Thursday, July 5, 2012

Why I Hate Camping

I hate camping because:
It requires driving or, worse yet, hiking into nowhere.
It often means carrying one's bed on one's back.  please.
It means no running water of the blessed indoor-kind, which, of course, means no toilet.
It means no TV.
It means bedtime comes at about 6:30 - see above - (not bad for kids, but not for me.)
And, as if that were not enough unpleasantness, it means NO POWER.  AT ALL.

The Chang family would be living the camping life if it were not for the fabulous good fortune that they live near US (refer to blog title), and we did NOT lose power.  Especially sweet, since we have very effective air-conditioners and it has been close to or over 100 degrees since the storm.  

Last Friday, Virginia withstood a derecho.  Now who knew what that was?  Be honest.  You've never heard of it.  To quote Wikipedia, it is a wide-spread, long-lived, straight-lined windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms.  It wreaked havoc on the mid-Atlantic states, leaving well over a million homes with NO POWER.  

>>Erin and Dean lost power.  Caroline and Pei lost power.  So that meant . . .

. . .YIPEE!  We got to have a huge sleepover!  The entire fam-damily (except for Brian, who was back in the safety of Chicago) moved in and slept over Saturday night!  I had no idea just how close a family could be!  The Maupins got power back on Sunday, but the Chang Gang is still here (it's Thursday)!   Which brings me to the point of this post:

This is what 2 1/2-year old Avery does while "camping" at Poppy and Gee's house;

  Please note that the iPad is PLUGGED IN!


  1. Hello,
    I like you, HATE camping, but LOVE grandbaby sleepovers. A derecho blew threw here as well. I had never seen the skies get so dark so fast. My husbands grandson, Chase 14, is here for the summer from Vegas. He thought the log home was a goner, but the derecho missed us, except for a bit of very heavy rain. I thought no more about it until my kids 1/2 hour away lost power with a million others in Ohio. Some are just getting power back on today, a week without power means a lot of rotten stuff from freezers.
    Two things, I had never heard of a derecho either and I ALWAYS say "the whole Fam Damily. We are sisters, somehow some way, I just know it. Debbie

  2. A million thanks Mother dear! We are crazy-lucky to have you near! 7 days, so much better than camping.