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As I said in other posts, Suzie and I will be going to "The Lake" over Easter weekend.
We'll be in site 16. 18 & 19 are still open. Here's site 16, behind is about 100 yards of prairie then the lake.
Nice boat ramp, decent biking and very private sites. Quiet, kind of rustic, and relaxing.
Not trying to make a big party of it or anything, but if anyone is looking for a get-away for that weekend, we'll be there.
Durn! Messed around for a couple days and 16 was gone. We're in 18, and just a few left for that weekend.
Just a reminder that Suzie and I will be at the lake this weekend just kicking back and relaxing, so if you're in the area and have nothing to do, stop by and say hi.
Had a very nice weekend at the lake. Will post some pix soon. I know some parks are 55+ etc. I wonder if any could become English speaking only. Totally non PC, but they sure can screw up an otherwise pleasant stay. I saw this in the Keys 20 years ago and hoped it would never get this far north. Wishful thinking! Whoops! After reading this post I realized I may be inferring that our Quobec friends are something less than desirable, which couldn't be further from the truth. Like all Canadiens, they can't drive worth a sh... awe heck, just kill me now, I never know when to shut up.
Boy, I thought I was the trouble maker in the family.
Now Danny, SOME Canadians do know how to drive. As for the Quebecois, they are truly a different breed, one that stands on their own. Years ago, they tried to separate from the rest of Canada, maybe
MOST of them can speak English, they choose not to. Canada has had a mandate in place for several years, and it is still in place (I think), government jobs require that you be bilingual in both French and English. You have the right to be heard in the language of your choice. Quality of employees is compromised in order to fill the bilingual bill.
Thing that scares me, is, I see it happening here, only with the Spanish issue. Someday, I know it's gonna be on a ballot and all us unilingual folks are gonna be too busy defending our homes, and rights, to vote, and it's gonna get rammmed down our throats. That will not be a pretty day.
I know SOME French, and I know SOME Spanish, but I am no way even close to bilingual, I don't mind asking or answering the odd question, but, I draw the line when it becomes NECESSARY for me to speak in any other language to do something. Come on down to the center of the state anytime, bring your dictionary, you'll see what I mean.
I gotta go, just gonna get in trouble here......Sounds like you nice Easter weekend, so that's a good thing.
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More often than not, I've been on the other end of the stick. I find myself only conversant in English in another country where they speak something "foreign". I try to be polite and understanding that I'm; a) the odd one out and b) carrying a not so cool reputation from those Americans that passed before me.
What I find more different than the actual language are the customs that people bring with them (or me to them). It is usually not the language that is so offensive, but the loudness, infringement of space, lack of realization of those around them. Although I'm not defending specific actions, this is usually a product of the environment they are from and is absolutely normal to them. They aren't trying to be offensive, it's just their nature!
I'm reminded of last winter's Hillsborough Gathering where a guy crashed our party saying we were too loud even though it was well before the quiet time. Somehow he felt a right to be offended and we felt a right to be happy and boisterous. So it even can happen within cultures.
What's the secret to karma? Usually something unpredictable and off-center. Visit their campsite with a Gorilla mask on, offer them a box of Oreo cookies with the frosting licked off, bring your Spanish dictionary to the French speakers and try to translate English into Spanish and watch them try to convince you they are French (do reverse for Spanish speakers). The end result is often the same, they steer very clear of you and get very much quieter.
Their is one other tactic to employ, simply join them. I once was getting irritated at the loud and brash Italians on a cruise ship, but after a few Margaritas I just invited myself in to the group and had a blast. I held celebrity status with them all for the whole week even though we never communicated one thought through words. Loosen up a little and the world becomes a little smaller
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