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    Classes of 2008 and 2009

    I have fond memories of those meals you cooked for me. Thanks. The buyer of that rig when I sold it thanked me for the curtains you sewed. You are a good friend. Linda
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    Classes of 2008 and 2009

    I think no one would have been offended if we understood what was happening. But, we didn't back then. So, some people in the Class of "08 just saw me ignoring them and not participating in group activities and were hurt by that. For that, I am sorry. Plus, I am hoping my recent explanation will help others deal with introversion in the future. Yes, we consider you two our friends as well as all the other class members we've met. I'm just sorry an update to my computer has insisted that I can no longer comment on your blog. Be sure I am still reading each post, though. Linda
  3. Do you have a lease lot in an RV park? if so, what is the period of the lease? Is that where you received that mail? Do you have receipts that show you were out of state that long? Since it is close to half time it may look to California as if you live there but travel just enough to make it look like you don't. I always wondered how people at the SKP park in California deal with it being in California. Linda Sand
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    Classes of 2008 and 2009

    Thanks. I remember that Denny's and their steep driveway. Good thing you guys drove since our View would never have negotiated that driveway. But, the thing for which I am most grateful to you is introducing us to Emerald Cove. I'm pretty sure I've spent more time there than you have. Linda S.
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    Classes of 2008 and 2009

    Thanks. Linda
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    Classes of 2008 and 2009

    Kirk, My classmates did their best to accept me; they just didn't understand me. I didn't understand me, either, back then. They did their best to include me not realizing that wasn't what I needed. They are great people and I hope no one faults them for anything. I continued to go to the annual gatherings and some random meet ups but did a better job of preparing myself for those gatherings. The things I learned about myself thanks to them have helped me deal with other social events ever since and I am grateful for that. For those of you who may not know about extroverts vs introverts here's an analogy RVers will understand: extroverts get their batteries charged by being with people; introverts get their batteries depleted by being with people. Thus, introverts need alone time to recharge their batteries. My hope is that by sharing this with you all you will better understand when some of us don't participate in everything. Linda
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    Classes of 2008 and 2009

    I have recently learned about being an introvert. I never understood why being too social made me physically ill until I learned that happens to those of us who are introverts instead of extroverts. My first intensive experience of this was at our Class of '08 graduation ceremony. After a couple of days of meeting so many people and hanging out with them I became ill. Retreating into our RV helped enormously so my physical symptoms reduced dramatically. But, even then I still didn't understand that it was because I needed a lot of alone time to recover from so much social time. I should have also warned you that Dave is not a good communicator; I did not learn you had moved your circle under my window until I saw someone's photos years later. If I had known then, I would have tried to join you through the window although I'm not sure I could have done even that at that time. I am sorry that my need to retreat offended many of you and even more sorry that I myself did not understand what was happening to me then. I have finally learned to be sure to get enough alone time to allow me to socialize occasionally. But, I am still an introvert who prefers to do my socializing in spurts on line. I hope you all forgive me for not knowing myself better back then and for realizing and accepting that I and other introverts need to go hide sometimes. I apologize to those I hurt. Linda
  8. My bad. Sorry to let my grumpiness escape. Linda
  9. This looks to me more like a blog post than a forum post. Blogs are where we write large posts to share with people what we did when nobody asked. It's my understanding is that the forum is intended to give us a place to answer each other's questions. Linda Sand
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    Planning Your Route

    Yes, we drove through Oatman in our Winnebago View. Once. https://sandcastle.sandsys.org/2008/11/day-32-route-66/ Linda
  11. I like the diversity of people they chose to interview. While the article admits some full-time out of necessity their interviewees are all people who have freely chosen this lifestyle. That's good to see. Linda
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    Planning Your Route

    We drove Historic Route 66 in 2008 in a 24' Class C not towing anything. What i did was gather as much info as I could and put it all into a spread sheet. Each day we decided what stops we wanted to make that day. The blog I was writing when we started has disappeared but this one starts at day 7 in case you'd like to read what we did: https://sandcastle.sandsys.org/2008/10/day-7-route-66/. This is the method we used for all our travels: gather data, put it into a spread sheet, decide as we went what we would do and where we would stay. That let us be sure we weren't missing anything significant to us without committing to any specific timetable. After all you can't know in advance if a museum stop is going to be 30 minutes or 3 hours. Linda Sand
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    safety of Walmart

    We had one bad year where Minneapolis was described as Murderopolis. It's the exceptions that make those headlines. In reality Minneapolis is a lovely city with lots of parks and a way above average number of theaters. Linda Sand
  14. Most of us who joined Passport America saved more money on camping fees than the membership costs. Even those of us who stay overnight at Walmarts quite a bit save money on PA. Linda Sand
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    Self-Defense

    One of the RV bloggers I read boondocks regularly at Ben Avery Shooting Range in Phoenix, Arizona, to keep his skills up. That sounds to me like a good seasonal stop for those who winter in the desert southwest who carry guns. https://www.azgfd.com/shooting/basf/ Linda Sand
  16. The main thing we tell people to watch for is the difference between part-timer insurance and full-timer insurance. If you sell your house when you go full-time you will need liability insurance that would otherwise be part of your homeowner insurance. The other gotcha that sometimes appears is if you buy a motorhome that doesn't tow or haul some other vehicle some companies will not insure you. As long as you watch for those two things you should be fine with whatever company you choose. Which doesn't mean you might not have other questions. Linda Sand
  17. Welcome. Those of us no longer traveling enjoy helping newbies by sharing our experiences. Please, do ask about whatever causes you to wonder. Linda Sand
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    Self-Defense

    As I have said before, I do not believe I could ever shoot a human so any gun I carried would more likely be used against me. Linda Sand
  19. But if you are camped in the outer suburbs so as to visit sights in a city you can often buy a day pass to whatever club is there. Linda Sand
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    Escapee Associated Parks

    Most of the parks the OP referenced are probably private parks that give discounts to Escapee members. They are not directly related to the Escapees organization but they offer one of the benefits of joining. Linda Sand
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    Quartzsite speed trap

    Telling me about your experience there is different from just saying I wouldn't go. Q is a big place so, yes, you can find ratty rigs but they are the minority in my experience. Many brand owners' clubs meet there. Many Escapee classes and BoF's meet there. Many specialty groups like ATV riders meet there. Obviously, lots of people find Q a worthwhile place to go. So, if you want to say you wouldn't go there I'd prefer you include your why so people can see if your why would or would not apply to them. Linda
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    Quartzsite speed trap

    I like Silly Al's but I like Sweet Darlene's better--if you have the patience to wait for slow service. Linda
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    Quartzsite speed trap

    x2. I spent a lot of time in La Posa South each winter in my very well organized Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van and in our Winnebago rigs, even before and after January's big sale. I liked the peace there with all the local restaurants and the ability to dump and fill plus ditch trash included in the cheap price. I just wish those who don't like it would stop denigrating it for those who might like it if they weren't scared off first. Linda Sand
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    Quartzsite speed trap

    The limit changes fairly frequently as you travel Hwy 95 in Quartzsite so you must be alert. Best not to use cruise control along there. Linda
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    Self-Defense

    I just watched an episode of Red Rock where I learned the most effective place to hit is behind the knees. They tend to drop which might give you time to get away. Linda
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