Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday Meanderings.

Up at 04;30AM with my bride and had coffee, then she was off to the truck company, no shift at the restaurant tonight but she has her every three month doctors (neurologist) appointment at 04:30PM so she will be late getting home tonight.

It was a cold but sunny day here in Dardenne Prairie, but it really got gray looking like the lights went out a little while ago, now it look like a winter day.

Rigg’s and I are waiting for Nicole to get home from school.

Don’t have a clue what to do for supper tonight, since Donna has the Doctor’s appointment who know what time she will get out of there.

We could have had left over pot roast, but Donna left the meat portion of it on a plate on the cook station, and after I left the kitchen, Rigg’s must have jumped up and stolen it. Boy was he in trouble. Samantha hadn’t eaten yet and there was probably a pound out of a three lb. roast left. Donna was fit to be tied and Rigg’s was confined to the corner for the rest of the evening and then she shut the bedroom door so he couldn’t come in our room last night.

I guess she forgave him because he was on the bed when I got done with my coffee.

But I must say he has good taste since the roast was excellent, at least the part I managed to get.

I read where GEORGE of Tioga and George fame has been the victim of two attempted robberies while inside his motor home in the last two weeks in Mexico. Since we have several friends down there in southern Mexico now we are naturally concerned. But I just have to think that in both cases they came away empty handed and George was not physically hurt or threatened that it might just be extremely bad luck. I also think that it depends a lot on the appearance you put up. In our case with a large and loud dog like Rigg’s who is sensitive to his property I think that acts as a big deterrent to the casual theft who is not armed. I know when KEVIN&RUTH visited here before leaving for Mexico they had a sign in the window of their motor home that said Beware of the Dog in Spanish. PAUL&HELEN also have the three big labs who I know would make a lot of noise if a stranger was snooping around the motorhome.Donna & I have talked about it and decided we would not be afraid to make a trip to the areas south of the border towns. There are several areas within a 40 miles of the house we live in now that are virtual war zones and I personally would not go into them after dark even armed. So I think the Mexico safety thing is still blown out of proportion, Plenty of people stay at the Casino RV park in East St Louis, which is the murder capitol of the Midwest. Yet a lot of those people would say Mexico is too dangerous. I guess what I am saying is with a little common sense you can feel safe anyplace.

Just voicing my opinion, your safety is a personal thing that everyone has to decide for themselves, Here in the USA I would have a gun with me along with Rigg’s, If I were to travel to Canada or Mexico the guns would have to stay home. It’s all in what you feel safe with.

That’s about it for today, Everyone have a great week and be safe out there. Sam & Donna.


  1. George would be much better protected if he would stay in an organized RV park rather than vagabonding on the local street corner. JMHO, Rod

  2. The two towns where he experienced problems are NOT places I would go to with an RV. Just my personal opinion, but I don't think he is planning things very well. There are many safe places to camp in Mexico for under 100 pesos per night. There is no need to boondock in questionable areas.


  3. We are NOT venturing into Mexico this year (as far as we know now)...Things have sooooo changed and it is not worth it to see just how MUCH it has changed..Once you are in THEIR country, you have no help from the USA...why even risk it.??

  4. I am inclined to agree with Dennis and Donna. As long as every thing is fine and goes off without a hitch, traveling in Mexico would be fine. We would go down there ourselves. But, just one bump in the night whether a fender bender or whatever and things can go down hill pretty fast. We had an experience south of Lukeville that set us back on our heals and made us think. We also have two dogs to consider. Topographically and weather wise I think Mexico is a great place but for us at this age and stage, and the state of affairs in Mexico we're not as quick to push the envelope that far anymore. Being Canadians, I happen to think you guys have a great country right here with a wealth of things to do and places to see. And, if I meet a stranger chances are good that he is going to speak a language I can understand. To me that is important. I don't think it as much a fear factor about going to Mexico as it is just remaining in an environment you feel comfortable in.....and that's where we are and prefer to stay.

  5. I have to agree with Al..we have seen mexico (resort style) and loved it...but not sure I'd want to drive there..I'm more comfortable in the US and Canada-no language barriers..and I'd feel safer there if one of us got sick...I'm sure Mexico is wonderful but I'm not that adventurous-I'm definitely more comfortable here and across the medicine line...but to each his own..George does tend to boondock in 'lonely' areas..that would scare me to death..we do have two yappers and as often as I'm trying to stop their territorial barking I'm also glad they do it...

  6. Mexico is a no go for us too ~ we have been there several times but never driven... I applaud those who do it and love reading about it but I'll pass for now.
    Have fun & Travel safe

  7. I have to agree with rod stay at an organized RV park much less chance of trouble.

  8. Years ago we two had a window broken while in the most secure RV park in Mexico. (Gates, guards, fences, you name it!) George was in the wrong place at a bad time. We avoid any "big" city in Mexico and stay out in the smaller towns. We find the people most friendly and helpful. We also avoid most big cities in the USA for the same reason.