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RE: Nascar Follies

NASCAR guys learn to 'express their displeasure' young. In go karts or other similar entry level. Remember Sam Hornish talking about getting wrecked by Danika after the checkered flag at Talladega, saying it wasn't anything unusual. The last time he got in real trouble at a race track was for kicking her ass when she attacked him after a race for running her off the course. He was eleven, she was nine.
PawPaw_n_Gram 09/22/21 11:49am Around the Campfire
RE: Palmetto Island State Park

Never been. Everyone I know who has stayed there (maybe a dozen) loved it. However, based on a recent hurricane and a major tropical storm flood rains, I would urge you to call the park and talk to them, or the Abbeville Chamber of Commerce, about current status and any possible issues such as electrical power issues. Personally, we have planned to visit Grand Isle SP this winter. Even thought it is currently closed due to hurricane damage, I will not plan on a visit for at least a year. Other LA SP currently closed are Tickfaw SP (we have stayed there - nice), Fontainebleu SP (another we like), Fairview Riverside SP - these three are on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain. Also closed is Bayou Segnette SP (just across the river from New Orleans in Westwego) Abbeyville also has a city RV park which is popular with snowbirds. EDIT - Of course being in southern Louisiana swamp land - be sure to take good mosquito repellant. Even in the middle of winter.
PawPaw_n_Gram 09/22/21 11:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Oregon to charge 25% more for out of state RV campers

Considering residents pay income and property taxes to Oregon that fund things like parks and out of state campers do not, it seems only fair that residents should get a break. OH and don't you think out of State visitors add considerably to their economy? A big plus for Oregon state visitors is the lack of a sales tax. State sales tax and Corporate excise tax fund most of state government. Local schools and cities/ counties are funded by property taxes. Frankly, it is the most visitor friendly state as far as taxes that I've been to/ spent time in. And their state parks have to be the best in the country, IMHO. Especially fee wise. And I was raised in Arkansas which has a great state park system. Oregon state parks maintain and provide dozens, maybe hundreds of wayside locations. Side of the road interesting pullouts, most with room for a traveling RV. Along the coast for scenic views, in on interior scenic roads. Now I don't LIKE the increased fees, but I understand the need to generate some additional revenue. At least in Oregon it goes to the state parks maintenance and upkeep, not just another source of general state funds like many others, such as my current home Texas.
PawPaw_n_Gram 09/22/21 11:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Nascar Follies

NASCAR CUP 2022 SCHEDULE The schedule gets rougher for road warriors or anyone trying to follow the teams. From the opening "The Clash" at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Feb 6 to the "Season Finale 500" at Phoenix on Nov 6 - 38,047.2 miles according to my trip planning software. The longest week long trip would be from Las Vegas on Oct 16 to Homestead Miami on Oct 23 - 2,566.3 miles The shortest week trip is 171.1 miles from Martinsville on Sat, Apr 9 to Bristol on Sunday, Apr 17. Seven trips of over 2,000 miles, 7 other trips between 1,000 and 1,999 miles. 13 trips between 500 and 999 miles, 8 shorter than 499 mile trips between tracks. And this does not cover the mileage to and from the shops. Just the miles a fan would need to drive to watch each race.
PawPaw_n_Gram 09/19/21 12:21pm Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

Got to keep this alive. Enjoyed the night race at Bristol. Good hard racing. Yes, fenders get bent and tempers frayed.
PawPaw_n_Gram 09/19/21 12:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

Not disagree, but it only takes one tiny mistake to lose a race. And faster car is a subtle definition. Faster where? In the turns? Accelerating out of the turns? Better and deeper braking? Cubic inches won't win a race. It might give you an edge. But the driver still has to be perfectly in tune with the car. Cubic dollars helps more. Chase had very, very good cars, and he knows how to give his team feedback to help them tune it to be better. But he also has the talent and reactions right now. And in two or five years, that will change. Someone else will be the road course ace.
PawPaw_n_Gram 07/16/21 11:10am Around the Campfire
RE: Highway 66 in Oregon

x 2 I have Hwy 66 marked in my mapping software, and my GPS as an exclusion zone. Never to tow.
PawPaw_n_Gram 07/16/21 11:01am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Thousand Trails allowing public access???

Our first stay at a TT was in 2013. We did not get a membership until 2016. This might have changed when ELS bought TT, or I think before that. allows booking at almost all TT cg. Yes, full commercial rates a bit higher than other RV cg in the area in most places. But, I've stayed at Pio Pico, and $75 is a competitive rate for the San Diego area. The shock to the commercial customer is when they arrive at the TT and are told go look for a site. "Oh, sorry all our 50Amp and/ or sewer sites are already occupied. You might be able to move to one if someone moves out." Complaints about commercial customers getting "All the Good Sites" are quite common on Thousand Trails forums and FB.
PawPaw_n_Gram 07/16/21 10:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: MN changing to EZ-Pass

OP - FYI Supposedly a decade ago, all states were required to consolidate to one automated tolling system. Then exceptions and exemptions. Not there yet. EZ-Pass has the system everyone else will be forced to use, but many states can keep their existing system and meet the technical requirements. Most EZ-Pass states do their own billing and such. My EZ-Pass is from New Jersey. Got it in late 2014, and keep it active. Last time I had a charge on it was in IL in 2018, and FL in 2019.
PawPaw_n_Gram 07/16/21 10:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Could the weather get any more miserable?

Some years the Indy 500 weather is a mess. It's weather. If you want to get someone to make changes - go to a chapel and talk to the man upstairs.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/30/21 11:31am Around the Campfire
RE: boondocking near the border

Amistad isn't too remote. Close to Del Rio and the very large/ strong US Border Patrol station at Comstock. An area heavily patrolled by CBP. However, a public forum is not the place to get a decent answer. Call the Val Verde County Sheriff's department. Also call the National Park Service Visitor Center (830)775-7491 and get them to put you in touch with the Law Enforcement division. They can give you the straight answer.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/30/21 11:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing Disaster-AAA

NONE of the towing services own a single wrecker. They hire contractors, and often the contractor works with several tow services. Mostly they are independent or small businesses. Where and when are big factors. I-95 on a holiday weekend, it will be a long wait because the actual tow trucks are busy, and as mentioned, they get to the higher paying jobs as a priority. If you breakdown on I-10 in far west Texas, it is going to be a long time. I've seen a truck that had to drive over 150 miles one way to get to a service call. But how the towing service deals with that on the phone is a factor. We've been happy with Good Sam Platinum the five or six times we've used them over the past 10+ years. VERY IMPORTANT Sign up for the HIGHEST level of service they have. It does make a difference.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/30/21 11:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Nascar Follies

Same kind of mess in Daytona road course this year. Rain tires work for moderate levels of rain. The flood that hit Austin (and later farther north near Dallas) was something that road racers would have stopped earlier. Also, road racers understand the potential danger of high speed at zero visibility, something the NASCAR guys seem to now understand.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/26/21 06:14am Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

If you thought it was stupid to have the cars skidding all over the place in the rain near Austin,..... I-20 in Weatherford has more wrecks, including some to match Martin Truex's hit, in the rain today. I LOVE Texas weather. The purebread Texans deserve it, and those like me who moved here deserve to suffer.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/24/21 02:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: Driving people to boondock by calling themselves a "Resort"

"Resort" = a newer likely parking lot RV park laid out for pull-thru spots mainly. Has a clubhouse or such, a nice pool, and a high price. It is not a campground. One in central Texas for only five year old or newer diesel Class A rigs stays full. They have the site utilities setup for the rig to pull head in - for the sunset views. Brick fire pits, charcoal grill built in, covered picnic table, etc. Biggest complaint they get is people complaining that they don't know how to back their mega-expensive rig out of the parking spot at the end of their stay. But they are almost always full.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/24/21 02:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Map that river

There are places in WY where it doesn’t leave WY. A few years ago I visited Great Basin National Park - worth the effort though a bit out of the way. One of the things I learned was the size of the areas in the US that do not drain to oceans. Several areas, and some in strange places. Great Basin Map This does not mean everything drains into the Great Salt Lake or the Salton Sea - just that region has dozens, maybe hundreds of small basins that do not drain to the ocean.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/23/21 05:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: Is there an online listing for Army Corp of Engineers parks?

US Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Facilities The individual park information is from each individual local Project office (What the COE calls a lake/ waterway/ etc.) The validity/ currency of the information comes for that level, and in part depends upon the priority providing more than a basic list is given by each local head (a civilian employee). The COE Districts are headed by a US Army officer, and maybe a few more depending of several things. The priority the District officer puts on this information is also a factor in how current the information is. All this feeds into the site. One thing you will learn quickly is that there are quite a few non-reservable campgrounds, usually dry CG with no amenities over a pit toilet, maybe even not water, around many COE lakes. You can also see that many former COE CG have been contracted out to other agencies, or even commercial vendors. i.e. Near Mobridge in northern South Dakota on Lake Oahe (Missouri River) the former Indian Memorial CG on a former island in the river is now called "The Bay" and is operated by the Standing Rock Souix Tribe in association with a casino they have nearby. The former Indian Creek CG is now operated as two separate CG by the South Dakota State Parks.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/23/21 08:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Map that river

Great find!!!
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/21/21 10:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Retirement

I was "invited to retire" less than a month after my 56th birthday. I was lucky, the rest of my IT section and much of the IT department was simply laid off. Those in Dallas were in a lot of trouble because EDS laid off over 20,000 IT workers less than a month later. Did some odd jobs, and had to use the 401k to keep the newish house we bought a couple years before. Finally the market changed enough for us to sell the house and we moved into a TT full time. I was 62 and took Social Security to have enough income to live upon. Alone with my USN pension and my wife's SS. No regrets. Yes, I would have more money if I kept working, and a higher SS check. ================= SS is not in danger of running out of money during our lifetime. There is a very slight possibility that after 2035, SS may need to pay reduced benefits, currently estimated at 79% of promised benefits to new retirees. The SS Trust Funds has about THREE trillion invested in the safest possible US government securities. The trust fund ran a surplus of a couple billion in 2020 and is expected to run another surplus in 2021. But the math is that the number of people retiring will increase, and the number of people paying into SS will decrease to the point that the fund will start to run a negative balance soon. Even so, it will be 10 to 15 years with negative growth. =================== Social Security has money invested in interest bearing bonds equal to about 12% of the total money invested in the New York Stock Exchange. Social Security investments are large enough to totally own the Dow Jones top 30 companies. By law, Social Security is invested exclusively in US Government first pay bonds. Which means, Social Security gets paid before Savings Bonds, before T-bills, before other bonds purchased by other investors. Social Security owns more US government debt than ANY country. When the budget is/ was created, investments is US Government Bonds were treated as 'free' money by Congress. It could be paid back then the bonds are due by future bond purchases. Well the problem is the SS income from payroll contributions is now less than the amount being redeemed each year. So they money cannot be rolled over into new bonds at current rates. Some of the bonds have to be sold and used to pay benefits. So far the economy has helped to keep the interest paid on bonds high enough so SS has not needed to actually lower the trust fund reserves, but the number is very close now.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/21/21 10:35am Around the Campfire
RE: Interstate highway conditions

Not only do the different states control the money and how it is spent for road repairs, but in many, maybe most states, the actual contracts are issued by county or regional level highway groups. In Texas we don't see it much on interstates, but on state and US highways the change when you cross a county line can be obvious. We do have a state wide highway agency, but they cannot enforce minimum standards for contracts. Since highway money is a source of power by local political figures, the system will not change much, no matter how much money is put into the highway system. Maybe I'm getting cynical in my old age, but until we change the system with term limits, and the people taking back power at the local level, the higher national system will never change.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/21/21 10:12am General RVing Issues
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