Jen saw Brian driving through Ruidoso on Wednesday and noticed his Washington license plates. A few hours later she saw him again at the Subway.
Jen’s been looking at the Aluminarium blog for about two years, knew we were in the area and between the license plates and Brian’s bald head she felt it was safe to approach him and ask “Are you Brian?”
They quickly covered a lot of subjects. Jen is full-time in an Airstream and had already written two reviews on Campendium.
Last night, Jen and her dog Q came over for happy hour. The two used to work together as bomb techs and when Jen retired, she was able to keep Q.
I insisted Jen stay for dinner. After, we had a short walk with the dogs, and as she was leaving she did the craziest thing.
When she and Brian had been talking earlier in the week, he mentioned our current raffle on Campendium and that we were looking to do a bigger raffle like a gift card to incentivize reviews and to thank people for participating on the site.
As Jen was leaving she hands me a $50 bill and says that it’s a “tip” for doing the Aluminarium blog. We get into a struggle where I’m pushing it back at her and she’s pushing it at me.
Meanwhile, she hands Brian a thick white envelope filled with $500 worth of twenty dollar bills and says it’s for raffles on Campendium.
Brian declines and the two of us try to push the money at her as she backs out of the trailer.
My hand was in the doorway still trying to give the $50 back to her as she shut the screen door on me. I had to retreat because my hand was getting smashed! Jen then ran to her truck and drove away.
We already see the flaws in our current raffle – there are a lot of hoops to jump through to enter it. Clean a campsite, write a review, then navigate over to the raffle page to enter.
So with this, we’re thinking all people would have to do is write a review and then they’d automatically be entered. But how often should we have the drawing and for how much?
$25 a week for 20 weeks? $50 a week for 10 weeks? $100 a month for 5 months? We’re thinking the winner could pick from a list of places to get a card, Amazon, REI, etc.
What do you think? With Jen and Q’s incredibly generous donation we’d really like to set it up for success.
Crazy right? Thank you Jen!!
Dinner Last Night:
I didn’t really have anything planned for dinner, but had the ingredients to throw together kale pesto pasta and a spinach salad. Instead of the parmesan I used 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast. It was tasty!
2015 Cost of Camping:
56 night paid camping
37 nights free camping
93 days this year
Total spent: $766
Daily average cost: $8.24