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Old 06-26-2013, 06:29 AM   #71
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If people are rude just turn and walk away. They might be having a very hard time in their life. You don't have to be miserable with them and then just forget it.
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Not that often I ever wait behind a rig dumping but the last time was at a State Park, got out and went to visit with the guy. DW always tells me I am way too friendly with people. Heck, after the dump station it was time to head home and who is in a hurry to do that!
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My daughter used to be a Martial Arts instructor. First thing that I can assure you is that it doesn't matter how big you are, or how tough you think you might be, the best thing to do is to avoid escalating the situation at all costs. As a female, especially one by herself, you need to have that pepper spray with you and ready to go at all times. And DO NOT HESITATE to use it if you feel threatened. (And if that ever happens, call law enforcement immediately!) Those hoses you referred to are just going to give a jerk looking for an excuse a reason to do something bad. My daughter used to tell her students that the very best defense there is, is to not be there - if the situation deteriorates, drop everything and leave! Her daddy, when in good shape is 6'3" and 238lbs. He learned when she earned her first black belt at age 16, that even a 5'4" 110 pound blonde who knows what she's doing can sweep him and put him in an arm bar.
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Not that often I ever wait behind a rig dumping but the last time was at a State Park, got out and went to visit with the guy. DW always tells me I am way too friendly with people. Heck, after the dump station it was time to head home and who is in a hurry to do that!
I agree, it always seems the ride home is twice as fast as the ride out...no matter how far away you are.
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As a female, especially one by herself, you need to have that pepper spray with you and ready to go at all times. And DO NOT HESITATE to use it if you feel threatened. (And if that ever happens, call law enforcement immediately!) ... ...bar.
I bought pepper spray before I began this RV adventure. It has to stay secured in a locked drawer that my capuchin monkey traveling companion can not open. Big help, huh? If someone tried to come inside I could get to it, but can you imagine my inquisitive little 9 pound furkid getting ahold of it?

If the guy had become any more aggressive I would have called hiiway patrol, but he was a verbal bully. I thought about leaving and would have -- dragging the hose if necessary, but he only got out of his truck once.

I don't like having to carry the wheelchair outside my RV, but currently have no other choice. I fear that it advertises me as an easy target. I won't put disability licence plates on either vehicle for the same reason.

Thanks for the advice.
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I have this mental picture of a weaponized monkey walking guard duty while you are at the dump station. Nobody gonna mess with a monkey packin pepper spray !!
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It's not his fault the guy has poop for brains. He was born that way and there's not much he can do about it. I'm tempted to say that to someone sometimes in that kind of situation but I am too young to die.

Like Jack Johnson sings "were'd all the good people go?" Seems sometimes like there's not many of us left!

DW always says to take the high road and don't stoop to their level. So I would have flipped open the engine lid and looked at the guy with an "oh darn" look and shrug of the shoulders and gone back about my business. Remaining calm is your best tactic and you'll feel a whole lot better and superior. In a few days you will have forgotten about the whole thing.

But I would certainly have been tempted to grab our marshmallow g*n and pop the dude where it hurts....
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I bet they guy would not have acted that way if you were built like a Rambo type. It's jerks like that who think they can "pick" on older, or someone with a physical challenge that gets me. Or for anyone for that matter. That's when the cop in me comes out, I am very sorry you experienced that and only hope it serves as a lesson for all of us to watch out for each other and how to respond if ever faced with someone like that.
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We have a 7 lb Dachshund who acts and thinks he is a Doberman Pincher. He is so smart and can tell friend from foe and will let you know it!!
Dogs are very smart and good, loyal companions!
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He's probably a hen pecked husband and can't pull that crap at home. He has to take out his hostilities on other people.
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Okay, it's now 18 days since I started this thread and I'm surprised that there have been 80 replies. I want to thank everyone who has been supportive.

Today I continued my trip north to Seattle and once again was on I-5 and I stopped at another rest area dump station. This one is about 80 miles north of the first. Also, this one at mile marker 92 has 3 dump lanes. I was the only RV dumping the entire time I was there. The 11th was about noon on a Monday. Today being Saturday, I thought would be busier, but I guess not, and it was about 3:30 pm.

I timed my uh, discharge this time. From turning off the ignition to starting again it took about 16.5 minutes. This was 18 days of tank accumulation. The previous time was only 12 days worth. I do recall fighting with the hose some on the 11th, so it might have added 2-3 minutes, but I would guess both trips were roughly the same.

So, if you are ever waiting behind an old lady with a wheelchair on the back of a Shasta motorhome being watched by monkey, be prepared to wait up to 20 minutes for your turn at the dump station. If you're in a terrific hurry let me know before I pull in and I'll gladly let you cut in front of me. Once I've started into the lane, you'll just have to wait.
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So, if you are ever waiting behind an old lady with a wheelchair on the back of a Shasta motorhome being watched by monkey, be prepared to wait up to 20 minutes for your turn at the dump station. If you're in a terrific hurry let me know before I pull in and I'll gladly let you cut in front of me. Once I've started into the lane, you'll just have to wait.
I do hope I find myself behind you at a dump station somewhere down the road so I can offer help and maybe even a cool drink.

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I do hope I find myself behind you at a dump station somewhere down the road so I can offer help and maybe even a cool drink.

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That is the kindest thing I have read!!! Wow.

Me too!! If I see you, I will absolutely help you and I will request to see your monkey
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