|This week started to get a little exciting on Wednesday. First of all the weather changed, and I was finally able to sit outside and work. Well, almost that easily. My laptop monitor reflects everything behind it almost like a mirror. I know better than to wear a white shirt when I'm outside in the sun because then I can't see anything but the white reflection. So when I sat down at the table (sitting on my two cushions to be high enough to reach the dang keyboard!) I was a little shocked that I couldn't see my screen. My background should have been trees behind us and grass, but because the leaves weren't filled in yet, I really just had bright blue sky behind me. So before I could start my day I had to figure out SOMETHING because I really really really wanted to work outside and enjoy the weather change. At home, I had worked under our canopy and had to zip the sides shut in order to have a little darker background. Yes, we had extra sides I could use behind me. But finding them was another story! I looked where they last were, in a belly in the RV. Not in the first one I looked in. So I looked in the back. There was a nice box taped up that was the right size. Would Gary have resealed the box? Ok find a knife and get that sucker open so I can work! I slit the tape and it was a box of metal shepherd hooks, just like they should have been, so no luck there. I checked every single other belly trying to find the danged canopy curtains. Nothing! Ok, one more place to look, the "garage". We put up one of our canopies to store our bikes and grill and lawn chairs and sundry other things, so it had to be in there. Well it was, but of course I had to move 5 other things to get to it! Finally after much struggling I managed to get up on the picnic table and bungee the side curtain to our awning in two places and the water heater grate on the RV and I could see my computer screen again! Ok, now to work! I worked for a couple hours, and then I noticed a little activity. There were RV's coming in! And not only were they coming in but they were coming in, to OUR AREA!!!! Hoooray! Neighbors!!! And not only were there one or two but there were 10 of them! OMG! We are really going to find out what it's like to be camp hosts!! Not long after that, a guy walks over and asks me if I can find out the reservation information, there's a group of a few camping groups sponsored by the Masons that are coming in for a weekend meeting. Since I'm not an employee I really can't and the commissary is closed on Wednesdays until the season officially starts. I tell him I can find out which sites are reserved and which aren't because I have Internet, but that doesn't help him out because the site he wants to know is reserved, but they've got 23 sites reserved and one guy can't remember his site number. OMG! My first camp host question!! Well I have no answer! The information isn't available to me, the commissary is closed. My only choice is maybe the Park Office can help him. So I give him the number and hope for the best. (later I found out that no sites are officially reserved until Sunday the 15th in the system, but they had made a group reservation and who knows if each site would have been listed under someone's name or not). Oh well can't be perfect on the first question!) Anyway the RV's kept coming in that day and pretty soon it was getting filled up! Yeeehaw! Gary and I decided to be official and take our duties seriously so later that evening we took a bike ride to check the TP in the bathroom closest to the campers and one of the guys stopped us. He said he just got his rig out of storage and hadn't had enough time to fill it with water. He had a hose long enough to reach to the water faucet in the loop, but the water wasn't turned on. Could we do anything about that? Oh boy yes we could, another camp host duty! But alas it was after 5pm! No maintenance people on duty! No commissary open! So we assured him, if he could get through the night with water from containers to flush with, we'd notify the maintenance people in the morning and out of Gary's mouth came...... and get that water turned on for you, first thing in the morning!!! Now we aren't supposed to promise anything we can't deliver. And who knows why the water isn't turned on. But we cross our fingers and hope for the best. I call the park office the next morning at 9am promptly and get the clerk, who takes my request, and sighs and says, well, I'll have to call a maintenance man - like maybe this will happen and maybe it won't. Around 10am when I'm working merrily away with my new dark tan backdrop behind me, the park truck goes by and I'm relieved that someone is working on this request. But then 10 minutes later the park truck goes the other way. 5 minutes later the park truck comes back. And this goes on for the next 30 minutes. Finally two park trucks go (I must have actually missed that trying to work in between my nosiness!) and hopefully all is well. So I'm curious if the water is turned on, but I've really got to put in my time working my real job so I plod on. Pretty soon a big huge RV comes out my way (leaving). But he slows down and stops to check the water at our water faucet close to our site. He opens the faucet and finds water and soon is turning around so he can hook up his hose to fill with water. Oh no! Does this mean that the water wasn't turned on?? Well out of the passenger side pops out a man and first thing out of his mouth is, are you a camp host? Yes! I cheerfully respond! And is your name Joyce?? Yes, I say a little more hesitantly. (Am I gonna get whipped for the water thing? How does he know my name? What in the world is happening to me?) Well your MOTHER told us to look for you and I'm .....(can't remember his name) from Botkins and we sure are glad to meet you. Wow! I'm blown away! My first camp host group and someone knows my name! Anyway his wife talked to my mother and my mother told them all about us being at the campground and pretty soon we were having a conversation about what years we were in Botkins, when the new houses were built and who got their haircuts at my dad's barbershop. All the while the water was filling up the tank in the RV. I finally asked if the water was not working in their area, and he said, no, he didn't know, he had driven past the one he could have filled up at, and ours was just the next one down the line. Whew! So I settled back down to work a little more and the RV's just kept coming in all weekend long. The whole end of our loop was completely filled except for one spot. On Friday morning we had the most campers of any of the areas! Saturday it was a little more gloomy but we had another camp host first! After checking the TP in the small bathrooms and finding that none of the rolls of TP had really even been touched, I made a trip to the shower house and excitement of all excitements... one of the toilet paper rolls was empty!! Now to you this may not be a big excitement, but after checking TP for 2 weeks with no one using any, to finally find one (before the other camp hosts already replaced it) was the highlight of my day! So I ran back to the RV to get a replacement roll, even though I didn't have my official TP keys yet to put it on the holder. Oh well it would just have to sit on top of the locked holder. We then attended our first Camp Host official meeting at the Park Office and I got the official TP keys, but when I went back to lock the TP in place of course another host had already done that. We got our hats and badges too and I guess we are official. It will be a little sad seeing 23 RV's pulling out on Sunday, but from my previous camp experience I know to take advantage of the lull in between weeks cause they just keep on coming in, week after week after week. But yeaaaaaaaaaaaa for us! We are officially in the groove now!