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Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Life with a Brazil Nut

September 6, 2011 by · 6 Comments 


Things happens in the underbelly of RV parks that probably wouldn’t happen in “real” life. Take late last night, for example:

My husband, Renato, and I were walking Lap 4 of the 5 around the park it takes to equal a mile. Our new neighbors, two couples traveling together, called out for us to join them at their table, resplendent with wine bottles and glasses.

Now, while I may appear outgoing in print, I can be slow to socialize and tire quickly of anything that doesn’t look like my bed and my Nook. Once I get going though, I can yak up a major storm. Renato, on the other hand, is unquestionably on the shy side, unless he knows you. Then he can get going pretty good, too.

So, we sated this nice people’s curiosity about us. Yes, I’m from Ohio, and yes I went to Ohio State and yes, it was under the reign of “3 yards and a cloud of dust” Woody Hayes. Our new friends’ demeanors were a study in politeness but the story of my corn-fed life didn’t seem to bowl anyone over. But my husband’s story…well…it went like this:

Them: “So where did you grow up?’
Him: “Brazil.”
Me: “Yup, he grew up in the Amazon Rain Forest wearing banana leaves for diapers and blowing poison darts at the local Indians” (hahahahahah…me, laughing hysterically at myself since I’ve said this 1,000 times since we’ve been married and I never tire of me.)

Him: “Not true….I grew up in the southern part of Brazil, Sao Leopoldo , a city in Rio Grande do Sul. It’s gaucho country.”

One of Them ( female): “Wow! That explains why you are so HANDSOME! Isn’t he HANDSOME?” (yes, her hubby was sitting right there…)

Another One of Them ( the other female): “No kidding! You’re so EXOTIC!

Belly laughs all around, including Renato, for whom this feedback was shockingly assertive coming from total strangers. But it wasn’t over…

One of Them (male): “So, Renato, are you the Boy from Ipanema?”

Talk about mass hysteria!

So, Dear Readers, What do you think are the odds I have brought this up about a thousand times since it happened?

Happy tales, and here’s to RV life and “The Boy from Ipanema.”


6 Responses to “Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Life with a Brazil Nut”
  1. butterbean carpenter says:

    ********************************** THATZ A GOOD ONE
    Howdy Patti,

    Didn’t I tell you?????????? EVERYBODY THINKS THAT!!!!!!! I have friends from Sao Paulo….


    Give Renaldo a big hug for me and get one from him for you!!!!

    Smooth roads & balmy breezes !!!!!!!!!!

  2. Patti F. says:

    Nice hearing from you, Butterbean! It’s great you have friends from Sao Paulo. The world really is a small place, and yes, I’ll give my hubby a hug from you and yes, Ohio is great…but I’m partial!

    Happy tales to you and J,


  3. Gail Duykers says:

    Hi Patti, I just love reading your “stuff”. Keep up the good work, you really make me smile.

    And, you really must admit, that hubby of yours is really quite cute :-)

  4. Patti Faustini says:

    Thank you, Gail, and yup…my hubby is quite the handsome guy!

    Happy Tales,


  5. lori says:

    hey, thanks for your stories. i am new at this rv thing. my husband and i are baby boomers both in our early 50s and we are losing both of our homes the one we are living in and our rental. my husband works for the port of tacoma in washington state as a long shoreman, his job is very flexible longshoreman can work for a few weeks and take a few weeks off or 6 months and take 6 months off they do not punch a clock they work when they want and they get paid very well, i work for the department of corrections at mcc the monroe correctional center as a pharmacy technician, i drive about 3 to 31/2 hours a day to and from work and i am very tired, even though it is a great job. my point in saying all of this is i told my husband the other day lets not rent when we have to move out of our homes lets just get an rv and i will quit my job and we can take off for weeks at a time and then come back and he can work for a few weeks and then take off again, i think he thinks i am crazy but i thought we could save up a lot of money and in a few years buy another home that we could afford if we want to but in the mean time we could see the united states and we may never have this opportunity again, lori whinery

  6. Patti Faustini says:

    Hi Lori, and it’s great hearing from you. It sounds as if you and your hubby are in the planning, dreaming, and scheming stage of life. Sometimes things can be overwhelming because we’re lucky enough to live in a nation where all things are possible! We’re not always sure of the best thing to do!

    Let me know what you decide to do…I can tell it will not be boring!

    Happy tales,


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