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Old 05-24-2016, 12:12 PM   #11
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we take the grand childrens rubber ball and toss it over towards their trailer.
works well until they say you have kids with you and we say no their
at home...

I'm kidding....

eye contact works unless they are really attractive ladies and my wife catches me.

but seriously - when everyone is set up and looks less stressed...
a wave and a hello works wonders. last weekend there were 3 good sam club members across from us. one guy wouldn't give you the time of day and his buddy when i was talking to him would not acknowledge I was there - the 3rd guy was able to carry on a respectable conversation.

Its ok though because i only had to share 1 beer not 3.

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Old 05-24-2016, 12:17 PM   #12
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"Dogs are welcome, people are tolerated" Well, as long as people don't overstep their boundaries, smoke me out with their fire, are respectful, and conscience of quiet hours. Some people are actually great.

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Old 05-24-2016, 12:35 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by ependydad View Post
Telling me how your class A is better than my fifth wheel was a great ice breaker. And then loudly proclaiming how I was doing things wrong. I really liked that guy.
I just hand him my set up list and point to where the tools are, pull a chair and sit down with a cold drink.

I am more open to talking to people with pets than people with kids. Someone playing music (or us) is an open invitation, just bring your own.
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Old 05-24-2016, 12:36 PM   #14
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I tend to try and be sociable to an extent. If I see someone look over my way, I will wave and say good morning, afternoon or evening, which ever works. Then I leave it up to them if they want to start a conversation. If I see someone having difficulty during set up, I will call over and ask if they could use a hand.

But there are times I wish people would stay on their own site. Last trip out, campground was all but empty during the week. On the weekend it filled as expected. A group of campers behind me had to cross thru to go to the restrooms. They started out the first day going along the backside of my camper between me and an empty site. The next day, for what ever reason, they started coming right thru my site, between my picnic table and my front door of my camper. Now that was slightly intrusive in my thinking. And never spoke as they traipsed thru.
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Old 05-24-2016, 12:53 PM   #15
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As a person who prefers to be left in his own peace and quiet I can speak only for myself.

I don't mind people who wave and say hi or even stop for a quick chat. But the annoying ones are the TMI people. I'm sorry but I don't give a crap about you or your life....not being rude but I have 3 adult children and a grandchild...I have enough problems with them. I have had some brutal tragedies in my life that probably beat 90% of anyone else on here but we keep these to ourselves.

I don't feel like listening to you or your probably can't match mine...and I never discuss mine with anyone. Life is too short to bring down the neighbors with my lifes tragedies. I smile and keep it light and happy. But too many other people need to shut the heck up......sorry but seriously...TMI TMI.

Also don't run over to say hi and ask for my ladder as I am getting out of my vehicle...give a man time to go pee and get a cup of coffee.

People camp to relax...if you do not project relaxation then you are probably annoying...or your kids or worse your dogs.

Just read the persons response both verbally and physically when you say hi. Even on a bad day I am always polite but I may not exude come on over right now.

If a person can't handle a wave and hello then they need to find a lone stretch of BLM land and go it alone. I am a bit of a loaner..always have been but is a campground and I try and be polite and friendly. But..I have waved at people sitting at the fire ring and gave a quick hello and just got the evil stink eye
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Old 05-24-2016, 12:55 PM   #16
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HEY, HOW ARE Y'ALL? Where y'all from?

The answer tells me what to do next......... if short and curt, I say "Great! Have a great time!"......... if they engage, I engage.
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Old 05-24-2016, 12:56 PM   #17
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Different Strokes

Folks we've met 'on the road' are diverse and each one has a different idea about socializing. Just as those who have already responded to this post.
Booze is not always met with positive results. I've approached people who turned out to be either teetotallers or in recovery.
Asking a person where they're from, what they do etc. has worked best for me. If there's any interest in continuing a conversation, it will usually happen at this point. I'm also watchful of any needs a neighbour may have and always carry spares such as a water hose, sewer hose, blocks, etc. to help out, where it's required. We also carry a sign that says "OPEN CAMPFIRE" which is an invitation for all to join us.
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Old 05-24-2016, 01:31 PM   #18
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HEY, HOW ARE Y'ALL? Where y'all from?

The answer tells me what to do next......... if short and curt, I say "Great! Have a great time!"......... if they engage, I engage.
I'm that way myself. I have lived in a lot of states and if I see a license plate from one of them that my invitation to say hi. Be surprised how small a world it is at times. Later RJD
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Old 05-24-2016, 01:46 PM   #19
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People have different social interaction needs. I camp solo so I do welcome conversation while sitting outdoors. If I am having trouble with something I would not mind an offer of help but for the most part I prefer to set up on my own.

I love the idea of coming across an "Open Campfire" sign! I love campfires but I get tend to become bored with it if I'm alone. Being single I have more than enough time to do some thinking so I crave conversations I don't know all the lines to.

I agree with the replies about TMI being a downer.
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So believe it or not, I'm actually quite shy and socially awkward in person (until you get to know me). Yes I'm very different on the forums behind a computer screen. I don't mind someone starting up.a conversation with us. I usually wave, give a smile and say hi. Beyond that I wait for others to make the first move. DH is a little more extroverted and easily sparks up conversations. I will get to know other parents at playgrounds or dog parks a little more easily. I find kids and dogs to be good Ice breakers. I also typically will mention to my neighbors to let me know if my dog barks or annoys them as we have been doing some training in the issue. This sign of respect is usually a good ice breaker.

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