There are several “didn’ts” about today. First and probably most importantly, we didn’t get blown away! Goodness, I haven’t been in that kind of wind and sand since the Little Sahara in Waynoka, OK back in the days when we went there regularly. It’s a good walk from Liberty to the building where registration and some of the other activities take place, so on our brisk hike back, I had my mouth open just to breathe and almost got a mouthful.
We also didn’t find new RV furniture today. We’ve been looking for a new divan, driver and passenger seats in coordinating colors. With all the RVs in Yuma during the winter, you’d think someone would carry a line of RV furniture, but no one we found had any sofas that would fit and no driver or passenger seats at all.
The last didn’t of the day was that we didn’t win any of the multitude of door prizes that were given out this evening. Outback, Applebees and several other local restaurants donated hundreds of dollars worth of meals and/or discounts. The meals were given tonight so that the recipients would have time to use them during the week, but there will be other prizes later in the week. Maybe we’ll have a lucky streak later.
We’re meeting interesting people here. There’s at least one other Silver Eagle conversion here, and the owner is not someone we know from Eagles International. He used to run an RV driving school, but has sold it within the last couple of years. It’s fun to be among mostly full-timers or at least enough so that when they see Madison, SD on our name tags, their first question is “So, are you full time?” South Dakota, Texas and Florida are the most popular states of residence for full time RVers due to various tax advantages. (South Dakota has no state income tax or personal property tax and only 3% on vehicle purchase.) Insurance is also cheaper in South Dakota, both auto and health.
Tomorrow the seminars start and LeRoy and I each signed up to be a room host for one. We’ll be responsible for getting water for the speaker and anything else he or she needs for their presentation. We should get some great information this week. It’s always best to learn from experience–someone else’s!