Rants and Raves at the 125th

by Mike Kendra on May 24, 2012

This past weekend I enjoyed participating in the National Skirmish at Fort Shenandoah. For much of the weekend my wife and two boys, aged 3 and 5, followed me all over the range.

We had a great time at the Fort, as we usually do, here are a few things we loved, and a few things we didn’t like so much…

What We Loved

To the Staff of the 125th, thanks for all your hard work!

We loved the weather, I’ve been to nearly every National Skirmish since I was a little kid, and this was one of the nicest weekends I can remember. It wasn’t that hot or cold, the skies were clear, and it was never very windy. My wife always complains that the bad weather follows her down here, but not this time!

We loved the entrance road and exit roads, and all the maintenance around the Fort, Tim, our property manager, is doing an outstanding job keeping our property functional and well kept. I hope you’ve all experienced the same service!

We loved the staff! Very well done again this year, everything ran smoothly, and I expect my experience wasn’t unique!

One Rant

My wife and I are expecting another little one in September, so you can imagine this was a challenging weekend to be out at a National. That challenge was multiplied by our two boys as you’d expect.

Our issues started at the bathrooms, and I’m not sure how many of you will understand this, but the smell at one of the range side bathrooms made my wife a bit ill in her state. I don’t know if it’s the chemicals being used, or perhaps the cover over the tanks wasn’t shut, but yuck.

The porta-potties near the Memorial Circle had the same effect on her as we walked past. I’m not sure if it was always like this but…

Please, don’t misunderstand, we felt that the staff kept the bathrooms clean.. It’s just that every time we walked to or from the snack bar to eat, we were confronted with this terrible waft of yuck. Speaking of the snack bar…

My Wife’s Rant

My wife was extremely agitated at the snack bar, or more accurately in the snack bar pavilion. All four of us sat down with some hot dogs for dinner and someone started smoking at a table next to us… this did not go over well…

Now we aren’t the type (well I’m not) to tell other people to stop doing the thing they enjoy just because we don’t like it, so we moved out and away from the pavilion when that happened.

My wife was very upset by this. She believes that this should never have happened to begin with. We aren’t used to being exposed to smoking in places where we eat, and with the baby on the way I got to hear all about how and why this should never happen….

So my question is, should we allow smoking in the snack bar pavilion?

Who would make that decision anyway? The N-SSA or the Ruritan’s?

Just to be clear, Virginia has banned most smoking in Restaurants as of December of 2009, but private clubs such as ours and outdoor pavilions are exempted from the law. However, we, Ami and I, think that perhaps this an issue that the Ruritan’s or the BoD should consider.

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Doug Kauffman May 29, 2012 at 11:17 am

I agree with the idea that people should probably not smoke in the Ruritan Pavilion. Most smokers I know don’t enjoy eating with other people smoking either but keep in mind, you are in Virginia where they practically invented tobacco.

Unfortunately, this is more a matter of manners and common sense issue and you would’nt want to legislate that from the N-SSA side as we would get caught up in all of the minutia concerning how far from the pavilion you can smoke, upwind/downwind, enforcement of said ordinance, etc. . and you certainly aren’t going to ask the Provost Corp to start enforcing non-smoking rules too.

Other than asking the Ruritans to post a sign (or make some up yourself and post them, who would know), which most folks would probably abide by, there is not much more you can do except perhaps step up and ask the person smoking if they could move.

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