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MFL

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Posted: 12/31/19 03:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

goducks10...now you are going to have me watching for that sign and cooler, when I'm out walking. I like a good pale ale, but if cold, will drink other.
I may have talked to another forum member, but never think to mention rv.net

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Posted: 12/31/19 04:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We camp with family mostly and have no desire to speak to outsiders. If someone approached us we would be friendly but we arent camping to meet new people.


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Posted: 12/31/19 05:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The offroad community seems more sociable than ever. I see posts on social media almost daily this time of year.

Stuff like "family of 4 looking for a group to camp with". Or..."2 old fast guys looking to ride and drink beers till midnight".

They all get replies from complete strangers giving their camp location and time of stay.

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Posted: 12/31/19 05:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WHERE ARE YOU NOW, GODUCKS? I’ll talk to you between sips of your beer.


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ependydad wrote:



This is 100% the opposite of our experience. We wave and almost always get waves back.

I'm not good at talking to strangers so I won't instigate a discussion unless you have something specific that I have questions about.

I'm OK with talking back if someone else talks to me.


This describes me exactly. I am not antisocial, I am just not good at making conversation.


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I understand the not good at making conversation. But I try just saying hello and see where it leads. I'll bet more often than not you will have a good conversation out of a random good morning.


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CFerguson wrote:

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 décor, 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.


You hit the nail on the head. Folks love to talk about themselves or about their 'stuff'. If you truly want to start a discussion with someone, give a compliment and ask a few generic questions about something visible. Respect their space. Some just do not want to invest time in someone who will be moving on in a week or two or a couple months to never be seen again. Others appear friendly on the 'outside', but their body language tells you they are not interested. Everyone can relate to a smile and a kind voice. Most want to talk about themselves. If you want to be social, start there. Look in the mirror, see what others see. Do you reek of the 'stand offish' attitude or are you welcoming, pleasant, and sincere?

Being kind to others is not rocket science. Being generally interested in others requires an investment of time and a sincere effort to show that you are interested in what they have to say.

Good luck.

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Posted: 01/01/20 04:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In our experiences "Social People" are talkers, not listeners.
You can't get a word in and they don't understand peace and quiet. yak, yak, yak.

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We're partial to state and national parks over private parks, and we have noticed that weekenders tend to be much less social than the folks staying for a couple of weeks. Maybe it's because they're trying to cram too much in their short stay versus the others that can be more relaxed. One common ice breaker we see quite often is seeing someone with plates from our home state when we're out of state and striking up a "Where about's..." conversation. "Dog talk" is another good conversation starter. And Fizz brings up a good point, it's important to listen more than talk as the conversation progresses. Make sure everyone has their say...


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People are afraid of each other in the current culture. We are taught that using the wrong pronoun is a federal offense. Political views have become catalysts for explosive reactions. It is just not worth it to some to risk having their camping experience ruined by a confrontation. Back in the day, it seems to me, people were more interested in finding common ground. Now so many are "spring-loaded" to the defensive position. JMHO


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