Take The Wheel, Jax. Take The Wheel.

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  Welcome to Charleston, South Carolina.  Again.  Seems like we have been here before.  But complainers waste time complaining, and I see nothing to complain about actually.  South Carolina has nice people, good pancakes and pretty stuff to look at besides Brickle.  He told me to say that.

But it was not without drama that we made it here to camp.  You see, the rain started pouring down Friday in that Savannah, Georgia place like you would not believe.  Actually, maybe you do believe it, because it is well known we bring rain with us wherever we go.

Even though we had camping reservations, we decided to talk about whether we should try to leave in the rain and drive in it, or stay, loose money, yet be safer.  I sleep the whole time we are driving, so I didn’t have that much of an opinion.  Sheriff Brickle never wants to drive, so his opinion was void. And so, the decision was left up to Colonel Jax.  And well, Colonel Jax decided to hide the keys.

I was surprised at his boldness, being new to the family and his position.  It took me years to be able to assert my opinion on the rare occasion that I have one. Don’t every try to give me fake butter.  That I have an opinion on.

But Jax?  He told me that he was taking no chances on losing his family again. And that he was in charge of safety like I am in charge of pancakes.  And obviously, I am good at my job.  So I knew he would be good at his.  And well, even the Sheriff listened.  Sometimes, new coworkers can bring a new energy to a company.  A new attitude.

But sometimes, even when you leave a decision up to someone else because you don’t know what to do, you question that decision.  Even though if you wanted to make it, you should have done it in the first place.  So as we sat there in the rain, and the thunder struck, and the campground got flooded, we heard more dripping.  Inside the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV.  Yep. I woke up to see the leak in the ceiling, Boy Person climbed up on the roof in the rain, and he tried to fix it.  Jax seemed worried.  He was starting to guess if he should have even tried to help at all.  He wondered if his decision was wrong.  And he felt pretty bad about it.  I was feeling pretty bad for him too.

But what Jax didn’t know was that there was flooded roadways, so bad, that if we would have left as planned, we could have got caught in it and the roof still would have leaked.  You see, no decision is even worse than a wrong decision.  Because you didn’t even try.


And I think that Jax tried pretty hard for his first assignment.  And as Boy Person tried to fix the leaks, Girl Person tried to clean up, and I did my supervising with Sheriff Brickle being mad at everyone for the rain, because that is what he does best, Jax took a nap.  His first decision had taken a lot out of him.  And I get that too.  It is hard to know what to do sometimes in life.  But overthinking everything helps no one.  Sometimes, you just gotta do what you gotta do.  And it’s a good thing that Jax doesn’t overthink.  His cotton brain probably couldn’t handle it.


So as we pulled out of camp finally on Saturday afternoon, we thanked Jax.  Since he had made such a good decision the day before, Boy Person even let him take the wheel as we pulled out of our campsite.  You see, he deserved a little treat.  Not because his decision had worked out, but because he was brave enough to make one in the first place.  He still would have deserved to take the wheel, even if we would have floated out of there.  He smiled ear to ear at all the praise and happiness that was filling the RV along with the rain water.  And he even got to share the front seat with the Sheriff.


For five minutes.

Now, as we plan our days ahead in Charleston, South Carolina, we have Jax to thank for getting us here.  It is nice to be back, and it is nice to be back with our new rescue dog, Jax.  Sheriff Brickle and I still have a lot to teach him, but maybe, just maybe, we are learning a little bit from him too.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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The Night That The Lights Went Out In Georgia. Again.

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Did you ever have so much going on that you forgot what day it was?  Granny Person used to say she would lose her head if it wasn’t attached. And I think that Girl Person needs a reminder on where her head is.  Because she is not accomplishing much this week the way she is going.  Which she probably forgot where that is. Savannah, Georgia, Girl Person.  Savannah, Georgia.


Now.  You know me.  I am all about saving energy when it comes to my handsome.  I can’t exert too much of myself in order to be even more handsomer the next day.  So that being said, I get when people try to turn off lights to save energy, or recycle, or that kind of stuff.  The earth should get more beautiful every day.


But beauty takes maintenance.  You have to conserve energy to have lights the next day.

We have been so busy in this Savannah, Georgia place.  You see, it has been raining nonstop for the past week.  We try to go places in the morning before it starts, but when it starts, it is like a deluge.  Everything gets muddy and wet and dirty and it makes more laundry for the persons.  They wash, wash, wash and do it again and again and again.  By the end of it, they are so dirty that they try to take showers at camp.  But Girl Person is so tired that she forgets about the energy thing.  In the shower.  And she forgets about the lights.  Until it is too late.

For the past week, she remembers to take a shower, but she forgets about the light switch on the wall.  You have to turn the timer so that the lights don’t shut off.  And Girl Person, being as dirty as she is, really…really…needs a longer shower.  Even though it is a cold one.  But you can only remember so much when you have lost your mind.  The first night it happened, it was late.  Real late.  The lights went out, she was in her one butt bathroom shower and she had a decision.  Either put on all her clothes and take a deep breath and try to not freak out, or make a run to the light switch before she could think about it and take the chance that someone might come in.  Run, Forest, run! I mean, Girl Person.

Now.  When you are wet, the campground bathroom is muddy, and you are trying not to think about everything that could get you in the dark, you aren’t real slow.  You are real fast.  And you are real slippery.  Real slippery. And you kinda fall.  And your butt covered in poison ivy doesn’t feel good after that.

Now.  When this kind of thing happens, you probably would think that you would remember about the timer on the light switch the next time.  Or the time after that.  Or maybe…maybe…the next time.

But as Girl Person went to get a shower after doing laundry, getting caught in the rain carrying the laundry back to the RV, and after she dried her tears after a pity party, she decided to take another shower.  After the day she had, she really didn’t want the lights to go out in Georgia again.  So she turned that timer all the way…just so she knew it wouldn’t shut off.  And as she was feeling good that she finally remembered, and that maybe it had not been such a bad day after all, she heard it.  The sounds of laughing person kids and the light?  It.  Went.  Off.  They had turned off the timer.  And now? It was real dark in this part of Georgia.

Sometimes, when you can’t even remember what day it is, well, you then can’t remember that you are mad about some lights.  All you can do is put your clothes on, walk real slow and turn on the lights.  Then, you think about the next day, hope it isn’t going to rain again, and start over. But you also shower faster in case they come back.

Georgia place?  It has been fun.  We still have one more day here and then we are off to Charleston, South Carolina!  Georgia place? Despite your timed showers and rain and humidity that will knock your socks off if they aren’t soaking wet, we will miss you.  Your trees, your people, your food and your places to visit are never to be forgotten.


If everyone realized that Georgia was truly as sweet as their peaches, everyone would live here. But there wouldn’t be enough lights.  Because you see, the best places realize that to be more beautiful the next day, they have to take care of what they have the day before.  We all need a reset button.  We all need a timer.  If your timer goes off, and you find yourself in the dark, it can be hard.  You may want to give up and just stay there.  In the dark.  But find the courage to make a run to the light.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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