of the Weird and Strange. And I am convinced that one of their requirements for membership is that you have to come and mess with me first. There is no other explanation for how many strange people and oddball requests I have received over the years.
Overall, I’m a pretty easy going guy, and I try very hard to accommodate people whenever I can. Sometimes to a fault, because I often have trouble saying no. But there are times when people leave me no choice. Some recent requests I have received are good examples. And no, I didn’t make any of these up. You can’t make this stuff up!
Not long ago someone from Germany contacted me saying they are going to be flying into Miami and plan to spend a year or two traveling the country. He wondered if I could check the various RV dealers around Florida, find out what was available in a used Class C in the $55,000 price range, take some pictures of likely prospects, and send them and the RVs’ information to him.
You would think I would be surprised by a request like this, but Terry and I cannot tell you how many times people have expected us to drive 20 or 50 or even 300 miles or more to go look at an RV for sale and get back to them with a report on what we thought of it. After all, we were fulltimers on the move anyway, so how much trouble could it be?
That wasn’t the only recent e-mail I received about an RV for sale. A few days ago someone contacted me to say that they had seen a gas powered Class A motorhome listed for sale on PPL Motorhomes’ website, and they said since we had our Winnebago on consignment there and had some contacts at the company, could we talk to somebody and get more information about it. I guess the thorough description and all of the photographs on the website weren’t enough to motivate them to pick up the telephone and call and talk to somebody at PPL themselves.
Apparently picking up the telephone and calling someone is rather difficult, since another reader asked if I could contact the Elks Lodge in Tavernier, Florida and see if they are going to allow traveling Elks to dry camp there this winter like they have in the past.
And then there is the woman who emailed me after reading yesterday’s blog, Florida Is Still Here, saying that I could do my readers a service if I were to make a list of the campgrounds in Florida that were unaffected by Hurricane Irma and post it, along with their rates and availability of spaces.
Like I said, I’m an easy going guy, but sometimes I just have to say no, no, and hell no!
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