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Lwiddis

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Posted: 12/31/19 11:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For the first time in a while I met a crackerjack couple when in Monterey's Veterans Park...Carl and Diane. Nicest people...of course he's is retired military...USAF.


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I don't think it's changed at all. Been camping since we wuz little kids and I don't recall any more or less random socializing now than then.
Sometimes it happens, sometimes it don't. It typically takes 1 party to be more forward than the other and make introductions, etc.


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Posted: 12/31/19 11:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Things change. When most of us started Rving we didn't have social media and RVing was a way of getting away of from the office/social status. I still find that walking a friendly dog has a way of making friends - young/old and even teenagers will put down there cell phones to pet a nice dog.


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DW and I have been camping for the better part of 30 years and we've discussed this a couple times in the last year or so. We've noticed people are definitely keeping to themselves more over the last 5 years or so. In that time, I could probably count 15+ minute conversations with fellow campers on one hand. Even when you offer help to someone that may be struggling with something. Most of the time you just get a look like you've insulted them. And I promise you, we're just as friendly as we've ever been![emoticon]


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Agree with the trend you noted. But not all is lost- there are still outgoing folks about.

What we do is just smile and say hello to folks walking by the campsite or when we are on our way to the bath house/etc. Sometimes a nice comment on their d├ęcor, Rv, dog, or whatever. Sometimes that starts a conversation and those are the folks I want to talk to anyway. The grumps can stay inside and isolated if they want.

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Ahh, never mind.

* This post was edited 12/31/19 01:51pm by irishtom29 *

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Our first camping trip Six years ago was to a campground where my wife essentially grew up. I heard about the "community" there. Holiday weekend and NOBODY was outside. Couple more camping trips, same thing. We ended up on a fluke at one campground that had a strong sense of community. We loved it so much that we bought a park model there a few months later and sold the TT.
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We have a new TT, and on our 3 week trip, we've seen a mix. Right now, we're sitting in our TT, I'm playing here, she's dealing with her dad's estate. Watching bowl games [emoticon]

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dodge guy wrote:

I agree, I like to sit outside and people watch. And also say hi too. While I like to be inside to relax, I like to be outside as much as possible. Even when we were at Cedar Point in Mid July when it was 95 and the humidity was very high, I was still sitting outside relaxing and drinking a beer.


That's why we never go to Cedar Point in mid July.


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We have been full-time since 2011 and have noticed the same things the entire time we have been traveling out here. There are some that will wave and say hi, but don't seem like they really want any conversation. Our idea of socializing though IS NOT activities at a snowbird park. Parks we have stayed at longer term there has been 1 or 2 others that were genuinely friendly that you could sit/chat with for awhile and maybe a bbq or two, but most, no.

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Powertour wrote:

azdryheat wrote:

I never have problems finding people to talk to. Maybe it's you, lol


You know the reason I started this thread is b/c I was starting to wonder if it wasn't me (& the Mrs). Never had an issue for years before (neither did she) & judging from a # of the responses here it seems it might not just be me (&/or the Mrs). [emoticon]

Used to be if you were hanging outside with a beer/drink, bbq'ing etc, nearby people would see that as an opportunity to interact some.


Yeah it's gotten so bad the we have to put a cooler out by the front of the truck with a sign that says "Free beer if you talk to me".
Not sure if we have poor taste in beer or people are just more introverted these days but we don't get many takers.[emoticon]

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