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Old 05-26-2014, 06:08 PM   #1
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I bruised her!

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To the Most High Council of Airstream Owners-

It happened so fast on Friday afternoon. I was pulling into the gas station in Seymour, IN, where there was a raised concrete 'pork chop' in the drive, to prevent the exiting traffic from attempting a left turn. In avoiding a broken axel or bent rim, Silver 'Rita scrapped the concrete base of the lamppost situated on the curb. The scraping broke the middle awning bracket for travel, but not the brace itself. Also a victim was the outlet cover and some trim, and the reflector on the rear corner.

I hope I can earn forgiveness for this transgression.

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Old 05-26-2014, 06:36 PM   #2
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You know, most of my life - to date - I used to be a real perfectionist about not getting even a minor scratch on any vehicles we own - I still always park our car or truck on the farthest end spot at the mall so as hopefully not to get a door ding from some cretin!

I almost would want to get the vehicle repainted - to sell it - after the first such defect!

But as I age, I come to realize there are worse things in life, and it really isn't such a big deal in the greater scheme of things!

I now look at them as "beauty spots" or "marks of experience" that give me a tale to tell, and I feel a whole lot better about them!

Our Airstream has a couple, (plus some filiform corrosion!)

As Homer S. would say ....... "Ah - whaddyagonna do!??"

I guess that is my new philosophy, and it makes life easier!


Brian & Connie Mitchell

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Old 05-26-2014, 07:37 PM   #3
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My philosophy is "it is what it is". Thank goodness it wasn't worse - she's still a beauty.
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:47 PM   #4
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I wrote with tongue in cheek mode on. Yes, dents, dings and blemishes bother me, but this is minor stuff. I can fix everything, to almost before event status. It could have been far worse and far more expensive. My pride is the only unfixable item on the list.
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:58 PM   #5
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:05 PM   #6
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Ah, Pride. What a thing to bruise! It usually always hurts our pride more than the trailer. I always say that it adds character and gives you a tale to tell.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:20 PM   #7
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We had a gas station mishap the other year in Louisiana. While pulling out at idle speed the knucklehead next to me couldn't wait 3 seconds and opened his door and caught our rear awning arm. Destroyed his car door, fender and A-pillar and put 2 dents in our 12 year old but un-blemished AS. Expensive to repair but that was on his insurance so we got it fixed. I do look for larger gas places with more room to move around but we can't always get what we want, can we. Could always have been worse. Glad it was repairable.

See ya on the road sometime.

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