|May 5, 2020
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to
From RV Park Laundry Rooms
wife and I were on the road for several months a year for
about 10 years, even putting the motorhome on the ferry from
Nova Scotia to Newfoundland a couple of times, we went
almost everywhere. Except Texas. Hazel never wanted to go to
Texas, and I asked her one day why that was. "Well",
she said "Texas has capital punishment".
"What the heck are you planning to do?" I
asked. She just smiled.
It didn't take me long to
figure out that if you have something in your RV that you
aren't using, and it is too good to just throw away, if you
leave it the RV park laundry room, somebody else will grab
it. I've found some great items over the years, and have
left a lot of things I no longer needed.
years ago down in Florida, I decided my bathroom scale was
too big the the RV bathroom, Hazel never used it, and I
would only step it about once a year, being the physically
fit person I am, I was heading to the laundry room with the
hamper, and decided to take the scale along. I loaded up the
washing machine, threw in my quarters, and put the scale up
on the counter next to a stack of paperback romance novels
some else left there.
When I returned to throw the
load in the dryer, there were three women in there doing
laundry, my scale was on the floor, and one of the women was
standing on it. A few days later, returned with more
laundry, the paperback books were gone, some new items were
there, and my scale was still on the floor. I'll bet it's
Over the years, I've picked up some
really nice items from those "free for the taking"
piles, including some RV travel guides, kitchen utensils,
and even a few new unwrapped bars of soap, I guess somebody
didn't like the brand the husband brought home.
the treasure trove was in the Morro Bay, California RV park,
with new items appearing almost daily, and I started to
check it out as walked the dog, coming back to my motorhome
carrying unbelievable finds. One day it was an absolutely
like new Black & Decker toaster oven, I plugged it in,
it worked perfectly, and now has a place of honor in the
kitchen at the Minnesota lake cabin. As does, a complete set
of non-stick pots and pans, complete with glass lids, that
look like they've never been used.
day, there were some really nice kitchen knives, including a
couple of those new ceramic ones, and the next day, a bag of
gag party items, including a couple pair of "Groucho
Marx" eye glasses, that my friend Steve Weaver and I
put right to use.
Then, for a few days, nothing,
nada, maybe this casting away of unused items was seasonal,
I checked the calendar.
But then, the grand event,
something a patron of RV laundry rooms only dreams about,
the golden nugget, something that immediately comes with
bragging rights. There it was, and I recognized it
immediately. By sheer coincidence I'd seen it on an old
television show on YouTube just a few nights before.
As in a dream, I saw my hand reaching out and
grabbing it, it was mine, something all RV's should have, a
travel blog to learn more about my life on the road.
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