By Emily Woodbury
Hello and welcome to December! One of my favorite quotes by Edith Sitwell reads, “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” So, I hope you’ve stepped into December with a personal battery-recharge in mind. Enjoy the time to rest.
It’s been a busy few weeks on the site here, and we’ve all been working long and hard. I always try and remind myself, when the sun is shining, to get outside for a few minutes and take a “sun bath,” as I call them, to soak up some Vitamin D and spend a few minutes with the chirping birds, who have their frosty feathers fluffed to keep warm.
Anyways, let’s get to business. Here’s what we learned about you last week:
In the comments section of last Saturday’s survey, you’re all using the term “old-school” to describe your use of paper maps, but you’re all still using paper maps, so I don’t think it’s so “old-school” after all! According to the survey results, a large 86 percent of you still carry a paper map or road atlas with you on your travels. Only 8 percent of you carry one with you sometimes, and 6 percent of you say you never do. Koditzu’s comment made me laugh. They wrote, “After our GPS lead us down a treacherous gravel road and through shallow streams, I do not allow my husband to always follow GPS directions. We check the GPS’s recommended route against a trucker’s road atlas. If my husband wants to keep enjoying America by road together, we follow the road atlas and adjust the GPS. If he wants to go off-road again with our 40ft 5th wheel, he’ll be on his own.” Sounds pretty fair to me, Koditzu.
Lundi (that’s Monday in French) taught us that 94 percent of you speak uno (that’s one in Spanish) language, 6 percent of you speak due (that’s two in Italian), 1 percent of you (a whopping 16 votes – wow!) speak sān (that’s three in Chinese), and nine voters say you speak tessera (that’s four in Greek) or more. Mark commented that he can speak, “fluent English and some Canadian” (ha!), and Wayne Caldwell asks, “Does speaking ‘Sarcasm’ fluently count as a 2nd language. If it does, I’m bilingual.”
On Tuesday we were curious to know if, when entering your RV, you take your shoes off or leave them on. Most of you don’t take them off unless they’re muddy or very dirty. However, 44 percent of you say you always take them off. A small 10 percent of you say you never take them off. I’m wondering if the people who leave their shoes on have dogs, and those who take theirs off have cats. I’d probably take my shoes off a lot more if I didn’t already have a muddy dog running through the house often…
On Wednesday we wanted to talk money, so we asked, “In your current or last full-time job, how were you primarily paid?” Exactly half of you say you were paid salary, but a hefty 35 percent of you were paid by the hour. A chunk of you, 10 percent, were paid in earnings (self-employment or freelance), while 4 percent of you were paid in commission and 2 percent of you answered “other.” Trying to think of what “other” could mean. Hmm…
Have you ever seen that show Extreme Couponing on TLC? I’ve only seen a few episodes, but boy, those people save money! I mean, they dedicate a good portion (by a good portion I mean they probably don’t eat or sleep) of their days to finding coupons and good deals, but hey, it pays off! On Thursday we wanted to know if we had any “extreme couponers” in the crowd. Most of you say you rarely use coupons, but 46 percent of you say you use coupons either most or all of the time. Reader Wolfe Rose says, “We clip coupons and shop BY what’s on sale strictly. My wife generally expects 55% off at the register (e.g. $330 pre-coupons for $150 final), without eating anything weird. We also try to stock up slightly while on sale.” Woooowie!
All right, folks. Lots to do so I’m stepping out! If you’ve got a survey question you’d like to ask our audience, email it to emily (at) rvtravel.com. See you next week.
Arrivederci, adiós, au revoir, doviđenja, vaarwel, さようなら, tchau, Прощай, and goodbye!