Sunday, November 17, 2013
Sugar Creek Casino - Hinton, OK
When will I learn ...?
I counsel myself from time to time to be circumspect about criticizing others, at the very least until I know the whole story. So, not following my own mandate, I've been chastising myself today for the unkind thoughts I had about the campers who came into Elk City Lake Park a couple of days ago and set up right next to my site. Remember, I mentioned it at the time.
Yesterday, when I walked out to talk with the gentleman from the City Park service, I met the 'neighbor' couple, John and Phyllis, from Ontario, Canada. In the course of our conversation, John said they'd chosen the site next to mine because it was the only level one, other than mine. I thought to myself, "There you go again, MP, making assumptions and judgements without all the information."
They also explained that they've essentially been full-timing for the last 16 years and that if I'd like any suggestions for camping or sight-seing, they'd be happy to give me ideas. Very nice and RV neighborly of them.
So, this morning before I finished the final preparation to leave, I took my contact info, my notebook and pen and knocked on their door. They invited me in and we had a lovely and very educational (for me) conversation. While we talked John emailed me several documents they've collected over the years - including many of their 'private' discoveries for free camping all over the US and Canada. They've been 'everywhere' on this Continent, even including the Arctic Circle, in their RV and are simply a wealth of information and experience. It turns out that John is a retired electrician, so I even took a short class in Volts vs Amps vs Watts vs Hertz vs etc., etc., etc.
After about an hour and a half of delightful conversation I left to get the checklist completed for the drive today. The final check is always the lights on Petunia, the toad - running lights, brake lights and turn signals. Oh, oh. The turn signals weren't working properly - again. Remember, I had blown fuses replaced in Amarillo just the last time I drove the rig. Oh, no. What now? The guy in Amarillo had told me if the fuses continued to blow it was probably a problem with the cable between the rig and the toad. John and Phyllis came out to say, "Good-bye" just about the same time I found the turn signal issue.
John brought over some tools (of course I couldn't find my needle nosed pliers, etc. - Geeze!). He found that one of the new fuses had blown and he agreed that the problem had to be in the cable between Floribunda and Petunia. Great! I'm thinking. Now what do I do? It's Sunday, I'm in the middle of nowhere. Drats!
John says, "I'll just take the cable over to my rig and see what I can do." About 25 minutes later, he brings it back and says he took both metal ends off the cable and the Floribunda end had wires that had worked loose and were shorting out - thus blowing the fuses. I asked, "So, am I going to have to buy a new cable?" "No," says he. "I fixed it!" It's as good as new! I can't express how thrilled I was. My track record for problems, issues, concerns, bad luck, et. al. has been BAD. Then, along comes this 'neighbor' whom I'd criticized (fortunately only to myself and you readers) and he not only fixes the problem, but saves me mucho dinero (a lot of money).
Before I drove out, I asked if I could pay him something for his time and work. An emphatic, "No," says he; but he suggested that I "pass it on." Wow, what great people. And, I will pass it on the first chance I get.
They'd shared about staying at casinos and there are lots of them all along I-40 in Oklahoma. So, given my late (but pleasant) start today, I only drove about 80 miles to Sugar Creek Casino in Hinton. I opted to pay $5 for a site with electricity and a security gentleman ushered me to the site and said he'd check on me from time to time. I just went outside for Lacy to take a potty walk and noticed the security golf cart driving around my RV. Not right next to it, but circling to see all sides. Nice!
Hinton's only about 40 miles from Oklahoma City; I could stay here and drive Petunia into the city. Or, John and Phyllis told me about another casino right close to the city. I'm not sure what I'll do ..... I'll think about it tomorrow, as Scarlett would say!