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Old 03-30-2016, 07:23 AM   #2129
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Good morning! I'm off to Ardmore, Oklahoma.....RV PARK #3. Another long day's drive.i'm not getting very good gas mileage, due to the strong headwinds, I guess. Have a great day. Evelyn.
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:45 PM   #2130
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As reported on another thread....missed the turnoff for Ardmore campground # 3. Heavy rain, trains of truck traffic in right lane, and in front of and behind me. When I saw sign for Ft Worth 190 miles...and my high test extra caffeinated coffee kicked in...I thought....I can do that...no problem.

So I deadheaded on in, arrived safely....Bambi and Pathfinder tucked in VOGT's huge wash bay....just minutes before the skies opened up with a downpour with pea size hail mixed in. So glad I decided to come tonight. At least that part of my 4 trip odessey is complete!

I had a chance to get in "Goliath" and explore. It's like it was made for me. Everything fits just fine. Tomorrow...paper work...business stuff. Then meet up with Mimi.

So, now, to bed. More later. Evelyn.
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Old 03-31-2016, 05:17 AM   #2131
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Sounds like driving on in to the dealership was a good decision, Evelyn, and now gives you a bit more breathing room.

I'll bet you slept like the dead last night.


Here in Palmetto Cove....it has been a bit of an experience thus far that I was not anticipating, and I have struggled with a rare bad mood the past 2 days.

I debated whether to write about this, and decided I would....carefully.

Starting with....a mean spirited co-owner here, who takes his golf cart and retraces where I let Lily run early morning, in a large, open area adjacent to the campground....looking to see that I have picked up after her.

Me, who is carrying poop bags leaving, and frigging full ones as I return.

Every..time..I walk her...out there...for the past 6 days...I see him take his cart out to check behind me.

We had a few words over this yesterday, after he followed Lily & I out there on his little golf cart.... and told me their rules are that dogs are to be leashed at all times, everywhere, even there.

He also admitted that his excursions behind me were to check that I had picked up after Lily..."because everyone doesn't".

I told him what I thought, quietly but clearly.

He later came to my site to tell me the co-owners had had a little pow-wow, and that pet owners would be allowed to let their dogs exercise, supervised, in that large, open area. That makes perfect sense, now why was that so hard.

This same man also drives his cart slowly around the campground every morning, checking sites closely and carefully for violations.

Yikes.


Good to see more friends rolling in, tho Joseph and Gabrielle are not going to be able to make it.

Greg & Bonnie arrived yesterday, two of the warmest, kindest hearts ever....but other than those I know, there has been the last couple of days, as the place has begun to fill up, more of a "WBCCI rally" feel here, and I don't mean that in a good way.

Insiders, and outsiders, and I am not alone in this observation.

Several units represented with multiple rigs here, and this gathering now seems to be dominated by WBCCI members....they hanging together by unit, at one or the others sites, rather clique-ish...even when in very close proximity, largely ignoring those of us without such ready-made groups....no smiles or extension of warmth, no "pull up a chair and join us"...nothing, and some not even speaking to, or making eye contact with, any but their own. Behaviors that women, especially, can be prone to.

It wasn't what I expected, nor what I have experienced over the years with the smaller, more camaraderie-focused, Alumalina group. This rally moved to this site last fall, was joint with WBCCI, and is now more WBCCI than AirForums.

It isn't the same rally.

John & Susan Leake did arrive yesterday afternoon, with their sidekicks Terry & Ann...those two couples, close friends, the organizers of this rally since the beginning....all good, decent, warmhearted, kind people...and they began pulling things and people together. Sigh.

It will be different here now...there will always be a group going where all are welcome and encouraged to pull up a chair.

Because....that's the way they do it.


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Old 03-31-2016, 06:09 AM   #2132
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Looks like you met some the world's horse's asses that don't have a horses attached to them. There are a lot of them out there.
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:14 AM   #2133
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"Starting with....a mean spirited co-owner here, who takes his golf cart and retraces where I let Lily run early morning, in a large, open area adjacent to the campground....looking to see that I have picked up after her"

We have found this type of behavior of owners and rangers to be increasing each year. With two large dogs that travel with us every where our sites are often checked and when we walk we notice some "official" checking to be sure we cleaned up.

Now to my rational, which I am sure will hit some the wrong way. The "new" generation of dog owners, ie young folks as a group tend to consider themselves above it all and therefore cleaning up after their dog is demeaning to them. When they travel the same occurs.
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Old 03-31-2016, 07:21 AM   #2134
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Even some of us older folks grew up in areas where cleaning up after dogs was not usually expected or done--mostly rural areas or small towns where yards were large and people usually tolerant. No one bothered much about a biodegradable substance deposited by a dog. We all just knew to watch where we stepped. The lawn mower took care of it eventually.

So, some are arrogant and some are just ignorant. I have adjusted to the "new" way and do clean up after my dog.
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Old 03-31-2016, 07:39 AM   #2135
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In campgrounds, it is expected that owners clean up after their pets....lest everyone be overrun by the stench and appearance of dog poop, and I of course have no problems with that.

His retracing my steps every day, out into this field, seemed pointed and unnecessary.

Also very inhospitable to a paying guest, and I told him exactly that.

Some people don't have enough to do.

At any rate, today is another day.


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Little people with a badge or uniform or "assigned - self assigned" responsibility are frustrating at best.

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Old 03-31-2016, 12:26 PM   #2137
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Yes, Maggie...I feel your frustration and share your dismay. These folks are everywhere....powerless people, who obtain positions that enable them to have ...what they consider to be....power and control over others. Small minded and insignificant,idiots!

I completely remodeled my home inside, outside, as well as redesigned landscape features....2 years ago. My home is gorgeous, as friends have commented. HOA inspectors come by regularly with their little clipboard, looking for violations. Have they ever commented on the massive improvements and obvious upgrades in quality? Oh H..l No!
Deb read me a letter last night, where HOA COMPLAINED ABOUT OUR TRASH CANS...NOT VISIBLE FROM THE STREET...THEY HAD TO COME ONTOMY PROPERTY TO SEE THEM. As I said idiots..
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I went on a rant....voicing my displeasure of elitist behavior...and it was aborted! So, there you have it! Control nuts!
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It's been better today, and they have told at least one other owner of a large dog...who had also been scolded yesterday for exercising their dog off leash in a large, out of the way area...that they could do so.

The right and reasonable thing to do.

Have had some good visits with people I really enjoy and appreciate today, but I feel very disconnected from this new group, as a whole.... and, I miss the old one.

Things change, and I will handle it.


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You have not had your espresso, Maggie....
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Glad things are improving there Maggie.. are you getting rain??? on my weather station, it looks like you may be??? keep having fun regardless!!! hugs and love to you and Lily...gail
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We had rain off and on for several hours, then it cleared up, and the worst of that storm system passed south of here, so can't complain.

Spent the day cooking off and on, and visiting with friends.

Baked a loaf of DO bread in one of their ovens today, every morsel was eaten at dinner.

Over 100 rigs here.



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