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Old 10-16-2020, 05:14 PM   #1
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I'll learn not to initiate a conversation

I'm an early riser and my DW isn't, so I usually set outside with my coffee and watch the world wake up. This morning a younger age man walked by my campsite with his shower gear and towel, he was headed to the public facility just a couple spots down. I said "good morning, you getting an early start". He proceeded to go off on a tangent about real camping and sleeping in tents instead of gas guzzling houses on wheels. When he was done I told him I had spent 19 months sleeping on the ground in 1968-69 and that was enough for my lifetime. He apparently didn't understand my reference and looked puzzled as he walked away. I now remember why I usually don't talk to people these days, seems everyone is angry about something.
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I now remember why I usually don't talk to people these days, seems everyone is angry about something.
Naw, most of us would say good morning and admire your rig and talk about the weather. Don't turn into one of those grumpy old farts.

And, BTW, thanks for that stuff you did.
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Old 10-16-2020, 05:33 PM   #3
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Thanks for your service, I was there in 1966 USAF, he was just having a bad morning his parents pissed away a fortune on a college education and he can only afford a tent.
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Old 10-16-2020, 05:59 PM   #4
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At least it was a short conversation. I don't mind talking with people at all but it seems that 2 hours later we are still talking. Then lately I find that when I say good morning they don't respond at all. Just another example of some of the current group of new campers. It also could be when they see this ugly mug first thing in the morning they just want to get away.
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All the while he is headed for the shower instead of being out somewhere and starting to stank
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There seems to be more and more people out there who cannot fathom that life consists of much more than their own experiences.
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Plenty of others out their that like to carry on an intelligent conversation.
Thanks for the post.
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Been there done that.
Don't understand it either. I figure it's their problem, no mine. Lol.
Wish me GM and I'll return it and admire your rv or comment on the morning.

In the meantime, I thank you for your time.
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I just can't understand some people.

I live fairly close to a smaller town, and when I walk along the sidewalk, I usually say hi to people I meet. Pretty well all say hi back with a smile. It helps to also make a positive comment with a happy attitude.

My life is good, and I try not to let negative vibes get to me.

Let it go, and move on is my motto.

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I remember as a young gal everyone used to spare a couple of minutes to pass the time of day here or there, even when enroute to somewhere. The butcher knew you by name (always addressed as Mr or Mrs), as did the baker and the dry store we would frequent, sadly with big box stores coming in the dynamics of where i was born and raised (Cornwall UK) changed exponentially and today almost everywhere you go people are looking down and avoiding any form of eye contact with or without smart phone in hand! Sign of the times.

Yet, still when we are remote camping/hiking/fishing in NA, most folks we pass/meet say "hi" or "any luck today", just something small even if they keep walking slowly onwards - that's been our experience but we don't frequent private CG's for the most part.

For sure times have and are a changing, but OP don't let just one or two oddballs stop you being you.
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I'm an early riser and my DW isn't, so I usually set outside with my coffee and watch the world wake up. This morning a younger age man walked by my campsite with his shower gear and towel, he was headed to the public facility just a couple spots down. I said "good morning, you getting an early start". He proceeded to go off on a tangent about real camping and sleeping in tents instead of gas guzzling houses on wheels. When he was done I told him I had spent 19 months sleeping on the ground in 1968-69 and that was enough for my lifetime. He apparently didn't understand my reference and looked puzzled as he walked away. I now remember why I usually don't talk to people these days, seems everyone is angry about something.
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Old 10-17-2020, 05:33 AM   #12
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Lots of the old folks just dont hear to well.try on there way back and they might respond differently. I find lip reading with these masks a real challenge. Either way dont let it ruin your day.
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todays world is different... i would think and try to rationalize or try to put myself into some one else position to try to understand.. i have no clue....and just take a breathe,, move on..

so yep,, enjoy the coffee and day
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While I will admit today’s world is different, I’d counter that with the fact that “grumpy” people aren’t a modern invention, been around since the dawn of time and will be until the end of time.

I’m with the others, don’t let one bad apple turn you off, one of the best part of camping is usually the conversations with your new neighbors.
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