VIDEO: Our Friend Jim

Posted In: Airstream, Blog, Overnight Parking, People We Meet, Video

As we haul our Airstream throughout North America, we often spotlight camping destinations along the way. But how about the PEOPLE we meet? Cities and parks are nice and all, but people are unforgettable. RV campers are generally a warm and friendly lot.

We were stopped in a West Virginia Walmart parking lot when a man approached. This is not unusual. People often approach to chat about our Airstream. Even the uninitiated are often curious. (“Hey, do they still make those things?”)

I stepped outside our Airstream and we started talking. “Hi,” the man said. “My name’s Jim…”It turns out that Jim is a fellow Airstream owner. He also shares an enjoyment of photography. So we had a couple of things in common, right off the bat.

After chatting about Airstream and Alaska for a while, Jim noticed a problem with our hitch. Specifically, the emergency brake release wire was severed. (This can happen if the wire gets pinched between bits of steel while in transit.) Next thing you know, former electrician Jim is repairing the damaged wire.

“I’m a stickler about small details,” he explained.

After this impromptu session of Tool Time with Jim, he escorted our Airstream safely to downtown Wheeling. We went to a local restaurant together (Coleman’s Fish Market) where I enjoyed a delicious fish sandwich with a side of alligator soup. It’s always fun to “dine with the locals.” But sometimes you need the guidance of a local to find the right spot. Coleman’s was the right spot.

The moral of this story? The media likes to remind us whenever something goes wrong in the world. But a lot more things go right. The media tells us about bad people every day. But throughout our travels, we encounter good people everywhere.

When you travel, you never know when or where you’re going to make a new friend. Case-in-point: our friend Jim.

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