Last week I noticed a lot of traffic on my site directed to the bus related items (over there on the right) so it appears that some bus guys are wandering around the garden, grabbing the low hanging fruit and taking some of it home, which is okay, that is what it is there for.
It is a lot better reading than this tripe I discovered quite by accident on Craig’s List the other day. A poorly written missive and a testament to the stupidity of bus drivers in this country. This sadly is often read by the public and helps no one in particular.
Yesterday after reading that I got to thinking about how stupid bus people appear to be. Right now there is a huge concentration of them in the desert out in Arizona, Quartzite, a little burg that no one ever heard of, but once a year swells to a population of well over 100,000 people. The majority of them bus owners. A rite of passage, some people never miss it, kind of like the “Burning Man” for the well equipped or resourceful, desert dwellers of the Stainless Steel variety.
All of them dry-camped in the desert, gathering around campfires at night, lying about how much money they paid for their bus, what good fuel mileage they get and flea market shopping under a huge tent during the day for the latest Chinese Junk.
Having just finished Arcadia, Florida (another famous once a year bus rally), they are all set for the Bureau of Land Management Experience. Which I find somewhat amusing, sitting around in a dust bowl and doing mainly nothing.
Here is another stupid thing bus people do.
They all get on the Internet boards and announce essentially to the world “where they are, where they are going, and when they will return.” Not very smart, very convenient if you are a bus person burglar, you have just told everyone you know (and quite a few that you do not know):
YOU ARE NOT HOME … COME ON OVER AND GET MY STUFF.
Why people do this is a true mystery to me. With the Internet it seems that there are no secrets left in society anymore …. full disclosure. So in the spirit of the post … Here is a little more.
Another club we used to belong to would hold one or two meetings a year. I found it somewhat curious that members from the East coast would show up with “fresh moonshine whiskey” and they would distribute it to a few members in attendance.
Of course they never referred to it as “shine” or anything like that, it was always called “spring water” or some other misnomer. Later on they regaled in announcing to the entire world on their respective blogs and websites their indulgence in a practice that is clearly illegal in most states and nationwide.
A strange part of the bus culture, is that bus people also have this other quirky thing they do, they get on the internet and tell everyone how the trip home went, and announce to no one in particular that they are now safely back at the abode. (They also comment on other buses on the road … calling these reports sightings … and wondering who it might be?) Which brings us to this interesting fact, everyone seems oblivious to.
If you were a “government Revenue man” as they put it back in the hardwoods of Tennessee, Kentucky, and West – By – God – Virginia, it wouldn’t take long to figure out the members were indeed drinking shine, distributing it and transporting it all across state lines, tax free. Which would raise up a red flag quickie pronto.
Someone of course “has to be making it” and that friends is a tad bit illegal.
You could be looking at a considerable jail time and fines, varying specifically by your state. But you are looking at a fine of $10,000 and up to five years in jail for only one offense of making moonshine (even if you don’t sell it). Doing a little research on the subject I found a GA man faced 35 years in prison for making and selling moonshine.
(Well, what else are you going to do while she is watching American Idol?)
The reason the fines are so steep is because the federal government strictly regulates the process, and gets over $2 worth of tax for every 750mL bottle of liquor, as opposed to 21 cents for a bottle of wine and 5 cents for a can of beer. So do you really want to attend a meet, drink some shine with your buddies, and then go to jail?
Not very smart, kind of makes me wonder if “membership is worth it” and is my attendance at some kind of function like this necessary or even considered a good idea? Most of this simply does not apply in our case, as we gave up drinking a long time ago, because of alcohol sensitive prescription medicines.
Bottom line is I find it somewhat scary the whole idea.
As stupid as current government in this country seems to be here lately, I could be found guilty just by the mere fact that I am associated with this kind of nonsense. So if you are new to the culture and you are looking around for a place to hang, might be a good idea to check out the people you are associated with at these things.
Don’t get me wrong, I freely leave you to draw your own conclusions. Might also note that there are plenty of good bus groups out there, that operate just fine. Just remember this … You lay down with a dog, you are going to come up smelling like one, and it makes no difference to the government.
They want your cash, your a**, your bus, and assets, you in turn, get bunk beds for the next five to ten.
Watch those right-handers