“This never happens to me”


Most RV’ers are quite considerate of others.  Heck, we’ve literally had a couple thousand campers through the campground and we have only had ONE camper who was thoughtless enough about others that they stayed so long that another camper had to wait a couple hours to take possession of the site they had reserved.

However…

It’s funny the way people have to justify themselves and make excuses when they are caught in the act.  Ostensibly this is about late campers but I’m sure you have seen similar behavior elsewhere in your life.

The camper at fault — having missed checkout time by 2 1/2 hours, and having delayed the next camper by 1 1/2 hours — stopped as he passed us on his way out of the park.  They guy had already heard about his rude behavior from the inconvenienced campers, and again from the contractor who is supposed to clean out the fire pits in the short 1 hour span between checkout and checkin.  He KNEW he’d done a “no-no.”

So when he pulled up to talk with us on the way out I couldn’t believe my ears when he started out by saying “This never happens to me.”  Yeah – right — It happened to you today, so don’t be telling me you ‘never do this.’

Why is it that people are so afraid of apologies?  Why is it that even when they know they did the wrong thing they insist on defending themselves?  I can’t say it’s because they didn’t want to show weakness to their children — there weren’t any kids in the car.  It was two adults who were simply rude to someone else and still they could not simply apologize and be humble about it.

rola-hitch-mounted-cargo-carrierIt doesn’t seem surprising, either, that as they left the campground with several bags of garbage resting on one of those trailer-hitch extensions, that we would find as many bags of garbage strewn at the dump station as if by petulant children.  The only time this summer that anyone has done this! And it’s within minutes of their departure.

I really wonder what people are thinking.  Those sort of “I’ll show you” behaviors really don’t “show” anyone anything other than their complete lack of class and manners.  And sure, we had to spend some time cleaning up after them — so perhaps they think they got their pound of flesh by inconveniencing US.  But, other than providing fodder for this morning’s blog they really acccomplished nothing.

Of course, they came to the campground driving a company vehicle with the name emblazoned proudly on the side.  What they really did was to hurt their own reputation far more than anything else.

Thousands of campers vs one rude one.  Not a bad record so far.  That’s why we like campers.  They are genuinely a group of pretty kewl folks.  We spent a lot of time this weekend talking with campers; sharing stories and information.  The thing about camping (in public campgrounds) — maybe even moreso than RV’ing in general — is that you see people without all the bits and bobs of social status.  We get all sorts here. There are those who are mostly likely homeless and looking for a cheap way to live through the summer.  There are those with brand spanking new rigs who haven’t the foggiest idea what they are doing — but come here to have fun and learn from others.  There are those who have had the same rig for years and years and take great delight in keeping it running and a eye-catching oddity.  Folks are here for a weekend (or longer) of fun and relaxation.  They aren’t (generally) all charged up and rushing around.  It’s as much fun to stop and talk as to take a walk and see what others are doing.  And as your neighbors walk past your campsite while you’re sitting there in your lawn chair it’s just as easy to chat with them as you might have 50 years ago when you sat on your porch on a glider and chatted to folks on the sidewalk. porch glider

Thanks for stopping by.  It’s mid summer and the days pass whistfully by.  Thanks for sharing some time with me, and why not stop by tomorrow and see what’s on the burner?

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3 Comments

  1. I was recently thinking about how rude the world in general has become. Common decency and pleasant words are becoming scarcer and scarcer. The one place where you are more likely to find the direct opposite ratio is when you are out in nature, though I hear the popular National Parks have been challenging that though due to the sheer volume of visitors who want to have that special shot of them with such and such in the background.

    But overall, the lack of manners in society has me pondering if I want to live in a more rural community…not redneck and bubba type but more a place where people appreciate our natural resources and respect them.

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    1. The National Parks have indeed had difficulties. Yellowstone recorded a million visitor month early this year. The parks were designed for many fewer visitors and the strain is being felt all the way around — both in decreased staff and increased wear — as well as millions and millions and millions in deferred maintenance!!!!!! facilities and infrastructure crumbling.

      So much of the damage at public places is not so much rude behavior, I think, as it is ignorance. People don’t know about wild places anymore. Sure — some of them do. Our soon-to-be husband of our grandkid is quite knowledgeable but we see so many who are just plain ignorant.

      Yet — if I consider the numbers…. 1 rude family out of at least 3000 families — that’s not a bad track record. And the number of fires left burning seems to be down this year (partly because of the high rate of rain) The curmudgeon in me has to relax because we do see a lot of positive behavior here.

      Which is one thing I love about RV’ing. We tend to meet people on their best behavior, in a good mood, un-frustrated by the daily grind.

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