On some level all mammals are ‘animals’ – humans included. Right? So it shouldn’t be surprising if we manifest some ‘animalistic’ traits. Right?
How about marking your territory? Last night I happened to be awake in the middle of the night and I was struck by the number of RV’s (in this case trailers mostly) that make a ritual of marking their territory.
Peggy loves to watch people setting up their campsite. I like to notice them too, I just don’t notice the activity while it’s going on, I tend to notice it after they’re all done. But a lot of campers have a ritual they go through every time they set up; and that ritual has nothing to do with setting up the RV (trailer or motorhome) — it’s all about putting out their ‘stuff.’
If you’re old enough you’ll remember the classic monologue by George Carlin about “stuff.”: ( my apologies for the profanity — if some other comedian had done something similar without the swearing I’d have used their sound bite )
We all have our ‘stuff’ and it’s interesting the way we choose to display it. signs.
- BBQ grills
- outdoor games
- bikes, scooters, motor-sicles
- boundary markers (lights)
- allusions to our personality (Elvis wheel covers)
This is not something I’ve been consciously noticing for months and years; I guess I’ve been aware that it goes on, but for some reason it struck me last night. Thinking back to our time in S. Texas I can’t honestly say that Fulltimers are any more or less likely to ‘set out their stuff.’ But I will say that it’s particularly noticeable among part-timers; those folks who have not yet gone through the ritual of downsizing their ‘stuff.’
For us, we’re not so much into displays. We do have our sign. That was something we gave in to while in South Texas. Other than that, if we are parked at a site with concrete or grass alongside the coach all that you may see outside are two chairs. If it’s a gravel site you may see one of those Walmart/Camping World outdoor rugs AND our two chairs. That’s about it. Oh, and then there are the tennis balls. We do put tennis balls underneath the windshield wiper arms to keep the wipers off the glass.
If an event like shad flies occur — you might see an extension cord outside too — and it may remain as long as the occurrence lasts — gotta have easy access to power to blow off those critters! And mostly I’m just too lazy to stow it again every night and drag it out again every morning at the risk of letting a dozen shad flies in who are going to do nothing more than die in the storage bay and have to be cleaned up some other day. Yuckie!
And so it is, we’re sophisticated beings, but we’re all just upright animals, and we all have our biological urges. We’re just animals at heart. There is no right way to RV — some people display more than others — just like some mating rituals are more colorful than others — but the behavior is still the same.
What do you display when you arrive at a new campsite? Do you have lots of stuff that you put out every time? Or are you minimalists? Does the length of time you intend staying determine what, or how much, you display? Do you have a ritual?
Come on…. life’s too short to take ourselves too seriously, too much of the time. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.