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Monday, September 17, 2012

Escapade, we are here.

Sedalia,  MO

We arrived at the Escapade (Escapees Club Rally) late Saturday afternoon.   Lots and lots, probably more than 1,000 RV's here.    Saturday it was just getting settled and catching up with old and new friends. 

We were getting set up when Ken of   www.rvlifeisgoodtoday.blogspot.com  stopped by to introduce himself.   Thinking he kinda had to know it was us because of the NOMADS sign on the truck and Len was outside wearing his ever-present cowboy hat.     Was great meeting Ken and later in the day, Angela.

Once we got set up we called Sam and Donna of  www.samdonna-5thwheelvagabonds.blogspot.com
We had met Sam and Donna before when we "driveway" camped in their yard in May 2011.  

Later Saturday Ken and Angela and Sam and Donna came to our site for Happy Hour where we laughed, talked and enjoyed each others company.

Yesterday we joined Sam and Donna and walked the RV Market place and checked out a few RV's,  Actually I like what we already have more than any we toured.   AND we bought nothing at the marketplace.  

We attended a first-timers orientation followed by the opening ceremonies.  While there we ran into Jeanne and Allan of www.aljewebster.blogspot.com.   We first met Jeanne and Allan a few years ago while in Alabama and then saw then again earlier this year in Mississippi.

Last night we were entertained by Yakov Smirnoff.   He was not only funny but thought provoking.  This is a man who realizes what a treasure America is as he came to this country from Russia when he was 27. 

As is usual with Rally's there is an abundance of door prizes.  Several were drawn at the opening ceremony.  When I heard there was a free car wash I turned to Leonard and said "This would be great for you" or some smart such remark.   Our truck is DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY.  And being black it really shows.  Well, what do you know!  He Won!   Along with the wash he won an oil change, $10 Applebees gift certificate at the local restaurant and a free admission to a Crystal dig someplace in Alabama.

We will probably never use crystal dig admission.  We will use the Applebees certificate before we get out of Sedalia.   We are hoping the car wash takes dually's but we know most don't as they are not wide enough.   And of course the oil change is meant for a car that takes 5 quarts of oil NOT a diesel that takes 13-15  quarts and a lot more expensive oil filter. 

Looking at the seminars today where is none we have an interest in.   So, we plan on finding the car wash and hoping for the best.  Then the shop to see if we can work out a deal for a discounted oil change as it is time for one in the truck.  

I have decided when we get back to NJ to shop for a new computer.   I am using my old one where I have no issues getting WIFI.  On the Toshiba it indicates I am connected to my Verizon Mobile Hot Spot but I can bring nothing up.   It is the same case with the Fairgrounds WIFI.     Can't wait to dump this piece of junk.  I've spent way too much money on it over the last 3 years.

Time to get moving.....


Texas Yellow Rose said...

~~ Perking the ears ~~ NJ? Did I hear NJ? Hahaha! Well, you know if you're in the neighborhood and need a landing spot, you are welcome here!

Carol and Kevin said...

I hate computer problems. We're trying to decide whether to ditch Sprint and go with someone else. Can't seem to get any sort of consistent connection.

Good luck with the truck wash!

Donna K said...

It's always fun to win a prize. Maybe you can trade some of those items with someone else if you can't use them. Good luck on getting the truck washed and on finding a new computer. No fun when your 'puter doesn't work right.

Judy and Emma said...

Seems like there's quite a few bloggers at the Escapade this year.

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

You didnt tell everyone that you are also acting as our personal taxi :-)
The exhibits are quite a walk so they pick us up and bring us home, what a deal we have!
See you in a little while

Elaine said...

sounds like your having a blast and meeting up with new and old friends...enjoy!!!! congrats on the winnings...

Paul and Marsha Weaver...OCT. 17, 2009 said...

CONGRATULATIONS big winner! Sounds like you are having a great time meeting up with so many friends. Keep the good times rolling.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

A busy start to the rally:)

JOJO said...

Sounds like a great time.
won lots of stuff hope the car wash works out.