Thursday, December 19, 2013

I Have to Make A Generalized Apology . . .

When I first started RV-ing with any regularity, I'd take my little Toyota Dolphin out for a weekend here or a week there, interspersed with a busy work life.  I remember telling my sister-in-law, Barb, "I don't want to just park my rig for a month or so with a bunch of retired people."

I found, first of all, a 'bunch of retired people' can be more interesting, more aware, have more information than a newspaper or even a text book.  And, the 'retired people' I've met in the last two years have been a group of the most interesting, active, patriotic, caring (I could go on and on) people I could ever hope to meet in a lifetime.  I apologize for my stupidity.

When I bought my house in Roseville, California in 2009 to be closer to my daughter and her family, I signed up to be the new guy in a very established neighborhood.  I was still very much involved in working, so, other than my daughter's family and my colleagues at the office, I didn't make any new friends.  I spent a lot of time alone - reading, knitting, going to the gym, shopping, baking.  I wished 'good morning' and 'have a nice day to my neighbors,' but that was about the extent of the new relationships.

I've been here at Betty's RV Park for a day and a half and have met everybody (16 sites - all occupied).  Most of the RV-ers have been here year after year and know their way around.  More importantly, they want to share their experiences and knowledge with this newbie.  I knew there was a happy hour every afternoon; I'd thought to myself that I'd go for a few minutes - just to be neighborly; after all, most RV-ers are couples and I've not wanted to be intrusive.  Yesterday I went to the happy hour at 4:45-ish and was surprised when people started talking about going home.  It was almost seven o'clock!!  I had a ball!

One couple invited me to a favorite cajun restaurant for lunch today; and, by the end of the get-together, the group had become about 10 people.  So, today I'll get my up close and personal introduction to Cajun cooking.  I have to take my camera and post some new pics.  I'm having, as the OFM says, soooo much funnnnnnn!

And, I want to apologize to my sister-in-law and to all retired RV-ers; I need to practice what I preach.

Don't Knock It If You Haven't Tried It!

I'll leave you with a few photos from my cousin, Linda, in Antigua, Guatemala.
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 A Maya outdoor market - very close to my cousin Linda's house in Antigua

 Linda does volunteer work at Hermano (Brother) Pedro Hospital for the poor in Antigua.  This beautiful painting was done by one of the young patients.  Of course, it's the baby Jesus; but he's visited by Hermano Pedro, who was canonized by Pope Paul VI.  He's the patron saint of Guatemala.

This is an outdoor presentation of "The Messiah" given in an outdoor church/theater amongst the ruins of Santo Domingo Hotel
And, finally, an arrangement of poinsettias, the Christmas flower.  In Antigua they bloom all year long

Feliz Navidad a todos mis amigos en Guatemala!

6 comments:

  1. I remember my dad telling my mom he didn't want to go to the senior citizen's place in their town because it was just a bunch of "old people." He was in his 60s or 70s and some of the people were younger than he was. He would say it with a smile, though.

    Seniors have time for other people, not a slam on younger generations, they just have more on their plates, and we have time to listen, help, and befriend other people that we may not have had time or energy for when we were younger. I think that's one reason RVers are so friendly - we simply have the time.

    I'm so glad you're enjoying this new RV park - it sounds wonderful. I've never had Cajun food, either, and am looking forward to your review. Be honest!! I expect it's pretty spicy? I can't do spicy, it burns my mouth, so I'm curious. :)

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    1. Well, today's Cajun food wasn't spicy that I could tell. I have fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy that was as good as any homemade I've had. Also, I tried gumbo - it was a nicely seasoned (not spicy) chicken soup with big pieces of chicken in it; it also had Andouille sausage that had just a hint of spice. Also ate a very plain tossed green salad. For dessert I had their homemade apple pie with caramel sauce and pecans on top. Now, I call myself a baker and am very critical of pie crusts. This was deliciously tender and yet crisp crust with not too sweet apple and cinnamon filling. But, the homemade caramel and pecans were sinful; I ate every speck of it! I took a couple of photos of the ladies working there - a happy, fun-loving group.

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  2. I agree. The bunch of retired folks that I volunteer with at various refuges are far from boring. :)

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    1. I think Me and My Dog, above, is right. We have more time to be generous, kind and caring now that we're not all bogged down with appointments, reports, classes to teach, and families to run.

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  3. Spend some of those Cajun recipes my way! Love you Mimi. Merry Christmas! -Q

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