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Just some observations on Airstreamers and food.

Posted 10-28-2018 at 07:39 PM by mbubbaca
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We're just back from a 50 day plus AS caravan. Then we stayed a couple of nights at the AS only park in Tennessee on the way home. That was quickly followed by a 4-day semi-official AS Rally. All had group meals. There were about 50 on the caravan and about 500 ( no exaggeration) AS owners to be served at the 4-day rally. At the AS park, there was a birthday party one night that everyone was invited. I estimate there were about 100 people singing happy birthday that night.

At the rally, there were 4 meals cooked by volunteers. There was a hot dog dinner, a chicken bog, a breakfast, and a seafood dinner.

The park party was cooked by a couple of volunteers that smoked ribs, chicken with all the sides.

At each of the above AS functions, there was plenty of food. There was no one packing their pockets with food. No one piled their plate to overflowing. There were no fights over the last piece of meat. No weapons were needed to protect the volunteers cooking.

On the caravan the group meals that were cooked by the members, we were constantly told not to let anyone serve themselves. The mantra was that AS owners cannot be trusted around food. They could not be trusted to take what they need and leave enough for the people behind them.

I watched one leader on the caravan tell the volunteer serving not to put so much in the coleslaw scoop. The "approved scoop" looked pitiful on the plate, I would have been embarrassed to serve that small amount to a grownup.

We were encouraged or was it allowed, to serve ourselves at the AS park, and the rally. No one was needed to watch what went into the serving tools to monitor our consumption.

So how do the real AS owners act?

I believe that our behavior is to be truly respectful of the food we're provided and served and was exemplified by the larger group feeding experiences.
Without someone being the food police, there was enough food for all and not one person was insulted by what they were served or what they were serving.

I believe this attitude that AS cannot be trusted is a part of the "old guard" of the WBCCI. I am mystified over the control that some members need to enforce whenever they get the chance.

Of course, when there are as many people to feed, they need to get to the buffet table. No one expected to be served when there are numbers like this breaking bread together.

How to get these people to the food can be a problem, or not.

The AS caravan felt like had to assign tables to get up for their turn to get up to the food table. I felt like I was back in grammar school being talked down to by a nun in a black and white starched habit and a wooden ruler in her hand ready to strike.

It was almost humorous when our caravan joined another caravan for a buffet meal to see a caravan leader struggle with how to manage the flow to the food. He actually tried to shame people into sitting down after they were in line. He ended making a passive-aggressive announcement about hoping there would be enough for everyone and walked away from the microphone.

One solution would have been to invite the guest caravan up first as the caravan he represented was hosting us. Not that I needed to get to the front of the line just an observation about human behavior.

That one meal was the only interaction we had with our AS brothers. Other than paying into their kitty, we were separated from their party. I don't feel like I missed anything they did.

I really hope that what I am seeing is the evolution of the WBCCI. I am greatly encouraged by the attitude of the AS campground and the almost official rally. People are encouraged to have fun and treated with respect. When you do that you get people who have fun and are respectful.

I'm still going to travel on caravans and do my part to enhance everyone's AS experience.
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