Blogs, random thoughts, travel

  • Ranch Life: Urban Cowboys or just City Slickers?

    As the tractor carried her away to a suitable place (not the front yard of the house) the entire herd began to follow and moo as if they were sending her off.  Someone remarked “I’m not here for the funeral; I just came for the food.”
  • If the Van’s a Rocking…

    About midnight we woke up to sounds in the parking lot and noticed a dense fog had enveloped us almost obscuring drug dealer vehicles a few spaces away.  (I may have told Jenni they were getting fishing poles out of the trunk.)  Same thing at 2am—vehicle sounds and fog.   About 4:30am the van began to rock.  
  • You Have to Start Somewhere

    As we walked away, Jenni said she was confused about what had just happened.  I told her it was crystal clear to me:  a classic ‘wink, wink, nod, nod’.  We had our spot for the night!  
  • Packing

    I, for example, am prone to pack things I will never need but do so under the premise that if we broke down in the Mohave Dessert wouldn’t it be nice to have our Washer Toss game? 
  • Awaiting Test Results

    I also get distracted by loose shoestrings.  Not mine.  My wife’s.  She has this pair of shoes that she would have cursed if they had belonged to our children when they were younger. 
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    I’m a big fan of using someone else’s square corners so I chucked all my cuttings to the side and embraced the recycling of this bookcase.  Throughout this build we have looked for ways to use existing lumber (aka stacks taking up space in the garage) as well as creative uses of other furnishings. 
  • Phase Two (or something like that)

    We had just driven 2,400 miles fishing food, clothes, and toiletries out of plastic bins that had to be held in place with tension rods, wood slats, bungees, and other improvised tools.  Using a homemade toilet was fine but we needed some other conveniences!
  • Wanda is born

    Research shows that people who drive vans must give them a catchy or pun-intended, sometimes symbolic, name.  We struggled with this greatly—evidently more so than naming our own children and one of them was not the gender the doctors told us we were having.  
  • Maiden Voyage (II)

    This was initially the most stressful, anxiety producing trip I’ve ever taken.
  • Wrapping Up Phase One of the Build

    Electricity—did I tell you how much I dislike working with it?  So here are the basics: You need positive and negative.  Positive is usually a RED wire which is counter intuitive to an accountant who knows that NEGATIVE numbers are always RED! 
  • The Build Continues

    We learned that there are as many opinions of how to do electricity as there are users on FaceBook.  Ultimately we found a couple people to follow on YouTube who seemed to know what they were doing and didn’t mind admitting/showing when they made a mistake.  I will confess that I picked one because I liked the font they used on their website—turns out I learned A LOT about electrical from them!
  • The Build Begins

    Just picture yourself standing in your new-to-you vehicle with a metal saw in hand preparing to cut a large hole in the back door—C-R-A-Z-Y!  We did a few things right and many wrong but after considerable time we had a jagged square opening that a window sort of fit in.