Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Quality of Life

A view from a country folk oriented casino, South Point Casino.


Today, I will have my last meeting with someone in the Las Vegas Valley as I try to find a place to live until an apartment becomes available for me in Boulder City, NV. If it works for me I can try to stay and live here. If it does not work out I will probably start a boon-docking trip back to the sanctity and security of conservative Oklahoma.

At this point I have to ask myself where I  will have the best quality of life. Here are my choices: 

1.) An apartment in Boulder City, NV.

2.) An apartment in Weatherford, Ok. 

3.) Living in my van. 

1.) Hands down, IF I CAN AFFORD IT, I would like #1 the best for VA Health Care, weather, things to do, opportunities to travel where I want to travel.

2.) Second choice is Weatherford, Ok. Weatherford is one of the fastest growing towns in America. It is still small, conservative, and safe. Drawback: I have not had health care to my liking through the Oklahoma VA. I do not like Oklahoma winters. 

3.) If I could afford a bigger van or small RV and afford to travel this would be my #1 Choice. But. my van is too small to carry a bed, have any kind of kitchen, a toilet and shower, my clothes, my camera equipment, music equipment, and computer equipment. And it is old enough so that breakdowns are inevitable. But, I am living in my van and it is challenging but still fun.


Friday, September 9, 2022

Rock Bottom Or Heaven’s Gate

 Well, because I am a little picky about where I live,  it looks like I have made it to living a van life. There has been no movement toward me getting an apartment in Weatherford, OK. I am still #3 in Weatherford. It is the same where I have been waiting for coming up to five years for an apartment in Boulder City, NV. I am still debating ever living in Southern Nevada again. I was packed and ready to head that way this morning but Common Sense kicked my butt. So, I done some Craigslist research. It looks like California has moved to Nevada. Prices are way out of my league. 

I started this blog sitting in the laundromat in Weatherford. My laundry is done. I have been looking at going to OKC tonight, but ,,,,,,,,,,,. I’m thinking I need to go somewhere to see something I have never seen. Southeast of Amarillo there is a canyon I have never seen. Further south is the Big Bend Country of Texas. But, northwest is Santa Fe. I have been thru there a couple of time in a truck, but never stopped to see the town. But, here I now sit at the Ole’ Fishin’ Hole in Weatherford, OK. I am just relaxing and enjoying a beer. 

I bought my van in April of 2019 for two reasons: 1) A hedge against a socialist government. 2) I was a bit more than curious about living a van life. Now, I get to prove to myself that I can lead this life that is most definitely not for everyone. If I fail, I fail.

 I am happy for the chance. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Busting Tail All Day

This day has been so long I’m having a hard time remembering what all I have done. I guess I am just tired. At 08:30 this morning I retrieved my van from the body shop. I now have a “new-to-me” drivers side rear door. The rear passenger door latch was repaired, but it is not perfect. I believe I will have to work on it soon. The trim that was damaged when I was rear-ended on June 16 was removed. My van ain’t pretty now, but it works. I will have more work done soon. I am re-thinking a paint job to a new color (black) as I was told it would cost about $5000. The van is now blue with a white rear door. To paint that rear door blue will cost $400. I like the blue. 

Once I had my van I spent most of the day working in the hot sun at my storage unit. I am getting my van ready for some boon-docking. I had to make 3 trips between my storage and my sister’s house to get out of the sun. And, I still have lots of work to do. So, I am typing this on my phone as I am stretched out on my bed and about to call it quits for the day. GN. 


Sunday, August 28, 2022

Going Nomad

Four failed trips to try to move to southern Nevada sine February of 2021. That is four trips in just less than 18 months. I have been trying to return to Nevada for the following reasons: 1) to continue my photography work. 2) I get better health care through the VA in Nevada. 3) I like living in the desert. For now my plans for a life in the desert are temporarily on hold.

Tomorrow my van goes into the shop to take care of some of the repairs caused when I was rear-ended on June 16, 2022. On Tuesday I go to see my primary care doctor at the Clinton, Ok. VA Clinic. By Wednesday morning I plan to be living in my van. Yep, I plan to go nomad very soon.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Meal Time

I went to the VA HOSPITAL this morning to make sure my records have been shipped here, an to refill my prescriptions.

For my first food, other than Cheeto’s, in 3 days I had a slice of Pizza at Boulder Station Casino. Yeah, I finally made it back to Nevada, but I turned down the offer for a place to live. My legs do not handle stairs very well.

Tomorrow I will fix the electrical connections on my van so that I can pull a trailer. On Sunday I will drive to Bullhead City, AZ. to get my hugs that I have had stored down there for almost a year. 

Monday I start hunting a place to live, or maybe I will just begin a van life.