It's beginning to look a lot like Quartzsite at high season. The big tent for the Quartzsite RV and Travel show is now up and in place, although the show is yet still ahead of us. Vendors report to us that sales are improving, although the perennial growling about, "Not enough business to make it worth coming back next year," is still heard. Oddly enough, many of those who growl are the same ones who've done the same noise-making for years.
Out on the desert on BLM lands, there's still plenty of territory available for RVers (and those with "alternative" arrangements) to stake out a claim for the warm, sunny desert.
The big non-vendor event coming up is on the 24th at the QIA. We bring this up early, because if you don't get your tickets soon, it'll probably be too late. It's Paul Winer, in concert! Don't know Paul Winer? You probably know him in his better known-persona as Pantless Paul the Bookstore Guy.
That's right, long before Paul was "the naked bookseller," he was also known by his stage name of Sweet Pie, a latter-day vaudevillian. A wild man on the piano, Paul was a music-loving comedian who performed in Canada and New England before his present life. When Paul and his family moved into Quartzsite years back, he knew it was time to settle down so he could give stability to their daughter Celia. Tragedy hit the family when Celia died at eight years old. Paul kept on with books, but recently, 'got the call' to hit the stage again.
For those of us with tastes a bit more modest than the casual sporting of a G-string, fear not. Paul puts on his pants and shoes to perform. It's a rousing show, and the admission to the 2:00 pm show is but $5. But as we said, best get on down to the QIA and get your tickets while you can.