Poem of the week: “For My Senior Trip”

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We received this from Scott Branton who, according to the email, is a graduating high school senior and RV enthusiast. Read more about him below.

Be sure to read his poem all the way to the end.

For My Senior Trip

By Scott Branton

Will I observe stampeding buffalo of South Dakota,
Or pesky squirrels scurrying around my backyard?
So much depends upon the hourly employee.

Will I explore the caves and caverns of Ruby Falls,
Or the crawlspace of the house in my backyard?
So much depends upon the hourly employee.

Will I tour the White House of the Confederacy,
Or the birdhouse in my backyard?
So much depends upon the hourly employee.

Will I view our Nation’s rich heritage at Mt. Rushmore,
Or mount tree faces in my backyard?
So much depends upon the hourly employee.

Will I experience Nashville’s proud replica of The Parthenon,
Or the ramshackle barn in my backyard?
So much depends upon the hourly employee.

Will I see the raging waters of Niagara Falls,
Or the sprinkler trickling in my backyard?
So much depends upon the hourly employee.

Will I witness the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains,
Or the labyrinth of molehills in my backyard?
So much depends upon the hourly employee.

So much depends upon the hourly employee
Who has supposedly been repairing our RV
for the past six months.

Scott Branton is a graduating high school senior and an RVing enthusiast who has camped in 40 of the 48 contiguous states. He began camping as a toddler in a pop-up camper, advanced to a travel trailer, and finally to a Class A motorhome in 2013. He is passionate about sightseeing in the United States, particularly National Parks, aquariums and museums. With each trip, he is torn between the adventure of seeing something new and the longing to visit favorite places again.

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Bill T.
Bill T.

Nice job Scott.

Wolfe
Wolfe

This lack of competent repair people perplexes me… If overbooked, I can see a delay getting to the repair, but I’ve never taken more than a day to repair friends’ RVs (made a few new friends that way, too). Sometimes Amazon takes 2 days for parts, and then I put them on in a day. So WHAT are dealers doing when they sit on units for so long?

Rory R
Rory R

Negotiating with the manufacturer for more money for labor on warranty claims. mechanics have a bible that tells them how long it takes to complete any task, and labor costs are based on that. But, many dealerships are negotiating for a larger bite of the apple and our rigs sit gathering dust during this back and forth. The dealers tell the customers they are waiting for approval from the manufacturer. meanwhile our plans are on hold. It really sucks…

Frank Dajnowicz
Frank Dajnowicz

Scott needs to rewrite his poem. Replace “Hourly Employee” with “RV Dealer”.

The “Hourly Employee” has a “Boss” who delegates what work he will do for his pay. If the “hourly employee” did only the jobs he/she wanted to do, he/she would not be a “hourly employee” but a member of “The Unemployed”.

RV Staff

Point taken, Frank. But I don’t think Scott needs to rewrite his poem. He did a great job and his intent comes across just fine exactly as he wrote it. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Marilyn M
Marilyn M

Didn’t see that ending. Enjoyed the poem, thank you.

Pat
Pat

Great job, Scott! I can so totally relate.