Saturday, September 30, 2023


What we learned about you last week (November 9-15)

By Emily Woodbury

Howdy! I won’t keep you (I always say that, and yet I always keep you), but I do want to share, if you haven’t seen them already, National Geographic’s picks for the best travel photos of 2019. They’re stunning. Look at them here. (Note: It will ask you to put in an email address to continue viewing – make one up! That’s what I always do.)That one in Moab is absolutely breathtaking.

OK! Now onto learning about you (though I could look at travel photos all day…).

Last Saturday’s poll makes me giggle. We asked: Are RVers friendlier than the general public? Let’s go in order here: 31 percent of you think RVers are much friendlier than the general public, 45 percent of you think RVers are somewhat friendlier, 23 percent of you don’t think they’re any friendlier than anyone else, and a tiny 1 percent of you think that RVers aren’t as friendly as the general public. Some of you pointed out in the comments that it depends where you are.

On Sunday, we asked you if water had ever dripped into your RV during a bad rainstorm. Yikes! More than half of you, 55 percent, answered yes, it has (there are a lot of horror stories in the comments here!). That being said though, I’m happy that 45 percent of you have never had this problem. Whew!

On Monday, Veteran’s Day, we asked if you’ve ever served in the military. Let’s start with the men: 42 percent of you “dudes” have served, but 39 percent of you have not. Ladies, 2 percent of you have served, and 17 percent of you have not. Speaking of the military, I don’t think I ever mentioned that I finished that book, “Unbroken” (I mentioned a few weeks back that I was about halfway through). Boy, if you want an excellent war survival story, read it. You won’t be disappointed. I think the whole staff has read it now.

Tuesday’s poll taught us that 31 percent of you play the game of Solitaire on your tablet, 29 percent of you play on your computer, and 28 percent of you play it on your phone. Still though, 10 percent of you play it with a deck of cards, and 3 percent of you answered “other.”

Fido doesn’t get a little piece of turkey on Thanksgiving? C’mon! For the 39 percent of you who answered Wednesday’s poll, with no, you don’t give your pets special food on Thanksgiving; you don’t even want to know about all the “snacks” my dog, Astor, gets. Hehe. A small 14 percent of your “Fidos” and “Fifis” get special food on Thanksgiving like my Astor though. An even smaller 9 percent never give your pets special food, and the remaining 38 percent of you don’t have any pets.

Last Thursday, we asked you to describe your attention span. A lucky 14 percent of you are,…oh, wait I forgot to do this and shoot I should’ve put that there…oh, sorry, hi. Where was I? Oh, a lucky 14 percent of you have a long attention span, and 59 percent of you think your attention span is pretty average. A quarter of you say your attention span is pretty short, you get impatient; and 3 percent of you say that a 1st grader probably has a longer attention span than you do. Reader Wayne Caldwell wrote, “I think my attention span is like that of a little puppy. ‘What’s that? What’s that? What’s th…. gotta pee! What’s that?’”

How often do you see a movie at a movie theater? That’s what we asked you on Friday. I thought a little more than 1 percent of you would go to the movies all the time, but I guess not! Only 10 percent of you see a movie fairly often, but 65 percent of you rarely do. Nearly a quarter of you never go to the movie theater. Reader M. Will (I hate to call you out, buddy, but I just have to), commented, “Why would you want to pay good money to go and see a movie in a movie theater and then have to put up with some idiots smartphone ringing during the movie?” Listen, M. Will. I have the AMC pass (which means I pay $20 a month to see unlimited movies at AMC theaters. I’m a millennial, and just about everyone I know has it. It’s a great way to kill time on rainy days. Plus, I do love going to the movies.), so I see a movie in a movie theater at least once a week. The phone ringing thing? That happens about once every six months. Anyways, folks, I encourage you to go see a movie. Even though it’s different from what it used to be, the movies are still a great way to expand that brain of yours (not yours in particular, but just in general.).

OK. Enough of my “preaching.” If you missed last week’s column, read it here. We learned a lot of fun stuff. See ya next week.

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.


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Bob p
3 years ago

This was a rerun

RV Staff
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

Hi, Bob. I can’t find what you’re referring to. Where was this link that you think is a “rerun”? Thanks! —Diane at

3 years ago

I agree Unbroken is a great book to read. It can be a bit depressing at times how one human can mistreat another.

Ron Twellman
3 years ago

We don’t go to the theater as much as we’d like, but when we do, we bypass the theater complex on the west side of town & go to the one on the east side because they have the reclining seats in all the theaters. As seniors we have $5 Tuesdays and everyone is $5 before 5pm Fridays. As rewards members we also get $5 off that tub of popcorn which sits nicely between us when we raise the armrest between the seats. There also is a bar & restaurant in the lobby.

Randy B
3 years ago

Never heard of AMC. Did a search, from your link above, closet one to me is 40 miles away from my little hamlet of 44,000 people. All our movie theaters are UEC, reward program to get free popcorn and other concession stuff. Takes lots of points to earn a free movie pass after watching 8 movies. That AMC movie is a deal.

3 years ago

Go see “Midway”. Excellent and well done.

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