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Supreme Court Justice Thomas and Wife Camp Out at Wal-Mart
FoxNews ^ | 08/07/2009

Posted on 08/07/2009 5:05:14 PM PDT by devane617

One of the favorite places for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and wife Ginni to grab some sleep is in a Wal-Mart parking lot, Mrs. Thomas told National Public Radio on Wednesday.

In fact, the Washington power couple spends each summer touring the United States in a mobile home, she said. The justice and his wife have cruised through 27 states since buying their used recreation vehicle in 1999.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Outdoors; Travel
KEYWORDS: clarencethomas; cool; rv; summercamp
I remember a year ago, maybe last summer seeing a man in a WMT parking lot getting into an RV. The WMT is a few blocks from my home. I did a double-take and told a friend, "That guy could be Clarence Thomas' brother." Now, I wonder if it was him....I wish I would have stopped and said hello.
1 posted on 08/07/2009 5:05:14 PM PDT by devane617
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To: devane617
The justice and his wife have cruised through 27 states since buying their used recreation vehicle in 1999.

Only 30-31 left to go.

2 posted on 08/07/2009 5:09:44 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: devane617

I read his book... and I thank God we have someone like him in the USSC...


3 posted on 08/07/2009 5:10:41 PM PDT by John123 (Turn on your teleprompter Obama and read your lips... "No New Taxes!!")
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To: devane617

There is a Yahoo group for people who camp out at Wal Mart. Wal Mart has no problem with people camping out in their parking lot because they usually spend money at some point, and Wal Mart has really good RV/camping departments.


4 posted on 08/07/2009 5:11:58 PM PDT by Excellence (Meet your new mother-in-law, the United States Government)
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To: martin_fierro

Martin, If I remember correctly, Justice Thomas is a cigar man....That would have made my meeting doubly impressive. If I made a list of people I want to meet, he would be close to the top...


5 posted on 08/07/2009 5:12:16 PM PDT by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: Excellence

The WMT down the street always has a couple RV’s in the Parking lot.


6 posted on 08/07/2009 5:13:19 PM PDT by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: devane617
And this is what Mrs. Thamas says they drive,
http://www.prevost-stuff.com/
albeit used.
7 posted on 08/07/2009 5:20:04 PM PDT by Excellence (Meet your new mother-in-law, the United States Government)
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To: devane617

This guy is so cool. I just pray he hangs in there until we have a conservative in the WH before he retires (along with Scalia).


8 posted on 08/07/2009 5:34:31 PM PDT by Hammer Tym (Skateboarding is a crime)
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To: Excellence

Wow! Very nice. Obviously, Justice Thomas is taking Tom Selleck’s advice (TV commercials still on Direct TV from time to time).


9 posted on 08/07/2009 5:36:09 PM PDT by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: devane617
Judge Bork used to do a roadtrip up into New England and Maine every Summer. Used to overnight at the inn in Southern Maine where my family would spend a week every August.

Was always tempted to go up and try to shake his hand. But I figured that he probably got enough of that elsewhere and it wouldn't be polite since he wasn't at a public function. About 10-15 years ago he and my Mom did have a brief conversation about his car (one of those Buick or Caddy 2-seater convertables).
10 posted on 08/07/2009 5:37:53 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: 12Gauge687
I'm not familiar with those. Are they about RVs? Obviously, Justice Thomas is taking Tom Selleck’s advice (TV commercials still on Direct TV from time to time).
11 posted on 08/07/2009 5:40:14 PM PDT by Excellence (Meet your new mother-in-law, the United States Government)
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To: Excellence

I’ve heard that Wal Mart’s reaction when it first started was to send out a greeter to say hello, inform the folks that there was fresh coffee in the store and ask if anyone had any special needs.

As a result, almost all the overnights stopped in the store to make a purchase before leaving and left with feelings of goodwill.

Very canny decision on the part of Wal Mart. They’re not using the parking lot at night. RV owners are prosperous retirees for the most part who do not leave messes and who have plenty of disposable income.


12 posted on 08/07/2009 5:44:28 PM PDT by Ronin (Nemo me impune lacesset)
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To: John123

I thank God he had the fortitude to stand up to those allegations even though many would have buckled and dropped out of consideration. He is quite a man.


13 posted on 08/07/2009 5:46:48 PM PDT by EmilyGeiger ( Government Healthcare will have the efficiency of the postal service and the compassion of IRS)
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To: devane617

I have an RV question: Is it better to get the motorhome itself or hitch it to a pickup truck?


14 posted on 08/07/2009 5:49:24 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: Excellence

Prevosts are made in Canada and are basically buses that
are sold to RV companies that convert them to motorcoaches.
The only other coach that compares are Newells and both of
these brands sell new in the $1-$1.7 mil range. For what it’s
worth, anything over 500K is a good coach and when you go up
to the top end, you’re just saying to everyone that “I can
afford this”


15 posted on 08/07/2009 5:55:08 PM PDT by OregonRancher (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints)
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To: OregonRancher
Mrs. Thomas made a point of saying theirs was used. My poor Winnebago has such an inferiority complex.
16 posted on 08/07/2009 6:02:13 PM PDT by Excellence (Meet your new mother-in-law, the United States Government)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Is it better to get the motorhome itself or hitch it to a pickup truck

If you ask 100 RVers, you'll get 100 different answers. The short answer is that it depends.

Generally, motorhomes are significantly more expensive than travel trailers or fifth wheels (fifth wheels are the trailers that attach to a receiver inside the tow vehicle bed - sorta like a semi truck and trailer). This alone can make the decision for many.

There's also the consideration that you may already have a capable pickup or SUV already - then the travel trailer may make sense purely because of that.

In most states, you can't ride in the trailer, so the tow vehicle can be cramped on long trips, where the motorhome allows you to walk around

Tow vehicles generally have greater crash survivability than motorhomes in a collision.

If you travel to campgrounds, and you want to go somewhere, the travel trailer can be left and you hop in the tow vehicle and go. Unless your motorhome is towing a car, you have to break camp and take the motorhome.

If you like rural camping, motorhomes aren't generally off-roadable. Some people alter their travel trailers with skid plates and drag them into the middle of nowhere with their 4x4 tow vehicle.

What you want to do, and where you want to go with an RV is a big part of deciding what kind is "better".

There are also truck campers, which fit into the pickup bed and turn the pickup into a camper.
17 posted on 08/07/2009 6:04:50 PM PDT by chrisser (Jim Thompson is the the finest, bravest, most honorable American I have ever known...)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Believe it or not, there is a book called RV’s for dummies. My brother in law has the book and it covers all types from pop ups to class A rigs. Good luck. I still stick to tent camping when the nights are below 80 F.


18 posted on 08/07/2009 6:07:30 PM PDT by Texas resident ( Boys and Girls, it's us against them.)
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To: Excellence

Yes, Tom Selleck’s voice-over encourages folks to go RV-ing. The ads have been on many of the cable channels, particularly the outdoors-related and sports ones as well as an occasional viewing on Fox News Channel. They’re nicely done and try to emphasize that there’s a world beyond video games from which to learn. Prior to the gas crisis of last summer and the bank collapse, they were quite frequent.


19 posted on 08/07/2009 6:09:55 PM PDT by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: devane617

On a 60 Minutes interview several years ago, he said they RV every summer.


20 posted on 08/07/2009 6:22:36 PM PDT by Wacka
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

The hitch is better. In case you want to stay in area for a few days, you just unhitch and you are more mobile, less limits on where you can park with your truck.


21 posted on 08/07/2009 6:52:00 PM PDT by JRochelle ("I wasn't briefed about the briefing, I was only informed." SanFranNan.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
spends each summer touring the United States in a mobile home
Probably s/b motor home. :')
22 posted on 08/08/2009 6:59:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: devane617
I would love to have a motor home and tour the country in it but Mr. Ditter is not interested.
23 posted on 08/08/2009 7:05:40 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

I think it would be great to pile in the motor home in early January, when it gets cold, and head south for a month or so. Here in Texas, we have a large population of winter Texans that head to the deep valley during the winter. Warm and dry unlike warm and damp FL.


24 posted on 08/08/2009 7:13:27 PM PDT by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: devane617
My parents retired to Rockport Texas and they had lots of “snowbirds” for friends. They looked forward to their arrival every winter.
25 posted on 08/08/2009 7:16:52 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

I was in Rockport/Port Aransas two weeks ago. I normally spend a month in a rental condo down there each winter. I would buy a place in Rockport if I could find exactly what I want. I’m close...


26 posted on 08/08/2009 7:21:08 PM PDT by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: devane617
My parents both died in ‘84 and I haven't been back to Rockport since. My grandmother grew up there in the late 1800’s and I spent a lot of time there visiting my parents in the 1970’s and 80’s. It was a lovely little town last time I saw it, I am sure it has changed a lot since then.
27 posted on 08/08/2009 7:27:03 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

Years ago I read “Travels with Charlie” by John Steinbeck. He had traveled through the U.S. in the 30’s and decided to do the trip again with Charlie his dog.

It was a long time ago when I read it but really enjoyed it at the time.


28 posted on 08/08/2009 7:34:41 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

Travels with Charlie, may be my all-time favorite Steinbeck book.


29 posted on 08/08/2009 7:36:50 PM PDT by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: devane617

I haven’t read Travels with Charlie in years. IIRC Steinbeck began his trip in Sag Harbor or somewhere on Long Island.

Maybe I will pick up a copy and re-read it.

It is always interesting to read a book one read years ago. My reaction is usually one of surprise. I wonder how I could have read some of it and not remember it or perceive it differently.

I’m psyched now to re-read Travels with Charlie. I loved it at the time. Probably will again.


30 posted on 08/08/2009 7:41:29 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: devane617

I had a similar experience.

But mine was at a Sheetz Convenience Store Gas Station (I think it was on Rte 22). We were returning from a baseball game, and I stopped for fuel; my two youngest boys were with me...and I sent the older one into the store to but drinks (Gatorade) while I got gas. There was a hugh (and series) motor home on the other side of my fuel island; and the driver was a very tall man with glasses (who instantly made me think of Clarence Thomas—could have been his twin). I remember him kind of not wanting to be noticed for laughing when my boys quarrelled out the car window as to what flavor Gatorade the older would purchase for the younger (Mom, make him buy me a blue one!!!)

If I would have known it was Justice Thomas, maybe I could have asked for a word of wisdom on conflict resolution.


31 posted on 08/08/2009 7:44:14 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom ("First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win!" Mahatma Ghandi)
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To: Ronin

Having RV’s in the parking lot is another layer of security at night, too.


32 posted on 08/08/2009 7:48:31 PM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: SunkenCiv

Typical journalist. Doesn’t know the difference between a motorhome and a mobile home!


33 posted on 08/08/2009 7:58:05 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Become a monthly donor or FR won't be here for you!)
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