I got a lot of interesting responses to my recent blog, Smokin’ And Chokin’, and most people seemed to get a kick out of it. Well, except for the person who sent me an email telling me that the stunt I pulled was one of the stupidest things they’ve ever heard of, and telling me that if one of those guys would’ve tripped and fallen trying to escape the fumes from my bus I would have been liable.
Yeah, in this litigious world we live in today, I don’t doubt it. I remember in the wake of the 9/11 attacks hearing some legal numbskull criticizing the action of the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed down in Pennsylvania before reaching its intended target because the crew and passengers fought back against the terrorists. In this “legal expert’s” opinion, the families of the other passengers who died in that aircraft had every right to sue those who took action, saying that who knew what the hijackers might have done? For all anybody knows, they might have changed their minds and a let the plane land safely. Yeah, if you believe that, I want to talk to you about a real estate investment here in Florida.
One email I got was from someone who has been to some of our rallies and said that knowing me, there are more stories out there that should be shared with my readers. Oh yeah, there are more stories. I keep threatening to write a book someday simply titled Nick Happens. Because yes, I’ve had a misadventure or two. I’ll share one of them here today.
Back in the days when we were full-time in our MCI bus conversion, we were headed to Arizona to spend the winter with family. We crossed New Mexico and into Arizona and passed Wilcox, then started the climb up to Texas Canyon, where I paused to give Miss Terry a thrill. The old two-stroke Detroit diesels had a tendency to overheat on long climbs, and I had pulled off the highway for a walk around the rig to be sure everything was okay with our bus and dinghy, something every RVer should do periodically when on the road. However, please don’t do it the same way I did.
I did not realize that the narrow road shoulder dropped off rather steeply, or that it was covered with small gravel, until I stepped outside. I promptly slipped on the gravel and slid off the road shoulder on my rear end! Miss Terry said it was quite a sight from her perspective inside the bus. One minute I was there, and the next I had disappeared! (According to her, she only jumped behind the wheel and drove like hell to make room for any rescue vehicles I might need, but did she really have to keep driving until she hit Phoenix???) Fortunately, no rescue personnel were needed and the only thing injured was my dignity. What the heck? Once a klutz, always a klutz, right?
Dusted off and back in the bus, we had a chuckle or two over my clumsiness, and headed on down the road. A short time later we pulled into the Escapees Saguaro Co-op Park in Benson in the early afternoon. Fortunately it was pretty flat there and I got out of the bus to go into the office to register without any further misfortune.
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Thought For The Day – I’m drawn toward women who are beautiful when they are angry because once we start dating that’s how they’ll look 90% of the time.