Thousand Trails Membership

3/23/13 Saturday at Columbus, TX (Colorado River Campground-TT)

We really slept in this morning, yet we both had a very good night’s rest, so I guess we need it. I decided this was the time to contact TT regarding our membership dues structure (very expensive compared to other TT members’ dues), so I researched the options I knew of. Next thing I knew it was time for the Manager’s information meeting. After that we dawdled until lunch and those dishes. Finally I stopped procrastinating and called TT (Sam Cherry) to make our case, requesting their help in getting relief from these excessive dues. Needless to say, our conversation with Sam Cherry and our intermittent “thinking it over” lasted all afternoon. Essentially we have 3 options: 1-keep our current membership with expensive yearly dues, 2-cancel it and buy an upgraded membership from TT (necessary for nationwide use) or 3-sell it and buy a resale membership. Thousand Trails offers more “goodies” (including much lower dues that will be frozen-never increased), but with a high initial cost. Resale could be a smaller “package” (including that my dues can’t be frozen) and the initial cost would be lower, possibly by $3,000. We are still thinking this over.

We are also still waiting for the Home Inspection Report for mom’s condo – the deal isn’t done without that.

A delicious H E B supper of Bococho beans (made with beer and peppers), chipolte corn, coleslaw salad and grilled fajita chicken was next. SO good (and salty)!

Then we settled down to watch the Gonzaga men play basketball against Wichita. We played hard, but they played harder and won by 5 points. Ouch!! A number 1 ranked team lost to a number 9 ranked team. Still, I’m proud of our guys. Teams outside our conference seem bent on heavy physical contact, I think, something our guys don’t do as well.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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