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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Friday, May 21, 2010


Ah, the things you have to do when you serve the public. Things that most of you probably don’t think about (unless you are in business for yourself including owning a campground).

Several years ago, we went from standard toilet paper holders to industrial strength TP holders WITH a padlock at the end of the apparatus so as to keep TP from disappearing. Not only are the TP holders industrial strength, but they are, in theory, supposed to make it more difficult for “over users” (or the child or adult who decides to start a flow of TP into the toilet and then flush the toilet and watch it unroll).

Well, those types of TP users have advanced to a new high on the campground owner’s radar. There are TP roll holders with metal slopes over the TP. The illustration reads as follows: ANGLE PREVENTS CLIMBING ON OR STOMP DAMAGE. These are also padlocked. And they start at a price of $82.00 each. That could get quite costly, depending on the number of stalls you have in the bathrooms.

Why does anyone want to climb on or stomp on toilet paper on a roll (or OFF the roll for that matter)?? I bet even Mr. Whipple (Please don’t squeeze the Charmin guy) didn’t even have that going on. Why do people try to carve their initials in the toilet stalls? (Solved that problem too; covered them in structoglass). Wouldn’t it be difficult to even get up ON the roll of TP?? Then how would you stomp on it once you are up there?? Or maybe there are those who stand on one foot and then thrust the other foot mightily against the roll of TP?? That WOULD make it difficult to unroll. But, we’ve got ya covered; we have 384 rolls, 1000 sheets each of TP in storage. And if we find anyone climbing on or stomping the TP, the foot attire of said stompee will be taken for a walk, back to the woods and gleefully tossed over the fence and into the sewage lagoon.

Then there are the signs; OH, the signs we have.

Besides having a large swing set (like you see at school grounds) we also have a swing area for toddlers. They have the nice, heavy plastic enclosed “bucket” seats. The chains are coated in a heavy yellow plastic so little fingers don’t get pinched or stuck. It amazes me why teenagers and EVEN heavy adults will try to fit in those little seats! So, we put up a sign on the toddler swings that simply states “IF YOU WEIGH MORE THAN 30 POUNDS OR YOUR BUCKET IS BIGGER THAN THESE BUCKETS, STAY OFF”. We still have to “chase” teens AND adults off the baby swings! Maybe THIS explains why we also have to inform small children to not grab a hold of the volleyball net and swing on it…because THEIR swings are occupied by big kids or adults! That could be it!


  1. Oh man, that would all drive me nuts-- good thing I don't work with the public. i'd ask them if they were raised in a barn! Not great for repeat business :-)

    Hang in there Kathy,

  2. Gary / Battle Creek2:29 AM

    Sounds like the type of people that the pigs would kick out of the sty, very little or no class at all !!!

  3. Joanna, counting the days till we leave for Georgia in October!!! HA! I'm a hangin' in there!

    Gary, the hard part is catching the WHO DUN ITs!

  4. Anonymous9:01 AM

    I can just see some spoiled brat t ype kid trying to stand on a roll ot toilet paper ! I'd love to see their shoes floating in the POOP POND!

  5. Loved that photo Cathy, it cracked me up!
    I can't believe people intentionally do these things..what is WRONG with them? I could never, EVER do that stuff...wasn't brought up that way and didn't bring my kids up that way.
    That is what it all comes down to, no?

  6. OH MY!!! you crack me up....i love reading your posts....i can see some of these punk teens and young adults who apparently come from the generation of don't tell me no jumping on TP....it drives me nuts when i see or hear children (as old as 30) acting like 2 yr olds...common sense and common courtesy have been made a thing of the past...if my parents caught me doing some of the things kids do nowadays, they'd tan my hide, and i'm 29...


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