So, Yiayia’s Waggon is too large.

Well, it could maybe be the right size for staying put but it’s definitely too large for traveling. It’s uncomfortable to tow and it can’t go everywhere I want to go. And I still feel oppressed living with so much stuff.

The vanlife is calling.

Now, it’s going to be some time before I can afford a van. And I did specifically outfit my truck for camping. So what I’m doing is parking the Waggon in Mississippi to be the nucleus of my Southern Base.

Then I close on a house in North Carolina. A house?!?!?! A townhouse. Yes, that is waaaaaayyyyyy too big. I plan on letting other people rent most of it. I just need a home base for when I’m here where the kids are. Might as well make my Eastern Base be the home base for residency. So I’m probably gonna claim a bedroom with attendant bath and rent out the rest.

Then I can finish outfitting Hilda the Truck for camping. That’s going to mean taking out all the tool shelving and adding comfort things. Like, you know, a bed. And insulation.

Hilda is pretty sub-optimal for living in. Not a lot of room. No standing up. No way to get from the cab to the bed without exiting the vehicle. I think I might have finally killed the leak in the roof, but not completely sure.

Not ideal, but she’ll do while I save up for a proper van.

Details:

  • Must have a place for the bucket toilet and requisite sawdust.
  • Must have a place for the cat litter box and requisite litter.
  • My car fridge may die on me, so a bigger DC cooler fridge may be called for. That may mean another battery.
  • Sigh. Probably going to have to go propane for heat and cooking. If so, will need one of those stubby little tanks because I’m not gonna continue with bottles.
  • Mobile office is gonna be a big design challenge.
  • Roof fan/vent is a must-have.
  • I have ample mosquito net to get creative with. Hate the skeeters.
  • Signal booster? I dunno, I had really good results with signal on the trip out right up until planting myself on the Carolina coast. Even in absolutely nowhere, Kansas I had decent signal.

Still toying also with the idea of getting a utility trailer and fixing that up instead of the back of the truck. That would improve my ability to bring the scooter back, to comfortably house a bed, to set up a workstation, and, you know, stand up.

Per the usual, I look to the Universe to give me opportunities and coincidences. And If I start making a decision, I ask the Universe to block it or bless it, so I know whether I’m on course or not.

My Program of Recovery

  • Meetings
  • Sponsorship
  • Step work
  • Daily reading
  • Slogans
  • Service 

My Employment

  • SAP Administration
  • HANA Administration
  • Sybase
  •  Libelle System Copy
  • Oracle
  • Linux Administration
  • Windows Administration

Physical Education

  • Zumba
  •  Tai Chi
    • Qi Gong

Racial Work

Religion – Christianity

Religion – Unitarian Universalism

Seems to me Starz does a far better job at book-to-series adapations than CBS (or probably any broadcast network) does. Compare The Stand to American Gods to see what I mean.

Sometimes it seems like broadcast networks forget that we aren’t hostages to our antennas anymore. Or maybe it’s that they are themselves hostage to larger corporate organizations? I don’t know, I haven’t done the research.

But generally it feels to me like cable networks and streaming networks do a far, far better job of producing quality content than the networks do.

Source: Spring’s Micro.Blog

I feel so … dysphoric? is that the word? … about the Capitol riot. Things don’t match for me.

Ideologically, I am on the opposite side of the spectrum from the insurrectionists. I care about the rule of law and due process, so much so that I didn’t even consider overthrowing the last President when he was elected, despite my dire concerns. Because, for better or worse, I swore to uphold the Constitution. And the Constitution was how we got him.

Culturally, though, those are my people. Those are my people. Alleged conservatives. Good ole boys. I come from “heritage, not hate”. I come from “country boy can survive”. I come from “don’t tread on me”, opposition to “Yankee aggression”, “war between the states”, “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve”. Etc.

So, watching the videos of the insurrection, part of my mind is going, “Oh man, this is all effed up. What do they think they are doing? That’s so dangerous!” And the other part of my mind is seeing brothers and cousins engaged in horseplay. Goofing around and having a high old time.

Intellectually, I’m appalled. Emotionally, I’m amused. And I do not like this disconnect. Not at all.

Source: Spring’s Micro.Blog