Social Responsibility

"Every individual has a responsibility to act in manner that is beneficial to society and not solely to the individual." - Pachamama.org

We won't be back on the road completely until this pandemic is over.

The reason is, unfortunately, with the United States, we have lost any resemblance of social responsibility.  It's not that the Founding Fathers didn't believe or weren't concerned with an individuals' social responsibilities.  In fact, they laid it out in the Preamble to the Constitution:

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

They start by defining the society and its intent: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect union...".  It also recognizes that the union is not perfect, but the desire is to make it better FOR EVERYONE.  The list of objectives (justice, tranquility, defense, general welfare, and the blessings of liberty) are all for the benefit of the society, not the individual directly.

We have lost sight of these principles and have focused on the individuals' rights in that society, i.e. the Constitutional Amendments.  These amendments were to balance the society and addressed concerns about individual liberties.  The amendments were never met to replace societal responsibilities.

Yes, we have the right to our freedoms, but not at the expense of the society nor the individuals forming that society.

Getting vaccinations to protect us from diseases has been around for years.  Vaccinations have helped us to reduce the infection rates and deaths.  It is the individuals' responsibility to themselves and to society, to mitigate the harm that the diseases cause.

Wearing a mask is the equivalent of strapping on a seat belt.  That had to be mandated, because people were killing themselves and others by not.  Did it restrict anyone's rights?  No, only the ability to prevent further injury in an accident.  Seat belts and vaccines are common sense and shouldn't have to be mandated, but that's not who we are.  Today, we don't seem to care about consequences of our actions.  The consequences of not getting vaccinated or wearing mask are possible death or long term illness.  Not a wise choice.

Concerts!

We love our music!  We started going to concerts in Washington, DC.  We saw some great jazz artists in Blues Alley, the Firm, and King Crimson (Merriweather Post Pavilion). We caught the Moody Blues and Norton Buffalo in Alaska.  We saw a ton of brilliant Nashville studio musicians at Beachhaven winery. We saw Pink Floyd at the Hockenheimring in Germany.  We saw Paul Rodgers and Bad Company and Robert was there webmaster in the late '90's.

After retirement in 2001, we saw several others until 2016 when we spent the summer going to nothing but concerts.  2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 (cut short) were the same up until Covid-19 struck.  Everything came to a screeching halt with Covid-19.

2021 is under way (albeit late) with five scheduled concerts, the last in January of 2022.

As long as we can, we'll keep on rockin'!

Transportation

We've had a variety of vehicles over the years; slide-in campers, pop-top trailers, full size trailers, and more than one VW Westphalia camper.  The worst of the bunch for comfort was a Trail-Lite Crossover; Robert could never get comfortable.  The most comfortable was also a Trail-Lite, a hybrid.  Our favorite was the VW camper, obviously.

Here's a collection of some of the ones we've had.  Run your cursor over the image to see the history of the vehicle.

1966 VW Split window

Robert's First VW Bus (Early - 70's )

Robert bought his first bus, just like this one, in the mid 1970's from Hank's Auto in Ashland, OR.  It had 21 opera windows, front split-window, and a sliding roof.  He doesn't remember what he paid, but it was less than $2,000.  He sold it to a friend for $500.

Today (2021), that van shows up on Ebay for $45-65,000.  Damn.

Orange 70s VW Camper

1970's Series VW Campers (Mid 70's/90's)

Between us, we had two of this series of campers, both were Weekender versions, not the Westy.  Robert, with a girlfriend, owned a similar van except it was powered by a Corvair engine.  It was fun flying past the latest versions!

We owned a similar 1960's version of the van that we bought in Hopkinsville, KY.  We had to sell it when we moved to Europe in the early 1990's.

1972 VW Weekender

1972 VW Camper (1996)

In 1996, we bought a 1972 van in Portland that was supposed to have a rebuilt engine.  The guy that sold it to us was a mechanic and had done the work himself.  We were on our way up to Seattle when it started blowing oil and we drove down the road to the next rest area with smoke billowing out the back end.  We had it towed to a Seattle VW dealer who then charged us $4,000 to fix everything.  A week after we picked it up, THAT engine blew in Medford, OR.  Can't even trust dealers anymore.

2009 Oregon Vacation w/ Batsy VW Camper

1981 VW Camper (1996)

We bought this van when we sold the previous van that blew up.  We sold it to a guy heading to South American.  As he was driving up to Seattle, it blew a seal between the transmission and the engine.  We offered him his money back, but he said he has someone to fix it, no problem.

2005 Trail-Lite RV

Trail-Lite Hybrid (2005)

In 2005, We bought the trailer in Portland at Curtis Trailers.  We were assured by salesman that this particular trailer was with in tow-able weight for our Dodge.  We were heading south towards Reno and after coming up into the mountains on I-5, we exited at the McCloud exit.  Right off the bat, we noticed the car wouldn't shift out of 2nd gear.  We limped into Reno and the Dodge dealer early the next working day.  They had it fixed and underway in less that 6 hours.  Good job there!!!  Cause: trailer too heavy for car.

2008 Crossover and Umpqua Camping

Trail-Lite Crossover (2008)

The Dodge Dakota with a Trail-Lite Crossover.

Robert could never get comfortable in this particular model.

2014 Camper at Beverly Beach

Dodge Dakota with All Terrain Camper (2012)

The Dodge Dakota with an All Terrain Camper provided the most fun since we owned it for 6 years and went places you couldn't go with some vehicles.  We never had any problems with the camper and the worse that happened to the Dodge was a blown radiator and a seat belt mechanism  that kept the seat belt from retracting.  Peggy had to ride in the jump seat in back for three days.  Should have got a medal for that...

1985 VW Westy

1985 VW Camper Waterboxer (2021)

We got a VERY good deal (under today's conditions) on a 1985 VW Westy with a rebuilt engine and transmission.  A lot of other work went into this van and it must have sat for awhile.  So, we're upgrading it some more and will hit the road soon!

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