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    Hi, Kevin,
    I find it offensive for ANYONE to try to save ANY space for someone who isn't there yet. I was at the Flagstaff rally in 1991. I arrived Wednesday evening and, when I thought I'd found a camping spot, I was informed that "All these spots are reserved for the Detroit Touring Club" and at the next nice spot, "All these are reserved for the Chicago club," etc. I finally pitched my tent away from everyone, far from where campfires were permitted. After my experience there, I wanted nothing to do with BMWMOA rallys and didn't attend one until Rhinebeck in 1999. The rule should be hard and fast, NO SAVING SPACES FOR ANYONE! Anyone who attempts to save a space should first be asked to remove the tape, etc., and if (s)he persists, should be escorted from the camping area. There should be NO reserved areas except for special needs (cpap, etc.) or the Sherpa Mayberry area. That's my $.02.
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    Actually, they WERE running, and I made sure that they knew that they would run all night, and that I would be very unhappy if they turned off the truck, as people did in Wyoming. They were very cool with it all, and gave no problems.
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    I would have camped under one of those trailers (shade), if I thought I could have got away with it, noise or not!! But, I was lucky and found afternoon shade. The luckiest guys were the ones up next to the school house, I think!

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    My spot was saved for me, and it was nice to find my hard-working brothers and sisters when I pulled in on Tuesday. (They had the cold beer, donchaknow?) But there was plenty of open space around us and we made some new friends who camped with us this year.

    We all camped in the sun (not in the shade), and not too far from the refrigerated trailer that held the ice.

    When you are working throughout the rally with a team, it's nice to be all in the same vicinity.
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    What we need are some plastic immitation cow pies. The first guy in spreads them around his tent. He can then point them out to anyone other than his friends and tell them "spot is open, BUT, beware of the bio-hazard.

    I bet that a vendor would make a killing selling these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHMarvin View Post
    Hi, Kevin,
    I find it offensive for ANYONE to try to save ANY space for someone who isn't there yet. I was at the Flagstaff rally in 1991. I arrived Wednesday evening and, when I thought I'd found a camping spot, I was informed that "All these spots are reserved for the Detroit Touring Club" and at the next nice spot, "All these are reserved for the Chicago club," etc. I finally pitched my tent away from everyone.
    I had a similar experience in Johnson City when a woman from the CMA told me I was not welcome to pitch my tent where I stopped unless I had accepted jesus as my personal savior.

    It was so completely unchristian of her I just moved on. No sense arguing with that sort. I ended up with a bunch of Darwinists and had a wonderful time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    I had a similar experience in Johnson City when a woman from the CMA told me I was not welcome to pitch my tent where I stopped unless I had accepted jesus as my personal savior.

    It was so completely unchristian of her I just moved on. No sense arguing with that sort. I ended up with a bunch of Darwinists and had a wonderful time!
    Be sure to introduce her to 2bilemike; they deserve each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDOCKERY132445 View Post
    Be sure to introduce her to 2bilemike; they deserve each other.
    So what makes you any different? He is intolerant, as are you. You deserve each other.

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    which is exaclty why i purchase a sherpa tent. my spot is there, there is a a nice big shade area, i dont have to haul it, or set up/take down.

    yeap i pay for it. I did find the sleeping bags useless, lol

    I do however think saving a ton of sites rediculous. if you need to save a spot, put your bike on it.
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    I can see saving a spot for a buddy a few hours back, or a spouse, but sure, I understand a good thing can be over done, which probably prompted the rule in the first place.
    John.

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    We loved the "Club Camping" area. We have a large club with members in nearly all 49 states. The MOA rally is one of the few ways for us to get together once a year.

    There were over 60 YBs camping at the rally and another 40 "wimps" at the dorms or hotels.

    The club camping area seems to put an end to a lot of the tent space saving situation.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbertalotto View Post
    We loved the "Club Camping" area. We have a large club with members in nearly all 49 states. The MOA rally is one of the few ways for us to get together once a year.

    There were over 60 YBs camping at the rally and another 40 "wimps" at the dorms or hotels.

    The club camping area seems to put an end to a lot of the tent space saving situation.....
    Another good reason to join and support your local MOA chartered clubs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rik View Post
    So what makes you any different? He is intolerant, as are you. You deserve each other.
    What makes me different is that I don't give a rip where you fall on the political spectrum, the religious scale, or the sexual preference spectrum. I will tell those, who condemn others for what they are or believe, that they are bigots and need to examine their selves. As for tolerating those who engage in the name calling and random bigotry, I grew up with those kinds of people and I choose to no longer stay silent when they start their crap.
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    There was plenty of room on the infield. And I'll also point out that we had outsiders (R-bikes, K-bikes, and other brands) infiltrate the GS camping area and we welcomed them....and shared out beer!

    Can't we all just get along???

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    i'm new here but...

    this seems like the perfect spot for some good old fashioned courtesy and politeness, and perhaps some common sense and good neighbor practises as well.

    when i rolled into the fairgrounds at Bloomsburg on Tuesday, i went right to the volunteer coordinators, who were all standing out back of the volunteer center (closest to the gate). after a short conversation, it was mutually decided i should go set up then check back in. now, i happened to be addressing one of the top rally chairs/volunteer coordinators, but i specifically asked if there were any restrictions on where i should set up? to which she replied, anywhere you like, as long it there are no signs saying "no camping". one look at the *group* camping area and it was quite obvious that solo operators such as myself had no business setting up there, so i rode all over the place before choosing a spot.

    now IMO, if you are going to attempt to *save* a spot for a buddy or whatever, let's hope like heck that your friend is going to be WAY ahead of 99.5% of all other campers. i find it ludicrous that anyone might try to save a spot for someone who isn't going to come in maybe Wednesday at the latest, because the first ones in get the more prime spots and then everyone else fills in the gaps.

    HOWEVER, if one wants to set up in an obviously sweet spot, then when everyone/anyone else comes in why not just ask politely if they might be able to allow some space for perhaps a single tent... why wouldn't anyone in their right mind accommodate that request? later, if the person never shows, there is still some space for somebody or perhaps a spot for a community hang-out. call me silly- it seems simply a matter of introducing oneself and then posing the question in a nice manner that welcomes all into the scenario. either person getting nasty about it and having a little snit seems a lousy way to begin a week or a few days together.

    it ain't rocket surgery folks.

    i dunno,
    maybe i'm asking too much here, call me an old-fashioned neighbor.

    PS,
    maybe the guy who had the Jesus trip laid on him happened to be in the group area, and perhaps right beside the christian crew?
    just a guess- it's a long-shot i know....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    PS,
    maybe the guy who had the Jesus trip laid on him happened to be in the group area, and perhaps right beside the christian crew?
    just a guess- it's a long-shot i know....
    Actually I was pretty much in the middle of the field on the first day of the rally, a good 30 yards from the shade where she had been lounging. She had to heave herself out of her camping chair and walk over to me. No markings, no plastic ribbon, and also no greeting, just the inquisition. The sort of stuff Voltaire loved so much in his lifetime.

    On the ride back to Vermont I was hot, tired, and very thirsty when I spotted a revival tent set up behind a rural church. I stopped to ask for water and instead was greeted as kin, fed, given soda, had my saddlebags packed with snacks and fluids. This despite the fact that I am a godless secular humanist.

    The CMA lady treated me like some sort of unclean object. The little church treated me like a human being. Guess which one left me with warm fuzzies.
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