A phrase often used in this rolling rattling tin can...Good god almighty. Actually that is one of the nicest things said. If you can imagine it, it's been said, probably by me, and with visible eye rolling. Yes, this would make a really bad movie. I have become a woman who says mean things to pugs who bark and bark and bark and bark when David steps outside of the motorhome. As long as she can see him, she barks. Like the entire time he is pumping gas, do you know how long that takes?
Yup, two nights, that's about as long as it takes to go a wee bit psycho.
So, what happened today? We left the creepy RV place in the middle of nowhere, unshowered. You see, I checked out the shower facilities, and although I have showered in some questionable places, this one was just over the line. The boys agreed, so we made a pact that as long as none of us showered, it would be even, and we'd be ok.
So off we go, Vegas bound. The landscape on the drive from the Middle Of Nowhere, California to Vegas is amazingly varied. From mega farms, to a slaughterhouse that smelled far, far worse than sticking your head into a full cat litterbox, for MILES! Then the landscape dries to desert, greens up enough to grow what I think are Joshua trees, and then gets quite green and shrubby again at the highest part of the climb into Vegas.
So we pull into Vegas around 5:30, traffic is a bit heavy, it's raining a bit, and we have no place to park yet. We had talked about it. David didn't want to park at Circus Circus, because it was expensive. It was, I am paying less for a hotel tomorrow night than they want for a chunk of concrete with hook ups. But that was about as far as we got.
So we pull into town, Scott is driving, David is navigating, and I am in the position I take when I want absolutely nothing to do with what is going on in the cab. I'm on the very back bunk. Looking out the windows as we drive through the strip. I think they are trying to spot some sort of RV park, as the landscape changes from the faux luxury of the casinos, to strip mall wedding chapels and pawn shops. About this time I post the current predicament on Facebook, just for comic relief.
I stop looking out the windows, and eventually we seem to find ourselves somewhere we have to back out of. I have no idea if the road was closed, or what the story is, but we seemed to be under a highway overpass, trying to get turned around, backing up a few times. I saw a do not enter sign at one point. I've decided just not to ask what actually happened there.
So about that time, a Facebook friend says something about Sam's Town. Cheap RV parking with hook-ups. Halle-freaking-lulia. I find their website, get the address and get to the front seat as they finally start to pull over to, as David said, "figure this shit out."
I only had to raise my voice long enough to get their attention. The address was put into the GPS, and we arrived about 10 minutes later. Drinks were poured within minutes of arrival, seconds, actually.
But that wasn't the best part.
The best part of the whole day? It was another Facebook moment. We are driving through the Mojave Desert, and I check Facebook. Looking at my wall, I see Sam Garr has changed his relationship status to "Married". Sam Garr, for those of you who may not know is David Garr's son. The David who is driving the motorhome I am currently riding in at about 70 mph.
So I start sending messages to Sam as fast as I can. Sam is in Qatar, by the way. He was deployed there just a few days ago. "Married Sam? Like married-married, or like kinda pretend wanna be married?" Real married, like new name on her Social security card married. So after a few minutes of chatting with Sam, I call Scott back to the back bunk. (I hang out there a lot, it helps.)
And tell him what I just learned. And David pulls over at a rest stop.
Scott and David leave the motorhome, and I start setting up Skype on my iPad. I've been meaning to do it, but managed to get it all set up before the boys got back. Scott told David, who took it very well, for finding out a couple of weeks after the fact. And just like that, Sam was on Skype with David, and congratulations were delivered from all of us. To a military base in Qatar, from a nasty rest stop in the middle of the Mojave Desert.
Isn't life grand? And I have a new Facebook friend, and niece-in-law...or however that works out. Welcome Paula, nice to have you along for the ride!