Hand Shake

Wikipedia defines a handshake as a short ritual in which two people grasp one of each other’s right hands, in most cases accompanied by a brief up and down movement of the grasped hands.

Most common uses of handshakes reflect meeting, parting, greeting, sportsmanship, offering congratulations, expressing gratitude.

I grew up in Texas. A handshake often means a gentleman’s agreement. It was a sign that a deal was accepted or that an agreement was reached by the parties involved in the agreement.

When we left Pioneer River Resort-Bandera on Tuesday, we had an agreement with the managers that we would return on Monday November 5th to begin our winter workamp position. Not only did we agree on terms, we shook hands with the manager. To me this meant we had a confirmed commitment.

Late this afternoon, we received a phone call from the manager of Pioneer River Resort-Bandera letting us know we would no longer be needed because a long time winter workamper had decided to come to Bandera. In other words, we got bumped by a former workamper. Apparently a gentleman’s handshake means different things to different folks. So once again we are searching for winter work. We are working on confirming an opportunity. We should know more about that in the next day or two.

Before we received that phone call, we planned our vacation in more detail. We knew we wanted to be in Corpus Christi over the weekend of October 26-28. We also wanted to spend a little time with our family in Corpus Christi, Houston, Burton and Canyon Lake. Here is what we came up with. Keep in mind that anything can change in a flash. The Modus Operandi of fulltime RVing is “Be Flexible.”

We depart Hidden Valley RV Park in San Antonio on Sunday 10/14 and head North to Potters Creek Park (COE) on Canyon Lake for some R&R.  Potters Creek has been a family favorite for a few years now. I may just decide to get a fishing license and do a little fishing. Carol plans to do some quilting work. There are plenty of other things to do around the RV as well. I may just drag out some tools and make some sawdust. There will be plenty of time for some serious grilling and hopefully there is not a burn ban in the park so we can even enjoy a fire or two. Want to join us for steaks and S’Mores? Come on. We will at Potters Creek for a week.

After a week at Potters Creek, we will head to Burton for a visit with my brother. We will look at setting up his side yard for plugging in our RV. Depending on what we feel like after that, we may decide to pull our Dometic refrigerator and install a residential refrigerator. Or we may decide to pull our Dometic Microwave and install a convection/microwave oven. Or we may just continue a little R&R. I think we may visit the Blue Bell Creamery to make sure they are producing the real stuff. Or we may just visit the Independence Coffee Company and get a couple of packages of Jet Fuel for my morning brew.

Following a few days at Burton, we will then head south for Corpus Christi. We will be babysitting our 8 y.o. grandson and enjoying shrimp at Snoopy’s Pier, breakfast at Town and Country and Andy’s Kitchen, TexMex at Taqueria Acapulco, Italian at Luciano’s, Oriental at Hua T’Ai. Sheesh! I don’t think we can eat all of that.

After Corpus Christi we will need more R&R so we are headed to Rockport to enjoy a few days on the Gulf. We might just act like tourist in addition to visiting a few friends.

Last stop on our vacation it Schulenburg RV Park in Schulenburg. We may decide to winter here next year. For many years while living in Corpus Christi, we would drive through Schulenburg. Many times we would think about stopping here and checking out the local spots. Now we finally have that opportunity. And we will get to spend our 45th wedding anniversary in this quaint town.

I’ll let you know about or next gig as soon as we get a genuine gentleman’s handshake on the deal. Thanks for stopping by. Y’all come back now.

3 responses to “Hand Shake

  1. Something is keeping you from these jobs, something better on the horizon? Hope it all works out for you. This is my first year workamping, and it is frustrating applying for jobs and waiting for the news. Bentsen-Rio Grand Valley State Park – World Birding Center called me today looking for someone for November and December, but I already accepted another position.

  2. I’m sorry the job didn’t work out, but you know (and I firmly believe this) that there is a reason for everything. As cliche’ as it sounds, when one door closes, another opens. Hey, our very first workamping gig fell through. We even had everything in writing via email. Halfway to Wisconsin from Texas, I get an email saying we were no longer needed for similar reasons as your situation. The park owners knew we were en route and didn’t even have the decency to call or apologize. Turns out, we are more well situated than we probably would have been otherwise. So enjoy your time and say “Howdy” to Brenham when you’re there. You know I lived there (at 313 W. Main Street so you can cruise by my old homestead if ya want) for years and still consider the area the home of my Texan heart. Check out the Purple House Art Gallery on West Alamo (right across the street from the backside of my old home) and the Funky Art Street Cafe for a yummy lunch! There’s also a good burger place in Bellville (a neighboring town) called The Hill. The Burton Cafe used to be pretty darn good, too, if it’s still up and running. Used to cycle there from Brenham, have breakfast and then cruise back home. Can you tell I’m jealous? I’d love to be back in Brenham for a visit!

  3. So sorry to hear your workamping gigs didn’t turn out the way you thought they would. Best wishes to you on finding a new employer for winter.

    Steaks and s’mores sound wonderful but…my wires and bands don’t come off my jaw until next Tuesday. Then it’s a soft food diet for a while.

    We changed our plans to stay in San Antonio until Oct. 30. That gives us an extra week to see if I can get my teeth fixed before our trip. We will now fly to Portland instead of taking the 5er.


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