Yeah, and we like to mimic others, sometimes. For me, "to hospital" sounds like an infinitive, therefore the word "hospital" would have to be a verb. It obviously isn't. But there are a lot of things I don't understand about language and its uses. I'll never get used to using plural possessive to be gender neutral, as in "everyone get their jacket," or "every child has their cubby."
I've noticed that people now graduate high school (college, etc.) When I was coming along, I graduated "from" high school, and I graduated "from" college. Next, I guess we will be going to hospital, instead of going to "the" hospital.
I was doing a little kidding. I lived in California for a while, where all of the lanes are full in metropolitan areas, and they say that even if you are going 10 miles over the speed limit, if there is someone on your bumper, you need to pull over to let them pass (fast lane). I also have driven a lot in Texas, where it is illegal to use the left lane for anything other than passing (passing lane). Neither really bothers me except when someone passes, then pulls in front of me within my safety zone and refuses to speed up. Then, I have to decelerate, get some clearance, then resume speed. When I am doing 62 on a 70 mph limit freeway and someone pulls in on my front bumper, and doesn't increase the distance between us, that is an action that melts my brain.
On the subject of harsh or rough ride: try Bilstein shock absorbers. I changed mine early on and it made a huge difference. Stock shocks just seem to be a lot stiffer. Probably because the manufacturer does not know how the truck is going to be used.
The pin weight on my '09 Cedar Creek 36CKTS is 3400 pounds. There is a washer and dryer in the front closet, and I carry about 600 pounds of "stuff" in the cargo areas. That stuff is about 60/40 on axle/pin. These weights are actual, across-the-scales weights.
I'm sorry that you feel as you do. When I spent the money on my truck and 5th wheel, I considered it all gone as soon as I spent it. I don't allow myself to be held hostage by the depreciation, camp ground fees, or the cost of fuel. I chose this lifestyle and it has its costs. As long as I can afford it, i live it with enthusiasm. I'm not going to sit at home and die because that is the cheapest thing to do.
I can't believe how many poo-pooers there are when someone is excited about getting his social security and being able to retire. Be happy for him--and give him advice based on your experience. I retired when I was 58, took social security when I was 62, and have enjoyed my life immensely. I needed to track my spending, including medical, and live within my means. My means are a lot better than I expected. So you have to pay taxes. So what, you've paid taxes all your life. And you have to pay for medicare. OK, what is your alternative? So don't be so negative. By the way, social security at 62 is 75% what it would be at 65, or 66 depending on where you fall on the age table. If you graph it, the lines cross around age 78. I'd rather have the money now than when I'm in an old folks home.
Or like Glacier Meadows in Montana, NADA, ZIPPO,ZILCH. No phone, satellite, no cable, BUT an awesome week in a BEAUTIFUL campground.
Now, we did have satellite...
Campground cable is the same cable that people in the local area have. The problem I have with campground cable is that the signal is usually not good--grainy, lines in the picture, etc. I think it may have to do with signal amplification in the campground and the myriad connections that are connected/disconnected on any given day. I have not come across HD in campground cable systems. Around large cities, expect to use your batwing for local TV. I have Dish and use the Winegard Carry Out antenna. I don't get the major channels on Dish, though, so CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox Network, and PBS have to come from the cable or the batwing.
Skip and Susan, Check out the Cedar Creek RV Owners Club at clicky and log in. You can look around for 30 days if you don't want to join for good. You can also participate and ask your questions. We have a lot of members, several, like me, who have owned more than one Cedar Creek. I bought my last one from FunTime RV in Cleburn, TX, fairly close to you, before they went out of business. I think you can get a lot of good info from this group, including what kind of truck you need--or don't need.
By the way, I'm Air Force '67-'87.
...in the old days you only had a home phone. Of course you never call yourself, but it's very likely (unless you lived alone) you called your own house...
Now, when you want to call your own house, you pull out your cell phone, highlight "house", and push the call button. Since it is in memory, you don't know, or see, the number. We used to have the telephone number on a sticker in the middle of the dial on our home phones. Once, while experiencing a senior moment, I couldn't remember my home phone number while I was right there in the house. I couldn't find a record of my home number anywhere! I finally looked it up on my cell phone. Times change everything.
A phenomenon I have noticed is the use of the words "I mean" when answering a question. I first noticed it when NASCAR drivers were being interviewed. When one was asked a question, he started out with "I mean". Then I started noticing the use on television, when Congressmen and other government officials were being interviewed. Then the interviewers started doing it. Now I find that I do it!!!
I mean, I don't like it.