Well, in a world where you have something like Tuesdays and Wednesdays off, this *is* mid-week for us!
This is a special edition of the blog!
First announcement: It’s JJ’s birthday today! He’s currently lying in his toasty sleeping bag with the covers over his head, and as birthday present, I’m not hounding him to get up! We will celebrate with a cookout tomorrow night, hosted by our fantastic co-workers, Dave and Max. It should be quite the party, with burgers and brats on the grill, all the “itos” (Doritos, Fritos and Cheetos!) and ice cream. (Get this: their son used to work for Edy’s Ice Cream, and they gave us coupons for free quarts!) Contrary to popular belief around the camp, JJ is turning 33, not 21. (I guess we have baby faces.)
Next announcement: Dave and Max are leaving us! We are pleased for them, but sad for us, to say that they have been offered a site manager position on the other side of the mountain. The manager of the Barton Flats area decided to leave the company, and Dave and Max accepted the job. They are great people–diligent, hardworking, loving and funny–and they have all the makings of awesome managers. They have a huge job ahead of them, learning the ropes, figuring out how they want to run things, and handling a big staff of folks, some of whom they haven’t even met.
They are also enormous liars! Max tried to convince me that their new home is only about 20 minutes from here. Not so! Barton Flats is about 1/3 the way down the hill to San Benardino along windy, mountainous 38. Although it’s only about 20 miles from here, it’s about a 45 minute drive. (But much shorter if we’re going downhill and I don’t keep breaking like a sissy!) The one good thing is that as managers, they can set their own schedule, so we should be able to continue to get together with them on our days off.
Most of all, they are tremendously good people. I can only think of a few times in my life when I’ve made such fast friends. We always have such a good time with them, even when Dave got our goat with an elaborate story that turned out to be a joke (artfully told!) or when they stole our golf cart and hid it out of view, so we’d panic about its whereabouts. They have kids our age, but they never give us the old “you are a baby and I know better!” routine, probably because they are so young at heart themselves. We always smile when we see them stopping by to say hi, and we will definitely be making the trip to see them, even if it means driving down that blasted hill again!
Final announcement: new co-workers! Folks did some trading around between campgrounds, looking for better fits for their work styles. Julia and Bob are now our other camphost couple, fulltimers from Willard, OH! They are active and energetic, and ready to take on projects. It’s already been noted that Julia and I are the same personality, so we should get along fine and have lots of fun with them!