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Old 03-07-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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The kindness of strangers

Today, as I was fighting 35 mph crosswinds on I-10 in W TX, I decided it was a good day to do laundry instead of battle to stay on the road. I pulled off at Van Horn, TX to fillup gas and found a nice clean laundromat on the main road thru town. As I pulled in I noticed a guy working on something at the back of a company logo work truck. A few minutes later as I was loading machines, he came in to watch his washer. I asked about the wind and commented that I could kick myself for not installing the Save Your RV Awning with an RV Awning Travel Lock! I had in the basement.

Come to find out, this guy full-times and travels with his wife for his job. I asked if I could pay him to install it and his comment was, "let's have a look". Before long, he was done! And he put in longer bolts, because that's the way he would want it on his rig.

He refused payment, but I did talk him into letting me treat him and his wife to dinner out. RVers are the world's nicest people. Now to find a way to pay it forward.
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Great story. I also think it might be something in the Texas air. We've been all over and never found hospitality anywhere else to compare with Texas. I posted my experience with it a couple of years ago...Discovering Texas Hospitality

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Old 03-07-2012, 07:30 PM   #3
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It's nice to help people.

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Old 03-07-2012, 07:34 PM   #4
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Hey Barb -

You could have ordered your monkey Sena outside to ride shotgun and watch the awning

I am sure you will be helping someone in the future as you probably have in the past.

Have a safe trip..................Rob
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I am a native Texan and raise to always offer a helping hand and to gracefully accept help when needed. It used to be a Texas way. Seems a lot of the newer generations and city folks are not being taught to be helpful. In the big city, they would probably mug you.

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Old 03-07-2012, 08:09 PM   #6
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Yes it used to be that way all over Texas. Now you find it mostly in the country away from big cities. I still stop to offer a helping hand when its just me or DW with me.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:56 PM   #7
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Great story. Glad to hear there is still hospitality in the world. DW wants to. Ove to the great country of Texas when we retire.

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Are still in Van Horn?

Just read an interesting article about a most unusual thing that is being built there. Van Horn needs something to liven things up that's for sure. We've stayed there twice.

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Great story. Glad he could help you out. Now I better get busy and order one of those. Where did you say you met him??? lol
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The Kindness of Strangers

I like to think that there are no strangers in Texas.

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There are many good folks out in the world like the ones mentioned here. However, there is always the handfull of turds thrown into the mix. Unfortunately the handful of turds get the recognition for there sorry deeds and the good folks, for the most part, go unsung. Helping someone that is in need is the right thing to do, always. Glad you posted this piece of good news.
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Barb,
Had another chance and took it today. Neighbor pulled in with his 5th wheel. We went to lunch, came back, and I saw him and his DW on the ground fiddling with the landing gear. I hollered and asked if he needed an tools and he replied he needed a deep well socket. I have it and provided it to him. He was able to fix the landing gear.

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Hey Barb -

You could have ordered your monkey Sena outside to ride shotgun and watch the awning

I am sure you will be helping someone in the future as you probably have in the past.

Have a safe trip..................Rob
Sena and a gun-- now there's a lethal combination, LOL. Texas isn't ready for that!
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Are still in Van Horn?

Just read an interesting article about a most unusual thing that is being built there. Van Horn needs something to liven things up that's for sure. We've stayed there twice.

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No we left there this am. I hear the clock is being built on Jeff Bezo's property along with a spaceport. Both seem a bit far fetched and I don't think they welcome visitors.
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