What to Tell Your Friends When You Go Rving
Tell them you’re really going to do this RVing trip thing; you‘re going to drop everything, strike out into the void, just for a while. Tell them that you’re going to leave your family, your job, your image as Ole Reliable, all for a 6-month escapade. Tell yourself it will be a 6-month escapade. Watch with pleasure as their foreheads wrinkle, their eyeballs bulge, and the phrase forms on their lips, “Buh-, buh-, but….”
Inform them that even though leaving in an RV on a long voyage is about equivalent for Manhattanites to joining the circus, that it’s the right thing to do. Invite them to come for a stretch. That will embarrass them. Pretend this whole thing is just a flash in the pan. Believe it, mostly.
Maybe you can sell your home or your office that you’ve just spent a lot of time and money renovating. Never mind that it’s a bad market for selling.
Keep telling yourself it’s just a 6-month trip.
If you really plan to do this, spend some time buying RV supplies. Most people would probably recommend waiting until you know what you’re traveling in, but why spoil the party? Yes, cool heads should prevail but since when is throwing your entire life up in the air a sign of good judgment? Shouldn’t this be an occasion for extravagant splurging? Or at least extravagant dreaming?
First, sit yourself down at the computer and seek out the catalogs of equipment that you can’t pronounce and for purposes that you can’t imagine. Then call your friends and explain to them why you need an inverter for your computer and a digitizer for your wetchamacallit. Condescendingly help them to pronounce the new terms. Pretend you understand what you are talking about. After you have exhausted their attention, try to remember what you’re were doing before this particular flight of fancy.
Don’t worry, most of you will forget the details of this stage of your RVing trip after a few years.