By Bob Difley
The Olympics are upon us, the opening celebration kicking off the 30th Olympiad, and the third time the Olympics have been in London–more than any other city. And this year more women than men will be participating on the American teams, with women competing from some Arab countries–Saudi Arabia among them–that have never had women on their teams before.
But, unfortunately, there is still discrimination. Not against women so much any more, or Asians, or Blacks, but against RVers. Where are the athletes competing in RVing events, like backing up a motorhome with a dinghy in tow, or best approach to a gas pump in a crowded gas station.
We as a minority group have been overlooked again, as you can see there are obviously no RVing events in these games. They have a guy (a 400 meter sprinter) who is a double amputee who runs on “blades” instead of legs, but do you see any Fleetwood or Winnebago drivers taking corners on two (or maybe 3) wheels on the oval track in front of thousands of cheering spectators?
As hard as I looked I couldn’t find any schedule that included events like Fastest S’mores Cooker, Best Campfire Builder, Quickest Plate Filling at Pot Lucks, or Fastest Backing a Fifth-Wheel Into a Campsite. And where is the competition for the fastest campsite setup (including erection of camp chair and shade umbrella, hanging bird feeder, and popping a brewski, and Last Man (or Woman) Still Standing at the end of an RV Athletic Event.
I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more! I say we all stand up together (but not while driving) and demand our rights to Olympic RVing events. And I mean now (if the Olympic committee waits any longer we may forget just what we were protesting for)!
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