the Trash vitae

Trash is the editor-in-chief of an independent Colorado micro-publisher/ design studio. I dabble in digital photography, the lost art of film image making, and guerilla digital video. DrMAC Studios specializes in books and videos on self-reliance, gardening, dumpster diving, urban foraging and living off the excesses of others.
This blog documents my daily experiences with the rest of the world

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

diet time for Trash

Went to the doctor yesterday for my once a month checkups. Since my surgery two years ago I went over a year and 6 before weight gain became a problem. I normally weigh in around 220-230. 2 months ago I weighed in at 251. Yesterday I weighed in at 264. Believe me I can feel it. So it is diet time for Trash. 
I exercise frequently by walking 2-3 miles a day. However my eating habits need to change.  NO more fast food and no more junk food. At least for now.  I need to get back down to my ideal of 230.

Friday, August 4, 2017


Last week we made our reservations for our first 3 month stay an RV resort.  We went up last Saturday and the wife and kids are excited. We are in the foothills for seclusion but within a few miles to the nearby town. We also have a convenience store liquor store across the street. Plus we are only 1/2 a mile from the Public transit so I can still maintain employment while we work the kinks out of our new home.

Camping world is a few miles away as is the Dodge dealer in case I need them. Therefore it should be an ok scenario. Thanks to Mrs T for doing the research and finding this place.  It is a tad expensive but for the convenience we will manage. At least having the security of vendors nearby takes a strain off my mind.

I am beginning to hate living underneath the landlord. I hate living by others rules. I am beginning to hate nosy people. I will be glad to regain control of my family's existence.

This weekend a trip to Camping World, MicroCenter and the RV yard is on the agenda. We need to pick up some needs and luxuries for the son and the RV.

On a geeky note I updated my ipod  to iOS11 and it seems to be ok. There are a few glitches I have notice. Thus the reason i don't put betas on my primary devices.  Siri seems to a bit more intuitive in early testing and Maps is getting better. Lets hope that the final release is as good as the Beta.

Secondly we will be looking for a WIFI BOOSTER while at CW and MC. My Tmobile hotspot is good for me and 1 or two devices but for the family we need a booster for the existing wifi. I have been researching this and have found a few potentials. GOing to physically look at the this weekend.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

minimize your thirst for books

Remember the good old days when you carried a backpack with hard cover or paperback books and filled your home with the read books in your library. Well the 21st century has solved that issue with e-readers.  My e-reader of choice is undoubtedly the Ipad4..  I can load books into the cloud or directly onto my ipad for reading pleasure. 

Just think of it, all the latest sci fiction  loaded onto a 14 ounce device. No more heavy backpacks or shelf cluttering books all over.  The cloud has become the library of the future. PLaces like and others gives you free access to all the sci fi and scinece books you could ever imagine. If you want newly released material you can always torrent the lates books  and periodicals  from the web. 

Another wayTrash is minimizing.

Monday, July 17, 2017

tiny home

Given my age and the health of both myself and Mrs Trash building a moveable tiny home from scratch is impossible. That is why we went looking for an alternative. Something already built with a floorplan we could enjoy for a long time. We settled for a 37 foot 5th wheel we aptly named Clara.

Clara is a dream come true as we no longer need to worry about where our retirement will be.  We can just hook it up to the truck and go. While I am still working we can rent a furnished residence for a few months, work, save some money and then hitch up and go elsewhere.  Right now we are looking at leaving Colorado before winter sets in and go somewhere warmer. If it doesnt work out not to worry we can always rent a place and put Clara in storage at 100 bucks a month.
A tad bit of security for our  senior years.

I dont know why I waited so long to do this since Mrs T and I were not enjoying the homestead we spent 13 years building. On some body else's land. Screw the societal norms.  For once we are enjoying some life while deciding where we want to go next.

We spent some time on Sunday clearing out one storage unit and moving the remainder into the larger unit we already have for the kids and our excess.  That will now save us a hundred dollars a month.  More money for the kitty.  Minimize and enjoy.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12 update

Its been just over a month since I last posted an update. Firstly I removed all those annoying ads from the blog.   That was a bother.

Secondly,  Clara is almost packed and our storage is pretty cleaned out. Bad Wolf has been enjoying the running up and down the freeway. She is getting about 20-22 miles per gallon.   Pretty sure that will drop  once Clara is hooked up .

Been watching RV videos on YouTube.  Funny thing is most of the vloggers have lots of money and backing.  Not like Trash,   Trash is a po old man  with a bit of ambition and guts.   As many of you know.  IF a quad bypass and then a stroke wont keep old Trash down neither will a few bucks and some security.

Picked up a couple of Yamaha generators and some accessories for Clara to make her fell homey wherever we are.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Weekend frolic

We spent Friday evening in the dungeon eating Chubbys Mexican food with almost the whole family. Saturday we relaxed and went to the storage yard to load up the truck to move stuff to Clara.  Found our old Darth Vader helmet in storage so I just had to selfie.  
SUnday we slept in and drove BadWolf down to visit Clara and begin the loading process.  Afterward we went thriftinh at Goodwill after we had a taco bell lunch. I folloowed it up when we came home with one of these pure fruit coconut popsicles we bought. YUM.

Monday, May 22, 2017

flavored soda

We found these last weekend. From the makers of Henry Weinhardts beer comes hard soda.  We tried the Grap and the orange and both were sweet to the taste and at $9 a 6pack they wont break the bank, And better yet they wont affect my heart meds.  If drank in moderation.  3% alcohol content