Originally Posted by Ted S.
I just simply don't have time. First and foremost is planning a trip and hitting the road with my family. We are lucky to even have time to do that. One day, when the kids are grown and perhaps my wife and I are retired, well join because we will be bored and in need of friends.
Man, you hit that nail squarely on the head.
I expound your observations with the following. When my husband and I first got our Airstream almost a year ago, I thought about joining WBCCI... my thought was, why not? What possible harm could it do? Even though our participation would need to be severely limited, we would learn new things, as we always do when we join new groups.
But then I found out how many people hold the overriding a priori belief that we absolutely MUST be people of leisure simply because we own an Airstream. My husband and I both have jobs, are not retired, and we have a child at home who starts her senior year of high school tomorrow. Things have been so crazy with an elective summer school credit for her, college counseling, related issues, and now the looming specter of the college application process... we had to abandon our plans to take the Airstream on our 2015 summer vacation due to the time constraints. We couldn't even manage the type of limited family time that you referred to in your comment.
Rightly or wrongly, I have become afraid that I would just see an intensification of this leisure assumption if we joined WBCCI. I would not want to join something only to spend a lot of my time explaining why my husband and I cannot participate in this or that - that would not be pleasant or productive for anyone. But I certainly would not rule it out for the future when our circumstances change.