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the Trash vitae
Trash is the editor-in-chiefof 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 specializesin 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
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.
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
Spent Friday afternoon with a good friend. We drove up to Camping World Longmont to pick up the truck with its new Curt Q20 5th wheel hitch. They did a wonderful job.
While waiting for the paperwork to be processed we went a few miles up the road to Johnsons Corner for lunch. They are a truck stop RV stop just south of Loveland. The food was to die for. Given my heart condition I probably shoiuld not have had the chicken fried steak and eggs. Today is Monday and I still feel full.
In order to exercies a bit we drove down the road to the LazyDays RV sales yard and drooled over the latest and greatest RV's and 5th wheels.
Down the road again we spotted this place. An RV park, RV Retreat, where we can pull in short or long term with full hookups, sewer and close enough to a bus line so I can still get downtown for the time being. I took several pics around there so when I showed them to the wife that evening she decided she wanted to go up there, So Saturday afternoon we got the kids and took a drive. The RV park met her approval and we will be making reservations for the month of July. 600 a month with all hookups. Not a bad price and still close enough to Denver so I can get to work.
On the way home we spotted Vrain Lake Park and decided that this weekend we will take a drive there to scope it out as a potential weekend spot to test out the RV and work the quirks out of it and the truck . Easy pull thru spots and gorgeous scenery. 30 a night with hookups. Great deal to break Clara in to the phamily.
Took BadWolf in to the shop to have his 5th wheel hitch installed. It was a beautiful day so we took an Uber and then an RTD bus into Boulder to meet the daughter for lunch . Its always a fun time to enjoy the countryside between Longmont and BOulder. So much wide open space still.
Too bad Boulder has gone conservative. Too many no smoking signs all over. But we got into Boulder and took the local bus over to the Bar daughter works at. It is a heavenly place with Grateful Dead ambience. Enjoyed a gyro and brown ale for lunch. Place called Bova's. Not as good as Falafel King but its ok for a $3.99 Gyro. And the owner uses a combination of lamb and beef to keep the cost down.
Anyhow it snowed overnight and now it is raining outside. Took the bus into work and, while enjoying the snow/rain, my hoodie got soaked on the way in. Alas it should be dry by this afternoon.
SO it can get wet again.
We finally decided on a name for the new rig. From now on the truck will be called BadWolf and the RV's monicker is Clara. Mrs Trash got a TARDIS hoodie and loung pants from me so she can be comfortable in Clara.
Mrs. Trash had a wonderful day. Relaxed at the rental and went out for seafood with the kids. Went to Joe's Crab Shack where we indulged in crabs and lobster while the kids ate chicken and salmon. Watching Mrs T cracks crab shells was hilarious.
We enjoyed the evening and our dessert indulgence before coming home and relaxing before bed. Another week begins.
In the schedule thus far besides work is the Wednesday install of the hitch on BadWolf. SO he can then tow Clara. Much fun it is.
This past week has been tedious to say the least. The wife had me out and about all last weekend doing this and that. So by the time Monday came around I had not gotten the rest that this heart patient needs. SO the week drew out.
The q20 5th wheel hitch finally arrived and will be installed next Wednesday. So we are moving closer to a maiden voyage with the RV. Yes I am expecting quircks and glitches to be encountered but we can work thru them. It will be worth it in the long run. Even if I don't retire completely it will be nice to have the RV to escape to when necessary.
I spent some time this week looking at DSLR cameras as an alternative to the iphone 6s to capture even better photographs and return my interest in photography as a hobby. One of my first ambitions in high school was a love of capturing images on film and using the trays to further enhance my images. Black and white was always my favorite medium and I hope to return to it in the digital realm. I am contemplating either the Nikon platform, as I have loved Nikon film cameras since I first picked up my Nikon F way back when. I am also looking at the Canon rebel line as it too brings back memories of several of my cameras and lenses. I have several 35mm Canons in storage and would like that reliability again. But alas. ONly time will tell which one I will begin my DSLR adventures with.
This weekend we are going down to the storage yard to bring some items to the RV and begin prepping it internally. Just a short trip this time to bring down a few items purchased to personalize it to the Trash phamily. We then are going to take Mrs Trash out for a mothers Day brunch/ lunch .
I will try and provide some new pics shortly but I am still working on the transfer from iphone to blogger.
Settling in to the basement for the second week. I refuse to get comfortable as I want to hit the road ASAP,
The 5th wheel hitch has been ordered and should be at the installer next week. Step 2 complete.
Mrs T has been watching YouTube videos regarding RV life. She is learning a lot and I am glad she is taking a serious interest in learning all the information and how to deal with potential crises that undoubtedly will occur.
Meanwhile I have been dealing with day time job and finding myself growing even less content with the scenario. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is a tad scary. We grow comfortable in the habit of work and home. What happens when home takes precedent over work. The freedom it offers.
Along with the freedom comes the inevitable opportunity cost of not having the job paycheck to count on. Having to resell myself as an independent contractor on a full time basis is rough.. For as we all know a steadty stream of income is essential when on the road. Unless of course you married well or are a trust fund baby.. We arent.
We are two over the middle aged barrier lower class hermits venturing out on the open road in our truck and 5th wheel. To ride into the sunset before the good lord takes us home. I pray every night that we are making the right choice. For there is no turning back.
After the quad bypass almost 2 years ago the doctor recommended keeping up my regime of 2-3 miles a day walking.. Granted since selling the mobile I have not been doing that and my weight and blood thickness notices. As well as my doctor..
So as of this past weekend I am forcing myself to walk more. Yesterday it was 3 miles. Today the train was stuck so I hopped off and walked the rest of the way. I stopped about half way thru the 1mile walk and snagged a Daz Bog coffee.. The KGBlend has a bit of a caffeine kick to it but I love the flavor. I can only drink it rarely due t the caffeine.
I also forget what I am missing when I walk . The sounds of nature, the open spaces, the little, often unnoticeable sights and smells that only walking can bring. I must force myself to continue my walking regime as the weight I have put on is not good for me.
I must also remember to photograph these sights more so my blog and my life is not just a plethora of words on a screen. It might take a while to get back into this habit but now that I have made myself aware of the issue I can work to correct.
After deciding to move out of our extended stay hotel we chose to move into a duplex closer to downtown. This move will save us about 1500 a month in lodging costs. Money we can use to prep the RV. However now we have to get up earlier in the AM to get the kids to work and then me to my day job.
I keep telling myself this is a temporary scenario until the RV is set up and we can hit the road. First on short trips to work any kinks out of both the truck and the RV. Moving day was not to fun as everyone wanted to drive.. The same old story.
Everything was loaded into the truck and we were off. It was easy to get it all into the duplex. Mrs T and I enjoyed the rest of the day watching TV and eating junk food while watching Doctor Who.
Sunday I had to run errands and take kid to work. FUn FUn . But alas I was able to watch BBC America for the afternoon. Followed up with a Duck Dynasty marathon. Instant heaven.
I cannot wait to hit the road as W Monroe Louisiana is on the bucket list of places we will be RVing to.
With all the struggles and challenges of changing our lifestyle it never occurred to me that having 3 kids at home ages 17,19 and 21 the idea of them driving and the constant nagging to get drive time experience is nerve wracking. Gone are days when we had drivers ed taught to us in high school. PArents did not have to do anything but go with Junior to the DMV to get the permit and the drivers ed instructor, usually an athletic coach did the hard job. When we completed the course at the end of the semester mom and dad would take Junior to the DMV and wait patiently while they took their driving test. LIFE was so much simpler then.
In todays world the kids bicker and nag every time a drive somewhere is needed. "Can I drive" is the dreaded inquiry the parent gets. When 3 kids start this at the same time the notion of my patience wearing thin comes to the front. And if you reluctanyl choose one the real fighting begins.. "Its not fair" "Its favoritism" or "its Bullshit you let her drive and not me" What wonderful kids. This is usually followed by me saying "F#ck it I am driving" Makes almost any trip unbearable. My favorite response occurred the other night when my 21 year old avoided me completely and told her mother "Tell dad to let me drive". Mind you i was in the drivers seat at the time. Clearly bypassing dad and beginning the trip with both mom and I facing unavoidable confrontation.
This entire scenario plays itself out like clockwork the moment I walk in the door after a full day at work and lasts at least the first few hours.. G-d how I miss the old days.. Has anyone else gone thru this scenario.
It makes me wonder what the fascination is with driving.. To me its an exercise in futility and an annoyance. I prefer to walk, ride the bike or take a bus or Uber. Less stress.
After several long months of subdued activity I am almost ready to begin the new chapter in Living With Trashdigger. SInce my heart surgery 2 years ago and my mini stroke several weeks ago the wife and I decided a change is needed.
With the house sold we are taking the Trash phamily into a temporary retirement. We have acquired a used 1 ton truck and a 5th wheel as our home base and will later in the year begin enjoying the freedom of not having a brick and mortar residence any longer . This has not been an easy time but the end of one life and beginning of another is near.
I will still maintain employment in both my regula job and build my other businesses to the point where I can work from the road, the lake, the beach or anywhere else.
I also will be updating my YT channel to reflect the changes as time allows.