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Airdaile

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Posted: 01/01/20 07:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Also, there are areas of the country that are more publicly social than others. I've had more conversations with strangers in the southeast than the northeast. The northeast with it's small lot sizes and high population density makes people territorial, and a impromptu conversation is more often than not greeted with "what does he want". This lack of space bubbles into all aspects of life, from the aggressive driving habits of people there to the amount of space you must leave between you and another person in line at the grocery store. And whatever you do, don't call anyone 'hun'!

We find that most campers are still somewhat social if they're outside. If it's hot and the A/C is running, you just see fewer people outside. Hotter weather is hotter than it used to be.





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You are going to the wrong places. Certainly for socializing you would want to avoid places like National Parks where people come for the scenery and attractions.

Instead you would want a nice RV park where the residents are retired or certainly are not just living there to be convenient to work. Some of the best I have seen were in Yuma, Az. They have tall cinder block walls and very small spaces with lots of retirees jammed in. You can socialize, play cards and talk RV parts and repairs until you cannot stand it any longer.

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JimK-NY wrote:

You are going to the wrong places. Certainly for socializing you would want to avoid places like National Parks where people come for the scenery and attractions.

Instead you would want a nice RV park where the residents are retired or certainly are not just living there to be convenient to work. Some of the best I have seen were in Yuma, Az. They have tall cinder block walls and very small spaces with lots of retirees jammed in. You can socialize, play cards and talk RV parts and repairs until you cannot stand it any longer.



That sounds great, what time does bingo start? [emoticon] [emoticon]

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Powertour wrote:

Was excited to get back into RVing in the last year as both the wife & I had done a lot of RVing in past lives going back a # of yrs. One of the things we were looking forward to was getting to meet new people along the way. So far in a 1/2 dozen trips or so back into it, with the exception of 1 trip we've only seen what I would call 'shut-ins'.

Understand not everyone wants to chit-chat with strangers / some might prefer peace & quiet, but it's really been kind of a drag not running into neat / interesting people while camping.

Never thought one would have to join a club in order to have some social interaction out on the road but I'm beginning to wonder if that's just the way it is nowadays....


Years ago the rallies were very popular here, we had the chance to meet some of the most friendly/helpful folks. To this day we still meet a few times per year with some of those same members! I guess if you want see different areas and meet up with different Rvers look for the rallies on the smaller Rv forums. [emoticon]

It's always been hit or miss for us when it comes to the chit-chat, we don't look for it and we don't avoid it either. Had lots of conversations with fellow campers, rail trail bikers, kayakers, hikers especially when sharing common interests.

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punomatic wrote:

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

I think this is a huge part of the current culture. Hell, I just found out that it's no longer "ok" to flash the "ok" sign. So, now if I flash the okay sign, Im now a racist. Holy ****.

Speaking of socializing. Think we can agree most of us are part of this club. Maybe we should start using this sign instead of waviing.

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In our own build specific groups, this is a non-issue, but we have not had this issue in any campground or parking area. It gets even easier if you also join RVillage or other RV social group. Yes, this is one, but it does not have the specific areas of interest that are available at other forums.

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punomatic wrote:

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


I think this is a big part of the issue. I am pretty outgoing but I hesitate to approach folks, as a general rule, because of the atmosphere we now live in. Another big part is that the whole idea of socialization is seriously under attack. The younger generation are into social media and are losing the ability to relate to others. I am not pointing fingers at just our younger citizens but the movement has caught on big time.

The Gonzaga Men's basketball coach noticed after their first win this season that when he went into the locker room all of the players were looking down at their phones, not a word was being spoken. He told them to put down the phones and start talking to one another. A good team talks, they talk before the game, during the game and after the game. He went on to say that this is becoming an issue with many programs all around the country. When given the choice to talk to someone or to check their twitter following, guess what most of them do?


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Sometimes I make a drink and walk around and talk with people in campgrounds. People that are outside having cocktail hour are often the most sociable. I look for Canadian flags. Canadians as a group are the best talkers and the most friendly.

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This could happen on the RV trail:

Recently I made the mistake of opening the convenience store door that a young lady was headed for. After a two minute tirade using more words than a sailor would be ashamed of, this person flings her hair back, calls me an a---ole and leaves.

I don't open doors anymore for folks unless they have gray hair, a cane, or are in a wheel chair. This new movement that is consuming the country has certainty changed the desire for me to be a gentleman......

I fear another abusive tongue lashing, so don't go there anymore. Not worth the exposure.

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Airdaile wrote:

Also, there are areas of the country that are more publicly social than others. I've had more conversations with strangers in the southeast than the northeast...

This reminds me of something that happened to me. About 10 years ago, a friend and I went target shooting way back up in the hills in TN. This was an area frequented by 4wheelers (Winrock acreage before it got as organized as it is now). During a break in the shooting, a guy in a 4wheeler with his wife on the back pulls up and we shoot the breeze for a while. After about 5 minutes, he wife looks at me and asks "you all don't know us do you?". Turns out she was from up north and was continually amazed how strangers could just bump into each other and start talking about whatever. So I think you may be right that your raisin' can make a difference.

lakeside013104, that has never happened to me. I hold the door for everyone, tho I may precede that person thru the door. I've done that for decades but again, it may be the area of the country that I live and play in.

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