Chris and Dennis are traveling around the country seeing the sights and occasionally volunteering at select locations. We avoid the interstate as much as we can and tend to stop for squirrels and shiny objects.
Friday, December 22, 2017
After reading the last
blog my sister, who with her husband just started this adventure
called full timing, recommended another way to deal with campers.;
one she had read about in one of those RV travel magazines.
with someone who is simply not getting it” she said “you can
impart a little bit of wisdom AND get away with a bit of minor
assault by using a vigorous slap quickly followed by the announcement
of “Mosquito!” in a somewhat loud voice.”
I've thought about this
during our three week trip southward; reflecting on how useful this
technique could be not just in camp hosting but pretty much in all
aspects of life. There are so many nuances you can utilize; in fact
you are pretty much only limited by your own imagination.
Here are a
The polite planned
slap: This is where you are facing the camper listening to what to
them is I'm sure a very serious situation but all you hear is “Blah
Blah Blah”. Calmly announce “Hold still” then quickly but
gently slap the person. You MUST follow this by the obligatory
“Mosquito!” else you risk physical confrontation.
The surprise slap: Used
in a number of ways and circumstances usually involving the
observation of a potentially really stupid activity. A good example
is the subject reaching for the black tank valve and not having a
drain hose connected. This one is time sensitive so quickly apply the
slap and shout in a somewhat louder voice “Mosquito!”.
The gracious slap:
Usually used when you are a third party in a conversation and notice
the intelligence literally draining out of the involved parties. As
the case warrants you can combine the polite planned slap with the
surprise slap by announcing “Excuse me” at the exact moment you
apply the slap. Then of course, follow the action with the obligatory
As I mentioned, it took
us three weeks to get down to the sun belt. Two weeks were used
parked in Pahrump Nevada while suffering through then recovering from
some nasty colds. Between the long desert drives and the two weeks
sequestered, I have given this method some deep thought. I vaguely
recalled my mother using something very similar though rarely
codified in such a distinct manner. If memory serves (I was usually a
little dizzy at the time), she said “I'm applying some common
My father did the same
thing but it usually involved a boot to the rear. He explained the
different location as simply going to where my head must be residing.
I can't shake the
glimpses in my mind's eye of what the world would be like if we all
practiced the mosquito defense. Of course now days we would have to
come up with a way to do it online. Hmmm, imagine a computers or
phones capable of reaching out and applying a slap – social media
would blow up!
Enough for now - today
its hello from Yuma Arizona.
Our intention is to meander the
southwest and perhaps wander as far east as Rockport Texas this
Chris is teaching herself how to knit and I'm
puttering around fixing things, breaking things or simply just
Who knows, I might just
break down and change the Jeep's oil myself.